Thursday, April 16, 2015

Support Hope & Awareness for Suicide Prevention & Mental Health with Author Gayle Forman



Gayle Forman has teamed up with A Great Good Place for Books and will be hosting WE ARE HERE, an evening to raise awareness and financial support for suicide and mental health awareness. The event is taking place on April 21st, 2015.  Gayle has committed that if donations reach $5,000- she will match it! This is amazing. There's not enough that is being done to prevent suicide, and bring awareness about mental health. I love that Gayle is a huge supporter of this. Fans are welcome to join the FREE event here, watch it via a live stream here, and can donate money to this great cause, here

About the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the leader in the fight against suicide. We fund research, offer educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has 75 local chapters with programs and events nationwide. Review our Annual Report to learn more about AFSP's life-saving work, and join the national conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Wondrous and the Wicked by Page Morgan; Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway


Hello & welcome to today's blog tour! I'm so thrilled to be apart of The Wondrous and the Wicked blog tour hosted by Rockstar tours. I love this series. Fans of this series will love the thrilling conclusion to Page's The Dispossessed Series. After you check out my review, be sure to enter to win!


By: Page Morgan
Published by: Delacorte Press
Released on: 4/14/15
Series: The Dispossessed Series #3
Source: book from publisher to review
Rating: 5 Stars - I Loved It
Purchase from: AmazonBarnes & Noble, iBooks
Add it to: Goodreads
For fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen series comes the exciting conclusion to the trilogy that includes The Beautiful and the Cursed and The Lovely and the Lost. The Waverly sisters must save themselves before all is lost.

Since the Waverlys arrived in Paris, the streets have grown more fearsome by the day. As Ingrid learns to master her lectrux gift, she must watch Axia's power grow strong enough to extend beyond her Underneath hive. By all indications, the fallen angel's Harvest is near-and the timing couldn't be worse.

Targeted by vengeful gargoyles, Gabby has been exiled to London for her own protection. Meanwhile, the gargoyle castes are in disarray, divided between those who want Luc to lead them and those who resent him and his fondness for humans. The Alliance is crumbling from the inside as well, its members turning against one another, and possibly against the Waverlys, too.

Axia has promised that the world will burn. And now, unable to trust the Alliance, separated from Luc, Gabby, and her twin, Grayson, Ingrid is left to face the demon uprising alone.

What a beautiful conclusion to a series that gave me romances that swept me off my feet, a historical setting I fell head over heels in love with, Gargoyles I couldn't get enough of, and characters I won't soon forget. I love it when a series and each book within the series, are a complete package. Each book has everything I love in a fantastic read. There is no shortage of characters to love, romances to swoon over, heart pounding action, and twists that I didn't always see coming.

While I would like to pretend that The Wondrous and the Wicked is not the last book in The Dispossessed series, it is the perfect ending for a series I haven't been able to get enough of. Oh my word that ending! I did not see that one coming, although I totally should have. This is the perfect ending to a fabulous series that stole my heart, and gave me everything I had hoped it would, and so much more.  

You know you've read a fabulous book/series when you HAVE to have more of the story. Page Morgan had me at Gargoyles. Back when the first book in this series was out, The Beautiful and the Cursed, I devoured it. I couldn't get enough of it's historical setting, the romance, and everything else that Page gave me in that book. As The Dispossessed series has gone on (this is the third and final book in the series), my love for the series has only gotten stronger. Or maybe it could be classified as an addiction, because I always need more when each book ends.

Page has created a series with characters I love, a setting I want to crawl through the pages of her books and visit, and a romance that had me falling in love with it. It's the kind of romance that makes you sigh, and leaves you with a stupid grin while reading about. You know the kind I'm talking about. There's no shortage of action either. In essence, this series is my kind of series. 

This book is everything I had hoped it be, and then some. There are so many things I want to talk about with The Wondrous and the Wicked. Instead of listing everything I love about this book, I'm going to be vague, and say that I loved it. I did. I loved everything about it. Including the ending that I had to re-read twice. Oh that ending. It is the most perfectly fitting ending. It's also an ending that wraps things up as they should be, while at the same time it makes me wish I could have just one more book in this series.

Fans of The Dispossessed series will love what Page Morgan delivers in The Wondrous and the Wicked. It has the right amount of mystery, heart achingly beautiful romance, plenty of action, and a beautiful historical setting that comes to life effortlessly. It's what I'd call a delightfully wicked read. GO PICK UP THIS BOOK!

About Page

I’m the author of The Beautiful & The Cursed, a young adult novel about two sisters who, on their mission to find their missing brother, discover a veiled world of gargoyles and demons in the city of Paris. I’m currently writing the second and third novels in this series, which saps most of my brainpower. I live in New England with my husband and our three children, along with our ancient dog and arrogant cat, quickly sap the rest of it. I accept virtual gifts of coffee, chocolate, and cupcakes.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:
4/6/2015- The Cover ContessaInterview
4/7/2015- Bookhounds yaReview
4/8/2015- A Dream Within A DreamGuest Post
4/9/2015- The Irish Banana ReviewReview
4/10/2015- A Book and a LatteInterview

Week Two:
4/13/2015- FiktshunReview
4/14/2015- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
4/15/2015- Mundie MomsReview
4/16/2015- Dark Faerie TalesInterview
4/17/2015- Alice MarvelsGuest Post

EW Reveals The Covers for the next two books in The TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY by Cassandra Clare


EW shared the next two covers in Cassandra Clare's TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY yesterday! Wow, these covers are awesome! Check them out below:


Being released on April 21st, here's a little bit about The Whitechapel Fiend:

There are two guest teachers this week, and—just Simon’s luck—they’re both Herondales. When Jace teaches a class at the Academy, warlock Tessa visits to share the true story of the Jack the Ripper murders.


Being released on May 19th, here's a a little about Nothing But Shadows;

 Simon is not the first student to feel out of place at The Shadowhunter Academy—half-warlock and total bookworm James Herondale certainly didn’t quite fit in with the other students. Simon learns about James’ time at the Academy and discovers what it means to find a place you belong in this prelude to The Last Hours. 


Check out the covers side by side:


These covers are awesome! Check out Simon's Made In Brooklyn shirt! Even though we haven't seen Simon's face yet, just based on this little bit we do see, this cover is already made of Simon perfection. It's the little details that matter. 

What do you think of the covers? 


The Shadowhunters TV Series News: ABC Family Announced That The Series Will Be Coming in Early 2016!


ABC Family announced their June lineups and new series. In an article the official Twitter account, @ShadowhuntersTV, retweeted, Deadline reported that The Shadowhunters series is programmed for early 2016. Here's what ABC Family announced:
Programming Coming in Early 2016
Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows 18-year-old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters – human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend, Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold. McG, who serves as executive producer will also direct the first episode.
This is exciting news! I'm looking forward to hopefully hearing about some casting news next. 

About the image above: Check out the new picture Shadowhunters TV featured on the series's official facebook page yesterday. I'm loving this image. 



Along with this exciting news, fans also enjoyed tweets shared by the series's Director and Executive Producer, McG. His first tweet featured a picture from his arrival at the Toronto airport (seen above). 


His next tweet showed a picture with the caption, Desiging the World, and tagged both Cassandra Clare and the official Twitter account for the Shadowhunters series, ShadowhuntersTV

Later in the evening McG's tweet was directed at fans, when he said, 

I intend to channel the passion and energy of all of you. Thank you Cassandra for creating such wonder.

This tweet gives me hope with the series. I'm really looking forward to seeing how McG brings the book series to life on the TV. I've got a lot of faith in him, and I'm thrilled he's apart of the Shadowhunter family. 

YA Books to Movie News: Movie News Announcements for Marie Lu & Gayle Forman

Congratulations to both Marie Lu and Gayle Forman on yesterday's exciting movie news!


Yesterday Marie Lu shared the exciting news that 20th Century Fox as acquired the movie rights for her The Young Elites! They'll be working with the wonderful Temple Hill team, who brought us The Fault In Our Stars and The Maze Runner. You can read the full article about this exciting news, via The Hollywood Reporter



Not only did Gayle Forman's Just One Day Collection release yesterday (from Penguin Teen), movie news broke! It's been announced that the movie adaptations for Gayle's Just One Day & Just One Year have screenwriters! You can read the full article about this exciting news via The Hollywood Reporter. Fans will be able to catch Gayle next Tuesday, along side author Jay Asher, in Oakland, CA for the WE ARE HERE benefit. Find out more about the event here

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas; Waiting on Wednesday #245



By: Sarah J. Maas
Published by: Bloomsbury Children
To Be Released on: 5.5.15
Series: A Court of Thorns & Roses #1
Pre-Order from: Amazon | B&N
Add it to Goodreads

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristen Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!


This book! I LOVE Sarah's writing, and I'm so thrilled she's got a new series coming out. Trust me, you want to pre-order this one! 

What book are your waiting on?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Water and the Wild by K.E. Ormsbee; Blog Tour: Author Guest Post & a Giveaway!


Hello and welcome to the blog tour for K.E. 's THE WATER AND THE WILD, hosted by Chronicle Books. This sounds like a fabulous MG read, and it's a book I'm looking forward to featuring shortly on Mundie Kids. I'm thrilled to have author K.E. Ormsbee on the blog today. She's here to share with us who she'd pick for her dream cast for The Water and The Wild. Take it it away K.E. 


My Dream Voice Cast for The Water and the Wild
K.E. Ormsbee

When I was a kid, I listened to a bunch of stories. I would sit at my mom’s feet, entranced as she read stories like Charlotte’s Web, Madeline, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I would bounce on the bed with anticipation as my dad read my favorite bedtime story, Stone Soup. And the highlight of my preschool experience was the day my older sister visited the classroom and read a Berenstain Bears book for storytime.

My family owned an impressive number of read-along cassettes, too. Technically, you were supposed to listen to the tapes whilst following along in a corresponding book, turning the page every time you heard the gentle strum of a harp. But I didn’t like following along. I preferred just listening and visualizing the characters and places in my mind. I would haul the jukebox to the backyard, slide a cassette in, and swing on the swingset, eyes closed, listening to the story play out.

It should come as no surprise, then, that I’m a huge fan of audiobooks. Whether I’m road tripping or crocheting or training for a race, listening to a spoken story gives my imagination an outlet. And even when I read a book the good old-fashioned way, my brain works hard to develop an auditory landscape, as well as a visual one.

All this to say, whenever I picture the “dream cast” for a book I’ve written, it’s not a matter of what the actors would look like so much as how they would sound. Today, I’m excited to introduce you to the main characters of The Water of the Wild, along with the talent I think would voice them perfectly. You know, like, in a Miyazaki or Henry Selick film. Sigh. A girl can dream.

Lottie Fiske is the twelve-year-old heroine of The Water and the Wild, and I think Lily Morgan would perfectly channel her bright, stubborn spirit. If you need some convincing, just watch the opening scenes of the movie Flipped.

Mr. Wilfer is a revered healer in the magical land of Limn and might just be the only one who can help cure Lottie’s sick friend, Eliot. I shamelessly cast John Cusack in the role. And no, that has nothing to do with the fact that I fell in love with his voice when I was an Anastasia-obsessed kid or that he stars in some of my all-time fave 80s movies. I just think he’s reached the right age to play a fatigued but kind father figure.

Adelaide Wilfer, one of Lottie’s newfound friends in Limn, is headstrong, fashion-conscious, and snotty. I love Kiernan Shipka’s performances both in Mad Men and The Legend of Korra, and I think she would nail Adelaide’s prim and determined demeanor.  

Oliver Wilfer, Adelaide’s brother, is a reserved, poetry-spouting boy who was born with a dangerous magical ability. Ever since I saw Asa Butterfield in Hugo, I’ve thought he would be the perfect voice for Ollie. I mean, his accent alone is—I’m doing it, I’m going for the obvious pun here—smooth as butter.

Fife Dulcet, another new friend of Lottie’s, is vivacious, clever, and a touch mysterious. I think Disney star Karan Brar could wonderfully portray Fife’s energetic, wisecracking personality and also handle his more serious moments.

Silvia Dulcet is Fife’s mother and the ruler of the will o’ the wisps. She’s a very calculating character with a sugary sweet exterior. Silvia is the easiest to cast; I can’t hear anyone but the fabulously talented Jena Malone providing her voice.

King Starkling is the Big Villain in The Water and the Wild. He’s surprisingly young for someone with so much power, and I think Freddie Highmore’s voice could convey both the youthful and sinister sides of his character.

The Barghest is a mysterious creature with unknown loyalties who follows Lottie and her friends throughout their journey. Keith David is a voice acting god (Gargoyles, anyone?) and, I think, the perfect pick for one of my favorite members of the TW&TW cast.

So, there you have it! A little peak inside my mind’s ear. Should you step into the world of The Water and the Wild, I hope that you, too, have a fabulou



ABOUT THE BOOK 


By K. E. Ormsbee
Released on: April 14th, 2015 - TODAY
Ages 8-12
Purchase the book from: Amazon | B&N 
Add it to  Goodreads

A green apple tree grows in the heart of Thirsby Square, and tangled up in its magical roots is the story of Lottie Fiske. For as long as Lottie can remember, the only people who seem to care about her are her best friend, Eliot, and the mysterious letter writer who sends her birthday gifts. But now strange things are happening on the island Lottie calls home, and Eliot's getting sicker, with a disease the doctors have given up trying to cure. Lottie is helpless, useless, powerless—until a door opens in the apple tree. Follow Lottie down through the roots to another world in pursuit of the impossible: a cure for the incurable, a use for the useless, and protection against the pain of loss.

About K. E. Ormsbee
I was born and raised in the Bluegrass State. Then I went off and lived in places across the pond, like England and Spain, where I pretended I was a French ingénue. Just kidding! That only happened once. I also lived in some hotter nooks of the USA, like Birmingham, AL and Austin, TX. Now I'm back in Lexington, KY, where there is a Proper Autumn.

In my wild, early years, I taught English as a Foreign Language, interned with a film society, and did a lot of irresponsible road tripping. My crowning achievement is that the back of my head was in an iPhone commercial, and people actually paid me money for it.

Nowadays, I teach piano lessons, play in a band you've never heard of, and run races that I never win. I likes clothes from the 60s, music from the 70s, and movies from the 80s. I still satiate my bone-deep wanderlust whenever I can. 

Visit K.E. via her Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books; Top Ten Tuesday #27

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke & the Bookish

Hello & welcome to this week's Top Ten Tuesday. Today's topic is, Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books. My last posted TTT topic was, Ten Books I've Recently Added To My TBR List.  

I love today's topic. I LOVE book quotes. I always keep a notebook near me when I'm reading, so I can write down quotes. Though there is the rare occasion where I've highlighted a ton of passages in an arc before, because there were so many great quotes in it. Such was the case with my arc of David Leviathan's Two Boys Kissing. Two of his passages from that book are listed below. I have so many favorite quotes, it was hard to pick only ten. So here goes. These are ten inspirational book quotes that I LOVE. 


"Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read."
- Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess

"Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry, and find meaning in life."
 - Christopher Paolini, Eragon

"We always underestimated our own participation in magic. That is, we thought of magic as something that existed with or without us. But that's not true. Things are not magical because they've been conjured for us by some outside force. They are magical because we create them, and then deem them so."
- David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing

"...becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be from it, that's the point." 
- Veronica Roth, Divergent

"Sometimes you make choices in life, and sometimes choices make you."
 - Gayle Forman, If I Stay

"Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes it's own magic." 
- Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remember to turn on the light."
- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prison of Alkaban

"Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn't exist and never shall. There is only now."
- Christopher Paolini, Eldest

"It's one of the secrets of strength: We're so much more likely to find it in the service of others than we are to find it in the service to ourselves."
- David Leviathan, Two Boys Kissing

"You matter!"
- Liza Weimer, Hello?

"We must all make the choice between what is right, and what is easy."
- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

"You endure what is unbearable, and you bear it. That is all."
- Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess


I obviously failed at sticking to only ten quotes. What are some of your favorite quotes?