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Friday, May 9, 2014

After The End Blog Tour: Juneau's Guide for Survival (Guest Post) & Giveaway

Happy Friday! As the blog tour for Amy Plum's AFTER THE END comes to an end, I felt it was fitting to wrap up the tour with both a review, which you can read via YA Fantasy Book Junkie and an author post. Plus, it gives you one last chance to enter the giveaway!! I highly recommend checking out the entire tour (HERE), as there a lot of great posts featured on a variety of author and awesome blogger sites. Before I share Juneau's post, here's a little bit about the book:

About the Book

By: Amy Plum
Published by: Harper Teen
Released on: May 6, 2014
Order it from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound
Find out more about the book

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness.
They′e survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.
At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.
When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact.
Everything was a lie.
Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she′s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.
Juneau's Guide For Survival: 3-5 Things Juneau Recommends Doing/Having in Order to Survive all that happens in After The End

I’m writing this after-the-fact, looking back at that crazy period in my life where it seemed like EVERYTHING was falling apart. I didn’t have much time to sit around and think about what was happening while it was happening...kind of hard to have much reflection when you are being chased across America by two different factions (one of whom kidnapped your clan) for reasons you can’t even fathom.

But now that that story is over (and new ones have begun), I feel qualified to give you some recommendations for surviving what happened to me.

Situation 1: Everyone you know suddenly disappears
Survival Tip: FIND THEM

This one goes against the grain. You would think the answer would be “run, because you’re next.” That was true in my case: when the men in the helicopters figured out they had missed me, they came back to get me. I ran. I escaped. But as soon as I was out of immediate danger, I went after them.

My reasoning: if someone is out to get you and you run away, you could be running for the rest of your life. Instead, face your fears head-on. Then at least you know what your pursuers look like. And once you know who they are, you can find their weaknesses and come up with your own plan of attack.

Situation 2: You suddenly discover that everything you’ve ever been told was a lie.
Survival Tip: FIND THE TRUTH

Sure, it was a major shock (understatement!) finding out that there was never a World War III and that civilization had been going on, unhindered, for thirty years while my clan and I hid out in the wilderness.

I could have easily given up, curled up in a bitter unforgiving ball and ‘woe-is-me’ed my life away. I allowed myself to do that for a few days on the boat from Anchorage to Seattle. (A little bit of self-pity never hurt anyone—it helps fuel the flames of willpower.)

But by the time I hit land, I was ready to go. To figure out what was truth and what was lie. I will probably be continuing in that path for a long time to come. But, now that the foundations of what I believed about the world have all crumbled, I won’t give up until I figure out what I truly believe. Search for truth...what else is there? Okay...there’s love. But I have a feeling I might have already found that.

Situation 3: You suddenly find yourself in an alternate universe where nothing works like it did in your own world.

When I arrived in Seattle, it was like I was in a spaceship touching down on an unknown planet. There were all of these things I didn’t know...didn’t even recognize: electricity, computers, cars, cell phones. Thanks to the EB, I knew these things existed. But try figuring out how to cross a major intersection when you don’t even know how fast cars go, how traffic lights work, that there are actually places marked on the street where you’re supposed to walk.

I must have looked like a newly-arrived alien being, peering in windows at all of the glowing screens, freaking out when I saw my first hissing, rumbling street cleaner, trying to figure out how money worked. But I didn’t (and don’t) give a flip about how I looked. I knew I had to learn the new rules...and fast.

I know things the modern world doesn’t know. So my knowledge mixed with their advanced technology puts me at an advantage. And that’s exactly what I needed in order to go up against my enemies.

About Amy Plum

Amy Plum is the author of DIE FOR ME, a YA series set in Paris. The first three books—DIE FOR ME, UNTIL I DIE, and IF I SHOULD DIE—are international bestsellers, and have been translated into eleven different languages. The fourth book is an eNovella, entitled DIE FOR HER. The first book of Amy’s new series, AFTER THE END, releases in May 2014.

Amy grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before venturing further afield to Chicago, Paris, London and New York. An art historian by training, she can be found on most days either daydreaming or writing (or both) in a Parisian café.

Visit her on:  Blog | Twitter | Facebook | GoodReads
The Giveaway

Each stop on the tour will be hosting a giveaway! We're giving away:
- 13 SIGNED After The End books
- 6 iPhone After the End shells. 
*This is open Internationally* 
To enter, please be sure to fill out the form featured on each stop along the tour. 

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Good luck!

Cassandra Clare's US City of Heavenly Fire Tour Stops

Check it out US Shadowhunters, Cassie just posted her tour stops, which I'm sharing below.

UK City of Heavenly Fire Tour Stops
'Hey cassie! I saw on your boston post that you will be going to philly too. Do you have any information on that one yet? Thanks! — falling-for-you-tonight”
do! 99 times out of a hundred when people ask me if I’m going to go somewhere — Vancouver, Chicago, Argentina, Singapore — I have no idea. I don’t by and large get info about where I’m going that much in advance. 
My US tour for City of Heavenly Fire is short, because the book is released during BEA and I have to be in New York for that! So here are the full dates and places; these are the only CoHF tour stops I have in the US.
New York, NEW YORK
Time: 10:00pm. Admission: 22.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address:Lexington Avenue at 92nd St. This is the book launch of the final book in the Mortal Instrument Series. A midnight signing will follow the talk. BUY TICKETS 
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Wellesley Books at Wellesley Middle School Time: 7:00pm. 
Box office: (781) 431-1160. 
Venue phone:4132303013. 
Celebrate with Cassandra Clare when she comes to Wellesley for the release of City of Heavenly Fire, the thrilling conclusion to her The Mortal Instruments series. Best-selling author Jodi Picoult lead a discussion with Cassandra at the Wellesley Middle School at an exclusive evening of audience Q&A, trivia, book signing, and much more. BUY TICKETS
05/30/14 West Chester, PA (just outside Philly)
Time: 6:30pm. Box office:610.696.1661. 
Address: Stetson Middle School, 1060 Wilmington Pike. The Cassandra Clare event, moderated by author Jenny Han, is Friday, May 30th at 6:30 pm at Stetson Middle School, 1060 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA 19382. This is a ticketed event. For more information, visit our Facebook Event page, email us, or call 610-696-1661. BUY TICKETS 
I will also be at BookCon at BEA.  — with Holly Black!

Shadowhunter Fan Art Friday

Happy Friday! Check out today's awesome Shadowhunter Fan Art- I LOVE this set of Cassandra Jean's language of flowers that Cassie shared here.

Aww! MAX!!!! *sniffles* Love this picture of Max.

Here's what Cassie had to say about these illustrations:
More of Cassandra Jean’s language of flowers drawings! Here we have the Lightwood-Herondale family. Jace with camillias, Alec with white daphne, Max with harebells for grief, and Isabelle with purple columbine, “resolved to win.”

City of Lost Souls Read - A - Long: Chapter 7 Sea of Change

Hello & welcome to day #7 of our City of Lost Souls Read-A-Long. You can find out more about the read along and find the schedule here. There is no right or wrong way to participate. Your comments can be as long or as short as you'd like them to be. 

Today's discussion is about the Chapter 7: Sea of Change

Chapter 7
  • I loved the Clary and Simon scene. Regardless of what has happened throughout the series, these two have such a strong relationship. I loved Clary's comment about Love, and that "Love isn't moral or immoral, it just is." This comment to me, is fitting for the relationships that exist in the Shadowhunter world. Would you agree? What did you make of her comment about love?
  • Gah, my heart broke for Magnus on pages 151-152 when he mentions that life sometimes chooses people and torments them. Assuming he's speaking of Will and then he mentions the bond that again, made me think of Jem and Will. What are your thoughts on his conversation with Izzy? What are your thoughts on his comment, "Blood isn't love, just ask Clary."
  • Jace and Clary..... what the heck do you think just happened? Jace comes for Clary, and she willingly goes with him, but before she blacks out she tastes something bitter on Jace's lips. Do you think he drugged her? Or do you think that what she tasted was something else entirely?

Please DO NOT POST SPOILERS. There's some fans who are joining the read-a-long who are reading Clockwork Prince for the first time.