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I have some very exciting VIDEO posts coming your way this next week including one I am uploading today! (ITS A VICTORIA AVEYARD INTERVIEW!) Needless to say I wasn’t the one that was interviewing these amazing people but it was actually my boyfriend Aaron. I was in Brazil during the time and…lets just say I got extremely jealous of Aaron.

I am a not a technology person *cue laughing face emoji* and neither (apparently) is Aaron so the sound and the video quality for these videos kinda do suck BUT HEY they are still interviews!

After editing these videos I realized that I want to do this. I want to  expand with Youtube. So I will be posting more videos in the near future (with better quality of course) and I am very excited for it.

GET READY FOR THIS WEEK FOLKS! We have Nicola Soon! Lois Lowry! Victoria Aveyard! Lauren Gibaldi! And so many more! I squeal just editing them!

Interview with Kara Thomas|Author of The Darkest Corners

Interview with Kara Thomas|Author of The Darkest CornersThe Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
Published by Delacorte on April 19th 2016
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted
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The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.
There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.
Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.
Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.
But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.
Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.

Author Interview

 If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

There are small little changes to the finished book I would make here and there— a book never really feels done. But I’m really grateful for my publishing experience and how the book has been received, so I would have to say no.

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, action film, science fiction, or other genre of film?

If anyone spent a day in my house, they’d probably describe what goes on in here as a dark comedy!

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

All I Really Want is a Teacup Pig

What cartoon character best represents your personal philosophy?

Probably Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants, because I can be very antisocial.

If you had to pick to be one character from any book ever created, which would it be? But here’s the catch…this character needs to go on an adventure with one of your characters. Who would be this dynamic duo? Would they have a team name? Would they fight crime or create it?

I would want to be Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings. I think she and my main character from The Darkest Corners, Tessa, would be a really good crime-fighting duo.

In the book Tessa and Cali separate, but if you were one of them, do you think you would want to separate? Is there anything you would do differently?

Tessa and Callie’s friendship is based on a real-life experience. My friend moved away and stopped talking to me, and I was really hurt by it and never even tried to reach out to her and confront her. If I could do it over again, I would have told her how I felt instead of spending all those years in silence, wondering why she cut off our friendship.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Everything! Just kidding. I always find plotting challenging, since I write mysteries that tend to be a little complicated. It’s super important that all of the pieces and clues fit together perfectly, and that’s tough to do without making plot holes.

A good villain is hard to write. How did you get in touch with your inner villain(s) to write The Darkest Corners?

I started with wondering, What is the worst thing I’ve ever done? What sort of things are unforgivable? I like morally gray protagonists— that’s how I wound up with Tessa. Is it okay to lie to protect someone you love, even if it has consequences for an innocent person?

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

No spoilers, but the very last page was my favorite, because it’s a big twist.

Did you learn anything from writing The Darkest Corners and what was it?

I learned that I should ALWAYS write the book that’s in my heart. At first I didn’t want to write The Darkest Corners because I thought it was too dark and violent to be a YA novel. I didn’t know if it would sell, but I wrote it anyway because I loved the story.

See Kara Thomas at The Miami Book Fair this November!

This Above All by Lindsey Roth Culli

This Above All by Lindsey Roth CulliThis Above All by Lindsey Roth Culli
Published by Curiosity Quills Press on August 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 226
Format: ARC
Source: Gifted
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When sixteen-year old Piper is cast as Romeo in her school’s production, she’s as surprised as everyone else. Not only because she’s a girl, but also because she’s from one of the region’s most notorious ultraconservative families.
But when the school principal demands that the part be recast “appropriately” or the show cannot go on, Piper faces a choice: become the figurehead to appeal the principal’s decision or accept the message the administration’s ultimatum sends to the school’s gay students, including her new friends. Namely, that they should be ashamed of who they are or whom they happen to love.
Pitched as Dirty Dancing meets Saved!, when the daughter of one of the region's most notorious ultraconservative families is cast as Romeo in her school production, drama is sure to follow.

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My Thoughts

This Above All was a really great book. It was a unique contemporary read. You all know that my favorite genre isn’t contemporary, but this book is really making me want to read more contemporaries. I related to the characters, and the plot was unique, frustrating, funny. So many adjectives to describe this book. I love Broadway, you guys already know. Heck. I named my blog Reading In the Rain. And then when I saw my second favorite musical was one of the main character’s favorite musical (*cough* Evita *cough*) just made me love her even more.

Her shyness was something that really affected her and I could see her change throughout the book little by little. There really isn’t any character that I do not like from this book…other than her family. Boy do I not like them. i understand that this is her family and she needs to stand by their religion…but family does come first. Shouldn’t you expect to respect your own children even if they disagree with what you believe in.

The whole controversial topic in the book was that why should Piper a girl be playing the main MALE lead in Romeo and Juliet. Here is the answer! She was the best for it!! Little fun fact about Gabi. In the 8th grade, I was in a modern version of Romeo and Juliet. And I played Romeo. So again I relate to the main character….but we didn’t have any boys in the drama class so that adds on to that…

The romance wasn’t the main part of the book, but I really did like it. I believe that the friendship aspect was the bigger part in this book. Well bigger than Romance. Tony was a brilliant character in this book, probably even my favorite.

I don’t really like reading about controversial books that much because I feel like reading is an escape from the world I am living in right now, so I don’t read these types of books often. Yet I do love every single one that I read. This being one of them. I truly recommend this book to y’all. Especially beginners in the contemporary region…and Broadway lovers 😉

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Miami Book Fair|2016 YA Authors!

Hello peeps!

So excited to announce the authors that are coming to this year’s Miami Book Fair!

Sara Shepard:  The Amateurs: Book1

Ryan Graudin: Blood for Blood

Leigh Bardugo: Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows

William Ritter: Ghostly Echoes: A Jackaby Novel

Alexandra Bracken: Passenger

Nicola Yoon: The Sun is Also a Star

Box Brown: Tetris

E.K. Johnston: Spindle

E.K. Johnston: Star Wars Ashoka

Margaret Stohl: Black Widow Red Vengeance ( A Black widow Novel)

Liz Braswell: As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale

Maggie Thrash: We Know It Was You (Strange Truth)

Conor McCreery: Assassin’s Creed Vol 2: Setting Sun

Renee Ahdieh: The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn)

Mindy McGinnis: The Female of the Species

Katherine Mcgee: The Thousandth Floor

Maria Dhavana Headley: Aerie (Magonia)

Kimberly McCreight: The Outliers

Victoria Aveyard: Glass Sword (Red Queen)

Lauren Gibaldi: Autofocus

Carolyn Cohagan: Time Zero

Rachel Cohn: Twelve Days of Dash and Lily

M-E Girard: Girl Mans Up

Kara Thomas: The Darkest Corners

Molly Booth: Saving Hamlet

Geoffrey Philp: Garvey’s Ghost

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Miami Book Fair Excitement!

Hello peeps! Boy do I have some awesome news 🙂

So anyways, some of you make know that I am a Sunshine State gal, more specifically a Miami girl. And every year Miami has the amazing event called The Miami Book Fair, and I go EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

Unfortunately this year I am going to be in Brazil during the time…but I am so excited to announce that I am going to be working with the Miami Book Fair for the weeks leading up to the fair and during the fair week!

I have a friend that I trust dearly with all my heart that is going to the fair in my place and he is going to be a HUGE help to this project, and you’ll be hearing from him with a post or two on the blog 😉

Just so you know there is going to be…

Author interviews!

Giveaways!

Reviews upon reviews!

And a little video when all of this fun stuff is over 🙂

And I encourage ALLLLLLLL of you to try and come to this amazing event. It starts on November 18 and ends on the 20th!

Keep a close eye on the posts coming up 😉

The Rise of The Flame by K.N. Lee

The Rise of The Flame by K.N. LeeRise of the Flame (The Eura Chronicles Book 1) by K.N. Lee
on January 1st 1970
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 465
Format: Epub
Source: Gifted
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From international bestselling author, K.N. Lee comes Rise of the Flame, an epic beginning to the Eura Chronicles.
Six races. Four realms. One human girl who can bring them together in peace... or war. Lilae has been hunted since the night of her birth, for she is heir to a god’s throne. But everything that her surrogate family has done to protect her may have been for nothing. After Lilae is stripped of her powers and enslaved by the emperor of the Mithrani, she finds herself desperate to survive in a strange new world.
On the other side of the world, Liam leads his army across the realm to protect the Tryans and the fairies from those who would do them harm. But when their odds of survival become next to impossible, he must set out on a journey to find a dragon, a child, and the blessing of a fallen god to aid him in the inevitable realm war.
The path forward for both Liam and Lilae seems clear, until their dreamscapes collide. But while they draw strength from their connection, Lilae may be falling for the emperor who should be her greatest enemy.

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My Thoughts

People. People. PEOPLE! It has been so long since I fangirled this hard over a book. I am telling you its the best feeling in the world. I was reading this book in my math class, and in this classroom it is freezing cold. And I was finishing up my book. I was shivering. But trust me when I tell you that it was not because of the room. This book gave me the shivers. THATS how good it was. I recommend this book beyond compare. If you’re new to the high fantasy scene I would completely and totally recommend this book for you my friends. Trust the Gabi, Gabi knows best.

So lets start off with the characters. Lilae. I love her! I felt she was an amazing protagonist for this book. She has many different sides to her which is really what I love best about her. She is strong willed, sometimes can break that third wall and show her true emotions, she is sarcastic, she is funny, and SHE HAS RED HAIR! She’s got the whole package folks. There was a love pentagon in this book. Yet for some reason I actually really really liked this and how it was done. Kavien really grabbed my heart. Yet Liam also grabbed the other side of my heart. So this part of the shape is what I like to call “Tortureville” Do you know how effing hard it is to choose between TWO ROYALS?! The rest of the Pentagon…I don’t really give. I didn’t really like their characters too much so…Liam is my cinnamon roll while Kavien is my pound cake. Both delicious, both different. In some ways…

The story itself has so many different parts to it, it was like reading three books at once but in the best way possible. It has a very good arc, and IT HAS A FUDGING CLIFFHANGER AS A ENDING AND I GOT SO MAD THAT I HAD TO WAIT TWO HOURS BEFORE I COULD BUY THE SECOND BOOK ON AMAZON!

So as you can tell, I LOVED THIS BOOK! I recommend! I recommend! I recommend!

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Bending Nature by Samantha Stone and Jennifer Durfey. My Opinion on Vampire Novels.

Bending Nature by Samantha Stone and Jennifer Durfey. My Opinion on Vampire Novels.Bending Nature: A different kind of vampire novel by Samantha Stone
on January 1st 1970
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Epub
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Julie Sparks thinks life as a teen is difficult, but she didn't realize just how bizarre life would be once three men in Armani suits storm into the museum where she works and try to steal Michael, a famous, winged statue. When one of the men starts to hurt Julie, the statue breaks apart, revealing a beautiful, pale teen. He rips them apart.
Despite how terrified Julie was with how easily Michael killed those men, she falls for his charm and beauty. More men come for Michael. The mystery turns into conspiracy. Julie is in too deep now. She must do everything in her power to not only save her friends and family, but the whole world.
“Set some time aside because you will not be able to put this one down”

Vampire novels these days seem to receive an equal amount of love and hate, receiving both positive feedback from young adults and negative criticism for those that claim to have a better taste in literature. But whether you adore or despise books about vampires, there’s an addictive quality to them that simply draws us in, and has us reading for hours.

For those that have been searching for a vampire novel different from the generic forbidden love story between a human and an immortal being, Bending Nature might be the book for you. A certain kind of infatuation does exist between a human girl and vampire teen, but not in the sense that we usually see in these types of books.

Written and edited by the duo Samantha Stone and Jennifer Durfey, Bending Nature is about a teen named Julie Sparks that thinks that the woes of teenage years are what make life so difficult for her. That is, until three men barge into the museum that she works in and try to steal a sacred statue called Michael. Trying to stop the men from taking the famous winged statue, a pale breaks away from the stone and kills the man hurting Julie, as well as the rest of the gang. Julie is struck with fear, but finds herself enthralled with his beauty and charm, which leads to more trouble down the line as more men come after Michael, only to suffer the same fate as the first three robbers. This turns into a conspiracy that soon endangers her community and beyond, thus she has to discover a way to rescue everyone from certain death. It might not be the kind of love story you were after, but this is definitely a refreshing take on the genre.

It’s hard to explain why we obsess over plots surrounding the dangerous and all-consuming interaction between mortals and vampires. Although the Twilight sensation has faded, the craze with bloodsucking love affairs and vampire themes has been seen across all age groups for centuries now, with gothic novels like Bram Stoker’s Dracula being studied in classic literature to the multitude of vampire television series currently dominating networks such as The CW. These mythical creatures continue to be a central motif in all sorts of media, even manifesting in gaming portals like Pocketfruity, which main focus is to release popular titles such as Slingo Extreme but has began tapping into the immense regard for their fantastical themes with games about Dracula and other mythical creatures. While not every vampire novel has been well received by the masses, these beasts will always be a fascinating subject for us to explore in literature, movies, and games.