Sunday, August 6, 2017

GIVEAWAY and Guest Post of Love is Both Wave and Particle



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By: Paul Cody




 LOVE IS BOTH WAVE AND PARTICLE

“My First Book for Teens”

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: Young Adult,  Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

This achingly beautiful novel considers how to measure love when it has the power to both save and destroy.

Levon Grady and Samantha Vash are both students at an alternative high school for high-achieving but troubled teens. They have been chosen for a year-long project where they write their life stories and collect interviews from people who know them. The only rule is 100% confidentiality—they will share their work only with each other. What happens will transform their lives.

Told from the perspectives of Levon, Sam, and all the people who know them best, this is a love story infused with science and the exploration of identity. Love Is Both Wave and Particle looks at how love behaves in different situations, and how it can shed light on even the darkest heart.

Amazon- https://www.amazon.ca/Love-Both-Wave-Particle-Paul/dp/1626726884



I didn’t intend to write Love Is Both Wave and Particle for teenagers. I had always written dark literary fiction for adults, usually about people who were mentally ill, or somehow living at the margins of society—in prisons, or mental hospitals, or on the streets.
But I taught at colleges and universities for more than fifteen years, and nearly all my students were anywhere from seventeen to twenty-one years old. One course I taught often was focused on personal essay and writing from experience.
The very nature of that course encouraged students to write about their lives, their hopes, fears, the things that had upset them or gave them joy. The students often wrote about cutting, eating disorders, sexual assault, depression, alcohol and drug problems, and serious problems with their parents.
I got to know the students unusually well, because they were writing from the heart. It made me realize how even “normal-seeming” students were often carrying heavy emotional burdens, and how often, writing about the burdens would somehow ease the pain.
I also have two sons who had recently passed through their mid to late teens. So, I felt I knew kids of that age.
Kids that age are in flux. Not quite adults, not only teenagers. They have driver’s licenses, are only a year away from voting or joining the military. Many drink alcohol, at least a little, some smoke weed.
I wanted to write a novel about two seventeen-year-olds, each with some history of mental illness or disability, and throw them together, in a fairly small setting, to see what would happen.
Would they hate each other?
Understand each other?
Might they fall in love?
Might they even change each other in big or small ways?
Part of being a teenager, I’d always thought, was growing up and away from the influence of parents and home, and finding different influences in the world, from friends, teachers, musicians, books, and the internet. Many things go into the process of growing up.
As I got deeper in the writing of Love Is Both Wave and Particle, the characters deepened and changed for me. Often, a character who I thought was a certain kind of person, who was cynical and heartless, turned out to have lots of heart and a real sense of decency. It had just been buried beneath a fa├žade of cynical cool.
My main characters, Sam and Levon, were often contradicting my expectations for them. I wanted them to go left, and they wanted to go right. And in pretty much every case, I tried to watch and listen carefully, and I nearly always followed their leads.
Characters become alive to me as I’m writing, and I develop great respect and affection for them during the creation of a novel.
When I finished the novel, and sent it to the woman who’s now my agent, she read it and said, “This is a terrific young adult novel.” 

I was absolutely surprised, but very curious about the genre. I thought of Huck Finn and The Catcher in the Rye, and that in many ways those are young adult novels, and those are also novels I had loved for decades.
And then when I thought of the thousands of students I had taught, and when I looked at my two sons and their many friends, it made perfect sense that I had written a novel about young adults for young adults.
Just as my characters had surprised me, I had surprised myself.   

Paul Cody earned an MFA at Cornell University, and has published several novels and a memoir for adults. He lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife, the poet Elizabeth Holmes, and their two sons. Love Is Both Wave and Particle is his first novel for teenagers.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Review and Giveaway of League of American Traitors



League of American Traitors
Publisher: Sky Pony
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Historical

Synopsis:

Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. . . . 

 When seventeen year-old Jasper is approached at the funeral of his deadbeat father by a man claiming to be an associate of his deceased parents, he’s thrust into a world of secrets tied to America’s history—and he’s right at the heart of it.

First, Jasper finds out he is the sole surviving descendant of Benedict Arnold, the most notorious traitor in American history. Then he learns that his father’s death was no accident. Jasper is at the center of a war that has been going on for centuries, in which the descendants of the heroes and traitors of the American Revolution still duel to the death for the sake of their honor.

His only hope to escape his dangerous fate on his eighteenth birthday? Take up the research his father was pursuing at the time of his death, to clear Arnold’s name.

Whisked off to a boarding school populated by other descendants of notorious American traitors, it’s a race to discover the truth. But if Jasper doesn’t find a way to uncover the evidence his father was hunting for, he may end up paying for the sins of his forefathers with his own life.  Like a mash-up of National Treasure and Hamilton, Matthew Landis’s debut spins the what-ifs of American history into a heart-pounding thriller steeped in conspiracy, clue hunting, and danger.


What an exciting historical fiction novel!  I remember reading that League of American Traitors was a mash up between National Treasure and Hamilton, and it was just that!  I couldn’t have been happier, as I am an avid National Treasure fan!  I like history more and more as I’m experiencing it through these types of novels specifically.  This was the first historical fiction novel that I read that wasn’t WWII based, so I was a little nervous to give it a shot, but I am so glad I did.  I loved Jasper!  His resilience and determination reminded me so much of myself!  And a descendant of Benedict Arnold?!  Yes please!  I need all of the notorious historical figures discussed in YA fiction the way this one was!


I loved how the story opens in a funeral. I think it’s dark but real and when it's real, it grasps on to you.  The first two chapters were absolutely filled with action and I knew this book was going to be good.  As the chapters continued and the story and characters developed, my assumptions were confirmed.  Landis is great story teller and knows exactly how to write about history for YA!

I also read that Landis was a history teacher and so I knew that the facts would be just that, facts.  I felt that because of his expertise in his field, he was able to really open up the world of U.S. history in a very unique and entertaining way.  There are not a lot of authors like that, in my opinion.  Sometimes children are looked down upon because of their parents’ actions, I really enjoyed how Landis develops his characters with their pasts held over their heads.  Nora was definitely a favorite of mine, but I do wish I would have heard a little more about her. I felt that Jasper was well thought out and handled situations, exactly how you’d expect a 17 year old descendant of Benedict Arnold to handle things, struggling to maintain honor, maturity, and responsibility.

With such a clever premise, and so much action, it was pretty difficult to not turn the page.  I thoroughly enjoyed the adventures and the clues given throughout the story that ultimately lead to a very satisfying ending.  




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I love history, but not in the old, awful, kill-me-now-please kind of way. My passion is convincing my students that the past is actually hilarious, shocking, tragic, disturbing, and altogether UN-boring. While getting my graduate degree in History at Villanova, I realized that there was yet one more way to do this: write contemporary young adult books laced with history to convince my students that past isn't as awful as they think. That’s a huge reason why I wrote The Judas Society.

Some other stuff: I love poetry but don’t understand it; I want Gordon Ramsay to give me a fatherly hug at some point; I tend toward the unapologetically dramatic; and (to my great shame) I didn’t read the Harry Potter series until last year. I’m also really good at covering up patent insecurities with self-deprecating humor (like this joke).



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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Giveaway for Of Jenny & The Aliens!!




ABOUT THE BOOK:

Of Jenny and the Aliens
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Sci-Fi

Synopsis:

When boy meets girl meets alien, the angst of first love gets an extraterrestrial intervention in a tale both outrageously funny and full of heart.

Ten years after Earth sent messages out into deep space, there has been an answer. Music from a distant planet has reached the world’s radios. Are aliens about to invade? No one knows, and almost-eighteen-year-old Derek doesn’t really care, because at a wild end-of-the-world party, Jennifer Novak invited him to play beer pong, and things, well, progressed from there. Derek is in love. Deeply, hopelessly in love. He wants it all — marriage, kids, growing old on a beach in Costa Rica. For him, Jenny is the One. But Jenny has other plans, which may or may not include Derek. So Derek will try anything to win her — even soliciting advice from an alien who shows up in his hometown. This alien may just be the answer to Derek’s problem, but is Derek prepared to risk starting an interstellar war to get his girl? Just how far is he willing to travel to discover the mysteries of the universe — and the enigma of love?

AUTHOR GUEST POST!! 

Hi y'all!

My name is Ryan Gebhart and I'm the author of the upper YA novel Of Jenny and the Aliens. It's about first love and first contact. About world peace and/or an interstellar war. It's full of crass humor, UFOs, and as Booklist says in a starred review: “The narrative probes the boundless nature of love and the boundaries people impose on it, and draws attention to the process of hiding from and then finding oneself.” I'm thrilled that the Fantastic Flying Book Club is hosting its book tour. Thank you so much to all involved!

Three main things and a million little other things inspired Of Jenny and the Aliens, but I'll stick with sharing just the top three:

1)      Well, I saw a UFO. I was at a party in Texas and everyone was lying on blankets looking up at the night sky as this ring of spinning lights moved across the sky effortlessly, sometimes vanishing, only to reappear somewhere else in the sky five seconds later. Everyone was debating what it could be, and we settled on the possibility that this UFO was alien in nature. Then the topic transitioned into what these theoretical aliens' intentions were: do they come in peace or with hostile intentions?  To me, the potential aliens on board had to be friendly. Because if they were hostile and capable of traveling to Earth, then why haven't they already killed us in an attempt to recolonize our planet for their own purposes, or to enslave humanity and/or harvest us for food? Then a thought occurred to me: maybe they're afraid of us. I knew I had expand upon that idea.

2)      Uhh, (cough) I haven't had the best of luck with relationships. Although my main character Derek's story in no way directly reflects my own, I have shared many of the emotions he experiences. I guess Derek and I both grew up having some unrealistic expectations of what love is supposed to be, and how love in real life isn't always like how it's portrayed on film. Love is complicated, it can be amazing, it can suck miserably, but as Derek's dad says at one point: “...whether we like it or not, it's what keeps the human race going.” I wanted to write a love story, but I wanted to make is as messy and shocking and nauseating and as an episode of Jerry Springer. Sure, there are perfect Cinderella romances in the real world. I chose to represent the romances that turn into absolute train wrecks that, as a spectator, you just can't look away from.

3)      The Iraq War. When I was first drafting the idea for Of Jenny and the Aliens, it was 2007 and I had already spent years trying to concept how we could be in another war after we had already been involved in so many other wars. When would the violence stop? I remember when I studied abroad, I had so much fun learning someone else's language, trying brand new foods, dancing brand new dances. Every culture across the globe has so much depth, so much history, so much humanity. Iraqis are no exception, so why were we fighting them when instead we could be communicating with them, learning about them, and just simply hanging out? I delved deeper into those thoughts until I asked myself: what would it take for humanity to collectively stop fighting each other? What would it take for actual world peace? These questions ate away at me so much until I thought of a plausible answer. I won't give it away, but it's cynical as hell and, yeah, it involves aliens...



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
   

Ryan Gebhart is the author of the middle-grade novel There Will Be Bears, about which Publishers Weekly said in a starred review, Fully developed characters, complex and realistic relationships . . . and a spot-on narrative voice . . . make this story stand out. About Of Jenny and the Aliens, the author says, This book is about first love and discovering that we're not alone in the universe, and how maybe those two things aren't that different from each other.” Ryan Gebhart lives in Ohio.

His debut young adult Of Jenny and the Aliens, about first love and discovering that we're not alone in the universe, will be released Spring 2017 with Candlewick Press.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES-BESTELLING AUTHOR OF GIRL ON THE TRAIN...

Into the Water

This book is intense in the best way! 



 I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the novel to follow Girl On The Train.  I loved the GOTT.  Well I must admit that Into The Water is even better.  With more characters, more story lines, this mystery isn't solved yet and I am coming to the end of the book!  I love when I don't discover the truth until the end!  



I first rented the audio book from my library of this book but didn't listen to it enough.  With 1 hour and 23 minutes left, the book expired.  I work at a college, so I immediate thought of the possibility that it would be here at the library and sure enough, bless Ms. Duphia's heart  (she took the elevator down to the main level to retrieve the book for me), there was one copy on hand.  



I read some more on lunch break and am very eager and excited for the conclusion of this psychological thriller that Paula Hawkins has very intricately crafted for us readers!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Lady Midnight...

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To be honest, I was terrified of Lady Midnight for more than one reason.  After reading the entire Mortal Instrument series, after falling in love with so many characters, after being introduced to The Infernal Devices and loving and hating that story, needing Jem to be real so I could hold him, after all of that, I wasn't sure if I could dive back into the shadow hunter world.  I didn't think I could even allow myself to get to know this new generation of shadow hunters.  However, when a series is this good, intricately weaved of emotions, magic and action, the temptation will not go away for a true Cassie Clare fan, I think.  

Can anyone replace Clary and Jace in our hearts??  

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This massively large fantasy book, spoke out to me and drew me in slowly but surely.  Sitting on the top shelf of my bookshelf, protruding out from the rest of the series.  Btw, have I mentioned in any past posts, how much I love Instagram?  You can follow me @justicereads, Twitter is great too, but Instagram has this way of drawing people in more I think.  You're posts aren't limited to so few characters like Twitter, and you have elaborately decorated pictures to really entice people to find out more about newly released books.  Anyway, it was a wonderful friend @tall_telle_tells_tales that invited me to join her buddy reading group of Lady Midnight in preparation for Lord of Shadows and that's what it took to pull me over the edge and I was ready to start reading.   I held the gargantuan book in my hands, I listened to Julian's and Emma's screams through the audio book and I stared at fanart spread throughout social media.  

I was utterly in love with Lady Midnight.  

Cassie doesn't stray from her normal writing.  With re-introduced characters, now older, the war against evil is still present, just in a different form.  The love triangles exist, and have your heart being pulled in different directions, because Cassie makes you love all of her characters.  Even her villains have reasonable motives so you can't just simply hate them.  The twists and turns in the story however, make you cringe, make you wonder why Cassie likes to torture us!?  Haha!!!  Lady Midnight is everything it should be and I can't believe I waited so long to read this incredible spin off series!  I'm going to end this review now because I need to start reading Lord of Shadows right away so I know what's going to happen between you know who!  Well, maybe you don't yet, but you will if you know what's in your bookworms heart's best interest!!!! 

Time to read Lord of Shadows...

Sunday, February 12, 2017

"A woman who seeks to rise in this world must be even more evil than men." ~ The Cruelty

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom



Goodreads Review:

When her diplomat father is kidnapped and the U.S. Government is unable to help, 17 year-old Gwendolyn Bloom sets off across the sordid underbelly of Europe to rescue him. Following the only lead she has—the name of a Palestinian informer living in France—she plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking. As she journeys from the slums of Paris, to the nightclubs of Berlin, to the heart of the most feared crime family in Prague, Gwendolyn discovers that to survive in this new world she must become every bit as cruel as the men she’s hunting. 


Let me start by saying wow.  I was given an audio copy of The Cruelty by Macmillan Audio in exchange for a honest review and that is exactly what you're about to get!!  With the criticism that Bergstrom got last year because of an interview and a sample of one of his chapters, I would say to that, don't let that stop you from reading a really good story.  A good story with good and developed characters and a shocking reality that Bergstrom captures expertly.

I'm not going to sugar coat this s*** for you guys, because neither did The Cruelty sugar coat anything for me.  This book was hard core.  It was tough, full of action, and sickening situations that you wouldn't want to even imagine your pretty little self in.  I read that this book is great for fans of Taken and let me say that statement is 100% accurate!  I couldn't get enough of it.  I was listening in my car, listening at home and I even took the CD into work with me!  


Gwendolyn Bloom is no joke.  With the perfect background of her childhood, being dragged all over the world due to her father's political career, she was born for this role of kicking some ass. She starts off in the book a little timid and though it seemed perfectly real, it pissed me off!  The author definitely makes you feel things while reading this.  Well done, Bergstrom.

I imagine that if I liked my father as much as Gwen does, I'd put myself in the dangerous and life threatening situations that Gwen did too, haha

There are disturbing situations spotlighted in this book, and I don't just mean break-ups, or kidnappings, or people just being mean, I mean sex trafficking, real criminals from other countries, and murder scenes, this YA is a hard kick in the face to open your eyes to reality, fiction but with real life scenarios thrown in.  This is my kind of book though. Full of corruption, lies, and desire to uncover the truth.  I love how Bergstrom made this fiction feel real, and I'm sure that is exactly why it was picked up for movie rights by Jerry Bruckheimer.


I think with some authors, pushing their female leads into roles of power, strength, and sometimes vengeful, now is a perfect time for Bergstrom's character Gwen to hit the ground running.  I loved this fast pace, girl kicking a** novel, and I think other fans of action, contemporary and young adult novels will to.  


Scott Bergstrom

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Presenting... Caraval by Stephanie Garber! An Audio Book Review from Macmillan Audio & Giveaway!!!

Goodreads Review:  Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.


If you've thought this book won't live up to the hype... think again.  Caraval turned out to be exactly what I was expecting it to be and thanks to Stephanie Garber, Flatiron Books and Macmillan Audio for making that happen!  There was no disappointment at all, and when a book gets a lot of hype, myself and a lot of fellow readers that I've spoken with are hesitant that the book won't live up to the hype.  Well guys... this one does!!!  

I love that the setting starts on a gloomy island, with her sister getting in over her head and her father is less than pleased.  You immediately get back story on Scarlett and her sister Tella, which I love.  I'm not a huge fan of when a book goes to chapter 2 or even 3 sometimes before you actually learn about the character.  Garber elaborates on her details of expression for each character where you can visualize each person and even hear the accents!  I was able to review Caraval through an audio book version from the lovely Macmillan Audio and I was able to hear Julian's sexy accent materialize, even if Rebecca Soler was the person behind his voice! lol May I just say, that Soler is the best voice actress that I've come to hear thus far in my audio book journey and I've listened to a lot.  


Once the characters, Scarlett, Tella and Julian all reach Caraval, the fun really begins.  Legend is no ordinary person, or ring master.  He is full of secrets and surprises that are not always good and safe and I loved every second of it!  The adventures in Caraval unfold to us as fast as a carousal, or a magical carousal is more like it!  Hahaha The characters that are exquisitely woven into the story present themselves with life, magic and a certain darkness that draws you as the reader into the story more and more.  Garber has a dark side, do not be fooled by her niceness!  Which, by the way if she actually reads this review, Stephanie, I want you to know that you are one of the nicest authors I've had the pleasure of reading tweets and instagram posts from, but I know there's something inside of you because, I mean come on!?  You wrote Caraval!!!  The story itself unfolds eerily, magically, and suspense-fully that it will be very hard to not turn the next page or to press stop or pause on your audio book.  If I may, the audio book, brings this book to life even more if it's possible and I would know, because I had the ARC and the audio book, so the reading could continue as much as possible! I would highly recommend buying the audio book version from Macmillan Audio!

I can't wait for the next installment, or at least I hope there will be one!  Garber may or may not lead you into thinking there will be another one hehehe.  May the excitement of Caraval live long and prosper!!!  Wait, can that saying go along with another installment of a novel?  Well, I say it can and this is Justicereads blog so there!!  Good bye my fellow friends and followers.  I hope you have enjoyed my review of a very magical Caraval and my biggest hope is that it will make you want to read it more than you may have already felt!! Bwahahaha!!! *Laughing evily**


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GIVEAWAY and Guest Post of Love is Both Wave and Particle

Bog Tour:  Love is Both Wave and Particle By: Paul Cody   LOVE IS BOTH WAVE AND PARTICLE “My First Book for Tee...