Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous Blog Tour

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Authors: Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous Blog

Publication: October 3rd 2017 by Geek & Sundry

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Hello everyone! I am pleased to announce that I am part of the Book Tour for Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous. This book seems so intriguing and I can’t wait to pick it up! To celebrate the release of this book, I have partnered up with Chapter by Chapter to share a special note from one of the authors, Malena Watrous to her Readers! You can find the letter down below! 🙂

Summary (Goodreads):

Fifteen-year-old Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from their Airstream trailer in the Oregon redwoods. A recurring nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her mom. Laurel, a loner, has to learn to ask for help, and Jasper Blake, a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books, quickly becomes her ally. Together they find their quiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecy.

Laurel soon learns that her worst enemies, mean girls Peyton Andersen and Mei Rosen, are developing powers that she needs to find and save Ivy. With time running out, Laurel realizes that power doesn’t always take the form that you expect. And once she learns to look beyond her snap judgments, she develops an unexpected gift of her own. 

AUTHOR POST by Malena Watrous:

Dear Reader,

When we wrote this book, we had a very clear idea of who you were. You were a thirteen-year-old girl who stayed up all night with a flashlight in order to find out the twist in the latest novel by Lois Duncan. A fifteen-year-old devouring everything by Stephen King. When you got your hands on Carrie, on a camping trip with your best friend, you needed her to read it at the same time as you, and so you ripped the paperback apart, chapter by chapter, so that you could read it simultaneously, shrieking and staying up all night until you’d both come to the satisfying ending.

 

How do I know this?

 

Because we wrote this book for the girl we used to be.

 

When I was fifteen, the same age as our main character Laurel, I dreamed of having the power to move things with my eyes. It was so real that when I woke up I felt that if I just tried hard enough, flexing my eyes like muscles, I might be able to move something very small—a postage stamp or paperclip. Never happened, of course. 

 

I also dreamed of being a writer and that dream did come true. I published my first novel. It was a novel for adults and I was proud of it but it wasn’t the kind of book I’d dreamed of writing as a kid. No magic. Just real people living real and difficult lives. There’s nothing wrong with that kind of book. But at some point, I realized that I wanted to have fun writing again, and maybe frighten myself just a little too. I wanted to write a book like Carrie or Matilda, with good and evil, big powers and an exciting showdown. 

 

Lucky for me, I met Helena, a friend who shared my love of writing, and wanted to write this kind of story too. She grew up in London, England and I grew up in Oregon, but as teenagers, strangers three thousand miles apart, we read all the same books. Even as adults, our bookshelves held all the same favorite titles. We both had a feeling we’d enjoy writing with each other. After all, when we were little, we used to “play pretend” with friends. Why not try doing that on paper? We wrote this story for each other, sharing scenes like secret treats, and we wrote this book for our former selves. One of the last things we wrote was the book’s dedication, and just like with so much of the story, we were in perfect agreement about what to say:

 

This book is for anyone who has heard the self-doubting voice that says: you can’t write, you’re not good enough. Silence your inner critic and find the spark inside you, waiting to ignite.

 

That was us.

 

That’s you, dear reader. 

 

Thank you for sharing our story.

 

Now go tell your own. 

 

Warmly,

Malena

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Hope you all enjoyed this post!

It was such a pleasure for me to take part in this blog tour for this amazing book! This has been receiving such great reviews from so many readers. I hope you all will support these great writers and read this book as well!

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all with another bookish post! 🙂

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Violet Grenade Book Tour w/ Author Interview

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Genre: Dark

Author: Victoria Scott

Publication: May 16th 2017 by Entangled Teen

Pages: 300

Rating: 4/5

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Hello everyone! I am so happy to announce that I am hosting a stop for the Violet Grenade Book Tour by Victoria Scott! Hoorayyy!!! Thank you to Entangled Teen and Chapter by Chapter for this amazing opportunity! I was able to receive an e-ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Stay tuned for the Author Interview at the end of the post for an in depth look into the book, Victoria’s writing habits and what we can look forward from her in the future!

Summary

Domino is a homeless girl who lives with her best friend, Dizzy, who unfortunately ends up captured and thrown into jail through a series of events. With no money to bail him out, Domino is forced to turn to the aid of Madam Karina who offers her a place to stay and a position in her Home for Girls. It isn’t long before Domino learns the dark secrets which lay within this Home as well as the ones Madam Karina holds herself. Within time, Domino tries to escape her clutches but she holds a special and dangerous secret as well: A voice in her head named Wilson.

Characters

Domino – Strong and Independent; I truly enjoyed reading about Domino. I loved that she was portrayed as a strong woman who knew how to take care of herself but still had a few insecurities as well: one of them being Wilson since she believes herself to be a monster for having him invade her mind. Her insecurities helped with making her character more relatable.

Cain – Quiet and Mysterious; Cain was also a character who was well thought out since he does come from a past which haunts him but despite everything, he is still gentle and protective over Domino which was sweet to see progress throughout the story.

Madam Karina – Mysterious yet vicious antagonist who manages to charismatically gain control over the minds of the girls in her Home. I also enjoyed that the author gave her character a backstory along with the other characters. It helped make the story more realistic.

Wilson – “The voice within Domino.” When we first introduced to Wilson, I had to admit I was quite shocked since I never read a story in which we were introduced to a character within the mind of a protagonist. I loved reading about him and the relationship he had with Domino. Despite being the dark and violent voice within Domino, he only had one sole purpose which was trying to protect her.

My Final Thoughts: 

This was a fabulous read and I was very impressed of how fresh the concept of the story was to include a character within the mind of another main character. We usually do not see much psychological thrillers within YA literature so it was quite refreshing to read something different from typical YA genres. This book was a mix of a lot of themes: Psychological, Unusual, Horrifying, and Heartbreaking that you cannot help but be glued to the pages since the plot moves rapidly. There was not one moment where I felt the story slowed down or lagged. The high stakes and the secrets within these characters was what kept me reading. This is definitely not a light read since there are dark themes present within this novel as well as some intense and emotional scenes. Overall, the characters were so well developed and the plot was so fast paced that this was just an awesome book to read! I would definitely recommend this if you enjoy reading psychological thrillers and darker YA genres.

 

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About the Author (From GoodReads): 

Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight novels for young adults including FIRE & FLOOD, THE COLLECTOR, HEAR THE WOLVES, and VIOLET GRENADE. She is published by Scholastic and Entangled Teen, and is represented by Sara Crowe. Victoria’s novels are sold in fourteen countries, and she loves receiving reader emails from at home, and across the world.

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Author Interview: 

1. The concept of having a character with a second personality is quite unique. How did you come with the idea?

I just kept picturing this small teenage girl who looks in every way like the perfect victim, but you don’t realize she’s packing ammunition in her head. The character, Domino, never left my mind. So I had to write her.

2. In terms of writing and world building, what advice do you have for future writers who wish to craft and develop a fantasy yet believable new world? How do you approach this when you are writing your books?

I think the realness comes from the details. It comes from watching people around you and noticing what quirks make them human, and relatable. I think comes from the characters even more than the world itself.

3. Have you ever faced writers block? How do you typically try to overcome it?

I treat writer’s block like others treat having an unmotivated day. I put on my Big Girl pants and write anyway. Because this is my job, and I can’t stay in bed just because I feel like it no more than anyone else at any other job (though sometimes I wish I could).

4. Do you have a favorite place to write? Any special playlists you like to listen to?

I have a favourite coffee shop, and a favourite drink there (Pink Drink for the win!). I usually listen to Spotify while writing, but the scene dictates the playlist.

5. Do you have any book or series that you would never get tired of reading multiple times?

Harry Potter for days! Always and forever.

6. What can we expect from you in the future? Are there any other genres you would like to explore?

I’m drafting a new young adult book right now that’s a stand-alone. Someday I may try an adult novel. I love reading adult thrillers!

 

Thank you all for stopping by!

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you soon! 🙂

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