Friday, December 29, 2017

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater | Review

17378508Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Series: The Raven Cycle #3

The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!
Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.
After finishing The Raven Thieves, I was actually looking forward to Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I greatly appreciated reading a book mostly focused on Ronan because he's one of my fave characters, and I was hoping that book three would delve back into the lives of all my other beloved characters from this series. At least on that front, I wasn't let down.

For some reason, this is a book series of which I actually have no interest in the plot line. I mean sure, I think it's cool that they're looking for Glendower and all, but I honestly just read for the characters, because they're honestly so awesome. I'm obsessed with Gansey and the rest of the Raven Boys, and even Blue is a super lovable and kick-ass character.

However, the plot started to get to me in this book which made me like it slightly less. It just moves so slowly. At times, I felt like I had to push through pretty hard just in order to get myself to read. It just felt like nothing was really happening in the book, which makes me sad to say! Maybe this series would have worked better as a trilogy? I don't know, but I love Maggie's novels, so I'm still going to check out The Raven King.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

2017 Debut Authors Bash & Giveaway: Kelly Garrett

Hey guys! Today I am featuring Kelly Garrett as part of the 2017 Debut Author's Bash hosted by YA Reads!


About The Last to Die, Kelly's debut novel:
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Sixteen-year-old Harper Jacobs and her bored friends make a pact to engage in a series of not-quite illegal break-ins. They steal from each other's homes, sharing their keys and alarm codes. But they don't take anything that can't be replaced by some retail therapy, so it's okay. It's thrilling. It's bad. And for Harper, it's payback for something she can't put into words-something to help her deal with her alcoholic mother, her delusional father, and to forget the lies she told that got her druggie brother arrested. It's not like Daniel wasn't rehab bound anyway.

So everything is okay-until the bold but aggravating Alex, looking to up the ante, suggests they break into the home of a classmate. It's crossing a line, but Harper no longer cares. She's proud of it. Until one of the group turns up dead, and Harper comes face-to-face with the moral dilemma that will make or break her-and, if she makes the wrong choice, will get her killed.


Her debut novel was published on April 4 of this year by Poisoned Pen Press!



About Kelly Garrett:
Kelly Garrett
I’m a mystery writer in Portland, Oregon. My debut novel, The Last To Die, came out in April 2017 from Poisoned Pen Press. If not writing, I’m probably hiking, watching the Portland Timbers, or seeking out new craft beer or cold brew coffee to try.
I’m also a member of Not The Usual Suspects, a group Facebook page and blog along with several fellow Portland-area writers.

And now I have an awesome dream cast for you guys, created by Kelly Garrett!

Coming up with a cast list for The Last To Die is a bit odd to me because I see my characters in my mind and they're not based on actors. If my book were adapted, I wouldn't be too hung up on the look of the actors as much as their ability to become the character. So just because I see Harper, my main character, as being athletic with brown hair, I wouldn’t be upset if someone with an entirely different look or even ethnicity was cast to play her as long as they embodied her sarcasm and drive.

Here are few ideas for actors:

Harper (the main character): Caity Lotz. She does snark well, and she can play brooding well with flashes of lightness. Plus she’s athletic. Harper is a soccer player able to sprint and climb a fence easily.

Gin (Harper’s boyfriend): a teenage Daniel Sunjata. Athletic, dependable, smart.

Sarah (one of Harper’s friends and a member of her burglary ring): a teenage Claire Coffee. Also able to do snark well, and she’d play a frenemy well.

Paisley, another one of Harper's friend and fellow burglary ring members: a teenage Morena Baccarin. Although in my head, I see Paisley as a blonde.

Thanks so much for taking the time to come up with a dream cast, Kelly!

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