Saturday, March 31, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

Guest Post: Kim Purcell Author of Trafficked

Hannah is an ordinary teenager growing up in Moldova until her parents are killed in a terrorist bombing. While she’s still mourning the loss, she gets an offer that sounds too good to be true: a job as a nanny for a Russian family in Los Angeles.

At first, it seems like her luck has finally turned around, but life with the Platonovs quickly spirals into a nightmare. Lillian, the mother, forces Hannah to work sixteen-hour days cleaning, and won’t let her leave the house. Sergey, the father, is full of secrets. And they refuse to pay Hannah.

Stranded in a foreign land with false documents, no money, and nobody who can help her, Hannah has become a modern-day slave. And the more Hannah unravels this family’s terrible secrets, the more her life—and her family back home—are in grave danger. Desperate and lonely, she reaches out to the boy next door. But in the end, the only one who can save Hannah is herself.

I would love to welcome Kim to Stuck In YA Books! I was soo happy to interview this great author because her book sounds amazing! Be sure to check it out!!
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 Hi Amanda,
Thanks for having me on your blog. 

 

1. What is your book about?

KP: A seventeen-year-old Moldovan girl is orphaned and comes to America for a better life, but instead, is forced to be a slave for a family in Los Angeles.

2.  What inspired you to write your book?   

KP: When I learned that slavery still exists in pretty large numbers in today’s world, I needed to find out how it happens. In every case I researched, the girls and women had chances to leave and they didn’t because they were afraid. They are living in regular neighborhoods and they aren’t chained up. They have the ability to walk out the door, but they don’t go to the neighbor to get help. This was fascinating and horrifying to me. I decided to write about a girl who finds herself in this situation and watches the neighbor boy, also her age, but is too afraid to ask him to help her. I wanted to explore fear and how one gets beyond it. We all have things we want to do and we don’t do them because we’re afraid. Even though the main character in TRAFFICKED is a modern-day slave, I think the book is more about fear, and that applies to all of us.

3.   What was the hardest part of writing your book?

KP:  When I write, I get really into the main character, so if awful stuff happens to her, it also happens to me in my brain. Then, I have to finish writing and go do regular people things like buy groceries and pick up my child from preschool. That transition is really tough for me.

4.      What are your current projects?

KP: I was bullied very badly as a kid and I’m pretty passionate about bullying issues. My next book is about a girl who gets bullied until her criminal biological father comes to town and helps her get revenge.

5.   What book are you reading now?

 KP:  I just finished Amalie Howard’s Bloodspell, which I loved, and tonight I’m going to start reading Nova Ren Suma’s Imaginary Girls. I’m going to be doing events with both of them in the next month.

6.   What do you like to do in your spare time?

KP: I run with my rescue dog, Lola, through the woods near our house. I also love doing anything on the water – kayaking, rowing, sailing, water-skiing, swimming. I think I was a dolphin in another life.

7.  What is your most favorite thing about being an author?

KP: The very best thing is when people contact me and tell me they loved my book and that it touched them in some way. And I get paid for using my imagination. How cool is that?  

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I am very excited to read this book!! Thank you again to Kim for coming by  cant wait to read many more books in the future!!! 
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ALSO READ THE FIRST CHAPTER OF TRAFFICKED --> READ THE FIRST CHAPTER

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (37) Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Title:Such a Rush
Author: Jennifer Echols
Pages: 320
Publisher: MTV Books (Simon Pulse)
Expected Release: July 10, 2012
Pre-Order: Book Depository

Summary: 

The wildly popular author of Going Too Far, Forget You, and Love Story returns with a sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers. High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.  But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. 

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly. Engrossing and intense, Such a Rush is a captivating story from an author with a rising star.

Why Am I Excited: 

1. I <3 all of Jennifer Echols books
2. I have heard many things that is really good!!
3. Can it be July 10
4. Love the plot/summary
5. I want to read this!!!   

 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Torn (Trylle #2) by Amanda Hocking

Title: Torn (Trylle #2)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Pages: 291
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Expected Release: February 28th 2012
Buy: Amazon| Chapters Indigo| Barnes & Noble| Book Depository

Summary (Goodreads

When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she’s a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story…

She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to master her magical powers—and marry an equally powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits…and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything, and everybody, she’s ever wanted…in both worlds.

As a special gift to readers, this book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “One Day, Three Ways,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.

Review:  

I really love this series. It gets better and better!! I love how Wendy is starting to grow into a "queen" into this novel. We also see more character development with Finn and even the handsome Loki. In Amanda Hocking's sequel in her Trylle series. In the first book we learn about Wendy's heritage and where she comes from but in Torn we drive right into learning about her kingdom and the sacrifices she will make. I really loved this book!

The beginning picks up right at the end of Switched which is good because we get to see Matt again after Rhys and her ran off away from the palace! It really developed right after there with so many secrets that Elora was keeping. But along with the truth from her mother there is always a reason why she is cold to her daughter. When Finn starts to deny his feelings towards her, she then starts to have a connection with Loki, a very powerful Vittra who is very helpful against her enemy. 


The Vittra were very interesting, and the development in this book about them fills in the pieces of why they are trying to kidnap Wendy. With this story we found out secrets about who King Oren is and his goal of obtaining Wendy for power. As the story grows I was torn with who I wanted Wendy with because both men are soo cute and one will try to win her attention. I am looking forward to finding out what will happen next in this awesome trilogy even I was left torn!! 


5/5

Saturday, March 24, 2012

In My Mailbox (37)

For Review:

Thanks to Harlequin Teen:

The Immortal Rules (Blood Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa (Netgalley)

 Bought:
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

+ 2 packages that my mom is holding hostage at this time (Goal is to find them- still unknown)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Gone Reading

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