Waiting on Wednesday: MIDNIGHT THIEF by Livia Blackburn

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

This week I have a WOW that has been seriously haunting me. MIDNIGHT THIEF by Livia Blackburn sounds and looks so good that I am besides myself with a need to it.  Secrets, romance and high adventure. What is not to like about it....nothing....except the torture of waiting....

Now that you know my WoW, please tell me what is yours.

by Livia Blackburn
ISBN-13: 978-1423176381
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 368

Growing up on Forge's streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that's not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she's not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he is persistent-and darkly attractive-and Kyra can't quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by the Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival-and vengeance-might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra's past that threatens to reshape both their lives.

ASK ME BLOG TOUR: Interview with Kimberly Pauley

Today I have the pleasure of being part of the ASK ME Blog Tour. ASK ME is an amazing novel by Kimberly Pauley, a story about a girl story with the power of the oracle. Once you read ASK ME you will not forget it and that is why I am so very pleased to have Kimberly Pauly over today with a guest post. I have been a fan since her I read her SUCKS TO BE ME novel and and am most excited for ASK ME. So, please stay and get to know a little bit more about this novel and it's amazing author then don't forget to enter the giveaway at the very end. GOOD LUCK!!

 Read an excerpt HERE
Ask Aria Morse anything, and she must answer with the truth. Yet she rarely understands the cryptic words she‘s compelled to utter. Blessed—or cursed—with the power of an Oracle who cannot decipher her own predictions, she does her best to avoid anyone and everyone.

But Aria can no longer hide when Jade, one of the few girls at school who ever showed her any kindness, disappears. Any time Aria overhears a question about Jade, she inadvertently reveals something new, a clue or hint as to why Jade vanished. But like stray pieces from different puzzles, her words never present a clear picture.

Then there’s Alex, damaged and dangerous, but the first person other than Jade to stand up for her. And Will, who offers a bond that seems impossible for a girl who’s always been alone. Both were involved with Jade. Aria may be the only one who can find out what happened, but the closer she gets to solving the crime, the more she becomes a target. Not everyone wants the truth to come out.
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Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley
Publication Date:  April 8, 2014
Publisher:   Soho Teen

“Pauley's new book explores one of the most original ideas I've seen in a long time.”
—Sara Grant, author of Dark Parties and Half Lives
“Original, atmospheric, and utterly compelling. I couldn't put it down.”
—C.J. Redwine, author of the Courier's Daughter trilogy
“A suspenseful, surprising novel from start to finish.”
—Alex Flinn, author of Beastly and Breathing Underwater


Kimberly Pauley is the award-winning author of Sucks to Be Me, which was honored on the YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list, and a paranormal mystery starring an oracle, called Ask Me. Born in California, she has lived everywhere from Florida to Chicago and has now gone international to live in London with her husband and son. She is also the founder of YA Books Central, one of the first and largest teen book websites in the world. Visit her online at www.kimberlypauley.com


1. Using the phrase, "this is a story about...," supply five words to describe Ask Me.
This is a story about…(an) unwilling oracle and a sociopath.
2. Which character in this book (main or secondary) did you enjoy writing about?

I had the most fun writing Porter, Aria’s granddad.

3. What inspired you to write Ask Me? and did you have a inspiration board i.e. pinterest

Yes, I kept a Pinterest board at http://www.pinterest.com/kimberlypauley/book-ask-me/

My original take off point was the idea of a girl with a great power that she felt she couldn’t control; something that other people might think they would want but she couldn’t wait to get out of.

4. What is your favorite line in Ask Me?

Oh, wow. I’ve never even thought about this. I honestly have no idea. That sounds terrible, but I really have no idea what I would pick in probably any of my books. I guess that’s kind of strange since I can think of lines in other people’s books I would pick out as favorites. I’m going to have to think about this one! What about you? Did you have a favorite line?

5. If Ask Me were turned into a motion picture and you had control over whom would be cast. Who would you pick?

I’ve yet to come across a perfect Alex, but for Aria I lean toward India Eisley or Hailee Steinfeld. Will would probably be Alex Black or Alex Pettyfer. I’m still open to suggestions though!

6. What is your inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve always written. I don’t think there was ever a single thing that inspired me. I just always had to write. I can’t not write...if I didn’t, I think my head would explode.

7. Do you have soundtrack that you played during the time that you wrote Ask Me and could you share that with me?

All of the books that make up the chapter headings were the songs I listened to while writing. You can see a list at http://kimberlypauley.com/askme/extras/

This book was all about the music for me. I’m actually amazed that I’m not sick of those songs yet!

Upcoming YA Events: April 13 - April 19

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Sunday, April 13 @ 3pm

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, April 14 @ 7pm

Books Inc. At Alameda Free Library
Tuesday, April 15 @ 7pm


Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, April 18 @ 7pm

Sneak A Peek Saturday: THE FALCONER by Elizabeth May

Sneak a Peek Saturday is a feature that I like to indulge in because I cannot wait to read the tasty tid bits that are put out there for us ravenous readers to enjoy.

Today I have a great sneak peek on The Falconer by debut author Elizabeth May. Those that love adventure and fantasy will sink their teeth into this novel with relish and I am more than happy to share an excerpt to whet your appetite. ENJOY!!!

by Elizabeth May
ISBN-13: 978-1452114231
Publisher: Chronicle Children's Books
Pages: 288
Click on the cover above for you Sneak Peek
Humans will be the hunted. Love will be tested. Vengeance will be had.

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?

GOING OVER BLOG TOUR: Guest Post and Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of being part of the GOING OVER Blog Tour. GOING OVER is an amazing novel by Beth Kephart, a Romeo and Juliet story set in the 80s with two teens in love on opposite sides of the Berlin wall. Once you read GOING OVER I could not forget it and that is why I am so very excited to have Beth Kephart over today with a guest post. So, please stay and get to know a little bit more about this novel and it's amazing author then don't forget to enter the giveaway at the very end. GOOD LUCK!!

By Beth Kephart
Ages 14 and up
April 2014

In the early 1980s Ada and Stefan are young, would-be lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall--Ada lives with her mother and grandmother and paints graffiti on the Wall, and Stefan lives with his grandmother in the East and dreams of escaping to the West.

“A stark reminder of the power of hope, courage, and love.”-Booklist, starred review
“An excellent example of historical fiction focusing on an unusual time period.”-School Library Journal, starred review

I was a child writer-dreamer who never strayed far from that path. Today I’m the award-winning author of seventeen books—dreaming my way toward more by night, while running a boutique marketing communications firm by day. I'm privileged to teach creative nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania in spring semesters. I love writing about the intersection of place and memory for the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. I am honored to review literature for the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Always and most importantly, I am privileged to be a mom.

At the Core of the Novel: Truth
It happened almost all of a sudden—how real Berlin 1983 began to feel in my heart and mind. I had been to the city, of course, but only as a tourist. I had read books, magazine stories, transcripts, had watched documentaries and films. I had listened to the music, pressed replay a thousand times as David Bowie sung his famed Wall song. I had danced to "99 Luftballoons."But I had never been a graffiti artist. And I'd never lived in East Berlin.  And I wasn’t a survivor of the World War II, nor a little Turkish boy afraid for his mother. Such things didn't matter, as it turned out. The story was right there, within reach.

Two sources (beyond the travel) made the making of this book palpable, alive. The first was a self-published memoir by Eloise Schindler called West Berlin Journal: Stories of Culture, the Cold War, and the Kreuzberg Kiez.
What a gift this was. The wife of a German-born minister named Martin Schindler, Eloise, an American, spent four crucial years—1982-1986—in Kreuzberg while her husband served as the reverend of St. Thomas Church, in "the least desirable parish" of West Berlin. From their vantage point in that historic, six-story church, Eloise and Martin could see the East, they could watch the wall, they could engage with the Turkish families that brought their children to the church school, they could revolt with the squatters and the artists.

Eloise tells a riveting story in her memoir. Through her words, I was transported. I found (in my imagination) a young girl named Ada who works in the St. Thomas Church school, who lives among squatters, who cares about the Turkish families who have arrived in West Berlin as "guest workers."

The second source was, of all things, a Popular Mechanics story about a certain escape that took place in 1983. Two friends rigged the risky adventure up. They lived to tell the tale. Two years later, a reporter for Popular Mechanics retraced every mechanical detail, and I, being the nerd I am, discovered the story of long ago. I dialed the age of one of the real heroes back, gave him a name—Stefan—and his own home, his own job, his own world. I gave him a lost grandfather, a suspicious grandmother, a telescope. I gave him a reason to live.
Fact inspiring fiction. The beating of two voices. A story that kept unfolding in my sleep.


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Waiting on Wednesday: SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

Hello High Fantasy sweetness and come to momma. This week my WOW is SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch. First of all I cannot stop looking at at it's cover. Gorgeous! Stunning! Riveting! Then.....my heart just about jumped out of my chest upon reading the synopsis it is PERFECT for my heart that is filled with fantasy love.

Now you know my WoW please tell me what is yours?


Snow Like Ashes, Book One
Coming 10/14/14
ISBN-13: 978-0062289625
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 432
Find it on AmazonB&NGoodreads

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast tale of loyalty, love, and finding one’s destiny.


 Today I have the pleasure of kicking off THE TAKING by Kimberly Derting EXCERPT TOUR. I will one of many bloggers participating in this tour so at the end of this post please check out the other blogs for the excerpts of this upcoming novel.

17838475 THE TAKING 
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 29, 2014

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer meets The Fifth Wave in this chilling and explosive new series. The last thing Kyra Agnew remembers is a flash of bright light. She awakes to discover that five whole years have passed. Everyone in her life has moved on—her parents divorced, her boyfriend is in college and dating her best friend—but Kyra's still the sixteen-year-old she was when she vanished. In order to find out the truth, she and her friend Tyler (the only person who seems to understand her since she got back, he also happens to be her ex-boyfriend's brother) the two of them decide to retrace her steps from that fateful night. They discover there are others who have been "taken," just like Kyra. Only, Kyra is the first person to have been returned past the forty-eight-hour taken mark. With a determined, secret government agency after her, Kyra desperately tries to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had . . . but what if the life she wants back is not her own?
And without futher delay, here is the excerpt to kick off the week


"My head was pounding. But not like a headache. More like someone was using it as a basketball against the pavement. Or for target practice.

That was it, I realized, prying my eyes open at last. Something was hitting me. Pelting, more like.

There was still too much light to make out anything clearly, but after blinking several times, I was at least aware of shapes around me. I dug my fingers into the ground beneath me and recognized the gravel and sand and asphalt at my back. All around me the smells of oil and gasoline lingered with something sickly sweet—like the smell of warm rot—sparking my gag reflex.

Another hard thing pegged me in the side of the head again, and I flinched, lifting my hand to try to shield myself from the assault.

This time I heard a sound. A giggle, maybe?

I squeezed my eyes, blinking harder, willing them to focus.

It was daylight that blinded me, which seemed wrong for a reason I couldn’t quite put my finger on. But it wasn’t just that—this whole situation seemed wrong. And now it wasn’t just my head that was pounding; it was my heart too. My brain felt scrambled as I grappled to make sense of where I was and why I was waking up here, outside, instead of at home in my bed."

Please make sure to check out the next excerpt at http://bookchicclub.blogspot.com/

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

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Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is best to verify all events prior to attendance.



Books Inc. At Alameda Free Library
Tuesday, April 15 @ 7pm


Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, April 18 @ 7pm

Not Your Mother's Actual Book Club
Books Inc. in Palo Alto
FREAK BOY by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Monday, April 21 @ 6pm


Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, April 23 @ 7pm

Rakestraw Books in Danville
Thursday, April 24 @ 7pm

Face in a book in El Dorado
Friday, April 25 time TBA


Book Passage in Corte Madera
Monday, May 6 @ 6pm


Copperfields in Petaluma
Wednesday, May 7 @ 3pm

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, May 8 @ 7pm


Copperfield's in Petaluma
Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Books Inc. in Palo Alto
Wednesday, May 21 @ 7pm


Hicklebee's in San Jose
Wednesday, May 21 @ 7pm

Diesel Bookstore in Oakland
Thursday, May 22 @ 7pm

Reading Bug in San Carlos
Thursday, May 22 @ 7pm

Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley
Saturday, May 31 @ 7:30pm


Leigh Bardugo, Ava Dellaria, Emmy Laybourne, Jennifer Malhieu
Book Passage in San Francisco
Wednesday, June 18 TIME TBA


Not YA but a favorite author of mine
Books Inc. Palo Alto
Tuesday, July 29 @ 7pm

Book Passage in San Francisco
Wednesday, July 30 @ 12:30pm


Copperfield's Petaluma
Wednesday, July 30 @ 7pm

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