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Review: Pure Steele by Kim Belair & Ariadne MacGillivray

Pure-Steele-coverIn 1910, long-time treasure hunter, Jonathan Pryce, goes missing in Africa. Despite English society doubting he is still alive, his faithful daughter Eleanor asks the world’s greatest explorer James Steele for help and forms an expedition team. In Pure Steele, each member of the search party tells their account of the expedition in their own words and shares their insights as their journey unfolds.

Pure Steele is an epistolary novel, which sometimes felt more like a simple scrapbook. It had a compilation of the characters’ journal entries and letters, sketches and photographs, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, and personal notes. While it is noted each piece was carefully selected and organized in a particular order to give the best representation of the journey, I felt some entries didn’t serve a purpose or felt redundant, especially when characters shared a similar moment. Continue reading

Contest & Event: Bringing YA to You

YA2UlogoHave you ever wished that a big YA book tour would make a stop in your hometown? Well, here’s your chance for that wish to come true! YA2U is a program that features five award-winning and best-selling authors who are holding a contest to see what city they should visit in an exclusive tour stop!

The authors are collecting votes from January 1 to February 15, and any city in the continental US or any Canadian city that has an international airport can win an exclusive visit from all five authors, including an author panel and book signing! Entering is super easy–and if you help spread the word about the contest, you can also enter to win a signed copy of all of their books (TEN signed books in total!)–and the book contest is open internationally!


Marie Lu, the New York Times best-selling author of Legend and the upcoming Prodigy
Marissa Meyer, the New York Times best-selling author of Cinder and the upcoming Scarlet
Beth Revis, the New York Times best-selling author of Across the UniverseA Million Suns, and the upcoming Shades of Earth
Victoria Schwab, author of The Near Witch and the highly-anticipated upcoming The Archived
Megan Shepherd, author of the debut novel The Madman’s Daughter




And if you mention that you learned about YA2U from me, we both get extra entries in the contest!

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Book News: JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy comes out today

If you haven’t heard, J.K Rowling has written a new book geared towards an adult audience called The Casual Vacancy.

Here’s a brief summary about it:

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

The novel comes out today.

The question is: Will you be buying it today? Did you pre-order it? Are you holding off and plan to borrow it from a friend? Or will you avoid it?

Let me know in the comments below.

Book Cover: Tides of Time

During August and September, I helped K.D Beckett with the third instalment of her “In Time” book series. First, I edited her manuscript. Then, I assembled the book cover. She has a friend create a painting for the book cover. After I receive the file or any additional elements for the cover, it’s time to break out Photoshop and Indesign to make it come together. This is the final product:

Book Cover: Rainbows in Time

Continuing my professional relationship with the author of the “In Time” series, I was given the task to redesign her cover for her first book. I used the same image for book one, but she wanted the same elements that I used for the cover of her second book, such as numbering the book on its spine, a backdrop to the back cover copy, and specifying the book number and the series on  the front cover. This was all in an effort to keep the same style throughout the series.

March 2012

Check out the cover I did for Book 2 of the “In Time” series: Mists of Time, here.

Divergent’s Four is Number One

DIVERGENTHe’s tough.

He’s strong.

And who can resist the tattoos?

Four is Divergent’s leading man. He’s the perfect match for Tris, our young leading lady.

If you haven’t yet, check out my review for Divergent and why I think Tris is one feisty female. Continue reading

Marvelous Males

As promised, I am dedicating a section of this blog to the gents in YA books, calling it “Marvelous Males.”

Here at FLW, I wanted to celebrate and give credit to the male characters that support, adore, and keep a balance of equality among the girls and women in stories too.

Sometimes, in books, male characters either hold a more dominate role in contrast to their female counterpart or male characters come off a little more submissive in comparison to a dominant female character. But I say, it is possible for authors not to compromise both female and male characters from being equally confident, strong, and more than capable of standing their ground.

So here they are—the males who adore their feisty little women!