ARC Review: The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Written by: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Pages: 368, hardcover
Series: The Fixer, #2
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The Kendricks help make the problems of the Washington elite disappear…but some secrets won’t stay buried.

For Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke School in Washington, D.C., fixing runs in the family. But Tess has another legacy, too, one that involves power and the making of political dynasties. When Tess is asked to run a classmate’s campaign for student council, she agrees. But when the candidates are children of politicians, even a high school election can involve life-shattering secrets.

Meanwhile, Tess’s guardian has also taken on an impossible case, as a terrorist attack calls into doubt who can—and cannot—be trusted on Capitol Hill. Tess knows better than most that power is currency in D.C., but she’s about to discover firsthand that power always comes with a price.

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What. Even. I don’t even really know what to talk about with this book because I felt like I was strapped into a roller coaster without my permission and just shot into space because Lynn though it would be fun. Spoiler alert: It wasn’t. I mean it was an amazing book, I’m so entranced with how realistic Lynn is able to make her characters react to things. But overall I’m just sitting here with this book in my lap and staring at the pages like I expected there to be a whole lot more words. More pages.

Like, dear lord, let me at least breathe while I’m trying to read. I’m really quite sure I didn’t breathe for a very good long portion of this stupid book.

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Well there was that one plot twist I’m really angry over, but I really understood why the character chose what they did, so I’ll let it slide.

The biggest thing I want to talk about in this review is the ending. While I would’ve been okay with the ending had this been a trilogy, as of right now, it’s not. This series is a duology, which means this is the final book. But the ending of the book sets up for more books, it doesn’t tie things up. Is this because there’s no tying things up in a world like The Fixer? I don’t know. I don’t know if Lynn expects to get a third book or what exactly her thought process was. But I will say this, I wasn’t happy with that being the ending to the series. Not at all. So many amazing ideas went into this book and I just feel so unfulfilled that this is the end to the series.

 

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I touched on the characters, but I want to talk about it more, I’ve been told that Lynn has a psychology degree, and while I don’t know personally if it’s true or not, I do know that she has an amazing way with characters. The characters react, and interact so realistically that I sometimes forget I’m reading someone’s fiction rather than an account of real life. I’m just so thrilled with everything in this novel.

I loved how we have a plot for the book, but it’s also a large amount of over arcing plot from the first book. We have dynamics and shifting allegiances and Holy Plot Twist, Batman! I don’t know how one mind can come up with so many amazing wonderful things. But I do know I’m gonna be picking up more of Lynn’s books.

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If you’ve not yet read the Fixer series then I do recommend it. But I also caution you that if you aren’t okay with very open endings, you might want to hold off until we see if we get a book three.

That all being said if you want to help try and get a book 3 then I say we band together and let the world know #WeWantTheFixer3

Sondra

July 2016 Monthly Wrap-Up

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Polina
5 Stars 45 Stars 4
       
35 2 stars

 

 Sondra
5 Stars 4  2 Stars
Fire Falling (Air Awakens, #2) Earth's End (Air Awakens, #3) A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

Water's Wrath (Air Awakens #4) Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens, #5)

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1) Tales from the Front by Elise Kova  28495214

 

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This month I read 14 books, ten of which heavily featured LGBT characters. This is more than my usual percentage, so I’m really happy it worked out that way.

Favorite Book: My Lady Jane! Clever and fresh and shippy and completely hilarious.
Least Favorite Book: A Fierce and Subtle Poison. Other than the beautiful writing, it just was not my thing at all.
Most Fun Book: My Lady Jane made me very happy.
Most Heartwarming Book: I’m going to have to go with Shira Glassman again.
Most Painful Book: I’ll Give You the Sun. I can see what people mean about it making them cry.
Most Surprising Book: ACOMAF, on so many different levels.
Characters of the Month: As I’ve already mentioned, Nate Foster is a cinnamon roll and must be protected at all costs. I felt a lot of things about Kate and August, both separately and together.
OTPs of the Month: Shulamit/Aviva and Kaveh/Farzin from the Mangoverse, both too precious for this world. Greta/Xie and Maria/Lily were good and heartbreaking.
Friendship of the Month: Kate and August from This Savage Song and Shulamit and Rivka from Mangoverse.
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: The Lies of Locke Lamora for real this time.

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This month I read 6 books, 2 novellas. Basically I just binged read Air Awakens. That’s what I really did.

Favorite Book: Can I just chose the whole series of Air Awakens? Because like I read it so fast and hard I don’t even remember what plot points happened when. I just loved all of it.
Least Favorite Book: Bridge of Seven Sorrows. I was given this by my boss to understand the world of Age of Sigmar for work…But oh boy it was so far off from, well, everything I expect in a book that I couldn’t hardly wait for it to be over.
Most Fun Book: It’s just gonna be one of the Air Awaken’s books
Most Heartwarming Book: Ummm…Probably Fire Falling?
Most Painful Book: A Court of Thorns and Roses. Yes it was a reread, but also like how did I miss so many simple little things? Damn.
Most Surprising Book: The Kiss of Deception! I really enjoyed it, and I was surprised by a lot of the twists and turns.
Characters of the Month: Vhalla. That girl is so badass. I don’t know how to even begin with how great she is.
OTPs of the Month: Feyre/Ryhsand. Also Vhalla/Aldrik. (Oh look same as last month)
Friendship of the Month: Vhalla/Fitz. Those two are going to be the best.
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: I’m hoping to finish The Remnant Chronicles, and probably pick up a new series. Hopefully at least one arc so I can feel a part of ARC August.

 

Q&A Review: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Written by: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release Date: July 7th 2015
Pages: 372, hardcover
Series: The Fixer, #1
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This thriller YA is Scandal meets Veronica Mars.

Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather’s ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess’s classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.

Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society, readers will be clamoring for this compelling teen drama with a political twist.

1) Best Part of this Book?

The fact that this book was absolutely NOTHING like I expected. My friend got me to read this series after her screaming text messages to me over The Long Game. But when I started The Fixer I was expecting a teenager who fell into “Fixing” friends problems, something that was simple and probably fun. What I wasn’t expecting was the book that I got. A fast paced, thrilling amazing experience that had me utterly guessing from page 10 until the very end.

2) Favorite character?

Gotta be Ivy. I related to her on a huge level, especially when we found out her whole backstory. I don’t want to get into spoilers but she was just a precious angel who I wanted to protect.

3) Worst part of this book?

The ship man. Or lack thereof. The groundwork was all there… BUT GIVE ME KISSING OR GIVE ME DEATH.

4) Favorite Quote?

“I’d tell you that you can’t stay mad forever,” Ivy commented, “but I’m pretty sure you’d take that as a challenge.”

5) Was it what’s Expected?

I really already talked about this but oh hell no. Such an amazing thrilling crazy ride and I don’t even know where to start with how much I loved and adored and just like wow. It was a total wow book. I couldn’t wait to dive right into the second book and see exactly where this goes.

 

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Absolutely! Give this one a try and see what you think of it! I was really surprised by it and honestly? I was glad to be so surprised.

Sondra

The Knights of Whitechapel!

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I’ve got some super excited news!! Sorcery In The Bookshelves will be part of The Knights of Whitechapel! A street team for Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco I am so excited for all of you to get to read this book that I absolutely am in love with! Be sure you keep your eyes peeled for all kinds of amazing things going on here in the community! But also keep refreshing the blog here because we’re gonna be part of the blog tour!! Posting a review of this absolutely amazing book. I can’t wait guys. I just can’t wait.

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Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag

Mid-Year Freakout

(It’s a little too late for mid-year, but it’s never too late to freak out over books. Ready…set…go!)

Best Book You Read So Far in 2016
Polina: It’s a really difficult choice between The Raven King and The Winner’s Kiss. Even though I think The Winner’s Kiss was better plotted overall (and even though Roshar is a character who exits), I’m going to go with TRK because I have so much attachment to the characters and because I can still remember the rush of happiness that ran through me as I read certain scenes. (We Are the Ants and On the Edge of Gone are also very high on my list.)

Sondra: Oh god, um I’ve read so many good books… I think I’m gonna have to go with My Lady Jane. The book was so different and yet so fantastic and just holy yes wow. I loved it okay.

Best Sequel You Read So Far in 2016
Polina: …and since I didn’t say The Winner’s Kiss for the last one, I’m going to list it here instead. Gorgeous writing, very painful, A+ relationship development, ROSHAR, etc. If series enders don’t count under “sequel”, I’m going to have to go with The Bands of Mourning.

Sondra: A Court of Mist and Fury. I cannot even. I just can’t guys. That book is my end. I haven’t even really had a hangover from it since I literally restarted the series and have been savoring it. I don’t even know how to get over it or start to think about getting over it. Also The Raven King, because how does one words like Maggie? How did three books of so much come together to this one tome of perfection.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To
Polina: And I Darken by Kirsten White. Actually, this is partially untrue–I looked at the first few pages in the bookstore, and I want MORE.

Sondra: ……Tell The Wind and Fire… OKAY I KNOW DON’T SAY IT.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
Polina: I have a whole list here! Crooked Kingdom is number one, surprising no one.

Sondra: Oh lord…Umm… I might also have to go with Crooked Kingdom? I probably would say Gemina but I managed to get an ARC and have already read it, so to go with one I haven’t read. Crooked Kingdom.

Biggest Disappointment
Polina: Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat. It was all right, but after everything I’d heard about the series, the actual book was underwhelming and made me uncomfortable.

Sondra: Alanna The First Adventure. I dunno what I was expecting but just something…more. I might go back to this series later, but I dunno, maybe not.

Biggest Surprise
Polina: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, both in terms of plot and in terms of how much I loved it.

Sondra: Either The Diabolic or The Fixer… Probably The Diabolic. I was expecting something to just sacrifice to the DNF pile after A Court of Mist and Fury, but oh my god I fell in love with this book so hard.

Favorite New Author
Polina: Definitely Corinne Duyvis. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and pick up On the Edge of Gone.

Sondra: Katie McGarry! I know so many people already have read and loved her work but I just fell into this pit and I’m so happy here.

Newest Fictional Crush
Polina: I actually can’t think of any fictional crushes I’ve had lately. Can I say Lila Bard again?

Sondra: Oh boy. Rhysand. Shocking no one I know. (Or honestly Mor. She’s amazing too)

Newest Favorite Character
Polina: I’m reading This Savage Song right now and I have a lot of love for Kate Harker. I just have a thing for female characters with dark pasts who could easily kill me, I guess?

Sondra: Percy Jackson. I hadn’t read any of his books before this, and now I just feel like I need more of them, even though there’s so many that I’ve already finished.

Book That Made You Cry
Polina: The Winner’s Kiss. Every time Kestrel’s relationship with her father came up? Cue the waterworks.

Sondra: The Raven King. I don’t normally cry in books, at all, but oh my god. It just hurt all over the place and I just wow.

Book That Made You Happy
Polina: The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. Because RICK RIORDAN, and also because it’s a superpopular middle grade book with a canonically bi protagonist.

Sondra: Pretty much all of Katie McGarry’s books. Like I just sat there with a stupid grin for a large portion of all of the books okay. (Also I think I laughed more than I have in a VERY long time with Trials of Apollo. But since Polina used it I went different)

Favorite Book-to-Film Adaptation of the Year
Polina: I’m planning on doing a post on the literary webseries I’ve been watching lately, but for now, let’s just say The Autobiography of Jane Eyre completely surprised me with how well certain elements of the book translated to modern times, and with how good the acting was.

Sondra: I’m waaay behind the train here but Hugo was absolutely amazing! It followed the book crazy close and I just was thrilled with it overall.

Favorite Post You’ve Done So Far
Polina: My review of Tell the Wind and Fire, because it just wouldn’t be a year without me screaming about Sarah Rees Brennan.

Sondra: My review of A Court of Mist and Fury.

Most Beautiful Book You Bought This Year
Polina: I haven’t been able to justify buying it to myself because money, but once I do the Hamiltome will automatically take this position.

Sondra: OH THE HAMILTOME FOR SURE. I was gonna say My Lady Jane because that cover until I read Polina’s. The Hamiltome is absolutely 100% gorgeous inside and out.

What Books Do You Need to Get To by the End of the Year?
Polina: The Lies of Locke Lamora (which I listed for this last year as well. Oops.)

Sondra: If I don’t say Tell the Wind and Fire, Polina will fly to Texas and hit me. I already know it. But also Vicious by V. E. Schwab.

Q&A Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

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Written by: Katie McGarry
Release Date: May 28th 2013
Pages: 456, hardcover
Series: Pushing the Limits, #4
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Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.”

“No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again….

“I dare you…”

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

1) Best Part of this Book?

Aside from the fact that Beth goes from a crazy person to someone who warms my heart and makes me smile? I think that’s probably a huge thing. I wasn’t a fan of Beth and I wasn’t sure how I would handle her book. I was absolutely surprised by how amazing Beth was, and absolutely blown away by her character development.

2) Favorite character?

As surprising as you might think it would be, it’s actually Ryan. Not Beth. She was wonderful, don’t get me wrong. But Ryan is precious and I love him and I just want to hug him and his precious heart.

3) Worst part of this book?

This book seemed a little bit more angsty than the other McGarry books. Which isn’t a bad thing I didn’t mind angst, but this one had some seriously painful moments. Painful guys.

4) Favorite Quote?

“How many more of us are faking the facade? How many more of us are pretending to be something we’re not? Even better, how many of us will have the courage to be ourselves regardless of what others think?”

5) Was it what’s expected?

When I’m reviewing a series I might change up this one because when you’re reading a series you’re pretty good at what you’re gonna get. I knew that things were gonna get bad (Admittedly maybe not that bad) but it would all be okay at the end of the day.

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Sondra

Guest Review – Jedi Academy: A New Class by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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Written by: Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Release Date: July 26th 2016
Pages: 176, hardcover
Series: Jedi Academy, #4
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Victor Starspeeder is psyched to be starting school at the Jedi Academy. His sister, Christina does not share an enthusiasm for Victor’s newfound educational path. She’s horrified that her annoying baby brother will be there to cramp her style.

While Victor means well, his excess energy leads him to spend a lot of time in detention with the little, green sage, Yoda. Yoda wants to channel Victor’s talents, so he makes the young Padawan join the drama club. Victor is not pleased. “Learn to control your anger, you must! Successfully manage their emotions, a good Jedi can. Box step and jazz hands … hee hee … young Padawan will!”

Victor will have to make new friends, get on his sister’s good side, learn to use the force, and hope the year’s drama club performance (“Wookie Side Story”? “Annie Get Your Lightsaber”?) goes off without a hitch!

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This is a very, very special review for me because this means a whole lot to me. See when I was at TXLA16 I got handed a few Middle Grade books, I went ahead and took them because I have a lot of younger kids in my life, they love asking me for books and I love being able to give them books and see how excited they get for reading. Recently I got a new job and met a kid named Ryan. He’s a huge geek like me and we got talking about Star Wars, and books and I remembered this book I had tucked away in my bag for kids. The next day I saw him I brought him the book. I explained to him what an ARC was, and what I do with my blog. He was utterly thrilled with the idea of blogging about books and ARCs, you’d think I’d given him a precious jewel over a simple book.

Then it was Ryan’s turn to surprise me. Because after finishing the book he brought me this:

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That’s right. He wrote me a review of the book. Which is what brings me to this very special guest review of The Jedi Academy by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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I like the book. The book is awesome and therefore reading it you will want to watch Star Wars. If you don’t like Star Wars the book is not for you. If you like Star Wars you should read the book. For everyone who is interested in the book read it, but when you start read until the end of the book don’t stop reading. It starts with a kid named Victor. Victor has transferred to The Jedi Academy. His sister, Christina, is already there. During the book Victor makes new friends and gets a new enemy. The reason you need to watch Star Wars is to understand what and who some things are. Now Jake’s sister thinks that Jake will blow her cool. At first Jake meets a kid named Zach. Later his sister hands him a note saying that Zach was trouble and that Zach is using him to get a date. Then at the end of the book he finds out that his sister was right about Zach.

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Q&A Review: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

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Written by: Jeff Garvin
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Pages: 352, hardcover
Series: standalone
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The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

 

1) Best Part of this Book?

“The fact that it exists” is pretty much a given here–it’s about time YA books started featuring more nonbinary characters and exploring the complexity of gender.

That being said, I loved:

  • Riley’s blog entries, which could easily have felt like infodumps but didn’t, because Riley’s voice was so powerful throughout. 
  • the way Riley’s anxiety was portrayed–the fact that it didn’t magically go away at the end of the book but was something Riley learned to cope with better, Riley’s conversations with their therapists, the depiction of the anxiety medication’s effects.
  • Riley’s heartwarming friendships with Solo and Bec.

2) Favorite character?

Riley is very believable as a teenager who has been through a lot and is trying to figure out what to do next, who is fantastically snarky with great taste in music, who shows a mix of strength and vulnerability and grows so much.

3) Worst part of this book?

Can I say I’m jealous of the fact that Riley got five thousand followers in a week? Does that actually happen to people?

On a more serious note, Jeff Garvin made the decision not to reveal Riley’s assigned-at-birth sex, and I have mixed feelings about that. On the one hand, it means readers will (hopefully) question why the want to know that information when that isn’t the gender Riley identifies with. On the other hand, someone’s assigned sex does influence how people treat them, and that contributes to who they are.

4) Favorite Quote?

“The world isn’t binary. Everything isn’t black or white, yes or no. Sometimes it’s not a switch, it’s a dial. And it’s not even a dial you can get your hands on; it turns without your permission or approval.”

5) Was it what’s Expected?

Honestly, it was. Other than Riley’s gender identity (which I haven’t seen many books feature), this was a pretty garden-variety coming out story, with both the good and the bad that this entails.

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Interview Time: Nancy Norbeck

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I recently had the amazing oprotunity to interview Nancy Norbeck to talk about her book The Silver Child! Nancy is going to be one of the amazing authors at BookItCon this weekend! You don’t know how badly I wish I could go. If only we had teleporters, right?

Maia Starfield is on the run, having successfully hidden her ability to create silver just by singing—until government thugs arrived to take her away. Her mother sent her out the door just in time, giving her only one piece of advice: Find Dr. Martus.

Albert Martus has no idea why Maia was sent to find him—the doctor who delivered her 17 years ago. But from the moment she turns up, his story becomes intertwined with hers…as it has been since before she was born.

Follow this unlikely team as they discover the truth about the past and their present, the regime known as the Brotherhood, and the magical and ordinary power they each carry deep inside.

“Nancy Norbeck’s THE SILVER CHILD shows us a fantasy world that is all too real, ruled by a modern Inquisition that seeks to control minds and wipe out history.  Maia, the Silver Child of the title, is a natural magician who has only the faintest awareness of her powers.  More important, she is alive, a vividly drawn teenage girl who must discover who she is in a time of terror.  The story is big, the characters both heroic and sweet.”
~Rachel Pollack, World Fantasy Award and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novelist

Sondra: Can you tell me a little about your book?

Nancy: Sure! THE SILVER CHILD was my MFA thesis, which grew out of an unfinished first line I found maybe a month before I started that program. I was just looking for something to play with, and had no idea that it would turn into an actual novel. The line was “The baby had been born with ______.” Of course, the first thing I thought of was the cliché–“a silver spoon in its mouth.” I tried to say, “Ehh, that’s stupid, that would never happen,” and then thought, “But what if it did?” That opened up a whole world of possibilities, because of course the first questions then are “Why?” and “How?” The next thing I knew, Dr. Martus delivered this child, and the girl herself started running from the government while trying to figure out what her gift means.

Sondra: Are you a Pantser or Plotter?

Nancy: I am a complete, unrepentant Pantser. If I know where the story is going before I start writing it, I have need to write it at all. The fun for me is in solving the mystery, figuring out what happens and why, and then re-solving it when I go back through to revise, adjusting as necessary. The first is like going on a wild adventure, and the second is like putting a puzzle together–making sure everything fits the way it should.

Sondra: What was your favorite scene to write?

Nancy:I always like the scenes that really change things for a character. One of the big mysteries in this book is Dr. Martus’s late wife, Stephanie, who doesn’t seem important at the beginning, because she’s been gone for four years. We never actually see her except in flashbacks. When Martus visits a shop she often frequented, thinking he’s going for a simple translation of an ancient text, he discovers that there’s a lot more to her story than he was aware of, and starts trying to piece together just what she knew about Maia and the Brotherhood.

At the same time, Maia gets a hands-on lesson in just how powerful she is, in ways she also didn’t expect–and didn’t really want. The two scenes together are a major turning point in the novel.

Sondra: What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a Victorian time travel novel. That one’s not YA, and it’s set in London in 1893, so there’s a lot more research involved, but it’s really interesting stuff. (I’ve ended up becoming much more fond of the Victorians than I expected to!) It borders on steampunk without quite crossing that line.
I’ve also started letting some SILVER CHILD sequel/prequel ideas simmer on the back burner. People have asked about a sequel for a while, but I never had the inclination because I’ve felt it was complete on its own. Now I’m not so sure, though I’ve suspected a prequel might be more interesting, since we’d get to know a lot more about Stephanie that way. We’ll see what happens!

Sondra: In Sorcery In The Bookshelves tradition, what Hogwarts houses would you sort your characters into?

Nancy: Oh, that’s a tough question! (I have enough trouble answering it for myself!) If pressed, I’d say that Maia is a Gryffindor, and Martus is a Ravenclaw.

Thank you so much to Nancy for taking the time out of her day to do this interview! If you have any questions about BookItCon keep on reading for all of the answers!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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Written by: S. Jae-Jones
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Pages: 448, Hardback
Series: Standalone
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Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

WIW1) Look at how beautiful the cover is!

2) Creepy-ish magical underworld!

3) This book will probably make me cry a lot.

4) Music is apparently an overarching theme, which is always a pull for me.

5) Labyrinth is one of my favorite movies. I haven’t rewatched it in a long time, and I’m excited for this book to bring me back to the story.

Sondra