Salvation is a book I’ve had on my radar for months now, and this teaser tour is making me more anxious to read the whole book! I’m thrilled to be the next stop on the Salvation teaser tour and share the 7th excerpt. Make sure to visit all the tour stops to read the teaser excerpts in order to get the full effect.
Salvation is a YA Contemporary book published by Speak (Penguin Young Readers) and released January 10th.
Salvador Resendez–Salva to his friends–appears to have it all. His Mexican immigrant family has high expectations, and Salva intends to fulfill them. He’s student body president, quarterback of the football team, and has a near-perfect GPA. Everyone loves him.
Especially Beth Courant, AKA the walking disaster area. Dreamy and shy, Beth is used to blending into the background. But she’s also smart, and she has serious plans for her future.
Popular guy and bookish girl–the two have almost nothing in common. Until fate throws them together and the attraction is irresistible. Soon Beth is pushing Salva to set his sights higher than ever–because she knows he has more to offer, more than even he realizes.
Then tragedy strikes–and threatens to destroy everything that Salva has worked for. Will Beth’s love be enough to save him?
SALVATION Blog Tour: Excerpt Part 7 of 8.
CHAPTER 2: A GRAVEYARD BUTTERFLY—SCENE 1
Beth savored the silence of the emptied-out school hallway that afternoon and devoured the final pages of Wuthering Heights. She could no longer feel the oppressive late summer heat or the hard metal of the locker at her back. Gone were the crumpled papers, broken pencils, and discarded candy wrappers on the tiled floor. She was on the cold English moors with the wind blowing around her and the whistle of death in the air.
A trio of voices suddenly invaded the end of the hall. Beth rushed through the last page. A banging locker emphasized the drama of the final line, and she looked up, just in time to see El Perfecto sprinting past, no doubt in a rush to get to football practice. Apparently, tardiness was a new thing for him.
Nalani came up at a much more relaxed pace, her pink canvas book bag slung over one shoulder.
“So what was the meeting about?” Beth asked her best friend.
“Who knows?” Nalani’s eyes shone as she rolled them. She glanced over her shoulder, then lowered her voice. “Just Markham on a power trip. I’ll tell you on the walk home.”
Beth stuffed Wuthering Heights back into her locker, not wanting to lose the book again and owe a fine to the library as she had back in June. Then she gathered her supplies and hefted her backpack.
Nalani was already halfway to the back exit, which led, naturally, to the football field. Beth hurried after her.
The team had stretched out in lines, five rows of testosterone-filled tight pants and loose jerseys hopping up and down in jumping jacks. The compact blond with the number 12 plastered on his front wasted no time sending Nalani a wave, even though he was leading the entire team—minus El Perfecto, who must not have made it out of the locker room yet—in the warm-ups. The team mimicked the wave.
Nalani pretended not to notice.
Which was fine because Beth didn’t want to hear the one-sided conversation about all the things Luka had done that day.
Heat radiated off the black asphalt path as the girls curved their way along the field, back toward the front of the building. Beth realized she had forgotten her sunscreen, but it didn’t matter much. Far too late to worry about freckles. By August, she was always a mess.
The three thousand pounds of football players, now jogging in place, disappeared behind her.
“Okay, we’re outside,” she said. “Now, what was your surprise ASB meeting about?”
Nalani groaned. “Markham wanted to go over all the responsibilities of our new positions. He said Salva has to do the announcements at the assemblies. I only fill in when he’s gone. Kaitlyn has to take the notes. We have to elect a new parliamentarian to fill her old spot. Which is all fine, of course, except Salva didn’t want to be there because he was anxious to get to practice. He and Markham got into an argument about who should be able to schedule meetings and how it’s not fair to hold them without advance notice. Of course, Markham just blew him off.”
Beth tried to fix the uneven shoulder straps on her backpack as she listened.
“It’s a good thing I have such an excellent best friend who’s willing to wait,” Nalani added, smiling at her.
Beth smiled back.
Her best friend kept talking. “But I mean, really, what did Markham expect? It isn’t like he didn’t know Salva is booked after school in the fall; but oh, no one else could become president. I mean Salva didn’t want the job. I don’t see why Markham wouldn’t even discuss the idea of me taking Julie’s spot.”
The slide toggles on Beth’s backpack straps refused to adjust. “Did you want it?”
“I’m sorry, Ni,” Beth said softly, trying to protect her best friend’s feelings. “But maybe this is a good thing. You’re already so busy . . .” What Beth didn’t say was that Nalani had a habit of volunteering for too much and only following through on about half of it.
“Well, we could have discussed it.” Nalani took the backpack away from Beth, smoothed out the puckers on each of the straps, and corrected the length. The two girls turned the corner, taking a route that led first to Nalani’s, then to Beth’s. Ni returned the pack, raising her voice over a barking hound dog and a whining air conditioner. “It just doesn’t seem fair that Markham thinks Salva is the only one who can do the job.”
Beth nodded in sympathy, though the principal had a point. After all, if Salva had decided to run for president in the first place, no one doubted he would have won.
Ni climbed onto the curb. “I mean, he’s not perfect.”
Beth’s head shot up at that, and a warm blush spread over her cheeks before she could control it.
Her best friend must have noticed. “Sorry . . .” Ni trailed off.
Was Beth never going to escape the repercussions of one silly junior-high crush? Everyone has had a crush on him. It’s not like I own the embarrassment. She cringed to think of herself in the eighth grade: naïve, suffering from the bombardment of braces, two bouts of head lice, and the illusion that Salvador Resendez would one day magically look across the freshman-lit classroom and realize that she, Beth, was perfect for him.
“There’s nothing—” Beth tried to say, but her friend ended the discussion.
“We won’t talk about him.”
It wasn’t him, Beth told herself. It was just an image. Middle schoolers fall in love with image all the time. Though she couldn’t quite push away the image of him today, picking up all her papers before he went on to class.
“Well, I guess I’ll see you tomorrow,” Nalani said.
Beth startled, having failed to realize they had reached the plastic fence around her best friend’s lawn.
“Unless you want to come in for dinner,” Ni added.
“No . . . thank you.” Beth looked up at the freshly painted house with the barrage of sunflower stickies in the window. Better to save her invitations for when she needed them.
Besides, she wanted to talk to her grandmother.
Nalani gave her friend a quick shoulder squeeze, then traipsed through the arched garden trellis, pausing to adjust the hose caught on the back of the stone deer decorating the path.
Beth fled, not wanting to regret her choice to turn down supper.
She smiled as she reached the graveyard.
Copyright @ 2013 by Anne Osterlund. Used by permission of Speak, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved.
Anne Osterlund is the author of four young adult books, including Aurelia and its sequel, Exile. Her second novel, Academy 7, won the OCTE Spirit of Oregon Award and was an ALA/YALSA Popular Paperback nominee.Anne works as a full-time author and presents for schools, conferences, and writing events. She grew up in the sunshine of eastern Oregon and earned a BA from Whitworth College, where she majored in elementary education with Spanish and English teaching fields. Anne lives in a cute little yellow house with her new feline friend, Simba, and her own library of young adult books. She and her characters can be found on her website at www.anneosterlund.com. Salvation is her fourth novel, and she has dreams of many more in the future.
Congrats to Natasha who won a Salvation swag pack filled with signed bookmarks, postcards, etc. just by leaving a comment below. And to Livvy who received a kindle edition of Salvation from me. Yay!
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Thanks to Candace at CBB Book Promotions for organizing this fun tour!
I’m thrilled to share a little about The Farm, Emily McKay’s post-apocalyptic vampire novel, on my stop on the Escape is Only the Beginning blog tour. It’s been ages since I’ve read about the dark and scary type of vampires but I figured I better brush up on my end of the world prep and this is as good a place to start as any! I have a review, exclusive Q&A, and a zombie apocalypse survival kit giveaway opportunity to help you in these dark times as well!
About The Farm:
Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…
And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.
Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…
Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race…
I was a little apprehensive to pick up The Farm. The vampire apocalypse is a little out of my comfort zone, but sometimes it’s fun to be scared and try something new. The Farm is also about the bond between sisters and features multiple POV, so that’s a plus in my book. The book starts off with a bang and the tension doesn’t let up throughout. McKay sets up the story well and slowly feeds information about the post-apocalyptic world and it’s inhabitants. There are lots of secrets and surprises in store.
Lily and her autistic younger sister Mel are twins and take turns with the narration, along with Lily’s crush from “before”, Carter. Lily’s POV is the dominant one, and is interspersed with short chapters from Mel and Carter. Mel likes to speak in nursery rhyme, and music, rhythm and tempo are very important to her making sense of the world. Her chapters are a trip and I liked getting inside her mind. Lily is very protective of Mel, especially since they are the only family they have left. The book is very strong on characterization and that made me feel more of a connection to them.
Lily wants to escape the farm with Mel before their 18th birthday. When you turn 18, you are supposed to be set free, but Lily suspects they really will be Tick food instead. Lily has an escape plan all worked out, but with Carter’s arrival the plans evolve into something bigger.
On the journey there’s romance, reveals, shocks and gore. There are some very clever twists in the book too that make me relieved there is a sequel. The pacing is great and I was entertained throughout. I liked the pop culture references in the dialogue poking fun of Twilight vampires and Vampire Diaries as well. I was pleasantly surprised with The Farm, and the strong characterization and fresh take on vampires won me over.
Go to the official Escape the Farm website for behind the scenes info & to earn points to win cool prizes.
Exclusive Q&A with Emily McKay!
Is Carter based on anyone in your life, or are his characteristics designed exclusively for the purposes of the book?
Emily McKay: Carter is based on my vision of the many good men I’ve known in my life. I truly believe that they all have the ability to do amazing, protective, wonderful things to save the world, only they don’t have the opportunity (because mutated humans that drink blood haven’t attacked civilization as we know it). Carter has that opportunity and he totally steps up and saves Lily and the world as she knows it (with a little help from her, of course).
Check out the next stop on the tour Dec. 10 for more exclusive content @ Young Adult Book Reviews.
Congrats to Sunny who won a copy of The Farm and a zombie apocalypse survival kit!
Book Info: New Adult Romance, ebook purchase & pb received for review, 310 pages
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
I bought an eBook of Easy back in May when it was first released, but didn’t get the chance to read it until I acquired a paperback copy recently. (One of the drawbacks of eBook purchases is they become out of sight out of mind on the kindle if you don’t read them right away.) I happily made up for lost time though and read Easy not once but twice (and now I’m eyeing the audiobook.) Easy is one of my new favorites in the New Adult genre – I loved the characters and message and instantly felt an emotional connection to the story. When I picked it up to read one night before bed it kept me up late into the night as I told my husband I’d only be reading one more chapter. I was sad to see it end honestly and wish there were more books like this one.
Easy starts off in the middle of a traumatic event for our heroine Jacqueline. Her long-time boyfriend Kennedy recently ended their relationship (after she followed him to his college, putting her own dreams aside) and now a guy in his fraternity attempts to sexually assault her. Lucas comes out of nowhere to rescue her, and soon the tattooed and pierced gorgeous student is seemingly everywhere. As Jacqueline struggles with the aftermath of the attack and the break-up she also grapples with her growing feelings for Lucas.
Rape is an uncomfortable topic and when I started reading this book I was uneasy reading about the attack. But I like the way the subject is handled with sensitivity and I think it will strike a chord with a lot of readers. The topic is not glossed over at all and the coverage of the aftermath is realistic. Love the female empowerment direction it goes in.
The character connection is what made the book a standout for me. Jacqueline is easy to like and is a nice, studious girl who aspires to be a musician. Her ex Kennedy is such a jerk to her that it’s sweet to see such a great guy like Lucas fall for her. Lucas kind of steals the book and is better for her in every way in comparison to Kennedy. He has that emo, mysterious vibe, and is fiercely protective of Jacqueline. He has his own demons to overcome and I was rooting for the couple to heal each other and become more than a rebound relationship. They also have sizzling chemistry and Webber really teases the relationship with a slow build. Their character voices are strong and I loved seeing their relationship develop.
Even though some of the twists in the story were a little predictable, they did not detract from my enjoyment of the story. The writing is so engaging and really draws you in. I was sad to put down the book to go to sleep because I was so hooked on the story.
I’m glad that this book is in paperback now so that more readers can discover it. (And I can read it again) Easy is a standalone book, but Tammara Webber also has another series that I’m eager to try. Easily one of my favorite reads of the year, Easy cemented my membership in the cult of New Adult. If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to do so!
EASY is the latest New Adult book sensation from Tammara Webber, and on November 6th it will be hitting stores in a new Berkley trade paperback edition! Up for grabs is one of the shiny new paperbacks for one lucky winner!
Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…
He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…
The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.
Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.
A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.
I have been devouring New Adult books lately, and EASY is next on my list.
The Giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Kathy S. who won a paperback copy of Easy!
I’m excited to spread the news about the 12 Days of Morganville Madness blog tour! For the next 12 days leading up to the release of the 12th Morganville vampire series book BLACK DAWN, 12 blogs will be counting down with reviews of, you guessed it – all 12 books. Follow along and brush up on the series before BLACK DAWN‘s release on May 1. There will also be interviews with author Rachel Caine, and a corresponding signed book giveaway & BLACK DAWN bookmark giveaway at every stop.
The 12 Days of Morganville Madness tour kicks off today and here is the schedule:
April 20 – GLASS HOUSES (Book 1) PageTurnersBlog
April 21 – THE DEAD GIRLS DANCE (Book 2) A New Kind of Ordinary
April 22 – MIDNIGHT ALLEY (Book 3) Book Splot Reviews
April 23 – FEAST OF FOOLS (Book 4) Hobbitsies
April 24 – LORD OF MISRULE (Book 5) Book Monster Reviews
April 25 – CARPE CORPUS (Book 6) My Overstuffed Bookshelf
April 26 – FADE OUT (Book 7) Miss Vain’s Paranormal Fantasy
April 27 – KISS OF DEATH (Book 8) The Story Siren
April 28 – GHOST TOWN (Book 9) AwesomeSauce Book Club
April 29 – BITE CLUB (Book 10) Confessions of a Bookaholic
April 30 – LAST BREATH (Book 11) Literal Addiction
May 1 – BLACK DAWN (Book 12) Release day! Mundie Moms
GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! has ended.
Congrats to Mercedes who won a copy of GLASS HOUSES & a bookmark of BLACK DAWN
From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.
College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.
Check back for my review of BLACK DAWN on May 2!
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Format/pages: ARC via LibraryThing Early Reviewers, Hardcover 400 pages
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Buy the Book: Amazon
This book sold me with the quirky title and Lauren Oliver’s blurb, and the afterlife premise about a girl who dies of a broken heart just sealed the deal. This funny / sad book has a lot to offer, from the music inspired chapter titles, cheese references inspired by the title character Brie, and a touch of the 80s with Brie’s afterlife mentor, the leather-bomber-jacket-wearing-resident-lost-soul Patrick. This debut book takes you on a journey with character growth and emotional highs and lows perfect for those looking for an unconventional and satisfying story with heart.
The story starts off with a bang as fifteen-year-old Brie learns that her boyfriend Jacob doesn’t love her and then she promptly dies literally of a broken heart. Though it seems like a downer subject matter, there are lighthearted moments and humor throughout that keep the story from getting too heavy. The book is broken up into five parts signifying the five stages of grief as Brie struggles to adjust and accept her fate and afterlife.
Brie is realistic in her portrayal of someone who has lost everything at such a young age. She had a loving family, lovable pet dog, and a group of best friends in addition to her boyfriend. Now she’s struggling with how to move on and how to let go of her past. Along the way, Brie’s approach shifts with each stage of grief. From being petty and vengeful in the Anger stage all the way through the Acceptance stage Brie’s character grows and the story develops in surprising ways.
The book is set in Brie’s Afterlife, and in Northern California’s Half Moon Bay and San Francisco. Brie, armed with the D&G (Dead and Gone) handbook and her afterlife guide Patrick, tests out her new paranormal powers as she wanders around. Through hometown visits and living as a ghost in San Francisco Brie’s experiences feel heartbreakingly real as she learns more about the loved ones she left behind and some unexpected reveals.
I found Brie’s entire journey to be interesting but the part that I found the most redeeming and satisfying is the Sadness and Acceptance portion at the end where I found the payoff I was looking for. The twists and turns in the story make it unique and never boring. And the emotional love story is fresh and captivating. It reminded me more than once of Before I Fall, a book that deals with a similar theme, though different in tone. The music themed chapter titles lend a nice touch and match up nicely with the chapter themes. I also loved that the author includes a listing of all the songs at the end. Now all I need is a Spotify playlist to go with it.
Recommended for fans of quirky and bittersweet plot centered books. Look for this book to hit shelves early next year.