Salt & Storm: Review

Release Date: September 23rd 2014 *COMING SOON*
Genres: YA, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Little Brown Books *ARC from Netgalley*
Series: Standalone
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Summary:A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder–and the one boy who can help change her future.Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she’s to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane–a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.

Salt & Storm unexpectedly found it’s way onto my list of favourites this year the minute after I finished reading it. I’m not much of a historical fiction reader but the minute I read “witch who foresees her own murder–and the one boy who can help change her future” in the synopsis I was a goner. I knew I had to read this book.

I’ve found that in most YA novels the whole “witch” plot hasn’t left me completely satisfied in quite some time but Salt & Storm remedied that. I couldn’t help but love how the whole “witch” subject was handled and felt true to who the chaarcters were. I also liked how being a witch meant different things to different woman in Avery’s life and added more complexity to the story—especially Avery’s mum.

Salt & Storm spends most of the first half or so focusing mostly on the witch line and Avery’s dream. When Avery asks for Tane’s help the two begin to spend more and more time together. What I loved about Tane and Avery was that they had a pretty slow burn romance but there did come a point where the romance was definitely there and undoubtedly present and well que the swoons.

All in all Salt & Storm was a well fleshed out novel. Although the ending was completely unexpected and i’m dying for more I’m happy this one happens to be a standalone.

On The Fence: Review

Release Date: July 1st 2014
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Standalone
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Summary:For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds,aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high

On The Fence was my plane read a few months ago when I went off to Europe. I stressed so much about what I wanted my plane read to be because I knew I could only travel light which meant I could only bring one book (Yeah, that face your making now is the same face I made when I found out too) so I knew I had to pick a book that would be enjoyable and get me in the summer mood and all excited for my trip.

I had so many high expectations for On The Fence going into it. I needed to love this book because I need it to put me in the perfect summer mood and get me pumped for my month abroad but it was also a Kasie West book and we all love Kasie West books (I’m just taking a chance here and saying “we all” because I really hope you guys have experienced the awesomness that is Kasie West) so i’m pretty sure On The Fence was feeling the pressure on the plane to please me. 

What I loved about On The Fence was that it was just the perfect book to kick off my summer. It was a cute summer read that was light, funny and even swoon worthy. I devoured this one in just two hours (which kind of sucked since my flight was eight hours and I had nothing to do for the other six hours I was on the plane) and I loved pretty much everything about it especially, Brandon.

The friendship aspect between Brandon and Charlie and also Brandon and Charlies siblings  in On The Fence was so honest and cute that I immiedatily loved it but like any other Kasie West book there was a lot of emphasis on family  and I think this just may have been her strongest family themed book to date.

 

Before You (Before &After #1):Review

Release Date: July 29th 2914
Genres: YA, Romance
Publisher: K-Teen*ARC from  Netgalley*
Series: book one of Before & After
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Summary: Some say love is deadly. Some say love is beautiful. I say it is both.Faith Watters spent her junior year traveling the world, studying in exquisite places, before returning to Oviedo High School. From the outside her life is picture-perfect. Captain of the dance team. Popular. Happy. Too bad it’s all a lie.It will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don’t care.Eighteen-year-old Diego Alvarez hates his new life in the States, but staying in Cuba is not an option. Covered in tattoos and scars, Diego doesn’t stand a chance of fitting in. Nor does he want to. His only concern is staying hidden from his past—a past, which if it were to surface, would cost him everything. Including his life.At Oviedo High School, it seems that Faith Watters and Diego Alvarez do not belong together. But fate is as tricky as it is lovely. Freedom with no restraint is what they long for. What they get is something different entirely.Love—it will ruin you and save you, both.

I read Before You a few weeks back on my trip abroad when I was obssessed with all things New Adult and ended up unexpectatly liking it more than I originally thought I would. I consider Before You a complete guilty pleasure of mine because this is definiatily not the standard “Lily” book. First, it’s all about the romance. Second, it has to do with star crossed lovers and third, there’s instalove but while this one had all the ingredients that I don’t typically like I found myself becoming invested in the story. That was of course, really, really, weird.

You guys all know i’m not a fan of insta-love but while it was present in Before You i wasn’t tempted to throw my kindle across the room in rage (maybe i’m growing up?)and when Faith and Diego finally got together I actually liked them together. Weird, I know. That being said there are definitely a few eye rolling moments and some teenage angst but maybe after reading so many New Adult books i’m just used to it at this point.

I did enjoy the different backgrounds both Diego and Faith were from and how they played a role in the book although I would have preferred if Diego’s heritage had been explored further. I’ve also done a bit of digging and now know that the sequel, After Us, has to do with Deigo and Faith’s best friends, Javier and Meliisa. While I liked them in Before You I would have loved if they had some more time in Before You to properly explore them before the sequel!

 

Let’s Get Lost: Review

Release Date: July 29th 2104
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: HarlequinTeen *ARC from Netgalley*
Series: Standalone
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
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Summary:Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.There’s HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila’s own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way.

By this point you guys should be used to me sometimes feeling like the black sheep when it comes to my negative reviews. Sometimes I read books I read amazing reviews for and go in thinking “This is totally a Lily book” only to finish the book thinking “Yeah, not a Lily book” and than feeling like the negative sheep out of everyone.

Unfortunetly Let’s Get Lost is one of those books I feel like the black sheep for. I kept reading so many reviews where people were saying how this one really impacted a few people and made them think about some of their life choices they made when they were younger. As much as I wanted to get lost in this one there were a few things preventing me from fully investing in Let’s Get Lost.

1) The Stories each felt way too short. Let’s Get Lost is about a girl named Leila and how she impacts four different teens while on a road trip. The four teens, Hudson, Brie, Elliot and Sonia have nothing in common, except for the fact that a girl named Leila comes into their lives when they most need her. While I originally thought the four seperate stories bit would be interesting I found that the stories felt way too short for me to make any real connection with any of the characters. I also felt like some of the stories didn’t get enough time to properly develop, with the exception of Sonia’s story because I REALLY LOVED hers.

2) The stories ended off at a weird place. I don’t need a happily ever after, I’m not that type of reader but I’m defiantly a fan of closure. I wasn’t a huge fan of the way each of the characters stories ended off. I felt like for the most part they just ended off at a weird place and while I understood why in terms of logistics, as a reader I wasn’t all too thrilled.

3) Leila is a myserty. I know that one of the factors that people will love about this book is how mysterious Leila is but for me it ended up being a bit of a letdown. While I was intrigued on why such a young girl was on a roadtrip across the States because we were left in the dark for so long and we got so much out of the other characters that when it came to Leila’s story and her ending I felt very underwhelmed. Because I felt like I was in dark with her for so long in the book when we learn more about her I couldn’t connect with her and her story as much as I would have liked.

Let’s Get Lost is a book that I think will either completely work for some people or won’t. I can see how this one can end up being a truly poignant read for some and a heartbreaking story but this just wasn’t a Lily book.

A Little Something Different: Review

Release Date: August 26th 2104
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Series: Standalone
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Summary: The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out. But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.
Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….

Where do I even begin? I don’t know if I can even begin to express just how much I loved this book. I‘d been waiting for this book for months for this one and was beyond excited for it. I even picked it as one of  my “Our Next Reads” features on the blog a few months ago to make sure this one was on everybody’s radar. A love story told from 14 different perspectives? Totaly original! 

Sandy Hall has a knack for writting. The character’s fast paced dialogue throughout the entire book included tones of witty remarks and great back and forth banter.  The characters also had really great chemistry with each other. I’m not just talked about our two love birds Lea and Gabe but their friends and family, too! The funniest scene throughout the entire book was a scene that featured Lea and Gabe’s friends trying to eavesdrop on their conversation and what ensued was a great scene that showcased the wonderful chemistry and connection all the characters had with each another.

Watching Lea and Gabe’s love story unfold before the eyes of the fourteen different POV’s was completely easy and natural. Being inside the minds of all the different characters felt completely effortless and natural. They were each all quirky and fun in their own way and had me grinning. While I was a little worried that the fourteen POV’s might end up comfusing me I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that it didn’t at all. Each character’s voice was unique and completely their own. I was never confused between the characters and found it an absolute joy to be inside all their heads.

From cunning Professor Inga, mean guy Victor, the bus driver and even the bench and squirrel (two really great unexpected additions to the story). Each POV added a different look at the relationship between Lea and Gabe (or lack thereof). Another great thing about this book? It’s probably one of the most diverse book i’ve ever read! And the best part? It didn’t seem forced! The diversity in this book all felt very natural and was weaved in effortlessly. 

While A Little Something Different is the book definition of a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow it managed to effortlessly (there’s that word again) tackle issues like self doubt, disabilities and the importance of a good support system. Words cannot express just how much of a joy it was reading this book. And neither can chocolate or cake or mint flavoured ice cream. NOTHING. I laughed out loud while reading this book and grinned like a fool. I was texting my friends Buffy references in between chapters and reading this one with a bowl of popcorn in my lap. I loved watching Lea and Gabe’s love story unfold without being in their heads but in those around them. I look forward to whatever Sandy Hall writes next and Swoonreads next release!

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3):Review

Release Date: September 2nd  2014
Genres: YA, Fntasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Summary:Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

Upon finishing Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight (I binge read both books in January and than would not stop talking about them on the blog for weeks) I went downstairs and said “I think I may have just found my favourite book series ever”. It was because of my statement months earlier that no one (friends and family) found it odd for me to be stalking book stores a week before Heir of Fire’s release date in hopes of finding it early. Everyone just said it was “Typical Lily behaviour”.

Going into this one I knew nothing could compare to the massive feels that Crown of Midnight enduced and the heartbreaking ending that left me unable to pick up another book for two whole weeks (pathetic isn’t it?) but Heir of Fire left a big impression on me. This one was definetly more darker, real and even frustrating but it was also a completely needed book in this series.

Heir of Fire is completely different than both Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. For starters, the book mostly takes place outside of the glass castle which was a perfect set up for Maas to showcase her wonderful world building abilities. Maas wasn’t scared to explore more of the world our beloved characters live in and with Celeana seperated from Chaol and Dorian in this installment we were not only able to learn more about the world but of our favourite characters themselves.

Heir of Fire begins with all the characters being at the lowest they’ve ever been, most notable Celeana. Maas wasn’t afraid to take risks and make Heir of Fire the darkest it could have been and the most ansgt ridden it needed to be. Celeana is broken, and we see her for who she really is and while it’s terrible and shocking to read it’s also completely understandable. I’m not a fan of unnecessary angst ridden characters but Celeana wasn’t unnecessarily angst ridden, she was just suffering.

That being said, Heir of Fire featured amazing character development. And when I say amazing I meant A-M-A-Z-I-N-G character development. I had a really great discussion with a fellow blogger the other day about Heir of Fire and pointed out that I felt like Heir of Fire’s main purpose as a book was simply for character development. 

Celeana isn’t the only one struggling in this one. Both Chaol and Dorian have a lot on their plates as well and their bromance from prevouis books begins strained from Crown of Midnight’s ending. Chaol was stuck trying accept people for who they were rather than who he wanted them to be and Dorian struggled with his magic and the harsh realities of what was to become of his life. It was sad and real and sometimes made me want to go completely crazy but I’m so happy Sarah J Mass took the time to really flesh out her characters and their problems in this one.

Heir of Fire features a string of new characters and their POV’s as well and while I know some people complained a bit about them I throughly enjoyed this change of pace. While I wasn’t a hundred percent convinced with the badass Manon (I think I could like her in future books I just didn’t know what ot make of her for so long in Heir of Fire) I was a complete Rowan fan (although maybe not from the beginning, because I totally wanted to punch him in the face during the beginning of the book but once he opened up I wanted to hug him and bake him cookies and just tell him everything was going to be okay) and loved the friendship he forged with Celeana and how they truly lifted each other up in this one. I loved how Rowan really pushed Celeana to her limits and was always there for her when she needed someone.

While I truly loved Heir of Fire and can’t praise Maas enough for her mature writing and astounding book there was one thing that held me back when it came to coming up with a rating for this one. For the entirety of the book I was waiting for the romance between Chaol and Celaena to appear, especially at the end, but this one is absent of romance in the Chaolaena department. Now, while this is incredibly sad and broke my heart I also understand why Maas did this and completely applaud her (even if my Chaolaena feelings are slightly hurt and crying at the prospect of waiting ANOTHER for year a Chaolaena reunion). 

Earlier I mentioned  that nothing could compare to the massive feels that Crown of Midnight gave me and while I was completely right (i’m not even going to bother with an explanation for this one. (If you read it, you know why) I still really liked this one. That being said I know people had an issue with the length of this book and how they felt like certain parts were dragging and this book was longer than it should have been I savoured every minute of it (I mean, I have to wait another full year for the next book. Of course I was going to savour it). Now, excuse my super long review (I promise I didn’t mean to make it nearly as long as the book) I have to go hibernate until the next books release date. 

Rites of Passage: Review

Release Date: September 9th 2014 *COMING SOON*
Genres: YA , Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen*ARC from publisher*
Series: Standalone
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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Summary:Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty…no matter how much she wants him.As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out. At any cost.Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust…and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences

Rites of Passage is a difficult book to review because I’m still at a difficult place with it. There were so many things I really liked about it but there were also things that just didn’t sit completely well with me and so because of that I think I’m going to break this review up into parts.

1) I liked Sam Mckenna as a character. Sam was the epitome of a badass MC. I don’t think I’d last five minutes in a miliary school, much less under the gruesome conditions she faced. Sam was treated terrible by everyone, especially her brother while at the academy. I have no idea how she had enough patience to resist snapping at everyone the first five minutes she was at that school.

2) Rites of Passage felt like too long of a book. While I was never bored while reading Rites of Passage I felt like some aspects of the book could have been left out or made shorter. While I loved being able to learn more and more about Sam’s day to day life at the Denmark Miliary School I felt like some aspects did repeat themselves too often.

 3)I liked the mysery behind the secret old Society. While I hated the idea of the ‘society’ existing in general (and them being determined to kick Sam out of the academy) I liked the added mystery factor it gave Rites of Passage and how it connected some characters.

4) The romance and the ending played a huge part in me giving this book only three stars. I’m romance fan but i’m the first one to admit I don’t typically like books to be all about the romance. That being said I also like my romance to be present if it’s supposed to be present. While I liked Sam and Drill’s romance it just took way too long for it to develop. So long in fact I had to recheck that the synopsis even mentioned a romance with Drill because I couldn’t see it coming, but when it finally did appear I was rooting for them the entire time.

While I had a few issues with Rites of Passage it was still a four star read for me up until the ending. I was left confused by the abruptness of it. I’m not a huge fan of open endings either and while I can see the reason behind the authors choice to end it the way she did I just wasn’t given any closure with any aspect of the book especially things surrounding the romance. 

Rites of Passage was definitely a unique read, I loved the characters and setting in this book and do look forward to reading more works in the future by Joy Hensley. Even though there were some things in this one that didn’t completely sit well with me I did enjoy the book and the whole military aspect of it.

Deeper(Caroline & West #1):Review

Release Date: January 28th 2014
Genres: NA, Contemporary
Publisher: Bantam
Series: Book one
Rating: 4  out of 5 stars
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Summary: When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger—even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re “just friends,” their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself—and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper.

A few weeks ago I was in an NA mood, and I kept asking people for NA recommendations. Deeper by Robin York kept popping up in conversations but it was only Nick’s review on her blog a few weeks back that finally convinced me to give this book a shot and I’m so happy I did because it’s now one of my favourite new adult books ever.

Caroline was the epitome of a female badass. She went through so much in Deeper. What can literally be called one of the worst things for a girl to ever go through happened to her.  But what I loved about Caroline was that when these awful photos of her came out she didn’t let that ruin her. She took action, acted like a badass lawyer and did everything in her power to not make herself the victim in the situation. Caroline did something for herself.

What really distinguishes Deeper from so many other books in the New Adult genre is it’s characters. I loved Caroline and West both as individuals and who they became when they got together but my love for them goes even deeper than that. I ended up loving how they grew throughout the book as individuals as a result of them being together.

I also ended up completely falling for the romance in Deeper, it was sweet and authentic and the type of romance that lifts two broken spirits up. I’m excited to get my hands on the sequel to visit Caroline and West next and I sincerely hope they don’t break my heart…too much. 

{Blog Tour} The Death Of Us: Review and Author Interview

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Release Date: August 2nd 2014 *THAT’S TODAY GUYS!*
Genres: YA, Mystery,
Publisher: Harper Collins
Series: Standalone
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Summary: A recovered friendship, a dark secret, and a love triangle with a deadly angle…Callie is shocked when her friend Ivy reappears after an unexplained three-year absence, but the girls pick up where they left off, and suddenly Callie’s summer is full of parties, boys and fun. Beneath the surface, things aren’t what they seem, however, and when a handsome boy with a dark past gets tangled up with Ivy, the girls’ history threatens to destroy their future

What will stay with you long after finishing The Death of Us is how it all comes together. Told in three distinct POV’s the story alternates between present day actions and events from weeks prior. The stories strong point is at it’s end when all the puzzle pieces are firmly put into place by the little clues scattered throughout the entire book making for one hell of an ending.

Kurt, Ivy and Callie’s stories each intertwine to a dreadful present day mystery. Uncovering that disaster means travelling back a few weeks back, to before everything went whack. When Ivy returns to her old town after a three year unexplained absence she tries to make amends with best friend Callie. The two girls begin to hang out like nothings changed in the years that they have been apart, until a boy finds himself in the middle of the two.

I’m being increidbly vauge aren’t I? Sorry! I’m really doing it for your own good because i’m scared that anything I say could quite  possibly spoil The death of Us and I really don’t want to do that since I enjoyed it so much! Alice Kuipers never disappoints and i’m super excited to finally share this book with all of you because it really is a great read. Like me, I promise you’ll be eagerly flipping the pages in this one just to find out what comes next.

 

Author Interview

Hi Alice! I’m a huge fan and was so excited for The Death of Us (which I loved) and was eagerly anticipating it after seeing the cover reveal a few months back! I can’t help feeling like the cover perfectly convey’s the mood of the book! I’m curious about what you thought of it once you first saw it! 

I love the cover. I am blown away by how beautiful it is. I can’t quite believe it’s my book, it’s so gorgeous. HarperCollins Canada did a wonderful job.

Yes! They did, they totally did! Now The Death of Us is told form three different POV’s and i’m curouis as to how you were able to differentiate each characters voice in your head. I mean, it must have been a challenge to write all three characters! 

It was really hard to get the voices right at first. I had to do a lot of work on each of the characters. My editor said: ‘Each of us is the hero in our own story.’ That spoke to me. Ivy, Kurt, and Callie each believe their perspective is the right one. Once I understood that, it was easier to give each character nuances because they really came alive.

Oh Alice, you have no idea how right your editor was. I actually just texted  that sentence to my best friend Megan and she replied ‘DEEP’. Of course, Megan is a girl of few words so I didn’t expect much from her but you get the gist, basically you couldn’t have been more right! I wonder, if you could be any of the hero/herione’s you’ve written which one would you be and why?

This is a hard question because I already feel like I’ve been all of my characters as I’ve written them. For me, the only way to get into their heads is to become each one individually. Several of my main characters love to write and I identify with that. I have a chapter book which has yet to be published that has a main character who owns a magic book. I’d love to own a magic book. In my young adult writing, the character I’d love to be – for a day or so – is Kurt. The way he sees the world appeals to me, his strength and unique perspective would be an experience.

*Nods head* Kurt was defiently the most appealing to me out of him, Ivy and Callie. There really was just something about the way he saw things and chose to interpret them. Speaking of the way we see and interpret things you’re books always take unexpected turns that are either completely shocking or heartfelt.I was wondering if you create an outline before starting to write each of your books and how long the process usually lasts.

The twists and turns in this book came both during the writing process and then had to honed in the editorial process. My poor editor worked really hard on this book with me. Three characters, an accident, a timeline that jumps back, secrets, lies, I didn’t make it easy for myself. The book was nearly the death of me (my title became eerily prescient), but somehow it all came together. All this to say that yes, there were outlines and yes there were moments of sudden illumination and inspiration. My favourite moments as a writer are those sudden ones where I realize what’s simply got to happen next and it surprises me as much as my reader.

I can see why those would be your favourite moments as a writer. Obvouisly, you really enjoy writing. Did anyone ever really encourage your passion for writing when you were younger? Did he/she ever read anyone of your books?

With my website, I try to encourage younger writers as much as I can because I didn’t really have anyone specific when I was younger who could mentor me. My father has always been enthusiastic and he now reads everything at the draft stage to give feedback. A teacher called Mr. Jope gave me early inspiration too – he got the whole class to write a novel when we were eleven or so. I loved doing it and got good marks, which set something in motion. I was lucky to have these influences, but a lot of people thought writing was a frivolous thing for me to do with my time. I don’t think anyone thought I’d publish real books – I certainly didn’t have that faith.

You totally should send a signed copy of your books to those people who didn’t believe you’d succeed in publishing real books and a letter saying ‘HAHA guess who did it without you’ *wink* *wink*. I’m not bitter for you at all…nope! Well thank you Alice Kuipers for taking the time to answer a few questions and share some interesting facts about your writing process! Happy Pub Date I couldn’t have enjoyed The Death of Us any more than I did!

Alice Kuipers

ALICE KUIPERS is the bestselling, award-winning author of three previous novels, Life on the Refrigerator Door, The Worst Thing She Ever Did and 40 Things I Want To Tell You, and the picture book Violet and Victor Write The Best-Ever Bookworm Book. Her work has been published to critical acclaim in twenty-nine countries. She lives in Saskatoon. Find her here: http://www.alicekuipers.com

Our Next Read {7}

“Our Next Read” is a feature here on Lily’s Book Blog that’s been around for a while now that basically highlights one book (every so often) that i’m dying to get my hands on that’s to be released soon that we both need to add to our TBR piles! Either because of all the recent hype surrounding it or because it somehow just landed on my radar and now i’m eagerly anticipating it.

Sublime by Christina Lauren 

When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.

Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…

Why It’s Our Next Read: I’ve actually known about this book for a while so it hasn’t just been out on my radar but with the release date so close by I’m get more and mroe eager for it! Saying i’m a HUGE fan of Christina Lauren would be an understatment. I have read all their books to date and one of the many things I love about them is just how amazing the characters are created by Christina and Lauren! I also always get super emotionally invested in their stories so i’m beyond excited to get so in this one, too! Sublime is their first YA/ paranoramal  book if i’m not mistaken and i’m excited to see how Christina Lauren handles YA and paranormal this October!

Expected Publication: October 14th 2014