Saturday, December 2, 2017

2017 Debut Authors Bash & Giveaway: Kelly Garrett

Hey guys! Today I am featuring Kelly Garrett as part of the 2017 Debut Author's Bash hosted by YA Reads!


About The Last to Die, Kelly's debut novel:
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Sixteen-year-old Harper Jacobs and her bored friends make a pact to engage in a series of not-quite illegal break-ins. They steal from each other's homes, sharing their keys and alarm codes. But they don't take anything that can't be replaced by some retail therapy, so it's okay. It's thrilling. It's bad. And for Harper, it's payback for something she can't put into words-something to help her deal with her alcoholic mother, her delusional father, and to forget the lies she told that got her druggie brother arrested. It's not like Daniel wasn't rehab bound anyway.

So everything is okay-until the bold but aggravating Alex, looking to up the ante, suggests they break into the home of a classmate. It's crossing a line, but Harper no longer cares. She's proud of it. Until one of the group turns up dead, and Harper comes face-to-face with the moral dilemma that will make or break her-and, if she makes the wrong choice, will get her killed.


Her debut novel was published on April 4 of this year by Poisoned Pen Press!



About Kelly Garrett:
Kelly Garrett
I’m a mystery writer in Portland, Oregon. My debut novel, The Last To Die, came out in April 2017 from Poisoned Pen Press. If not writing, I’m probably hiking, watching the Portland Timbers, or seeking out new craft beer or cold brew coffee to try.
I’m also a member of Not The Usual Suspects, a group Facebook page and blog along with several fellow Portland-area writers.

And now I have an awesome dream cast for you guys, created by Kelly Garrett!

Coming up with a cast list for The Last To Die is a bit odd to me because I see my characters in my mind and they're not based on actors. If my book were adapted, I wouldn't be too hung up on the look of the actors as much as their ability to become the character. So just because I see Harper, my main character, as being athletic with brown hair, I wouldn’t be upset if someone with an entirely different look or even ethnicity was cast to play her as long as they embodied her sarcasm and drive.

Here are few ideas for actors:

Harper (the main character): Caity Lotz. She does snark well, and she can play brooding well with flashes of lightness. Plus she’s athletic. Harper is a soccer player able to sprint and climb a fence easily.

Gin (Harper’s boyfriend): a teenage Daniel Sunjata. Athletic, dependable, smart.

Sarah (one of Harper’s friends and a member of her burglary ring): a teenage Claire Coffee. Also able to do snark well, and she’d play a frenemy well.

Paisley, another one of Harper's friend and fellow burglary ring members: a teenage Morena Baccarin. Although in my head, I see Paisley as a blonde.

Thanks so much for taking the time to come up with a dream cast, Kelly!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

SST: This Mortal Coil Playlist!

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Hi guys! Today I have a playlist for you, based on the novel This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada. If you have the chance, I definitely suggest giving this book a read. Maybe this playlist will convince you! If you click on the song title, it will bring you to the YouTube link where you can listen to the song!

Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
I had to include this one because it's literally about a post-apocalyptic world. 'Nuff said.

Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger
This one also kind of reminds me of sci-fi feels. Just like the genre and the world the book is set in!

Bad at Love by Halsey
There was a love triangle, so I thought it was funny to include this one.

Into the Black by Chromatics
Every playlist needs a slower song, and I think this one is perfect.

I Think I Like You by sirenXX
Had to include this one for the love triangle too!

All We Ever Knew by The Head and the Heart

I hope you liked the playlist! Don't forget to check out all the links to hear the songs!




Preorder Links:
Amazon- US: This Mortal Coil
Barnes & Nobles: This Mortal Coil
Book Depository:This Mortal Coil


Author’s Social Media:


Synopsis (GR):


Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.


That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.


When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.


Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?






GIVEAWAY:

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About the Author:


Emily Suvada was born and raised in Australia, where she went on to study mathematics and astrophysics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours writing algorithms to perform tasks which would only take minutes to complete on her own. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen. She currently lives in Portland, OR, with her husband.






Tour Schedule:


11/5 Tour Stops


Interview - Megan Manzano
Review  - Books N Calm
Interview - Fly Leaf Chronicles
Unique Post - Book Stacks Amber


11/12  Tour Stops


Guest Post - Mikayla's Bookshelf
Unique Post - Downright Dystopian


11/19  Tour Stops


Review - The Book Corps


11/26 Tour Stops


Review -  Pretty Deadly Blog
Guest Post - The Hermit Librarian



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Monday, November 6, 2017

Autonomous by Andy Marino | Review

27919232Title: Autonomous
Author: Andy Marino
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Source: Netgalley

William Mackler is about to go on a road trip of a lifetime. After winning a contest-and nearly dying in the process-he becomes the proud owner of Autonomous, a driverless car that knows where you want to go before you do. #Worthit! To sweeten the deal he gets to pick three friends to go with him on a cross-country trip to see their favorite band. For William, a reckless adrenaline junkie, this is the perfect last hurrah before he and his friends go their separate ways after graduation. But Autonomous is more than just a car without a steering wheel. It's capable of downloading all of the passenger's digital history-from the good, to the bad, to the humiliating. The information is customized into an itinerary that will expose a few well-kept secrets, but it will also force William to face some inner demons of his own. Think you know Autonomous? The real question is, how much does Autonomous know about you?

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I wanted to love this book; I really did. I just had so much trouble getting into it.

I think my favorite part of the book was the car. The idea of a self-driving car is very interesting to me. Plus, there was a competition aspect.

However, I found it really hard to get to know the characters well enough because I felt that I didn't have anything in common with them or anything. If anything, they annoyed me a little bit.

Despite me not enjoying the book that much, I still think it's worth a shot to read it. You may be different; I just didn't really connect with anyone!

I'm still going to check out anything by Marino in the future because I did like his writing.