Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review: The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Series: The Winner's Trilogy, #2
Age range: 13 - 17 Years
Source: Bought
Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement... if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

I thought The Winner’s Curse knocked it out of the park but The Winner’s Crime takes the cake. This installment was filled with nail biting tension. I felt like I was watching a game of cat and mouse and could only hold my breath and hope that Kestra and Arin weren’t in over their heads. 

The characters in this book are unforgettable. The things that they endured for what they believed in made me fall in love with them even more. Every interaction with Kestra and Arian had me on the edge of my seat. I could only wait to see how everything would play out. And boy did it go in a direction that I could have never imagined! 

Oh what a tangled web we weave...I can't wait to see how the next book unfolds. Just brilliant!

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Soundless by Richelle Mead

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Soundless by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication date: 11/10/2015
From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore. 

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. 

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever...

"Set in a world based on the mythology and history of ancient China, this standalone novel follows the adventures of a daring girl who sets out to save her cursed village" - I can definitely jump aboard this one! Plus, I love Mead's writing and I can't wait to see where she goes with this one.

So this is my pick. What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Spotlight & Giveaway: Nightborn by Lou Anders

Today is the paperback release of Frostborn, book 1 in the highly praised fantasy-adventure Throne and Bones trilogy by Lou Anders. In preparation for the release of Nightborn, book 2, I wanted to share some praise and offer a giveaway for Nightborn (ARC) which will be released July 14, 2015.



Future fans of Tolkien and George R.R. Martin can happily cut their serial-fantasy teeth on this first book of an eventual series.”
─ Kirkus Reviews

The setting is rich, the characters well-defined, and the danger ever-paramount. It’s a strong and thoroughly enjoyable start to the Thrones and Bones series.”
─ Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

 “. . . adventure fans will enjoy the action, the Norse background, and the occasional flash of humor.”
─ Booklist Reviews

Nightborn (Thrones and Bones, #2) by Lou Anders
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 25, 2015
From the author of "Frostborn" comes Book 2 in the acclaimed Thrones and Bones fantasy-adventure trilogy for fans of Lloyd Alexander and Brandon Mull. 

Karn Korlundsson is a gamer. "Not" a riddle solver. But in order to rescue his best friend, Thianna Frostborn, he will need to travel to the faraway city of Castlebriar (by wyvern), learn how to play a new board game called Charioteers (not a problem), decipher the Riddle of the Horn, and tangle with mysterious elves. 

Meet Desstra. She's in training to join the Underhand--the elite agents of the dark elves. When she crosses paths with Karn, she is not all that she appears to be. 

Everyone is chasing after the horn of Osius, an ancient artifact with the power to change the world. The lengths to which Karn will go in the name of friendship will be sorely tested. Who knew that solving a riddle could be so deadly? 

*Contest Closed*

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Series: Red Queen, #1
Age range: 13 - 17 Years
Source: Bought
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

The buzz for this book flapped around my ears constantly urging me to take notice. Well, it snagged my attention and that was all she wrote. I was glued to the pages of this spellbinding adventure and thought of every excuse to get out of daily duties just to live in the beautifully complex world that Aveyard created.

The characters were outstanding and the plot wickedly twisted with its treachery. Oh how I love Mare! She is what I love, love in heroines. She’s fierce and I was constantly delighted to be inside her head as she navigated her way through a host of danger. The clues were there but like Mare, I didn’t know who to trust. Aveyard did an excellent job keeping me guessing.

This book had everything – action, danger, romance, and an unforgettable host of characters. A rollercoaster ride with twists and turns, this book is a nonstop page turner. I can't wait for the next ride! This book is a must read!    

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


Friday, May 22, 2015

Where is Tina?

I'll be in Nashville next week for my annual meeting. 

What is JAM? It stands for Jenzabar's Annual Meeting. Jenzabar is
my college's student information system. Yes, I work at a college for healthcare majors. I'm a database administrator so these annual meetings provide insight on various topics all geared to make the system work for my institution.

JAM is held annually and for some reason, it's always during BEA. It's a conspiracy I tell ya! One of these days, I'm going to have to skip out so that I can attend BEA. I do have a couple of posts scheduled and I'll be checking emails, comments, etc. as time permits. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn, #1
Age range: 12 - 17 Years
Source: Bought
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

This book was an unsuspected surprise. Anytime I read a book by an author that I’ve never read before, I have to get a feel for the writing style and the voice. I will say that it took me a chapter or two to really get into the story but once I got the hang of it, I did not let go. I fell in love with the imagery which was magical in itself.  I could see the world that Renee created perfectly. It was so mesmerizing and I enjoyed every detail.

I can’t say enough about the characters – they embody what I love in fantasy. Kazi is fierce and I loved that she could hold her own. I fell in love with Khalid through Kazi - these two are perfect for each other.  You know what I can’t wait for? I can’t wait to see what happens with the other characters in this book like Tariq – he’s intriguing and a force within his own right.

I love when books in this genre have kick-ass action and I feel like I got a small taste and it left me wanting more.  I‘m hopeful that there will be more sword-wielding action in the next book. I’m just ready for a major showdown to see whose left standing when the dust settles.    

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Series: Blood of Gods and Royals
, #1
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series..

This book sounds so intriguing! It has a mashup of things that I love - court intrigue and fantasy. 

So this is my pick. What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Guest Post: B.D. Bruns (Author of In the House of Leviathan)

I'm ecstatic to introduce to you B.D. Bruns as he shares his experiences and how it shaped his writing. Thanks for stopping by!

Adventurer B. D. Bruns has traveled to over 50 countries to gather material for his bestselling books. He's won 19 national and international book awards, including three national Book of the Year awards. Bruns' first fiction book, The Gothic Shift (2014) won the International Book Awards Best Short Story Collection. He also contributes to Yahoo Travel, BBC, CNN, The Daily Beast, and The Travel Channel. 

Bruns' travel adventures span from entering the Pyramids of Giza and swimming in the Panama Canal to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and touring Torture Museums in Estonia. He has attended ceremonies from the descendants of cannibals in the South Pacific and has been consulted by a ghost tour in Malta. After residing in Dracula's hometown for several years, Bruns moved to Las Vegas with his Romanian wife, where they live with two cats, Julius and Caesar.

The Love of Old Things

Having begun my writing career as a travel writer in narrative nonfiction, sharing where I’ve been and what I’ve done was the whole point. Luckily I’ve been to fifty-plus nations and done a lot of wild things, so writing about them was easy (assuming people believed me, which sometimes they didn't!). When I recently switched to fiction I had to figure out how my experiences could benefit this new genre. Making the exercise even more interesting is that I switched from humor to horror!

Ultimately, the best kind of horror is equally dependent upon an author’s experiences and imagination. Guillermo del Toro, who brought us the scary movies Pan’s Labyrinth and The Orphanage, was an orphan himself. Stephen King famously wrote Misery because crazy fans were overwhelming him and his poor secretary. But one need not be abducted by aliens to write a convincing horror thriller. After all, have you ever asked someone if they’ve ever seen a ghost? When researching for a book I wrote years ago (Comstock Phantoms) I interviewed dozens of people who had ghostly encounters and each story could be accurately summed up as, “I was doing whatever… AND I SAW A GHOST!” Please note that this is neither a scary statement nor even a scary premise. Of course, most people are not born storytellers, thus it circles back to imagination. 

So, really, how does personal experience fit in? Allow me to indulge in a review of mine from Midwest Book Reviews: “In the House of Leviathan neatly demonstrates the fact that the best kind of horror/thriller combination is spiced with an author's experiences: in fact, the idea for this book came to B.D. Bruns as he was sailing off the coast of Italy, and is based on his love of museums and old things.”

Indeed, I visited a thousand year old paper mill. Obviously making paper isn’t interesting enough to normal human beings to be the driving force of a thriller. But some of the things I saw in that deep, dark cellar certainly were. The area was inherently fascinating, with complex chutes and canals of stone that looked like an M.C. Escher nightmare. In the darkest corners were huge, violent shredding machines with nail-tipped wooden mallets. Rotting rag heaps had kept the air dismal and and dangerous. These interesting and surprising things hidden in the stone below ground were used to make paper for the Vatican—itself a dramatic location. 

That museum showed me a unique setting with a hundred ways to die horribly. Drowning, infection, mauling. Why choose one when I can have them all? But what would be the odds of all the worst ways to die happening at once? Well, why not stack the odds by having a conscious, negative force making worst case scenarios all the more likely? Thus was my first thriller novel born of a personal experience and a bit of imagination. 

If you want to know more about Brian and his books please visit his sites below.
Twitter: @LoveBruns
Facebook: BDBruns

Pub. Date: February 11, 2015
Publisher: World Waters
"An absorbing story that sacrifices light predictability for depth and solid development, making In the House of Leviathan a standout." - Midwest Book Review

From 3X Book of the Year winner comes an edge of the seat paranormal thriller in the exotic Amalfi coast. An exorcism was the first thought but last desire of Giuseppe. His contentment working with his sister at their ancient paper mill in 1860s Italy is shattered when he witnesses Old Man Grapaldi summoning the Devil. Omens from the sea threaten the village and bizarre, violent happenings at their mill threaten his family. With their church rocked by inner turmoil and so many good men succumbing to dark secrets, Giuseppe himself must overcome his fears and his physical handicap to save his beloved sister.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

END OF DAYS by Susan Ee
Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Series: Penryn & the End of Days Series , #3
Age range: 14 - 17 Years
Source: Bought
End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

I’m so sad that this series had to end but it was one helluva ride. With unforgettable characters striving to survive in a world like no other, this book was filled with heart-pounding non-stop action. The characters in this series have earned a special place in my heart.

Penryn – oh how I love this fiery heroine who will jump through the gates of hell to save her family. I also can’t get enough of Raffe – such a fierce warrior and honorable protector right down to the end. With this being the last book in the series, we were given everything then some. There were so many obstacles that Penryn and Raffe had to overcome that I couldn’t possibly imagine how they would fare in the end with the impossible choices they faced.

There are so many amazing characters in this series especially Penryn’s mom. That woman kept me entertained!  I’m content with how Penryn’s story played out but I will say that I was expecting a little more with the ending. After I turned the last page, I was like - “That’s it.” So, I guess I have to let my imagination fill in the blanks but it’s all good. I’m going to miss this series but I can’t wait to see what Susan Ee writes next.     

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Feature and Follow (2)

Feature and Follow is a weekly feature hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

The goal is to make new friends in the book blogging community and increase followers.

Question of the week: 

How do you organize your books? Either at home on your bookshelves or on your reading-device, or on your bookish platform like Goodreads,Leafmarks or Booklikes. – Unconventional Book Views

Well funny that - On my home bookshelf, I have them in alphabetical order by the author but then I've run out of space so they're all over the place now. I use Goodreads a lot but there is no order to the chaos. I have a 1000+ books TBR. I'm up to suggestions though.

I need help with my book organization, what about you?

Review: Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/19/2015
Series: Once Upon a Crime Family , #1
Age range: 13 - 17 Years
Source: Netgalley
Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.

Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.

And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever.

All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks

The premise of this book is what really made me want to read it. I’m a big lover of crime/mob stories - especially the ones that make you cringe and keep you in suspense of how the characters will fare in the end. Hold Me Like a Breath had plenty of grit to go around.

Penelope is such a unique character and I loved watching her transformation from being a fragile caged butterfly to finally standing up for herself and living her life the way she’s always dreamed of. She was shielded from her illegal family business dealings because of her condition and because of their illegal transplant business, there was always another family trying to take over and nothing was ever considered safe. So when tragedy strikes, Pen has to decide who to trust even as she navigates the streets on her own for the very first time. Always dependent upon her family and Garrett, her crush and also childhood friend, Pen doesn’t know where to turn then enters Charlie, the gorgeous newcomer with secrets of his own. Pen’s finally able to feel normal with Char by her side even though danger still hovers nearby. I loved how fierce Garrett and Char were when it came to Pen’s safety. With lies and secrets clouding her every move, it was nice to see Pen’s determination to live her life even while she dealt with tragedy and the constant danger that she was in.

I felt this book was more about Pen’s journey and how she coped with everything that happened within the confines of the family business. So I’m curious as to what will happen next as Pen ventures into the next phase of her life. Hopefully, we’ll get more danger and action as other crime families fight for power.     

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Series: The Witchlands, #1
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Isn't that cover beautiful?! It's about witches which I can't be more thrilled about. I have a good feeling about this one - it's going to be a keeper!

So this is my pick. What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses , #1
Age range: 14 - 17 Years
Source: Bought
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.
Perfect for fans of Kristen Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

I have to tip my hat off to Sarah. She’s an impeccable storyteller. Every book that she’s written has received 5 starred reviews from me and that has to mean something on a short list. Every time I finish reading one of her books, I just sit back in awe. A Court of Thorns and Roses takes you on a surreal adventure that you want to escape into. This book had me sitting on the edge of my seat.

With well-crafted characters and a magical world of mystery and enchantment, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I don’t know how Sarah comes up with her stories; she’s just brilliant! The intricacies in the plot are cleverly written and awe-inspiring. I didn’t want this book to end.

I’ll be waiting on pins and needles for the next installment because it’s more than likely that the journey that lies ahead will be just as treacherous for the cast. If you’re reading this review then listen closely: It’s A.MUST.READ!  I can’t express enough how great this book is, you won’t be disappointed.     

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Character Interview: City Love by Susane Colasanti

I'm thrilled to introduce you to the characters behind Susane Colasanti's City Love. Thanks for stopping by!

Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It Happens, Take Me There, Waiting for You, Something Like Fate, So Much Closer, Keep Holding On, All I Need, and Now and Forever.

She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years. She lives in New York City

Meet the cast of City Love by Susane Colasanti

What was your best experience while living together during the summer before college?
Rosanna: Finally being in New York City. I’d known New York was my true home for so long. Getting to live here after dreaming about it all these years is still something I’m grateful for every day.

Sadie: I loved getting to know Rosanna and Darcy. We’re different in a lot of ways, but it was obvious that the summer would bond us for life. I was surprised how much we had in common.

Darcy: My girls freaking rule. Some roommates can be uptight about keeping the apartment immaculate. So what if the living room is messy or the dishes don’t get washed right away? There are way more important things happening. The dishes can wait.

Rosanna: Um…

Does anyone have any annoying/quirky habits?
Rosanna: Other than leaving dishes in the sink?

Sadie: Darcy snores.

Darcy:  I do not snore.

Rosanna: We kind of recorded you snoring, though.

Darcy: That? You can get a random snore file from anywhere. Unsubstantiated evidence.

Did you meet anyone special?

Darcy and Rosanna: [exchanging a look]

Sadie: I thought I did. I mean, I did. He just…wasn’t exactly who I thought he was.

Darcy: Name one boy who is.

Rosanna: Jude.

Sadie: We are Team Jude.

Rosanna: Love Jude.

Darcy: Simmer down, ladies.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?

Darcy: We wouldn’t be living in a fourth-floor walk-up, for one.

Sadie: Oh, I love our building! The exposed brick? And those French windows?

Darcy: Too. Many. Stairs.

Rosanna: I wouldn’t lose myself in a boy. I would remember who I was and hold on to the things that matter most to me.

Sadie and Darcy: [silence]

What advice would you give to someone your age who was considering moving to NYC?

Rosanna: Save way more money than you think you’ll need before moving. New York City is horrifically expensive.

Darcy: Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Every day brings new chances for fun! Life is too fabulous to take seriously. Go with the flow and enjoy the ride.

Sadie: Look up. There are so many possibilities you miss when you don’t look up, so many gorgeous details that go unnoticed. This city shines with beauty and history and non-coincidences. All things you notice when you look up.

Rosanna: And there are soul mates. Right, Sadie?

Sadie: Of course. A soul mate could be right around the corner…

**Bonus: Susane, would you like to share any additional information about your book?
I think this character interview provides some fun insight into the drama these girls encounter in book one. Thanks so much for spreading the city love!

If you want to know more about Susane and her books please visit her sites below.
Twitter: @susanecolasanti

CITY LOVE by Susane Colasanti
Pub. Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Age Range: 14 - 17 years
Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives.

Sadie is a native New Yorker. She is hopeful, romantic, and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate. Then she meets her dream boy: cute, funny, and quirky in all the right ways. The chemistry between them is unreal. Could he be the one?

Darcy is a free spirit from SoCal with rebellious tendencies and unlimited financial resources. Moving to New York City is just another adventure for her. Darcy wants this summer to be all about boy adventures—nothing serious. But how much fun is too much?

Rosanna leaves Chicago for NYC so she can put her past behind her and reinvent herself. The only thing standing in her way is the grand total of seventy-three cents she has saved. Then she meets a guy who wants to show her the glamorous side of New York—a side that she would never get to experience on her own. If Rosanna doesn't resist, she may find herself in city love.

Told from alternating points of view, City Love captures the moments in each girl's life when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying all at once . . . in a way it will never be again

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