Read: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa {ARC}

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Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

Ratings: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 30th April 2013

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD

Review Copy: NetGalley

Review:

UPDATE: 03.31.2013 ARC Approved! Yeaaaahhh! :) Will read it after my CR. :)

HOLY… OMFG. OMG. OMG. WOW. Review to follow I guess. But… but… Arrrrggghhh!

I still can’t get over this book! This sequel is so good, in my opinion. Lots of action, gore, emotions, the story… Just… Oh God. I thought I wouldn’t see Zeke anymore in this book. Since in the first book, The Immortal Rules, they separate ways. Allie looking for Kanin and Zeke staying in Eden.

I love how Allie stayed true to her nature. I mean, she’s this stubborn girl that if she set her mind on doing something, give her word, she’ll do the best she could to do it. She set out looking for Kanin when she started having those nightmares/visions about what Kanin is feeling currently while being held against his wish by Sarren. That Psycho Vamp. >:(

Reading through what Sarren was doing to Kanin or reading what Kanin is feeling about that… It breaks my heart. I wish Sarren just ended Kanin right there and then. But of course it cannnot be like that. >.<

Hang in there, Kanin, I thought. I’ll find you, I swear. I’m catching up.

And you know, Jackal reminds me of Puck. Well, maybe just because of the sarcastic comments. I don’t like him in the first book. But here… I think I’m gradually liking him. >.< I don’t think he’s that bad. There’s still some goodness somewhere within him. I won’t give up on him. Hopefully, I won’t be disappointed in the next book.

And that last part of the book. OMG. I did not see that happen. I HATE STICK. Allie should have let him die a long time ago. :/ Now I can NOT wait for the third book. I wanna know what happen cause I REFUSE to believe that that recording is REAL. NO it is NOT. Read the last part of Epilogue. 

I believe he’s still there. HE IS. I refuse to acknowledge that that happen. >.< Noooo… And Allie. OMG. Don’t succumb to the inner monster! Nooooooooo… Don’t. Please. Don’t. But I do understand her on why she’s doing that. :(

Oh boy. I need the third installment pronto! >.< I love this book! It’s just right for all the parts to be there. The way it was delivered, perfect. The characters… It is so perfect, I hate Sarren, I feel the pain of the characters. I started to like Jackal. I hate Stick, ungrateful bastard, he is.

I was crying when I finished reading that recording part. :( I imagined what is happening. The torture… OMFG. >_< KUDOS to JULIE KAGAWA!!!

Read: Reckless by S.C. Stephens

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Can love survive when life gets Reckless? When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other withstand the constant pressures of superstardom? The friendships they’ve formed, the new family they’ve found, and the history they’ve forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the band’s exploding popularity. A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together. Fame comes with a price—but will it cost Kiera and Kellan everything?

Ratings: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 5th March 2013

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD

Review:

SHORT REVIEW

Wow. I finished it after almost… 2 weeks?! :O And well, as someone said.. It’s worth it. Reading Reckless is worth your time. Worth the effort. Worth everything. Although at some scenes, I still want to shake Kiera for being so stupid about the whole “I want to be invisible to public eyes even though Kellan is making it big” thing. UGH.

But all in all, I love it. I like how they could be honest to each other. And how they still do everything together. They fight for each other. Stephens is a really good author. She made me experience all emotions. Cry, laugh, the H word (lol, Kellan is hot, so who wouldn’t get H?!), mad at Kiera and THAT girl.

Stephens really outdone herself with this book. :) I like Effortless and Reckless a whole LOT. :)

Read: Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz

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Schuyler Van Alen is running out of time. The Dark Prince of Hell is storming the Gates of Paradise, intent on winning the heavenly throne for good. This time he has his greatest angels by his side, Abbadon and Azrael—Jack and Mimi Force, as they are known in the Coven.

Or so he thinks. Even as Lucifer assigns Jack and Mimi the tasks of killing their true loves, the Force twins secretly vow to defeat the Dark Prince once and for all. But how far will Mimi and Jack go to conceal their real loyalties?

Meanwhile, former vampire Bliss Llewellyn has joined forces with Lawson, the greatest wolf of the underworld, to free his people from their imprisonment in Hell. As they struggle against impossible odds, an ancient message, woven into the very fabric of time, reveals just how much depends on the success of their mission.

Lucifer seeks the key to the Gate of Promise, and when Schuyler is taken captive and delivered straight to Hell, she must make an unthinkable choice—the same one the archangel Michael was forced to make during the Crisis in Rome. Will Schuyler find the strength to do what he could not?

The epic, heartbreaking Blue Bloods series comes to a close with this final novel about staggering courage, unbearable sacrifice, and the immortality of true love.

Ratings: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 15th January 2013

Where to Buy:  B&N | TBD

Review:

Can’t believe that after this book, it’s over now. :(
But I’m gonna read this one and put off my other CR for now.

OMG! I finished it! It’s really really sad that this is the last book. :( I love this series that much. Don’t really care about what others would say. The battle is not that epic but really, it’s memorable. It’s just right.

I was a bit afraid that there’ll be no battle like what happened in Rapture (Fallen series), but thank heavens, that it didn’t end like that. And the secret is not that surprising since I think we all know that that would be her true… uh, yeah. Not saying anything. *zips mouth*

At first, I kinda forgot what happened in the sixth or even in the fifth book and I should really refresh my mind before reading it but oh, well. What’s done is done. Anyway, I do suggest that you read Wolf Pact though. But you’ll survive even if you don’t. Like what I did. ;)

And I freakin’ cried. :( I really liked the ending. And oh, that last chapter, makes me think that he should have his own series. LOL. It’s surprising he’ll be the new Regent. And that conduit… *zipping mouth tighter*

Anyway, love it! Even Jack, I mean, I always love Jack but of course, he’s great at acting like he don’t care, that I don’t like him that much sometimes. :P

Read: The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale

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The rules governing middle school are often a mystery, but for Eric Haskins, they’re a mystery he needs to solve, and fast. He’s a normal, average kid, until sixth grade starts. For some inexplicable reason, the class bully and his pack make Eric the Grunt. Even his best friend since first grade turns on him. Eric can’t figure out why he’s the Grunt until he hears about the Bully Book, a cryptic guide that teaches you how to “make trouble without getting in trouble, rule the school and be the man” and how to select the Grunt-the kid who will become the lowest of the low.

Eric Haskins may be this year’s Grunt for now, but he’s determined not to stay at the bottom of the social ladder forever. Hilarious and compelling, The Bully Book is a must-read for every tween, tween parent, librarian and educator!

Ratings: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 26th December 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD

Review:

Wow. I honestly don’t know why I like reading stories about bullies. No, I am not a bully, I mean the worse kind of bully. I am a playful bully, the person/s I am bullying knew I was just joking so they don’t let it hurt them. I even let them bully me back. LOL. That’s how we show our love. :p

But the stories in a book like this one is something that is real, happening to a kid or kids in all over the world. There would be a bully in different country, cities, schools. There’re lots of bullies and bullied in every corner of our different countries. This is an insight on how they work, how the bullies affect their targets, how they cope up, how they try to make it better.

This is a way of letting everyone all over the world that bullying needs to STOP. And by bullying, I mean excessive name calling, physical abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse. Bullies, you could still enjoy your school, classmates or have fun WITHOUT making fun of someone else. You need to put yourselves in their shoes first. Don’t give us a reason that because he/she is lame you are doing bad things to this kid.

The Bully Book gave us insight on how Bully Bookers made Eric’s life miserable and HOW he LET them. You’ll know after you read this book the reason how they choose you to be the GRUNT. The reason is somewhat helpful to the said Grunt, but the way the Bully Bookers do it is NOT.

I feel that everyone should read this book. And please stop bullying. Some people couldn’t cope with bullies so sometimes they end up taking their own lives. America got the worst of it. They got bullies too many to mentioned. And the rate of their suicides because they are being bullied at schools are high. Please know that you are not alone and you should talk to someone.

It’s hard and adults may not listen to you, but there is someone out there who definitely will listen and help you. Don’t give up. Ever.

Read: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover {Jan 1st}

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Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Ratings: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 17th December 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon| B&N | Kobo

Review:

I don’t know what to rate this book… I didn’t expect the plot to be like that. Speechless. :/ I’ll make a proper review later when I get home. :) For now, 5 stars.

After two days… I still don’t know what to say about this book… Hmmm… Okay… Let’s try…

First, I love the cover. That’s ALWAYS the first thing I notice about a book. Then of course, I DON’T read the blurb. But this book… I always saw people in my Goodreads Updates that they say it’s so good, it was amazing and all that positive feedback that I just had to bump it up in my TR List. I was that curious as to why they we’re having raving reviews. Oh, I didn’t read their reviews by the way, even the spoiler free reviews. :/ I want to know on my own.

So there, I started to read it… Then put it off cause I was on vacation and my family was demanding attention. :P Then when I got back, I started reading it again.

By the way, this is my first Colleen Hoover book. I have not read Slammed or Point of Retreat or whatever other books she have. So okay, back to the review…

“I want you to keep them open…because I need you to watch me give you the very last piece of my heart.”

Linden Sky… she reminds me of Ang. Well, just because she’s also a noob in technology. :P In any case, I like her character because she’s strong. Contrary to her belief, I so agree with Dean Holder. That she is a strong woman. I don’t think plenty of women would be back up and walking again if that scenario happened to them.

“The sky is always beautiful.Even when it’s dark or rainy or cloudy,it’s still beautiful to look at….it’ll be there no matter what…and I know it’ll always be beautiful.”

Dean Holder… When we (Sky and I) first had a glimpse of Holder, my first thought was “HUH.” But that changed when he did what he did in that parking lot. I was now officially intrigued by this plot. I know there’s something in Holder. We both know there’s something holding Holder back.

I was so focused on Holder. I didn’t know that what he knew had would affect Sky too. (view spoiler) So imagine my shock when the secrets were all coming down fast to Sky.

(view spoiler) I did not cry. I was beyond horrified that someone could do that, when all the secrets were revealed. It actually made me remember my own written stories 4 or 5 years ago. I also wrote something like that. (view spoiler) The only time I cried was when Holder and Sky were talking in the hotel. I feel for them. :(

I like how the story progressed. How it was all connected to Sky. Why her ‘adoptive’ mother did all that. I like how Holder and Sky still got each other in the end and they tried to heal together. It’s not easy, but I think they could do it. :)

“Its real, Six. You cant get mad at a real ending. Some of them are ugly. Its the fake happily ever afters that should piss you off.”

I know this is not a good review, but that’s what summed up my thoughts on this book. So I’m retaining my 5 stars rating for this book. :)

P.S. To view the spoilers, click it and it’ll redirect you to my Goodreads review of this book. :)

Read: V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

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When Val Jensen gets dumped for her decision to stay a virgin until marriage, the nasty breakup goes viral on YouTube, making her the latest internet sensation.

After days of ridicule from her peers, Val starts a school-wide campaign to rally support for her cause. She meant to make a statement, but she never dreamed the entire nation would get caught up in the controversy.

As if becoming nationally recognized as “Virgin Val” isn’t enough, Val’s already hectic life starts to spin wildly out of control when bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the hit rock band Tralse, decides to take her abstinence as a personal challenge.

How can a girl stay true to herself when this year’s Sexiest Man Alive is doing everything in his power to win her over?

Ratings: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 5th December 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N

Review:

I think my friends all knew I’m a fan of Kelly Oram. Since I made them read Being Jamie Baker which I totally love even though some of my friends criticize it. :o So when I saw this V is for Virgin book months ago before it was released, I was ecstatic and excited to read it. Although I didn’t like Serial Hottie very much, I simply love this one but not like I love BJB, of course.

First of all, I so freakin’ love the cover.

OMG. I cried! I freakin’ cried because of this book! What the heck is wrong with me? LOL. I liked it. A lot. Not because the guy, Kyle is so swoon worthy or that he’s incredibly hot. It’s because I like how the story went. From the first page, V is for Virgin, have my attention. I like Valerie’s character. Her fight for this cause, for what she believes in, is so… honorable and responsible of her. Well, okay, I don’t know the right words to describe Valerie.

I liked how she got her doubts about it cause let’s face it, that is so not easy to do. Especially when a lot of people doesn’t want to believe in you and they are ridiculing you. It’s normal to get doubts. Especially because those big things, you need to decide carefully.

So Kyle here, the lead vocalist of Tralse, is up for the challenge which is Valerie. I like him okay, he made me smile and laugh, but I still like Ryan Miller more than him. LOL. It’s all because of the way he approach Valerie. His methods are not good. :/ I actually want to shake him a little as to why can’t he be THAT kind of person. And why does he make things so difficult to the point they always argue every time they meet.

In that second to the last chapter, or is it third? Anyway, I keep on wondering like Valerie. I mean, is love really not that enough to enjoy the relationship? Is it really that necessary to have sex when you are in a relationship? I’m not being prude, but I just have to admit that that questions got me.

Well, I love Valerie’s cause. So much that I’m giving this book a well-deserved FIVE stars. Although it’s really a bit lacking since I really dig love story. But am turning a blind eye for that one because of Valerie and V is For Virgin cause. Btw, that last chapter reminded me of a movie called, Crazy Little Thing Called Love. It’s a Thai love story and I love it. ;) It just remind me of that because of the interview and the guests. ;)

Oh! I so want those jewelries too! I was like trying to see if there’s really visforvirgin.com site. LOL. :P

Read: Play With Me by Piper Shelly

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Ryan Hunter’s parties are legend. And tonight she’s going to be there.

Liza Matthews anticipates the return of her best friend and only love since kindergarten from soccer camp. But when Tony finally shows up, his mind is more focused on another girl. And worse, she’s a soccer player. Fighting for the attention Liza craves, she’s just a hairbreadth away from making a very stupid decision. But when extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, she’s prepared to play ball to get her man.

The tryouts are hell, the first match ends bloody, and the morning after the selection party she wakes up in the worst place possible—in the arms of the captain of the soccer team. The hottest guy in school. Ryan Hunter.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 8th December 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | Kobo

Review: 

 

Wow. I love this book. Full review when I wake up later. ;)

 

Morning came… and I still love this novella. I think this is the first book after months that really made me giddy because of the sweetness? Ah! I don’t know what to phrase it in English but we do have this word in Tagalog called ‘kilig’.

kilig (KEE-lig) – To shiver. When used in topics of love and romance, it means to shiver with delight when something romantic or cute…

That’s what I freakin’ felt while reading this novella. I’m grinning from ear to ear (Thank God it’s night time when I read this), stupidly feeling happy and I’ve been biting my lower lip while reading to stop myself from smiling. BUT I JUST CAN’T HELP IT.

“I strongly suggest you don’t do that. During a game you will have to stop the ball. But you’re not allowed to use your hands. So you use your body to block it. Your shoulders, or head, but mostly your chest.”

“Aha. There’s only one problem with that.” I cupped my boobs with both hands. “I’ve got these!”

Struck silent, his gaze traveled from my eyes downward and didn’t return. The spark in his eyes almost scared me. Like I was Snow White and he was the…Hunter. In fact, I didn’t want to even imagine what thoughts crossed his mind right then. I sapped my fingers between our faces.

“Eyes up here.” He obeyed. Reluctantly. The sliver of an impish smile crept to his lips.

It’s a light novella, a bit predictable, BUT I really love it cause it made me really really smile, an honest-to-goodness smile. An innocent smile and laugh, not the smile because I know something would lead to something adult-like. LOL. I’ve been reading new-adult books a lot now, so this is just a good change of pace.

Read: Rock Chick #1 by Kristen Ashley

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Indy Savage, cop’s daughter, rock chick and used bookstore owner, has been in love with Lee Nightingale, once bad boy, now the man behind Nightingale Investigations, since she was five years old. No matter what ingenious schemes Indy used to capture his attention, Lee never showed an interest and Indy finally gave up. Now Indy’s employee, Rosie, has lost a bag of diamonds and bad guys are shooting at him. When Indy gets involved, Lee is forced to help. Complicating matters, Lee has decided he’s interested, Indy’s decided she’s not. But she can’t seem to keep Lee out of her life when she’s repeatedly stun gunned, kidnapped and there are car bombs exploding (not to mention she’s finding dead bodies).

Indy’s best bet is to solve the mystery of the diamonds before Lee. Lee’s challenge is to keep Indy alive and, at the same time, win back her heart.

Ratings: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 4th March 2011

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&NKobo

Review:

Whoa. Okay. First, Rock Chick was recommended to me by Dan, I said I’ll read it some time later… Then last Sunday, I think, Glam asked me to join their (Dan and her) re-read of Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley. I said yes. BUT all of them was like, “Read Rock Chick first. You’ll like it better.” so again, I said OKAY. Then started to read Rock Chick. I honestly thought that I’ll shun away from all Kristen Ashley’s books. Because I was bored by Sweet Dreams (Dan said it was good, so I tried it for her but I ended up not finishing it) and so I was wary to read other Kristen Ashley books.

Another thing, KA’s books are incredibly LONG. And it’s not that I hate long books, it’s just I worry about whether I will like it to keep reading it. I had this habit or I should say rule that if I start a book, I would finish a book no matter what. I got three books that I stopped reading because they either bored me to death or I didn’t really understand what’s happening. PLUS, long books really takes me a lot LONGER TO READ. I’m a slow reader, so now I got a headache and my eyes are hurting. Still is even after a good night sleep of almost 10 hours.

my initial internal state before starting Rock Chick.

Yes, me putting on my big girl panties.

Okay, enough side-talk. :P Onto the review…

I was so surprise that I really liked this book. Yes, the girls are right about it. I absolutely love it. I was like grinning the whole time. Even to the first few chapters. Even when I got this stupid headache, it was WORTH IT.

I was like this the whole time.

Well… Does that makes everything clear? ;) So Indy Savage, is a daughter of a Cop. She got an extended family, her father, Tom Savage‘s best friend with Malcolm Nightingale, her mom’s best friend with Kitty Sue Nightingale, and Indy’s best friends with Ally Nightingale, the daughter of Malcolm and Kitty Sue. And Malcolm is also a cop, Hank, the eldest of the three children of Malcolm and Kitty is also a cop. Liam, however is a different story. He’s not a cop. Just a Private Investigator that is mysterious and got lots of underworld assets and what-not.

I love Indy. I think she’s on her 30s? But she act like she’s still on her teens. She got qualities that I have. I mean, it’s just that she got attitude, I got one too. And I do that “nanny nanny foo foo” thing too! LOL. And I do it while stick out my tongue. :D She got a sharp tongue, I sometimes got it too. Just sometimes… Cause the whole time, I am nice and would say YES to almost every thing my friends say. BUT really, Indy got kidnapped way too much. Once is enough, Twice is too much, and I don’t know what’s for the third. :P

Liam Nightingale... Lee… HE made me smirk that smirk and smile The Smile. Lee is hot. Well, he’s the badass of all the badasses. And so he’s the SHIT, man. BUT, there’s always the but here… I don’t like the excuse he gave Indy for not being together when Indy was throwing herself to him every single time back then. Pfft. That’s not an excuse! >:( In any case, I still like him though. He’s sweet. BUT controlling, good thing is Indy doesn’t like to  be controlled. Lee IS overprotective. Well I would too in everyone I love.

I like the Denver Police Department. They took care of their own. Indy was considered one of their own. And they are all protective of her. Especially since her father is one of the cops. But sadly, I didn’t see Tom or Malcolm AS A COP IN ACTION. Did they already retired? I didn’t think it was mentioned. I love all the characters. Well, except the bad guys. I love all the supporting characters.

SO there you go! This is my FIRST KA book that I really finished and I LOVED it. :) 

Exclusive Interview with Wynne Channing, author of What Kills Me

Wynne Channing, YA author of What Kills Me granted us an exclusive interview with her! Here’s the whole interview. Happy Reading! Read my review here: Read: What Kills Me by Wynne Channing.

What Kills Me Cover SmallME: Hi Wynne! Thank you for giving me a chance to do an interview with you here at Ramblings of a YA Reader. Your debut novel, What Kills Me, is really really really good! I loved it. Can you tell our readers – who haven’t read it yet – a short description?

WC: Hi Lexie! Thank you so much for the opportunity to chat with you about What Kills Me! Of course, What Kills Me is a paranormal adventure novel about bravery and survival. It begins with an ancient prophecy warning of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race. So when 17-year-old Axelia (Zee) falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer.

ME: Why Vampires?

WC: I’ve always been fascinated by these lonely monsters. I think you can’t live hundreds of years without being seriously messed up — which makes for interesting stories. As a reporter, I interviewed Neil Jordan who directed Interview With A Vampire and he said that vampire stories are often emblematic of a number of themes: sexuality, death, etc. There’s so much you can say through these pale creatures.

ME: What was your favorite part of the book to write and why?

WC: Every time Axelia and her ally, Lucas, fight, it makes me laugh. Their banter is the highlight of my days. I laugh even harder when he’s mean to her. (What is wrong with me?!?)

ME: Describe What Kills Me in three (3) Words… GO!

WC: Can’t put down.

ME: I noticed that What Kills Me was a fast paced book. Correct me if I’m wrong but why did you make it like that? I first thought that it was just a stand-alone book since there’s no title name for the series.

WC: Yes, I wanted it to be a non-stop ride. I planned it so that every chapter ended with a relative cliffhanger. I wrote What Kills Me as the first in a three-part series (things I mention are fleshed out in later books, ie. the rebellion, Lucas’s brother, Zee’s family) but I wanted to gauge fan reaction before I devoted my time to a sequel. Now that readers are asking for the sequel, it encourages me to keep going with Zee and Lucas’s story.

ME: What was the hardest part to write in the book?

WC: Whenever my favorite characters die, it sucks to write.

ME: I think most of us who already read the book would want to know… When will the second book comes out? Or if it already has some tentative title?

WC: The second book is slated to come out in the summer 2013. I don’t have a tentative title as yet. Do you have any suggestions?

ME: What would YOU like your readers to know about this book or you in general?

WC: I want readers to know that I wrote this book for them — to take them away on a roller coaster and give them characters that they recognize and that would inspire them.

ME: Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

WC: I am so grateful for everyone’s support. I never imagined that What Kills Me would get this kind of response and I’ve never done more happy dances in my life. (Thanks for your fan letters!)

ME: What is your greatest fear as a writer?
I don’t have any writer fears. I have normal people fears: zombies, serial killers, Japanese ghost girls, etc.

ME: When you are not reading or writing, what can you be found doing?

WC: I’m running around the city reporting or I’m teaching and performing Latin dance.

ME: I saw in your blog that you are a national newspaper reporter. How did you managed to manage your time between being a reporter and a young adult novelist?

WC: I have no clue. Seriously. I did not sleep for six months. I basically became a zombie reporter in the day.

ME: What type of music do you like to listen to?

WC: Right now, I’m listening to Adele as I do this interview :-)

ME: What is a day in the life of Wynne Channing like?

WC: Every day is different which is awesome. Let’s use yesterday as an example. In the morning, I wrote a newspaper article. In the afternoon, I shot a video for the newspaper’s website. Then I answered reader emails and publicized my novel. I went straight to a dance performance in the evening. Had a late dinner with friends. Came home and worked on the What Kills Me sequel until the wee hours. I think I had time to pee and breathe in between but I can’t remember…

ME: Can you tell us about the sequel?

WC: At the end of What Kills Me, Zee finds herself in a very unique position. How will the Monarchy handle the startling development? Will they take her in and worship her? Or will they imprison her forever? I’m busy pinning inspiration for Book Two on Pinterest and storyboarding the plot. Zee’s powers will continue to grow. Her relationship with Lucas will evolve. You’ll meet a new cast of characters including members of the rebellion, Lucas’s brother, etc. Maybe you’ll get to meet Zee’s family and her best friend. But for sure, there will be more twists, more deceit, lots of action, and well, blood.

ME: Finish this sentence “I can’t live without…”

WC: Hope.

Random Questions:

Day or Night?
Night.

Paranormal or Dystopian?
Ooh, tough because my current project is paranormal but my next book is dystopian.

Dogs or cats?
Dogs.

Coffee or Tea?
Tea. Love loose leaf tea.

Physical books or Ebooks?
Ebooks. Less to carry.

Tips on Zombie Invasion? LOL.
First of all don’t go running around the city because that is just stupid. You’re going to get killed immediately. Find a weapon, maybe a baseball bat (axes seem like a good idea but they get stuck in skulls and you have to pull them out — by then, a zombie is taking a bite out of your face) and run to the nearest grocery store. Stock up on food. Then find a secure place to hole up for a while. What would you do? I love advice, write me and give me some.

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About the top-rated, best-selling book (#1 in occult, October 2012): An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race. So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive. How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

Wynne Channing, author of What Kills Me

Wynne Channing, author of What Kills Me

Wynne Channing is an award-winning national newspaper reporter and best-selling young adult novelist. Wynne loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the president of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard (he didn’t bite). She briefly considered calling her debut novel “Well” so then everyone would say: “Well written by Wynne Channing.”

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Read: In the Band by Jean Haus

Blurb:

When family problems push Riley Middleton into giving up a percussion scholarship in another state and attending college from home, her friends push her to try out for a local rock band. Of course, Riley makes the band. She rules at the drums.

Riley soon finds out rock bands have a different dynamic than marching bands, especially when each of her male band mates has a major ego and is a major player. Two of them relentlessly flirt with her. The other—a dark, sexy rock god she can’t help being attracted to— is a total jerk and pushes her to quit. She becomes determined to ignore his rudeness and his hotness. Even if she was interested in jerks, a hook up would probably get her booted out of the ego-ridden band, and playing keeps her sane. Behind the drums, the world and its troubles evaporate.

If she wants to stay in the band, Riley needs to ignore the growing sparks between her and her band enemy. But as she gets to know the man behind the stage persona, ignoring him proves to be more difficult than flowing through a time sig shift.

*New Adult/Mature YA for language and sexual situations.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 18th October 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Review:

Holy… This is just awesome. I don’t even know what to say… *thinks hard* Hmmmm… I’ll just go and enumerate why I like this book a lot.

OneMUSIC. I’ve been looking for a story with music in it. I’m getting hooked with books that has that kind of genre. I like music, who doesn’t? I always wanted to learn to play guitar. Always bugged my bf to teach me how. But never got to learn it really well cause I’m not patient. :P

TwoDrummer… I keep on mentioning that I really like drummers. I really have a thing with drummers. Although in this case, it’s a girl who played the drums and she totally ROCKED it. It makes me love drummers more. I’ve been having that dream where I’ll buy that Drum Mania machine for my house and so I could play drums there. LOL. :P

ThreeGuitarist. also known as Romeo. OMG. He’s a bit dark and brooding, jerk (a bit), sweet, perfectionist, slave driver, HOT, talented and boy genius. Damn. What more could you ask for?

Overall, yes, I love it. Even the issues with Riley’s mom and family. :)