Monday, August 19, 2013

YA BOOK CLUB: University Book Store- Wise Young Fool (August 24th) + Giveaway

Book Club. What do you think when you hear that term?  A bunch of old ladies sitting around knitting and talking about everything but books?  Well, Saturday August 24th is the YA Book Club for Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin at University Book Store in Seattle and there will not be old ladies sitting around and knitting (although if you want to knit, you sure are welcome to, and old ladies are welcome to attend, I know I'll be there!) but this is chatting about Wise Young Fool with each other and the author himself! Sean is participating in the discussion, how fun is that?!   We'd like to invite you all to attend for the discussion, and then the signing after.

Not able to attend? That's okay, you can use this  link to purchase signed, personalized stock! They also offer free shipping on web orders over $20! Wise Young Fool will also remain discounted at 20% for the month of August.

If you're in the Seattle area we hope you can attend, and you can call the store and speak to the events staff or children's booksellers if you have any questions. There will be snacks {like pizza and soda!}and there is also free parking!

The official event listing is here:

University Book Store's mantra is "Shop Independent. Be Independent." As Washington's oldest and largest independent bookstore, we are dedicated to keeping the store a space for readers and writers to congregate! We work hard to create unique programming and events for our community of readers.

Event: YA Book Club for Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin with the author himself present, on August 24th at 1 PM at University Book Store.  

Because I am attending the event, and interviewing the author after, I would like to have some questions submitted for me to ask Sean.  I'm tired of the same ol' thing, I want to know what you want to know!  And in exchange for your questions I will give away one copy of one of his books, signed, to one of YOU!

Winners choice of Wise Young Fool, The Infects or You Killed Wesley Payne
This is open worldwide, however, if it's an international winner I will order the book they choose from The Book Depository instead (thus it will not be signed).
This ends on August 22nd, 2013
You must be 13 or older to enter.
Winner will be selected via
To enter, just submit a question to ask Sean in the form below!

Form removed on Aug 31 since contest is no longer valid.

Teen rocker Ritchie Sudden is pretty sure his life has just jumped the shark. Except he hates being called a teen, his band doesn't play rock, and "jumping the shark" is yet another dumb cliché. Part of Ritchie wants to drop everything and walk away. Especially the part that's serving ninety days in a juvenile detention center.

Telling the story of the year leading up to his arrest, Ritchie grabs readers by the throat before (politely) inviting them along for the (max-speed) ride. A battle of the bands looms. Dad split about five minutes before Mom's girlfriend moved in. There's the matter of trying to score with the dangerously hot Ravenna Woods while avoiding the dangerously huge Spence Proffer--not to mention just trying to forget what his sister, Beth, said the week before she died.

This latest offering from acclaimed author Sean Beaudoin is alternately raw, razor-sharp, and genuinely hilarious.

 A feast for the brain, this gory and genuinely hilarious take on zombie culture simultaneously skewers, pays tribute to, and elevates the horror genre.

Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. As in any classic monster flick worth its salted popcorn, plentiful carnage sends survivors rabbiting into the woods while the mindless horde of “infects” shambles, moans, and drools behind. Of course, these kids have seen zombie movies. They generate “Zombie Rules” almost as quickly as cheeky remarks, but attitude alone can’t keep the biters back.

Serving up a cast of irreverent, slightly twisted characters, an unexpected villain, and an ending you won’t see coming, here is a savvy tale that that’s a delight to read—whether you’re a rabid zombie fan or freshly bitten—and an incisive commentary on the evil that lurks within each of us.

 He's come to do a job.
A job that involves a body.
A body wrapped in duct tape found hanging from the goal posts at the end of the football field.

You Killed Wesley Payne
is a truly original and darkly hilarious update of classic pulp-noir, in which hard-boiled seventeen year-old Dalton Rev transfers to the mean hallways of Salt River High to take on the toughest case of his life. The question isn't whether Dalton's going to get paid. He always gets paid. Or whether he's gonna get the girl. He always (sometimes) gets the girl. The real question is whether Dalton Rev can outwit crooked cops and killer cliques in time to solve the mystery of "The Body" before it solves him.

Sean Beaudoin (Going Nowhere Faster, Fade to Blue) evokes the distinctive voices of legendary crime/noir authors Dashiell Hammett and Jim Thompson with a little bit of Mean Girls and Heathers thrown in for good measure. It'll tease you, please you, and never ever leave you. Actually, that's not true. It's only a book. One that's going to suck you in, spit you out, and make you shake hands with the devil. Probably.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Candace Reviews Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by @nightowlauthor

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is just about to be released.  I'm very excited to share my thoughts about this AMAZING book and hopefully you'll run over and buy your very own copy!

Note: This review was also posted on Candace's Book Blog.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected Publication: August 15th by Dial
Source: Netgalley/ Publisher
You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

It's been a little while since a book truly captivated me.   That sucked me in on page one and didn't let go until the very last page.  A book that I could actually sit and read all in one sitting, and in fact desperately wanted to read in one sitting.  A book that was absolutely stunning and terrifying.  A book that every single aspect worked together magnificently.

The setting of the small town of Echo, and especially the gothic mansion that Violet lives in, are the perfect setting for this incredibly creepy story.  This home of Vi's is a mansion I really want to visit.  I'd say I'd like to live there, but I might be a little too scared to ever sleep!  The thing is, the mansion itself isn't what's so creepy.  It's more beautiful than anything.  And since Violet clearly loves it, we can't help but love it too.

I really, really liked Violet.  She's maybe a bit quiet and aloof, but she's a bit nerdy in that she loves to read and be immersed in her stories.  She also dresses in her grandma's old clothing and I really loved that, that's my kind of style, for sure!  Violet and her brother Luke are alone in this house as their parents have disappeared off to Europe to paint and do their art.  Vi and Luke fight a lot but as the story goes on we see how much they truly care about each other.   Violet is a very caring person and through the book we see her kindness show through in little things she does.  But maybe Violet has a little less kindness in her than she thought, or even thinks...

When River comes to town and rents out the guest house it's easy to fall for him.  He has this charisma and charm and it's hard to think bad of him.  But we, as the reader, know that there's something more to him just because of the book description.  And it becomes clear pretty quickly that something's up.  There's quite a lot of mystery and little things are constantly unraveling.  Even when we find out one thing, there's still so much more.  So it's mystery after mystery, I suppose.  And we still don't know, is he evil?  Is he accidentally bad, with good intentions?  We really don't know and the emotions are all over the place.  I can say I really, really wanted him to be good.  I really liked his personality but because I always felt so suspicious I never knew what exactly to think of anything he said or did.  The thing is, you may think you have it all figured out, but then POOF, another twist.  I absolutely loved it!  And the ending, brilliant!  (And no cliffhanger, woo hoo!)

The book is impossible to put down. While it has quite a few pages, I read it much more quickly than I do most books with even less pages.  And the creepiness, oh gosh!  I'm not a fan of horror, I get creeped out and scared super easy, but I think most anyone can agree this is plenty creepy! But even though I don't usually like horror, it worked for me in this one.  I read it for the gothic aspect and because April is a local author, but I'm SO glad I did!  This may very well end up on my favorites list for 2013...

Highly recommend!

Find April online at: 

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

 Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at, twitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Trailer by @nightowlauthor

We are so excited today to share the Book Trailer for 
'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' by April Tucholke

Tomorrow we are excited to share a preview of the book! Both Candace and I have read it and are so excited for the official release!  There has been a ton of hype and excitement surrounding this book!  I'm using all exclamation marks to show my excitement! WOO!

For more info stop by and see April:

Monday, August 5, 2013

Wise Young Fool by @seanbeaudoin PREVIEW

Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin
Aug 6, 2013
Little, Brown Books
448 Pages

I have to start out by telling you I love the cover(s) for this book.  The cover above is the final cover and after reading the story it really is perfect!  And I love the cover on the ARC that I was given.  Shown below because that is how I pictured Ritchie rocking out every time he talked about doing so.  Either way Sean won at having amazing covers for this book.

Teen rocker Ritchie Sudden is pretty sure his life has just jumped the shark. Except he hates being called a teen, his band doesn't play rock, and "jumping the shark" is yet another dumb cliché. Part of Ritchie wants to drop everything and walk away. Especially the part that's serving ninety days in a juvenile detention center.

Telling the story of the year leading up to his arrest, Ritchie grabs readers by the throat before (politely) inviting them along for the (max-speed) ride.

Oh right you are here to check out a preview of Sean's new book.  Okay then let's get down to business....oh wait.  If you didn't check out yesterday post you should!  I posted the Wise Young Fool book trailer because it is AMAZING!  You can also check out Sean's other books via the trailers in the same post if you have not already read them.  

I love music books.  I do not mean the kind that teach you to learn an instrument, although those are helpful.  I am referring to books that are about teens playing music, forming bands, on tour after their junior or senior year in high school and all the drama that comes along with choices made at that age.  I was excited when Sean told me that his book had lyrics in it!  In fact when I was thinking about what I'd say in this preview, I was thinking about how cool it would be if Sean's book was a real music book.  

Wait a second and let me explain...

What I mean is that I wish that you could buy books that included special pages, similar to Hallmark cards where when you turn to specific pages that authors have lyrics written in, the music would PLAY for those lyrics/that song.  Would that be cool or what?  It would totally bring the book to life.  Or if the books had links to a specific webpage and every time you arrived at another song or lyrics you could go online and type in the special code for the song/video*.

I loved the back and forth between present and past each chapter.  Ritchie is telling you his story as well as journaling what happened before he ended up in a juvenile detention center**.  I have read books where this can be confusing but Sean did a great job and I always knew what part of Ritchie's life I was learning about.  Plus if you pay attention to the chapter headers you will catch on as well!  There were definitely some surprises in this book which kept me reading.

This book gave me the perfect view of a teen guy who is part of a band as well as a teen boy in a juvenile detention center.  While I could picture exactly where he was I was happy not to actually be there (in the juvenile detention center).  I don't know that I would have had the street smarts at that age to know what to do as Ritchie did.  What did he do?  Well you will have to check out Wise Young Fool to find out.  Also, wondering how he ended up in the JDC?  Sean is a brilliant evil mastermind who keeps you wondering until nearly the VERY END.  Well done Sean!  I can't wait to read Sean's next book and neither will you!


Want to meet Sean?  Come on down to Wordstock Festival in Portland Oct 5 & 6!

*My basis for that idea is from Patrick Carman's Skeleton Creek and Trackers books that include links and special codes for videos of action scenes from the book
**This is not a spoiler since it clearly says this in the info on Goodreads

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Wise Young Fool Trailer by @seanbeaudoin

While I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Wise Young Fools by local Seattle author Sean Beaudoin, I know others were not...haha  
So here is his book trailer for you to check out before the release this Tuesday!

Tomorrow I will be posting a preview of this AMAZING book.

And don't forget to stop by and visit Sean

Sean online
Sean tweets
Sean facebooks

And if you have been living under a rock in a deep dark hole & have missed Sean's other books
here are 2 more FUN trailers for you.

 The Infects

You Killed Wesley Payne