You Can’t Take the Sky From Me

So…I’ve wrapped up my revisions on Guardian and sent it off to a few beta readers. Final draft came in at 107,000 words. I cut some thousand words from the last draft via deleting entire chapters, then somehow came out with a higher word count than before. Here’s to hoping they don’t believe it to be complete and utter garbage. I intend to be torturing agents with it very soon.

In the mean time, I’m working on a new and fairly exciting WIP. One that you may in fact get to see sooner rather than later. It’s a very different…well everything than what’s out there these days. Expect to hear more about that soon.

Some things you can expect. This Friday you can look forward to a special Book Review Friday when I -FINALLY- at long last tackle the Graceling trilogy. I absolutely loved this series and it’s review delay has nothing to do with the books themselves, but rather my busyness.

What I’m really excited for though, is the month of July. What can you look forward to? Four Book Reviews. I’m -extremely- hopeful that I enjoy these books enough to honestly review them the way I like to here. Let me give you the rundown.

Back in May I participated in an auction for the charity Pens for Paws representing Fat Kitty City. They’re a great organization taking care of our furrier companions. While cats and I have a somewhat wary approach to each other I’m more than willing to lend them a hand when I can.

Now, by participate, I mean I got insanely lucky and won the item I was bidding on. The Apocalypsies Megapack! What is that, you ask? A pack of debut author books, a majority of which are Young Adult books! I got lucky, because these all seem to be pretty freaking awesome just by the premises. So you should be able to look forward to me telling you all about these books every week. Worked out, luckily enough, to be four YA books. One for every month of July! Here are some blurbs and the likely order you’ll be seeing these reviews. Going to go by the the order I received them in to be fair. 🙂

STARTERS 
by Lissa Price
In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party–her body will commit murder, if her mind can’t stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first–the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie’s neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It’s a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank’s horrible plan. . . .

THE OTHER LIFE 

Sherry has lived with her family in a bunker for more than three years. Her grandfather’s body has been in the freezer for the last six months, her parents are at each other’s throats and two minutes ago, they ran out of food. Sherry and her father must leave the safety of the bunker. What they find is an empty Los Angeles, destroyed by bombs and haunted by Weepers – savage humans infected with a rabies virus. While searching for food, Sherry’s father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a vineyard where a handful of survivors are picking up the pieces of their other lives, before the virus changed everything. Sherry must find a way to help her family, stay alive, and decide whether Joshua is their savior or greatest danger as his desire for vengeance threatens them all. This debut novel is a page-turner that is not easy to forget.

SCARLET 

Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance. Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in. It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

SHADOWS CAST BY STARS 

Two hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet—especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antibodies that protect them from the Plague ravaging the rest of the world.
Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to Plague, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe—government forces are searching for those of aboriginal heritage to harvest their blood. When a search threatens Cassandra and her family, they flee to the Island: a mysterious and idyllic territory protected by the Band, a group of guerilla warriors—and by an enigmatic energy barrier that keeps outsiders out and the spirit world in. And though the village healer has taken her under her wing, and the tribal leader’s son into his heart, the creatures of the spirit world are angry, and they have chosen Cassandra to be their voice and instrument….

Here’s to hoping these books rock as much as they look like they will…For anyone still unaware to my “review” approach, I don’t bother reviewing books I don’t like. I don’t like wasting my time being negative, or your time reading negative junk. 
This is my vain attempt to be a gambling fellow…
How about you folks?
What’ve you been working on? What’ve you been reading? What’s your favorite kind of cookie?
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3 Responses to You Can’t Take the Sky From Me

  1. Kat Ellis says:

    These books look awesome – congrats on winning them! And you know what I'm reading right now, because you sent it to me 😉

    And triple choc. Always triple choc.

  2. Ah, can't wait to hear how your agent search goes. So, if someone picks up it up in the next few months, that means I'll get to read it around summer of '14, right?

    Look forward to the reviews. I have to pick and choose my reads these days, and your recommendations have always been good ones (just finished BZRK last week).

  3. Kelley says:

    Awesome that you participated in the auction! I donated a crit and an ARC. It was for a great cause. 🙂

    I read THE OTHER LIFE and enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

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