Thursday, June 13, 2013


It's Bookanista Thursday. YAHOO!

(In case you didn't know... GWUCER= Giveaway, Winners, Update, Cover [Eggs] Reveal)

UPDATE: So, I'm nearly finished with this new book I'm writing. It's pretty much consumed every spare moment and all my thoughts since forever. All my conversations now go like this:

Friend: I couldn't believe my husband did that. I wanted to kill him. Gawd.
Me: Yeah, but you've got to admit it's kind of funny. Sort of reminds me of this thing Henry did when he saw Lacy in that bar, you know, when her hand was in--
Friend: Henry? As in your fictional character?
Me: ....

I'm pretty sure I'm having a love affair with this thing. It's an obsession that made me think I wouldn't post again until after I was done with Henry* and Lacy.* But then I got the opportunity to be a part of this really awesome cover reveal for Stasia Ward Kehoe's upcoming YA, THE SOUND OF LETTING GO. And oh my gawd. LOOK.


Lord, but that's gorgeous. There's something just a little risqué about it, something so sensual about a woman's neck and naked collar bone. And then there's that dandelion, so full of promise and wishes that could, maybe, possibly come true, and on the tippy-tips of her fingers it's being extended to--her lover? Or you? As in, "Blow." But with that bubble filter the dandelion almost looks like it could also be a flower with one last petal. He loves me, he loves me not. All's I can say is if this cover is at all indicative of what's within those pages? Gangnam style YES.

The Sound of Letting Go

by Stasia Ward Kehoe 

For sixteen years, Daisy has been good. A good daughter, helping out with her autistic younger brother uncomplainingly. A good friend, even when her best friend makes her feel like a third wheel. When her parents announce they’re sending her brother to an institution—without consulting her—Daisy’s furious, and decides the best way to be a good sister is to start being bad. She quits jazz band and orchestra, slacks in school, and falls for bad-boy Dave.

But one person won’t let Daisy forget who she used to be: Irish exchange student and brilliant musician Cal. Does she want the bad boy or the prodigy? Should she side with her parents or protect her brother? How do you know when to hold on and when—and how—to let go?

Okay, so I read Stasia's last book, AUDITION, and loved every inch of it. Truly spectacular. TRULY. YES. (My Review of AUDITION, P.S.) So basically I will read anything Stasia publishes, no question. But even if I didn't know Stasia had written this, I'd definitely want to pick this one up. Really looking forward to it. Check it out on Goodreads!

GIVEAWAY: Guess what, chicos! Stasia is holding a super giveaway. You can win:

  • A Signed Hardcover of AUDITION by Stasia
  • Swag package from authors Gretchen McNeil, Carrie Harris, Elana Johnson, & Jessi Kirby

Awesome, right? But you only have a week to enter, so hurry!

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Also, be sure to check out what the other Bookanistas are highlighting today:

Lenore Appelhans  wonders at ALL YOU NEVER WANTED by Adele Griffin

Shari Arnold loves SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL by Trish Doller

Tracy Banghart embraces IMPOSTOR by Susanne Winnacker

Shelli Johannes-Wells  delights in Cory Doctorow’s LITTLE BROTHER and HOMELAND

Nikki Katz gets the shivers for 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

Stasia Ward Kehoe, Carolina Valdez Miller & Debra Driza  sing out for the cover of THE SOUND OF LETTING GO

Jessica Love raves about ROAD TO TATER HILL by Edith M. Hemingway

Katy Upperman celebrates THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay – with giveaway!


WINNERS of the Bookanistas Big Relaunch Giveaway:

Winner of the Signed Bookanista Books:
Kim Aleman

Winner of package number two of Bookanista favorite reads:
Chandler Baker

Congratulations Kim and Chandler! Both winners have been contacted. Huge thank you to all who entered and promoted. Keep an eye out for more giveaways!


*Names have been changed to protect the innocent

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bookanistas rec: 17 & GONE by Nova Ren Suma

I always feel a little giddy when I actually manage to get a blog post written up. Even more so when it's over something so delicious and enticing as Nova Ren Suma's 17 & GONE--and this the first real review I've written in nearly a year, and for our newly relaunched Bookanistas site at that. Giddy does not begin to cover it. More like delirious and flailing and strangely hyperbolic.

Seriously, though. 17 & GONE has blown my mind. Stick around and see why.

17 & Gone

From Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And… is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.
With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautiful, visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost.

My Review

So. This book was not about what I thought it was about. I mean, YES, there are seventeen-year-old girls and they've gone missing and they're talking to seventeen-year-old Lauren. But this isn't a paranormal, per se. Well, it could be. But it's so much more than that with it's tangled web of genres and directional possibilities. This is, in fact, my very favorite kind of book. And 17 & GONE is officially one of my favorite books ever.

Let me backtrack a minute. Think about all those paranormal/supernatural books you've read (or at least heard about). Now imagine, if you will, what would happen if the freaky things that happened in those books happened in real life. You'd probably be freaking out, and you may never fully recover from those experiences, right? Say word got out that you claimed to be dating a vegetarian vampire. Maybe you'd be dragged off in a straightjacket, yeah? At the very least people might cross the street when they saw you coming, because you, my dear, would be considered certifiable. And on top of that, you might start wondering if maybe you weren't, in fact, losing your mind.

Well, that's the realistic sort of path 17 & GONE takes us on while treading on the edges of a very magical one. 17 & GONE is part psychological, part magic, and in every way a mystery you simply must unravel, no matter how unnerving it is. And it is at times ridiculously unnerving. Nova Ren Suma immerses you so completely into Lauren's character that you begin to forget she's not real--and that you're not her. You get turned upside down, seeing and feeling the world as she's seeing and feeling it, so that when she's certain she's inside the magic, you're certain of it, and when she questions her own sanity, you begin to question it.  When she's curious, no matter how scary the situation might be to an outsider, you feel curiosity more than fear. When she's terrified, no matter how normal a situation might seem to an outsider, you feel the prickle of goosebumps and the intense need to turn the page to find a way out. And when she's with her boyfriend...ah well, you doubt, you wish, you push away, you want

And while you're feeling so much through Lauren, you're just as invested in all of Lauren's lost girls as she is, and you begin to want desperately for them to be found. All of these girls with their distinct personalities and stories worm under your skin and make you feel so much, and draw you to the pleas of other lost girls. And when the danger turns on Lauren and it becomes clear she may also disappear, you find yourself completely incapable of setting down the book until you know exactly what's to become of her.

17 & GONE takes you on a remarkable journey through magic and psychosis and fearful possibility; through desperate longings and the twists and turns our brains will take to find fulfillment of those longings. A work of consummate skill, 17 & GONE is a beautiful, chilling story filled with evocative imagery and thought-provoking, often rhythmic prose. Its arrestive voice and masterful use of dialogue captures the complexity of human interaction and need and leaves no doubt you're entirely inside the mind of a seventeen-year-old girl who's experiencing something truly extraordinary and terrifying. Altogether, 17 & GONE redefines what it means to be lost and will leave you questioning what it means to be found.

If you can't tell, I'm recommending you read this. So, yeah.

PSA Truth in Advertising Reviewer's Credo et cetera: No one sent me this book for review. Nor was I paid. I just totally dig it and think you might too.

Check out what the other Bookanistas are recommending this week:

Carolina Valdez Miller celebrates 17 & GONE by Nova Ren Suma [YOU ARE HERE, so, don't click this one]

Carrie Harris awakens you to INSOMNIA by Jenn Johansson…with giveaway

Christine Fonseca praises THE PLEDGE by Kimberly Derting

Corrine Jackson is wild for WHEN IT HAPPENS by  Susane Colasanti

 Elana Johson invites you to her ABANDON release par-tay!

Katy Upperman is bewitched by NANTUCKET BLUE by Leila Howland

Lenore Appelhans  swoons for STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood…with an annotated snippet

Stasia Ward Kehoe is wild for THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

Tracey Neithercott  highlights WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE by Trish Doller

Tracy E. Banghart  raves over JUMP WHEN READY by David Pandolfe

And don't forget to enter our HUGE Bookanistas Relaunch Giveaway before it ends!

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