GUEST POST: The Best Kind Of Magic by Crystal Cestari (5 Things (or People) that Inspired The Best Kind Of Magic)+ Giveaway!!

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The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic #1)

Crystal Cestari

Published May 16th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

YA > Fantasy | Magical Realism

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Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber’s pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone’s soul mate.

Amber works at her mother’s magic shop–Windy City Magic–in downtown Chicago, and she’s confident she’s seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one–her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor’s son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father’s missing girlfriend, she’s distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can’t see her own match, she can see his–and it’s not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn’t her match?

The Best Kind of Magic is set in urban Chicago and will appeal to readers who long for magic in the real world. With a sharp-witted and sassy heroine, a quirky cast of mystical beings, and a heady dose of adventure, this novel will have you laughing out loud and questioning your belief in happy endings.

 

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5 Things (or People) that Inspired The Best Kind Of Magic 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Oh captain, my captain: Buffy is my everything. The spark to my fangirl flame, an obsession to last a lifetime; I owe so much to this show. There are so many elements in The Best Kind of Magic that are influenced by Buffy, including (but not limited to): a group a supernaturally inclined characters; a heroine who struggles with her unique gift; and a magic shop that caters to a specific community while somehow flying under the radar.

 

 

Veronica Mars

 

Veronica Mars is one of my favorite fictional characters ever. She is strong, smart, and does not back down to bullies. Veronica has an insatiable need to learn the truth and set people straight, and Amber shares that burning desire. As a matchmaker, she feels its her sacred duty to tell people whether or not they have found their match, regardless if they want to know or not. In The Best Kind of Magic, Amber has to solve a romantic mystery, and I definitely tried to channel a pinch of Veronica’s sleuthing skills and sassy one-liners.

Emma

All hail Jane Austen’s matchmaker who didn’t mind meddling in other people’s business but kept her own love life locked down. Like Emma, Amber is extremely confident in her matchmaking abilities, and super stubborn toward naysayers. She also gets in trouble quite often for sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong!

 

Sweet Mandy B’s

The Best Kind of Magic is set in Chicago, and while there are many references to actual places (Navy Pier, the Art Institute), there are others based on places I love. The fictional MarshmElla’s bakery is based off Sweet Mandy B’s, the most delicious place in the city. I used to live just down the street from this heavenly bake shop, and insisting on stopping by every time I’m in that area. Every thing on the menu is absolutely mouthwatering, and I have literally had dreams about their buttercream frosting.

Harry Potter 

You can’t write a story containing witches without thinking about Harry Potter. While the characters in The Best Kind of Magic (sadly) do not attend a school for witchcraft and wizardry, they do have to learn how to harness their abilities in the real world, something Harry struggles with too. All of the different spells, mystical creatures, and ways magic can be part of daily life were hugely influential. Even though Amber isn’t a witch, she spends a lot of time around magical supplies, so I definitely thought a lot about Snape’s potions storeroom and Dumbledore’s office. 

 

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With rainbows in my hair and stories in my head, I am a writer drawn to magic in the everyday world.

My debut novel, The Best Kind of Magic, arrives May 16, 2017 from Hyperion. Follow Amber Sand, a magical matchmaker who can actually see true love, as she takes off on a fun and romantic adventure toward happily ever after.

 


   

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon + INT Giveaway!!

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Deadmen Walking (Deadman’s Cross Trilogy #1)

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Published May 9th 2017 by TOR

YA > Fantasy | Paranormal

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon debuts a sweeping new epic saga sure to appeal to her millions of fans!

Deadmen tell their tales . . .

To catch evil, it takes evil. Enter Devyl Bane―an ancient dark warlord returned to the human realm as one of the most notorious pirates in the New World. A man of many secrets, Bane makes a pact with Thorn―an immortal charged with securing the worst creations the ancient gods ever released into our world. Those powers have been imprisoned for eons behind enchanted gates . . . gates that are beginning to buckle. At Thorn’s behest, Bane takes command of a crew of Deadmen and, together, they are humanity’s last hope to restore the gates and return the damned to their hell realms.

But things are never so simple. And one of Bane’s biggest problems is the ship they sail upon. For the Sea Witch isn’t just a vessel, she’s also a woman born of an ancient people he wronged and who in turn wronged him during a centuries long war between their two races―a woman who is also sister to their primary target. Now Marcelina, the Sea Witch, must choose. Either she remains loyal to her evil sister and almost extinct race against Bane and his cause, and watches humanity fall, or she puts faith in an enemy who has already betrayed her. Her people over the totality of humanity―let’s hope Bane can sway her favor.

 

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New York Times and international bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans known as Menyons (thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her series and who travel from all over the world to attend her appearances), her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on store shelves. Since 2003, she had placed more than 75 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Her current series are: Dark-Hunter, Chronicles of Nick, Lords of Avalon and The League, and her books are available in over 100 countries where eager fans impatiently wait for the next release. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures while Dark-Hunter, Lords of Avalon and The League are being developed for television. Join her and her Menyons online at SherrilynKenyon.com and www.facebook.com/AuthorSherrilynKenyon

 

 


   

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ARC REVIEW + EXCERPT: It Started With Goodbye by Christina June + INT Giveaway!!

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It Started With Goodbye

Christina June

Published May 9th 2017 by Blink/HarperCollins

YAContemporary | Romance

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4 ★★★★

 

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Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

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REVIEW:

“I cried for the girl constantly trying to force a connection, to find someone who took her at face value and didn’t ask her to be something she wasn’t. cried out for the doors that had closed and cried for the ones that might never open..”

I didn’t even know this was a retelling! Come to think of it, while I was reading the book I have this bubble of thought that says ‘Gosh she’s so much like Cinderella with what’s happening to her lol’ I love how Christina June got a lot of the books scenarios and character attitudes from the original Cinderella and modernized it but not in a way that it will lost the FEELS of the original story.

What I love about ISWG is that it’s not a love story. But it’s full of love. It’s romantic. It’s swoony. And most importantly, it’s full of heart. It started With Goodbye starts with our main character having the baddest day of her life and I like that. Because it just says that everything happens for a reason and bad things happening are actually a sign that GREAT things are ahead. Which is what happened with Tatums story. And Christina June made such a readable story with a relatable set of characters. Tatum is quirky, sweet, funny and authentic. She’s not perfect. You’ll scratch your head by some of her actions sometimes but that is the most wonderful part of reading a story, right? Getting affected by the characters actions that you’re connected with them. Now, I’m not sure if I’m the only one who felt this way but Tate’s parents are the only characters who I didn’t like much (her father is present here unlike from the original and she also has a stepmother) but I guess the author really designed them that way. The important thing though was that they helped a lot with Tatums character development.

The book has a lovestory as well that will also make you think of the original Cinderella. I don’t want to tell here how they met (hella cute), how did their love story progressed (swooooony) and what happened to their lovestory. You need to read the story for that, but one thing I can tell you is that even though the romance is not the highlight of the book, you won’t stop talking and thinking about it (like what I’m doing right now) just because it was done beautifully. There are a lot of winning relationships that is also part of the book such as friendships and family relationship. I specifically love the bond of Tatum and her abuela which is so delightfully sweet.

My rating is missing one star because ISWG started slow for me but despite of that, I would still recommend this book for contemporary lovers like me. It Started With Goodbye is well written and full of charm that will just touch your heartstrings. The characters are authentic and the story will make you believe that you could be a Tatum as well who is still lovable and fearless despite the unfortunate circumstances surrounding her.

 

EXCERPT:

I started crafting a letter, each key cool and hard under my fingers.

Hi Ashlyn,

Would she get stabby if I was formal, or would she think I was being contrite? I took off the lyn.

Hi Ash,

I heard through the grapevine that you enrolled at Blue Valley. I checked out the website, and it pretty much looks too good to be true. Do you ride to class on horseback? I bet they feed you nothing but ambrosia and Perrier too. We miss your face around here.

We or I? I left it we.

You aren’t missing anything at all at Henderson. Three more finals and then hello, junior year.

Remember the logo I was working on for Abby Gold’s blog? I finished it, and it turned out pretty well. Abby thinks I should make this a regular thing and launch my own business. What do you think?

Maybe she’d bite and give me her opinion. I did actually want it—she was pretty savvy when it came to people-oriented things, Chase excepted. I really just hoped she’d write me back.

Anywho, hope things are going okay. Do you have a roommate? If yes, if she annoys you, you can always freeze her bra or something. My intel says that’s the kind of prank people pull at all-girls schools.

Tatum

Or should I sign it Tate? Ashlyn was the only person who ever called me that. Again with the formal name or not. I looked back up at the top of the email. I supposed they should match, so I changed it.

Tate

Oh crud. What about a closing? Did I say Love or Sincerely? Warmly? Yours truly? The cheeky but effective Cheers? Or, my least favorite of all because it was so sadly insincere and fake, Best? Why was this so difficult? I closed my eyes for a moment, the pores on my hands prickling. I googled “how to close a letter,” determined to find exactly the right way to show my friend that I missed her and wanted to talk with her, but that I wasn’t going to apologize because I’d done nothing wrong and acted out of self-preservation. Google would know the right answer.

I read the almighty Wikipedia page titled “Valedictions”—apparently, that was the fancy word that meant how to say goodbye—and laughed at some of the phrases people used to write in old letters. “Yours aye”—which meant “yours always”—made me think of a pirate. The list of more casual closings suggested TTFN. That was too childish. Yours hopefully? Plain desperate, and too obvious. Couldn’t give it all away. And then I saw it. Be well. It made the most sense, as I was innocently hoping she was settling in at her new school. It wasn’t reciprocal. With a simple Be well, I was offering my personal goodwill without asking for anything in return. And it wasn’t too stiff or laid-back. Just right, as Goldilocks would say.

Be well,

Tate

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Christina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they’re meant to become – whether it’s her students or her characters.

Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, eats too many cupcakes, and hopes to one day be bicoastal – the east coast of the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives just outside Washington DC with her husband and daughter.

Her debut novel, IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE, will be published by Blink/HarperCollins on May 9, 2017.

   

 

 

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GUEST POST: Spurt by Chris Miles (What fiction Inspired SPURT!) + INT Giveaway!!

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Spurt

Chris Miles

Published February 7th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

YA > Contemporary | Humor

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Balls and all!

Jack Sprigley isn’t just a late-bloomer. He’s a no bloomer: an eighth grader, and puberty is still a total no-show. Worse yet, he hasn’t heard from his friends all winter vacation. He assumes they’ve finally dumped him and his child-like body—until he finds out it’s much worse than that. His friends are now so far ahead of him that they’ve started dating. Jack is out of luck. But then he comes up with a plan to catch up and win his friends back. And his plan is perfect: he just has to fake puberty.

 

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What fiction most influenced your childhood, and what effect did those stories have on SPURT

I always feel that I never read enough fiction as a kid, or perhaps that I didn’t read widely enough. The things I did read, though, I read very deeply and obsessively.

Up to the age of ten I mostly read Garfield and Peanuts comics, Doctor Who novelisations and Mad magazine. Later on I was obsessed with the Douglas Adams Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy series and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. I’m a fairly anxious, melancholy person, and funny books and funny things in general were a great comfort and relief for me when I was growing up — and still are.

There was one particular book that my dad owned which I read over and over as a younger kid, and which I think was a big influence on Spurt. It was a book called The Two Ronnies Sketchbook, and it contained scripts from a British sketch comedy show from the Seventies.

The thing about these sketches was that they were full of misunderstandings, complications and verbal wordplay. I never actually saw any of these sketches on TV, only in print. But in reading them I think I got a sense of how to convey comic timing with the written word, as opposed to performance. While a lot of Spurt is inspired by more modern cringe comedies, there’s also a lot that reflects my love of this more old-fashioned style of comedy — such as the scene where Jack gets some advice from the school counsellor, Mr Trench, or when Jack has a serious miscommunication with his mum during a phone call.

I also used to listen to old audio recordings of Monty Python sketches and actually write out the dialogue by hand. I think it helped me develop the ability to feel the rhythms of a good sketch — or in the case of fiction, a good scene. Comedy sketches are usually a series of very rapid reversals of expectation, twists of logic and escalating moments of conflict, and these are all excellent techniques to deploy at the scene level in narrative fiction, as well as at the big picture structural level over the course of a novel.

 

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Chris Miles has written several books for young readers in Australia. His short fiction and other writings have appeared in publications throughout Australia. He works as a website designer and developer, and in his spare time he indulges his love of Doctor Who, LEGO®, Dungeons & Dragons, and anchovies. He is a dog person (though not literally).

 


   

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco + INT Giveaway!!

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The Bone Witch

Rin Chupeco

Published March 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

YA > Fantasy | Paranormal

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The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

 

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Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained her sense of humor. Raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. She’s been a technical writer and travel blogger, but now makes things up for a living. The Girl from the Well was her debut novel. 

 

 


   

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