Blog Tours, Question, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Blog Tour: Jennifer Brody

Guys. My life has been a mess the last couple weeks and I missed the date to post this and I feel so bad, BUT here’s an AWESOME little interview and some information on an AMAZING author!

So without further ado, here’s some awesome stuff about Jennifer Brody! 🙂



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This is the lovely Jennifer Brody!

Bio:

Jennifer Brody’s award-winning novel The 13th Continuum sold to Turner Publishing in a 3-book deal and is being packaged into a feature film. Return of the Continuums and The United Continuums (July 11, 2017) complete this epic trilogy. She is a graduate of Harvard University, a creative writing instructor at the Writing Pad, a volunteer mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation, a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. She founded and runs BookPod, a social media group for authors. She lives and writes in LA. After studying film at Harvard University, she began her career in Hollywood. Highlights include working for Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and New Line Cinema, most notably on “The Lord of the Rings” films and “The Golden Compass.”

You can find her here:

Her Website | Her Facebook |Her Twitter | Her Linked-in | Her Goodreads

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CHECKOUT HOW COOL THOSE COVERS ARE!! 😀

Synopsis:

One thousand years after a cataclysmic event leaves humanity on the brink of extinction, the survivors take refuge in continuums designed to sustain the human race until repopulation of Earth becomes possible. Against this backdrop, a group of young friends in the underwater Thirteenth Continuum dream about life outside their totalitarian existence, an idea that has been outlawed for centuries. When a shocking discovery turns the dream into a reality, they must decide if they will risk their own extinction to experience something no one has for generations, the Surface.


Now, I’m a sucker for Sci-Fi, but I recently picked this series up because of this opportunity to talk to Jennifer, and I was hooked right away. So, check it out before it gets released as a TV series!

Where to find it:

Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Indie Bound | iBooks | Goodreads



And, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the interview! 🙂

 

  1. Who’s one author that you greatly admire and did their writings have any influence on your own?

This is a tough question, like naming your favorite band. I’m such an avid reader—and would not be the writer that I am without the countless amazing authors that influenced me and paved the way for my book series. A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L’Engle had a huge influence on me, not only for its groundbreaking narrative, but also for its portrayal of science fiction that blends into fantasy. Conceptually, Isaac Asimov’s FOUNDATION series had an influence on the core of these books, as did THE LORD OF THE RINGS in terms of the trilogy structure.

  1. Aside from other books or authors, where did you draw the most influence for your books?

The idea for THE 13TH CONTINUUM was originally inspired during the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Like everyone else, I was watching the news coverage of the oil coating the surface of the ocean and killing marine life, and I had the thought—what if we had to go really deep to survive a manmade catastrophe? The ideas unfolded from that initial spark of an idea.

Other influences, especially on the underwater colony include James Cameron’s amazing film THE ABYSS and 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, as well as real science about our ocean trenches. Did you know that we know more about the surface of Mars than our own oceans? I also draw from a lot of historical allegory. The outer space 2nd Continuum was a military society modeled on ancient Sparta. In essence, I draw from anything and everything. I’m a very curious person in general, and I find that’s an amazing trait for a speculative fiction author.

  1. Have you always known you were going to be a writer? If not when did you realize you wanted to write a book/ when did you start writing?

No—I didn’t think I would be a writer at all! I grew up in a small town in Virginia, and somehow, I didn’t realize that you could become a writer, especially as a young person. This was before the explosion of YA and MG fiction. I did however latch onto the idea of being a filmmaker, which I studied at Harvard. After graduating, I moved to LA and spent the first many years of my career working in the entertainment industry on many amazing films, including many adapted from books like THE GOLDEN COMPASS and THE LORD OF THE RINGS films.

After spending years working on other writer’s books and films, I started to feel like I wanted to explore writing my own ideas. However, I was more interested in longform fiction to tell a story, especially for big speculative fiction concepts. I was about twenty-eight years old when I first started teaching myself how to write a novel, which began a long journey, but being a big reader helped me a lot. I’m really grateful that I decided to gamble on myself and start writing. Eventually, I sold my debut in a three book deal and that became The Continuum Trilogy!

  1. Were you ever given any advice for writing that helped you in your writing? Can you share what helped the most?

The first piece of advice that I really don’t like—write what you know! As a science fiction writer, it’s my job not only to write about what I don’t know, but also to write about things that haven’t even happened yet. The best advice for writing is to read a lot. The second best piece of advice is to not give up when you hear your first NO. Writers get a lot of rejection all the time—you only see the good parts! You have to be willing to believe in your vision, keep learning and improving your craft, keep reading and keep writing, and keep knocking on doors.

It only takes one YES!

  1. Do you ever listen to music while you write? What bands or genres do you listen to?

Yes, I almost always listen to music when I’m writing, whether on my Sonos at home, or my big noise-cancelling headphones when out at coffee shops. For the Continuum Trilogy, I found myself drawn to a lot of EDM and electronic music—Deadma5, Com Truise, Tycho, Pretty Lights, How to Destroy Angels, Boards of Canada, Bonobo, Trent Reznor, and more. The music is often instrumental and has good beats and energy. One day, I’d love to have an artist like Trent Reznor score the TV adaptation of my books (I can dream, right?).

  1. What was your biggest inspiration for writing sci-fi?

I’ve always been a huge sci-fi and fantasy fan from a young age. I devoured everything, including Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars books, Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series, Harry Potter, and more. I’m also a huge fan of both STAR TREK TNG and STAR WARS. I love the ability for SFF to take an allegorical approach to examining contemporary issues through a speculative fiction lens.

  1. Your Continuum trilogy is being packaged for TV, which is absolutely AMAZING! What’s that like? Is it nerve-wracking at all wondering how everything is going to be portrayed?

Far from nerve-wracking, it’s exhilarating! Having worked in Hollywood, I know that nothing is guaranteed and the project can always fall apart at any time. We’re still in the process of closing some deals. However, the idea of seeing an adaptation of my work is incredibly exciting. It’s also really amazing to see other people taking my work seriously and being as excited about it. And to hear some of the huge names being mentioned. So, please send all the amazing vibes my way that we get to make the TV series.



Hope you guys enjoyed and do me a favor and go check Jennifer and her amazing trilogy out! Then you can get psyched for the TV series too! 😀

-Laurenxx

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Contemporary, Fantasy, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

TTT #14 (Places Mentioned in Books I’d LOVE to Visit)

It’s Tuesday! That means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! For those of you who haven’t checked out this meme yet or haven’t seen it around, it started over at The Broke and the Bookish and then moved on over to That Artsy Reader Girl !



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1. Prague from Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I’m a sucker for anything set in old European cities. I just adore the history that’s taken place in Europe, it’s so much more in-depth than what we’ve got in the US. I love the old buildings and the history behind all the cities being built.


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2. Wonderland from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Ever since I was little, this was just one of those places that stood out to me and seemed like such an awesome place to at least visit.


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3. Irish Countryside from Love & Luck

I have ALWAYS wanted to visit Ireland, but after reading that book it just made me fall even more in love with it. I want that road trip.


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4. HOGWARTS from Harry Potter

I mean… duh. But ever since I was little and started reading the books, I just adored the idea of visiting this huge castle full of magic in the wilds of Scotland.


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5. Point Zero in Paris from Anna and the French Kiss

I actually went to Paris the year before I read this book and I’m so sad I hadn’t read it before because we were probably feet from this and I didn’t get to go see it.


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6. Caraval from… Caraval

Who wouldn’t want to go visit such an amazing place like this?! Once again, I love all the magical factors and how Caraval came to be and I just feel like it would be incredible to actually see in person.


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7. Barcelona from Isla and the Happily Ever After

One of my absolute favorite parts of the book was when Isla and Josh spent the weekend in Barcelona. The way everything was described was amazing, and once again, all the history in this city.


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8. The Night Court  from A  Court of Mist and Fury

Honestly, nighttime has always been my favorite, there’s something oddly calm about the night and I love it. Plus I LOVE the stars.


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9. Tuscany from Love & Gelato

Aghh. Once again, I loved when we visited Italy but I didn’t get to stop in a lot of places like this. We mainly hit a few big cities (Rome, Verona, Venice) but I would have absolutely loved to see ones like this.


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10.The Shire from Lord of the Rings

I mean, a whole race of people who love gardening and eating and smoking? Count me in. Seriously though, how gorgeous is that?!



Any places on your list? Any others you’d love to visit?

-Laurenxx

ABC Book Challenge, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

ABC Book Challenge- D

Hello, lovely readers! It’s Wednesday and this week that means ABC Book Challenge!

For each letter, you come up with some of your favorite books that start with that letter, then some books from your TBR that begin with that letter as well! 🙂



Memorable Reads That Start With “D”:

1. Demons at Deadnight by A. Kirk and E. Kirk

2. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Seriously, if you haven’t read one of these, read them. Although… Demons at Deadnight has 3 books and is supposed to have more but there’s no news on that yet. Sooooo that’s your call. :p


Books to Read That Start With “D”:

1. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

2. Dark Intelligence  by Neal Asher

3. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

4. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

5. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller


“D” was harder to find 5 favorites for than the last few.
See any of your favorites on here?

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

On a Sunbeam

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On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

Read 2/1/19-2/14/19

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This would probably be closer to 3.5 stars, but I like to round up.

Oh boy. I’m so conflicted with this one because I wanted to love it. I LOVED the artwork, but I found some parts of the story to be a bit… lacking? The characters were interesting but I feel like there was a lot that could have been more fleshed out.

I did enjoy Mia as a character, but I didn’t feel very emotional when stuff happened to her. In fact, I think the thing that was the most off-putting for me was the fact that I really wasn’t attached emotionally to any of the characters and there’s usually at least one character that resonates with me. I liked them all, don’t get me wrong, but none of them connected for me.

My favorite parts of this was definitely the artwork and the overall story was definitely interesting. The artwork- the colors, the space, and those beautiful spaceships- was absolutely stunning. Some pages I would find myself staring at for a few minutes apiece simply because I loved the way they were illustrated.

I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a nice f/f representation, some beautiful artwork, and an interesting story in space!

-Laurenxx

Contemporary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, TBR Tackle Thursday, Young Adult

TBR Tackle Thursday (#21)

Look at me posting this when I need to be. I’m changing it up a bit and not posting the synopsis, because frankly it takes way too long and I don’t feel the need to continue doing so. :p

But anyways, for those who don’t know what it is, the basis is pretty simple:

  1. Go to that list of yours wherever it’s at.
  2. Go to the OLDEST stuff listed.
  3. Pick a chunk (5,10,15, 25, however many you want to go through) of books.
  4. Read the synopsis, and decide if you’re going to keep it on that list or if it’s one of those books that sounded good at the time.
  5. Post your list and your verdicts!


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1. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Verdict:

This actually sounds really freaking cool and I always love starting new fantasy series! KEEPING this one!


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2. Cracked by Eliza Crewe

Verdict:

Oh man. This just moved up my TBR list because this sounds absolutely fantastic! I cannot wait to read this now. It sounds right up my alley and, it’s got a sarcastic MC with what sounds like very interesting narrative. I’m in. KEEPING!


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3. Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

Verdict:

I’ll give this a shot at some point. KEEPING!


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4. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Verdict:

Ehh… not really something that sounds up my alley at the moment. I don’t know if I’d pick this one up and with so many others littering  my shelves…. REMOVING.


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5. First Year by Rachel E. Carter

Verdict:

I’ve been meaning to read this for ages and I’ve just been completely and utterly failing. KEEPING because I own multiple copies and really just have no reason not to.


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6. Halo by Frankie Rose

Verdict:

With the glowing reviews this has received and the premise that sounds FANTASTIC, how can I not want to read it? KEEPING!


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7. Relentless by Karen Lynch

Verdict:

Keeping. Absolutely 100% keeping, I know how much some of my friends love this book and I’ve got it on my Kindle now so I definitely need to read it soon! KEEPING.


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8. Party Girl by Rachel Hollis

Verdict:

I think I’m going to try this one out, actually. I think I may enjoy it, if not for a good change of pace. KEEPING!


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9. Just Breathe by Vincent Morrone ***** trigger warning *****

Verdict:

*****This is a very, very heavily trigger warning book. I know some friends who had some pretty serious reactions to what goes on through the book, so don’t take that TW lightly if you’re sensitive to sexual-assault because this book goes HEAVILY into that.*****

I am willing to read this at some point, when I know I can fully take it. KEEPING.


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10. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Verdict:

Once again, this book has phenomenal reviews and I’m definitely interested to check it out! KEEPING!


*** Total Kept/ Removed: 9/1 ***

Definitely not my best week. xD But, that’s okay, I was reminded of some I wanted to read quite some time ago, and got rid of one that just isn’t my thing anymore.

-Laurenxx

Blog Tours, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, WWW Wednesday, Young Adult

WWW #4

It’s been about a month now since I’ve done this one… oops. But that’s okay, it just means there’s more to go over as far as what I’ve finished. 🙂

For those of you who don’t know what this one is, it started over at Taking on a World of Words and it consists of just a few simple questions:

The 3 W’s:

What are you currently reading?

-What did you recently finish reading?

-What are you planning on reading next?



What I’m Reading:

The Bone Season was a pick that’s part of a book club my friend and I started on Facebook (if you’re interested in joining, let me know!) and I’ve been wanting to read On a Sunbeam for a while and finally snagged a copy when I went to Barnes and Noble the last time. Super good so far!


What I’ve Finished Recently:

You’d Be Mine was a 4-star read, review here: Country Girl, Shake It For Me

The Gunslinger was a 3-star read, review here: Slinger of Guns

Ash Princess was a 5-star read, review here: Princess of Ash

A Discovery of Witches was a 5-star read, review here: Discovering Witches

Clockwork Angel was a 5-star reread (my 7th time), working on a new review for it as we speak!


I know some of these are from my previous ones, but I’m DETERMINED to read Lady Smoke as soon as I’m done with my current reads, and the others are ones I’ve been meaning to read for ages.


What’ve you read recently or what are you looking to read soon? 🙂

-Laurenxx

ABC Book Challenge, Fantasy, Informative, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

ABC Book Challenge- C

Hello, lovely readers! It’s Wednesday and this week that means ABC Book Challenge!

For each letter, you come up with some of your favorite books that start with that letter, then some books from your TBR that begin with that letter as well! 🙂



Memorable Reads That Start With “C”:

1. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

2. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

3. The Calling by James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton

4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

5. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab


1. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

2. Circe by Madeline Miller

3. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

4. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

5. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab