Monday, August 26, 2013

Review: ANTIGODDESS by Kendare Blake

ANTIGODDESS by Kendare Blake

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Source: Review e-copy provided by Publisher

I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved ANTIGODDESS by Kendare Blake! What if the Gods were still around today. Where would they be and if they were dying how would it happen? What if the one person who could save them was someone they all wronged?

Hera, Poseidon and Aphrodite team up and are determined to find a way to stay alive. They are willing to go to war with the other Gods if it means surviving. After all, the Titans have been known to eat their kids to stay on top. Hera will do or kill anyone who tries to stand in her way.

Athena and Hermes set out to find their aunt Demeter, goddess of the earth, in hopes that she can help them. They find her flat and stretched across the dessert also dying. She sends them to look for Cassandra, the prophetess, of Troy. Before getting too far Poseidon sends Nereids to attack them. Athena and Hermes seek out friends who could possibly point them in the right direction in their search for Cassandra. While searching they meet up with Odysseus who's history with Athena is complicated and so interesting. Reunions are cut short when Hera want's what they know and tries to kill them.

What do you do when the one person who can help you has no idea who she is? What if waking her is violent and will ruin the life she has? Is it fair to destroy the life she has now when the Gods destroyed her previous life?

"Let the whole world blame her for its end. It didn't matter, as long as he knew who she really was."

Athena is flat out a badass. She knows what has to be done and she doesn't apologize for doing it. The only thing that makes her stop for a moment is what Odysseus thinks and that's not really like her. Athena knows that she is fighting to save her siblings and herself, but the difference between her and Hera is that she doesn't want to hurt people if she doesn't have to.

ANTIGODDESS has movie written all over it! I loved every moment and see myself re-reading this until book two is available. The ending left me completely in shock! There were so many memorable quotes and amazing moments. I just finished Game of Thrones and there were moments in ANTIGODDESS that feels the same in that there are hard choices and amazing characters. Kendare Blake is an amazing author! If you only listen to one of my recommendations this year let it be ANTIGODDESS!

ANTIGODDESS goes on sale September 10th. You can read a free excerpt online at

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Interview with Angie Smibert

Why did you become an author?

Remember that scene in Sister Act 2 where Whoopi is explaining to Lauryn Hill (of all people) that she’s a singer? Sister Mary Clarence gives her wayward student a copy of Rainier Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet. In it, Rilke tells a young man that if all you can think about is writing then you’re a writer.

So it’s kinda like that.

I’ve always been a huge reader. I can remember coming home from the library with a paper grocery bag full of books, dumping them out on my bedroom floor, and then diving in (figurative and possibly literally). I also devoured good stories in any form: movie, TV, plays, etc. My grandmother used to like to tell the story of how she found me glued to Splendor in the Grass on her black-and-white TV when I was, oh, about 10.

And I’ve always made up stories to entertain myself. As a kid, I’d take characters and worlds from books and TV –and then mash them up in my head with original stuff. (Imagine a little bit of Star Trek meets MASH with a dash of Emergency! and Dune or The Hobbit thrown in for good measure.) I thought everybody did that. So I didn’t really starting writing that stuff down for many, many years. (Until I got bored on my first real job, actually.)

But, ultimately, how could I not become a writer?

How has life changed since your debut novel?

Not much really. I’ve met some cool people and been to some cool places, but I’m still sitting here contentedly typing away on my laptop. (I am quite jealous of those people at ComicCon, though!) All in all, I’m quite pleased and grateful to have three books out in the world now.

I think the major difference between now and my debut book is the stress / excitement level. Nothing beats when your first book comes out. Everything is all new and sparkly and stressful (but mostly in a good way). After a few books, you figure out what not to stress about. (And you stress about a whole new batch of things.)

If you could spend the day with one of your characters who would it be and why?

Winter. I’d have her show me how to make amazing, wacky, and beautiful things, like her kinetic sculptures. I admire but don’t necessarily share that ability, which is why I guess I like to create those kind of characters.

Do you ever re-read your early novels and do you think about changes?

Nope. I actually haven’t re-read the first two books since they went through final copyediting. During the writing, revision, and editing process, you read your own book so many times that it all becomes this blur of words. There are probably things I might like to change, but there’s a point where you need to let it go and move on.

Do your short stories influence your novels?

Certainly. I wrote many, many short stories before I published my first book. That used to be how genre fiction writers broke into the market. Writing short stories—particularly flash fiction (1000 words)—teaches you to pack a lot into a few words and to get to the good stuff quickly. That is reflected in my novels. My prose is pretty lean. I try to make words do double and triple duty, and I work the exposition into the action wherever possible.

And for me, I often think of an idea as short fiction first and then see how it might develop into a novel. (btw, Memento Nora started off as a short story, which you can read on my author site:

When do you write?
I treat writing as a job. I sit my butt down from 10-5ish and work. (Actually, I’m there earlier tutoring for a few hours every morning.) I do, of course, take breaks for copious amounts of coffee and tea, going to the gym, cleaning up after the elderly dog, “researching” online, and just staring out the window.

What books are on your nightstand?
I just got Ruta Sepetys’ new book, Out of the Easy, from the library. On my electronic night stand (aka, Kindle), I’m reading The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. I recently finished Neil Gaiman’s Ocean at the End of the Lane, which I loved, and I finally read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. (Imagine a Nerdfighter salute here.)

Are there any plans or ideas for other genre books?
My WIP is a fantasy, but I don’t want to jinx it by saying more than that. ;)

Angie is the author of several young adult books, including the Memento Nora series from Skyscape: MEMENTO NORA (2011), THE FORGETTING CURVE (2012), and THE MEME PLAGUE (releasing August 2013). She has also published many short stories, for both adults and teens, and is a frequent contributor to Odyssey magazine; Memento Nora began as one of those stories. Angie lives in Virginia and when she's not writing (...or reading), she enjoys yoga and playing on a local trivia quiz team. Angie is also a contributing member of the League of Extraordinary Writers, a blog of debut young adult dystopian writers:

THE MEME PLAGUE (Memento Nora series - Book 3) by Angie Smibert

It’s time to finally say Enough!

In a world where corporations not so secretly control the government and the police use fear tactics to keep everyone in line (sound a little familiar?), Micah and Nora take charge of their memories—and the truth—in this breathtaking series finale.

In THE MEME PLAGUE, the final book of the Memento Nora series, Micah and his friends have each lost something—a parent, a relationship, a home, maybe even their own identities as they remembered them to be. But together, they can make sure some things are never forgotten. Election Day is coming, and Mayor Mignon is certain to be elected to Congress. It’s time to build a new electronic frontier (MemeNet), one that’s not controlled by the mayor and his cronies. It’s time to get out the vote and shake up the system. Will they succeed before it’s too late?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

August What I'm Reading Now

Hi All! Here is my schedule. Feel free to join me and then we can discuss. Also I am always up for taking recommendations. If you check my blog often you will find I add and remove books just depending on my moods. What are you reading or looking forward to reading this month?

Currently Reading:

Just Finished:

Friday, August 9, 2013

INFINITYGLASS Book Birthday Giveaway

To celebrate INFINITYGLASS EgmontUSA is giving away all three books to one lucky winner! I loved Hourglass and Timepiece so trust me when I say you want to win this!

What do you have to do to win such an amazing prize pack?

All you have to do is fill out the raffle copter form below and I'm also giving you a number of extra entries! You have until the 19th so hurry and sign up!


The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.

But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn't an object. It's a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?

About Myra McEntire:

Myra McEntire has had her nose in a book since she could hold one. She was once caught reading in the shower (true story) and only stopped when her father disconnected the hot water heater. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two boys. You can visit her online at or follow her on twitter at @MyraMcEntire

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A big thanks to EgmontUSA and Myra McEntire for this wonderful giveaway!