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Who Needs a Hero: Pretty Dark Sacrifice by Heather L. Reid

June 30th, 2015 Bridget Posted in Who Needs A Hero 7 Comments »

Who Needs A Hero

Welcome to the Who Needs a Hero Event! Each day during the event we are featuring heroes from young adult novels! Today we have Marcus from Pretty Dark Sacrifice by Heather Reid. Pretty Dark Sacrifice is the sequel to Pretty Dark Nothing. It is a young adult paranormal series that features demons! It will be released on July 28, 2015 by Month9books.

*Enter to win a signed copy of Pretty Dark Nothing at the end of this post! Don’t forget to enter here for the Who Needs a Hero International giveaway!*

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Meet Marcus:

A hero is defined as: 1) A person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their brave deeds and noble qualities. 2) A person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal. 3) The principal character in a story, play, film, etc.

Two out of three isn’t bad, right? While the PRETTY DARK series is, at the core, Quinn and Aaron’s story, it wouldn’t be the same without Marcus. As Aaron’s best friend, he adds stability in the chaos and brings much needed comic relief to a dark world. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They aren’t always the ones in the spotlight and sometimes the smallest deeds can be the most heroic. Marcus might not have special powers or psychic abilities, but he’s loyal, loving, and someone that has your back no matter what.

Interview with Marcus

DFT: Since this is the second book in the series can you start off by telling us a little bit about what happened in the first book and what part you play in the story?

Marcus: So, there’s this hot cheerleader, Quinn, who’s been acting a little crazy lately. She’s been having nightmares and seeing demons, but she’s too scared to tell anyone. Anyway, she’s totally into this sexy, washboard abs, witty, pizza loving, swimming champion. That’s me, if you had to ask. Of course she can’t come right out and tell me she wants me, but we both know she did. You can tell by the way she rolls her eyes at me. I mean, who wouldn’t want to ride the Marcus love machine? Right? But of course I can’t tap that, not when my best friend, Aaron, has it so bad for her. I mean, I can’t blame him. Have you seen the way she looks in that short cheerleader skirt? Anyway, what kind of friend would I be if I stole my best friend’s girl?

So, Aaron, he’s too shy to talk to her, right? So I, being the best friend that I am, show him how it’s done. A flash of my smile and a wink of my baby browns and Quinn and her lady friends are eating out of my hand. Well, her best friend, Reese, is anyway. So Reese and I are flirting, I’m about to show her my best moves, when…Bam! Quinn faints and Aaron plays hero to save her from banging her head open on the floor. But when he rushes over to her, he gets sucked into one of her evil demon nightmares. Turns out, he’s been hiding a psychic ability from everyone. He can sense emotions, but usually only if he’s touching you. But with Quinn, it’s different. He can sense her even when they’re not together. Weird, right?

So Quinn and Aaron, they have serious problems communicating. Girl has some trust issues, understandably, but Aaron isn’t any better, each hiding such deep secrets that they don’t even share with their best friends, let alone each other. I should have known they were a train wreck waiting to happen. Even with Aaron’s Spidey senses, he can’t quite put a finger on what’s up with her. And Quinn, well, she’s in an invisible war with a bunch of evil, soul-sucking demons that nobody else can see. She thinks that if she tells anyone, they will lock her up in the loony bin, and she’s probably right. And the demons, well, they’re happy to manipulate her into buying a one way ticket to crazy town so they can feed off her misery and bring more baby demons into our realm from the underworld. If only we had known all that before, she might have had a fighting chance. I wish she had trusted Aaron, or me, or at maybe even Reese.

(Marcus gets quiet and stares at the floors.)

Aaron would have believed her even if nobody else did. He could have helped her, we could have helped her. If she hadn’t felt so alone, maybe she wouldn’t have followed the demons out into the storm. Maybe she wouldn’t have slipped. If Aaron and I hadn’t split up to look for her. If  I had been the one to find her instead of Aaron. If…if…if. Things might have ended differently.

I tried, I really did. That night. The water was so cold, so dark. Reese says it’s not my fault, that it wasn’t anyone’s fault. It was an accident. People call me a hero because, in the end, I saved Quinn, but it wasn’t enough. It was never enough. Can we talk about something else now?

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DFT: Quinn is one of your best friends and things in her life have been pretty crazy lately.  What do you think is the one thing that has helped her survive everything she has been through so far?

Marcus: Well, the demons are something nobody could have been prepared for. Trust me. I’ve seen what they can do, and the fact that she survived what they put her through, shows just how strong she really is. Now that she knows what she’s up against, she won’t back down. I’ve never seen someone so determined to protect those she loves. She’s stubborn, smart, and fierce. Those demons are about to get a taste of her revenge and I can’t wait to have a front row seat to their destruction.

DFT: You and Quinn have been friends for a long time now can you tell us one of your favorite memories spent with her?

Marcus: Quinn and I haven’t been friends for that long, really. I mean, you’re better off asking Reese about warm fuzzy memories with her. Now, if you had asked about Aaron, I would have to say hanging out in his room after one of my swim meets. You know, killing zombies, eating pizza, and messing around.

DFT: You have a goofy personality and really know how to lighten mood when necessary.  Since you like to be funny I was wondering if you would tell us a good joke?

Marcus: Awww, man! My mom would kill me if I told the joke that’s going through my head right now.

(Marcus laughs and slaps his knee.)

No, I can’t tell that one.

(He tries to compose himself, then breaks out in another fit of laughter.)

Wait. No. Seriously. Okay, okay, let me think. Oh, I got one.

Man goes into a bar. Says “Bartender, gimme 15 shots of whisky -fast!” Bartender starts pouring the shots and the guy slams them down as quickly as possible. On about the 9th shot, the bartender says “Gee buddy, you sure are putting those away quick” Guy says “You would too if you had what I have” Bartender “What do you have?” Man “50 cents”

DFT: With everything that has happened lately I imagine your life has become a little hectic at times.  What is one thing that has stayed consistent no matter what has happened?

Marcus: My girlfriend, Reese. I love that girl. I don’t know what I would do without her. Yeah, she rolls her eyes at my stupid jokes, but she also puts up with my crap. Plus, she looks good in a bikini.

DFT: Since this event is all about heroes can you tell us who is the one person in your life that you consider a true hero?

Marcus: (Marcus wipes a tear from his cheek.)

Sorry. Give me a minute.

(He takes a deep breath and then looks at me with such intense sadness that I almost want to cry myself)

Aaron. I’ve never met anyone as loyal and giving as Aaron. Losing his mom and baby sister in that car accident, stepping up to take care of his younger brother while his dad drank himself into oblivion, life’s been pretty tough on him. I know how dark it got for him. I think that’s why he felt so connected to Quinn, why, even in her darkest hour, he didn’t want to give up on her. He wasn’t perfect. Boy had a temper sometimes, but he was my best friend, and I love him. What he did for Quinn that night? He’s the true hero, not me.

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Heather ReidAbout Heather.:

Heather L. Reid is both American and British and has called six different cities in three different countries, home. Her strong sense of wanderlust and craving for a new adventure mean you might find her wandering the moors of her beloved Scotland, exploring haunted castles, or hiking through a magical forest in search of fairies and sprites. When she’s not venturing into the unknown in her real life, she loves getting lost in the worlds of video games or curling up by the fire with good story. For now, this native Texan is back in the Lone Star State, settling down with her Scottish husband and working on her next novel.

You can visit Heather around the Web here:  Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Pretty Dark Sacrifice

Available July 28, 2015 by Month9books

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It’s been five weeks, two days, and eight hours since the demons forced Quinn to throw herself into the raging river, since Aaron sacrificed himself to save her, since his body disappeared without a trace.

Everyone wants Quinn to move on, but she can’t, not after a spirit appears to her at Aaron’s memorial, convincing her he’s still alive.

When a mysterious box materializes on the very spot Aaron disappeared, Quinn finds she’s at the center of an ancient prophesy of betrayal, revenge, and sacrifice that takes her to the depths of the underworld to face Lilith—Adam’s first wife.

If Quinn can stop Lilith from unleashing the demon horde Eve, trapped inside the box during the Battle of Eden millennia ago, she will save the human realm and free Aaron from an eternity in torment.

All it will cost is her blood.

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Who Needs a Hero: Mania by J.R. Johansson

June 29th, 2015 Bridget Posted in Who Needs A Hero 22 Comments »

Who Needs A Hero

Welcome to the Who Needs a Hero Event! Each day during the event we are featuring heroes from young adult novels! Today we have Jack from Mania by J.R. Johansson. Mania is the final book in the Night Walkers series. It is a YA thriller and you can read my review for the Insomnia here and Paranoia here!  This novel released on July 8, 2015 by Flux.

*Enter to win the entire Night Walker Series at the end of this post! Don’t forget to enter here for the Who Needs a Hero International giveaway!*

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Meet Jack:

Jack is a Watcher and the brother of Parker. He’s tough and can take care of himself because he’s always had to. He doesn’t have much background to understand someone actually wanting to take spend time with him or get to know him, so he comes across as very mechanical and cold to Parker. In reality, he has a great heart and just wants to do the right thing…even when his instincts aren’t always sure what that is.

Why Jenn thinks Jack is a Hero:

Jack wouldn’t agree with my assessment, but I think he’s a hero because the concept of being selfish isn’t in his vocabulary. He doesn’t worry about his own survival, but he easily bears the responsibility of trying to get everyone else out alive. He’s a leader, even when he’s trying not to be, but not for the glory or the power. He despises both of those. He’s a leader because he isn’t afraid of hard choices, they are all he’s ever known.

Interview with Jack

DFT: I was so excited when I heard you were going to be getting your own story! For those of us who haven’t had the chance to meet you yet, will you tell us a short synopsis of your story thus far?

Jack: Of course, I was born and raised a rebel. Trained by my father to fight against a Night Walker Society that has become corrupt. I’m a Type 2, or a Watcher as my brother, Parker, calls it. Which means I spend my nights in the dreams of the last person I made eye contact with. It can be a curse, but it also gives us great power. I’m currently in the center of a Night Walker war between the Takers and the rest of us. I may be the only one who can end it, and I have to do it now.

DFT: You are a nightwalker and you have the strange ability to enter into other people’s dreams. What is your favorite thing about being a nightwalker? What is the worst thing about being a nightwalker?

Jack: There are so many things that can be achieved through my Watcher abilities. I can find people’s deepest secrets, give them the worst nightmares or the most amazing dreams. I can implant suggestions or ideas into their subconscious. I can get nearly anything I need or want through entering the dreams of the right people. That’s why it’s so important that we not abuse this power…but it can be tempting.

The worst thing is the exhaustion and the fact that we are bound to other people to stay alive. How can we be truly independent or free if we have to count on Builders in order to avoid our lives and sanity becoming a virtual ticking clock? It isn’t easy…but at least we have an option to keep us alive. The Takers weren’t so lucky.

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DFT: Your relationship with your father wasn’t really the best, but it got better when you were a little older. What is your most treasured memory spent with your father?

Jack: The day before he sent me to keep an eye on Parker, Dad spent an hour sparring with me and the entire time he couldn’t take me down. No matter how many times he tried he never landed a blow. He never knocked me flat on my back like he had so many times before. Instead, I put him on the floor—more than once. He nodded as I helped him to his feet, then he looked me in the eyes, patted me on my shoulder and told me that he was satisfied and my training was complete. He actually looked satisfied, like he was proud of me. I’ll never forget that.

DFT: The two previous books in the series have been mostly about your half brother Parker whom you have a rather strained relationship with. I know you don’t love everything about Parker, but he does have some good traits. What do you think is the best quality he possesses?

Jack: Loyalty. I’m guessing it came from his mom. That’s the thing about him that I think I’d like to work on in myself. Parker would do anything for his friends…sometimes to the extent of being idiotic and reckless, but still. It’s a quality I admire in him…
Do me a favor and don’t share this interview with him, will you? If he finds out I said this, I’m sure he won’t let me forget it.

DFT: I know that being a hero in someone else’s eyes can be a pretty big deal and it can be intimidating at times. Have you ever considered yourself a hero?

Jack: Never, and I don’t want to be one. To be honest, I think the idea of someone else even thinking of me that way is a little crazy. If someone told me they did, I would have to wonder if A—they didn’t know me well enough (likely) or B—they had some sneaky ulterior motive or wanted something. Where do you find time to be a hero when you spend most of your life on the run and just trying to stay alive?

DFT: I’m sure there have been a large number of people that have influenced you in your life, but who would say had the biggest impact on who you are today?

Jack: Today? I’d have to say my Dad. I didn’t spend enough time with many other people…except for people from the rebel camp, like maybe Libby and Marisol. But if I’m being honest—the more time I spend with my brother, the more I think that in a year, my answer might be different.
…And now I’ve said too much…this interview really needs to be burned a.s.a.p… Any way we can make that happen?

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J.R.  JohanssonAbout J.R.:

J.R. Johansson writes YA Thrillers, tweets, and watches football–not necessarily in that order. She’s the author of the Night Walkers Saga: INSOMNIAPARANOIA and MANIA (July 8, 2015). The Night Walkers books are out in eleven countries and will be coming soon to three more. No, she doesn’t speak that many languages. Yes, she wishes she did. CUT ME FREE came out in January 2015 with FSG/Macmillan and they’ll be releasing THE ROW in Fall 2016. She is represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

You can visit J.R. around the Web here:  Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Available July 8, 2015 by Flux

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Jack and his half-brother Parker have no time to mourn the loss of their father, Daniel Chipp. With an attack by the body-stealing Takers imminent, the pair must put aside their grief and track down the ingredients of Daniel’s formula—one that will rein in the power-hungry Takers—to keep their family and friends out of danger.

Their only hope lies in a puzzle their father left behind, a riddle where each brother unknowingly possesses a piece of the solution. The puzzle sets them on a deadly path, spiraling between reality and the world of dreams where nothing and no one can be trusted entirely. And when Parker finds himself deep in the fray between the Takers and the other Night Walkers, it’s up to Jack to complete the formula and save his brother’s life.

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Who Needs a Hero: Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu

June 28th, 2015 Bridget Posted in Who Needs A Hero 9 Comments »

Who Needs A Hero

Welcome to the Who Needs a Hero Event! Each day during the event we are featuring heroes from young adult novels! Today we have Montana from Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu. Making Pretty is standalone contemporary novel. This novel released on May 12, 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books.

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Meet Montana:

Meet Montana! She’s a New York City girl who only feels at home in Washington Square Park, drinking coffee, eating panini, people watching, hanging out with her best friend Roxanne and her sister Arizona. Her father has just ended his fourth marriage and her mother is nowhere to be found. But Montana wants to be better that where she came from– she wants to be herself. If she could just figure out who that is. It’s not easy to do– her plastic surgeon father sees her one way and her sister sees her another way. Even her new friend Karissa sees a side of Montana that she can’t see herself. But maybe falling in love could change all that? If only Montana knew if love– of someone else; of herself– was something she could even believe in.

Montana’s a hero because she’s searching. Heroes go on journeys, and that’s definitely what Montana’s doing. She’s looking for herself, which is maybe the rockiest, hardest, most dangerous journey of all. I also think she’s a hero because she’s not naturally brave but she takes chances anyway. She really aims to be the person she wants to be, and she get bruised along the way but doesn’t stop. She has a really incredible resilience. That might be her strongest quality– she won’t let things keep her from hoping or moving or discovering or loving or growing. I know how hard that is, so to me, that’s totally heroic.

Interview with Montana

DFT: Corey was sweet enough to already introduce you to us, but I want you to tell us 3 things that people wouldn’t know about you by looking at you?

Montana: I want to believe in love but I’m not sure I can. I’m scared of practically everything even though I try not to be. I am really good with toddlers.

DFT: Karissa is your new best friend and she has filled a need in your life at a critical time. What is the first thing that drew you to Karissa? What do you think is unique about your friendship with her?

Montana: Karissa is the most charismatic, fascinating person I’ve ever met. Every little thing she does is wonderful—from what she eats to how she wears her hair to how good an actress she is. I love the way other people respond to her, too. Everyone wants to be around her, and she chose me. She’s older, and I like that too—she has lived. She knows stuff. She’s wise but also dangerous and fun. If I were to picture the person I wish I could be but know I’ll never be, it would be her. Our friendship is unique because it’s so unexpected. I would never think someone like Karissa would want to be around someone like me. She challenges me to be more spontaneous and more brave. When I’m with her, I’m a new version of myself.

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DFT: Your relationship with your father is very interesting. He probably isn’t the best father in the world, but he does love you. Ever since your mother left he has been through multiple divorces. What has been the hardest part for you watching your father go through so many women in such a short period of time?

Montana: All I really want is a family that looks more like other families. I want things to be settled and sure and comfortable and easy. But my father’s not like that. He falls in love really hard. Then he changes his mind. I try to get used to my new stepmoms, I try to envision a whole, real life with them, and then they get taken away and I have to start over. That’s the hardest part. I always have hope, and I’m always disappointed.

DFT: Arizona is your older sister and you have been very close until just recently. She left for college and came back a totally different person which has caused you to grow apart. What was the best part about your relationship before things became strained between you two?

Montana: What I used to love most about me and Arizona was the way we were always on the same page. We saw everything the same way, and were on the same team. Now… I’m not so sure.

DFT: Bernardo is your fun and spontaneous boyfriend. He is one of the only people in your life that makes you feel appreciated and loved for who you are. Will you tell us one of your favorite moments you have spent with Bernardo?

Montana: My favorite moment with Bernardo was meeting him. We met in a super cute way—in Washington Square Park, after checking each other out for MONTHS. I loved that long lead up—I feel like I got to know him without ever talking to him, just through glances. I like that he’ll do anything for me. Like Karissa, he’s totally fearless and spontaneous and intoxicating.

DFT: Your journey hasn’t been an easy one, but you have learned a lot about yourself. What is one piece of advice you would give to other girls that find themselves in a similar situation to yours?

Montana: Find what you love about yourself, and focus on that. Keep hoping. If you want to dye your hair pink, dye your hair pink. Reach deep down and figure out what in the world you actually feel; act from that.

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Corey Ann HayduAbout Corey:

Corey Ann Haydu is the author of OCD LOVE STORYLIFE BY COMMITTEEMAKING PRETTY and her upcoming middle grade debut, RULES FOR STEALING STARS. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and The New School’s Writing for Children MFA program, Corey has been working in children’s publishing since 2009.

In 2013, Corey was chosen as one of Publisher Weekly’s Flying Starts. Her books have been Junior Library Guild Selections, Indie Next Selections, and BCCB Blue Ribbon Selections. Corey also teaches YA Novel Writing with Mediabistro and is adapting her debut novel, OCD LOVE STORY into a high school play, which will have its first run in Fall 2015. Corey lives in Brooklyn with her dog, her boyfriend, and a wide selection of cheese.

You can visit Corey around the Web here:  Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Available May 12, 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books

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Montana and her sister, Arizona, are named after the mountainous states their mother left them for. But Montana is a New York City girl through and through, and as the city heats up, she’s stepping into the most intense summer of her life.

With Arizona wrapped up in her college world and their father distracted by yet another divorce, Montana’s been immersing herself in an intoxicating new friendship with a girl from her acting class. Karissa is bold, imperfectly beautiful, and unafraid of being vulnerable. She’s everything Montana would like to become. But the friendship with Karissa is driving a wedge between Montana and her sister, and the more of her own secrets Karissa reveals, the more Montana has to wonder if Karissa’s someone she can really trust.

In the midst of her uncertainty, Montana finds a heady distraction in Bernardo. He’s serious and spontaneous, and he looks at Montana in the way she wants to be seen. For the first time, Montana understands how you can become both lost and found in somebody else. But when that love becomes everything, where does it leave the rest of her imperfect life?

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Who Needs a Hero: Velvet by Temple West

June 27th, 2015 Bridget Posted in Who Needs A Hero 1 Comment »

Who Needs A Hero

Welcome to the Who Needs a Hero Event! Each day during the event we are featuring heroes from young adult novels! Today we have Trish from Velvet by Temple West. Velvet is the first book in the Velvet Trilogy! It is a paranormal series featuring vampires! You can read my full review of Velvet here! This novel released on May 12, 2015 by Swoon Reads.

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Meet Trish:

Trish is a secondary character in the Velvet universe.  When the MC, Caitlin, moves to Stony Creek, Trish sort of aggressively befriends her.

Why Temple thinks Trish is a Hero:

This isn’t stated outright in the book, but Trish knows that Caitlin’s mom has just died. Like, very recently, just-a-few-days-ago died.  Where some people might tiptoe around her, Trish sort of intuitively knows that Caitlin needs someone to treat her like a normal human being, to be brash and funny and tell inappropriate jokes.  Trish is a hero because without ever looking like she’s trying at all, she tries very hard to be a friend to a friendless, horribly lonely girl.

Interview with Trish

DFT: You grew up in the small town of Stony Creek so I was wondering if you would give us an idea what it is like to live there and what some of the best things about it are? 

Trish: It’s cold in winter, hot and humid as hell in summer, and there’s lots of trees. We’ve got a bar, an inn, and the creek is dammed so you can swim in it.  The town’s getting old, there’s not a lot of kids left, and we go to Queensbury or Saratoga Springs whenever we can.  Still, it’s home.  It’s quiet, and it’s beautiful, and everyone’s got as much space as they could possibly want.

DFT: While reading Velvet I have to admit that you were one of my favorite characters! I love your easy going personality and how blunt you are. What do you think is one of your best qualities? What is probably your worst quality?

Trish: Ha! Well Ben would probably say my backside is his favorite quality and then I’d smack him around and he’d repent and say my viciously sharp mind is extremely attractive.  I dunno, sometimes I go a day or two without showering, so personal hygiene might be my worst quality.  That, or how damn sexy I am.

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DFT: One of the things that took me by surprise is how ridiculously smart you are.  Not that you ever came across as dumb but you don’t really act like you would want to attend Oxford and be a writer! Why don’t you flaunt your intelligence like most people do?  

Trish: I’m not that smart.  Well…okay, I am.  But I don’t know what I want to do with all that smartness yet.  Gotta figure out some life shit before I go bragging about how brainy I am.

DFT: Velvet is actually about one of your good friends Caitlin.  She just recently moved to town and you are one of the only people that she really allowed to befriend her.  While getting to know her what is something about her that took you by surprise?

Trish: That she was funny, too.  That she had ambition.  Took a while to see it, she was so miserable when she first showed up, but it’s in there.  She’s got gumption underneath her grief.  I like that about her.

DFT: Since you have lived in Stony Creek your whole life and because it is such a small town you probably know everything about everyone that lives there.  What can you tell me about the mysterious Adrian and his family?

Trish: I swear every urban legend for a hundred miles has spawned from the mystery of the de la Maras.  When I was a kid, the Master ranch was the last building on the last road out of Stony Creek.  Then the construction crews came in during second grade, blasting away on the mountain, building that ridiculous house.  Mr. and Mrs. de la Mara moved in about a year later. I remember my parents went up, and so did the Masters and a few others, to say hi and introduce themselves and bring them a casserole or like, a succulent or something.  From what I heard, they just took the stuff at the door and wouldn’t let anyone inside.  I think Caitlin is the only one who’s ever actually been inside that house.  I mean honestly, who needs a five-car garage?  It’s nutty.  Adrian was adopted by them a couple years later and he’s almost as bad as his aunt and uncle.  I honestly don’t know that I heard two whole sentences from him before Caitlin came along.  She and Adrian are the least talkative people I’ve ever met.  It’s kind of infuriating.  If you really want to know about the de la Maras, you should ask her.  Friggin’ creepy-ass mountain dwellers.

DFT: Lucky for us Velvet is just the beginning of your story! Can you give us any hints as to what we can expect to see in the next book?

Trish: Caitlin and I are…having an argument.  I love her to pieces but she’s making bad choices and I can’t stand by and watch.

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Temple WestAbout Temple:

Temple West, debut author of the YA paranormal romance Velvet, is as nerdy in real life as she is on the Twitter. Armed with a very shiny English degree, she spent four months in Oxford holed up at the Radcliffe Camera amongst the hush of ancient books and the rich musk of academia. Returning to Los Angeles, she acquired a concurrent degree in film, mostly as an excuse to write essays about The Princess Bride and Hook. She can sew (poorly), drive stick (please fasten your seatbelt), and mostly lift her feet off the ground while stuttering into first gear on a very small motorcycle. She currently lives in Nashville and is the proud mother to a one-year-old laptop and a vintage Remington typewriter.

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Velvet

Available May 12, 2015 by Swoon Reads

About this Book

First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don’t fall in love.

After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?

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Who Needs a Hero: Until the Beginning by Amy Plum

June 26th, 2015 Bridget Posted in Who Needs A Hero 61 Comments »

Who Needs A Hero

Welcome to the Who Needs a Hero Event! Each day during the event we are featuring heroes from young adult novels! Today we have Miles from Until the Beginning by Amy Plum. Until the Beginning is the second book in the dystopian series After the End.  Check out Kaitlin’s review of the first book After the End here! This novel released on May 5, 2015 by HarperTeen.

*Enter to win a signed copy of After the End and Until The Beginning! Don’t forget to enter here for the Who Needs a Hero International giveaway!*

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Meet Miles:

Eighteen-year-old Miles Blackwell was the son of a pharmaceutical magnate and lived a cushy life in Los Angeles. A few months before graduating, he was expelled from high school. His father forced him to work in the mailroom of his company to prove that he could be serious enough to go to Yale. When Miles heard that his father was searching for a girl who holds a valuable secret, he decided to find her himself to win his father’s favor.

Why Amy thinks Miles is a Hero:

Miles follows his heart, even when he doubts his sanity in doing so. He isn’t afraid to make a fool of himself in order to do the right thing. He’s ready to go far out of his comfort zone if he has to. And most importantly, he’s willing to go up against his father and give up a very comfortable future to follow the girl he loves.

Interview with Miles

DFT: The lovely Amy was kind enough to introduce you to us, but for those of us who haven’t had the pleasure of reading your story yet will you please tell us 3 unique things about yourself that most people don’t know?

Miles: Hi! Thanks for having me here.

Let’s see, three unique things. Well, I can recite Star Wars episodes IV, V and VI by heart. I can stick my entire fist in my mouth. And I have mad video game skills. But I have a feeling that Juneau would say that was avoiding the point, so…just for you…I’ll spill.

Three things:

1. I got kicked out of high school for cheating on an exam. This was after I had already been suspended for bringing pot and beer to school. To be honest, getting in trouble provided a distraction to some shitty things that happened to me recently. For example…

2. My mom left my dad and me two years ago, after she had a breakdown and almost killed herself. Now it’s just me and my dad. Which sucks. Massively.

3. The one thing I want in life—and this is between you and me—is to find someone who accepts me like I am. Who makes me feel like being a better person. I wouldn’t have even known this about myself, except I think I’ve met that person. If you don’t catch my drift, it’s the kick-ass Alaskan girl with the crossbow and pet raven.

DFT: Meeting Juneau completely changed your life, but mostly in a good way. You have been able to learn a lot from Juneau and I was wondering out of all the things she has taught you what do you think has been the most useful during your journey together?

Miles: Well, I could say make a fire, shoot a crossbow, roast roadkill on a spit, and read the future in water. But I think the thing she taught me that’s more important is to be open to things that might not make sense. To have an open mind and accept the fact that everything isn’t always as it seems, and that much more exists in this world than what we can see.

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DFT: I’m a sucker for romance and I love your relationship with Juneau! Can you tell me what has been one of your favorite moments that you have shared with her so far?

Miles: Looking back on our wild ride, I have to admit that even though I was a hundred percent convinced that Juneau was insane from day one, every moment I’ve spent with her has made me feel more alive than I ever did before.

But if I had to choose a favorite moment, there was this one time when Juneau and I had a picnic on this cliff overlooking a beautiful landscape. We kissed and, well, I’m not sure who your public is, so I’ll just skip a few steps and say that afterward Juneau stood up, as naked as the day she was born, and walked through the woods back to our site. No inhibitions. No self-doubt. Walking with her back straight and her chin up looking like royalty. Like some kind of earth goddess. I can’t even tell you how much I felt for her right then. My heart felt like it was going to explode. And I couldn’t believe that I was lucky enough to be with her. That she had chosen me…literally, if you know our story. It’s an image that is burned into my mind, and the emotion still shakes me.

DFT: Now I want to ask a few fun hero questions since this whole event is featuring heroes! Every good hero needs a home base. What would be your ideal secret lair if you happened to be a superhero?

Miles: I was going to say the Statue of Liberty, but I’m not sure Juneau would enjoy living in New York City. I think I’d have to lean more Isolated-Desert-Lair-With-Lots-Of-Underground-Tunnels. How about Devil’s Tower – that weird mountain formation in Close Encounters? I can see building a high-tech superhero lair inside that!

DFT: If you could choose to have any type of superhero powers what would they be and why?

Miles: Well, I don’t want to give too many spoilers, but…I may already have an advantage or two by the end of the books. I wouldn’t say no to super-strength, though. At least it would give me a slight advantage over Juneau’s ability to excel in practically everything she tries.

DFT: Your story is full of adventure, danger, and love. Throughout your journey what is one of the most important life lessons you learned?

Miles: That once someone has earned your love and trust, you’ve got to be ready to go the distance for them—to love and trust them no matter how crazy things seem. And if you want them to love you back? Believe in them and support them fully. Their response will be your greatest reward.

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Amy PlumAbout Amy:

Amy Plum is the author of DIE FOR ME, a YA series set in Paris. The first three books—DIE FOR MEUNTIL I DIE, and IF I SHOULD DIE—are international bestsellers, and have been translated into thirteen languages. The fourth and fifth books are digital novellas, entitled DIE FOR HER and DIE ONCE MORE. Amy’s newest series is a duology: AFTER THE END and UNTIL THE BEGINNING.

Amy grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before venturing further afield to Chicago, Paris, London and New York. An art historian by training, she can be found on most days either daydreaming or writing (or both) in a Parisian café.

You can visit Amy around the Web here:  Website | Blog | Twitter

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This contest is provided by Amy Plum!

One lucky reader will win a signed copy of After the End and Until the Beginning! Plus 10 lucky readers will win Juneau & Miles postcards!
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Until the Beginning

Available May 5, 2015 by HarperTeen

About this Book

When Juneau’s clan disappeared, she lost so much more than her friends and family. She soon discovered everything she thought she knew about her life was a lie. Her people’s gifts were actually secret abilities that others wanted, desperately enough to kidnap an entire village.

Juneau and her new companion Miles’s cross-country journey to find her clan has led them to a game preserve in New Mexico. Now Juneau’s people are finally within reach, and she will stop at nothing to save them. But she has a target on her back too, because unbeknownst to her she is the key to unlocking everything. To rescue her people – and herself – Juneau must discover what she, and her abilities, are truly capable of.

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