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Hello! My name is Ivy and I am the book blogger behind Ivy Reads. Ivy Reads was opened on November 8, 2010.

I am a college student reading YA Fiction and some Fiction. I am an avid reader and is known as a bookworm.
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Dec
08

Hello! Today we have the author of Surrender, Lee Nichols, with us today for a “This-or-That” post. Welcome Lee!

Tomboy or Girly?
I’m an odd combination of both.

Paranormal or Contemporary?
Paranormal, but I also love contemporary.

Trucks or Compact Cars?
Compacts, because I care about the environment. Trucks are so much more fun though.

Paperbacks or Hardcovers?
Hardcovers have so much more cache, but I prefer to read paperbacks.

Halloween or Christmas?
Halloween.

iPhones or Androids?
iPhones.

Phone calls or Text messages?
Neither. Email, all the way!

Reading or Writing?
Reading is more fun. I go kind of nutty if I don’t write, though.

Paper maps or GPS?
Paper. I am old school.

Individual books or bind-ups?
I’m not even sure what a bind-up is, so individual, I guess.

After a devastating battle at headquarters in New York, the ghostkeeping world is in shambles. When Emma and Bennett return home, they are determined to defeat the wraithmaster, Neos, forever. But it’s not going to be easy. Bennett’s parents kick him out when they realize he is still using drugs to enhance his powers. Emma is convinced her aunt has come back from the dead to warn her of a new threat. And worst of all, Neos is using wraiths to possess the students at Thatcher Academy. If the ghosts manage to take over the entire school, even Emma won’t be strong enough to stop them. But if either she or Bennett sacrifice his or her powers, they might be able to save the ghostkeeping world once and for all-and break the “ghostkeepers lose their powers when they fall in love” curse. The question is: who will be the one to surrender all power?

Fast-paced and romantic, this conclusion to the Haunting Emma trilogy will thrill readers as it brings the ghostly mystery to a close.

Buy it on: Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, IndieBound

Thanks for a wonderful post, Lee!

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Nov
30
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Rylie’s been bitten. She’s changing. And now she has three months to find a cure before becoming a werewolf… forever.

Six Moon Summer by SM Reine will be republished by Red Iris Books, so it’s getting a total makeover to celebrate! Six Moon Summer and its sequel, All Hallows’ Moon, are coming out on January 6th, 2012 and will have new covers and NEW short stories.

To reveal the awesome new covers, we’re holding a little scavenger hunt and swag giveaway! Here’s how it works:

I’ve hidden two puzzle pieces somewhere on my blog. One is for the new Six Moon Summer cover, and one is for the new All Hallows’ Moon cover. Once you’ve found them, leave a comment saying which pages you found them on and which puzzle piece belongs to which book. If you get it right, you’ll be entered to win one of the prize packs!

The Mini Prize Pack has lip gloss, a wristband (with adorable werewolf paw prints on it), and Seasons of the Moon bookmarks. The GRAND Prize Pack has the same things as the mini prize pack, but it also comes with a signed copy of Six Moon Summer with the original cover and a leather diary just like Rylie’s!

You can also hunt down the rest of the puzzle pieces on the other participating blogs:
Ivy Reads (That’s ME!!)

If you find ALL the pieces, leave a comment on SM Reine’s blog post here (http://www.smreine.com/2011/11/six-moon-summer-scavenger-hunt.html) to be entered to win the Grand Prize Pack! Winners will be announced on December 6th, so you have about a week to find the pieces! The grand prize is:

Happy hunting!

And the winner of the mini prize pack is…
Rhianna!!

Yey! Congrats! Your email address has been sent to the author!!


Nov
23

Hello! Today we have an interview with the author of In the Forests of the Night, Kersten Hamilton! Welcome Kersten!

Kersten Hamilton is the author of several picture books and many middle grade novels. When she’s not writing, she hunts dinosaurs in the deserts and badlands outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she lives. For more about Kersten, please visit www.kerstenhamilton.com.

Do you like writing series or standalones?
I love writing series books. It gives me the time to explore the characters I love and see how they grow.

Where did you get the idea for the Goblin Wars series?
When I was a child, a goblin crept out of the dark and slipped her paw into my hand. The creature’s name was Lina, and she came to life in a book by George MacDonald. Lina was a dog–like beastie with green eyes lit by amber fire, and a huge mouth with icicle–like teeth. Curdie, the hero of the story, could feel the real hand of any creature inside its flesh glove, and when Lina put her paw in his hand: “a shudder, as of terrified delight, ran through him…instead of the paw of a dog, such as it seemed to his eyes, he clasped in his great mining fist the soft, neat little hand of a child! The green eyes stared at him with their yellow light, and the mouth was turned up toward him with its constant half grin; but here was the child’s hand!”

When I read those lines I felt it. I felt the child’s hand inside a rough paw glove, and I knew I wanted to pull a child out of a goblin one day.


Was it harder to write the first book or the second?
The second book is usually harder for me. Someone very brilliant (I don’t remember who) once said, “Nobody reads a book to get to the middle.” The second book of a trilogy fills that dreaded ‘middle’ of the story arc. The story has to be bigger without losing touch with the things people loved in the first book. I had to ramp up the stakes while moving the story forward.

But In the Forests of the Night was the hardest book I’ve ever written. Life was trying to shake my dreams out of me, filling the world around me with death and disease. Everything came together in a perfect storm of loss and pain. I couldn’t have done it alone. In Celtic tradition, no one walks through life alone. Celts believed that we were meant to journey in companionship and in community. Everyone needs at least one ‘anam cara’—soul friend—to stand beside them. My husband and my daughter, two of my anam cara, stood by me and encouraged me every page of the way. Readers who wrote to tell me how much they loved Tyger Tyger helped as well. I couldn’t have done it without them.


What is your absolutely favorite part from In the Forest of the Night?
Well, I don’t want to give anything away for those who haven’t read it yet, but….I really love a certain scene between Gil, the phooka boy, and The MacCumhaill. :)


Was there any parts you took out from In the Forest of the Night that you really wanted to keep?
No, not one. I managed to keep everything I loved and threw away the boring practice parts.

If you can co-write a book with another author, who would it be and what type of book would you two write?
It wouldn’t be a book. I would co-author a screenplay with Charles Dickens. We would both have to travel in time—he’d come forward 88 years, I’d go back 88 years. We’d meet in Paris 1924 and combine our knowledge of the past and future to create a brilliant steam punk dystopian drama, chock-full of fantastic characters. When we were done, we’d put it in a time capsule addressed to Joss Wheden in 2012,with our best wishes for a blockbuster!

The battle against goblinkind continues . . . but which side will Teagan be on?

Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have made it out of Mag Mell alive, but the Dark Man’s forces are hot on their heels. Back in Chicago, Tea’s goblin cousins show up at her school, sure she will come back to Mag Mell, as goblin blood is never passive once awoken. Soon she will belong to Fear Doirich and join them. In the meantime, they are happy to entertain themselves by trying to seduce, kidnap, or kill Tea’s family and friends. Tea knows she doesn’t have much time left, and she refuses to leave Finn or her family to be tortured and killed. A wild Stormrider, born to rule and reign, is growing stronger inside her. But as long as she can hold on, she’s still Teagan Wylltson, who plans to be a veterinarian and who heals the sick and hurting. The disease that’s destroying her—that’s destroying them all—has a name: Fear Doirich. And Teagan Wylltson is not going to let him win.

Buy it on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound

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Nov
16

Hello all! Today we have Amanda here, a character from Wynter Chelsea by Becca Michelle Ritchie, with a “This-or-That” post.

Granola Bars or Oatmeal?
Granola bars. It’s a good road trip food since she’s always on the go.

Grapes or Oranges?
Grapes. Peeling an orange takes way too much work, and it’s frustrating if your orange won’t cooperate.

Amazon or Barnes & Noble?
Neither. Jack conjures her anything she needs. It’s very convenient.

Laptops or Desktops?
Laptops. They are much easier to transport.

Blogging or Vlogging?
Vlogging.

Cheesecake or Pie?
Both!

AC or Heater?
AC, most definitely. Especially in the car!

Chips or Candies?
Candies

Sandals or Tennis Shoes?
Tennis Shoes. She has to keep up with her older brother and the two Wynter boys, and when hunting, that involves lots and lots of running.

Night-person or Morning-person?
Both. The supernatural could attack at any time, and so she always has to be prepared…or at least try to appear it.

Thanks for having me on your blog, Ivy!

Few know of the demonic beings that plague our world, threatening to destroy it. But for two families, it is a familiar battle they have fought for ages.

The Wynters and the Chelseas live for the hunt, to kill those who prey upon the innocent. Four children, born of these two dynasties, are now in their teenage and young adult years. The three boys-Jack, the conjurer; Dustin, the telepath, and Trevor, prescient one-are all warriors, well aware that their destinies are sealed. Then there is 17-year-old Amanda, the one who has been protected and guarded all of her life-much to her great questioning and dismay. She is the special one, the empath and first girl born to the families. Burning with the fever to fight, Amanda constantly challenges the status quo, but to no avail.

When their parents inexplicably disappear, Amanda’s dream of joining the legacy wins out, and she goes to battle with her brother and her lifelong friends. But as the four follow a dangerous path across the United States, a long-buried affection surfaces between Dustin and Amanda, and each must confront their hidden emotions…and ultimate reason for their existence.

Buy it on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Thank you for a wonderful post, Amanda and Becca!!

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Nov
12

 

Eternal Starling by Angela Corbett
Series: Emblem of Eternity
Publisher: Pendrell Publishing
Release Date: December 6, 2011
eBook: 365 pages
Rating: 3/5

A love so strong, even eternity can’t separate them.

Evie Starling has lived a relatively uneventful life hanging out with friends, gossiping about boys, and driving her 1966 Mustang. All of that changes when she moves to Gunnison, Colorado, to start college and meets two mysterious men.

For centuries, Alex Night and Emil Stone have yearned for Evie—but they each have their own reasons for wanting to be with her. When both men claim to be her soul mate and tell her about an unbelievable past, Evie learns that she’s not the person she thought she was. Soon, Evie finds herself in the middle of an age-old battle between the Amaranthine Society—the soul protectors, and the Daevos Resistance—the soul destroyers. With a past she doesn’t understand, and a future rife with danger, Evie has to decide who she can trust. But Alex and Emil aren’t the only ones who want Evie, and her soul is about to become the rope in an eternal tug-of-war.

My Thoughts

Eternal Starling was a little slow for me in the first 2/3 of the book. It was not really until the last 1/3 of the book where it drew me in more. I wished there was more going on during the first 2/3 of the book because it made me read slower than expected.

The first 2/3 was more like putting the story in place. Once you get to the last 1/3, it is really where the story unfolds and everything seems to be revealed about the characters and more about the background of who Emil and Alex really are. Also, the action and adventure really start at the last 1/3. I wished it more mixed in to draw the readers in from the first 2/3 of the book.

My favorite part is where I learned about Alex and Emil. I liked what they told Evie their real purpose is and how they are both connected to Evie. I feel more touched with Emil’s story because it seems more romantic than Alex’s story, however, it is also touching. It is just not as touching as Emil. I think they are good in their own ways. It is obvious that Alex and Emil, both, really love Evie and would do anything to keep her safe.

I love the concept of soul mates! I thought it was somewhat weird that in this book, Evie is connected to two soul mates. However, it makes it a good twist to the story. I think the beginning really sets these two characters in place in this novel.

Overall, Eternal Starling is a pretty interesting novel. I would continue to read this series just to find out about Evie, Alex, and Emil!

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