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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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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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Oct
27

Hello! Today we have a guest post with the author of Wherever You Go, Heather Davis, telling us what she does when she’s not writing.

Heather Davis is an award-winning young adult author based in the Pacific Northwest. With a touch of the paranormal, her stories center around ordinary people in extraordinary situations and explore the nature of love and life.

She’s most comfortable crafting stories with a pen in her hand and rain pounding against the windows, but you will find her writing anywhere she goes.

When I’m not writing, well, I’m still writing. My mind is constantly thinking about the projects I’ve got underway and the projects I’ve yet to develop.

In my free time, I hang out a lot with my good friend and YA author, Liz Gallagher. We go to a lot of live music concerts and hang out on Sundays at the coffee shop, working on our stories. If you haven’t read her books, you should. She is amazing. She sees the world in a way I wish I could and chooses each word of her story with incredible focus and care. She makes me a better writer when I read her work. Also, another friend, Tera Lynn Childs, has moved to town and I love hanging out with her. She’s someone who reminds me to suck it up and get it done. Everyone needs a friend like that.

At home, I’ve got a feline companion, Harper Lee. She’s part Siamese, which means she talks a lot. We have whole conversations about her day — I ask a question like, “Did you see some birds?” and she meows her answer. “Did you eat some food?” and she issues another meow. This goes on for about five minutes every day.

My dad lives in Wisconsin, near my little sister. He’s a retired English teacher, and probably the main reason I’m a writer today. I used to find his unfinished short stories in his study and make up my own stories about his characters.

 

Seventeen-year-old Holly Mullen has felt lost and lonely ever since her boyfriend, Rob, died in a tragic accident. The fact that she has to spend most of her free time caring for her little sister and Alzheimer’s-stricken grandfather doesn’t help. But Holly has no idea that as she goes about her days, Rob’s ghost is watching over her. He isn’t happy when he sees his best friend, Jason, reach out to help Holly with her grandfather—but as a ghost, he can do nothing to stop it. Is his best friend really falling for his girlfriend?
As Holly wonders whether to open her heart to Jason, the past comes back to haunt her. Her grandfather claims to be communicating with the ghost of Rob. Could the messages he has for Holly be real? And if so, how can the loved ones Rob left behind help his tortured soul make it to the other side?
Told from the perspectives of Holly, Jason, and Rob, Wherever You Go is is a poignant story about making peace with the past, opening your heart to love, and finding the courage to move forward into the light.

But it at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound

Thanks for coming by, Heather, and telling us what you do when you’re not reading!!


Oct
17

Hello! Today we have Ronan from Unwelcome by Michael Griffo for a round of “This or That!” Welcome Ronan!

Chocolate or Toffee?
CHOCOLATE

Sweets or Sours?
SWEETS

Cocoa Puffs or Frosted Flakes?
COCOA PUFFS BECAUSE IT’S CHOCOLATEY AND SWEET

Facebook or Twitter?
NEITHER, BUT IF I HAVE TO CHOOSE I’LL GO WITH FACEBOOK TO SEE WHAT MY FRIENDS ARE UP TO

Pens or Pencils?
PENCILS SO I CAN ERASE MY MISTAKES BEFORE ANYONE SEES THEM

Daggers or Swords?
I REALLY DON’T NEED EITHER ONE IN A FIGHT, BUT USING A SWORD CORRECTLY TAKES MORE FINESSE SO I’LL GO WITH THAT.

Mac or PC?
I LIKE MACS, BECAUSE THEY’RE GOOD LOOKING . . . LIKE MICHAEL ;-)

Cute white bunnies or cute teddy bears?
THAT’S A TOUGH ONE. I DON’T REALLY DO CUTE, BUT IF YOU’RE GOING TO DO CUTE, NOTHING IS CUTER THAN WHITE BUNNIES

Harry Potter or Twilight?
HARRY POTTER. HE’S KIND OF HOT NOW (BUT DON’T TELL MICHAEL!)

Red cars or black cars?
RED! AND I THINK YOU KNOW WHY!

Thanks Ronan for your answers! You’re a funny person! :) I had a fun time writing these This or That’s for you!

Archangel Academy is more than a school to Michael Howard. Within its majestic buildings and serene English grounds, he’s found friends, new love, and a place that feels more like home than Nebraska ever did. But the most important gift of Archangel Academy is immortality. . .

Life as a just-made vampire is challenging for Michael, even with Ronan, an experienced vamp, to guide him. Michael’s abilities are still raw and unpredictable. To add to the turmoil, the ancient feud between rival vampire species is sending ripples of discord through the school. And beneath the new headmaster’s charismatic front lies a powerful and very personal agenda.

Yet the mysteries lurking around the Academy pale in comparison to the secrets emerging from Michael’s past. And choosing the wrong person to trust—or to love—could lead to an eternity of regret. . .

Michael Griffo is an award-winning writer and one of six playwrights whose career will be tracked by WritersInsight.com until 2010. He is a graduate of New York University, has studied at Playwrights Horizons and Gotham Writers Workshop, and has written several screenplays.


Oct
10

Hello! Welcome, Estevan, to Ivy Reads! Today Estevan will be telling us the Top 10 Favorite Food That He Cannot Live Without!

Since he was in fifth grade, Estevan Vega dreamed of one day being an author. At fifteen, he published his first book Servant of the Realm. At eighteen, The Sacred Sin was released. ARSON, his third and most popular novel, is the beginning of a trilogy. Look for book two soon. Until then, he has released a collection of three short stories titled WHEN COLORS BLEED. He resides in Connecticut. Visit www.estevanvega.com for more details.

Foods. Let me just go on record saying that food is God’s gift to man, right after the gloriousness that is female. Ever if food weren’t a necessity, I’d still probably be out hunting for the best Saturday night dinner. That being said, there aren’t enough hours in a day nor days in a year to fully encompass all of my stomach’s dearest delights…I know, I totally sound like a wild glutton, but deep down, you are too.

Here goes my top ten, baby! Might want to take a seat or brace yourself…because it’s kind of really awesome.

  1. Rice and Beans with any kind of meat. (You can serve it with chicken, steak, pork chops or pork shoulder, among other categories of deliciousness.) By far, beyond a doubt, my favorite meal. My dad kills this one. Oh, and yellow rice. However, for you impatient folk…this is a(n) Hispanic dish and may take a little longer than ten minute.
  2. Mint chocolate chip ice cream. (Shaved or unshaved chips.) Some may call it Chocolate chip mint. Sexy mint con chips. Rockinest, dankest, bleapin’ awesome dessert. I’ve even heard rumors, dare I say, legends, of gorgeous women running down beaches eating this flavor of ice cream…and only this. I know, it might be against the rules to include desserts on this list…but it’s technically a food, so it’s here, and it’s not sorry.
  3. Chick Fil-A. After pausing for a moment of silence in reverence to this amazing chicken sandwich (which they need to bring to CT), let me just say this: Best. Fast food. Ever.
  4. Chicken Parm. Veal Parm. Eggplant Parm. Pretty much any kind of parmage. Loads of cheese, sauce, and ziti for the side. Ohhhh yes.
  5. Raisinets mixed with sour patch kids, and on some nights Toblerone. (Hey, it’s okay to cheat on this, right? It’s my only method of consolidation.)
  6. Thanksgiving dinner…Mother of Mercy, I’m uber stoked about this grand event this year. God-willing, there will be turkey, stuffing, mashed taters, veggies, lasagna, rice and beans, and a ridiculous amount of desserts. And yes, most likely, multiple journeys to friends’ houses before an ultimate coma ensues, followed by godawful early-bird shopping.
  7. Chicken Cordon Bleu. Yes, it is true what many of you have heard. The French did do one thing correctly. They mixed one piece of awesome (chicken) with another piece of awesome (ham) and injected cheese into its belly to make something otherworldly. Wii…I mean, oui.
  8. Philly cheese steak grinder. If you’ve ever eaten this delectable invention of Philly, you know why it’s on this list.
  9. Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Do it. Just…go pour yourself a bowl right now…or, like, seven.
  10. General Tso’s Chicken. And then God created the Chinese. And the Chinese had a baby and named him General Tso. And General Tso created a chicken dish. And we saw it was good.
Reading your post made me extremely hungry! :( I think I’ll have to get up and get some food! Thanks for sharing your top 10, Estevan!

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Arson Gable feels like a freak. He can create fire. He never asked for it. He never wanted it. But he can’t shut it off.

Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl–who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin—moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he’s never had: purpose. Using what he fears most about himself, Arson must face his consuming past and confront the nightmare that is his present as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Dark, moody, and breathtakingly relevant, ARSON, the chilling chronicle of an isolated boy with unimaginable ability, is sure to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.

 

More than three months have passed since Arson and Emery were taken. Taken and then separated.

And experimented on.

Salvation Asylum is more like a prison than a psychiatric facility. Unknowingly, Arson has become a vital instrument in a campaign set to genetically alter mankind. Enraged, confused, trapped, and unable to fully manifest his abilities, he wonders if he will ever see Emery again. His new existence is one crawling with questions. Is Grandma alive? Where does the fire come from? Can he become more than a monster?

In Ashes, book two of the ARSON series, nightmare and reality collide as Arson must embrace what he is and the haunting realization that there may be others out there, others like him.

Buy it at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble


Sep
21

Hello! Today we have a guest post from Leigh Fallon, the author of Carrier of the Mark.

Leigh Fallon was born in South Africa, raised in Dublin, Ireland and moved to Cork in her 20′s. While living in beautiful Kinsale, her novel, The Carrier of the Mark was conceived. She promptly abandoned her ‘riveting’ career in corporate treasury and discovered Inkpop, a website for budding writers of teen fiction. Within weeks her manuscript hit the coveted top five spot and was reviewed by an editor at HarperCollins. A few emails and some hysterical screaming later, she signed her first deal. Leigh and her family now share their time between Ireland and the US.

I’ve asked her “If Carrier of the Mark was made into a TV show or movie, who would the actors/actresses be?

I’ve been asked loads of times ‘If Carrier of the Mark was to be turned into a movie or a TV show, who would make up your dream cast?’

This is such a difficult question to answer. When I wrote Carrier of the Mark, each character was developed so fully in my head. I see and hear them, and they are all very unique. I never looked at someone and said, ‘right, he’s going to be Adam’. So it’s very hard to put these very vivid characters onto the faces of actors.

That being said, some day (fingers crossed) I might just have to do that. So I’ve been perusing the who’s who of the talented and gorgeous in the world of young actors, and I think I might have come up with some potentials. So this would be my current dream cast.

Áine – I’m thinking Elizabeth Gillies. She has a striking face, and such beautiful strong eyes. I think she’d make a great Áine.

Adam – How about Landon Liboiron? He is absolutely gorgeous, but there is a certain depth and soul to him. And I think he’d make a great a believable twin for Elizabeth Gillies.

Rían – I was looking for dark broodiness in an actor to take on Rían’s role, and I think Shiloh Fernandez has that whole broody bad boy vibe when he gazes into the camera. I think he could definitely pull of Rían.

Caitlin – Saoirse Ronan. She sprung to mind immediately. She’s naturally beautiful and oozes a genuine warmth and infectious friendliness, just like Caitlin in Carrier. And bonus, she’s Irish!

Killian – He’s all warm and fun loving, sort of puppy dog like. I think Jason Dolley would work fantastic in this role.

Darren – Michael Musso. He has that playful, boy next door thing going on. Good looking, but only young guys savvy, if you know what I mean. I think he’d be perfect.

Megan – I think of all of the roles to fill, hers might be the most difficult. I have this very clear image in my mind of who she should be, and I’ve been finding it difficult to see her in other actresses. I think Emma Roberts might come close, so if I had to pick someone now, I’d go for her.

So how did I do? I’d love to hear who you would like to see cast. Let me know your thoughts.

Thanks a million and talk soon guys.
-Leigh

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. She makes close friends with the girls in her class, her relationship with her dad is better than ever, and she finds herself inexplicably drawn to gorgeous, mysterious Adam DeRis. Adam is cold and aloof at first, but when Megan finally breaks down the icy barrier between them, she is amazed by the intensity of their connection. Then Adam reveals a secret about the magical destiny that will shape both of their lives but also threatens to tear them apart…

 

 


I think it’s a wonderful cast! Thanks, Leigh, for coming by and answering who your dream cast would be!


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