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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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Hello! Please welcome Hilary Weisman Graham, author of Reunited, here with us today for a Top 10 post of “Top 10 things you would bring if you were stranded on a deserted island!”

Top 10 things you would bring if you were stranded on a deserted island

  1. My husband & my son
  2. I know I put two items in #1, but I can’t rank one in front of the other
  3. My laptop (so I could write)
  4. The collected works of William Shakespeare (I’d have time to read the plays I’ve missed, and time to reread my favs)
  5. My iPod (I need my music)
  6. My Uggs, so my feet would stay warm
  7. A really great dark roast coffee with the ability to magically refill itself
  8. sunglasses
  9. A soft serve ice cream machine (vanilla only)
  10. My allergy medicine (for obvious reasons)

Great top 10 picks, Hilary!

1 Concert. 2,000 Miles. 3 Ex-Best Friends.

Alice, Summer, and Tiernan are ex-best friends. Back in middle school, the three girls were inseparable. They were also the number one fans of the rock band Level3. But when the band broke up, so did their friendship. Summer ran with the popular crowd, Tiernan was a rebellious wild-child, and Alice spent high school with her nose buried in books. Now, just as the girls are about to graduate, Level3 announces a one-time-only reunion show. Even though the concert’s 2000 miles away, Alice buys three tickets on impulse. And as it turns out, Summer and Tiernan have their own reasons for wanting to get out of town. But on the long drive cross-country, the girls hit more than a few bumps in the road. Will their friendship get an encore or is the show really over?


Hello! Today we have the character, Sanna, with us today from Dark Parties by Sara Grant for a “this or that” post. Welcome Sanna and Sara!

Sara Grant was born and raised in Washington, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, with degrees in journalism and psychology, and later she earned a master’s degree in creative and life writing Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Sara is senior commissioning editor for Working Partners, a London-based company creating series fiction for children. She has worked on ten different series and edited more than 75 books.

Dark Parties is her first young adult novel.

Email: sara
Twitter: @authorsaragrant
Website: www.sara-grant.com

Hi Ivy! Thanks for inviting me on Ivy Reads. It’s a rare pleasure to focus on Sanna – the lively best friend of Dark Parties main character Neva. Sanna is one of my favorite characters. She’s lively and rebellious but also has a sadness about her.

Milkshake or Slushie?
Slushie. Sanna would love some wacky flavour, no doubt.

Valentine’s Day or Christmas?
Valentine’s Day. At the beginning of Dark Parties, Sanna has just started dating her first real boyfriend, Braydon. She’s never been the romantic kind until now. As for Christmas, her mother is dead, her father is missing and her brother’s part of a secret underground movement. The government assigned her to guardians so Christmas is probably not much fun.

Movies or TV Shows?
TV Shows. Sanna doesn’t have the longest attention span.

Reading or Writing?
Writing. Sanna wants to make her mark and rebel against the government. She would be more about creating her own adventure than reading about someone else’s.

Singing or Sports?
Either. She’s not uber athletic, but she loves to be the center of attention. Everyone loves Sanna.

Action or Drama?
Action. Sanna would take the flash over substance any day.

Email or Txting?
Texting. Sanna wouldn’t have either in the closed society in which she lives. But she’d love texting. She’d be the type of teen that would have a million friends and use her monthly allotment of texts in one week.

Dog or Cat?
Dog. I suppose she’s more like a dog. She needs attention. And she’s Neva’s best friend.

Coffee or Tea?
Coffee. Probably a double shot of espresso!
Sanna probably has the most dramatic and difficult journey in Dark Parties. The feminine camaraderie between Sanna and Neva is the underlying pulse of the book. Neva and Sanna complete each other. They finish each other’s sentences. Neva grounds Sanna and serves as her surrogate family. Sanna provides Neva with a spark and an energy.

Sanna reminds me of two of my best friends. She’s part my oldest and dearest friend Courtney. We met in college. She’s the one who understands me like no other – and likes me anyway. We have been friends for more than twenty years. We have grown up and weathered many trials and tribulations together. We are separated by a big ocean but no matter how long between our phone calls, it’s like we were never apart. She knows the right thing to say no matter what my conundrum.

Sanna is also part my newest and dearest friend. From the moment we met in 2005, we had an instant connection. We are both Americans named Sara who married Brits and now live in the UK – and have a deep love for Mexican food. She has boundless enthusiasm and is never at a loss for big ideas. She never ceases to amaze me. I can always count on her.

So thanks for letting me spend a little more time with Sanna!

Thanks Sara and Sanna for an interesting post!

Dark Parties

Sixteen-year-old Neva was born and raised in an isolated nation ruled by fear, lies, and xenophobia. Hundreds of years ago, her country constructed an electrified dome to protect itself from the outside world. What once might have protected, now imprisons. Her country is decaying and its citizens are dying.

Neva and her friends dream of freedom.

A forbidden party leads to complications. Suddenly Neva’s falling for her best friend’s boyfriend, uncovering secrets that threaten to destroy her friends, her family and her country — and discovering the horrifying truth about what happens to The Missing. . .

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Hello! Today we have the character, Duncan, from Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell with us today for a “This or That” post! Welcome Duncan!

I write stories about teens on the edge of love, life-changing moments, and a little bit of crazy. My debut novel, Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe, will be released in the Spring of 2012 from the fantabulous folks at Amulet/Abrams Books. A six-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist, I live in Arizona with my family and the world’s neediest rescue Weimaraner. When I’m not writing, I bake high-calorie, high-fat desserts and listen to voices in my head.

Cereal or Oatmeal?
Neither. Eggs and cheese on toast. Chloe and I ate this the first time she came to my house. And when I was having um…issues at home…she brought me the Mexican version: a breakfast burrito.

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla. Great for fried ice cream from Dos Hermanas Mexican Cantina.

Movies at Home or Theaters?
Movies at Chloe’s house. Grams has a killer 65-inch HDTV and a huge DVD collection.

Mac or Windows?
Mac. They break down less often. I’m the official fix-it guy at KDRS radio, where everything is old and falling apart, so I have enough stuff to work on.

Sports Car or Trucks?
Anything that runs. Right now I ride a bike with duct tape on the seat, but I’m thankful for that.

Basketball or Soccer?
Trash ball, like basketball but with paper balls and trash cans. One of Chloe’s Garbage Games.

Tennis or Swimming?
Swimming. Chloe loves the ocean, and when she thinks I’ve been working too hard, she’ll drag me to the beach where we swim and have a picnic and watch the sun set. Yeah…being with Chloe is fun.

Popcorn or Nachos?
Nachos Deluxe from Dos Hermanas.

Facebook or Twitter?
No time.

Hot Chocolate or Coffee?
Coffee. I work two jobs and am always falling asleep in first period economics. Although hot chocolate is one of my favorite comfort foods, which Chloe talked about in one of her radio talk shows.

Thanks for having me on your blog, Ivy. May your world be filled with good books and great people!

To learn more about Chloe’s high school radio world and win a $50 electronic/radio store gift certificate or one of ten CHLOE swag packs, go to Shelley Coriell’s website, www.shelleycoriell.com/blog/. Good luck to all!

Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project. Chloe is forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass, and so she joins her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don’t find her too queenly. Ostracized by her former BFs and struggling with her beloved Grams’s mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up hosting a call-in show that gets the station much-needed publicity and, in the end, trouble. She also befriends radio techie and loner Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe faces her loneliness and helps others find the fun and joy in everyday life. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she falls in love with the radio station and the misfits who call it home.


Hello! Today we have Jessica Shirvington, author of Embrace, with us today for a guest post. She will be sharing her story on falling in love at the age of seventeen! Welcome Jessica!

Jessica Shirvington is the author of THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS also known as THE EMBRACE SERIES. An entrepreneur, author, and mother living in Sydney, Australia, Jessica is also a 2011 finalist for Cosmopolitan’s annual Fun, Fearless Female Award. She’s also one of the lucky few who met the love of her life at age seventeen: Matt Shirvington, a former Olympian and current sports broadcaster for FOXTEL and Sky News. Married for almost eleven years with two beautiful daughters, Sienna and Winter, Jessica knows her early age romance and its longevity has definitely contributed to how she tackles relationships in her YA novels. Previously, she founded a coffee distribution company, Stella Imports, in London, and before that was involved in the management of restaurants Fuel Bistro and MG Garage in Sydney. Jessica is now a full-time novelist and living her dream.

Falling in Love at 17
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love … more complicated.

At 17, life is about new experiences. It is about self-discovery, friends, adventure, mistakes, career and university choices. And let’s be honest, there are not many 17 year olds out there that aren’t interested in falling in love.

But how many are truly interested in falling in love with THE ONE at 17?

I’m not sure I was. In fact, I probably wasn’t. I was planning to take the world by storm – solo. So when I met Matt, well, actually … it was pretty darn amazing. But it was a little frightening too.

When we first got together, it was sweet and young and … perfect. I was head over heels. But things became complicated quickly. He was an up and coming athletic star and I was working in hospitality. So basically he worked hard in the day, and I worked hard at night. His lifestyle demanded routine and healthy living, mine … not so much. But we were determined to make it work.

Falling in love so deeply at a young age made it difficult to be as reckless as our friends. We watched them coast in and out of short, fun, but meaningless relationships and it just seemed so different to what we had.

Writing the Embrace series has been an opportunity for me to pour some of the incredibly intense emotions of young love into Violet’s story. It has been important for me as a writer, and a person, to recognize that it’s completely realistic for someone at her young age to experience the full effect and heartbreak of love. Violet is one hundred percent invested with her heart. She makes bad choices, but we have to. She regrets many of her decisions, because we all do. And she fights for what she loves, because she is compelled to. Violet’s story is unique to her, I don’t pull on parallel scenarios from my own life, but I do pull on the emotion of intense love. Love that I think adults sometimes forget that 17 and 18 years-olds are very capable of feeling.

I often find one question helps a lot of adults, who maybe disagree with this view, to be more open minded: Do you remember you first true love? Do you ever wonder what your life would’ve been like if you had stayed together? For some, the answer is a resounding NOT INTERESTED, but for others … the pause says it all.

Matt and I celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary in March – I believe jewelry is in order ;)

Thanks, Jessica, for sharing with us!


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Hello! Today we have the author of What She Left Behind, Tracy Bilen, with us today! She will be sharing the “Top 10 favorite drinks while reading/writing!” Welcome, Tracy!

Tracy Bilen is a high school French and Spanish teacher in Michigan where she lives with her husband and two children. Before moving to Michigan, Tracy taught at a ski school for high school students in Vermont (Spanish, not skiing!). She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and taught English in Strasbourg, France. She enjoys cross-country skiing and walks in the woods. Her debut young adult novel, What She Left Behind, will be released by Simon Pulse on May 1, 2012.

Check her out on her website, TracyBilen.com!

  1. Hot chocolate (Dark Chocolate Sensations) with whipped cream
  2. Fresh squeezed lemonade
  3. Orangina
  4. Diet cherry coke
  5. Raspberry smoothie
  6. Green tea with cream
  7. IBC black cherry
  8. Grape soda
  9. Iced tea
  10. Water

Tracy, thanks for sharing with us today! 

In this suspenseful thriller, Sara and her mother are going to secretly escape her abusive father—when her mother mysteriously disappears. Sara and her mom have a plan to finally escape Sara’s abusive father. But when her mom doesn’t show up as expected, Sara’s terrified. Her father says that she’s on a business trip, but Sara knows he’s lying. Her mom is missing—and her dad had something to do with it. With each day that passes, Sara’s more on edge. Her friends know that something’s wrong, but she won’t endanger anyone else with her secret. And with her dad growing increasingly violent, Sara must figure out what happened to her mom before it’s too late…for them both.


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