At only twenty-three Marshall Montgomery is the youngest reporter to have ever worked at his newspaper in Los Angeles county. His life has been his job. But something is about to happen that will force him to confront the painful memory of his sister’s death and open him to a world very much apart from his own.
A young girl has been found dead in Wakan Canyon. A place Marshall will find that has a past filled with violence and bloodshed. Hundreds of years ago Native American’s fought over the land and even today lives are being taken to protect a secret.
Deep within the canyon there is a power that has been hidden by generations of the area’s inhabitants. In the canyon lies a dark force that has corrupted every single one of its owners since the beginning of time. Now, trying to discover the truth, Marshall finds himself caught in a web of lies, manipulation, secrecy and death.
Larkin’s Book Bloggers is pleased to welcome author Jonathan Yanez…
1. Do you see writing as a career?
Most definitely. I’ve already made the move from working full time and writing on the side to now writing full time and working part time. I’m hoping to be able to write full time in the next 6 to 9 months.
2. Who or what is your inspiration?
I look for inspiration on a daily basis; music, movies, books they all spark interest and a desire to write.
3. Do you have any pets?
Yes a cat with two different colored eyes named Helen and a husky with way too much energy, Daphne.
4. Early bird or night owl?
I would rather get up early. Personally I’ve found that mornings are the best time to write.
5. Any tips for new writers?
Keep at it no matter what. You will get better. You will be successful if you don’t stop. Writing is like everything else and practice is key.
6. If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?
I’d be a cleat so when I felt tired or like I wasn’t making progress I could dig in and push forward.
7. If you could live in any movie, which would it be?
My wife and I have a joke that I would have made a great cowboy riding across the open country causing trouble.
8. Guilty Pleasure?
I’m a personal trainer so I know I shouldn’t say this but I LOVE food. I wish there was only one weakness but I like them all; pizza, cake, chips, pie, hamburgers hotdogs, chines food, etc. It’s because of this I workout 5 times a week and run like a madman.
9. Are there scenes or people in your book that you took from your real life?
All the time. A good example is Marshall’s dog in Bad Land. George was the name of a beagle that belonged to my brother-in-law and sister.
10. If your book was made into a movie, who would you like to see play your characters?
In The Elite Series I think John Glover, the actor who played Lionel Luther in Smallville would make a great Vercin.
11. Do you use a playlist while you write and what is on it?
I go back and forth when it comes to writing with music on. If I do have it on I listen to a lot of Imagine Dragons, Muse, Macklemore and Lorde is pretty good too.
12. Which character in your book would you most like to hang out with?
Probably Lu, but I think I would get along with most of them. He and I would have the most in common.
13. Most embarrassing moment of yours and/or what would your favorite character do if they witnessed it?
Lu would definitely laugh. I’d hope after he was done he’d help me up and find me some clothes.
14. In a zombie apocalypse, what would be your weapon of choice?
So with actual weapons probably some kind of large machine gun. But if we are ever able to create lightsabers, Darth Maul’s double bladed lightsaber would be pretty cool.
15. Are you working on anything new? How is it going?
Yes, the third installment of The Elite Series is almost finished. I know that it hasn’t taken that long to write but since I already know what is going to happen in my head I wish I could type faster to get it all out.
Pick your favorite:
Apple or Droid
Apple, it’s our future.
Chocolate or Vanilla
Comedy or Drama
Call or Text
Text for sure.
Public School or Home School
I was home schooled. When I tell people that they always say, “That explains a lot.” I don’t get it.
Coffee or Tea
Coffee and lots of it.
Ebook or paperback
Paperback but I do want to make the move to ebook.
Online or in person shopping?
In person. I tried ordering an Assassins Creed hoodie online once. It took a month to get here and it was the wrong size.
I love Christmas; family, presents, food, pumpkin coffee, what isn’t there to like?
Thanks Jonathan! To find out more about Jonathan and his books, please visit him at:
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I’m not a big fan of historical fiction. I mean, I like it…I read it…it’s just not what I usually gravitate towards when picking my next book. I do love reading contemporary fiction that has a historical twist. Did you read Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly? I LOVED that book! So naturally I was intrigued when I received an ARC copy of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer from Scholastic.
Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots. But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.
Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger . . .
Anyone who reads this book is going to immediately hate Colette – it’s so easy to. But you will despise her BFF, Hannah. Seriously – who would want to be friends with this girl? And so we begin the story with Colette, Hannah, and Pilar – the third friend in the clique – heading off to Paris for a class trip. Mixed in with that story are some alternating chapters of other points of view – seemingly random people who are murdered by the ghost of who we quickly figure out is Marie Antoinette. But it’s the mystery of why these people are getting murdered and how Colette ties into the mystery that holds the plot line of this story together.
Colette – who cares only about her image and popularity at first – seems to have a quick turnabout in Paris after she is forced to enlist the nerdy, dorky girl in her class – Audrey – with solving the mystery of her key necklace and other clues that are falling into place. We also meet Jules – their French tour guide – who I immediately liked and then constantly wondered why he liked Colette! There are some great suspenseful moments here too – Colette’s first sighting of the ghost, getting trapped in a cottage on the grounds of Versailles, and the last chapters with Colette in the tunnels. Overall it was a fast read for me – it kept me hooked just enough to want to find out more, root for Audrey, and root for someone to tell Hannah exactly what she was!
To find out more about author Katie Alender, check out her website at:
Mrs. L., EMS Blogger
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Counting Backwards by Laura Lascarso
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“That’s the thing about pain,” Augustus said, and then glanced back at me.
“It demands to be felt.”
“It’s a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.”
“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”
“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
I can honestly say that The Fault in our Stars, by John Green, is one of the best books I have ever read, and definitely one of the best books that has been written in the 21ST century. John Green is an amazing author who can capture the radiance of feelings onto pages like no other. This master piece of writing has so many twists and turns that you never know what may happen next. This amazing story captures the essence and reality of life like nothing I’ve ever read before. The metaphorical use in this book is absolutely brilliant and that of a genius. I definitely think The Fault in Our Stars is one of those books you can read over and over again and still find new meaning hidden between its lines.
In this amazing piece of literature, Hazel Grace, the main character, is a sixteen year old girl who is struggling to survive with lung cancer. Though Hazel has cancer, this book should not be mistaken as a “cancer book” where the main character usually ends up getting cancer and starting a foundation and realizing the world is full of good and feels special because their legacy will live on after they are gone. Hazel believes that cancer is a side effect of dying, and that almost everything else is too. Hazel thinks that the only person who truly understands her is Peter Van Houten, the author of An Imperial Infliction (AIA). In AIA the main character, Ana, also struggles with cancer, but this book is also not a typical cancer book either. Ana starts the foundation for People with Cancer Who Want to Cure Cholera. Hazel admires that the author has described almost everything she feels about cancer in AIA. Hazel enjoys sitting alone in her room rereading AIA over and over again. Her mom thinks she is depressed and lacks socially interaction so she forces Hazel to go to a cancer support group. On one particular evening at support group, Hazel has the pleasure of meeting Augustus Waters.
Augustus is an extremely handsome and charming 17 year old boy who has had cancer and had his leg amputated. Augustus tries to win Hazel over with his charisma, but Hazel tries her hardest not to fall for him. As she said, “I’m a grenade and at some point I’m going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties.” Will Hazel end up falling for the dashing Augustus Waters or will she blow up before she has the chance? Though the author may absolutely rip your heart out at the end of this incredible novel, it should not be missed. No matter what type of novel you’re into, I can guarantee you will absolutely fall in love with this book.
Gillian S., EMS Blogger
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277 –the number sewn into Simone’s shirt. The number that dictates her life at the protection camp. Regulated by a system of ringing bells, fortified cars, and rations, the survivors are protected from residual contaminates on the other side of the wall. Breaking the monotony of the highly structured camp, Simone and her friend skip school to enjoy one of the last nice days of fall. An afternoon game leads them to a new part of the forest, uncovering more than they expected. All thoughts of protection and rules are shattered by the appearance of the ivory tower. A tower riddled with a history of danger and death. When her friend shows up with a bruised face and thinly veiled threats, Simone has to decide how much she is willing to risk to find out the truth of the tower.
Kirstin Pulioff’s short story is a quick, suspenseful and entertaining read. It left me hoping for a complete novel featuring Simone and what’s really going on in her camp and with her society as a whole! An author of middle grade fantasy novels, this is Kirstin’s first YA dystopian effort. Read more about her at:
And here are Kirstin’s 10 Top Ways to Recognize When You Are in Trouble at Camp…
It’s no secret that life in a protection camp can be tough. It is there for protection after all. But how tough does it get when you’re in trouble?
Here are the top ten ways that you can tell you are in trouble at camp.
10. The supply cabinets are double locked. No extra fun for anyone.
9. Your bag of rations is emptier than usual.
8 .The rations of your best friend are smaller too. (no more sharing)
7. Armed guards walk you from your home to line.
6. Everyone ignored you, not wanting to be guilty by association.
5. Factory age has been lowered.
4. The Colonel smiles at you.
3. The guards seem to feel more like personal escorts.
2. Waking up to notice a new number sewn in, making #277 seem like the front of the line.
1. You get a personal invitation to the guard’s tower.
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“You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.
Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.
Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.
Unbelievable. Review done. Now go read it.
No, seriously. It’s hard to put into words how amazing this book is. It’s one of those novels that, even though I finished it weeks ago, I can’t stop thinking about it. First – I love time travel stories – whether it’s the main focus or just a small part. It always fascinates me how the author explains their view of time travel, time travel paradox, the danger of seeing your past or future self, and whatever else the authors think of! Sometimes their views confuse me and leave me scratching my head – but not Cristin Terrill.
In the beginning, as with all science fiction or fantasy novels, it was a little confusing – who was who, what was going on, how did the note get there, what do you mean 10 past lives? But it quickly clicked together for me – beautifully. And although I could figure out the past and present – and even the future – there were still extremely suspenseful moments that continued to surprise me. As you read and come to understand Em and Finn’s relationship and their struggles – and what they are trying to do – you’re also trying to balance Marina and James – their story – and Marina’s insecurities and deep-rooted attachment to James – all the while thinking…how is this going to all come together? And without wrecking the story for you – the characters just kept me captivated. I loved Finn – who he is, who he was, what he became – all of it. And James – whoa. No spoilers here, but his character completely fascinated me. This book had me hooked all the way to the end and I could not put it down.
So stop reading reviews and just go buy this book! Cristin Terrill is one of my favorite new authors and I can’t wait to read what she dreams up next.
Jen L., EMS Blogger
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All Delia wants is to be popular. She has the perfect plan: join the cheerleading squad with her best friend, Ava, and rule the school from the coolest table in the cafeteria. But everything changes the day she watches a boy die—before it actually happens.
After dreaming about a classmate’s demise, she’s shocked when she witnesses his last breath—just like she dreamt it. Ava insists Delia stop acting so strange, but Delia worries her abilities are beyond her control.
Torn between who she is and who she wants to be, Delia wishes she could simply disappear. She doesn’t get her wish, but when someone close to her vanishes, Delia must use her gift to solve the mystery, before it’s too late.
First off – love the cover! It definitely incorporates the personality of Delia – a girl who conforms, is unsure of herself, does things to please others – a girl who has basically disappeared within herself.
About the story – it started off a bit weird for me – even though a boy dropped dead in the first few pages. I couldn’t figure Delia out! And I definitely hated her friends immediately – so shallow and annoying. Ava especially drove me nuts – flip flopping back and forth about boys and if she even counted Delia as a friend. But in between these moments you get little bits of Delia’s other story – her “dreams” or visions. Are they real? Can she really predict the future? And of course, other characters come into the story that I really like – like her cousin Zach who seems pretty cool and tries to smarten her up a little bit. I loved the gift of the black nail polish! And I also really like the character of Regina – she was a real person who seemed like she could talk some sense into Delia. On top of all that we have Delia’s grandmother enter the picture – will she be the missing link to Delia discovering her mysterious dreams? And even though Delia couldn’t stop the death of Gary Chang, will she be able to discover what has happened to Ava? Pick up a copy of The Art of Disappearing to find out!
To find out more about author Elena Perez, find her here…
Mrs. L., EMS Blogger
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Have you ever wondered who that fashion-savvy girl you envy is crushing on? Or what’s the real story behind that weird new girl? Or what life is like for that kid whose parents are in jail? In The Pretenders, the students of Noble High can find out. Follow Sheridan, Duffy, Lily, Vanessa, and Jagger and learn the secrets behind the masks these supposed amazing students wear while at school.
Noble High is home to many prestigious and amazing kids. Every year, the students at Noble choose five of their peers who they think are the most outstanding, nominate them, and then vote for them to become the Phoenix 5. In The Pretenders, meet these five students, Sheridan, Duffy, Lily, Vanessa, and Jagger. They are this year’s Phoenix 5 and their private journals have been exposed by one of their own and the students of Noble are about to read all about the personal lives of the supposed outstanding students they voted for. They may find out that they are not as outstanding as they thought.
I really loved this book. Lisi Harrison did a great job pulling you in and hooking you into the story. Written in journal form, the book has a creative way of describing the characters and their personal lives. Though the story has five main characters, it is actually not hard to follow the story and, in fact, makes it more exciting. The story has a hidden mystery behind it which has to do with who exposed the journals and why did they do it. Wanting to solve this mystery gave me this drive to read non-stop to the end and find out. The book is a mix of genres including, romance, humor, and drama. The characters are easy to relate to, each one of them having their own problems that normal teenagers have everyday and this allows the reader to feel closer to the characters and story. Overall, this book was outstanding and I believe this new Lisi Harrison series will blow away her other series, The Clique. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. With boy and girl characters, you don’t need to worry about it being a story just for girls. This book is great for everyone. Most of all, I really enjoyed just reading this book.
Marissa G., EMS Blogger
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In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, Counting by 7s is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family.
Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now.
Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.
“Holly Goldberg Sloan writes about belonging in a way I’ve never quite seen in any other book. This is a gorgeous, funny, and heartwarming novel that I’ll never forget.”—John Corey Whaley, author of Where Things Come Back
“Willow Chance subtly drew me into her head and her life, so much so that I was holding my breath for her by the end. Holly Goldberg Sloan has created distinct characters who will stay with you long after you finish the book.”—Sharon Creech, Newbery Award-winning author of Walk Two Moons
“In achingly beautiful prose, Holly Goldberg Sloan has written a delightful tale of transformation that’s a celebration of life in all its wondrous, hilarious and confounding glory. Counting by 7s is a triumph.”—Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette
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Posted by larkin in Sci-Fi
Nat wishes she could live in the Blue, where even people with the darkest of secrets are welcomed…
In Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz, Natasha Kestal, like every other person, wishes to escape New Vegas and go to the Blue, rumored to have sparkling turquoise waters and plentiful wildlife. In the Blue no one is feared for being marked. So when Nat hears about Ryan Wesson, a runner who could help you escape New Vegas, she wants to find him and go to the Blue, and so does the voice in her head.
For years, Nat has been kept in a solitary simply for being who she is. She was born marked and feared. When Nat hears the guards and knows they are coming for her, the voice in her head tells her to jump. With no other options, she has to listen to it. The voice takes Nat to New Vegas working as a blackjack dealer at a casino. She wears gray lenses over her eyes to hide her green ones that would give her away as being one of the marked. The authorities don’t have a clue who she really is. During one of her shifts, a strange man who introduces himself as Shakes approaches Nat at her table.
“Heard you’re looking for a transport. You serious about getting out?” he asked.
She looked around, then nodded imperceptibly. “Ryan Wesson?”
Ryan Wesson. It was the one name that had come up again and again when she’d asked if anyone knew a runner. Well, if anyone can get you out of here, it’s Wes. Wes has got the fastest ship in the Pacific. He’ll get you to where you need to go.
Could this be Nat’s chance to get to the Blue?
Ryan Wesson has had a tough life. He lost his twin sister Eliza because she was marked and out of control with her powers. Both his parents are dead. Something happened when he was in the army that makes people think he should be dead. He’s illegal. According to the government of the RSA, Remaining States of America, he doesn’t exist. He forged ID cards to survive. Now he is a runner. He risks his life to get strangers to the Blue. When Shakes tells Wes Nat wants to make the journey to Blue with his assistance in exchange for 20 thousand credits, he accepts and is prepared. What he is not prepared for is what happens on the journey…
Can Wes bring Nat to the Blue and return to New Vegas, or will he never see the city lights again?
Personally, I liked Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston. Sometimes it felt fast paced, in the beginning especially, but it got better as the book progressed. At times I was confused, and I thought that the book would have been less confusing if I was given more background information about Wes and Nat’s lives before they went on their journey. Although the book did provide a small chapter about Nat’s life in the solitary, I sometimes felt like I was missing key points that could have helped me to understand the plot of the book better. Aside from this, I really enjoyed reading Frozen. It was very action filled, and I felt that Nat was a very connectable and likeable character. My favorite part was the end, and I am looking forward to the release of Book Two! If you like action filled, futuristic books, then you will definitely enjoy Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston!
Megan H., EMS Blogger
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