Book Finds: The School for Good and Evil

BOOK FINDS is a regular feature that spotlights upcoming book releases that I am looking forward to read.

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL by SOMAN CHAINANI
RELEASE DATE. May 14, 2013
PUBLISHER. HarperCollins Children's Books

SYNOPSIS. At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option.

Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.

But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are . . . ?

The School for Good and Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.

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Blog Tour - Author Interview and Giveaway: Dominion by Melody Manful

Today is my stop for Melody Manful’s Dominion. I had the pleasure of interviewing this very promising debut author of this fantastic angel-themed book.

ABOUT THE BOOK
RELEASE DATE. February 16, 2013
PUBLISHER. Melody Manful
PURCHASE. AMAZON
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SYNOPSIS. I Dare You.

Look Over Your Shoulders.

Do You See Them?

They are behind you . . .

They are always behind you.

Abigail Cells had a nightmare the day before she met Gideon, the new guy in school who has every girl drooling just to be near him. In her nightmare, she was murdered by a magical creature. As she gets to know Gideon, she begins to remember pieces of her nightmare, and was shocked when Gideon turned out to be the creature from her nightmare. Who is Gideon really? Should Abby allow herself to fall completely for him, or is he the next disaster waiting to happen?

EXCERPT
“I’m going to divide you into groups for our Titanic memorabilia speech, which if you all remember, is this week.” Mr. Bernard said. “Speeches are due before the week is over.”

One of the students murmured, “Oh, no.”

“Mr. Silas, you and Miss Cells will be group one,” Mr. Bernard said, looking at Tristan and me. “Miss Tate, you and Mr. Duran are—” Mr. Bernard was interrupted by the sound of the door as it busted open. Everyone looked toward the noise.

Standing in the doorway was the guy I bumped into. The moment I saw him, my heart dropped. I prayed he was lost and wasn’t in our class. Frankly, I didn't understand my uneasiness upon seeing him. He gave me bad vibes.

“You must be Mr. Chase,” Mr. Bernard said, and the boy walked toward him.

“I am,” he answered. He looked around the classroom, and his gaze stopped on Tristan.

To my surprise, Tristan looked like he knew the boy because he gave him a half-hearted smile.

“You’re late,” Mr. Bernard said, and the boy looked at the clock on the wall.

“I was actually here before the bell rang.” His eyes moved to mine. “Miss Cells can vouch for me.” I froze at the mention of my name. I wondered how he knew my name, but then I remembered I was known pretty much everywhere—the price of being famous. “She bumped into me and ran off.”

Someone please shoot me now. A few people chuckled. Jake cast a backward glance at me and grinned.

“You’re excused this time, Mr. Chase. Find a seat. I’ll assign you to a group.”

“Mr. Chase can join Jake and me,” Danny volunteered. I wasn’t surprised.

“It’s Gideon,” the boy said. “Gideon Chase.”

“What?” I blurted out in surprise at the mention of his name, and then all eyes turned to me.

Gideon? His name was actually Gideon? Why Gideon?

“Miss Cells, are you all right?” My outburst had obviously startled Mr. Bernard. Gideon stood beside him, confused, but the moment his eyes met mine, he smiled as if he knew why I was scared.

“I—I’m sorry, I didn’t—” I looked down in humiliation.

Maybe it was just a coincidence. This guy couldn’t be the same Gideon from my nightmare.

“Well,” Mr. Bernard continued, “take a seat, Mr. Chase.”

My first impression of Gideon was that he was hot.

My second impression of him was dangerous.

My third impression of him was murderer, because if he was anything like the guy from my nightmare, he was going to kill me.

INTERVIEW WITH MELODY MANFUL


ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Melody Manful was born on June 8, 1994, in a town in Ghana called Tema. She started writing at a very early age and has been doing it ever since. Melody has two siblings and lives in Denmark with her family. She loves music, reading, and writing, and she puts a great deal into making her friends happy.

Have you really seen yourself becoming an author?
No, until I finished Dominion, I never thought I could sit down and write a book, and even now I don’t see myself as an author. I have a feeling only an awesome author like J.K. Rowling can call herself an author. Hopefully, soon I’d see myself as an author.

Before becoming an author, how did you see yourself in the future when you were a kid?
I saw myself becoming a superstar, and superman. There were days when I wanted to be a pirate too, but those didn’t walk out too well.

What or who inspired you to be become an author?
What inspired me to write Dominion were stories my late grandmother told. And I gave writing a chance because it was something I loved doing, and my mother was always there to hear my stories.

Why did you choose the fantasy genre over the other genres? Do you want to explore other genre/s as well?
The fantasy world is always easier to escape. I figured for my first book instead of letting reality take another swing at me I’d give the fantasy world a chance, but I’d love to explore other genres as well someday.

Tell us more about your book, Dominion.
Dominion is a story about seventeen-year-old girl, Abigail, who thought she was on the ride of a lifetime when she find out that guardian angels existence, but her life started trembling down when she find out not all guardian angels were here to guide, and her ride was about to land with an explosion.

What is the most striking or unforgettable line in Dominion?
There are a lot of them, but I’m guessing the first line of the last chapter.

Did you ever base any of the characters in real life?
Oh yeah, some of my characters have some personal similarities to my friends and me.

Was there a part of the story that was hard to write?
The beginning. I changed the beginning a lot of times, before I ended with the current one. And then there was a part at the end where I knew was going to change the entire plot line, but I wrote it anyway, and cursed myself afterwards.

What advises can you give to aspiring authors (like me)?
Write about what you like, and something you’d like to read! Oh, and always have a back up of your files.

Thank you for having me! Hope everyone have a pleasant year!

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Book Finds: Click to Subscribe

BOOK FINDS is a regular feature that spotlights upcoming book releases that I am looking forward to read.

CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE by L. M. AUGUSTINE
RELEASE DATE. April 2013
PUBLISHER. L. M. Augustine

SYNOPSIS. 1,135,789. That’s how many subscribers sixteen-year-old West Ryder has on his web vlog series. But he only has eyes for one of them.

As one of the internet’s most prestigious video bloggers, West talks about high school relationships under the name “Sam Green.” As far as he knows, no one from school, not even his best friend, Cat, has seen his videos. But the highlight of the whole thing is Harper Knight, who comments every day at exactly 2:02 in the afternoon. He doesn’t know anything about her aside from the occasional deep philosophical messaging on why pizza tastes so delicious, but as stupid as it sounds, he might be falling for her. So when they finally agree to meet in real life, West’s hope for romance seems more and more in reach. But that all changes as soon as he arrives at their meeting spot and sees Cat walking toward him, wearing the same “I <3 Sam Green” t-shirt Harper promised she’d have on.

To his alarm, West realizes he is falling in love with the best friend who has always been a sister to him.

WHY I'M WAITING FOR CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE? I love the cover. I love the story. I love the it’s a love story where the guy never thought he’ll fall in love with his best friend who he considers like a sister to him. Did I just repeat the blurb? In five words, I want to read it! Enough said.

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