Book Blast: Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Mr. Book Wonder is thrilled to feature Adi Alsaid on the blog today as part of a promo for his debut young adult novel, Let's Get Lost, made possible by the efforts of Harlequin Teen and YA Bound Book Tours.

ABOUT THE BOOK
RELEASE DATE. July 29, 2014
PUBLISHER. Harlequin Teen
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SYNOPSIS. Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named Leila. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

There's Hudson, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And Bree, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday--and a few stolen goods along the way. Elliot believes in happy endings . . . until his own life goes off-script. And Sonia worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth--sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

PRAISES FOR LET'S GET LOST
"Reminiscent of John Green’s Paper Towns and road trip novels that feature a teen paving the way to adulthood, Alsaid’s debut is a gem among contemporary YA novels." -- School Library Journal

"Five love stories, beautifully woven together by a special girl in search of adventure, hope, and full appreciation of life’s simple pleasures. A do-not-miss." -- Justine Magazine

"Moving and poignant." -- Glitter Magazine

"An entertaining and romantic road-trip debut." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Leila's quest to find the Northern Lights takes readers on a captivating cross-country journey, where four strangers' adventures collide into one riveting tale of finding yourself." -- YA Books Central

"This will likely be a popular summer hit, especially for older teen about to embark on their own journeys of self-discovery." -- Booklist

GUEST POST BY ADI ALSAID

ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, then studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it's no surprise that after graduating, he did not go into business world but rather packed up his apartment into his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he's lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list. LET' GET LOST is his debut novel.

FAVORITE SPOTS TO READ

THE BEACH
I don’t think this one requires an explanation. When I lived in Israel, I would start reading as soon as I arrived at the beach. When I started to get nice and sweaty, I’d get into the water and swim around until I was ready to go back to read. Over and over again until the sun set.

ROOFTOPS
Anywhere with a view. It makes those little breaks between chapters or at the end of a particularly good scene or even a great line so much more enjoyable. And finishing a book on a rooftop? Oh man. It’s so cathartic.

COFFEE SHOPS
Because who doesn't like a little people-watching to go along with their reading? Books are great covers (no pun intended) when you want to eavesdrop. People assume you’re in your own world, rightfully so.

AIRPORTS/PLANES
I’ve never understood why people are so anti-airports. It’s a thrill for me to have two hours to wait for a plane where I’m not expected to be productive except for in my reading. All the time you’re waiting until your plane boards, all that time in the air, it’s the world granting permission to read (not that we need permission). It’s a booklover’s ideal world, hidden among security lines and overpriced bottles of water everything.









HAMMOCKS
That’s what they were made for, right? Naps and reading?

GIVEAWAY
Harlequin Teen is sponsoring a giveaway that includes a signed finished copy of Let's Get Lost, a Let's Get Lost luggage tag, and a Let's Get Lost satchel, plus Harlequin Teen notebook and tote bag. All you need to do is to enter through the Rafflecopter. Giveaway is open to US residents only. It ends August 19, 2014.

    Book Finds: Vanishing Girls & Red Queen

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

    Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
    VANISHING GIRLS by LAUREN OLIVER
    RELEASE DATE. March 3, 2015
    PUBLISHER. HarperCollins

    SYNOPSIS. New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

    Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

    In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

    WHY I'M WAITING FOR VANISHING GIRLS? Because of her beautifully and soulfully written stories about love, freedom, friendship and redemption, I have since pledge love and fealty to Lauren Oliver, that I'd read anything that has a Lauren Oliver name printed on it. With the upcoming publication of her adult book, Rooms, and now this, Vanishing Girls, I have to stop myself from singing and dancing praises in here!


    RED QUEEN by VICTORIA AVEYARD
    RELEASE DATE. February 10, 2015
    PUBLISHER. HarperTeen

    SYNOPSIS. Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own--an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

    To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard--the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince--and Mare against her own heart.

    From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

    WHY I'M WAITING FOR RED QUEEN? Oh, I badly need the Red Queen in my life. Divergent, The Selection, Game of Thrones, and The Hunger Games everyone is comparing Red Queen to these awesome books, and I only hope that it won't over-hype Victoria Aveyard's debut novel because I'd kill just to have it--but of course I don't necessarily mean literally.

    What are you waiting for? Share your thoughts below.

    Blog Tour - Book Review: More Than Music by Elizabeth Briggs

    SERIES. Chasing the Dream
    RELEASE DATE. June 17, 2014
    PUBLISHER. Elizabeth Briggs
    PAGES. 303 
    FORMAT. eARC
    AGE GROUP. New Adult
    GENRE/S. Contemporary Romance

    SYNOPSIS. Music major Maddie Taylor just finished her junior year of college and has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, yet every night she practices guitar and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don't get to be rock stars. That is, until tattooed singer Jared Cross catches her playing guitar and invites her to join his band on The Sound, a reality TV show competition.

    Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared than his flirty smile and bad boy reputation – and that he’s just as big a geek as she is. With each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore, but when the show pressures them to stay single they’re forced to keep their relationship secret.

    As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.

    THOUGHTS. When it comes to books in the new adult variety, these are the sort of books that usually I am fastidious about. It could take several considerations before one could convince me. Surprisingly, something on Elizabeth Briggs’ debut novel had me on a tight grasp, that instead of the need to escape from it, it drew me closer and made me want to hold on. Truth be told, More Than Music is too good to let go. Simply too good.

    With a plot that is heavily designed against the backdrop of music, it’s easy to associate with the More Than Music. Even if you aren't an artist yourself or musically inclined or a fan of bands and music competitions, you'll surely get lost into More Than Music. Briggs’ creativity and knowledge of music is impressive and has truly reflected on the intriguing band names to beautifully titled songs—which would have been much better if the lyrics of the songs were actually composed to render a more beautiful setup into More Than Music—to the apparent influences of actual music competitions, even more with how Briggs was able to capture the pretense and glamour of these competitions. The addition and mentions of familiar songs also offer readers more engagement and interest into the story.

    But More Than Music is literally more than music.

    There is romance, romance that had me in deliquium for most of the time. While music plays a heavy role into the story, it doesn't overpower the true desire of Briggs to tell a love story of two people brought upon by their dreams and passion. It’s unexpected that the romance doesn’t at all tread in the same pavement where most of the books in the new adult variety right now are: over-sexualized to the point of becoming erotic. The romance in More Than Music begins in a mutual understanding and lets you relish on that feeling—of yearning and hopefulness—until it builds up and intensifies without becoming too revealing or too shocking, just the right amount to leave satisfaction to the readers.

    Although the story of More Than Music draws comparison to a few new adult books, the characters aren't who you would expect as character tropes. Maddie’s character is a standout among the throngs of new adult heroines. Even though she is a student of classical music, it doesn't feel like she is socially unwanted or a character close to perfection. Most readers may find her simple but when it comes to decisions and choices she makes, she lets both her heart and mind be involve. She's a character that anyone would surely love. Jared, on the other hand, is Maddie’s opposite. A musician by heart, his is a persona of a Casanova, evidence of a trend in the new adult genre, but Jared’s character is a latch down compared to other new adult heroes. Broken and angst-filled don’t hugely apply to his character. Sure, he's a rock star--tattooed and imperative and another new adult hero girls would be dreaming about--but don't think of him as a bad boy either. He's more careful and more balanced in handling decisions and Briggs does a great job in making that believable. Among the other characters in More Than Music, Kyle and Hector are two other characters that are unforgettable and noteworthy. In all honesty, More Than Music wouldn't work without them. If called for, Briggs could even write a separate story for either of Kyle or Hector, or even both.

    Beautiful and blistering, Elizabeth Brigg's More Than Music is a fresh addition to the new adult variety. I look forward to seeing more from this author.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Elizabeth Briggs is a Young Adult and New Adult author who lives in Los Angeles with her British husband and a bunch of fluffy white rescue dogs. She's a guitar-playing geek who loves books, rock music, and video games, goes to Comic Con every year, and is still hoping to be a Jedi when she grows up.

    Elizabeth currently works with WriteGirl to mentor at-risk or pregnant teen girls in writing, to help them get through high school and into college. She also volunteers with Bichon FurKids to help rescued dogs find a new, loving home. She previously worked as an intern for literary agent Jill Corcoran of Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, an intern for Entangled Publishing, and an editor for Curiosity Quills Press.

    Elizabeth is represented by Kate Schafer Testerman of KT Literary and is a member of SCBWI and RWA.

    GIVEAWAY
    Elizabeth Briggs is sponsoring a giveaway as part of the tour that includes a signed finished copy of MORE THAN MUSIC, an eBook copy of MORE THAN MUSIC, and a $10 Amazon gift card. All you need to do is to enter through the Rafflecopter. Giveaway is open to everyone. It ends July 20, 2014. MORE THAN MUSIC tour is made possible by the Oops! I Read A Book Again Blog Tours. Follow the rest of the tour here.

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