[Author Interview] Joshua McCune (Author of Talker 25, Invisible Monsters)

About the author:
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Joshua McCune was born on a Navy base in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He grew up in London and Washington, D.C., went to college in Texas, and got married in New Zealand. He worked as a telemarketer, an SAT instructor, and a robotics engineer before becoming an author. He currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two dogs, writing stories of people and places just beyond the reach of planes, trains, and automobiles (but not dragons).
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1. What/Who inspired you to write?

I grew up reading lots of fantasy. Terry Brooks (THE SWORD OF SHANNARA series) and David Eddings were two of my favorite authors. I wanted to be a farmboy picked from obscurity to save the world.

2. What is the title of your favorite book?

DUNCTON WOOD by William Horwood. This is a book about moles, believe it or not… an epic, epic book about moles! Okay, so moles may be a metaphor (which I didn’t really get until I was older). I first read this book when I was twelve and then again twenty years later, and unlike many things I’ve read or watched, it’s stood the test of time. If anything, I like it even more now because I better understand all the subtle nuances.

3. Do you eat when writing? If so, what do you eat?

I eat to take breaks around writing. And what I eat is pretty bland because I’m fairly big into exercising as an escape from mental overload. I tend to eat oatmeal with protein powder and peanut butter (yum!)

4. What is your least favorite thing to do?

I love this question! Right now, my least favorite thing has to be changing diapers because I’ve got a new daughter, and you never quite know if she’s out of ammo when you start changing her.

5. When you are not writing, what do you do?

Lots of reading, of course. Nowadays, that’s lots of picture books to baby girl. Lol. I workout a lot, sometimes to get away from all the noise, sometimes as a creative outlet. 

6. Why did you want to write about dragons?

Growing up on epic fantasy, I was always fascinated with dragons. Hard not to be, right? But I’d never seen much in the way of dragons in this world, other than shapeshifters trying to blend in. I wanted to create a new type of dragon story… something a little less fantasy, a little more gritty (okay, a lot more gritty. TALKER 25 is a war story more than anything).

7. After you finish writing the trilogy, will you still write? If so, what is to expect on your next series/trilogy/standalone?

I’ve got a couple of things floating around my brain. One is a time-travel genre-bender of a novel that’s different from any time travel novel I’ve ever encountered because it employs the concept of the multiverse… i.e., it relies more heavily on science (without actually getting bogged down in science). E.C. Myers FAIR COIN explores this concept to some degree, but my book’s set in the future on a post-apocalyptic space station. The other story I’m looking at is a spy/CIA type thriller, something grittier than what’s been done in the YA realm before.

8. Give your best ‘one’ word to describe your debut novel, Talker 25.

Love this one, too! One word: Brutal.

9. Can you give an advice to the aspiring writers out there?

There’s that old saw about writing what you know… which is always easier… you’re gonna know what you’re talking about and not come across looking foolish. However, if I were to give one piece of advice, it’s write what you love. Don’t worry about trends, don’t worry about what other people are writing, don’t worry about whether your friends think it’s weird… write what you love. It will carry you to THE END faster and better than anything else.


Okay. I haven’t read his books yet, but I’m planning to soon! To be honest, talking to him was one of the best things ever. And his answers are really good. Don’t you agree? I’m hoping to interview more authors soon. Stay tuned!

Don’t forget to buy his books from book stores near you. It’s available in:

Also available in the Philippines:
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[Review] Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3) by Leigh Bardugo

ruin and risingTitle: Ruin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Format: Hardcover
Publication: June 17th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co.
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Date Read: June 24, 2015
Pages: 422

Synopsis:

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

My thoughts:

There is no end to our story.

– Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

An epic conclusion to an average did-not-blow-me-away previous books of the series.

Alina’s character has grown so well from the first until the last part of the book. She has changed; her attitude changed and her personality changed. I have grown quite fond of her because she’s a badass character with her own unexpected disorders.

Now, Mal has blown me away. He is my favorite character in this book, and I just wished he were the protagonist in this series. I would love to see some Malyen Oretsev kicking some asses.

Leigh Bardugo created a world that is <s>impossible</s> improbable. Be it creatures or the people: both created beautifully. The writing of the series was really hard to get into, but it will be all gone as you kept going. The climax of this book and the part where it almost ended made me sad, but the ending just took all my sadness away. Good to see that it was a happy ending after all.

And I’m glad that my one and only ship in this series came to happen finally, resulting to my giving this of 5 stars.

This book was truly unexpected and unique. If you have a vibe on reading fantasies, give this one a go. You won’t regret it! And now, I’m very, very excited to read Six of Crows.

5 swords5 swords for Alina’s badassery.

About the author:

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Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising).

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. Her new book, Six of Crows, arrives fall 2015.

[Book Signing Recap] Leigh Bardugo in PH

The gorgeous Leigh Bardugo, New York Times best-selling author of the Grisha trilogy, just had a book signing in the Philippines, and I’m feeling ecstatic right now. She was filled with humor and sass. I love her! She was also energetic and kept me awake until the end of the signing.

So she had a signing here yesterday (June 21st, 2015). I have read the first two books in the Grisha trilogy, and I can just say that I love it. Not the best books I’ve read but I enjoyed them nonetheless. However, her books were blurbed by Rick Riordan and Veronica Roth — two of the most famous acclaimed authors. So if you haven’t read or own her books, go to the book store near you and buy them already. You won’t regret it!

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Here’s Leigh Bardugo and I. Isn’t she divine?

And… I… Got… An… Advanced Reader’s Copy (my very first ARC). I’m jumping up and down. It’s so beautiful *sparkling eyes*. Thank you so much Leigh Bardugo and National Book Store for the Six of Crows ARC and swags!!!

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*me when I received Six of Crows*

About my experience… It was so fun and I’ve met a lot of people/bloggers. Well, not really. I was too shy to say even a single ‘hello’. But I met some people who were really nice to me. And I’m truly grateful for that. This was such an awesome experience!

I personally want to thank Leigh Bardugo for taking her time just to go visit the Philippines and sign the books of her fans. And I also want to thank National Book Store for hosting another successful book signing event. Thank you very much!

Her books: (click the book covers for more info)

The Grisha Trilogy

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The Dregs

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released on September 19th 2015)

About the author:

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Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising).

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. Her new book, Six of Crows, arrives fall 2015.

[Random Sunday] CONTEMPORARY!

Okay, I’ll confess. I like to read contemporary books. Well, that wasn’t worth confessing though. Lately these days, I have a fond of reading contemporary books that are popular or books that have a great cover.

So today, I’m posting my Random Sunday chapter again. To do this, I’m just going to post my top 5 of random things (like contemporary today) every Sunday just to satisfy anything I want to post.

And here’s my top 5:

1. Winger by Andrew Smith

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Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids in the Pacific Northwest. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.

With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.

Filled with hand-drawn info-graphics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking.

So if you really know me or if you saw my very first post, you know that Winger is my most favorite contemporary book of all time. Winger is the only book that gave me the laughs and the cries. So if any book that makes hurtful than that, then tell me. And if you haven’t read this book, then what are you doing? Leave the computer or your cellphone and go ahead to the nearest book store there. Just kidding, finish this post first.

I don’t have a lot to say in this post. Just check my first post if you want to know more details on this book. Rest assured that this book will make you laugh hard.

2. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

This book is no-sweat my second favorite book! I love the summer vibe in this book. Well, actually I felt a few summer vibe in this book, but those few were definitely great. I totally recommend you to read this on summer. It was quite boring in the first few pages, but after Emily starts doing the list, everything just kept getting better and better and you will not want it to stop. Definitely must-read, but Winger is the must-read.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I quite enjoyed Fangirl. I love every detail in this book. It explains one by one the epitome of being a fangirl. Rainbow Rowell wrote this beautifully and captivated me. Reading this made me a fan of Simon and Baz, and now I can’t wait for the release of Carry On. I recommend this over Eleanor & Park. And I own the pink collector’s edition of this book. Yay!

4. Every Day by David Levithan

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Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

This book was brilliant. It was beautifully written. Everything here is perfect, but Winger still wins my heart. I finished this book in one sitting and I really, really love it! The ending wrecked me. I wish it would’ve ended differently. Now I’m really excited to read Another Day. However, I don’t see any reason why a second book is necessary. Levithan should have just made it a standalone.

5. The Beginning of Everything by Robin Schneider

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Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.

No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.

But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?

This book… I have no words for it. I can say that this book broke my heart too. And this book released me from my reading slump. There’s a lot of things going in my mind about this book, but why wouldn’t you just give what Ezra really deserves? I like heart-breaking books. I’m not going to stop reading books with a roller-coaster of feels (get it? obviously, because the cover would probably depict that) And, I’m going to meet Robyn Schneider soon. I’m freaking excited.

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I would’ve inserted Playlist for the Dead, We Were Liars and I’ll Give You the Sun. But those top 5 were the books that really struck me the most.

Thank you maniacs (yes, it’s a thing now) for reading this post and for supporting me all this way. I hope you had fun reading this. And I hope you have a great Sunday. God bless you all! Happy Fathers’ Day to all fathers out there! 🙂

[Cover Reveal] The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) by Rick Riordan

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Title: The Sword of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan
Expected Publication: October 6th 2015 by Disney Hyperion Books
Genre: Childrens, Fantasy, Adventure
Pages: 528

Synopsis:

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

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Color me excited on this one. Who wouldn’t, really? The cover is extremely gorgeous, and to be honest, I haven’t read any Rick Riordan books yet. I know, I’m so late. I have been forced to read the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus a million times, and unfortunately, I’m really missing out. And I love how  this cover completely suits the new cover of the Percy Jackson series.

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So let’s not talk about that. I love how Rick Riordan is diverse on mythologies. I wonder how he studies so many mythology. I can’t even bear study a single one. Maybe I will, soon, after reading his books. His books are just so hyped that I already want to buy them. But other books just keep holding me back.

Maybe he having a book signing event here in the Philippines will force me all the way to buy his books impulsively. Instantly.

jake

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Rick Riordan’s works:

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hese are his popular children books. Containing Greek, Egyptian and Greek mythology respectively.

About the Author:

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Rick Riordan is the author of the New York Times #1 best-selling The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, and The House of Hades, the previous four books in his Heroes of Olympus series. He also penned the New York Times #1 best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: Book One: The Lightning Thief; Book Two; The Sea of Monsters; Book Three; The Titan’s Curse; Book Four: The Battle of the Labyrinth;  and Book Five; The Last Olympian. The three books in his Kane Chronicles, based on Egyptian mythology, The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire, and The Serpent’s Shadow, were New York Times best sellers as well. Rick lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons.

[Random Sunday] DRAGONS!

So I have thought that maybe I will feature something random on every Sunday (maybe because I’m bored). And today’s feature will be all about dragons and books. So, who doesn’t like dragons? *chants* Game of Thrones! Game of Thrones!

Today, I’ll be showing my top 5 books about dragons. Some may contain mostly on dragons, some may not. Not all of these are books that I have already read. Hence, the top 5.

To start off, here’s the first book I have read:

(Click the title of the listed books for more info)

1. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)

the hobbitIn a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.

This book was so good  freaking awesome! This was the first book that I’ve read with dragons in it. And this was the first Tolkien book that I owned. Don’t judge me. I know I have to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I already own them but the edition I own is just so pretty that I don’t know if I’m going to read it, thinking of damaging them somehow.

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Here’s the edition I own, and I also own the movie tie-in edition of The Hobbit, but I love this more. I posted this on my Instagram. Be sure to check it out!

2. Talon (Julie Kagawa)

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Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

I haven’t read this book yet, but the cover is such an eye candy. And the synopsis and the concept of this book are the reasons why this book captivated me the most. Dragons who can turn into human! Were-dragons! So freaking cool! This is beyond awesome! This book is way different from the first book I mentioned because this is a young adult fantasy novel, and The Hobbit is high-fantasy. I hope this book will live up to its premise. Hoping to buy this book soon because I like the covers. The second book was just released this year and it’s called Rogue. It’s going to be a trilogy and the title of the last book is Soldier.

3. Talker 25 (Joshua McCune)

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Debut author Joshua McCune’s gritty and heart-pounding novel is a masterful reimagining of popular dragon fantasy lore, set in a militant future reminiscent of Paolo Bacigalupi’s Ship Breaker and Ann Aguirre’s Outpost.

It’s a high school prank gone horribly wrong-sneaking onto the rez to pose next to a sleeping dragon-and now senior Melissa Callahan has become an unsuspecting pawn in a war between Man and Monster, between family and friends and the dragons she has despised her whole life. Chilling, epic, and wholly original, this debut novel imagines a North America where dragons are kept on reservations, where strict blackout rules are obeyed no matter the cost, where the highly weaponized military operates in chilling secret, and where a gruesome television show called Kissing Dragons unites the population. Joshua McCune’s debut novel offers action, adventure, fantasy, and a reimagining of popular dragon lore.

I just bought this book earlier and the synopsis of this book sounds really cool. And I just recently chatted with this author, and he’s really nice to talk to. I’m hoping to get into this one real soon, then going to review it afterward. Dragons and a good cover? Yes, please!

4. A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)

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Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must …and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

So who doesn’t like Game of Thrones? Have you watched the series? Yes, right? Who hasn’t anyway? I have heard so many only good AMAZING things about this series. They said that the book and the TV show are kind of different in some way, but they’re both completely good at a different way. I’m hoping to buy this series soon because this is on my to-buy list for so long. Why did I include this? Because my favorite character in the show is Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons. Do I even need to explain?

5. Eragon (Christopher Paolini)

eragonOne boy . . .

One dragon . . .

A world of adventure.

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.

Why would I ever forget to include Eragon in this post! However, I haven’t read this book yet. I know, I’m a loser. But I’m a real sucker for dragons! I’m going to need to read this series soon enough. I have been eyeing this 4-book series for a very, very long time, and my friend is urging me to read this series badly because he really liked it.

Okay! you have almost reached the end of this post. But before I end, there’s questions I need to ask. Do you like dragons? Did this post interest you in any way? Thank you all for reading my very first long post. I hope you enjoyed reading this randomness.

[Cover Reveal] Their Fractured Light (Starbound, #3) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

their fractured light Title: Their Fractured Light
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Expected Publication: December 1st 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Pages: 400

Warning: Do not read the synopsis if you don’t want to be spoiled.

Synopsis:

A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.

The covers of the first and second book in the trilogy:

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Why do they look so pretty and alluring?

I haven’t read any books by these authors and I really, really want to get one especially this series. One thing that will make me want to buy this series is because of the covers. Who wouldn’t want to judge a book by its cover? I honestly know nothing yet about this series because I really don’t read synopses (fun fact about me). I just want to be surprised while I’m reading books that I have no idea about. And this series has good covers and good reviews on Goodreads. Moreover, Amie Kaufman has this new series coming out called The Illuminae Files, they gave so many ARCs on BEA and BookCon, I believe. And I’m pretty, pretty, pretty jealous. I hope I can buy this trilogy and Kaufman’s new series soon and fanboy about it with people who have read it. I hope the authors can see this and give me copies. Just kidding! Haha.
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If you are interested on starting the first book, here’s the synopsis of it (or if you’re like me who doesn’t like to read synopses):

Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive — alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

(More info on Goodreads)

About the authors:

amie kaufman Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

meagan spooner

Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She’s traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there’s a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there’s no telling how long she’ll stay there.

In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.