Elementals Release Blitz: Q&A with author Michelle Madow || January 29

Hello everybody! Recently, I received the amazing opportunity to do a Q&A with the author of The Secret Diamond sisters, Michelle Madow. I read the series back in the summer and fell in love. But, Michelle recently came back with more books, releasing the first in a series, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows earlier this week. I was able to get and eARC of Elementals back in December and I’ve got to say, it’s incredible.

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About the Book:

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows is the first in Michelle’s new series, Elementals. It is said that if you’ve read either the Percy Jackson series or The Secret Circle, you will love it. But, you do not have to read those series to love the book.

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers–and, to her dismay, by Blake–the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers over the elements. But the comet has another effect–it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.


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Q&A:

I was so excited to be able to get the opportunity to interview Michelle Madow. Well actually, I was ecstatic. Michelle has been one of my favorite authors since I started reading. She is an inspiration to me and I’m so happy I was able to do an interview with her.

Me: What is expected to be a part of the Elementals series?

Michelle: Magic, adventure and a bit of romance πŸ™‚

Me: What was your favorite book to write?

Michelle: That’s such a hard question, because I love all of my books for different reasons! But I just finished writing Book 2 of the Elementals series – called The Blood of the Hydra – and I had a blast writing it. All I can say about it is that this series will get more and more adventurous as it continues!

Me: Why did you want to become a writer?

Michelle: I’ve always loved writing – creative stories has been something that my brain has done naturally since before I can even remember. I’ve written for fun since second grade, but it wasn’t until I took an Intro to Creative Writing class in my junior year of College that I ever seriously showed anyone my writing. Because writing had always been something I enjoyed, but I didn’t think anyone else would be interested in my stories, and I Β even doubted my own ability to write an entire novel. But my teacher and classmates loved the work I handed in for that class, and said that I absolutely needed to try. So I did, and I completed the draft of my first book by the end of my junior year.

Me: Which series do you prefer? the Secret Diamond Sisters or Elementals?

Michelle: I can’t pick one because they’re both so different! One of my favorite things about the YA genre is that there are books for every mood. As a reader, I read everything from paranormal to contemporary to science fiction, and everything in between. so as a writer, it’s fun for me to write books that are different for each other. But it really is impossible for me to pick a favorite!

Me: What other series than Percy Jackson would Elementals relate to?

Michelle: Definitely The secret Circle, because of the witchcraft. Some people have told me that it slightly has Harry Potter vibes, but that’s the BIGGEST compliment ever, because I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and could never compare myself to the genius of JK Rowling!

Me: What is it like knowing that you have books selling on bookshelves around the world?

Michelle: It’s incredibly amazing. For my whole life, I’ve loved going to bookstores – I could sit there for an hour in front of the shelves, reading the descriptions of each book, deciding which ones I wanted to take home with me and lose myself in. So knowing that there are people out there who are doing that with my books is one of the most rewarding feelings ever.


Giveaway!

Michelle is hosting a giveaway for the chance to win a Kindle Fire 7″! To enter click HERE.


About Michelle:

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Michelle Madow has always loved writing stories, but the possibility of being an author used to feel more like a dream than a reality. She didn’t share her stories with anyone until her junior year of college, when she signed up for an Intro to Creative Writing course. Her teacher and classmates read the first chapter of a book idea she had, and they loved it so much that they told her she had to finish the book so they could find out what happened next. By the end of the school year, Michelle finished that book, which would later be published as her first novel.

Michelle grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

Connect with Michelle: WebsiteΒ | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


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Thank you so much to Cameron Yeager for helping me complete my biggest dream EVER! It was such an amazing opportunity to interview Michelle and I hope that I can do it again in the future. Also, thank you to Danielle Barclay! She helped me out when none of my information for this interview was coming. Cameron and Danielle are amazing people and I hope to work with them again for future projects with Michelle.

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Character Spotlight #4 || January 28

Hello everybody! I’m terribly sorry that I haven’t been able to work on blog posts recently. These past two weeks have been quite busy for me with school and once I got home everyday, all I wanted to do was sit and read. But, Last night, I made time and was finally able to watch the first three episodes. They were all amazing. My reviews on those episodes will hopefully go up on Monday or Wednesday. I also have a tag going up soon. My friend Pearl tagged me to do the Rip it or Ship it tag a really long time ago and I’ve done all of the work for it. All I have to do is actually write the post. There is also a very special post going up tomorrow so stay tuned. Now, without further ado, let’s get into this post.

This week’s character is Bethany Williams from the Lux series. And yes, I do realize that all of the characters I’ve picked are girls.

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Bethany – well actually her name is Elizabeth, she just prefers to go by Bethany – is a strong hearted and genuine character from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. She is featured the most in Shadows (Lux 0.5), mentioned in Obsidian, Oblivion and Onyx and is a main character in Opal, Origin and Opposition. She may not have a super big role in the Lux series but she sure is a characters that readers of the Lux series will love.


Physical appearance:

The only part in the books that explained what Bethany looked like was a line from Shadows. As you think about this line, think about Dawson picturing this in his mind:Β “The way this girl’s elfin features were pieced together was absolute perfection. Chocolate-colored hair slid over her shoulders. Her skin held a healthy glow from being out in the sun a lot. Finely groomed eyebrows set off tilted eyes framed with heavy lashes. Warm brown eyes connected with his.”


Personality:Β 

Bethany is an inexplicably genuine person and is extremely nice. She is also a very happy person, as you find out in Shadows. She is also very kind and wouldn’t think twice about helping someone in need.


Bethany moved to Ketterman, West Virginia even before Katy. And she did the exact mistakes as Katy did with Daemon. But instead of Daemon, she did them with his twin brother, Dawson. She fell for him and that caused her to learn about the Lux species and being taken to Mount Weather with Dawson. A year later, Katy moves to Ketterman only to find posters of Bethany. And then she does the same mistakes as Bethany. By book 4, Origin, Bethany and Katy have talked to each other about their experiences at Mount Weather. Katy is the only “hybrid” that Beth knows so they created a pretty steady relationship between each other.


Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Teaser Tuesday #4 || January 26

Hello everybody! I’m so sorry that I haven’t been active that often. School is killing me. But, here I am to update all of you with another Teaser Tuesday. I’m really enjoying writing these posts because they are quick and easy and give you a little bit of a look at what I’m reading. So without further ado, here is this week’s quote:

“Some dark magic leaves an aura that reeks like demons,” Jace said. “If Magnus wasn’t specific, it’s probably because he’s none too pleased that there’s a warlock out there practicing dark magic, breaking the Law.”

So if you didn’t realize, this quote is from the same book as last week. πŸ™‚

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Page 188

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Ahhhh! I’m finally back to reading this book and it’s amazing all over again. I took a long hiatus from this series and now I am finally ready to continue. I can’t wait for more from Cassie Clare!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Elementals:The Blood of the Hydra Cover Reveal || January 23

Hello everybody! As most of you may already know, I am a huge fan of Michelle Madow and I have received the opportunity to reveal the cover of her upcoming novel, Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra which comes out April 2016. It is the second book and the Elementals series and I’m already guessing that it’s going to be packed with everything a good novel needs. If you weren’t able to get an arc of the first book, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows, don’t worry! It comes out next week on the 26th. If you have read it, be sure to go check out my review. Without further ado, let’s get on with the show!

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Are you getting excited yet? I know I am! So, as I continue on with this reveal, I’m going to start with some information on this book:

Title: Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra

Author: Michelle Madow

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Release Date: April 18, 2016

Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing

Series: Elementals #2

Format: ebook and paperback

ISBN: 9781311296788

Filled with magic, thrilling adventure and sweet romance, Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra is the second book in Michelle Madow’s Elementals series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!


Now who’s ready for the blurb? I just have to say, it sounds amazing!

A DEMIGOD WHO CAN KILL WITH A TOUCH. IT’S AN ABILITY THAT MUST BE KEPT SECRET FROM EVERYONE, EVEN FROM THOSE TRUSTED MOST.

Finding out that her new school had her in a special homeroom for witches was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. It’s a secret she needs to keep not only from the Head Elders, but from the super-sexy witch Blake, who she’s had undeniable chemistry with even before he broke up with his long-term girlfriend, the vengeful witch Danielle.

Now Nicole and the four others gifted with powers over the elements, including Blake and Danielle, must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. Three magical items are needed, including the blood of the slain hydra – ingredients that they must journey to the dangerous, mystical islands in Greece to retrieve.

The monsters they face on this journey will be more threatening than anything they’ve encountered yet. But with the fate of the world on their shoulders, it’s up to the Elementals to return home victorious. Will they find the ingredients they need? Can Nicole and her friends pull off this mission while the tension between her, Blake, and Danielle threatens to ruin everything? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in front of everyone, revealing the true darkness of her powers?

Find out in The Blood of the Hydra, and join the Elementals on their next journey in their quest to save the world – or die trying.


Didn’t that just sound amazing? I sure thought so! Now comes the time where I reveal the cover. Are you prepared? You shouldn’t be…..

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Hot isn’t it??? I, along with the rest of the Elementals fans are guessing that this is Blake. And if it is…. he is totally swoon-worthy. Ahhh why do my favorite authors always put hot guys on their covers???? Both Jennifer L. Armentrout have given me book covers wit super hot guys!!! I’m in love with this cover. Though I like the first one with Nicole Cassidy on it a bit more, this one doesn’t let me down.


Pre-order here: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo

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Have you never heard of this series before? Be sure to go check out Elementals: The Prophecy of ShadowsΒ which comes out on January 26th!


Michelle is hosting a giveaway for the chance to win a signed paperback copy of Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows. Be sure to check it out HERE


Do you want a new timer for your blog? Make sure to add the Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra timer to your blog. Click HERE for the countdown.


About the Author:

Michelle Madow has always loved writing stories, but the possibility of being an author used to feel more like a dream than a reality. She didn’t share her stories with anyone until her junior year of college, when she signed up for an Intro to Creative Writing course. Her teacher and classmates read the first chapter of a book idea she had, and they loved it so much that they told her she had to finish the book so they could find out what happened next. By the end of the school year, Michelle finished that book, which would later be published as her first novel.

Michelle grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.


Connect with Michelle:

Facebook: MichelleMadow

Instagram/Twitter: @MichelleMadowΒ and @MichelleMadow

Email: michelle@madow.com

Website: blog.michelle madow.com


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Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Character Spotlight #3 || January 21

Hello everybody! Before I get into the main part of this post, I have a special announcement. I passed 300 views on this blog yesterday! It’s so surreal because I never thought that I would be capable of creating a blog that would be viewed by hundreds of people around the world. It makes me super happy that people keep coming back for more of my reviews and posts! Thank you to all of you who enjoy reading my posts and sharing them to more people. It means the world to me.


Anyways, for my third character spotlight, I have chosen to tell you all a little about June Iparis from the Legend trilogy. She is probably the most heroic character that I’ve ever read about. If you haven’t read the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, what are you waiting for?

Shown below is one of Marie Lu’s famous drawings of her character:

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Physical Appearance:

June has long brown hair and matching eyes. Though, her eyes contain gold flecks every so often, making them unique compared to the dull shade of brown that is her hair colour. She is said to be of quite a few ethnicities including Native American and Caucasian. June is thin but way stronger than she looks. From all of the excercising that she has done over the years, she has built up her body to be lean and strong. She is also quite short, reaching only 5’4″. In Day’s opinion, June is the prettiest girl that he has ever met and would never let go of an opportunity to stay with her.


Personality:

June is very selfless and likes to help others, as shown at the end of Champion. She is very smart, reaching 100% on her trial and is very loving. She truly loved Day and Β cared for his little brother, Eden as if he were her own.


Life:Β 

June had a really amazing life until her parent’s death. It was drastic but also made her a better person. She became more sympathetic after her parent’s death, spending all of her free time with her older brother, Metias. That was, until Metias’ death. Then she’s on the hunt for Day, a killer, who just so happens to be in a nearby sector. But, she finds him and his friend Tess at a skiz fight, and suddenly becomes friends with them, becoming more than friends.


Thank you all for being so supportive of my blog!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Teaser Tuesday #3|| January 19

Hello everybody! Β I am back to present you all with my 3rd Teaser Tuesday.Β Since I am still reading After, I decided to pick a book I am currently in the middle of. The quote featured in today’s Teaser Tuesday is from a book I started way back in November. If any of you have been viewing my blog since the beginning, you would remember that I went on a mini spree of this series but stopped in the middle. So, to make myself stop rambling I’ll move on with the post…..here’s today’s quote:

“The sun outside seemed especially bright after the darkness of the cottage.”

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Page 168

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I know it’s a super short quote but if I added the next sentence, I would’ve gave you all a big spoiler.

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Outlander Review || January 17

Hello everybody! As many of you may already know, I recently finished Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It took me over a month to read and I’ve spent the last two weeks thinking about how I was going to rate this book. Most may think, how hard could it be to rate a book? Well for me, Outlander was a tough one. There were many moments where I was really into to the novel while other moments, I avoided it. I also read two other books while reading this book. So that may have been another reason why it took me so long to finish. But, I’ve finally come up with a final answer and I am ready to wrap up my journey with this book. So without further ado, here’s my review!

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Title: Outlander

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Publisher: Dell Publishing Company

Publishing Date: July 26th, 2005 (originally back in 1991)

Length: 896 pages

ISBN:Β 0440242940

Rating: 3.75/5 stars


Goodreads Summary:

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenachβ€”an β€œoutlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desireβ€”and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


Review:

So even though I gave it 3.75 stars instead of giving it all five stars, I still loved it. It was such an amazing book with so many historical references that I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. I really love learning about past world history and Outlander definitely helped me learn more about the Jacobite Rising. Even though I am still fairly young, I love giving myself a good challenge by reading an adult book. This book was really amazing and I really wish that more people start reading this series.

(It’s even a TV show on StarzΒ starring Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan)

While reading this book, I felt as if I was living in 1743 Scotland in the land of lairds and mistresses. Claire was such an easy character to follow and I can’t wait to continue through time with her. Though I did not like her first husband, Frank, I did love Jamie. Ah Jamie Fraser. The red-headed laird of Lallybroch. He was so lovely to read about. I would definitely pick Jamie as one of my favorite characters. He is so sweet and kind, even when he gets angry.

Black Jack Randall is officially my favorite villain. Though I do not like him, he was such an interesting character to read about. He was so mean and sent so much hatred towards Claire. But, he was an amazing portrayal of a villain. He was malicious and snobby and everything that a good book needs as a villain.

I highly suggest this book for anyone who really like history. It will amaze you how much detail Diana adds to her novels!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

Character Spotlight #2 || January 12

Hello everybody! So in honor of Shadowhunters releasing on Tuesday, I decided that I would pick Clary Fray for my second character spotlight. She is such a strong and heroic character and I can’t wait to watch Katherine McNamara bring one of the most popular book characters to life in front of our eyes. Even though I haven’t completed the series yet, I thought the releasing of the TV show made perfect timing to showcase the beautiful yet fierce character of Clary Fray.

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Clary Fray, from The Mortal Instruments, is probably the most well-known book character in today’s pop culture. Yes, characters like Catherine and Heathcliff and Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are always going to be very pronounced characters in literature. But if you think about the most talked about characters of modern day, most people would either say Clary Fray or Celeana Sardothien (from Throne of Glass).

Physical Appearance:

Clary is definitely known for her red hair. It is a really pretty shade of red: not super harsh like Ariana Grande’s old hair colour but more like a carrot-y ginger colour. She also has green eyes which matches her hair colour perfectly. Clary is very short, therefore being called a little girl. I relate to her very well with the height part since I’m only 5’0. I’ve been called a little girl many times and you guys do not know how much i dislike it.

Personality:

Clary doesn’t have mood swings as often as Jace, but she still gets them. One minute she could be having a lovely conversation with Isabelle, the next she would probably be screaming “I am not a little girl!” Clary can be quite shy at times but as she immerses herself into the world of Shadowhunters, she becomes fierce and brave.

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Teaser Tuesday #2 || January 12

Teaser Tuesday

Hello everybody! I took a little weekend hiatus, but I hope you guys enjoyed reading all four of my posts that went up last week. They were all very fun to write! So, in occasion with my new schedule, I am here to bring you all another Teaser Tuesday post. Without, further ado, I present you all with a quote from my current read:

Wuthering Heights is missing from where it was on the shelf, but I find it on the bedside table, next to Pride and Prejudice. Hardin’s comments replay in my mind. He has obviously read it before – and understood it – which is rare for our age group, and for a boy especially.”

Page 58

After by Anna Todd

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I am currently buddy reading this book with my friend Pearl from BiblioPearl! It is so much fun being able to message Pearl on Twitter messenger. The two of us just started the book and I know for sure that I’m enjoying it. I hope Pearl is too.

For those who have read After, who’s your favorite character? Tessa, Hardin, Zed, Landon, Steph, Noah, Molly, Tristan, Logan, Nate? My favorites so far are definitely Tessa, Hardin and Nate! Even though Hardin is really rude and irritating, alike Tessa he is an avid reader and is fond of classics. Classic books are the ones that I really want to get into. I also like Nate because he is so nice!

This book is really good so far and I hope to hold on to my enjoyment for this book until the end!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina

The Wedding Review || January 8

Hello everybody! So while I was reading Oblivion, I was scrolling through my friend Pearl’s (Bibliopearl) blog and found myself reading some of the reviews she had up. You all know that I’m a sucker for anything that has to do with the Lux series. So as I scrolled through the Jennifer L. Armentrout section of reviews, I came across a book titled “The Wedding”. Even better, it was a Lux novel (Lux 5.5). I kind of freaked out once I saw that. So low and behold, once I finished Oblivion, I headed straight to Wattpad to read this mini novella. And it didn’t let me down.

Basically, if you read origin you would know that Katy and Daemon went off in Las Vegas to get “illegally married” under their IDs. So practically, they didn’t become Mr. and Mrs. Black but became Mr. and Mrs. Rowe. (as in Kaidan Rowe and Anna Whitt from Sweet Evil). Recently, Jennifer realized that her fans wanted more Lux so she whipped up this short novella.

It takes place on Daemon and Katy’s wedding day and you get to read about how Katy gets ready for the wedding, what happens during the wedding and more. You also get to see all of your favorite characters return: Archer, Luc, Dee, Dawson, Beth, Lesa and even little Ashley. It is amazing to get to relive the Lux series even further.

I highly suggest this book once you’ve read the whole entire Lux series.

Happy Reading!

~Alaina