Mar 27

Across the Universe Signed Bookmark and Bookplate Giveaway Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway for a Beth Revis Signed Bookmark or Bookplate of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE!

Sorry I’m late in announcing the winners!

I also have a picture of the goods!

The Winners were selected by Random.org:

SUZANNE – Bookplate

SERENE - Bookmark

CAMILLE - Bookplate

MARIA – Bookmark

Each person has been notified by e-mail.

 



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Mar 18

Author Interview: Beth Revis + Giveaway!

One of my favorite 2011 YA Debut’s is ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis.

The New York Times Bestselling ACROSS THE UNIVERSE is a dystopian story set aboard a spaceship. It features intriguing characters in an incredible world with surprising twists. I’m looking forward to the sequel.

Check out my review here –> ACROSS THE UNIVERSE.

I’m honored I got the opportunity to interview Beth. Instead of the standard book and writing questions, I decided to ask her some fun and random ones!

And…..

I also have a special giveaway! I have 2 Signed bookmarks and 2 Signed bookplates to offer up to 4 lucky people!

If you would like to be entered in the giveaway, please leave your e-mail address in the comment field of this post.

The giveaway is INTERNATIONAL and ENDS March 25 at 11:59 p.m. (MST)!

First of all, such a film would be incredibly boring: mostly just me sitting around in pajama pants and yelling at the computer. But if I could have anyone play me, I’d so pick Drew Barrymore. Mostly because (a) I think she’s gorgeous, and (b) if you squint and are slightly drunk, I kind of look like her (in my dreams).

Nope! The people I like, I kept in touch with. The one’s I didn’t…well, why would I pay money to eat a crappy dinner and catch up with people who didn’t care about me then or now? (Whoa, that sounds bitter. What I mean is, I think that I’ve done a good job at keeping up with my real friends.)

Actually, that happened! My local newspaper featured me when the book came out–the headline was “A Novel Idea: Local Author Celebrates First Book.”

JK Rowling. I just want to know what else happened in Hogwarts that she’s not written about.

Between 7pm and 3am. I’m definitely a night owl.

I think it would be a tie between the Pacific Northwest (Northern California or Washington) and New York–both the city and the beautiful country in the northern part of the state. I dearly love NYC–there’s always something happening–but I also am a country girl at heart, and those areas have beautiful land.

My laptop–filled with my stories.

My bookshelves–filled with my fave books.

And…er…that’s about all that it takes to make me happy :P

Oh, don’t make me pick! I love both. I definitely like the cold, wet, nasty weather the best. I could happily live in the UK. So give me rain or give me snow, but I don’t really care that much for sun.

Wow–great question! Hmmm…if you’d asked me this a few years ago, I’d have picked the medieval times. I’ve always been fascinated with that time period in particular. But…I’ve done a lot of research on that time period since then, and, well, I like things like baths and equal rights and living longer and toothbrushes and quick transportation and all those things the Middle Ages don’t have. So, I guess, I’d pick 2000 years into the future–I’d go into the great unknown.

Never trying. That’s by far the worst. BY FAR. There’s fear in not trying; courage in failing.

 

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Jan 27

2011 Debut Author Challenge: Review of Across the Universe (ARC) by Beth Revis

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis

Publisher: Razorbill
Pub Date: January 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
Pub. Format: Hardcover
(Also Available in Electronic and Audio Formats)
Pages: 398
Age Group: Young Adult +
Source: Publisher

Review: I would first like to thank Razorbill and Beth Revis for sending me the ARC of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE in exchange for a fair and honest review.

It’s hard to walk away from ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by debut author Beth Revis without feeling something — remorse, relief, sadness, even a sparkle of hope. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE is set in a dystopian world not on a futuristic Earth, but in outer space. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE is filled with heart-pounding suspense and weak-in-the-knees romance. It will leave you breathless for more.

The main characters of the novel, Amy and Elder are exact opposites and fighting for a place in the universe. They are bound together by trust and fear on a spaceship bound to a new Earth light-years away. But Amy is not supposed to be awake on Godspeed. 300 years ago, she was cryogenically frozen along with her parents. They signed up to go to Centurai-Earth to help on the new planet, but it would take 350 years to get there. However, things don’t go as planned for Amy. Someone unplugs her from her frozen state which almost kills her. Why, she doesn’t know. Distraught and confused, Amy wants to be refrozen, to be her parents when they wake up. She’s not supposed to be awaken 50 years early.

Amy is now alone on this strange and vast ship that has seen countless changes within its make-up, technology and people for over 300 years. Amy first meets Elder, the second in command of Godspeed, along with its tyrannical leader, Eldest. Amy soon learns that people aboard the ship follow the leader’s commands like sheep and seem to be under a strange influence, not to mention they all look alike and show no signs of emotion or tolerance. Yet, how can they? They don’t know anything different. And Eldest wants to keep it that way. With the help of Elder, Amy is determined to find the answer to why she was unfrozen so it doesn’t happen to anyone else, including her beloved parents, and maybe they won’t wake up.

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, is a fantastic story and unlike any science-fiction books I’ve read.  I like the unique take on the dystopian genre. It’s a refreshing change from the usual dystopian books featuring a world ravaged by war and destruction with main characters living in one place and enclosed by a wall to keep them all in. Except as we come to learn – that is Godspeed. The main characters are trapped within the metal walls and are kept under control of a strange leader who is afraid of discord aboard his ship. As a reader, you feel trapped with them. From the moment I started reading ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, I was sucked in and immersed into their world. Everything was logical, plausible and real.

The opening is so powerful it had me gasping for air, along with Amy as she’s frozen. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE builds in momentum until the exciting conclusion. The story is told, from both Amy and Elder’s viewpoints, in alternating chapters. I usually don’t care for books that are written this way, but it works in ACROSS THE UNIVERSE.

Amy is curious and frightened of her new surroundings which are just as foreign as being on another planet. Elder is curious of Amy and frightened for her well-being because she’s so different — her red hair, her blue eyes, her pale skin. Eldest wants nothing to do with Amy. She’s a liability. Once people find out about Amy, Eldest is fearful things will never be the same on Godspeed. He would rather thrown her out into space than deal with her

The world of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE is intriguing and also unsettling. Like Amy, I had a feeling of stepping into the unknown. According to Revis, the idea for the story came from the twist at the end of the novel. The entire story uses a ticking clock plot device – a fantastic literary technique which has the characters racing against time before disaster strikes.

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE will have you turning the page late into the night and gazing up into the stars. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. I loved this book so much that I would love to own a copy for myself.

I’m giving ACROSS THE UNIVERSE 5 “Relaxing with a Good Book” retro pictures for being brilly!

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