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    MOXIE Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

    Welcome to today’s stop on the MOXIE Blog Tour!

    For my stop today I’ll be sharing just a few of my thoughts about the kick-a** book by Jennifer Mathieu which released on September 19th. There is also a giveaway, courtesy of the publisher, so if you’d like the chance to win a copy of the book and some swag and you have a US mailing address, enter in the Rafflecopter below.

    And if you’d like to check out some of the other fab stops on this tour, scroll down for the schedule!

    First, though, here’s some information about MOXIE!


    About MOXIE

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    Title: MOXIE
    Author: Jennifer Mathieu
    Release date: September 19, 2017
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice.

    MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!

    Vivan Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

    Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the 90’s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

    Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!

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    Note: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    MOXIE is an empowering and fierce and wildly entertaining read that will make you want to cheer for Grrrl Power! With a heroine who grows stronger as the story progresses, to the new girl who is anxious to join the fight, to the group of girls who are sick of the injustice, to their classmates who stand ready to rally behind them, Jennifer Mathieu’s new novel is exciting and uplifting and powerful and motivating.

    For years, Vivian Carter stayed under the radar at East Rockport High. She accepted the status quo so long as it meant the spotlight wouldn’t be on her. It’s not like she could change anything in her small town where football is everything. She just needs to do her time and hope that in college things will be different.

    But when Mitchell Wilson tells yet another girl to make him a sandwich, she can’t help but cringe. When her grandparents remind her just how “dutiful” she is compared to her rebellious mother, it chafes. And when another member of the football team gets a pass for wearing an offensive t-shirt but the girls in her class get called out for dress code violations, she can no longer keep quiet.

    She has to fight back. And she hopes that she’s not the only one with enough moxie to stand up for what is right and stand against those who think inequality is okay.

    Author Jennifer Mathieu penned a novel that is as informative and encouraging as it is captivating and heartwarming. Through her story she points out inequality, unfairness, misperceptions, and the imbalance in treatment of the sexes. She shares a more positive view of what feminism is. And she does so in a way that will open readers’ eyes and keep them open.

    Her heroine, Viv, isn’t perfect and isn’t always brave, but she is conscientious, open-minded, learns from her mistakes, gains strength from the courage she instills in others, and is willing to let others lead so that they too can find their strength. And by the story’s end she becomes someone you’d be ready to go into battle with side-by-side.

    MOXIE is not just an important story for girls of any age – it’s an important story for all readers. It is a call to action. It is a reminder that bias and sexism still exist. It shows us that girls do have power and can make a difference when they act together instead of against one another.

    And with a cool zine (don’t call it a newsletter), a late night copy store worker who can keep a secret, a cute boy who is not afraid of a strong and rebellious girl, and a battle cry – MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK! – this is an absolutely, positively, definitely must read.

    The Rating


    About Jennifer Mathieu

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    Jennifer Mathieu started writing stories when she was in kindergarten and now teaches English to high school students. She won the Teen Choice Debut Author Award at the Children’s Choice Book Awards for her first novel, The Truth About Alice. She is also the author of Devoted and Afterward. She lives in Texas with her husband, son, and dog.

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    The Giveaway

    Courtesy of the publisher…

    ONE (1) winner will receive a hardcover copy of MOXIE, a MOXIE pendant, and a MOXIE button – US only

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is US only
    • There will be one winner
    • Prizing will be sent by the publisher
    • Giveaway ends Friday, September 29th at 11:59P Pacific
    • Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter, announced in the post and contacted by email
    • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen

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    THE KEEP OF AGES Blog Tour: Fantasy Movie Cast Guest Post + #Giveaway

    Welcome to Day #2 of the Keep of Ages Blog Tour!

    To celebrate the release of The Keep of Ages (Vault of Dreamers #3) by Caragh M. O’brien (8/29/17), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Caragh and 10 chances to win a complete set of The Vault of Dreamers Trilogy!

    I am super excited to share Caragh M. O’Brien’s Movie Fancast post. I love the author’s actor selections for her characters, especially her choices for Rosie and Dubbs. And of course, now I will forever picture Dean Sandy Berg as Ryan Gosling. Because how could I not?

    I am a huge fan of this series and am both happy and sad to see it end. Thrilled because I finally have answers to those lingering questions I had after reading THE RULE OF MIRRORS and a bit melancholy because Rosie’s story has come to an end  and I have to say goodbye.

    If you’d like to know what I thought about this final book in the series, stop by next week for my review. But for now, scroll down for Caragh M. O’Brien‘s awesome Movie Fantasy Cast and for a chance to win a complete set of the series.

    And…

    Be sure to follow the tour for additional chances to win and for some awesome posts from the author!


    About THE KEEP OF AGES

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    Title: THE KEEP OF AGES (The Vault of Dreamers #3)
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: August 29, 2017
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    In the fast-paced, high-stakes conclusion to Caragh M. O’Brien’s Vault of Dreamers trilogy, Rosie travels to a derelict theme park to shut down dream mining once and for all.

    Driven by fear when Dean Berg kidnaps her family, Rosie Sinclair strikes out across the country to rescue them. When an elusive trail leads her to Grisly Valley, the contaminated ruin of a horror theme park, Rosie has to consider that Berg may once again be manipulating her every move to make her fearful, priming her for a final, lethal dream mining procedure. As Rosie struggles to outmaneuver Berg, she unearths the ultimate vault of dreamers and the hint of a consciousness more powerful and dangerous than any she’s imagined before. Faced with unspeakable suffering and otherworldly beauty, Rosie must discover how to trust her mind, her friends, and reality itself.

    Propulsive and deeply speculative, The Keep of Ages concludes the Vault of Dreamers trilogy with stirring possibilities for what it means to be alive.

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    The Guest Post

    Fantasy Movie Cast

    It would amaze and delight me if the Vault of Dreamers series were turned into a film or a mini series on Netflix or HBO.  As it turns out, I have a film agent to pitch my work to producers, so while seeing Rosie’s story on the screen is a long shot, it isn’t strictly impossible.

    If I could select a fantasy cast, I’d give Millie Bobby Brown (from Stranger Things) a couple more years to grow up, plus a mess of wavy dark hair, and then I’d choose her for Rosie Sinclair. Millie Bobby has an intensity about her that would mesh well with the fragile, splintering quality of Rosie’s mind, and she has a vulnerable, genuine quality that matches Rosie, too. When she smiles, she’s completely disarming. The only snag is that Rosie has a gap between her front teeth, and Millie Bobby doesn’t.

    For Linus Pitts, Timothée Chalamet would evoke a good combination of streetwise and confident. I can’t tell if Timothée’s eyes are the caramel brown shade of Linus’s, but his hair color is right, and he has a distinctive jawline that suits Linus. I could picture him in the garb of a kitchen worker being drawn into the limelight by Rosie, and transforming for a high status job later in the series. The only catch is, we’d need to be sure he has a faint Welsh accent left over from childhood like Linus does.

    Dante Brown would be an ideal actor to play Burnham Fister, who has a complex relationship with Rosie and needs to be played with depth and heart, especially once he suffers. Dante comes off as serious, smart, direct, and determined like Burnham. I can picture him wearing his grandfather’s watch when he tacitly claims his heritage, and I can see him refusing to back down when he’s in danger.

    Picking the right actor for Dean Sandy Berg is tough, because the person has to look like the trustworthy head of a school before millions of Forge Show viewers, but he must also contain a twisted heart. I’m going with Ryan Gosling because he can easily pull of Berg’s charm in front of the cameras, but he can also convince us he’s a puppet master who enjoys his evil game.

    Dubbs Sinclair, Rosie’s kid sister, is a blonde little girl who is alternately ethereal and down to earth, riding her bike along the boxcars they call home, all skinny limbs and sunlight. In the final book, The Keep of Ages, which is due out this August, Dubbs has a larger roll and her bravery is tested. She could be played by Alyvia Alyn Lind who has a warm, sweet smile one minute and a cheeky grin the next.

    I would fill out other rolls with Skai Jackson for dancing, snobby Paige; Kiernan Shipka for theatrical Janice; Devon Gearhart for Henrik with his chinstrap beard; and Ellie Kemper for Ma, Rosie’s loving but misguided mother. It would also be cool to cast my actress/cartoonist niece, Becca Hart, as one of the Forge teachers, since she was the real life inspiration for Janice.


    About Caragh M. O’Brien

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    Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS series, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA in the Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University. Her young adult science fiction has been honored by the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, the Amelia Bloomer Award, the Junior Library Guild, and numerous state reading lists. A former high school English teacher, she now writes young adult novels full time from her home in rural Connecticut.

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS (The Vault of Dreamers #1)
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: September 16, 2014
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

    From Caragh M. O’Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes the first book in a new series, The Vault of Dreamers, a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

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    Title & Series: THE RULE OF MIRRORS (The Vault of Dreamers #2)
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: February 16, 2016
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    The fast-paced, psychologically thrilling sequel to The Vault of Dreamers follows Rosie after her consciousness has been split in two.

    The entire country was watching when Rosie Sinclair was expelled from Forge, the prestigious arts school that doubles as a reality TV show. But few know how Dean Berg was mining students’ dreams in laboratories deep below the school. And no one, least of all the Dean himself, knows that when Rosie’s dreams were seeded into the mind of another patient, Rosie’s consciousness woke up in that body–a girl far from Forge, a girl with a completely different life from Rosie, a girl who is pregnant.

    Told from alternating points of view between Rosie as she makes sense of her new identity and the shattered subconscious that still exists in her old body, The Rule of Mirrors will keep readers on the edge of their seats and leave them hungry for more.

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    The Giveaway

    As a tour participant, I have for giveaway…

    • ONE (1) set of the complete Vault of Dreamers trilogy (Vault of Dreamers, Rule of Mirrors, and Keep of Ages) – US ONLY

    Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway ends on August 29th. There will be ONE winner. Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email. Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. Prize will be sent directly from the publicity agency.

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    THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER “This Is Who I Am Now” Time Capsule Blog Tour

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    I’m so excited to celebrate the release day for THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER by participating in this super fun one day only blog tour. The book is gorgeous and heartbreaking and amazing and I can’t wait for everyone to read it.

    To celebrate THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER, participating blogs were asked to share an object they’d want to include in a time capsule (and why). If you’d like to see what a few of the U.S. bloggers included, check out the Fierce Reads blog post. And if you’d like to see what the bloggers in the UK included, visit My Kinda Book throughout this month.

    Additionally, we were asked to share answers to six “This Is Who I Am Now” questions back in February/March and then revisit them this month. If you’d like to know who I was then and who I am now, scroll down to my post.

    If you’d like to know more about THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER and its author, Harriet Reuter Hapgood, information about both book and author follow immediately below.

    And, if you want to see what the other tour participants had to say, links to the blogs are at the bottom of the post.


    About THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER

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    Title: THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER
    Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood
    Release date: May 3, 2016
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.

    Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past:

    To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

    Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone’s heart is about to be broken.

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    About Harriet Reuter Hapgood

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    Harriet Reuter Hapgood is a freelance fashion journalist and author of THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER (coming May 2016). Her first-ever professional writing credit was for Just Seventeen magazine, and she’s been YA obsessed ever since. She likes burritos, cats, Gwyneth Paltrow and young adult fiction, which she plans to write more of, though she’s also considering a PhD in Dawson’s Creek. Follow her on Twitter: @hapgoodness and on Instagram: @hapgo0dness if you like pictures of cats

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    The Post

    This Is Who I Am Now

    Q. What Brings You The Most Joy In Life?

    Feb/March 2016:

    Spending time with The Dude and my little cat Daisy, reading, blogging, sailing.

    May 2016:

    Hanging out with The Dude and Daisy. Sailing. Quiet moments. Reading.

    Q. What Are You Reading?

    Feb/March 2016:

    Nothing at the moment. I’m in the midst of moving and I have lost all ability to focus, read, function.

    May 2016:

    A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (finally).

    Q. What Is Something  You’re Really Looking Forward To?

    Feb/March 2016:

    Being done with moving. OMG it is so stressful.

    May 2016:

    Summer. It promises longer days, longer (and warmer) sails.

    Q. What Is One Thing That’s Worrying You?

    Feb/March 2016:

    Daisy’s health. She got really sick recently and I don’t want her to relapse.

    May 2016:

    My job. I’ve got so much work to do, I can barely breathe. I’ve had super long days (and nights) this past week and I’m totally freaking out.

    Q. What Is Something That You Always Have With You?

    Feb/March 2016:

    My sailing log. You never know when you’re going to be invited to crew, or the mood strikes and you head out solo. Gotta have your log to document it all, so I keep it with me always.

    May 2016:

    Okay my answer in February was totally dumb. I don’t always have my logbook with me. I mean I almost always have it with me but not always. It wouldn’t survive a shower. I don’t take it with me when grabbing a Starbucks.

    But what I do always have with me are my memories. And, thankfully, most of those I love having.

    Q. What Is Something That You Wish You Could Change?

    Feb/March 2016:

    Tough question. About myself? Too many things. About the world? Too many things. But if I had to pick just one…

    About me, I’d change my brain. It makes me stress over the small stuff. The big stuff. All the stuff. About the world, I’d change people’s tolerance.

    May 2016:

    Grr, still a tough Q. As far as I go, I wish I could change the past. I have few regrets in life. Life is about making mistakes and learning from them. But there are three things that happened in the past that I desperately wish I could change. As for the world, I wish I could make everyone kinder. Kinder toward each other, kinder to themselves, kinder to the creatures we share this planet with, kinder to the earth itself.


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    STONE FIELD Blog Tour: The Romance

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    Whether new fiction or historical fiction, whether a new story or a retelling, my favorite aspect is the romance. I am a hopeless romantic. I believe in love at first sight. I believe in soul mates. Though I also believe that love may not always be enough, that a love story can end tragically, that what may at first seem like love may be something else altogether.

    Which is why I fell madly in love with STONE FIELD. The connection was instantaneous. And intense. It felt like they were made for each other… at first. Then things began to fall apart.

    It was interesting and beautiful and heartbreaking. The writing was gorgeous and immediately set the mood. The characters were unique, fascinating, unusual, unconventional.

    And if you’d like to meet them and find out what goes right and what goes wrong with their romance, be sure to grab your copy when it releases tomorrow.

    And…

    If you’d like to know what Christy Lenzi has to say about writing the romance in STONE FIELD – which she says in the most beautiful and wonderfully descriptive way – scroll down to her guest post which follows the book’s description.


    About STONE FIELD

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    Title: STONE FIELD
    Author: Christy Lenzi
    Release date: March 29, 2016
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardover, eBook

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    Description…

    A stunning debut novel that offers a new look at a classic love story about soul mates torn apart by the circumstances of their time.

    Catrina Dickinson is haunted by her past and feels caged in by life in small town Missouri. When she discovers a strange man in Stone Field where her family grows their sorghum crop, her life takes on new meaning. He has no memory of who he is or what brought him to Cat’s farm, but they fall passionately in love. Meanwhile, the country is on the brink of the Civil War, and the conflict in Missouri demands that everyone take a side before the bloodbath reaches their doorstep.

    A passionate and atmospheric reimagining of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering HeightsStone Field explores how violence and vengeance perverts the human spirit, and how hatred can be transcended by love.

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    The Guest Post

    Writing the Romance Aspects of Stone Field

    by Christy Lenzi

    Because Catrina has such an impetuous and reckless nature, I knew her romance with Stonefield had to be sudden and torrential like a Missouri thunderstorm. Those storms keep you awake at night, trembling in your bed as you listen to the thunder rolling and crashing over the hills and the terrible crack of lightning, echoing through the valleys.

    So, I struck Cat with a lightning bolt the moment she saw Stonefield, and that was just the beginning of the storm. I felt kind of bad about it, because it’s not the sort of thing you wish on someone you care about. It was difficult to watch her get drenched and carried away in the flood of her own emotion and passion. It would have been a very different matter to write a romance for a woman like Effie, Cat’s best friend. Effie would go slowly and carefully into the relationship, measuring and attending to her feelings as she went along. One day, perhaps, I will write an Effie romance, but this was Cat’s, so I braced myself for the storm and let loose.

    One of the challenges I faced involved the way in which I needed to portray Cat’s ability to hear Stonefield’s voice speaking to her, inwardly. I wanted to maintain a level of ambiguity for the reader, while making it an absolute certainty for Cat. That was tricky sometimes. Unreliable narrators are exciting to write, but sometimes they can be difficult to work with!

    What was especially fun about writing romantic scenes with Cat and Stonefield was that because Cat is definitely not an “indoor” girl, most every scene in which they are together takes place outside in nature. Love Alfresco can get pretty interesting, especially with a landscape full of mysterious woods and caves, bubbling springs, and soft meadows of high grass in which to run wild. So I sent Cat and Stonefield outside to play, and they did.

    The hardest part of writing the romance for Stone Field was the ending. I think it nearly broke my heart to write it. But when I finished, I felt good, like waking up to a peaceful morning after all the thunderclouds have rolled away.


    About Christy Lenzi

    Christy Lenzi

    Christy lives with her family in California’s Central Valley, not far from the mountains, the big trees, and the Pacific Ocean. When she’s not working, writing, or reading, she is fond of stuffing messages into bottles, making art, and zooming around on her motor scooter, Roxanne. If you find one of her bottle messages, write her back!

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    The Tour Schedule

    3.19.16 | The Reading Nook Reviews – Retelling

    3.20.16 | Swoony Boys Podcast – Romance

    3.21.16 | Fiction Fare – Romance

    3.22.16 | The Irish Banana – Historical

    3.23.16 | Katie’s Book Blog – Retelling

    3.25.16 | Addicted 2 Novels – Romance

    3.26.16 | Fierce Reads – Retelling

    3.27.16 | A Perfection Called Books – Historical

    3.28.16 | Fiktshun – Romance

    3.29.16 | Into the Hall of Books – Historical

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    THE RULE OF MIRRORS Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    Welcome to today’s stop on THE RULE OF MIRRORS Blog Tour. I have a review to share of this awesome second book in the series along with a giveaway for a paperback copy of the first book in the series – THE VAULT OF DREAMERS.

    If you haven’t yet met Rosie Sinclair or visited the Forge School, be sure to scroll down to the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a copy. You should NOT read the description for THE RULE OF MIRRORS or the review if you haven’t. The description is super spoiler-y and while the review isn’t as spoiler-y it does reveal some things that you might not want to know from the first book in the series.

    The description for THE VAULT OF DREAMERS is further below, so be sure to check that out. Of course if you have read it, then feel free to check out both the description and review. It is a fascinating and totally unexpected sequel that is guaranteed to make you want book three ASAP.

    And if you’d like to check out the other stops on the tour, the schedule is at the bottom of the post, and will be updated with direct links to each of the stops.


    About THE RULE OF MIRRORS

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    Title & Series: THE RULE OF MIRRORS (The Vault of Dreamers #2)
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: February 16, 2016
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    The fast-paced, psychologically thrilling sequel to The Vault of Dreamers follows Rosie after her consciousness has been split in two.

    The entire country was watching when Rosie Sinclair was expelled from Forge, the prestigious arts school that doubles as a reality TV show. But few know how Dean Berg was mining students’ dreams in laboratories deep below the school. And no one, least of all the Dean himself, knows that when Rosie’s dreams were seeded into the mind of another patient, Rosie’s consciousness woke up in that body–a girl far from Forge, a girl with a completely different life from Rosie, a girl who is pregnant.

    Told from alternating points of view between Rosie as she makes sense of her new identity and the shattered subconscious that still exists in her old body, The Rule of Mirrors will keep readers on the edge of their seats and leave them hungry for more.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    Caragh M. O’Brien really left readers hanging at the end of the first book in this series. But it was well worth the wait. THE RULE OF MIRRORS is fascinating and unexpected and even more chilling than its predecessor. And it will keep you in suspense, wondering what’s real and what’s a dream. With a disturbing twist you might not have seen coming, a predicament that complicates things even further, a creepy jailor, a couple of mad scientists, and a desire for revenge that overshadows everything, this sequel is guaranteed to keep the pages turning.

    Rosie Sinclair was a prisoner in more ways than one and freeing herself would be almost impossible. Even if she could escape from those who held her captive, she couldn’t escape what they’d done to her. But she was not about to give up without trying.

    She needed to find someone who would believe her and who she could trust. But her ex-boyfriend betrayed her and her family proved they couldn’t be trusted when they relinquished their guardianship. And with a reward out for details on her whereabouts, finding someone she could count on wouldn’t be easy. Especially when the truth of what happened to her sounded crazy even to herself.

    THE RULE OF MIRRORS takes readers and characters even farther down the rabbit hole, revealing an even more sinister plot than that in book one. It’s shocking, unsettling, and more than a little bit heartbreaking. The obstacles that Rosie faces seem insurmountable. Her allies are few and her enemies powerful. The damage done to her irreversible. The chance of returning to a somewhat normal existence slim.

    Which makes for one heck of a wild and thrilling ride. And with new characters to get to know, the reappearance of characters both loved and despised, and new depths of horror to which the “doctors” will go, this sequel will be unputdownable.

    While the ending doesn’t leave readers hanging off quite as steep a cliff, Author Caragh M. O’Brien does leave them hanging with a number of burning questions left unanswered, the fates of a few of her characters unknown, and the very real possibility that there won’t be happy endings for Rosie, Linus, Burnham, or the other dreamers.

    For readers looking for a story – and series – that is different and interesting and tension-filled and gripping, THE RULE OF MIRRORS is an absolute must.

    The Rating

    05


    About Caragh M. O’Brien

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    Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS series, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA from Johns Hopkins University. She recently resigned from teaching high school English in order to write young adult novels.

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    Title & Series: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS (The Vault of Dreamers #1)
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: September 16, 2014
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

    From Caragh M. O’Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes the first book in a new series, The Vault of Dreamers, a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

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    The Giveaway

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    • I am giving away a paperback copy of THE VAULT OF DREAMERS to ONE (1) winner – US only

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    RYAR Review: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS by Caragh M. O’Brien

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    ABOUT THE BOOK


    THE VAULT OF DREAMERS by Caragh M. O’Brien
    Published by Roaring Brook Press on September 16, 2014
    Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
    Provided by: Publisher
    Rating: 5 stars

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    From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

    The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.


    REVIEW


    Caragh M. O’Brien’s THE VAULT OF DREAMERS is an exciting and refreshingly different story that combines some of the very best elements of dystopia and science fiction. It has a futuristic setting that takes place within the confines of an arts school in which its students’ lives are broadcast on a TV program known as the Forge Show. It provides a backdrop in the form of a contest that pits students against one another for the chance to remain at the school. It introduces “leaders” whose actions are at best suspect and at worst sinister. It explores scientific concepts such as inducing sleep to promote creativity and mining for and harvesting dreams.

    This story was such an unexpected and incredibly awesome surprise and was not at all what I expected when I first heard about it, or even after I started reading it. What on first glance appeared to be a typical dystopian, with a smart, inquisitive main character who was sure to beat the odds, clash with the higher ups and fall for one of the two potential love interests, turned out to be something quite different.

    It was gripping, suspenseful and most of all chilling. The “Big Brother” element added tension throughout. It had mystery, conflict and romance. The secrets were darker than I had imagined they would be. The goings-on were more disturbing. And the ending was so shocking it completely blew my mind.

    I had not realized this was the first in a series until after I’d read this book. The promise of something more potentially makes the ending slightly less of a shocker, but after having re-read it knowing there was more to come, it was still jaw-dropping.

    Had I kept certain things in mind – like the book’s title and its description – throughout the read, I might have put a few pieces of the puzzle together and not been completely blindsided by that ending. But I got so caught up in what was going on with Rosie Sinclair, that I didn’t even think to look ahead.

    THE VAULT OF DREAMERS is full of twists and turns, shocks and surprises. It’s peppered with moments that will stun. The tension and suspense make for an enthralling and nerve-racking read. And its strong and likable main character will have readers rooting for her until the very end. While it doesn’t dive too deeply into the science and technology behind what is happening, it gives readers a lot to think about, to imagine, to be horrified by. It is a fascinating story and total mind-bender.

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    THE VAULT OF DREAMERS Blog Tour: Interview with Caragh M. O’Brien + Giveaway

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    I absolutely loved THE VAULT OF DREAMERS and I am so excited to be today’s stop on THE VAULT OF DREAMERS Blog Tour with an interview with the very amazing author, Caragh M. O’Brien.

    This book’s title caught my eye, its cover grabbed me, and its description completely sold me. The setting – a boarding school – is one of my favorites, the idea that “every waking moment” of the students’ lives are being caught on camera and televised piqued my interest, and the fact that something sinister might be going on at night made this an absolute must read.

    And I did read it. Early. And I did love it. A lot. It had all sorts of unexpected twists and turns. It did not follow a predictable path. And had this novel been a standalone that ending would have been a total mind-bender. As it stands, it’s still an ending that left an impression… one I probably shouldn’t share or I will completely spoil what happens.

    THE VAULT OF DREAMERS released yesterday, September 16th, so if you just can’t wait to find out what happens, head to your library, bookstore, or pick up a copy online. Some information about the book and places you can find it are below.

    If you’d like to learn a little bit more about THE VAULT OF DREAMERS, check out my Q&A with Caragh M. O’Brien in which she talks about the story’s POV, the Forge School of the Arts, her favorite scenes, and more. And if you visit some (or all) of the stops on the tour you can find more interviews, a few excerpts, and a few reviews.

    Each stop on the tour has a copy of of THE VAULT OF DREAMERS for giveaway (US only). So be sure to visit all the stops for more chances to win.

    And be sure to check out the FIERCE READS Tour page to see if Caragh M. O’Brien will be talking about and signing THE VAULT OF DREAMERS in your town.

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    About The Vault of Dreamers

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    Title: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: September 16, 2014
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

    The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

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    The Interview

    Q. Had you intended THE VAULT OF DREAMERS to be a standalone when you first wrote it? If so, what changes did you make in order to expand it into a series?

    First, let me say thanks, Rachel, for inviting me by!  I’m so delighted to be visiting Fiktshun on the Vault of Dreamers Blog Tour!

    Since I first conceived of The Vault of Dreamers, I have always had a sense of it being part of a larger story arc, but as I wrote this first book, I focused on it as its own, complete story, and I’m very aware that it could be read as a stand alone novel.  In fact, I rather like the ending just as it is and part of me would be very happy to leave things there.  My planning for the next books has been deliberately open ended so that I’ll be able to explore and discover while I’m writing them, too.  For instance, while the setting of the first novel is primarily the campus of the Forge School, it’s connected to a larger world, and the characters, especially the evil ones, have larger motives.  I also left myself a few key loose ends to play with and planted some quirky details I plan to follow up on later.

    Q. THE VAULT OF DREAMERS is written in first person whereas your Birthmarked series is written in third person. What made you decide to change the POV to first person to tell Rosie Sinclair’s story?

    As it happens, I tried a couple chapters in third person just to see how they would work, but I quickly decided to use the energy of Rosie’s inner voice to guide the story.  First person also worked well with Rosie’s gradual discovery of the hidden layers at the Forge School.  It was a challenge, though.  Rosie thinks more quickly than I naturally do, and she has a very visual, camera-like way of seeing the world, so it took some adjusting for me to write from her perspective.  She’s also not the most reliable narrator, and it was challenging to convey information that I wanted the reader to grasp when Rosie herself didn’t understand it.  With guys, for instance, Rosie is slow to pick up certain cues, and she makes mistakes with her trust.

    Q. For those who haven’t yet visited it, could you please describe the Forge School of the Arts and what their supposed mission is?

    I love this boarding school.  I had so much fun thinking it up.  In the first place, it’s a prestigious, innovative arts school that’s incredibly competitive to get into.  It’s also the setting of The Forge Show, a reality TV show that follows every student so they’re each the star of their own feed, and people who watch the show determine the students’ blip ranks of popularity.  The attention and pressure are geared to make the students be more creative, and this works, but the daily intensity has to be balanced, so the school requires the students to sleep for 12 hours every night.  The mission of the Forge School of the Arts is to foster the most creative, accomplished artists possible in all of the arts: dance, music, theater, film, painting, sculpture, creative writing, photography, and even IMGD.  It’s ambitious in the extreme.

    Q. Without revealing too much, can you tell us more about what their real aim is and what Rosie discovered?

    The surface layer of the arts school is already very complicated, but there’s another level going on in the novel, too.  Rosie first glimpses it when she skips her sleeping pill and sees the school doctor tending one of the other sleeping girls in a sinister way.  It has to do with dreams, as you might guess from the title, but for the sake of not spoiling anything, I really ought not to say anything more.

    Q. What was your favorite scene to write in THE VAULT OF DREAMERS (and why was it a favorite)?

    I have a few favorites for different reasons.  There’s a moment that scares me every single time I read it.  It happens on a particular morning when Rosie wakes up in her dorm room after a bad night.  I know it’s coming, I wrote it myself, and yet when a certain line shows up, it totally freaks me out. The ending scene is a favorite of mine, too.  I originally planned to use the scene in the opening chapter of Book 2, but then I realized it was the perfect way to end Book 1 because of the risks it takes, so I shifted it there.

    Q. There were quite a few unexpected twists and turns in the story which will keep readers on the edge of their seats. What were the challenges, if any, in crafting a story that continued to shock and surprise throughout?

    To be honest, the novel needed many, many drafts before it came together, probably because I was discovering the evil along with Rosie at first, and later I had to go back and think of the story from the bad guy’s perspective. It’s a story in layers that get peeled away, and I had to be careful that the reveals built on each other to create suspense.  By the end, after many shifts and cuts, I had a very precise timeline of how the nights and days fit together, and it became impossible to shift a scene even by a few hours.  That’s when I knew I had nailed down the plot.

    Thanks, Rachel, for these thought-provoking questions, and thanks again for having me by!


    About Caragh M. O’Brien

    CaraghO'Brien(c)TomyO'Brien2014

    Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA from Johns Hopkins University. She recently resigned from teaching high school English in order to write young adult novels.

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    The Giveaway

    Thanks to the awesome folks at Macmillan, I have a hardcover copy of THE VAULT OF DREAMERS to offer to ONE WINNER – US ONLY.

    Prize will be sent directly from the publisher.

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    • Giveaway ends September 23, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
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    The Tour Schedule

    Sept. 9th | Ex Libris & The Book Monsters

    Sept. 10th | BookHounds & Candace’s Book Blog

    Sept. 11th | Mundie Moms & Word Spelunking

    Sept. 12th | My Bookish Ways & Working for the Mandroid

    Sept. 13th | Fiction Fare

    Sept. 14th | Icey Books & My 5 Monkeys

    Sept. 15th | SciFi Chick & Supernatural Snark

    Sept. 16th | YA Interrobang & I’d So Rather Be Reading

    Sept. 17th | Fiktshun & Book Briefs

    Sept. 18th | Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks & The Irish Banana Review

    Sept. 19th | Alice Marvels & Forever Young Adult

    Sept. 20th | Good Choice Reading & Step Into Fiction

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