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    ROOMS Blog Tour: Interview with Lauren Oliver, Review + Giveaway

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    I am thrilled to be today’s stop on Lauren Oliver’s ROOMS Blog Tour. The author is an incredible writer and manages to do amazing things with each of the genres she’s written for. And her debut adult novel ROOMS is no exception.

    ROOMS releases next week and is definitely a must read whether you’re a fan of the author or you just like beautifully written stories that have depth, will make you think, will make you feel, and will stay with you. The description wasn’t wrong when it called this story “haunting.”

    For my tour stop, in addition to sharing my thoughts about ROOMS, I was able to ask the author a few questions about writing, about ROOMS and about ghosts. If you’d like to check out both, they follow just a bit further down in this post.

    And because I love this book I am offering up a copy of ROOMS for giveaway. So if you’d like the chance to win a finished copy, just enter in the Rafflecopter form.

    The tour continues on through October 1st, so if you’d like to follow along, the schedule is at the bottom of the post and I’ll be updating it with direct links to all the stops.

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    About Rooms

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    Title: ROOMS
    Author: Lauren Oliver
    Release date: September 23, 2014
    Publisher: Ecco
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways.

    Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance.

    But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.

    The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.

    Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.

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    The Interview

    Q. You’ve written novels for both YA and MG audiences and now you’ll be making your adult debut with ROOMS. What have been some of your favorite aspects about writing for each of the different audiences? What were some of the challenges?

    The great thing about writing for different age groups is that you can tackle different themes, certainly, but you can also tackle similar themes in very different ways. So in my next YA book, VANISHING GIRLS, I also explore themes of family and the way families fall apart and reconfigure after tragic events, as I do in ROOMS, but in a way that is completely different, and in a tone that’s different. It gives me the ultimate ability as a storyteller to pursue whatever it is I want to do, which is the greatest blessing I can think of. In terms of the challenges–all stories are challenging, in their own ways. I’m not sure that it has much to do with the audience, per se.

    Q. Did you have to change your approach when writing ROOMS? If so, what adjustments did you make, i.e., to style, voice, character development?

    I don’t think I consciously changed my approach, any more than I do when tackling a new book or a new set of characters for the first time. Methodologically, it was still the same–I “wrote my way in,” meaning I just started playing in the world for a while before determining what should actually happen from a narrative perspective. And then, as always, I took a step backward and tried to nail down the story I wanted to tell.

    Q. ROOMS has been described as “haunting” – and not simply for the fact that it’s a ghost story – and it’s not the first novel you’ve written that has been characterized as such. What is it that appeals to you about this quality in a story? And how are you able to bring this quality out in each of the books you write?

    I definitely like books that stay with you. I think that’s what people mean when they say my books are haunting–that they linger with you, engage you, and force you to think about them afterward. I’m not sure how I achieve this effect, actually–it certainly isn’t conscious–but I know that I try to make hard or unconventional choices, and that I only tackle themes, stories, and characters that feel important to me for some reason, and that allow me to ask questions I think are important to ask.

    Q. What made you choose to use both the living and the dead to tell this story? What were the challenges, if any, in creating each of their worlds and having them intersect?

    It was a process I found my way into organically. I started, really, with two separate ideas: the idea of the family in crisis; and the idea of the house as a living, breathing, entity. I had numerous fits and starts, and multiple trashed drafts, before I found a way to unify both ideas into a workable novel.

    Q. If you lived in a house that was haunted by ghosts, which of the ghosts in the Walker’s house would you not mind haunting yours – and why?

    Oh, lord–I would hope none of them! I do actually have an old house and several of my guests have reported strange experiences–so it’s possible I do have ghosts. But hopefully our lives won’t converge in such…explosive ways.


    About Lauren Oliver

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    Lauren Oliver is the author of the New York Times bestselling YA novels Before I Fall, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem. Her books have been translated into thirty languages. She is also the author of two novels for middle-grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, which was a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee. Lauren’s first adult novel, Rooms, will be published in September 2014.

    A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU’s MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the co-founder of the boutique literary development company Paper Lantern Lit. You can visit her online at www.laurenoliverbooks.com.

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    The Review

    Lauren Oliver’s ROOMS is a beautifully written story that is powerful and moving and dramatic and richly developed. Told from several points of view, each character’s story unfolds in a rather unique way, room by room. The description promises a story that is haunting and ROOMS lives up to that promise – it will make readers think and feel not only throughout the read but for a long time after the story’s end.

    The author created characters who have vastly different personalities, traits and backgrounds, yet she managed to bring each of their individual voices to life in her novel. And while initially it might seem they have nothing in common, they have a connection that extends beyond the fact that at one point in time in their lives they resided in what is currently the Walker home.

    ROOMS is an absolutely heartrending tale. Each of the characters – Alice, Sandra, Caroline, Minna, Trenton and even Richard Walker – have secrets that weigh them down and sorrow that is destroying them. Each of them yearns for an escape. Every one of their stories is so very sad.

    I loved getting to know the living, barely living, and the no-longer-living characters in ROOMS. Each one of them was completely different from the other, which made this an incredibly engaging, at times fun and quirky, at others dark and disturbing, read. I connected with each character in a different way, but I did make a connection with them all. I empathized with what they were going through, what they went through and their inability to move beyond what was trapping them.

    Lauren Oliver crafted a story that will stay with me for quite some time. It was filled with passages and thoughts and ideas that I want to revisit, think about for a bit longer. It put me through an emotional wringer. It left me feeling scooped out and empty. All I could think was “wow” when I read those final words and thoughts.

    The author’s first attempt at a novel aimed at an adult audience was hugely successful. ROOMS has gorgeous writing and depth of characters and plot. The way the story is presented is creative and original. The residents of the Walker home are interesting, their stories fascinating. It is a story filled with secrets, mystery, tragedy, sorrow, loss and ultimately freedom. It is a story that is an absolute must read.

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    The Giveaway

    I’m giving away a hardcover copy of ROOMS by Lauren Oliver to ONE winner.

    • Must be 18 or older to enter
    • There will be ONE winner
    • Giveaway is International
    • Book will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Giveaway ends on October 1st at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
    • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winner has 48 hours to respond with their details or another winner will be chosen

     Just enter in the Rafflecopter below…
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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Sept. 15th – Andrea of Reading Lark – Interview

    Sept. 16th – Wendy of Midnight Garden

    Sept. 17th – Hafsah of Icey Books – Interview

    Sept. 18th – Melissa of I Swim for Oceans – Review

    Sept. 19th – Rachel of Fiktshun – Interview & Review

    Week Two

    Sept. 22nd – Jaime of Fiction Fare – Interview & Review

    Sept. 23rd – Jessica of Read My Breath Away – Review

    Sept. 24th – Gaby of Queen Ella Bee Reads – Interview & Review

    Sept. 25th – Stephanie of A Dream Within A Dream – Review

    Sept. 26th – Anna of Anna Reads – Review

    Week Three

    Sept. 29th – Katie of Katie’s Book Blog – Review

    Sept. 30th – Valerie of Sweeps4Bloggers – Review

    Oct. 1st – Gabrielle of The Mod Podge Bookshelf

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    My Reading Pile #183

    MyReadingPileIt was an awesome week at the mailbox this week. A book I am so unbelievably excited to read showed up and a surprise book I’ve been hearing some amazing things about also showed up.

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    I received an ARC of ROOMS by Lauren Oliver courtesy of the publisher, Ecco, in anticipation of the tour I’ll be on this coming week. I plan on reading and reviewing it for my stop on the 19th and I have an amazing interview to accompany my post. I’m totally stoked and can’t wait to start reading.

    I also received a surprise finished copy of A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT by Sandy Hall, courtesy of the publisher, Swoon Reads. I’ve been seeing this book everywhere and it sounds awesome and the cover is gorgeous and I can’t wait to meet all the characters. It looks to be a super quick read and I’m thinking I just might take it with me on my mini sailing vacay later this week.

    And if you can believe it, I did not request a single eARC this past week. Nope, not one. I’m kind of surprised, but at the same time very happy to not add more to my never diminishing eARC collection on my Kindle.

    But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a couple of books that I am dying to read this week. And so…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    {September 14, 2014 – September 20, 2014}


    Made for You

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    First up on the pile is MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr. I received an eARC in anticipation of its tour, and I can’t wait to read it. While I am only sharing an excerpt for my stop, and my pre-order will arrive on Tuesday, I cannot wait to dive in just a few days before its release.

    I love Melissa Marr’s writing and I love YA contemporary and this book sounds so very, very awesome. I can’t wait to read this “twisted southern gothic tale,” meet Eva Tilling, and find out who is obsessed with her and why she awoke from an accident with the ability to foresee people’s deaths.

    The description promises murder, romance and an enthralling and wild ride. And I cannot wait to be taken along this weekend.

    The Description…

    Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

    When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

    For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.


    Rooms

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    Next up on the pile is ROOMS by Lauren Oliver. I received an ARC from the publisher this past week for the book’s tour and I cannot wait to dive in on Sunday or Monday. Lauren Oliver is an amazing writer and I cannot wait to see how she tackles her adult debut that promises to be “haunting.”

    I may have already peeked at the answers the author gave to my interview questions, which makes me that much more excited to meet these characters, find out what happens with the ghosts that share the Walkers’ home, and what the “cataclysmic results” are when the spirit and human worlds collide.

    I just know I’m going to love the writing, I’m already intrigued by the story, so I have a feeling this will be one of those reads I’m not going to want to put down. If I can’t get to it late Sunday night, I’m going to clear my schedule on Monday evening so I can devour it in one sitting.

    The Description…

    The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways

    Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance.

    But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.

    The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.

    Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.


    Wishful Thinking Reads

    I really want to finish reading THE WITCHES OF EAST END by Melissa De La Cruz. I just binge watched the entire TV series and am all caught up and I really want to finally finish reading this first book and all currently released sequels. But as I have a ton of books sitting in my living room just begging to be read, I can’t go totally off-pile to read the series, as much as I desperately wish I could.


    Those Left Behind

    I am still reading INVISIBLE as I write this post. I will be finished by the time it goes “live” on the blog, but for now I’m not quite done reading. I plan on writing a review after my tour stop, but I will be posting it on Reading YA Rocks where I’ll be posting most of my YA reviews from now on.

    But I did post my review for FALLING INTO PLACE and have written my review for GET EVEN which I’ll be posting over on RYAR on its release date, Tuesday.

    And I did end up finishing and loving THE GIFTED DEAD and I hope to have a review written for it here on its release date, the 23rd.

    I also managed to write and post my reviews for BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins over on RYAR. And I should have my review for BLIND by Rachel DeWoskin on that blog either today or Sunday.

    Things were a lot less crazy this week at work, but I took the time to completely veg and binge watch The Witches of East End and catch up on Teen Wolf. So I didn’t get much reading done. (Yes, I’m glad I only added one book to the pile!)

    But I’m back to adding two books to the pile and I hope to read more than that. We shall see.


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    I didn’t request a single eARC from anywhere or anyone this week. I’m very proud of myself. Though I really want to search through old MRP posts to request some of those books I wanted to request but didn’t.

    Trying. To. Refrain.

    Anyway… there are a few interesting-sounding books on NetGalley this week.

    Here are this week’s finds…

    THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING by Rachel Harris (Spencer Hill Contemporary, Sep 30 2014)

    EVERY UGLY WORD by Aimee Salter (Alloy Entertainment, Jul 29 2014)

    IMITATION by Heather Hildenbrand (Alloy Entertainment, Jul 29 2014)

    SHADOW CREATURES (Lost Worlds #2) by Andrew Lane (Pan Macmillan, Sep 11 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**


    I did not take the opportunity to blog a few hours each night this past week. While I did put some time into updating my features and review pages and writing a few reviews, I did not get ahead of things. I still have a ton of reading and a ton of post formatting to do for the upcoming tours I’m on.

    But part of the reason for my slacker-like qualities was that both the tweaks to Reading YA Rocks and the final design elements were completed. So I couldn’t resist spending some time figuring things out over there.

    It’s tough preparing to say goodbye to the blog that is Fiktshun. It’s a place I’ve been blogging at regularly for the past (almost) four years. It’s kind of crazy to even think about blogging somewhere new, especially with a viable blog here that I love. But a fresh start, something a bit less serious, with (hopefully) zero plagiarism incidents is something that I desperately need. And when the time comes to walk away for good, it might be just a little bit easier to say goodbye.

    I haven’t decided yet whether or not to move My Reading Pile over to the other blog or just post a sort of “Book Haul” and list my current reads. But in the next couple of weeks I’ll decide… I hope.

    Anyway… I hope you had as amazing a week at the mailbox as I did, that you read way more than I did, and that the books you read were awesome. And if you’d like to share what you’ve been reading and what you received, leave a comment or link so I can check it out.

    Happy reading!

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