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Secrets and Shadows – Shannon Delany

10 Oct

I wanted to love this book. But I didn’t. I liked it, though. For the most part. But, there were things in Secrets and Shadows that just made me kinda unhappy. If you haven’t read the first book but plan to, then read no further. I’m about to get a bit spoilerish on ya.

I really, REALLY had issues with the whole Sarah-Pietr-Jessie story line. To the point that I almost didn’t finish the book. I guess I just didn’t get it. Jessie said Pietr had to stay with Sarah as a favour to Jessie. But they still snuck around for a bit. Not a lot, but a bit. I thought it was mean. And childish. So, yeah, I really, really didn’t like this aspect of the book.

I also felt that the middle of the book was a bit of an info dump. There was A LOT of stuff thrown at readers and for me it just put the pacing of the book way, way off. Sure, it was information that we needed to know, but the quantity that was unleashed in a few chapters left me feeling unbalanced.

But the ending! Wow did it ever draw me in. A bit of a cliffhanger, as soon as I finished I immediately wanted to start the next book, Bargains and Betrayals. Which I did. So in the end, I’d have to recommend this book, especially after finishing the next one. (review to come tomorrow)

Thanks so much to St. Martins Press for the review copies.

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MAX-imum Exposure interview and giveaway!

11 Feb

Welcome to the MAX-imum Exposure Tour for the 13 to Life Series!

Each site throughout the tour will have swag and an individualized interview with either Pietr, Max or both! Shannon has also included an audio download for each interview so you can hear the Rusakova boys!

And make sure you join us live at 11 am EST on 2/12 for a Blog Talk Radio event with host Barry Eva, Pietr, Max and Shannon! Go here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond

Can’t make the live BTR event? Join us instead on 2/17 at 9pm EST for an exclusive chatroom chat with the boys over at the Mundie Moms (http://MundieMoms.blogspot.com).

I’m soo freaking happy to be today’s stop! The chance to ask hunky Max a couple of  burning questions? Oh, I was so there! Below is a transcript of my short but very, very sweet interview with Max. Wanna hear the sexy Russian for yourself? No worries, since I also have the audio version!

Colleen:
Hi Max! First off, thanks so much for taking the time to sit down and have a little chat with me.

Max:
Happy to be hanging out with you, Colleen.

Colleen:
So, I’m going to start with the question that I’m sure is on all of my readers’ minds: boxers or briefs? LOL I’m just joking, no need to pretend to be embarrassed.

Max:
Hold on, Colleen. I am all about giving the girls what they want… Boxers or briefs? As an oborot I need to be a master of the quick change. So–commando.

Colleen:
Wow. Well, thank you for your honesty. With Christmas barely over and Valentine’s Day around the corner, I was actually wondering which holiday you prefer?

Max:
Christmas is great but I have an even bigger appreciation for Valentine’s Day. I have…a lot of love to share and there are a lot of girls that are more than happy to share some love with me. Valentine’s Day is a day to remember I’m a lover, not a fighter. I am a fighter, too, but I would rather spend my time–loving.

The giveaway!

Okay guys, Shannon was super nice and sent some cool swag my way to give to you guys. Up for grabs? An autographed mini Secrets and Shadows poster and an autographed 13 to Life postcard. I debated keeping these for myself, but I couldn’t do that to you guys. 😛

As always, if you want to enter to win one of these, you just have to answer a teeny, tiny question: if you could interview one YA lit guy, who would it be? Comment below before the 25nd to enter. Winner gets their choice and then I’ll draw another name for the remaining swag. Oh and it’s international. 🙂

Some info about Shannon:

Shannon Delany is the winner of the first-ever cell phone novel contest in the western world and the author of the 13 to Life series through St. Martin’s Press. 13 to Life is already available and Secrets and Shadows hits stores 2/15/11 with Bargains and Betrayals landing on shelves 8/16/11 (already available for pre-order!)and two more as of yet unnamed novels coming out in 2012.

For more about Shannon, visit her author website: http://www.ShannonDelany.com or her series website: http://www.13toLifeseries.com You can also find Shannon on Facebook and on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/Shannon_Delany

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