About the Book:
To move on from her past, an extraordinary girl must tear down the walls she has built to protect herself.
Mackenzie Douglas seems to have it all: good looks, a great boyfriend, a passion for biking, and a little sister who worships her. But under the veneer of perfection lie the emotional scars of her childhood, inflicted by her father. Though her memories have faded with time, the wounds on Mac’s subconscious remain.
Having vowed to never be a victim again, Mac focuses on a journey she’s always wanted to take: a summer bike trip on her amazing new RoadCap bike. But as the excursion finally gets underway, memories Mac long ago buried start to claw their way back to the surface, forcing her to confront a past she has done everything she can to forget.
To prevent her sister from enduring the same trauma, Mac must let go of everything in which she’s found refuge. To break a cycle that needs to be broken, Mackenzie summons her strength and risks shattering the world she has so carefully built, exposing hidden secrets, long-told lies, and a horrific crime.
About the Author:
Katie’s a “writerpreneur,” a writer in business helping other writers. She does this through her newsletter, products, and #1 podcast, Brain Burps About Books.
After winning the School Library Journal Trailee Award, Katie launched Video Idiot Boot Camp: For People Who Think Videos Are Hard To Create. She’s passionate about the power of video to connect writers to their communities.
Katie has been honored to speak everywhere from a maximum security prison, to schools around the world, to keynotes at conferences and fundraising galas.
I am currently finishing up reading this book and will have a review here in the next couple of days on Dancing with the Devil. Make sure to stop back by!
Popular YA author Krystal Wade has a thrilling new young adult novel coming out in October, 2014! The spine-tingling suspense in CHARMING will get your heart rate up. We promise you.
We have a fun jigsaw puzzle of the cover for you guys! Go on, give it a try! …but if you can’t wait, just scroll down and take a peek at final cover of CHARMING!
They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that’s great . . . as long as you don’t die.
Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine had it all: top-notch school, fantastic family, and a bright future, but all of that changed when an accident tore her family apart. Now, an alcoholic father, a bitter younger sister, and a cold headstone bearing her mother’s name are all she has left.
Chris Charming has it all: a powerful CEO for a father, a prestigious school, and a fortune at his fingertips, but none of that matters when he lands a reputation as a troublemaker. Struggling to follow in his father’s footsteps, he reaches out to the one person he believes truly sees him, the one person he wants: Haley.
Little do they know someone’s determined to bring the two together, even if it means murder.
Krystal Wade can be found in the sluglines outside Washington D.C. every morning, Monday through Friday. With coffee in hand, iPod plugged in, and strangers – who sometimes snore, smell, or have incredibly bad gas – sitting next to her, she zones out and thinks of fantastical worlds for you and me to read. How else can she cope with a fifty mile commute? Good thing she has her husband and three kids to go home to. They keep her sane.
Once, a long time ago, I walked down a night-darkened road called Firefly Lane, all alone, on the worst night of my life, and I found a kindred spirit. That was our beginning. More than thirty years ago. TullyandKate. You and me against the world. Best friends forever. But stories end, don’t they? You lose the people you love and you have to find a way to go on. . . .
Tully Hart has always been larger than life, a woman fueled by big dreams and driven by memories of a painful past. She thinks she can overcome anything until her best friend, Kate Ryan, dies. Tully tries to fulfill her deathbed promise to Kate–to be there for Kate’s children–but Tully knows nothing about family or motherhood or taking care of people.
Sixteen-year-old Marah Ryan is devastated by her mother’s death. Her father, Johnny, strives to hold the family together, but even with his best efforts, Marah becomes unreachable in her grief. Nothing and no one seems to matter to her . . . until she falls in love with a young man who makes her smile again and leads her into his dangerous, shadowy world.
Dorothy Hart–the woman who once called herself Cloud–is at the center of Tully’s tragic past. She repeatedly abandoned her daughter, Tully, as a child, but now she comes back, drawn to her daughter’s side at a time when Tully is most alone. At long last, Dorothy must face her darkest fear: Only by revealing the ugly secrets of her past can she hope to become the mother her daughter needs.
A single, tragic choice and a middle-of-the-night phone call will bring these women together and set them on a poignant, powerful journey of redemption. Each has lost her way, and they will need one another–and maybe a miracle–to transform their lives.
An emotionally complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, motherhood, loss, and new beginnings, Fly Away reminds us that where there is life, there is hope, and where there is love, there is forgiveness.
First off, if you haven’t read Firefly Lane, you need to. That was the first book I read by Kristin Hannah and absolutely fell in love. You can imagine my delight when I was given the opportunity to review this book, in conjunction with it’s release in paperback. This is the follow up book to that one. Therefore, there’s not a lot you can say in a review about this book regarding the content and storyline without giving away some details from the first book.
However, I will tell you that if you read this book, or any Kristin Hannah book for that matter, you need to have the tissues ready. In this one, I cried, sobbed maybe would be a better word, for the last 60 pages of the book. At one point, my husband texted me from another room in the apartment and asked if I was starting to get sick because I was blowing my nose so much. My response: Nope, just reading a book. Kristin Hannah knocks it out of the park every. single. time.
And Fly Away was a grand slam. She followed up with the characters we immediately fell in love with in Firefly Lane and gave them some time to grieve after heartbreak and loss. Then she picked up the pieces and their stories. This book is told through several different points of view, from Tully to Cloud to Marah. And it is told from the past and present. Hannah was very creative in writing these scenes to jump in time. She started them out in the present, then would sort of daydream them back in time. It worked very well! One of the stories that I liked the most was Cloud’s story. In the first book, we just got bits and pieces of her, and honestly, it was nothing to write home about. She was a crappy mother and one of the characters you just hope to not hear from anymore because you grow to dislike them so much. But in this book, she told her story. It took 40 years for her to get the courage, but once she started, you couldn’t get enough. That hatred starts to melt away and you can’t help but feel the pain that she felt nearly her entire life. While no one is ever expected to divulge what made them the way they are, it definitely gives you perspective and respect. I recently saw a post on Instagram about not judging people because you have no idea what is going on behind closed doors. That is absolutely true!
In Fly Away, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry. Your heart will break, and then it will be mended, just to break again. Hannah is a master at writing emotion. From love and hate, to fear and remorse. She can do it all. What an inspiration for writers. I’ve never read another author that makes me feel so much just by reading.
If you haven’t read the story of KateandTully, I highly, highly recommend it. It’s a friendship to last a lifetime and beyond and a story that will stick with you through the ages. I give Fly Away 5 out of 5 bookmarks.
Happy Sunday. I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend. It’s been nice and sunny here, although chilly. I even went out for a run yesterday, and struggled every step of the way. It’s time to get my tush in gear for the spring and summer.
I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, months I believe. But this week, I had some extra time to spend on Twitter and it was a big week in the book world. All kinds of things were happening, so I figured it was time to get back to it.
On The Blog
And as a follow up to my writing post from last week, I am still going strong. I have written daily for a week now. I know it’s not groundbreaking, but it’s that step I needed to take. I am actually very happy with the work I’ve don ton a couple of the prompts. I feel like I hear Dory from Finding Nemo in my head saying, “Keep on Swimming, Keep on Swimming.”
Coming Soon on the Blog
I have an insanely busy couple of months coming up on the blog. I was going through my calendar and typed all the dates out. It looks much busier in a list than on the pages of the calendar. Oy! A bit overwhelming.
April 7: AnnAlysis: Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
April 10: Cover Reveal: Charming by Krystal Wade
April 14: AnnAlysis: The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
April 15: Dancing with the Devil blog blitz
April 16: AnnAlysis: Dancing with the Devil by Katie Davis
April 22: AnnAlysis: The Last Time I Saw You by Eleanor Moran
April 23: Author Interview: Eleanor Moran
April 24: AnnAlysis: Above by Isla Morley
April 26: AnnAlysis: Dash of Peril by Lori Foster
May 4: AnnAlysis: Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth
May 5: AnnAlysis: The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell
May 7: AnnAlysis: Killer Instinct by SE Green
May 14: AnnAlysis: The Reluctant First Lady by Venita Ellick
May 15: Author Interview: Venita Ellick
May 25: AnnAlysis: Far From You by Tess Sharpe
May 26: AnnAlysis: Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison
May 27: AnnAlysis: Binds That Tie by Kate Moretti
May 28: Author Interview: Kate Moretti
June 2: AnnAlysis: The Never Never Sisters by L. Alison Heller
June 3: Author Interview: L. Alison Heller
June 17: AnnAlysis: The Glass Kitchen by Linda Lee Francis
Shooo I need to get reading!!!
Mental Floss: Which Country Reads the Most?
Huff Post: JK Rowlings Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them gets movie deal
Amazon: Free preview released of Always Emily (of course I downloaded this!)
Page to Premiere: Eleanor and Park gets movie deal
Publishers Weekly: The Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2014
That’s all for this Sunday. Gotta get my chores done so I can get some reading and writing and exercising in! Have a great week!
April, 1574, Florence, Italy. Grand Duke Cosimo de’ Medici lies dying. The city is paralyzed with dread, for the next man to wear the red lily crown will be Prince Francesco: despotic, dangerous, and obsessed with alchemy.
Chiara Nerini, the troubled daughter of an anti-Medici bookseller, sets out to save her starving family by selling her dead father’s rare alchemical equipment to the prince. Instead she is trapped in his household—imprisoned and forcibly initiated as a virgin acolyte in Francesco’s quest for power and immortality. Undaunted, she seizes her chance to pursue undreamed-of power of her own.
Witness to sensuous intrigues and brutal murder plots, Chiara seeks a safe path through the labyrinth of Medici tyranny and deception. Beside her walks the prince’s mysterious English alchemist Ruanno, her friend and teacher, driven by his own dark goals. Can Chiara trust him to keep her secrets
even to love her
or will he prove to be her most treacherous enemy of all?
My Thoughts: |
Every now and then I like to read a little bit about history. I never liked history growing up, it never stuck with me. But within the last year, I read a historical fiction book and absolutely fell in love. So, every now and then, I mix them in.
The thing I love most about historical fiction is how much research authors put into making these books as accurate as possible, with adding their own little twist to the story. I have so much admiration for these writers.
I wasn’t sure about this book at first. As much as I like to read books set around the world, Italy in the 1500s… It may be a stretch. And at first it was. The places, the names. I have never heard of any of these before. It took me a while to catch on to the characters and who was royalty and who was not… Oy vey.
But…. once I got them down, I really got into the story. As I said, before, history was never my thing, so to me, this all sounded like an incredible story of fiction … imagine my surprise to read a note at the end about the truth behind the alchemy in this story, along with the nearly half of the characters being real people in history.
This is a great story of love and hate, passion and revenge, pain and redemption, and the fact that the life of a royal may not be all crowns, jewels and the finest clothing that can be bought.
I give The Red Lily Crown 4.5 out of 5 bookmarks and will definitely keep Loupas on my radar next time I want to go back in time.