Meet The Authors: Caitlin Sangster, Author of Last Star Burning - Mood Board + Giveaway

Hi Everyone and welcome to the second last Meet The Authors Author! I'm so sorry that I've been inconsistent with posting them but I've just been SO SO BUSY with my finals coming up next week and getting my portfolios ready for my exams that I haven't had time to blog.

So, without further ado, please welcome debut author, Caitlin Sangster, author of the BRILLIANT sounding and GORGEOUS looking Last Star Burning that I can't wait to read myself.

Caitlin has put together a gorgeous Last Star Burning Pinterest Mood Board that shows you a little of what the novel is about and I hope you love it! Don't forget to enter the giveaway too!




Caitlin SangsterCaitlin Sangster grew up in the back woods of California and would rather go hiking, running, swimming, or general outdoorsing than just about anything else.At eighteen, she moved to XinJiang, and at twenty-one it was Taiwan. She did eventually buckle down and graduate from Brigham Young University with a BA in Asian Studies and is now that person you avoid at parties because she'll probably start talking about Shang dynasty oracle bones.

Caitlin has been writing since middle school. She always thought of it as a silly sort of compulsive habit until she realized that people like reading stories and she liked writing them and there wasn’t much silly about that. LAST STAR BURNING is her debut novel.
Title: Last Star Burning
Author: Caitlin Sangster
Publication Date: October 10th 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 1/2 of the Last Star Burning Duology
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Blurb Description: Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.
Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.
When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.
But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.

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A Truly Engrossing Book // REVIEW: The Secret History Of Us by Jessi Kirby

Title: The Secret History Of Us
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publication Date: August 1st 2017
Publisher: Harper Teen
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: Harper Collins India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: In this gorgeously written, emotional novel that fans of Sarah Dessen will enjoy, a teenage girl must piece together the parts of her life she doesn’t remember after a severe collision leaves her with no memory of the past four years. 
When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a near-fatal car accident, she can’t remember how she got there. She figures it’s because she was in a coma for a week, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last week of her life—she’s lost all memory of events that happened years ago. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was.
As Liv tries to sort out her family and friends’ perceptions of her, the one person she hasn’t heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who’s been keeping his distance and the one person that has made Liv feel like her old self…whoever that is. With feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t remember living. 
I read The Secret History of Us in record time for a book this year. And by that I mean that I DEVOURED this book in less than a day, managing to read over a 100 pages at a time without even realizing it, because this book was JUST THAT ENGROSSING.

The Secret History of Us managed to pull me in and get me hooked within the first few pages and it was one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read recently!

My only problem was that I felt like the ending was too… rushed. The book until then had been going at JUST the right pace, with some heart breaking dialogue and a very engrossing plot but the end felt so rushed, that when I flipped the last page, I was actually hoping I’d lost a few pages.

Let’s go more into detail:

THINGS I REALLY LIKED:

1.       THE PACE AND THE PLOT: While I feel like I’ve read bits and pieces of this plot in other book, combine that with the pace and this book just pulled me right in and kept me engrossed. In fact, the first time I looked down at the page number, I was already a hundred pages in! :O It was simply yet addicting writing in a deep book and it just worked really well together.

2.       THE GREAT FRIENDSHIPS: I’m always talking about how vital best friends are to YA books because your best friends knows where all the skeletons are. Figuratively, of course. I loved that The Secret History of Us had friends that were there for each other even after drifting apart or some huge event because THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE LIKE. I do wish we got to see more Jules, but all in all I loved the strength and the genuineness behind the friendships.

3.       SIBLING LOVE: IT’S BEEN FOREVER SINCE I SAW A PROPER SIBLING RELATIONSHIP IN A YA BOOK (Where a sibling hadn’t died/ was pregnant/ just an all-around screw-up) and I absolutely LOVED Sam and Liv’s playful, food filled and teasing relationship. It honestly reminded me of the fun relationship I share with my brother and I loved it.

THE THING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER:

1.       THE RUSHED ENDING: Don’t get me wrong, the actual ending was nice, if a little predictable. The pace of the ending, however was so rushed that, like I mentioned above, I honestly thought my copy was missing a few pages. I feel like the ending could have been done in a manner more befitting the book, and one that truly highlighted the change that Liv realises she’s gone through from the person everyone was telling her she was.
I probably would’ve rated this book five stars if the ending was written in a little better than what I got.


An addicting, engrossing read about finding yourself when you can’t remember who you used to me. 4 stars. 
Jessi Kirby
Jessi Kirby is a former English teacher and librarian. She lives in Orange County, CA with her husband and two kids, where she writes stories and runs the beach every day. Well, almost every day. Her first book, Moonglass, was named an ABA New Voices Pick. She has also written three other novels—In Honor, Golden and Things We Know By Heart. Jessi works as a middle school librarian in Orange County, California, where she lives with her husband and two kids.

You can contact Jessi at jessi@jessikirby.com
What are some of your favourite books centered around memory loss and coming of age? 
Have you read any of Jessi Kirby's books? What do you think of them and which one is your favourite? 
I can't wait to hear from you!
 

Fun, Sassy and Assassin Filled // REVIEW: The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J Maas

Title: The Assassin's Blade (Throne Of Glass #0.1 - #0.5)
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publication Date: March 13th 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Part of a Series?: Yes, Novellas 1-5 of the Throne of Glass Series
I Got A Copy Through: I Bought It!
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Blurb Description: Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins' Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.
Arobynn's enemies stretch far and wide - from Adarlan's rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate - and cut her heart in two forever...
Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.
I’m not a big fan of novellas or short stories, and that’s probably why you don’t see me reading them. I have nothing against them except for the fact that they’re too… short.

Now before you roll your eyes at me and say ‘WELL, OBVIOUSLY a SHORT STORY is short,let me explain. At just the time I start getting invested in the characters and the plot, POOF. IT’S ALL DONE. Which leaves me sort of invested and sort of mad and so, I don’t read them much. And by that I mean barely. BARELY EVER. Or, Ever.

When I got told, however that I should read The Assassin’s Blade before I pick up Tower Of Dawn to understand some characters better, I finally felt like it was time to give these novellas a try (despite owning the collection for years)

You should all also note the MAGNITUDE OF THIS ACHIEVEMENT because:

a)      I ACTUALLY READ A BACKLIST TITLE
b)      I ACTUALLY TOOK A BOOK OUT OF MY SHELF THAT I PROMISED MYSELF I WOULD READ WHEN I BOUGHT IT AND I… ACTUALLY DID.

Image result for the assassin's blade quotesNow that I’ve sufficiently praised myself, let’s move on to the actual book review: I REALLY ENJOYED Sarah J Maas’ Throne Of Glass Novella collection. We can attribute this to the fact that these five stories READ LIKE A FULL LENGTH BOOK that skipped forward at times but I ENJOYED IT SO MUCH.

I loved getting to know Sam and Arobynn and re-meet the assassin Celaena Sardothien. Let’s break it down story wise:

1)      THE ASSASSIN AND THE PIRATE LORD:

Reading this story made me wish SO SO BADLY that I had picked this book up before I dove into Empire of Storms last year because I would have LOVED to have met Rolfe and the rest of Skulls Bay in the context I was meant to. I loved that this story showed us how Celaena had always been someone who fought for the people and I LOVED THE BEGINNING OF SAM’S AND HER RELATIONSHIP. More than anything, I LOVED RE-MEETING THE SASSY ASSASSIN CELAENA BECAUSE I MISSED HER SO MUCH IN THE RECENT BOOK.

2)      THE ASSASSIN AND THE HEALER:

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I’ve pretty much figured while I was reading this book that the “Healer” who this story was about is the character I will meet in Tower Of Dawn, and it makes me so glad that I picked it up. If we saw Celaena brazen side in the last novella, we were introduced to the one with the kind heart here and I loved it.

3)      THE ASSASSIN AND THE DESERT:

This was the novella I was MOST excited for because this kept getting mentioned in the series and I was VERY excited to see what Celaena’s training was like, and it was also the novella that disappointed me the most. It had too little training and action and too much running across the sand and friendship. It didn’t seem like supremely hard training (but then again, what do I know?) and I was sort of waiting for it to be done with.

4)      THE ASSASSIN AND THE UNDERWORLD:

THIS WAS BY FAR MY FAVOURITE NOVELLA. Celaena is back at Rifthold, a changed Assassin, with Arobynn and Sam and I loved the tensions that arose and the characters we met (hello, Lysandra) and fine new Assassin outfits and well, IT WAS SUCH A GOOD MINI BOOK.

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5)      THE ASSASSIN AND THE EMPIRE:

If you’ve read Throne of Glass, you should already know what this book is about and how it ends. I wasn’t particularly looking forward to it and I SO BADLY wanted everything to have a different ending but it didn’t. Still, definitely a good story but I ONLY WISH IT WAS ALSO TOLD FROM AROBYNN’S POINT OF VIEW.

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Even if you’re not a short story person (and I feel you) but you ARE a fan of the Throne of Glass series, I would DEFINITELY recommend this collection, preferably before you dive into Queen Of Shadows (There are some backstories you might not want to miss!)


I loved getting to know Celaena again. A fun, sassy and assassin filled origin story to one of my favourite fictional characters. 4 stars. 
Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.
What are your thoughts on the Throne of Glass series? 
Do you prefer the ACOTAR series or the TOG series? 
Who's your favourite character? Who do you ship the most?
I'd love to hear from you!
 

Meet The Authors: Lauren James, Author of The Loneliest Girl In The Universe - Interview

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Author Five on Seven of October's Meet The Authors and I hope all of you have been absolutely loving 'meeting' all these wonderful authors and entering the giveaways they've been hosting.

I got the chance to read a lovely ARC of today's authors latest book a few months ago and I FELL IN LOVE. I love everything to do with Space and Romance and twists you won't see coming. This book released in the UK in September but releases in the US in May 2018 so keep a look out for it because this is one book you SHOULD NOT MISS.

So, without further ado, please welcome the LOVELY Lauren James, author of The Loneliest Girl In The Universe who I had the honour of interviewing.

P.S: She's talking about a possible sequel to this book and I CANNOT WAIT FOR IT ALREADY.
 We'd Love To Get To Know More About You: 

If you had the opportunity to visit space, would you accept? Would you prefer to go on a long journey like Romy Silvers' or a relatively shorter one? 

I’m not sure. I think I’m probably not as brave as Romy. I might go after tourism space travel has been running for a few decades and it has been proven its safe, but definitely not yet! If I could go anywhere safely, I would want to go and visit an alien civilisation!

2 What has been the best part of the publications journey so far with all of your wonderful books? 
Getting to sign battered books for readers who’ve read my books over and over again. That’s always my favourite!

If you could take five personal items to space with you, what would they be? 
Kindle, my dog, Skype, my fountain pen, diary.

And now, moving onto your masterpiece: 

4. For those readers who have't heard of/ read The Loneliest Girl In The Universe yet, do let them know what it's about:
A girl alone on a spaceship find a connection with another ship, just at the time she needs that the most.

5. Who would you see cast in the movie for your BRILLIANT book? 
Top row from left to right:
Commander Romy Silvers – Alia Shawkat
Romy’s Dad – Ricky Whittle
Jayden Ness - Alfie Enoch
Bottom row:
Dr Talia Silvers - Lesley Sharp
? - Chris Pine
Lyra Loch - Georgia King
Dr Molly Simmons – Hattie Morahan
More details here!


6. What was the cover design process like? What did you first think when you saw the final cover? (I love the way both the ARC and the finished copy look)

It was actually a really simple design process, as far as I’m aware. The designers, Iree Pugh and Maria Soler, settled on the concept straight away and we didn’t even consider any other ideas. I think it’s such an easy hook that they knew immediately what they had to go for!
The American cover, though….. just you wait. It’s going to blow your mind.

7. Is there a sequel to The Loneliest Girl In The Universe in planning? What are we going to see from you next? 
My next book (out with Walker in 2018) will involve mudlarking, time capsules, romance and - of course - more science. It’s kind of a sci-fi detective story about the extinction of humanity.  I do want to write a sequel about Romy, though – maybe in 2019. Keep an eye out!

Lauren   James Lauren James was born in 1992 and is the British Young Adult author of The Next Together series and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She graduated in 2014 from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics.

The Next Together has been translated into five languages worldwide. It was described by The Bookseller as ‘funny, romantic and compulsively readable’ and Kirkus as ‘An ambitious, promising premise . . . James is one to watch’. It was longlisted for the Branford Boase Award, a prize given to recognise an outstanding novel by a first time writer.

Her other novels include The Last Beginning, the epic conclusion to The Next Together which was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for kids and young adults by the Independent, who called it ‘ideal for teenagers. The Last Beginning is on the ball’. A short story set in the world of The Next Together series, Another Together, is also available.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a Physics calculation she was assigned at university. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature scientists in prominent roles.

She lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient.
Twitter at @Lauren_E_James, Tumblr at @laurenjames or her website http://www.laurenejames.co.uk, where you can subscribe to her newsletter to be kept up to date with her new releases and receive bonus content.
Title: The Loneliest Girl In The Universe
Author: Lauren James
Publication Date: September 7th 2017
Publisher: Walker Books
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: Penguin India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?
Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.
Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.
But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?
Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . . 
 What are some of your favourite books and movies set in Space? I'm always looking for more recommendations. 
If you ever got the opportunity to visit another planet that humans begin to colonize, would you you take it? Or would you stay on Earth? 
I can't wait to hear from you!
Don't forget to say hi to Lauren!

Meet The Authors: Carrie Ann DiRisio, Author of Brooding YA Hero - Would You Rather & Giveaway

Hi Everyone! Welcome to day four of Meet The Authors!

I'm SO EXCITED about today's author because she's written one of me MOST anticipated releases of the year that she was kind enough to send me an ARC of and now I just have to dive into it.

So, with no further inane rambling from me, please welcome Carrie Ann Di Risio, author of Brooding YA Hero: Becoming A Main Character (Almost) As Awesome As Me with a BRILLIANT Would You Rather and an AMAZING International Giveaway.

If you're a fan of YA novels and you read them a LOT, then Carrie's book is PERFECT for you as it hilariously disassembles YA tropes through the narration of a Brooding YA Hero and you're sure to love it!
Would You Rather:

1. Spend the Day with Your Favourite Character or Your Favourite Author?
Considering my favorite authors Victor Hugo I feel like spending the day with Han Solo would be a lot more fun. Victor sounded a bit grumpy. 


2. Read one Book a Year and remember everything or read 100 Books In A Year are Remember?
 Nothing? Read 100 books! I'll enjoy them while I read. 

3. Have Your Favourite Book Turned Into A TV Show Or A Movie?
TV show! I think there's more room to adapt in a tv show. Screenwriters can pursue more of the subplots. 

4. Read The Last Chapter Of A Book First Or Watch The Movie?
wstch the movie. Better than spoilers. 

5. Have Unlimited Books For Free or Live Inside Your Favourite Book?
Oooohh. Tough one. I'll go with free books!

6. Spend A Day With Harry Potter or Newt Scamander?
... can I choose Draco instead? 

7. Meet Your Own Character In Person or Meet Your Favourite Fictional Character In Person? (not your own)
Favorite character. Broody might be a little intense to meet!

8. Read Only The First Page In A Book or Only The Last Page?
only the first page! I'll write fanfic about what happens next. 

9. Get Locked In A Bookstore or In A Library?
Hmmm. Does the bookstore have a coffee shop? That would be the deciding factor.

10. Read A Book With A Cliffhanger Ending or Read A Book With Your Favourite Character Dying at the end?
Sigh. Considering most of my fav characters do die at the end...
give me that cliffhanger ending! There's always fanfic. 
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Carrie Ann DiRisio is a  YA writer and creator of @BroodingYAHero. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA with one large fluffy cat, and is currently pursuing her masters in Digital Marketing, although her true dream is to become a Disney Villainess, complete with a really snazzy gown.

Title: Brooding YA Hero: Becoming A Main Character (Almost) As Awesome As Me
Author: Carrie Ann DiRisio
Publication Date: October 17th 2017
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
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Blurb Description: Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?
Or maybe you're just really confused about what "opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs" actually are?
Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a "self-help" guide (with activities--you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love. 
As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

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Meet The Authors: Julie Israel, Author of Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index - Interview & Giveaway

Hi Everyone and welcome to day three of the October edition of Meet The Authors! I have with me another debut author whose first book came out earlier this year. I had the opportunity to read and review it and it was SUCH a stunning book and after I read it, I knew I simply had to have it's author, Julie Israel on the blog!

So, (I know you're not here to hear me ramble on) without further ado, please welcome the LOVELY Julie Israel who is talking about herself and her debut novel, Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index in her interview down below.

If you'd like more information on the book and what I though of it, you can always read my review here

Julie is also hosting an International Giveaway for ALL of you lovelies to participate in and I hope you get as excited about this book as I am!
We'd Love To Get To Know More About You: 

1. Do you prefer Hardbacks, Paperbacks, Audiobooks or E-books? 

I think I like physical books the best (and perhaps paperback because they are more portable), but I am almost always listening to an audiobook, too. Each format can bring the story alive in different ways and it’s fun to experience a spectrum of that. But audiobooks have the added perk of helping me sneak in my reading when I’m too busy or visually worded-out to read!


2. Juniper Lemon has two of the prettiest covers I've seen. What are some of your favourite YA covers from 2017?

Thank you, that’s very kind! In no particular order, these are some of my favorites:

SONG OF THE CURRENT by Sarah Tolscer
THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
THIS BEATS PERFECT by Rebecca Denton
THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ by Lilliam Rivera

Think it’s safe to say I am a sucker for original art and pretty lettering!


3. Juniper Lemon was your debut novel. What are your top five 2017 debuts?

OH MAN I don’t know if I can choose, especially when my debut TBR pile is still so huge! My favorite that I’ve read so far is Mary Taranta’s magical SHIMMER AND BURN -- its enticing new world and rules drew me in from the start and gave me a fantastic Howl’s Moving Castle vibe.

Some of my most highly-anticipated debuts are currently in a stack to read on my desk: THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE by Kayla Olson, THE GALLERY OF UNFINISHED GIRLS by Lauren Karcz, THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas, WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon, and CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber!


And Now, moving onto your masterpiece: 

4. For those readers who haven't heard about/read Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index yet, could you tell them a little about what it's about? 

Certainly! JUNIPER is about a grieving teen who finds a love letter her sister wrote the day she died addressed only to “You” – and her resulting laughter/tear-filled mission to identify You and deliver it. Along the way she meets new friends, finds healing in unexpected places, and learns that just about everyone in her life has a secret – something she herself has in common with her sister, as we discover when she loses one she’s written on an index card and her scramble to recover it kicks off a series of interpersonal (mis)adventures.

In short: it’s a warm, funny, poignant story about loss, sisters, friendships, and a coming-of-age realization that there are hidden sides to everyone: even those we think we know best.
  
5. In the book, Juniper forms a support group full of friends for herself. Are female friendships in YA important to you? What are some of the other YA books you've read that showcase friendships? 

Definitely. For me it need not be female friendships exclusively, but I love to see girls supporting girls, and I also think it’s important to see books where a romantic relationship is not necessarily the most important one.

These books contain some of my favorite YA friendships:

BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver
THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken
CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky
THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray
THE UNIVERSE VERSUS ALEX WOODS by Gavin Extence


6. Cami was in love with a mystery person we only know as YOU. Were you always going to leave the ending about who YOU was as open ended or was there a draft where he/she was revealed? 

In the earliest drafts, I had one specific person in mind and did reveal who it was near the end. However, in subsequent revisions and not only writing that reveal out, but writing more interactions in, I sincerely felt there was a moment when You’s identity was given back to the story, and that the person I originally flagged as You no longer definitively was. Now I feel that there are not only a number of people You could be, but that, given the limit to what Juniper is able to find out, there is no conclusively right or wrong answer.


7. What were your thoughts when you first saw your UK and US covers?

It was so fascinating to get a glimpse at the cover-making process! I think both covers really delivered on the concept we were going for (a visual at odds with the overly-bright title), although I must say I really swooned when I first saw the UK cover. As mentioned above, many of my favorite covers use original art/title treatments, and the salt + watercolors (plus the subtracted/negative space title!) is directly from the book!
Julie Israel Julie Israel lives in Portland, Oregon and holds a BA in Creative Writing. After a stint teaching English in Japan, she returned to her native state to pursue writing fiction. When not writing, she is likely reading, making art, or learning something new (music, language, obscure party tricks) to fuel her fire. Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index is her first novel.

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Title: Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index
Author: Julie Israel
Publication Date: June 1st 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books UK
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: Penguin India (THANK YOU!)
Buy Links: Amazon IN || Amazon US || Amazon UK || Barnes and Noble || The Book Depository || Wordery || Flipkart || Snapdeal || Infibeam || Foyles|| Waterstones || WHSmith || Kobo || Books A Million || Chapters Indigo || Google Books

Blurb Description: It's hard to keep close a person everyone keeps telling you is gone.
It's been sixty-five painful days since the death of Juniper's big sister, Camilla. On her first day back at school, bracing herself for the stares and whispers, Juniper borrows Camie's handbag for luck - and discovers an unsent break-up letter inside. It's mysteriously addressed to 'You' and dated July 4th - the day of Camie's accident. Desperate to learn the identity of Camie's secret love, Juniper starts to investigate.
But then she loses something herself. A card from her daily ritual, The Happiness Index: little notecards on which she rates the day. The Index has been holding Juniper together since Camie's death - but without this card, there's a hole. And this particular card contains Juniper's own secret: a memory that she can't let anyone else find out.

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