Saturday, May 12, 2012

Blog Tour: Hurricane

Title: Hurricane
Author: Jenna- Lynne Duncan
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal/Romance/Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: Adriana couldn’t decide what was worse—that Hurricane Katrina was heading for New Orleans, or that she might not survive her kidnapping to see its potential effects. She had trusted Hayden, even fallen for him, and now he and his brother Luke were taking her deeper and deeper into the Bayou.
Why had two of her classmates, the mysterious Boudreaux brothers, kidnapped her? Why had Adriana’s dreams started predicting the future? Most importantly, would she make it out of the Bayou alive…
About the Author: Jenna-Lynne Duncan graduated from the University of St. Thomas with degrees in Political Science, International Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. Hurricane is her debut novel and she is planning a series. She welcomes those to contact her through her website (http://www.jenna-lynne.com/). You can also find Jenna on:
Twitter (@JennaLynneD or www.Twitter.com/JennaLynneD)

Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenna-Lynne-Duncan/198137450227636)

Goodreads(http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4957254.Jenna_Lynne_Duncan).

Hurricane is avaliable in Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other select stores. Also sold in Amazon/Borders in UK and AU.
Divertir Publishing:  http://www.divertirpublishing.com/hurricane.html


Character Interview:
Name: Luke Boudreaux
Age: 18
Place of Birth: Overseas
Hair Colour/Eye Colour: Light brown/Hazel eyes.

Hi Luke! Thank so much for agreeing to do this interview.
Hey, no problem.

What is your middle name?
Who wants to know? Fine, it’s Claude.

That’s unique for a name. What is that French?
It was my father’s name.

What is your favorite journey?
Twisted as it may sound but hands down the night I was almost destroyed. It was sweet how Ana thought she could save me.  Never has a Hunt been more dangerous.

What is your most marked characteristic?
My attitude. Yeah, I will live forever, get the hell used to it!

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Damn. I really have been saying that a lot haven’t I? That or hell. I really don’t swear that much, I still have soap in my mouth from all the times my mother would wash it, but where I come from hell has a whole different meaning.

How would you like to die?
Sorry to break it to you but I ain’t going to die, man.

What is your motto?
An eye for an eye, that is my motto.

What is your greatest extravagance?
I dunno. Nothing’s really that cool anymore once you have it all. I mean, I guess it’s my custom rebuilt 1969 Chevrolet Camero z28.

What is your greatest fear?
Honestly, I can’t stop thinking about what will happen to me if Ana says no. I have never even thought about being tied down before then all of a sudden I feel a love like no other and I can’t even imagine living, or existing whatever, without her. If she turns me down, will I just continue forever? What will happen to me? What the hell is happening to me? Shut up, I am not crying. Ana is my only weakness.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Ugh, see above.
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Friday, May 4, 2012

Book Review: Bunheads

Title: Bunheads
Author: Sophie Flack
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating: 3

Synopsis: As a dancer with the ultra-prestigious Manhattan Ballet Company, nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward juggles intense rehearsals, dazzling performances and complicated backstage relationships. Up until now, Hannah has happily devoted her entire life to ballet.

But when she meets a handsome musician named Jacob, Hannah's universe begins to change, and she must decide if she wants to compete against the other "bunheads" in the company for a star soloist spot or strike out on her own in the real world. Does she dare give up the gilded confines of the ballet for the freedoms of everyday life?


Review: I've been a dancer for almost eight years. I haven't done lyrical (aka "ballet") but other than that I know how crazy it gets at rehearsals and recitals. At least, I thought I knew... Bunheads gave me a whole new perspective on the whole dancing world.

Although I go to a public school instead of a ballet company, I can relate to Hannah's love for dance. Every time Hannah described being on stage in one of her costumes and doing all of the choregraphy she's been practicing for weeks, reminds me of when I go to dance class in the summer and do recitals. Recitals, I think, makes everything you worked for pay off. It is for Hannah too, but having a solo on an advanced ballet could not only mean being happy on stage but maybe even a promotion in your future.

I guess I didn't know how difficult living at a dance company could be. The way Hannah sees her friends being told to lose weight (even when they are already as thin as a stick) and diet (even though they barely eat anything the way it is) surprised me. The sad thing is, it's probably true. In nearly every book, there's some sort of competition. In Bunheads, it's getting promoted or a solo. I never understood why Hannah continued to be Zoe's friend through the whole book.

Zoe was a frustrating character who seemed to get everything she wanted when she wanted it. If she didn't, she would stop at nothing to get it a different way. Hannah was frustrating sometimes too. I don't know if what happens to Hannah (dance all the time and never get time off) happens to people in real dance companies, but I sure hope not. Everyone needs a break and Hannah didn't accept that. She wanted to get a solo or a promotion before Zoe did. While she did trained, she missed out on other things she could've done (with Jacob for example).

In the end, I like how Sophie Flack ended the novel. It seemed like everyone was happy and that Hannah finally got her life figured out (and could start to eat whatever she wanted).