Rebecca, one of the co-owners/admins of Fallenarchangel, meeting the authors at the Little Brown booth at the ALA Conference last summer in Washington DC. They're just as fabulous in person!
If you haven’t read BEAUTIFUL CREATURESyet, you must. But with reviews like this,
you don’t have to take our word for it. “A hauntingly delicious dark fantasy, a cast of fascinating characters,
a rich gothic setting---this debut novel is one to watch.”
-Cassandra Clare, NYT bestselling author of City of Bones
“This book has it all: a creepy setting, a deadly curse, reincarnation, spells, witchcraft and voodoo, plus characters that simply will not let the reader put the book
down until finished…Who could ask for more? A sequel? Please!”
And the sequel, BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS, is just as entrancing!
Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.
Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.
We could gush about all the reasons (there are too many to even list) you need to read BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS, but in honor of Halloween we thought it would be fun to give you the author approved scoop on the supernatural side of the Caster world!
*** SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BEAUTIFUL CREATURES ***
With a series entitled The Caster Chronicles, you know Casters play a major role. But what is a Caster you ask? Just think of Casting a spell and you’ve got the idea. Beyond the basics like moving objects with a mere thought, each individual Caster is born with their own range of abilities.
Even in a family of Casters, each one has their unique gift that allows them to perform a range of abilities. Here are a few examples.
Natural – Has a lot more abilities than other Casters. Cataclyst – A Natural gone Dark Palimpsest – Reads time. They can walk into a room and see it at different points in the past and present, all at once. Because of this they’re often confused about exactly when or where they are. Siren – Posses the Power of persuasion. They can put any idea in your head and get you to say or do anything they want. Sybil – Reads faces. They can see what you’ve seen, just by looking into your eyes. They give the saying “Read you like a book,” a whole new meaning. Illusionist – Creates illusions. They can make anything look like anything they want, for a spell—people, things, places—but they aren’t real. Shifter – Identical to an Illusionist, but can actually change objects permanently. Evo – Incredibly powerful; they can influence people, but they can also Evolve, morph into other people.
A Seer is someone who can see the future. And in our opinion a very handy person to have around, though I don’t think Ethan would always agree!
Not be mistaken with a vampire, as one of our favorite characters tells us in BC. An Incubus requires some sort of feeding to maintain their powers and strength. And not all of them are bad. One of our favorite characters is one!
An Incubus in the female form. “The praying mantis of the supernatural world.”
Ancestors who are called upon in sprit form for guidance or protection. They’re often given offerings of food or drink in exchange for their help.
A Sheer is a soul who hasn’t been able to cross over to the Otherworld because they have unfinished business in the Caster or Mortal world. They typically keep to themselves.
There's even more to fear in the Caster World than what we've mentioned above, but you'll have to read the books and find out for yourself. Let's just say we'd have trouble sleeping at night if we lived in Gaitlin...
And to help celebrate this Halloween celebration all things Caster,
we have a chance for 2 lucky readers, one will win a signed copy
of BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS along with some swag while the
second winner will receive just the fabulous swag
(a BIG thank you to Kami and Margaret for providing this)!
All you need to do is follow our blog and use the entry form below
to submit your contact information. For an extra submission you can
leave a comment on this post telling us what kind of supernatural
being fascinates you most and why. Vampires, ghosts, zombies,
werewolves, fortune tellers, wizards; anything goes! Or if you;ve
read BEAUTIFUL CREATURES or BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS
you can tell us why you love the series. Please keep it spoiler free!
**One entry per person - Open Internationally - Contest ends at midnight on Sun. October 31**
Good Luck! We look forward to reading your comments.
Hey everyone!! We've been talking with a lot of you lately about Fan Playlists for the books of the HUSH HUSH Saga. So... we've decided to get going on making some for FallenArchangel, but we need your help!
To start the process we are asking you to submit the songs you think fit with one or all of the books in the Saga! Please submit them here by midnight on Sunday, October 31st.
Rebecca & I will sort it all out and we will post a new form/poll with the finalists (the songs that were submitted the most times). We will try to post the polls the first week of November.
Come back and VOTE for the songs you think should be on the Playlist(s).
Hopefully we can put together some playlists that will make us all happy :-) OK, what are you waiting for go tell us what songs you think should make the playlist(s)
Thanks for stopping by the Coldwater eZine, news blog of the official Hush, Hush Saga fansite, Fallenarchangel! We're thrilled to be a part of the YA Spooktacular event and very excited to host Bree Despain's portion of the story, Soul Laid Bare. There's even a chance to Trick or Treat for a signed copy of Bree's book, THE DARK DIVINE, so please read the end of the post for your chance to enter.
If you didn't catch the first part of A Soul Laid Bare you can find it here at Pageturners Blog.
Tonya blinked. Her eyes had only been closed for a fraction of a second—only a single heartbeat—but when she opened them, the man loomed right in front of her. Only a few inches away.
Tonya jumped back in shock and hit the library cart behind her. Books spilled out onto the ground. She grabbed the edge of the cart to steady herself. She tried to shout, but her throat felt like it was closing in on itself.
She was trapped between the cart and this man.
He glared at her—his eyes black as two obsidian stones. “You have something I need.” His voice echoed in Tonya’s ears as he reached his large hand out toward her. “I need your help…”
*** “Sami?” a deep voice asked.
“Wha…?” Sami sat up with a start. She knocked a book off the desk in front of her. Wait, what desk? “Where am I?”
“Um . . . the library,” that deep voice said.
Sami looked at the guy standing beside her. His white oxford shirt-sleeves were rolled up to his elbows, exposing his mocha colored forearms. He smiled. Dylan Harris, Sami realized. She’d spent too many hours staring at that perfect smile from across the lunchroom to not recognize it—even if her brain was still in a fog.
“Pretty intense nap, huh?” Dylan made a wiping motion next to his mouth. “Might want to…um…”
Heat rushed into Sami’s cheeks. She wiped the corner of her mouth. Of course she’d been drooling in her sleep in front of Dylan.
But the thing is, Sami could have sworn she hadn’t been asleep. One second she’d been watching TV after school…at home…and the next she was here.
“Sorry to bug you, but the library is closing. Didn’t want you waking up here all alone.”
Sami suddenly remembered her dream: The young librarian with the books. The man at the desk. His black, black eyes. The two of them in the library—alone. Only it hadn’t felt like a dream at all. It was like Sami had actually been living a day in the woman’s life…Tonya, yes, that had been her name. Sami could even feel the tender spot on her skin where she’d spilled hot coffee on herself in the dream.
This wasn’t the first time in the last week Sami had dreamed—experienced—the same scenario. Only this time she’d woken in the library where the dream had taken place.
“Interesting reading.” Dylan scooped up the book Sami had knocked from the table. “Colonial Witchcraft?”
“I don’t remember picking that out.” But she had seen it before. It was one of the books the woman in her dream had been carrying from her car. “I need to go.”
“I’ll walk you out,” Dylan said. “Do you need a ride home?”
Normally, Sami would have freaked out about Dylan Harris asking to drive her home, but the fact that she had no idea whether she’d driven here herself was freaking her out even more.
Most of the library lights had already been turned out, and it was even darker beyond the windows. Sami stopped short next to a small display filled with flowers surrounding the picture of a woman—who seemed hauntingly familiar.
“I heard it’s the ten year anniversary of her death,” Dylan said. “Strange how they never figured out how she died.”
Sami swallowed hard. She looked at the nameplate on the framed picture of the woman. Librarian, Tonya Sellers.
“I think I may know,” Sami said before she could stop herself. _______________________________________________
Dying to know what happens next? Visit Young Adult Books Reviewed here to find out!
To enter for your chance to win a signed copy of THE DARK DIVINE by Bree Despain please click on the Trick or Treat button below. Good luck!
And that's not all! There's another spooktacular story called Darkness that you need to check out. Click on the button to start at the beginning!
There's more! Not only are there Trick or Treat giveaways that can be found on some of the blogs, there's a BIG giveaway with awesome prizes (open Internationally) for all of you who comment on each post of the story. So keep reading and commenting! Happy Halloween!
*Giveaway Rules-Each guest must comment on EVERY post in a story to be entered. (If guest is reading story 1, then they must comment on story 1.) -You can enter for both Prize Packs. -You must fill out form (posted on host blog) to enter the giveaway. *A winner be selected at random upon the story's conclusion. The winner must have commented on each of the blog posts or a different winner will be selected
A special thanks to Danielle (@daniellebunner) & Khelsea (@onceuponareview) for including us in this awesome event!
Do you look at book ratings before you buy a book? Do you read reviews? We do! And with the release of Crescendo this week we've been paying extra attention to things like ratings and reviews. (YAY so was thrilled to see Crescendo already has 4.46 out of 5 stars on Goodreads! You guys rock!)
So we thought we'd remind everyone how important it is to take a few seconds to give positive ratings/reviews for books you love like Crescendo on sites like Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble and Borders. It's a great way to support authors and books you love and just might get someone to give your favorite book a try. The better the reviews, the higher the sales, the more books we get to read by those authors. Go spread the love!
We hope all of you who were lucky enough to got your hands on Crescendo this week are enjoying it! Don't forget to stop by Twitter, Facebook or the forum and let us know what you think. We love hearing from you, just be sure to keep it all spoiler free. We're working on a chat so all of us who have read it can gush over all the juicy details. ; ) Thanks!
It's finally here and we are celebrating the CRESCENDO release all day today!!
But, what's a party without friends?! So we're asking you to celebrate with us!! Will you show Becca, her publisher, and the whole world how happy you are that CRESCENDO is officially released in the US, Canada, UK and many other places...
change your twitter, facebook, myspace, etc avatars to the cover of CRESCENDO for the day Tuesday October 19!!
take a picture with CRESCENDO, reading CRESCENDO, of CRESCENDO at your local bookstore, etc - you get the idea.... post it on our facebook wall or tweet it to us
Change your status on your social networks and/or randomly throughout the day tweet "Happy Book Birthday to #CRESCENDO by Becca Fitzpatrick. I am celebrating with FallenArchangel!"
We are so excited for the official release! Hope if you haven't already, you are able to get your copy and read it soon!!!
Hey everyone!! With less than 48 hours until Crescendo is officially released in the US, the excitement is definitely building! To help hold you over for the last stretch, here are just a few things you can look forward to reading about in Crescendo. Spoiler-free, of course!! ;o)
• Vee Sky- Nora’s best friend is back, and she’s just as boy-crazy as she was in Hush, Hush! Her new leading man might be a surprise, but it’s pretty exciting, too!
• What really happened the night Nora’s dad was murdered? You’ll get to find out soon!! You may think you’ve already got it figured out, but you may be in for a surprise you weren’t expecting.
• Detective Basso- Were you left a little unsure about Det. Basso was a good guy or not in Hush, Hush? I know I was! He left me feeling like there was more to him than met the eye. Well, he’s back for more in Crescendo, which may help make up your mind!
• Rixon- I loved the playful scenes between Patch and his best friend and fellow fallen angel in Hush, Hush, so I was happy he returned for Crescendo! Hopefully you will be, too!
• Marcie Millar- As the Week #3 Cookie of the Week revealed- there’s a catfight that occurs between Marcie and Nora. I have to say, that’s probably one of my favorite scenes in the book! And with Marcie around, you never know what’s going to happen!
• Patch- DUH!! In Crescendo, you get to find out a lot more about Patch, including his real name and where he lives!
There are so many more things that I could add to this list, but I don’t want to give too much away! You’ll just have to make sure you pick up a copy of Crescendo on Tuesday, October 19!
To help celebrate Crescendo’s release, we will be giving away paperback copies of Hush, Hush courtesy of Simon & Schuster. This contest is only open to US residents. To enter, leave a comment below telling us what you’re looking forward to the most about Crescendo. Be sure to include your email address or a way for us to contact you. Contest ends Tuesday, October 19 at midnight.
- Blogged by Megan
ETA: Congrats to our winners TrinaW111, April X, Rose, Heather, and Stephanie. We have sent an email to the winners :-)
Hey guys!! As the release dates for CRESCENDO are upon us and more and more people have and will be reading CRESCENDO let's remember.....
Becca is a master of twists and turns and her books are fabulous at keeping us on the edge of our seats, let's not ruin that for those who haven't read it yet! We ask you this.... please don't give tooo much away on the internet. And maybe you can help encourage others to do the same.
If everyone knew how hard Becca (and all authors) works on her books they would understand why it's so important to help keep the big surprises quiet. We ask that you help keep the secrets, at least for a while Thanks!!
We, Jenn & Rebecca, (and Becca too) are in love with the VAMPIRE DIARIES tv show!! Those of you who follow us on Twitter know just how much we <3 it! (lol sorry for filling your feeds every Thursday night).
Today the soundtrack of songs from Season 1 (last year) and Season 2 (this year) hits stores!! We just finished downloading it and are listening to it right now!! If you are going to buy it from Amazon, we'd really appreciate you buying through our affiliate link (all earnings help us run FallenArchangel).
There won't be a new episode this Thursday, but we figure the soundtrack sort of makes up for that ;-)
Also, today BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS by Kami Garcia & Magaret Stohl hits stores!! We have had the pleasure of reading an Advance Copy and highly recommend this series! (Beautiful Darkness is Book 2 in the Beautiful Creatures Series) Not only are the books great, but the authors are pretty awesome, too! We'll be running a feature on these books later this month!!
Of course we must mention how excited we are that the countdown is almost complete for CRESCENDO's big release!! It hits stores in the UK on Thursday and here in the US next Tuesday!!! (eeeek one more week!) Some people have been reporting early sightings in their local bookstores, so keep your eyes open! And once you do find/get CRESCENDO, if you send us a picture of you and it, we just might post it on FallenArchangel! You can email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anything else making this a good Tuesday for you??? Tell us all about it in the comments!!
This month's Featured Fiction is all about Steampunk! If you aren't familiar with exactly what that is here's what Wikipedia has to say about Steampunk:
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne or real technologies like the computer but developed earlier in an alternate history.
How stinkin cool does that sound? And the three books we're featuring are killer examples of the aweomeness that is Steampunk. Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan series (LEVIATHAN and the new out this week, BEHEMOTH) and Richard Harland's WORLDSHAKER. Please visit our Featured Fiction page on our home site, Fallenarchangel, for book trailers and more.
Thanks to the amazing team at Simon & Schuster we've got 5 copies of each of these amazing titles to give away! So be on the lookout for the remainder of the month of October for your chance to get your very own copy.
Khelsea @ Once Upon A Review and Danielle @ Frenzy Of Noise, are going to be hosting the first Spooktacular Halloween event featuring some of their favorite things. Authors, reviews, mini-challenges, giveaways, "trick-or-treating", ghost stories and CANDY!
And they've invited us to be a part of it all. So stay tuned for more details, like what day you can find some Spooktacular fun on Fallenarchangel's eZine new blog, as well as the scoop on prizes and what amazing authors are participating. I've had a peek and I promise you it's an incredible lineup!
(You can follow #YASpooktacular on twitter if you want some as-they-happen spoilers.) Twitter: @daniellebunner OR @onceuponareview
The Spooktacular Bloggers Participating: Ashley - Book Labyrinth Christina - Chrisina's Books Courtney - Courtney Reads Dani - Overflowing Shelf Gail - Ticket to Anywhere Julie - A Tale of Many Reviews Kari - A Good Addiction Kelsey - Reading or Breathing Lesley - YA Books Reviewed Sarah - Godess of the Library Fallenarchangel.com Mundie Moms Paperbackdolls Reading Teen