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Blog Tour: Starcrossed & Giveaway

Josephine Angelini


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Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Josie was born in a tiny town in Massachusetts called Ashland. When she meets people from Massachusetts and tells them ‘what part’ she hails from, she usually gets one of two answers. The first is: “Ashland. Isn’t that in Oregon?” And the second is: “Did you just say Ass-land?”

Her next stop was about as different from her hometown as it gets without leaving the country. As soon as Josie was legal, she packed a bag and moved to New York City to attend NYU. Somehow, she managed to squeeze in a little higher learning between bartending shifts and graduated with a BFA.

Massively in debt with college loans, she then moved to Los Angeles for reasons that are still a little blurry. Something about the weather was mentioned, and a vague idea to write poetry and find herself. She found that she is a terrible poet, but she never gave up on the writing bit.

Josie still lives in Los Angeles with her husband and now writes YA fiction.

I have a Kindle3 GelaSkin of Starcrossed’s cover art to giveaway!! Sorry, but this GelaSkin is for a Kindle3 only and can not be exchanged for an eReader of a different make, model or size. It’s easy to win and you can find all the info below as usual.

Official Contest information:

  • to enter, please fill out the form HERE
  • entrants must be 13 years of age or older
  • contest deadline is June 5, 2011
  • contest open to US*
  • check out my Contest Policy/Privacy Policy

As part of this tour ONE lucky winner will be the new owner of a Kindle 3g!

Contest rules for the Kindle give-away

  • In order to enter to win a Kindle3 WiFi, including a copy of Starcrossed, a personal letter from Josie to the winner and covered in a GelaSkin of Starcrossed’s cover art, you must collect the pink highlighted words from Lucas’s love letter to Helen that are provide each day at the individual tour stops. The daily words can be joined together in sequential order to create the winning secret message. Once you’ve constructed the winning secret message, you will need to enter that message on Starcrossed’s tour home page (http://www.kismetbt.com/upcoming-tour/starcrossed-by-josephine-angelini-on-tour-mayjune).
  • No purchase, affiliation, status as follower to a certain blog or any other association is required to enter.
  • Full rules for the contest can be found at the Starcrossed tour home page.
  • Winner of the Kindle give-away will be announced on Josie’s homepage on Tuesday, June 7th.

Other tour stops on the Starcrossed tour hosted by Kismet Tours!

Monday May, 16th – Bewitched Bookworms/ Tour Kick-off!
Tuesday, May 17th – Becky,  Stories & Sweets
Wednesday, May 18th – Elie, Ellz Reads
Thursday, May 19th - Heidi, YA Bibliophile
Friday, May 20th - See Scoot Read / Character Interview with Helen’s BFF Claire

Monday May, 23th – Missie, The Unread Reader / “When I’m not Writing”
Tuesday, May 24th – Savanna, Books with Bite
Wednesday, May 25th – Natalie, The Mindful Musings / Character Interview with Helen
Thursday, May 26th - Heather, Buried in Books /Interview with Josie
Friday, May 27th – Nely, All about {n} / “Josie’s Bookcase”

Monday May, 30th - Candace, Candace’s Book Blog / Interview with Josie
Tuesday, May 31st (Starcrossed Book Birthday!)Kristi, The Story Siren / Vlog post by Josie
Wednesday, June 1st - Small Review
Thursday, June 2nd – Jenny, Supernatural Snark / Character Interview with Lucas
Friday, June 3rd - Cynthia – A Book About Nothing

Tuesday, June 7th: Announcement of the big prize winner on Josie’s Blog!


Book Review

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Release Date: May 31, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 496
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Interest: Debut Author
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Greek Mythology! YAY!

Starcrossed is completely addicting…. I read these 400 some pages in one afternoon, because I simply could not stop.

I don’t know it if was because I found the story so addicting or if it was because I was enchanted by the cast of characters. Either way Starcrossed was an unforgettable read. Helen is a normal teenager, well as normal as a teenage demigod is. I like that Helen knew she was different, but didn’t exactly know what that meant. This wasn’t a story where the character is completely surprised that they are a little different, yet at the same time Helen still discovers what exactly she is and what exactly it mean to be her. I loved solving that mystery with her.

I thought I had the story figured out, but I didn’t. The first meeting between Lucas and Helen didn’t go how I had anticipated at all, and I delighted in the story even more for that very reason! Angelini definitely threw some curve balls in there…. if you don’t get your ‘wow’ face on at least once, there is something wrong with you! No really…. you will be sporting that ‘wow’ face! I think I may have even spouted “oh no she didn’t!” at least one or two times. Angelini killed me in a few spots… she really did!

After that ending, and the history that we learn about in the story, I am dying to read the next book. Starcrossed is a unique, fast-paced, fun book that fans of YA and Greek Mythology will be infatuated with!



NYC/BEA Wrap-Up Post

Last year I featured my trip with a different post covering each day. Instead of doing that this time around I’m just going to mention some of the highlights throughout my trip.

I got to the city Friday before the Expo and was joined by my husband for a few of the days I was there. I wanted to do some sightseeing with him before all the bookish things began. I have to say we did more in two days than I did my entire stay last year!

Friday May 20, 2011

  • We got into the city about 11:30 pm. Although it was late and we were exhausted from a day of traveling, we hit up Junior’s for some food and CHEESECAKE! Yum
Saturday May 21, 2011
Sunday May 22, 2011
  • We did the Statue of Liberty Tour. It was a shame that the weather turned sour and was hazy and cold. But at least it wasn’t raining. The Statue of Liberty was amazing. It wasn’t as big as I was anticipating, I think that may have resulted in being around such HUGE buildings, but even so I was impressed with the Lady. 
  • A late lunch at the famous Carnegie Deli, which ended up being an early dinner too, because we ate so much food. I had heard the sandwiches were HUGE… I didn’t believe it until I witnessed it myself…. WOW. I could barely eat mine. I mean I couldn’t even finish it. 
  • After letting our food digest, we headed over to the Harry Potter Expo! I was sorted by the sorting hat too! It was a must see for any HP fan. The costumes and props, it was awesome. I LOVED it. I wish I could have taken pictures, but it’s definitely not something I’ll forget! And we HAD to go because NYC is the last US stop. 
Monday May 22, 2011 (The Bookish Events Begin) 
  • Breakfast at HarperCollins Publisher. (They had an awesome breakfast spread for us. Had my first taste of bagels with lox… was YUM!) This was probably one of my favorite experiences for the week. It was a small group of bloggers. I think there were maybe 12 of us there. It was very informal and intimate. We sat around a meeting table and discussed the relationships between bloggers and publishers and what we can do for each other… with more emphasis on what they could do for us. It was a great conversation, and it was apparent that Harper is interested in working with bloggers and making the best out of our relationship. I mean.. the president of the Children’s Division (Susan Katz), came down to thank us all individually in person, for all that we do! How awesome is that! We learned about some upcoming Harper titles and got a goodie bag including some of those titles as well. Some interesting things that I learned at this meeting:
  1. Early buzz is good. Harper doesn’t mind if you post an a review early. But they do like you to repost, or just remind your readers when it gets closer to the titles release date.
  2. They don’t expect you to read everything. If you review an unsolicited title, great! But it’s not expected. However they do expect to see reviews periodically if you are requesting titles. 
  3. They have to individually evaluate every NetGalley request. (Sometimes 3,000 requests for one title!) If you want to be sure your request is accepted, have the info and stats they want. You can find this info on the NetGalley website! And you’ll be more likely to be accepted!
  4. Get to know your Klout!
  • After Harper, I joined a group of bloggers at Simon & Shuster. This was a much larger group of bloggers, I think there were over 50 of us there! After getting our name tags and submitting some info, we were moved to the official room! Waiting for us on our chairs were some goodies! And later on, we also received a signed arc of Perfect by Ellen Hopkins. First up, we were introduced to Elizabeth Miles, debut author of Fury. She is hilarious and has a great sense of humor! She did a reading from Fury, and now I can’t wait to read it. We broke for a brief lunch and then some of the wonderful publicists at S&S, shared some of the upcoming fall titles with us! There were multiple series titles that I’m very excited for! Ellen Hopkins also did a reading from her upcoming book Perfect. There was a brief q&a session. Overall it was another great experience. I’ve always had a wonderful relationship with S&S and it has really grown as my blog has grown. It’s nice to have another publishing house that is genuinely interested in working with bloggers. 
  • After S&S, I met up with J again. We walked around Chelsea, and Greenwich and made our way to the Mulberry Street Library which was hosting the Teen Author Carnival for 2011. I arrived a little late and the place was already jammed pack… it was also steaming down there in the basement! Whew, I was sweating. But it was worth it! There were some great authors and bloggers in attendance. I bought a few books, and finally got to meet some of the wonderful authors I admire for the first time ever. Including the awesome Gayle Forman & Malinda Lo! And running into Melissa Walker, Andrea Cremer, Michelle Zink & Jeri Smith-Ready again, is always a welcome occurrence! Plus, I got to meet Jana Oliver, while in line for the signing! I also meet a wonderful blogger in line Jamie from bookmarked! I stole that picture of us from her! (And of course there was a slew of other authors and bloggers that I didn’t mention above.)
  • After TAC, J and I walked down to Little Italy and had a wonderful italian dinner outside on the street. Home-made noodles people! 
Tuesday May 23, 2011
  • The Children’s Author Breakfast rocked! I sat with an awesome group of bloggers and the speakers were fantastic! LOVED!
  • The first official day of BEA. I was a little disappointed, honestly. I just remember on the shuttle ride home, thinking…. ‘why did I do this again.’ I love BEA, don’t get me wrong the meeting authors, bloggers, getting books signed, meeting my pub contacts. But the other stuff… the pushy people, the rude people… ugh. Courtesy goes a long way. I understand that as a blogger I might not be the number one person that a publisher wants to talk to, but when you’re talking to me, it’s nice to be acknowledged and looked in the eye. And as I wanted to keep this the “highlights” of the week, that’s all I’m going to say about that. 
  • The highlight of my day was going out to dinner with some of my fellow bloggers. Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit), Carla (The Crooked Shelf) Jamie (The Perpetual Page Turner/The Broke and the Bookish), April (Good Books and Good Wine). There is nothing better than a good conversation with friends. 
Wednesday May 24, 2011
Thursday May 25, 2011
  • The last day of BEA. I didn’t have many author signings that I wanted to do today. My goal was to meet my and remaining pub contacts that I’d yet to meet. It was a very productive day. I was wonderful to get to thank those publicists in person for sending you book for review. And even though I had a little scuffle in the morning (which you can read about below), I did not let it ruin my day! 
  • I did wake up early to get into the exhibit line so as I could stake out the penguin booth for Maureen Johnson! I was really close to the beginning of the line too. Until a group of bloggers “came to talk to their friends” and didn’t leave. You might have read about this on twitter, because I WAS NOT HAPPY. Not only did they cut in line, but they also made a teenage girl who suggested to them since this was a popular author if they could go to the end of the line since people were already waiting, cry. Yes that’s right, they made her cry. Now I did not hear what they said to this girl, but I did hear her talking to them and she did not deserve whatever they said to her. Tensions were apparently high…. people were cranky, wore out and stressed out. I’d like to say I gave the butters the benefit of the doubt, but it was one of the same group of bloggers that cut in line in front of me several times last year. And that’s all I’m going to say about that. 
  • I left BEA early with Chelsea and Tara from Hobbitsies. We had a late lunch at a yummy Mexican place and had a great conversation. Tara ended up coming back to my hotel room with me, where we charged our phones! And we made plans to meet up with Chelsea later and head to the Scholastic, This Is Teen event!
  • The This Is Teen event was AWESOME!! Bloggers were invited to come early for a meet and greet. I know that it wasn’t what I was expecting….. the three authors: Meg Cabot, Maggie Stiefvater & Libba Bray were in the crowd mingling! We got to talk with them, snap pictures, fangirl over them… WOW! And I had a refreshing this-is-tini drink! 
  • Afterward was the signing. The authors did a hilarious q&a session and then they split up to sign their books. Scholastic was nice enough to give the attendees of the meet & greet session a goodie bag of books from each author! So I was able to get book signed from each one! If this event is coming to your area (San Francisco, CA | Naperville, IL | Wellesley, MA | Miami, FL) GO! You will not regret it! 
Friday May 26, 2011
  • The Book Blogger Convention! 
  • There were some great sessions this year! I ended up leaving a few hours early to take a nap at the hotel, but I really got some great information while I was there. I really enjoyed all the speakers and panelists! There were a few cringe worthy moments during the q&a session of the “ask the publicists” panel, but the good moments far out weighed the bad. It was wonderful to see how much it had gown since last year. Thanks Michelle for all your hard work! 
  • After my nap I meet up with Heidi and Erica of The Book Cellar, and had a wonderful dinner and HOURS of conversation. I couldn’t have ended on a better note. 
In closing and reflection on my entire trip, it was a success! 
I do want to thank the wonderful publicists who took the time out of their busy BEA schedules to talk with me, and share some exciting titles with me! 
And to all the bloggers I met for the first time that I didn’t mention above… Katie of Babbling About Books, And More!, Stacy and Shannan of Girls In the Stacks.com, Sara of Novel Novice, Jeffery & Jeremy West of Novel Thoughts, Farrah and Brittany of I Eat Words, Danny & Heather of Bewitched Bookworms, Kelsey of Reading or Breathing, Lindsi of Books, Sweets and other Treats & Sassymonkey! IT WAS AWESOME TO MEET YOU!! And I know there were more of you… and I am drawing a blank, I see faces but can’t remember blog names, I promise I didn’t not list you intentionally! 



The Nine Paths Game / The Nine Lives of Chloe King!

I know I usually talk about books on here…. but I’m going to talk a little bit about tv shows today! And one I am particularly excited for this summer.

Have you heard about The Nine Lives of Chloe King? You might actually recognize the actress that will be playing Chloe King, Skyler Samuels. She played a succubus in the summer series The Gates!!

For those of you that haven’t, it’s a new show this summer on ABC Family! After I saw the preview promo on tv, I knew it was a show that I would be watching this summer…. cute boys, kick ass girl, supernatural element… sounds like a guilty pleasure for me! (I mean, I need something to watch while I wait for Vampire Diaries to come back.) And I can’t fail to mention, I am super excited for another show that is coming back on June 14… PRETTY LITTLE LIARS!! WOOHOO!! So watch Pretty Little Liars and then stay tuned afterward for the premiere of The Nine Lives of Chloe King! I know that’s what I’ll be doing.

I always already pumped about watching the show, so you can only imagine my excitement when I received an invitation to participate in the The Nine Paths game, to promote the upcoming premiere of The Nine Lives of Chloe King. Whoever comes up with these things, is pure genius! I participated in the Pretty Little Liars: Secret Keepers game last year and LOVED every minute of it! And I have to admit that even though this is a “promo” type post, I am genuinely EXCITED for this show and this game!

Let’s talk a little bit more about the game, shall we?

I received a package in the mail on Tuesday. If you are a reader of this blog, you know that I was attending BEA in NYC that day, so I was not here to dive into it, but I did when I got home, and this is what I found:

Neat right! (Yes that is a real iPad 2… I think I did die when I saw that.)

My first path required me to find the meaning of a word.

I had to fold a birth certificate to reveal a clue, which read: “Smila Ukraine Find This on MaiMap now.” I used my iPad to access the MaiMap and found Smila, Ukraine on the map, which lead me to a clue. I needed to find the meaning of Smila and email the answer to the Mai to complete the first path. Which I did! Smila means “Brave Girl.” Wasn’t that FUN!

To complete the second path I had to answer a series of questions about an image.

This image on the left to be exact. Which, in case you didn’t know (because I sure as heck didn’t) is the Egyptian feline goddess, Bastet. I had to take a picture of the image with my iPad using “google goggles” (another thing I had not heard of) and it brought up a list of possibilities that the stature might be! This lead me to be able to answer the three questions. I think in turn had to use the three answers to those questions as a search for a video on YouTube, which I did and watched!

I can tell you that I am already having a blast doing this! And I can’t wait to go down the next path!


You READERS can play the game too! Sign up to play the game! And along the way win some awesome prizes!!

Up for grabs right now is the Circle Charm! When you visit the site, be sure to enter the code: Circle

You can also follow the show on Facebook and Twitter!

And don’t forget to check out The Nine Lives of Chloe King on ABC family June 14th!!

The Nine Paths to Chloe King Free Gift offer (“Offer”) is valid from 5/24/11 at 8:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (“PDT”) to 6/14/11 at 11:59:59 PM PDT or until supplies last, whichever is sooner. Offer open to residents of 50 US & DC, 13 & older who follow a participating blogger in The Nine Paths to Chloe King Blogger/Journalist Program (“Blogger”) at time of redeeming free gift (“Free Gift”). Each 1 of 3 Free Gifts available is tied to a different code word which will be revealed by Blogger at 3 separate times (estimated to be 5/24/11, 6/6/11, and 6/13/11). To redeem a Free Gift (while supplies last), go to ahttp://abcfamily.go.com/shows/nine-lives-chloe-king/nine-paths & enter code. Expect Free Gift within 8–10 weeks from 6/14/11. Limit: 1 Free Gift/person. Void where prohibited.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to persons who are, as of entry, 18 years of age or older, legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 United States or D.C. and who are bloggers or journalists specifically invited to participate by Sponsor. Starts May 24, 2011 once game boxes are received and ends on June 14, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM PDT. Void where prohibited. Click here for Official Rules Terms and Conditions and complete entry and prize details.



IMM will be back Next Week!

Welcome to In My Mailbox! You can find official information like how to participate, why it was started and other goodies about IMM on the IMM Page.

I need to send a HUGE thank you, to all you IMM participants for putting up with all the craziness this month! I’ve really missed doing my IMM vlogs and I was hoping that I might be able to do one today, but it’s not going to happen. However, it WILL be back next week! AND I’M SO EXCITED!!!

I got back from NYC yesterday evening, and I have so much to catch up on! I had a wonderful time at NYC and BEA and I’ll hopefully work up some type of wrap-up post about my experiences there for all of you who are interested.

 I can say without a doubt that I had a WONDERFUL book week this week, and I hope that you did too! I’ll see you next week!

Happy Reading!

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