Sunday, June 17, 2012

Review: The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

Title: The Hunt
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: May 8th 2012
Publishers: Simon & Schuster
Available from: Amazon
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Source: Simon & Schuster

Against all odds, 17-year-old Gene has survived in a world where humans have been eaten to near extinction by the general population. The only remaining humans, or hepers as they are known, are housed in domes on the savannah and studied at the nearby Heper Institute. Every decade there is a government sponsored hunt. When Gene is selected to be one of the combatants he must learn the art of the hunt but also elude his fellow competitors whose suspicions about his true nature are growing.

Andrew Fukuda has created a chilling, violent world in The Hunt, where vampire like creatures are the norm and humans are on the verge of extinction. I really enjoyed The Hunt. The protagonist Gene is a human male living alongside these creatures and pretending to be one of them. He is constantly on his guard because if he slips he'll die. He has lived the last few years alone after his fathers death. He is so immersed in this persona he puts on that he almost doesn't seem human. He often refers to himself as a part of the whole, but then when something happens that he finds abhorrent he is separated from them. It's almost like he compartmentalises his personality. Gene is a likable character. I know if I lived like him I would have been eaten long ago. He is incredibly intelligent and a survivor. The Hunt is an event their leader puts on for a few randomly selected citizens to keep them happy. Gene is one of the one's chosen to take part in the hunt of hepers, the word the creatures use for humans. Most of the book is spent at the Heper Institute where the hunters learn everything they need to know about the hunt. It's here that we learn our protagonists name is Gene, when he meets with the hepers, and where Gene's life becomes more complicated than he ever thought possible. There are several times when you think he's going to be discovered and it puts you on the edge of your seat waiting to read how he's going to get out of each situation. I found a few things a little weird, like the wrist scratching instead of laughing and elbow-to-armpit make out's. I was a little o.O with them.The last 80 pages or so are when the book kicks into a higher gear and your left breathless by the end. If you're looking for a completely unique read then you have to pick up a copy of The Hunt. It's creepy, compelling and electrifying.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Covered - Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick!

The cover for the last book in Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush series is finally here! I'm not 100% sure about the title but Patch looks HOT so who cares right! Lol. I really cannot wait until this is released. I absolutely adore this series. Patch & Nora are two of my favourite couples in YA. So what do you think?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Interview & Giveaway with Susan Dennard

Welcome to Worlds of Wonderment Susan, it’s great to have you here!

You’re book Something Strange and Deadly releases later this year. Can you give potential readers a rundown?
It’s 1876, and Philadelphia is hosting the first American World Fair. It’s also hosting rancid corpses that refuse to stay dead. When one of those decomposing bodies brings Eleanor--a 16-year-old with a weakness for buttered toast and Shakespeare quotes--a hostage note for her brother, she resolves to do anything to rescue him. But to face the armies of Dead that have him, she’ll need a little help from a rag-tag ghost-fighting team called the Spirit-Hunters.

Is Something Strange and Deadly going to be part of a series? If so, what do you foresee for the series?
Yes, Something Strange and Deadly is the first book in a planned trilogy. Book 2, A Darkness Strange and Lovely, leads Eleanor and the Spirit-Hunters to Paris, and book 3 takes them to Egypt.

Can you describe your main characters in five words?
Do you mean a sentence of five words? Or five adjectives? I’m going to go with the latter. ;)
Eleanor is brave, overly curious, too impulsive, hungry-for-carbs, and fiercely loyal. Okay, that was WAY more than five... Sorry!

What do you think sets Eleanor and Daniel apart from other YA couples?
I think they’re different because they aren’t necessarily meant to be together. There is no love-at-first-sight, soul-mate love between them. In fact, they aren’t even remotely interested in each other at the start. Their romance is a gradual thing...but even in books 2 and 3, there’s a lot standing in their way--specifically themselves and their own emotional readiness for love.

What makes a swoon-worthy rogue attractive and why do think we swoon over these rogues?
Ah, it’s the arrogant charm. A good ol’ Han Solo or Howl makes me go weak in the knees. There’s just something about their self-confidence...and also their tendency toward sarcasm. The key is figuring out which rogues are actually worth being with and which are just self-centered jerks. ;)

Is there a song that you think encompasses Something Strange and Deadly? Why does it fit your book?
For Something Strange and Deadly, it would be “Septimus” from the Stardust score. It’s just full of tension, and I can so vividly see Eleanor and Daniel running for their lives as they flee a dynamite factory on the verge of exploding!

Was there one defining moment when you realised you wanted to be an author?
Well, I wanted to be a writer when I was growing up, but when I went to school to study creative writing, I wound up sidetracked by marine biology. But when my husband and I got engaged, we realized if I continued to pursue science and he continued to pursue engineering, then we would be apart for many, many, MANY years. At that point, I decided to re-examine that old life goal of mine. But this time, I was older and willing to approach it without the rose-coloured glasses of childhood. This time, I was going to approach it as a profession. And...well, that’s what I did!

What has your journey been like to become published?
It was definitely not what I expected! When I started querying, I was actually on vacation and barely had access to the internet. I figured I wouldn’t hear from any agents for a while, so I sent out my queries and then went to the south of France for a week…only to get my first offer of representation a few days later! I can’t explain to you how stressful  that vacation was.

A few weeks after I signed with the amazingly fantastic and astonishingly wonderful Nancy Coffey Literary, I became an official HarperTeen gal!! :)

Honestly, I feel like my luck with SS&D all boils down to two things: how much I revised the book before I even began querying (I totally over-revised! But maybe my perfectionism paid off…er right?) and timing. The premise for Something Strange and Deadly was exactly what my editor was looking for at that exact moment, so it was all very “stars aligning”.

Is there one thing you wish you had the talent for (besides writing)?
Oh goodness yes! There are so many things I wish I had a talent for--long-distance running, playing an instrument, promoting myself. ;) But if I had to choose one skill I really, really wish I had, it would be drawing. Being able to sketch the characters in my head or draw out a scene--that’s something I would love to be able to do.

I’m a 28-year-old reader, writer, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. I used to be a marine biologist, but now I write novels. And not novels about fish either, but novels about kick-butt heroines and swoon-worthy rogues (I really like swoon-worthy rogues).
I live in Germany with my French husband and Irish setter, and you can learn more about my crazy thoughts and crippling cookie-addiction on twitterfacebook, or Goodreads. Visit!
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