Monthly Archives: August 2014

Author Interview: Matthew J. Beier

Author Interviews

Matthew J. Beier - Author Photo

Cover Image - The Confessions of Jonathan Flite

A week and a half ago I got the chance to do an author interview with Matthew J. Beier, author of The Breeders and the upcoming novel The Confessions of Jonathan Flite, the first book in a seven book series. It came about because I was given the chance to receive a review copy of The Confessions of Jonathan Flite and I was given the option that if I request it to do an interview with him. Naturally, after looking up both books, and finding that the synopsis of Jonathan Flite was intriguing to me, I wanted to interview the author.

1. Tells us a bit about yourself and your background.
I was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, a small city on the western edge of Lake Superior. I’m the third of four kids, and we grew up in a very Catholic family. It was a rather closed-minded environment, but it set me on a developmental path toward examining belief systems, origins of ideas, and the nature of so-called “social norms.” I attended film school at Chapman University in Orange County in 2003, but after becoming disenchanted with Southern California, I moved back to Minnesota in 2005. While I never planned to live in Minnesota again, I spent eight more years there working day jobs, writing books, and doing photography on the side. In 2013, I picked up and moved back to California—this time, to the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. I’m very glad I did, because I finally love where I’m living.

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Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen adapted by Stacy E. King

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Pride and Prejudice

Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen; adapted by Stacy E. King; illustrated by Po Tse
Released: 12th August, 2014
Udon Entertainment
Genre: Retelling, Romance, Historical Fiction
Age: Young Adult
From: NetGalley

Summary:

Beloved by millions the world over, Pride & Prejudice is delightfully transformed in this bold, new manga adaptation. All of the joy, heartache, and romance of Jane Austen’s original, perfectly illuminated by the sumptuous art of manga-ka Po Tse, and faithfully adapted by Stacy E. King.

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Blood Red Road by Moira Young

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Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road
Moira Young
Released: 7th June, 2011
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Romance
Age: Young Adult
From: PulseIt Free Reads

Summary:

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That’s fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when four cloaked horsemen capture Lugh, Saba’s world is shattered, and she embarks on a quest to get him back.

Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the outside world, Saba discovers she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba’s unrelenting search for Lugh stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.

Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetic writing style, and an epic love story making Moira Young is one of the most exciting new voices in teen fiction.

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Veracity by Lindsey Stell

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Veracity

Veracity
Lindsey Stell
Released: 12th June, 2014
Genre: Dystopian
Age: Young Adult
From: Author for Review

Summary:

I am alone in a decaying world, abandoned by the man who stole my memories, yet claimed to love me.

I will journey through the darkest parts of the old world, facing horror and death along the way. A soldier will save me, bringing me to the great walled city of Veracity. I am drawn to him, but he harbors secrets that will change my life.

Relearning the strict rules of the world I was born into will be the easy part. Figuring out I’m more than just a pawn, in a game I can’t remember, will be a matter of life and death.

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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

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A Great and Terrible Beauty

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1)
Libba Bray
Released: 9th December, 2003
Simon and Schuster
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Age: Young Adult
From: Purchased via Amazon

Summary:

A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy–jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions “for a bit of fun” and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the “others” and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.

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Manga Classics: Les Misérables by Victor Hugo adapted by SunNeko Lee

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Les Miserables

Manga Classics: Les Misérables
Victor Hugo; adapted by SunNeko Lee; illustrated by Crystal Silvermoon
Released: 12th August, 2014
Udon Entertainment
Genre: Retelling, Romance, Historical Fiction
Age: Young Adult
From: NetGalley

Summary:

Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo’s classic novel of love and tragedy during the French Revolution is reborn in this manga edition!

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Altaica by Tracy M. Joyce

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Altaica

Altaica
Tracy M. Joyace
Released: 6th June, 2014
Odyssey Books
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Young Adult
From: NetGalley

Summary:

“Look at her – she’s Hill Clan. Even the Matyrani don’t like them …”

Isaura – little is known about her race, but much is whispered. Born to refugees, she grows up enduring racism and superstition within a community that fears her. She has few friends, and those she treasures. Trapped, she longs for escape to a different life.

Escape is only the beginning of her troubles. Having fled an invading army with her friends, Isaura is faced with heinous choices in order to survive. Secrets from her past emerge to torment her and threaten to destroy all she holds dear. Her struggles forge a bond with an ancient power – a power which may transform or consume her. Old hatreds and superstitions are renewed and at her most vulnerable she learns the true nature of those around her.

Her only hope lies in a foreign land – a land rich in tradition; ruled by three powerful clans. A land with a history marked by warfare; where magic as we know it does not exist. Instead what is here, in abundance, is a more primal power.

Survival carries a high price.

Welcome to Altaica.

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Goosebumps Most Wanted Special Edition #1: Zombie Halloween

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Goosebumps Most Wanted Special #1

Goosebumps Most Wanted Special Edition #1: Zombie Halloween
R. L. Stine
Released: 24th June, 2014
Scholastic Paperbacks
Genre: Horror
Age: Middle Grade
From: NetGalley

Summary:

The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and after you. Just in time for Halloween, a super special edition!

Kenny Manzetti was the new kid in town. His family moved back in to an old house to help take care of his grandfather. Everyone in his new neighborhood is obsessed with zombies—even Grandpa Mo. But then a new family moves in next door and there choice in furniture is…interesting.

Kenny is convinced that there is something strange about the new neighbors but his parents won’t listen to him. So Kenny and his friends go in for a closer look. A bad idea on any day but definitely the wrong choice around Halloween. Will Kenny survive long enough to go trick or treating?

With an extended page count this special edition is a scream!

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