Friday, October 8, 2010

Feature Fridays

Since I just finished reading Torment by Lauren Kate I thought it'd be fun to feature her for Feature Friday. =)

Lauren Kate is an American author of YA fiction. She grew up in Dallas, went to school in Atlanta, and started writing in New York. Kate has stated that her experience of the "Old South" in the Atlanta area inspired her to set Fallen in a Civil War era academy. She is the author of Fallen and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. She is the author of Fallen, Torment and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Kate lives in Laurel Canyon with her husband and hopes to work in a restaurant kitchen, get a dog, and learn how to surf.
Her latest book, Torment, the sequel to Fallen was released on September 28th.

The Books:



Lucinda is sure that she and Daniel are meant to be together forever. Now they are forced apart in a desperate bid to save Luce from the Outcastsimmortals who want her dead. As she discovers more about her past lives, Luce starts to suspect that Daniel is hiding something. What if he has lied to her about their shared past? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?
The sequel to the bestselling Fallen hits stores September 28th, 2010.


Some Angels are Destined to Fall
Theres something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Prices attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. Hes the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luceand goes out of his way to make that very clearshe cant let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.
“Sexy and fascinating and scary…I loved love loved it!” -P.C. Cast, New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night Series

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove: Now Available!

A steamy Southern beauty makes one fatal mistake
Natalie Hargrove would kill to be her high schools Palmetto Princess. But her boyfriend Mike King doesnt share her dream and risks losing the honor of Palmetto Prince to Natalies nemesis, Justin Balmer. So she convinces Mike to help play a prank on Justin. . . one that goes terribly wrong. They tie him to the front of the church after a partywhen they arrive the next morning, Justin is dead.
From blackmail to buried desire, dark secrets to darker deeds, Natalie unravels. She never shouldve messed with fate. Fate is the one thing more twisted than Natalie Hargrove.
Cruel Intentions meets Macbeth in this seductive, riveting tale of conscience and consequence.
Deliciously twisted. -Publishers Weekly
“Lots of adjectives can be applied to this debut effort—mean, smutty, decadent—and all of them should be taken as compliments.” -Booklist

Where you can meet her:
San Francisco:
Tuesday, September 28th–Barnes & Noble, El Cerrito, CA at 6:30 PM
(6050 El Cerrito Place)
Wednesday, September 29th–Kepler’s, 7pm
(1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA)

Thursday, September 30th–University Bookstore in Mill Creek at 6:30 PM
(15311 Main Street, Mill Creek, WA)
Friday, October 1st–Borders in Redmond, WA at 7pm
(16549 N.E. 74th St. Redmond, WA)

Saturday, October 2nd–Powell’s in Cedar Hills at 2:00 PM
(3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton OR)
AND Barnes & Noble in Clackamas, OR at 7:00 PM
(12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR)

Orange County, CA:
Sunday, October 3rd–Orange County Book Festival at 11:00 AM
(2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA)

Monday, October 4th–Barnes & Noble in Alpharetta, GA at 7:00 PM
(Mansell Crossings Shopping Center)
Tuesday, October 5th–Books-A-Million in Discover Mills at 7:00 PM
(5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy #321, Lawrenceville, GA)

Wednesday, October 6th–Davis-Kidd at 6:00 PM
(387 Perkins Road Ext, Memphis, TN)
Thursday, October 7th–Barnes and Noble at 7:00 PM
(2774 N Germantown Pkwy, Memphis, TN)

Friday, October 8th–Davis-Kidd at 4:00 PM
(212 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville, TN)
Saturday, October 9th–Southern Festival of Books
(War Memorial Plaza, Nashville, TN)

New York:
Monday, October 11th–Barnes & Noble in Carle Place, NY at 7:00 PM
(91 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY)
Tuesday, October 12th–Borders in Westbury, NY at 7:00 PM
(1260 Old Country Road, Westbury, NY)

Wednesday, October 13th–Anderson’s in Naperville, IL at 7:00 PM
(123 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville IL)
Thursday, October 14th–Borders in Schaumburg, IL at 7:00 PM
(1540 Golf Road Schaumburg, IL 60173)

Contact Info:

News & Interviews:
Lauren Kate’s third book in her Fallen series is named Passion and is due to be released in the summer of 2011. Can you tell us a little bit about book 3? Will we find out more about Luce and Daniel's past lives?
Kate:Passion is going to be the craziest, coolest book I’ve ever written! I’m halfway through the first draft right now and it is so rewarding to finally get to delve into Luce and Daniel’s past lives together. The history these two share is the stuff of epics, and I am learning so many new things about them as I write. For any reader out there feeling tortured by the teasing hints of so many thrilling past lives: Passion is your book! Everything--well, almost everything--will be illuminated.


RHCB acquire Lauren Kate’s The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove
Random House Children’s Books have announced that they have acquired The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by US author Lauren Kate. The deal for UK and Commonwealth (excluding Canadian) rights was done with Penguin US. Lauren Kate is the author of the bestselling book Fallen that has sold over 220,000 [...]
Lauren Kate interview (November 2009)
Lauren Kate recently finished her M.A. in Creative Writing at UC Davis, where she also teaches. She lives and writes in an old farmhouse in Winters, California. Her first novel, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove goes on sale one month before Fallen. Lauren very kindly spoke to Fantasy Book Review i [...]
Fantasy Book Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate
Seventeen year old Luce is sent to reform school, Sword & Cross following a terrible tragedy involving her ex-boyfriend Trevor. The details of what happened that night are hazy and Luce is struggling to come to terms with the idea that she might have been responsible. Fantasy Book Review in [...]
Lauren Kate’s Fallen series acquired by Random House Children’s Books
Random House Children’s Books has acquired the first four titles in the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. The deal, made with sister company Random House Inc in New York, was for a major six figure sum. The books will be rushed into production, with the first title published this winter on both sides [...]

My thoughts on Fallen & Torment:
I've read both of these books and enjoyed them. What’s not to like about fallen angels and undying love?
They are about a girl named Luce who first attends a reform school Sword & Cross for her senior year after her boyfriend is killed in a fire. She suspects that the shadows that have followed her around her entire life have something to do with it. She is immediately drawn to Daniel who shoots her down at every turn. Then sinfully hot Cam enters who gives her all the attention she could want but who can’t compare to Daniel. Something about him is familiar…but Daniel can’t chance telling Luce the truth because it just might kill her.
All about lovers who find each other and loose each other, over and over again. But just maybe, this time they’ll get lucky…
Torment continues on with a lot of the same characters and some great new ones that you will fall in love with as well.
Luce tries to uncover the truth and break the cycle of falling in love, dying and being reincarnated. Daniel agrees to a truce with Cam and the other demons and sends Luce to a new boarding school specially for Nephilim children. He basically orders Luce to remain on campus at all times and learn all she can, for her own safety. You can imagine how well Luce takes those orders. Her attempts to use her powers are a bit faulty and tend to put her and others in danger but she does get a few glimpses of her past lives. Another love interest, Miles, is also introduced and that along with some other reveals have made Luce question whether or not her and Daniel are really meant to be together forever.
You def. need to read Fallen before reading Torment, as it is not in any way a standalone. Not much is really resolved in this second installment either so you will just have to stay tuned for book three.
I would give both books a three because I liked them but for me, they wouldn’t be classified as my favorites or close to. A good read though. 

***Also, don’t forget to comment HERE to enter in the giveaway for a free digital copy of A Safe Harbor by Moira Rogers.***

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