Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Year, New Books Day 15: Alexandra Duncan + Salvage

Welcome to Day 15 of New Year, New Books! January is halfway over already, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? So to kick off the second half of this amazing month, please welcome...

Alexandra Duncan
-author of Salvage (April 1st, 2014)

I am so excited to feature Alexandra on my blog today! She's got this AMAZING LOOKING book coming out in April (way too long a wait *sobs*) but YAY FOR YOU! She's giving away an ARC of SALVAGE RIGHT HERE!

Title: Salvage
Author: Alexandra Duncan
Shelves: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow Books


Summary from Goodreads: Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean, in this thrilling, surprising, and thought-provoking debut novel that will appeal to fans of Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, and The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood.

Extremes with Alexandra Duncan
1) What would you do if you were Katniss and had to choose between Peeta and Gale?
[MAJOR SPOILER ALERT] When I first started reading the Hunger Games trilogy, I was Team Gale all the way. In the end, though, I think Katniss made the right decision. What she wanted all along was to live her own life, and Peeta was the one who understood that the most. Gale was so wrapped up in vengeance and war that there wasn’t room for anyone or anything else in his life. I love that Suzanne Collins brought me and other readers around to Team Peeta in the end.

2) What would you do if Hogwarts was real but you couldn't attend because you were a muggle?
After I got over my crushing disappointment, I would probably team up with an investigative journalist and try to go undercover in the wizarding world as a squib. Since Voldemort and company are always offing muggles and even the “good” wizards are wiping our memories, I think non-magical people have a right to know about their existence. If everyone knew about witches and wizards, maybe they could be persuaded to apply some of their magical knowledge to curing cancer and ending world hunger instead of spending their time enchanting trunks and bringing chocolate frogs to life. I bet Hermione would help with that. She’s always seemed interested in social justice and muggle affairs.

3) What would you do if Steven Spielberg called you and said he wanted to make your book into a movie?
I think I would go through the well-known Five Stages of Steven Spielberg Calling You.
Stage 1: Denial, in which I think it is a prank call.
Stage 2: Shock, in which I am too starstruck to form words.
Stage 3: Crying, with joy (obviously).
Stage 4: Hyperventilation, a direct result of Stage 3.
Stage 5: Acceptance, in which I agree on the condition that he make another Indiana Jones movie that allows Marion Ravenwood to be the badass she is.

4) What would you do if your book was the last book in existence?
As much as I like my book, I would probably weep for humanity, and then dedicate the rest of my life to trying to replicate the world’s lost literature. I’m pretty well-versed in fairy tales, so I could start there. I’m sure there are some veteran actors who have memorized most of Shakespeare’s works, so I could transcribe those. I don’t know what we would do about novels by authors like John Steinbeck and Jane Austen. Maybe I could invent a time machine that would allow me to go back and retrieve copies of their books. That sounds like the most reasonable course of action.

5) What would you do if J.K. Rowling called you and asked you for writing advice?

I would laugh hysterically, because J.K. Rowling has nothing to learn from me. But then if she were like, “No, really, I want your opinion,” I would encourage her to keep writing about teenagers and young adults. I haven’t read her most recent adult novel, but the parts of The Casual Vacancy that rang most true to me were the portions about the lives of the teens. Krystal Weedon in particular is an amazing, feisty, complicated character. She absolutely broke my heart.

Oh my gosh, GUYS. Alexandra is giving away an ARC of SALVAGE!!! *cheers and screams* I am already so jealous of the lucky duck who will receive this. Because I WANT IT.

Rules of entry:
2) No cheating with the entries, I always check!
3) The ARC will be sent out at the author's discretion.
4) Take the time to read this post with Alexandra, not just enter the giveaway. All the authors featured in New Year, New Books are crazy busy, and deserve as much love and attention as any giveaway you enter.
5) The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email; otherwise, I will be forced to pick a new winner.
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***Grand Prize Giveaway***
2 Surprise 2014 ARCs + swag
Yep, these will be from my own shelf. Yep, this giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. Yep, it is a surprise and I am not telling you what the ARCs will be but here's an idea of what MIGHT be in it:

Any of these books are fair game! But in the end, the winner will only get 2. And I promise that the surprise ARCs will be good:)

Here are the rules of entry:
2) The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email. If not, I will have to pick a new winner. 
3) The prize will be sent out at my discretion, so I might take me a little longer than a week to get it to you.
4) In order to earn the maximum amount of entries, you can comment on EVERY SINGLE DAY of New Year, New Books!
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  1. Hmm. I'm on the fence when it comes to this book. From what I see, I think it could either be really good or it could just be... not as good. ): I'll keep an eye on this one, though, mostly because of the comparison to Across the Universe.

  2. I am doubtfull about this one. Although the cover is neat, the story seems to lack, i guess i'll have to read it to find out!

  3. THIS SOUNDS AMAZING! Definitely going to be a book to look out for!

  4. I would LITERALLY crap myself if J.K. Rowling phoned me. omg. Like, I can't even SPEAK out LOUD I would lose all form of speech.

  5. Loved Alexandra's answers to the questions! I laughed at the Five Stages of Steven Spielberg Calling You. And I like the thought of bringing the existence of the wizarding world into common knowledge for the common good. And I think the first thing I would do if JK Rowling called me would be to freak out and cry a little and gush about Harry Potter. Then remember who I'm talking to and die of embarrassment xD

  6. I just won this from Tea Time! *Flails!!!!* I can't wait to read it! It looks SO GOOD!

  7. Ohmigod that cover is freaking gorgeous! The synopsis seems a little bleh and doesn't really tell anything about the story, but I'm excited for this nonetheless!

  8. I totally agree with the other commenters, the cover of this book is amazing. It makes me want to find out what happened!

  9. *Sigh* I just love that cover. It's gorgeous. The cover may be the biggest reason why I'm so excited to read this book, but I really can't help it. :)

  10. The cover is stunning, and I love the premise. I am getting more and more into sci-fi, and this sounds like the perfect next read to go with my new love!

  11. I saw this book on Goodreads a while ago and I just love the cover! The blurb is kind of vague, but I'm definitely looking forward to this book.

  12. I want this book so much! If I don't win, I have to buy it once it comes out!
    I can't wait <3

  13. EpicReads has got me pumped for this one! I've been trying SO HARD to get it!