Blog Tour: Interview with Victoria Scott (Author of Violet Grenade)

Hello everyone! Today, I am very excited to have one of my favorite authors on my blog! I’ve been a fan of hers for over a year now, and I’m on her street team (#VMafia). I knew I just had to jump at the chance to host her on her Violet Grenade blog tour run through Chapter By Chapter. Without anymore delay, I’d like to welcome Victoria Scott!

1. Hi Victoria! Before we start, can you tell us a bit about Violet Grenade?

Hi! Violet Grenade is a young adult psychological suspense about a teen runaway with a second personality. It touches on bullying, revenge, manipulation, and love.

2. You’ve mentioned that you usually get your book ideas with a BANG: how did you get your idea for Violet Grenade?

It came as a vision, actually. I kept imagining this small girl getting targeted by an assailant, and then being surprised when she turns out to be incredibly violent. I love the concept of not knowing who you’re messing with.

3. Was writing Violet Grenade different than writing your other books?

Yes, it was. This was my first psychological book, and definitely the darkest. It’s much, much darker than my previous books, and it was liberating to be given licence to push the envelope.

4. What character is your favorite to write about? Why?

The personality in Domino’s head, Wilson, is my favourite, though it was difficult to balance him. I wanted him to be funny, but dangerous, and that was tough to nail down.

5. What is your writing process like?

I’m a very fluid writer. I don’t jump around, and I follow a general outline. I try to write 1,000 – 2,000 words a day, five days a week.

6. How long does it usually take for you to finish a first draft?

Depends when my deadline is. Ha! I’d love to have a full year to write a first draft, but it usually ends up being where I have three months to write the entire thing. That’s the situation I’m in now drafting my next story.

7. What made you decide to write your books for young adults?

I think I sort of fell into it. I was in my twenties when I first started writing books, so I read a lot of upper YA. Now that I’m 100% adult, I sometimes tinker with adult books, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever fully make that leap. We’ll see.

8. Finally, can you talk about your next upcoming project?

I can’t tell you too much, yet. I’m writing the first draft of a new young adult book now, and I’m hoping to be able to announce something very soon. I’ll give you one hint: Nirvana.

Thanks again to Victoria for the interview! It was wonderful to have you on my blog!

Check Out Violet Grenade!

DOMINO: A girl with blue hair and a demon in her mind.

CAIN: A stone giant on the brink of exploding.Violet Grenade

MADAM KARINA: A woman who demands obedience.

WILSON: The one who will destroy them all.

When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave. It’ll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind. Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.

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About The Author

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Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight books for young adults. Her novels are sold in fourteen different countries, and she loves receiving fan mail from across the world. Victoria loves high fashion, big cities, and pink cotton candy. You can find her online at VictoriaScott.com.

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Find the rest of the tour schedule here!

Did you enjoy the interview? Have you added Violet Grenade to your TBR yet?

-Liv

 

Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott {ARC Review}

I received this ARC from Entangled Teen via Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.

28226839DOMINO: A girl with blue hair and a demon in her mind.
CAIN: A stone giant on the brink of exploding.
MADAM KARINA: A woman who demands obedience.
WILSON: The one who will destroy them all.


When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave. It’ll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind. Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.

If you like the trope of unreliable narrators, then this book is for you! I’ve never read anything like Violet Grenade before. In my mind, there are strong Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children and The Darkest Minds vibes in this book.

This book is so incredibly dark. I can’t stress that enough: Violet Grenade is dark. Domino falls under the unreliable narrator trope which is something I haven’t read recently. If you are a fan of that, then you’ll for sure like this book. The story follows Domino who has a voice/person in her head named Wilson. At first, I was creeped out by Wilson. By the end, I loved Wilson so much! Even the voice in her head goes through character development by the end of it.

I’d also like to say that there’s a potential TW later in the book for sexual assault and attempted rape. It’s later in the book, but it could be triggering to someone who has had history with either of these.

I didn’t completely love Violet Grenade, but it did meet my expectations. I feel like I always have an issue or two with each of  her books. Her writing style is very quirky and addicting which is one of my favorite things about her books. This isn’t my favorite of Scott’s books, but I did enjoy it more than her previous book. If you enjoy twisted/dark books, you will enjoy Violet Grenade

So, what do I rate Violet Grenade?

★★★★/5 Stars

Have you read Violet Grenade? What did you think of it? 

-Liv

 

Why You Should Be Following Teens in the YA Community (+List of Teens You Should Be Following)

Recently, there’s been talk about teens in the online YA community and their safety. Even in a community based on books geared towards teenagers, teens are still feeling unwelcomed. Taryn from novelparadise recently held a poll on Twitter asking the age of members of the YA Twitter community. The results are, well, a bit surprising.

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Note: The screenshot of the poll is with six hour and fifty-seven minutes left. Results may be slightly different by the end of it.

As you can see, 67% of 1,137 votes are over 20. Now, I know that many of the 20+ were teens when they started being involved with the community. I feel like the community needs to open up and be more welcoming to the new teens. It’s especially important for writers to listen and learn from teens. After all, they are writing books that are targeted for us.

If you are 20+ and you love YA, that is AWESOME. Young Adult is a diverse, growing genre that can be enjoyed by any age. However, don’t forget who YA is made for. It is made for teens. For that reason, it is important to listen to us when we talk about Young Adult.

Do you think you don’t follow enough teens (13-19)? Want *a few* recommendations?

My hand’s hurting from so much copying and pasting! Thank you to everyone who submitted their link! Are you a teen and want to be included in this list? Send me a DM on Twitter or leave your link in the comments!

Why do you think it’s important to follow teens in the YA community? Have you checked out any of the blogs listed yet? Do you have any new favorites?

-Liv

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Buy Your Mom This Mother’s Day

Hey everyone! I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday in quite some time. Since Mother’s Day was last weekend, I thought I’d participate in this one! My mom doesn’t read too much because she is so busy. She, however, is such a champ when it comes to taking me to book events and carrying my books! If your mom does like to read, these are a few books that I would recommend if she isn’t quite a YA reader yet:

1. My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows

I read My Lady Jane about a year ago; all I remember from it is how much I enjoyed it. It was hilarious and the characters were really enjoyable. It’s also historical fiction; so if your mom loves historical fiction, she would really enjoy My Lady Jane!

2. The Selection by Kierra Cass

For many people, The Selection is a classic for a new YA reader. Although it isn’t the best book series, it really is addicting which makes it great for a new reader.

3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

If you’ve never read A Monster Calls, what are you doing? I read it last year, and I absolutely loved it. I’d definitely gift it to my mom.

4. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

If you’ve been following my blog for a little bit, you might have seen that Upside of Unrequited was one of my favorite reads of 2017 already. I seriously wish I could recommend this book to everyone.

5. The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also A Star is a really good book for people who aren’t as much into reading. The writing is super addicting, and the chapters are fairly short. It also deals with many issues that you wouldn’t normally see in a YA romance contemporary.

6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Out of my entire reading career, I don’t think I’ve recommended a book more. I read it many many years ago, and it’s definitely one of my top favorites of all time.

7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Again, Cinder was a book that I think would be perfect for someone who is new to YA books. I found it really addicting, and I think it’d be a really good to gift a mom.

8. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

If your mom is anything like my mom, then your mom enjoys historical fiction. My mom has actually read one of Ruta’s other books and enjoyed it immensely.

9. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Does this really need an explanation? Cute contemporary by an #ownvoices author? It’s definitely a book I’d gift to a mom.

10. Legend by Marie Lu

This recommendation is a bit different than the other ones. Legend is great if you enjoy dystopian and action centered books.

-Liv

Love, and You by Gretchen Gomez {Book Review}

34335011one day i met a guy
who stole my heart,
we created a world
for ourselves.
and another day
he broke my heart
and shattered
my soul.

i took the tattered
pieces of this
broken soul and
became anew.

– here lies the hurting, the healing, and the learning

If you liked poetry books like Milk and Honey and The Princess Saves Herself in This OneTHIS BOOK IS FOR YOU. I used to really not enjoy poetry. I thought of it as a piece of work that I had to analyze during English class. I also thought of scenes in movies/shows when a group of people sit in a cafe and a hipster guy stands at a front and proclaims an exaggerated poem while everyone snaps. So needless to say, I used to snicker at the idea of poetry. And I know I’m not alone in feeling this way.

I have changed. I read Amanda Lovelace’s The Princess Saves Herself in This One and fell in love. Just between me and you, I think I enjoyed love, and you just as much. The poems are absolutely stunning. While reading it, I could really tell Gretchen poured her heart out in the book. It’s so honest, personal, emotional, and just raw. Even though I couldn’t relate to all the poems, I certainly connected with them and learned from them.

Everyone needs to read this. Whether you were broken in a relationship, you are in an unhealthy relationship, or you don’t want to touch relationships with a ten foot pole. You will not regret reading love, and you. Even if you are not generally a ‘poetry person’, try it out! It doesn’t hurt to try. I used to be in your shoes, and now I love poetry.

I’m so excited to see Gretchen’s work take off. This was just her debut, and I’m so excited to see what comes next. love, and you is for sure a new favorite of mine.

So, what do I rate love, and you?

★★★★★/5 Stars

Have you purchased love, and you yet? 

-Liv

April Wrap-Up

Hey guys! I can’t believe we are already four months into 2017. It feels like 2016 just ended. Anyway, April was quite an eventful month! I read quite a bit but not as much as i would have liked to though. Although, I had so many different things take place in April so I forgive myself. I read seven books this month. Let’s get into the wrap-up!

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Books I Read in The Month of April

  • You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner★★★★/5 [Link]
  • Love, and You by Gretchen Gomez ★★★★★/5
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon ★★★★★/5
  • Lord of The Flies by William Golding ★/5
  • I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo ★★★★/5
  • Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy ★★★★★/5

What Did I Do In The Month of April?

  • I saw Kinky Boots in Dallas on April 2nd! It was SO good!
  • I took the ACT! I thought I did fairly okay considering this was my first time taking it.
  • I saw The 1975 in concert with my brother! It was such an amazing show, and I’m so glad I got to see them live.
  • I’m participated in #AVAreadathon! I didn’t read all the books I wanted to but that’s okay. 🙂
  • I met Becky Albertalli at a book signing! She recognized me before the actual event so that was pretty cool.
  • I found out that I’m moving! This summer I’m moving to Pennsylvania because of my dad’s job.

What’s In-Store for May? 

  • School is over! I get out of school on May 25th.
  • My birthday is in May! I’m turning sixteen.
  • I’m less than 30 followers away from 1,000 on my Twitter! Can you help me reach it?

What (Might) I Be Reading in May?

  • The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
  • Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott
  • Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

How was April for you? How many books did you read?

-Liv