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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Debut Author Challenge # 9: Ashes, Ashes...And a GIVEAWAY!!

Reading Song of the Day: "Ashes" by Embrace

This has been such a cr-az-y summer thus far. And it's nice to just be able to love on some books. That's why we're continuing on with the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. This week, I read Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari. Although the book had a lil' bit of a slow start, it is one that I would still recommend...and why do I recommend it, you ask? Read on, loyal follower...read on.

Here is what Goodreads has to say about Ashes, Ashes:

A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares. Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.

Deep stuff. But if that ain't enough for ya...

The Top Four Things you should know about Ashes, Ashes:

1. It's written in Third Person: And written WELL in third person. That may not mean much to you, but for me it was like freakin' magic. I struggle with third person, but plan to revise The Blues in 3rd *maybe* so I took a few pointers from this book.

2. Lucy pretty much rawks: I couldn't imagine living on my own as a teenager out in the wild. Lucy does this with skill-- I mean, the chick kills a turtle and makes herself some stew! Also, she holds her own against those evil sweepers.

3. Authentic Relationships: For example, the boy and girl do not love each other from the beginning. We get to see things build... and of course Aidan, the love interest for Lucy is quite swoon worthy :)

4. Aidan has two girls after him!: This is something that me and Pam have discussed wanting to see more of in YA. There are enough love triangles where the girl has two boys fighting for her affections, but Ashes, Ashes is fresh because it has a boy caught between two girls.

If You Like...

Books: Plague by Jean Ure, Z is for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien, and Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer...then you will like Ashes, Ashes.

Movies: 12 Monkeys, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012...then you will like Ashes, Ashes.

Since we've been gone for so long, why not celebrate this week of our return with a giveaway? If you'd like to own a gently used copy of Ashes, Ashes, leave a comment on this post with your e-mail address by Midnight August 2nd, 2011. We keeps it simple! As always, we love to hear your book recommendations, too! Do you have any debut authors to tell us about???


Jamie Manning said...

You ladies rock for giving away Ashes, Ashes. I've seen it around and want it so much!!


Anonymous said...

I would love to read this!



Marsha Sigman said...

This sounds great! Definitely something I would read!

I think you have all the awesome debuts listed this year that I know about so it's hard to come up with any you've missed.

Vivien said...

Definitely sounds very interesting, thanks!!

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

Sarah Nicolas said...

I've been hearing about this one for a few weeks. Thanks for the giveaway!

sarah.nicolas.ya at gmail dot com

Tailored4Dreams said...

I've heard really great things about this book and it's been on my TBR list on goodreads for a while!
Thanks for the chance :)

Lisa-Marie Jordan said...

This book sounds awesome! I'd love to read it!

lisa @ lisa-marie dot net


Jennifer Pickrell said...

I can't resist a love triangle, I really can't.

Thanks for the contest :)


Jenna said...

Lucy sounds like a character I am really going to love. I am not, however, looking forward to another love traingle in YA.

Thanks for the awesome contest!


Llehn said...

I recently finished Where She Went by Gayle Forman and I loved it.


Erinberry said...

Sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway.
erinberry12 at charter dot net

Liss Martz said...

I'd love to win this book! I really want it! I recommend you to read The Keepers by Monique O'Connor James, if you like Angels.

Thanks for the giveaway! ~Fingers crossed~ Lissette_125(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

Rebel said...

Ashes, Ashes sounds amazing and I recently read Angel Burn by l.a. weatherly that was really good!


Naiche Parker said...

Awesome! :)

Naiche Parker

thebookgirl7 (at) gmail.com

Aimee Renee said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway; this book sounds awesome! I would love to have a copy :D


brookea_2006 said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to read this book :)


ChristyJan said...

I would love to own a gently used copy of Ashes, Ashes


Racquel Henry said...

Wow, sounds like an interesting read! Especially the part about surviving in the wilds of Central Park and being rescued!