Hi, everyone! Today I am excited to welcome Katie Teller to the blog, author of the recently released KIYA: HOPE OF THE PHARAOH. She is here today to talk to us about research and the work behind the setting of her novel.
- Littleton, C. Scott. Mythology: The Illustrated Anthology of World Myth and Storytelling
- Tyldesley, Joyce. Egypt’s Golden Empire: The Dramatic Story of Life in the New Kingdom
- Hawass, Zahi. Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
- Littleton, C. Scott. "1 Cradles of Civilization." Mythology: The Illustrated Anthology of World Myth and Storytelling. New York: Barnes & Noble by Arrangement with Duncan Baird, 2007. N. pag. Print.
When Naomi’s sisters are snatched up to be taken to be wives of the erratic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, she knows they won’t survive the palace, so she offers herself in their place. The fearsome Commander Horemheb sees her courage, and knows she is exactly what he is looking for…
The Great Queen Nefertiti despises Naomi instantly, and strips her of her Hebrew lineage, including her name, which is changed to Kiya. Kiya allies herself with Horemheb, who pushes her to greatness and encourages her to make the Pharaoh fall in love with her. When Akhenaten declares Kiya will be the mother of his heir, Nefertiti, furious with jealousy, schemes to destroy Kiya.
Kiya must play the deadly game carefully. She is in a silent battle of wills, and a struggle for who will one day inherit the crown. If she does bear an heir, she knows she will need to fight to protect him, as well as herself, from Nefertiti who is out for blood.
Posted by Amanda Foody
Finally a book review! Woot! First book read Summer 2013.
Cassel comes from a family of Curse Workers - people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn't got magic, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail - he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
So my friend recommended me this book because Holly Black is one of John Green's (whom I love) CPs. And my book has a lot of conning and such. PLUS it's an alternate history fantasy, which I hope to write at some point because they fascinate me.
Overall I liked this book. I will very likely read the second one at one point. The concept of the workers and the way Black wove history into it was extremely neat. Cassel's personality and voice were awesome, and I loved how HIS love of the con came up over and over in the story. There was so much deception in it that I truly understood how Cassel felt betrayed and confused.
My main issue I had with the book was it took me a very long time to gain my footing. I thought I had it in the beginning, and then I realized within a few chapters that I was lost, and nothing made sense to me until basically 3/4 of the way through. I get the puzzle pieces falling into place thing. And that worked. But I was so lost that I felt like the puzzle pieces were falling on me and knocking me in the head with each new chapter.
There was a little character confusion for me. His friends at school don't have that important of roles until the end of the book, and they were kept on the back burner for so long I had difficulty sorting them out. Also, the complexity of the con and the world was A LOT of stuff going on in only 215 pages. I definitely think the book could have been a tiny bit longer to orient the reader better.
All in all, I really did enjoy the book. I loved the alternate history, and I'd recommend it to someone interested in writing that genre. The con was also incredibly good and the psychology of it was fascinating. I'll give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
So this week is FINAL EXAMS.
Figured I should make a post about what it has been like to be a serious writer who masquerades as a college student.
Mainly because I'm going to talk to English classes at my high school next week about writing and publishing. *collapses* Should be great. Me, twiddling my thumbs at the front of the class. Yeah, students, so I graduated last year. You remember me. I fell on stage during that one assembly. Yep. Thought you'd recognize me.
freshman year + year of ALL the writing crazies
WHEN BOOK THOUGHTS MADE ME FORGET MY QUIZ
MY EXCITEMENT LEVEL EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
SUNDAY NIGHTS CATCHING UP ON HOMEWORK
WHEN SOMEONE ADMITTED TO STALKING ME
WHENEVER I LOOK AT MY PLANNER
DECIDING TO POSTPONE DISCUSSING SUBMISSION UNTIL AFTER FINAL EXAMS ARE OVER
WHEN ANYONE MENTIONS A YA BOOK
IF YOU EVER LOOKED AT ME DURING LECTURE CLASSES
READING MY WORK IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE
EVERY IDEA I'VE EVER PURSUED
WHEN MY PROF JUDGED ME FOR WRITING A TEEN NOVEL
POSSIBLE FACIAL EXPRESSION AT ANY POINT OF THE DAY
WHEN MY ITALIAN PROF CANCELLED THE LAST ESSAY
BECAUSE I INTERACT WITH SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ONLINE ONLY
WHEN ASKED ABOUT CAREER PLANS
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And that's it for now! I should probably get back to finishing my fiction writing portfolio...
* Each nominee must answer the 11 questions.
* Create 11 questions for the next nominees to answer.
* Link back to who nominated them.
* Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
* Go to their page and tell them.
* No tag backs!
THANK YOU KRISTY FOR TAGGING ME :) You rock. Seriously. Triple dog rock.
I'm tagging people probably too late but I don't care:
1. Jadzia Brandii --- Why haven't we talked in an eternity?!?
2. Hannah Taylor --- She's Hawkeye on the Yavengers! Welcome her, people!!
3. Cait --- she's Hulk on the YAvengers! Welcome her, too!!
4. Taryn Albright -- for when you finish finals :D
5. Emmy Neal -- Also haven't talked to you in forever! Still in Germany??
YOUR 11 QUESTIONS:
1. If no one would judge you for your author picture, what would you be doing in the picture/where would you be?
2. What actress/actor/character is your spirit animal?
3. Most embarrassing writerly mistake?
4. Biggest author crush right now.
5. How is your MC like or not like you when you were his/her age?
6. Is there a scene/joke/catastrophe in your book pulled from your life?
7. Procrastination method of choice.
8. Pizza toppings!
9. A hobby you really want to pick up.
10. Movie that terrified you as a child.
11. Plans for this summer!!! :)
Posted by Amanda Foody
Hi, everyone! Sorry I've been so MIA. School has been crazy and I'm in the middle of revisions and attempting to find myself a summer job and internship. My unachievable goal for this summer is to read three books a week, so be expecting ALL the book reviews once I get out of school.
|Pretty sure I (Loki) am the cutest.|
Anyway, I don't usually mix blogs, but I'm super excited, so I figured I would. The YAvengers are looking for more Avengers! Particularly Hulk, Hawk Eye, and Black Widow, though if there are a lot of great apps, we'll expand.
Click Here to go to the application.
Note: The application is only to gauge level of interest and how you'd fit in with the other YAvengers. We don't care about writing/publishing experience, your age, your background, etc. We just want to find fun new members of the team who love young adult fiction! And I hope EVERYONE applies. :)