Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Blog tour: Quanta by Lola Dodge!

Quanta (The Shadow Ravens #2) bLola Dodge

QUANTA GIFblurb (1)
    Just because Quanta can see the future doesn’t mean she can change it. She’s spent most of her life imprisoned, feeding her captors information to keep herself alive, but she’s finally reached the endgame and her death creeps closer by the moment.
    The son of two senators, Altair Orpheus leads a life of privilege that provides the perfect cover for his side job: working with the rebel Shadow Ravens to undermine the ruling Seligo government. Everything is running like clockwork until he crosses paths with Quanta. As he watches her deftly maneuver through life in a perverse prison, his plastic heart melts. A jailbreak would be suicide, but       Tair is willing to sacrifice everything to give her a chance at happiness.
Now Quanta senses a terrifying new future brewing. She and Tair are bound together, but every image of them kissing, snuggling, and acting knee-weakeningly happy is balanced by a much darker possibility. They’ll be picture perfect together, but only until time rips them apart. How can she follow her heart when she’s seen how their love plays out?
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 Mother smiled like a cat, full of ambition and smugness. “Someone wants to meet you.”
 Someone? Suddenly, I knew where this was going. “Mother—”
 “There are the Astors.” Mother gave a demure wave and started gliding toward a trio standing near an ice sculpture. Her fingers clamped my arm, dragging me along. Father walked on my other side, sandwiching me in place.
 No way to run without making a scene. Senator Astor and her husband stood waiting with their daughter.
A set-up.
 My free hand bunched into a fist, but I tucked it into my pocket. I couldn’t make a mistake in front of this audience.
 Mother exchanged greetings, then made a sweeping gesture. “This is my son, Altair. Altair, this is Layla Astor.”
 Layla’s blonde hair tumbled in artful curls and braids. She wore tasteful neutral makeup that emphasized her full lips and emerald green eyes, but a hint of darker eyeliner smudged like a leftover from some previous night’s debauchery; that was half of what I needed to know to escape the conversation.
 And I would escape. I had no interest in these shallow romances meant to gain my family position.
 “It’s so nice to meet you, Altair. I knew your sister at academy.” And that was why Cass had been invited. Some common bond to me to a potential future mate.
 Good thing Cass had stayed home. She’d hate the situation as much as I did.
 The girl extended her arm, flashing her Green Helix and I couldn’t avoid the handshake. “Likewise.” Layla’s rough fingertips gave me the last clue I needed. Calluses from playing an instrument. Between that and the eyeliner, I had an excellent guess at how to get rid of her. Rather than sell her out in front of her parents, I offered her an arm. “I was just about to admire the ice sculptures. Would you care to join me?”
 “I’d love to.” She smiled and placed delicate fingertips on my arm.
 Our parents grinned conspiratorial smiles as we strolled away. No doubt they’d already picked a wedding date. I waited until we were out of modified earshot to speak. “How upset would your family be if I mentioned that you play in a band?”
 “Very.” Layla tensed, and her expression and tone shifted from vapid politeness to shrewd consideration. “Not that you should know.”
 I shrugged. “I won’t say a thing as long as you don’t press an engagement.”
 “Thank God.” Layla shuddered. “Our mothers schemed this one. I thought you were in on it.”
 I grinned. I didn’t often stumble onto others faking their way through Helix life, but every so often an ally dropped in my lap. “Should we small talk for a few minutes and then pretend to offend each other?”
 Layla pressed her lips together, eying me up and down. “If you’re up to it, I have a better suggestion.”
 “Oh?” I handed her a drink taken from a passing tray. Our parents still watched from across the room.
 “Let’s meet for coffee. We could draw this out for months.”
 “A faux courtship?” It had promise, although there were certainly risks.
 “You’re the first guy they’ve set me up with who’s not a self-centered ass.” Layla’s mischievous smile made her eyes sparkle. “My girlfriend would love you.”
 Her voice was clear of subterfuge and I found myself smiling back. “Next week? I’m sure our parents already exchanged our contact information.” And faking a relationship would save me getting blindsided at every event.
 “Call me.” She finger-waved and then headed for a crowd of friends, who proceeded to glance my way, slipping a few quickly smothered cackles. I nodded before heading off to work the crowd.
 Despite my parents’ efforts, the night was going better than expected.

Authors Top Ten - Top Ten YA novels.
      This list challenged my brain! I ended up picking mostly classic YA—the books I read when I was a teenager. I love some of the contemporary stuff, too, but when I start trying to list my favorites, I always end up back where I started. Hope you enjoy some of these as much as I do!!

1. Sabriel (Abhorsen Series) by Garth Nix 
Beautiful necromancy. Need I say more?
2. Wild Magic (The Immortals Series) by Tamora Pierce 
Tamora Pierce’s heroines are always fantastic and 7th grade me would’ve killed for Daine’s Wild Magic. Also important: Numair was my first book boyfriend.
3. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials Series) by Phillip Pullman
It took me many tries to get The Golden Compass. When I finally got it? WOW.
4. A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones
DWJ is one of my favorite authors of all time and her works deserve so much more attention. I stumbled onto A Tale of Time City in middle school and it was my gateway drug into becoming a booknerd. Still waiting for butter pies to become a thing.
5. Alanna (Song of the Lioness Series) by Tamora Pierce
I keep my books obsessively clean and scowl at people who try to open the spines too far, but Lioness Rampant spent way too many days in my backpack on the way to school to stay pristine. It’s ratty and covered in leaked highlighter and nothing else could so perfectly show how much I’ve loved this series over the years.
6. The Absolutely True Diary of Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
This was in the curriculum for my MFA program. The narrator is hilarious and I would’ve picked it up anyway—always love a good banned book.
7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
Classic for a reason. Just don’t watch the movie (((internal screams)))
8. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Another classic. I made my parents let me take French (I was already studying German) after reading this because I wanted to be a smart girl like Anne. I don’t know if I accomplished that, but this whole series is still one of my favs.
9. Charmed Life (The Chronicles of Chrestomanci) by Diana Wynne Jones.
DWJ again because she deserves it!
10. Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles) by Patricia C. Wrede

Love when the princess runs away to work for the dragons. I’d do that if it were a serious career option!
about the author (1)
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   Lola is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.
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