Sunday, April 6, 2014

Shout Out to Indies - The Convenience of Lies by Kimberly Castillo and Martin King and the Space Angels by James McGovern

We here at The Paperback Princesses often receive emails from Indie authors requesting reviews and are blessed with free book copies. Often we are unable to get to so many titles before our mass market published books take over our TBR shelves. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of great reads though! We want to give back to those Indie authors and are declaring EVERY SECOND SUNDAY our SHOUT OUT TO INDIES MEME. For those of fellow bloggers, please feel free to add our meme to your regular schedule. We only ask that you quote and link back to us as a courtesy. For all of you Indie authors, we invite you to contact us at the contact link to your top left. We will select 1 - 3 titles (each time we post) that sound interesting. Lastly, for you readers, this is a bit of a test so please do comment and let us know what you think. We will also be offering up giveaway copies whenever we can! So without further ado, here are this week's pick

“It doesn't matter if it's right or wrong. All that matters is if you can. If you can do something, what difference does it make?"

Based on a true story, The Convenience of Lies is a novel that keeps readers up past midnight with its story of friendship, mystery, crime, sex, and betrayal. Set in a suburban town, this story is told through the eyes of a high school junior, Mackenzie, who describes her crush on a "bad boy," Ramon and her relationship with her best friend, Kira. During the course of the story, Mackenzie does her best to attract the affections of Ramon while her friendship with Kira evolves. Eventually, the different characters' property starts getting vandalized and a mystery develops as Mackenzie and Kira try to get to the bottom of who is behind the vandalism.

Kimberly had this to say when we asked her why she writes for young adults:

"Almost by definition, young adults are among those who have just started exploring the world of dating. This is the age when people start to grow into their sexuality and also begin to gain independence through earning driver’s licenses, becoming legal adults, or reaching the legal drinking limit. Between these different factors, na├»ve young adults are vulnerable to be exploited and to make poor decisions. With this being said, The Convenience of Lies is intended to act as a word of caution directed towards those who need it most.
While The Convenience of Lies could be considered a “teaching book,” it does not come off as preachy. I wrote the first version of this novel when I was a teenager myself, and so it has maintained the voice of an adolescent while gaining the knowledge of hindsight. Therefore, The Convenience of Lies is a novel which teenagers find relatable because it is a realistic, down to earth story. This is practically a novel written by a young adult for other young adults."
You can find out more about Kimberley and 'The Convenience of Lies'
Our second title this week is:

Martin King is just an ordinary teenage boy in love with a girl… until he gets a superpower.

An evil force called XO5 is looking for something on Earth – something dangerous. Martin King and his friends must find it first.

Martin, Darcy and Tommy soon find themselves caught up in a massive, universal conspiracy.

But who really is the mysterious XO5 – and what does he want with Martin?

This is the first book in the electrifying Martin King series. With it's gripping plot, exciting characters and readability, the book has been compared to the novels of of J.K. Rowling, Rick Riordan and Cassandra Clare. Martin King and the Space Angels has been described as a "majestic masterpiece" and "one of the most entertaining YA fantasy-science fiction novels". If you're looking for a thrilling, sensational, romantic page-turner from an exciting new author, you'll love Martin King


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