Sunday, May 17, 2015

Me, My Shelf & I Blog Tour, Tens List, & Giveaway: The Boys of Fire and Ash (Meaghan McIssac)

Official Blog Tour
Hosted by MMSAI Tours

Author: Meaghan McIsaac
Release Date: May 12th, 2015
Publisher: Delacote Books For Young Readers

Abandoned at birth, the Brothers of the Ikkuma Pit know no mothers. They fend for themselves, each training their Little Brother to survive until they turn sixteen, when it’s their Leaving Day. No boy knows what’s beyond the forest. But when Urgle’s Little Brother, Cubby, is carried off by troll-like predators, Urgle and two of his Brothers embark on a quest to rescue him from a place from which no one has ever returned.


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I write books for middle grade and young adult. I read them too. I used to draw a bit. When I was nine, I drew comics about a bird family who had a fuzzy orange caterpillar for a dog. They never ate him. After that, I gave a lot of embarrassing performances in my high school's musicals. I believe I stomped my foot when I messed up a line once. So I gave up on acting and decided to stick to telling stories. I packed up and left for the UK where I did my Master's in children's writing at the University of Winchester. Now I'm back in Toronto, reading and writing. I have one noisy beagle and one lab who doesn't stop eating. My first favourite book was Into the Land of Unicorns by Bruce Coville. I have since added a lot more favourites to my collection. They take up most of the living room.


Top 10 Favourite books [Meaghan McIsaac]

Hi! Thanks so much for having me on your blog. Listing my top 10 favorite books is a pretty tall order. I have a lot of favorites, and the top 10 spots are changing all the time! But, if I must list them, then I must list them. Keep in mind, if you ask me again in a couple months, these could change.

Anyway, here I go. In no particular order:

1. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

I collect copies of this one, I love it so much. A childhood favorite.

2. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie.

The magic and whimsy of this story blows me away every time. Hand clapping has become a very important part of my life thanks to this book.

3. More Than This by Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is my all time writerly hero. Basically everything he writes is excellent. But this one I loved so much, I even have a signed copy of it.

4. Sabriel by Garth Nix

The girl has bells for necromancy magic. Do I need to explain this choice?

5. Dune by Frank Herbert

I read this on a road trip in university as a break from all the mandatory school reading. And it reminded me why I love reading. Also, I'd like to spend a day in the Bene Gesserit. Just to see.

6. The Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling

We all love this, don't we? I mean, obviously Harry made the list.

7. The Shining by Stephen King

Stephen King is another hero of mine. And I couldn't put The Shining down. I was afraid of my own thoughts after reading this.

8. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

A group of misfits with secret powers. It's basically just all good stuff. Just read the first chapter, read about David and Sophie, and I dare you to put the book down after that.

9. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

I. Love. Dragons. And Rachel Hartman's dragons are some of the most exciting I've read. When I turned the final page, I just wanted to hug the book. It's THAT good.

10. Nation by Terry Pratchett

My mom gave me this one a while back and I'm glad she did. The interactions between Mau and Ermintrude made me laugh out loud. You love both characters, for completely different reasons, and they both jump right off the page.


"McIsaac’s debut fantasy novel is fast-paced and heartstopping. . . . This self-contained story is an entertaining read that will be enjoyed by many."--School Library Journal 

"The novel is urgently gritty, with rich worldbuilding and plenty of action."-- Publishers Weekly 

"The compelling mythology and dystopian setting will appeal to genre readers. Fans of James Dashner, Margaret Peterson Haddix, and Patrick Ness need look no further."--Kirkus 

Fans of Rick Riordan and Anthony Horowitz will want to read this action-filled debut novel that offers a new world to enjoy and a new underdog to root for.--Booklist 

5 Winners will each get a finished copy of THE BOYS OF FIRE AND ASH. 
Ships in US Only. 
Must be 13+ To Enter

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