Posts Tagged: Thriller

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Infinite Variants of YA: The One Where Caleb Roehrig Chooses b/w an Alpaca and a Pony

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HELLO and welcome back to this fancy feature that Nick (Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist) and I are collaborating on! This month I have a really fun interview to share with the famously amazing Caleb Roehrig to share with you. He is hilarious and just as much fun to talk to as his book is to read! If you haven’t already read Last Seen Leaving, get on it because its a YA mystery you don’t want to miss. NOW. PLEASE PUT YOUR HANDS UP (or flail around, I don’t have a preference) for Caleb Roehrig!!!

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1. You’ve travelled A LOT. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you want to live and why?

Oh, man. I have definitely done a lot of travel, and I’ve been a lot of places I could see myself living quite comfortably, but this would probably come down to a death match between Venice, Italy, and Seville, Spain. Venice is my absolute favorite city in Europe, bar none; I’ve gone a few times, and it never loses any of its magic…but it’s also sorta kinda gradually sinking into the lagoon?? And I’m not sure I want to deal with that. Seville is beautiful and eclectic, with rambling promenades, picturesque alleys, and performances of flamenco and Spanish guitar around every corner. Good food and great wine practically run from the tap, too, so maybe I’d move there. I can visit Venice on weekends.

2. What would Flynn’s (the main character of LAST SEEN LEAVING) ideal meal look like?

Ha! Flynn has fairly uncomplicated tastes. I think his ideal meal would be a two-liter of Coke and either a large double-cheese pizza or else a huge mountain of spaghetti with extra parmesan. (Much like me, he really, really likes cheese.)

3. What book do you wish you could have read as a teenager?

I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson. The writing is exquisite, and the story—about Jude and Noah Sweetwine, two artistic and emotionally-driven siblings who struggle to heal and reconnect after tragedy and misunderstanding drive them apart—is profoundly moving. Noah, a gay teenager who feels things acutely and sees the world in a way many people around him don’t fully understand, is a character I identify with even as an adult; I would love to have “met” him when I was his same age and dealing with some of the same issues.

4. What classic mystery book would you recommend?

THE BIG SLEEP by Raymond Chandler is one of my all-time favorites. It’s quintessential noir: a sarcastic and tough-talking detective, sultry femmes fatale, and prose that is somehow both lyrical and hard-boiled all at the same time. Raymond Chandler may not have created the pulp detective fiction that flourished in the nineteen-thirties and forties, but he absolutely perfected it. This novel, about blackmail and dark deeds in sunny, seedy Los Angeles, is his best.

5. Would you rather be a character in a murder mystery or an epic scavenger hunt book?

As long as I was neither the victim nor the main suspect, I’ll take murder every time! (Also, I call dibs on I’LL TAKE MURDER as a future book title, so hands off, everybody else!)

6. Would you rather have a pet alpaca or a pet pony?

This is a question?? OBVIOUSLY an alpaca! (YES they are kinda stinky and mean and like to spit a lot, but they are so soft!)

7. A chocolate fountain or fondue fountain?

THIS IS SO HARD but I think I’m going with a fondue fountain. I looooove chocolate, but I might actually love cheese just a little bit more (see: answer to question 2!)

About the Book

The Infinite Variants of YA: The One Where Caleb Roehrig Chooses b/w an Alpaca and a Pony
Last Seen Leaving
Caleb Roehrig
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, YA
Publication date: October 4th, 2016
by Feiwel & Friends

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Flynn's girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?

Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can't answer, and her friends are telling stories that don't add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January's boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January's disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

 

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Thanks so much to Caleb Roehrig for joining us today!

Don’t forget to check out Nick and Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist later this month for another author-thing and come back again at the end of the month for a round up of diverse releases in the month of March!

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A Fun Mystery: To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough

Posted by on 02/17/2017 • 6 Comments

This book has an unfortunate cover given that its insides are so different. To Catch a Killer as pitched as being great for fans of Veronica Mars yet this cover screams cheesy mystery. Luckily, To Catch a Killer is a well-written mystery that is fun to follow along and hella engaging. It is one of those books you are going to stay up reading saying just ONE MORE CHAPTER (spoiler alert, its never one more chapter, its usually the entire fucking book.)

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5 Reasons Why You Should Read Vicarious by Paula Stokes

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Posted by on 08/24/2016 • 6 Comments

If you read Paula Stokes’ guest post on the blog the other day, you’ll know that it is not secret that she is a talented writer but Vicarious blows that out of the water. Liars, Inc. was the last thriller she wrote and one I rated 4.5 stars because of how amazing it but Vicarious is EVEN better and kept me EVEN more at the edge of my seat and holy crap the climax of this novel almost killed me. 

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Posted by on 04/22/2016 • 3 Comments

This was one of those rare books that actually stumped me until almost the very end. I am usually very good at figuring out a mystery and what is really going on, but this one kept me second guessing myself the whole time. It was fantastic and held my attention the whole time. The characters were great, and the emotional impact was spot on. It was a bit slow moving at times, especially to start, but it really helped build things up. One of the major things I noticed (and loved) was that there was no romance thrown in. It wasn’t necessary and it would have taken away from the story.

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Review: After the Woods by Kim Savage

Review: After the Woods by Kim Savage

Posted by on 02/26/2016 • 2 Comments

My feelings about After the Woods are complex. I think it is a great novel on the whole but there are also bits about it that bothered me. Either way, if you are looking for a psychological thriller with a potentially unreliable narrator, After the Woods is for you.

The reason why I am not completely ready to say I loved this book though is that I am not satisfied (I’ll never be satisfied.)  There are so many questions left unanswered by the end of the novel. It feels unfinished, like there is more of the story to be had. Not necessarily in terms of plot but in terms of character development and understanding the motives. Also what actually happened in the woods.

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Review: Captive by A.J. Grainger

Review: Captive by A.J. Grainger

Posted by on 11/12/2015 • 4 Comments

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Review: Blood Will Tell by April Henry

Review: Blood Will Tell by April Henry

Posted by on 06/01/2015 • 0 Comments

I love a good mystery, and I did enjoy the first book in this series. I guess it’s not really a series as much as companion novels, but whatever. This was actually a really cool one since you actually know rather quickly who the killer is, but all evidence points to the wrong person. So instead of trying to figure out who did it, you are trying to find out how it all points to someone who is innocent. Much like the first book, this is told in numerous POV’s, which took me a bit away from the story, but it also gives you a full picture of what is going on. I have to say, I had no clue how in the world the evidence could be possible until…

Review: The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

Review: The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

Posted by on 02/06/2015 • 9 Comments

It’s been a while since I have read an adult mystery/thriller so I decided it was time and this one sounded good. When I requested it, I didn’t realize it was part of a series, but it seems they are more companion novels so it didn’t matter. I was also interested in the setting of this story since it takes place in Denmark. Overall I didn’t really care too much for the characters, but the story kept me interested. Like almost always for me, I did figure out the mystery quickly, but there was much more to it than just who was the person behind it.

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