Sunday, July 28, 2013

Vlog Post with Elana K. Arnold

Book Nerd Vlog Post

ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse--a gorgeous mare named Rainbow--and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. She is represented by Rubin Pfeffer of the East/West Literary Agency. Sacred is her debut novel.

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Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition edition (June 11, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385743343
ISBN-13: 978-0385743341
Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches

"Lyrical and inspirational." --Kirkus Reviews

"No doubt, a great, unexpected ending." --School Library Journal Teen

Ben: Having just graduated from high school, Ben is set to leave Gypsum, Nevada. It's good timing since the gypsum mine that is the lifeblood of the area is closing, shutting the whole town down with it. Ben is lucky: he's headed to San Diego, where he's got a track scholarship at the University of California. But his best friends, Pete and Hog Boy, don't have college to look forward to, so to make them happy, Ben goes with them to check out the hot chick parked on the side of Highway 447.

Lala: She and her Gypsy family earn money by telling fortunes. Some customers choose Tarot cards; others have their palms read. The thousands of people attending the nearby Burning Man festival spend lots of cash--especially as Lala gives uncanny readings. But lately Lala's been questioning whether there might be more to life than her upcoming arranged marriage. And the day she reads Ben's cards is the day that everything changes for her. . . and for him.

Elana K. Arnold’s Burning is a detailed story about the meeting of two young people during a critical time in their lives. Ben is leaving the town he grew up in for a full scholarship at a college. Lala is a fortune telling gypsy who knows exactly what her future holds. She’s bound to an arranged marriage but questions her gypsy lifestyle from years of reading old books. One summer, the two meet when Ben takes his friends, Pete and Hog Boy, to a fortune telling gypsy. Lala didn’t expect that Ben would open her eyes to something that she cannot overlook.

This coming-of-age story is adorably told through Elana’s amazing writing. The layers she brings to the story are interwoven seamlessly. The dual point-of-views provided a different outlook on the story. Each POV was written differently as Elana was able to capture the essence of two entirely different characters. The history of Ben and Lala are fully explained and when they unfold, readers will appreciate the thoroughness of Elana’s writing.

The culture education within this book is quite immense. It was rather impressive how Elana is able to explain a lot about the gypsy lifestyle. Although there are hard strict rules that are attached to this lifestyle, it shows that rules can be loosened to some degree but can also break the bonds of family.

The pacing of the story is done wonderfully. Lala was given a voice that is completely different from most teen girls. Instead of her emotions taking control of her actions, she was a total thinker. Ben on the other hand is the complete opposite. The contrast between them delivered a poignant story about making life choices for yourself. We often lead a life that we are thought to live but Elana K. Arnold’s Burning endows you to think otherwise and go for what feels right.

You can purchase Burning at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you Elana for making this giveaway possible.

3 Winners will receive a Copy of Burning by Elana K. Arnold. 

1 Winner will receive a Surprise ART Poster and Bookmark by James Vallesteros. 

5 Winners will receive a Surprise ART Bookmark by James Vallesteros. 

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  1. I can't wait to see the art James Vallesteros will create for BURNING!! This is so much fun!!

  2. The tweet is for a different book:
    JumpWhenReady by DavidPandolfe
    @booknerdtours {Copies+iTunes GC}

  3. Thanks for the givewaya and the tweet is wrong for this giveaway, check it out :)