Title: Crash Into You
Series: Pushing The Limits #3
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harelquin Teen/MIRA Ink
Publication Date: 26 Nov 2013
Synopsis from Goodreads
The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.
Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.
I am SUPER EXCITED to welcome Molly McAdams to Book Angel Booktopia today to share the song that goes with Forgiving Lies (although I have to say I’m still not sure I’ve forgiven her for the whole Chase thing, just so you know)
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Without a doubt, the song that best describes FORGIVING LIES is Fall Into Me by Brantley Gilbert. This song was able to weave its way into the book a couple times because it perfectly describes Rachel and Kash, and their relationship.
Rachel has some trust issues, and while Kash is always pushing to break down her walls, he’s there for her, no matter what. He’ll wait for her until she’s ready; because he knows, despite her tough façade, she is fragile and can easily break.
I just can’t listen to this song without thinking about Rachel and Kash and getting goose bumps.
Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Harriet Goodwin today to share the music behind The Hex Factor
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Vienna – Billy Joel
At the start of Dark Tide, Xanthe is desperate to pick up another hex, but Grandma Alice tells her to slow down and be patient. Little does either of them know that Xanthe is about to pick up a series hexes which have national significance.
Tension mounts as Xanthe boards the train at Milchester and follows Donna to London
Skyfall – opening credit music
Xanthe jumps into the Thames, blindfolded and with her hands tied behind her back. Even when she manages to remove her blindfold, she is disorientated by the murky waters and pulling currents, and knows that the end has surely come.
Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Tom Huddleston today to share the musical inspiration for The Waking World. Tom is also our Author of the Month in school
As well as being an author, I’m also a musician and songwriter, so music plays a big part in how I write. Music is very inspiring when it comes to creating a mood – sometimes you get a feeling from a song which sparks off all kinds of wild ideas, most of which have absolutely nothing to do with what the song’s actually about. That’s great for a writer: you just never know when inspiration’s going to strike.
Elvis Presley – Hound Dog
I had to start with this one. I must admit, I don’t really enjoy it when authors namedrop the music that they like in their books – it always feels as if they’re trying to show off a bit. So this is the only song directly referenced in ‘The Waking World’, and it serves a specific purpose – to clue the reader in to the fact that this world isn’t what it seems to be. I needed a song that most readers would be aware of, but I couldn’t imagine Peregrine listening to anything particularly modern. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that he was a rebel and an outsider, but also a bit old fashioned in his tastes. In other words, the perfect Elvis fan.
Just as ‘The Waking World’ was inspired by a lot of the fantasy fiction which came out in the 1960s and ’70s, authors like Susan Cooper and Alan Garner, so the music of that period also had a big impact on the book. Comus were a weird hippy folk group whose music ranges from lush and lovely to completely nightmarish and terrifying, sometimes in the course of a verse or two. This song is twelve minutes long, so there’s lots of space to explore different moods. Two sequences in the book were definitely inspired by this band – the scene with Aran and Peregrine listening in the woods, and the much scarier scene at night when they find the poacher.
Another long song, an old traditional ballad given a modern (ish) spin by one of my favourite bands. I imagine this is the sort of thing the characters in ‘The Waking World’ would listen to, whether they like it or not. In their world, I think songs would resume the purpose they had in this country a couple of centuries ago: to spread news, to commemorate great or terrible deeds, and to bring people together. Somehow this song really manages to capture the feeling of being lost at sea – it’s bleak, rolling and endless.
Bob Dylan – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
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Another epic, sorry! This is the greatest song ever written on the theme of the world’s ending, so I had to include it. There are lots of images in the lyrics which I found inspiring: ‘a highway of diamonds with nobody on it’, ‘sharp swords in the hands of young children’, and of course the hard rain itself, coming ‘to drown the whole world’. But there’s also the fact that it’s completely stripped down, just one man and his acoustic guitar. It might sound funny, but I feel like ‘The Waking World’ is sort of an ‘acoustic’ book: simple and direct, with a warm, woody sort of feeling (but lots of excitement too, of course).
Blur – This is a Low
If there’s ever a film made of ‘The Waking World’, I’d try to persuade the director to feature Peregrine’s MP3 player quite a bit, as an excuse to use songs like this on the soundtrack. You can get away with that sort of thing in a film much better than you can in a book. I imagine the wizard striding across the moors with a song like this playing in his ears. It’s about the beauty and strangeness of this country, as reflected in that most British of radio programmes, the Shipping Forecast. And if nothing else, the opening line ‘And into the sea goes pretty England’ is as concise a summary of past events in ‘The Waking World’ as I can imagine…
I wasn’t sure if you were planning on including an introduction, but if not here is a bit of blurb for context:
The Waking World is a post apocalyptic tale based on the legend of Merlin and Arthur, packed with action, mystery and adventure. It is the debut fantasy novel by talented new author Tom Huddleston.
Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Isabel and Marilyn Thomas today to share the music best suited to their main character, Kristen, who happens to be a music blogger
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The thing that really resonated most within the book is the musical part, especially since the book is about a rock band.
Kristen, the protagonist, has a few theme songs that reflect her experiences. Please take a look below to get a little bit of a hint to her character arch.
1. Firework by Katy Perry
Kristen has lit a spark by having a secret blog that she hopes will help her leave her small town behind. It’s also the one thing that creates an enormous problem for her later on because she has to deal with the ramifications of the secrecy, and has to find a way to be redemptive. And it’s her journey to do this–she has to get herself out and as the song says, “If you only knew what the future holds/After a hurricane comes a rainbow.”
2. Rolling in the Deep by Adele
From the moment that the Rising Tide bus rolls into town, Kristen begins to fall hard for Michael Stevens, the drummer. We love the title because it reinforces how once you’re in love, you’re in a deep emotional attachment and things take a different perspective. The song is a really good reflect because of the longing associated with it, and when Kristen and Michael are at a crossroads, Kristen feels that, “…we almost had it all.”While that’s true, is it all lost?
3. Little Things by One Direction
We love, love this cute song. It’s also a One Direction fan favorite. You can’t always explain love or attraction between people, and oftentimes, it’s the little things that make a big impact. It’s such a great song for Kristen because it’s a song that celebrates unconditional love, and there’s a sweetness about it, along with a little bit of quirkiness.
4. Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen
This is an old but powerful song. It represents her darkest hour. It reflects her despair and loneliness at one point in the novel (which we won’t elaborate on because it would be a SPOILER). She’s down, and very, very discourages but there’s a poignancy to the song, and that is still hopeful. Probably what reflects her state of mind the most during this period are these lines: “I get up in the evening, and I ain’t got nothing to say/I come home in the morning, I go to bed feeling the same way.”
5. California by Wave
“I’m on my way/Heading for the sun/That’s where I’ll stay,”goes the song. It’s not that Kristen has decided that she wants to go to California, but because Michael is from there, she becomes more familiar with it, and excited about it.
The words rock star romance had me instantly hooked Go on you know you want to
Kristen Morgan’s blog is about to get her into trouble. Deep trouble. Online, she is known as “Stargazer” from the popular Stargazing from Nowhere blog, while in real life she is a regular fifteen-year-old high school student. This online anonymity is quite liberating, allowing her to be completely honest with her readers. Through a twist of fate, Rising Tide, the band she has bashed the most online, ends up in her small town, which sends Kristen into an excited panic. To continue gathering fresh material for her blog, she poses as a Rising Tide fan. After sneaking into the band’s private party, she comes face to face with the band’s drummer, Michael Stevens, who happens to be even more gorgeous in person than she cares to admit. Something unexpected also happens to her when she meets him: she becomes giddy, nervous, and inarticulate, leading Kristen to realize that her interest in Michael has nothing to do with her blog, but everything to do with her heart. As Kristen and Michael grow closer, does she have to make a choice between blog or boyfriend…Or is the choice made for her?