Wednesday, July 2, 2014

FFBC: Welcome to the club, Wild by Alex Mallory

by Alex Mallory
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 8th 2014
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The forest is full of secrets, and no one understands that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, surviving— that’s all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he’s the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger…

Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy— he’s stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion.

Thrust back into society, Cade struggles with the realization that the life he knew was a lie. But he’s not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it.

As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade’s past tear them apart?

A YA Tarzan retelling.

Alex Mallory is a pen name for YA author Saundra Mitchell. She’s a big fan of reading, history, camping and competitive M&M sorting.

She once crossed a dilapidated train trestle in the middle of the night, 200 feet above the Wabash River, in a futile attempt to prove her love to someone who had no idea she existed.

1) She lived to tell about it. 2) It didn’t work. 3) She doesn’t recommend it.

There’s literally no way for me to choose a favorite. But I do re-read Little House in the Big Woods, The Outsiders, Call of the Wild and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban every year. 

Right now, that belongs to SLEEPY HOLLOW. But I’m really looking forward to checking out GOTHAM this fall!

This is really hard. I really suck at picking favorites. Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Prestige? Raise the Red Lantern? No, the new X-Men movies. Ack, no, too many! I cannot choose!

Save a Prayer by Duran Duran.

Fried chicken and mashed potatoes.

Alan Ryves from Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON. I definitely make passes at boys who wear glasses.

It’ll be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end. (My best friend whips this one out on me on the regular.)

Books, movies, tv shows, pop culture, really cool artists (have you seen Lumberjanes? It’s an amazing comic, you should totally read it!) Basically, I’m a longtime fangirl geek and proud of it. I’ve cosplayed, con-hopped, written fanfic, made fanvids and fanart, and traveled long distances to hang out in semi-fictional places. 

Wow, that’s hard. I totally flipped out when I met Jane Yolen and R.L. Stine. Maybe Annette Curtis Klause and SE Hinton. Their books had a huge impact on the reader, writer, and human being I turned out to be.

Don’t ever be ashamed of what you love!

Hello Alex! We are super excited to host you in our FFBC. 

Thank you so much for having me, I’m so excited about the tour. I can’t wait to visit everybody!

WILD is a modern retelling of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ TARZAN OF THE APES. It’s about Cade, who grew up in the wilderness with his parents— believing that the rest of the world had been decimated by a disease, and Dara, the young photographer trying to find herself as high school ends— and ends up finding a primitive boy instead. 

Oh, man, so many things. But I will say that the method for finding a bee hive in the book is a REAL THING. You can use bees to triangulate their hives in the wild, in all truth. (Be careful; catch bees with a flower, not with your bare hands!)

Determined, thoughtful, inquisitive, uncertain, fascinated. And that goes for both of them. :)

I really, really loved writing my version of "Me Tarzan, you Jane." I did a lap around my desk that day. 

My theme song for WILD. Man. Probably Ryan Adams’ cover of Wonderwall. 

And for casting in my head? I always sort of hate answering this question, because I don’t want to contradict anybody else’s fancast. I wrote Cade so that he could be played by anybody in your head— Jesse Williams, Dylan O’Brien, Darren Criss, John Cho, Dev Patel— seriously, any actor that flips your switch. 

And I will say that my personal fancast for Cade is in that list, but I’m not telling who. :) 

The same isn’t quite true for Dara. She’s definitely a blonde, because I wanted a hair color that is ordinary in the wider world to be something exotic in Cade’s. But I think Chloe Grace Moretz or Candice Accola, or Arden Cho would be fantastic. (Okay, so she would have to bleach her hair, but I loooove her, and she would be so perfect!)

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Giveaway is open to US Only | Must be 13 or older to enter 

A Wild Prize Pack Featuring: a signed, finished copy of WILD, a copy of Edgar Rice Burroughs' TARZAN OF THE APES, a DVD (region 1) of Greystoke: Legend of Tarzan of the Apes, bookmarks, and a stuffed plush flu microbe. (US Only)

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