15
Aug

Thoughts on False Memory 

this-will-not-end-quietly:

Okay, now I understand why False Memory by Dan Krokos is called that. It’s an amazing book that kept me hooked and the story moves pretty fast so there’s no lingering around. However, they do kill my favourite character off and it gets a little confusing near the end, but it’s still great. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys sci-fi and action novels.

7
Aug
On this week’s #3QT, we’re featuring MG and YA author Dan Krokos. Here to introduce him is literary assistant Jackie Lindert:
I’m so glad to be able to introduce Dan Krokos, author of the False Memory series, concluding this month with FALSE FUTURE (August 19th, Disney-Hyperion), as well as the Planet Thieves books (Macmillan-Starscape)—look for THE BLACK STARS this October. Dan was one of the first New Leaf authors I ever met as an intern back in 2012. His enthusiasm for writing, and for life in general, is contagious and inspiring. When Dan tells a story, everyone stops to listen, and when he writes one, everyone should stop to read it—his books are thrilling and kick-ass! New Leaf is proud to represent Dan’s talent. And here’s the man of the hour to talk a little about himself….

Tell Us a Fact About What You’re Working on Now
A few weeks ago a friend came over and we did an outline for a screenplay in one day (a rough outline). He arrived at 1 pm and we went to bed at 4 am with the story mostly cracked. Definitely in my top five most fun days ever.
For the novel I’m working on, next week I’m going on a research trip/adventure. I’m riding my motorbike with my little brother (on his bike) down to southern Ohio from Cleveland to get a feel for the area and take lots of pictures. No GPS, just back roads. I’m so excited I’m almost bummed it’s nearly here and over. You know that feeling?
What’s Something People Might Be Surprised to Learn About You?
Here’s a couple short ones:
When I want to warm my brain up for writing, or decompress after a lot of writing, I like to write rap songs.
I failed my freshman year of English in college because I skipped school on the day they announced that the location and time for the final would be changing.
What’s One of Your Favorite Books (and Why)?
Gone Girl. I mention it because the movie is coming out, and I want people to read it first. It’s extraordinary. Gillian Flynn’s command of language and tension is nearly unparalleled. People always pitch writers as “the next Lee Child” or “the next Dennis Lehane.” Those are excellent things to be, of course, but I want to be the next Gillian Flynn.
If you could live in any book world, which would you choose? And what occupation would you have?
If comic books count, I just really want to be an Avengers team member if that’s okay. Nobody really dies, but everyone gets to throw each other into buildings and then still be friends. Your pals all have superpowers and you tool around in a jet or hang out in a skyscraper in Midtown. Come on. I’d even be the butler. Let me be your Alfred, Thor. I can tie you a Dutch braid.

Alternative answer: Harry Potter. I’d be Harry’s best friend, since Ron literally abandons him in life or death situations twice and nobody really talks about it. 
Find Dan on Twitter and Facebook!

On this week’s #3QT, we’re featuring MG and YA author Dan Krokos. Here to introduce him is literary assistant Jackie Lindert:

I’m so glad to be able to introduce Dan Krokos, author of the False Memory series, concluding this month with FALSE FUTURE (August 19thDisney-Hyperion), as well as the Planet Thieves books (Macmillan-Starscape)—look for THE BLACK STARS this October. Dan was one of the first New Leaf authors I ever met as an intern back in 2012. His enthusiasm for writing, and for life in general, is contagious and inspiring. When Dan tells a story, everyone stops to listen, and when he writes one, everyone should stop to read it—his books are thrilling and kick-ass! New Leaf is proud to represent Dan’s talent. And here’s the man of the hour to talk a little about himself….

Tell Us a Fact About What You’re Working on Now

A few weeks ago a friend came over and we did an outline for a screenplay in one day (a rough outline). He arrived at 1 pm and we went to bed at 4 am with the story mostly cracked. Definitely in my top five most fun days ever.

For the novel I’m working on, next week I’m going on a research trip/adventure. I’m riding my motorbike with my little brother (on his bike) down to southern Ohio from Cleveland to get a feel for the area and take lots of pictures. No GPS, just back roads. I’m so excited I’m almost bummed it’s nearly here and over. You know that feeling?

What’s Something People Might Be Surprised to Learn About You?

Here’s a couple short ones:

When I want to warm my brain up for writing, or decompress after a lot of writing, I like to write rap songs.

I failed my freshman year of English in college because I skipped school on the day they announced that the location and time for the final would be changing.

What’s One of Your Favorite Books (and Why)?

Gone Girl. I mention it because the movie is coming out, and I want people to read it first. It’s extraordinary. Gillian Flynn’s command of language and tension is nearly unparalleled. People always pitch writers as “the next Lee Child” or “the next Dennis Lehane.” Those are excellent things to be, of course, but I want to be the next Gillian Flynn.

If you could live in any book world, which would you choose? And what occupation would you have?

If comic books count, I just really want to be an Avengers team member if that’s okay. Nobody really dies, but everyone gets to throw each other into buildings and then still be friends. Your pals all have superpowers and you tool around in a jet or hang out in a skyscraper in Midtown. Come on. I’d even be the butler. Let me be your Alfred, Thor. I can tie you a Dutch braid.

Alternative answer: Harry Potter. I’d be Harry’s best friend, since Ron literally abandons him in life or death situations twice and nobody really talks about it. 

Find Dan on Twitter and Facebook!

22
Jun
katybudgetbooks:

This is a fun, fast-paced, science-y science fiction for teens. I know that for my kid, we have a little trouble finding books are thrilling enough, and this one fits the bill. There’s a little romance in there, if that’s something you’re looking for, but it’s not overwhelming, in case it isn’t. It’s a great book that I feel like anyone would enjoy.
-Anna

katybudgetbooks:

This is a fun, fast-paced, science-y science fiction for teens. I know that for my kid, we have a little trouble finding books are thrilling enough, and this one fits the bill. There’s a little romance in there, if that’s something you’re looking for, but it’s not overwhelming, in case it isn’t. It’s a great book that I feel like anyone would enjoy.

-Anna

2
Dec

anastasiakirke:

Monthly Reading Wrap-Up | Oh, hey, it’s been a while. Unfortunately, between NaNoWriMo, edits, travelling/moving overseas, and life generally, I didn’t have a lot of time to read the past couple of months. Finished my Harry Potter full series re-read though! The last three books were even more heart-wrenching than I remembered—and Deathly Hallows… well, let’s just say that I hate it when things have to end.

Also read Dan Krokos' False Sight, the sequel to False Memory, which was just as intense as the first one, with an ending like a punch in the gut. And finally, after hearing about Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey, I knew I had to read it—ever since I encountered Keri Hulme’s The Bone People, I’ve been intrigued by contemporary treatments of Maori mythology. Between Healey’s diverse cast, her kick-ass teenage heroine, and the novel’s world-shaking plot, I’d say it’s a book well worth reading. (It also managed to punch me in the gut a couple of times).

14
Nov
adventureswithinthepages:

Title: False Memory
Author: Dan Kroko
Rating: 5 stars
Summary:  Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn’t at all surprised by Miranda’s shocking ability.Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn’t easy—especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can’t remember loving.Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn’t seem to matter… when there may not be a future.
Review: This was a fast-paced action/science fiction story that I simply could not put down. Teens who can send out waves of psychic fear? Brilliant. Miranda, Noah, Peter, and Olive were all total ninjas, so the fight scenes were extra awesome. I couldn’t stop reading this book because there were so many twists and I had to find out what happened next. I can’t wait for next year when the second book comes out!
Original Posting: 9/3/12

adventureswithinthepages:

Title: False Memory

Author: Dan Kroko

Rating: 5 stars

Summary:  Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn’t at all surprised by Miranda’s shocking ability.

Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn’t easy—especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can’t remember loving.

Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn’t seem to matter… when there may not be a future.

Review: This was a fast-paced action/science fiction story that I simply could not put down. Teens who can send out waves of psychic fear? Brilliant. Miranda, Noah, Peter, and Olive were all total ninjas, so the fight scenes were extra awesome. I couldn’t stop reading this book because there were so many twists and I had to find out what happened next. I can’t wait for next year when the second book comes out!

Original Posting: 9/3/12