Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant: Excerpt + Giveaway

http://www.kismetbt.com/upcoming-tour/the-unseemly-education-of-anne-merchant-by-joanna-wiebe

Today I'm excited to be part of the promotional tour for Joanna Wiebe's debut young adult novel, The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant. I have an excerpt to share with you all today, but it's not just any excerpt. Joanna is a big fan of what is called the Page 99 Test, so today we thought we'd see how her book fares when put to the challenge. Here's a quick explanation of what exactly the Page 99 Test is for those who are unfamiliar with it (you can read more about it on the website):

The Page 99 Test is simple: After reading page 99, would you WANT to turn the page?

There's a fantastic tour-wide giveaway as well, so be sure and check out the bottom of the post for all the details as well as a full list of participating blogs, but first I give you page 99 of The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant:


...friends? I’m just supposed to be this pathetic excuse for a teenager. In our stupid house. With our stupid fancy clothes.”

“I love your clothes! You’re lucky.”

“Lucky?” She shakes her head. “Try bought and paid for.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

“You know, paid to lease the island to Villie and look the other way.” She waves her hand in the direction of the magnificent homes on the hillside. “As if getting the finer things in life washes away the need for an actual life.”

“What do you mean, look the other way?”

Pausing, Molly searches my face. Then she slides down, resting her head against me, fakes a yawn, and closes her eyes. “I’m just exaggerating. Blame the Devil’s Apple again. Forget I said anything.”

As if I could forget! I sit up straight, and her head bounces off my shoulder. She’s frowning when she looks up at me.

“Look the other way? Look away from what exactly, Molly?”

But Mr. Watso’s voice sails through the air before she can answer.

“My grandfather first welcomed the people of Cania to this island and signed the pact that would allow them access to this majestic land,” he bellows. “Even as our village shrinks around us, as the young wisely abandon this place, we who remain must never forget the necessity of this pact that spared the lives of so many casualties of war and, when the whales were denied us, saved our people from starvation. That pact remains intact with our enduring silence.”

Whoops and chants rise up around him, stretching across the ring of fire and through the smoke, into the murky darkness that hides me and Molly from sight.

“What’s he talking about?” I ask, talking through my thoughts. Torches begin to sizzle in the water as the festival winds down. “Pilot said that the school’s got a code of secrecy, but I assumed...



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THE UNSEEMLY EDUCATION OF ANNE MERCHANT


After her mother’s death, 16-year-old art prodigy Anne Merchant moves from sunny California to the cold woodlands of Wormwood Island, Maine for what is supposed to be a fresh start. She is the newest student of Cania Christy, an elite boarding school that is as filled with secrets as it is with the world’s most privileged—and competitive—teens.

From the first day of school, Anne finds herself thrust into the Big V competition, an intense race to the top of the class. With enviable talents, she quickly becomes the enemy of every junior seeking the Big V—especially Harper, the presumed frontrunner.

Like every student, she is assigned a guardian, and a unique mission. Anne’s assignment is to “look deeper.” Anne is determined to succeed, and won’t let anything —not even her distractingly beautiful neighbor Ben—get in the way. But the deeper she looks the more questions arise, and the more she is forced to reexamine all of her assumptions—about the school, her classmates and even herself.

As layers of secrecy deepen, Anne leans on the friendship of Molly, a lifelong islander, and Pilot, the only junior not competing for the Big V, to make sense of this cloak-and-dagger world. But when people start disappearing, Anne uncovers a stunning truth that she must face head on—before she and everyone she loves is destroyed by it.


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JOANNA WIEBE


By day, Joanna is a copywriter and the co-founder of CopyHackers.com and Page99Test.com, a critique site for published and unpublished writers. As an undergraduate student, Joanna won several academic awards for excellence in creative writing: Canada's James Patrick Folinsbee Prize, which she won twice, as well as the Godfrey Prize.

After graduating, she lived for a year on the remote northern island of Hokkaido, Japan, which is the inspiration for the verdant Wormwood Island of the V Trilogy. She holds a BA in Honors English and an MA in Communications from the University of Alberta and lives with her partner Lance in Victoria, British Columbia.

The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant is her first novel and the first installment in the V Trilogy.


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GIVEAWAY

There's a very exciting giveaway as part of the promotional tour, with 15 finished copies of The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant up for grabs. Please enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is open to US/Canada.

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36 comments:

  1. I would read on!! It's a cool way to see if something grabbing readers:)

    Love the eerie vibe:)

    Thank you:)

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    1. Right? I really like this test and am definitely going to put more books to it!

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  2. You can tell if a book's going to be good if you can pick up in the middle of the book/middle of a sentence and get a good vibe from it. I think I like the Page 99 Test!

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    1. I really like it too Mary! I have a feeling I'm going to be flipping to page 99 first a lot in the bookstore from now on:)

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  3. I started reading this one, but had some issues getting into it. I definitely need to go back to it again and try reading it. I think I just wasn't in the mood at the time. It's got a great looking premise though.
    Thanks for sharing, Jenny!

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    1. Mood is super important while reading for me. Sometimes I'm just not in the right frame of mind for a certain type of book. Hope you like it better if you give it a second chance!

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  4. You know, I read this one and despite a few flaws, I really enjoyed it. I love the author's writing style! Great feature, Jenny :)

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    1. Yay! So glad to know you liked it Melissa! I'm excited to start it:)

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  5. I am so curious about this one! I hope you read and review it too Jenny because I would love to know what you thought about it. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. I have it on my list for sure Ali, I'm looking forward to it!

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  6. It sounds good and I really got intrigued by this passage: “My grandfather first welcomed the people of Cania to this island and signed the pact that would allow them access to this majestic land,” he bellows. “Even as our village shrinks around us, as the young wisely abandon this place, we who remain must never forget the necessity of this pact that spared the lives of so many casualties of war and, when the whales were denied us, saved our people from starvation. That pact remains intact with our enduring silence.” I'm a bit scared by what Nick told in her comment with not getting into it right away because we both hated Defy, but you never know, right? I like the cover :) thanks for sharing this awesome tour post, Jenny!

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    1. I really like the cover too:) I'm intrigued by page 99 and now I'm all curious about this pact. Hope you give it a try Siiri!

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  7. I took this one on a date and ended up leaving through the bathroom window..but maybe I should try again.

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    1. *snort* It seems to be getting a lot of different reactions which always makes me more curious:)

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  8. *waves* bit tired to think today

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  9. I haven't actually heard of Page 99 Test and I'm intrigued. I should try it more often. :) Reading this except makes me want to read right now, it looks really awesome. Great stop Jenny and thanks for the giveaway. :)

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    1. It was new to me too but now I have the feeling I'm going to use it all the time! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt Emma:)

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  10. Well, now I obviously need to find out what this school is all about. I'm supposed to get a review copy in the mail soon, and I'm very excited about reading this. It sort of reminds me of Night School, which is a series I simply adore.

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    1. I'm such a big fan of YA books that feature schools as a backdrop. I just never get tired of them, so I'm looking forward to this one Maja!

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  11. Hm... now I'm curious. It passes the test. I do wanna read it! :D

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    1. I definitely thought it passed too Melissa. Bring on page 100:)

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  12. The page 99 test worked on me! (Ok, I cheated and read the synopsis too, and that made me want to read more). I haven't read a boarding school book in a while, and this sounds very dark and mysterious!

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  13. Thanks for the page 99 and giveaway! This sounds like a fab book. I'll have to go to the website and check it out!

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  14. Oh this page 99 test is such a great idea! I love it and I can tell you that I'd turn the page for sure. I have seen this book around and it sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing, Jenny :)

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  15. I've seen the cover for this around and this excerpt certainly has me even more curious. I hope a few early reviews for this novel come out soon - I can't wait to hear how it is. After all, it looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing, Jenny! :)

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  16. I know that a lot of readers have given up on this one prematurely, and I almost did. but I stuck with it and was rewarded with lots of twists, and action. I have my review up on Saturday.

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  17. Oh, I like this idea of The Page 99 Test! I just finished up the book, and man, the ending is a KILLER! I was stunned in the least. I actually enjoyed the story, and enjoyed the dark atmosphere and characters. There is so many twist in this one, I can't wait to see what others think. Like Heidi said, this book is a bit different, but I hope others stick with it. I can't wait to see where Joanna takes it. Thanks for the great excerpt. :)

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  18. Okay, I've never heard of the 99 page test, but I love that idea. If I dnf a book, it's usually before page 99, but this is a really cool way to see if I'd want to continue. And yes, the excerpt above does interest me! And poor girl, having to move from warm CA to cold weather. My heart breaks for her. ;)

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  19. I haven't heard of the 99 page test either but I do something similar. I flip to the middle of the book and if it interests me, I buy the book. But I seldom go into a book store anymore. I usually already know what I want before I ever go in a bookstore.

    I have seen this tour all over the place! It must be good. I'll have to look at the reviews.

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  20. This one sounds very intriguing! I've been seeing it around and I'm definitely curious. Also, there's something about that title- it just screams READ ME!

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  21. Oooh, boarding school, secrets, lies and romance! Sounds like my type of read! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway, Jenny! :)

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  22. I love books about secrets and the "politics" of young adults. This sounds very cool. I also really like the 99 test.

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