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Book and a Beverage Author Edition | Dahlia Adler

Book and a Beverage

Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

It’s been a while since I’ve hosted an author edition of Book and a Beverage but I am SO excited to be getting back into the swing of things! I had an overwhelmingly wonderful response from authors who were interested in participating so keep an eye out for even more author posts within the next few months!

Give a big welcome to author DAHLIA ADLER!

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Name: Dahlia Adler
You know her best as the author of… BEHIND THE SCENES (6/24/14), LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT (12/9/14), and UNDER THE LIGHTS (6/30/15)

        

BEHIND THE SCENES: Amazon // Goodreads
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT: Amazon // Goodreads
UNDER THE LIGHTS: Amazon // Goodreads

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READING

What are you reading? Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Well, and beta reading a friend’s NA, because I’m rarely only reading one thing at a time.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? It’s a really great historical YA about a girl who was deported from Lithuania to Siberia along with her family on Stalin’s orders. I’m only halfway through, but it’s so compellingly told, and such an important part of history. There are so many sides to World War II and this is one I haven’t seen otherwise in YA. I definitely recommend it.
What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? WHAT. You cannot ask me this. You cannot. But okay, you did. WELL THEN. Probably my most successful recommendation of all time is Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, which is an excellent YA psychological thriller. All the Rage by Courtney Summers is just…unspeakably important, and I think should be read by anyone who ever, ever interacts with girls of any age. And OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu, which has such tremendous power to change your perspective on mental health; it certainly did mine.

WRITING

What can you tell us about your current work in progress? I actually have three: Right of First Refusal, which is the next book in my Radleigh University NA series, and that’s about a lacrosse player named Cait who falls back into having feelings for her ex when he reappears in her life…as her new roommate’s boyfriend; Out on Good Behavior, which is the final book in that series, and focuses on Frankie, who’s happy being a complete and total player until she falls for a girl who’s her polar opposite; and War of the Roses, which is a dual-POV YA inspired by the historical War of the Roses, about two feuding cousins who are both in relationships with big secrets.
Are you a pantser or a plotter? Somewhere in between—it kinda varies per book. If I NaNo something, I’m much more likely to write a really fleshed-out outline first, which I did with both Behind the Scenes and War of the Roses. Otherwise, I usually rely on a beat sheet and maybe I plan clusters of scenes in a notebook.
Do you have a favorite spot to read/write? I don’t have a great reading or writing spot in my apartment, which is where I do 90% of both, but it makes me really happy when I get writing done on my subway commute. A lot of Last Will and Testament was written in a notebook on the subway, and something about that gives me a weird amount of joy.

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What are you drinking? Fresca. If I’m drinking something and it isn’t water or coffee, it’s almost definitely Fresca.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading/writing? Fresca, with two exceptions: Sunday morning, I love writing with coffee, and Friday night, I love reading with tea.

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If you were to co-author a book with someone (anyone!), who would it be? It’s a favorite joke (at least I think it’s a joke) on Twitter between people subjected to us tweeting at each other all day that Leah Raeder (author of the fabulous Unteachable and Black Iris) and I should co-author an epic f/f NA. It’s probably the world’s worst idea, and also hilarious to imagine as a book—she writes really gorgeous, lyrical prose and my books are, like, “AND THEN THEY DID IT. A LOT.” but I’m not gonna lie, it’d probably be really fun for like an hour before we got distracted by Tumblr.
Which character from a book would you say you’re most like? Kissing. Always kissing. And fighting. And especially fighting leading to kissing. There’s a lot of that in my books. You’re welcome.


 A BIG BIG thank you to Dahlia Adler for being on Book and a Beverage today and as always, for supporting my blog as well! I really hope you enjoyed getting to know her more on today’s Book and a Beverage!
If you don’t know Dahlia, you definitely need to get to know her and her books! Both books that are currently released (Behind the Scenes and Last Will and Testament) were great reads for me and I read LWAT in a day if that’s any indication for you! (I actually almost read Behind the Scenes in a day too, I think!)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dahlia Adler_author photo_Credit-MaggieHallDahlia Adler is an Associate Editor of Mathematics by day, a blogger for B&N Teens by night, and writes Contemporary YA and NA at every spare moment in between. She’s the author of the Daylight Falls duology, Last Will and Testament, and the upcoming  Just Visiting, as well as over five billion tweets as @MissDahlELama. She lives in New York City with her husband and their overstuffed bookshelves.

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Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls #1) – Dahlia Adler

Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls #1) – Dahlia AdlerTitle: Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls #1) by Dahlia Adler
Publishing Info: June 24, 2014 by Spencer Hill Press
Source: Won
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: January 10, 2015

    High school senior Ally Duncan's best friend may be the Vanessa Park - star of TV's hottest new teen drama - but Ally's not interested in following in her BFF's Hollywood footsteps. In fact, the only thing Ally’s ever really wanted is to go to Columbia and study abroad in Paris. But when her father's mounting medical bills threaten to stop her dream in its tracks, Ally nabs a position as Van's on-set assistant to get the cash she needs.
Spending the extra time with Van turns out to be fun, and getting to know her sexy co-star Liam is an added bonus. But when the actors’ publicist arranges for Van and Liam to “date” for the tabloids just after he and Ally share their first kiss, Ally will have to decide exactly what role she's capable of playing in their world of make believe. If she can't play by Hollywood's rules, she may lose her best friend, her dream future, and her first shot at love.

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Shame on me for taking so long to read this book! I’ve been talking to the lovely Dahlia Adler for a while but only really got to know her after BEHIND THE SCENES had already come out so somehow this book fell to the wayside (aka: got stuck under my massive TBR pile) for way too long! I’m glad that I finally got to read her debut earlier this year because it was such lovely book and I pretty much inhaled it in two days!

The best thing to come out of BEHIND THE SCENES for me was the wonderful friendship between Ally and Vanessa. I absolutely loved how the two girls were there for each other through thick and thin but also that their friendship is imperfect — which made it even more realistic to me. While I’m definitely not in the same situation (my best friends aren’t the stars of their own TV shows, ya know?), my friends and I each have our differences which really make our friendships unique, and that was something that I really connected with in Ally and Vanessa’s friendship. They connect on so many things and they really love and support each other but they also end up butting heads on some hot button issues because even though they’re best friends, they’re bound to disagree on some important things. It just felt very realistic to me and opened up that line of connection for me to really feel like I knew these characters.

This also really spanned to the family aspect of the book as well. Ally is really tight with her family — especially with her father being sick — so that really sets up a situation where Ally needs to be there for her family, both emotionally and physically. Through Vanessa’s close friendship with Ally, she ends up sort of being part of the family too, which I loved seeing since that’s something I’ve had with a few of my best friend’s families. Vanessa is also there for Ally as she tries to support her family (and herself) throughout this hard time in her life. There’s a giant crossroads with Ally and her decision about college. She doesn’t want to leave her family but she’s always had her dream school in mind so it’s really a constant rotation of support between Ally, her family, and her best friends for everyone to really figure out the best possible situation. I really admired how well all of these relationships work and really how positive everyone seemed to be throughout it all!

What was also really fun about BEHIND THE SCENES was actually the “behind the scenes” look at Hollywood and the acting business. Obviously it’s not something that I know anything about so it’s really fun to get a glimpse at that lifestyle and also see the normality of it all. It’s easy to get caught up in the fame of celebrities but I really loved that the “human side” of each of the TV stars (minus the divas) was portrayed. These actors really are just normal people who have a job that makes them famous. It was just a really fun peek at that side of the business.

And of course, the romance was delightfully swoony. I really loved how it developed and it was really interesting to see each character’s approach and how so many people were actually involved. I loved Ally’s resistance, actually. She tried to think the worst of Liam because in her mind, he really was just a celebrity with a built-up reputation so it was especially exciting to get to know him more as Ally did! I really loved him.

All in all, BEHIND THE SCENES was another hit for me! I’ll admit that I had a few preconceived notions about a book portraying show business but that was something the characters and I learned — things are not always what they seem! It was so great to get to know these characters and I can’t wait to get to know even more in the companion novel, UNDER THE LIGHTS, this year!

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“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Ally // Character Obsessions: College, family, friendship.
I liked Ally a lot! I feel like we had a lot in common and even when we weren’t directly in sync, she reminded me a lot of some of my friends. It was a really nice combination! She was a really admirable character. Ally always wanted to stand by her family and I loved how much school and her family and her friends meant to her. I mean, she really did have a LOT going on in her life, but I really appreciated what she chose to be important in her life.
Vanessa // Character Obsessions: Acting, friendship, responsibility, normality.
I loved the friendship between Ally and Vanessa. As I was reading, it actually reminded me of Open Road Summer (Reagan & Dee). Vanessa makes a really big break in this book but I love that she never turns into a diva or lets fame or success go to her head. I can’t stand diva-types so that made me REALLY happy to see. I loved that she remained so down-to-earth and a good friend to Ally!

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Kept Me Hooked On: Celebrity Status. I’ve read a few too many with many diva-like attitudes and I can’t handle that. Brattiness — even from the antagonist — is just not appealing. (There was a touch of this from someone else but that actually didn’t bother me.) I was really excited to see a strong and realistic friendship between Ally and Vanessa, regardless of social status/fame.
Left Me Wanting More: Connection. It was just a “me” thing but I didn’t TOTALLY 100% connect with everything going on. And that has totally nothing to do with the book. I really enjoyed everything but there was just that “factor” that kept me from falling totally in love and who’s to say what it is. Just happens some time and that’s totally okay! You can’t fall head over heels with every book but this was still one I really enjoyed and would recommend!

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I really enjoyed this book! I loved the sort of (oops totally no pun intended) “behind the scenes” look at Hollywood and the acting business. It’s always so much fun to see that kind of stuff since obviously I don’t have access to that kind of knowledge. I LOVED the friendships and whewwww a swoony romance to boot!

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