Monday, July 30, 2012

Book Excerpt and Giveaway: Elemental by Emily White

Today I want to introduce a book on my to-be-read list,
  Elemental, by Emily White.
This book sounds soooooo incredible that I contacted the author and invited her out to visit us here on Known to Read.  Not only did she accept the invitation, but she has come bearing gifts!  Yay!!!  I love presents!  And these are for you, my besties of the cyber world!  
Today I share with you a sneak peak of Elemental 
and one lucky reader will win an ecopy of Elemetal!  
How freakin' awesome is that?!?!

Genre:  YA Sci-Fi

From the back of the book:

Just because Ella can burn someone to the ground with her mind doesn't mean she should.

But she wants to.

For ten years—ever since she was a small child—Ella has been held prisoner on an interstellar starship. Now that she has escaped, she needs answers.

Who is she? Why was she taken? And who is the boy with the beautiful green eyes who haunts her memories?

Is Ella the prophesied Destructor… or will she be the one who's destroyed?

Get to know our author:

Emily White lives in NY, wedged between two of the Great Lakes and a few feet of snow and ice. She's spent most of her life running away from the cold, and even spent a year in Iraq, but now contents herself with writing her characters into warm, exotic places in faraway galaxies. When not tapping away at her computer keys, she can be found reading, reading, and reading some more. And when she's not doing that, she's usually playing video games with her husband, peek-a-boo with her kids, or walking through her garden, wondering why the bugs insist on eating all her vegetables.  Emily writes Young Adult Science Fiction.  Her debut novel, Elemental, is available 
through AmazonB&N, and The Book Depository!

Get to know Emily better on  her blog or Elemental's Official Fan Page

So are you guys ready for the sneak peak?  Excited yet?  Woo hoo.... here we go...

Our sneak peak from the beginning of chapter one:

"I closed my eyes again and hovered in that empty world between sleep and waking. In sleep, I could ignore the silence and pretend it felt right. In the world of dreams, the darkness released me rather than tortured me, and I could be alone because I wanted to be and not because solitude had been forced upon me. Sleep was like a drug to my soul.

My dreams were mine, the place where I refused to be a prisoner. Sho'ful, the ship that floated through space carrying untold numbers of souls and sucking the life out of each and every one of us, failed to torment me in that one place alone.

"Get up." A voice in the darkness ripped me from the edge of slumber and pierced with its sudden harshness. I gasped, clawing at my ears as the itch of newness burned at the base of my jaw. "Open the door and leave."

The voice seeped away like a dream, or a memory of a dream. It'd been ten years since they'd forced me into cold darkness. Ten years. I'd stopped asking why a long time ago. Either they didn't know or they didn't want to deal with the fact they'd put a child in a locked cell.

Leave? I burst out laughing for a precious split second before I clamped my mouth shut. No one left Sho'ful, and only fools thought to try. No light gleamed at the end of this tunnel. I lay there, refusing to get up. The voice had been nothing but my imagination. It could be nothing more than that.

A creaking sound broke the silence. And then something large, cold, and hard pushed against me, sliding me across the rusty floor. When I stopped moving, I grabbed hold of the thing that had pushed me and ran my fingers along its exterior. Parts of it were rough and chipping away, and all of it was ice cold.

I lay there running over and over in my mind the probability that what I held in my hands was the open door. Impossible. Yet...maybe. Something had pushed me. It could've been the door.

I reached up and grasped the thing I was growing fairly certain was indeed the door, and pulled myself up. I moved my feet to find some purchase on the floor. They slid along its smooth surface, throbbing with pain. I groaned in frustration.

With my teeth clenched, I laid my feet flat against the floor and forced my shaking legs to lift me. It'd been twenty-three atmosphere cycles since the last time I'd eaten, and moving was a challenge. I leaned my weight against the door and let out the breath I didn't realize I'd been holding.

It was time to walk out of here and leave Sho'ful, so I clenched my right leg and prepared for my first step out of my cell.

And froze.

The hounds.

The guards' precious pets kept watch over the halls to instill terror in the prisoners and dare us to come out. A chill ran up my spine as I thought about all the times I'd pressed myself against the back corner of my cell, getting as far away as I could from a hound that would come sniffing at my door. With perfect clarity, I could still recall the sound of his claws scraping against metal, sharp enough to gouge the hard exterior.

No one in their right mind would leave their cell, even if they could. That didn't stop the guards from dragging inmates out once in a while to feed to the beasts.

I shuddered. They'd done that to the man in the cell next to mine just a few feeding sessions ago. I could still hear his screams, the sound of his flesh being ripped from bone, and the crunch of the hounds' teeth gnawing him apart.


I shook my head, in part to get the memory out and partly in answer to my stupid plan. I couldn't go out there. My heart hammered against my chest in warning. The smartest, the safest, thing to do would be to close the door and go on living my life the way I'd been living it for the past ten years. A beating heart, safe inside my chest and drowning in depressive nothingness, trumped a beating heart spilling my blood onto the floor to be lapped up by those monsters.

Minutes passed slowly as I struggled to make up my mind. This glimmer, this phantom hope that warmed my chest was the first in living memory. I couldn't just disregard it and lock it away to die like everything else in my life.

The cold truth of what I needed to do hit me then. I'd been dying long enough.

I took my first step toward life.

Chill bumps!!! .....I know, right! .... so now you know why I want to read this one so bad.  
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