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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Review: Red Queen

Red Queen Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is a good and interesting read.

Summery From Goodreads:
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.


I thought this book was a cool genre. It was kind of a sci-fi fantasy. It took place in a sci-fi kind of world where people had "superpowers". That made the book more interesting, because young adult fiction is overpopulated with sci fi and fantasy, so this was a change.

Mare was a good character. She was a girl who reminded me a lot of Katniss. She was a lower rank and wanted things to be fair. When she gets the opportunity to work in the Castle, she has to take it. No matter what, she is smart, and sensible.
Maven is the guy who Mare is engaged to. He is royalty, and quiet and gentle. I liked him a lot, especially at the end (hint hint!)
Cal, on the other hand, was the future king. He was loud, tough, and outspoken.

The plot twist in the end really took me by surprise. I never expected that to happen.

One of the major turnoffs of this book was the way the plot wasn't really unique. I felt like it was Divergent or Throne of Glass with the duels. Mare reminded me too much of Katniss from The Hunger Games, and the whole poor girl in the castle vibe reminded me of The Selection. I don't know if it is just the way I always will think of fantasy, but it annoyed me.

Overall, this is a decent book that leaves me wondering whether I should continue the series.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Book Blitz: Sleeping Tom








Sleeping Tom
E.V. Fairfall
(Sleeping Tom #1)
Publication date: February 14th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Hitchhiking is a bad idea but Caden is desperate.

When she accepts a ride from the first car to come by she meets Gabriel. He’s her age, hot, and the closest thing she has to a savior. Problem is, he is a total jerk. With nowhere to go, Caden convinces Gabriel to let her stay with him for one night. He reluctantly lends a couch.

That night Caden wakes up to strange noises. Concerned, she rushes into Gabriel’s room, already anticipating his bad temper. Instead, he’s kind, sweet, and suspiciously harmless—nothing like the man who gave her a ride. He seems like a different person altogether, and claims he is. By night he is Tom, and by day he is Gabriel. Caden finds herself drawn to the mysteries hidden in his eyes.

For Gabriel, Caden is an annoying mistake. One night turns into many, and despite all his anger towards her, she stays. She even seems to accept him and his flaws, but he still doesn’t trust her—is she staying for him, or has she already discovered more than he’s willing to share?



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EXCERPT:

“Don’t go.”

He was creeping her out. She wanted to run and hide from him, but instead she held her ground and, as casually as she could, leaned into the doorframe. “It’s like three in the morning,” she reminded him, attempting a frown to hide her anxiety.

“Do you want to play a game?”

“What?” Caden asked, his voice once again making her unsure. A game? It sounded like something Sean would say. Caden shifted her weight, eyeing him warily. I can handle this. She let out a deep breath; if nothing else she could use this as an opportunity. Cleaning at three in the morning obviously hadn’t scored her enough Good Samaritan points.

“Sure… We can play a game.” She wondered if her hesitation would make him angry, like she had when they had been in the car that afternoon.


She looked around for a weapon, anything she could use to protect herself. As her eyes scanned the room each surface was bare, aside from the bulky old alarm clock on the nightstand.

“First, you have to turn off the lights.”

Caden’s hand shook. This didn’t feel right. “Okay,” She mumbled, attempting to seem unfazed, and she turned off the lights with a flick of her wrist. It took a few seconds for her eyes to readjust, and when they did she saw the boy leap back onto the bed, light and agile. She took an uneasy step back. Her chest constricted and her breath caught in her throat. Caden couldn’t deny being unsure of the situation, of this boy who somehow had to be the man she’d met earlier that day.

His head moved from side to side, watching her as intently as she watched him. “What do you want to play?” he asked.

Even then, with him in better visibility, Caden couldn’t tell if the boy was really Gabriel. It was the same voice she had heard earlier, but without the rough edge of his irritation it sounded much younger and innocent, like that of a child. “I don’t know…”

“Oh, come on, think of something,” he said.

When he didn’t move to grab her, she relaxed a little, her breath evening out once again. Caden could feel her confidence slowly building. Maybe he really just wants to play a game. “Aren’t you tired?”

The boy’s shoulders and head dropped. “So you don’t want to play,” he confirmed dejectedly. She watched as he turned around on the empty bed, to face the other wall.

Caden’s little sister Reese always used guilt to get what she wanted. She hadn’t known a guy her own age could make her feel just as guilty, if not worse. “No, no, I want to play. I do.” As long as you stay on that side of the room. Caden moved farther into the room but stayed a good six feet away.

“What game? What game?” He bounced on the bed in his sitting position.

“Do you have any cards?” She clutched the blanket tighter around her, but tried to keep her voice light and casual.

“Cards?” The boy, who no longer seemed like Gabriel at all, stuck out his tongue. “Dumb. Something else.”







Author Bio:

The hunger is encompassing, so she feeds the beast books. But the hunger never settles… so she writes. E.V. Fairfall has an itch that drives her to the world of story telling. With several published short stories, and soon several books (fingers crossed), she explores the topics of humanity and hardship.

During the daylight hours, a book is always within reach. She spends her nights reading with her husband, surrounded by towers of tomes and three furry children curled in close. If she isn’t reading, she is browsing bookstores or hiking, but always awaiting her next adventure.






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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Review: Marcelo in the Real World

Marcelo in the Real World Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Marcelo in the Real World is a cute yet strange novel.

Summary from Goodreads:
Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear--part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify--and he's always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But the summer after his junior year, his father demands that Marcelo work in his law firm's mailroom in order to experience "the real world." There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm.

He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it's a picture he finds in a file -- a picture of a girl with half a face -- that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight.


I just picked up this book after I finished my other book in class one day. It was the only one that looked even halfway interesting. I had read Stork's other book, The Memory of Light, and was wondering about this one. The cover is really strange.

The writing style was very interesting (I don't know how else to describe it). It was in Marcello's point of view, and his trains of thought were weird. It was written in this strange style, with Marcello sometimes referring to himself in the third person. He sounded overly mature and stupid at the same time, which really bugged me.

“Is not seeing any ugly parts in myself an ugly part? Is not wanting to forgive someone's ugly parts an ugly part in oneself?"
Yeah. I didn't understand a word you said, but yeah.”


Marcello also had a strange obsession with religion. He obsessed over it, and it drove me nuts.

I thought the moral of this story was pretty good. Marcello learned to be more adult(ish), and that the "real" world can be mean and nice at the same time.

The characters were some of the highlights in this book. Jasmine was a young lady who took any circumstance without complaining. Wendell was a sleazy little brat who was sneaky around Marcello. There were some other characters, but they didn't stand out as much as these ones.

Overall, this was an okay book that wasn't really for me. I give it three stars.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Book Blitz: A Heart's Journey Home



The Heart’s Journey Home: A Layover in Doppelganger-Ville
Nikki Jackson
(The Heart’s Journey Home, #2)
Publication date: April 30th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Picking up where The Heart’s Journey Home: California Blend Summer Vacation leaves off, book two in the series follows seventeen-year-old Tori Logan as she and her best friends, AJ and Kalea, accompany Tori’s archeologist father to Israel.

Tori Logan is used to her life looking a little different from the lives of other girls her age. She’s also used to having plenty of adventures, so when she and her best friends see an excavated quarry in one of Jerusalem’s most famous archeological sites, they waste no time checking it out for themselves. Adventurous and fiercely independent, Tori leads her friends into the quarry where they happen upon what appears to be a secret passageway. As the trio laughs and jokes, small rumblings turn into big quakes and the walls start to crumble around them. Kalea and AJ escape, but the site collapses before Tori can find her way out.

When she comes regains consciousness, Tori realizes she’s traveled back in time to ancient Jerusalem. With her quick wit and drive to survive, she concocts a story about why she, a foreigner, is there and finds shelter with a widow woman named Judith – who looks exactly like her father’s live-in girlfriend, Rachel.

As Tori encounters other people who are spitting images of loved ones back at home, she must reconcile truths about herself with the hard realities about the situation in which she finds herself. But will these lessons last once she’s back at home?

Will she even make it home?




Guest post by Nikki Jackson

My Weird Fascination….

I have a weird fascination and its scary movies.

I have sworn off them more times than I can remember because I actually find them so terrifying but like a little chocolate addict my hand finds its way back to the box. I can only blame it on a mildly warped fascination with the fact that that someone wrote, out of their own imagination, something that could cause such physical, emotional and psychological reactions in the reader (or if it’s a movie – the viewer).

I remember back in the day when the movie The Exorcist debuted. It was 1973 and no movie like it had ever really be made and it was the scariest thing in town. To this very day I’ve never seen that movie. I read the reviews and watched the news spots and that was more than enough to keep me away from it. There were reports of moviegoers crying, fainting and throwing up (especially during the head spinning around part), all because they’d been so affected by what was going on with the little demon possessed girl.

The scariest movie I’ve ever seen in life to date was The Ring. I got caught up in the premise: watch the video, get the phone call, dead in seven days. The curious side of my brain just knew there was a safe, logical way out of this and I wanted to see how the latest victim would beat the curse. I still don’t know how the movie ended. When that little kid came out of that well I started screaming.

I was screaming at the guy watching this play out on his TV to turn it off and get out of there. He didn’t hear me. He just sat there spellbound while that kid came out of that well and was moving, like some weird stop-action closer and closer, and then shocks of shocks….when that kid climbed through the TV set….I’m surprised the neighbors didn’t call the police, I was a hot screaming mess. It was like she’d climbed through my TV set and into my living room. That’s the last thing I remember.

I turned on every light in the house (why did I watch it at night, alone?), made sure all the doors and windows were locked (twice) and I spent the night on the sofa with a blanket over my head praying to still be alive with the new day’s dawn.

Here’s what’s so intriguing – that hot mess of a movie was first a writer’s creation. Somebody sat down and imagined it and then wrote it down. As traumatizing as that movie was to me, the thought that a writer wrote it is fantastic. Don’t you see? I was scared and traumatized and ready to throw-up and pee all at the same time – I was physically and emotionally and yes, psychologically effected and caught up and spent and I didn’t even last the whole movie!

As a writer I don’t want to scare the bejeezus out of anyone, but I want to take the reader on an exhilarating, crazy wild rollercoaster ride. I want the reader to be giddy, shocked, angry, moved, excited, teased, floored, bowled over – and happily spent when they finish reading a book of mine. I want to pull the reader out of their present setting and take them on the journey of a story with me and my characters. I want to give the reader a break from life as they know it and I want them to eagerly join me on an imagined adventure.

Sure, I’d like to make a million bucks writing, but when I really think about it? I’d rather prefer making a million friends.






Author Bio:

Nikki Jackson considers herself to be an Indie Writer, Journeyman and Traveler. She's camped out in the Grand Canyon just to see the sunrise over a stupendous backdrop and she yet dreams to travel to Mount Everest, not to climb any part of it but to simply stand at the North Base Camp and take it all in, in person. Nikki's love of adventure was inspired at an early age at the local library where she spent summers reading about young travelers going cross-country and around the world. She loved the adventures that took her out of the bottom bunk of her bed (her favorite reading spot) and had her soaring across the clouds to lands filled with wonderful and diverse people. It was then and there Nikki decided she wanted to be a writer - she wanted to have the same effect on people reading books had on her. The Heart's Journey Home is the beginning of the adventure.






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Monday, May 23, 2016

Review: Talent

Talent Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin is a cute romantic coming of age about serious issues.

Summery From Goodreads:
Fifteen-and-a-half-year-old Sandee Mason wants to find her talent, get her driver's license, and stop living in the shadow of her big brother, Bri, who disappeared while serving in Afghanistan.

Talent is a timely story about a girl who learns her brother is MIA in Afghanistan. What does she do? How does she cope while trying to be part of the drama department and attempting to live normally? Lynn Goodwin has captured the angst and the pathos of this situation and created a character who will appeal to many teens.


I won this book in a giveaway from a fellow blogger. Just recently, I decided to pick it up and read it.

I thought this story was very timely. It is about a girl worrying about her brother who went missing in Afghanistan. This is a very less talked about topic than most ya topics.

Sandee was a bit of a whiny and unrealatable character. She seemed a bit full of herself, and she thought she was better than she really was.

I also thought the whole thing with a psychic was really strange. It was the worst part of the book, and made me postpone finishing it. I thought something like that didn't fit into a book like this one.

The whole play aspect was cute. It was a little overused, but it still blended into the book perfectly. I liked learning about acting.

Overall, this was a cute book about a good topic.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Book Blitz: Because I Love You




Because I Love You
Tori Rigby
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: May 17th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant.

Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.

Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she’s forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go.



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No matter how much I needed him, I couldn’t let Neil throw his future away for me. He would do anything to keep me protected, comforted; I knew that like I knew the sky was blue. But I had to show him the same selfless love, or I’d forever regret holding him back. Which meant one thing: I was on my own.

My stomach turned to stone. But what about Ethan? Even if I did manage to drop out of high school and find a job that paid a decent wage, I couldn’t provide for a baby

by myself. I couldn’t raise a baby in poverty—I wouldn’t. My son deserved so much more. But how the hell was I supposed to let him go?


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Author Bio:

Adopted at three-days-old by a construction worker and a stay at home mom, Tori Rigby grew up with her nose in a book and her fingers on piano keys, always awaiting the day she’d take her own adventure. Now, she goes on multiple journeys through her contemporary and historical romances. She longs to live in the Scottish Highlands, and her favorite place in history is Medieval England—she’d even give up her Internet and running water to go back in time! Tori also writes high-concept genre fiction as Vicki Leigh, and when she isn’t writing, she’s kicking butt in krav maga or attending classes to learn how to catch bad guys.






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Friday, May 20, 2016

Review and Tour: Competing with the Star

Competing with the Star Competing with the Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FROM YA BOUND BOOK TOURS FOR A BOOK TOUR. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY VIEWS OR OPINIONS IN ANY WAYS.

Competing with the Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager is a cute, easy, and fun read.

Hadley is just a normal teenager beginning her sophomore year of high school.. She has a group of friends and has friend drama. Then she meets Nick. Nick is the perfect boy for her, and she falls in love. Drama appears when there is some crazy ex-girlfriend drama. Will Hadley and Nick stay together?

I think this cover is pretty cool. However, it is strange at the same time.

The voice in this book is strange. Krysten Lindsay Hager writes in a realistic young teen voice that isn't as mature as most ya authors. This voice really worked for True Colors, but it a little immature for this character. However, it is also a relief after reading all of the over-mature teen perspectives nowadays.

Hadley is a very sweet character. She has friend and family values. Nick is becoming one of my book boyfriends. He is so sweet and kind.

The drama in this book is very realistic. Teenagers go through drama like that all of the time. It is a really big deal in school, and that is one reason I really enjoyed this book. The drama is portrayed perfectly. Simone (the star and bff/enemy) is the perfect friend who bullies, and that is a good character to have in a book like this.

Overall, this is a really good book with a few quirks.

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Competing with the Star
by
Krysten Lindsay Hager
Release Date: March 22nd 2016
Limitless Publishing
Summary from Goodreads:
The perfect guy, the perfect location. What could go wrong?
Hadley Daniels
s life seems perfect
...
Before the beginning of sophomore year of high school, Hadley and her family move to a
beautiful beach town, where she makes amazing new friends and lands the boyfriend of her
dreams
Nick Jenkins. He
s the kind of guy every girl swoons over, and it isn
t long until Hadley
discovers some are still swooning.
A famous ex-girlfriend makes matters more complicated
...
After some time dating, Hadley and Nick form a deep bond. But insecurity sets in whe
n Hadley
discovers her boyfriend once had a huge crush on her friend
who just happens to be the
beautiful former teen TV star, Simone Hendrickson.
The past is the past
or so they say
...
Hadley confronts Nick, who confesses about his history with Simone. Though he claims to only
have eyes for Hadley now, it
s hard to believe
especially when she
s blindsided with the news
that Nick and Simone kissed after school.
Now Hadley must determine who is telling the truth. Love, betrayal, friendship
...
who needs soap
opera drama when you
re busy competing with a star?
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Book Blitz: 12 Hours in Paradise




12 Hours in Paradise
Kathryn Berla
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: April 19th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Twelve hours, thirty-six questions, and a chance to fall in love…

It’s the last day of Dorothy Patmont’s family vacation. Soon, she must head back to Reno, where all that waits for her is the cold and the snow. To top it all off, her brother, Chester, acted like a little jerk and ate one too many cookies from the sample jar in the cookie store. But his antics have an unexpected benefit—attracting the attention of an intriguing boy who could change her life forever.

Treats can be sweet, but love is sweeter still…

Arash Atkinson, fluent in four languages and an adventurous soul, is in Waikiki for a high school band competition. When he meets Dorothy, he realizes their time together is limited. “Come out and play,” he texts her. A night of romantic adventure ensues, and Arash discovers an app that claims it can make people fall in love after answering thirty-six questions in each other’s presence.

With each question asked, their stories and feelings continue to unfold. But with every hour that passes they’re more at risk of being found out—Dorothy, by her parents; Arash by his school chaperone. And then Arash gets the dreaded phone call—he has been discovered missing from his room, and must return immediately. Can they finish the questions before facing their consequences?

When time is running out, true love cannot wait. What Arash and Dorothy have is beyond special, something that comes along once in a lifetime, and begins with Twelve Hours In Paradise…but can it survive the trials of the real world?




EXCERPT:

We stepped into the open-air lobby, where tables had been set out with bowls of the usual happy-hour snacks. A light breeze ruffled my hair, and scarlet-headed birds darted from table to table, looking for crumbs. Pigeons strutted purposefully under the tables, scurrying away whenever a human foot got too close.

Chester made a beeline to the bar, where he ordered a virgin strawberry daiquiri. Arash and I followed him, each of us ordering guava juice. I really was going to miss Hawaii. I never got to drink guava juice in Reno. I never got to feel air this soft against my bare skin. The surf pounded in the distance. I’d miss that sound too. A constant. The heartbeat of this island.

We sat down at an open table while Chester brought back bowl after bowl of chips, popcorn, pretzels, and everything else he could get his hands on.

“So is that why you talk funny?” he asked when he finally sat down. “Because your mom is Persian?”

“I grew up in six different countries,” Arash said. “I speak four languages. So my accent is a mixture of all the places I’ve ever lived. A mongrel accent.”

“A mongrel,” Chester said. “Like Genghis Khan?”

“Oh my God.” I shook my head. “Genghis Khan was a Mongol, not a mongrel.” I turned to Arash and rolled my eyes. “Sorry about my brother.”

But he just laughed. “Mongrel. Like a mutt. A mixture of many things.”

And then we talked about Reno and what it was like to live there.

And about the town outside of San Francisco where Arash lived.

And about how he was in Hawaii for a high school band competition.

And at some point Chester got bored and went up to our room to watch TV while my parents finished packing.

And at some point Arash asked if we could trade contact info just in case.

Just in case he ever came to Reno.

Just in case I ever went to San Francisco.

And at some point I realized Arash was not like any other guy I’d ever known. But in a good way.

And at some point after that, he left and I went up to the room I shared with Granny and finished packing my own stuff.






Author Bio:

Kathryn Berla graduated from the University of California at Berkeley as an English major. She has lived in many different countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.










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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Book Blitz: Fighter Girl




Fighter Girl
Kathryn James
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: May 17th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
“It began three days ago with a fight. Seems that for me, everything begins with a fight…”

Sammy Jo may be strong, fast and tough, even in heels, but she gets into trouble when she fights some local thugs to save a rich boy named Gregory.

Now bad guy McCloud is after her – and he’s even more dangerous than her forbidden love for Gregory.

Fighter Girl was published in the United Kingdom under the title GYPSY GIRL.




EXCERPT:

The wedding is over.

My beautiful bridesmaid dress is soaked in blood. Bright crimson patterning the white. The hem ragged and torn. The tulle skirt missing and the strapless bodice ripped. My tiara is long gone. My hair stiffened with dried blood, not mousse. My legs are crumpled beneath, unable to move. I’m like a ragdoll.

I’m lying here in this circle of trees by the black water. They call it a beauty spot. I can’t see any beauty today. Only death. The magpies warned us.

Gregory is beside me, his sun-streaked, fair hair red with blood, his face white as a ghost. Shocked and injured again. It’s my fault. I want to hug him, hold him close, tell him I didn’t mean to let this happen to him. But I can’t move. Anyway, he probably hates me.

Is it over? Don’t ask me.

In the distance, I can hear emergency sirens. Has everyone found out? Has my daddy? His name is Samson Smith. He comes from a long line of champion fighters.

My name is Sammy-Jo Smith. I’m the only girl to have inherited the Smith fighting skills. Sometimes I love it, but now I hate it. I’m too fast, too strong, even in my Jimmy Choo heels. It’s brought me here, to this place of death.

It began three days ago with a fight. Seems that for me everything always begins with a fight …






Author Bio:

Kathryn lives in Leicester with her family, writing full time (and loves that!) Kathryn always wanted to become an author and wrote her first story at age eight. But it took quite a while and lots of different jobs before she got published.

She's worked with gypsy and traveller children, working from a converted bus with a rainbow on the side, doing video and photography projects, and documenting travelling lives.


Mist draws on and is influenced by her work with this community.

She's also written scripts for a local video production company, many of them for children and teenagers.






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Cover Reveal: Gilt






Gilt: By Invitation Only
Geneva Lee
(Gilt Series, #1)
Publication date: May 31st 2016
Genres: YA Contemporary
In a world with too much money and not enough rules, anything goes. Welcome to Belle Mère, the most exclusive zip code outside the Las Vegas Strip. It’s every sinner’s fantasy and every good parent’s worst nightmare.


Emma Southerly doesn’t belong at Belle Mère Prep despite her new stepfather’s money. Not after she shunned her invite to the popular table, and especially not after what happened last summer. So when her best friend begs her to crash an invite-only, end of the year party, she should say no with a capitol H-E-L-L.


It’s just a party. What could go wrong?



Getting kicked out to start. Running into the man who destroyed your family.



Everything.


Until she meets Jamie, who’s also hiding from the in-crowd. After spending the night with the cute stranger, Emma barely makes it home before news hits Belle Mère’s brunch tables. A body’s been found on the West estate, and Jamie is the number one suspect. But he couldn’t have done it…right?


Emma isn’t sure she can trust him or the rest of Belle Mère. After all, no one is safe when everyone is a liar.






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Author Bio:


Geneva Lee is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of The Royals Saga. When she isn't writing, you'll find her traveling, buying unnecessary shoes, or drinking champagne. Her debut novel Crewel, written as Gennifer Albin, was a YALSA Teens Top 10 read and a BEA buzz pick. She lives in Kansas City with her family.








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Monday, May 16, 2016

Review: The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Unexpected Everything left me with unexpected and mixed feelings.

Blurb from Goodreads:
Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?


Lets get this straight first. I REALLY WANTED THIS BOOK. I don't know how many times I requested an arc on Edelweiss and even via email before finally giving up hope of ever getting one of those gems. But I still really wanted the book.
When it finally came, I started reading it right away. It was not a bad book, it just didn't draw my attention that well. Overall, it took me about 4 days to read it. For a book I was really looking forward to, that is pretty long, and the longest I have ever taken on a Morgan Matson book.

Andie was actually a very relatable character. She was a studious girl who had her whole future practically planned out. She kind of reminds me of the main character from another book I just finished, The Boyfriend Thief. I thought she was nice and all, but I really thought she wasn't that original of a character.

On the other hand, Clark was adorbs. He was sweet, kind, and not exactly everyone's dream boy. I liked how he (unlike Andie) was not a stereotypical character and was actually very unique. I loved that he was a bestselling fantasy writer. SERIOUSLY, A FANTASY WRITER. WHO WOULDN'T LOVE THAT. He was the clear gem in this book, and I would love to see him again in another book.

The plot was pretty cool. I thought it was funny how Andie's summer totally turned out unlike she planned. The dogs were fun to read about, and I wish I had Andie's friends.

Another gem in the story is Andie's dad. He is a congressman, and has never really been around for Andie. But when a scandal breaks apart his campaign, he quits and goes to live at home again. It is hard for both of them to get used to and awkward, since this is really the first time they have been around each other for any period of time since Andie's mom died.

The scandal at the end of the book taught a good message, but reminded me too much of Katie Finn, Morgan Matson's pen name. It was too much drama for me.

Overall, this book packs a good and UNEXPECTED punch in EVERYTHING. I would rate it a 4.5 star

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Book Blitz: The Cilantro in Apple Pie




The Cilantro In Apple Pie
Kimberley Nadine Knights
Published by: Ravenswood Publishing
Publication date: May 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Fragnut. Confused? Well so is everyone else at Lumiere Hall Prep when sixteen-year-old Rubie Keane rolls in from Trinidad and Tobago talking her weird lingo. Not that she minds the culture confusion; she’s determined to leave the past behind her and be overlooked—but a certain stoic blue blood is equally as determined to foil her plans.

Gil Stromeyer’s offbeat personality initially makes Rubie second-guess his sanity, but she suspects his erratic outbursts of violence mask a deeper issue in his troubled, charmed life. Despite his disturbing behavior, a gradual bond forms between the two. However, on the night of the annual Stromeyer gala, events unfold that leave Rubie stripped of her dignity and kick Gil’s already fragile world off its axis.

Both their well-kept secrets are uncovered, but Gil’s revelation proves that sometimes the best remedy for a bad case of lost identity, is a dash of comradery from an ally packed with flavor.



Book trailer:



Q&A with Kimberley Nadine Knights

What inspires you?


Definitely music – specifically original scores from films. My favorites are from The Village, Finding Neverland, Pride & Prejudice, Meet Joe Black and Life as a House.

What’s your advice to an aspiring author?


Write what your love not what you like. You have to be passionate about a topic to reach those magical words of ‘the’ and ‘end.’ Never write a book because that particular genre is popular – by the time you’re done it’ll be saturated. Also ignore the naysayers…you’ll be part of a very exclusive club when you finally finish your book

Do you ever experience writer’s block?


I like to call it writer’s diversion lol. Suddenly my idea isn’t as exciting as I initially thought, so then I drift into another storyboard. But absence makes the heart grow fonder and I usually return to book 1 with full force after a few weeks. For normal writers block I force myself to write 1000 words a day even if it’s 1000 words of crap.

Who is your favorite character in The Cilantro in Apple Pie?


Believe it or not it’s the male protagonist Gil. His character was so much fun to develop because he’s such a drastic departure from anything I know firsthand. He’s flawed in so many ways but for the right reasons…so you can’t help but root for him.

Could you describe your definition of a perfect writing day?


I can’t write in the day…only at night. Guess that makes me some kind of literary vampire – but my ideal writing ‘time-period’ would be locked in a cold room with a desk and my laptop, burning the midnight oil till 6am with my score mp3’s and a cup of java.








Author Bio:

Kimberley Nadine Knights knew when she kept willingly opting out of parties so she could stay home and write instead, that she was destined to be an author.

Born and raised in the tropical twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago, when this Caribbean girl isn't creating new plotlines for her ever growing lineup of fictional characters, she spends her time strumming her guitar to indie rock songs and snapping once in a lifetime photos halfway across the globe in countries such as Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and France.

She's an avid fan of The Walking Dead series and firmly believes that The Food Network should consider her being a judge on the next Chopped challenge.


Visit her website http://kimberleynknights.wix.com/author and learn more about this up and coming author.






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Friday, May 13, 2016

Review: The Boyfriend Thief

The Boyfriend Thief The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris was a refreshingly cute romance ya novel.

Avery is a girl who wants to be the best in her life. She is earning money for a trip to Costa Rico. So when an arch-nemesis named Hannah offers to pay her for stealing Hannah's boyfriend, she has to accept. But will Avery fall in love with Zac?

The cover caught my attention right away. I love the fonts in the title, and how the image isn't the center of attention.

I thought this book was very well written. I had bought this book with a few Amazon credits I had, because it sounded interesting. Even though Shana Norris does not seem very well known, her writing style is unique and fun to read.

Avery was a unique character who I could relate too. She thought that high school had to be all serious, but Zac changed her perspective. Zac was yet another book boyfriend. He was the opposite of Avery; stuck in a boring job while he really likes comedy. Hannah really was interesting. I am intrigued to read the second book, which is in her perspective.

The romance really blossomed. One of the best things about this book was the fact that the romance was real. It wasn't too mature, but was just a cute and fun romance. The teens did normal teen things, and were serious but not too serious.

Overall, this is a really cute book. I give it 4.5 stars.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Review: All Better Now

All Better Now All Better Now by Emily Wing Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

All Better Now is a cute yet weird memoir.



I ask myself: how am I living still?
And how I ask it depends on the day.

All her life, Emily has felt different from other kids. Between therapist visits, sudden uncontrollable bursts of anger, and unexplained episodes of dizziness and loss of coordination, things have always felt not right. For years, her only escape was through the stories she’d craft about herself and the world around her. But it isn’t until a near-fatal accident when she’s twelve years old that Emily and her family discover the truth: a grapefruit sized benign brain tumor at the base of her skull.

In turns candid, angry, and beautiful, Emily Wing Smith’s captivating memoir chronicles her struggles with both mental and physical disabilities during her childhood, the devastating accident that may have saved her life, and the means by which she coped with it all: writing.


I thought this book wasn't as good as the hype made it seem. It wasn't my cup of tea because it was a lot of medical stuff, and not a lot of real experiences. Emily Wing Smith did not have a ton of real exciting memories, but she wrote the ones she did have done nicely.

The writing style in this book was strange. It was funny and easy to read, which was nice. However, it got a little choppy at times.

My favorite part of Emily's life is her journey to becoming a writer. It was raw and very true. As an aspiring writer myself, I hope to learn to write like she did. She is an inspiration to me.

Look at this cover. It is amazing, and gorgeous. I like the title, and how they incorporate it into the book as the theme. I also like the picture because it attracted my attention. The background is also neat.

Overall, it is an okay book that would be perfect for the right reader.

Sorry this review was short; I was procrastinating writing it.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Book Blitz: Tone Deaf



Tone
Deaf


by Olivia
Rivers


Genre: YA
Contemporary Romance


Release Date:
May 3rd 2016


Sky Pony
Press








Summary from
Goodreads:




His world
is music. Her world is silent.


Ali Collins was a child prod
igy destined to become one of
the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century

until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain
tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with
American Sign Language
and lip-reading. She

s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his o
wn demons,
and the bruises are getting harder to hide.

When Ali accidentally wi
ns a backstage tour with
the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she

s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-
year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He

s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do
with him. But there

s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali

s bruises and offers to
help her escape to New York, Ali can

t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she

s
traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace

s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the
help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she on
ce loved.



  








Buy Links:

Amazon< /a> |Amazon UK | Barnes and Noble | Books-a-
Million
| Book Depository | IndieBound




Advanced Praise:



 
A smart, sexy, and fast-paced




story with a swoon-worthy love interest. Tone Deaf will be
music to your ears.

Jessica Taylor, author of Wandering Wild



Much like its hero, Tone Deaf

s flashy, rock-star exterior
surrounds a sweet, vulnerable soul that made it impossible to put down.
It is
equal parts fun and touching, with a dash of humor and lot of heart.
The
friendships, as well as the romance, have intense, believable chemistry, and
with a giant pitbull named Cuddles thrown in the mix, I was in lov
e!

Laura
Lee Anderson, author of Song of Summer



Olivia Rivers has hit all the right notes with Tone Deaf.

A. R.
Kahler, author of Pale Queen Rising and Shades of
Darkness




The portrayal of Ali as Deaf is authentic and modern. She loves rock concerts
for the vibrations and sensory pull of the crowd. She prefers to sign but exasperat
edly
reads the lips of people who talk fast or turn away as they talk. As Ali, Jace,
and the band tour amid Amber alerts, surprising emotional connection
s are
painfully forged and will resonate with young survivors of abuse, especially
as
Ali takes small steps toward recovery. VERDICT This gripping
tale of survival has great appeal due to the parallel boy/girl narrative
structure, the portrayal of a Deaf character at home in the realm of music and
songwriting, and the overall pop culture tenor.
 

School Library
Journal








About the
Author
Olivia Rivers is a hybrid autho
r of Young Adult fiction. Her works
include the independently published
Tortured Elements
and
Duplicity
series, along with the
traditionally published novel
Tone Deaf
(Skyhorse 2016.) As a certified geek, she enjoys experimenting
with new publishing technologies, and her online serials have received ov
er 1,000,000 hits on
Wattpad.com. When Olivia isn

t working as a writer, she

s a typical teen attending college in Northern
California. Olivia is represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary, and nothin
g thrills her more than
hearing from readers.
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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Book Promo

I am currently reading a read-for-review called Room 42 by Melody J Bremen.  It is free on Amazon from now through May 9th.  Here is the link.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Review: Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold

Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a cute yet again DRAMATIC Katie Finn book.

Summery from Goodreads:
After the humiliating events on the 4th of July, Gemma's trying to handle the fact that Hallie knew who she was all along, and she was the one who stole Teddy from her. Gemma vows revenge, but things get more complicated than she planned. Ford, Gemma’s long-time crush, has arrived in the Hamptons cuter than ever. Josh is refusing to speak to her after she lied to him, and Teddy is playing champion to his beloved Marsh Warbler (in Gemma's backyard, no less).

Gemma and Hallie find themselves locked in an escalating revenge cycle. Just when Gemma thinks she has the upper hand, the biggest bombshell of all is dropped. And it’s one that threatens to change her life forever.


I thought this book was a cute and fairly easy read. Gemma was still not a bad character in this book, and was rather sweet and nice. However, Hallie is another story. Hallie is a jerk who loves getting revenge on Gemma for something that happened years ago. Josh is still a cute boy, and I wish we could see more of him in this book. I thought Teddy was a bit more involved in this book, and he also somehow seemed sweeter. Bruce is a nice guy, Gwen is strange, and Ford is still cute as well.

The revenge in this book was overdone but nice. I mean, would Hallie really go so far to get revenge on a childhood play mistake. It is a little unreal, but kind of funny.

I hated the cliffhanger at the end of the book, because I have to wait for the next book.

Overall, this was a very cute drama.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Review: Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The new Morgan Matson book came out yesterday.  Hopefully really good review soon!

THIS REVIEW WILL HAVE SPOILERS. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE THEM, THEY WILL BE MARKED.

Broken Hearts, Fences, and other things to mend is a cute and fun summer romance.

Summery from Goodreads:
Hot sun. Blue waves. New romances. Old secrets.

Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes a sharp turn when she gets dumped and finds herself back in the Hamptons after a five-year absence.

Being there puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friends (that is, before Gemma ruined her life). But people don't hold grudges forever. Do they?

Gemma intends on making amends, but a small case of mistaken identity causes the people she knew years ago—including Hallie and her dreamy brother, Josh—to believe she's someone else. As though the summer wasn't complicated enough already.

Filled with summer sun, boys, and friendships gone sour, Katie Finn's first novel in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series sizzles and delights.


I loved this book until the very last pages. It was a lot more like Morgan Matson than Katie Finn. It was a swoon worthy romance and perfect for summer.

I thought Gemma was a good character, very different from Madison from Top 8. She was just trying to make the best of the situation and get back some old friends. She would personally be my friend.

The romance in this book was adorable. Josh made me swoon, because he was sweet, handsome, and caring. He was nothing like his sister, which was a good thing.

Spoilers Ahead:
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Overall, this was a cute summer romance that had a lot of drama in the end.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Review: What's Your Status?

What's Your Status? What's Your Status? by Katie Finn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What's Your Status by Katie Finn is an honest portrayal of teenage life and drama.

Summery from Goodreads:
This fabulous social-networking mystery, a sequel to TOP 8, is the perfect novel for the Facebook generation. Madison MacDonald thinks things are finally working out! Followers: 300 Status Updates: mad_mac Nate and I have been together for two months, and it's wonderful! Life is good! mad_mac Well, except for the fact that I still might be failing history. mad_mac And I no longer have a BFF. mad_mac But aside from those things! mad_mac Okay. So, um, apparently I've just been put in charge of the school's priceless heirloom. mad_mac And the assistant headmaster has a vendetta against me.

There was one thing I really liked about this book. It showed real teenage drama. The teenage years are ones full of drama. Madison and her friend went through typical problems in a normal way.

On that topic, dances are another thing that causes major trouble in schools. It is probably a proven fact that you cannot plan a dance without conflict. Katie Finn showed that here, and it was fun to read.

Why exactly was Madison put in charge of the crown. After she lost it, she could have just blamed it on Kittson, who wasn't supposed to pass off the duty anyways. That would have solved a lot of drama.

I thought Madison was a relatable teen, but not one that I really liked. She was not respectable. She was addicted to social media and had too many boy problems. I don't really think that if she was real she would be my friend.

The plot in this book moved fast, and never was boring. Katie Finn really knows how to keep a book moving, and make it easy to read.

Another problem I have with this book: Do you really think no one would have noticed that weird things were happening at prom. Every one seemed oblivious to it.

Overall, this was a fun and easy read.

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