Monday, March 2, 2015

Spotlight: The Starlight Chronicles by Lisa Orchard

Today I'm spotlighting Lisa Orchard's series, the Starlight Chronicles. The first book, Gideon Lee, launches the adventures of Lark Singer and her band Starlight. If you're like me and love a good rockstar story, check the Starlight Chronicles out!

Gideon Lee:

Lark Singer’s relationship with her mother is prickly to say the least. As she enters a musical competition that could launch her career, Lark also searches for answers her mother would rather keep hidden. Throw into the mix the fact her best friend Bean has been acting strangely, and Lark finds herself launched into uncharted territory. Will her quest for answers sabotage her musical aspirations?

Lark Singer:

Lark Singer is seventeen years old and already on the way to a brilliant music career. As she and her band, Starlight, gear-up for an upcoming, life-changing band competition, though, life seems to be throwing her a few curve balls. The mysteries of her past seem to be unraveling, and she’s no longer certain she wants to know those answers, or how knowing about her past will affect her difficult relationship with her mother. And when her best friend, Bean, changes things between them, all her plans for a musical future are placed in jeopardy. How can she balance her unraveling personal life to keep her musical goals on track?



Everything is on track for Seventeen-year-old Lark Singer and her band Starlight. They have a great shot at winning the competition that can launch their musical career. But when Lark discovers they will be competing against her old nemesis Duane McIntyre things really heat up. How far will Lark go to win, and what will it cost her in the end?

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Blog Tour Review: Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson

Title: Conspiracy Girl
Author: Sarah Alderson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publish Date: February 12th, 2015

Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings – the Bel Air home invasion that rocked the nation.

There was only one survivor - a sixteen year-old girl.

And though the killers were caught they walked free.

Now eighteen, Nic Preston - the girl who survived - is trying hard to rebuild her life. She’s security conscious to the point of paranoia and her only friend is a French Mastiff bulldog, but she’s making progress. She’s started college in New York and has even begun dating.

But then one night her apartment is broken into and the life Nic’s worked so hard to create is shattered in an instant.

Finn Carter - hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s killers walked free from court. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best and possibly only chance of staying alive is by keeping close to Finn and learning to trust the person she’s sworn to hate.

Fleeing across a snowbound New England, frantically trying to uncover the motive behind the murders, Nic and Finn come to realize the conspiracy is bigger than they could ever have suspected. But the closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, the greater the danger becomes.

To survive she has to stay close to him.

To keep her safe he has to keep his distance.

You can't help but get sucked into Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson right away. The story starts off with a bang and takes off like a rocket. Hackers, murderers, diamonds. Conspiracy Girl has everything you need for the makings of a great conspiracy... and and excellent read!

Finn is a master hacker who is not only a genius almost-FBI agent, but knows how to use his hacking skills to get the things he wants. Like say, "winning" a year's supply of Snapple! He's also the only one who can help Nic out when an old friend from the FBI delivers her to his apartment one night. It's up to Finn and Nic to figure out not only who's out I get her, but also the real reason her Mom and stepsister were killed a a few years earlier.

Nic is a strong young woman, but has been through so much that you can just see it on her. After surviving a home invasion that ended with the deaths of her mother and stepsister, Nic has led a hard life. She's developed OCD, has panic attacks and flashbacks whenever the attack is brought to mind. And now, years later, history is repeating itself on the worst possible way. The first time she was alone, a kid with no way to protect those she loved. But this time around she has Finn, even if he's the last person she ever would have thought she'd want helping her.

The mystery behind Nic's attackers is a good one and kept me intrigued. I read Conspiracy Girl in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down. It was full of non-stop action with just the right amount of romance to pull you in. I highly recommend Conspiracy Girl to fans of Sarah Alderson's previous books and to anyone looking for a great action-packed thriller!


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About the Author:

Sarah is the author of Hunting Lila (winner of the Kingston Book Award), Losing Lila, Fated, The Sound, Out of Control and Conspiracy Girl (all Simon & Schuster).

Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home (a journey that was documented on this blog and which is shortly to be turned into a book).

After almost a year spent travelling the world, they settled in Bali where they lived for five beautiful years before the vagabonding urge became too great and they decided to embark on Can We Live Here part two. They are currently located somewhere between India, London, Canada and the US.

As well as writing young adult novels and screenplays, Sarah also writes adult fiction for Pan Macmillan (Simon & Schuster in the US) under the name Mila Gray.

Her first adult novel, Come Back To Me, was published in June 2014. The second, This One Moment, will be out in August 2015.

Sarah has co-written the Hunting Lila screenplay, which is currently in the early stages of production, and continues to blog about her life and travels.

For more about Conspiracy Girl check out these sites!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

The Book Gif Tag!

Wow, so... It's been awhile. Didn't mean to disappear on you guys! I'm super excited to be back and will be reviewing some books in the near future, but I probably won't be posting as often as I used to, at least not at first. Anyway, I was tagged by the amazingly awesome Nitzan at The Book Babe's Reads to do a Book Gif tag. So here we go!

1. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

At first I was all...

but then, by the time I got to the third book, I was like...

I'm probably going to read Shadow Study, the first book in a new series about Yelena and Valek Maria has coming out though because let's face it: the series was awesome, even if I got a little winded in book 3.

2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I've wanted to read this one for a long time now. I even have 2 books in the series. Haven't gotten to them yet, but I'm very excited to!

3. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I didn't even know this was a thing...

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I think that about sums it up.

So many conflicting feelings about Twilight. The first time I read it I was sort of like...

this is the best thing ever! But then the world's hate for it gets to you and you start re-examining your love for it.

And you see all these faults that you were blinded to the first time around. Yeah, it's not a perfect story, but when you're in the middle of it it's sort of magical.

I own this, but have not read it yet, because basically this...

7. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

I own this one too and haven't read it either! The hardcover is super pretty and I've been tempted to pet it a few times though.

8. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I'm going to admit, I can't even get past the synopsis of this one without getting totally confused.

It's been awhile since I read Ruby Red, but I remember loving it!

10. Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

Being Jamie Baker was my first taste of Kelly Oram's amazingness and it was brilliant and just so...

Thanks Nitzan! This tag was so much fun and I'd definitely love to do it again! I might just start including gifs in my reviews after this  :) 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Soul Thief by Majanka Verstraete

Today I'm excited to be a part of The Soul Thief blog tour! The Soul Thief by Majanka Verstraete is a paranormal romance about a girl who discovers she is really an Angel of Death. Check out an excerpt and Majanka's Top 10 favorite heroes/heroines below, as well as a giveaway!

When sixteen-year-old Riley is injured in a car crash and sees a girl stealing a boy’s soul, she’s convinced she’s hallucinating. But when she sees the same girl at the hospital later, she knows she wasn’t dreaming. That’s when Riley learns her secret heritage and who she really is: a halfling Angel of Death.

Riley must come to terms with her new reality and supernatural abilities, but before she can do this, girls her age start dying in mysterious circumstances. It’s up to Riley to figure out why, what the innocent victims have in common, and what she can do to stop them.

Excerpt from The Soul Thief:

I limped through the hallway, careful not to walk too fast because jerky movements made me dizzy. The longer I walked, the better I felt. Sure, it drained my energy but at least it cheered me up.

Then I stopped dead in my tracks and my jaw dropped to the floor.

The red-haired girl from the accident stood at the end of the hallway staring right at me, her green eyes boring into mine. She motioned for me to come closer. Then she turned around and started walking away.
I followed her as fast as I could, forgetting all about my broken body and bruises. I half-stumbled, half-tumbled through the hallway and went around the corner to the corridor she’d disappeared into.

She stood near a door at the end of this next hallway, tapping her foot on the ground and glancing at her watch. She rolled her eyes when she saw me and then vanished into the room.

My heart stopped beating and my stomach twisted, and this time around it wasn’t from the hospital food. The girl had literally vanished through the door without opening it. Like a ghost.

You're hallucinating, Riley. People don’t just walk through doors. Ghosts aren’t real.

Top 10 Favorite Heroes/Heroines:

1. Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (from the books and the TV series)

2. Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead)

3. Sydney (Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead)

4. Cate Cahill (from the Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood)

5. Katniss (from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)

6. Tessa Gray (from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare)

7. Mel (from The Farm series by Emily McKay)

8. Harry Potter (I’m sure you know the series, heh)

9. Meghan Chase (from the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa)

10. Allison Sekemoto (from the Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa)

Jesse: So much yes to all of these! Especially when it comes to Sydney, Mel and Allison ;)


About the Author:

Majanka Verstraete begged her Mom to teach her how to read while she was still in kindergarten. By the time she finished fifth grade, she had read through the entire children’s section of her hometown library.

She wrote her first story when she was seven years old, and hasn’t stopped writing since. With an imagination that never sleeps, and hundreds of possible book characters screaming for her attention, writing is more than a passion for her.

She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in.

Majanka is currently studying for her Master of Laws degree, and hopes one day to be able to combine her passions for law and writing. When she’s not writing, reading or studying, she likes watching “The Vampire Diaries” and “Game of Thrones,” spending time with her friends, or playing “World of Warcraft.”

For more about The Soul Thief check out these sites!


Tour Schedule

November 12

Write Away Bliss - Schedule / Excerpt

The Musings of a Book Addict - Review

Suzy Turner, Author - Author Interview

The Best Books Ever - Character Bio, Dreamcast, Excerpt

November 13

Country Book Bumpkin - Review, Soundtrack, Excerpt

Reese's Reviews - Review, Character Bio, Dreamcast

Pinky's Favorite Reads - Top Ten, Excerpt

November 14

Indy Book Fairy - Review, Excerpt

Kimber Leigh Writes - Top Ten, Excerpt

Here is What I Read - Author Interview, Dreamcast, Soundtrack, Excerpt

Writing Belle - Character Bios

November 15

A Book Paradise - Author Interview, Soundtrack, Excerpt

Endless Reading - Review, Excerpt

The Literary Melting Pot - Review

November 16

Roxy's Reviews - Review, Character Bios, Top Ten

Real Talk, Book Talk - Dreamcast, Excerpt

Becca Anne's Book Reviews - Review, Character Bio, Dreamcast

Nerd Girl Official - Excerpt

November 17

Deal Sharing Aunt - Author Interview, Top Ten, Excerpt

Star Shadow Blog - Character Bio, Dreamcast, Soundtrack

Dystopia Capitol - Review

November 18

Kristy Centro - Character Bios

Whispered Thoughts - Character Bios, Excerpt, Soundtrack

Little Hyuts Reviews - Dreamcast

November 19

Step Into Fiction - Review, Excerpt

Behind the Pages - Author Interview, Dreamcast, Excerpt

This Redhead Loves Books - Review, Excerpt

The Avid Reader - Soundtrack, Character Bios

November 20

Tracy's Nook - Review, Character Interview

The Pleasure of Reading - Excerpt

Bex n Books - Character Bios

Becky's Barmy Book Blog - Top Ten, Excerpt

November 21

Relaxed Reads - Dreamcast

Renee Entress's Blog - Review

Books and Friendz - Character Bio, Excerpt

Pretty in Fiction - Top Ten, Excerpt

Kat's Book Promotions - Dreamcast

Monday, November 17, 2014

Spotlight: The Long Road Home by Megan Duncan

Today I'm excited to spotlight The Long Road Home by Megan Duncan! Megan Duncan is one of my favorite indie authors and I'm excited to check out her new contemporary romance novel. Check out the soundtrack to The Long Road Home on HERE on Spotify.

It was a firing squad of mini-skirts, pony tails and excessive body glitter."

Jenna had heard the phrase, ‘Home Sweet Home’, but she never really knew what it meant. Growing up with a neglectful mother who moved her and her brother from town to town, and a father that had been absent all her life she’d never had a place to call home; but she vowed to have one someday. Jenna had a plan in place, an escape for her and her brother, but when her mother’s bad habits turn her world upside down she has to decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to save the life she’s always dreamed of.

About the Author:

Megan Duncan is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer of Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, Dystopian, and Fantasy. She has two crazy cats that like to sleep on her keyboard. Her addictions include: chocolate, zombies, Pepsi, and her favorite TV shows. Want to know more? Just ask.

For more about The Long Road Home check out these sites!


Monday, November 10, 2014

Spotlight: Enlightened by A.L. Waddington

Today I'm excited to feature Enlightened, book two in the Eve series, by A.L. Waddington. The Eve series is a romantic sci-fi fantasy that is sure to intrigue fans of time travel. Check out the synopsis and the series book trailer below:

Continuing where Essence, Book 1, EVE series ended, the barrier between Jocelyn Timmons consciousness continues to dissolve as she better understands the two lives she lives and enormity of her newly discovered inherited gift of EVE (Essence Voyager Era) which allows her to fall asleep on one plane of existence and awaken on another as her soul travels nightly.

In Enlightened, Book 2, present-day Jocelyn uncovers the vast wonderment of the Victorian era but soon learns that life then was not as grand for women as she has read in the classics. Still, she finds comfort in the support of family and friends; a bolstering contrast to her overly hectic, career-oriented family in the twenty-first century. Her love for Jackson Chandler strengthens across time and becomes the light she so desperately needs as the world she has always known no longer makes sense. Yet, the closer she is drawn to Jackson by their mutual ability, the more strain develops amongst those she loves in 2009.

On the other side of Jocelyn’s consciousness in 1878, she remains ignorant of EVE. Her life is crumbling around her, yet she finds herself anxiously awaiting the images that invade her dreams. Jocelyn longs to be the woman she portrays in that world yet her jealousy is unbearable. Miscommunication, betrayal and hidden agendas make trust near impossible. The clearer the visions become the more she questions motives of her closest confidants and foregoes revealing the images that plague her perception. As her life seems to unravel, Jocelyn’s two worlds collide, and she is enlightened as the pieces start to fall into place. But is she strong enough to survive the truth? Is Jackson really her destiny? And can their love transcend time?

Book Trailer:

About the Author:

A. L. Waddington grew up in a small town in Indiana and always had a vivid and overactive imagination. She loves music, playing sports, and can be quite mischievous at times. She has been known to play practical jokes on occasion and is a firm believer in the theory of organized chaos. She has a slight addiction to coffee and gummy bears. When she’s not hidden behind her laptop or buried in a book, she can be found working in her gardens, cheering on her favorite team, the Indianapolis Colts, or trying to lose that last stubborn ten pounds. She graduated with her BS in psychology from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. A. L. and her family reside in Indiana.

For more about Enlightened check out these sites!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spotlight & Giveaway: The Clique by Valerie Thomas

Happy Halloween! And a happy book birthday to Valerie Thomas and her book The Clique! Check out the excerpt below and make sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of The Clique!

The Clique is the story of Audrey Hughes, and the attempt of a boy to win her over by bringing her down. Manipulating her friends, poisoning her relationships, and tearing at her family; Devon will stop at nothing to get what he wants. But Audrey isn’t so easily ruined. She fights for her friends, pulling closer even when they would push her away.

Excerpt from The Clique:

“Speaking of which, where is he?” 
Her question is answered when Mr. Silveris kicks the door open. “Oops, sorry, didn’t mean to kick that hard,” he apologizes. Audrey has to take a moment to take him in: scruffy, dark-brown beard, hairy arms, one of those Hawaiian shirts with the orange flowers on it, khaki pants, and hair pulled back with a—well, it looks like a rubber band. She stifles a giggle. 
Mr. Silveris sets his coffee mug on the computer table in the corner. He strides to the whiteboard, opens up a dry-erase marker, and writes his own name and “AP Literature”. Then he turns to the class. “I’m Mr. Silveris. Welcome to AP Literature.” He smiles at Audrey, skips back to the door, and pauses as if confused. “Well, come on. You can leave your things here. We’re going on an adventure!” 
Audrey, Kate, Hannah, and the other kids follow Mr. Silveris out to what can only be described as George Washington High’s backyard—a hill overlooking the cafeteria, and further on, Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary. He doesn’t stop until he’s reached the apex of the hill, and then he turns to face his class. “Breathe it in. This is the morning. Your first class of the morning. You could be out here, but instead you’re in there—“ he points to the windows and gray concrete of George Washington. 
Mr. Silveris assumes a fighting stance, hands up and legs apart. “I know a lot of you probably feel like you dragged yourself out of bed this morning. Like you would rather be anywhere than here, or there. But remember this, my kiddos: this is life, and you live it no matter what you do. Nothing can pull you out of your life, because what you do is life. While you are here, while you are with me, I will teach you how to live. In the morning, we will win.” He turns away from them, toward the lower parking lot. 
“Whitman sounded his barbaric yawp over the treetops. Well, my friends, these are our treetops. Now, come on, yawp with me. Yawp!” 
Audrey shares a perplexed look with Kate. She can tell her friend’s wondering if the man’s crazy, and Aude doesn’t blame her. Despite the question, she can’t help but admit the speech has her fired up. 
“Yawp with me!” Mr. Silveris shouts. “Yawp!” This time, some of the class joins in. He points to Audrey. “What’s your name, kiddo?” 
“Odd?” He shakes his head. “Okay, Aude. Yawp with me! And your friend, too. Everyone! Yawp!” 
Audrey smiles and yawps. What is a yawp anyway? she wonders. Oh, who cares! “Yawp!” 
Mr. Silveris grins broadly. “Great job. Now, we’re going to get really crazy. Who wants to roll down this hill with me? When was the last time any of you actually rolled down a hill, just for the fun of it? Come on, guys!” He does a cartwheel that ends in several somersaults down the hill. 
“Oh my god, I think our English teacher’s crazy!” Hannah whispers. But Mr. Silveris is looking at Audrey, and she knows what he expects. 
Aude log-rolls down. When she stands up, she feels dizzy and a little sore where she rolled over a rock—but giddy as well. “That was fun!” she exclaims. 
Kate gives a what-the-hell shrug and follows Audrey down. She’s followed by nearly the entire rest of the class. Mr. Silveris waits a few minutes, until only Hannah and a few others are left standing at the top. 
He brushes a leaf from his hair and parades back to the room. Once the class is reassembled, he resumes his fighting stance, facing them from the front of the room. “In the morning we will win. In here, I won’t teach you how to crunch numbers, or, god forbid, how to figure out the trajectory of a baseball. In here, I’ll teach you the very essence of life. I will teach you how to fly. But you know what Nietzsche said...“ He pauses, apparently waiting for someone to come up with a relevant quote. “No? Well, that’s alright. You, sir, in the back, could you please read what’s on the wall behind you?” 
“The wall behind me?” The boy twists in his chair. “Oh, okay. ‘He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.’” 
Mr. Silveris smiles and nods his head. “One cannot fly into flying. Exactly. Nietzsche was the man. If you look over at my desk, you’ll see I only have two pictures: one of my lovely daughter, and one of him. One cannot fly into flying. In the morning we will win.” He pauses, looking a little confused.

“Now, where was I going with this? Oh, right. I do not expect you to write like Nietzsche on your first attempts. I only care that you reach for the heavens. In this class, we’ll be reading and analyzing some of the greatest works known to man. In the morning, we will win.” 
He paces in front of the desks. “We’ll learn how to describe everything from the wonderful to the grotesque. We’ll study the work of the great masters of English, from Dante to Shakespeare. In the morning, we will win. We’ll write poetry, prose, essays, and—sometimes—complete nonsense. In the morning, we will win.”
Aude shares another bemused look with Kate. 
“This class is more than just a class. This is the class. If you learn one thing from me, I want it to be this: inside each of you, there’s a chaos. And only through the beauty of language can you give birth to a star.” 
The bell rings. “Oops, I forgot the time.” Mr. Silveris grabs a pile of packets from his computer table. “Here, take one on your way out.” He stands at the door and pays each of the students a compliment as they exit. 
“Well, that was...“ Kate trails off. 
“Fun,” Audrey says, as Hannah says, “Strange.” They look at each other and laugh. 
“Both,” Kate agrees. 
After the exhilarating start to English, Aude feels ready to carpe some freaking diem. Or go to AP Statistics—you know, whatever.


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