Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta ~ Review


Bad Blood by 
Hardcover272 pages
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 
by Delacorte Press
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher
Rating: N/A


Synopsis:

A girl discovers a family secret and a past full of magic that could both save her and put her in mortal danger in this suspenseful novel that’s perfect for fans of Katie Alender and Natasha Preston.

All sixteen-year-old Heather MacNair wants is to feel normal, to shed the intense paranoia she’s worn all year like a scratchy sweater. After her compulsion to self-harm came to light, Heather was kept under her doctor’s watchful eye. Her family thinks she’s better—and there’s nothing she wants more than for that to be true. She still can’t believe she’s allowed to spend her summer vacation as she always does: at her aunt’s home in Scotland, where she has lots of happy memories. Far away from all her problems save one: she can’t stop carving the Celtic knot that haunts her dreams into her skin.

Good friends and boys with Scottish accents can cure almost anything…except nightmares. Heather can’t stop dreaming about two sisters from centuries ago, twins Prudence and Primrose, who somehow seem tied to her own life. Their presence lurks just beneath the surface of her consciousness, sending ripples through what should be a peaceful summer. The twins might hold the key to putting Heather’s soul at rest…or they could slice her future deeper than any knife.



Review:


Thank you Random House for sending me a copy of Bad Blood for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

I adore the cover of Bad Blood. Literally one of the most stunning covers for 2017. I wanted to read this one cause I am a twin and I love Scottish and Irish routed stories. I however am not a huge fan of some paranormal so this was a DNF for me.

Bad Blood was very different then I thought it would with 3 POVs this is a dark tale with twists and turns of the past haunting Heather now. If you like paranormal and like the creepy aspect with lots of twists and turns then this is for you. 

What I did read I have to say though that Demeitria's writing is sublime and this is a personal preference on my DNF and not a plot or writing reason.







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About the Author:

Demitria Lunetta is the author of the YA Sci-fi duology, IN THE AFTER and IN THE END (HarperTeen). She is also an editor and contributing author for the YA anthology, AMONG THE SHADOWS: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESS & LIGHT. 

Her next novel, BAD BLOOD, will release from Delacorte /Random House March 14, 2017.

IN THE AFTER is an American Booksellers Association 2013 ABC Best Books for Children and an Amazon 2013 Top Twenty Teen Book. 

Find her at Blog, on Twitter and on Facebook


The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid @simonteen ~ Review



The Diabolic by 
Hardcover416 pages
Published November 1st 2016 
by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars



Synopsis:

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for. Nothing else.

For Nemesis, that person is Sidonia, heir to the galactic Senate. The two grew up side by side, and there’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the Imperial Court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced Senators’ children, and Nemesis must find within herself the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have—humanity. With the Empire beginning to fracture and rebellion looming, that could be the one thing that saves her and the Empire itself.


Review:


Thank you Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of The Diabolic for review, This in no way affected my opinion.

The Diabolic did have slower pacing in the beginning while setting up the environment and characters but let me tell you once it picks up this story will make you never want to set it down not even for a second. 

Nemesis comes off as the character you can never feel for. Yet she has been programmed to be that way and Kincaid did an amazing job at taking someone who has been programmed and trained to be a killer and show no emotion or love and show the growth from someone programmed to someone with a choice.

I definitely had a ship and was happy to see it play out. This story had action and twists and turns you never saw coming. Moments broke my heart and I caught myself drawn to tears. I have never read any of Kincaid's other books but I will be rectifying that as soon as possible. 

I am very picky about the science fiction books I love since some nail it and get it right but many over complicate their plot. The Diabolic was a home run for me and is a must read!



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About the Author:

S.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland that she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Her debut, Insignia, came out in July of 2012. The second book in the series, Vortex was released in July of 2013. The final book in the trilogy, Catalyst, came out October 28, 2014. Her standalone novel The Diabolic will be released in fall 2016.

Heartless by @Marissa_Meyer #BEA16 @FierceReads ~ Review


Heartless by 
Hardcover449 pages
Published November 8th 2016 
by Feiwel & Friends
Source: ARC provided by publisher at BEA
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars


Synopsis:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


Review:


Thank you Fierce Reads for providing me a copy of Heartless for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

I love Marissa Meyer's writing and her twists and takes on fairy-tales. I do have mixed feelings about Heartless. I love the tone of the story and how it literally felt like it meshed perfectly with Lewis Carroll's writing. I also loved the twists and turns and the darker nature the end took.

My biggest hang up was the slow pacing in the beginning and the middle. I however adored the character development and the fact that Marissa tied in all the characters we love in such a fantastic way. Cheshire is one of my all time favorite characters and he kicks off the book from the very beginning. I also love the creepy girls towards the end. They were the right dash of dark and different and new that the story needed.


I may have had 1 hang up in the pacing but that did not stop this story for being a unique story that every Alice fan should add to their shelves. I will never look at the Queen the same again. Marissa gave her the depth that we never knew we were missing till now.







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About the Author:

Marissa Meyer is the USA Today- and New York Times-bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, and Fairest, a Lunar Chronicles Tale. She lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Blog Tour: #Giveaway #win The Turncoat's Gambit (The Inventor's Secret #3) by Andrea Cremer ~ Mood Board






I love this series with a passion and I was so happy to start The Turncoat's Gambit with Jack and Charlotte's banter. It was the only thing I missed in book 2 and am so happy these two came back together for book 3. Andrea's writing pulls you in and is addicting. This series is a must read.




Blog Tour Schedule:


11/14: In Wonderland (Book Look)
11/15: Two Chicks on Books (Interview)
11/17: Seeing Double in Neverland (Mood Board)
11/18: Book Briefs (Guest Post)
11/21: The Fandom (Book Playlist)
11/22: The Moral of Stories (Review)
11/23: Buttermybooks (Review)
11/24: Take Me Away to a Great Read (Favorite Quotes)
11/25: YA Book Central (Guest Post)


The Turncoat's Gambit (The Inventor's Secret #3) by 
Hardcover352 pages
Published November 15th 2016 
by Philomel Books
Source: ARC provided by Publisher
Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Stars


Synopsis:

What if America had lost the Revolutionary War? And now lived in constant fear and oppression? From the bestselling author of Nightshade, this is the action-packed final chapter of The Inventor's Secret trilogy

Charlotte has spent her whole life fighting the British Empire, following in the footsteps of her parents and their group of rebels. But when her reunion with her mother laid bare horrible truths about the rebellion, Charlotte knew she had to escape. Now she is on the run, with no idea who the enemy is--or which of her compatriots is truly on her side. 


In this action-packed conclusion to the Inventor's Secret trilogy, full of swashbuckling pirates and young ladies who can hold their own against them, Charlotte will need to fight for her life and for her beliefs -- whatever they might be.


Praise for The Conjurer's Riddle:

"This is classic steampunk [with] exotic and picturesque locales, lots of interesting machinery, and the adrenaline rush of following the adventures of an honest and fearless heroine. A suitably swashbuckling sequel."--Kirkus Reviews


Praise for The Inventor's Secret:


* "Cremer...creates an inventive blend of steampunk and alternative history in this new series. She gives readers a fantastical world with mechanical wonders and an opulent vintage setting. The characters are interesting and well developed. Readers will be drawn to future installments."--VOYA, starred review


"[A]n entertaining romp in a richly imaginative setting."--Kirkus Reviews





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About the Author

Andrea Cremer began writing novels after a horse broke her foot. Ten books later, she believes that horse must have been an agent of fate. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Cremer resided in the academic world where she was a professor of early modern history. She now lives in Southern California where she enjoys writing at outdoor cafes with her Havanese, Joss, and rides her horse (a different horse!), B, in the Chino Hills State Park.


Giveaway:

Enter for a chance to win one of five (5) hardcover copies of The Turncoat’s Gambit by Andrea Cremer (ARV= $18.99 each).


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Monday, November 7, 2016

Day 3 Introducing #Yallfest2016 Featuring @PenguinTeen & @Scholastic @IReadYA Authors & Events


We are so excited for Yallfest 2016! 
This is our 3rd year attending and there is always more added each year.


We are doing a blog hop with Take Me Away to a Great Read so head on over to check out Penguin Teen featured Authors and events.

If you can not attend or if time is a concern Blue Bicycle books order links are available at the bottom of this post!





Kick off Friday November 11th at 2:00 PM with YALLCrawl

Jay Asher
Blue Bicycle Books - Courtyard

420 King St.


Sarah Dessen
Blue Bicycle Books - Tent

420 King St. 


3:00 PM

Ally Condie
Blue Bicycle Books - Tent

420 King St. 


Melissa de la Cruz
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

501 King St.


4:00 PM


RED CARPET PREVIEW
CHARLESTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

You can find Penguin Authors: Renee Ahdieh, Sarah Dessen, Brendan Reichs, Ruta Sepetys, and Jay Asher



69 Calhoun Street
A star-studded event hosted by the YA department of the Charleston County Public Library. Pre-registration is full. Additional seats will open November 4. You can call (843) 805-6903 beginning at 9 a.m. that  morning.





Sunday, November 6, 2016

Day 2 Introducing #Yallfest2016 Featuring @FierceReads & @HarlequinTEEN Authors & Events

We are so excited for Yallfest 2016! 
This is our 3rd year attending and there is always more added each year.


We are doing a blog hop with Take Me Away to a Great Read so head on over to check out Epic Reads featured Authors and events.

If you can not attend or if time is a concern Blue Bicycle books order links are available at the bottom of this post!




Kick off Friday November 11th at 3:00 PM with Fierce Reads

FIERCE FRIDAY PREVIEW
CHARLESTON MUSEUM


360 Meeting Street
Presented by Macmillan Fierce Reads
This event is SOLD OUT.
Featuring authors Dhonielle Clayton, Susan Dennard, Kami Garcia, Jay Kristoff, Justine Larbalestier, Jennifer Mathieu, Caleb Roehrig, Veronica Rossi, Courtney Summers, and Scott Westerfeld





Signings for Fierce Reads / Macmillan Friday at 4:00 PM


RED CARPET PREVIEW
CHARLESTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
If you missed Author Courtney Summers at the SOLD OUT Fierce Friday catch her at the Red Carpet Preview



69 Calhoun Street
A star-studded event hosted by the YA department of the Charleston County Public Library. Pre-registration is full. Additional seats will open November 4. You can call (843) 805-6903 beginning at 9 a.m. that  morning.


Saturday, November 5, 2016

Day 1 Introducing #Yallfest2016 Featuring @disneyhyperion Authors & Events


We are so excited for Yallfest 2016! 
This is our 3rd year attending and there is always more added each year.


We are doing a blog hop with Take Me Away to a Great Read so head on over to check out Epic Reads featured Authors and events.

If you can not attend or if time is a concern Blue Bicycle books order links are available at the bottom of this post!





Kick off Friday November 11th at 2:00 PM with Disney

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Takeover with Disney Publishing Worldwide

501 King Street - Join Authors Margaret Stohl, Melissa de la Cruz, Sara Shepard, and Alexandra Bracken for an ice cream social.


Signings for Disney kick off Friday at 3:00 PM

Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

501 King St.

Alexandra Bracken
Magnifulous Toy Emporium

525 King St.


Eion Colfer
Blue Bicycle Books - Tent

*Limited to 100 people. First-come, first-serve.
420 King St.


Sara Shepard
Best Friend Train Museum

*Limited to 100 people. First-come, first-serve.
36 John St.