Monday, February 20, 2017

Cover Reveal: #Nemesis Paperback (Nemesis #1) by Anna Banks @fiercereads



I am so excited to bring you the cover to one of my top reads of 2016! I loved Nemesis. 



I have to tell you guys this new cover for me fits the book concept perfectly. It also matches the cover for Ally so well. They are going to look gorgeous side by side. You are going to want to pre-order the moment you see this cover.



Are you as excited as I am?


Here is a sneak peek! Scroll to the bottom of the post for the full reveal and synopsis.



Thank you Anna Banks and Fierce Reads for letting me share this cover reveal and my excitment for this series.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blog Tour: Disruptor (Seeker #3) by Arwen Elys Dayton ~ Q&A




Tour Schedule:

February 6th - Winterhaven Books
February 7th - The Cover Contessa
February 8th - Unbound Worlds 
February 9th - The Eater of Books!
February 10th - Once Upon a Twilight
February 11th - Adventures in YA Publishing
February 13th - A Dream Within A Dream
February 14th - Two Chicks on Books
February 15th - Seeing Double in Neverland
February 16th - Mundie Moms
February 17th - Take Me Away to a Great Read
February 21st - Bookhounds YA
February 22nd - The Reading Nook Reviews
February 23rd - The Fandom
February 24th - Page Turners Blog
February 27th - Fiction Fare
February 28th - YA Books Central 


Disruptor (Seeker #3)




Praise for Seeker
“If you are looking for a fantasy to invite you into something strange and yet familiar, with just the right amount of romance to keep you turning the pages in hopes of ‘that kiss,’ this book will not disappoint.” —USA Today.com

Arwen Elys Dayton’s novel Seeker is a must-read. . . . This book is beyond engaging and, with a movie deal already in the works, you won’t want to skip this.” —Girls’ Life.com

Epic and unputdownable.” —Justine.com

“Fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Marie Lu’s Legend, and Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games series: your next obsession has arrived.”
School Library Journal

“A complex family saga.” Publishers Weekly

“[A] genre-blending sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk adventure.” Booklist

Praise for Traveler
“An action-packed read with plenty of surprising turns. Readers of Kami Garcia, Tahereh Mafi, and Marie Lu will appreciate the action and adventure as well as the underlying battle of good versus evil.” Booklist

“For fans of fantasy who enjoy unraveling mysteries, action-packed fighting scenes, and interwoven plotlines.School Library Journal

“Both past and present choices shook me to the core, and the final pages left me trembling . . . and then internally cursing that I’ll have to wait until 2017 for a final resolution!”
Fanboy Comics



Q&A with Arwen Elys Dayton:


Has your writing process become different from Seeker to Disruptor?

Honestly, every time I start a new book, it feels like reinventing the wheel. Or learning to walk again. When you are near the end of a book, you’ve hit a rhythm and maybe you’ve figured out how to write THAT book, and you start to believe that this writing thing is a piece of cake and maybe you are a professional. Very little of this confidence gets ported over to the next book; you’re back to a blank page and square one. The only difference for me now is that I know, if I jump off the cliff and start writing, and then if I keep writing, at the end I will eventually have a complete novel. But it still feels inexplicable and miraculous each time.

What was your favorite scene to write in Disruptor and why?

When you write the last book in a series, you—finally—get to write certain scenes that you’ve been saving up for a long time, and this is a delicious perk. So I don’t have ONE favorite, but two scenes come to mind. The first is about halfway through Disruptor, a delicate moment between John and the Young Dread where we feel a connection between these two very different characters. The second is a scene with Nott, a twelve-year-old boy who’s been raised by the Middle Dread to be a ruthless fighter—only Nott is still a hapless and amusing twelve-year-old underneath the Middle Dread’s training. He’s also very dirty. Near the beginning of the book there’s a chapter in which Nott has been ordered to take a bath—a huge sacrifice for him.

What character when you were finished writing them was the hardest to say goodbye to?

Hmmm, Maud and John were particularly hard to say goodbye to. I don’t want to give away what happens to them at the end of Disruptor (!) but when I finished the book, I was left with a sense of melancholy about the two of them and the fact that I would not get to spend time with them anymore.

Did you have to do any research for Disruptor?

At the beginning of the series, I did research on all sorts of topics, from bridge construction (to help create the Hong Kong Transit Bridge) to string theory (to pick apart the universe as Seekers do). For Disruptor, though, most of my research was about the new locations in the story, particularly Iceland, which provides the backdrop from some key moments between Shinobu and John. I really should go to Iceland for an in-person visit, but I am contenting myself with Internet image searches for now.

What was the hardest character to write in Disruptor?

A character called Maggie. She is John’s grandmother, and she was actually introduced in the first book, in a small, seemingly insignificant, part, but even then I was gearing up for her much larger role in Disruptor. She has a strong and destructive influence over John. She has in many ways controlled his life and his outlook on the world. I love a good villain, but living in Maggie’s head wasn’t very pleasant.

Whose writing most inspires you?

Many current YA and non-YA authors! But lately I’ve been returning to one of the classics of my childhood: Ray Bradbury. Such simple writing that packs a tremendous emotional punch. The creepy ambience in Something Wicked This Way Comes, the stark glimpses of our future in The Illustrated Man—these stories sweep me away.

What was your favorite read in 2016?

In YA, I really, really liked Illuminae and Gemina. In non-YA, I read a weird and amazing book called The Library at Mount Char that kept me fully captivated.

What debut book are you most excited to read in 2017?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I’ve heard so many good things.

What TV show is a must for you to watch? (for example I cannot miss Once Upon a Time)
The Americans!

What is your next project going to be? (If you cannot say too much what genre will it be)

I’m working on a new book series, which is shaping up to contain quite a lot of mystery and which is also, in many ways, autobiographical. I’m also writing a book of short stories that share a common theme about humans (specifically young people) physically modifying themselves, sometimes for the better, sometimes not, and reinventing what it means to be a human being.



About the Author:

ARWEN ELYS DAYTON is the author of the Seeker series: Seeker, Traveler, Disruptor, and the e-novella The Young Dread. She spends months doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid at Giza, Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland. Arwen lives with her husband and three children on the West Coast of the United States. You can visit her and learn more about the Seeker series at arwendayton.com and follow @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram.

Exo by Fonda Lee ~ Review



Exo

by 
Hardcover384 pages
Published January 31st 2017 
by Scholastic
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher
Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Stars


Synopsis:

It’s been a century of peace since Earth became a colony of an alien race with far reaches into the galaxy. Some die-hard extremists still oppose alien rule on Earth, but Donovan Reyes isn’t one of them. His dad holds the prestigious position of Prime Liaison in the collaborationist government, and Donovan’s high social standing along with his exocel (a remarkable alien technology fused to his body) guarantee him a bright future in the security forces. That is, until a routine patrol goes awry and Donovan’s abducted by the human revolutionary group Sapience, determined to end alien control.

When Sapience realizes whose son Donovan is, they think they’ve found the ultimate bargaining chip . But the Prime Liaison doesn’t negotiate with terrorists, not even for his own son. Left in the hands of terrorists who have more uses for him dead than alive, the fate of Earth rests on Donovan’s survival. Because if Sapience kills him, it could spark another intergalactic war. And Earth didn’t win the last one . . .
 



Review:

Thank you Scholastic for sending me a copy of Exo for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

Exo was a very fast paced read. It was also clean and I could see even middle grade kids enjoying this. The pacing was also perfect for reluctant readers. This book kicks off with tons of action in a war between the humans who have embraced the invasion and work with the aliens and use their technology to assist them. Then there are the humans who want Earth back and will fight to the death to take back their planet.

This story was a fast read that kept me turning the pages. It was also completely heartbreaking. I cried so hard. I am a mother so certain scenes really got to me. This was my first book I have read by Fonda Lee but I look forward to reading more from her. I felt her writing was different from other books in the YA Genre and tapped into emotions usually not in an action story. I am highly recommending this book.




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About the Author:

Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. Her debut novel ZEROBOXER was an Andre Norton Award nominee, Junior Library Guild Selection,, and an ALA Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Her upcoming novel, EXO, will be released in January of 2017. Fonda is a former corporate strategist, avid martial artist, and an enthusiast of food, film, and books. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Avalanche by Melinda Braun @simonteen ~ Review



Avalanche

Hardcover272 pages
Published November 29th 2016 
by Simon Pulse
Source: ARC provided by the Publisher
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars


Synopsis:

Two groups of teens—those waiting to be saved and those doing the saving—are in a race against time and a battle against Mother Nature after an avalanche traps them in an isolated cabin in this chilling novel.

“I promise it’ll be a weekend you’ll never forget.”

A trip like that is exactly what Matt was hoping for—a fun adventure. A daring escape. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go cross country skiing in a thrilling but dangerous pass through the Rocky Mountains. The perfect way for Matt to forget about his disappointing father and maybe let loose a little with his best friend and a group of carefree adrenaline junkies.

But then their guide takes them off-path…and straight into an avalanche. By the time they make it safely into an abandoned cabin, one skier is dead and another severely injured. Trapped with no heat, no water, and no radio the group decides to wait it out. Help will come. It has to.

Until it doesn’t. And Matt knows if they wait any longer they’ll be dead—just another bunch of victims in Mother Nature’s twisted games. Armed with only a handful of supplies and his fierce determination Matt decides to goes head-to-head with the elements, battling hypothermia, frostbite, and even mountain lions in order to find help and save them all. That is if Mother Nature doesn’t kill him first.


Review:

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

This book did start off a little slow and Matt seemed a little whinny but then when it got good I could not put it down. There are honestly not that many nature survival stories in young adult, I came across this title searching for my sister-in-law who is 13 and these are the stories she prefers. 

I was glad I found this book. I am from Vermont and used to ski all the time and this brought back so many memories. However, I did not have all the bad things they go through happen to me. This was a story about every possible bad circumstance in nature happening while away from civilization and no form of contact. 

This is definitely a book for reluctant readers and something fast paced and fun to read. I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to trying to find more titles from Melinda to read.





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About the Author:

Melinda Braun grew up in Wisconsin and received her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and English from the University of Minnesota. Currently, she lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and daughter. Although she loves hiking and camping, she does not enjoy portaging canoes. Stranded is her first novel.



RoseBlood by A.G. Howard ~ Review



RoseBlood
Hardcover432 pages
Published January 10th 2017 
by Amulet Books
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher
Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars


Synopsis:

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.
 



Review:

Thank you Abrams for sending me a copy of Roseblood for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

A. G. Howards writing is sublime. Even on the very first page I was taken. She knows how to make something and make it turn all around and twist it to make it a vision all of her own. While I love the writing I did have mixed feelings. This was not what I expected. I think I was expecting a retelling or a inspired story but this seemed a little like a continuation on the original.I liked the new characters and storyline but the future story of the phantom and Christine I was not a fan of. 

This did have interesting twists and turns and the chemistry between Rune and Thorn was undeniable. The new storyline was my favorite part. The music that tied Rune and Thorn together was beautiful. I wish the story had been just focused on the two of them. Anita's writing is always exceptional and I understand why she chose some of the twists but like I wish there had not been as much play on the original story.



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About the Author:

A.G. Howard is the International and NYT bestselling author of the Splintered Series, with a slew of other classical spinoffs and original stories in the works that she hopes will one day find a place on the shelves. 

She was inspired to write her tribute to Carroll's Wonderland while working at a school library. Her pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

SPLINTERED, UNHINGED, ENSNARED, and UNTAMED, the first four books in her urbanized /gothic Alice in Wonderland series, are now available from Amulet Books. Also soon to be available from Amulet is her Phantom of the Opera spinoff, ROSEBLOOD -- slated to launch January 2017.

THE ARCHITECT OF SONG, the first book in her New Adult historical literary romance saga, will be available in August 2016.