Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Blog Tour: Nearly Found (Nearly Gone #2) by Elle Cosimano ~ Interview and Review





Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 2nd 2015 
by Kathy Dawson Books        
(ISBN13: 9780803739277)


Goodreads Description:

The sequel to the highly praised and intricately plotted Nearly Gone--a YA urban mystery that's perfect for fans of Bones, Numbers, and The Body Finder

After Nearly Boswell starts working as an intern at a crime lab, a girl from her trailer park turns up dead. Then the corpse of a missing person is discovered, buried on a golf course, with a message for Nearly etched into the bones. When Nearly finds out the corpse is the father of Eric, a classmate of hers, she starts to worry that the body is connected to her father's disappearance five years ago. Nearly, Reece, and Nearly's classmates--Vince, Jeremy, and Eric--start a dangerous investigation into their fathers' pasts that threatens Nearly's fragile romance with Reece, and puts all them in the killer's path.


Praise:


“Tension runs high as Leigh keeps secrets, sneaks around physical and electronic security systems, and enlists allies with their own agendas. . . . every bit as nail-biting as its predecessor.”Kirkus Reviews


Review:

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an ARC of Nearly Found for review.

Elle's Nearly found is a heart-pounding, suspense, thriller that will have you guessing who it could be until the end and then you still will probably be wrong. I know I was! This is the second book in the series but I hadn't read the first and I did not feel lost or like I missed out on any important information. So this can be read as a standalone, although I would have loved to have read the first book too. The chemistry between Nearly and Reece is amazing, and they definitely hold close comparisons for me to Bones and Booth.


Nearly has gained an internship at a crime lab, and Reece is working undercover as an informant. Nearly is smart and has a great future ahead of her if she doesn't let her past get in the way, and her future choices. Reece is a bad boy who rides a motorcycle and has made some bad choices. She is convinced he is reformed, is that by choice or because he has to.  


Nearly thought her life was back on track and everything was behind her. She knew she was still getting harassed by some kids in school but soon thing escalate and she knows that there is a bigger threat. She can't think of who would be doing this and why. She hopes to patch up her relationships with her old friends so that together they can solve the mystery. 

Will her friends Jeremy and Anh get past everything that has happened and be able to move on to be there for her? Will she be able to deal with the realities of Reece's job? Will Reece be okay with her working in the crime lab? Will you guess who is responsible for the notes and the string of stalking and crimes? I know I didn't. Read this book and find out.


Nearly found was a good read with some romance, and a lot of suspense. I really loved the relationship between Reece and Nearly and wished that they hadn't spent most of the book apart. That frustrated me. I really loved the notes and clues, I wanted that to almost get played up on a little sooner in the book. I can say it was not predictable though and I did enjoy it. I am giving it 3 out of 5 stars.




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Seeing Double in Neverland - interview


1. What Author is your biggest inspiration and why?

I admire many thriller authors for so many different reasons. But if I had to choose the one who most inspires me, I’d have to go with my critique partner, Megan Miranda. Megan’s characters are so real on the page, with clear deeply layered voices. Her writing is both spare and evocative, which is such a hard combination to master. She has a gift for nuance, for setting a mood, and for writing an engaging story that keeps me turning pages. There’s nothing I enjoy more than falling in to one of her thrillers.


2. What growth will readers see from Nearly from the first Novel?

Nearly’s really exploring trust and relationships in book #2. In the first book, Nearly was very much a loner with hard-set preconceptions of the world. She was very rigid in her thinking – determined to follow the rules of logic over her heart, and risk having it betrayed. Now, Nearly is letting people in. She’s in a serious relationship with Reece, she’s growing closer with her mother, and she’s found a friend and a mentor in Gena. When a series of murders strikes a little too close to home, Nearly is forced to team up with some unlikely allies in order to stop the killer. This time Nearly’s quick to break the rules -- to follow her heart in order to protect the people she’s grown to care about -- even if she isn’t entirely sure she trusts them.


3. Was their any musical inspiration for Nearly Found while writing?

I have certain “walk-on” music for each of my characters. It gets me in their headspace, and puts me in the right mood for the scene. My favorite neighborhood bad boy, Lonny Johnson, walks onto a scene to Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People. Steely and cool undercover cop, Alex “Oleksa” Petrenko walks on to The Black Keys, Tighten Up. And the mood of Reece and Nearly’s relationship comes through in duets, like Need You Now by Lady Antebellum or Just Give Me a Reason by Pink ft. Nate Ruess. Then of course, the killer enters the story to the most violent and angry song on my player -- Jesus Forgive Me (For The Thing I’m About To Say) by Concrete Blonde.


4. What has been the best advice you have received in your writing career?

In my early drafts, I was always overwriting – overexplaining and overdescribing, writing overwrought scenes. I hadn’t mastered the art of nuance. My agent once told me, “You don’t need a lot of words, Elle. You only need the right ones.” It took me a long time to begin to trust my prose, and to trust the reader to “get it”.


5. Are you a pants-er or a plotter?

When I first started writing, I was a rigid plotter. Mysteries are hard to design. They have a lot of elements to juggle; red herrings, motives, big gaping opportunities for plot holes. I was super-careful to think through the entire story to avoid writing myself into a corner, but instead, I discovered that this made my writing feel rigid too. My stories lacked that feeling of discovery and unpredictability when I over-plotted. They lacked unforeseen turns that often come when I least expect them while I’m writing my way through a scene I’ve never considered before. Since then, I’ve found a balance between pantsing and plotting that works for me. I plot the mystery elements carefully. Beyond that, I have a good idea where my story begins, and where I want it to end, and the rest is much less structured. I try to let myself have a little fun along the way.



Elle Cosimano grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, the daughter of a prison warden and an elementary school teacher who rides a Harley. She majored in psychology at St. Mary's College, Maryland, and set aside a successful real-estate career to pursue writing. She lives with her husband and two sons.





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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

BEA Waiting on Wednesday: Until Friday Night by @AbbiGlines


Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1) by

Hardcover, 352 pages

Expected publication: August 25th 2015

 by Simon Pulse




Goodreads Description:

To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…


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About Abbi
Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. She has a new YA series coming out in the fall of 2015 titled The Field Party Series . She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

Blog Tour: #Giveaway to #Win Siren's Fury (The Storm Siren Trilogy #2) by Mary Weber ~ Review by Fallon


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Publisher: Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Rate: 4 Out of 5 Stars


Synopsis:

"I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it's no use. The curse I've spent my entire life abhorring—the thing I trained so hard to control—no longer exists."

Nym has saved Faelen only to discover that Draewulf stole everything she valued. Now he’s destroyed her Elemental storm-summoning ability as well.

When Nym sneaks off with a host of delegates to Bron, Lord Myles offers her the chance for a new kind of power and the whispered hope that it may do more than simply defeat the monster she loathes. But the secrets the Bron people have kept concealed, along with the horrors Draewulf has developed, may require more than simply harnessing a darker ability.

They may require who she is.

Set against the stark metallic backdrop of the Bron kingdom, Nym is faced with the chance to change the future.

Or was that Draewulf’s plan for her all along?



Thank you Mary Weber for providing me with a copy of Siren's Fury for review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.

I do not know about anybody else but I was dying after the ending of Storm Siren. Mary Weber does not disappoint and dives right back in to where book one left off. Nym has so many emotions spinning around her little body. She can not have fought so hard just to have lost everything she fought for.


Eogan looks at Nym and she knows by the smirk that the man she loves is not the man starring back at her. Draewulf for some reason has motives in keeping Nym around. She is determined to stop him but he seems to be able to fight her efforts with every advance she makes. Is there even  glimmer of the man she loves left?


In Storm Siren Nym faces some very tough challenges and has to make decisions that are almost impossible to make. She wants the life she was suppose to have when the war was finished. Power can be blinding as well as anger and hope. She has to find a way to not get lost among all the emotions building inside her.


Nym can call the lightning to her but Draewulf takes her ability and all she feels is hollow. Myles who may have ulterior motives presents a solution for her to take on new abilities. Will she ever get back the old ones? Will these new powers consume Nym?


A storm is brewing and not even Nym may be able to control it. Mary delivers another fantasy novel that reels you in and takes a hold. Siren's Fury is darker then Storm Siren and I was happy for the change in pace. We get a glimpse into the disturbing mind of Draewulf. He is a truly fabulous villian and I really do hate him. Nym had different internal struggles in book 1 but I felt her struggles in this book were more relatable. How far would you go to save the people you love? 


I am so very excited for the conclusion of this series. Mary Weber gave us everything we needed to sink our teeth on and left us wanting more. Nym is one of my favorite female heroines. She is so strong but is not afraid to embrace her vulnerabilities to. Now there were moments that were not as fast paced as I wanted. I am giving Siren's Fury 4 out of 5 Stars. This is a must read for fantasy fans and I am so in love with this series. 







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Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. Her debut YA fantasy novel, STORM SIREN, is available now in bookstores and online, and SIREN'S FURY (book 2 in the trilogy) will be out June, 2015 from TN HarperCollins.


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Promo Post: Frostborn (Thrones & Bones #1) by Lou Anders ~ Fallon's Review of Nightborn



Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: May 26th 2015 
by Yearling (first published January 1st 2014)    



Goodreads Description:

Fantasy fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series will embrace this first novel in an adventure-filled, Viking-inspired series by a debut author.

Meet Karn. He is destined to take over the family farm in Norrøngard. His only problem? He’d rather be playing the board game Thrones and Bones.

Enter Thianna. Half human, half frost giantess. She’s too tall to blend in with other humans but too short to be taken seriously as a giant.

When family intrigues force Karn and Thianna to flee into the wilderness, they have to keep their sense of humor and their wits about them. But survival can be challenging when you’re being chased by a 1,500-year-old dragon, Helltoppr the undead warrior and his undead minions, an evil uncle, wyverns, and an assortment of trolls and giants.

Readers will embark on a sweeping epic fantasy as they join Karn and Thianna on a voyage of discovery. Antics and hair-raising escapades abound in this fantasy adventure as the two forge a friendship and journey to unknown territory. Their plan: to save their families from harm.

Debut novelist Lou Anders has created a rich world of over twenty-five countries inhabited by Karn, Thianna, and an array of fantastical creatures, as well as the Thrones and Bones board game. 

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PRAISE AND BUZZ FOR
FROSTBORN
Available in Trade Paperback on 5/26/2015!


PRAISE

Frostborn is the fantasy adventure book I wish I’d had when I was a kid.
Charlie Jane Anders, i09

While I cut my fantasy-reading teeth on the works of Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman’s DragonLance and Darksword, I would have gobbled up this book at that age. Hell, I thoroughly enjoyed it at my current age.”
– Rob H. Bedford, SF Signal

Future fans of Tolkien and George R.R. Martin can happily cut their serial-fantasy teeth on this first book of an eventual series.”
─ Kirkus Reviews

The setting is rich, the characters well-defined, and the danger ever-paramount. It’s a strong and thoroughly enjoyable start to the Thrones and Bones series.”
─ Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“. . . adventure fans will enjoy the action, the Norse background, and the occasional flash of humor.”
─ Booklist Reviews

"Anders sculpts a rich world filled with his deep sense of family and fantasy into this powerful journey of discovery and friendship not seen since Alexander first introduced readers to Prydain."
─ Scott Taylor, Art of the Genre

"Lou Anders's FROSTBORN is sure to appeal to young readers looking for a dose of monsters and magic. Not just a classic fantasy romp, Anders's debut novel explores the experience of feeling young and out of place in a world that refuses to see you for who you are—something readers of all ages can identify with."
James L. Sutter, author of Death's Heretic

BUZZ

Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year
Editor's Choice of Amazon for the month of August
PW Picks “Books of the Week” for the week of August 4th
io9's "Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for August"
2015-16 Beehive Book Awards nominee
Named a Staff Pick by: Politics and Prose, Books Inc., King's English Bookshop, Powell's, & more!



Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 14th 2015 
by Crown Books for Young Readers 



ABOUT NIGHTBORN
Twelve-year-old Desstra is in training to join the Underhand, the elite agents of the dark elves. But her graduation is jeopardized by the betrayal of a teammate. Things go from bad to worse when she is sent on a secret mission, under the supervision of this same rival.

Karn is trading in the city of Bense, when he is snatched into the air by a wyvern who carries him to the home of the dragon Orm. The great dragon tells Karn he believes a second Horn of Osius exists, hidden across the continent in the city of Castlebriar, and that Thianna went searching for the horn and is now missing. With only a dragon's blessing to aid them and a mysterious riddle to guide them, Karn and Thianna must race the dark elves to a prize that could alter the fate of nations.


Fallon's Review:

Thank you Random House Young Readers for a ARC of Nightborn. This in no way affects my opinion in my review.

You know the saying never judge a book by it's cover. Well that saying applies to this book. I went into reading this book thinking it would be a great read for my kids and I would pass it on. Little did I realize that I would fall in love with it myself. This book had everything a fantasy lover could want in a book. Desstra is a Dark Elf from under the mountain. She has been sent on a mission to prove herself. She is a talented elf but does not seem to fit in the mold that is required. She is told this is her one chance to prove herself.


Karn is on a mission given to him by the Dragons. He has been made aware of another Horn and that the Dark Elves may be after the horn. He must stop them and find the horn before they do. Karn also learns that Thianna is missing from the Dragons. He is on a mission to find his giant friend while trying to figure out what the Dark Elves are up to.


Karn will be forced to face his own inner strength and realize he has the ability to become the hero. This is such a great story on finding who you are and learning who you want to be. This was a fast paced adventure for all ages. Perfect for Adults who love fantasy and children who want to get lost in the pages and swept up in the journey. I am highly recommending Nightborn. This is a must read.




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ABOUT LOU ANDERS
LOU ANDERS’s research on Norse mythology while writing book one in the Thrones and Bones series, FROSTBORN, turned into a love affair with Viking culture and a first visit to Norway. Anders is the recipient of a Hugo Award for editing and a Chesley Award for art direction. He has published over 500 articles and stories on science fiction and fantasy television and literature. A prolific speaker, Anders regularly attends writing conventions around the country. He and his family reside in Birmingham, Alabama. You can visit Anders online at louanders.com and ThronesandBones.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter at @ThronesandBones.