Thursday, July 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Nil (Nil #1) by Lynne Matson


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5 out of 5 stars

NIL by Lynne Matson 
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Purchased Copy for Review

Author's Description:

On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days--to escape, or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.

Seeing Double In Neverland's Review:

NIL was amazing!!! I loved that I couldn't figure this book out right away and that it wasn't like any other book I have read so far! This book is full of adventure, excitement, and mystery but my favorite part was all the people and relationships woven into this book. I especially loved Thad and Charley's relationship. This was such an amazing story. Thank you Lynne! I can't wait to see what you do next with this story and see how or if you will continue it!!!

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Lynne MatsonAbout this author


I LOVE books. In fact, I'm addicted to them. :)

I write the sort of books I love to read…stories that ask "what if" and are full of feels. NIL and NIL UNLOCKED are out now; NIL ON FIRE ends the trilogy in May of 2016. Join the #NILtribe...we have cool snacks.:)

Cookies are my kryptonite, especially thin mints. 


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cover Reveal: #Giveaway to #Win The Affiliate (Ascension, 1) by K. A. Linde







Today we’re revealing the cover of Kyla Linde’s The Affiliate! I am so excited about this fantastic YA fantasy!! 


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Title: The Affiliate (Ascension, 1) by K. A. Linde 
Release Day: September 15th Genre: YA Fantasy  


About The Affiliate: 

On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm's lifelong plans come to fruition when she's chosen as an Affiliate to the Queen. Or so she thinks. When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene's position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have... King Edric himself. Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom. Find out in this first book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new Ascension series.




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“Do you enjoy the view?” King Edric asked. “The rains have made the gardens bloom, and it warms my heart to see it so.” “It is good to know that the gardener approves of the work.” Cyrene laughed lightly. “I have not gardened in a month’s time. I fear I can no longer call myself a gardener.” She remembered when she had told the king of her interest in gardening at the last feast day almost a week ago. After that dance, Queen Kaliana added a list of plants to her assignment, forcing her to reread every page she had already dredged through for information. It had wasted two entire days. “Perhaps I could change that,” he offered. He directed her down the staircase and into the courtyard below lit solely by the setting sun in the distance. Her stomach churned at the thought of him offering assistance to any of her needs. It was like what she had read in her children’s books of the tales of Leifs, and how one request would be necessitated by a much larger sacrifice. Her biggest sacrifice at the present moment was time. She wanted nothing more than to finish her work on agriculture and prove that she could get moved somewhere that involved traveling…and adventure. “On the contrary, My King, I am fully enthralled in my Affiliate duties, and believe that gardening would only distract me from my work.” “You cannot spare one afternoon to spend in my gardens?” His blue-gray eyes searched her face. “If you have half the green thumb you suggest, then it would be delightful to have you on the grounds.” She swallowed. “I really have much work to accomplish before we go on Processional.” “I could speak to the Queen and request it be lessened,” he whispered into the evening air. “No!” It was the first time he had ever admitted to discussing her with the Queen. Hearing him admit it aloud made her voice come out strangled. Cyrene missed her footing on the pebble path and stumbled forward a pace. Edric steadied her. He turned his body to face her in the middle of the garden, and her breath caught at the sight of him in the setting sun. “You do not wish me to speak to the Queen?” “I spoke out of turn. Please forgive me.” “I cannot forgive that which I do not understand. Did the Queen somehow offend you?” Cyrene shook her head. “I fear that the Queen does not…like me.” Edric laughed softly, taking one of her hands in his own. “Oh Cyrene, I believe that the Queen likes no one but herself.” Cyrene found that she, too, could laugh at his comment. “Now, tell me what the Queen has done to make you believe that she dislikes you.” “It’s nothing, my King.” She turned her face away from his. She couldn’t possibly tell him the real reason. “Enough to infuriate you, which is enough for me.” When she looked back up into his blue-gray eyes she felt that same magnetic pull between them. Somehow she had not realized how close they were standing. His hand felt warm against her bare skin. His body only a few inches away from her. His breath hot on her face. Her heart contracted in her chest, and she forced herself to respond. “She speaks of…of your interference, as if…as if you…” Time stretched between them, and she thought for a split second he might move even closer to her. She was rooted in place, captivated by his gaze. “Yes?” His other hand drifted to her waist, and she was suddenly on fire. Their breath mingled together as she murmured, “As if you favor me.” “And do you think that?” “I…” “Yes?” he asked, stepping closer. “I think you have your queen,” she breathed.   



kalinde copy About K. A. Linde: 

USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde is the author of The Affiliate, the first book in the Ascension Series. As a military brat, she traveled the world with her family, imaginary friends, and ever-increasing supply of books. She has spent much of her life dreaming up new worlds and characters and forcing them into uncomfortable, usually life-threatening scenarios. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a masters degree in political science, she began spending every waking hour putting those characters onto paper. When not writing, she spends her time dancing, collecting paperbacks in the hopes of filling a Beauty and the Beast style library one day, traveling to visit her friends who live all over the country, and still reading anything she can get her hands on. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and two puppies, Lucy and Riker, where she is hard at work on her next novel. WebsiteFacebook | TwitterPinterest   





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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs ~ Review by Fallon


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3 out of 5 Stars

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, #1
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
ISBN13: 9781594744761
Source: Purchased Copy for Review


Author's Description:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography,Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Fallon's Review:

I heard so many great things about this series so I decided I should give it a try. Ransom portrays such a unique world where people who are different live among the world of normal. These peculiar children have unique abilities and none seem to be alike from starting fires, to time travel, to levitation, to being invisible. Jacobs grandfather told him to go and find the island that he would be safe their. Jacob does not even know that he may have more in common with the peculiar children then he originally thought.

This story is a non-stop adventure with a glimpse into the past. The pictures give you a visual into the bizarre world Jacob uncovers. I am not a huge fan of pictures since I prefer my imagination not being influenced. I however did enjoy the artistry involved in it.

This book was little more intense then I usually like but the writing was fantastic. I love the way Ransom writing is inspired and thought provoking, yet he weaves a tale that is so far from the norm that you are swept up for the ride. I can not wait to see what Ransom writes next after he is done with this world,

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I grew up in Florida, went to Kenyon College in Ohio, then film school at USC in LA, where I still live. I write books and screenplays, blog daily for mentalfloss.com, and make short films. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is my first novel. I'm really excited about it -- it was challenging and rewarding and I hope people like it. If you read that and like the found photographs in it, you might be interested in a book comprised entirely of found photographs that I have coming out January 2012 from HarperCollins. It's called Talking Pictures. You can find sneak peeks by doing a search for "mental floss talking pictures" (I included a number of images in blogs there) and I made a kinda-sorta book trailer for it, which is on my youtube page: youtube.com/ransriggs.



Top ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds




Thank you The Broke and the Bookish for organizing the fun Top Ten Tuesday and for the awesome meme!

Tawney here and I'm excited to list the Top Ten Characters who are fellow book nerds!




1. Celaena from Throne of Glass - Not only is she a fighter but she loves to read!



2. Leisel in the Book Thief- During WWII Leisel loved books evening breaking into a high Nazi Soldier's house to obtain them. 




3. Cath from Fangirl - Cath loves the Simon Snow books (think Harry Potter) and just reads them over and over again with her sister. 



4. Harriet from Geek Girl- Harriet is a geek and she recites random facts and reads the dictionary for fun! 



5. Jess from Ink and Bone- Jess is a book trader on the black market. In a world ruled by the library he sells illegal books!



6. Hermione in Harry Potter Series-  We all know that Hermione was the book nerd who always saved the day for Harry and Ron.



7. Matilda in Matilda- one of my favorite books about a girl who reads a lot who just happens to have magic.



8: Tyrion from A Game of Thrones- He is smart little man who loves to read and drink. He is by far my favorite character in this series!



9. Jo from Little Women- In this classic Jo loves reading and writing. Her whole life is centered around books and words.




10. Will and Tessa from The Infernal Devices series. They both bond of A Tale of Two Cities. 






Monday, July 27, 2015

Smoked (Scorched #3) by Mari Mancusi ~ ARC Review by Fallon

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4 out of 5 stars

Smoked by Mari Mancusi
Scorched, #3 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
ISBN13: 9781402284649
Source: Advanced Reviewer Copy provided by author

Author's Description:

Once upon a time the world burned. 
Until a girl and her dragon smothered the flame. 
But the spark that ignited the apocalypse never went out. 
And the Scorch is about to begin. 

When Team Dragon rescues Emmy from the government lab, they think the future is finally safe. But they soon discover that Emmy has a secret--a secret so dangerous it could trigger the very apocalypse Connor and Caleb were sent back in time to prevent.

As a dragon hunter, Connor has committed his life to saving the world. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do to complete his mission… even if it meant betraying his brother and losing Trinity’s heart. Even if it meant doing the unthinkable. But a desperate choice meant to prevent The Scorch, may become the spark that sets the world aflame once more.

Fallon's Review:

Thank you Mari Mancusi for providing me with an ARC for review. This in no way affected my opinion in my review.

I was so excited for this conclusion and I loved how Mari wrapped this story up. She gives us glimpse into the past that Connor and Caleb know, which is the future for everyone else. Then she speeds up the timeline by focusing on important moments. I loved this because I was so nervous that not everything would fit in this final book. I was not disappointed. I got everything that any TEAM DRAGON fan would need. 

I adore the dragons in this book. Mari gives her dragons such unique personalities that you wish you had one for your very own. Is the Scorch inevitable? You will devour every page needing to know how it will all end. 

I love Caleb. I will always be team Caleb. He is a dragon lover and had all dragon lovers hearts in book one. I can not stand Scarlet and she annoyed me quite a bit but she has some redeemable qualities at the end. I wish I was as awesome as Trinity. I have adored her character from book 1 and I loved her all the way through. Connor is a character that I like but do not love. I did enjoy getting a little more backstory on the brothers. It helps us understand their tumultuous relationship a little more. 

If you have not read this series then you need to. Time travel and Dragons need I say more. I adore this series and it will forever stay on my bookshelf to read over and over again! 


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About this author

Mari Mancusi used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking profession --journalism -- instead. Today she works as a freelance TV producer and author of books for teens and adults.

When not writing about creatures of the night, Mari enjoys traveling, cooking, goth clubbing, watching cheesy horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure--videogames. A graduate of Boston University and a two time Emmy Award winner, she lives in Austin , Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon and their dog Mesquite. 



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Friday, July 24, 2015

Addiction Fiction Friday: The Wild Ones by C. Alexander London ~ ARC Review by Tristan



Welcome to Addiction Fiction Friday where we feature a book of fiction that will become your new addiction. Today I am excited to bring you C. Alexander London's new book Wild Ones. This is a book for fans of Warriors. Tristan was a huge fan of the Warriors series and said he loved this book even more.




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10 out of 10 paws

The Wild Ones by C. Alexander London 
Publisher: Philomel Books
(An imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group)
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Rating: 10 paws
Source: Advanced Reviewer Copy provided by publisher at BEA


Author's Description:

When a country raccoon used to a soft life winds up all alone in the big city, there's no telling what he'll do to survive -- and to save his fellow wild animals in the process.

Kit, a young raccoon, has lived his whole life under the Big Sky in the comfort of his parents' burrow. But when a pack of hunting dogs destroy his home and kill his parents, Kit finds himself in Ankle Snap Alley, a city in the midst of a turf war between the Wild Ones and the people's pets who call themselves The Flealess. There he follows the clues his parents left behind to uncover the secret that they died for–the existence of an ancient truce that gives Ankle Snap Alley to the Wild Ones. But The Flealess will stop at nothing to keep that secret buried forever–and Kit is in serious danger.   
Perfect for fans of the Warriors, Spirit Animals, or Redwall series, this first book in the Wild Ones epic is sure capture young readers' imaginations and take them on a great adventure.

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C. Alexander LondonC. Alexander London (Alex) has written books for children, teens, even a few grown ups. He’s the author of The Wild Ones, Dog Tags and Tides of War series, as well as the Accidental Adventures. His young adult debut, Proxy, was an American Library Association Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers and included on their 2014 Best Fiction For Young Adults list. Proxy is a 2015 Texas Lone Star Reading List and TAYSHAS Reading List selection. His books for adults include One Day The Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War and National Jewish Book Award finalist Far From Zion.
Alex was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to New York to attend Columbia University. He graduated with a degree in philosophy and earned his Masters Degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute. 
At one time a journalist reporting from conflict zones and refugee camps, he is now a full time novelist living in Brooklyn, NY,where he can be found wandering the streets talking to his dog, who is the real brains of the operation. 

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Blog Tour: #Giveaway to #Win #GC Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire #2) by Sherry D. Ficklin




I am so excited to participate in the Queen of Tomorrow blog tour. I had just finished Queen of Someday and knew I needed book 2. This was my first Historical YA read and I am now a fan!



Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire #2)
Release Date: 07/14/15
Clean Teen Publishing
280 pages
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:
Sophie—now Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia—had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Married at sixteen to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne, and settled in their own palace, things are finally looking up. As a new day dawns, she thinks only of securing her future, and the future of their country, during one of the greatest political upheavals of her time. Fighting desperately against forces trying to depose the Empress Elizabeth and put the young Prince Ivan on her throne, Sophie soon finds herself in the middle of a war brewing between her beloved Prussia, and her new empire. But even as she navigates the fragile political landscape, she quickly realizes that she has only begun to discover the tangled web of deceit and infidelity woven over the lavish court of Oranienbaum Palace.

When a strange and delicate alliance forms between the young couple, she glimpses a future of happiness, only to see it lost in a moment at the hands of those who still seek to end her life—and prevent her reign. Out of favor with the empress and running out of options, Sophie will have to sacrifice her own innocence on the altar of Russia if she is to save the nation, and herself. To survive, she will have to do the unthinkable, betray those closest to her and become something greater and more dangerous than she ever imagined she could be… a queen.



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Fallon's Review:

Queen of Tomorrow was such an emotional journey full of moments no one should have to endure. Book 1 was a ride full of self discovery and the very nature of court. Book 2 Queen of Tomorrow you get to strip down to the very core of the things Sophie will have to endure to keep her crown.

There are moments tears just poured down my eyes. f you have ever had to endure any one of the horrors Sophie faces in this book then it will stab and reopen that wound and just tear at your heart strings. I loved Queen of Someday for wishing I was more like Sophie with her fierceness but I related to her in this book.


There were moments I liked Peter and wanted to feel for him and then there were moments that I could not stand him and thought he deserved something horrible to happen to him.

Sherry has made me a huge fan of her work and I am so excited for book 3. I can not wait to see what happens next. I know Sophie is just getting started and I hope everyone is prepared for the fury and the storm she is about to unleash. This is a must read!


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Fallon's Review for Queen of Someday:

This was my first time diving into a Historical Fiction read and I loved it more then I expected and am so grateful to Sherry D. Ficklin for giving me a new Genre to explore.

Sophie is such a spitfire fierce character that we get to follow her adventures and mishaps in a world of royalty where anything can happen. Sophie is a pawn in a very dangerous game. She knows what she wants but may have to risk more than she ever expected in order to accomplish her goals.

Sophie's character was a definite shining light. While other characters were great too I just loved exploring this determined Heroine. Watching her find love and then realizing loving someone does not mean you always get your happily ever after. Not even royals get to chose the course of the lives they lead. They are all pawns. 

I was so excited to be part of this tour and flew through Queen of Someday and needed book 2. This is a book you will pick up and not want to put down.




About the Author
Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.


She is the author of several YA novels and in her spare time she co-hosts Curvy Writer Radio.





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Throwback Thursday: Gated (Gated #1) by Amy Christine Parker

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5 out of 5 Stars

Gated by Amy Christine Parker 
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Purchased copy for review

Author's Description:

A fast-paced, nerve-fraying contemporary thriller that questions loyalties and twists truths.

Appearances can be deceiving.

In the Community, life seems perfect. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pioneer invited Lyla’s family to join his group and escape the evil in the world. They were happy to be chosen, happy to move away from New York and start over in such an idyllic gated community. Now seventeen, Lyla knows that Pioneer is more than just their charismatic leader, he is their prophet . . . but his visions have grown dark.

Lyla is a loyal member of the Community, but a chance encounter with an outsider boy has her questioning Pioneer, the Community—everything. And if there’s one thing not allowed in the Community, it’s doubt. Her family and friends are certain in their belief. Lyla wishes she could feel the same. As Pioneer begins to manipulate his flock toward disaster, the question remains: Will Lyla follow them over the edge?

From the outside looking in, it’s hard to understand why anyone would join a cult. But Gated tells the story of the Community from the inside looking out, and from behind the gates things are not quite so simple. Amy Christine Parker’s beautiful writing creates a chilling, utterly unique YA story. Perfect for fans of creepy thrillers and contemporary fiction alike.


Seeing Double In Neverland Review:

This story grabbed me from the moment I started reading this book, I couldn't stop and put it down. Amy has a way of making every page in a book interesting and flows so effortlessly. This story will grab a hold of you and suck you in. The book is really appealing in that it is easy to see how people can be comforted and convinced by this logic in times of distress! 

This book starts with Lyla a young girl playing outside with her sister. Lyla runs in her house, and while she is gone her sister is taken. This causes Lyla to feel great guilt and her family to never be the same. Her mother is affected the most and holds her daughters shoes and rubs them when she stresses. Time goes by and they give up hope and then Pioneer comes and offers to help them search for her. He also offers them a place where they can live seeing dangers coming and prepare for ways to protect their family. 

Lyla loves it when she moves and gets to the new place that Pioneer has helped their family find because her mom is now more relaxed. Lyla had not been able to play with children ever since her sisters disappearance and now her mom feels it is safe. Lyla has an instant friendship with a boy named Will, who becomes her best-friend! Will later is made her intended by Pioneer!

One day the community has visitors, and Lyla is surprised when a young handsome boy about her age is in the back of the police car. The police have come to talk to one of the adults and Pioneer asks Lyla if she will give the young boy Cody a tour of the Community. Lyla soon starts to realize that Cody isn't evil, but is nice, cute and she has butterflies every time she touches him. Lyla has to keep reminding herself that this is an outsider, and that she is intended to Will. When Cody leaves Lyla makes plans to meet him in town on her next supply run.

Pioneer has been prepping them for the end of the world. He tells them that god has chosen him to lead them through since they are pure ones and should be saved. He says that the world will be destroyed through natural disasters and the earths rotation changing. He has created a giant silo underground for all of them to go to and wants them to be prepared.

One night the four young couples decide to go out on a date and Pioneer decides no one is prepared and that their has to be consequences for those actions. Lyla soon starts to question and wonder if Pioneer is really chosen by god and if the world truly is going to end? What if it doesn't?

I don't want to give away anymore of the book. I will say that these vulnerable families are really out there, and this book shows how easy it was for someone to come in and take advantage of these families in this emotional state. There are places like this and I hope people take better care of those going through tragedies so they don't fall victim to a predator. I will say that I love Amy's writing so much and it flows so nice and every page kept my interest. I love how it felt like I was their living it with them, she did such a great job creating this world!!! I can't wait for book 2, Astray!!!