Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Anniversary Tour: #Giveaway 10 Years Poison Study by Maria V Snyder ~ Scavenger Hunt #Win

I am so excited for the Poison Study Anniversary Tour and read along. I love Maria's writing and love this book. I own every version of this book signed and I am still trying to beg for the new covers in print since they are stunning. 

Just reading the excerpt I received for the tour made me want to dive back in to Poison Study all over again. Yelena is such a smart and fierce lead character. I love fantasy and I love reading about women who can inspire. This is such a magical world and I am so happy we are celebrating it 10 years later. 

Please read and find the word in bold red for the scavenger hunt.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
9/28/2015-Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsScavenger Hunt
9/29/2015- a GREAT readScavenger Hunt
9/30/2015- Seeing Double In NeverlandScavenger Hunt
10/1/2015- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
10/2/2015- Alice MarvelsScavenger Hunt

Week Two:
10/5/2015- FiktshunScavenger Hunt
10/6/2015- Read Now Sleep LaterScavenger Hunt
10/7/2015- Mundie MomsGuest Post
10/8/2015- Tales of the Ravenous ReaderScavenger Hunt
10/9/2015- ParajunkeeScavenger Hunt

Author: Maria V. Snyder
Release Date: October 1, 2005
Pages: 361
Publisher: Luna
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook
Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison...

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...

Blog Tour: #Giveaway #International @EntangledTeen Illuminate (The Light Key Trilogy #3) by Tracy Clark

Blog Tour Schedule:

September 21:

September 22:
Mythical Books - Spotlight

September 23:
A Dream Within a Dream - Promo Post

September 24:
Around the World in Books - - Promo Post
Desert Rose Reviews - - Promo Post

September 25:
Thoughts of a Bored Girl – - Review
Sunshine Book Promotions - - Promo Post

September 28:
BookCrushin - – Review
Zerina Blossom's Books - - Promo Post

September 29:
The Avid Reader - - Promo Post

September 30:
Seeing Double In Neverland - - Promo Post
Boundless Book Reviews - - Promo Post

October 1:
Musings In Fiction aalley - – Review
Teatime and Books - - Promo Post
Lore Lush Books - - Promo Post

October 2:
Andrea Buginsky, Author - - Promo Post
Book Addict - - Review

Release Date: 09/21/15
Entangled Teen
320 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

Can one girl be the light in a world spiraling toward darkness?

Haunted by the loss of her loved ones, Cora Sandoval, one of the remaining few of an extraordinary race known as Scintilla, holds the key to disentangling the biggest conspiracy in human history...and its link to the fate of the human race. As Cora follows a trail of centuries-old clues and secrets, she collides with a truth not only shocking, but dangerous.

With enemies both known and unknown hot on her trail, Cora must locate each of the ancient clues hidden in the art, religions, and mythologies of humankind. And through it all, she must keep her heart from being torn apart by the two boys she loves most. One is Scintilla, one is Arazzi.

Save herself. Save the Scintilla. Save the world.

Or die trying…

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reads if you loved The Hunger Games

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

September 29th Topic ~ Top 10 Reads if you loved The Hunger Games!

I loved experiencing The Hunger Games and it kicked off a wave of Dystopian craze in the YA industry. I am going to bring to you today the 10 Dystopian's I thought stood out enough to be in the same category as The Hunger Games.

1. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau - 
What I loved about this series was the consistency throughout. Every book had a great story and an edge that set it apart.

2.Legend by Marie Lu - 
This series was heart breaking and raw. I devoured the realistic qualities and fierce nature to survive that Marie captured in this entire series.

3. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi - 
This is one of my all time favorite series. Veronica mixed elements that were very different from the other Dystopians and had a very fantasy quality. I devoured this series and it will forever stay on my bookshelf. 

4. Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien - 
I loved this series where Caragh portrayed a girl that was not beautiful and bared scars but she had qualities that made her far more appealing then those around. This was a story that also was very different where midwives must deliver a quota of babies to the wall inside. This series has so many twist and turns and moments of raw emotion.

5. After The Ending by Lindsey Pogue and Lindsey Fairleigh - 
I am obsessed with this series. This is an older audience dystopian not for young teens. A disease wipes out majority of the population and the ones that have survived are not the same. They have abilities and almost none are alike. This was fast paced and was a dystopian with a hero and villain feel.

6. Shatter Me by Taherh Mafi -
This Dystopian focused much more on the personal conflict within rather then I think a whole. It was original and you got a glimpse into the mind of a girl who had to live a life of isolation and just wanted the contact and really craved the emotional necessity in human contact.

7. Eve by Anna Carey -
This was a fantastic story about these orphans who have the wool pulled over their eyes. They believe completely in their society and that they have the best intentions until things start to be uncovered and things are not as they have been told.

8. The Selection by Kiera Cass -
This story was so different from the rest. You have a world around that is falling apart and the King puts on contest for the princes hand as a way to placate the people. America was such a fierce character that enters to be one of the girls never thinking she would make it. This story had moments of unrest but was fun and flirty as well.

9. Wither by Lauren Destefano - 
Lauren created a very unique concept in that every female and every male knew the age they would die. Girls do not live past 20 and boys do not live past 25. Women are a commodity for the race to survive and money is power but can only buy so much.

10. Blood Red Road by Moira Young -
I loved how Fierce Saba was in this series. Also I love the unrest in nature that this series has like Under the Never Sky. I am intrigued by Nature so for me these elements really set those two series apart from the other dystopians.

Come back next week for 10 Bookish Habbits I want to quite!

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel ~ Review by Tristan

The Nest by
Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: October 6th 2015
by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

Goodreads Description:

Steve just wants to save his baby brother—but what will he lose in the bargain? This is a haunting gothic tale for fans of Coraline, from acclaimed author Kenneth Oppel (Silverwing, The Boundless) with illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.

For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.

All he has to do is say “Yes.” But “yes” is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?

Celebrated author Kenneth Oppel creates an eerie masterpiece in this compelling story that explores disability and diversity, fears and dreams, and what ultimately makes a family. Includes illustrations from celebrated artist Jon Klassen.

Tristan's Review:

Thank you Simon and Schuster for sending me an ARC for review. This in no way affected my opinion in my review.

About the Author

 I was born in 1967 in Port Alberni, a mill town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia but spent the bulk of my childhood in Victoria, B.C. and on the opposite coast, in Halifax, Nova Scotia...At around twelve I decided I wanted to be a writer (this came after deciding I wanted to be a scientist, and then an architect). I started out writing sci-fi epics (my Star Wars phase) then went on to swords and sorcery tales (my Dungeons and Dragons phase) and then, during the summer holiday when I was fourteen, started on a humorous story about a boy addicted to video games (written, of course, during my video game phase). It turned out to be quite a long story, really a short novel, and I rewrote it the next summer. We had a family friend who knew Roald Dahl - one of my favourite authors - and this friend offered to show Dahl my story. I was paralysed with excitement. I never heard back from Roald Dahl directly, but he read my story, and liked it enough to pass on to his own literary agent. I got a letter from them, saying they wanted to take me on, and try to sell my story. And they did.