Sunday, January 31, 2016

Book Blitz: #Giveaway 25.00 #GC Banished (Forbidden #2) by Kimberley Griffiths Little

 
I adored Forbidden. Kimberley swept me up and scorched my very core in the journey across the deserts. I am so excited for Banished and am excited to be part of the Release Week Book Blitz.

Do not forget to enter the Giveaway at the bottom of the post for a chance to win a 25.00 Gift Card.



Banished
Kimberley Griffiths Little
(Forbidden #2)
Published by: HarperCollins
Publication date: February 2nd 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult

She thought she’d lost everything . . .
After spending months traveling the harsh, unforgiving Mesopotamian desert, Jayden reunites with a broken, injured Kadesh. Although everyone was convinced the violent and unpredictable Horeb, Jayden’s betrothed, killed the handsome prince, Jayden knew in her heart that her love was alive and safe. But their reunion is short-lived, as they learn Horeb is on their trail and determined to take back the girl he has claimed. Soon, the two star-crossed lovers are on the run toward Sariba, Kadesh’s homeland, where, as heir to the Kingdom, he plans to make Jayden his princess.
But the trek to Sariba is fraught with heartache and danger. After narrowly escaping being stoned to death for a crime she didn’t commit, and learning that her sister has disappeared, Jayden’s only solace is her love for Kadesh. But even he is keeping secrets from her . . . secrets that will change everything.
This gorgeous and enchanting sequel to Forbidden, is full of love, danger, and heated passion that will leave readers breathless.


Booklist Review:

“This sequel to Forbidden (2014) picks up with desert girl Jayden, distraught that the young man she loves, Kadesh, might have died. But, of course, he hasn’t. Scarred and missing an eye, yes, but he’s escaped the clutches of Horeb, Jayden’s malicious betrothed. Traveling bravely through the desert, Jayden finds him. But that perilous trip is only the first of the dangers to come. Gathering an army, Kadesh is determined to return to his faraway home, where the valuable frankincense grows, and introduce Jayden as his future bride. First, however, they must face betrayal, danger, and a waiting evil. Jayden achieves almost superhero status here, moving from adventure to adventure—not even a near-death stoning can stop her. Little’s descriptions of the landscape are evocative in both desolation and in beauty. Just as good is her pacing, which gets the blood pumping for both characters and readers. Far more than a bridge book, this will heighten anticipation for a no-doubt exciting conclusion.





EXCERPT:

A dirty, callused hand slapped down over my mouth and the stale breath of a man hissed in my ear. “Don’t move or I’ll slit your pretty, little neck.”
I clawed at the stranger’s cloak, trying to push him off, but he was too heavy. A moment later, I realized my ankles were tied together. I couldn’t run, couldn’t even move. Shrieks gurgled in my throat as if I was drowning, his hand cutting off my air.
Only one day into my journey to find Kadesh and I was already dead.
The sharp tip of a blade pressed against my neck, and I whimpered.
“Give me the frankincense of the stranger we killed.” The man’s foul breath dragged across my face. He was referring to Kadesh, the boy I loved, who’d been murdered by Horeb, the prince of my tribe.
With myself as a witness, I’d watched Horeb plunge his sword into Kadesh and then order his soldiers to drag his body off.
Shock flooded me when I realized who my attacker was. I wrenched his fingers away from my mouth and with a raw voice, said, “Gad? What are you doing lurking about the cliffs of Mari?”
This man was a childhood friend of Horeb’s and one of my own tribesmen. His body pressed against mine, and I writhed in disgust.
There was only one reason Gad was in the foothills of Mari, far from the oasis of Tadmur where my tribe camped for the summer. He was a member of Horeb’s army.
Horeb, my betrothed. The man who’d attacked and scarred me. Blackmailed me for the murder of his father to hide the fact that he’d killed his own father so he could steal the tribal crown.



Author Bio:
When I was a kid I read a book a day, scribbled stories, and dreamed about having my very own book on the library shelf. I grew up in San Francisco, but now live in an adobe house on the banks of the Rio Grande with my husband and sons. I think I've drunk so much Land of Enchantment water that some of that ancient magic got into my blood and now spurts out my pencil--I mean ergonomic keyboard. I adore anything old and musty with a secret story to tell.
I'm the author of 10 award-winning middle-grade and Young Adult novels with Scholastic and Harpercollins and I make way too many cookies when I'm writing - and I've got the best book trailers in the universe - for reals! Check them out here: www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com. Please find me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Youtube.
Awards: Southwest Book Award, Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel, Whitney Award Finalist and Association of Mormon Letters of Art Award, Bank Street College Best Books of 2011, 2013, and 2015, a Crystal Kite Finalist, and New Mexico Book Award Finalist.


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Waiting Wednesday: Nemesis by Anna Banks

I have been waiting to share my excitement for Anna Banks next release with you all. I waited patiently for a cover and now Nemesis has one. I can not wait for this book! The moment I found out Anna Banks had an up and coming Fantasy YA I wrote her Publisher asking when I could expect it. YAY we are getting closer!!!


Nemesis by 
Hardcover368 pages
Expected publication: October 4th 2016 
by Feiwel & Friends


Goodreads Description:

The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.


Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

A thrilling futuristic fantasy in which the fate of the world's energy source is in the hands of a prince and princess who are rivals, by the New York Times-bestselling author of the Syrena Legacy.
 



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Blog Tour: #Giveaway #Win Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell ~ Review



Tour Schedule:
Week One:
1/25/2016- Supernatural SnarkInterview
1/26/2016- Seeing Double In NeverlandReview
1/27/2016- Please Feed the BookwormGuest Post
1/28/2016- Stories & SweetiesReview
1/29/2016- A Glass Of WineInterview

Week Two:
2/1/2016- A Reader Under The SeaReview
2/2/2016- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
2/3/2016- Owl Always Be ReadingReview
2/4/2016- Lili's Reflections- Interview
2/5/2016- Mundie MomsReview


 



Title: UNHOOKED
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Pages: 352
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover & eBook 

Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars




From “talented wordsmith” (Publishers Weekly) Lisa Maxwell comes a lush, atmospheric fantasy novel filled with twists and turns about a girl who is kidnapped and brought to an island inhabited by fairies, a roguish ship captain, and bloodthirsty beasts.
 For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home. Her mother believes they are being hunted by brutal monsters, and those delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. Gwen’s only saving grace is that her best friend, Olivia, is with her for the summer.
 But shortly after their arrival, the girls are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and dragged to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey. And Gwen begins to realize that maybe her mother isn’t so crazy after all…
 Gwen discovers that this new world she inhabits is called Neverland, but it’s nothing like the Neverland you’ve heard about in stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through your fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and tries to find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the captivating pirate who promises to keep her safe.
 Caught in the ultimate battle between good and evil, with time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to finally face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But can she save Neverland without losing herself?

Review:

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


So me loving this book comes as no surprise since I announced briefly my love on instagram with the photo above. "Unhooked by @lisamaxwell13 is dark and unique twist on a classic. I have been reading a bunch of books that did not live up to the hype but #Unhooked did not disappoint.😘😍 Travel to #neverland and experience it like never before."

So I picked up Unhooked right before I headed to Disney and this got me pumped and excited. I was stuck in some pretty long lines but the time flew by at Epcot with this book in my hands and I finished. I was in a complete funk up until I read this book. Lisa had me at the dark faeries. All I could think of was  fantasia and the dark faeries. I had these fantasia pins of the fairies I pulled out while reading just to feel completely engrossed in the book.

I love Gwen and Olivia her best friends relationship. They have fun and fierce moments and moments of utter heartbreak. I enjoyed peter having a dark side but still being the spunky prankster that is true to his nature. Hook is always been a swoon worthy bad boy. I however like how Lisa brings out her characters attributes and their flaws so all characters have more of a dimension to them.

Unhooked was fun with the right amount of twists but still had enough of the story you expect and love to make it great. A heart pounding non-stop adventure that will keep you guessing how it will end. This is my must read to all of you! I can not wait to see what Lisa writes next.

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About Lisa: 

Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest, Gathering Deep (Flux, Fall 2015) and Unhooked (Simon Pulse, Spring 2016). When she's not writing books, she's an English professor at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.

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Giveaway Details:

As a thank you to the lovely authors who blurbed UNHOOKED Lisa is giving away…
(1) winner will receive a signed finished copy of UNHOOKED, a large Neverland map, and a Funko Pop Captain Hook, US Only.


(5) winners will receive a swag pack containing a NVR sticker, bookmark, postcard, other stickers, US only.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Blog Tour: #Giveaway #Win Night Study (Soulfinders #2) by Maria V. Snyder ~ Review




Tour Schedule:
1/18/2016- Dark Faerie TalesInterview
1/19/2016- The Bibliophile ChroniclesReview
1/20/2016- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
1/21/2016- The Moonlight LibraryReview
1/22/2016- Read Now Sleep LaterInterview

Week Two:
1/25/2016Seeing Double In NeverlandReview
1/26/2016Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsExcerpt
1/27/2016a GREAT readReview
1/28/2016FiktshunInterview
1/29/2016Mundie MomsReview




Title: NIGHT STUDY
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Pages: 448
Publisher: Mira
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Source: PB provided by Author
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars




Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana's life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia is safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he's quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he's been keeping secrets from Valek…secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander's mysterious plans, they realize it's far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.

Review:


My favorite story from Maria V Snyder's series was always Magic Study until I read Night Study. OMG this book is awesome. I love that she builds this world and has given us so many books that give you a look into it but it never becomes stale. Valek and Yelena's relationship will have you swooning again.

I am going to keep this review spoiler free. There are some pretty epic and pivotal moments that happen in Night Study that we have all been anticipating. This is not a book to be missed if you are a fan of the series. I love the banter between Valek and Yelena. They are always so fun and fiesty. Here is a no spoiler fun quote I loved from the book. "Yes, love." "That's my line. You'll have to think of something else."

I love the role Janco and Ari have taken with Reema. It just warmed my heart. They were making a little miniature version of themselves. I am excited to watch this little dynamite grow. I hope in the future we may get a story from her.

Here is my favorite line from the book "Sneaks, spies, defenders, heroes, masterminds, tenacious bastard---it doesn't matter what you call us. We're the ones who will do whatever it takes to stop those who believe they're entitled to wealth and power at the expense of others."

As always Maria gives us a magical and spellbinding adventure you do not want to put down. This is a must read!

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About Maria:
Maria V. Snyder changed from being a meteorologist to a novelist in 1995, when she began writing to keep her sanity while raising two children. Since then, she has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction-writing classes at the local college and area libraries. The classes give her the wonderful opportunity to encourage fellow writers, and to keep improving her craft.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria always had a fascination with big storms. Dreaming of chasing tornados, Maria earned a bachelors of science degree in meteorology at Penn State University. But she discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn't one of her skills. In order to chase tornados you had to predict where they might form. Creating fantasy worlds where she has complete control of the weather was more agreeable to her.

Maria's research on food-tasting methods with an expert chocolate taster, her husband, turned out to be a delicious bonus while writing Poison Study.

Maria has a brown belt in Isshinryu Karate, and enjoys playing volleyball and the cello. Traveling in general and via cruise ship in particular are her biggest distractions from writing. Maria has traveled to Belize, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal.

Maria lives with her husband, son, daughter and yellow lab, Hazelnut, in Pennsylvania where she is at work on more LUNA novels. She is also pursuing a master's degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University.

Readers are welcome to contact Maria at the following email address:maria@mariavsnyder.com.

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Giveaway Details:
6 Winners will receive a finished copy of NIGHT STUDY, US Only.
4 winners will receive a finished copy of NIGHT STUDY, International.




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Friday, January 22, 2016

Blog Tour: #Giveaway #Win Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh ~ Guest post and Review




Tour Schedule:
Week One:
1/18/2016- Swoony Boys PodcastInterview
1/19/2016- FangirlishGuest Post
1/20/2016- A Dream Within A DreamReview
1/21/2016- Such a Novel IdeaInterview
1/22/2016- Seeing Double In NeverlandGuest Post

Week Two:
1/25/2016- Once Upon a TwilightReview
1/26/2016- The Young FolksInterview
1/27/2016- Falling For YAGuest Post
1/28/2016- Just CommonlyReview
1/29/2016- Paranormal Book ClubInterview

Week Three:
2/1/2016- Curling Up With A Good BookGuest Post
2/2/2016- Wandering Bark BooksReview
2/3/2016- The Cover Contessa- Interview
2/4/2016- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
2/5/2016- Eli to the nthReview




Title: BURNING MIDNIGHT
Author: Will McIntosh
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Pages: 320
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Source: ARC provided by Publisher
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars


For fans of The Maze Runner and The Fifth Wave, this debut YA novel from Hugo Award winner Will McIntosh pits four underprivileged teens against an evil billionaire in the race of a lifetime.


Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make the rent. No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement—and the more expensive the sphere.


When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold—a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them.
There’s no question the Gold is priceless, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.


Review:


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

Burning Midnight was an intriguing story. At first I thought the story was not as unique as I hoped but then I kept reading and Will McIntosh took me on an adventure I was not anticipating. There were many twist and turns.

My favorite character is Hunter. She is very guarded and stubborn and it is not just that she chooses to be but life has made her that way. Sully has the biggest crush on Hunter and finds himself wanting to find any reason to spend more and more time with her. A relationship is the last thing on Hunter's mind However.

Once Hunter and Sully find the rare golden orb chaos erupts and nothing is the same. This was a fun high-stakes alien adventure. I enjoyed the dynamics between the 4 main characters Hunter, Sully, Dom and Mandy. All were unique and brought a necessary element. Alex was the bad guy you loved to hate. If you enjoy alien paranormal reads then this book is for you.


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Topic: Young Adult vs. Adult books - break down on the differences in writing process

A Funny Thing Happened while I was Writing My Fifth Novel: It Morphed into YA
Confession time: Burning Midnight did not start out as a young adult novel. In fact I was about a third of the way through the first draft when I realized I was writing my first YA book. Looking back, it should have been obvious, but back then it just felt like there was something off about the book. I didn’t know what, so I emailed my agent and told him I was going to have to rethink the book, because it was feeling too….I struggled to describe it…it felt almost like YA.
              Seth, my agent, responded about ten seconds later. So write it as YA!
              I was surprised by his reply. Stunned wouldn’t be too strong a word. I wasn’t a YA writer. I didn’t know anything about writing YA. Of course, I read YA. I’d read Looking for Alaska, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, and The Hunger Games trilogy all in the past year.
Could I write YA? I decided to give it a shot.
              That leads to the big question: What’s the difference? What makes a book YA versus A? I can tell you why Burning Midnight felt YA to me, and also the things I had to change when I decided to write Burning Midnight as a YA book.
              First, the characters needed to be younger. I had been writing them as college students at Fordham University in The Bronx (my alma mater). Instead I made them high school students in nearby Yonkers.
              And, come to think of it, that was it. That was the only substantial change I made when I converted it to YA, because it already felt like a YA book.
              If there had been more cursing in the book, I would have had to tone that down. Not that your average fifteen year old doesn’t know all the curse words I know, it’s more that publishers don’t want to publish YA books filled with F-bombs, and librarians don’t want to recommend them. Except for my first book, Soft Apocalypse, I use cursing in my books sparingly anyway, so that wasn’t really an issue in Burning Midnight. (If cursing puts you off, though, definitely don’t read Soft A).
              So why did Burning Midnight feel like a YA book? Because YA books tell stories with a powerful emotional core, and are a bit less caught up in justifying and explaining the weirdness of the book’s world. In a nutshell, Burning Midnight is about mysterious colored spheres that are hidden all over the world, and if you have two of the same color they give you something. Easy-to-find colors might give you straighter, whiter teeth; rare colors might give you high intelligence, or physical strength. In the book, two teens find a sphere so rare no one knows what it does. But everyone wants it. It’s a wild premise. I think YA readers are willing to give you slack in telling a story with a wild premise if the story is compelling, and has heart. And YA books can be more unapologetically idealistic. They believe in true and everlasting love that doesn’t end in divorce. That’s my feeling, anyway. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to them as an adult reader.





About Will:

Will McIntosh’s debut novel, Soft Apocalypse, was a finalist for both a Locus award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He is a frequent contributor to Asimov’s, where his story “Bridesicle” won the 2010 Reader’s Award, as well as the 2010 Hugo Award for Best Short Story. His third novel, Love Minus Eighty (based on “Bridesicle”) was published by Orbit books in June, 2013, and was named best Science Fiction novel of the year by the American Library Association. His upcoming novel, Defenders has been optioned by Warner Brothers for a feature film. Will recently moved to Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife Alison and twins Hannah and Miles. He left his position as a psychology professor in Southeast Georgia to write full time, and still teaches as an adjunct, at the College of William and Mary. Will is represented by Seth Fishman at The Gernert Company. Follow him on Twitter @WillMcIntoshSF




Giveaway:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of BURNING MIDNIGHT, US Only.
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