Friday, February 26, 2016

Addiction Fiction Friday: Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman ~ Review

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 Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman. I read this book almost 2 weeks ago and was so in love I did not have the words. I kind of still do not but am going to try to express myself anyway. I am obsessed with this book and now have a huge book hangover!



Blackhearts by 
Hardcover384 pages
Published February 9th 2016 
by Simon Pulse
Source: ARC provided by the Publisher
Rating 5 Out of 5 Stars


Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There's just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents' deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to CuraƧao—where her mother was born—when she's stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.
 

Review:

Thank you Simon Pulse for sending me a copy of Blackhearts for review. This in no way affected my opinion.



Blackhearts is one of my top favorite 2016 reads so far. This book is amazing. I have such a book Hangover after reading this spectacular tale. This is not a normal genre I read but it is now one of my favorite reads. Even though this is pre-blackbeard it leads up to his life as the known pirate of the seas.




The love story was so believable. Nicole Castroman did not do the inst-love love thing which was so refreshing. When Anne and Teach first meet they despise each other. Teach is engaged to a women who will bring him a title and he will bring her money. Both families are invested in this arrangement happening. Things get very complicated quick.



Anne is a servant and despises her lot in life and is determined to change the way she is living even if she has to steal to do it. Teach has come home a changed man from his time at sea. He no longer sees things the same as before. Money does not have the same appeal. He wants to go back to sea. Anne and Teach both feel strapped down to a life they were not meant to live.





Nicole Castoman gave me all the feels in this one. I ship Anne and Teach hardcore and I need a book 2 please Simon Pulse! This is how a historical YA should be wrote. I am such a huge fan of her writing now. I would read anything she writes. This is a 100% must read. If you want to know the motives behind Blackbeard becoming the pirate of the seas then this is a book you need to read. 







About the Author:

Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend...she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her. 

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.



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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Dreamfire & Dreamfever (Dreamfire #2) by Kit Alloway ~ Review


Dreamfever (Dreamfire #2) by 

Hardcover320 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 
by St. Martin's Griffin
Source: Hardcover provided by the Publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars

Finding out that she is the True Dream Walker hasn't gone at all the Joshlyn Weaver would have expected it to. The only special gift she seems to have is an ability to create archways, which really isn't that special. In addition to her inability to connect with the Dream, she has also started having nightmares that are so terrible she can't tell anyone about them. Not even Will.

Just when Josh thought her life couldn't get any more complicated, the lost dream walker princess returns to claim her parents' right to the throne, right as the Lodestone party threatens to take control of the government during the upcoming Accordance Conclave.

With the clock running down, Josh must rely on not only her friends, but also her enemies, to stop the radicals from taking power and controlling the Dream. But how can she expect to save everyone else when she's struggling to pick up the pieces of her own shattered life?
 


Review:

Thank you St. Martin Press for sending me Dreamfire and Dreamfever for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

This series had me spinning all around. I loved the fact that Author Kit Alloway kept me on my toes through out both books. These books had so many twist and turns. Just when  you thought one thing you find something else to be true. 

The pacing was a little slow at first but that did not matter once it picked up I was hooked and could not put it down. I love when an author has a true voice and knows the world in and out. Kit did not over explain but built the world and it radiated through the pages. 

I was so happy  that Dreamfever had more then on POV it gave the world and story a more rounded angle and I felt I got the bigger picture. Josh got more intense in the second which also had me drawn in. She starts having very bad nightmares and nobody knows what is happening to her. The books scary and disturbing dreams reminded me a little of Awakening which I read last year and loved. Not that the rest of the book is similar I just got that vibe.

This book is a roller-coaster ride that you will not want to end. I am excited to see what Kit Alloway writes next. This is a must read.

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Book 1 Dreamfire 



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About the Author:

I live in Louisville, Kentucky with my family and four Chihuahua mixes.   When I'm not writing, I'm quilting, reading, and endlessly trying to improve my house.  (Flooring?  Sure, I can lay flooring!  How hard can it be?)  I'm the daughter of a professor and a film historian, and I grew up seeing a lot of movies.  Currently, I'm taking my first ever college English literary criticism course, which is opening my mind in all sorts of exciting ways.



Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Starflight (Starflight #1) by Melissa Landers ~ Review


Starflight (Starflight #1) by 
Hardcover358 pages
Expected publication: February 2nd 2016 
by Disney-Hyperion
Source: Finished Copy provided by Publisher
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars



Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he's been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe...


Review:

Thank you Disney Hyperion for sending a copy of Starflight for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

I love Melissa Landers Alienated series. Starflight was great but the relationship dynamics felt a little similar to Alienated series. Both couples could not stand each other at first but then become drawn to each other due to circumstance. Now do not get me wrong I love that in Melissa's writing and loved the banter in Starflight. It was my favorite part of the book. 

I wish the world building had been as strong in Starflight as it was in the Alienated series. Normally I do not like to compare but these concepts seemed a little similar and close enough releases for my mind to not drift to comparing. 

I will definitely be reading this entire series because I think the story will only continue to build and I am excited to see where this story continues to go. Another aspect I like was the thought of space pirates and the pirates scenes are so awesome. I was so excited rooting for Doran and the scene really swept me up. Solara is so fiesty and I do love a fiesty female lead. I like the fact she does not let circumstance define her life and she is determined to create her own destiny.

This book will make you laugh and smile since it is so witty and snarky in all the right ways. I wish the ending had left with a tiny bit of a cliffhanger so I was really drawn into needing book 2. I want to read more but it is not at the same level as a must read would be. 


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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Blog Tour: The Rule of Mirrors (The Vault of Dreamers #2) by Caragh M. O'Brien ~ Q&A & Review



Thank you Rachel from  Fiktshun for the awesome banner!

Blog Tour Schedule:

2/17: Fiction Fare
2/20: Book Briefs
2/21: Fiktshun


Hardcover432 pages
Published February 16th 2016 
by Roaring Brook Press
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars



Synopsis

The fast-paced, psychologically thrilling sequel to The Vault of Dreamers follows Rosie after her consciousness has been split in two.

The entire country was watching when Rosie Sinclair was expelled from Forge, the prestigious arts school that doubles as a reality TV show. But few know how Dean Berg was mining students' dreams in laboratories deep below the school. And no one, least of all the Dean himself, knows that when Rosie's dreams were seeded into the mind of another patient, Rosie's consciousness woke up in that body--a girl far from Forge, a girl with a completely different life from Rosie, a girl who is pregnant.

Told from alternating points of view between Rosie as she makes sense of her new identity and the shattered subconscious that still exists in her old body, this sequel to The Vault of Dreamers will keep readers on the edge of their seats and leave them hungry for more.



Review:

Thank you Fierce Reads for sending me an ARC of The Rule of Mirrors for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

Wow is all I need to say. This book was so messed up in such a good way. I would literally freak out if I woke up in a pregnant women's body. I am a mom of four and the first felt like she said "having an alien inside you." However this is not her body or her baby. She has been seeded and implanted in a brain that was not functioning and was in a coma. This story line was so different then the first book but kept me intrigued through out. So now part of Rosie is in a girl named Althea. The question is how do you get the people you love to know it really is you when you look and sound nothing like the person you were.

Then you have the Rosie that is stuck in a facility with a weird creeper who seems to have a sick fascination with her. She is willing to play along to win her freedom. Rosie does not have the same luxury of freedom since everyone in the country is looking for her. She however is still under Berg's custody and he keeps her in a dream state to seed her. Ian has always known Rosie was different by watching her on the show. Now he gets to watch her up close. Soon she becomes a very real part of his life and he wakes her when no one is around to spend time with her.

Taking the chance Rosie escapes and is determined to find a way back to the life she had once before. This book is full of twists and turns with dual POV's that have you turning through the pages. I loved The Vault of Dreamers and I love The Rule of Mirrors. Both are exceptional books of their own rights. Caragh has such a great way of tearing into the psyche of a persons mind. This is a thriller but more of a mind bender. This is a must read.


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Interview with Author Caragh M. O'Brien


1) Did you have to do any research while writing this series?

First, let me say thanks, Fallon, for having me by Seeing Double in Neverland. You have been so kind about supporting my novels on your blog, and it’s great to be with you for the Rule of Mirrors Blog Tour.  As for research, yes, I’ve looked up some basic info on brain and dream research.  They are fascinating fields, but I don’t want to mislead anyone into thinking I’m an expert by any means.  I use the research as a springboard and make things up to work in my story.  That’s why my novels are set in the future, so I can imagine new medical procedures and not be tied to what’s technically accurate right now.


2) What was your favorite read in 2015?

I had tons of favorites.  I especially enjoyed Andy Weir’s The Martian, Brian Selznick’s The Marvels, and Mary Pearson’s The Heart of Betrayal.  They were all incredibly original and transporting.


3) What was your favorite scene to write in The Rule of Mirrors?

That’s hard to answer because I don’t honestly have a scene that was my favorite to write. After countless rounds of revision, I’m pleased with how each scene came together.  In other words, the scenes are essentially all favorites or they would be cut from the novel.  I hope that makes sense.


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

I don’t know yet, and that’s a lovely feeling.  I have half a dozen different ideas which I save in a folder on my desktop, and I prod them from time to time to see if they’re getting into mischief. For now, I’m focused on the third novel in this series, and since I have a draft due in another week, I need to stay on task.


5) At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I was in college, I think, when it occurred to me that I should try to write for my job.  Before that, I read and wrote as much as I could, but I still thought I wanted to be a physicist.  Then it took me several decades of writing and living before I was ready to write YA novels.  I’m still amazed that this is my full-time work, and I’ve been doing it for eight years now.


6) Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Oh, my goodness.  Pantser.  I long to be able to write a decent outline, but my mind doesn't work that way yet.  Maybe some day it will.


7) Whose writing most inspires you?

I tend to be inspired by whatever I’m reading, and I’m always admiring what other writers can pull off.  Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Trilogy is so perceptive and lovely that it inspires me.  I’m also very taken with Anthony Doerr’s use of sensory details in All The Light We Cannot See.  Frederick Douglass, of course, is perhaps the most inspiring.  As a child, he was so hungry to learn that he traded his bread for reading lessons, and his Narrative blows me away.


8) What do you hope readers will take away from The Rule of Mirrors and Vault of Dreamers?

I just want readers to enjoy the story and feel happy they’ve spent time with the characters.


9) What TV show is a must for you to watch? (for example I can not miss Once Upon a Time)

Downton Abbey, naturally.


10) What inspired Vault of Dreamers?

I’ve been intrigued by reality TV shows and what their popularity indicates about our culture.  I’ve also always been interested in dreams, creativity, and education, so when I mixed everything together, I came up with The Forge School of the Arts which doubles as a reality TV show.  Then I added in the sinister use of the students’ dreams and I was good to go.  I liked how the stakes were high and I had layers of reality to work with.  Then I had a new challenge with The Rule of Mirrors, when Rosie’s consciousness was split in two and I had a double character to experiment with. I feel like I keep taking risks, and the challenges are good for me.


Thanks again, Fallon, for having me by!  Happy reading!



About the Author:

Caragh M. O'Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS series, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O'Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA from Johns Hopkins University. She recently resigned from teaching high school English in order to write young adult novels. For more information, visit http://www.caraghobrien.com.