Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: A Million Worlds with You (Firebird #3) by Claudia Gray


If you know me then you know this is my favorite series of all time and the final book is at the top of my must read as soon as physically possible!




A Million Worlds with You (Firebird #3) by 

Hardcover432 pages

Expected publication: November 1st 2016 

by HarperTeen



Synopsis:

A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

In the epic conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.
 



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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Blog Tour: #Giveaway #Win Mirage by Tracy Clark





Tour Schedule:



Week One:

6/27/2016- The Oracle and The Muse- Interview

6/28/2016- Seeing Double In NeverlandReview

6/29/2016- Teen Readers' DiaryGuest Post

6/30/2016- BookcrushinReview

7/1/2016- The Cover Contessa- Interview



Week Two:

7/4/2016- A Dream Within A DreamReview

7/5/2016- Ohana ReadsGuest Post

7/6/2016- Book-KeepingReview

7/7/2016- Curling Up With A Good BookInterview

7/8/2016- Here's to Happy EndingsReview



Title: MIRAGE

Author: Tracy Clark

Pub. Date: July 5, 2016

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 272

Format: Hardcover, eBook

Source: ARC provided by Publisher

Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Goodreads


Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Ryan Poitier Sharpe is a gutsy, outgoing girl who spends her summer days hurling herself out of planes at her parents’ skydiving center in the Mojave Desert. Fiercely independent and willing to take risks, she challenges those around her to live life fully. But after a brush with death, Ryan is severely altered—she’s not the same thrill-seeking girl she once was and seems to be teetering on the edge of psychosis. As her relationships crumble and her life unravels, Ryan must fight the girl she’s become—or lose herself forever—in this eerie and atmospheric thriller.

Review:

Thank you HMH for sending me a copy of Mirage for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

Mirage was an adventure into the mind where some dare not take a closer look. Tracy took every aspect of people and amped the question of insanity, humanity and vulnerability. I was completely wrapped up in Ryan and what was happening to her throughout. The story is so fast paced you will fly though it. I love the fact that if you read this over and over again you would find new details every time.

The story starts off with fearless and spunky Ryan who loves to sky dive and push the envelope. She wants to live life to the fullest and make her rigid dad take notice of her. Her mom is concerned for her well being and also does not want to cause ripples in the family.

"why don't you ponder the treasure that is life, 'cause baby girl, you spend it like it's cash burning a hole in your pocket."

Dom is Ryan's boyfriend and best friend Joe has never liked Dom but Ryan can not figure out why. Dom is supportive fun and like her in so many ways. This story will have you wanting to figure out what the heck is going on and you will rip through the pages at lightning speed. This is a must read and especially if you love a good psychological thriller.

"Better to be feared than fearful."



About Tracy:

Tracy Clark is a young-adult writer because she believes teens deserve to know how much they matter and that regardless of what they’re going through, they aren’t alone. In other words, she writes books for her teen self.

She grew up a “Valley Girl” in Southern California but now lives in her home state of Nevada, in a small town at the base of the Sierra Foothills. Her two children teach her the art of distraction and are a continuous source of great dialogue.

Tracy was the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant. A two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program. Tracy is a private pilot, an irredeemable dreamer, and a spicy-chocolate connoisseur.

Giveaway Details:

winners will receive a finished copy of MIRAGE, US Only.



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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fragile Reign (Mortal Enchantment #3) by Stacey O'Neale ~ Review and Mood Board


Paperback306 pages
Published November 25th 2014 
by Phoenix Reign Publishing
Source: PB provided by the Author
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars

Synopsis:

It’s been a week since all hell broke loose…

Rumors of King Taron’s weakened powers have left the air court vulnerable. Kalin is desperate to awaken her akasha powers, except she doesn’t know how. Tension within the court is at an all-time high. Pressure is mounting for her to ascend to the throne, but a halfling has never ruled over any court. To solidify her position, the council has advised her to marry Sebastian—a high ranking air elemental she’s never met and her betrothed. 


Will Kalin sacrifice her relationship with Rowan to strengthen her court?


Rowan and Marcus return to a fire court in turmoil. Liana’s death has fueled the fire elementals’ distrust against the air and woodland courts. The unbalanced elements have set off natural disasters all over the mortal world. Rowan takes the throne to restore balance, promising to unite the fire court. But not all elementals are happy with his leadership. Many are secretly loyal to Valac, which means Rowan needs to find allies for his cause.


Can Rowan unify the court of fire before the elements destroy the world?


Review:

Thank you Stacey O'Neale for sending me a copy of Fragile Reign. This in no way affected my opinion.

I read Fragile Reign in under 12 hours, I could not put it down. I was beyond excited to dive back into the Mortal Enchantment series and this book did not disappoint. So many exciting things happen but I will not share them as they maybe spoilers. The rotating POV's give us so much more of the world Stacey created and let us see deeper into it. This is one of my all time favorite series. Yes I was kicking myself saying why did I wait so long to read this.

Rowan is this perfectly dark fire element who is the bad boy with a soft spot for Kalin and his kingdom. Kalin is half human half wind element and is the princess of her kingdom. Their love is forbidden since they both are royalty and are betrothed to people among their kingdom's. But deception and games always play a part in every kingdom.

This story will have you twisting and turning and swept up with the beauty of the world Stacey has created. I can not wait to read the final story Eternal Sacrifice. This is a must read for fantasy fans! I give the entire series so far 5 Out of 5 Stars. Go read this series you will not be disappointed and you will say why did I not read this sooner!




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About the Author:

Award-winning author, Stacey O'Neale, lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter. 


Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.


Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.



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Monday, June 20, 2016

Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana ~ Review


Mirror in the Sky by 
Hardcover352 pages
Expected publication: June 21st 2016 
by Razorbill
Source: ARC provided by Publisher
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

Synopsis:

An  evocative debut, perfect for fans of Tommy Wallach's  We All Looked Up, about the discovery of a mirror planet to Earth and how it dramatically changes the course of one Indian-American girl's junior year.
“Beautifully written, surprising and poignant.”
—Lynn Weingarten, New York Times bestselling author of Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls


For Tara Krishnan, navigating Brierly, the academically rigorous prep school she attends on scholarship, feels overwhelming and impossible. Her junior year begins in the wake of a startling discovery: A message from an alternate Earth, light years away, is intercepted by NASA. This means that on another planet, there is another version of Tara, a Tara who could be living better, burning brighter, because of tiny differences in her choices.

The world lights up with the knowledge of Terra Nova, the mirror planet, and Tara’s life on Earth begins to change. At first, small shifts happen, like attention from Nick Osterman, the most popular guy at Brierly, and her mother playing hooky from work to watch the news all day. But eventually those small shifts swell, the discovery of Terra Nova like a black hole, bending all the light around it.

As a new era of scientific history dawns and Tara's life at Brierly continues its orbit, only one thing is clear: Nothing on Earth--or for Tara--will ever be the same again.
 


Review:


Thank you Penguin Young Readers for sending me a copy of Mirror in the Sky for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

I am not a big fan of contemporary but this felt like contemporary with a twist. This book had me craving Indian food so bad. Author Aditi really had you cheering for Tara throughout this story. Tara experiences so much turmoil from her best friend leaving and sending her a really crappy message before she takes off, to making friends with vipers but also learning to see beyond the facade, then her parents are struggling with the concept of Terra Nova and if there other selves never had to give up their dreams. Did the people they love never die?

I was drawn in by the whole concept of there being a Terra Nova undescovered and the way Aditi's writing has people in the story contemplating every decision and how it may have changed the course of their life. Wondering what could your other self being doing at that very moment and for some it makes them go crazy. Then you have the cult leaders trying to draw people in to their rituals and way of thinking. Preying on the weak who are looking for answers.

These all came together in one moving story about a girl who comes into her own and finds out what is really important. I only wish in the end there had been a epilogue. But this is a must read and I am not a huge fan of contemporary so that statement speaks volumes. I was not bored at any point of this story.



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About the Author
Aditi Khorana spent part of her childhood in India, Denmark, and New England. She has a BA in international relations from Brown University and an MA in global media and communications from the Annenberg School for Communication. She has worked as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and most recently as a marketing executive consulting for various Hollywood studios including Fox, Paramount, and Sony.Mirror in the Sky is her first novel. She lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time reading, hiking, and exploring LA’s eclectic and wonderful architecture. For more information, visit aditikhorana.com.





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