Friday, January 13, 2017

ARC Review: Carve The Mark (Veronica Roth)

Carve The Mark
Author: Veronica Roth
Hardcover, 480 pages
Publication Date: January 17th 2017 

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.
Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)

"Honor has no place in survival."

Carve The Mark is an deeply riveting sci-fi thriller with non-stop action, heart-breaking betrayal, and an intense survival story that will keep readers flipping pages right up until the captivating ending.

Carve The Mark is one of the most highly anticipated books of 2017.....and it without a doubt lives up to the hype! I devoured Carve The Mark and cannot wait for readers everywhere to read this fantastic book! 

The first thing that drew me to Veronica Roth's Carve The Mark was it's remarkably gorgeous and intricate cover. Everything about the cover screams "AMAZING!!!" The color and the graphics are just breath-taking. I could literally stare at this gorgeous cover ALL DAY....and once the reader has finished the book and the underlying meaning behind the cover and the name of the book are discovered then everything comes together and the reality of how intense Cyra's world really is...... will stun and haunt you. 

"He would die for his loved ones....
She has to kill for hers....."

Of course, like so many other YA readers out there.....I am a huge fan of Veronica Roth's and when I realized that she had written a new duology I knew that I had to read it and I was not disappointed. I love the YA Sci-Fi and Fantasy genre and Carve The Mark has all the aspects of a great story with it's unique world-building and fascinating main characters. I loved that the female main character, Cyra, is the warrior and heroine of the story. Cyra is strong, independent and yet battling some serious inner demons as well as her evil brother, Ryzek who is the ruler of their world. 

Carve The Mark is told in two POVs: the two main characters, Cyra and Akos. Akos is from another nation that is also ruled by Cyra's tyrant brother, Ryzek and Akos is captured and brought to Cyra's homeland in order to use his currentgift to ease Cyra's currentgift that causes her so much pain. Cyra's currentgift causes her to be in constant pain but at the same time causes her to be incredibly powerful....she can kill anyone with a single touch. In return, Akos is able to remove her pain by a single touch as well. Akos has basically lost everyone he loves but instead of giving up...he is fighting and learning to survive amongst his enemies so that have can save his brother who was also captured and both of them can return back to their homeland. 

I really enjoyed the relationship between Cyra and Akos. I like that the feelings between them were not instantaneous (also know as "insta-love") but actually they grew to like each other over time which makes their relationship so much more believable. 

"Akos touched her face. When he first met her, he thought she was this fearsome thing, this monster he needed to escape. But she had unfurled bit by bit, showing him her wicked humor by waking him with a knife to his throat, talking about herself with unflinching honesty, for better or worse, and loving- so deeply- every little bit of this galaxy, even the parts she was supposed to hate....."

Overall, I just truly loved Carve The Mark! The world of Shotet and Thuvhe that Akos and Cyra live in was a refreshing new "Star Wars-esque" world that really captivated me and I cannot wait to see what happens next in this story.  Kudos, did it again. :)

**The quotes from this book have been taken from an Advanced Reading Copy and are subject to change when the final book is printed. Please refer to the final, finished copy for exact quotes!**

**I want to say Thank You to Katherine Tegen Books for the opportunity to review this book!!**

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: LaLa Land (Book 2 in the Gods of Anthem Series) (Logan Keys)

Logan here! So glad I could share this cover reveal with you all first! Young Adult readers are the very best type of readers in the WORLD! I hope you'll check out my series, and follow me, too, because, there's plenty more YA of all genres soon to come from me to you.

Hey everyone!! I am so excited to be able to reveal the cover for Logan Keys sequel to her amazing book, Gods of Anthem, which is called LaLa Land !!!

Book: LaLa Land
Author: Logan Keys
Publish Date: February 1st, 2017
Publisher: Le Chat Publishing

"I've woken up into a world full of teeth."
Following the best-selling novel Gods of Anthem, La La Land is a must-read for fans of dystopian zombie books, and young adult fiction. Those who enjoyed The Walking Dead, Divergent, or Hunger Games, will love this sequel that delivers an epic tale of survival until the heart-stopping finale.
After the disastrous plague of the undead, one city has been all that's remained...until now.
A second fortress has risen out of the water, a place where things aren't always as they seem, and its leaders covet the last standing city of Anthem for themselves.
Liza, along with fellow prisoner Tommy, will face the new world order once again as these two are forced to pick a side in the war for control over Anthem. The two cities value different things: Power vs. Beauty. What will win? Before now, Liza and Tommy had faced their own battles against the evil regime called Authority, however, this time, the soldier and rebel will search for allies TOGETHER across a destroyed America.
The Last City Series is a monstrous tale about the darkness of humanity, with fresh horror elements that will rock a reader to their core.

Oceans apart, a young musician and a “special” soldier embark on a perilous journey for home fueled by the unyielding pursuit of freedom from the Authority.
Sixteen-year-old prodigy, Liza Randusky, waits imprisoned, blamed for the undead plague that’s slowly destroying the planet. Banished to an island where she’ll never play her beloved piano again, Liza’s steadfast sense of justice and passion for music may have the power to change her destiny. But will it be enough...
To strike back at the new world order, the troubled son of a preacher, Thomas Ripley-Hatter, suffers unspeakable alterations by the Underground to join a secret Army. Tommy knows that all hope lies in human-weapons like himself, and that somehow he must cling to his sanity…while letting loose the monster to win.
The battle begins for the last-standing sliver of humanity: Anthem.

Logan's best-selling Gods of Anthem series is her debut into young-adult dystopian, and she's loving the adventure that world-building brings. Logan began writing horror and poetry early in life, but she says young-adult is swiftly becoming her home. She's currently living on the Island of Oahu in Hawaii with her husband, children, and fur-child Lola. Even though it's a tropical setting, her writing remains the same moody narrative she's always enjoyed. 

One winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card (International)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Excerpt, & Giveaway: You Don't Know My Name (Kristen Orlando)

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Displaying Final Cover.jpgYOU DON'T KNOW MY NAME (The Black Angel Chronicles #1)
Author: Kristen Orlando
Pub. Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Fighter, Faker, Student, Spy.
Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan.
Now Reagan has to decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she's always wanted? And does she even have a choice at all?
Find out if you are ready to join the Black Angels in the captivating and emotional page-turner, You Don't Know My Name, from debut novelist Kristen Orlando!

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Writing is one of the great loves of my life (with bacon mac and cheese, Netflix binges and PJs also in the mix). My childhood in Columbus, Ohio was spent reading every single Baby-Sitter’s Club book ever written and acting out imaginary tragedies in my room (complete with costumes and props) until a really embarrassing age. I started writing plays for my younger cousins as soon as they were all old enough to act (The Spoiled Princess may be a personal favorite) and haven’t stopped writing since. After graduating from Kenyon College with a B.A. in English Literature, I’ve been lucky enough to make writing my career; first as a television producer, then as a marketer and now as a novelist.

I flip open the keypad and punch in the six-digit code, unlocking the secret door to our basement. My feet pound down the stairs, relieved to find the basement empty and cold. I head straight for the punching dummy, rage bubbling and burning my skin. My hands are shaking. I can’t even be bothered to put on training gloves. All I want to do is smash the dummy’s face.

I tear off my jacket and throw it to the floor. A piece of paper flies from a pocket and pinwheels to the ground.

It’s folded, its edges torn. I pick it up, unfold it, and recognize the half-cursive, half-printed handwriting immediately. Luke’s. Inside the note are four words. I’m falling for you. I hold the note in my hand and read the words over and over again. The tears I’ve been struggling to contain rise, burning the corners of my eyes.

“No,” I whisper and close my eyes. “Please, no.”

I breathe in once, twice, then attack the dummy. Punch after punch after punch the dummy bounces back to me, mocking my strength, unmoved by my rage.

You’re leaving him, you’re leaving him, my mind hisses with every violent punch.

The tears crawling up my throat finally break free, rolling hot and thick down my face. I don’t swallow them or fight them or even brush them off my face. For the first time in years, I let them fall.

Through glassy eyes, I hit the dummy again and again until I cannot take him coming back to me one more time. “Goddammit!” I scream and shove the dummy with so much strength, it falls with a deafening crash to the floor.

Pain shoots sharp and searing through my muscles, sending me to my knees.

“Please don’t,” I whisper as the tears fall faster and turn into full-body sobs.

Please don’t take me away from him. 

3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of YOU DON’T KNOW MY NAME, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/2/2017- BookHounds YA- Interview

1/3/2017- A Gingerly Review- Review

1/4/2017- Novel Novice- Guest Post

1/5/2017- YA Book Nerd- Review

1/6/2017- Brittany's Book Rambles- Interview

Week Two:

1/9/2017- Ohana Reads- Review

1/10/2017- Curling Up With A Good Book- Excerpt

1/11/2017- Bookwyrming Thoughts- Review

1/12/2017- The Cover Contessa- Interview

1/13/2017- I Heart Romance & YA- Review

Rockstar Book Tours Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Roseblood (A.G. Howard)

I am so excited that ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard releases today and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author A.G. Howard, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed ROSEBLOOD poster and a mask courtesy of A.G. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:

Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: January 10, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

About A.G. Howard

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would've happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.
When she's not writing, A.G.'s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a signed ROSEBLOOD poster and a Mask. US Only.

Ends on January 17th at Midnight EST!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: Poison's Kiss (Breeana Shields)

Author: Breeana Shields

Pub. Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves. This commercial YA fantasy is romantic and addictive like-- a poison kiss-- and will thrill fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard.
Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya a poison maiden is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.
Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.
This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. 

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Breeana Shields graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English.
Her debut young adult fantasy, POISON’S KISS, will be released from Random House in 2017 with a sequel to follow in 2018.
When she’s not writing about herself in the third person, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, her three children and an extremely spoiled miniature poodle.

"A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss....
Until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves."

The first thing that drew my attention to this book was the gorgeous and seductive cover art of Poison's Kiss. WOW...That cover is AMAZING! and then  I read the synopsis and KNEW I had to have this one....and it did not disappoint. I was mesmerized from the first page to the last and cannot wait to read the conclusion!!

The main character, Marinda, is a visha kanya also known as a poison maiden. She was raised and trained to be a lethal weapon against her enemies and her kiss is lethal and kills the victim within minutes. Marinda has served the Raja for as long as she can remember and killing is all she has ever known. In return for working for the Raja, Marinda is paid with medicine that treats her younger brother, Mani, and keeps him alive. 

Marinda has never doubted her job nor has she ever been given a reason to question her orders.....until she meets Deven. Shortly after Marinda begins to build a friendship with Deven...she is told he is her next assignment. She must kill Deven or risk defying the Raja and her brother no longer receiving treatment for his deathly illness. What choice will she make? Defy the Raja? Save Deven? or continue to be the killer she was trained to be....

"But Deven makes me feel reckless. And just for one day I want to know what it feels like to be the girl he thinks I am."

I literally loved everything about this book. Poison's Kiss is full of romance, suspense, action, and unforgivable betrayal. There are so many secrets that have been kept from Marinda and she is faced with so much emotional turmoil while still trying to save the ones she loves. 

I also loved the Indian folklore that is intertwined within the story and even enjoyed reading how the author, Breeana Shields, researched and learned all the different myths and legends that she used as references within Poison's Kiss. 

Poison's Kiss is addictive, riveting, and beautifully written. It is pages full of mystery and suspense and I couldn't wait to turn the page to find out what happened next. 

"Love Is Lethal"

3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of POISON’S KISS, US Only.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/2/2017- Literary Meanderings - Interview

1/3/2017- Fiction Fare- Review

1/4/2017- It Starts at Midnight- Excerpt

1/5/2017- One Night Book Stand- Review

1/6/2017- Brooke- Reports- Interview

Week Two:

1/9/2017- Curling Up With A Good Book- Review

1/10/2017- Brittany's Book Rambles- Guest Post

1/11/2017- Parajunkee- Review

1/12/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

1/13/2017- IceyBooks- Quote Candy

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Flicker and Mist (Mary G Thompson)

Author: Mary G. Thompson
Pub. Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Clarion Books
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Romance, intrigue, and plenty of action are woven into a rich and suspenseful narrative in this powerful YA fantasy. The mixed-race heroine Myra is a Flickerkin and can flicker (become invisible) at will. She hasn’t cultivated or revealed this ability, since Flickerkin are persecuted as potential criminals and spies. When invisible people become tricksters and then murderers, Myra’s Flickerkin heritage becomes a deadly secret, putting her relationship with the leader’s son—and her own life—in jeopardy. Loyalties shift and difficult choices are made before Myra understands who she wants to be.

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Mary G. Thompson was raised in Cottage Grove and Eugene, OR. She was a practicing attorney for more than seven years, including almost five years in the US Navy, and is now a law librarian in Washington, DC. She received her BA from Boston University, her JD from the University of Oregon, and her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School.

With my head down and my eyes flooded with tears, I nearly ran smack into the Deputy. He stood blocking our way out of the Council box. Four guardsmen stood behind him.

“Excuse me, Your Excellency,” said my father.

“I’m sorry, Donray,” the Deputy said. The guardsman Brach made a little motion as if tipping a nonexistent hat, his sarcasm apparent.

“For what are you sorry?” my father asked coldly.

“We must take you into custody for the charges.”

We both stared at him. My father kept a hand on my shoulder.

“It’s for your own safety, Donray,” the Deputy said. “In light of this attack, the public will not tolerate it if a man who has harbored a Flickerkin walks free.” My mother’s words flashed before me. The Deputy again pretended he was forced to act.

My father’s hand tightened on my shoulder.

“You don’t need to worry about Miss Hailfast,” the Deputy said. “She will come live with me. I will personally see that she is taken care of in the manner appropriate for a Member’s daughter.”

My blood froze. Live with the Deputy?

“I am no threat to anyone,” my father said quietly. “My daughter does not deserve to have both her parents taken away.”

“I’m sorry,” the Deputy said again.

“The Council can’t have voted in the last five minutes,” said my father.

“They have already voted on the charges, Donray,” said the Deputy. “No further vote is needed.”

A wall of men, the Deputy and the four guardsmen, faced us. There was no way for us to escape what they called justice. My father turned to me. “Myra, I will not let this continue. I will be back before you know it.”

“Poppa, no,” I said. But I could do nothing.

3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of FLICKER AND MIST, US Only.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

12/26/2016- Twinning for Books- Interview

12/27/2016- Seeing Double In Neverland- Review

12/28/2016- Wandering Bark Books- Guest Post

12/29/2016- Fiktshun- Review

12/30/2016- YA Book Madness- Interview

Week Two:

1/2/2017- Fiction Fare- Review

1/3/2017- A Gingerly Review- Excerpt

1/4/2017- Curling Up With A Good Book - Excerpt

1/5/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

1/6/2017- Nerdophiles- Review

Saturday, November 26, 2016

HarperCollins Children's Book Review: Prissy & Pop Deck The Halls (Melissa Nicholson)

Prissy & Pop Deck The Halls
Author: Melissa Nicholson
Hardcover, 32 pages
Publish Date: September 20th, 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins

Deck the halls with Instagram sensations Prissy and Pop (@prissy_pig) in their second photographic picture book adventure!
It's Christmastime, and Prissy and Pop are preparing for Santa’s arrival. They’re trimming the tree, baking cookies, and singing carols. But wait—they forgot to send Santa directions to their house! Will they have a merry piggie Christmas after all?

Melissa Nicholson graduated from the University of Alabama and is a first-grade teacher at the prestigious Bolles School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Since adopting her two micro-pigs, Priscilla and Poppleton, she has documented their exciting life in North Florida on the Instagram account @Prissy_Pig, which now has over 611,000 followers. She's also established their own online store that features everything from baby onesies to coffee mugs to cell-phone cases, which you can visit at

"The best part of Christmas is you!" Two little piggies say together.

Prissy & Pop Deck The Halls is an adorable children's book that tells the story of two little pigs, Prissy and Pop, as they get ready for Christmas and Santa's visit. 

Everyone who reads this cute book is going to fall in love with the two adorable piggies, Prissy & Pop. Each page of the book is filled with bright, colorful christmas-themed photos featuring Prissy & Pop. Kids will love getting to see a new holiday themed photo with each turn of the page and what Prissy & Pop are going to do next.

Prissy & Pop Deck The Halls shows that everyone gets excited about Christmas and Santa coming to visit....even piggies!!!!

Prissy & Pop is the perfect Christmas book for parents to curl up with their kids and get them in the Christmas spirit! 

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~Praise for Prissy & Pop Deck The Halls~

“The costumes and props are all cheerfully Christmas-y, and the piggies are undeniably cute.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

“...pig lovers will get a kick out of this stocking stuffer.” ~ School Library Journal

“...readers not charmed by these expressive pigs might want to check that their hearts aren’t made of coal.” ~ Publishers Weekly