Saturday, November 12, 2016

Flashfall Blog Tour Stop + GIVEAWAY


Hi all. I really wanted to get to this book before my tour stop, but, unfortunately, life got in the way as it often does. But I still wanted to tell you about the book and get the word out there. AND, there are people on this blog tour that did in fact review it already, so please check out the rest of the tour.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Goodreads rating: 4.23
Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication: November 15th 2016 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Series: Flashfall #1
Genre: YA sci-fi dystopian

Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jenny is the author of YA sci-fi/fantasy FLASHFALL, coming from Macmillan/Holt 11-15-16. She lives with her filmmaker husband and their three boys in Des Moines.  

Find out more at http://www.jennymoyer.com and connect with Jenny on Twitter and Facebook.









GIVEAWAY

PRIZE: Win a signed hardcover of FLASHFALL by Jenny Moyer, a Flashfall t-shirt, exclusive patches from the book trailer, a pair of “Follow your dreams” socks, a carabiner and glow wristbands (US Only)


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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Nemesis Blog Tour: Review of Nemesis (Nemesis #1) by Anna Banks + GIVEAWAY


I'm very excited to be a part of the Nemesis blog tour! I've read Anna Banks' other series and couldn't wait to get my hands on her new book. Before that, check out the rest of the tour HERE.

And now for my review!

Goodreads rating: 4.0
Genre: YA fantasy (w/ Egyptian mythology!)
Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication: October 4th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
Series: Nemesis #1

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?


I'm still not quite sure how I feel about this book. It was very unique (anything with Egyptian mythology is bound to be) and engaging for most of the time, but I couldn't help feeling that the author was trying too hard. I've read her other series, and the moment I picked up this book, it was everything but what I'd expected. Her last series was funny and paranormal, while this book felt like the opposite. There were some funny quips, and the characters were very fleshed. But I couldn't help thinking that the author was trying too hard to be a fantasy writer, especially in the beginning. I wish I knew how to explain it better, but it's why it took me so long to read this book. 

The two main characters were very different people, but also the same, something this author does very well. I didn't mind that it was from both of their points of view, but I wish she'd stuck to either first or third. I think the most fun part, though, was the mythology she incorporated. I don't know a lot about Egyptian culture, but the author really made it come to life for me. And while I wish there'd been a little more world-building in a show not tell kind of way, I was glad to see that it flowed pretty seamlessly into the narrative. I also wish there could've been a little more backstory on Sepora's life (like who she was friends with, etc). Her departure, while not sudden at first, began to feel sudden because of who she turned out to be. She believes greatly in loyalty, but left her own country for selfish reasons. Teenagers, am I right?

All in all, this was a gripping read. It was a little slow in the beginning, but there has to be time made for world-building. I also loved the tension that formed between the two main characters, and I can't wait to see how it's all going to turn out!

*Pre-orders will receive an exclusive NEMESIS print and a NEMESIS bath bomb.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR!

Anna Banks is the NYT Bestselling YA author of The Syrena Legacy series: OF POSEIDON (2012), OF TRITON (2013), OF NEPTUNE (2014).

Repped by rockstar Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency.

I live with my husband and daughter in the Florida Panhandle. I have a southern accent compared to New Yorkers, and I enjoy food cooked with real fat. I can’t walk in high heels, but I’m very good at holding still in them. If you put chocolate in front of me, you must not have wanted it in the first place.

Favorite Books:

Shatter Me, Cinder, Linger, Shiver, Forever, Pushing the Limits, Unravel Me,Shadow and Bone, Enclave, Divergent, Candor, Graceling, Fire, The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Host, Most of James Patterson, and Janet Evanovich makes me laugh through my nose in an unfeminine sort of way.

Visit Anna’s website, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.


GIVEAWAY

1 winner will receive a finished copy of NEMESIS. US Only.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Vanishing Throne Blog Tour: Review + Guest Post + Giveaway


I'm so excited to be kicking off this blog tour! I recently finished the first book and completely fell in love with the world and its characters. There's a lot of exciting stuff in this post, but first I'm going to review the first book.

Goodreads rating: 3.78
Paperback, 378 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Chronicle Books
Genre: YA paranormal steampunk fantasy

She's a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

She's a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she's leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense thesìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She's a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She's a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother's murder—but she'll have to save the world first.

The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller combines romance and action, steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.


SO GOOD!!! Also, SWOON!

I can't believe I waited this long to start this series. I'd heard good thing about the first book, so when I got the chance to be on the blog tour for the second book, I decided it was time to start this series. And I'm so glad I did! There was nonstop action from the very beginning that held until the very end, something I'm always grateful for in a fantasy. Our main character is such a badass, but also so multifaceted and relatable. I honestly felt like both of these things are what a lot of fantasies are missing these days, and I was so happy to find such wonderful qualities in this book. The writing was witty and fun at times, but with a delicious undertone of what the characters has faced and were going to face. I always find it fun to read when the characters are trying to lead their normal lives while simultaneously doing something extraordinary.

Something else I really liked about this book was that it wasn't just one thing. The story could've fit in any sort of setting, so the author did just that. It's a fantasy, but it's also historical and steampunk and paranormal. And even though this sounds like a lot, it worked so well together. It also helped to have a great cast of characters, although I wish I got to see more of Aileana's friend Catherine. I appreciated how Aileana's character was developed, and also how her relationship with Gavin wasn't a love triangle. At first I thought it was going to be, but I was happy to be proved wrong. Because I completely fell in love with Kiaran! I know he has all these secrets and a long, dark past, but he obviously has some sort of feelings for Aileana. That was such an awful cliffhanger, so I'm so glad that I have the second book in my hands already. I can't wait to see what happens!

Starting the sequel right now!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

This Is Where It Ends 'Every Moment Counts' Challenge

Hi all. This is a bit of a somber post because of the recent mass killing in Orlando, Florida, but this is an issue very close to my heart. And I think, now, close to all of our hearts. What I'm posting about today is a book that should really speak for itself (which I'll let it do in a moment) called This Is Where It Ends, and then I'm highlighting a challenge we should all try to take seriously this summer.


ABOUT THE BOOK + AUTHOR

Goodreads rating: 3.66
285 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire

10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.

Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


Marieke Nijkamp is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, and geek. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies and is the founder of DiversifYA, and a founding contributor to YA Misfits. She lives in the Netherlands. Visit her at mariekenijkamp.com.




ABOUT THE CHALLENGE



Here's the sign-up page for the challenge, where it highlights what you can have a chance to win if you participate.
Here's how to post about it on social media. This page describing the challenge can do it much more justice than I, so please take a look and consider signing up.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Ivory and Bone Blog Tour: Review of Ivory and Bone (Ivory and Bone #1) by Julie Eshbaugh + GIVEAWAY


Hello lovely followers! I'm very excited to be a part of the blog tour for Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh! I'm slowly trying to push myself back into the blogging world, and these kinds of posts really help.

You can find the rest of the blog tour HERE.

First, here's the book information and my review!


Goodreads rating: 4.00
Publisher: HarperTeen
Expected publication: June 7th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Retellings, Fiction

A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.


This book was...weird. And I still haven't decided yet whether that's a good weird or a bad weird. I'm going to attempt to write a cohesive review, but know going in that the negatives are about equal with the positives.

I think the first thing that threw me off was the tag line on the back of the ARC: "a sweeping prehistoric fantasy debut with allusions to Pride and Prejudice." That's a pretty tall order to fill (mostly the P+P part), and once those allusions started to become obvious, I got a little bored. That's always the problem with a retelling, though, and the author did find ways to throw in a couple of surprises. The thing is, a lot of times the ideas in YA are great and the execution of them turn out disappointing, but I don't believe this was much of a doable idea in the first place. Believe me, I know that was harsh; I cringed as I wrote it because I like to believe that there are no bad ideas, just like there are no stupid questions.

Mostly, my beef with this is that the way they spoke was too Victorian, even though it was supposed to be prehistoric. Plus, the customs seemed ridiculous for their situation (though I freely admit to the fact that I haven't studied this time in history except for what they teach in schools and have no idea what life was really like back then). It seems like it was more of a time for a simple life of hunting and gathering rather than high society traditions and drama. I have to try to be lenient with this point, though, because it's not like the author could make them grunt at each other, but if you're going to label it prehistoric... I guess I was just hoping for something different in the speech aspect.

The second thing that threw me off was that it's a story being told to the girl who's a gender-swapped version of Mr Darcy. So when the main character Kol (Elizabeth Bennet) was talking about her, he was always saying "you". Like, you crested over the hill, or you were being a crazy person. It was totally unnerving at times, when I really just wanted to read the story. It also doesn't really fit the P+P comparison because Elizabeth would've never told the story to Darcy, so it made Kol seem like a bit of a lovesick fool from the get-go.

I liked the beginning and the ending a lot because the Pride and Prejudice allusions were few and far between. Honestly, I think the author chose the wrong allusions to focus on--then again, I've watched the BBC version about 5 times, which if you know anything about it, that's a bit of a feat considering I only bought it 6 months ago and the running time is 5-6 hours. But I did fall in love with the landscape, and I appreciated the entire cast of characters. Mr Darcy (I mean, Mya) was a very strong, stubborn woman, and I liked her style! There really were some high points of excitement in this novel, and honestly I think I might have liked it more if I hadn't been told off-the-bat that there were P+P allusions.

I'm not sure how this will be a series, but I might be inspired to read them depending on what they're about. It would be interesting to see if they're still prehistoric but have allusions to other Jane Austen novels, or maybe even the Bronte sisters.

I give the author kudos for this idea, it just fell a little flat for me. But if you're looking for a light fantasy and are really looking forward to a prehistoric P+P, then this book is definitely for you!


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