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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

[ARC REVIEW] The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead

The Immortal Crown

Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: Adult Dystopian, Sci-fi, Mythology
Series: Book 2, Age of X series
Expected publication: May 29th 2014 by Dutton Adult
ARC Source: Publisher through Netgalley
Pre-order from: Amazon | The Book Depository
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Academy and Bloodline series returns with the second installment in her acclaimed Age of X series.

Gameboard of the Gods introduced religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him. Together they have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside the Republic of United North America and out. With this highly classified knowledge comes a shocking revelation: Not only are the gods vying for human control, but the elect—special humans marked by the divine—are turning against one another in bloody fashion.

Their mission takes a new twist when they are assigned to a diplomatic delegation headed by Lucian Darling, Justin’s old friend and rival, going into Arcadia, the RUNA’s dangerous neighboring country. Here, in a society where women are commodities and religion is intertwined with government, Justin discovers powerful forces at work, even as he struggles to come to terms with his own reluctantly acquired deity.

Meanwhile, Mae—grudgingly posing as Justin’s concubine—has a secret mission of her own: finding the illegitimate niece her family smuggled away years ago. But with Justin and Mae resisting the resurgence of the gods in Arcadia, a reporter’s connection with someone close to Justin back home threatens to expose their mission—and with it the divine forces the government is determined to keep secret.

I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


The Immortal Crown exceeded my expectations. If Gameboard of the Gods was amazing, this sequel is even more so. Richelle Mead took sci-fi and mythology to a new level. Action-packed, daring, mysterious and shocking, The Immortal Crown is definitely an excellent read.

[BOOK BLAST + Giveaway] The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

Welcome to the official book blast for The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes!

The Art of Lainey

Author: Paula Stokes
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: May 20th 2014 by HarperTeen

Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing boyfriend, Jason, when he suddenly breaks up with her—no reasons, no warning, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever it takes to get Jason back.

And that’s when the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, they’re sure they can use the book to lure Jason back into Lainey’s arms. So Lainey channels her inner warlord, recruiting spies to gather intel and persuading her coworker Micah to pose as her new boyfriend to make Jason jealous. After a few “dates”, it looks like her plan is going to work! But now her relationship with Micah is starting to feel like more than just a game.

What’s a girl to do when what she wants is totally different from what she needs? How do you figure out the person you’re meant to be with, if you’re still figuring out the person you’re meant to be?

Paula Stokes is half writer, half RN, and totally thrilled to be part of the world of YA literature. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where she graduated from Washington University and the Goldfarb School of Nursing. When she’s not writing, she’s kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. Paula loves interacting with readers! Find her online at www.authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.




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Monday, May 19, 2014

{BLOG TOUR: Excerpt + Giveaway} Exodus 2022 by Kenneth G. Bennett

Welcome to my stop at the Exodus 2022 Book Tour! This is a new sci-fi thriller book by author Kenneth G. Bennett and will be released tomorrow, May 20th. Yay! But before it hit the stores, let's take a sneak peek on Exodus 2022. There's also a giveaway at the bottom of the post so be sure to enter for a chance to win. ^__^

I'd also like to thank Vanya of YA Story Teller for hosting and organizing this book tour. It's a job well done, Vanya. You're amazing! Congratulations! 

Exodus 2022

Author: Kenneth G. Bennett
Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller (pre-apocalypse)
Audience: NA/Adult
Release date: May 20th, 2014
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
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Joe Stanton is in agony. Out of his mind over the death of his young daughter. Or so it seems.

Unable to contain his grief, Joe loses control in public, screaming his daughter’s name and causing a huge scene at a hotel on San Juan Island in Washington State. Thing is, Joe Stanton doesn’t have a daughter. Never did. And when the authorities arrive they blame the 28-year-old’s outburst on drugs.

What they don’t yet know is that others up and down the Pacific coast—from the Bering Sea to the Puget Sound—are suffering identical, always fatal mental breakdowns.

With the help of his girlfriend—the woman he loves and dreams of marrying—Joe struggles to unravel the meaning of the hallucination destroying his mind. As the couple begins to perceive its significance—and Joe’s role in a looming global calamity—they must also outwit a billionaire weapons contractor bent on exploiting Joe’s newfound understanding of the cosmos, and outlast the time bomb ticking in Joe’s brain.


The heart’s not beating. The heart is still.


“No!” Joe twisted and writhed, twitched and moaned. His face paled and a slick glaze of sweat coated his forehead. 

“She’s dead!” he cried, his voice a guttural, strangled gurgle. A sound Ella barely recognized. 

She gripped him by his shoulders. Shook him. “Joe! It’s me! You’re having a bad dream. Wake up.”

Joe stirred, and suddenly people up and down the beach were yelling. 

For a moment, Ella thought they’d heard her worried cries and were yelling at her. But everyone was staring at the water. Pointing and smiling and cheering.

“Whales!” someone shouted. And Ella saw them.

Joe rose slowly to a sitting position and shook off his nightmare. 

“Whales,” said Ella, holding Joe tightly, clutching his hands in hers. She didn’t like how cold his hands felt. 

Tourists up and down the beach snapped pictures as a pod of orcas rolled through the sunlit channel. 

A park ranger stepped from the lighthouse and trained a pair of binoculars on the pod.

“It’s just like yesterday,” said Ella, glad that Joe was awake, glad to have something to look at and talk about to take his mind off his nightmare and the day’s events.

Joe was silent as he watched the whales. “Yesterday?” he said at last. “What’s like yesterday?”

“Well…the whales,” Ella replied. “Only, not quite as good, right? Had front-row seats yesterday. You especially.” She glanced up and down the beach. “How many of these people have ever touched a whale, huh?”

Joe’s body went so completely still that Ella let go of him and scooted around so that she could get a better look at his face. It was a face lined with worry and fear.

“Joe?” She took his hands and he stared past her. The whales were moving away now, steadily, in formation, soon to vanish around the point.

Joe said, “Talk about yesterday.”

“When we saw the whales,” said Ella. “You know. When we were kayaking. They came up under our boats. They were all around us. You touched one.”

Joe kept his eyes on the whales. They rolled on, finally disappearing from sight. The tourists turned back to the lighthouse, and the excited chatter faded. 

Ella held Joe in her arms again. After a long time, she said, “Sweetie…are you not remembering what happened yesterday?”

“Not a bit of it,” he replied, shaking his head. “Nothing.” He sounded close to tears.

Ella squeezed his hand. “It’s gonna be fine. You’re gonna be fine. But I think we better head for the ferry.”

“Yeah. I think you’re right.”


Kenneth G. Bennett is the author of the young adult novels, THE GAIA WARS and BATTLE FOR CASCADIA, and the new sci-fi thriller, EXODUS 2022. A wilderness enthusiast who loves backpacking, skiing and kayaking, Ken enjoys mysteries, science fiction, action adventure stories and, most especially, novels that explore the relationship between humans and the wild. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son and two hyperactive Australian Shepherds.

THE GAIA WARS series was optioned for film by Identity Films, LA in 2012, and both GAIA and BATTLE have been featured as Top 100 Bestsellers in Teen Literature and Fiction on Amazon. Kirkus Reviews called THE GAIA WARS “A solid first entry of a promising, imaginative new young-adult fantasy series featuring a well-crafted character.”

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

[REVIEW] Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil


Life in Outer Space

Author: Melissa Keil
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: February 1st 2013 by Hardie Grant Egmont
Source: ARC won from Dianne @ Oops! I Read A Book Again
Purchase from: Amazon | The Book Depository
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Sam Kinnison is a geek, and he’s totally fine with that. He has his horror movies, his nerdy friends, World of Warcraft – and until Princess Leia turns up in his bedroom, he doesn’t have to worry about girls

Then Sam meets Camilla. She’s beautiful, friendly and completely irrelevant to his life. Sam is determined to ignore her, except that Camilla has a life of her own – and she’s decided that he’s going to be part of it.

Sam believes that everything he needs to know he can learn from the movies ... but now it looks like he’s been watching the wrong ones.

To Dianne of Oops! I Read A Book Again: Thanks for this ARC copy. Sorry it took so long before I got to read and review LiOS! 

This. Book. Is. Amazing. It's fun and light and quirky. I like the dialogue, the story itself, the use of geeky references. I like the humor and wit of the characters. I like Sam's geekiness. It's believable and not at all exaggerated. And he's not ashamed of being a geek. Sure, he and his friends try to fly under the A-group radar, but he wears his geekiness proudly. Speaking of his friends, I think Mike, Adrian and Allison are also awesome. They're different kinds of geeks but they all get along well and Sam couldn't have wished for better friends than these three.

And then there's Camilla. Pretty and friendly and kind Camilla. The new girl with the British accent. And who lived in New York. And bumped elbows with famous musicians. She's way out of Sam's league and seems to exist in a different plane altogether but surprises of surprises, she becomes his friend! And that's the end of it.

Or not.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

[ARC REVIEW] All Those Broken Angels by Peter Adam Salomon

All Those Broken Angels

Author: Peter Adam Salomon
Genre: YA Contemporary, Paranormal, Mystery
Expected publication: September 8th 2014 by Flux
ARC Source: Publisher through Netgalley
Pre-order from: Amazon | The Book Depository
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Comforted by a shadow. Haunted by the truth.

Richard Anderson was the last person to see his friend Melanie alive. She vanished when they were six and while the police never found Melanie, a part of her remained—a living shadow that is now Richard’s closest friend.

For ten years, Richard has never questioned the shadow that keeps him company . . . until a new girl moves to town, claiming to be Melanie. Desperate to prove the girl is a fake, the shadow leads Richard to the place where her killer buried her bones. But Richard finds skeletons from several different children . . . and evidence suggesting that perhaps the shadow isn't who she says she is.

Honestly, I was a bit disappointed. All Those Broken Angels wasn't horrible, really. I guess I just expected too much and it fell short of my expectations.

First of all, I liked the writing. This book is written so beautifully, there's no doubt about that. The words have a poetic quality to them and it greatly added to the overall mysterious effect of the novel.

But my fondness for this book ends there.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

[REVIEW] Prey by Rachel Vincent


Prey

Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Book 4, Shifters series
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
Published: Published July 1st 2009 by Mira Books
Purchase from: Amazon | The Book Depository
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Sometimes playing cat and mouse is no game...

Play? Right. My Pride is under fire from all sides, my father's authority is in question and my lover is in exile. Which means I haven't laid eyes on Marc's gorgeous face in months. And with a new mother and an I-know-everything teenager under my protection, I don't exactly have time to fantasize about ever seeing him again.

Then our long-awaited reunion is ruined by a vicious ambush by strays. Now our group is under attack, Marc is missing and I will need every bit of skill and smarts to keep my family from being torn apart. Forever.



 




I didn't know you had it in you, Ms. Vincent. I never thought you could break my heart like that.

Prey honestly surprised me. I know that Rachel Vincent's Shifters series is really good and I enjoyed the three books so far that I've read. But this fourth one blew me. There's more action, more romance, more

Saturday, May 3, 2014

{BOOK BLITZ: Excerpt + Giveaway} Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver

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Dead Girl Walking

by Ruth Silver
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Adventure
Series: Book 1, Royal Reaper series
Published by: Patchwork Press
http://royalreaper.com
Dead Girl Walking
Forget everything you know about grim reapers.

Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered.

Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death.




“Forget everything you know about grim reapers, Ophelia. Humans have it wrong. It’s easier to believe in angels and demons, than to see what’s right in front of you. Who wants to believe the undead walk among us with beating hearts? It would frighten humans. It would probably send many to their graves faster,” Edon said.


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Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of ABERRANT, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing. Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy young adult stories. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.



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