Release Day Blitz: Ever the Brave

EVER THE BRAVE by Erin Summerill is now available!! I’m so excited to participate in this Release Day Blitz for one of my favorite local authors! A HUGE Thank You to Rockstar Book Tours for letting me be a part of today’s Release Day Blitz!!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Erin Summerill, be sure to check out all the details below.

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 About Ever the Brave

9780544664463_hresTitleEVER THE BRAVE (Clash of Kingdoms #2)

AuthorErin Summerill

Pub. DateDecember 5, 2017

PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers

Pages464

FormatsHardcover, eBook

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Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.

After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.


Excerpt

The king and his men ride away into the Ever Woods.

Gillian sweeps in, face beaming. I want to shake her shoulders and erase that smile. I slam the door.

“You look murderous.” Gillian spins around, her skirts swishing against the stone.

“I am.”

A blink. “You don’t like the dresses?”

“Really? You’ve been living with me for a month.”

“Right. So they’re not your usual choice, but they’re variety. Something different form brown trousers.

“They’re for the Royal Winter Feast Ball. He wants to sprinkle royal dust on me and make me noble.”

Gillian presses her hands to her cheeks and pretends to swoon.

“Stop it,” I snap.

She flounces into the bedroom and lifts a rose dress from the bed. That grin. Seeds. She’s as mad as the King Aodren.

The pull to the king, still taut in my chest, halves my attention from her squealing prattle. I press my palm to my sternum. I’d give anything to be free of him. To be able to live in peace on Papa’s land. But I don’t know how to break the bond.

If Enat were still alive — the thought flattens me — she’d know what to do. She’d tell me how to free myself from King Aodren. He’s been gone for five minutes, and I can still pick out his location in the Ever Woods.

I pound my fist on the door. I have to figure out a way to rid myself of the bond. I have to.

Gillian jerks to a stop. “It’s not the end of the world.”

I start to respond, but an answering rush of something strange and shuddery slips under the surface of my skin. I lurch, cradling my suddenly clammy hand, eyeing Gillian, then the door with growing alarm. Unease spreads from the top of my head to my heels, a drop of poison fanning through a jar of ale.

I’ve felt this way before.

“What is it?” Gillian’s fists crinkle a rose-colored gown. Breath suddenly short, I yank the door open and stare deep into the Evers. The breeze’s icy fingers caress my face. There’s nothing to see, but something is very wrong.

“The king.”


About Erin

ErinErin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of EVER THE BRAVE, US Only.

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The Chaos of Standing Still Guest Post

This cover and then synopsis got me when I saw the opportunity to sign up for this blog tour. There are so many interesting concepts stated in this YA Contemporary’s synopsis that you can’t help but want to read it. It’s definitely on my TBR List.

A big Thank You to Fantastic Flying Book Club for picking me to participate in the The Chaos of Standing Still Blog Tour! I’ve really enjoyed working with them and can’t wait to see what other tours they’ll be hosting in the coming months! If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, you are missing out!


About The Chaos of Standing Still

TTBTLTitle: The Chaos of Standing Still

Author: Jessica Brody

Pub. Date: November 28, 2017

Publisher:  Simon Pulse

Pages: 320

 

 

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Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel from the author of Boys of Summer.

Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.

She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.

And his name is Xander.

When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.

Ryn can’t move on.

But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.

As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us—and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.


Guest Post

Uncovering a Conspiracy

Five years after I moved to Colorado, when I was sixteen years old, a brand new airport opened in Denver. Denver International Airport (or DIA to the locals) was built in the middle of the nowhere. Literally. Miles and miles away from downtown, surrounded by…well, nothing.

I remember asking my dad, “Why do we need a new airport? The old one seems fine to me.” He simply shrugged and said he didn’t know. “And why is it so far away?” I asked. He didn’t know the answer to that either.

Apparently I wasn’t the only one asking these kinds of questions.

Conspiracy theorists were asking them too.

Why did Denver need a new airport?

Some people claim it didn’t.

Why is it in the middle of nowhere?

Some people claim it’s because the airport is actually a secret headquarters for the New World Order.

Or a post-apocalyptic fall-out shelter for the global elite.

Or a future location for a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Concentration Camp.

Or an underground bunker from which the Illuminati will bring about the end of the world.

These are only some of the speculations surrounding our beautiful remote airport.

But I didn’t really discover any of these conspiracy theories until a few years ago when my husband and I found a documentary about the airport on the Travel Channel.

I’m not normally one to believe in conspiracy theories—as an author I’m fascinated by them—but I’m not necessarily a “believer.” But some of these were just too weird to pass up.

So I decided to explore on my next trip through the airport.

Sure enough, there they all were. In plain sight:

A mural depicting the end of the world, starring a gas-masked Nazis stabbing a dove of peace.

A time capsule attributed to a strange organization called the “New World Airport Comission”.

Mysterious engravings in the tile floor that may or may not reference a biological weapon called Australia Antigen.

A giant red-eyed demon horse standing guarding just outside the airport entrance.

Seriously?

That was my reaction. SERIOUSLY?!!!

But after that, I sort of just chalked it up to a quirky attraction of our city and forgot about it.

Until 2015. When I got the idea to write a novel set entirely inside the Denver Airport. I wanted to challenge myself to write a book that not only took place in a single, enclosed location, but also a book that took place in a single day.

The Chaos of Standing Still was the result of that challenge.

It’s about a teen girl, Ryn Gilbert, who gets trapped inside the Denver Airport for twenty four hours due to a massive blizzard, during which she meets an eccelectic cast of character—including a cute boy in a Muppet shirt named Xander—who unwittingly help her deal with her unresolved grief over the death of her best friend who died in a car crash one year ago.

And I knew, right away, that no book set in the Denver Airport would be complete without the conspiracies. So back to the airport I went, this time with my camera. And I set out to document all of the weird conspiracy stuff for myself. I also read every blog post I could find on the subject. I rewatched the documentary. I even ventured into a few conspiracy websites. Then I tried to cram everything I found into this book.

Essentially, during her all-night adventure in the Denver Airport, I sent the main character, Ryn, on a scavenger hunt to try to find all of these clues. And I had a blast writing it.

But implementing these conspiracies into my work of fiction, definitely didn’t help me clarify whether or not they were true.

To this day, I’m not sure what to believe. I still have questions.

Like why are the runways shaped eerily like a swastika?

Why are there gargoyles coming out of suitcases stationed around the baggage

claim?

And speaking of baggage, why did the airport invest millions of dollars in a complex automated underground baggage system that never ended up working?

Was it because they were really building those tunnels for another pruprose? Or was this just an innocent example of a good idea that failed in its execution? And if that’s the case, then what are they using those underground tunnels for now?

Hmmm.

I’ll let you read the book and come to your own conclusions.

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About the Author

ASearcyJessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.

Since then, Jessica has sold over fifteen novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My FatherThe Karma ClubMy Life Undecided, and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy, the first of which is currently in development as a major motion picture by the producers of The Vampire Academy, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, and Slumdog Millionaire. In 2016, she released two new contemporary novels, A Week of Mondays (which is an official selection of the 2017 Texas Lone Star reading list) and Boys of SummerIn February 2017, her debut middle grade novel entitled, Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Uphit bookstore shelves, and later this year, two more contemporary YA novels will release: In Some Other Life (August) and The Chaos of Standing Still (November).

Jessica also writes books for the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants!

Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twenty foreign countries. (Click here for a full list of foreign sales and publishers.) She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.

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November 27th

November 28th

the bookdragon – Review
Her Book Thoughts – Review

The Mind of a Book Dragon – Review + Playlist

November 29th

The Clever Reader – Guest Post
A Bookish Abode – Review

We Live and Breathe Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

November 30th

Savings in Seconds – Review + Favourite Quotes
Wishful Endings – Review

December 1st

Donnie Darko Girl – Review

Latte Nights Reviews – Review + Favourite Quotes

December 2nd

Literary Meanderings – Interview

Life of A Simple Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes

December 3rd

Vicky Who Reads – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
Supercalireader – Review
Books, Boys, and Blogs – Review + Dream Cast

The Inked In Book Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes

December 4th

BookCrushin – Guest Post
Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile – Review + Favourite Quotes
Storybook Slayers – Review

Review: Crystal Blade

Crystal Blade picks up right where Burning Glass left off and Riaznin is transitioning to a new democracy. There are so many unknowns in the political world that Anton is building up and Sonya isn’t quite sure what her new role will be now that there are no more Sovereign Auraseers. Kathryn Purdie takes her Russian based YA Fantasy to a whole new level that will leave you asking yourself “what just happened?”.


About Crystal Blade

f1cfdd45-4796-4bb8-88b0-cd2db00a940f-2996-0000032444c3ebcdBetrayal cuts deep.

Peace is unsustainable.

Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?

The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya’s expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new government of Riaznin—and her relationship with Anton. Not only can she feel the emotions of others but, unlike other Auraseers, she’s learned to make others feel her emotions as well. And Sonya isn’t immune to dark temptations.

Now, as Sonya fights to contain her own darkness, she senses a new evil lurking in the shadows of the palace. Someone from Sonya’s past has returned. And that someone won’t be satisfied until Sonya pays for the mistakes she’s made.

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My Review

5 Stars

Sonya is left wondering what her role is going to be in this new democracy and is again faced with decisions she’d never have imagined she’d have to deal with. This book takes Sonya on a journey to realizing just how much her powers have evolved since she first came to the palace and struggles with the darkness it brings to her. Kathryn did a great job of portraying the internal turmoil Sonya has in this second book and by the end you’re not going to know who to trust, and will be wishing you could get your hands on the next one right away!

Anton was a bit of a minor character for me in this installment which for me made it difficult to feel his connection with Sonya. In some parts he was almost too protective of her which caused me to dislike him at times. I’m curious to see how his character develops in book three with all the unknowns you’re left with.

Valko. Oh Valko. He is probably my favorite character of the three. He is the most dynamic and even though he makes you cringe at times his cunning keeps you wanting more from him. I think we’ll see him make some surprising decisions in book three and I can’t wait to see them!

The ending of this book left me speechless. I seriously have had to take some time to think about how I was going to put this post together. There were so many twists and turns, and then the ending, I mean….Wow!!!


Have you read Burning Glass or Crystal Blade yet? If so, what were your thoughts on them? Who is your favorite character?

Waiting on Wednesday: Ever the Brave

Erin is one of our wonderful local authors and I’ve been so lucky to get to meet her on many occasions in the past year. I was at her launch for Ever the Hunted last year and finally got to reading it this summer. It was so good! I am so excited to get my hands on book two, Ever the Brave, and that cover!! We’re only two weeks out from the launch of Ever the Brave, is it on your TBR?

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Be sure to check out their blog and share the upcoming books your excited about with us each Wednesday!


Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill

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After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.

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The Details

Title: Ever the Brave

Author: Erin Summerill

Release Date: December 5, 2017

Publication: HMH books for Young Readers


About Erin Summerill

From her  website

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8 Things About Me

  1. I own more pairs of shoes than *Insert name of small country.
  2. Miracles happen daily. I believe this with all my kidney.
  3. I have a love/hate relationship with CrossFit.
  4. Happiness is a choice, and once chosen it’s meant to be shared.
  5. Coke Zero and Hot Tamales are my two favorite food groups.
  6. If I’m not writing a book, I’m shooting a bride. (summerillphotography.com)
  7. Hugs are as essential as shoes, food, and toilet paper.
  8. I tend to speak before I think.

After completing a B.A. in English, I had aspirations to knock out the next great American novel. Mom always taught me to dream big. Well writing proved tougher than I first thought. Tougher than chewing on a two-year-old gummi-worm that’s been hiding under a car seat. Plans changed. I didn’t write the next great American novel. No, I grabbed a Nikon and became a professional wedding photographer. During the day I posed brides and in the evenings I put scenes into action. Word by word. Manuscript by manuscript. I kept on writing.

The scenic detour of photography took me across the United States and even over to Australia and New Zealand, where I picked up world-building inspiration. After seven years, eight failed manuscripts, and a life-altering kidney donation experience, I finally had the vision to draft my debut young adult fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED.

When I’m not writing or shooting, I’m chasing my 4 kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 4 chickens around the state of Utah. This is probably why I’m seriously addicted to Coke Zero and Hot Tamales.


Have you read Ever the Hunted yet? Is Ever the Brave on your TBR for December?

Review: Daughter of the Siren Queen

Alosa is back! If you’re up for an adventure on the seas than you’ll love the sequel to Daughter of the Pirate King in this fun filled novel by Tricia Levenseller. Daughter of the Siren Queen definitely takes you on a quest of a lifetime!


About Daughter of the Siren Queen

DOTSQ.jpgThe capable, confident, and occasionally ruthless heroine of Daughter of the Pirate King is back in this action-packed sequel that promises rousing high seas adventures and the perfect dash of magic.

Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

In Daughter of the Siren Queen, Tricia Levenseller brings together the perfect mix of thrilling action, tense battle scenes, and a heart-pounding romance.

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My Review

5 Stars

The fiery Alosa is back on the seas but this time on her own ship the Ava-lee where she’s reunited with her crew. In this sequel to DOTPK the adventure really begins.

Alosa’s banter continues but this time instead of it being with her captors it is with her crew members and it makes it even more entertaining. She continues to hold her own against the men in her mists which I love most about her character. She doesn’t take any flak and makes sure that people know she’s serious. Tricia did a wonderful job in creating such a strong-headed but captivating character in Alosa. You root for her from beginning to end and to see her grow so much more in DOTSQ allows the story to really take off.

Riden. Oh Riden. He’s so adorable and so loyal to Alosa. I just love him!

Alosa’s crew is made up of so many dynamic characters from six year old Rosalyn who bargain’s with Alosa to determine how old she’ll be when her training begins, to the mysterious Solinda who captivates the ships drunk. You can’t help but fall in love with all of Ava-lee’s crew members.

You’re also introduced to some new characters, characters you’re not sure whether or not you can trust. DOTSQ also dives deeper into Alosa’s childhood with her father and how her experience shaped her into the brave, cunning, and confident captain she’s become.


Have you read DOTPK yet? If so, are you up for Alosa’s next adventure in DOTSQ coming February 2018?

This Mortal Coil Author Interview & Giveaway

If you love YA Sci-Fi than add This Mortal Coil to you TBR lists. This debut novel by Emily Suvada puts you into a world where an epidemic is rampant and it’s up to one girl, and her questionable companion, to find the vaccine that could save them all.

A big Thank You to Fantastic Flying Book Club for picking me to participate in the This Mortal Coil Blog Tour! I’ve really enjoyed working with them and can’t wait to see what other tours they’ll be hosting in the coming months! If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, you are missing out!


About This Mortal Coil

TMC Cover.jpgTitle: This Mortal Coil

Author: Emily Suvada

Pub. Date: November 7, 2017

Publisher:  Simon Pulse

Pages: 432

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Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?


Interview

What is your writing process like? Are you a pantser or a plotter?

I’m a mixture. I usually outline over-arching plot lines that lay out the big “beats” in a book – what kicks it off, what raises the stakes, what turns everything upside down – and then I fill in the spaces between those beats with scenes that are more fluid and improvised. I usually go through two to three full rewrites for my books, each time moving plot points around and adding more action and foreshadowing. It’s not a very efficient process, but it seems to be the only thing that works for me!

What inspired you to write a YA Sci-Fi novel? 

YA Sci-fi is my favorite genre! The old rule is to write what you read – and I read and love YA, sci-fi, and YA sci-fi in particular. I have over 20 book ideas jotted down, and almost all of them are YA sci-fi. It’s just where my heart wants to be!

This book has a lot to do about genetics, what was your research process like when writing This Mortal Coil?

I’m someone who researches constantly, and I look up a lot of things as I’m writing. Almost every day I’ll end up on wikipedia or skimming an article on scientific breakthroughs or research. I tend to collect cool ideas about anything and everything and then have to figure out ways to add them into my books.

Are you currently working on other projects, if so, can you tell us what you plan on writing next? 

I’m currently working on the sequel for THIS MORTAL COIL! The book is the first in a series, and book 2 takes us deeper into the world, uncovering secrets that will make Cat question everything she knows. Besides this series, I’m plotting out a few books that have been floating around in my head for a few years now. Generally, my ideas take at least a year or two to develop in my mind until I’m ready to start writing them.

What are you currently reading? 

I tend to avoid reading science fiction while I’m writing, because it can spill into my own voice. So I’m currently reading an ARC of AMERICAN PANDA by Gloria Chao and it is DELIGHTFUL.

 


About the Author

Author PhotoEmily Suvada was born in Australia, where she spent her childhood reading, writing, and watching Star Trek. In college, she studied math and astrophysics, and went on to a career in finance before finding her way back to her first love—books.

Today, Emily lives in Portland, OR, with her husband, and still spends most of her free time reading, writing, and watching Star Trek. She also enjoys cooking, coding, powerlifting, hiking, and art. Her interests include AI, nanotech, virtual worlds, space travel, and genetic engineering.

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Follow the Tour

November 1st

November 2nd

The Clever Reader – Interview
TeacherofYA’s Book Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes

November 3rd

YA and Wine – Guest Post
My Thoughts Literally – Review + Favourite Quotes
Novel Ink – Promo

November 4th

Wishful Endings – Interview
MetalPhantasmReads – Review

November 5th

Between the Pages – Review
Hauntedbybooks13 – Review

November 6th

Bibliobibuli YA – Guest Post
The Petite Book Blogger – Review + Dream Cast + Playlist
Never Too Many To Read – Review + Favourite Quotes

 

I Never Blog Review & Giveaway

 

I originally requested I Never by Laura Hopper on Netgalley a few months back and was excited to have been approved for it. I was even more excited to see Rockstar Book Tours hosting the tour for it! This fun and fast paced YA Contemporary is a great read if you’re looking for a positive spin on teenage relationships, stereotypes, and family dynamics.

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About I Never

 

I NEVER hiresTitle: I NEVER

Author: Laura Hopper

Pub. Date: November 7, 2017

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 288

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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Janey King’s priorities used to be clear: track, school, friends, and family. But when seventeen-year-old Janey learns that her seemingly happy parents are getting divorced, her world starts to shift. Back at school, Luke Hallstrom, an adorable senior, pursues Janey, and she realizes that she has two new priorities to consider: love and sex.

Inspired by Judy Blume’s classic Forever, I Never features a perfect, delicious, almost-to-good-to-be-true high school relationship . . . and it doesn’t shy away from the details. Destined to be passed from teen to teen, this is a young adult debut that will get readers talking.


Review

4 Stars

I really enjoyed I Never. It was fast paced and relavant in so many ways to what life is really like as a teenager “in love”. I felt that the struggles were realistic and relatable which made me enjoy reading Janey’s experience as a high school junior.

I like that Janey is ambitious academically but naïve socially, especially when it comes to boys, because I feel like her focus has been on her future and I believe that happens to girls who are driven like that at that age. Laura Hopper did a great job of relating Janey’s internal struggle with herself and whether the boy she likes likes her back, if it’s really real because why would a popular jock like a no body like her, and the struggles she has accepting the changes that are happening in her life.

I really liked Luke. I thought that he was adorable but at times seemed a bit too mature for his age. Laura did a wonderful job at showing that people are not always what you seem and we saw that with Luke, especially when it came to Brett’s view of him as a stuck up popular jock who couldn’t possibly have true intentions. Luke’s honesty about what his intentions were with Janey when the year was over was refreshing for a high school love story because at that age we all believe we’ll be with our first loves forever, and that isn’t always the case. It was nice to read about a viewpoint like that.

The only issue I had with this book is that it leaned much more toward NA than it did YA due to the sexual content of the book. It was a bit too explicit when compared to what I see as being YA and because of that I probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under the age of 18. With that said I think that it has a positive view on sex and I believe that is important in society today, especially in YA. I thought that the way Janey’s parents handled the situation was positive and is how I believe parents should handle things when it comes to talking about sex.

I thought that this book was fun and refreshing. I would read more from Laura Hopper in the future.


About the Author

Laura Hopper has worked in the film industry and is currently a book editor. I Never is her first novel. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family.

 


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3 winners will receive a finished copy of I NEVER. US Only


Follow the Tour

Week One:

10/30/2017- Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews Excerpt

10/31/2017- The Clever Reader– Review

11/1/2017- Brooke- Reports– Excerpt

11/2/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Review

11/3/2017- YA Books Central– Interview

 

Week Two:

11/6/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

11/7/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

11/8/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

11/9/2017- Literary Meanderings Interview

11/10/2017- Owl Always Be Reading– Review

 


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THE LIFE AND DEATH PARADE COVER REVEAL

Today Eliza Wass and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for THE LIFE AND DEATH PARADE, which releases June 26, 2018! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win a copy!


On to the reveal!

 

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About The Life and Death Parade

Title: THE LIFE AND DEATH PARADE

Author: Eliza Wass

Pub. Date: June 26, 2018

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 256

Find it: AmazonB&NTBDGoodreads

One year ago, Kitty’s boyfriend Nikki Bramley visited a psychic who told him he had no future. Now, he’s dead.

With the Bramley family grieving in separate corners of their home, Kitty sets out to find the psychic who read Nikki his fate. Instead she finds Roan, an enigmatic boy posing as a medium who belongs to the Life and Death Parade–a group of supposed charlatans that explore, and exploit, the thin veil between this world and the next. A group whose members include the psychic… and Kitty’s late mother.

Desperate to learn more about the group and their connection to Nikki, Kitty convinces Roan to return to the Bramley house with her and secures a position for him within the household. Roan quickly ingratiates himself with the Bramleys, and soon enough it seems like everyone is ready to move on. Kitty, however, increasingly suspects Roan knows more about Nikki than he’s letting on. And when they finally locate the Life and Death Parade, and the psychic who made that fateful prophecy to Nikki, Kitty uncovers a secret about Roan that changes everything.

From rising star Eliza Wass comes a sophisticated, mesmerizing meditation on the depths of grief and the magic of faith. After all, it only works if you believe it.


About Eliza

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Eliza Wass is an author, journalist and the wife of the late musician Alan Wass. Her debut novel, The Cresswell Plot, was published in 2016 to critical acclaim by Disney-Hyperion. She has contributed articles to The Guardian, Grazia, NME, Shortlist and THE FALL.

Her second book with Disney-Hyperion, The Life and Death Parade, will be published in June 2018.

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Giveaway

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2 winners will receive a finished copy of THE LIFE AND DEATH PARADE (when they become available), US Only.

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Review: Scythe

I can’t even put into words how fantastic this book is. The concept, the characters, the world…I’m speechless. If you haven’t read Scythe by Neal Shusterman yet you need to. It will make you question your own moral ground and you’ll find yourself contemplating what you would do if you were trained to take a life. This is definitely one of my new all-time favorites!


About Scythe

3c5585c3-fa40-40be-b3e3-72d439622844-3102-00000331c36f5d74A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life–and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe–a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

 

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My Review

5 Stars

 

Neal Shusterman is brilliant. He has created a world that is so immersive that you will question the next knock on your door. His writing is so beautiful that this futuristic world feels authentic and real.

Citra is not afraid to say what she’s thinking, even in front of a Scythe. Her first encounter with a Scythe showed her she would never want to be one, but when she’s approached with an offer of apprenticeship she takes it.  I loved her character because of her strength and persistence during her apprenticeship as well as her cunning. She learns there is much more to being a Scythe than she ever thought and decides there is only one thing to do, and that is to challenge her circumstances and change the rules.

Rowan’s journey was much more interesting to me. He ends up in a position that makes him question everything. His first encounter with a Scythe is much more intense than Citra’s and when he’s given the opportunity to apprentice he takes it because his every day life isn’t offering him much anyway. Rowan’s journey through his apprenticeship leaves him in the care of one of the most interesting of Scythe’s and because of that he is forced to decide exactly how he will survive. He is definitely forced to make hard decisions and at times you question if it will break him.

The Scythe’s in this world are so unique and diverse that you find yourself wondering which road you’d take, which method of death you’d provide, and which kind of Scythe you’d choose to become. I am a forever fan of Shusterman and can’t wait to read more of his books, especially Thunderhead!


Have you read Scythe yet? If so, what did you think of it, and are you excited for Thunderhead?

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