SST Blog tour: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Posted September 3, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 0 Comments

SST Blog tour: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

SST Blog tour: Mask of Shadows by Linsey MillerMask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 29th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: hardcover
Source: the publisher
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I Needed to Win.They Needed to Die.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I missed out on an amazing opportunity of interviewing Linsey first because of my own procrastination and then because of Hurricane Harvey. We’ve been evacuated this week and just came home. When we got here we were shocked to find that our house came through with zero damage.

I want you to know that this was one of the few books that I’ve read this summer and it’s absolutely amazing. This is definitely not a book you want to miss.

About the Author:

A wayward biology student from Arkansas, Linsey has previously worked as a crime lab intern, lab assistant, and pharmacy technician. Her debut novel MASK OF SHADOWS is the first in a fantasy duology coming in August 2017 from Sourcebooks Fire. She can be found writing about science and magic anywhere there is coffee.

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Review & Giveaway: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

Posted July 12, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 3 Comments

Review & Giveaway: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

Review & Giveaway: First We Were IV by Alexandra SirowyFirst We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on July 25th 2017
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.A secret society – for the four of us. The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that. Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.We wanted revenge.We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to. Our invention ratcheted out of control.What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I’m the worst kind of mystery reader. Generally about halfway through with the story, I get bored and decide to flip to the end to find out who the killer is. I don’t know why but i’m usually not capable of reading an entire thriller without KNOWING what is going on. It’s always a little disappointing but I can’t help myself. I always peek.

Until now!

This book kept my attention until the very end. I never thought to look ahead because I was too involved with what was going on with the characters in the book. I love strong friendships and close relationships in books and that’s what First We Were IV is based on. Yes, there is a mystery that becomes more and more prevalent throughout the book but the focus is on the characters. Viv, Izzy, Graham and Harry are best friends and it focuses on how that friendship is changed by the circumstances. Especially when they start to get some attention from the popular kids at school.

I also thought that the book flowed perfectly. The characters motivations were understandble. It made sense to me. While the ending was a complete shock, it also made perfect sense when I thought back over the course of the story. For a mystery book cynic, like myself, this book was a breath of fresh air.

Earlier this year I had the chance to do a First We Were IV Fancast. Check it out if you are interested in who I picked for Viv, Graham, Harry and Izzy!


About the Author

Alexandra Sirowy is the author of the young adult thrillers THE CREEPING, the Bram Stoker Award® Nominated THE TELLING, and the upcoming FIRST WE WERE IV. Alexandra attended a women’s college as an undergrad and received her graduate degree in International Studies. When she isn’t writing, she loves to travel, read, eat, and get into mischief. She lives with her husband in Northern California.





Tour Schedule: 

Week 1
July 10:  Bookish Lifestyles – Tote Design
July 11:  Brittany‘s Book Rambles – Guest Post
July 12:  Emily Reads Everything – Review
July 13   Biscotto’s Books – Moodboard
July 14 Forever Lost in Literature – Review

Week 2
July 17:  My Friends Are Fiction – Guest Post
July 18 Literary Legionnaire – Review
July 19 The Reader and the Chef – Review
July 20:  Novel Novice – Guest Post
July 21:  Dark Faerie Tales – Interview

Week 3
July 24:  YA and Wine – Review + Guest Post
July 25 YA Book Central – Spotlight
July 26 Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Review
July 27:  A Perfection Called Books – Guest Post


1 signed hard cover copy of FIRST WE WERE IV
Fujuifilm instax mini 9 Polaroid camera in smoky white (& film) like the one in the book!
Strand of gold stars
FIRST WE WERE IV swag (temporary tattoos & bookmarks)
Evie Seo Designed Tote Bag

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Rockstar Review: Dragons of Nova

Rockstar Review: Dragons of Nova

The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova Series: Loom Saga #2 Published by Keymaster Press on July 11th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, steampunk Pages: 488 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh. While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills — and quick-shooting accuracy — makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons. Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. […]

Posted July 6, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments


This is so hard. I’ve been so busy. This is the first time I’ve had a minute to myself in WEEKS and I have sat here watching the cursor bling for an hour. My blogging motivation is gone. I just want to nap. Parenting is HARD. We went from 0 to 4 kids in the last 3 months. Then, 3 days after we became a family of 6, I left for 2 weeks working on the road. My husband is amazing and kept the house running smoothly. He had some help and I came home to his new appreciation for everything I do. I swore I would be months ahead on my blog when I had all the ‘free’ time, out of town for work. Instead I worked. I didn’t write any blog posts and my impromptu hiatus continued. Now I’m home and I need to figure out my new normal. I still love books. I’m still committed to the book community. I just need to figure out what that looks like. I’ve always wanted to start a family. This is a dream come true. However, going into this, my biggest fear was I would lose what little magic I’ve found in the book community and the blogging world. I don’t want that to happen. Please be patient with me. I’m still here. I’m determined to figure this out.

Posted June 21, 2017 by Emily in Discussion / 2 Comments

Everything, Everything GIVEAWAY

Everything, Everything GIVEAWAY

I partnered with Warner Bros. to share this giveaway! I’m so lucky to be able to celebrate the release of the movie, Everything, Everything, coming out TOMORROW. It’s based off the hit book by Nicola Yoon with the same name. I reviewed it way back in my first weeks as a blogger! On May 19, risk everything…for love. #EverythingEverything From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes the romantic drama “Everything, Everything,” directed by Stella Meghie and based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon.  What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything. “Everything, Everything” stars Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”) as Maddy and Nick Robinson (“Jurassic World”) as Olly. The film also stars Ana […]

Posted May 18, 2017 by Emily in Giveaway / 25 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Waiting on Wednesday: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

The synopsis AND the author have me chomping at the bit for this book. I loved Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf series which is an alternate history WWII story. Invictus includes time-traveling, plundering pirates, and a mysterious girl that has life-changing knowledge (anyone smell romance, because I do!) The synopsis mentions the Titanic and I’m interested to see how real history mixes with Graudin’s imagination again. Her writing is superb and her ideas are always original. This September release can’t come soon enough for me!

Posted May 17, 2017 by Emily in WoW / 3 Comments

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on June 13th 2017 Genres: Contemporary, romance Pages: 368 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone. Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape. Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Emotional. Cringe-Inducing. Intense. Realistic. I’ve lived this book. Perhaps not to some of the extremes Gavin went to, but I’ve been the other half of a verbally abusive and emotionally manipulative relationship. After one daughter and four years of my life, all I can do is reflect and learn from that experience. This book was so uncomfortable at […]

Posted May 15, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Rockstar Review: Umberland

Rockstar Review: Umberland

Umberland by Wendy Spinale Series: Everland #2 Published by Scholastic Press on May 9th, 2017 Pages: 288 Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads What began with a reimagining of Peter Pan and Wendy now twists into a stunning version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass! Gwen, Pete, and the others have escaped from Everland. But the safe haven they hoped to find at Alnwick Castle doesn’t exist. With the Queen of England on her deathbed, Duchess Alyssa has stepped in to lead, but things have gotten worse as the cure Doc created for the Horologia virus has mutated, accelerating the disease. The only possible solution he can think of is to go back to the virus’s origin: an extinct poisonous apple. Legend has it a tree bearing the apple might be found at the center of a deadly labyrinth hidden deep within Germany. A place that no one in their right mind enters. Leaving Pete in charge of the survivors, Alyssa sets out with only her sword, her wits, and the help of Maddox Hadder, a wild boy who oversees the castle gardens. To get to the center of the maze, she’ll be forced to battle monsters more terrifying than her darkest nightmares. But can anyone truly survive the madness of the maze? And what if there’s no apple to be found there? I received […]

Posted May 12, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment

Waiting on Wednesday: Wicked Like a Wildfire

Waiting on Wednesday: Wicked Like a Wildfire

I won’t even lie, I read Roshani Chokshi’s blurb before the synopsis and was sold. She said, “Wicked Like a Wildfire was like devouring a succulent fairy fruit—it will rob your time, settle into your dreams, and leave you starving for more.” HOW COULD THAT NOT MAKE YOU WANT TO READ THIS?!?! The synopsis describes the twins as having magical abilities, which is awesome enough. But the really enticing part is the fact that they’re forbidden from falling in love. The family curse makes me think of A Million Junes which I absolutely loved. I have high hopes that this will be just as enchanting. While I’m dying for an arc, I may be thankful for not getting one in the long run because this is a duology and I have a feeling I’ll be desperate for the follow-up. Look out for this summer release!

Posted May 10, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 3 Comments

The Alchemists of Loom Read Along

The Alchemists of Loom Read Along

Chapters scheduled for read along: 1-3 I’m celebrating the release of Elise Kova’s new book with a read along for The Alchemists of loom. I loved this book. It’s gritty and steampunky and literally everything I want from a fantasy. You can check out my review. I’m thrilled today to have a chance to interview Elise about this book. I hope you will enjoy hearing about her thought process when she wrote it as much as I did. We get to meet Ari in these chapters and she has a very interesting pastime. Have you ever stolen something? (even accidentally) Stolen something? Other than the hearts of men and women around the globe? (I AM TOTALLY KIDDING) One thing that I can remember… I made a friend at a martial arts studio I was going to in college and she was also into anime. She lent me her DVD of the live action adaptation of NANA and I held onto it forever because I was busy with school and just never got around to watching it. She ended up moving away and I found it in my drawer a few weeks later. I wasn’t able to get it back to her in time… The worst part? I still haven’t watched it! Ari never intended to become a thief. If you weren’t an author, what would you want to do? […]

Posted May 8, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features, interview / 0 Comments