Month: January 2018

SST Guest Post: C.V.Wyk’s Book Recommendations 

Posted January 28, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Guest Post / 0 Comments

SST Guest Post: C.V.Wyk's Book Recommendations 

I’m so glad that I can host C.V. Wyk’s book recommendations. There’s no greater compliment than when someone comes back and says that they loved the book I recommended! I love a lot of these, some I haven’t read and a few, well, we will have to agree to disagree. What do you think about C.V Wyk’s favorite books?
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With most things, I think variety is the key when it comes to reading. Everyone has a favorite genre, but reading outside of your comfort zone or preferences is always a good idea, too. Books are the cheapest form of travel, so why not go somewhere you’ve never been? To that end, I’ve broken down my list of books that I think everyone should read by category and genre.

 Fantasy:

This is my personal favorite, so I thought I’d start here. If you prefer the fantasy side of things, I think the Avalon series by Marion Zimmer Bradley and the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier offer rare female-centric narratives as well as magic and folklore. Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials is the adventure story you need after finishing The Hobbit, and it’s one of those rare series that crosses sci-fi, fantasy, and MG fiction. More recent favorites of mine are V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust.

Sci-fi:

One incredible element of great sci-fi is allegory. Even stories that are set 10,000 years into the future can be relevant and accessible. A caveat here is that some books can be socially or ethically problematic, especially as they age, but they can still be worth reading. One of my favorite science fiction series is Dune by Frank Herbert (that world-building, I mean, wow). John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War is an incredible book that tackles colonization, militarization, and identity with a clever twist and lots of humor. Others are classics for a reason: Brave New World (Aldous Huxley), Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card), Starship Troopers (Robert Heinlein), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick), I Am Legend (Richard Matheson). These stories aren’t perfect, and some may even challenge or offend you. But I think they’re worth reading if only to learn more about yourself and how you view the world.

 Historical fiction:

Hands down, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, which I’ve been raving about ever since I read it last year. Such an incredible book about one of the oldest historical stories we know. Alice Walker’s The Color Purple is one of those books that you’ll put down and just think about for days and days afterward. Equally important and representational books include Beloved by Toni Morrison, Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende, and Night by Elie Wiesel. One of the most interesting historical fictions is Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian, a massive, genre-mixing tome that is only somewhat about the infamous Count Dracula.

MG & YA:

The usual suspects are here—the Harry Potter series (I read the first book when I was exactly 11 years old), the Chronicles of Narnia, The Giver (Lois Lowry), and The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton). Additionally, Matilda by Roald Dahl became my hero, Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson) was one of the first books I read that spoke about sexual assault amongst teens, and Jacob Have I Loved (Katherine Paterson) is a heartbreaking and uplifting coming-of- age story about two sisters.

 Fiction:

These are books that I’ve loved and hated, that have made me cry and laugh, and that I’ve always remembered even after reading hundreds more. They are all different (the “fiction” genre is a wide one), but I think they all evoke something in the reader, and for that alone, I think they’re worth reading—One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez), The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini), Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), Lord of the Flies (William Golding), The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood), A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess), and Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk).
I’m sure there are so many more that I’ve left off, but these books are a start. Some of them will probably make you uncomfortable or even angry (they did for me), but I don’t think that’s so bad. The best books are the ones that not only entertain you but also force you to think and feel, and I think these accomplish that.

About the Author

C.V. Wyk is the author of BLOOD AND SAND, debuting from Tor Teen January 16, 2018. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Wyk has lived in five states in the continental US (and hopes to add a few international locales to that list). Prone to wanderlust and getting lost, Wyk likes to explore local hiking trails, mountain ranges, dark caves where nefarious mythical creatures undoubtedly reside, and libraries. She currently lives in Maryland with a precocious mini poodle and a demanding guinea pig. In her not-so-spare time, she enjoys playing MMORPGs, kayaking, coding, staring listlessly at blank walls, and nursing a totally healthy coffee addiction.

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Review – Dani Reviews Things
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Interview – Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews

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Interview –Library Of A Book Witch
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Review – Boundless Bookaholic
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Review  – A Gingerly Review
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Giveaway

1 Hardback of Blood and Sand by C.V.Wyk (US & Canada) and Swag (1 Themed Candle, 1 Handmade Bookmark, 1 Window Cling & Stickers!)

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Nice Try Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke: Spotlight & Giveaway

Posted January 21, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 2 Comments

Nice Try Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke: Spotlight & Giveaway

Nice Try Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke: Spotlight & GiveawayNice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
Published by Clarion Books on January 9th 2018
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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four-half-stars

The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out.   Jane tackles her housing problem by signing up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother, but for Elbow River Students. Living away from home, the chance to win a car (used, but whatever), and a campus full of people who don't know what she did in high school… what more could she want? Okay, maybe a family that understands why she’d rather turn to Freud than Jesus to make sense of her life, but she'll settle for fifteen minutes in the proverbial spotlight.   As House of Orange grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans and shoddy T-shirts, Jane finally has the chance to let her cynical, competitive nature thrive. She'll use her growing fan base, and whatever Intro to Psychology can teach her, to prove to the world—or at least viewers of substandard TV—that she has what it takes to win.

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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THIS BOOK WAS SUCH A SURPRISE!

First of all, I loved reading a book set in Canada. A big plot point is the age of legal alcohol consumption, which in Canada is 18. It really brought back my own high school days. I grew up in Southeast Michigan, only about 45 minutes drive from Ontario, Canada. This was back before a passport or special license was required to cross over the border and my classmates would drive up to Canada where they could legally imbibe. It’s nice to know that the lengths people will go through to drink legally haven’t changed since I was in high school.

Jane Sinner might be one of my favorite characters in all of literature. She’s deep and layered and interesting. She also makes some of the stupidest decisions ever. She made me so angry throughout this book because she did stuff that you look back on and kick yourself for years. Just like I do.

This was a book that I ranted and raved to my husband about how angry it made me. Usually I read and when he asks me about books I answer with one or two words. This book, I yelled about it for almost an hour. He’s still asking me about how it turned out and if I feel anything about it 2 weeks later. Jane Sinner made me feel things. They might not have been pleasant but that’s ok.

This book should be a must read.

About the Author

 

Lianne lives in Vancouver, BC. A mere three years of working in the film industry has left her far more jaded, bitter, and misanthropic than she could have dreamed possible. Having worked on one too many made-for-TV movies featuring the mild romantic antics of generically attractive white people, she’s taken it upon herself to push back with some pretty substandard stories of her own.

Besides books, her three great passions in life are cats, craft beer, and camping. When she’s not working, Lianne likes to take off, eh in her ‘83 camper van. She maintains a steady hate/ love relationship with hiking, but is always up for exploring British Columbia- whatever it takes to find a nice spot to set up her hammock. Her hammock is her favorite place in the world.

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Interview –Book Stack Amber
Creative Post – The Ultimate Fangirl
Guest Post – Haunted By Books 13

1/21  Tour Stops

Review – A Gingerly Review
Review – Emily Reads Everything
Interview – Dani Reviews Things

1/28 Tour Stops

Interview – Curly Hair Bibliophile
Guest Post- The Hermit Librarian
Review  – Here’s To Happy Endings

four-half-stars

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Review: Society of Wishes by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

Review: Society of Wishes by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

Society of Wishes by Elise Kova, Lynn Larsh Series: Society of Wishes #1 Published by Silver Wing Press on January 29th 2018 Genres: Urban Fantasy, New Adult Format: ebook Source: the author Buy on Amazon Goodreads First book in the Wish Quartet, a new-adult, urban fantasy series BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid. With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence. Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom. Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only […]

Posted January 10, 2018 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Nice Try Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke: Spotlight & Giveaway

Nice Try Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke: Spotlight & Giveaway

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke Published by Clarion Books on January 9th 2018 Genres: Young Adult Pages: 432 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out.   Jane tackles her housing problem by signing up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother, but for Elbow River Students. Living away from home, the chance to win a car (used, but whatever), and a campus full of people who don’t know what she did in high school… what more could she want? Okay, maybe a family that understands why she’d rather turn to Freud than Jesus to make sense of her life, but she’ll settle for fifteen minutes in the proverbial spotlight.   As House of Orange grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans and shoddy T-shirts, Jane finally has the chance to let her cynical, competitive nature thrive. She’ll use her growing fan base, and whatever Intro to Psychology can teach her, to prove to the world—or at least viewers of substandard TV—that she has what it takes to win. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does […]

Posted January 1, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 3 Comments
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