Category: Giveaway

IB Review: Liz Braswell’s Once Upon a Dream

IB Review:  Liz Braswell’s Once Upon a Dream

Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell Series: A Twisted Tale #2 Published by Disney Press on April 5th 2016 Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult Pages: 448 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. It should be simple–a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess’s, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over. With a desperate fairy’s last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous and magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent’s agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up? LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | iBooks | The Book Depository I walked into this book knowing absolutely nothing about it. I saw that it was a retelling and I thought it looked cute. Both those things are absolutely true. This is a […]

Posted April 14, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 3 Comments
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FFBC Review: Dreamology

FFBC Review: Dreamology

Dreamology by Lucy Keating Published by HarperTeen on April 12th 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, romance, Fantasy Pages: 336 Format: ebook Buy on Amazon Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy KeatingÂ’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han. For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesnÂ’t exist. But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. HeÂ’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isnÂ’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isnÂ’t as perfect as Alice always hoped. Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough? I’ve always been an incredibly vivid dreamer. I dream every night and I usually remember what I’ve dreamt for hours. Sometimes I wish I kept a dream journal because I have dreamt some crazy intricate plotlines over the years. I’m also infamous […]

Posted April 7, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment
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The Glittering Court

The Glittering Court

  I am so excited that THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a special giveaway!   If you havenÂ’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Richelle Mead, be sure to check out all the details below.   This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copy of the book and a $25 Sephora Gift Card courtesy of Richelle, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if youÂ’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. About The Book:   Title: THE GLITTERING COURT Author: Richelle Mead Pub. Date: April 5, 2016 Publisher: Razorbill Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Goodreads   The Selection meets Reign in this dazzling trilogy of interwoven novels about three girls on a quest for freedom and true love from #1 internationally bestselling author Richelle Mead. “Brilliant and original, MeadÂ’s new series starts off with a bang and will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.” —School Library Journal For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life theyÂ’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the […]

Posted April 6, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 1 Comment
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IB Review: His Country Bride

IB Review: His Country Bride

His Country Bride by Debra Holt Published by Tulip Romance on April 11th 2015 Genres: Contemporary, romance Pages: 189 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon “Sheriff’s Department! Raise your hands above your head and don’t move.” SheÂ’s a runaway bride who left her two-timing fiance at the altar. HeÂ’s a county sheriff determined to keep the peace in his country and leave city girls alone after his own fiance left him for the bright lights of the city. Neither of them planned on running straight into each other…over a burning wedding dress. Ellie and Lucas planned on never trusting their hearts to love again. When danger follows her from the city, the sheriff must do his duty to protect her. However, it isnÂ’t long before he discovers the real danger may be to his heart. Ellie just might teach him that even a city girl can be a country girl at heart. I have a confession to make. I read a lot of genres. I’ve never met a genre I 100% dislike. I’ve read and enjoyed horror, sci fi, fantasy, mystery, thriller, romance, even erotica. There is one genre that I call my guilty pleasure. This genre I love and I read pretty much every book I’ve ever seen in this genre. I just don’t talk about it much because it’s a little silly. Cowboy Romances. […]

Posted April 5, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 2 Comments
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Summerlost by Allie Condie

Summerlost by Allie Condie

Summerlost by Ally Condie Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on March 29th 2016 Pages: 272 Buy on Amazon It’s the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar’s father and younger brother, Ben. But now Cedar and whatÂ’s left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. TheyÂ’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar. Infused with emotion and rich with understanding, Summerlost is the touching middle grade debut from Ally Condie, the international bestselling author of the Matched series, that highlights the strength of family and personal resilience in the face of tragedy. Penguin Random House - Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Indiebound This book looks really good. I’m happy to share it with you today! I enjoyed Ally Condie’s other books (The Matched Series). This looks totally different, in a good way. Instead of being dystopian, this contemporary deals with real issues that every kid my […]

Posted March 29, 2016 by Emily in Giveaway, Special Feature / 2 Comments
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#SST Blog Tour Review: Where You’ll Find Me by Natasha Friend

#SST Blog Tour Review: Where You’ll Find Me by Natasha Friend

Where You’ll Find Me by Natasha Friend on March 8th 2016 Pages: 272 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley Buy on Amazon In this powerful and buoyant YA novel, a thirteen-year-old girl learns to navigate the shifting loyalities of friendships in middle school and deals with challenges at home. The beginning of the eighth grade is not what Anna thought it would be. Her lifelong best friend has ditched her for the cool kids, and her mom is in the hospital after a suicide attempt. Anna finds herself where she least expects to: living with her dad, his young new wife, and their baby, and starting a new year at school without a best friend. With help from some unlikely sources, including a crazy girl-band talent show act, Anna learns that sometimes you find what you need to pull you through in the most unlikely places. This book! What a surprise! I don’t know what I expected. Maybe a book full of middle school drama and whiny teenage girls. It can be hard to like girls at this age. They can be very wrapped up in themselves and unable to see other’s points of view. I thought it would be very hard to write a likable character in this situation. Anna though, she’s every girl I’ve ever met. She’s smart and relateable. Her problems dealing with her former best friend? Everyone […]

Posted March 27, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment
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SST Arc Review: Beyond the Red by Ava Jae

SST Arc Review: Beyond the Red by Ava Jae

Beyond the Red by Ava Jae Series: Beyond the Red #1 Published by Sky Pony Press on March 1st 2016 Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult Pages: 352 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Edelweiss Buy on Amazon Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. SheÂ’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, sheÂ’s determined to protect her people from her brotherÂ’s would-be tyrannical rule. Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesnÂ’t stop him from defending his people, at least until KoraÂ’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. HeÂ’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him. When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing ErosÂ’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide. […]

Posted March 13, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 2 Comments
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Renowned for Speed: Rebel of the Sands

Renowned for Speed: Rebel of the Sands

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton Series: Rebel of the Sands, #1 Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on March 8th 2016 Pages: 320 Buy on Amazon Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, itÂ’s an unforgiving place, especially if youÂ’re poor, orphaned, or female. Amani AlÂ’Hiza is all three.  SheÂ’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she canÂ’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where sheÂ’s destined to wind up wed or dead. Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though sheÂ’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined sheÂ’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew. Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power. Pre-order this book! http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/319006/rebel-of-the-sands-by-alwyn-hamilton/ In Rebel of the Sands, Amani is becoming legendary for her skills with a gun. As a sharpshooter who never misses, she becomes known far and wide for her expertise. if I had a […]

Posted March 2, 2016 by Emily in Giveaway, Special Feature / 0 Comments
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FFBC Review: Bluescreen by Dan Wells

FFBC Review: Bluescreen by Dan Wells

  Barnes & Noble (B&N):  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bluescreen-dan-wells/1121996225?ean=9780062347879 Bookdepository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Bluescreen-Dan-Wells/9780062347879 iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/es/book/bluescreen/id998613086?mt=11 Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/es-es/ebook/bluescreen There are two main types of dystopian novels. In the first, the world is “all used up”. There was some sort of horrible Apocalypse and all the humans that are left are are struggling to survive. In the second kind of dystopian, everything seems really good. The world seems to have all its problems worked out and the population are living happily. However, our main characters know that there is something wrong, underneath everything. Bluescreen is a perfect example of the second type. The best part though, was how much this book scared me. It made me so uncomfortable and challenged the way I think about something as simple and common as my cell phone. In the world of Mirador, cell phones are obsolete. Everyone has something better, a specialized computer is implanted in their brains. Can’t you just imagine that? Everyone carries cells now and claims that they can’t live without them. Implanting something in your head is the next logical step, horrifying though it may be. The best dystopian novels are a reflection of the current times. 1984 makes a statement about unlimited government power and surveillance that is just as true today as it was in 1949.  After reading Bluescreen, I hope that its not just as relevant in 60 years. However, with the direction we are going […]

Posted February 26, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment
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FFBC Review: A study in Charlotte

FFBC Review: A study in Charlotte

This book is the perfect combination of a love letter to Sherlock Holmes and a ya novel. It’s obvious that Brittany Cavallaro know her Sherlock stuff. The murderer in this book makes his murders look like the ones that happened in John Watson’s Sherlock stories. If you have ever read the Speckled Band or other stories, you will find yourself immediately drawn in. Not only does she continually allude to classic Sherlock Holmes stories, Cavallaro also makes her Holmes and Watson both absolutely true to the source material and original characters in their own right. I loved Charlotte Holmes. She was brilliant and damaged with a laser focus of the problem at hand. It was fantastic to see the traditional Sherlockian features in a girl! I love that this is a series cause I can’t wait to see what happens in the future. Jamie Watson also has a special place in my heart. He was so sweet and loyal. I loved the dynamic between Watson and Holmes. But then, that ‘ship is always a popular one. This book wasn’t about romance, it was about friendship. Watson doesn’t want to date Holmes, he wants to be her best friend. Watching their friendship grow over the course of the book was a joy. Charlotte is prickly and doesn’t think she wants or needs Jamie at the beginning and he shows her […]

Posted February 25, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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