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Nice Try Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke: Spotlight & Giveaway

Posted January 21, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 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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four-half-stars

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Review: Society of Wishes by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

Posted January 10, 2018 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

Review: Society of Wishes by Elise Kova and Lynn LarshSociety 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
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three-half-stars

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 to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of her existence itself.

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

I was really excited that I got the chance to read this one early. I’ve been on pins and needles for it since Elise announced that she was writing an Urban Fantasy novel last year. Urban Fantasy has always been my favorite genre! I love weird and supernatural. Then I found out that this was also going to be Elise’s first New Adult book. That makes this book a combination of my absolute favorite genre and my least favorite age range. After reading it, I can see why she categorized it as New Adult. Jo Espinosa, the MC is 19 but this book could just as easily be categorized as Adult.

The Good

I absolutely loved the premise. Jo Espinosa, with her dying wish, cries out a plea that her friend and family be spared. It’s granted and she pays with her existence. She ‘wakes up’ except now she has never been born and she is instead a part of the Society of Wishes. A Magical team that joins together to grant wishes that are chosen by their leader, the mysterious Snow.

The team is endlessly fascinating. I want to get to know each and every one of them in depth. They each became a part of the team over time as payment for a wish, but what was each wish that was granted? I want to know what they wished for! All 6 other members have their own stories that I can’t wait to learn. They also have their own magical talents that they bring to aide the team. I have my favorites already. This book was very character driven with different personalities coming together to build a great team.

This book is like a Heist story flipped on its head. Instead of building a team to go out and steal something, Snow has put together the perfect team to build something, to grant wishes. I just love the concept. It gives me warm fuzzies.

This book was also a quick read. It’s engaging and it flows quickly from setting the stage to getting into the action. I read it in one day.

The Bad

I didn’t feel like there was any urgency, weight or stakes to anyone’s decisions. Jo makes a semi questionable decision that causes a second semi questionable thing to happen and we are told that it’s bad because it could cause a wish to not be granted. If the wish isn’t granted, then a disease will not be cured and lots of people will die. Jo has help, but the guy who helps her is just publicly shamed. There are not really any consequences above and beyond the moral ones. What are these people’s motivations for granting wishes? Why do they bother and why should I care?

I was also really disappointed in the lack of an overarching conflict that flows to the next book. There’s no real villain, problem or conflict in this book at all. They grant wishes. They’ve never failed at granting a wish yet. In the next book they will probably grant more wishes. Character information will also be revealed about the other 6 Society Members and its leader, Snow. I want the character information. Don’t get me wrong. My favorite part of this book was the team that I can’t wait to get to know better. However, I also would have liked something opposing them, maybe like an Society of Curses, to make things more interesting. Right now I don’t feel a burning need to continue. 

I loved the characters and the premise but I felt there is something fundamental missing from the plot. I am still committed to the series and I can’t wait to learn more about the characters. It just felt like something is missing too.

three-half-stars

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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 / 1 Comment
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Rockstar Review and GIVEAWAY: Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill

Rockstar Review and GIVEAWAY: Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill

Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill Series: Clash of Kingdoms #2 Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on December 5th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 464 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review, the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads 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. I received this book for free from Free for Review, the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This is a SEQUEL! I reviewed the first book, Ever the Hunted, last December I enjoyed Ever the Brave, but not as much as the original. My old favorite characters were there. I love Britta and Cohen. However, now that Britta has […]

Posted December 4, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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SST Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

SST Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada Series: This Mortal Coil #1 Published by Simon Pulse on November 7th 2017 Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian Pages: 432 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads 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, […]

Posted November 19, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 2 Comments
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Rockstar Arc Review: Into the Black by Ava Jae

Rockstar Arc Review: Into the Black by Ava Jae

Into the Black by Ava Jae Series: Beyond The Red #2 Published by Sky Pony Press on November 14th 2017 Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult Pages: 360 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads The world ruler is dead, technology foundational to their society destroyed, and Safara is on the brink of collapse. Half-human, half-alien Eros is the rightful heir to the world throne, but before he can return to the capital, he’s abducted by a rebel group of humans who call themselves The Remnant–and won’t release him until he swears to help them overthrow the very government he’s inheriting. With Eros missing, ex-queen Kora is determined to stave off mad grabs for the throne. But as royalty from across the territories flock to the capital, and a new charismatic candidate takes the spotlight, Kora sets off into the desert with a skilled prince-turned-bounty hunter to find Eros before it’s too late for both the future king and his kingdom. 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.YES YES YES YES When I reviewed Beyond the Red last year, I said that the only thing wrong with it was that it was a stand alone novel. I really felt like the story wasn’t finished and […]

Posted November 14, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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Review & Giveaway: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

Review & Giveaway: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

First 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 Buy on Amazon Goodreads 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.Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 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 […]

Posted July 12, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 5 Comments
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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
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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
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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
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