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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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1/7 Tour Stops

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

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Interview –Library Of A Book Witch
Review – Novel Cravings
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Review – Boundless Bookaholic
Review – OMG Books And More

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Review – One Way Or Another
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Review  – A Gingerly Review
Guest Post – Emily Reads Everything

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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 / 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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1/7 Tour Stops

Review – Books And Ladders
Creative Post  – Bayy In Wonderland
Interview – The Regal Critiques

1/14  Tour Stops

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

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

1/28 Tour Stops

Interview – Curly Hair Bibliophile
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Review  – Here’s To Happy Endings

four-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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SST Blog tour: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

SST Blog tour: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

The Book Depository || Barnes and Noble || IndieBound || Amazon 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. Social Media: Website: www.linseymiller.com Tumblr: www.linseymiller.tumblr.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/LinseyMiller Instagram: www.instagram.com/linsey.miller/ Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/AuthorLinseyM/ GIVEAWAY DETAILS: The Prize: 1 Copy of Mask Of Shadows by Linsey Miller Open to US Residents Only a Rafflecopter giveaway Follow the Tour 9/3 Tour Stops Interview – Emily Reads Everything Unique Post  – Roecker Reviews Review – Bayy In Wonderland Review – Bookishly Thinking 9/10  Tour Stops Interview – Tween 2 Teen Books Review –Charmingly Simple Review – Pondering The Prose Interview  – When Curiosity Killed The Cat […]

Posted September 3, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 1 Comment
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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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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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