Category: Blog Tour

Front Lines Top Ten

Front Lines Top Ten

Front Lines (Soldier Girl, #1) by Michael Grant Series: Soldier Girl #1 Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 26th 2016 Pages: 576 Buy on Amazon Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Code Name Verity, New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant unleashes an epic, genre-bending, and transformative new series that reimagines World War II with girl soldiers fighting on the front lines. World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany. Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For the first time they leave behind their homes and families—to go to war. These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known. LINKS: Goodreads | […]

Posted January 25, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 2 Comments
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IB Arc Review: The Isle by Jordana Frankel

IB Arc Review: The Isle by Jordana Frankel

My purpose today is to review The Isle. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that The Isle is a sequel. There’s nothing wrong with it being a sequel, I just didn’t know when I first picked it up. I’m unobservant. Still, you want to read this one first. It adds so much to the story. I was lucky because my library had it and I got to read it before I read The Isle. I suggest you do too! Now to the real reason we are all here. LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | iBooks | The Book Depository This book picks up right where The Ward ends. It’s not a stand alone novel. When I first picked it up, I knew I was missing something. Luckily The Ward was easily available so I was able to grab that up and read it first. This book was so engrossing. It was such a fun and easy read. Even though I suddenly had two books to read, it wasn’t a chore at all. In the world of the Isle, water is a commodity. It is in such short supply that it has become a currency. If you can afford enough clean water, you can stay out of the sickhouses and avoid the plague. Hopefully. Especially since transmitting the plague is outlawed. They couldn’t make being […]

Posted January 22, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment
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FFBC Tour: Review Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

FFBC Tour: Review Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 26th 2016 Genres: paranormal, Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 368 Format: ebook Source: Edelweiss Buy on Amazon For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters—human and otherwise—lurk at the fringes. When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesnÂ’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that sheÂ’s somehow conscious—and not only that, sheÂ’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous. Tense, complex, and wholly engaging, Shallow Graves is a stunning first novel from Kali Wallace. The biggest problem with this book is that the synopsis absolutely doesn’t do this book justice. I’m not sure what I was expecting after reading the back but this book is 1000 times better than the synopsis makes it sound. I think the […]

Posted January 19, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment
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Blog Tour: The Girl Who Fell

Blog Tour: The Girl Who Fell

The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker Published by Simon Pulse on March 1st 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Pages: 320 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon His obsession.Her fall. In this dark kissing book, high school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense relationship—by the new boy in school. Zephyr is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College. But love has a way of changing things. Enter the new boy in school: the hockey teamÂ’s starting goaltender, Alec. HeÂ’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesnÂ’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she canÂ’t control, something she doesnÂ’t want to control. Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, andÂ…terrifying? But love shouldnÂ’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldnÂ’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed. So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows itÂ’s time to take back control of her life. If she waits any longer, it may be too late. Pre-order Links:  Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | Kobo I don’t know what to say about this book. […]

Posted January 13, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 2 Comments
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SST Review: The Year of Lightning

SST Review: The Year of Lightning

The Year of Lightning by Ryan Dalton Series: Time Shift #1 Published by Jolly Fish Press on January 12th 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction Pages: 350 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon When 15-year-old twins Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert moved to a new town, they never imagined that the old house across the street could bring them so much trouble. A secret machine has reawakened inside, with the power to pierce time itself. Meanwhile, lightning storms are breaking out all over town. TheyÂ’re getting worse every week, and seem to enjoy striking kids who just want to pass science class and mind their own business. When Malcolm and Valentine discover a connection between the house and the storms, their situation goes from mysterious to crazy stupid dangerous. Someone is controlling the great machine, and their purpose is nearly complete. In a race against time, the twins must uncover the chilling plan, the mastermind behind it, and the force thatÂ’s driving the deadly storms. TheyÂ’ll hunt a powerful enemy that threatens their townÂ’s existence, and the only clues are written in the sky. This book was a Middle Grade adventure novel based around the creepy house across the street and time travel. Malcolm and Valentine have recently moved into a small town. They live there over 2 months before they notice the house across the street. […]

Posted December 20, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment
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Review: Fooling Around with Cinderella

Review: Fooling Around with Cinderella

Fooling Around With Cinderella (Storybook Valley 1) by Stacy Juba Published by Thunder Horse Press on November 6th. 2015 Genres: Love & Romance Pages: 212 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon What happens when the glass slippers pinch CinderellaÂ’s toes? When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling CinderellaÂ’s glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms JaineÂ’s ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the parkÂ’s resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom. First in the Storybook Valley series, a blend of sweet romance, chick lit, and fairy tale fun. I have such weakness for series. I love the kind that tell the story of the same group of people over several books. Its so fun to watch people grow and change in a story that never ends. However, my real favorite kind of series is the kind where its one romance after another all set in the same place. I just love reading about the characters who will someday be featured in a book of their own. I feel like reading about a series centered in a town draws […]

Posted December 7, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment
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Novel Secrets Tour: All We Left Behind

Novel Secrets Tour: All We Left Behind

I PROMISED MYSELF IÂ’D NEVER DO THIS! Secrets from writing in the trenches of the male mind. Ingrid Sundberg  What do teenage boys thinks about?  Ask your friends this question and they will inevitably say sex! This is exactly why I promised myself IÂ’d never write a novel from a teenage male point of view.  Especially one in first person where I get a front row seat of every thought that races through my characterÂ’s hormone-drunk head!  But my new novel ALL WE LEFT BEHIND didnÂ’t come to life until I started writing from KurtÂ’s POV, and boy did he have some secrets to tell! Three secrets I learned while writing in the trenches of the male mind: Guys donÂ’t talk pretty. My female characters love to ponder, reflect, and use poetic metaphors to share their feelings. Marion POV: “I hear the crash of water in my ears. Rolling waves, yearning, and all the things that are new to me. How softness can ache out the past I regret. How skin has a language made of quietness and breath.” My male character wouldnÂ’t be caught dead saying something like this! No way. Poetry is for girls. Kurt thinks in short crisp fragments, with sentences that are active and to the point. Kurt POV: “DonÂ’t think. DonÂ’t breathe. Charge. I trap the ball and dribble up the line. The ease […]

Posted December 1, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Special Feature / 1 Comment
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CCB Review: The Dead Circle

CCB Review: The Dead Circle

In The Dead Circle, Chris and Sarah are renovating an old library in downtown Detroit. They are safe, warm and dry when everything seems to go to hell. A woman takes a drink of water. Then suddenly she strips all of her clothes off and starts walking in a circle around a park. She’s gone. The water is totally contaminated. Any amount of water, even a drop, causes the same reaction. Do you know how difficult it is to avoid water?!? I love horror novels and I have read many. Zombie novels are a particular favorite of mine. They are the kind of horror that sticks with me and has me ruminating on the story for weeks afterward. The Walking Dead comics, World War Z, and especially Cell by Stephen King all really got me thinking. The Dead Circle definitely falls into this category. I found myself thinking about every step I took while reading it. It didn’t help that it was raining outside. This book is a combination between zombie horror and apocalyptic survival. There are naked people walking around and around outside. The water is poisonous. Chris and Sarah can’t leave their house without taking multiple, horrible risks. Every decision has to be weighed and measured. Even the smallest mistake means instant death. This book is a cross genre thriller. The survival aspect will appeal to fans of […]

Posted November 24, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 2 Comments
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Irish Banana Tour: Breath to Breath Interview & Giveaway!

Irish Banana Tour: Breath to Breath Interview & Giveaway!

Breath to Breath by Craig Lew Published by Relish Media on November 17th 2015 Pages: 456 Buy on Amazon Uprooted from his home and sent to live with his estranged father, seventeen-year-old William’s world is feeling tenuous at best. When he’s unexpectedly dragged into a situation in which he has no choice but to help an abused four-year-old boy, WilliamÂ’s world is rocked to the core as he discovers the truth behind the mysterious young boyÂ’s stories of extreme sexual abuse. He and this boy are connected in ways William can’t even imagine and as horrible memories begin flood his consciousness, WilliamÂ’s rage drives him to steal a neighbor’s guns, convinced he must kill those responsible for causing a boy so much pain and betrayal. How William finds the love and compassion he needs to make the right choices is the heart and pulse of this riveting verse novel. Inspired by a true story, BREATH TO BREATH explores what hurt and healing really mean: to survive you hold your breath, but to live you must exhale. Awesome Indies will be back tomorrow! Today I have an interview that I want to share with you. Please welcome Craig Lew. He’s here today to tell you all about his book, Breath to Breath.  This book will be a tough read but that makes it all the more worthwhile. Difficult books are […]

Posted November 13, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 1 Comment
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S.F.D. Open Letter to Emily Skrutskie

S.F.D. Open Letter to Emily Skrutskie

It’s that time again! Agent E reporting for duty!  As part of Sassy and Dangerous Elite agents, I’m participating in different missions to feature the Debut Authors of 2016! I hope you enjoy today’s mission. Be sure to check out all the other agents who are also posting today. We all want to celebrate Debut Authors and show them all our love! Dear Ms. Skrutskie, May I call you Emily? We have the same name after all. You can be Emily and I will be Em. Or maybe we can create out cool nicknames for each other? We can work that out later. I’ll think on it. I asked you to come here today to celebrate your book! I first ran into the synopsis of your novel in a 2016 release catalog. I read the description and I was hooked! Your book was actually the first book I’ve ever emailed the publisher about to request! … We won’t talk about how that ended. I will however admit that I have requested your book twice on EW. It’s not working out for me. I just have to wait.  I am so excited for it to finally be released so that I can read it. In my last letter,  I revealed just how impatient I am. Waiting for your book is a daily struggle. I can’t express how a book about a […]

Posted November 2, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour / 7 Comments
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