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FFBC Review: Flashfall

FFBC Review: Flashfall

Flashfall by Jenny Moyer Published by Henry Holt and Co. on November 15th 2016 Genres: Sci Fi, Dystopian, Young Adult Pages: 352 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city. But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it. 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.Flashfall is set in a dystopian world after some sort of nuclear war. Everything is covered in radiation. Orion, Dram and the rest of the people in Outpost Five are all Subpar so they have adapted to have some sort of radiation resistance. Flashfall’s […]

Posted November 15, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
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Waiting on Wednesday: Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Waiting on Wednesday: Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

  What I love This week’s book comes out in just six short days! None of us have to wait very long. I think that Gemina is one of most people’s highly anticipated reads for this year. I know that I’ve been looking forward to it since I closed Illuminae for the first time. However I wanted to take this WoW post to urge you to try the Illuminae and Gemina Audio books! I know that you wouldn’t think the Epistolary format of this books would make good audio books. However, I just finished listening to the Illuminae audio book in my car and it’s one of the best audio books I’ve ever heard. It has a full cast and tons of special effects. Just like the combination of primary documents in the physical books drags you into the story, the audio book is captivating. It’s impossible to walk away from. This Waiting on Wednesday is a special edition because I can’t wait for the Gemina Audio! I’ve already preordered the YA Chronicles box, so I will be getting a Gemina Hardcover but you can bet I will be listening to the audio as well. Do you like audio books?

Posted October 12, 2016 by Emily in WoW / 1 Comment
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Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky: Spotlight & Giveaway

Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky: Spotlight & Giveaway

Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky Published by Scholastic Press on October 11th 2016 Genres: Sci Fi, Dystopian, Young Adult Pages: 352 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads The Robots Are Rising Sixteen-year-old Frost understands why she’s spent her entire life in an abandoned apartment building. The ruined streets below are hunting grounds for rogue robots and Eaters. She understands why she’s never met a human besides her father. She even understands why he forbids her to look for medicine for her dying pet. But the thing is, it’s not her real father giving the orders . . . It’s his memories. Before he died, Frost’s father uploaded his consciousness into their robot servant. But the technology malfunctioned, and now her father fades in and out. So when Frost learns that there might be medicine on the other side of the ravaged city, she embarks on a dangerous journey to save the only living creature she loves. With only a robot as a companion, Frost must face terrors of all sorts, from outrunning the vicious Eaters . . . to talking to the first boy she’s ever set eyes on. But can a girl who’s only seen the world through books and dusty windows survive on her own? Or will her first journey from home be her last? This dystopian has robots, genetically engineered pets and monsters lurking […]

Posted October 10, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Crash Alive by Christopher Kerns

Awesome Indies: Crash Alive by Christopher Kerns

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Was this book inspired by something in particular? The inspiration for Crash Alive came from talking to my daughter. She’s a big reader, and interested in science and learning to code, but didn’t have any books with a strong, tech-savvy female protagonist. So, I decided to create one. Since the book has been published, I’ve received a lot of feedback from both men and women that Haylie Black—the heroine of the story that can hack any system in her path—is a refreshing take on a central character that they haven’t seen before. How do you develop your plots and characters? I based a good amount of the technology, locations, and secret societies that appear in Crash Alive on things that exist in the real world, so those details help to drive the plot of the story. For example, in the book, Haylie is trying to solve an internet puzzle to find her missing brother. That puzzle is based on a real-world phenomenon called Cicada 3301, a strange collection of puzzles and codes across the internet that no one has solved. By diving into the details of Cicada, I was able to plot out a storyline that was both exciting and a mirror of reality, at least to a point. How much research do you do? A ton, and it’s one […]

Posted September 16, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 1 Comment
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Awesome Indies: Sixty-Seven Salamaders by Jeff Joseph

Awesome Indies: Sixty-Seven Salamaders by Jeff Joseph

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page What inspires you? Being able to craft your own world and characters that seem so real and want to root for, inspire me to write. How long did this book take you to write? The 300 page Sixty-Seven Salamanders took me about six months to write. How do you develop your plots and characters? How I got my idea for Sixty-Seven Salamanders was totally random. I just woke up one night and had this idea that wouldn’t go away. For my characters, I look at my favorite characters from movies or video games and try to break down what made them so memorable to me. Then try and use that same formula to create new characters. What was the hardest part of writing this book? By far the hardest thing is actually forcing yourself to write the book when you’d just want to be lazy, haha. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? My favorite scenes to write are character interactions, because it allows me to make them seem more real. Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? I learned so much from writing this book, as it’s my first. Its made writing the sequel, Four Sovereigns, much easier. Can you share a little of your current work with us? I’m […]

Posted September 9, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Dakiti by EJ Fisch

Awesome Indies: Dakiti by EJ Fisch

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Tell us about your book.  Dakiti: Ziva Payvan Book 1 was, as you might guess, my first novel. Sure, itÂ’s the first installment in my series, but it was also the first novel-length story I ever completed. I actually wrote the majority of the book during my senior year of high school and finished it in the fall of 2010. Then I set it aside and that was that; back then, I had no intention of ever publishing and wrote primarily for fun. Finally, in about February 2014, I stopped and realized IÂ’d finished Dakiti, its sequel, and was dabbling in the third book, and I had nothing to show for it. So I went back and gave it a massive facelift in preparation for self-publishing (one of the biggest decisions IÂ’ve ever made!) and the rest is history. The book is sort of space opera/space fantasy with some thriller elements thrown in. The story centers around a superhuman race of characters who work for the primary law enforcement agency on their home planet. Ziva Payvan, my female lead, is a covert operative and assassin who is forced to team up with my male lead, Aroska Tarbic, because he possesses a certain skill set that will help with her current mission. ThereÂ’s just one problem: two years ago, Ziva killed […]

Posted July 29, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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Review: Ready Player One by Earnest Cline

Review: Ready Player One by Earnest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Published by Crown Publishers on August 16th 2011 Genres: Action & Adventure, Sci Fi Pages: 374 Format: Audio Source: library Buy on Amazon In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. Reading Ready Player One wasn’t 100% my choice. I had heard about Ready Player One, specifically from Penny Arcade (an online webcomic for you non nerds). The review seems to be long gone now (it was in a news post) but I remember it wasn’t all that good. I didn’t pick it up then and I forgot about it for a long time. Some friends were reading it for their book club podcast, The Blind Spot Book Club, and I wanted to be ready […]

Posted July 25, 2016 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Sixth Prime by Dan O’Brien

Awesome Indies: Sixth Prime by Dan O’Brien

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page I’m happy to introduce Dan today, celebrating the release of his book, Sixth Prime, with a guest post. Guest Post When I started writing Sixth Prime, I decided early on to do something very deliberate: I would make half the main characters female; I would make sure the personalities better reflected the myriad of the human experience; and I would describe characters without using skin color or any physical identifiers. You might be wondering: what exactly is the point of that? Women represent half the population.  I would be remiss if I ignored the statistics right in front of me. 82% of readers are female, so why wouldn’t you include female characters when so many readers are women. I don’t mean the traditional roles of queens and romantic interests; I’m talking about adventurers and villains, scientists and soldiers, and everything in between. The goal should be to tell the best possible story. I waited until I had outlined everything, and then randomly assigned characters as men and women (this includes romantic relationships as well, so buckle your seatbelts). Personality guides behavior and decision-making. I went to graduate school for psychology, and as such I’ve always had a fascination with why people do what they do. This, naturally, translated into thinking about how I could smuggle personality psychology into a narrative. The Prime saga, beginning […]

Posted July 22, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie, Guest Post / 0 Comments
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