Genre: Sci Fi

Debut Author Bash: Emily Skrutski

Debut Author Bash: Emily Skrutski

For the second year, I’m thrilled to be participating in the YaReads New Author Bash! Hosted by Ya Reads, this is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate new authors! I won the lottery and I’m so excited to introduce Emily Skrutskie! I just love the book, The Abyss Surrounds Us and IÂ’m so excited to have her on my blog today!  What was your writing process for TASU? How long did it take you to write? I actually wrote TASU during the spring semester of my junior year of college. I kept a consistent but relatively light schedule—I tried to write at least 300 words every day, stealing time between classes and before I collapsed in bed each night. It was my most difficult semester of college academically, and it seems impossible that I somehow passed all my classes AND wrote a book at the same time. Which character do you think is most like you? How about the character that is least like yourself? As a fellow blue-eyed, bad-haired, ridiculously self-sacrificing, will-do-anything-for-approval person, IÂ’m going to have to go with Swift. Least like me is a trickier question, since I feel like I infused bits of myself into every character in some way or another. Maybe Lemon—Lemon rarely speaks unless necessary, and IÂ’m always unnecessarily speaking. Is there any news about a sequel or a companion novel to TASU? The […]

Posted June 13, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Events and Features, interview / 2 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Omnilogos by Michele Amitrani

Awesome Indies: Omnilogos by Michele Amitrani

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page How long did this book take you to write? Omnilogos was not an easy book to write. Lot of researches had to be done to make the story sound believable and compelling. I wrote the book in Italian first (I was born and raised in Italy, English is just my second language). It took me around three years and a half to finish writing it. I then decided to translate it into English by myself and to have it revised by several beta readers and proofreaders, a process that took another full year. LetÂ’s say around four years to have the final product (Omnilogos: Extended Edition) ready to be published the way I really wanted. How do you develop your plots and characters? The way I develop my plots is slowly evolving and becoming more systematized, so to speak. With Omnilogos, for instance, I usually wrote a chapter having in mind primarily the next chapter, or the previous one, with just a general idea of the overall plot. However with its sequel, Pelargonium, and the following books of the series, IÂ’m trying to develop the whole plot first, and then write the single chapters. I donÂ’t always succeed in doing this. Sometimes I just canÂ’t help to write a chapter, and restructure part of the plot around it. So I […]

Posted June 10, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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Review: The Girl from Everywhere

Review: The Girl from Everywhere

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig Series: The Girl from Everywhere #1 Published by Greenwillow Books on February 16th 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci Fi, Historical Pages: 464 Format: Paperback Buy on Amazon It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer. Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times – although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix’s father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix’s existence rather dangerously in question… Nix has grown used to her father’s obsession, but only because she’s convinced it can’t work. But then a map falls into her father’s lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it’s that losing the person you love is a torment that no one […]

Posted February 17, 2016 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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ARC Review: Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen

ARC Review: Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen

Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen Published by Entangled Embrace on February 8th 2016 Genres: Sci Fi, romance Pages: 266 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley Buy on Amazon Dead Rock, Texas, 2037 Raleigh Williams made a promise to his brother before he died, that heÂ’d scatter his ashes on Mars. Desperate to leave a life of bad memories behind and start over in the Martian colony, Raleigh fully intends to keep that promise. But his plans are thwarted when a meteor near-misses him in the desert, and Raleigh finds in its crater not debris or even a spacecraft, but a man covered in swirling scars and with no memory of who he is. At least he looks like a man—a man Raleigh canÂ’t seem to keep his eyes off of—but whenever they touch it ignites a memory swap between them. Raleigh agrees to help Meteor Man piece together his life through their cosmic connection. But the memory share goes both ways, and Raleigh becomes inexplicably entangled with a guy who is everything he needs—everything good that Raleigh is not—but might not even be human. As their minds and worlds collide, reality unravels and Raleigh must face a painful truth, one that could shatter his dreams of finding love, reaching Mars, and fulfilling his brotherÂ’s last wish. I’m pretty sure that I requested this book on Netgalley immediately when I got the […]

Posted February 9, 2016 by Emily in 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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Review: Double Life by S. Usher Evans

Review: Double Life by S. Usher Evans

Double Life by S. Usher Evans Series: Razia #1 Published by S. Usher Evans on June 12th 2014 Genres: Sci Fi, Young Adult Pages: 244 Format: ebook Buy on Amazon Piracy is a game. How much are you worth? Since she was a little girl, everyone – from her father to the Great Creator himself – told Lyssa Peate the same thing: she’s worthless. But when she becomes the pirate bounty hunter Razia, she can see the price tag on her own head. Employed by one of the four pirate syndicates, she uses bank transactions and her considerable wits to capture rival members. At least, she would be if Razia’s boss ever gave her a chance. It’s a manÂ’s world, and all sheÂ’s allowed to hunt are purse snatchers while she languishes on probation. To pay the bills, she’s stuck in her old life as Lyssa, discovering and analyzing distant planets and selling them for cash. She’s doing just enough to stay out of trouble, pretending to be continuing her father’s mysterious research while away for long periods of time. Her slimy boss is always asking questions and even assigns one of her younger brothers, Vel, to intern with her. Already struggling to keep the balance between her double lives, she tries everything to rid herself of the kid… …until the universal police mistake LyssaÂ’s intern for Razia’s hostage. […]

Posted January 12, 2016 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Review: Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins

Review: Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins

Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins Published by Sourcebooks Fire on November 3rd 2015 Genres: Fiction, mystery, Sci Fi Pages: 336 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time Cassandra craves drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach claiming it’s his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making. As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence’s life—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change historyÂ…or risk losing Lawrence forever. When I was reading this book, I kept thinking of the movie, The Lake House. They aren’t overly similar, expect they do share two features. Whey are both based at a vacation home on the water and they are both time travel books. Still, reading this book made me want to go rent and rewatch The Lake House. I only have a vague memory of it and a feeling that I liked it. This book had a similar feel even though the plot was very different. This was a extremely quick read. […]

Posted November 4, 2015 by Emily in Review / 3 Comments
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Release Blitz: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Release Blitz: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

So  WOLF BY WOLF by Ryan Graudin releases this week! Have you heard about it? Its an alternative history and an epic sci fi novel all rolled into one! Psst! There’s also a fantastic giveaway if  you keep on reading. All the details are laid out before you. I especially love the what Ryan Graudin had to say about this novel! Check it out below.   This blitz includes a giveaway for a signed finished copy of the book with a special WOLF BY WOLF pin! US only. Who doesn’t love swag?!? So if youÂ’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. Straight from Ryan Graudin! “Once upon a different time, there was a girl who lived in a kingdom of death. Wolves howled up her arm. A whole pack of them–made of tattoo ink and pain, memory and loss. It was the only thing about her that ever stayed the same. Her story begins on a train.” And so begins the story of Yael, a girl who can change her appearance to mimic any other female. A girl who must win a 20,000 kilometer cross-continental motorcycle race from Germania to Tokyo so that she can have an audience with Adolf Hitler. A girl who has every intention of killing him. Whenever I describe the premise of WOLF BY WOLF to people, the reactions I get are quite similar. It’s the […]

Posted October 22, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour / 0 Comments
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ARC Review: Breakout by Ann Aguirre

ARC Review: Breakout by Ann Aguirre

Breakout (Dred Chronicles, #3) by Ann Aguirre Published by Ace on August 25th 2015 Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, General, Sci Fi Pages: 336 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Goodreads All hell is breaking loose in the edge-of-your-seat follow-up to Havoc and Perdition from New York Times bestselling author Ann AguirreÂ… The prison ship Perdition has become a post-battle charnel house with only a handful of DredÂ’s soldiers still standing and now being hunted by SilenceÂ’s trained tongueless assassins. Forging an uneasy alliance with mercenary commander Vost—who is their only chance at escape—the Dread Queen will do whatever it takes to end her life sentence on Perdition and keep the survivors alive long enough to cobble together a transport capable of getting them off station. If Dred and her crew can win the deadly game of cat and mouse, the payoff is not only life but freedom—a prize sweeter than their wildest dreams. Yet the sadistic Silence would rather destroy Perdition than let a single soul slip from her graspÂ… Ann Aguirre has done it again! Before I get into the review, I should mention that this is the series finale. There are two other books ahead of this one. The other two books in this series are below. Perdition and Havoc, Dred Chronicles 1 and 2 also I’ve been a huge fan of her Sirantha Jax […]

Posted August 25, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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