Genre: Young Adult

Rockstar Review and GIVEAWAY: Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill

Posted December 4, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

Rockstar Review and GIVEAWAY: Ever the Brave by Erin SummerillEver 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
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three-half-stars

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!

Rockstar Review and GIVEAWAY: Ever the Brave by Erin SummerillEver the Hunted by Erin Summerill
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Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on December 27th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 392
Format: Paperback
Source: Free for Review, the publisher
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four-stars

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

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 saved Aodren, she’s bonded to him now and no longer connected to Cohen. Because of that, Cohen and Britta didn’t share a lot of screen time in this book and I found their connection lacking.

It was very very busy. SO much happened and it felt like it would have been better served as two books instead of one. I loved all of the new information and the new characters but I really wanted more time with them. There was so much going on in this book that I felt like I didn’t get enough information about anything.

 

About the Author

Erin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.

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Week One:

11/27/2017- Bibliobibuli YA– Interview

11/28/2017- Books and Things– Review

11/29/2017- Novel Novice– Guest Post

11/30/2017- YA and Wine– Review

12/1/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

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12/4/2017- Emily Reads Everything– Review

12/5/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

12/6/2017- Dani Reviews Things– Review

12/7/2017- Never Too Many To Read– Interview

12/8/2017- Book Briefs– Review

 

 

three-half-stars

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Rockstar Arc Review: Into the Black by Ava Jae

Posted November 14, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

Rockstar Arc Review: Into the Black by Ava Jae

Rockstar Arc Review: Into the Black by Ava JaeInto 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
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four-stars

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 I was going to be sorely disappointed if I never got to read about Kora and Eros again. Don’t get me wrong, Beyond the Red does not have a cliffhanger. It is a complete story. It just left me wanting so much more. Into the Black definitely lived up to what I was hoping for. The characters are established, the world is the same one I enjoyed from Beyond the Red, everything was in place and this was the completely of the story I wanted. Where I loved the character development in Beyond the Red, What I really enjoyed in Into the Black was the politics. There is so much going on! Not to post too many spoilers but the ending of Beyond the Red flipped everything upside down and it was incredibly satisfying to find out what happened after.

****I’m going to assume that you’ve read Beyond the Red from this point on, so please don’t continue if you are afraid of spoilers.****

The roles in this book have flipped and I loved it. Eros is now the rightful heir, except no one wants to consider him based on the politics and prejudices of the world. Kora has gone from being Avra to being no one and she really doesn’t like it. It was fun for me as she had to struggle to adjust to her new circumstances and grow as a person. Eros on the other hand, had to come to terms with being the heir to the throne of a society that hates him. His journey was just as amazing as Kora’s because he has to learn forgiveness if he’s going to be able to change anything at all.

I really enjoyed this series. Into the Black was the ending that it needed. I definitely recommend that you read it for the characters. I fell in love with Kora and Eros all over again. If I had one little tiny quibble, it would be that the ending was too perfect. It wrapped up too neatly in the last 30 pages. The entire book was struggle struggle struggle and then oh, it’s done. I don’t know how you can change that but it was a tiny let down after 200 pages of awesome.

About the Author:

Ava JaeAva Jae is a writer, an Assistant Editor at Entangled Publishing, and is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. Her YA Sci-Fi debut, BEYOND THE RED, is releasing March 2016 from Sky Pony Press. When sheÂ’s not writing about kissing, superpowers, explosions, and aliens, you can find her with her nose buried in a book, nerding out over the latest X-Men news, or hanging out on her
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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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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli on April 11, 2017 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Pages: 336 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right? 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.Upside of The Upside of Unrequited was one of the best books I’ve read this year. It was maybe one of the best books I’ve ever read in my life. However, it wasn’t an easy read or a comfortable read. I saw myself in […]

Posted May 5, 2017 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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FFBC: BlackSouls

FFBC: BlackSouls

I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for this book since the second I read BlackHearts ending. It’s ending was so heart wrenching that I was torn when I started BlackSouls. One one hand, I was really excited. I NEEDED to know what happened to Teach and Anne. Blackhearts ended with them in such a precarious position. Still, on the other hand, I was almost hesitant to pick it up. I was scared to know what was going to happen to Anne and Teach in this book. Would their love survive??? When I first started BlackHearts, Nicole actually messaged me on twitter to tell me that it wasn’t so much about pirates. I was perfectly OK with that, BlackHearts didn’t need pirates. It wasn’t a pirate book. If that disappointed you though, you will love BlackSouls. It has all the piratical accouterments that you want and that you might have found lacking in the first book, PLUS romance. How can you go wrong? You can’t. Read this book. For me though, the best part of BlackSouls was the new ensemble cast. There are a bunch of new characters to meet and fall in love with (and you will). I loved the quiet charm of the first book but I also love all the ships and battles and action of the second. I don’t know what the next one will hold, […]

Posted April 26, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Special Feature / 2 Comments
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Arc Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Arc Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh Series: Flame in the Mist #1 Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on May 16th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 368 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace. Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets […]

Posted April 21, 2017 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Waiting on Wednesday: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Waiting on Wednesday: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

The synopsis AND the author have me chomping at the bit for this book. I loved Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf series which is an alternate history WWII story. Invictus includes time-traveling, plundering pirates, and a mysterious girl that has life-changing knowledge (anyone smell romance, because I do!) The synopsis mentions the Titanic and I’m interested to see how real history mixes with Graudin’s imagination again. Her writing is superb and her ideas are always original. This September release can’t come soon enough for me!

Posted April 19, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features, WoW / 0 Comments
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2017 SerendipiTEA Tour: Shaila Patel

2017 SerendipiTEA Tour: Shaila Patel

Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Books-a-Million | Google Play | Kobo As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever-after, Shaila Patel writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she’s a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. Her debut, SOULMATED, won the 2015 Chanticleer Book Reviews’ Paranormal Awards for Young Adults, and is part of her Joining of Souls Series. She loves traveling, craft beer, tea, and reading a good book in a cozy window seat—but she’ll read anywhere. You might even find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light, or connecting with other readers online. To learn more, visit her website at www.shailapatelauthor.com or find her online. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads   Description of my tea My Soulmated inspired tea is a blend of the Assam that’s found in Irish Breakfast Tea and Indian chai spices: cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and whole peppercorn. There’s even a bit of lemongrass thrown in—something my parents used to add to their chai while I was growing up. A little bit about my book Liam Whelan, an Irish empath prince, is being forced by his parents to find his empath soul mate. The rare and legendary […]

Posted April 17, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 0 Comments
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Joint Review: When Dimple Met Rishi

Joint Review: When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Published by Simon Pulse on May 30th 2017 Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, romance Pages: 320 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not? Dimple and […]

Posted April 10, 2017 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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