Genre: Young Adult

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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FFBC Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

FFBC Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

This book was really good. I really enjoyed how driven Bex is. She know’s what she wants right from the beginning and she has a plan on how to get it for herself. She doesn’t expect anyone to do anything for her. She’s doing the hard work to make her own dreams come true. I really liked Bex. Jack  is tall, dark and mysterious right from the start. He notices Bex right from the start. Their flirting was just adorable and very unique. This wasn’t like any book I’ve read this year, maybe not ever. Bex has a really unusual passion. She likes to draw anatomy and wants to become a medical illustrator. Due to this goal, she asks permissions from the local college to have access to their Willed Body program. With this access she can draw cadavers and gain the experience and practice that she needs. I thought this was such a creative detail and a big part of me loved it. I know nothing about Medical illustration and I’ve never thought about the need for people to do that. It seems like every character has a weird name or an odd hobby these days, so at first my jaded mind was a little bitter about it. However, as I kept reading, it really grew on me. Bex’s hobby fits her character and is woven throughout the […]

Posted October 31, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 2 Comments
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Review: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Review: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1) by Elise Kova Series: Air Awakens #1 Published by Silver Wing Press on August 27th 2015 Genres: Epic, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult Pages: 287 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond… The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war. Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life sheÂ’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as sheÂ’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, VhallaÂ’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined. I wanted to read this book from the second I first saw it. First of all, I love fantasy. Every time I see a new fantasy novel, it piques my interest. Then, this book has such a great cover. To me, the cover art style seems very reminiscent of anime. Now, I’m not a huge anime fan, […]

Posted October 26, 2015 by Emily in Review / 8 Comments
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Review: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

Review: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons Published by Tor Teen on February 10th 2015 Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult Source: library Goodreads The HandmaidÂ’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder. In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when AyaÂ’s luck runs out and sheÂ’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning. I’ve been a huge fan of dystopian books since reading 1984 in Jr. High. I don’t want to date myself but this was long before dystopian novels became as popular as they are today. Back then my favorites were the classics; 1984 by George Orwell, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. If you are a fan of dystopians and you haven’t heard of or read these, you should right away. I could definitely […]

Posted October 15, 2015 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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SST Review: This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup

SST Review: This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup

This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup Published by Luminis Books, Inc. on October 1st 2015 Genres: Love & Romance, Young Adult Format: Paperback Source: ARC tour Buy on Amazon Sometimes Hope is the Most Extraordinary Gift of All. High-school radio host Jasmine Torres’s life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around. That is, until her brother DannyÂ’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and sheÂ’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her motherÂ’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about DannyÂ’s future. Then she meets Wes. HeÂ’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep her from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her. Jasmine canÂ’t control everything. Not who wins the internship, not her motherÂ’s addiction, not her brotherÂ’s health–not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but maybe what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all. It’s not everyday when  you read a book […]

Posted October 11, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 3 Comments
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Arc Review: Lost Girl by R.L. Stine

Arc Review: Lost Girl by R.L. Stine

The Lost Girl by R.L. Stine Series: Fear Street Relaunch #3 Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on September 29th 2015 Genres: horror, mystery, Young Adult Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Buy on Amazon Generations of children and teens have grown up on R.L. Stine’s bestselling and hugely popular horror series, Fear Street and Goosebumps. Now, the Fear Street series is back with a chilling new installment, packed with pure nightmare fodder that will scare Stine’s avid fan base of teen readers and adults. New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seemsÂ… and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident. Soon, Michael’s friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago. Frightening and tense in the way that only this master of horror can deliver, The Lost Girl is another terrifying Fear Street novel by the king of juvenile horror. This book took me way way back to  my youth. This review will probably date me but that’s fine. Back in the the days […]

Posted September 29, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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FFBC: Guest Post by Jennifer Walkup and GIVEAWAY

FFBC: Guest Post by Jennifer Walkup and GIVEAWAY

    I’m thrilled to have Jennifer Walkup here today. She’s listed 10 things that people wouldn’t normally guess about her. I love hearing about the little things that make people interesting. Jennifer picked some great ones too. I love to read but I feel more connected to authors when i feel like I know them. I’m starting This Ordinary Life today and I after reading Jennifer’s list I can’t wait!  10 things people wouldn’t guess about me This Ordinary Life is my second book published, but my sixth book written. My favorite color is yellow. Bright yellow, like sunshine yellow. My favorite pizza topping is broccoli and fresh garlic. It’s so good, trust me! 13 is my lucky number. I love writing on trains (which I wish I had opportunity to do more often). I love Halloween. ItÂ’s my absolute favorite day of the year! I have never read or seen any of the Harry Potter books or movies. (I know, I know, itÂ’s crazy! I need to get around to it sooner or later!) I have three tattoos. If I had to choose between never reading again and never writing again, I couldnÂ’t do it! I donÂ’t watch TV and therefore have no idea what most people are talking about much of the time. Ha!   Award-winning author Jennifer Walkup is most often found writing, reading, and […]

Posted September 26, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 0 Comments
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Review: The 5 Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

Review: The 5 Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson Published by Simon Pulse on January 20th 2015 Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, Death & Dying, Boys & Men, Comics & Graphic Novels, General Pages: 336 Source: Free for Review Goodreads Andrew Brawley was supposed to die that night. His parents did, and so did his sister, but he survived. Now he lives in the hospital. He serves food in the cafeteria, he hangs out with the nurses, and he sleeps in a forgotten supply closet. Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from his past, his guilt, and those who are trying to find him. Then one night Rusty is wheeled into the ER, burned on half his body by hateful classmates. His agony calls out to Drew like a beacon, pulling them both together through all their pain and grief. In Rusty, Drew sees hope, happiness, and a future for both of them. A future outside the hospital, and away from their pasts. But Drew knows that life is never that simple. Death roams the hospital, searching for Drew, and now Rusty. Drew lost his family, but he refuses to lose Rusty, too, so heÂ’s determined to make things right. HeÂ’s determined to bargain, and to settle his debts once and for all. But Death is not easily placated, and DrewÂ’s life will have to get worse […]

Posted September 14, 2015 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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ARC Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

ARC Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on September 1st 2015 Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Westerns Pages: 336 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Goodreads When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.      In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.    I had heard a lot about Vengeance Road before I had the opportunity to read it. I’m on Erin Bowman’s street team. To be honest though, I’m not exactly sure how that happened. I wasn’t sure I would be accepted to review this book because I am a newer blogger and I don’t have the impressive history or reader stats. All I have is my enthusiasm and my love of books! So I was thrilled when I got the email of […]

Posted September 2, 2015 by Emily in Review / 4 Comments
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Queen of Shadows is finally here!

Queen of Shadows is finally here!

I am one of three people on twitter who isn’t caught up enough to read Queen of Shadows today. I know. I know. I’m really hurting right now. PLEASE DON’T SPOIL ME! Despite that, I have read Throne of Glass and Assassin’s Blade and I’m reading Crown of Midnight right now. I am loving this series and I’m so glad that I don’t have to wait to read the next one when I finish Heir of Fire! There are some perks to discovering a series late! If you have no idea what series I’m talking about you are in luck! Today I’m part of a release blitz that is giving away the first 3 books  in the series (in paperback format). US only. So if youÂ’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. This is your chance to celebrate the hugely anticipated release of the fifth volume of this series by winning the first three! Plus, if you are caught up but your pre-order hasn’t arrived yet, you can read the first 5 chapters here for free!! Scroll down and check that out!  Title: QUEEN OF SHADOWS Author: Sarah J. Maas Pub. Date: September 1, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Pages: 656 Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Goodreads   Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.   Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been […]

Posted September 1, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Special Feature / 4 Comments
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