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Rockstar Review: Shadow Call by AdriAnne Strickland and Michael Miller

Posted April 9, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

Rockstar Review: Shadow Call by AdriAnne Strickland and Michael Miller

Rockstar Review: Shadow Call by AdriAnne Strickland and Michael MillerShadow Call by AdriAnne Strickland, Michael Miller
Series: Kaitan Chronicles #2
Published by Delacorte Press on April 17th 2018
Genres: Sci Fi, Fantasy
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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four-stars

His throne. Her rebellion. Their war.

Qole is the youngest starship captain in living memory on her homeworld of Alaxak and has spent her life hunting a dangerous energy source called Shadow. Alaxans distrust and evade the galaxy’s royalty as a rule, but Qole is now harboring the exiled Prince Nevarian Dracorte, along with some very conflicting feelings about it—and him.

Nev’s feelings are just as complicated, but not towards her. When it comes to Qole, he knows one thing: he’d do anything to stay with her. But when Alaxak is attacked and Nev finds himself framed for murder, he realizes the only way to help Qole and her people is to fight for the throne that should be his. To become the royal she might hate.

As for Qole, she would never have imagined herself as the leader of a rebellion. Despite that, she soon realizes that hiding from her power is no longer an option. It’s time to answer the call, even if it kills her.

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.

Don’t forget the first book!

Rockstar Review: Shadow Call by AdriAnne Strickland and Michael MillerShadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland, Michael Miller
Series: Kaitan Chronicles #1
Published by Delacorte Press on March 21st 2017
Genres: Sci Fi, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 390
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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four-stars

Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can't resist her, even if her ship is an antique.

As for Nev, he's a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.

But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they're more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive.

Nev's mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she'll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power--and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew.

Review

Pacing in sequels can be very difficult! It’s hard to know what the right amount of action is when an author is stretching the story into three or more books. Book two can definitely drag sometimes. Shadow Call doesn’t fall prey to this curse though. It’s action packed and fast moving. It held up to the standard that Shadow Run set in book one.

I loved all the characters. Coming back to them was like running into old friends. Nev and Qole are of course my favorites but all the of the supporting characters really keep the book running. Arjan and Eton are back with Telu and Basra. Unfortunately, there are ramifications and lots of hard feelings left over from the results of Shadow Run. A great cast of characters makes the book for me and this book did not disappoint.

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About the Author

ADRIANNE STRICKLAND and MICHAEL MILLER met in their hometown of Palmer, Alaska, where they agreed on 99% of book taste and thus decided to write together. Adri spends her summers as a commercial fisherwoman in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and the rest of the year writing. Michael grew up off the grid in a homestead in Alaska and now works in IT and tech. This is their second book together.

Find AdriAnne:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Find Michael:

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Giveaway

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of SHADOW CALL, US Only.

Ends on May 4th at Midnight EST!

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Follow the Tour

Week One:

4/2/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review
4/3/2018- Wonder Struck– Review
4/4/2018- Rhythmicbooktrovert – Review
4/5/2018- Jena Brown Writes– Review
4/6/2018- YA Obsessed– Review

Week Two:

4/9/2018- Emily Reads Everything– Review
4/10/2018- laura’s bookish corner– Review
4/11/2018- Literary Meanderings– Excerpt
4/12/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt
4/13/2018- Good Choice Reading– Review

Week Three:

4/16/2018- Rachel’s Book Reviews– Review
4/17/2018- Skye’s Scribblings– Review
4/18/2018- BookHounds YA– Excerpt
4/19/2018- The Desert Bibliophile– Review
4/20/2018- Seeing Double in Neverland– Excerpt

Week Four:

4/23/2018- Book-Keeping– Review
4/24/2018- lori’s little house of reviews– Review
4/25/2018- Books at Dawn– Excerpt
4/26/2018- Read. Eat. Love.– Review
4/27/2018- MNBernard Books– Excerpt

Week Five:

4/30/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

 

four-stars

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Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Posted December 17, 2015 by Emily in Review / 3 Comments

Review: Dumplin’ by Julie MurphyDumplin' by Julie Murphy
Published by Balzer + Bray on September 15th 2015
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 384
Format: hardcover
Source: library
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Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.
Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.
With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

I had heard a lot about this book before I finally got the chance to pick it up.  If anything, it surpassed all of my expectations. Body positive is an understatement. Willowdean is proudly, unapologetically, beautifully herself. In a world where women always have to think about how they act, how they look, how they present themselves, Willowdean is a breath of fresh air.

My favorite part of this book was probably how Willowdean felt when she went into Sweet 16, where her friend Ellie works. Willowdean is uncomfortable. She didn’t apply for a job at Sweet 16 because she didn’t want to work where she can’t wear the clothes. She also doesn’t really want to bring it up or make a big deal out of it if Ellie hasn’t thought of it herself. This hit so close to home for me. This was every shopping trip I took in college with my college friends. This was my life. Willowdean, though, she doesn’t feel bad about it. I love that about her.

This is the book that I wish I read in high school. If I had, maybe it wouldn’t have taken me so long to grown into my skin. I had to learn to like myself. I’ve always been stubborn and I definitely took the long, hard way around when it came to learning this lesson. If I had Dumplin’ to read, maybe it wouldn’t have taken so many years to learn to love myself.  I can’t say enough how grateful I am to Julie Murphy for writing this book. There are girls who need to read it. I know because I am one.

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Arc Review: Untamed by Madeline Dyer

Arc Review: Untamed by Madeline Dyer

Untamed (Untamed, #1) by Madeline Dyer Series: Untamed #1 Published by Prizm Books on May 20, 2015 Pages: 315 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, SevenÂ’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. DonÂ’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides–because once youÂ’re Enhanced thereÂ’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being. But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemyÂ’s power. Realizing itÂ’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if sheÂ’s to escape and save her family from the same fate. Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things arenÂ’t clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes. Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors. The premise of this book […]

Posted December 16, 2015 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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Mini Review: George by Alex Gino

Mini Review: George by Alex Gino

George by Alex Gino Published by Scholastic Press on August 25th 2015 Genres: LGBT Format: hardcover Source: library Buy on Amazon BE WHO YOU ARE. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.   With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all. I loved this book! I’m so excited to have read it and be able to recommend it to everyone! However, its really difficult for me to review a book like this. I don’t know how to say enough nice things about it. The writing is top notch.  The story is told from George’s perspective. I loved reading about her thoughts and feelings. She knows she is really Melissa inside but she’s afraid that no one will understand. She spends all her time focusing on hiding her true self. while at the same time she hates […]

Posted December 10, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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FFBC: Untamed by Madeline Dyer

FFBC: Untamed by Madeline Dyer

Review to come later this month 😀 BOOK LINKS: Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25537576-untamed Amazon: http://amzn.to/1NDJyjv B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/untamed-madeline-dyer/1122078467?ean=9781610409186 iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/untamed/id996879931?mt=11 Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/es-es/ebook/untamed-60 ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Madeline Dyer lives in the southwest of England, and has a strong love for anything dystopian, ghostly, or paranormal. She can frequently be found exploring wild places, and at least one notebook is known to follow her wherever she goes. Aside from writing, Madeline enjoys reading, painting, and inline skating.Untamed is her debut novel. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Posted October 18, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 0 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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Review: Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis

Review: Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis

Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis Published by Clean Teen Publishing on August 25. 2015 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Buy on Amazon Jennifer Anne Davis’s best-selling True Reign series captivated readers from the very first page. Now, get ready to become entangled in the follow-up series, Reign of Secrets. In this new series, follow Allyssa, the daughter of the beloved Emperor Darmik and Empress Rema— and find out what happens after happily ever after. Seventeen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of Emperion—sheÂ’s beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret persona—that of a vigilante—to hunt down criminals and help her people firsthand. Unfortunately, her nightly escapades will have to wait because the citizens of Emperion may need saving from something much bigger than common criminals. War is encroaching on their country and in order to protect her people, Allyssa may have to sacrifice her heart. Forced to entertain an alliance through marriage with a handsome prince from a neighboring kingdom, she finds herself feeling even more stifled than before. To make matters worse, the prince has stuck his nosy squire, Jarvik, to watch her every move. Jarvik is infuriating, bossy and unfortunately, the only person she can turn to when she unveils a heinous plot. Together, […]

Posted October 13, 2015 by Emily in Review / 5 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: Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

ARC Review: Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender Published by Point on August 25th 2015 Source: Free for Review Goodreads In this asylum, your mind plays tricks on you all the timeÂ… DeliaÂ’s new house isnÂ’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females—an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself. But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia gets trapped. And thatÂ’s when she learns that the house is also haunted. Ghost girls wander the halls in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia finds that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, as well, harbors shocking truths within its walls—truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free. But sheÂ’ll need to act quickly, before the houseÂ’s power overtakes everything she loves. From master of suspense Katie Alender comes a riveting tale of twisted memories and betrayals, and the meaning of madness. I was sent this book directly from the publisher. My first book mail ever! I was looking forward to reading it because it looked creepy. I grew up reading Stephen King, Dean Koontz and […]

Posted September 28, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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ARC Review: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

ARC Review: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett Series: Blood and Salt #1 Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on September 22nd 2015 Pages: 352 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Buy on Amazon Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror. “When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.” These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time. Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the townÂ’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own. As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before itÂ’s too late. Before sheÂ’s all in—blood and salt. I’m really torn up about this book. The ups and downs have been killing me! This is the first book that I’ve actually received […]

Posted September 21, 2015 by Emily in Review / 3 Comments
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