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SST: Interview with Brianna Shrum and Giveaway!

SST: Interview with Brianna Shrum and Giveaway!

Never Never by Brianna Shrum Series: Never Never #1 Published by Spencer Hill Press on September 22, 2015 Buy on Amazon James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up. When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by childrenÂ’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up. But grow up he does. And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate. This story isnÂ’t about Peter Pan; itÂ’s about the boy whose life he stole. ItÂ’s about a man in a world that hates men. ItÂ’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan. Except one. If you are even the least bit excited about Never Never (and I know I am!), then you have to read this interview of Brianna Shrum. She […]

Posted September 20, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, interview / 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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ARC Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

ARC Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey Series: Hunter #1 Published by Disney Electronic Content on September 1st 2015 Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Epic, Young Adult Pages: 254 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Goodreads Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks. Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes. With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic […]

Posted September 1, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Guest Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Guest Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on June 2nd 2015 Pages: 344 Format: Paperback Source: library Buy on Amazon Goodreads In a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. MoritzÂ’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine. This entire review is based on one very minor book spoiler that is not in the description. **Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for an exciting update from Audible.com** I was very excited to read Because YouÂ’ll Never Meet Me. It was highly […]

Posted August 5, 2015 by Emily in Review / 8 Comments
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ARC Review: What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

ARC Review: What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 4th 2015 Pages: 320 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley, Free for Review Buy on Amazon ItÂ’s all RydenÂ’s fault. If he hadnÂ’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, heÂ’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And itÂ’s not like heÂ’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. SheÂ’s fun and energetic—and doesnÂ’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of MegÂ’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and RydenÂ’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he canÂ’t let go of the past? Sometimes, when I’m reading, I connect to a book on a very personal level. This book was one of those very personal reads for me. I don’t make a secret of it. I’m a cancer survivor and in March it will be 13 years. Now, at 20, I was a little […]

Posted August 4, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Blog Tour: Awakened by Patricia Vanasse and Giveaway!

Blog Tour: Awakened by Patricia Vanasse and Giveaway!

I’m very excited to bring you this review today. I was happy to be able to read both Resilient, the first book in this series as well as Awakened, the second book. I really enjoyed Resilient so I knew I would like Awakened as well. Title:  Awakened Author: Patricia Vanasse Genre: YA Sci fi Dystopian Format: Ebook 266 pages Publishing Information: 7/13/15 Pants On Fire Press Source: Free for review Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis In an attempt to protect their families, Livia and Adam set out in a search for answers that would change their lives forever. While on the run, Livia and Adam crossed paths with Daniel, who had been searching for them and the five other genetically enhanced teens Daniel knew existed. But getting out from under The AgencyÂ’s radar has not been easy. After being ambushed by the leader of The Agency that created them—a desperate attempt to claim what they lost just over a decade earlier—Livia was forced to leave an injured Adam behind, barely escaping to safety with Daniel.  Now under the control of The Agency, Adam is serving the purpose for which he was created. Manipulated to forget his love for Livia and his past, he lives a life crafted by fake memories that enslave him to a life of following the orders of The Agency. Adam battles with vivid “dreams” of a life he does not […]

Posted July 21, 2015 by Emily in Giveaway, Review, Special Feature / 2 Comments
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Review: Control by Lydia Kang

Review: Control by Lydia Kang

Control by Lydia Kang Published by Speak on February 5th 2015 Pages: 416 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon “Control blew me away. The twists and turns and suspense made for a thrilling ride . . .  Highly recommended” – James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze RunnerSet in 2150 — in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms — this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.When their overprotective father is killed in a terrible accident, Zel and her younger sister, Dylia, are lost in grief. But it’s not until strangers appear, using bizarre sensory weapons, that the life they had is truly eviscerated. Zel ends up in a safe house for teens that aren’t like any she’s ever seen — teens who, by law, shouldn’t even exist. One of them — an angry tattooed boy haunted by tragedy — can help Zel reunite with her sister.But only if she is willing to lose him. This book had several things going for it. The main character, Zel, suffers from Ondine’s Curse. This is the nickname for two real disease and could refer to either congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) or primary alveolar hypoventilation. Basically, Zel’s brain doesn’t tell her lungs […]

Posted July 14, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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ARC Review: Another Day by David Levithan

ARC Review: Another Day by David Levithan

  Title: Another Day Author: David Levithan Genre: YA Format: Paperrback, 336 Pages Publishing Information: 8/25/15 by Knopf Books for Young Readers Source: Free ARC from TLA Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She focuses on getting through school and not upsetting Justin. She follows the rules she has made for herself. Don’t be needy. Don’t upset him. Don’t expect too much. Then one day, one perfect day, Justin becomes the man that Rhiannon always wished he would be. And everything changes. Thoughts I posted earlier about Every Day in my TTT Thursday post. This is the companion to that book. It’s not really a sequel.  Then I said that I thought Every Day by David Levithan was a really interesting premise. In Every Day, every day is always different for A. Every single day, A wakes up in a different person. A doesn’t know why this happens but its been true for as long as A can remember. This works until the day that A wakes up as Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. Another Day follows the same characters in the same story but it tells the story from Rhiannon’s perspective. As soon as I saw this book in the author signing line. I knew I had to have it! If you liked Every Day, Another Day is a must read. If you haven’t read Every Day yet, […]

Posted June 30, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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