Sunday, May 31, 2015

Silence by Stacey R. Campbell

A Brief Summary:
Silence follows Blakely Henry as she tries to find her birth-father, something that most kids who are adopted try to do at one point or another in their lives. Blakely has a slight advantage over most, she's a queen so strings can be pulled and information can be found much quicker. Will this adventure end well, you're just going to have to read and see.

My Review:
This is a great short story. Seeing as it's a novella it's a very fast read, and in my opinion a very sweet one. It's set the summer after the events of Whisper, and brings back Blakely the protagonist of Hush.

Silence answers the question of what happened to Blakely's father. We knew he had been banished from Tamura when Blakely was conceived, but nothing more. So it was nice to learn a bit about where she came from.

I really enjoyed getting to read about Blakely again to see how she's changed from the first book. Also getting to see her interact with her family was a treat that wasn't really in the other books.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my free and honest review.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Omni by Andrea Murray

A Brief Summary:
In a caste system there are people who are loved and adored the artists, the healers, the intelligent ones, and then there are the ones that do the work that no one else wants to do, the drudges. In Omni, you only associate with people inside of your caste, or stratum as it's called. However when a drudge saves an extremely popular artist, things begin to change. Pierce, the drudge, is given a choice of his stratum instead of waiting for the test on his 18th birthday. However choices don't come without consequences, and whatever he chooses could destroy those he cares about.

My Review:
I loved, loved this book. The fact that is was based on the story of Paris and Helen of Troy. That there is an incredibly complex history, wonderfully crafted world, and complex characters. All of my big potential pet peeves were exceptionally well taken care of.

Pierce is my hands-down favorite characters. He's driven, he's a good guy, he's willing to defend someone he's never met, he's considerate, and he cares about his friend. I know I'm gushing, but he's so well written that I just can't help it. I also really enjoy his relationship with Harmony, it slow physically but goes deeper romantically, emotionally, quite quickly.

All in all it's a really good book and I can't wait to read the next one in the story.

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Omni Blog Tour and Giveaway!!!

Title: Omni (Book 1 of the Omni Duology)
Author: Andrea Murray
Publisher: Booktrope
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
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They will risk everything, even challenging the all-seeing eye of the Omni government. But will the prize be worth the cost? Seventeen-year-old Pierce is a Drudge, the lowest social stratum in society.  For over two years, he’s hoped—prayed—that his upcoming aptitude test will finally free him from his virtual slavery and give him a chance at a better existence. 

When he rescues Harmony, an Artist and member of the most successful stratum, his life takes an unbelievable twist. With his gallant act and good looks, he becomes a media sensation.  Every stratum in society seeks his membership for their publicity, but as he becomes closer to Harmony, Pierce realizes what fame in Omni is truly like. His choices will not only affect him but Harmony as well. The life Pierce thought he wanted may not be worth the cost to either of them.

Andrea Murry Author Pic   Author Bio: Andrea Murray has been teaching English for longer than most of her students have been alive. She has taught everything from elementary reading groups to concurrent credit classes. She is currently teaching junior high language arts. She has a BSE and an MA in English.

She lives in a very small town in Arkansas with her husband of nineteen years and their two children. In addition to teaching, she also blogs on Chick Lit Plus, writes young adult fiction, and recently completed her fourth novel, Omni, a YA dystopian based on the story of Paris and Helen. Andrea has also written The Vivid Trilogy, a YA paranormal romance. When she isn’t doing that, she’s probably reading or watching bad B movies.  

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Endless Possiblities Read-A-Thon!

Hey there all my dear readers I'm excited to announce that I'm going to be participating in a Read-A-Thon. It will take place from June 4th to June 6th, and along with taking time out to read some awesome books there is a bunch of stuff being hosted by Good Tales Book Tours so don't for get to check out and join in on their Facebook event, for a bunch of cool contests and things book related. Click here to check it out.

Also here is my current TBR list for the Read-A-Thon, I reserve the right to change this list multiple times before, and during the event because there are so many books that I want to read. But here it is in it's current state:

  1. Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash
  2. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
  3. Among the Ten Thousand by Julia Peirpont 
  4. Suffer the Children by Robert Earle

It's a work in progress but I like what I have so far and I can't wait to read them. I hope you all check out everything that's going on with the Read-A-Thon it's going to be a lot of fun!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Macyn's Letter Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Title: Macyn’s Letter (Book 1)
Series: Macyn McIntyre
Author: S.L. Stacker
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Publication Date: May 21st
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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A near-death experience at the hands of her husband would cause any woman to cling to her crippling trust issues and dating phobia, and Macyn McIntyre is no exception. Falling into the lap of a sexy stranger may persuade her to change her mind, but before Macyn realizes what’s happening, a second potential love interest is vying for her affections. When a threatening letter turns up in her mailbox, Macyn realizes choosing between two guys is the least of her worries. Abduction, violence, and rescue by an elite squad change the course of her life forever. When she seeks revenge on those who hurt her, she has to decide if she can trust the ones who vow they love her. Will Macyn be able to overcome her past and use their aid in her vendetta, or will she take matters into her own hands?

SL Stacker Author Pic Author Bio: S.L. Stacker is a romantic suspense author and novelist with Booktrope publishing and a member of International Thriller Writers association. She has written and published three books in the Macyn McIntyre series. Her current work includes several fiction novels, but her focus is Sisters of Summit Bay—to be published in 2015. When she isn’t throwing her readers for a loop and leaving them with cliffhangers, she can be found chilling with her husband, children, and dog.  

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Insight Kindling Blog Tour, Expcert and Giveaway!

Title: Insight Kindling

Series: The Call to Search Everywhen #2

Publication Date: January 13, 2015

Publisher: Czidor Lore, LLC

Book Links: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon || iTunes || Barnes & Nobles

Calla faces charges against her for changing the past. Her use of the Travel Glasses resulted in the creation of two writings that affected the lives of Edgar, the inventor of the Travel Glasses, and Valcas, their prior owner. Now Calla must explain her actions before the Time and Space Travel Agency.
The hearing does not end well. The travel commissioner finds Calla guilty as charged and forces her to choose between two harsh penalties.
Despite the risk of becoming lost herself, Calla accepts a dangerous travel mission that may help her find her father. She teams up with a group of talented travelers. While working with them, she soon discovers that she has a special travel talent of her own.
Pursued by the sentient being of white light that’s been tracking her father’s bloodline, Calla fears her newfound talents may not be enough to protect her and her teammates before they complete their mission.
Insight Kindling is the second installment in The Call to Search Everywhen serial series.

Excerpt from Insight Kindling!
I swallowed a lump in my throat.  “You knew my father,” I said.

“Plaka was the only true friend I ever had.”

“Tell me about him.”

Valcas shrugged.  “I haven’t seen your father in many years—more than two decades according to Earth years.  I wonder if I would recognize him now.”

I felt tears beginning to build, but I blinked them back and tried to sound angry.  “That’s not what I meant.  What was he like?  Where did you meet him?”

“Tell me something, Calla—”  Valcas stood up as he spoke.  “How comfortable was your life before meeting me?  Would you like to return to that?  Take some time to think before answering.”

I huffed.  “You’re very good at evading my questions.”

“You self-righteously assume that you deserve my answers.”  Valcas sneered as he turned to leave the room.

“Wait! I’m sorry—”  I clenched my fists.  No.  “I’m not sorry that I escaped you and took your travel glasses with me.  I feared for my life.  You locked me in a room for four days.  I had no idea that you were supposed to be protecting me.”

Valcas dipped his head and frowned.  I felt bad.  For the first time since meeting him, he looked like the one who’d been fooled.

“Why are you still protecting me?  Is that how you keep him…alive?”  I nearly swallowed my last word.  I’d assumed that my father had been dead for a long time.  I’d accepted that, but there was hope in not knowing for sure.  Maybe, I thought, it was Valcas who refused to let go, to believe that his friend was gone forever.    

“I’ve protected you only because Plaka asked it of me.”  Valcas stepped nearer to me, tight-jawed, looking down at me over crossed arms.

“Oh, so then the story wasn’t true about you needing me to stand in for a bride?”  The pitch of my voice rose higher the more I tried to keep it under control.  “How do you expect me to believe anything you say?”

“Yes, it was true,” he spat.  “It just so happened that the situation also gave me a good reason to keep a closer eye on you.”

“Why not ask my mother how I was doing?  You seem to know her pretty well.”  I frowned, crossing my arms too.  I never asked him to protect me.  And, as far as I knew, he wasn’t very good at it.

“I went to prison for you.”

“That sounds like a good place for a kidnapper to me!”

Valcas gritted his teeth but said nothing as he left the room.

I sat in silence, waiting.  I felt chilled, betrayed and, now that Valcas was gone, lonely.

Chess Desalls Bio PicAuthor Bio:

Chess Desalls recently authored the first two installments of the YA time travel series, The Call to Search Everywhen. She's a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly young adult fiction. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Free To Be Me Blog Hop

Today's theme is free to be me. All of the bloggers participating were asked to pick a book that describes who we are as readers, and what our freedom to read means to us.

I picked Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I picked this book because I've always felt a kinship with Maggie the protagonist.  She's a major bookworm, and never travels without a book, and I love that about her.

Inkheart is about Maggie discovering that her father can read things in and out of books. His ability is the reason her mother disappeared when Maggie was a child, she was read into the book Inkheart. When she was read in, other characters came out. After this life shaking discovery she discovers she has inherited his ability and she has to save him from the villain her father released so long ago.

This book, this series is spellbinding. You have incredibly vibrant characters, with gorgeous settings, and a wonderful, hate-able villain. I personally adore a good villain, a book is ruined without one. 


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Midnight Blog Tour and Giveaway!!

Title: Midnight
Author: Eve Eschenbacher
Publisher: Booktrope
Publication Date: May 11, 2015
Purchase Links: Amazon ~ Barnes & Nobles
Genre: Young Adult

When ordinary girl, Karen, waits out her last year of high school, she hopes for magic. Her small town has nothing for her and she longs for adventure, which she finds at a party of all places. Finally away from the small town minds she meets someone new.

Someone, who with a few scratches of ink on her skin, awakens a part of her she never knew about. All of a sudden Karen is shown a whole new world, and Gabriel wants her to make it hers. All she has to do is love him eternally. Her new life is magical and amazing, until her new powers bring a new threat.

Can she do what needs to be done? The sacrifices and decisions that will need to be made--Is she strong enough?      

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Author Bio: Eve Eschenbacher lives in the Pacific Northwest with her son and a very fluffy cat. By day she’s a video game voice-over producer, and by night she writes books and freelances as a Japanese translator. Always with a book and a video game close at hand, she probably spends too much time looking at screens.

Guest Post by Eve Eschenbacher

One of the themes of Midnight is history. I love the idea of someone who (spoiler alert!) gets stuck in the past, and gets to use their knowledge of history as a weapon. Personally, I’d love to have the same opportunity that Karen got, which helped in writing her. Maybe it was a little wish fulfillment there. :)
While Karen has to be careful to keep the world to the timeline she knows in order to avoid erasing her own existence (also known as the “Back to the Future effect”), she still gets a chance to play through historical events.
I have a thing for history, especially some of the gowns that the women got to wear. It was one of the reasons that I had Karen visit eighteenth century France. French language and culture has been a fascination of mine, and those big elaborate gowns are just gorgeous. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to wear one. I’m guessing that it would be pretty heavy, compared to my usual jeans and t-shirt combination.
Admittedly, I’ve never been to France. I studied the language for years, but I’ve just never had a chance to see it. It’s a place I’d love to visit someday, and now that Midnight has been published, maybe I should make it a point to go.
I did spend three years living in Japan, though. I immersed myself in the culture and history there, too. I found it utterly humbling to walk through temples that had been built a thousand years ago, and think that something had been standing for that long. I think I carried that over to Midnight.
As I was writing Midnight, I thought about adding in more historical events, but they were starting to drag down the pacing of the story, and some of them were a bit too obscure. My beta readers helped me pare them down so that they didn’t weigh the story down too much, and I think I got enough in there to keep it interesting without getting too overbearing.
How about you, dear readers? If you could live in any historical time, which one would you choose?

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Eden's Wish by M. Tara Crowl

A Brief Summary:
There are rules for everything, including having a genie. You know the drill, no wishing for more wishes, no changing the past, and wording is everything. However being a genie has it's own rules, no leaving the lamp except for granting, you're until you've filled your wish quota of 999 wishes, after that you get a wish of your own and are able to leave the lamp for good. Most genies are more then happy with this arrangement but Eden longs to live in the real world. So when she finds a chance to escape the lamp she takes it. However her masters haven't told her everything that's going on outside the lamp. In particular a century's old feud surrounding the lamp and it's powers. Will Eden cast aside the people who have cared for her since she was born in exchange for her freedom and in turn put unlimited power in wrong hands?

My Review:
I really loved this book. Eden is such cute heroine. She's extremely book smart but because of her unusual upbringing she's quite naive. Throughout the book she struggles to accept who and what she is, making this a charming growing up tale with a magical twist.

I also really liked the villain of the book Sylvana, and the entire power struggle surrounding the lamp. The loyalists vs. Sylvana's crew, both extremely powerful in their own right.

I'd really like to learn more about the alumni of the lamp and Eden's relationships with the mortals she meets. In other words I'd love a sequel. I could very easily see this blossoming into a series series.

This book is scheduled to be published on September 1st so be sure to look out for it!

I received this book courtesy of NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion in exchange for my free and honest review!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Jaded Blog Tour, Guest Post and Giveaway!!!

Title: Jaded (3 Part Serial Romance)

Author: Ali Parker

Publication Date: April 15, 2015

As a photographer for the New York Post, Kari Martin was used to seeing heartache and scandal up close. But one night at the club… her whole world changed.

Heartbroken and willing to call off her wedding, she decides a change is in order and moves from NYC to a small town in Maine, where the average age of the residents there is sixty (or thereabouts). She works to fit in perfectly, and tries like hell not to let anyone find out just how very jaded she’s recently become over the lie called love.

Jake Isaac left Texas quite a few years ago; his heart torn from his chest, and his mind set on being a bachelor forever. Maine would welcome him, give him land to explore and a community to belong to. Getting a job as the coach of the local junior high and serving on the fire department kept him busy — and labeled him a hometown hero — but the truth of his damaged heart was forever hidden.

No one would ever know just how jaded he was about love. That is… until he meets Kari.

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Author Bio

Ali Parker is a contemporary romance writer who is looking to flood the market this year with lots of great, quick reads. For those of you who love a full-length novel, we'll be boxing up the serial trilogies into a box set a week after the last release.

We're looking forward to putting out both Baited, and Ali's latest project, Jaded in the month of April.

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