Glitter Review

This book had me had “Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette”.

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Let’s take a look at Glitter.


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Outside the palace of Versailles, it‚Äôs modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it‚Äôs the eighteenth century‚ÄĒwith the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it‚Äôs about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret‚ÄĒfalling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls‚ÄĒis one risk she has to take.


Tawney Bland:   This was a pretty unique book with mashups of contemporary and historical. Pike does a wonderful job and weaving an old world and new world together to give a different type of dystopian future. A corporation has purchased the Palace of Versailles from France and even though the outside is modern day it runs the palace like 18th century France with monarchies and that court attire but with technology.

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So we have the employees that make the lower ranks of the hierarchy with the bosses as the nobles. Danica became a noble when her father inherits share of the company. But the glitter and intrigue of the court soon turn into turmoil when she is to be engage to the king. Desperate to get out of such an arrangement Danica does what she can to escape and that requires money. So she starts to sell a highly addictive drugs disguised in makeup, hence glitter, to the high elite.

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Pike does a great job at developing the hierarchy and rules of this corporate kingdom. It was so intriguing. Danica was a great character and I liked that Pike gave her flaws and struggles. Escaping isn’t easy and warning there is a cliffhanger. Ah the dreaded cliffhanger. I’m not too fond of those endings but it seems they’re popular in most books. Overall this was a fast read with great imagination and descriptive settings.

Should you read it? Yes, a great historical dystopian that you won’t want to put down.

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About the author: 

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Aprilynne Pike is a critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author of young adult fiction. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and their four children.

  

Blog Tour: The Sun is Also a Star

Today’s read was¬†such a lovely, fantastic story that captured my heart.

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Today’s book was¬†such a beautiful story of a complicated love and the writing was so¬†vivid in description it¬†pulled me¬†in quite easily. Let’s take a look at The Sun is Also a Star by Nicole Yoon.


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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel:¬†I‚Äôve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents‚Äô high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store‚ÄĒfor both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


Tawney’s Review: ¬†¬†I loved the concept of this story because it all takes place in one day. We follow Daniel and Natasha for 1 day through their point of view. Daniel doesn’t want to become a doctor like his Korean parents want him to be and he¬†struggles¬†to find his place.¬†Natasha has her own¬†struggles too as her and her family are being deported back to Jamaica unless a miracle happens.

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I loved the chemistry between Daniel and Natasha. From the first time Daniel laid eyes on Natasha he is instantly hit with love. It does take time, even though it is a day, for Natasha to reciprocate the feelings. Yoon does a wonderful job weaving between two diverse characters. She does a wonderful job at laying out the characters lives and family with the interactions of strangers who actually became part of the story.

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This story was beautiful and poetic. Yoon created wonderful characters who were¬†flawed, intelligent and independent. I ran through so many different emotions while reading this story from love, sadness, happiness… it was like a wrecking ball of emotions jamming it’s way to my heart. Yoon’s writing flowed and the pace was fast to the point I read this book in one sitting. The¬†discussion both Natasha and Daniel have with each other about family, science, faith and so much more was realistic. It was easy to invest your time in these characters and hope that the ending for them would be¬†perfect, which it was.

Should you read it? Yes! A beautiful story with wonderful characters that grasp your heart and make you root for them until the end.

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About the Author:

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  • I believe in love. Really, truly.
  • I’m kind of a hopeless romantic.
  • I’m a proud member of the¬†We Need Diverse Books¬†team.
  • In a former life I made jewelry. You can see some of it¬†here.
  • I love Karoake, but I cannot sing. I. Am. The. Worst. My song of choice is ‚ÄúMaking Love out of Nothing at all‚ÄĚ by Air Supply, because AIR SUPPLY.
  • My husband makes¬†custom notebooks. They are pretty popular.
  • I hand write my first drafts.
  • I keep all the empty pens.
  • I was (am and always will be) a late bloomer.
  • In a former life I was French. I could live entirely on wine & cheese.
  • Or maybe Korean because I could live on Kimchi ¬†& Galbi too.

Cover Reveal for Titanium #3 RUINED IN RETRIBUTION

Today I’m excited about the cover reveal for author¬†Valia Lind¬†third book!

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Let’s take a look at the new cover of Ruined in Retribution!

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Synopsis:

Gone. Gone. Gone.

For the past two months, it has taken all of Logan’s determination to just keep going. Losing Tasia to Kallos Enterprises shattered his world, but he is not about to give up on what she had started.

Together with her family, Logan works to destroy the company that ruined their lives. The corporation is growing bigger and stronger by the minute, weaponizing the drug and selling it to the highest bidder. But that’s not the only hurdle to overcome. Logan’s past is catching up to him, and the time has come to pay. His family’s secrets are unraveling everything he has built for himself and now, Logan is fighting on multiple fronts.

Save Tasia. Destroy Kallos Enterprises. Stay alive.

Such a simple list, such an impossible mission.

Time is running out and Logan is left with one question: can he save them all?

Pre-order here!

Release date: December 7, 2016

 

Book one, PIECES OF REVENGE, is currently FREE!

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Author info:

            ruinedAuthor. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind has always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. You can visit her online at http://valialind.wordpress.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind

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The Weight of Zero Review

Today’s book is something different for me.

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Today’s¬†book dives into mental illness, a subject that can often be overlooked. Let’s take a look at The Weight of Zero.

Seventeen-year-old Catherine Pulaski knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disorder, almost triumphed once; that was her first suicide attempt.

Being bipolar is forever. It never goes away. The med du jour might work right now, but Zero will be back for her. It’s only a
matter of time.

And so, in an old ballet-shoe box, Catherine stockpiles medications, preparing to take her own life before Zero can inflict its living death on her again. Before she goes, though, she starts a short bucket list.

The bucket list, the support of her family, new friends, and a new course of treatment all begin to lessen Catherine’s sense of isolation. The problem is, her plan is already in place, and has been for so long that she might not be able to see a future beyond it.

This is a story of loss and grief and hope, and how some of the many shapes of love‚ÄĒmaternal, romantic, and platonic‚ÄĒaffect a young woman‚Äôs struggle with mental illness and the stigma of treatment.


 

Tawney’s Review:¬†This book has a powerful subject on the mental disorder of Bipolar. Our main character Catherine has dealt with the disorder all her life. It has been really tough on her so much so that she made an suicide attempt. Everything normal in her life went away the day her grandmother¬†died.

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We follow Catherine though her ups and down of the disorder. Here friend’s abandoned her after she told them about her disorder. Now they harass her. But Catherine get’s the help she needs with a new psychiatrist¬†and an¬†Intensive Outpatient Program. There she meets friends and gets the medicine she needs to try and have somewhat normal life.

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Karen does a wonderful job at drawing the reader into a world of a stigmatized disorder. Catherine doesn’t pull away from help. She remains positive and allows those around her to help. With compelling characters and a harsh¬†disorder that¬†drives the book into a dramatic read I couldn’t put The Weight of Zero down.

Should you read it? Yes! A beautiful book that takes the reader inside a disorder most are unaware of that is beautifully written and emotionally heartfelt.

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About the author:

 

I’m a writer of cre3669ontemporary, realistic YA. The subject of my  first book, The Weight of Zero, is mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder, and it explores the shame, stigma and anxiety that often complicate the management of this chronic condition. The issue is personal to me having witnessed the impact of depression and bipolar disorder in  relatives and friends.  My goal was to write a story of hope for teens who struggle with mental illness.

My path to writing and publication was a long and indirect one. I graduated from the University of Scranton with an accounting degree  and then got a law degree from Georgetown. After working as a lawyer for many years, I found myself growing interested and then fascinated with history, specifically the American Revolution. This fascination sparked the idea for a middle grade story so between family, dogs and a return to school (Trinity College for a master’s degree in American Studies), I threw myself into writing.

Success for that middle grade story never arrived. (To see my interview about that, click¬†here.) But that was okay. Because another idea was brewing, one that moved me in a way my first story never had. About a girl who had to deal not only with the standard pressures and stress of high school but also a much heavier weight ‚Äď a mental illness. The story would be about her struggle to come to terms with it.¬†It became¬†The Weight of Zero.

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BLOOD FOR BLOOD Release Day Blitz

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We are so excited to be part of this Release Day Blitz!

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BLOOD FOR BLOOD by Ryan Graudin releases today and we get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Ryan, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for 5 finished copies of book 1, WOLF BY WOLF! US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Let’s take a look at Blood For Blood!


 

About The Book:

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Author: Ryan Graudin

Pub. Date: November 1, 2016

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Goodreads

¬†The action-packed, thrilling sequel to Ryan Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf.
There would be blood.

Blood for blood.

Blood to pay.

An entire world of it.
For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.

Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.

But dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all: how far can you go for the ones you love?

This gripping, thought-provoking sequel to Wolf by Wolf will grab readers by the throat with its cinematic writing, fast-paced action, and relentless twists.

About the First book:

 

Title: WOLF BY WOLF

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Release Date: October 20, 2015
Pages: 400

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

 

Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?


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About Ryan:

Ryan Graudin grew up in Charleston and graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Creative Writing in 2009. She is the author of All That Glows and The Walled City. She resides near Charleston with her husband and wolf-dog. You can find her online at http://www.ryangraudin.com.

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Giveaway Details:

5 winners will receive a finished copy of WOLF BY WOLF, US Only.

Ends on November 15th at Midnight EST!

 

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Blog Tour: A Shadow Bright and Burning Review

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  • Series:¬†Kingdom on Fire (Book 1)
  • Hardcover:¬†416 pages
  • Publisher:¬†Random House Books for Young Readers (September 20, 2016)
  • Amazon,¬†Barnes & Noble,¬†Book Depository

I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. 
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one. 
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city‚ÄĒand the one she loves?


 

Tawney’s Review:¬†I fell in love with this book the moment I started reading it. I’m a fan of magic and historical aspects weaving it’s way together and Jessica does a wonderful job at doing that.

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This book has it all from a strong perfect heroine, to magic, to self- discovery.¬†Henrietta Howel is prophesied to be the first female sorcerer with the power of fire but she doesn’t know that yet. Just like Harry Potter was the chosen one Henrietta must decipher her powers and weave her way through an unknown world while harnessing her powers. This is a familiar path that many books delve into with their character as the chosen one. However,¬†Jessica does a wonderful job at making it fresh by taking the characters on¬†unsuspecting paths and surprising twist you weren’t expecting, such as Henrietta isn’t the chosen one!

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Female sorcerers don’t exit since long ago a witch was responsible for summoning ancients that are destroying England in¬†Henrietta’s time. Her abilties have been kept secret and guarded closely until she revealed them when saving a friend. But she wasn’t¬†punished for doing this, no she was¬†taken in by a sorcerer to be trained.

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 The book was set in Victoria London, which I love this era, and sorcerers were sort of like the royal guard who protected the royal crown and fight epic battles against Ancients.

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I love how Jessica immersed the magic and horrific creatures into Victoria London and it all seems believable. The characters are well developed and there were hints of maybe a romance interest among her peers. I loved the 6 sorcerers, Blackwood, Magnus, Dee, Cellini, Wolff, and LambeIt. They added some humor and fun to the story while she was training.

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¬†This book was engaging that I couldn’t put the it¬†down. I loved the detail of Victoria London¬†and the description of the magic world. I was pleasantly surprised with all the twists and action.¬†This book was¬†wonderful with a new take on Victoria London full of monsters and magic.

Should you read it?¬†Yes! A perfect book to read for Halloween. A Shadow Bright and Burning is a fun read with fantastic characters and a glorious setting full of magic. I can’t wait for the next book.

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About the Author: 

JESSICA CLUESS is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories.

 

 

 

 

The Graces Review

I’ve always been interested in witches.

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Today’s book is perfect for October and Halloween because it deals with witches or more so magic. Let’s take a look at The Graces by Laure Eve.


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When a glamorous family of teenage witches brings a mysterious new girl into their fold, they unwittingly nurture a powerful black magic that could destroy them all. This paranormal YA fantasy features intrigue, spells, and a devastating twist. In The Graces, the first rule of witchcraft states that if you want something badly enough, you can get it . . . no matter who has to pay.

Everyone loves the Graces. Fenrin, Thalia, and Summer Grace are captivating, wealthy, and glamorous. They‚Äôve managed to cast a spell over not just their high school but also their entire town‚ÄĒand they‚Äôre rumored to have powerful connections all over the world. If you‚Äôre not in love with one of them, you want to be them. Especially River: the loner, new girl at school. She‚Äôs different from her peers, who both revere and fear the Grace family. She wants to be a Grace more than anything. But what the Graces don‚Äôt know is that River‚Äôs presence in town is no accident.

This fabulously addictive fantasy combines sophisticated and haunting prose with a gut-punching twist that readers will be dying to discuss. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars as well as nostalgic classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the 1996 movie The Craft, The Graces marks the beginning of a new wave of teen witches.


Tawney’s Review:¬†The Graces are three siblings who are popular at school and they have this allure to everyone who meets them. It is said that they practice magic. River just moved to town and is intrigued by them. So begins her adventure at capturing their attention and discovering¬†that magic actually exists.

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The Graces are¬†a close family that hardly ever let outsiders in until River came¬†along. I didn’t really care for¬†River so much as¬†a¬†character. She’s in love with Fenrin, which everyone seems to be. She moves¬†to town because of something that happened to her, which is kept a secret. Her narration was very cold with little depth of emotion.¬†I give her credit that she became¬†more outgoing with the Graces. But what I really liked the Graces. I like the magic that weaved its way throughout the book and the fact that the Graces questioned this magic. It kind of reminded me of the book and movie Practical Magic.

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Laure does a wonderful job at creating magic within her novel. It is always questioned, even by those that wield it. It was an easy read with fast pace and a great twisted ending. I am very interested to see what happens in the next book with the turn of these recent events. Magic is so grand!

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Should you read it?¬†Yes! It’s¬†a perfect read for those who want something magical for Halloween.

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Thank you Amulet for sending me the arc in exchange for an honest review.


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About the author:  Laure Eve

Will write for cake. Author of THE GRACES, FEARSOME DREAMER and THE ILLUSIONISTS. Cultural mutt. Frequent hair changer.

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