Nemesis (Project Nemesis) by Brendan Reichs Review

You had me at Orphan Black.

   

Today’s book was a mind bending trippy adventure that I couldn’t put down. Let’s take a look at Nemesis by Brendan Reichs!


Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series. 

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

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 Review:  This book was like a wild ride that never stopped. I couldn’t put Nemesis down until I figured out what happened…which I never did.

An astroid is about to hit Earth. Everyone is panicking except Min. She has her own problems, like the guy in the black suite who keeps killing her every 2 years on her birthday.

Of course the questions start rising. Why does he kill her? What’s going on? And what’s worst is no one seems to believe her that this is happening. When she’s thrust into something bigger than the impending astroid the wild ride begins. Brendan does a wonderful job at keeping the pace fast and the mystery intriguing. Not only is Min a great heroine but the supporting character like Tack add depth to the story.

As the story unfolds you want Min to succeed. The world Brendan creates of impending doom is realistic and the ending leaves you breathless.

Should you read it? Yes! A great thriller with a mind bending mystery that leaves the readers wanting more.

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About the Author:

After three long years working as a litigation attorney, I abandoned the trade to co-write the Virals series (ViralsSeizureCodeExposureTerminal, and Trace Evidence). We’ve completed the fifth and final book in the Virals series, Terminal. I really hope you like it. A Virals short story collection, Trace Evidence, released on February 2, 2016, with a brand new story, SPIKE, set after the events of Terminal. Answers await!

I’m also on the Executive Board of both the YALLFEST and YALLWEST young adult literary festivals. These are a good time. Please join us in either sunny Charleston in November or even sunnier Santa Monica in April.

I plan to keep on writing novels until they drag me kicking and screaming from my desk.

Connect with Brendan: Facebook * Twitter * Instagram

The Princess and the Page

Welcome to a world where magic spills from the tip of a pen. THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE is Christina Farley’s first middle grade, releasing from Scholastic Press and we are excited to be part of the blog tour!

Make sure you enter the $25 gift card giveaway at the end of this post!


ABOUT THE BOOK:

  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (March 28, 2017)

A mystical adventure about a pulls-no-punches princess and the power of her magical pen.

A dark secret lurks in Keira’s family. She comes from a long line of Word Weavers, who bring their stories to life when they use a magical pen. But for generations Word Weavers have been hunted for their power. That’s why Keira is forbidden to write. When Keira discovers her grandma’s Word Weaver pen, and writes a story for the Girls’ World fairy-tale contest, she starts to wonder if anyone ever truly lives happily ever after. Inspired by the life and times of Gabrielle d’Estrées, a real French princess who lived during the 1500s, The Princess and the Page follows the mystical journey of a modern-day “royal” who goes from aving a pen in her hand to wishing for the world at her fingertips .

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CHRISTINA FARLEY is the author of the bestselling Gilded series. Prior to that, she worked as an international teacher and at a top secret job for Disney where she was known to scatter pixie dust before the sun rose. When not traveling the world or creating imaginary ones, she spends time with her family in Clermont, Florida with her husband and two sons where they are busy preparing for the next World Cup, baking cheesecakes, and raising a pet dragon that’s in disguise as a cockatiel. You can visit her online at ChristinaFarley.com.

 

 


 

MY REVIEW: This book was enjoyable and perfect for middler graders!

This story is about word weavers, those who can bring words to life and they can even enter that world. But there’s one catch and that is the character can hurt the word weavers.

There were many fun characters and magical creatures in Christina’s book. I think middle graders will enjoy it. Kiera was a great heroine to follow on her adventure because every girl can connect to her. Kiera wants to write but there are no pens and paper allowed in the house.

Kiera does find a magical pen that brings things to life thus begins a great adventure with mystery and magical elements. Christina does a wonderful job and bring the reader into Kiera’s adventure and the magical world

Should you read it! Yes! Perfect for any middle graders or adults that wants to be taken away on and adventure with humor and mystery.


 

CONTINUE THE BOOK TOUR

Mar. 23th – Ana Loves Books

Mar. 24th – YA Book Madness

March 25th – Literary Rambles

March 27th – Twinning for Books

March 28th – Mundie Kids

Mar. 29th – All Things Christine

Mar. 30th – YA Book Divas

Mar. 31st– Miranda’s Book Reviews

Mar. 31st – Word Spelunking

Apr. 3rd– Mine of Books

Apr. 4th – The AP Book Club

Apr. 5th – Middle Grade Ninja

 

 

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One (1) lucky winner will receive:  $25 gift card to their favorite book vendor. Giveaway open internationally. Enter below or HERE.

 

 

A Good Idea Review

 

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (February 28, 2017)
  • Language: English
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Can the right kind of boy get away with killing the wrong kind of girl?

Finley and Betty’s close friendship survived Fin’s ninth-grade move from their coastal Maine town to Manhattan. Calls, letters, and summer visits continued to bind them together, and in the fall of their senior year, they both applied to NYU, planning to reunite for good as roommates.

Then Betty disappears. Her ex-boyfriend Calder admits to drowning her, but his confession is thrown out, and soon the entire town believes he was coerced and Betty has simply run away. Fin knows the truth, and she returns to Williston for one final summer, determined to get justice for her friend, even if it means putting her lo
ved ones—and herself—at risk.

But Williston is a town full of secrets, where a delicate framework holds everything together, and Fin is not the only one with an agenda. How much is she willing to damage to get her revenge and learn the truth about Betty’s disappearance, which is more complicated than she ever imagined—and infinitely more devastating?


 

Tawney’s Review: It’s been a while since I’ve done a review!

I love thrillers so I was very excited to receive this book to review. A huge thank you to Penguin Teen! This was a dark tale of a girl trying to solve her best friend’s murder or what truly happened to her because they never found her body. The cover was so creepy I thought it might be a horror story but it was a thriller set with a good mystery.

Fin with the help of others sets off to solve the mystery. Throughout the book we have flashbacks that can be a little bit confusing. I also found myself liking Betty the most of all the characters. I was rather surprised with the language, sex and drugs.

But overall the description of the setting was vivid and real. I felt like I was in Maine with Fin. It was well written and had thrills. The ending was great because you didn’t know who did it until the end.

Would you recommend it? Yes but this book is dark and may not be easy to read for some.


About the Author:

Photo credit: Craig LaCourtCristina Moracho is a native New Yorker who received her M.F.A in fiction from Brooklyn College, where the first chapter of Althea & Oliver was awarded the Carole and Irwin Lainoff Award by acclaimed author Jim Shepard. She’s been a fellow at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico, where she did not hear the Taos Hum but did attend a party at a solar-powered radio station. She writes about bad decisions and does all her own research.

She lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where she works as a freelance writer and editor, is teaching herself to play the guitar and writing her next novel. You can find her on Twitter as @cherielecrivain

Denton Little’s Still Not Dead Blog Tour Review

Today I’m excited to be part of Denton Little’s Still Not Dead blog tour! This was a hilarious sequel to Denton Little’s Deathdate.

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Denton Little lives in a wdentonorld exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. The good news: Denton has lived through his deathdate. Yay! The bad news: He’s being chased by the DIA (Death Investigation Agency), he can never see his family again, and he may now die anytime. Huh. Cheating death isn’t quite as awesome as Denton would have thought. . . .

Lance Rubin’s debut novel, Denton Little’s Deathdate, showed readers just how funny and poignant imminent death could be. Now in this sequel, he takes on the big questions about life. How do we cope, knowing we could die at any time? Would you save someone from dying even if they were a horrible person? Is it wrong to kiss the girl your best friend is crushing on if she’s really into you instead? What if she’s wearing bacon lip gloss?


Tawney’s Review:  This book was over the top funny which made me laugh and read until I finished the last page. All the characters are back from the first book especially Dento and Paolo! Their bromance and antics together just makes sense and add realism to this humorous book.

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Denton had grown from the first book…he isn’t dead either! In the first book everyone knows when they are going to die. So Denton knew that he was going to die. We were left at a cliffhanger in the first book and the second book picks everything back up. Denton learning about death date, trying to save his friends and so on.

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The topics are somewhat heavy dealing with death but with the humor this book handles it well. It’s a great Sci-Fi series that really isn’t Sci-Fi if that makes sense? This book is action packed with humor and wacky plot lines. The book ends wonderfully that left me satisfied.

Should you read it? Yes! With entertaining characters and humor you won’t want to put this down until you finish it.

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City of Saints & Thieves Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway!

 

The Girl with thcity2e Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling YA murder mystery set in Kenya.

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arr
ived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.


My Review:
Sometimes a book comes along that really moves you. That was how I felt with Anderson’s City of Saints and Thieves. Tina was a strong character who wanted justice and the reader followed her through that journey with passion and intense hope that she survived. I truly connected with her. She was strong and determined with such strength and bravery. I just rooted for her all the way.
Having lived on the streets for five years after fleeing the Congo, Tina was part of the Goondas, a street gang led by Mr. Omoko, and not only that, she also had become a master thief. I loved how Anderson put Tina into harrowing situations and you couldn’t put the book down until the outcome was finished.
I loved the setting in Kenya. Not many books take us to that world of where the poor and rich coincide with each other. Even though this was set in a fictional city you still had the real life problems Africa faces. It was a nice changed to have a book delve into that world, a world more readers needed to see. Each character felt real and my emotions played with me for each one of them. Wishing for them a better life and outcome.

Should you read this? Yes! it’s a beautiful exciting story that takes the reader into the heart of Kenya. A wonderful debut by Natalie Anderson.

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About the author:

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Natalie C. Anderson is an American writer and international development professional living in Geneva, Switzerland. She has spent the last decade working with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations on refugee relief and development, mainly in Africa. She was selected as the 2014-2015 Associates of the Boston Public Library Children’s Writer-in-Residence, where she wrote her debut novel, City of Saints & Thieves.

 

 

 


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Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win one of five (5) finished copies of City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie Anderson (ARV: $18.99).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on January 16, 2017 and 11:59 PM on February 3, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about November 21, 2016. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
Enter HERE!

Follow the blog tour!

Week One:
1/16 – Margie’s Must Reads – Review
1/17 – Children’s Book Review – Guest Post
1/18 – YA Wednesdays – Favorite Quotes
1/19 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Interview
1/20 – The Moral of our Stories – Review
Week Two:
1/23 – Oh the Book Feels – Review
1/24 – Bibliophile Gathering –Guest Post
1/25 – A Page with a View – Interview
1/26 – Icey Books – Quote Candy
1/27 – Reading Nook Reviews – Review
Week Three: 
1/30 – Twinning for Books – Review and Pinterest Board
1/31 – Dark Faerie Tales – Interview
2/1 – Reading is Better with Cupcakes – Review
2/2 – ButterMyBooks – Guest Post
2/3 – Folded Pages Distillery – Review

Dark Days Pact Review and Giveaway

I’m very excited today to be the next tour stop on The Dark Days Pact blog tour!

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I loved The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman and was thrilled to be part of the second book’s blog tour. Let’s take a look at The Dark Days Pact.

 


Summer, 1812.
After the scandalous events at her presentation ball in London, Lady Helen has taken refuge at the fashionable seaside resort of Brighton, banished from her family and training as a Reclaimer with the covert Dark Days Club. She must learn to fight the dangerous energy-wielding Deceivers and prepare to face their master, the elusive Grand Deceiver.

 

As she struggles to put aside her genteel upbringing, Helen realizes that her mentor, Lord Carlston, is fighting his own inner battle.  Has the foul Deceiver energy poisoned his soul, or is something else driving him towards violent bouts of madness? Either way, Helen is desperate to help the man with whom she shares a deep but forbidden connection.

 

When Mr. Pike, the hard bureaucratic heart of the Dark Days Club, arrives in Brighton, he has a secret mission for Helen: find the journal left by a mad rogue Reclaimer, before it falls into the hands of the Deceivers. Coerced by Pike, Helen has no choice but to do as ordered, knowing that the search for the journal may bring about Lord Carlston’s annihilation.


 Review: Lady Helen is back and as fantastic as ever. Last we saw her she had been disowned by her Uncle and staying with Lady Margaret and Mr. Hammond while training with the ever hot Lord Carlston to transform into her role as a Reclaimer.

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Helen is now studying the ways to be a man so she can masquerade herself as one to train as a Reclaimer. Most of the story is with Helen trying to retrieve Benchley’s journal and incognito as a man. The powers Helen has are exceptional with speed, strength and and the ability to heal quickly…she’s like Wolverine!
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Goodwin does an excellent job as describing the vivd environment and clothing of Regency England. Her words flow with such epic creativity in a delicious world full historical fantasy. You won’t stop until you’re finished.
Should you read this? Yes! This was a suburb sequel that leaves me wanting more. When an ending hurts you know the book was good.
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Here’s my Pinterest board for The Dark Days Pact! Check it out by scrolling through the board below. 😉


 

About the Author: 

Alison Goodman (www.alisongoodman.com.au) is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Eon/Eo
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 duology, as well as a YASF thriller, Singing the Dogstar Blues, and the adult novel A New Kind of Death (originally titled Killing the Rabbit). She was a D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne University, holds a Master of Arts, and teaches creative writing at the postgraduate level.

Giveaway!

Enter here for a chance to win to win either one (1) grand prize set of Lady Helen books, including a paperback of The Dark Days Club and a hardcover of The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman (ARV: $28.98), or to be one of five (5) second prize winners to receive paperback copies of The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (ARV: $10.99).

 

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Follow the tour with these blogs!
Week One:
1/23 – A Page With a View – Like/Try/Why
1/24 – Tales of a Ravenous Reader – Interview
1/25 – Twinning for Books – Review + Mood Board
1/26 – My Friends Are Fiction – Guest Post
1/27 – In Wonderland – Review
Week Two
1/30 – Alexa Loves Books – Bookish Style File
1/31 – The Reading Nook Reviews – Interview
2/1 – Xpresso Reads – Playlist
2/2 – The YA Book Traveler – They Did What?!
2/3 – Icey Books – Guest Post
Week Three:
2/6 – YA Book Central – Excerpt
2/7 – Fiction Fare – Guest Post
2/8 – Forever Young Adult – Coming-Out Ball Mishaps
2/9 – Dark Faerie Tales – Interview
2/10 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Reasons to Read

The Rift Uprising Review

Today’s book was a little different than what I read but it was enjoyable.

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Let’s take a look at The Rift Uprising!


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Normal seventeen-year-old girls go to high school, binge watch TV shows all weekend, and flirt with everyone on the face of t
he Earth. But Ryn Whitaker is trying to save it.

Ryn is a Citadel. A soldier. A liar. Ryn and her fellow Citadels were specially chosen and trained to guard a Rift—one of fourteen unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths. Unbeknownst to her family, Ryn leaves for school each day and then reports for duty as an elite, cyber
etically-altered soldier who can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which comes in handy when she’s not sure if axe-wielding Vikings or any number of other scared and often dangerous beings come through the Rift. A fine-tuned weapon, Ryn is a picture-perfect Citadel.

But that’s all about to change.

When a young man named Ezra is pulled through the Rift, Ryn finds herself immediately drawn to him, despite her training. What starts as a physical attraction quickly grows deeper, and Ezra’s curiosity throws Ryn off balance when he starts questioning the Rifts, the mysterious organization that oversees them, and the Citadels themselves—questions that lead Ryn to wonder if the lies she’s been telling her family are just the surface of a much bigger lie told to her. As Ryn and Ezra desperately try to get to that truth, they discover that each revelation blurs the line between the villains and the heroes even more.


Tawney’s Review:  I found I liked the idea of this book with super soldiers and Rifts. Ryn is a super soldier who guards a Rift, a tear in the universe that is a doorway to alternate Earths. Now this could sound familiar with the alternate earths (The Flash) and super soldiers but I really fell into the story.

The book was written in Ryn’s point of view. She was very much a soldier being the leader and following the rules and maintaining a strict attitude. Her character seemed bland until Ezra appeared. He was from another earth and a genius especially with computers. Plus he challenged Ryn, kept her on her toes. We find out that scientist created secret portals to other worlds by accident. Oops.

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From these Rifts other beings immerse and are kept in camps to acclimate to Ryn’s Earth. But children are taken to be soldiers or “Citadels” without their parents knowledge to guard their Earth from other beings. They are given chips to enhance them in every way (extreme healing, fighting skills, mutlitpe language knowledge…etc) and they are true super soldiers. Thus enters Ezra from another earth.

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The concept and characters of the story was well done. I just couldn’t connect with Ryn and the romance. I would rather Foster had left this out and kept the action up and maybe made subtle details about the romance. There were thrills and secrets reveled that kept the story flowing. This is a crossover for both YA and Adult.

Should you read it? Yes, if you like science and thrills this book is for you.

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