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
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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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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’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with 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’s 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—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is 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’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ 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—for 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 “Making Love out of Nothing at all” 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.

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—maternal, romantic, and platonic—affect a young woman’s 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 – 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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