A Psalm For Lost Girls Review

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (March 14, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • Amazon * BN * Book Depository 

I’ll Give You the Sun meets True Detective in this brilliant YA debut about saints, sisters, and learning to let go.

Tess da Costa is a saint—a hand-to-god, miracle-producing saint. At least that’s what the people in her hometown of New Avon, Massachusetts, seem to believe. And when Tess suddenly and tragically passes aw
ay, her small city begins feverishly petitioning the Pope to make Tess’s sainthood official. Tess’s mother is ecstatic over the fervor, while her sister Callie, the one who knew Tess best, is disgusted—overcome with the feeling that her sister is being stolen from her all over again.

The fervor for Tess’s sainthood only grows when Ana Langone, a local girl who’s been missing for six months, is found alive at the foot of one of Tess’s shrines. It’s the final straw for Callie. With the help of Tess’s secret boyfriend Danny, Callie’s determined to prove that Tess was something far more important than a saint; she was her sister, her best friend and a girl in love with a boy. But Callie’s investigation uncovers much more than she bargained for—a hidden diary, old family secrets, and even the disturbing truth behind Ana’s kidnapping. Told in alternating perspectives, A Psalm for Lost Girls is at once funny, creepy and soulful—an impressive debut from a rising literary star.


Tawney’s Review: A Psalm For Lost Girls was beautifully written. The cover is gorgeous and I was immersed from the start.

This book had everything in it. Kidnapping to sainthood to mental illness. But most of all this is about sisterhood. Tess is seen as a saint but when she dies her sister Callie is left in the wake of unanswered questions. When a campaign is started to make Tess a Saint Callie seeks out the truth in frustration and anger.

A girl named Ana, who was kidnapped, is found alive and the passion for Tess’s Sainthood grows. So Callie sets out to prove them all wrong, that Tess was just a normal girl. I loved the story of Tess and Callie. Sisterhood is a bond, just like my twin sister and I. I connected with Callie and her truth to find the answers about Tess.

Katie writes beautifully and the pace grows with each page with anticipation of the outcome. I found myself suspended in Katie’s world with this complicated sisterhood and the grief that comes with the loss of it.

 Should you read it? Yes! A wonderful book that delves into sisterhood with a compelling mystery.

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About the author Katie Bayerl:
 

 

I do a lot of things: writingteachingconsulting. You may be wondering: Does this Katie person have a life?

Well, first of all, I love the work I do—and it’s a very big part of my life—but, yes, I have other interests too. Thanks for asking!

Follow Katie: Twitter * Facebook

My Top 5 Books of 2016

2016 had its ups and a lot of downs. I can’t say this year was fabulous but what did come out of it were fantastic reads!

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Here are my top 5 books I read in 2016. I love reading all genres, especially YA, so you will see a variety of different books. Books are a way to escape reality and this year I needed a lot of escaping. So to my top 5!

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1.  Dark Matter

I didn’t know what to expect from this book.  I just couldn’t put it down. It was a fun thriller with mind boggling science full of multiverses with numerous different possible universes with the same version of yourself inhabiting them, except on different paths chosen by fate. Like I said mind boggling!  This is now opted for a movie so I can’t wait to see what they do with it!

The Book:

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Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurne
y, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s
never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this  or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.


2.  This Is Where It Ends

What an emotional roller coaster! This book sucked me in on the first page. The concept intrigued me since I remember the horrific outcome of Columbine. This is a subject that sadly is too common but Marieke brings it to life in a moving story that took me through so many emotions with wonderful characters.

The Book:
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10:00 a.m.

The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and e
ncouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


3. Outrun the Moon

I’m a huge fan of author Stacey Lee’s Under a Painted Sky. It was such a wonderfully written book about friendship in the wild west. Her second book is heartbreakingly beautiful. It’s full of vivid scenes and emotional characters. Outrun the Moon is a book all readers will connect with and love. Make sure you have tissues. This one is emotional in such a good way.

The Book:

9780399175411_OutrunTheMoon_BOM.inddSan Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the
wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, a historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. Now she’s forced to wait w
ith her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Though fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the army to bring help—she still has the “bossy” cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenage girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

Breakout author Stacey Lee masterfully crafts another remarkable novel set against a unique historical backdrop. Strong-willed Mercy Wong leads a cast of diverse characters in this extraordinary tale of survival.


4: My Name is Leon

This book was well written and beautifully done. Throughout the book you follow a 9 year old boy named Leon who is looking for his brother. You can’t help but root for him all the way. Every heartache of his you feel. Every joy you feel. You want Leon to succeed and find his happy place.

The Book

1970s about a young bpathlack boy’s quest to reunite with his beloved white half-brother after they are separated in foster care.
Leon loves chocolate bars, Saturday morning cartoons, and his beautiful, golden-haired baby brother. When Jake is born, Leon pokes his head in the crib and says, “I’m your brother. Big brother. My. Name. Is. Leon. I a
m eight and three quarters. I am a boy.” Jake will play with no one but Leon, and Leon is determined to save him from any pain and earn that sparkling baby laugh every chance he can.
But Leon isn’t in control of this world where adults say one thing and mean another, and try as he might he can’t protect his little family from everything. When their mother falls victim to her inner demons, strangers suddenly take Jake away; after all, a white baby is easy to adopt, while a half-black nine-year-old faces a less certain fate. Vowing to get Jake back by any means necessary, Leon’s own journey—on his brand-new BMX bike—will carry him through the lives of a doting but ailing foster mother, Maureen; Maureen’s cranky and hilarious sister, Sylvia; a social worker Leon knows only as “The Zebra”; and a colorful community of local gardeners and West Indian political activists.

Told through the perspective of nine-year-old Leon, too innocent to entirely understand what has happened to him and baby Jake, but determined to do what he can to make things right, he stubbornly, endearingly struggles his way through a system much larger than he can tackle on his own. My Name Is Leon is a vivid, gorgeous, and uplifting story about the power of love, the unbreakable bond between brothers, and the truth about what, in the end, ultimately makes a family.


5. A Court of Mist and Fury

The second book to the A Court of Thorn and Roses series surpassed my expectation. It was steamy and hot. Who couldn’t help but fall in love with Rhysand and the night court? This girl did! The characters are wonderful and the description vivid. I had a hard time putting this book down.

The Book:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–butbook at a stee
p cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human,
and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


 

Flicker and Mist Blog Tour: Interview with Mary G. Thompson and Giveaway

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Today we are so excited to be part of Flicker and Mist blog tour!

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Let’s take a look at Flicker and Mist!


 

About the Book:

Title: FLICKER AND MIST

Author: Mary G. Thompson

flicker-2Pub. Date: January 3, 2017

Publisher: Clarion Books

Pages: 384

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksGoodreads

Romance, intrigue, and plenty of action are woven into a rich and suspenseful narrative in this powerful YA fantasy. The mixed-race heroine Myra is a Flickerkin and can flicker (become invisible) at will. She hasn’t cultivated or revealed this ability, since Flickerkin are persecuted as potential criminals and spies. When invisible people become tricksters and then murderers, Myra’s Flickerkin heritage becomes a deadly secret, putting her relationship with the leader’s son—and her own life—in jeopardy. Loyalties shift and difficult choices are made before Myra understands who she wants to be.


 

And to the interview with Mary!

 

  1. What drew you into writing?

When I was a little kid, my dad was a reporter. He made writing sound really cool, so I was always writing the beginnings of stories. It took until after law school for me to realize that if I wanted to ever be a published author, I’d have to finish something. Even though it turned out to be more work than I realized, I still think writing is pretty cool!

  1. The concept of the story sounds amazing! How did you come up with the idea of Flickerkin?

I wanted to write about invisibility for a long time, and I kept sketching out middle grade ideas with characters about 11 or 12 years old, but none of them seemed quite right. Then a scene popped into my mind where Myra’s mother was being taken away by the guards after failing the test and being exposed as a Flickerkin. Once I wrote the scene, I knew I had the right concept. The scene is no longer in the book though!

  1. Do you have any habits you do when writing? Like I have to have coffee while I write.

I certainly drink plenty of coffee! I also eat a lot of chocolate, mostly dark chocolate chips. Often there’s a lot of chewing gum involved. One thing I don’t do is listen to music. Some authors have to have their playlist going, but I need quiet!

  1. I see you were an attorney and were in the Navy, do you use any of that experiment in your stories?

I haven’t yet written anything set in the Navy or in a courtroom. Whenever I start thinking about a concept using my professional experience, it feels boring to me. Maybe someday I’ll think of a way to liven it up.

  1. Quick, if you were stranded on an island what 3 things would you desperately want with you?

Unlimited writing supplies.

A million books.

My reading glasses.

Oh, and water 🙂


flciker-3About Mary: 

Mary G. Thompson was raised in Cottage Grove and Eugene, OR. She was a practicing attorney for more than seven years, including almost five years in the US Navy, and is now a law librarian in Washington, DC. She received her BA from Boston University, her JD from the University of Oregon, and her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School.


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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of FLICKER AND MIST, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

 

Week One:

12/26/2016- Twinning for Books- Interview

12/27/2016- Seeing Double In Neverland- Review

12/28/2016- Wandering Bark Books- Guest Post

12/29/2016- Fiktshun- Review

12/30/2016- YA Book Madness- Interview

Week Two:

1/2/2017- Fiction Fare- Review

1/3/2017- A Gingerly Review- Excerpt

1/4/2017- Curling Up With A Good Book – Excerpt

1/5/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

1/6/2017- Nerdophiles- Review

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Dark Goddess

 

Today I’m excited for Amelia Howard’s cover reveal of Dark Goddess!

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Let’s take a look!


 

About the book:

After an epic struggle that unseated the Asura Lord of Death and placed Serjana Caelum’s best friend, Kyle, on his throne, the Mortal Realm is peaceful and the balance between good and evil—which Sera is sworn to protect—has been restored.

But signs of a new threat to the world of men quickly begin to appear: A scourge of demons descends on the Mortal Realm, and Sera is beside herself trying to locate their source. She sends word to the gods for help, and their answer comes in the form of Kira, the living incarnation of Kali, goddess of destruction.

Stunning and dangerous, Kira plans to protect the heavens at all cost, even if it means destroying the entire Mortal Realm. Soon Sera and Kyle find themselves fighting not just the demon plague, but Kira and her twin. But when an even more sinister threat arises—putting not just the human world but all planes of existence in jeopardy—they must all learn to work together or lose everything they sacrificed so much to save.

 

Here’s a Teaser:

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Without a backward glance, she closed her eyes and jumped into the midst of the blue-black pool, the sticky fluid sucking her body down to its depths like some kind of ravenous beast. As it devoured her, Sera’s mind emptied of all thought…and of all memory as she plummeted into the space where love would be nothing but weakness. She’d learned that the hard way. She stripped away all emotion, all empathy.

It was time to become the monster.

 

Now let’s see the cover!

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Giveaway!

  • Amalie Howard Prize Pack: hardcover of ALPHA GODDESS, hardcover of THE FALLEN PRINCE, and a paperback copy of THE ALMOST GIRL

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Enter here!


About Amalie Howard:

AMALIE HOWARD grew up in Trinidad & Tobago where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees, and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks, and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

goddess-4An aspiring writer from a young age, Amalie’s poem “The Candle,” written at age twelve, was published by the University of Warwick press. At fifteen, she was  a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society Essay Award (a global youth writing competition). A Colby College graduate, she completed dual Honors Theses in both French and International Studies, and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. At Colby, she was cited for her research contribution to Raffael Scheck’s article, “German Conservatism and Female Political Activism in the Early Weimar Republic,” and his subsequent book, Mothers of the Nation. She also received a distinction in English Literature from the University of Cambridge (A-levels) as well as a postgraduate certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Traveling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, account executive, and global channel sales director for a Fortune 500 company.

She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, SLJ, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national silver IPPY medalist and a silver Moonbeam award winner. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.

Links for Amalie Howard:

http://skyponypress.com/skypony?catid=0&id=12015

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31213208-dark-goddess

http://amaliehoward.com/

http://www.twitter.com/amaliehoward

http://www.facebook.com/AmalieHowardAuthor

http://www.instagram.com/amaliehoward/ 


 

 

 

Black Moon: Blog Tour and Giveaway

Today I’m excited to be part of Romina Russell’s blog tour of the 3rd installment in the Zodiac series!
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Let’s take a look at Black Moon!


The Book:
Book 3 in the breathtaking sci-fi space saga inspired by astrology that will stun fans of the Illuminae Files and Starbound series.One final secret stands betwe
en Rho and the enemy. But will the devastating truth be enough to destroy her first?Rho, the courageous visionary from House Cancer, lost nearly everything when she exposed and fought against the Marad, a mysterious terrorist group bent on destroying balance in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now, the Marad has disappeared without a trace, and an uneasy peace has been declared.But Rho is suspicious. She believes the Master is still out there in some other form. And looming over all are the eerie visions of her mother, who died many years ago, but is now appearing to Rho in the stars.When news of a stylish new political party supported by her best friend, Nishi, sends Rho on another journey across the galaxy, she uses it as an opportunity to hunt the hidden master and seek out information about her mother. And what she uncovers sheds light on the truth–but casts darkness upon the entire Zodiac world.


For this blog tour I have the Zodiac Aquarius! Here is a description from Romina about the Zodiac sign.
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The Elders of Aquarius go to battle in a velvety aqua uniform that has a built-in breastplate made of un-meltable and unbreakable ice that they mine from their moons. They pair the suit with the Barer: A devastating multi-weapon made of a series of connected rings fitted perfectly to the wearer’s dominant hand; when an Elder makes a fist, metals in the rings convert energy from the atmosphere, emitting brilliant aqua arcs of electricity.
Here is my Pinterest board I made for Aquarius!

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Enter for a chance to win the Grand Prize of a set of the Zodiac books by Romina Russell, including one paperback copy each of Zodiacand Wandering Star, and a hardcover copy of Black Moon (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $41.00).  Plus, four (4) runner-up winners will each receive a paperback copy of Zodiac (ARV: $11.00 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:01 AM (EST) on December 5, 2016 and 11:59 PM (EST) on December 20, 2016.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about December 23, 2016. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

 Enter here!

Follow the tour! 
12/6: Eater of Books (Taurus)
12/7: ButterMyBooks (Gemini)
12/8: The Book Nut (Cancer)
12/9: The Hardcover Lover (Leo)
12/12: Oh the Book Feels (Virgo)
12/13: Book Briefs (Libra)
12/14: Mundie Moms (Scorpio)
12/15: Two Chicks on Books (Sagittarius)
12/16: Swoony Boys Podcast (Capricorn)
12/19: Twinning for Books (Aquarius)
12/20: The Dark Faerie Tales (Pisces)

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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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:

zero-3Title: BLOOD FOR BLOOD

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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