Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Until Beth by Lisa Amowitz Release Day Book Blast


Happy Book Birthday UNTIL BETH! We're so excited to be sharing this fantastic Young Adult novel by Lisa Amowitz with you today! Be sure to stop in at the bottom, and enter the giveaway for books, swag and a guitar pick necklace! The giveaway is open internationally!

About The Book

UNTIL BETH
Author: Lisa Amowitz
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press 
ISBN-13: 978-1633920330
She doesn’t just play, she kills it.
Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good.

Then she's accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends are bursting with talent, but they're also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who's so sweet that his very touch makes her fears melt away? Or Xavier, who's trying to tell her something but is hiding even more?

And will anyone be safe when her true Talent comes out?
Praise For Until Beth
"I  wish I could have read about a protagonist like Beth when I was growing up--a girl who doesn't fit into her society and must learn to use her abilities for good instead of evil. Her struggles will resonate with teen readers, and the hidden agendas of the school and its students will keep readers guessing up to the final page." - Lyn Miller-Lachmann, author of Rogue
"This unique and compelling novel grabbed me on the first page and wouldn't let go. With unforgettable characters and a story that is by turns heartbreaking, thrilling and uplifting, UNTIL BETH is a must-read.” - Christine Johnson, author of The Gathering Dark

About The Author
Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot. She is a professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly twenty years. She started writing eleven years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children. Lisa is represented by Shannon Hassan of Marsal-Lyon Literary Agency. shannon@marsallyonliteraryagency.com
BREAKING GLASS, released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series was released September, 2014. FRACTURED, a novella combining the worlds of BREAKING GLASS and VISION releases as an ebook only, June 7, 2015. UNTIL BETH, the first in the Life and Beth trilogy will be released September 2015.
Lisa Amowitz is available for guest appearances, Skype visits, school visits, libraries & interviews. Please contact her for scheduling.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks book that I'm desperate to get my hands on:

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig


Publication: February 16, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Time Travel, Historical Fiction

Summary

Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.

Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.
 


Why I'm desperate for The Girl From Everywhere:

Me after reading that summary.


5 minutes later......


Come on, just take my money and make the release date sooner! Pretty please with a unicorn on top of a ginormous rainbow offering cake that leads to eternal happiness! Yes, I'm being irrational but but.....*pets screen*

What books are you desperate to get your hands on? Leave a comment with your link of WoW and I promise to check it out and fangirl over your books with you as well! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Avalon Relics: Lilith Links ~ Blog Tour: Review


About the Book:


Title: The Avalon Relics: Lilith Links (Volume 1)
Author: J.L. Clark
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 315
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback/Kindle/Nook

Sophia Bennett is looking forward to celebrating her eighteenth birthday with her best friend Angie.  After graduating high school and enjoying the last days of her summer vacation the most important things on her mind are getting ready for college and catching the eye of her high school crush Jake...at least, until the night of her birthday party.

Suddenly, Sophia is thrust into a world that she never knew existed and finds herself in the middle of an ancient struggle between good and evil. Time is against her as she and her new friends struggle to take possession of a powerful magic before it falls into the wrong hands.

Can Sophia solve the mystery of the Lilith links in time to save her loved ones, or will the enemy triumph and destroy all that she holds dear?

The Avalon Relics trilogy is a fast-paced read taking the reader into the magical world of fairies and of good versus evil.  It blends references of mythology and tales of old in a very real way in that it takes place in two worlds simultaneously:  the world that Sophia and her friends physically live in and the fairy realm.

For More Information

  • The Avalon Relics: Lilith Links is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
My Review


The Avalon Relics: Lilith links is about Sophia a girl whose barely graduated from high school and just has to worry about college and unrequited love or so she thinks. On Sophia's eighteenth birthday her parents give her two golden bracelets and is then sent on her way to her party with her friend Angie. Unbeknownst to her those bracelets are not just normal bracelets, they have power and there are those who are seeking them to satisfy their own evil desires. And so in comes Michael, Eva, and Rafe three strangers who come just in time to save Sophie.

To be completely honest as much as this book intrigued me, it didn't live up to my expectations. The characters fell pretty flat, I felt no connection towards any of them. And as for the plot it felt a bit too predictable. I'd figure out what was going to happen ahead of time and that also ruined my enjoyment quite a bit. 

The romance between Sophia and Michael felt a bit rushed as well, I couldn't really feel the love between them. I mean, sure they saved each other and kissed quite a few times but I didn't really feel an attachment towards them as a couple. 

Overall, although I was disappointed, I believe that this book could improve and the next installment might be better. Why? Becuse I read this book in less than two days and it does have potential. There was quite a bit of action, magic, and adventure going on in this book and I'm sure those who enjoy these genre's will like it.

Rating: 3 stars

Received in exchange for an honest review.


About the Author:


Dr. Jennifer Yen Clark, or J.L. Clark, began her writing career in the fourth grade, when her teacher took the detective story she wrote and turned it into a short printed book as a gift to her. The encouragement of her teacher, as well as her love for reading and telling stories, kept her writing about the worlds that existed in her imagination. In her young adult years, J.L. began writing short stories, poetry, and fan-fiction starring strong and intelligent girls and women. J.L. was recently inspired to write The Avalon Relics after being introduced to several young adult series that depicted weak heroines and unhealthy relationships. Recalling her own young adult reading experience and the dearth of relatable heroines, she set out to create a series of books that would not only engage and entertain, but offer a refreshing and empowering take on fictional heroines.
J.L. Clark resides in Houston, Texas with her family. She splits her time between academia and private practice, specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. She is an assistant professor of psychiatry at UT Health Medical School, and a clinical assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine. Outside of work, she is continually contributing to her body of work, posting short stories and fan-fiction on social media outlets for enjoyment.
Her latest book is the YA fantasy, The Avalon Relics: Lilith Links.
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Friday, September 11, 2015

Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins (ARC) Review



Publisher: Month9Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Pages: 336

Summary

Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

My Review

You're probably thinking that Nameless is like every other dystopian book out there but you'd wrong. Sure, it has a girl seeking revenge while trying to save her sister and accidentally being the tipping point of people who have been suppressed for far too long. But this book is in a league of it's own, whether it's the world-building, the character's, or even the romance. This is a book that you don't want to miss!

Zo the main character is a healer and a wolf infiltrating the Ram, in order to get information to her clan to finally put an end to the Ram's reign of horror and violence and she has everything figured out too. But what she didn't plan for was her younger sister, Tess following her into enemy territory. Zo is a no-nonsense kind of girl, especially when it comes to her mission and her sister. Regardless, if she's starting to care for some of the Ram's or not she doesn't let her feelings get in the way and for once I was glad for that. Why? Because as much as I don't condone revenge (after all it gets you nowhere except maybe killed) Zo had her mind set on getting revenge and wasn't about to let one good-looking Ram soldier stop her from that. 

And on to the second character Gryphon, the Ram soldier who is super terrifying that is until you're in his head and realize that he's not as bad as he makes himself out to be. For once I'm glad we have the pov of the male character, his voice is just as important because it gives us insight into the world of the Ram. Yes, the Ram are cruel and violent but not all of them are like that. With Gryphon, we get to see both sides, he didn't choose to be a Ram and just because he's a part of them doesn't mean he's like them. Gryphon doesn't enjoy killing but he's a Ram, it's part of his upbringing and yet as much as he wants to bring honor to his family (Mulan anyone? Only me..okay) he doesn't agree with everything that the Ram do. He has his own thoughts and knows what's right and wrong but it's not so easy voicing them or following them. But now because of Zo he has a choice to make and that choice will either free him or kill him.

The romance in this book was just the right amount without overpowering the whole story and I liked that. Especially since it's the slow burn kind of romance, none of that oh my god we're in love let's leave all our responsibilities behind and run off together! No, the two main character's loved each other but had their priorities straight and had hard choices to make. 

Nameless has the perfect combination of action, romance, and character's and I just love it so much that I need the sequel, like right now! And where is my Gryphon! I need him in my life! And Joshua, he'd be the cutest little cousin I never thought I'd want, which I know I didn't mention as much or Tess but they are just as important and made my heart hurt and also fill with joy! I just got side-tracked, forgive me, Joshua! If you're looking to feed the always hungry bookworm in you make sure to get your hands on a copy of this book when it comes out, you can thank me later!

Rating: 4 stars


I received an eArc through Month9Books in exchange for an honest review.

Feature & Follow Friday


Feature & Follow is a weekly Friday meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can ReadEach host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! 
I'd love it if you followed me through GFC, Bloglovin', or Twitter and of course I'll make sure to stop by your blog and do the same!

This weeks question:

Undiscovered talent – tell us about a book you loved but no one else seems to have heard of. It can be new or old, any genre. Let’s spread the love. – Suggested by Becky’s Barmy Book Blog.

There are quite a couple of books I want to share but I'll just go with one of my favorite's that I feel hasn't had enough attention!

The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott


I really love The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen and when I started reading this retelling of it, I was a bit hesitant since I really loved the original story but to my complete surprise I came to love it.  I read it a long time ago from the library, so that definitely calls for a re-read but I need to buy my own copy first.  If you guys have the chance, you should definitely read this one! Oh and while you're at it, check out The Night Itself also by Zoe Marriott! They're both good reads!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Escape From the Past ~ Blog Tour: Spotlight

Escape from the Past (1)


Escape from the past
Escape From the Past: The Duke's Wrath (YA Historical) 

When fifteen-year-old nerd and gamer Max Anderson thinks he's sneaking a preview of an unpublished video game, he doesn't realize that 1) He's been chosen as a beta, an experimental test player. 2) He’s playing the ultimate history game, transporting him into the actual past: anywhere and anytime. And 3) Survival is optional: to return home he must decipher the game's rules and complete its missions—if he lives long enough. To fail means to stay in the past—forever. Now Max is trapped in medieval Germany, unprepared and clueless. It is 1471 and he quickly learns that being an outcast may cost him his head. Especially after rescuing a beautiful peasant girl from a deadly infection and thus provoking sinister wannabe Duke Ott. Overnight he is dragged into a hornets' nest of feuding lords who will stop at nothing to bring down the conjuring stranger in their midst.

Praise for the Book 
"Fast-paced compelling YA debut." Giselle Green, #1 bestselling author of A Sister's Gift"

"A wonderfully crafted romp to the time of lords, ladies, and knights." Lee Ann Ward, author and former Senior Editor of Champagne Books

"Escape from the Past is chock-full of the tiny details that make a story feel realistic and immersive, from the leather ribbons used to fasten shoes to the slimy gruel that formed the bulk of the peasants' diet....those who love historical fiction or medieval fantasy will certainly enjoy Escape from the Past." Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall trilogy

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 Excerpt 

Chapter 1 
It was exactly 9:32 p.m. when I settled into my favorite chair, the one with the ripped Mexican blanket that serves as a cushion. Little did I know I’d be gone within the hour. I mean gone as in disappeared. 

Powering up my high-speed Cyber Xtreme and 32-inch monitor, a guilt gift from my dad and the only valuable thing I own, I stared at the blank disc in my hand. According to my friend, Jimmy, it contained some secret new game his father had invented. Jimmy said his dad thought the game was faulty and I wondered why his dad would have given it to him. 

Most people consider Jimmy the lucky one. He lives in a mansion because his father runs some ginormous tech company. My mom and me share space with a thousand spiders in a two-bedroom cottage with a thatched roof. Who in the twenty-first century lives in a house covered with a bunch of straw? 

Anyway, I digress. The tower purred as it swallowed the disc, the best sound in the world. It took a long time to boot which should’ve given me the first clue something was wrong. If there’s one thing that drives me crazy it’s slow processors and I knew it wasn’t my equipment. I’ve been gaming since I was six and consider myself pretty good. Especially when it comes to debugging stuff. I was stoked to figure it out, maybe make a few bucks in the process. I’m still American enough to think of dollars instead of Euros because we’ve only lived in Germany for two years.

I was scrounging for a candy bar in my desk when a flame shot across the screen, burning yellow, red and blue. Not that I smoke, but it looked real enough to light a cigarette. In slow motion the fire edged letters into the screen. EarthRider. Cool name. Of course I didn’t get it then. Stupid me. 

Below the fire appeared a globe, the kind librarians have on their desks. The thing rotated slowly, zooming closer and closer like Google Earth. Jimmy was right, this was the coolest thing I’d ever seen, the graphics as realistic as if I’d been standing there. 

Bornhagen, the place we live, was marked with a front door. 

Enter here flashed below. 

 was pretty fed up waiting, my fingers twitching to hit the keys. First it took ages to load, then it showed a map? But I didn’t have much else to do except review a few algebra problems— unlike Jimmy I’ve got no trouble with math—so I clicked. On the screen giant boulders shaped themselves into a gate, opening onto a bunch of hills and a shadowy forest. In the distance, high on the mountain, I saw a castle with two towers, a pale banner fluttering limply on top. It looked vaguely familiar, but at the time I didn’t really think much about it. An ox cart moved slowly across a country road toward the castle. 

I sniffed. Something reeked like boiled manure. I looked around to find the source when I noticed a man on the screen scurrying along a bumpy trail. He wheezed, dragging his bare feet. He was obviously injured, the filthy rags on his right shoulder dark with blood. The screen zoomed to follow as the man darted into the woods. Giant oaks swallowed the sun, a patchwork of shadows and light in the undergrowth. 

At the time I remember thinking how lame this game was despite the graphics—no dragons, no monsters, nothing exciting whatsoever. Besides, I was slightly worried my mom would come in. The whiskey she likes usually puts her to sleep on the couch, but you never know. Luckily, most of the time, she doesn’t know when I pull an all-nighter. 

Horse gallop thudded out of nowhere. Visibly trembling the grimy-looking man hesitated for a moment before thrashing his way through bushes and undergrowth. At the edge of the forest three riders in chainmail and helmets came into view, their chestnut horses whinnying and covered in sweat. The clang of metal sliced the air as the men drew swords. At that moment my cell rang.

oppenlander
 Author Annette Oppenlander Annette Oppenlander writes historical fiction for teens. Whenshe isn’t in front of her computer, she loves indulging her dog, Mocha, and traveling around the U.S. and Europe to discover amazing histories. “Nearly every place holds some kind of secret, something that makes history come alive. When we scrutinize people and places closely, history is no longer a number, it turns into a story.”










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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Sword and Verse by Kathy Macmillan

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks book that I'm desperate to get my hands on:

Sword and Verse by Kathy Macmillan


Publication: January 19, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Summary

In a sweeping fantasy debut that Franny Billingsley called “fascinating and unique,” palace intrigue blends with epic world building, resulting in a story that fans of Rae Carson and Megan Whalen Turner will love.

Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

Why I'm desperate for Sword and Verse:


Epic fantasy + Palace intrigue + Romance = A very desperate bookworm! THIS BOOK HAS TO BE MINE! I mean just read that summary and LOOK AT THAT COVER and tell me you don't want to read it!


What books are you desperate to get your hands on? Leave a comment with your link of WoW and I promise to check it out and fangirl over your books with you as well! Thanks for stopping by!