Watch You Burn: Spotlight and Giveaway

WATCH YOU BURN

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About The Book:

9781524700935 (1)Title: WATCH YOU BURN

Author: Amanda Searcy

Pub. Date: October 23, 2018

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 352

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Jenny didn’t want to move to the creepy, possibly haunted town with her dad. But the cops are on to her, and the only way she can protect herself is by moving as far away from her hometown as possible and staying out of trouble.

But even after she moves, Jenny still gets the itch. The itch to light a match and then watch it burn.

It’s something she hasn’t been able to stop, ever since an accident years ago. Now, in a new town, Jenny has the strange feeling that someone is watching her every move. Will her arsonist ways be exposed? Or is the burning truth deep inside her a greater danger?

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About Amanda:

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Amanda Searcy has a BA from New Mexico State University and an MA in human rights from the University of Essex in England. She works in collection development for a public library system and loves chocolate, cats, and curling up with a good book. She lives in New Mexico.

Visit her online at amandasearcybooks.com and follow her on Twitter at @aesearcy.

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Giveaway Details:

3 Winners will receive a finished copy of WATCH YOU BURN, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/15/2018- Rhythmicbooktrovert– Review

10/16/2018- Moonlight Rendezvous– Review

10/17/2018- Patriotic Bookaholic– Review

10/18/2018- Jena Brown Writes– Review

10/19/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

Week Two:

10/22/2018- Riddle’s Reviews– Review

10/23/2018– Do You Dog-ear?– Review

10/24/2018- Pacific Northwest Bookworm– Review

10/25/2018- The Pages In-Between– Review

10/26/2018- PopTheButterfly Reads– Review

 

Week Three:

10/29/2018- The Clever Reader– Review

10/30/2018- BookHounds YA– Review

10/31/2018- Rainy Day Reviews– Excerpt

11/1/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

11/2/2018- Liezel and Angie’s Book Blog– Review

 

Week Four:

11/5/2018- Bookish bibliophile– Review

11/6/2018- Eli to the nth– Review

11/7/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

11/8/2018- Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World– Review

11/9/2018- YA Books Central– Excerpt

 

 

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Review: A Map of Days

A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #4)

 

I do love this series and admit I was more excited for the series to continue than I care to admit. I did listen to the audio of this and it read just as well even without the creepy photos. This was an interesting take on the story and I’m curious to know where it goes.

Short recap: The Peculiars have to learn to live in the real world and turn to Jacob for help. Jacob is going through his own issues as his family wants to have him committed. Jacob soon discovers what his grandfather really did in the world of Peculiars. Will Jacob leave his parents behind to go on one last mission to be like his grandfather?

This book was intimidating, there is no doubt about that. The audio was over 13 hours (at 1x playback) while the physical book pushed 500 pages. It was still a fast paced adventure that had me guessing at every turn. Of course I would never guess to know what Riggs was thinking when he wrote the book so I could not begin to speculate where the story would lead. What I can tell you is that the cast of characters you came to know and love in the first three books are back and better than ever. They all had wonderful character arcs and continued to surprise me as they began to grow into their own. They even started to question authority, which was refreshing. Miss Peregrine did have a part in this story but not as big of a role in past stories.

There was one small complaint I had about the story – there was a scene that felt almost like a direct rip-off of Harry Potter. If you have read the story, I think you know what I am talking about. I do not always feel the need to compare everything to my beloved HP but when it feels like copying someone’s test but changing enough so the teacher doesn’t know you copied word for word, then I have to give pause and question. It did sort of help the story along but in the end it did not feel like it made any difference at all. It was hardly referenced after the characters moved past that particular place. It made me wonder why it was even included unless it will have a bigger part in future books.

This was still a fun read and I was excited to be back in this world. I am curious to see how the series continues. I can only hope that the Peculiars will have further development rather than just how Jacob perceives them. I know that would be difficult as it means there would have to be multiple POVs and this story just isn’t set up for that. A girl can hope, right?

 

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Books Left Unread #145

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Ashfall (Ashfall, #1)

 

Dystopian novels are my JAM but I cannot bring myself to start this one. Have you read it?

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Review: The Summer of Jordi Perez

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

 

I have seen this book around for a while, heard some good things, thought I would check it out. Sadly I’m not on the part of the bandwagon that truly enjoyed what I read. I wanted to, I tried to, but it was just not in the cards.

Short recap: Abby is a self proclaimed fashionista and really wants to become the newest employee at her favorite boutique. Abby and the other intern, Jordi, are actually both hoping for that one full time spot. While Abby is in charge of the store social media, Jordi is put in charge of being the store photographer. Abby cannot help but fall for the super cool Jordi while they continue to spend their days filing old paperwork and learning how to fold sweaters.

Yeah… that’s all I can really remember about the story. What caused me to block a lot of it out was how immature Abby came across. The voice that was given to the character was that of a tween rather than a 17 year old who knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. She seemed to be self assured and confident in who she was, but when she talked (to herself or outloud) she sounded like she needed to be given a juice, some string cheese, and sent for a nap. She did not ever feel believable or realistic. Example: What working at the boutique, Jordi went for coffee and Abby thought that was “a very adult thing to do – have a cup of coffee”. Are you for real? I know 11-year-olds that drink coffee and they are nowhere near adult. Her inner monologue continued like that throughout the entire book. Sure, she was supposed to be nervous around her crush, Jordi, but even then she should have calmed down at some point. She never ever did.

The other thing that annoyed me about Abby was how negative she was about herself. She always putting herself down – it got old really fast. She constantly thought that she was nothing more than a side-kick or that she would never been good enough to be the girlfriend because of her size. This felt like a massive contradiction as her fashion blog was all about empowering large girls to embrace their size and love life no matter what size they were. Why preach one thing but think something else? I know some of us are guilty of that but it was yet one more thing about this character that grew old fast. If her best friend called her out on her negativity, Abby would hit back with even more negativity and refuse to listen to reason. She was constantly being rescued by others who spouted positvity but she continued to put herself down.

As if I haven’t stated my case for not liking Abby enough… here is one more. She did not handle Jordi’s surprise well at all. I mean, not even a little bit. If you ever want to talk about blowing something out of proportion and causing a scene over nothing, you come talk to me about this scene. I could not stop shaking my head because it was over the top completely unnecessary. I almost stopped the book at that point but the entire story was almost over anyways. This small even apparently was enough for Jordi & Abby to break up (totally ridiculous) but it was also enough for Abby to finally accept that she was beautiful and for her to accept her size in a positive way? Sorry, but I don’t buy that something like that can be resolved the way it was. Completely unrealistic.

The overall story and pacing were just not that great. Not only did I struggle with the above mentioned topics, the pacing felt off. The chapters were choppy and ended abruptly. There were weird side stories with Abby’s mom and the another with her best friend, Jax. Abby and Jax  spent a lot of time hitting “great hamburger places in LA” because someone in Jax’s family was trying to create an app that listed the best burgers. All of this went with Abby’s mom being a healthy eating/living blogger who “gently pushed” Abby several times to lose weight because she felt like her life would be “easier” if she did. Uh… ok. That right there could have been an entire book on its own but instead it felt like it was inserted to help the story move along. Or maybe it was to be one more hurdle Abby had to overcome. Well, this character had no development or arc so this was yet another pointless side story to add.

There should be no doubt that I did not enjoy this story as much as others. I tried my best to express the issues I had with what I read. I did not like Abby has a character in general, I did not like her voice as a character, I did not like that she had zero development, I did not like the choppy writing or bad pacing, I did not like how the book suddenly ended with everything wrapped in a bow, I did not like any of the side stories. I believe the only thing that I did enjoy about this story was Jax. I wish there has been more of him and less of Abby. I did enjoy Jordi and wanted to learn more about her but that never happened. This was my first Spalding book and if this is what the rest are like, I’m not sure I will continue to read her work.

 

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Review: When We Caught Fire

When We Caught Fire

 

Before I start my post, I want to take a small moment to admire the cover. It is gorgeous. Beautiful covers make me even more excited to read a story because they have to match, right? Sadly, that was not the case here.

Short recap: Emmaline has finally found a way to secure her spot among the wealthy, influential, and sought after list – she is to marry one of the most eligible bachelors in town. Emmaline did not come from wealth and privilege, but she did teach herself how to appear so. While Emmaline is ready to marry her fiance, she feels she needs to find her first love and explain why she will not be marrying him. Things become far more complicated after that. Can Emmaline go through with her wedding into the elite group or will she give it up for her first love?

This seems alright but here is what I left out (because I wasn’t sure how to fit it in to that description): Emmaline’s housemaid, Fiona, has been madly in love with Emmaline’s first love, Andres. You read that correctly. These two girls are in love with the same man but Fiona never tells her friend about her feelings. But wait! There’s more! As if that was messy enough, once Emmaline meets up with Andres, she realizes that she is still in love with him! She decides that she will forgo marrying a very influential man who can give her a secure future to marry a man that has fighting matches in back alleys.

I’m going to let that sink in for a moment.

I know that a person needs to follow their heart wherever it leads but this felt like far too much. The entire story felt like it was trying too hard to make me believe the feelings everyone had for everyone else were real but they felt fake and forced. The chapters were told in alternating POVs of Emmaline and Fiona. I did not like Emmaline’s character at all. She came across as a petulant child. It was not a becoming characteristic. She was like that throughout the entire story. Fiona was okay, but I never connected with her. Reading of how she was constantly pining for Andres grew old real fast. To make this all worse, it appeared that Andres held feelings for both females! He knew they were both attracted to him and he encouraged it. What a hot mess he was. I didn’t like him any further than I could throw him.

The big disappointment I had with this story, other than the inability for me to feel the tension that was supposed to be coming from these characters, was that this centered around the Great Fire of Chicago. I was so fascinated with that concept! Sadly, it never delivered on what was promised. This read like a bunch of spoiled white teenagers having spoiled white teenager problems. I could not care about what was happening to anyone or anything. Not only where the characters shallow, the world building did not work for me. There were lavish paragraphs/chapters that talked about nothing more than dress designs and food. I. Don’t. Care. It all was fluff because it went nowhere.

Now while I have attempted to make my points about why I did not enjoy this story, it was not necessarily a bad book. There were some very well written scenes, but those few scenes alone were not enough to save this story overall. No character showed growth, nobody had to pay for what happened because of the fire, nobody was held accountable for their actions. I’m not a fan of those stories. Be cautious if you give this one a go.

 

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COURT OF SECRETS Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway

COURT OF SECRETS

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About The Book:

Court of Secrets_Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing_72dpiTitle: COURT OF SECRETS Reverse Harem Fantasy (Forbidden Queen #1)

Author: Dyan Chick

Pub. Date: October 15, 2018

Publisher: Dyan Chick

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 216

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Four Sexy Fae Princes. A Changeling Fae. A Secret that could end them all.

When Cassia’s wedding is ruined by a monster attack, her whole life changes. Destined for the dull and uneventful life of a Baron’s wife, Cassia always dreamed of more. She never thought it would come in the form of three sexy fae princes.

When she accidentally uses magic, Cassia discovers that she’s not human. She’s a changeling, a fae hidden in the human world. She no longer belongs in the human realm, but she won’t survive on her own in Faerie.

Now, her only hope is the three sexy fae princes who saved her life on her wedding day. On the run from the monsters that attacked her, Cassia must help the princes hunt them down. Her life depends on them, and by the time this is over, they might need her as much as she needs them.

Court of Secrets is a full-length Reverse Harem Fantasy Novel
Book 1 of 4

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Excerpt:

“What did you do?” Ethan’s voice swirled around me, coming in and out of focus.

I felt heavy, and let my eyelids flutter before forcing them open. Ethan’s beautiful face hovered inches above mine. He smiled at me and my heart leaped.

“You’re alive.” I breathed out the words like a prayer.

He ran his fingers through my hair and shook his head. “I thought I’d lost you.”

“Me?” I asked. “You were the one that was bleeding to death.” At the memory of his injury, I sat up, intending to check that he was healed. My head spun and I fell back onto the bed.

“Stay down,” Ethan said. “I’m fine. I woke to find a healer sitting in the corner, but she didn’t heal me. She said I was mended before she arrived.”

My lips parted, but I didn’t have any words. I was too happy to see him alive and well. I reached toward his face, tracing his pink lips with my fingertips. “I thought you were going to die.”

“You shouldn’t have used so much magic,” he said. “I’m not worth the risk.”

“Yes, you are.” I stared into his clear blue eyes. How did I make him understand how much he meant to me? I’d never felt a true connection to any human being before and here I was, feeling completely at ease with this Fae prince. It was as if we’d known each other our whole lives. Like we’d simply been apart for a few days but fell back into our old habits.

He leaned closer, slowly pausing with his lips above mine. I felt his warm breath on my skin and every inch of me felt like it was on fire. My breath hitched in anticipation and he pressed his lips against mine. His kiss was soft yet hungry and his lips moved with mine as if they were dancing. It was familiar and warm and maddening all at the same time.

His fingers wove through my hair, his hand cradling the back of my head, pressing me harder into him. I reached around him, digging my nails into the fabric of his ruined tunic and pulling him against me. His strong chest pressed against my breasts, making them ache for attention.

Ethan broke away for a moment, his shallow breaths matching my own. “Forgive me.”

“For what?” I asked.

“That wasn’t appropriate,” he said. “There’s just something about you that makes me lose control.”

“Then lose it,” I said. “I give you permission.”

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About Dyan:

DyanMy story is probably similar to a lot of other writers out there. As a kid, I was creative, imaginative, and loved to write. I’d write scripts for plays and make my sisters act them out. I got excited about the writing prompts for standardized tests in elementary school. I started writing my first (unfinished) novel in 5th grade. Then started another one in middle school. For a long time, I was a closet writer. I didn’t tell anybody that I had a hard drive full of abandoned stories. After years of not finishing anything, I finally took the plunge and started taking writing, and myself as a writer, seriously. My first novel, Heir of Illaria, published January 23, 2017. Book 2 is right around the corner. It’s gone from closet hobby to full on addiction. Thankfully, I have a wonderfully supportive husband who doesn’t look at me like I’m crazy when I talk about my characters as if they’re real.

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Giveaway Details:

1 Winner will receive a $10 Amazon GC, International.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/15/2018- Bri’s Book Nook– Review

10/15/2018- BookHounds– Interview

 

10/16/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Review

10/16/2018- Writer of Wrongs– Excerpt

 

10/17/2018- Reese’s Reviews– Review

10/17/2018- Books,Dreams,Life– Spotlight

 

10/18/2018- Ace Reads– Review

10/18/2018- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt

 

10/19/2018- Belle’s Archive– Review

10/19/2018- Patriotic Bookaholic– Excerpt

 

Week Two:

10/22/2018- Book Briefs– Review

10/22/2018- Dazzled by Books– Excerpt

 

10/23/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt

10/23/2018- Parajunkee– Spotlight

 

10/24/2018- TMBA Corbett Tries to Write– Interview

10/24/2018- Jaime’s World– Excerpt

 

10/25/2018- Nay’s Pink Bookshelf– Review

10/25/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Spotlight

 

10/26/2018- Cutting Muse Blog Review– Review

10/26/2018- Colorimetry– Excerpt

 

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Little White Lies

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

 

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Little White Lies

 

 

From Goodreads:

“I’m not saying this is Sawyer’s fault,” the prim and proper one said delicately. “But.”

Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother’s “society” might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father’s identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn’t expect to find is friendship, but as she’s drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn’t the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother’s glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer’s search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.

Set in the world of debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off.

 

I love this author so I cannot wait to read her latest novel.

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