THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO Release Week Blitz

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I am so excited that THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO by F.C. Yee is available now and that I get to share the news!
 
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author F.C. Yee, be sure to check out all the details below.
 
This blitz also includes a giveaway for 5 finished copies of the book and a bookmark courtesy of Pique and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
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About The Book:
Title: THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO
Author: F.C. Yee
Pub. Date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under
siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.

Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she  is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.

Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…
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Excerpt:
“GREETINGS,” HE SAID, HIS ACCENT THICK BUT HIS VOICE LOUD and clear. “I have arrived.”
 
Now, I’d done my best to describe this guy to the police. They pressed me hard for details,  as apparently this wasn’t the first group mugging in recent weeks.
 
But I’d let Officers Davis and Rodriguez down. Nice eyes and a winning smile weren’t much to go by. I was too frazzled to notice anything before, which meant this was my first decent look at the boy without the influence of adrenaline.
 
So a couple of things.
 
One: He was short. Like, really short for a guy. I felt bad that my brain went there first, but he wasn’t even as tall as Mrs. Nanda.
 
Two: He was totally okay, physically. I didn’t see how anyone could be up and about after that beating, but here he was, unbruised and unblemished. I felt relieved and disturbed at the same time to see there wasn’t a scratch on him.
 
And his mint condition just made Point Three even more obvious.
 
He was . . . yeesh.
 
Nothing good could come of our new classmate being that handsome. It was destructive. Twisted. Weaponized. He had the cheekbones and sharp jawline of a pop star, but his thick eyebrows and wild, unkempt hair lent him an air of natural ruggedness that some pampered singer could never achieve in a million years of makeup.
 
“Argh, my ovaries,” Yunie mumbled. She wasn’t alone, judging by the soft intakes of breath coming from around the room.
 
“Arrived from where?” said Mrs. Nanda.
 
Quentin looked at her in amusement. “China?”
 
“Yes, but where in, though?” said Mrs. Nanda, trying her best to convey that she was sensitive to the regional differences. Fujianese, Taishanese, Beijingren—she’d taught them all.
 
He just shrugged. “The stones,” he said. 
 
“You mean the mountains, sweetie?” said Rachel Li, batting her eyelashes at him from the front row.
 
“No! I don’t misspeak.”
 
The class giggled at his English. But none of it was incorrect, technically speaking.
 
“Tell us a little about yourself,” Mrs. Nanda said.
 
Quentin puffed out his chest. The white button-down shirt and black pants of our  school’s uniform for boys made most of them look like limo drivers. But on him, the cheap stitching just made it clearer that he was extremely well-muscled underneath.
 
“I am the greatest of my kind,” he said. “In this world I have no equal. I am known to thousands in faraway lands, and everyone I meet can’t help but declare me king!”
 
There was a moment of silence and sputtering before guffaws broke out.
 
“Well . . . um . . . we are all high achievers here at SF Prep,” said
 
Mrs. Nanda as politely as she could. “I’m sure you’ll fit right in?”
 
Quentin surveyed the cramped beige classroom with a cool squint. To him, the other twenty-two laughing students were merely peons on whom his important message had been lost.
 
“Enough wasting of time,” he snapped. “I came to these petty halls only to reclaim what is mine.”
 
Before anyone could stop him, he hopped onto Rachel’s desk and stepped over her to the next one, like she wasn’t even there.
 
“Hey! Quentin!” Mrs. Nanda said, frantically waving her hands. “Get down now!”
 
The new student ignored her, stalking down the column of desks. Toward mine.
 
Everyone in his way leaned to the side to avoid getting kicked. They were all too flabbergasted to do anything but serve as his counterweights.
 
He stopped on my desk and crouched down, looking me in the eye. His gaze pinned me to my seat. I couldn’t turn away. He was so close our noses were almost touching. He
smelled like wine and peaches.
 
“You!” he said.
 
“What?” I squeaked.
 
Quentin gave me a grin that was utterly feral. He tilted his head as if to whisper, but spoke loud enough for everyone to hear.
 
“You belong to me”
 
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About F.C:

 

F. C. Yee grew up in New Jersey and went to school in New England, but has called the San Francisco Bay Area home ever since he beat a friend at a board game and shouted “That’s how we do it in NorCal, baby!” Outside of writing, he practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts, and has a day job mostly involving spreadsheets.
                       
 
 
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Giveaway Details:
5 winners will receive Genie Lo prize packs—complete with a finished copy of the book and a special Genie Lo horoscope (that doubles as a bookmark!), US Only.

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THE SPECIAL ONES Blog Tour

THE SPECIAL ONES

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About the Book
9780544912298_hresTitle: THE SPECIAL ONES
Author: Em Bailey
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Pages: 304
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
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Esther is one of the Special Ones: four young spiritual guides who live in a remote farmhouse under the protection of a mysterious cult leader. He watches them around the clock, ready to punish them if they forget who they are—and all the while, broadcasting their lives to eager followers on the outside. Esther knows that if she stops being Special, he will “renew” her. Nobody knows what happens to the Special Ones who are taken away from the farm for renewal, but Esther fears the worst. Like an actor caught up in an endless play, she must keep up the performance if she wants to survive long enough to escape.

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About Em:
EmEm Bailey is an Australian living in Germany where, despite having been a vegetarian for many years, she now enjoys the occasional Wurst. Em used to be a new-media designer for a children’s television production house and is now a full-time author. Shift is her first YA novel, although she has written a number of books for children under the name Meredith Badger.

When she’s not writing, Em is generally getting lost, losing stuff, reading, hanging out with her friends and family, and listening to Radiolab podcasts. Like Olive, she doesn’t like leggings that look like jeans, but has no problem with tofu schnitzels.

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Tour Schedule
Week One:

7/10/2017- YA Books Central– Interview

7/11/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

7/12/2017- YA Book Madness– Guest Post

7/13/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

7/14/2017- Novel Novice– Interview

 

Week Two:

7/17/2017- The Best Books Ever – Review

7/18/2017- Literary Meanderings– Excerpt

7/19/2017- Book Sniffers Anonymous– Excerpt

7/20/2017- YA and Wine– Review

7/21/2017- A Gingerly Review– Review

THE DISAPPEARANCES Tour, Excerpt, & Giveaway!

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About the Book

Disappearances+Hi+ResTitle: THE DISAPPEARANCES

Author: Emily Bain Murphy

Pub. Date: July 4, 2017

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 400

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What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream–vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible–and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

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Excerpt

“Malcolm,” Mrs. Cliffton says, her voice sharpening. “These are Juliet’s children. I could never live with myself if I turned them away when they had nowhere else to go. We said we would try it, and if it doesn’t work out, then we’ve at least bought Harold some time to find another arrangement.”

She pauses. I slide along the wall and crouch under the window, holding my breath until Dr. Cliffton’s low voice begins again.

“All right, Matilda. I agreed to try it, and we will. But their being here is going to stir things up again at the worst possible time. And I just don’t want them to walk into a hornets’ nest.”

There’s a long pause, and I wonder if the conversation is over. But then Mrs. Cliffton asks softly, “Do you really think we made a mistake?”

“No,” Dr. Cliffton says. “Well, I don’t know,” he clarifies. “Let’s just hope Sterling treats them better than it treated Juliet at the end.”

The hair on the back of my neck prickles. I learn forward, pretending to look at my reflection in the fountain, waiting for him to elaborate. But I don’t see anything. The water is cool and clear and dark. No stars or moon reflect above me. I wave my hand above the water, but it is opaque. Blank. As though I have disappeared.

I stumble backwards into the steadying bricks of the house.

What is this place?

“Juliet must not have wanted them to know, if she never told them,” Dr. Cliffton says. I gulp at the night air, barely able to hear his voice over the thundering of my own heart. “But now that they’re here, Sterling isn’t going to hold on to her secrets for long before it starts giving them up.”

Excerpted from The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy. Copyright © 2017 by Emily Bain Murphy. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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About Emily:

EmilyEmily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and has also called Massachusetts and Connecticut home.

She loves books, Japanese karaoke, exploring new cities, and anything with Nutella. Her debut YA fantasy, THE DISAPPEARANCES, will be published by HMH Books for Young Readers and Pushkin Press in 2017.

Murphy is represented by Peter Knapp at Park Literary & Media.

She currently lives in San Francisco with her family and is at work on her second novel.
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Tour Schedule

Week One:

7/3/2017- Adventures of a Book Junkie– Interview

7/4/2017- Book Princess Reviews Review

7/5/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Guest Post

7/6/2017- Brooke Reports– Review

7/7/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland Interview

Week Two:

7/10/2017- PaperTrailYA– Review

7/11/2017- Literary Meanderings– Guest Post

7/12/2017- YA and Wine– Review

7/13/2017- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt

7/14/2017- Whatever You Can Still Betray– Review

Sunday Street Team: Internet Famous (Excerpt and Giveaway!)

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Goodreads Link:

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Synopsis (GR):

Internet FamousHigh school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.

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Excerpt: 

Madi stared at her mother, the seconds ticking by.

“You’re kidding, right?”

Around them, the sunny May afternoon continued on like nothing had happened. The spring air hummed with the rumble of lawnmowers and motor vehicles. Children laughed on the playground. A bee buzzed. Madison Nakama was oblivious to all of it. Her chest ached like the time she’d fallen off the top of the monkey bars and her body had forgotten how to breathe.

This time she’d been pushed by her mother.

“Mom,” Madi pleaded, “please tell me this is a joke.”

“No joke. I’m going.”

Madi’s eyes darted to the playground and the brick-fronted buildings behind it, seeking out her sister. Spring had arrived in upstate New York. Around the park, crabapple trees hung heavy with pink blossoms, the blue sky dotted with perfect silver clouds. Her fingers clenched, claw-like, around the cell phone in her hand. This is so bad! So freaking bad!

“It’s been in the works for a while,” her mother said, “but I got the confirmation yesterday.”

“Confirmation. Right.”

“I’m…” Her mother shifted uneasily on the bench. “I’m leaving at the end of the week.”

Madi jerked. “As in this week?!”

“Oxford has an undergrad summer course they’d like me to co-teach. It starts June 1st. I want to have the paperwork done and be settled in the apartment before—”

“You’ve gotta be kidding me!” Madi’s shock rolled into sudden anger. “This is like some— some kind of awful joke!”

Julia gave a long-suffering sigh. “For goodness sake, Madison, you’re a senior in high school, not a child, so please stop acting like one.”

“But you’re running away!”

“No one’s running anywhere.”

“Driving. Flying. Whatever!”

Madi glared at children laughing on the equipment. Over on the swing-set, her sister Sarah—looking younger than her fifteen years would suggest—swung back and forth. Her lips were pursed in focus, eyes half-closed. It was as close to a smile as Sarah ever got. The swing’s chains screeched in time to her motion. Watching her, Madi had the unsettling realization that while the pin had been pulled, the grenade had yet to go off.

But when it did…

“Look, it just sort of happened.” Julia Nakama’s voice was barely audible above the happy din of children. “And while I know this must be hard for you—”

“You know nothing about how hard it is!”

“I know what it must seem like,” her mother said, undeterred. “But Wells only approved my secondment yesterday. And as soon as your father and I talked about the move I—”

“Dad knew about this?!”

Squeak… squeak…

Her mother leaned closer. “I understand you’re upset about this, but please lower your voice or—”

“Or what? You’ll leave?”

“Madi, please.”

Squeak… squeak…

Madi stared at her sister, willing her angry tears to disappear. This couldn’t be happening to them. Not now! Not when Sarah was finally settled into a good routine.

“I know this is hard to hear,” her mother said. “But opportunities like this don’t come along every day. When you’re older and you’re building your own career, you’ll understand.” Squeak… squeak… “Madi, are you even listening to me?”

She spun. “Listening to what? You’re leaving!” Her eyes narrowed. “Again.

Her mother’s smile faded into frosty annoyance. “Calm down. People are staring at us.”

Squeak… squeak…

“Calm down?! How am I supposed to ‘calm down’ when you’re taking off?!” Madi’s voice grew shrill and she stumbled to her feet. A nearby mother turned in surprise. “You said you wouldn’t do that! You promised us—you promised Sarah! And now you’re doing it all over again!”

“Madison, please!” Her mother’s fingers clamped around her wrist and she tugged her back down to the park bench. She smiled apologetically at the onlookers, shrugging as if to say: Sorry about this. My teen’s just being a teen. You know how it is. Madi could almost hear the laughter.

Squeak… The repetitive pattern slowed and Madi caught her sister’s eyes across the playground. Squeak… Sarah frowned. Squeak… Madi looked away.

“You need to keep your voice down.”

Madi jerked her hand back and crossed her arms. “Yeah, well, you need to keep your promises.”

Julia sighed. “You’ll understand when you’re older. Families and careers are never easy to balance—” Her voice faltered. “Especially with our challenges. But I can’t keep putting this off. Teaching at Oxford is an opportunity I’ll never get again.” She stood from the bench, brushing invisible crumbs from her slacks. “Now get your sister. We need to leave.”

Madi grabbed her pack and stood. “Why don’t you get her yourself since you’re so certain about everything?”

A nearby woman gasped. Julia’s face drained of color. She stepped in front of Madi, blocking her from onlookers.

“We’ll talk later. Go get Sarah.”

Madi lifted her chin. “No.”

Her mother let out a hissing breath as her fingers snaked around her daughter’s wrist. “Now I don’t know what you think you’re playing at, Madison, but you will go get your sister or—”

“Why is Mom hurting your arm, Madi?” a voice asked.

Julia released her daughter and stumbled back. Sarah stood behind them, watching with that unwavering gaze she always had.

“I-I’m not.”

“Yes, you were. I saw you,” Sarah announced. “You were talking to Madi, and then Madi started frowning, and she yelled at you, and then you yelled at her, and then you grabbed her arm and—”

“I’ll be in the car! Hurry up girls. We’re already late.” Julia bolted away, dodging wayward children. She didn’t look back.

Madi threw her arms around Sarah, hugging her younger sister. Sarah tolerated it for the count of three, then began to squirm.

“Thanks for saving me,” Madi said as she released her.

Sarah didn’t smile. (She rarely did.) “Why is Mom mad at you?”

“She isn’t.”

“Yes, she is.” Sarah spoke with certainty.

“No.”

“I saw her, Madi. You were talking, and then you started frowning and—”

“I dunno, Sarah. Mom’s just—” Madi’s shoulders slumped. It wasn’t in her heart to tell her sister the truth: Everything in their lives had just changed yet again and Sarah would be the one to suffer for it. Instead, she forced a brave smile. “Mom was just ready to go. She asked me to get you, and I said no.”

Her sister seemed to consider that for a moment, and Madi wondered if she’d now have to explain why she’d refused to get her. Questions, with Sarah, continued until she was satisfied. It was part of the reason she was so gifted academically.

“Okay then,” Sarah looked up the street where their mother had disappeared. “So Mom’s ready to go home?”

“Yeah. You ready to leave?”

“Uh-huh,” she said, and looked back at the swing. “It was a good day.”

Madi didn’t answer. Couldn’t. In seconds, Sarah was down the street, leaving her to follow. Madi glanced down at her phone, forgotten in her hand. In the last stressful minutes a new post had appeared on her dashboard. Her throat ached as she read it.

internet famous

With a sigh, Madi hit ‘reblog’.

This was the worst possible day in a long string of them, and her sister, Sarah, didn’t know the half of it.

 

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About the Author:

unnamed (9)Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous) adults (Edge of Wild and Intaglio). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

 

 

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MAY
Christine Mood board 22 Tine Reviews

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Jordan Interview 23 The Heart of a Book Cover

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Fatima Guest Post 24 Fafa’s Book Corner: https://fafasbookcorner.wordpress.com/
Bianca Interview 25 The Ultimate Fangirl https://notoriouslaylow.wordpress.com
Brooke Review 26 The Cozy Little Book Nook

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Heather Guest Post 29 The Hermit Librarian

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Cilla Review 30 Paved with Books

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Jamie Review 31 Books and Ladders

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JUNE
Nicole Lynn Review 1 Boundless Bookaholic http://www.boundlessbookaholic.com/
Breanna Guest Post 2 Recommends Book

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Emily Interview 5 Little Book Wyrm http://www.little-book-wyrm.com
Amber Excerpt 6 Bookstackamber

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Ardis Review 7 Pondering the Prose

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Bayy Guest Post 8 Bayy in Wonderland

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Annalisse Review 9 Hopeful Reads

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Sara Excerpt 12 A Gingerly Review

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Wren Review 13 The Litaku

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Krystianna Review 14 Downright dystopian

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Kathleen Interview 15 Books, TV, & More… Oh My!

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Bonnie Excerpt 16 A Backwards Story

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ROAR by Cora Carmack: Release Day Launch, Excerpt, and Giveaway!

 

 

From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack comes her debut young adult fantasy, ROAR! Now available, ROAR takes readers on an adventure filled with charismatic characters in an enthralling world sure to keep them turning the pages. Grab your copy today!

 

 

About ROAR (Stormheart #1):

New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack’s young adult debut: Roar.

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

 

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“This life is not glamorous,” Duke told her. “We travel constantly. We sleep on the ground most nights. When we’re not in danger from storms, we’re in danger in cities where we are considered criminals. This life is not for the faint of heart.”

“There are things I do not know, things I will have to learn. But I am capable. I am familiar with sacrifice. I know what it is to make hard choices.”

“Tell me you’re not considering this,” Locke said to Duke.

The old man was silent for a long moment, both Locke and Roar looking to him for support. Duke rubbed at his mustache, a habit of his when he was thinking deeply. “Let’s think about this, Locke. She’s smart. And determined.”

“She’s a child.”

Roar’s shoulders hunched in Locke’s peripheral vision, and he swallowed back the guilt. He could apologize later. For now, it was imperative that he won this argument.

You were a child when I brought you into the fold,” Duke said. “She’s a young woman with a good head on her shoulders. And if this is what she wants, I’m inclined to at least hear her out.”

Just like that, Roar’s shoulders straightened, and Locke turned to watch a devastating smile bloom across her mouth. His weakness when it came to her only made him more cross.

“What skills do you have?” he snapped at Roar.

“Skills?”

“Yes, skills. What can you do? Or do you just plan to tag along for the ride?”

A flush spread over her cheeks, and her voice was tentative when she answered, “I’m good on a horse. Very good.”

Where in the world would she have learned to ride? He quickly hardened his expression. “Horses are fine for travel, but they don’t do well in storms. They, unlike you, have good survival instincts.”

As soon as the words were out of his mouth, Locke could have sworn he felt an updraft—the first sign that bad weather could occur—and he knew that this time he had pushed too far.

Roar marched toward him, spearing a finger into his chest and said, “I can read and write. I can speak Taraanese, Finlaghi, and Odilarian. I can read maps. I know enough about grassland vegetation and wildlife to survive without a market to buy food and drink. I’m good with knives and a bow. I learn quickly, and I’m not afraid of hard work. And I’ve spent my entire life reading as much about storms as I could get my hands on.” For a moment, her voice cracked under the weight of her anger, but she took a huffing breath and continued: “I’m good with numbers. It’s been a while, but I think I can probably still draw the constellations from memory, which should make me decent at navigation. I can—“

“Enough.” Locke’s voice came out in a deep rasp. He captured her long, delicate finger in his fist before she could continue poking him. He felt short of breath at the sight of her—livid and lovely. “Enough.”

The old Locke might have kept arguing, and Roar would have met him toe-to-toe. But if becoming a storm hunter had taught him anything, it was that fighting head-on wasn’t always the way to win. Sometimes strategy was required. He met Duke’s eyes over her shoulder, and if he had thought Roar looked smug before, she had nothing on his mentor. The man raised his eyebrows in a challenge and asked, “You?”

He hated the idea of bringing someone into this dangerous life, but if it was going to happen regardless, he sure as hell wouldn’t hand her safety over to anyone else, not even Ransom. And at the very least, it would give him the opportunity to change her mind. He gritted his teeth and nodded his acceptance.

 


 

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About Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Since she was a teenager, her favorite genre to read has been fantasy, and now she’s thrilled to bring her usual compelling characters and swoon-worthy romance into worlds of magic and intrigue with her debut YA fantasy, Roar. Her previous adult romance titles include the Losing It, Rusk University, and Muse series. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages around the world. Cora splits her time between Austin, TX and New York City, and on any given day you might find her typing away at her computer, flying to various cities around the world, or just watching Netflix with her kitty Katniss. But she can always be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website www.coracarmack.com.

 

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What I Lost: Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway!

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About the Book:

Title: WHAT I LOST
Author: Alexandra Ballard
Pub. Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Links: AmazonB&NTBDiBooksGoodreads

What sixteen-year-old Elizabeth has lost so far: forty pounds, four jean sizes, a boyfriend, and her peace of mind. As a result, she’s finally a size zero. She’s also the newest resident at Wallingfield, a treatment center for girls like her—girls with eating disorders. Elizabeth is determined to endure the program so she can go back home, where she plans to start restricting her food intake again.She’s pretty sure her mom, who has her own size-zero obsession, needs treatment as much as she does. Maybe even more. Then Elizabeth begins receiving mysterious packages. Are they from her ex-boyfriend, a secret admirer, or someone playing a cruel trick?

This eloquent debut novel rings with authenticity as it follows Elizabeth’s journey to taking an active role in her recovery, hoping to get back all that she lost.

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Review:

I was not prepared for this book to hit me as hard as it did. This was such a compelling and complex journey for a high school female dealing with anorexia. The stigma on today’s teens to look a certain way is overpowering. I’m surprised there aren’t more stories like this on the market.

Elizabeth dropped 4 sizes in a few short months after a painfully traumatic experience with her now ex-boyfriend. She realized the one thing that she could control in her life was food. Soon it became easier and easier to just not eat, or lie to herself that she was full. This was fueled by her mom’s own silent battle with food restriction. Her mom pushed Elizabeth into “losing just a few pounds to look better”. So who cared if Elizabeth considered dinner six small bites of a banana? Certainly nobody in her household. But things became serious when Elizabeth weighed 90 pounds. She was admitted to a health care facility for treatment.

A very, very little known fact about me is that I have a mild form of anorexia. Mine is nowhere as severe as those talked about in this book but it is real nonetheless. That caused me to connect with Elizabeth on a level I wasn’t ready for. I felt I could completely understand her thoughts and feelings. Her struggle was painful, understandable, and it just felt horribly real. Thankfully Elizabeth was not alone in her treatments. A cast of characters are along for the ride, each with their own demons to slay. They all play a bigger part in Elizabeth realizing what she has done to herself and giving her a glimpse of just how bad she could get if she didn’t do something to try to get better. Please know this story is not just about someone battling anorexia, it is also a bit of a love story. There is some romance that happens and it is super sweet. Elizabeth starts to receive mysterious packages while at the facility and she believes it is her ex-boyfriend sending them. How can her ex-boyfriend send her such loving packages when he is the one that sent her into such a downward spiral? Is it even him sending the packages?

So many questions! Will Elizabeth be able to make enough progress to leave the facility? Will she be able to make the tough food decisions on her own outside? What about her friends at school? This was such an emotional rollercoaster of a ride. I could not put this book down once I started. It was such a powerful read and I hope everyone gives it a chance.

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About Alexandra:
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Alexandra Ballard has worked as a magazine editor, middle-school English teacher, freelance writer, and cake maker. She holds master’s from both Columbia (journalism) and Fordham (education) and spent ten years in the classroom, beginning in the Bronx and ending up in the hills of California. Today she writes full time and lives in the Bay Area with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. What I Lost is Alexandra’s first novel.

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of WHAT I LOST, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/29/2017-YA and Wine– Interview

5/30/2017- Take Me Away To A Great Read– Review

5/31/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

6/1/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

6/2/2017- Eli to the nth– Excerpt

Week Two:

6/5/2017- Lisa Loves Literature– Review

6/6/2017- YA Book Madness– Guest Post

6/7/2017- The Cover Contessa– Interview

6/8/2017- Book Briefs– Review

6/9/2017- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

 

Breaking Tour: Review and Giveaway!

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Breaking

About the Book:
Title: BREAKING
Author: Danielle Rollins
Pub. Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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Companion novel to Burning.

Prep school gets a twist of supernatural suspense in this commercial YA thriller.

Charlotte has always been content in the shadow of her two best friends at the prestigious Underhill Preparatory Institute. Ariel is daring and mysterious. Devon is beautiful and brilliant. Although Charlotte never lived up to the standards of the school—or her demanding mother—her two best friends became the family she never had. When Ariel and Devon suddenly commit suicide within a month of each other, Charlotte refuses to accept it as a coincidence. But as the clues point to a dangerous secret about Underhill Prep, Charlotte is suddenly in over her head. There’s a reason the students of Underhill are so exceptional, and the people responsible are willing to kill to protect the truth…

Suspenseful and scintillating, with hints of the supernatural, this fast-paced thriller will keep readers hooked.

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Review:

When I requested this ARC, I did not know it was the companion novel to Burning. It does not read like a companion novel so I can say if you choose to read this without reading the other, you will be okay.

Charlotte, the MC, was easy to connect with and easy to follow. She was just complex enough to stay interesting and not completely predictable. She was flawed yet I could identify with her. She was used to being in the shadow of her two best friends, Devon and Ariel. When Devon and Ariel commit suicide, it throws Charlotte’s world on its head. Charlotte knows it is not just a coincidence, she knows something more is going on. She suddenly opens her eyes to everything that is going on at Underhill Preparatory Institute. She knows something dark and sinister is taking place and she is going to figure out what, or who, is behind it all.

This was a very well done YA thriller, in my opinion. I thought I was going to stumble a little in the beginning but that didn’t happen. It was easy to follow along and figure out what was going on. There were so many twists, turns, and red herrings that I was always on my toes. There is even a bit of a supernatural aspect thrown in and guess what, it worked. It gave this story a little something extra that isn’t easily found in thrillers today. I really tore through this book and finished in no time. The ending seriously threw me for a loop as I did not see that coming. I hope everyone will give this a chance as it was a good supernatural thriller.

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About Danielle:
unnamed (6)Author of the best-selling MERCILESS series, SURVIVE THE NIGHT, BURNING, and BREAKING. I’m currently working on the last installment of the Merciless books, & starting a new series to be announced later this year.

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of BREAKING, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/29/2017- The Cover Contessa– Interview

5/29/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

 

5/30/2017- YA Books Central– Guest Post

5/30/2017- a GREAT read– Review

 

5/31/2017- Pandora’s Books– Excerpt

5/31/2017- Sweet Southern Home– Review

 

6/1/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

6/1/2017- Dazzled by Books– Review

 

6/2/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader Interview

6/2/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Review

 

Week Two:

6/5/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Guest Post

6/5/2017- Pretty Deadly Reviews– Review

 

6/6/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt

6/6/2017- Novel Novice– Review

 

6/7/2017- Literary Meanderings – Guest Post

6/7/2017- YA Book Madness– Review

 

6/8/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Excerpt

6/8/2017- A Gingerly Review- Review

 

6/9/2017- Portrait of a Book– Guest Post

6/9/2017- Storybook Slayers– Review

 

 

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