ARC Review and Giveaway: Freed by Flame and Storm

Freed by Flame and Storm (Bound by Blood and Sand, #2)

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.**

I stumbled upon Becky Allen’s first book in this duology,¬†Bound by Blood and Sand, last year and fell madly in love with Jae and her quest. The underlying plot (oppressed people versus the upper class with power) is not original, but the reason for it certainly was. I was thrilled when the publisher asked me to review the second book and host a giveaway. So prepare yourselves, you lucky readers, for a glowing review and a giveaway for both books! WOO! Now first… the review. ūüėČ

This book picks up right after the first book ends. Jae and Elan are on a quest to free the Closest. Jae has recently freed herself from the dreaded Closest curse and knows in her heart of hearts she can free everyone else. Their quest is dangerous but necessary. Along the way, new characters are introduced that will change the course of the this battle in ways nobody could see coming.

The one thing that stood out the most to me was Jae. Her character was complex, well developed, and real. She felt real, anyways. I was in constant awe of her strength, determination, and selflessness. Jae was always the first to run into battle or give up her meal so someone else would not go hungry. She was never sacrificed to show she was better because she was a mage, it was always for the good of someone else. She knew better than anyone what it was like to not have anything and she never wanted anyone else to go through that. That was so refreshing to read! It really made me admire her even more. In a way, it made me want to be more like her. I also really enjoyed how there was an attraction between Jae and Elan but it was not the focus of the story. Whatever was going on between those two was a side story and a slow burn. Elan had one of the best character arcs I’ve read in awhile. From where he started this series to where he ended was brilliant to see. I’m thrilled I was a part of his change. ‘

There are a host of new characters introduced in this story but all necessary. I won’t give away who they are and what position they hold as you’ll need to get the book to find out for yourself. ūüėČ What I can tell you is that you should not trust what every says and don’t always believe what you read. Everyone is trying to either save themselves or protect someone else.

The plot was a non-stop action packed ride! Allen started the action right out of the gate and never let up until the very end. She did a wonderful job of keeping the reader (me) in this world she created. The way Jae weaved her magic and how she was able to summon it was so well done. I’m not a big super huge high fantasy reader and I don’t feel this was a high fantasy read. It was just enough fantasy and just enough of everything else to be the perfect balance. It was not over complicated and I liked that. No love triangles (WOO!), no instalove, no confusing names for people/places/things that caused me to stumble every time it was mentioned. Like the last bowl of porridge for Goldilocks, it was¬†just right.

I cannot and will not stop gushing about this book! It was the ending that I hoped for. It was so well done and nothing is left to question. Allen did a wonderful job of putting everything in its place and that made me happy.

I want everyone to read this duology so the publisher has offered a copy of both books to one lucky winner! Below is the Rafflecopter giveaway (US only, sorry!). Please enter and add this to your TBR!

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EVER THE BRAVE: Release Blitz, Excerpt, and Giveaway!

 

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I am so excited that EVER THE BRAVE by Erin Summerill is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Erin Summerill, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a 3 finished copies of the book courtesy of Erin, HMH, 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:

 

9780544664463_hresTitle: EVER THE BRAVE (Clash of Kingdoms #2)

Author: Erin Summerill

Pub. Date: December 5, 2017

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 464

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD, Goodreads

Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.

After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta‚Äôs power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life‚ÄĒas well as her country‚ÄĒmay be lost.

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.

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Excerpt:

The king and his men ride away into the Ever Woods.

Gillian sweeps in, face beaming. I want to shake her shoulders and erase that smile. I slam the door.

‚ÄúYou look murderous.‚ÄĚ Gillian spins around, her skirts swishing against the stone.

‚ÄúI am.‚ÄĚ

A blink. ‚ÄúYou don‚Äôt like the dresses?‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúReally? You‚Äôve been living with me for a month.‚ÄĚ

“Right. So they’re not your usual choice, but they’re variety. Something different form brown trousers.

‚ÄúThey‚Äôre for the Royal Winter Feast Ball. He wants to sprinkle royal dust on me and make me noble.‚ÄĚ

Gillian presses her hands to her cheeks and pretends to swoon.

‚ÄúStop it,‚ÄĚ I snap.

She flounces into the bedroom and lifts a rose dress from the bed. That grin. Seeds. She’s as mad as the King Aodren.

The pull to the king, still taut in my chest, halves my attention from her squealing prattle. I press my palm to my sternum. I’d give anything to be free of him. To be able to live in peace on Papa’s land. But I don’t know how to break the bond.

If Enat were still alive ‚ÄĒ the thought flattens me ‚ÄĒ she‚Äôd know what to do. She‚Äôd tell me how to free myself from King Aodren. He‚Äôs been gone for five minutes, and I can still pick out his location in the Ever Woods.

I pound my fist on the door. I have to figure out a way to rid myself of the bond. I have to.

Gillian jerks to a stop. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs not the end of the world.‚ÄĚ

I start to respond, but an answering rush of something strange and shuddery slips under the surface of my skin. I lurch, cradling my suddenly clammy hand, eyeing Gillian, then the door with growing alarm. Unease spreads from the top of my head to my heels, a drop of poison fanning through a jar of ale.

I’ve felt this way before.

‚ÄúWhat is it?‚ÄĚ Gillian‚Äôs fists crinkle a rose-colored gown. Breath suddenly short, I yank the door open and stare deep into the Evers. The breeze‚Äôs icy fingers caress my face. There‚Äôs nothing to see, but something is very wrong.

‚ÄúThe king.‚ÄĚ

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About Erin:

ErinErin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.

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 3 winners will receive a finished copy of EVER THE BRAVE, US Only.

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TREMONTAINE Tour: Review and Giveaway!

 

About the Book:

Tremontaine

Title: TREMONTAINE

Author: Ellen Kushner, Joel Derfner, Karen Lord, Delia Sherman, Racheline Maltese, Paul Witcover, Tessa Gratton, and Liz duffy Adams.

Pub. Date: October 11, 2017

Publisher: Serial Box

Formats: eBook & audiobook

Find it: Season 1 Amazon, Season 2 Amazon, Season 3 Episode 1 Amazon, Season 3 Episode 2, Season 3 Episode 3 Amazon, iBooks, Season 1 iBooks, Season 2 iBooks, Season 3 Episode 1 iBooks, Season 3 Episode 2 iBooks, Season 3 Episode 3 iBooks,  Serial Box

Since launching last year,¬†serial¬†fiction startup¬†Serial¬†Box¬†has been featured from coast to coast including stories on¬†NPR,¬†Wired,¬†BuzzFeed¬†and¬†i09.¬†Serial¬†Box¬†was called ‚Äúa godsend for a niche market of readers‚ÄĚ by¬†The Chicago Tribune.

As one of the flagship serials from Serial Box with tens of thousands of readers across multiple platforms, Tremontaine has made waves in the serial, LGBTQ, and fan fiction community.

Tremontaine introduces readers to a world where ambition, love affairs, and rivalries dance with deadly results. In this serial, Ellen Kushner and a team of writers return readers to the world of scandal and swordplay introduced in her cult-classic novel Swordspoint. Readers familiar with the series will find a welcome homecoming while new fans will learn what makes Riverside a place they will want to visit again and again. Tremontaine follows Diane, Duchess Tremontaine, whose beauty is matched only by her cunning; Rafe Fenton, a handsome young scholar with more passion than sense; Ixkaab Balam, a tradeswoman from afar with skill for swords and secrets; and Micah, a gentle genius whose discoveries herald revolution. Sparks fly as these four lives intersect in a world where politics is everything, and outcasts are the tastemakers.

Team-written by some of today’s most exciting authors, Tremontaine season 3 is brought to you by Ellen Kushner, Joel Derfner, Karen Lord, Delia Sherman, Racheline Maltese, Paul Witcover, Tessa Gratton, and Liz duffy Adams.

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About Seral Box:

Serial Box Logo Small SquareA new kind of publishing company for a new age.

While technology has rapidly evolved, the way publishers and writers bring books to readers really hasn’t. Storytelling in TV has become more sophisticated and multilayered, podcasts have risen to mainstream media status‚ÄĒbut ebooks are just books on digital devices, not easier, more fun, or more social than they were before.

Serial Box is here to change all of that: artfully blending together the best of series television and the convenience of ebooks and audiobooks to bring readers a new form of story telling. Releasing fiction serials over the course of 10-16 week seasons, Serial Box is about delivering addictive episodes straight to the user’s digital device to be read or listened to anytime, anywhere.

Taking a few pages from the world of television, Serial Box hires a team of a talented and award-winning writers to collaborate on each serial, pulling the best ideas to develop great characters and craft a narrative that captivates readers over the course of the season. A new ensemble of writers works on each series, so each will vary in genre and length, but they’ll always be entertaining page-turners that keep you wondering what will happen in next week’s episode.

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Review:

This is the prequel to Ellen Kushner’s Swordpoint and given to readers in a most new age and unique way. It is given through Serial Box, a service talked about above. The “episodes” are written stories that come across in a manner like TV shows. Ingenious. I am reviewing the entire Season One so bear with me as there are thirteen stories/episodes involved.

Short recap: Several characters are involved and their lives intersect in the most peculiar ways. Duchess Termontaine is on the verge of ruin in all ways she can be ruined. She invested in a ship that went down at sea and she is set to lose everything – both financially and socially. At the same time, Rafe is at the University questioning everything and the young country girl, Micha, might be the mathematical genius Rafe needs to help him solve some very tough questions. Let’s not forget about Ixkaab, a new arrival to Riverside who is seeking adventure.

There is no doubt this is a fantasy story, or collection of stories. There is heavy political matter so if that is not your cup of tea, pass on this one. As for me, I didn’t mind it as it helped push the story along. The delivery of the stories is what kept my interest the most. I was not lost or confused when the “episodes” switched between writers, but I could tell when there was a new one. Some of the style changes were very obvious but it did work. I just had not “read” a book this way so it took some getting used to. Being able to watch the entire Season One at once probably helped. If I had to wait for each episode, I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it as much.

I do recommend this to everyone, at least give it a chance. Termontaine is a great place to start this series so please give it a try.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive season 1 of TREMONTAINE, International.

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Tour Schedule:

 

Week One:

11/6/2017-¬†A Dream Within A Dream–¬†Excerpt

11/6/2017-¬†Jamieson Wolfe–¬†Review

 

11/7/2017-¬†Books,Dreams,Life–¬†Pre Made Post

11/7/2017-¬†BookishRealmReviews–¬†Spotlight

 

11/8/2017-¬†Novel Novice–¬†Excerpt

11/8/2017-¬†BookHounds YA–¬†Review

 

11/9/2017-¬†Owl Always Be Reading–¬†Review

11/9/2017-¬†BookCrushin–¬†Review

 

11/10/2017-¬†Read Lovely Books–¬†Excerpt

 

Week Two:

11/13/2017-¬†Owl Always Be Reading–¬†Review

11/13/2017-¬†YA and Wine–¬†Pre Made Post

 

11/14/2017-¬†Hauntedbybooks13–¬†Review

11/14/2017-¬†Texan Girl Reads–¬†Review

 

11/15/2017- Hooked To Books Spotlight

 

11/16/2017-¬†A Gingerly Review–¬†Review

 

11/17/2017-¬†Owl Always Be Reading–¬†Review

11/17/2017-¬†Two Chicks on Books–¬†Review

 

 

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Fragments of the Lost: Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway

FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST

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About the Book:

9780399556722Title: FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST

Author: Megan Miranda

Pub. Date: November 14, 2017

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 384

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD, Goodreads

Jessa Whitworth knew she didn‚Äôt belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb‚Äôs room. But she couldn‚Äôt deny that she was everywhere‚ÄĒin his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket‚Ķthe one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.
His mother asked her to pack up his things‚ÄĒeven though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.
But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb’s life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.
Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb’s accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?

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Review:

THIS BOOK. Holy crow this book was a brilliant thriller with so many twists and turns.

From the first page I was hooked. It does start with Jessa walking into her ex-boyfriend’s bedroom but she’s bombarded with old memories of their relationship. Caleb had so many things that he had to remind him of Jessa. He was just too young to die the way he did: his car was swept away in a flash flood. But the fact that his mom blames Jessa is just messed up. I never liked Caleb’s mom, but I don’t think I was ever supposed to like her. She came across as a gold-digger and was sad when her cash cow (Caleb and his trust fund) were gone. Surprise surprise, the nasty came out when she was forced to face reality like bills, rent, mortgage, groceries, and more.

I liked Jessa and Caleb, though I was not¬†in love with their characters. I didn’t like the person Caleb became over the course of the story and wished he had opened up to someone about what was going on. The way he took it all out on Jessa was a bad move. Jessa’s character wasn’t a saint but at least she was realistic with her feelings.

The plot was very well developed. It was full of nasty twists and sharp turns I never saw coming. At first I was super confused with the timeline as it was not a linear timeline. The memories Jessa goes through is not in any specific order, they are brought on by items in Caleb’s room. That means when she has a flashback, we are thrust into either their first month of dating or seventh month of dating. It felt like it was all over the place but I promise it comes together in the end. It comes together in a pretty package with a nice bow.

I am not going to give too much away in this review other than to say I was freaking hooked. This did not end the way I expected it to and it all worked. Miranda did a marvelous job of writing this psychological thriller. I cannot wait to read what she writs next.

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About Megan:

MeganMegan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls. She has also written several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, Soulprint, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. The Perfect Stranger (4/11/17) is her second novel of psychological suspense.

Megan is represented by Sarah Davies at The Greenhouse Literary Agency

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST, US Only.

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/1/2017-¬†Adventures of a Book Junkie–¬†Interview

11/2/2017-¬†A Gingerly Review–¬†Review

11/3/2017-¬†A Dream Within A Dream–¬†Review

Week Two:

11/6/2017-¬†Once Upon a Twilight–¬†Review

11/7/2017-¬†LILbooKlovers–¬†Interview

11/8/2017-¬†Book-Keeping–¬†Review

11/9/2017- Pink Polka Dot BooksReview

11/10/2017-¬†Confessions of a YA Reader–¬†Review

Week Three:

11/13/2017-¬†BookHounds YA–¬†Interview

11/14/2017-¬†Here’s to Happy Endings–¬†Review

11/15/2017-¬†Amanda Gernentz Hanson–¬†Review

11/16/2017-¬†Owl Always Be Reading–¬†Review

11/17/2017-¬†Literary Meanderings–¬†Interview

Week Four:

11/20/2017-¬†Ex Libris–¬†Review

11/21/2017-¬†Step Into Fiction–¬†Review

11/22/2017-¬†Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews–¬†Review

11/23/2017-¬†YA Books Central–¬†Interview

11/24/2017-¬†Mama Reads Blog–¬†Review

Week Five:

11/27/2017-¬†Texan Girl Reads–¬†Review

11/28/2017-¬†Fiction Fare–¬†Review

11/29/2017-¬†Book Princess Reviews–¬†Interview

11/30/2017-¬†Lattes & Paperbacks–¬†Review

 

 

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Monsterland: Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway

MONSTERLAND

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About The Book:

cover8Title: MONSTERLAND

Author: Michael Okon

Pub. Date: October 13, 2017

Publisher: WordFire Press

Pages: 214

Formats: Paperback eBook

Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD, Goodreads

 

Welcome to Monsterland, the scariest place on earth.

 

When world markets are decimated by a crippling plague, philanthropist, and billionaire businessman, Vincent Konrad decides to place monsters in a theme park setting to promote education and tolerance. Copper Valley is chosen as the primary site for the park in the United States.

 

Wyatt Baldwin, a high school senior is dying to go to the opening and when he lands special passes to the park, he and his friends are expecting the experience of a lifetime.

After all, in a theme park where real zombies, werewolves, and vampires are the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

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Review:

I thought I was ready for this story but I wasn’t.

This was such an adventurous read. It centered around a theme park and things not going right at said park. But this wasn’t a slap-stick comedy book with kooky things happen for cheap laughs. The characters have depth and the storyline has merit. This is about an amusement park that has real Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies. They are “rescued” and given a chance to live free in a theme park that someone developed in a way to help rid the lands of these creatures.

Wyatt is given a chance to go to the grand opening and things don’t go exactly according to plan. (Surprise surprise) I am not going to give things away in this review but know that the night ahead of Wyatt and his friends is full of action and adventure. There is also blood, guts, gore, and much more. Characters prove who they really are and what they are worth, while the evil in others is brought to light.

Please give this book a chance and join the Monsterland adventure!

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About Michael:

michael okon headshotMichael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a signed finished copy of MONSTERLAND, US Only.

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/30/2017-¬†Owl Always Be Reading–¬†Excerpt

10/30/2017-¬†Abooktropolis–¬†Review

 

10/31/2017-¬†Books,Dreams,Life–¬†Spotlight

10/31/2017-¬†Texan Girl Reads–¬†Review

 

11/1/2017-¬†Reese’s Reviews–¬†Guest Post

11/1/2017-¬†Under the Book Cover–¬†Review

 

11/2/2017-¬†Dazzled by Books–¬†Excerpt

11/2/2017-¬†A Gingerly Review–¬†Review

 

11/3/2017-¬†Twirling Book Princess–¬†Excerpt

11/3/2017-¬†Birdie Bookworm–¬†Review

 

Week Two:

11/6/2017-¬†Books at Dawn–¬†Guest Post

11/6/2017-¬†Don’t Judge, Read–¬†Review

 

11/7/2017-¬†BookHounds YA–¬†Interview

11/7/2017-¬†Adventures Thru Wonderland–¬†Review

 

11/8/2017-¬†Savings in Seconds–¬†Spotlight

11/8/2017-¬†Novelties–¬†Review

 

11/9/2017-¬†Sweet Southern Home–¬†Review

11/9/2017-¬†Twisted Book Junkie–¬†Review

 

11/10/2017-¬†Parajunkee–¬†Interview

11/10/2017-¬†The Midnight Society–¬†Review

 

The Lost Causes: Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway!

THE LOST CAUSES

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About The Book:

unnamedTitle: THE LOST CAUSES

Author: Jessica Etting & Alyssa Schwartz

Pub. Date: September 5, 2017

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Pages: 344

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: Amazon, B&N, TBD, Goodreads

 

They’re the kids that no one knows — or no one wants to know. The rich depressive, the OCD chick, the hypochondriac, the drug abuser, the athlete with anger management issues. All chosen for intensive group therapy because they’re out of other options. They’re lost causes, the therapist tells them. She promises this support group will help them heal.
There’s only one problem. She’s not a therapist. And that water she offers? It contains a dangerous serum that gives each of the kids a psychic power.

Suddenly, they can think clearly, speak to ghosts, see the past, even move objects with their mind. Their earlier problems have vanished, but their new freedom comes with a price.

Sabrina, Gabby, Z, Justin and Andrew are to help the FBI solve the grisly murder that has rocked their small town. Their new powers will help them uncover clues and follow leads that have eluded the authorities. Their outsider status gives them the perfect cover.

But the same traits that make them top investigators also make them vulnerable. As they close in on the murderer, they expose a much larger conspiracy that puts them directly in harm’s way and makes them wonder who — if anyone — they can trust.

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Review:

I’ve been on a thriller kick lately so I was excited to start this story. This is a quick and intriguing read so you won’t find yourself struggling to turn the pages.

You follow 5 high school misfit students that never really fit in with any group and all have some sort of quirk or habit that makes them stand out. Before the mysterious death of a local resident, these students never spoke to one another. The FBI brings these students together and gives them new “abilities” to help solve this unsolvable death.

Overall I really liked the story. I liked the pacing and how not too much time was given to one character over another. That being said, I did not connect with every single character. I liked the dynamic of the group when they were together, and I got frustrated reading about how they were before. They all had their issues but some were more extreme than others. I didn’t really like Sabrina’s character for a reason I won’t spoil here. Just know that it bothered me and every time it was brought up again I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes. The rest of the characters were well written and were able to develop and grow as the story went on.

As much as I liked the characters and the X-Files feel of this story, I did have a hard time with the believability of the concept. I think there could have been a smoother way to bring the FBI into the story and the kids develop their powers. There was no way for the agency to know what kid could get what power, or that they would develop¬†separate powers. That’s the only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, yes I would. I want everyone to give this a chance because it really is a quick and enjoyable read.

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About Jessica and Alyssa:

Hi, we’re Jessica & Alyssa!

We’re best pal writing partners who have been obsessed with reading since we each used to hoard The Babysitters Club books in our bedrooms across the country from one another in Los Angeles (Jess) and Virginia (Lyss).

We finally met on the first day of college at USC, long enough ago that Rocket Dog platform flip-flops were fully acceptable night-out shoes and our biggest life decision was whether to watch Dawson’s Creek or Beverly Hills, 90210 on Wednesday nights (90210, obviously).

‚ÄčWe started writing together right after college when we took the ‚Äúwrite what you know‚ÄĚ adage to heart and wrote a TV pilot that sold to Fox about how life sucks when you‚Äôre 22, broke and a freshman in life. We spent the next many, many years writing for TV and film before we jumped into the book world, a major lifelong dream of ours.

‚ÄčThe number one question everyone always asks us is how we write as a team so here‚Äôs the rundown…After being best friends and writing together for so long, our brains now officially occupy a shared space. Ninety percent of the time, we know what the other person is going to say before she even opens her mouth. Our husbands think it‚Äôs creepy, but we think it‚Äôs awesome. After this many years, we’ve honed it to a pretty efficient process….except for when we digress on Facetime to catch each other up on the few hours we weren‚Äôt in contact with each other (which takes especially long if we‚Äôve both finished the same book and need to discuss, if one of us needs justification for an argument we picked with our husband or if we‚Äôve discovered a new hair product, self-tanner or blog).

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(3) winners will receive a finished copy of THE LOST CAUSES, US & Canada.

Ends on September 19th at Midnight EST!

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/4/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf Interview

9/4/2017-¬†Kourtni Reads–¬†Review

 

9/5/2017-¬†Morbid Romantic Reviews–¬†Guest Post

9/5/2017-¬†Mama Reads Blog–¬†Review

 

9/6/2017-¬†Owl Always Be Reading–¬†Excerpt

9/6/2017-¬†What the Cat Read–¬†Review

 

9/7/2017-¬†BookHounds YA–¬†Guest Post

9/7/2017-¬†Bibliobakes–¬†Review

 

9/8/2017-¬†Book Princess Reviews–¬†Interview

9/8/2017-¬†Savings in Seconds–¬†Review

 

Week Two:

9/11/2017-¬†Smada’s BookSmack–¬†Excerpt

9/11/2017-¬†Jessica’s Reading Room–¬†Review

 

9/12/2017-¬†Portrait of a Book–¬†Interview

9/12/2017-¬†Texan Girl Reads–¬†Review

 

9/13/2017-¬†Cindy’s Love of Books–¬†Review

9/13/2017-¬†A Gingerly Review–¬†Review

 

9/14/2017-¬†Comfort Books–¬†Interview

9/14/2017-¬†The Desert Bibliophile–¬†Review

 

9/15/2017- Rainy Day Reviews Excerpt

9/15/2017-¬†Here’s to Happy Endings–¬†Review

 

 

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The Hummingbird Heart Release Blitz – Excerpt and Giveaway!

I am so excited that THE HUMMINGBIRD HEART by A.G. Howard is available now and that I get to share the news!
 
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author A.G. Howard, be sure to check out all the details below.
 
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a 5 AMAZING Prizes courtesy of A.G. 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 HUMMINGBIRD HEART
Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Golden Orb Press
Pages: 339
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Golden Orb Press, Goodreads
 
Set 19 years after The Architect of Song:
Shortly after escaping a circus tragedy, young Italian orphan, Willow¬†Antoniette, seeks refuge at The ¬†Manor of Diversions‚ÄĒa holiday resort in England
born of a ghost story. For eleven years, she‚Äôs raised ¬†alongside the children of¬†the resort‚Äôs owners: Julian, his twin brother, Nick, and their younger sister¬†Emilia. Now that Willow is of marriageable age, she’s determined to escape¬†finishing school along with everyone’s efforts to make her a proper lady. The¬†only man she wants to spend her life with is Julian, after all. Yet how can she¬†tell him, when he thinks of her as nothing but a friend?¬†
As a machinist and engineer, Julian Thornton prefers a governable life.¬†He can’t allow his ¬†ever-deepening attraction for Willow to distract from his¬†amusement park plans to lure a younger, wealthier clientele to their family’s¬†resort. In hopes to escape Willow and find investors, Julian sets off on a¬†transatlantic ocean liner headed for the St. Louis World‚Äôs Fair, unaware Willow¬†has secretly stowed away on the same ship.
A tiny, mute orphan named Newton and a pair of haunted Italian shoes bring Willow and Julian face to face on deck. Forced to work together to solve the mystery of Newton and his vindictive, ghostly companion, Julian and Willow can no longer fight their untapped passions. However, time to admit their true feelings is running out, for the ghost and her murderer have enlisted them as unsuspecting pawns in a karmic game of cat-and-mouse that could cost all of them their lives.
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Title: THE ARCHITECT OF SONG

Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: August 15, 2016
Publisher: Golden Orb Press
Pages: 425
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, Goodreads
 
A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower Рintertwine in this love  story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted¬†‚Ästisolated by deafness¬†‚Äď ¬†making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she‚Äôs at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old¬†mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she¬†secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the¬†name ‚ÄúHawk‚ÄĚ on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment¬†Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form,¬†singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his¬†identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly¬†magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of¬†Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy¬†series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as –¬†haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for¬†self-acceptance, love, and happiness.

New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+.
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Excerpt:


In the dream, Willow was a child again. With each barefooted step around the stacks of baggage in steerage, she found them taking on new shapes: pyramids of clowns, bears, horses and feathered performers, all balanced atop one another. She was back at the circus, albeit a much hazier and dimmer rendition than she remembered. She skipped along the center ring, excited to be home at last. Grit and discarded trash snagged between her little toes. A spotlight clicked on to illuminate a trunk. From within came a thumping sound, and girlish giggles.
‚ÄúTildey!‚ÄĚ Willow cried out, racing across the distance to find her doll,¬†her pigtails slapping her face and neck upon each bounding step. The creak of¬†abandoned trapezes swung overhead, cutting intermittently through a thick cloud¬†of fog. Yet it wasn‚Äôt fog. It was tobacco‚ÄĒa stench that seeped into her¬†leotard, her tights, her very pores, until she could taste it coating her¬†tongue like bile.
The spotlight shifted from the trunk to a trapeze just above her where a shape took form in the light: a graceful silhouette in a shimmery leotard and glistening tutu.
‚ÄúMama?‚ÄĚ Willow whispered in the dream, forgetting Tildey for the chance¬†to see her mother perform once more.
The trapeze vanished into thin air but the aerialist continued a controlled¬†descent toward her, held in place by harnesses attached to the center pole. A¬†face came into view, ¬†painted white like a clown, with bloody eyes and a hollow¬†of a mouth‚ÄĒstretched wide on ¬†a perpetual scream. Willow yelped and squeezed her¬†lashes shut, willing away the creature ‚Ķ for it was not Mama.
When she opened them again, the freakish performer exploded into a flock of hummingbirds made of ink. They skittered around Willow, buzzing wings scraping her skin and hair, imprinting tattoos everywhere they touched. She screamed and stumbled backwards, bumping into the trunk which was somehow right behind her. A tinkly, off-key lullaby drifted from inside the giant box. The lid shook and shuddered, as if something wanted out.
Whimpering, Willow tried to back away, but her feet grew heavy. She looked down and ballet shoes, covered in steel spikes, swallowed them up. The empty harness that had held the ghastly aerialist slithered toward her like a snake, coiling itself around her legs and arms to hold her in place.
On the final haunting strains of music, the trunk‚Äôs lid popped open, and¬†out from the midst rose a hunched old man, holding Nadia‚Äôs haunted shoes upside¬†down. Blood and water gushed out of them‚ÄĒa stench of copper and stagnancy‚ÄĒand¬†the man laughed with a voice that gnawed into her bones like a thousand¬†snarling wolves.
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About A.G. Howard: 

 

A.G. Howard¬†was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always¬†wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures¬†in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute¬†to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a¬†child.When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening,¬†and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century
graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

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Giveaway Details: All International
(1) Grand prize: Signed set of The Architect of Song & The Hummingbird Heart PB 
(1) First Place prize: Signed The Hummingbird Heart PB
(1) Second Place prize: Signed The Hummingbird Heart poster
(3) Third ‚Äď Fifth Place prizes: Signed The Architect of Song¬†& The Hummingbird Heart swag pack sets

Ends on August 22nd at Midnight EST!

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