The Reckoning of Noah Shaw Blog Tour: ARC Review!

Author Bio

Hodkin Author PhotoMichelle Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan. She is the author of the Mara Dyer trilogy, including The Unbecoming of Mara DyerThe Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Visit her online at MichelleHodkin.com.

 

 

2950337_orig

Book Synopsis

Reckoning Cover Image

In this sequel to The Becoming of Noah Shaw, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, legacies are revealed, lies are unraveled, and old alliances are forged. Noah’s reckoning is here.

Noah Shaw wants nothing more than to escape the consequences of his choices.

He can’t. 

He’s sure the memories that haunt him are merely proof of a broken heart.

They aren’t. 

He thinks he can move forward without first confronting his past.

He’s wrong.

2950337_orig

Book Review

I read the Mara Dyer series because a good friend strongly recommend it. She was right. That series was fantastic! But it made me want a story from Noah’s POV. BOOM! Hodkin delivered! Now while I had some hiccups with the first book, I gave the second a try and I devoured it.

Book two picks up right where the first book left off. The way the story played out had me confused at first because it didn’t seem to fit the storyline of the first book, but everything did come together. Plus, more information was given and more questions were answered. I was absolutely on board for that!

This felt like a great growth and development for Noah, which was deeply needed. While I did tear through this book, it helped bring an added depth to his character. More of his past is discovered, uncovered, and explored. It was fascinating. I could not get enough of him and his adventures.

Are you hooked enough to want to read this? I HOPE SO! Please add it to your TBR or start reading now. Noah is one of those characters that deserves to shine and this trilogy is allowing him to do just that.

2950337_orig

Blog Tour Schedule

November 5 – The Lovely Books

November 6 – Too Fond of Books

November 7 – Downright Dystopian

November 8 – Pure Imagination

November 9 – The Book Loving Nut

November 10 – a GREAT Read

November 11 – The Eater of Books!

November 12 – My Guilty Obsession

November 13 – Arctic Books

November 14 – A Gingerly Review

November 15 – Ex Libris Kate

November 16 – Girl in the Pages

 

sara-signature11

Advertisements

Five Feet Apart Blog Tour – ARC Review!

 

Author Bio

Version 9Rachael Lippincott was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, splitting her time between writing and running a food truck with her partner.

 

 

 

2950337_orig


Book Synopsis

Five Feet Apart CoverSoon to be a major motion picture starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson in March 2019!

Click this link to see the trailer! Have a box of tissues handy… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cJ7MT1RTqs

In this moving story that’s perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within a few feet of each other without risking their lives.

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

2950337_orig

Book Review

How can I begin to write the review this book deserves? I had no idea I was going to fall so hard for Stella and Will and end up fighting for them. They really do rank up there with Hazel and Gus. I hope you trust me enough to know that I would not ever say that unless it was warranted.

Stella has CF and has been fighting every day for her lungs to work. She follows her regime and knows she cannot give up hope that she will get a new pair of lungs. When she goes back into the hospital for a fever that won’t go away, she finds a new resident on the floor – Will. The chances of a teenage boy with CF being on the floor are slim to none but there he is even though he doesn’t want to be. He has a very horrific and aggressive form of CF that will be deadly if he comes into contact with other people with CF. That means he has to be kept a steady and consistent six feet away from other patients. Something stirs within Stella and she wants to help him get better. She wants to help him beat his diagnosis. Can she and still keep her health?

This was a very quick read but it was one that I won’t soon forget. Sure, I had moments when I did not like Stella’s reactions to situations but I gave her a lot of leeway since I cannot begin to imagine what she was going through. Her parents divorced and her sister is not in the picture. Stella put so much pressure on herself to keep what was left of her family together. She knew she had to fight to save her parents. Talk about too much pressure!! I did admire how mature she was about her disease. I know that may sound crazy but hear me out. She knew what she had, she knew how to protect herself from catching bacteria that may harm her, she knew that a fever could mean more than just a fever. The girl was smart and did whatever she could within her power to try to get better. Will, on the other hand, was a defiant hard-headed teenage boy that came from a wealthy family. He never wanted for anything and resented his mother for throwing money around. I cannot blame him for that either. He only wanted to be loved by his parents, not thrown in hospital after hospital. His battle was endearing to read. I found myself quickly cheering for him.

I won’t tell you everything that happens but HOLY COW. That ending tore part of my soul out. I really expected it to take a different turn but I am still in awe of what I read. This was one story that I am forever glad I read and was given the opportunity to read. I strongly recommend it to everyone and hope they give it a chance.

2950337_orig

Blog Tour Schedule

November 12 – That Artsy Reader Girl

November 13 – Vivacious Bibliophile

November 14 – A Gingerly Review

November 15 – Life of a Simple Reader

November 16 – A Glass of Wine

November 17 – Book is Glee

November 19 – Bumbles and Fairytales

November 20 – Adventures of a Book Junkie

November 21 – Jen Ryland Reviews

November 22 – Joyous Reads

November 23 – Chasing Faerytales

November 24 – Folded Pages Distillery

November 26 – Oh, Hey! Books

November 27 – Book Briefs

November 28 – Novel Knight Book Reviews

November 29 – A Dream within a Dream

November 30 – My Guilty Obsession

 

 

 

sara-signature11

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Items I’d Like To Own

TTT
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…

Bookish Items I’d Like To Own

 

A Litograph Shirt

 

shirt

 

Look at this bookmark!

Whale Tail Bookmark

 

 

MORE HP MERCH!

harry potter pencils

 

Harry Potter FUNKO Pop! Luna Lovegood With Lion Head Bobblehead

 

Harry Potter™ First Impressions Ornament With Sound

 

 

 

Book sleeves!

image 0

 

 

 

image 0

 

 

image 0

 

 

Bookish candles are always a bonus

image 0

 

I could continue but you get the idea. These are just a few of the bookish items I’d like to own. My list changes daily as new merch becomes available.

sara-signature11

Books Left Unread #146

Wallpaper-Books

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:

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1)

 

You heard this right – I haven’t read this book. I was not required to read any books while in school so this never came across my radar. Should I read it now that it has a movie?

sara-signature1

ARC Review: After The Fire

After the Fire

 

Do not let the cover of this book fool you. This is a powerhouse of a story, one that will stay with you for a very long time. This is a novel that I wish everyone would give a chance because it deserves the attention.

Short recap: Moonbeam is struggling to process what happened and accepting the fact that she was in a cult. She and the other kids are in a hospital/care facility after the fire. They are closely monitored and question by trained physicians and even law enforcement about what took place in the compound, but most are tight lipped. Moonbeam finds the courage to speak the truth about the events leading up to the fire. Does she have the strength to admit her part in everything? Can she confess to what she really did?

Once I started this book, it never left my mind. When I wasn’t reading it, I wanted to be because I had to know what happened. Everything about this story was masterfully done. The pacing, the plot, the character development, the arcs, all of it. Reading Moonbeam’s POV constantly gave me chills as her take on events was eye-opening. She was only a small child when her mom brought her into the cult so she grew up thinking their way of life was normal. Only after being there a few years did her mom realize what a mistake that was. In an effort to save her Moonbeam, her mom left to try to find help. Only, she never came back. Moonbeam spent most of her teenage years as a promised wife to the leader. That didn’t mean Moonbeam had it easy. The things she and the other kids had to go through was nothing short of pure torture. The way Moonbeam told the events of what happened had me transfixed. I quickly became obsessed with the story and the need to know what happened. At the same time, I almost did not want to know what happened because some scenes were horrific and terrifying.

While I could continue to go on about how utterly amazing this story is, I really want to give you enough of a tease to make you want to read it. There are parts of the story that made my skin crawl and made me want to do harm to adults, but the entire story made me want to fight for Moonbeam. I wanted to hug this girl and let her know everything would be ok. She was subjected to a level of hell that nobody should witness. But she came out on the other side so much stronger than she realized she could be.

I don’t want to give much more away. I’ll say it again though – everything about this story is magnificent. The characters were deeply flawed and wonderfully complex, the story had so many twists and turns that I never knew what was going to happen, the pacing was perfect and it made the story fly by. I finished this in a matter of a day or two. I just could not put this one down. I still cannot get over how much this story affected me and I mean that in a good way. This will say with me for a while. I do hope you will check it out.

 

sara-signature11

Review: The Bird and the Blade

The Bird and the Blade

 

I finished this book a while ago and have been struggling with my thoughts since. I loved this story so much that I believe I am now ruined. This was so much more than I could have imagined… it was masterfully done. I wish all YA fantasy stories could be written this way because it was pure magic. Be warned that this review will be a struggle for me to write so it may be a little scattered. I loved this story so much so that means I will have a difficult time properly expressing everything I enjoyed about this outstanding novel.

While this is labeled a “fantasy” story, it did not feel like every other fantasy story out there. This felt original, engaging, absorbing, and enchantingly amazing. I have not really been a big fan of high fantasy and I’m happy to say this was not that type of fantasy. This was just enough of everything to be perfect. The author did a wonderful job of keeping this historical side of this story entertaining and engaging. I did not feel overwhelmed with infodumps of unnecessary details. The Asian influence of the story was beautifully expressed.

The characters felt flawed and complex while still being believable. From the very beginning, I connected with these characters and simply had to know how the story ended. Let me tell you right now – that ending shattered me. I mean, absolutely gutted me. I was speechless for a while after I put this book down because it just would not stop playing in my mind. I was shook (in a good way).

What I am trying and failing to say is that I highly recommend this book to everyone. I was trying to give a review that did not give too much away, other than saying this was a brilliantly written story with deeply flawed and complex characters that will steal your heart. You want to move this up your TBR if you have not already. You need to read this.

 

sara-signature11

Just Pretending Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway

JustPretendingTour

2950337_orig

Tour Date:

November 5-9, 2018

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39861165-just-pretending

Purchase Links:

Amazon | Amazon Australia | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | B&N | iBooks | Kobo

Link to Tour Schedule:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-just-pretending-by-leah-and-kate-rooper/   2950337_orig

 

 Just Pretending by Leah & Kate RooperJust Pretending (The Chicago Falcons #3) by Leah and Kate Rooper
Publication Date:  November 5, 2018
Publisher:  Entangled Teen Crush

It’s not easy being royal. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline wears her crown proudly, but between her duties and her overprotective big brother, the idea of romance is just a dream. But a chance encounter in Chicago changes all that….

Sure, seventeen-year-old Tyler Evans loves playing hockey, but he’s more concerned about providing for his dad and little sister. Then he meets Eva–and falls head-over-heels in love—and he has two more problems. One, she’s his best friend’s little sister. Two, she wears a crown.

But then Eva accidentally mistakes Tyler for a visiting prince, and for the first time, Tyler doesn’t feel like a nobody. He knows he has to tell her the truth…but not yet.

His plan? To keep up the royal charade as long as it takes to convince Eva he’s the guy for her. Even if he’s lying to everyone…including himself.

Disclaimer: May cause disillusionment. Those girls looking to find their Prince Charming might consider scouting out hockey rinks.


2950337_orig

GUEST POST/DELETED SCENE

We’re including a deleted scene that occurs during one of the most intense moments of the book! This is the original scene when Tyler Evans’ charade of posing as Prince Tiberius is discovered. We loved this scene when we wrote it, and thought it was totally hilarious and fitting for Tyler’s best friend, Prince Daniel, who is super dramatic and hot-headed. Ultimately, we decided to re-write this scene to be less comedic and more serious so it would fit the tone of the book better. We still have a soft spot for this crazy, slapstick reveal 🙂

I push Tiberius’s long mop of hair out of my eyes and blink rapidly. I stare into the gaping faces of the banquet. Somehow in our tussle, we’d burst through the double doors back into the banquet hall. I can only imagine what we look like. I touch my lip, feel blood there. I want to look away but I can’t. All the eyes of the dinner party are on me…and the two princes in a heap beside me. Madison is front and centre, for once as stunned and silent as everyone else. The Queen Dowager looks like she might faint.

“What is going on?” Evangeline cuts through the fray, her voice sailing through the air like the toast of a glass. She looks so worried, and my heart aches. I did this to her.

“Tiberius,” she says and starts forward. “You’re hurt.”

Daniel leaps to his feet and blocks her path. “Don’t, Eva,” he says. “Don’t waste one more breath on that guy.”

“W-What?” Eva says, looking past Daniel at me.

“I caught him in the hallway,” Daniel says, not caring about the dignitaries and officials watching, “making out with some girl.”

Eva takes a small breath, her throat bobbing ever so slightly. Her eyes go blank and glossy. “T-Tiberius…is this true?”

Daniel steps toward her. “Don’t worry, Evans and I handled it. He’ll rue the day he messed with Daniel Sacachelli’s little sister.” He reaches for her, but she steps out of his grasp. She’s still looking behind him, her eyes trained on me.

“You…you made me believe that I was special,” she whispers. “That I was finally heard.” She steps around her brother.

“Eva, don’t,” Daniel says, trying to grab her arm again.

“Daniel!” she says, her voice escalating. He backs away from her.

Her steps are firm and deliberate as she walks toward me, still tangled up with the real Tiberius. I can’t look at her anymore. My body feels like an engine that’s run out of gas. There’s no more running, no more stories. There’s no Madison or Millie to dig me out of this one.

It’s time to face what I’ve done.

“Stand up,” she orders. A queen’s voice.

Tiberius and I both shuffle to our feet, eyes downcast.

“Evans, you can come—” Daniel says, but Eva holds up a single finger. He silences.

Then she strikes me across the face with the palm of her hand.

“Eva!” Daniel roars. “What are you doing?”

Eva’s whole body is shaking. Her teeth are gritted together and tendrils of hair have fallen loose around her face. “Was it all a lie?” she chokes.

“No,” I say. Because it wasn’t.

Daniel rushes over and throws an arm over my shoulder. “What the hell, Eva? Don’t take this out on Evans!”

My whole body shuts down. All I can do is bow my head. My cheek stings.

“Evans?” Eva says, blinking wildly. “You said you caught Tiberius with another…”

“Yeah,” Daniel says, releasing me and grabbing the scruff of Prince Tiberius’s collar. He gives a little peep. “Prince Tiberius? Your true love?”

“N-No…” Eva says, shaking her head and gesturing to me. “This is Prince Tiberius.”

But then the real Tiberius throws his head back and brays with laughter. “There is only ONE Prince Tiberius,” he says, his accent thick on every word. “And that is mou.”

“What the hell is going on here?” Daniel says, eyes flying between Eva and me. “Tyler…”

“Tyler,” Eva says, as if the word were toxic on her tongue. “Ty…”

Suddenly, Madison is beside Eva, gently touching her arm. “Eva, maybe we should let the boys get cleaned up…everyone’s watching.”

Eva doesn’t even acknowledge her. “Who,” she says, her voice cutting like a blade, “is Prince Tiberius?”

The real Prince Tiberius sweeps into a bow. “At your service, Your Highness.”

Eva grabs my chin and forces me to stare at her. “Then who are you?”

My words are more breath than voice. “Tyler Evans,” I say. “I’m…” I’m what? A hockey player? Daniel’s friend? A liar? All true, but they all feel so empty. “I’m nobody.”

“All this time,” she says, “you were lying to me?” Her hand falls from my face.

I stare at her pleadingly. “I only did it because…I wanted to be with you. I did it because…” I shake my head, feel my eyes start to sting. “Because I love you.”

“How can you possibly love me,” she breathes, “when everything about you is a lie?”

“Eva—” I reach for her hand.

“Don’t touch me!” she yells, her voice echoing through the ballroom.

“Someone tell me what the hell is going on,” Daniel says. His body tenses like a bow string. “Or I’m going to start making my own conclusions, and that’s not a good idea for anybody.”

“No,” Madison mumbles quietly, “it’s really not.”

“It’s my fault,” I choke out. “When I picked Eva up from the airport, I had lost Tiberius…so…so I pretended to be him.”

Slowly, Daniel looks between Eva and I. “You…you pretended to be Tiberius. Which means…” His gaze settles on me. “You’re the Tiberius that Eva is in love with.”

There are a hundred pairs of eyes on me, but there’s only one I care about. Eva looks at me as if I’m a stranger. As if we hadn’t laughed together, spilled our secrets to one another, felt the touch of each other’s body. And the look she’s giving me right now is worse than the absent glare from when I tried to talk to her with my hockey gear on.

“Please,” I gasp. “Let me explain.”

Daniel paces back and forth, before stopping at the nearest wall. He slams his fist against it, rattling the decorative swords on their wooden mount. Then he stills, and says in a dark voice, “Oh, Evans. The time for explaining is past.”

In a single instant, Daniel moves, snatching the swords down from the wall and brandishing one as if he were some medieval knight. A gasp goes up from the audience.

“What are you doing?” I cry.

Daniel slides one of the swords across the floor. It lands right at my feet. “Pick it up,” he says. “I want to fight you like a man.”

“Those are antiques!” the Queen Dowager cries.

“Shush!” Madison says. “This is getting good.”

I stare down at the polished sword by my feet. “Daniel, come on. Just listen to me—”

“No, you listen,” Daniel snarls. “Listen to the sound my sword makes as I sheath it in your flesh!” With an animalistic roar, Daniel rushes at me, sword above his head.

Instinct takes over, and I grab the sword at my feet. Just in time, I bring it up to clang with Daniel’s.

There are screams and shouts from the onlookers, but Daniel doesn’t care. He grunts and swings his sword again. I barely have a chance to block it. “D-Dan, stop!”

“You betrayed me!” he roars, going for my flank. I counter, the sing of metal sounding through the banquet hall. “You betrayed my sister!”

All my years of playing video games rush back to me, as I counter Daniel’s flurry of attack. Is Daniel really attacking me with a sword? This cannot be happening! With a roar of my own, I strike back, slashing at Daniel’s left arm. He doesn’t get his sword up in time, and it slices through his black coat.

He looks down at the tear, then back up at me. With newfound rage, Daniel surges forward. Clang, clang, clang, our swords smash against one another. I’m being pushed back, closer to the wall. The sword is heavy and my muscles scream as I block Daniel’s assault again and again. But I’m too slow, and I see Daniel’s sword arc up and then swing down—

“ENOUGH!”

A giant black mace swings through the air, blocking Daniel’s sword from shaving off one of my blond curls. I turn and stare at its wielder.

Evangeline.

She holds the big mace tightly, her body hunched over, breathing ragged. The suit of arms near us rattles, empty-handed, from where Eva must have grabbed the mace.

“Enough,” she says again. “Get out. All of you.”

No one moves. She arcs the mace up in the air and slams it down onto the floor. “GET OUT!”

Slowly, everyone starts murmuring and shuffling toward the door. Eva drops the mace and turns away, her head in her hands.

“Eva—” I say.

“Don’t.” Her body stiffens. “I believed you. Every word.” She looks back, just the peek of her face over her shoulder. “You could have believed in me too.”

I fall to the ground, head in my arms. I hear Daniel’s sword clang to the ground, then his heavy footsteps as he walks away. The bustle of the crowd dies down as everyone leaves, and then the lights go out, only the candles on the walls still burning.

I sit alone in the dark. The candles flicker on.

2950337_orig

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

leah_and_kate_rooper

Leah and Kate Rooper are sisters from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Growing up beside the Pacific Ocean and inside a temperate rainforest fed their sense of adventure as children, and nourished a curiosity for strange and distant lands. They fed this curiosity with books – lots and lots of books. After experiencing the magic of Middle-earth, they began creating their own worlds. When they’re not writing, Leah and Kate spend their time blogging and vlogging about their travel adventures and their writing journey.

Website • Twitter • Facebook • Pinterest

 

Chapter-by-Chapter-blog-tour-button

 

sara-signature11