Wednesday, March 22, 2017

[Book Tour] Project Emergence by Jamie Zakian


Title: PROJECT EMERGENCE
Author: Jamie Zakian
Pub. Date: March 14, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 292

An ancient Hopi myth says people arrived on tiny silver pods that fell from the sky. 
But the truth is far more terrifying. 
Two-hundred fifty-eight teens are sent from a dying Earth to a terraformed Mars as part of the Emergence Program, mankind’s last hope before solar flares finish off their planet and species. Among the brave pioneers are sixteen-year-old Joey Westen and her twin brother, Jesse.
After only minutes in space, something triggers a total ship lock down. 
With the help of their roommates, the Matsuda twins (notorious hackers and shady secret-keepers), Joey and Jesse stumble onto an extremist plot to sabotage the Emergence Program.
But Joey and Jesse didn’t travel to the deepest pits of space and leave their mother behind to be picked off in a high-tech tin can. They’ll lie, hack, ​and ​even kill to survive the voyage and make it to Mars.

Review:

I didn’t know what to expect with Project Emergence. The summary reminded me of The 100 so I was left thinking it will be something similar. I was left a bit short. I wanted more but it was well paced. The characters are relatable. A typically YA novel with the potential of a book 2. 

I love science fiction and space travel. Any lover of science fiction will love this book. Though it would be much more.


Overall I would give Project Emergence 4 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About Jamie: 
Jamie Zakian is a full-time writer who consumes the written word as equally as oxygen. Living in South Jersey with her husband and rowdy family, she enjoys farming, archery, and blazing new trails on her 4wd quad, when not writing of course. She aspires to one day write at least one novel in every genre of fiction.




Tour Schedule:
Week 1:
3/13/2017- Reading for the Stars and MoonGuest Post
3/13/2017- Kaelan RhywiolReview

3/14/2017- Month9BooksExcerpt
3/14/2017- YA and WineInterview

3/15/2017- Kaitlin GillespieReview
3/15/2017- Don't Judge, ReadInterview

3/16/2017- The Math Lovin' MommaReview
3/16/2017- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt

3/17/2017- Fix GalReview
3/17/2017- Book Review BeccaSpotlight

Week 2:
3/20/2017- Jennifer EatonGuest Post
3/20/2017- So Few BooksInterview

3/21/2017- Never Too Many To ReadReview
3/21/2017- Rockin' Book ReviewsExcerpt

3/22/2017- Omg Books and More BooksReview
3/22/2017- Wishful EndingsGuest Post

3/23/2017- Hall Ways Blog- Excerpt

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Read In One Sitting


Helloooooo!

What is this? A post not about book reviews?? Why yes it is. I realized that I have been slacking on my blog for a while now and I need to spice things up. Starting today (and hopefully I can continue this for weeks to come), for every Tuesday, I will be posting Top Ten Tuesday. This bookish tag was created by The Broke and The Bookish 

This Tuesday I will be listing the books that I finished in One Sitting! You can click each title to read more about each book. 
















Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, March 20, 2017

[Review] With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent

Summary:
What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It's time to kick some hellion butt...

After not really surviving her junior year (does "undead" count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She's going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath and understands that she's closer to the edge than she's ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can't save everyone she loves without risking everything she has....




Review: 
After 9 months of finishing the last book, Before I Wake, I finally conjured up the courage to finish the last book in the Soul Screamers Series. I didn't want the series to end but I needed to know how it ends. Finally my curiosity won over my hesitation. I cried, obviously. Being emotionally invested in this story, I had to cry, at the end though. 

The Soul Screamer's series is definitely one that can't be missed. I loved seeing how each character grew and transformed though the 7 books. This series is one of the unique ones in YA.

Kaylee is definitely cunning and smart. The sacrifices she made to save the ones she loves I would have not imaged.  I don't want to reveal too many details without ruining the series but it did end beautifully. 

I highly recommend this series. 

For more information about this book please visit goodreads

Thursday, March 16, 2017

[Book Tour] Birthright by Jessica Ruddick

Birthright
by Jessica Ruddick
Genre: YA Supernatural
Release Date: March 20th 2017

Summary from Goodreads:

How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies?

Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda.

While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.


Review:

Birthright has an interesting premise. A girl who's birthright is becoming a seeker on her 16th birthday. Through the years she decided that enough is enough and decides not to collect the next soul. 

I would have wanted to see more of Ava's past of when she became a seeker. To me it would have added more of a background story to who she is and why she decided to take the actions that she did.

This book is fast paced with a unique premise.

Overall I would give Birthright 3 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

About the Author
Jessica Ruddick is a 2014 Golden Heart finalist for her new adult novel, Letting Go, which was inspired by her own college experiences. She lives in Virginia and is married to her college sweetheart—their first date was a fraternity toga party (and nothing inspires love like a toga, right?). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her hands on a keyboard, she can be found wrangling her two rambunctious sons, taming two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs, and battling the herd of dust bunnies that has taken up residence in her home. To learn more about Jessica, please visit her website at www.jessicaruddick.com.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Flaming Aces & Arrows Anthology!




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Announcing the latest project from the twitterverse, TS, Ceillie and Brianna are three aces trying to bring together one exciting aro spectrum and ace spectrum anthology. The Flaming Aces and Arrows blog is now up and seeking #ownvoices writers to contribute to the anthology. 
The Flaming Aces and Arrows anthology is seeking both fiction and non-fiction in any genre, poetry included, but we encourage you to check out the website (which can be found here) for more information. 
The writers who are picked to star in the anthology will be paid through a Kickstarter campaign and the remaining proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project with the intention of expanding aromantic and asexual spectrum awareness, visibility and education. The deadline is June 15th! If you have any questions, feel free to email flamingacesandarrows@gmail.com


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Monday, March 13, 2017

[Release Post] Bellamy and The Brute by Alicia Michaels


Bellamy and The Brute
Alicia Michaels
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: March 13th 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Retelling, Young Adult
A fresh twist on a classic story, Bellamy and the Brute proves true love really is blind.
When Bellamy McGuire is offered a summer job babysitting for the wealthy Baldwin family, she’s reluctant to accept. After all, everyone in town knows about the mysterious happenings at the mansion on the hill—including the sudden disappearance of the Baldwin’s eldest son, Tate. The former football star and golden boy of Wellhollow Springs became a hermit at the age of sixteen, and no one has seen or heard from him since. Rumors abound as to why, with whisperings about a strange illness—one that causes deformity and turned him into a real-life monster. Bellamy wants to dismiss these rumors as gossip, but when she’s told that if she takes the job, she must promise to never, ever visit the third floor of the mansion, she begins to wonder if there really is some dark truth hidden there.
Tate’s condition may not be the only secret being kept at Baldwin House. There are gaps in the family’s financial history that don’t add up, and surprising connections with unscrupulous characters. At night there are strange noises, unexplained cold drafts, and the electricity cuts out. And then there are the rose petals on the staircase. The rose petals that no one but Bellamy seems to be able to see. The rose petals that form a trail leading right up to the 3 rd floor, past the portrait of a handsome young man, and down a dark hallway where she promised she would never, ever go…

As Bellamy works to unravel the mysteries of Baldwin House and uncover the truth about Tate, she realizes that she is in way over her head… in more ways than one. Can her bravery and determination help to right the wrongs of the past and free the young man whose story has captured her heart?


Author Bio:
Ever since she first read books like Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, Alicia has been a lover of mind-bending fiction. Wherever imagination takes her, she is more than happy to call that place her home. With several Fantasy and Science Fiction titles under her belt, Alicia strives to write multicultural characters and stories that touch the heart. V-Card, the first book of the Sharing Spaces series, was her first Contemporary Romance.

The mother of three and wife to a soldier, she loves chocolate, coffee, and of course good books. When not writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, shopping for shoes and fabulous jewelry, or spending time with her loving family.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

[Book Tour] Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein

Rose Petal Graves
by Olivia Wildenstein
Genre: Paranormal/Faeries
Release Date: March 29th 2017

Summary:

ANCIENT SECRETS CANNOT REMAIN BURIED FOREVER.

Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.


Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.


As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.



Review:

Note: This book does deal with suicide. I'm not sure how one would react to it but I want to state it first before I proceed with my review. 

"There is no importance, Catori. Sometimes you spend a lifetime with a person and never truly know them. And sometimes, you spend an hour with someone and you know everything about them."
~ Kajika 

This book got me out of my reading slump and I am forever grateful. A beautiful mix of Native American Folklore and fae, Rose Petal Graves is a gripping story that certainly cannot be missed. 

It is a mix of Pochahontus meets A Court of Thorns and Roses. Catori wants to discover the truth behind her mother's passing. But once she does, she uncovers the truth about her heritage about the world and her mother.

A seemingly simple world can just be a facade to the real world that can just be a breath away. Satori discovers many secrets that has been apart of her bloodline for centuries and it is up to her which  side she must choose. She is introduced to the world of fae by Cruz, a deceiving fae from a prominent family. For some part of the novel she believes that her family was a certain way, until she meets Kajika, who uncovers her real family roots. Catori is torn of who should she believe. Should she believe in the faes or the fae hunters?

I read this book in one day. This is how addicting it is. I really want book 2.

Overall I would give Rose Petal Graves 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️



About the Author
Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.

When she’s not writing, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, baking up a storm (that she actually eats), going to the gym (because she eats), and attempting not to be late at her children’s school (like she is 4 out of 5 mornings, on good weeks).

Wildenstein lives with her husband and three children in Geneva, Switzerland, where she’s an active member of the writing community.

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