Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blog Tour: A Magic Within by Sara V. Zook

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Hello, and welcome to my stop on the A Magic Within review tour! Scroll through the post to see my review, as well as excerpts from the book! Enjoy!

Review:

Title: A Magic Within
Author: Sara V. Zook
Publisher: Self Published
Publish Date: June 18

I love Sara. I'm part of her street team and she's is loads of fun. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from A Magic Within. It's definitely not as fun as Evanescent, and there's no romance to speak of, but I flew through the book. I'm one of the biggest procrastinators out there, and the fact that I finished the book the night before my post was due to go up, says that loud and clear. And the fact that I finished it in a couple hours flat.

Characters: Riley, Lydic, Leibold, Cordelia, Muriel

Of the characters, I don't have particular favorite. I can't tell the exact age of the characters, but from what I can tell, I believe they are younger than me. That makes it a tad harder to relate, as with any novel that's closer to middle grade than YA. I liked Muriel's character. She showed what the normal was like in their world, or at least the perception of normal. I wish I could have gotten a bit more time to know Riley, because I think I really would have liked her, if only I had more background info.

First Impressions: 4/5

The story definitely had an interesting start. Riley lost her dog, and before she knows it, she's being sucked into another world. It was a beginning that left me wanting to read more, which I promptly did.

Writing: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
World Building: 5/5
Characters: 4/5

Overall, I really did enjoy this novel, and am glad I read it. A few things confused me, but I think if I had taken more time in reading the book, it would have made more sense. I'm definitely hoping that the second book (will there be a second book?) will shed some light on what's happening in the two worlds.

Synopsis:

magic2Normalcy. I need to get back to a state of normalcy. What’s happened to me? Why am I here in this orphanage, and why am I forbidden to leave? Everyone is so very cruel here. I can’t eat. I can’t sleep. It’s the paranoia getting to me. It’s like someone’s always watching, always listening. There’s a general fear around here, and for some reason, it seems fueled by my arrival, but why are they afraid of me? I didn’t ask for this. I don’t even know how I got here. I need to go home. My parents must be worried sick. There has to be someone here who can help me, who can give me answers and lead me in the right direction so I can get out of here. There is this one boy, Lydic. Could he be my key to getting out? I can see it in his eyes he feels sorry for me. He seems to know more than he’s letting on. These people aren’t like anyone I’ve ever met before.

You Can Find it At:
Amazon

Author Bio:

sarapic2Sara V. Zook is a paranormal/fantasy writer. She is the author of the Strange in Skin Trilogy, Clipped, Evanescent, Book 1 in The Sempiternal Series and A Magic Within. She lives in Pennsylvania with her 3 small children and husband.

You Can Find Her At:
Facebook
The Sempiternal Series Fan Page
Website
Blog


Excerpts:

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cover Reveal: Of River & Raynn by Rebecca Ethington


Have you met River and Raynn yet?

It’s time to get lost in a new world.



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Synopsis:

They found me when I was five; a little girl sitting on a bench in Grand Central Station, soaking wet, asking about the rain.

I remembered nothing about how I got there, or who my parents were. I couldn’t even remember my name. I was tagged, labeled and doomed to cycle through state care for the next twelve years; moving from one family to another. They all rejected me as the dreams began to come, the memories began to return, and things around me began to explode.

Now my mind is full of a world of shadows, things that my heart pleads with me to be true, that I hope are only fantasy. That the disturbing past I see is not mine.

When I sleep I hear whispers of magic, and of evil queens, and a world that exists alongside our own. Things that could never be. But, there is one thing I know to be true. That there was a boy who was torn from me. A boy that I know means more to me than a brother, or than a lover. But what he is to me, I am not sure. I hear him cry for me in my dreams, I hear people call him The Catalyst.

I know I need to find him.

I wouldn’t have tried, if I would have known that finding River, would have made all my dreams turn into a haunting reality.

You Can Find it At:
GOODREADS

Check out Rebecca Ethington's YouTube page for some live interactive videos of River & Raynn

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwKr4zggGMlbSzTqQGaYVCA

Check out the Of River & Raynn officail website

http://riverandraynn.com/


Giveaway:

Check out this amazing giveaway Rebecca Ethington has running now!
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Author Bio:

Rebecca Ethington is a story teller and author from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical performances. Rebecca’s first stint into the world of literary writing, The Imdalind Series, was released in October 2012 and since its release each book has been found in several top 100 lists on Amazon. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her crazy family.

You Can Find Her At:
Website
Goodreads

Rebecca Ethington is also a featured author at Chapter by Chapter BookRave in NY on September 20th! YA BOWLING, ADULT/NEW ADULT Mingling party! Get your tickets today! Book Signing FREE and open to the public.


For the full author list visit: www.cbcevent.com

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (24)




"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spines, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

SORRY THIS IS POSTED LATE!

This week, I am insanely excited for Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins! I just finished Lola and the Boy Next Door and LOVED it! I'm super excited, because I'll get to meet the author at the end of the month. (Why, you ask, well, I'm going to be going to LeakyCon in Orlando, Florida! If anyone else is going, let me know in the comments or on Twitter!) This series is insanely fun and I love Stephanie Perkins writing style!

Synopsis:

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren't always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Release: August 14, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Please note: I am trying a different reviewing method, so this may look weird.

I received this ARC from The Regulator Bookshop.

Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Series: Snow Like Ashes
Publisher: HarperTeen/Balzer + Bray
Release: October 14, 2014

Characters: Meira (protagonist), Mather, Sir, Hannah, Theron, Angra (antagonist)

Of this list, my favorite character is Meira. She's imperfect, and in ways I can relate to. She doesn't always get things the first time, and wants to help in any way she can. When finally given that chance, she does everything possible to succeed. There are a couple other characters who I love who aren't one this list, but I don't want to say who they are due to spoilers. That said, I really enjoy the unnamed characters because they show immense strength in harsh circumstances and still manage to have faith.

First Impressions: 4/5

I started hearing about this book online, and started to get really excited for it. When I got an opportunity to get an ARC, I pounced on it. The book was a little hard to get in to, but once there, I really enjoyed it. At first, I thought the book was going in a certain direction, but about halfway through, I was very much proved wrong. I saw a few things coming, but that's not too much of a surprise.

Writing: 5/5 Very descriptive, yet getting to the point.
Plot: 4/5 A little disjointed in spots, but nothing too bad.
World Building: 5/5 There was a map, I love maps.
Characters: 4/5 Besides a few of the main characters, many characters felt too one-dimensional.

The setting of the novel was amazing. I love reading well-done high fantasy novels, and this was one of them. It actually reminded me a bit of a high fantasy version of a novel I'm writing, which was pretty cool, I have to admit. Although dubious at first, I really did enjoy this novel.


Blog Tour: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Welcome everyone, to my stop on the Opposition prompt tour! July is officially the month of Daemon, and what better way to celebrate?

PROMPT QUESTION: What do you like most about the Lux series?

You do realize that question's nearly impossible, right? There are SO many things I love about the Lux series! Daemon's attitude, Katy's love of books, how Daemon calls Katy Kitten, the swoon that is Archer, the amazing one-liners, the hot aliens, Katy and Daemon's romance, just to name a few. The better question would be: What don't I like about the Lux series? The answer, nothing!

I love Jennifer L. Armentrout's writing style. With the hilarious inner monologues and snide comments that don't get said. The characters seem to have a life of their own.

Read this series at your own risk. It might make you join the Daemon Invasion!

Don't miss Opposition, the fifth and final book in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s bestselling Lux series. Also included only in the print edition is Shadows, the prequel novella never before seen in print! "A thrilling ride from start to finish," says RT Book Reviews.

Synopsis:

Opposition

Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came. She can’t believe Daemon stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

Shadows

The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. To him, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane. Dangerous.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in. Captivated.

Dawson can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or stop a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian & Onyx)

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There's an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he's hot...until he opens his mouth. He's infuriating. Arrogant. Stab­worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls­eye. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Onyx

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro alien connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me? 

You Can Find it At:
Goodreads
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Lux: Consequences (Opal & Origin)

Opal 

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret

organization responsible for torturing and testing alien hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Origin

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back. After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?

You Can Find it At:
Goodreads
Amazon

Want to read the LUX series on your eReader? Each book is sold individually in e-format:
#1: Obsidian
#2: Onyx
#3: Opal
#4: Origin
#5: Opposition
Prequel novella: Shadows
Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian & Onyx) and Lux: Consequences (Opal & Origin) released on June 3, 2014.

Author Bio:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories....which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Additional links to Jennifer’s pages:
Twitter
Facebook
Website

Lux: Beginnings is available everywhere books are sold, including your local Target, B&N, and Walmart.

Tour:

Check out the rest of the tour at these other amazing blogs!

July 1- Stuck in Books 
July 2- Daemon and Kitten
July 3- The Eater of Books
July 4- Between Fantasy and Reality
July 6- Chapter by Chapter
July 7- Jenuine Cupcakes
July 8- LuLo Fangirl
July 10 - Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
July 11- Luxen Army
July 12- Reader Lives a Thousand Lives
July 14- Young Adult Book Haven
July 16- Girls in the Stacks
July 17- Always YA at Heart
July 21- Defiantly Deviant
July 23- Diety Island
July 24- Step into Fiction
July 25- Twin Sisters Rockin' Book Reviews
July 29- Books Over Boys
July 30- The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club
August 1- iFandoms
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