Sunday, July 27, 2014

Clear Your TBR Pile Challenge!


The wonderful Jessica @ Fly to Fiction and Klaudia @ The Observant Girl Book Reviews are co-hosting this event, and I couldn't help but want to join in.

The event starts on July 28 (that's tomorrow!) and goes through August 11. The goal is to read as many books from your TBR (To Be Read) pile, as possible. For more information, check out this post with all the details!

My goals for the challenge will probably be slightly lower than other peoples, because I'm not going to be able to read for three or four of the days. Why? you ask. That is a wonderful question! I am going to be at LeakyCon in Orlando, Florida! This will be my first conference (that's not focused on sea turtles anyways) and I am super excited. I will probably post a wrap up post with all the shenanigans that went down after the fact.

Anyways, back to the challenge. My goal will be to read seven books in those fourteen days. There's a fifty-fifty chance that I'll get more or less than that number. Here are the books I am hoping to read over the course of the two weeks:

Shiver by Maggie Steifvater

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Paper Towns by John Green

Valiant by Holly Black

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout (I know it's kinda cheating, since it's a new release, but GO WITH ME!)

The Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset

Ironside by Holly Black

Luckily, during those days I'll be at the conference, I'll also have two ten-hour drives, which will provide a lot of reading time. Or at least a lot of time staring out the window thinking about reading. Bloggers, readers, etc, join me in this excited and daunting challenge!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Blogoversary Celebration


Hello everyone! Those of you who follow me on social media probably know this, but for those who don't, Tween 2 Teen Book Review's second blogoversary is next month! Unlike last year, where I ended up posting a day late, I've put together an AWESOME celebration for you guys! I'm giving away tons of books, some of them signed, a bunch of awesome swag, and will have authors on the blog every day for the first two weeks of August with giveaways of their own!

Along with posts here on the blog, I will be having a celebration on Facebook for the same duration as the giveaways on the blog. And I will be giving away a special swag pack to someone who joins the Facebook event, which you can find right here. If you join the Facebook event, you can be kept up to date on all the postings, giveaways, etc!

So far, here are the authors participating: Rachel Harris, Emily @ The YA Nightstand, Rose Garcia, Sara V. Zook, J. K. Rock, S. T. Bende, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Jodi Meadows, Chloe Jacobs, Alison Kemper, Jen McConnel, and Holli Anderson. There *might* be a few more added to the list, but this should be about it!

As for the giveaways, most of mine will be US only, but there will be a good number of things going out oversees as well!

So join in the fun! Let me know if you're as excited as I am either on the event page or on Twitter! I'll see you then!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (25)




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

This week, I am super excited for Sister's Fate by Jessica Spotswood! I had the immense pleasure of meeting her back in the spring, and there's been rumors of her coming back around for the release of Sister's Fate. After the major cliffhanger ending of Star Cursed, I am dying for this book!

Synopsis:
A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can't help without revealing their powers—as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England.

To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she's torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she's certain she can never forgive Maura's betrayal. And now that Tess's visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment.

Release: August 14, 2014

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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Other Books by Sara:


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
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