Tuesday, November 11, 2014

BOOK BLITZ: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel


The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1)
by Amy Engel 
Release Date: 11/04/14
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…



Here an an exclusive excerpt from the novel! (P.S. I am so excited for this book I am hoping to pick it up sometime this weekend!) 

[Bishop] lets out a frustrated sigh. “You don’t…you don’t have to be any certain way with me, Ivy. I don’t expect anything. I want you to be yourself.” He leans back and scrubs at his face with one hand. He sounds tired. “I just want to know who you are.”“Okay,” I say, while my brain searches for all the hidden meanings behind his words, trying to figure out what it is he really wants. Because it seems impossible that he is coming into this relationship without an agenda of his own. “What do you want to know?”
Bishop leans forward again and stares at me. “Everything,” he says quietly, and my stomach clenches. “Anything.”I know I have to tell him something, but I need to be careful. And even beyond the worries about all the secrets I hold, there is the nagging feeling that I’m not even sure who I am, apart from my family. For most of my life, I was the spare daughter, the one who would stay by my father’s side and work behind the scenes while Callie took center stage. And then, unexpectedly, two years ago, I became the focus. I’ve spent my whole life becoming the girl they need me to be, and I’ve shoved any parts that don’t fit so far down inside myself I don't think I can find them anymore. It is one more violation to have to reach down and offer myself up to this stranger.I force my fingers to stop worrying the cushion thread. “Umm…I don’t know.” I take a deep breath. “I like strawberries. I wish I were a few inches shorter. I’m scared of snakes. I like to read. My mother died when I was a baby.” I say the words fast, as if the sheer speed at which I spit them out will render them less personal, although they are hardly deep, dark secrets. I wonder if he knows what his father did to my family? How he took away my mother—had her killed—to remind us who has the power. Just thinking about it makes heat rush into my cheeks, my heart thundering against my ribs. I should stop, but instead, I look up at him, hold his eyes. “I don’t like the things your father does.” Callie may be the fiercer one, but there is a recklessness in me that cannot be contained. “Is that what you wanted to know?”
The expression on Bishop’s face doesn’t change, his eyes still and calm. “It’s a start,” he says eventually.
About the Author
 Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas; California; Missouri; Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives with her husband and two kids.  Before devoting herself full-time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV.  When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping. The Book of Ivy is her debut YA novel. Find her online at http://amyengel.net/ or @aengelwrites.



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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOOK BLITZ: Love and other Unknown Variables by Shannon Alexander


Love and Other Unknown Variables
Release Date: 10/07/ 14
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Summary from Goodreads:
Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck. 

The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s not impressed by the strange boy at the donut shop—until she learns he’s a student at Brighton where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. But, in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy. </ i>

</ i>By the time he learns she's ill—and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte’s illness— Charlotte’s gravitational pull is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he’s always relied on or the girl he’s falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second squared).

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In Love and Other Unknown Variables, logical Charlie Hanson often loses his laser-like
focus on school and his future when he’s around Charlotte Finch. Case in point: the chick-
flick movie festival she convinces him to watch. Charlotte’s smile is a powerful force—one
from which Charlie is helpless to resist.
Midway through the second movie, Becca pauses it to use the restroom, leaving
Charlotte and me sitting in the dim light of the frozen television screen. My sister sure is a sucky
chaperone. Doesn’t she realize how dangerous it is to leave me unsupervised around beautiful
girls with infinity tattoos?
Charlotte nudges my shoulder with her own. “This is fun. Admit it.”
“This is a total chick-fest,” I say motioning toward the TV. “I don’t get what you guys
see in these movies. That last one had a terrible ending, and I can already see this one’s going
down the same path.”
“I admit that Romeo and Juliet are not my favorite couple. Being in love for three days is
an easy gig.”
“Exactly. They’d probably realize that they hate each other if they spent more time
together.”
“Or worse,” Charlotte says, hugging a pillow, “they’d grow indifferent and their love
would waste away. Nothing lasts forever.”
“That’s bleak. Maybe you shouldn’t hang out with me so much. I think I’m rubbing off
on you.”
Charlotte smacks me with the pillow she was holding. “Shut up, Hanson.”
“Now you sound like your sister.” I chuckle and toss the pillow back at her. She retaliates
by crashing two pillows around my head like cymbals.
“Game on,” I shout, grabbing as many pillows as I can and lobbing them at her one after
the other.
“Uncle! Uncle,” she squeals, lying buried on the couch.
Laughing, I clear away the pillows. Her dark curls are sticking up at odd angles, and
I reach out to smooth them back into place. Charlotte catches my hand in hers, and I cup her
cheek.
It feels as though someone has turned an electromagnet on inside of me. There is a force
out of my control pulling me in. Charlotte’s eyes flick to my lips, and I’m undone. I may have
been able to resist before, but now I give in to the pulling and press my lips to hers. They are
soft, softer than I imagined—better. Her hands are suddenly at my waist, one finger dipping
under the edge of my shirt. One finger and I groan like someone is lifting a one hundred pound
weight off my chest.
My tongue laps at her bottom lip, the one she bites on so much, and she parts her lips
just enough for me to taste it myself. A string tightens from my chest to my groin—so taut I can
barely breathe. She tastes like sugar, so soft and warm in my mouth, I ache.
Her hands slide up my sides and to my chest, where she gently pushes me back as she
pulls away. “Wait. We can’t do this.”
Without her lips on mine, my body loosens and I catch my breath. “Sorry. Charlotte, I’m
so—”
“Don’t. But we can’t. I can’t lose—”
“What are you guys doing?” Becca calls, walking in through the kitchen. “I heard
screaming from the bathroom.”
Charlotte’s cheeks darken in the dim light from the TV. A worry flickers across her face.
Becca. She can’t lose Becca.
Now you’ve done it, Chuck, the Greta in my head snarls. I’ve got to fix this.
“Help, Bec,” I shout, jumping away from Charlotte. “Charlotte attacked me. I was just
sitting here saying how much I loved this wonderful, romantic film, and WHAM. Pillow to my
head.”
Charlotte runs a hand through her curls and bites that lip of hers, making me want to
groan all over. My expression must be a sight, because she takes one look at me and laughs
before smacking me with a pillow.
“See? You gotta save me, sis.”
Becca chuckles. “You guys are lame.” She takes her seat on one side of Charlotte, who
smacks Becca in the face with another pillow before linking their arms.
Becca turns the movie back on. And I wonder what might have happened if she’d stayed
away just a little longer. The thought of kissing Charlotte again makes me feel like I’m being
sucked away into the vacuum of space. Which, if you’re wondering, is painful and scary and
leaves me almost breathless.
Through the darkness, Charlotte’s hand works its way into the crook of my arm, too. I
don’t move for the rest of the movie, afraid that if she lets go, I’ll float away again.



About the Author
Shannon Lee Alexander is a wife, mother (of two kids and one yellow terrier named Harriet Potter). She is passionate about coffee, books, and cancer research. Math makes her break out in a sweat. Love and Other Unknown Variables is her debut novel.  She currently lives in Indianapolis with her family. </ span>



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Monday, September 22, 2014

We're back!!!



So, Blogjob was fun and all, but they began putting in rules for people that were trying to beat the system. Not that they were wrong in doing so, it had to be done. A book review blog in my opinion though did not fit within the rules that were set forth. Like no posts not written by you which meant no tours where text was specific.  So here we are again! I hope you all like our Halloween themed header!

Stay tuned for more coming soon!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

We've moved!







We have moved to a new blog network! I am very excited by this new development! It's like have a wordpress.org blog without having to have: 1) My own domain 2) My own hosting package.  I hope that you will follow me to this new spot and will be as excited by the changes as me!  Please feel free to come visit.


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Monday, May 5, 2014

Book Highlight: Mine to Spell by Janeal Falor


Title: Mine to Spell
Author: Janeal Falor
Series: Mine #2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publication: May 5th, 2014

Cynthia has always hidden from her father’s hexes behind her older sister. When her family gains independence unheard of for women, she’s relieved that her days of harsh punishments are over. But as her seventeenth birthday approaches—the typical age to be sold to a new master—death threats endanger her sisters. She now faces two options: run or meet society’s expectations.

For once, Cynthia isn’t going to let her older sister shield her from the problem. She’s going to prove to herself, her sisters, and society that her family isn’t a threat to their traditions. She willingly chooses to be purchased by a new master. A bold step that takes her somewhere she never thought she would go and to a man she might possibly fall in love with. With his help, she may just find a way to save her sisters while discovering how to stand up for herself. If she lives long enough.



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“Have you made any progress?” Serena asks.
After giving my necklace a tug, I randomly pick one of the three choices of a future owner I’ve narrowed it down to. At this point, there’s nothing different about any of them. All are rich warlocks offering much for possession of me but say little else. Any warlock who said anything more always said something distasteful. “Contact this one. And make sure he pays for me before you sign anything.”
“You’re making the decision so soon?”
There’s no holding back my emotions any longer. This isn’t something I want any more than she does, but there’s a part to play. I focus all my negativity into cheer. It comes out in a squeak of giddiness. “Naturally I did, Serena. I can’t wait until I’m with my new owner. Excuse me while I go embroider a handkerchief with his name on it.”
The stunned look on her face makes an apology want to tumble from my lips, but there’s no saying the words. I spring from the room like I’m the happiest woman in Chardonia, not the one returning to a world full of hexes and beatings and warlocks. A world I despise.

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Amazon best selling author Janeal Falor lives in Utah with her husband and three children. In her non-writing time she teaches her kids to make silly faces, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and attempts to cultivate a garden even when half the things she plants die. When it's time for a break she can be found taking a scenic drive with her family, fencing, or drinking hot chocolate.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Review: Creator by Tiffany Truitt

In the beginning of the Creators, Tess has just witnessed a miracle of sorts. Standing before her is her father.  After the shock wears off she and her dad go to meet up with their groups of friends, or in her father’s case soldiers.   She finds out the girl who attacked her at the end of the previous novel was sent by her father to prevent her from meeting George.  Not much time is given to catching up on old times and after some heated discussions among the group, they make their way back to their old isolationist camp.
Tess has two big things on her mind throughout this book. One being James her boyfriend, having seen him give himself up to George to protect her, she worries for his safety. Her second worry is for her sister Louisa who is still pregnant.  The pregnancy is hard on her small frame and even how she became that way still weighs on her mentally.

The girl’s father seems to have a big master plan to destroy the chosen ones of the western settlement.  Even going as far as making sure guards keep watch over a special “package” that he says is very important to their mission.  Tess having not seen her father in many years is weary of him and his army.  Why did he abandon her and the rest of the family all those years ago? Does he have an agenda?


I am a big fan of dystopian YA novels as many of you know so of course I enjoyed this book! It was the third and final book in a series, but trust me not having read the first two there was enough information to catch me up. The story is engrossing and heartfelt Tess considers the people she surrounded herself with her family even more so in some cases then her actual one.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Book Blitz: Orenda by Ruth Silver

ORENDA by Ruth Silver
a Young Adult Fantasy Adventure series
published by Patchwork Press
Orenda Join forces with a parallel universe. Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can't exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her younger sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for. A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action-packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.
  Excerpt: Lil stood firm, sword-in-hand, staring at the beast as it flew directly at her. “How do I kill it?” She raised the sword above her head with two hands. Hudson glanced at her. “With what we taught you. The dragon is no different than a man.” “It has wings and is flying at me. I’d say it’s different!”   Ruth Silver author photo About the Author: Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of ABERRANT, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing, in 2013. Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required, because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. Upcoming works include Royal Reaper, a young adult series about grim reapers, due for release June 3rd, 2014. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads
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