Blog Tour: Drakon Unchained by NJ Walters Review + Giveaway!

Hello everyone!

Today I’m excited to be featuring a super fun fantasy romance that I recently enjoyed, plus a giveaway at the end. 😀 With that, let’s get started!

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Author: NJ Walters
Series: Blood of the Drakon #5
Release Date: August 27, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Publishing: Amara
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Synopsis:

Victoria Marshall is living a lie. She works for a member of the Knights of the Dragon, a secret society that traps and uses dragons for their own gain. As a child, she made an unlikely friend—a drakon. He went missing, and she’s spent the past twenty years searching for him. The only thing distracting her from her mission is Luther Henderson, her boss’s new head of security.

Luther is also living a lie. One, if discovered, could lead to a fate worse than death. He’s attracted to Victoria, but can’t fully trust her, doesn’t know if she’s truly innocent or a true member of the Knights. It’s not only his life at stake, but those of the people he loves.

As they’re thrust deeper into the dangerous dealings of the Knights, they each have to share their secrets in order to survive.

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ARC Review: Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

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Author: Riley Redgate
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis:
It’s the start of Jordan Sun’s junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she’s an Alto 2, which—in the musical theatre world—is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: She has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody’s falling over themselves to express their appreciation. So it’s no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight.
Then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshiped … revered … all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

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Thank you Amulet for the review copy!

Not only does this story grip you from first page (actually, I was gripped from the blurb but totally sold by the first line), but Noteworthy also explores intricacies of the current day that should be, and are, discussed. Ranging from the inherent sexism that may come from male a capella groups to the exploration of sexuality and gender – and how the main character Jordan ultimately identifies as – Noteworthy composes a sonorous story that leaves readers thinking, pondering, and eventually in love with. Continue reading “ARC Review: Noteworthy by Riley Redgate”

3 A-MAY-zing YA Contemporary Books | Spotlight + Giveaways

Hello! I’ve decided to spotlight some of my favorite YA contemporary releases of the year, which all come out next month in May. I never used to like contemporary books: they would always bore me, and I never really connected to the characters. Recently though, I’ve seen an influx of phenomenal Young Adult contemporary stories with easy-to-relate to characters, extraordinary growth (while frustrating at times), and situations that deal with current issues. With that in mind, here are three that I’m exceedingly excited to see get published soon!

Fun facts:

  • These books have extremely relatable characters that just tug at your heartstrings.
  • These books all release May 2, 2017.
  • These books have been some of my favorite contemporary reads of this year.
  • These books feature superb growth both within a character and with external forces of their lives.
  • I highly recommend all of them, and I can’t wait for their release into the world.
  • So, I have giveaways for each one of them! 1 INTL, 2 US only.

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Week of Love | Twitter Valentine’s Giveaways + Discussion

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Young love, gay love, blind love, platonic love, family love… what’s not to love about love?

For the week of Valentine’s Day, 2/13/17 – 2/18/17, I’ll be doing flash giveaways on Twitter each day for ARC’s of books having to do with love, whether it’s a romantic love or the platonic love between good friends. These are all ARC’s ranging from January to April of 2017, so relatively new books. I’ll update each giveaway Tweet on this post throughout the week! Winners will be drawn after 24 hours of posting, and I’ll send everything out the following week. Best of luck! Continue reading “Week of Love | Twitter Valentine’s Giveaways + Discussion”

Blog Tour: Gifted by HA Swain Review + Giveaway!

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I’m absolutely delighted to feature this spectacular book on my blog for today! Gifted sends us to the near future, where Taylor Swift recently died while she was ~100 years old and the entertainment industry is DOMINATING. We get to explore what it really means to be “gifted,” and who exactly deserves the music that is made in the world. Because even though it seems like music is free, we see all these copyright laws surrounding it. This is all under an adventure with two characters that you can’t help but like.

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Author Interview + Giveaway! Where We Discuss Dream Boyfriends, Love Charms, and Writing

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I’m absolutely ecstatic to have Kimberly Karalius on the blog today to talk about her upcoming book, Love Charms and Other Catastrophes! When Kim wanted to set up a date where we could meet up for an interview, I was not-so-subtly freaking out. I normally don’t meet many bloggers or authors in this area of Florida, so meeting with her was like a dream come true! We’re also extremely excited about ALA being in Orlando this summer, which is only an hour away from us.

I completely fell in love with the lovely town of Grimbaud in Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, Kim’s first work. Hearing about the sequel was like:

Especially because it features Hijiri, one of my favorite characters! Look out for Love Charms and Other Catastrophes, coming out on May 17 from Swoon Reads. Continue reading “Author Interview + Giveaway! Where We Discuss Dream Boyfriends, Love Charms, and Writing”

Blog Hop: Crow’s Rest by Angelica R. Jackson

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Author: Angelica R. Jackson
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press:
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Get it here: BN |  Amazon | BookDepository

Synopsis:
Avery Flynn arrives for a visit at her Uncle Tam’s, eager to rekindle her summertime romance with her crush-next-door, Daniel.But Daniel’s not the sweet, neurotic guy she remembers—and she wonders if this is her Daniel at all. Or if someone—some thing—has taken his place.Her quest to find the real Daniel—and get him back—plunges Avery into a world of Fae and changelings, where creatures swap bodies like humans change their socks, and magic lives much closer to home than she ever imagined.

Okay so in this blog hop I’ll be sharing a ghost story from my experience. In all honesty, I can’t wait to read other people’s stories more because I lead a pretty mundane life. The story I have is probably the only time I’ve ever been freaked out, other then when I was little I used to think a stranger was living in my house without my family knowing. (There must be a phobia name for that.) Anyway, the story is fairly short and simple, but there’s some background information to add before the main part. Without further ado, I’ll get to it.

Last year, I went to Savannah, Georgia with some family friends to do a little sightseeing. I live in Florida, so we drove a little up there for a weekend. Now, Savannah is a ghost hub apparently, and it’s pretty famous for its ghost tours. Obviously we wouldn’t want to miss out on that.

The first day was pretty awesome, because the fam and I got to eat out all the time, the hotel was really quaint (it’s called The Marshall House, and has the cutest layout!), and just the getting away from dreary Florida had us all in good spirits.

So evening comes and we’re getting ready for the ghost tour. The fam and I, along with other tourists, stack up in one of those open buses (trolleys? I’m not sure what they’re called) and head out to different monuments and sites. In all honesty, I don’t remember any of the buildings we passed or any of the stories, but I did remember that we all had a jolly good time. And one other thing: when passing one of the buildings, the tour guide convinced us to download a ghost radar on our phones. Now, I love participating in these kinds of activities so obviously I downloaded it. Then the guide told us to pull it up, and whaddya know? There’s two ghosts in the left hand side. Where a building stood. So she (the guide) said some boring story of how two people died (sisters I think? I’m really not good at details), and how they haunt the house.

Yeah so I’m a totally skeptic. These activities are fun and all, but I never let it get to me. I’m not sure how the electromagnetic field works (my only experience is that supposed app and Supernatural), but obviously this tour guide company found those dots and concoted a convenient story about it. We move on to the next attraction, and I continue on having fun.

When I get home from Savannah, the adrenaline high from the trip is wearing off as it usually does. I’m in my bed, and I’m prepared to delete the EMF ghost detecting app. I’m a curious person by nature, so I check out the radar before deleting it. And HOLY SHIT – there’s a freaking red dot to the lower left of my location… right next to me bed. Above, I said that these kind of things don’t really get to me. But come on, even the worst skeptics would get at least a little creeped out by that, right? It wasn’t moving or anything, but the fact that it was RIGHT NEXT TO MY BED just got me off-balanced.

Suffice it to say, I immediately deleted the app, watched some episodes of Supernatural to remind myself how dumb demons/ghosts can be, and slept in the guest room that night.

I think this kind of shows that every one of us, no matter how much we don’t believe in ghosts, have a fear of the unknown. Since none of us really know if they exist or not, right? I’ve always thought I’m fearless about these things and joke around about them a lot, but that didn’t stop me from being hella creeped out by a simple little ghost detector app. This is one of the reasons why I love fantasy books so much. I’ll never stop believing, even if it’s against all logic, that there’s a world out there with vampires, or fairies, or ghosts, or demons and angels. And this is one of the reasons why I can’t wait to read Crow’s Rest. Who knows what kind of world Avery – and the readers – will explore in the book?

Displaying Angelica R Jackson photo.jpgIn keeping with her scattered Gemini nature, Angelica R. Jackson has far too many interests to list here.

She has an obsession with creating more writing nooks in the home she shares with her husband and two corpulent cats in California’s Gold Country. Fortunately, the writing nooks serve for reading and cat cuddling too.

Other pastimes include cooking for food allergies (not necessarily by choice, but she’s come to terms with it), photography, and volunteering at a local no-kill cat sanctuary.

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Blog Tour: Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman

Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance
Author: Danielle Younge-Ullman
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Get it here: Amazon│Barnes & Noble│Kobo Books

Synopsis:
Lola Carlyle is lonely, out of sorts, and in for a boring summer. So when her best friend, Sydney, calls to rave about her stay at a posh Malibu rehab and reveals that the love of Lola’s life, Wade Miller, is being admitted, she knows what she has to do. Never mind that her worst addiction is decaf cappuccino; Lola is going to rehab.

Lola arrives at Sunrise Rehab intent solely on finding Wade, saving him from himself, and—naturally—making him fall in love with her…only to discover she’s actually expected to be an addict. And get treatment. And talk about her issues with her parents, and with herself. Plus she has insane roommates, and an irritatingly attractive mentor, Adam, who’s determined to thwart her at every turn.

Oh, and Sydney? She’s gone.

Turns out, once her pride, her defenses, and her best friend are stripped away, Lola realizes she’s actually got a lot to overcome…if she can open her heart long enough to let it happen.

This is definitely a cute and light contemporary read that will make you sigh, giggle, and laugh out loud as you read the antics of Lola Carlyle. Albeit a tad unrealistic with a celebrity child faking her way into rehab (I guess stranger things have happened!), overall it leaves readers with some messages that Lola learned herself throughout the book.

“Maybe I’m crazy, but sometimes you get a gut feeling, a sense of a path opening up in front of you and the certainty that you need to take that path.
I have that sense now, and I see the path.

The path leads to rehab.”

I was thoroughly annoyed with Lola in the beginning of the book. She was pretty selfish, snobbish, and naive. However, as the book goes on, Lola realizes some things she didn’t know about herself. She might have been faking her alcoholism (which is how she got into rehab), but some therapy she went through really helped her in the end. Hey, nothing like a good time in rehab to find some self-discovery, am I right? Towards the end of the novel, my opinion of Lola definitely changed – for the better. She learns, she listens, and she changes into someone that I would have liked to be friends with.

The romance in the book is so sweet and definitely has swoony moments. Although Lola sets out in the beginning of the book to ensnare Wade (some teen celebrity), she starts wondering if it’s Wade she wants, or the Wade that she used to know… Meanwhile, some other guy is more compatible with her in every way. Their build-up from frenemies to grudging respect to something more was done really nicely and I really enjoyed it.

Although the beginning of the book made me a little irritated with Lola’s silly (and dumb) antics, the end made it up by showing a girl who discovers where she is in the scope of her life, and with her friends and family. Looking for a light, amusing, and in the end coming-of-age book that will leave you satisfied? Lola’s 12-Step Romance can fix that.

Danielle Younge-Ullman is a novelist, playwright and freelance writer. She studied English and Theater at  McGill University, then returned to her hometown of Toronto to work as professional actor for ten  years. Danielle’s short story, Reconciliation, was published in MODERN MORSELS—a McGraw-Hill  Anthology for young adults—in 2012, her one-act play, 7 Acts of Intercourse, debuted at Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival in 2005, and her adult novel, FALLING UNDER, was published by Penguin in 2008.  Danielle lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters.
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May Release Preorder Giveaway! + Updates On Life

Aloha, my lovely followers who have been patiently prevailing and strangers setting foot on this unknown blog for the first time,

So as you all know, late April/pretty much all of May is exam season for students. Especially as I have End of Course exams, AP exams, and finally, normal semester exams. (Yeah teachers don’t like giving us breaks.)

Me studying.
Thus, I’ve made a pledge that I will not be reading ANY book for these couple of weeks unless they’re AP review books or textbooks. Unfair, right? But, that doesn’t mean that I’m not buying books teehee. I preordered so many books with May releases that are coming in (most likely while I’m studying). It’s incentive for me to do well on the tests so I can binge read afterwards!

(BTW, you’ll probably see book reviews being posted, but those are just scheduled. I’m seriously doing this guys.)

Now, while preordering, I’ve noticed SO many awesome books coming out that I want to share the love with other people! In an effort to make my blog more… tasteful, I’m hosting a giveaway. (You can see my trying with the book blitz and tours haha.) As much as I wish I had an ARC to give away (or 5), a signed copy of a book, or awesome swag, I’m too basic for those. But hey, I’m throwing ~$15 out the wind for this giveaway, so that’s something!

(Plus it’s INTERNATIONAL. Woooo.)

Okay so below are some titles that have caught MY eye (eyy), as well as some I’ve read and reviewed. Of course, you don’t have to choose one of these.

Details: 

  • You can win (1) copy of any May release!
  • Open to INTERNATIONAL, as long as Book Depository ships to you. 🙂
  • No cheating! If you do, I will be very sad 😥 and invalidate your entry. Cheating won’t get you anywhere in life son, so why start now?
  • Winners have up to 48 hours to reply! If not, I’ll choose another winner 😥 and be sad.

Without further ado:

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Book Blitz: In A World Just Right by Jen Brooks + Giveaway!

In a World Just Right
by Jen Brooks
Release Date: 04/28/15
Simon & Schuster Book for Young Readers
432 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Imagination takes on new meaning for a
uniquely talented teen in this debut novel that is a breathtaking blend of
contemporary, fantasy, and romance.
Sometimes Jonathan Aubrey wishes he could just disappear. And as luck—or
fate—would have it, he can. Ever since coming out of a coma as a kid, he has
been able to create alternate worlds. Worlds where he is a superhero, or a
ladies’ man, or simply a better version of himself. That’s the world he’s been
escaping to most since sophomore year, a world where he has everything he
doesn’t have in real life: friends, a place of honor on the track team, passing
grades, and most importantly, Kylie Simms as his girlfriend.But when Jonathan confuses his worlds senior year and tries to kiss the real
Kylie Simms, everything unravels. The real Kylie actually notices Jonathan…and
begins obsessing over him. The fantasy version of Kylie struggles to love
Jonathan as she was created to do, and the consequences are disastrous. As his
worlds collide, Jonathan must confront the truth of his power and figure out
where he actually belongs—before he loses both Kylies forever.

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But wait! There’s more! Here’s an EXCERPT from the beginning of the book, and is a backstory segment about Jonathan’s world-making ability:

Here’s a story for you. Once upon a time there was this kid named Jonathan Aubrey. He was eight years old. He had a mom and a dad and a six-year-old sister, Tess, and an Auntie Carrie and Uncle Joey. One day they all got on a plane to Disney World. Except for Uncle Joey, who was on some business trip or other. It was going to be the funnest, most perfect trip of a lifetime. The airplane took off . . . and fell out of the sky into Boston Harbor. (Yes, the Tragedy-in-the-Harbor, the famous crash they contrasted with the Miracle-on-the-Hudson.)

Little Jonathan was one of three people who survived. He spent three months at Massachusetts General Hospital in a coma, and when he woke up, they sent him home. Except there wasn’t anyone at home anymore. They were in the ground at Pine Street Cemetery, and he had missed all the funerals and everything.

He went to live at Uncle Joey’s house instead. Uncle Joey tried to be good to Jonathan, but there was that business thing that often kept him away, and Uncle Joey was grieving just as bad because he’d lost Auntie Carrie.

Jonathan didn’t come out of that coma the same way he went in. He had a little lag in his speech. He limped. He had burns and scars on parts of his body. Most of the ugly skin he kept covered with long sleeves and pants, even on days when it got to be almost a hundred degrees.

Jen has a habit of being deeply moved by profound ideas, and her writing reflects her interest in exploring human goodness, relationships, and the feeling of being a part of something greater than oneself. She loves the science fiction and fantasy genres because of their dazzling possibilities for portraying characters and ideas. She credits her undergraduate experience at Dartmouth College, her MFA at Seton Hill University, and her fourteen years of English teaching with shaping her writing.  She is grateful to her family, friends, and students for inspiring her to write.

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