Tuesday, 24 March 2015

[eARC Review] Liars Inc by Paula Stokes



Title: Liars Inc.
Author: Paula Stokes
Series: Standalone
Genre:YA Mystery/Thriller
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Release Date: March 24th 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV's How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.
  


Paula Stokes has quickly become one of my favorite contempoaray authors, every since I read The Art of Lainey last year. So when I leanred that she was going to be writing a YA Mystery I was very excited and knew I had to read it. And I am so glad that I did because this book was a page turner!

What I think I liked the most about this book was its characters. They were so real and interesting to read. They were also very hard to like which is a very different reading experience for me. We first meet Max, a young man who is a very interesting character. He is snarky, untrustworthy and niave. I actually really liked that Max was our narrator because he was interesting. He saw things from a very interesting perspective. I loved his relationhsips with his girlfriend Pavarti and his best friend Preston. I loved them because they were complicated. I knew right off  the batt that I didnt particularly like Pavarti or Preston. There was just something that was off for me. And I wanted desperately for Max to see it, but if he did we wouldnt have had this mytery would we?

The whole premise of this book is that Preston goes missing, police then find his body and it links Max to the murder. Intriguing right? And you would be right. This mystery kept me reading from beginning to end. It is a page turner that makes you want to find out what happened and why is Max being framed. But I will say that the outcome was a bit obvious...to me at least. I am a sucker for anything mystery and my husband gets mad at me when we watch those types of shows and i figure out who the killer is before it is revealed. So it is no suprise to me that I figured it out. But what makes this a great book was that the fact that I figured out the end did not hinder my reading experience. I still really enjoyed the book.

The only thing that I did not like that much was Pavarti and Prestons relationhip and what it meant for the story. Overall it was a bit creepy and although it makes for more conflict, it just made for extra drama that did not need to be there. But overall I really liked this mystery and you will be reading from beginning to end on the edge of your seat. Such a great new mystery to add to your shelves!
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Thursday, 12 March 2015

[eARC Review] Little Peach by Peggy Kern




Title: Little Peach
Author: Peggy Kern
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary, Abuse
Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Release Date: March 10th 2015
Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Source: eARC received from publisher ia Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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What do you do if you're in trouble?

When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.

Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels.

But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition.

This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.



Little Peach is not an easy book to read. It is a fast read, but the subject matter was not an easy thing to read. This book is dark. Darker than I thought it was going to be. Michelle is a character that was born into a bad situation. Life did not hand her any favors and it doesnt look like she ever will get any. Michelle ran away from home to escape her drunk and drugged up mother. This seemed liek a great idea for her until she gets to New York with no one to turn to and one where to sleep. That is where Devon comes in. He helps Michelle out but he is not what he seems, and when Michelle finds out it is too late. She is too deep in his world and she can't turn back.

I really don't know how to review this book because although the subject matter was handled in an interesting way and the voice of Michelle was quite well done, there was something missing for me. I didn't connect with Michelle on the level I needed for me to be invested. I think I was invested more in the overall outcomes of the story than the characters themselves. I wanted to know if all the characters would get out alive. I wanted to know what happened to make her wantto leave everything she knew and I am glad that we got glimpses of her past because it helped me get a better picture of Michelle and what she was dealing with.

The writing in this book is very curt and short and it helps build teh tension and showcase how niave Michelle was to the outside world and what was going on around her. I wish that the book was longer so we could have more in depth into Michelle and what actually happened to her before and after what happened. But as it stands this book is not for everyone. Be preapred for some very tough subjects like prostitution, child prostitution and rape. Like I said, this book is a tough one, I just wish there was more of a resolution in the end so we could see some semblance of hope for Michelle.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

[eARC Review] Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor




Title: Better Than Perfect
Author: Melissa Kantor
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Release Date: February 17th 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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Juliet Newman has it all. A picture-perfect family; a handsome, loving boyfriend; and a foolproof life plan: ace her SATs, get accepted into Harvard early decision, and live happily ever after.

But when her dad moves out and her mom loses it, Juliet begins questioning the rules she’s always lived by. And to make everything even more complicated there’s Declan, the gorgeous boy who makes her feel alive and spontaneous—and who’s totally off-limits. Torn between the life she always thought she wanted and one she never knew was possible, Juliet begins to wonder: What if perfect isn't all it’s cracked up to be?

Melissa Kantor once again delivers a tale that is equal parts surprising, humorous, heartbreaking, and romantic. Powerful and honest, Juliet’s story brilliantly portrays the highs and lows of life in high school and will resonate with any reader who has experienced either.




I fell in love with Melissa Kantor last yeats when I read her book One More Day and cried like a little baby for days. So when I saw that she was coming out with a new book this year I knew I had to read it. I went into this book blind, I hadn't read the synopsis or heard anyting about it from other bloggers. So when I got into the book I was surprised, and not really in a good way.

Juliet has the perfect life. The perfect family, the perfect grades and the perfect boyfriends. But when her dad moves out and her mother loses it everything around her falls apart. It doesnt help that her boyfriend is away on a family vacation when all of this happens. Juliet doesnt know what to do anyone, and then walks in Declan. Now here is where I had my issues with this book. I know there have been a lot of talk lately about cheating in YA and I will admit that there is some in this book and I was not okay with it. That is not to say that I ahe cheating in all books no matter the situation, if the story warrents it and it makes sense for the character then yes, I will look the other way. But for me, in this book it didn't make as much sense as it should have.

To me Juliet had hard situation to deal with, that much is crystal clear, and her wanting to escape that life is totally understandable. But for me she did not have to do anything with Declan. Having feeling for him is normal, she had been with her boyfriends for a long time, so seeing someone new and having attraction to them is normal, that is not my issue. My issue was that she never told her boyfriend. Never really felt it necessary to own up to her mistake. Another issue I had with this whoe senario was that she had every opportunity to tell her boyfriend that she needed space to figure stuff out, but she didn't. He was confirmatbale to her and so she stayed.

Although I liked the overall story, especially everything to do with Juliet's family, I just couldnt  get over her actions. I hate cheating in general, I am a product of such a relationhsip and honestly I have never been upfront with that, but it is what it is. It is the perogative of the people involved and for me these characters were not for me. I did not undertsand their relationhsip at all and in the end it wasnt for me. But that is not to say that this book washorrible. It was not, the writing was amazing as always and Melissa is still a favorite of mine, but this time it was just not for me.
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Monday, 9 March 2015

[eARC Review] Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked



Title: Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked
Author: Jen Calonita
Genre: MG Fantasy, Fairy Tales
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Source: eARC received from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Would you send a villain to do a hero's job? An exciting new twisted fairy tale series from award-winning author Jen Calonita.

Full of regret, Cinderella's wicked stepmother, Flora, has founded the Fairy Tale Reform School with the mission of turning the wicked and criminally mischievous into upstanding members of Enchantasia.

Impish, sassy 12-year-old Gilly has a history of petty theft and she's not too sorry about it. When she lifts a hair clip, she gets tossed in reform school-for at least three months. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there's more to this school than its sweet mission. There's a battle brewing and she starts to wonder: can a villian really change?
  


As I have said MANY times over the years, I am sucker for Farit Tales and so this was a book that was not really a retelling but more of a alternate universe type of book. In Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked we follow Gilly who is the daughter of the showmaker. But ever since Cinderella's glass slippers got popular and her Fairy Godmother dicided to make them with the flick of her wand, they have been broke. So Gilly took matters into her own hands and started to steal things for money, they way they can eat. But in this new Fairy Tale world when you get caught doing something illegal you go to the Fairy Tale Reform School. A place run by reformed evil witches that we all know and love.

What I think I liked the most about this book was its immagination. The idea behind this book is brilliant. I loved that the author took characters we know and turned them on their heads, and made them into something both different but yet still familair. Gilly was a great main character, she was funny, sarcastic and little deceiving. She was nosey and wanted to know everyones business but in the end that went to her advantage.

This book was extremely fun to read and a fast read as well. I believe I read it over a weekend. I really loved the characters, they were all so well done and memorable. I do think this book should be part of a series because it feels like Gilly and her friends at the Reform School could get inot trouble at every turn so it would be really fun to read. This book is Middle Grade so it reads younger and there is no romance, which was a nice change for me. I think if you are looking for great world building, immaginative stpry telling and great characters this book is for you!

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Friday, 6 March 2015

[Blog Tour] Changing Everything by Molly McAdams


I am so excited to be a part of the Changing Everything by Molly McAdams blog tour. I have loved Molly for years now so I am very excited to be able to share my love for this book!


Title: Changing Everything
Author: Molly McAdams
Series: Forgiving Lies #2.5
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Format: ebook, 112 pages
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelwiess for Blog Tour

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Paisley Morro has been in love with Eli since they were thirteen-years-old. But after twelve years of only being his best friend and wingman, the heartache that comes from watching him with countless other women becomes too much, and Paisley decides its time to lay all her feelings on the table.

Eli Jenkins has a life most guys would kill for: Dream job, countless women, and his best friend, Paisley, to be the girl he can always count on for everything else. But one conversation not only changes everything between them, it threatens to make him lose the only girl who has ever meant anything to him.

When tragedy strikes his family and Eli is forced to reevaluate his life, he realizes a life without Paisley isn’t a life at all. Only now, he may be too late.
  


At this point in my blogging "carrier" I have read almost every Molly McAdams book that is available to me. So when I saw the chance to read Changing Everything early I jumped, because I knew I would love it. And I wasn't wrong. What I think I love the most about Molly McAdams is that you can read all her book as Standalones (expect for Deceiving Lies of course) and yet you get a special treat every once in a while when characters from other books make appearences. I love this aspect of the books because its almost like a glimpse into a different aspect of their world.

Changing Everything follows Eli and Paisley, two best friends who's relationhsip is completely one sided. Eli is a ladies man where as Paisley is sitting on the sidelines loving him from afar. But when she confront him about her feelings their realtionhip is tested more than it ever has. I really can't say more than that because it woudl ruin the overall story, but let me just say that Molly does sexual tension LIKE NO ONE ELSE. I love reading these scenes because not only are they hot but they also allow for characters to really develop and express themselves.

I loved these charcters so much, anhd I wish this book was a full length novel and not a novella because I wanted to see more of these characters. Eli is as swoon worthy as any male lead and although he was frustrating at best in the begnning we see his tranformation and I loved that. We get to watch as he grows up and realized what he wants and what he is willing to fight for. Paisley on the other hand was a quiet lead character, and I liked that she was the every girl. Someone who is incredibly likable and yet totally relatetable, but not overly annoying to read.

I love this book so much, and like I said before I just wish that it was a full length novel because I think these characters had more in them and I wanted to see more! Molly you have done it again. Perfection. I cannot wait to read more from you, especially Trusting Liam coming out this summer!




Molly was kind enough to send along a snippit of the book!

Eli, Eli, Eli … bad move.
Here’s a little snippet from CHANGING EVERYTHING for y’all!
Enjoy!

“Don’t you have a shirt you can put on?”
Stepping up behind her, I rested my chin on top of her head and picked at the
pastry she’d just pulled out of the bag. “I do, but you woke me up.”
“I woke you up? I’m late. And your head is heavy,” she grumbled.
I put more pressure on her head and she elbowed my stomach. “What’s this?” I
asked, and pointed at the wrapped sandwich she’d just set down.
“There are two sausage English muffins for you.”
“Do they have—”
“Extra cheese? Yes, they do.”
I hugged her waist tightly. “You’re the best.” Grabbing one of the sandwiches, I
unwrapped it and held it in front of her so she could have the first bite before taking my
own. “I forgot it was Sunday,” I mumbled around the food.
She laughed and started to unwrap her own sandwich. “Good thing it was my
week to get food or I’d be sitting at my apartment starv— Wait. If I woke you up, why
are you in jeans?”
“I could’ve walked out here naked.”
Her body went stiff. “You don’t sleep naked.”
I pointed in the direction of my room with my sandwich. “Carrie’s here.”
“Who’s Carrie?”
“The girl from the bar a few weeks ago.”
“There are a lot of girls from O’Malley’s when it comes to you, Eli,” she
countered.
“Ouch. The girl from the night of my birthday.”
“Oompa-Loompa?”
“Pay,” I growled in warning.
Paisley pushed against the island, trying to move me away. “Move, I need to
leave.”
“No, you don’t.”
“You have a girl in your bed who is probably as naked as you were five minutes
ago. I should not be here when she wakes up.”
“And you’re my best friend and it’s Sunday morning. This is our tradition and
she’s not going to stop it because I forgot what today was.”
“Eli, let me go!” she hissed and jammed both her elbows into my stomach.
I bent forward as I took a step back. “Fuck, Pay!”
“Language! Let the Oompa-Loompa eat my breakfast, she’ll think you did
something nice for her.” She took three steps away from me before I was able to grab her
hand to stop her. Turning quickly, she stepped back up to me and tried to get in my face.
All five feet of her. “Do you know how horrible you look when you do things like this to
all these girls?” she seethed. “You’re twenty-five, Eli, grow up and stop being such a
whore! Stop treating every girl you meet like all she is to you is your next lay. Stop
letting them all be your next lay! Find someone who you actually want to spend your
time with and—”
“Ohmigod. Are you, like, everywhere?”
Paisley whipped her head to the side to look at Carrie, but I couldn’t take my eyes
off of Pay. Where was this coming from? She’d joked about all the girls I slept with, but
she’d never flipped out on me like this.
“Did I interrupt something?” Carrie gasped and shrieked, “I knew it! You are
fucking her!”
Paisley scoffed and met my gaze. “No, he’s not. That should be obvious since I’m
still around and none of the other girls are.”


 
 
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Thursday, 5 March 2015

[eARC Review] A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas



Title: A Wicked Thing
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Series: A Wicked Thing #1
Genre: YA Fairy Tales, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Release Date: February 24th 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.




I am a sucker for anything to do with Fairy Tales so when i heard that A Wicked Thing was based on Sleep Beauty I knew I had to read it. For one that cover is one pf my favs ever! because serioulsy it just looks amazing, and It fit the story so well. I went into this book expecting something completely different than what I got, in a good way.

What I didn't expect was a main character who was both quiet and incredibley fierce at the same time. I also did ot expect this story to become something so much more than the original fairy tale. Rhiannon Thomas took a character was incredibly old fashioned and turned her into something spectaculart. Aurora, in this book, is woken up 100 years after she fell sleep, and therefore everything she knew is gone, including her family. Alone and betrothed to a man she just met she must find a way to blend into a society she doesnt recognize. I thought Auro's relationship with the Prince is a boring one. I will admit I wasn't fond of his character because he seemed like a such a pussy. His Mother and Father controlled every aspect of his life and he saw what they were doing to her and yet he just sat back and thought it was okay. Not okay in my books.

I loved the magic twist that was inserted at certain points throughout the book. it gives way for more in coming books and I am really looking forward to that. Oveall this book was a great retalling and really spun this book into something amazing. I never thought what would happen after she woke up, and now I do, and it is not pretty. I kept feeling so bad for her in this book because she was always following what everyone thought she should be, and I remember while I was reading, I kept yelling at her (in my head) to do something about it! Change her own fate, and I was happy to see that by the ed of the book she had found herself a little bit and at least started to figure out what she wanted in her life.

I will totally be reading teh next book in this series because I really want to know what happened to Aurora and the kingdom she has been thrust into. This book is for anyone who loves retellings and fairy tales. But I wll warn that it takes a bit to get into, so be patient because the end of this book is worth it.
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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

[BLOG TOUR] Review: Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows


Hello everyone! I am so excited to be a part of the Canadian Blog Tour for The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows. I want to preface this review by saying I have never read anything by Jodi (GASP! I know, but that is rectified now) and I am so sad that I never did because she is an author that I will now read for life. She is amazing and Orphan Queen is amazing, for so many reasons. Anyways enough of my rambling, here is my review!






Title: The Orphan Queen
Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: The Orphan Queen #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Release Date: March 10th 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: ARC preovided by publisher for Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review

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Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.
  



Before I get into my review I have to say something about this cover, because seriously it is GORGEOUS and screams amazing fantasy. And boy it was not wrong. This book is one of the best Fantasy YA books I have read in YEARS.

I think the reason this book resonated with with me more than others was the main character. Wil has quickly become one of my favorites because of how true she is to herself and how much she loves her kingdom, even though she no longer rules it. Wil is fierce, independent and immensly loyal, t the point where sometimes you question her disciosns haha. But Wil would no be the character she is in the novel with her surrounding characters and boy were they great. Melanie was a great friend for Wil but we see her character grow into something very different from Wil near the end and that causes some friction, obvioulsy. Then there is Patrick, the leader of her little rebellion and a character that I thought I would love but eneded up hating. So there is that. Don't let me forget to mention Black Knife, one of the most interesting characters I have read in a long time. I loved how he interected with Wil and how their characters seems so very different in the beginning but in reality they were more alike than they thought.

Hidden Romance.I love this part of the story because you know its coming. These characters have one of the best relationships I ahve read on paper. They are snarky, funny and sarcastic to each other and I loved it. Unfortunately I figured out the twist at the end pretty quickly but jonestly I dont care. The book itself was so good that I was enthralled from beginning to end and I still wanted to see where Jodi took these characters and their story.

The world building in this book was epic. I loved how similar it felt, but still had that element of the unknown. Jodi has this talent of making her readers want to be a part of her worlds and this book is no different. I loved how she took a genre mostly everyone is familair with and turns it on its head and makes it into something spectacular. I loved every minute of this book I cannot wait to read the Novella's because they will be the only thing sustaining me until Book 2 comes out!

About the Author


Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the forthcoming ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen). Visit her at www.jodimeadows.com

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

[ARC Review] Shutter by Courtney Alameda




Title: Shutter
Author: Courtney Alameda
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Horror
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Release Date: February 3rd 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.

Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.

Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.




I am usually not one for horror...of any kind. But when I saw the reviews come in for Shutter I knew I had to read it for myself, and let me tell you I will never look at a mirror or armoir the same again. This book is one of the most graphic YA horror books I have read in a very long time and it is definately not for the faint of heart.

Shutter follow a young girl named Micheline who is a decendant of Van Helsing and is tasked with capturing ghosts and other supernatural creatures. What I think I liked the most about this book was how different it seemed. She doesn't capture the ghosts ghostbusters style, or even ghost whisperer style. She uses a camera flash. I though this was brilliant and it made for great reading. I can't really say too much else about the plot because there are so many twist and turns that I would just be giving away the book. But I will say this. I loved Micheline. She was badass! I loved that she was so secure in herself that she would do whatever it took to fix the situation they were in, even when no one else thought she could. I also loved the way she interacted with the other characters in the book. Ryder, the love interest was sweet but ultimately a little boring overall. I loved Jude because he was hilarious and full of sarcasm. He brought much needed humor to this otherwise very grim story. Then there is Oliver. He was s sweet and I loved that he was a brainiac that knew almost anything. It was a great dynamic throught the book. Everything worked.

The writing is superb in this book. The author does a great job blending scienticifc and historical facts with those of the plot and it makes for a very interesting read. I will say that at times, it was hard to follow with all the different lingo that was used, but after a while I just got used to it. When the author was described as the new face of horror, they were ot wrong. She is brillaint at teh gore and the disgusting and I seriously cannot wait for more from her.

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY: Falling for Alice

I am so excited to share with you the cover of Falling for Alice, a collection of stories by some pretty amazing authors. Before I get to that here is a little info from the authors themselves:

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s beloved adventure, Alice in Wonderland—and as you might imagine, a lot of literary peeps are celebrating the occasion.
This story has a special place in millions of young (and old) hearts, including those of the five Young Adult authors in the FALLING FOR ALICE anthology. Today, as we launch the awesome cover for FALLING FOR ALICE, we also celebrate our publisher’s actual birthday (Happy Birthday, Jessica Bell at Vine Leaves Press), and all of YOUR unbirthdays. We hope you get to have your cake and eat it too.

Without further ado, here is teh cover!




 
SALE DATE: April 24, 2015
Publisher: Vine Leaves Press
 
BOOK BLURB
New Alice. New Wonderland. New stories ​to love.
From ​the modern Alice dumped in the Aquarian ​Age of the late sixties, to the
​present day Alice, tormented by body image and emotional issues, to the Alice of
the future, launched forward through time and space, FALLING FOR ALICE
offers five fresh takes on ​Lewis​ Carroll’s classic tale. For 150 years, people all
over the world have fallen under Alice in Wonderland’s spell. ​Now, follow five
Young Adult authors down the rabbit hole to discover Alice like you’ve never
seen her before. One thing is certain—this is not your mother’s Alice.
 
Here is the Book Trailer!
 
 
 
 
 
 
About the Author/Falling for Alice Stories
 
Dawn Dalton is a short-story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor and communications specialist. Her short story, THREAD OF THE PAST was included in the SPIRITED anthology (Leap Books, 2012) and her novel, KILLER INSTINCT, (Leap Books, 2013), co-written with Judith Graves, was nominated for the Silver Falchion award. When she's not slaying fictional monsters, she's geeking out over fairy tales, Jack Bauer, Halloween, sports cars, and all things that go bump in the night. Dawn lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Jeff and their giant English Mastiff, Roarke. Dawn also writes contemporary Young Adult under the last name IUS. ANNE & HENRY debuts September 2015 from Simon Pulse. Visit Dawn online at www.dawnius.com or follow her on Twitter @dawnmius or @dawn_dalton.
 
DRUNK
ALICE is thirsty—and no matter how much she drinks, nothing can satiate her need. But when she meets Lewis, the tall, scary boy with the cat-like hazel eyes, her emotions spiral out of control. Is he the cure to her thirst—or the final catalyst that will send Alice down the rabbit hole of madness?
 
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Denise Jaden’s novels have been shortlisted or received awards through the Romance Writers of America, Inspy, and SCBWI. The first draft of her debut novel, LOSING FAITH (Simon & Schuster), was written in 21 days during NaNoWriMo, and she loves talking with writers and students about her fast drafting process. Jaden's other young adult novels include NEVER ENOUGH (Simon & Schuster) and FOREIGN EXCHANGE (an Editor's Pick from Evernight Teen). Her non-fiction books for writers include, WRITING WITH A HEAVY HEART and FAST FICTION. Find out more at www.denisejaden.com
WHITE RABBIT Rx
In a desperate attempt to lose weight, Alice takes an experimental drug, WHITE RABBIT, which comes with side effects like heightened senses and the chance to see who her true friends are...and are not.
 
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Kitty Keswick adores writing YA short stories almost as much as novels. Kirkus named her short story DEATH BECOMES HER,"Among the Standouts," in the SPIRITED anthology (Leap Books, 2012). Her short story MY PROM DATE'S A VAMPIRE was published oringially by The Wild Rose Press (2008) the rights were bought by Leap Books (2009). Her debut young adult paranormal, FREAKSVILLE (2010) was one of the inaugural novels that launched Leap Books. Her second novel FURRY & FREAKED is due out in late 2015. She's a professed anglophile and once spent a blissful month touring crumbling ruins in
the UK. She loves twisting fairy tales with history, lives for make believe and even has a fairy door or two in her home. Kitty now resides fifteen miles inland from the sea with her hubby, stepson and a very lucky black cat. She can often be found dipping her toes in the moody waters of the west coast.  Visit her blog at kittykeswick.blogspot.com
 
 
WORMHOLE TO WONDERLAND
The year is 2114. Alice is one of the elite humans chosen to repopulate a New Earth, traveling onboard the Starship Jabberwocky, to Kepler-22b a planet six hundred light years from Earth in the Cygnus Constellation. The Originators blended her DNA with that of famous authors to produce a perfect human, each with a specific job needed to make their new home habitable. Humans are flawed by nature. Alice’s creative and curious character isn’t something they planned. She longs for adventure far beyond the confines of her plastic, metal and glass world and doesn’t fit their drone mold. When flashes of disturbing images clog her memories, Alice is desperate to do anything, to go anywhere, to find the answers. Even if it means losing her mind.
 
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Shari Green writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction and occasionally masquerades as a poet. Her first novel for teens, FOLLOWING CHELSEA, was released by Evernight Teen in Fall 2014. When she's not glued to her laptop, Shari can often be found wandering in a blissful daze on the beach near her home on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Visit her online at www.sharigreen.com
 
ALICE AT WOODSTOCK
Seventeen-year-old Alice’s punk band Mad Cat is primed for its inaugural tour, when the other members—including Alice’s boyfriend—team up and cut her from the band. Humiliated and raging-mad, Alice stashes her guitar in the back of a closet and retreats from both music and social life. But when she falls down a proverbial rabbit hole, landing in the midst of the largest peace-and-music event in history, Alice must confront the question that’s been eating at her all summer: if she isn’t a musician, who is she?
 
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Cady Vance is the author of Young Adult and New Adult speculative fiction, including BONE DRY, NEVER SLEEP and CLASH. After growing up in small town Tennessee, she decided to embark on a grand adventure by packing up her bags and moving to NYC. Now, she studies for her PhD in the UK and dreams of seeing the universe. Visit her website at www.cadyvance.com or follow her on www.twitter.com/cadyvance.
 
WONDER IN THE STARS
When Alice Dodgson's long-term boyfriend, Wyatt, enrols in the first teen program to spend six months aboard the international space station Wonder, Alice is quick to sign up so she can join him on his epic adventure. But Wyatt breaks up with Alice just after launch, and she's left to navigate this strange new world.
 
 
Now for a bit of fun!
 
As part of this reveal each blogger asked a birthday themed question! And then in turn every author answered that question so here are my answers! My question was: What is the worst themed birthday party you have ever been to and why?

Cady Vance
Clowns. It was actually my own birthday party when I was a kid, but I am terrified of clowns. There was even an actual creepy clown on site doing balloon animals. As you can imagine, this did not go over very well.

Denise Jaden
The worst themed birthday party was one I held for my son: Part Ironman, partStar Wars. The combination didn’t make any sense, but I had used whatever d├ęcor and party supplies I had on hand that year. Thankfully, the kids were too young to care much about it!

Shari Green
Clowns! *shudders* Clowns are not a party theme, people—they’re a nightmare waiting to happen!

Dawn Dalton
There were clowns. DOZENS of clowns. And it wasn’t even Halloween. Why? * shudder *

Kitty Keswick
I had a grim reaper theme for one of my “landmark” birthdays. It wasn’t my first choice for a celebration. The cake had this black and grey frosting and it tasted horrible. I appreciated the sentiment but it was horrid.

Giveaway!
There are FIVE prizes and they are"

1 A copy of Falling For Alice (when ready)
2 An e-copy of Denise Jarden's Foreign Exchange
3 a copy of the Spirted anthology 
4 a copy of Killer Instinct by Dawn Dalton and Judith Graves
5 One of Cady Vance's books in e-book format
 
 
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Struggling: My Blogging Dilemma



These last few weeks I have been in a slump. Not a reading slump per se but more of a blogging slump. This is something that I have struggled with since the fall and honestly I don't know what to do. I talked with some amazing fellow bloggers last night over twitter, and then I talked to my husband about it as well, and even though they all gave great advice, I am still torn.

When I started blogging almost 4 years ago I had no idea how big it would become or how encompassing it would be. I loved it from the moment I started, mostly because of the community and the people that loved books as much as I did. But over the years something has changed. Whether it be the ever present jealousy I feel when I see other bloggers receive an ARC that I really wanted but never got, or even when another bloggers gets retweeted for a review of a book, when I reviewed the same book but never got that shout out. It makes me feel really petty talking about these things because I think, I am 25 years old. These things shouldn’t bother me, but they do. And I have no idea why.

I love talking about books, it’s the reason I started doing this in the first place, but I think the guilt factor is the reason for by doubt in continuing. I have SO MUCH guilt when it comes to reviewing and getting posts up on time. I actually have an agenda that is strictly for reviews only and I plan my months out in advance. I used to love this system because it took the guess work out of reading. I knew what I was reading every day of every week. It made sense. That way my reviews would go out on the weeks the books were released (which of course is ideal). But lately my schedule has not been my friend. I have started to feel like reading has become a chore and therefore it has effected the way I read. I now look at my schedule and sigh because I know it’s impossible to fit all the books in, and it is mostly my fault for requesting so many, But my intentions were good. I WANT to read all of these books, I want to review them but I want to be able to do it at my own pace. But when you get advanced copies it seems like there is more pressure to read it before the book actually comes out. And I think in there lies the problem.

When I was talking to my husband last night he made a good point. You are not getting paid to do this, therefore why are you so stressed out about it. And after a minutes I though, that makes total sense. But then I have to play the devil’s advocate and say, well the publishers and authors do give me copies of the books for free so that is a sort of payment. Do you see my dilemma? I want to stay in this community and I know I can still be a part of it and not blog, but I also love my relationship with Canadian Publishers and I really don't want to lose that either.

So I guess this blog post is mostly me trying to sort through my feeling but from what I read last night on twitter, many people go through this or have gone through this.

So my question is: What would you do to get through the rough patch? Take a few months off? Change the way I blog? I need some advice and would love to hear from you!

~Siobhan
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Friday, 13 February 2015

[eARC Review] Promposal by Rhonda Helms



Title: Promposal
Author: Rhonda Helms
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Release Date: February 10th 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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promposal (n.)--an often public proposal, in which one person asks another to the prom, eliciting joy or mortification.

Camilla can't help hoping her secret crush, Benjamin, might randomly surprise her out of the blue with a promposal. However, when she's asked to prom by an irritating casual acquaintance--wearing a fancy tux and standing in front of a news crew--she's forced to say yes. Yet all hope's not lost. A timely school project gives Camilla a chance to get closer to Benjamin...and it seems like the chemistry between them is crackling. But is she reading into something that isn't there?

Joshua, Camilla's bestie, has been secretly in love with his gay best friend, Ethan, since middle school. Just as he decides to bite the bullet and ask Ethan if he'll go to prom with him, even if just as friends, he gets a shocking surprise: Ethan asks Joshua for help crafting the perfect promposal--for another guy. Now Joshua has to suppress his love and try to fake enthusiasm as he watches his dreams fall apart...unless he can make Ethan see that love has been right in front of his eyes the whole time.

The road to the perfect promposal isn't easy to navigate. But one thing's certain--prom season is going to be memorable.



Promposal is one of those books that just sucks you in because it is so damn adorable. I went into this book knowing nothing about the author or the book itself. I just like fun romantic reads and this seemed like a good choice, and I was right. This was a very fast read, I finished it in one sitting.

I really loved the authenticity of the plot and its characters. I loved that the high school setting felt real and genuine, something that can be hard to do in this genre. I think my favorite part of this story was that we got two different POVs, Josh and Camilla. I liked reading these two stories because even though they are completely two different characters their stories interacted on many levels so no matter whose POV you were reading we were getting info on each character.

Joshua's story was my favorite, maybe it was because he was just a genuine characters and nice guy overall. Or maybe because I loved that his high school experience being gay was anything but tragic. I thought that was a nice change from many other books I have read. I loved that he was out and no one really cared that much. I thought his crush on his best friend was adorable and I was routing for him the entire way. Camilla was a very different reading experience for me. She was harder to like as a character and narrator. I think I wanted her to have more of a backbone in some scenarios, but overall I routed for her in the end.

Even though I knew how the book would end, because it was just that kind of story, I still really enjoyed the read, It was a fast and fun book that made me smile from beginning to end. A great weekend read for anyone who loves a good sweet contemporary.
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Thursday, 12 February 2015

BOOK BLITZ" My Soon to be Sex Life!





My Soon-To-Be Sex Life

by Judith Tewes
Release Date: 06/24/14
Bloomsbury Spark

Summary from Goodreads:

Charlie is down to her absolute. Total. Last. Resort.
Despite a thoroughly comprehensive list of potential cherry poppers, er...suitors, and careful 
plotting, Charlie is three weeks into her devirginization campaign, still untouched, and getting 
desperate. In the movie of her life, this aspiring screenwriter is giving herself a PG, for please, 
get some.
Her project goes into freeze frame when her mom checks herself into rehab and packs Charlie 
off to live with her estranged, or just plain strange, grandfather, Monty. How is she supposed to 
get a date when she has to go pick up his Depends?
Enter Eric, a hot rehab grad on the road to redemption, and the only one who can make Charlie 
rethink her strategy. The more she gets to know him, the more convinced she becomes that is the 
one, and not just another to add to the list of people who will abandon her.
In this hilarious and heartbreaking story of one girl’s detoured road to womanhood, Charlie’s 
list develops a life of its own – right when she realizes there’s so much more to lose.


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Excerpt 

In the most surreal moment of my life, my mother, the woman who had just

folded my clothes into orderly bundles, told me, “I’m going into rehab.”

Resolution rested on every line of my mother’s profile. Rehab. The bricks in my

stomach lurched. This was my fault. Why hadn’t I been in Mom’s face as soon as I

started to notice her taking more and more pills? But I thought she knew what she was

doing. Christ, she was a nurse. How the hell had I missed the fact that she’d started

crossing the line? I felt dizzy, off balance, like someone held up my world and gave it a

snow globe shake.

“I’d drag you to my place,” Grace said. “But with my hours at the law firm and

Ian being on the road so much – you’d be alone most of the time anyway.”

I sucked back a snort. “I’m old enough to stay here and look after myself.”

Mom shook her head. “For a few days, sure. But not a month.”

“What if I stay with Roach?” The Jesus talk might send me over the edge, but it

had to be better than what Mom was suggesting.

“Not going to happen.” Mom put her hands on her hips. “The Dunmore’s would

ask questions, they’d judge. This is a family issue and I don’t want my life turned into a

sermon at their church, thank you very much.” Her eyes pleaded now. “It won’t be so

bad, you’ll see. Either you stay with your grandfather, or I don’t go.”

Emotional blackmail. Pure and simple.

But oh, so effective.

“I stay with him until you’re good to go?” I asked, accepting the fact that no other

alternative existed. Grace would end up divorce that much sooner if she took me in, and

mom didn’t want me at Roach’s, wouldn’t want to be in debt to the bible thumpers, the

self-righteous.

And so I moved in with Monty.

He wouldn’t let me call him Grandpa.


About the Author 
Judith Tewes - author and screenwriter - resides in small town northern Alberta, where she: writes, sings, plays bass guitar in an all-woman band, walks her three crazy labs, and suspects she's living the life of a superhero's alias. Her edgy, contemporary young adult fiction is full of heart with a side of snark. She also writes paranormal YA under the pen name, Judith Graves. 

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