Sunday, March 29, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review + Random Things + GIVEAWAY} Guardians - By SusanKim & Laurence Klavan


Author(s): Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan 
Release Date: 3/24/2015
Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N

The Emmy Award-nominated and Edgar Award-winning duo of Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan deliver a heart-pounding finale to the postapocalyptic teen world of the Wasteland, filled with dramatic twists and turns. Bestselling author of Criminal, Karin Slaughter, called Wasteland "a Lord of the Flies for future generations. An irresistible page-turner."

No one dares to leave the District—the towering structure of glass and steel that is their protection against the unruly bands of Outsiders that roam Mundreel and the deadly rain that carries the disease that kills all over the age of nineteen.

This skyscraper stands amid the urban devastation, the city rumored to have once been called "Montreal." Esther and her allies have created a haven on the rooftop, a garden that flourishes, and a home for her new baby, hidden from all but the very few who know her secret. But as Gideon's power grows and factions form, the ultimate darkness is born from greed, and Esther must find a way to save the citizens from themselves.

From page one you could tell there was a power struggle in this diverse group that would define this book. Not having read the first 2 books
In this
Series I was a little lost in the beginning, but the authors had such a great way of giving all the back stories without dragging the story line out. You could tell there have been some pretty big issues in that the characters were able to overcome, but there are those specific characters who just can't let things go.

I felt as though Esther took a lot on in this book, she seemed a little emotionally unhinged at times....but I mean with some of the characters killing each other off I would be too. Plus that's one aspect of this book I really enjoyed. No one was safe, it made for a more interesting story, because just when you thought you'd fallen for a someone...BAM! They're gone! Esther did take on a lot to keep her people safe, she knows what needs to be done and I felt as though she genuinely struggled to make those tough decisions throughout the entire book.

I really, really wish Gideon had been one of those characters who got the "BAM", because he was an one likes a power hungry one.

Overall I highly enjoyed the story line in this book, it was meticulously thought out, and I foresee the series going to great places!



Random Things About Susan & Laurence:

1.       I was in a comedy improv group called Spontaneous Combustion. We toured around other colleges and also spent a summer performing at the Royale Lounge in the old Mount Airy Lodge (“your host with the most in the Poconos”.) It was a great experience in that it was genuinely trial by fire: you will never appreciate what rejection feels like until you try making a roomful of surly, drunk people laugh.
2.      I majored in English and theatre, but adored psychology and almost tried to do a triple major. 
3.      Most of what I wore was from thrift shops. Some of my favorite pieces: a Boy Scout uniform shirt, a stewardess cape from Qantas, a rugby referee shirt, a striped mini-dress from the 60s, and a green silk bomber jacket that said “Korea”. As Macklemore sang, my idea of a great time was popping some tags.
4.       I had a terrible (as in nonexistent) work ethic. At the library, I’d talk so much, my friends stopped asking me to study with them. I’m actually kind of amazed I graduated.
5.      Even though I mostly took theatre and literature classes, I appreciated that you were encouraged/forced to study other things. Two of my favorite classes were intro geology and playing the Javanese gamelan. 

1.       I went to college in New York City and once accidentally dropped my books on the subway tracks.
2.       Maybe it wasn’t accidental.
3.      I worked in publishing during college but was laid off when the company was sold.
4.      I broke up with my high school girlfriend during college.
5.      Actually, she broke up with me.


About the Authors:

SUSAN KIM is a playwright, TV writer, and author. Her two graphic novels w/co-author Laurence Klavan, “City of Spies” (artwork by Pascal Dizin) and “Brain Camp” (artwork by Faith Erin Hicks), were published by First Second Books in 2010. “Flow: the Cultural Story of Menstruation” (co-written w/Elissa Stein) was published by St. Martin’s Griffin in 2009. Plays include the stage adaptation of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club (Dramatists Play Service) and various one-acts that were produced in the EST Marathon, including Death and the Maiden, Rapid Eye Movement,Dreamtime for Alice (Dramatists Play Service and Farrar Strauss), and Memento Mori (Smith and Krauss). Her work has been produced internationally. Ms. Kim has been nominated five times for the Emmy and four times for the Writers Guild award for her work in both non-fiction and children’s TV; she won a WGA award in 1996 for Best Documentary. She lives in New York City, teaches dramatic writing in the MFA program at Goddard College and currently blogs for the Huffington Post.

LAURENCE KLAVAN wrote the novels, “The Cutting Room” and “The Shooting Script,” which were published by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the novel, “Mrs. White,” co-written under a pseudonym. His graphic novels, "City of Spies" and "Brain Camp," were co-written with Susan Kim and published by First Second Books at Macmillan. His short work has been published in The Alaska Quarterly, Conjunctions, The Literary Review, Gargoyle, Louisville Review, Natural Bridge, Pank, Stickman Review, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, among many other journals, and a collection is forthcoming from Chizine Publications. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics of "Bed and Sofa," the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York and the Finborough Theater in London in 2011. His one-act, "The Summer Sublet," is included Best American Short Plays 2000-2001.



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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

{Review} Polarity in Motion - By Brenda Vicars

Author: Brenda Vicars
Release Date: 12/2014
 Purchase Info: Amazon
Fifteen-year-old Polarity Weeks just wants to live a normal life, but with a mother diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, that’s rarely easy. Her life gets exponentially more disastrous when her sixth-period history classmates start ogling a nude picture of her on the Internet. Polarity would never have struck such a shameless pose, but the photo is definitely of her, and she’s at a complete loss to explain its existence.

Child Protective Services yanks her from her home, suspecting her parents. The kids at school mock her, assuming she took it herself. And Ethan, the boy she was really starting to like, backpedals and joins the taunting chorus. Surrounded by disbelief and derision on all sides, Polarity desperately seeks the truth among her friends. Only then does she learn that everyone has dark secrets, and no one’s life is anywhere near normal.

What an amazing story of self discovery!

Polarity in Motion was a fantastic breath of fresh air. It was emotional, uplifting and empowering to see Polarity embark on such a journey. Not only did she rise from humiliating ashes, she became better for it.

Polarity is the kind of character you instantly relate to, she is down to earth, awkward & just trying to find a place to fit it. Dealing with her mother is hard enough, so she feels like school is a safe ground to feel normal. That is until crap hits the fan. I couldn't imagine what Polarity must have gone through when she was not only being made fun of at school, but taken out of the arms of her mother. I shed quiet a few tears during some of these extremely emotional scenes, because I wanted to help....and if an author can suck you in like that then they're doing something right.

My only qualm with the book was a few things on how it ended, they seemed a little too "easy" for me, I wanted a tad bit for fight, but overall I truly enjoyed this book & thank Brenda for creating such a stong couragous character for me to enjoy!



About the Author:

Brenda Vicars has worked in Texas public education for many years. Her jobs have included teaching, serving as a principal, and directing student support programs. For three years, she also taught college English to prison inmates.

She entered education because she felt called to teach, but her students taught her the biggest lesson: the playing field is not even for all kids. Through her work, she became increasingly compelled to bring their unheard voices to the page. The heartbeat of her fiction emanates from the courage and resiliency of her students.

Brenda’s hobbies include reading, making things out of re-purposed wood, pulling weeds in the garden, and going to Zumba classes.

{Giveaway Blitz} YA Spring Fling Giveaway!


From March 20th to April 3rd, over 70 authors come together to give away hundreds of books. The YA Spring Fling is an opportunity for readers to find new books, new authors and take part in something very special. Here is a sneak peek of some of the books involved in the giveaway.

All are featured in the YA Spring Fling giveaway. Click here to win free books!

Strikers by Ann Christy

One hundred and twelve years after the fall, the Republic of Texas is built on two foundations: total freedom and total responsibility. A law broken means a strike against the lawbreaker. Five strikes means execution. The only hope for the law breaker is to escape Texas—to go Striker—before justice comes for them. Now, it's Karas and friends who must Strike or die.

Bristles by Donna Callea

Humiliated, subjugated and dubbed Bristles by her stepmother, Bryssa yearns to be free. But fleeing the dystopian city-state of Erba to seek her late mother’s magical homeland means leaving behind the boy who loves her, bristles and all.  And returning means putting everything she's gained at risk.

Outage by Ellisa Barr

After a terrorist attack destroys the U.S.'s power and communication grids, 15-year-old Dee must learn to survive despite disease, lawlessness, and the end of the world as she knows it.  Written for all fans who love apocalypse stories, Outage mixes useful survival tips with an action-packed story.

Meritropolis by Joel Ohman

In Meritropolis everyone is assigned a numerical Score that decides their worth to society and whether they live or die. After a young boy is killed because of a low Score, his brother plots to take down the System.

The Breeders by Katie French

Sixteen-year-old Riley Meemick is one of the world's last free girls. When Riley was born, her mother escaped the Breeders, the group of doctors using cruel experiments to bolster the dwindling human race. Now they're hunting Riley. 

Helia’s Shadow by KC Neal

When the aliens arrived, they were hailed as the saviors of a dying Earth and dwindling human race. But the aliens didn't come to help. Now, one human girl's ingenious invention and one alien boy's awakened heart are humanity's last hope.

Daynight by Megan Thomason

Meet The Second Chance Institute: Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Optioned for film; award-winning, bestseller. "Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story."--Kirkus Reviews

Contributor, Infiltrator and Instigator by Nicole Ciacchella

When 17-year-old Dara learns she's been chosen for an elite apprenticeship, she's thrilled at the chance to prove herself. Until she realizes a horrible truth: once you've outlived your usefulness as a Contributor, you're discarded.

The Blemished: Complete Boxed Set by Sarah Dalton

A beautiful world comes at a price...

The Blemished is a frightening take on a fractured future where the Genetic Enhancement Ministry have taken control of Britain. It will take you on a ride filled with adventure, romance and rebellion.

Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer

Abby is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple, unaware that bacteria from a passing comet will soon kill off older teens and adults. She must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her--adolescence.

Outside by Shalini Boland

A post-apocalyptic romance thriller.

The world of the future is divided by Perimeters: high-security gated communities where life goes on as normal. If you’re inside you’re lucky, if you’re outside life expectancy takes a nose dive.

The City Center by Simone Pond

Book one kicks off Ava’s journey as she fights for independence from her nemesis, Chief Morray, the tyrannical leader of multiple city centers that breed and control human life.

The Plantation Series: Books 1-3 by Stella Samiotou Fitzsimmons

In a world come to an end, one girl and one ragtag group of teen slaves find each other in the dark woods. They plan to make a stand.

The Engine Driver by Tracy Marchini

Sixteen-year-old Brig has never been allowed to hear a sad song in her entire life.

Like everyone else in her community, the personal Playlist Treatment Plan that plays in her head is designed to control her emotions - from when she's happy or sad, to when she falls in love. But for Brig, who suffers from depression, a song in a minor key will never be played.

When her friend, Annaby, is chosen to go to Musician’s School and is given a Permit to Carry a musical instrument, Brig knows that she has just this one chance to hear a sad song, a love song – or a song that matches what her depression feels like, instead of what her feelings should be.

The Torturer’s Daughter by Zoe Cannon

Becca has never questioned what she's learned in Citizenship class: dissidents want to tear the country apart, and people like her mother are the only thing keeping them at bay. Until her mother executes Becca's best friend's parents as dissidents, and Becca learns a secret that changes everything....

Qualify: The Atlantis Grail, Book One by Vera Nazarian

In 2047 an asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendants of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars to offer humanity help. But they can only save a tiny percent of Earth’s teen population. To be chosen, you must Qualify, or you die. Sixteen-year-old Gwen Lark is a klutzy nerd but determined to Qualify and rescue her entire family by competing in the brutal Games of the Atlantis Grail -- against impossible global competition—including sexy Logan Sangre. A high-octane dystopian SF teen adventure.


Q & A with the organiser – Sarah Dalton

How can readers enter the YA Spring Fling giveaway?

Head over to my website and find the page for the YA Spring Fling (handy hint, it’s HERE). Once you’re there you can browse through the books on offer, or check out more information about the participating authors.

You should see plenty of links prompting you to enter the giveaway. Simply fill out the Google document telling us which books you’d like to win, the format you prefer, and whether you would also like to win paperbacks and swag. It’s that simple. Pick the books you want and sign off.

How will I know I’ve won?

There are so many books on offer that I’d be surprised if you didn’t win something! So you will be hearing from us. J

After April 3rd, I will collate all the entries and pass them on to the participating authors. They will then choose the winners at random and Email the winners to let them know the good news.

Will my Email or personal details be used outside the giveaway?

Absolutely not. We’re all against spam and promise not to use your Email for anything other than contacting you as a winner. If you joined up to the YA Spring Fling mailing list you will receive one Email telling you the giveaway is open, and another warning you it is about to close. That’s it!

Is the giveaway open internationally?

Yes! But there are some paperbacks on offer that are region specific. Not all of our authors are sending paperbacks and swag internationally, purely because it costs us so much money and we ain’t made of it. ;)

We will ask for your country of residence in the Google document. That’s so we can work out the winners for region specific paperbacks more easily. Everything else is open internationally.

I have a question, who can I contact?

Me! Send me a message on Facebook. My Email might be clogged by answering author queries, so Facebook might be the easiest method.

Who can I tell about the giveaway? And what can I do to help spread the word?

You can tell everyone and anyone who might like YA books. If you’d like to spread the word it would be awesome if you could follow or like some of the authors and share their posts about the giveaway. You can find a full list of the participating authors and their social media links here.


Monday, March 23, 2015

{Series Highlight + Giveaway} Touch Me - By Skye Malone


Title: Touch Me #1
Series: Touch Me
Author: Skye Malone
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Wildflower Isle
Publication Date: February 18, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-940617-30-5
Cover Designer: Karri Klawiter

Caitlin Faire was only expecting a simple night out to celebrate her best friend’s twenty-first birthday. But enter one gorgeous and mysterious guy, and inexplicable visions that can’t possibly be real, and you have an evening that becomes anything but simple.

Suddenly, she’s seeing visions everywhere. Being overwhelmed by strange impulses she can’t control. She thinks she’s going insane.

Until she almost kills the first man she touches.


Dark eyes meet mine.
Everything slows, like the world melts into molasses and in it, I’m stuck. A guy stands in front of me, his body only inches away, and suddenly, he’s the only one in the room. The dancers fade into shadows and mist. The music is the low thrum that underscores the world. And there’s just him. Black skin, dark as I’ve ever seen. Sculpted arms hinting at a strong body, as if everything of him is muscle and sinew. He’s about my age, at least six-foot-two, and easily the most gorgeous man I’ve ever laid eyes on. And he smiles like he knows me. Like he’s saying hello.
His hand reaches out. Brushes a shadow, a girl, and shimmering mist ghosts away from her to caress his arm like a lover. His smile broadens.
The mist absorbs into his skin.
He nods to me, still friendly. Still like we’re acquaintances who’ve simply run into one another on the street. And then he’s gone into the shadows and the crowd comes rushing back again.
I gasp. Bodies buffet me on all sides, crushing me, and my exhilaration is shattered. The music is too loud. The lights spin like deranged kaleidoscopes, blinding me. I’m hot, covered in sweat, and the emerald green dress is glued to my skin. My pulse is flying but my body keeps moving like it can’t help itself, like it’s lost to the rush of swirling lasers, pounding music, and fog.
Fog that’s pouring into me.
My eyes go wide. Flecked with sparks of color and light, clouds of it rise from the dancers like mist over a pond. Tendrils stream away from those nearest to me, moving like charmed snakes to coil around my body, slipping over my dress, my skin, and then vanishing inside me.
It’s so not a fog machine. Not this. Sweet God, what’s happening?

Skye Malone is a fantasy and paranormal romance author, which means she spends most of her time not-quite-convinced that the things she imagines couldn’t actually exist.

Born and raised in central Illinois, she hopes someday to travel the world — though in the meantime she’ll take any story that whisks her off to a place where the fantastic lives inside the everyday. She loves strong and passionate characters, complex villains, and satisfying endings that stay with you long after the book is closed. An inveterate writer, she can’t go a day without getting her hands on a keyboard, and can usually be found typing away while she listens to all the adventures unfolding in her head.

Skye also writes YA urban fantasy as Megan Joel Peterson and is the author of The Children and the Blood trilogy.

First Prize: Kindle Paperwhite (US Only)
Second Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card (International)

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Friday, March 20, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review} The Southern Belle's Guide to Witchcraft - By Loribelle Hunt

Author: Loribelle Hunt 
Release Date: 2/27/2015  
Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N 
 There’s a new evil in town, and it’s gunning for Scarlet...

Scarlet Burke isn’t an ordinary witch. She comes from a long line of Burke witches, whose job it is to protect the good folks of Purgatory, Alabama from things that go bump in the night—and things that might slip through the portal in Fool’s Wood. Normally, it’s an easy gig that doesn’t take much time from her day job. Until her ex-husband turns up dead in a ritualistic killing no one recognizes. William, a mundane, had high-tailed it out of town years ago after getting Scarlet’s baby sister pregnant. So why had he come back? Better yet, who (besides Scarlet) had wanted him dead badly enough to lure him to the forest, stake him, skin him, and drain his blood? It wasn’t a vampire kill, but she was damned if she could determine what it was.

Werewolf Jake Mills, the bossy and possessive chief of police, can’t believe anyone in his town could commit such a brutal crime. And Scarlet can’t believe she’s still trying to avoid his advances. Jake has been chasing her for years, and if he wasn’t so charming—and so drop dead sexy—she might try harder to outrun him. Or at least summon a bit of self-control. But the man simply refuses to stay in the “Just Friends” box she’s placed him in.

But when the killer targets Scarlet’s family, ghouls, demons, and dark fae all come under suspicion. And when her daughters become the targets of an ancient dark ritual, Scarlet and Jake are forced to make an impossible choice. Fight evil with evil, or watch Scarlet’s daughters die...


Diving into The Southern Belle's Guide to Witchcraft was such a change from everything I've read lately. It was dark, sexy, and full of action!

Scarlet was a spit fire, I fell in love with her wit, charm and low tolerance for stupid people....(we share that trait) She is such a fighter too, you cross her, or anyone she cares about, and you've got hell to deal with. Whenever a heroine has all these characteristics it's really hard for me not to fall in love with them. I like a fighter, what can I say?

Then of course, there's tall dark and furry.
At first Jake got on my nerves, I don't know what it was about him, but I definitely wasn't team Jake in the beginning....but then one scene in particular had me swooning over him. It was his selflessness for Scarlet and her daughter's that made him Book Boyfriend material. Plus, I feel by the end of this book he realized a lot more was a stake than just his feelings for Scarlet.

Now let's talk witch craft! Some of the spells, charms & rituals in this novel were so maticuously thought out, I feel as though Loribelle Hunt truly did her homework. Anyone can write about witches, but it takes that specfic type of ompf to make it feel real and tangible.

So bring on book #2, I need more witchcraft, more Scarlet, more everything!



About the Author:

Loribelle is like the South she calls home. Hot and sultry. Languid and sexy. Magnolias and gardenias scent her silk lined boudoir, and men and children alike bow to her magnificence...

Okay, maybe it isn't quite that glamorous. She does have two smart and lovely daughters who give her a run for her money and a son that will one day be someone's model of a romance hero. (She promises.) Her husband is a real life hero, and Loribelle just tries to keep up with the demands of military life. In between, she writes a book or two. 

She's had every job under the sun, but haven't most writers? That Army military police, bookstore manager, waitress, wedding photographer, website designer experience has to come in useful sometimes. As they say in the South, it all washes out in the end.

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