Thursday, January 28, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Front Lines

Author: Michael Grant
Goodreads Rating: 4.19
Pages: 576
Format: ARC from Publisher for Blog Tour

Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Code Name Verity, New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant unleashes an epic, genre-bending, and transformative new series that reimagines World War II with girl soldiers fighting on the front lines.

World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany.

Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For the first time they leave behind their homes and families—to go to war.

These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.

 LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks | The Book Depository

Review: Winter

Author: Marissa Meyer
Goodreads Rating: 4.54
Pages: 824
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BLOG TOUR: The Impostor Queen Review

Author: Sarah Fine
Goodreads Rating: 3.90
Pages: 423

Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.
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Friday, January 22, 2016

The 100 Blog Tour : DAY 21 Review

Soooo, was anyone else watching The 100 last night? I know I was, this show has been one of my favorites for so long, well really since the start. Even when the first book was coming out, I was so excited to read the book and see the show. They are fortunately very different which helps with the enjoyment of both. Today I'm going to talk about Day 21, the second book in the series.

For centuries after a nuclear war destroyed the Earth, the human race has lived on spaceships far above the radioactive surface. Now, for one hundred juvenile delinquents, it's time to return home. Their mission: recolonize the savage land. The future of humanity rests in their hands.

Read the series that inspired the hit TV show. The 100, Day 21,and Homecoming are gathered together for the first time in this striking boxed set, perfect for fans and series newcomers alike.

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

About Kass Morgan:

Kass Morgan studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a mound of science fiction and Victorian novels. Kass is currently working on the sequel to The 100, which she’ll finish as soon as she finds a coffee shop that allows laptops on the weekend.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016


Today is the day that I have re-awakened from the dead after one year much like the heroine of our novel, SHALLOW GRAVES. What is SHALLOW GRAVES you ask? Well, let me tell you.

When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.
January 26th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books

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About Kali Wallace:

Kali Wallace studied geology and geophysics before she decided she enjoyed inventing imaginary worlds as much as she liked researching the real one. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov's, Lightspeed Magazine, and Her first novel will be published by Katherine Tegen Books in 2016. She lives in southern California.

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Tour Schedule:

1/18: No BS Book Reviews
1/19: Sassy & Dangerous
1/20: Bookiemoji
1/21: Paperback Princess 

1/22: Fangirl Confessions

But wait, you said you just woke from the grave! Tell me more!!!

It is pitch black all around me and I wonder what the hell happened that it’s all black, not even a speck of moonlight. I try to stretch and the back of my hand hits something soft and cushioned. That’s when I take stock of my surroundings. It smells earthy and dank, and my back is resting on something that isn’t entirely comfortable. I stretch my feet which actually kind of hurt toward whatever is below me and find nothing, so I scooch down to try to get out that why and almost immediately after my first scooch my feet hit something.

Why am I wearing a dress and heels? What the hell happened last night?

Then the panic sets in.

Have I been kidnapped? Is this a sick joke? Is something trying to murder me? Putting me in a small box and burying me alive?

Oh my god. Have I been buried alive?

I wonder for a moment if this is how Buffy felt, waking up after being dead for a year, stuck in a small box not sure of where she is and what happened. And being hungry too, my stomach gives an untimely growl.

This isn’t something that my self-defense teacher taught us. I was supposed to be able to prevent something like this from happening. Not that I remember anything from any of those classes anyway.

I take in a deep breath, and focus on the space above my head. Does the air seem a little thin to you? I squirm so that my arms are no longer pinned at my side. I can do this, I tell myself, it’s just a coffin and some dirt I need to claw myself out of. No big deal.

As I claw my way through the padding in the box, I consider why someone would go through so much trouble to kill me. Then I recall all of those Criminal Minds episodes I watched that gave me nightmares, and I realize I will never understand why. Some guy’s mother probably died and seeing her in the coffin made him want to kill her over and over again to preserve her beauty or some shit.

My nails scratch against wood and I pause. If this is some nice coffin, it stands to reason that I cannot scratch my way through a coffin. Nor do I think I have that kind of discipline, to rip my nails off to get out of here, but then again, I’ve never been in a life or death situation, and so I try.

Once dirt starts to pour in, I try to focus on what I’m going to do once I get out of here. I’m going to stop and get a cheeseburger, maybe a McDonalds one. I know they’re not all that good for you, but I almost DIED. It makes you understand that life is short. At one point as I’m crawling out, my entire 5’5” body surrounded by dirt, unable to breathe, I thought to myself, maybe I won’t be able to do this.

Then my head breaks the surface of the ground and my lungs choke in a breath of fresh air. I think that there might be a worm in my dress and that I lost a shoe, but I am out of the ground hacking out a lung. I hear a startled scream and turn to look to see a few teenagers surrounding a lit candle in the dark. They don’t look like they were expecting me, so to see if they’re in good spirits, I speak.

“Boo!” I say softly and that’s when they all scream and run. I want to run after them just to feel the ground beneath my feet and the wind in my hair and the stretch of my tired muscles, but I need to get out of the ground first.

Then I think about what I really want to do, where I want to go and who I want to see, and I think the answer becomes obvious, and although it garners so many looks as I walk, more like wander, and eventually just sway because exhaustion is taking my toll, I walk until I find myself here. The place that is home to my heart.

I walk until I find you.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn't

Ah, 2015. You were pretty great. Thanks for the new job! However, you didn't give me a lot of time to read. You did gift me with a love of audiobooks and also a LOT of new books. I'm grateful, I really am. But I wish I had tackled my TBR a little more than I had--a resolution I'm hoping to keep in 2016. I mean, I went whole DAYS without reading. Who does that?

Anyway, here's the list of great and amazing books I wish I had had time to squeeze in during 2015.


I was pretty sure I would get to this as soon as I got my hands on it. It was one of my top anticipated books for the year and yet, it's still sitting pretty on my shelf, unread. I will get to it in 2015, I will.

2. THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas

Before you come after me with pitchforks and torches, please know that I've started this book in 2014 and again 2015. I will get to it in  2016, whether or not I listen to it or read it.

3. MY LIFE ON THE ROAD by Gloria Steinem

I'm not that sad that I didn't get to read this one in 2015. Now, I get to read it with Emma Watson and her book club!

4.THE HEART OF BETRAYAL by Mary E. Pearson

I blame this one on my denial that this series is ending and my desire to drag it out for as long as possible. Plus, I want to wait a little closer to when the third book is coming out so that I'm not in agony.


I figured I should at least try to read Throne of Glass first. Right?

Monday, January 11, 2016

Review: Soundless

Author: Richelle Mead
Goodreads Rating: 3.39
Pages: 272
n a village without sound…

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.

One girl hears a call to action…

Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Review: Eon (Eon #1)

Author: Alison Goodman
Goodreads Rating: 4.00
Pages: 531
Swordplay, dragon magic--and a hero with a desperate secret

Twelve-year-old Eon has been in training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on East Asian astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sword-work and magical aptitude. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye--an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a boy for the chance to become a Dragoneye. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.

When Eon's secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic...and her life.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Blog Tour: The Dirt on the Ninth Grave

Today, we put the spotlight on a great series that is getting a new addition on January 12, 2016! Let's get excited for the new Darynda Jones book.... 
In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn't help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she's lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.

This is the 9th book in the Charley Davidson series and I am just chomping at the bit to read this!!! If you are familiar with the Charley Davidson series, you know what we are guaranteed to be in store for: action-packed mystery with a side of romance that will leave you reeling because you never saw the ending coming! Charley is one of my favorite female protagonists and I'm beyond excited to see what is in store for her!

If you aren't familiar with the series, I recommend picking up as many of the books as possible and get reading! Luckily, the books suck you right in and you will plow through the books in no time. You will instantly fall in love with the sassy, sarcastic, and sexy Charley, who makes a living as a private investigator and who just happens to be the grim reaper. Charley's witty commentary will leave you laughing and wishing you could read faster. 

If you are thinking to yourself, "Ah man! I'll never get caught up in this amazing series by January!", No Worries!! Not only will the books still be there, and the fact that Darynda Jones fans are always looking to talk about their favorite books in the series at her fan site at Goodreads, but the 10th book, The Curse of the Tenth Grave, is anticipated to come out in June 2016!! Plenty of time to get caught up!!!

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