Thursday, October 19, 2017

{Blog Tour} FEARLESS by Jennifer Jenkins + Giveaway

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 Fearless
by Jennifer Jenkins


In exactly twenty-three days, Gryphon will offer his life to Chief Barnabas in exchange for the lives of his best friend and mess brothers. Until then, he must keep his plans from Zo while avoiding the Wolves of the Allied Camp. But Gryphon is not the only one harboring secrets. To spare her own life, Zo has made a blood oath promising to help the Kodiak Clan free their families living as Nameless slaves. When Gryphon learns the truth — that the peaceful life he’d planned for Zo is not secure — he divulges a secret that will give the Allies the upper hand against the Ram.

Now, The Great Move is underway and a final battle between the Wolf, Ram, Kodiak and Raven cannot be stopped. Strength will be tested. Loyalties will be questioned. Alliances will form. In a world of uncertainty and danger, Zo and Gryphon may finally have what they’ve each always wanted.

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • KoboiBooks • IndieBound

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With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.

Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).




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Monday, October 16, 2017

{Blog Tour} REMEMBER ME ALWAYS by Renee Collins + Giveaway

BLOG TOUR PRESENTED BY SOURCEBOOKS
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 Remember Me Always
by Renee Collins


Shelby is nervous to start her senior year after spending the whole summer away from home. After all, it’s hard to be carefree when you’re trying to protect a secret.

Shelby was in a devastating car accident, and everyone in town thinks that she was undergoing more physical therapy in Denver. Instead, Shelby’s mother enrolled her in a clinical program to stop the panic attacks that started after the crash. The treatment erased Shelby’s memory of the accident, but she can’t help feeling as if a piece of herself is missing, that the treatment took more than the doctors claimed.

So when Shelby starts hallucinating a boy with dark and mysterious eyes, she knows it must be a side-effect of the clinical program. Except you can’t kiss hallucinations. And this boy insists that they know each other and are in love...

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • KoboIndieBound

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Renee Collins grew up in Hawaii, where she played Lady Capulet in her high school production of Romeo and Juliet. In college, she decided to abandon her dreams of being a famous actress to study history and become a writer, but she’ll always have a soft spot in her heart for drama kids. Renee currently lives in Colorado with her family.







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{Blog Tour} MARKED BEAUTY by S.A. Larsen + Giveaway

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 Marked Beauty
by S.A. Larsen


Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.

Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her.

Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.

After Viktor saves Ana’s life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger. As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • KoboiBooks

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S.A. LARSEN is the author of the award-winning novel Motley Education, the first book in a fantasy-adventure series for middle grade readers. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Marked Beauty is her debut young adult novel. Find her in the land of snowy winters and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty-five years, four children, a playful pooch, and three kittens. Visit her cyber home anytime at www.salarsenbooks.com.





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Saturday, October 14, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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Title: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Genres: YA, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Pub Date: September 05, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Book Source: From the publisher for review
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars




**POSSIBLE SPOILERS**

Synopsis: On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.
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They Both Die at the End takes place in a contemporary world where people get something like a “courtesy” call on they day they are going to die. Death-Cast can and will predict when you will die down to the day. The time and cause aren't something they can tell you, so people usually end up spending their last day one of two ways: in fear or living it up. Which would you choose?

This book primarily follows two teen guys that both received the call on the same day. They both use an app called the Last Friend App to find each other. People use this app to connect with those dying that day. Some people use it for hook-ups, to help others, or just to find someone to spend their last day with—sometimes, as in the case of Mateo and Rufus, this person understands exactly what the other is going through.

Mateo and Rufus are amazing characters. They are very different from one another. Mateo is sweet and shy, while Rufus is outgoing and a little rough. The two teens strike up a friendship due to the fact that they both have one day to live, therefore no time to be picky. They each have their of respective reasons why they aren't with family or their usual friends. Their friendship turns into more, of course. This is one of the things I loved about this book. 

You may be born into family, but you walk into friendships. Some you'll discover you should put behind you. Others are worth every risk.
The romantic aspect of this book literally sneaks up on you. Mateo and Rufus are going about their last day, doing the things you do, ya know... saying goodbye, taking risks, living life without restraint, trying new things, etc. when all of a sudden it just hits you. They like each other, like... like likeeach other! I cannot. FIRST OF ALL, can we just commend Adam Silvera for literally always having diverse characters? LGBT, different races, cultures... he just always gives us a great array of diverse characters and lifestyles. Amazing.

Back to the boys. The romance was insta-love. I mean, it sort of had to be, right? Because do not be too hopeful, they do both die at the end. The title prepares you. Don't expect a miracle, because you will be disappointed. This book will wreck you. The romance is beautiful and it is insta-love in the best, most unexpected way possible. I never thought a book that spans only one day could snag every single one of my heartstrings and break each one into pieces by the end of the book.

I realize I am rambling but, even after sitting on this review for a day, I cannot completely gather my thoughts and place them into an organized review, lol...

The plot? Thought-provoking and to the point. It will bring forth all sorts of existential questions and a ton of feels. It shows you the small ways peoples' lives can cross paths and how you never truly know when your last moments will be OR how much just a tiny thing you do can affect someone else's life.
Characters? Amazing. Extremely well built and personable regardless of the timeframe the book is set in.
Romance? Astoundingly moving and beautiful. The depth was surprising but realistic.

My ONE AND ONLY con is that there were a couple of loose ends. There were a couple points of view that we followed but never got an ending for. Not main characters, and I think these side stories had another purpose entirely, but I still wanted to know what happened. No biggie, but something to note.

All in all, you need this book in your life. End. Of. Story.
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