Monday, October 16, 2017

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

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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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Thursday, October 12, 2017

{Blog Tour} SO NEAR THE HORIZON by Jessica Koch—Excerpt + Giveaway

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 So Near the Horizon
by Jessica Koch


Seventeen-year-old Jessica has an uncomplicated life and a promising future. Leaving the house one evening, she has no idea that she’s about to meet the love of her life - or that her entire understanding of the world is about to change. And before long, she’s going to face a decision that will shape her forever…

In 'So Near the Horizon' Jessica Koch describes a life lived somewhere between hope and fear, confronting true events from her own past with raw honesty and frank reflection - and exploring more than one difficult subject along the way.

A story of deep love. A story of trust, courage, pain, despair, and the strength to let go. 

A true story.

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Age Group/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Purchase: Amazon Kindle • Amazon Paperback

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As soon as I turned the corner, I saw him. In jeans and a royal-blue hoodie, he was leaning casually against a gleaming, black, thirty-foot limousine—a Lincoln Town Car—his arms folded. As always, his hair was sticking out in every direction. When he saw me, his face broke out into a radiant smile. A man dressed in black was standing at the front of the car, eyes downcast.
Chauffeur and everything? This is crazy…
My knees were threatening to give out, and my brain switched into offline mode again.
As I walked toward Danny, gaping in astonishment, he straightened and held out his hands. I took them, and his fingers closed briefly around mine. Once again, it was like he’d hit me with an electric shock.
“W-wow,” I stammered. “What’s all this for?”
“Because I’m falling in love,” he said quietly.
For a moment, the world stood still.
In love?
I was too stunned to react.
The chauffeur opened the car door, revealing an interior bathed in dim violet light. Still reeling a little, I settled onto the cream-colored leather upholstery that stretched across the entire length of the limousine, and Danny climbed in after me. The long marble-topped table in the center held a chilled bottle of champagne and two flutes already filled.
Danny handed me one of them, and we clinked our glasses together.
“I thought you didn’t drink,” I said shyly.
“Exceptions prove the rule,” Danny replied and took the first sip as the vehicle began rolling slowly out of the parking lot.
“How can you afford this kind of thing as a personal trainer?” I had no idea what it actually cost, but it surely wasn’t cheap.
He suppressed a grin. “I earn good money in my side job.”
“I knew it! You steal cars and sell them in other countries.”
“Um, no.” He looked genuinely perplexed.
“So you do the grandson scam? Knock on confused old ladies’ doors and make big eyes at them, and cry about how the Mafia is after you, and beg for money?”
He stared at me in surprise. Apparently, he hadn’t pegged me as someone with that much imagination. “It’s a lot less spectacular than that. Pretty boring by comparison, really. I just pose.”
I raised an eyebrow.
“For photos,” he clarified. “For a fashion label.”
“You model?” I shrieked at him. So he didn’t just look like a glossy-magazine model, he actually was one.
What the hell did this guy want with me?
In love, he said…
“Yeah,” he replied easily. “It’s nothing to scream about. They’re just photos. Ads, clothes, the usual. The pay’s good.”
“So that’s why you didn’t go to college?”
His expression turned grim. “No. That was for other reasons. Personal reasons.”
There it was again, that darkness in his eyes.
“Aren’t you afraid the modeling work will dry up someday when you’re old and ugly?” My curiosity knew no bounds.
“No, I’m not worried about that.” Then why did his voice sound so melancholy?
My champagne glass was empty by that point, but I felt awkward about refilling it, since Danny hadn’t taken his eyes off me. “There’s something I really don’t understand,” I began, emboldened by the champagne. “Why did you try to warn me away from you? Do you chop little girls up into pieces and bury them in the forest?”
The violet light gleamed in his hair as he tilted his head and regarded me. “I make drugs in my basement,” he said. “I have to be careful. Can’t let anyone find out.”
I regarded him skeptically. The problem with Danny’s dry humor was that you never knew whether he was joking.
He laughed quietly to himself when he realized I was trying to decide whether to believe him.
“Sarcasm is the sword of the intellectual,” he finally said. But then, all at once, his relaxed demeanor shifted again. “Seriously,” he said, “the fact is my life is one giant catastrophe. I don’t want anyone else to get sucked into it.”
Half relieved drugs weren’t involved, I shook my head. “Hey, I’ve never met a catastrophe I couldn’t handle!”
“I’m not joking,” he insisted. “If you have an ounce of sense in your head, you’ll walk away and never look back.”
“Sense was never my strong suit. I’m told teenagers aren’t sensible people.”
He sighed deeply. “Okay,” he said theatrically. “I’ll give you three choices, since you were kind enough to do so for me. All right?”
I nodded, a smile creeping onto my face.
“Then come on down, you’re the next contestant!” he said in his best TV-announcer voice. “Here are your options! One: A happy, worry-free life as a single woman. Two: Me. Three: You find a guy who’s right for you and live happily ever after. Pick a door, any door!”
“Door number two, please,” I announced, playing along.
“I’m serious!” Danny protested.
“So am I!” But I couldn’t help giggling. “It’s just hard not to laugh. You’re really funny!”
He raised a questioning eyebrow. “Funny ha-ha or funny strange?”
“Both.”
“Is it at least an equal mix?”

“No. One more so than the other.” I turned to look out the window, at the pedestrians watching with interest as our limo pulled into the movie theater parking lot.


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Jessica Koch (born in Ludwigsburg, Germany) began writing short stories when she was still in high school, but never submitted her work to publishers. In late 1999, shortly after beginning her studies to become an architectural drafter, she met Danny, a German-American dual national. Her experiences with him eventually formed the basis for So Near the Horizon, though it was nearly thirteen years before she felt ready to bring the manuscript to the public.

The author describes a life lived somewhere between hope and fear, between optimism and despair. She reflects on events from her own past with raw honesty, confronting more than one difficult subject along the way.

Jessica Koch lives near the city of Heilbronn with her husband, their son, and two dogs. The second and third books in the trilogy, So Near the Abyss and So Near the Ocean, are already best-sellers in Germany as well.


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