Feb 9, 2016

Blog Tour: The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting when I picked up THE SHADOW QUEEN by C.J. Redwine, but I don't think I ever expected to find one of my new favorite books. From the very first page, Redwine captivated me with her breathtaking prose and seamlessly woven story. 

And this is coming from a girl who tends to be quite skittish around fantasy.

Lorelei is every bit the kick ass heroine you would expect Redwine to pen, but more than that, she has a heart and conviction that drive this book. It's easy to see why she amasses followers and supporters throughout the book. She went through a crazy amount of growth during the book - transitioning from a girl on the run to a warrior on a mission.

Now let's talk about Kol and how no one told me there were dragons in the series. What a freaking amazeballs surprise and take on the huntsman aspect of this Snow White retelling. I feel like that's not very spoilery since you learn this factoid very early on in and people have been raving about the appearance of dragons in the book since ARCs went out months ago.

What I loved most is that the book didn't leave me with a gut-wrenching cliff hanger. It neatly tied up the main plots of the novel but left me hungry and desperate for more. I can't wait for the second book in this series!

Rating: 5 Stars

Author: C.J. Redwine
Pub. Date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Goodreads
Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

About C.J.: 
C.J. Redwine loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and Sherlock. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband and children. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day. To learn more about C.J., visit her website at www.cjredwine.com Where you can find C.J.:

Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a signed finished copy of THE SHADOW QUEEN and swag. US Only.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
2/8/2016- Adventures of a Book Junkie- Interview
2/9/2016- The Irish Banana ReviewReview
2/10/2016- Once Upon a TwilightGuest Post
2/11/2016- A Backwards StoryReview
2/12/2016- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post

Week Two:
2/15/2016- The Young Folks- Review
2/16/2016- Mundie Moms- Interview
2/17/2016- Supernatural Snark- Review
2/18/2016- Maria V. SnyderInterview

2/19/2016- FiktshunGuest Post

Feb 8, 2016

Cover Reveal: The Rise of Genesis

Announcing a new book by M.R. Merrick!

In a world where being Supernatural means you’re in danger, Ash Lawson is front and center. After years of helping others escape ATOM—a government entity known for abusing Supernaturals—he’s captured, and saving himself will prove to be the most difficult task he’s undertaken.

Tryst Rivera is a Succubus and veteran at the Academy, a facility tasked with converting underage Supernaturals into cooperative ATOM soldiers. She’s endured her time mostly unscathed, but when Ash arrives and their lives are tethered to one another, she’s placed in immediate danger.

With escape at the forefront of his mind, Ash struggles with the idea of life under ATOM’s thumb. He’ll die before he converts, but his life isn’t the only one he’s responsible for, and he already has more blood on his hands than he can bear. When a chance for freedom arises, Ash needs to decide how much—and who—he’s willing to risk for a second chance.

Coming March 15, 2016

About the Author

M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer and author of The Protector Series, and The Rise of Genesis. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he's usually found at the computer between a pair of headphones and a large bowl of cereal.

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Feb 5, 2016

Harper Summer 2016 Tour

WE'RE BACK!!!!!! Welcome to the Harper Summer 2016 Tour! This is day 1 of fifty - yes, 5-0. We have 50 books we'll be talking about over the next 7 weeks with tons of giveaways and events! 

By: Leah Konen

A passionate summer love story about a girl, her childhood best friend recently released from juvie, and the small-town lies that have kept them apart. A teen romance debut with a dark edge.

Liz Grant is about to have the summer of her life. She and her friend MacKenzie are getting invited to all the best parties, and with any luck, Innis Taylor, the most gorgeous guy in Bonneville, will be her boyfriend before the Fourth of July. 

Local teen convict released early.

Jason Sullivan wasn’t supposed to come back from juvie. A million years ago, he was her best friend, but that was before he ditched her for a different crowd. Before he attacked Innis’s older brother, leaving Skip’s face burned and their town in shock. 

“Everything is not what you think.”

Liz always found it hard to believe what they said about Jason, but all of Bonneville thinks he’s dangerous. If word gets out she’s seeing him, she could lose everything. But what if there’s more to that horrible night than she knows? And how many more people will get hurt when the truth finally comes out?

“You’re the one person who believes in me.”

Leah Konen’s southern romance swelters with passion as it explores the devastating crush of lies, the delicate balance of power and perception, and one girl’s journey to find herself while uncovering the secrets of so many others.

Ready for the awesome prizes we have?

#1 – A Harper Teen Summer 2016 Catalog prizepack of 45+ books*.
*Titles not included: The Crown by Kiera Cass, Escape from Asylum by Madeline Roux, Sing by Vivi Greene, & United As One by Pittacus Lore
In addition to the one massive prize winner, we will also have 4 winners who will be able to select 3 titles they want from the Summer 2016 Catalog.
US Only

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#2 – 5 Finished Copies from the Harper Teen Fall 2015 Catalog
5 books are: Front Lines by Michael Grant, Revenge & the Wild by Michelle Modesto, The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks, Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin, & The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig 
US Only 

How to enter:
Collect the daily word from each blog stop during the Harper Summer 2016 Tour (a total of 50). Once you’ve collected them all, email the complete saying to: HarperTeenTour@gmail.com

Today's code word is: ESCAPE

Prize Rules:
1.)    Winner must have a valid US mailing address to receive the prize
2.)    Winner must be over 13
3.)    Only one (1) entry per person for Prize #2 – duplicates will be deleted.
4.)    Only a completed phrase will be accepted as an entry – do not email each word/phrase daily. Wait until you have the complete saying and then email in.
5.)    All email submissions must be received by 11:59 PM EST 3/31/2016.
6.)    Winners will be selected 4/1/2016 and will have 48 hours to claim their prize before another is selected.
7.)    Participating blogs and bloggers are not responsible for unsent, damaged, and/or stolen prizes offered by the publisher.

#3 – Leap Year Giveaway - 4 of the most anticipated ARCs from Summer 2016
Books are: My Lady Jane, Ivory & Bone, The Crown's Game & This Savage Song
US Only

How to enter:
This giveaway will only run on February 29, 2016. The rafflecopter form will work for 24 hours and a winner will be chosen on March 1, 2016.

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#4 – PreOrder Giveaway
3 Winners will win their choice of a pre-order of ANY finished copy of a title featured on the tour! 
Open INT as long as The Book Depository ships to you!

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Lastly, don't forget about our amazing Facebook Author Chats where you will have chances to win more prizes and books! The first chat will be 2/16/16 at 8 pm EST!

Or CLICK HERE for more info!

The Winner's Kiss: Favorite Literary Kiss

I honor of the final book in the Winner's trilogy next month, THE WINNER'S KISS, the awesome peeps at Fierce Reads asked me to share my favorite literary kissing. And trust me, I loves me some book kissing. 

What book is your favorite literary kiss in?
THE D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger

Who is kissing?
Wes and Bianca

Why is it your favorite?
These two have a great many kisses, but their banter and love-hate (that totally turns to more love than hate) relationship is one of the most passionate and combustive pairings in YA. Seriously - every kiss scorches the pages.

What kiss do you hope will occur in Marie Rutkoski's The Winner's Kiss?
Is this really even a question?! Obviously Arin and Kestrel. Lots of kissing. Those two have cornered the market on romantic tension.

The Winner's Kiss
by Marie Rutkoski
On Sale March 29th, 2016
War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
At least, that’s what he thinks.
In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.
But no one gets what they want just by wishing.
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders and The Celestial GlobeThe Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors. Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Iowa, where she took Writers’ Workshop classes and studied with Pulitzer Prize-winner James Alan McPherson. After graduating, she lived in Moscow and Prague. Upon receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she held dual appointments as a lecturer there in both English and American Literature and Language, and History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and cat. 

Feb 2, 2016

Blog Tour: Revenge & The Wild by Michelle Modesto

AHH!!! I am so excited to welcome Michelle Modesto to the blog today because REVENGE AND THE WILD is one of my favorite books I read last year - seriously, this book is like nothing else out there and is amazing!

Thanks, Michelle, for stopping by to chat about the book today! Let's get to it:

1. REVENGE AND THE WILD is quite possibly one of the most original books I have ever read – can you talk about what inspired you to write it?

I loved reading weird westerns as a teen—especially the Jonah Hex comics. Some of my favorite authors tackled the subgenre brilliantly. When I started writing for teens I knew I wanted to eventually write one set where I live in Northern California. It wasn’t until I was passing through the nearby town of Truckee—where the Donner Party was stranded—that all the ideas for the book came together.

2. How much research went into writing REVENGE AND THE WILD?

It’s mostly fantasy so I just added things I thought would be fun. The majority of my research went into the lay of the land and learning more about the Wintu. 

3. Talk about your experience about becoming a published author

I think the majority of the excitement on the road to publication, for me, was getting an agent, when all that hard work started to feel like it was paying off. Little did I know that “all that hard work” was nothing compared to what was to come after the book deal, when I was forced to dig deep into my creativity pool and come up with new scenes on the fly with a deadline attached. Things felt slightly more like work after that. From deal to publication seemed like such a long time at first but I was so preoccupied with edits and writing my next book that suddenly it’s two weeks away and I don’t feel prepared at all. It’s terrifying, really. 

Thanks, again!

About the Book:
Author: Michelle Modesto
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Pages: 384
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.

This thrilling novel is a remarkable tale of danger and discovery, from debut author Michelle Modesto. 

About Michelle:
Michelle Modesto is a writer, hockey fanatic, lover of most art forms, terrible cook and her social skills aren't that great either. Her debut YA novel, REVENGE AND THE WILD comes out from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, early 2016. She lives in Northern California in a double-wide mobile asylum with two mastiffs who don't listen to her and two teenagers who also don't listen to her.
Michelle Modesto is represented by John Cusick at The Greenhouse Literary Agency.

Giveaway Details:
10 winners will receive a finished copy of REVENGE AND THE WILD, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
1/25/2016- IceyBooksInterview
1/26/2016- Book BriefsReview
1/27/2016- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
1/28/2016- Novel NoviceReview
1/29/2016- Good Choice Reading- Interview

Week Two:
2/1/2016- Brooke-ReportsReview
2/2/2016- The Irish Banana ReviewGuest Post
2/3/2016- Bookish LifestyleReview + Interview
2/4/2016- Supernatural SnarkInterview

2/5/2016- Ex LibrisReview

Feb 1, 2016

Harper Summer 2016 Tour Update - Meet the Authors!

I am beyond excited that this week launches the Harper Summer 2016 Tour where we will be spotlighting 50 new Harper Teen books from their summer 2016 catalog! There will be even more giveaways than the winter tour, more chances to win, and more books.

But with all these books, we thought it might be fun for you all to meet some of the authors, and so, we decided to have 2 Facebook chats this time around.

The first chat will take place Feb. 16, 2016 @ 8 PM EST.

You will have the chance to chat with Susane Colasanti, Michelle Zink, Leah Konen & Chris Howard! We will have prizes and fun and snacks (well, you gotta bring your own snacks, but you can totally have snacks if you want)!

And be sure to check out our Facebook page for more giveaways! Feel free to post on there what book(s) you're excited for this summer ... maybe a magical ARC fairy will grant your wish. ;-)

About the participating authors:

Susane Colasanti:

Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It HappensTake Me ThereWaiting for YouSomething Like FateSo Much CloserKeep Holding OnAll I NeedNow and Forever, and the City Love trilogy. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years. She lives in New York City. 

You can connect with Susane on her blogFacebookTwitterYouTubeTumblr, and Instagram.

Michelle Zink: 

Michelle Zink is the award-winning author of over seven novels. She lives in New York with too many teenagers and too many cats. She is known for her gothic fantasy series, Prophecy of the Sisters and A Temptation of Angels.[1] Prophecy of the Sisters was named both to Booklist's Top 10 First Novels for Youth and the Autumn 2009 Indie Next List.

Leah Konen:

Leah Konen grew up in a two-stoplight farming town in Washington State before moving to suburban North Carolina, where there were many more stoplights and lots of sweet tea. After studying journalism at the University of North Carolina, she headed to New York City to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. When she’s not working on novels and articles or writing for fashion brands, she enjoys devouring new books, spoiling her dog, Farley, biking around Brooklyn, checking out live music, and binge-watching TV. Find her online at www.leahkonen.com.

Chris Howard:

I'm the author of ROOTLESS (Scholastic), as well as the follow-up THE RIFT which isOUT NOW. The third book, THE RECKONING, will be out in early 2016 and then... NIGHT SPEED is out MAY 3rd, 2016, from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. I'm excited!! 
I live in Denver, but grew up not far from London. I studied natural resources in college, then spent seven years leading wilderness trips for high school students. I like to write more than anything else I've ever done, though reading is right up there, too.

And because why not kick this off with a giveaway, enter here to win a preorder or backlist title of one of the authors featured in this chat - Open INT if the Book Depository ships to you!

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*Don't forget to invite your friends!*

Jan 29, 2016

Reign of Shadows: Night Scapes

Welcome to my stop for the REIGN OF SHADOWS Tour!!!! I absolutely adored this book and I am so excited to share with you some Nightscape images I found that I think represent the book.

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadowsis Sophie Jordan at her best.

Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.

In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel, Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller's List.

3 Finished Copies of REIGN OF SHADOWS
US Only

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Blog Tour Schedule:

Sophie's Tour Schedule:
  • St. Louis, MO
  • February 9, 2016
  • Main Street Books, off-site at Spencer Road Library, 7 PM
  • Naperville, IL
  • February 10, 2016
  • Anderson’s Bookshop, 7 PM
  • Washington, D.C.
  • February 11, 2016
  • Politics & Prose, off-site at the Bethesda Library, 7 PM
  • Fairfax, VA
  • February 12, 2016
  • Barnes & Noble, 7 PM
  • Bensalem, PA
  • February 13, 2016
  • Barnes & Noble, 1 PM
  • New York City
  • February 14, 2016
  • Books of Wonder, 4 PM
  • *Billed as “Epic Reads Presents: A Date with Royalty”
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