Friday, December 11, 2015

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Hannah Both Ways by Rosie Greenway




I'm pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Hannah Both Ways by Rosie Greenway!  This tour was coordinated by Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours.  Check out the exciting book and giveaway details below!!


Hannah Both Ways by Rosie Greenway
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Publisher: Rebelight Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

A devastating Twitter prank yanks Hannah out of the popular crowd and turns her into the high school’s best bad joke. Determined to finish the year and graduate, Hannah must keep the humiliating details from her impulsive mother—who just might pack up their belongings and move. Again.

Hannah hovers below the radar by submersing herself in a new routine. Post-it notes, Dewey Decimal numbers and carefully planned trips to the library are her refuge. That is, until a persistent new student invades her space. Lucas has complete disregard for Hannah’s cynicism and snark, and he seems to know the bullies who targeted her. Can Hannah trust him, or is he part of another ploy to torment her?

I wasn't sure what to expect from this story.  Hannah has suffered through a very believable mistake where something is posted to Twitter that makes an enormous impact on her life.  This is the sort of thing that could, and probably does, happen to teens all the time.  It's kind of scary to think about.  As a result of this, she's been bullied, both in a cyber aspect and in person as well.  In order to cope, she's completely isolated herself.  She doesn't even have parents to turn to, as she has only a mother, and one who isn't the best role model out there, and one who thinks moving from place to place and running from problems is the best method for dealing with things.  So Hannah gets this honestly.  It didin't escape my irony scope that Hannah's method for dealing with her circumstances is to withdraw, which is also a form of running isn't it.

I thought Hannah was a very well-crafted character.  She is one I felt very badly and strongly for.  She has isolated herself entirely at school by avoiding people, classes, and other things, eating her lunch in the library, and being generally unapproachable.  Until a new guy comes along.  One that I loved because he was sweet and patient, and slowly but surely tore down Hannah's walls.

The romance was a very nice, slow progression which was gratifying and satisfying at the same time. The story was poignantly and beautifully written, and had some wonderful themes and messages in it. I have to applaud the author for taking on some of these themes and handling them so well.  A very good read.

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A devastating Twitter prank yanks Hannah out of the popular crowd and turns her into the high school’s best bad joke. Determined to finish the year and graduate, Hannah must keep the humiliating details from her impulsive mother—who just might pack up their belongings and move. Again.

Hannah hovers below the radar by submersing herself in a new routine. Post-it notes, Dewey Decimal numbers and carefully planned trips to the library are her refuge. That is, until a persistent new student invades her space. Lucas has complete disregard for Hannah’s cynicism and snark, and he seems to know the bullies who targeted her. Can Hannah trust him, or is he part of another ploy to torment her?

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  • Two (2) winners will received a physical copy of Hannah Both Ways by Rosie Greenway (US/Canada)
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Cover Reveal: Black Diamond by Ali Dean






SYNOPSIS

It’s not a place for the weak. No one here tolerates wimps. If you can’t handle it, leave. Welcome to Stark Springs, Colorado, home to the most talented young athletes in the world.

When Roxie Slade snaps into a pair of skis, there’s no one on Sugarville Mountain in Vermont who can keep up with her. Not even the boys. Still, Roxie was shocked when she received a scholarship to Stark Springs Academy, a boarding school that churns out Olympians in each graduating class. Entering as a high school junior, Roxie can’t wait to learn from renowned coaches and train with the fastest ski racers from all over the globe.  But upon arrival, Roxie discovers that Stark Springs lives under its own set of rules, and it appears one boy plays dictator.

Ryker Black is not friendly and Roxie cannot fathom why everyone wants to be his friend. Sure, he’s gorgeous and rides a snowboard like it’s his fifth limb, but he’s cold, ruthless, and holds way too much power over the Stark Springs population. Roxie won’t put up with it. She’s here to train, and she doesn’t care about impressing anyone off the slopes. The only problem? Ryker Black doesn’t permit defiance. Not without consequences. 


 

Ali Dean lives in Colorado with her husband, twin toddlers, and golden retriever. In addition to reading and writing, she loves the outdoors- everything from marathon training and biking to snowboarding and skiing.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Blog Tour & Review: Nexis by A.L. Davroe



I'm very honored and excited to be taking part in the blog tour for A.L. Davroe's Nexis.  This tour is being coordinated by the YA Read Blog Tours. Check out the exciting book details below:


Nexis by A.L. Davroe
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi

In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born amongst genetically-altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then…the crash. Devastated by her father’s death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.

Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship…and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the “real” world, and makes her feel whole again. But Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is. And it’s been waiting for Ella.

Talk about unique!  I loved this story.  I've really been getting into Sci-Fi in recent months, and this story was a wonderful addition to the genre.  It had a kind of Hunger Games feel to it in only one sense... the society modifies their appearance in these radical ways, to where appearing normal is actually strange.  That's where the similarities end, though.  It was a unique concept to have developed a world where people modify themselves so severely, but the really sad thing about it is that I could actually see that happening at some point in our future, because our world is so obsessed with looks. So there were definitely some great themes here.

Second to that is the creation of a gaming world where players can immerse themselves virtually. Yes, I have read a story like that in the past, but what this author does with this gaming world was completely unique and different.  The purpose behind it, the way it works, and what happens after it, are different and inventive.

I loved the main character immediately.  She's a "natural" in a world of modified people, and she hates herself for it because she sees herself as somehow lesser.  At first, the story began a little slow for me, but in retrospect, I see that the author wanted to be sure to paint the before and after of events, character, and setting to contrast what was to come. It was wonderfully done.

Ella lives through something horrific that only gets worse, and causes her to want to sink herself into the game created by her now dead father. As she navigates through the game, meeting a special guy along the way, she begins to learn things about herself, about the game, and worse, about the real world, that has her reeling.  There are political ramifications that shock her, and the reader.

This book was filled with twists and turns, exciting romance, amazing character growth, and two levels of wonderful settings that really immersed you into the story.  There were times of heartbreak, times of thrill, and times of romantic quietness that just made a wonderful and unique blend of story elements.  I was left with a major question at the end of this book and can't wait for the next one to come out.  Great story!!

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A.L. (Amanda) Davroe writes both YA and adult speculative fiction. She prefers revisionist tales in paranormal, romance, Steampunk, and fantasy. She is the author of Salvation Station (adult psych
horror), The City Steam Collection (adult psych horror), For Your Heart (YA Paranormal Romance) and her YA Sci-Fi novel, Nexis, is coming out with Entangled Publishing  December 1, 2015!


By day, Amanda lives in Connecticut with her two feline hench-creatures and makes cheese.  She’s a terrible blusher, has a weak spot for cuddly animals, loves Laffy Taffy and Cadbury MiniEggs, and she’s a huge advocate of alternative healing methods.  Amanda also wears purple shoes and corsets…Though not always in the same ensemble.  She’s a Capricorn, a Hufflepuff, a bit gothic, and a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Review: Tarnished by Kate Jarvik Birch

Tarnished by Kate Jarvik Birch
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Entangled
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Freedom comes at a cost... Ella was genetically engineered to be the perfect pet—graceful, demure...and kept. In a daring move, she escaped her captivity and took refuge in Canada. But while she can think and act as she pleases, the life of a liberated pet is just as confining as the Congressman’s gilded cage. Her escape triggered a backlash, and now no one's safe, least
of all the other pets. But she's trapped, unable to get back
to Penn—the boy she loves—or help the girls who need her.

Back in the United States, pets are turning up dead. With help from a very unexpected source, Ella slips deep into the dangerous black market, posing as a tarnished pet available to buy or sell. If she's lucky, she'll be able to rescue Penn and expose the truth about the breeding program. If she fails, Ella will pay not only with her life, but the lives of everyone she's tried to save...

This installment of the Perfected series wasn't quite what I was expecting, but don't get me wrong, that wasn't a bad thing.  Ella has crossed the border into Canada to find safety, but was unfortunately separated from her love, Penn.  She's living in a refugee house for liberated/escaped pets, and she doesn't really like it.  Basically, it seemed to me like she had traded one prison for another.  The people running the place weren't really doing anything to help these girls assimilate into society, to teach them how to make their way in the world.  Instead, they just kept them under lock and key.  So one prison to another, although the people appear to have the best of intentions.  Ella has only one thing on her mind though, and that's getting back to Penn.

I know some people had an issue with this because she spent so much effort trying to escape the U.S., only to try to get back to it for love.  Personally, as a romantic, I thought that was perfectly logical.  After all, the original escape plan had been for Penn to be with her, not captured and dragged back.  So I can understand why she would want to try to find him and get him back.

I liked this book because we got to see some major growth in Ella's character.  She's not the cutesy, elegant, naive and shy girl she was in the first story.  Throughout the course of this adventurous tale, she grows a backbone, and shows some real fierce personality that I absolutely loved.  As she meets up with another pet she used to know, the two are doing their best to cross the border, hide out, figure out how to survive, and find Penn.  I loved the journey she took internally and how much she changed over the course of this external and internal journey.

This was a more exciting second installment to the series that read a lot more fast-paced.  I loved how the author dealt with some sensitive subjects, showed us a little bit more behind the world of the pets, and progressed the story further.  A very good installment.  Looking forward to the next one.
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