Blog Tour: Disruptor (Seeker, #3) by Arwen Elys Dayton with Mood Board & #Giveaway

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ONE HOUSE WILL RISE

DISRUPTOR

The final book in the Seeker series by Arwen Elys Dayton

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disruptorDisruptor by Arwen Elys Dayton
(Seeker #3)
Published by Delacorte Press
Release Date: February 7, 2017

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Synopsis:

Quin has spent her life as her father’s pawn. She was trained to kill and manipulated to guarantee her family’s power. And now that she’s broken free of that life, she’s found herself trapped again, hostage to a plot that has been centuries in the making.


It’s taken generations for the pieces to come together, and finally all is in place. Her best friend Shinobu’s mind has been corrupted, the Young Dread has aligned with Quin’s enemy, John, and the bloodthirsty Watchers are being awakened and gathered. Now there is nothing that can stop the force of time.


But Quin will no longer be a pawn. Quin is a Seeker. She stands for light in a shadowy world. She will face the vengeance of the past and its enemies and save herself and the ones she loves, or she will die trying.

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For readers of Sarah J. Maas and of Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy, Disruptor is the thrilling conclusion to the Seeker series that will entice fantasy fans of all ages. And don’t miss Traveler, the second book in the series, now available in paperback!

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Blog Tour: EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES by Rhoda Belleza with Review & #Giveaway

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I am so excited to be included in the Empress Of A Thousand Skies tour and share my thoughts. Make sure to go to the bottom of the post and enter the giveaway to win your own copy!!!

empressEmpress Of A Thousand Skies
by Rhoda Belleza
Published by Razorbill
Release Date: February 7, 2017

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Summary:

Empress
Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Fugitive
Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

Madman
With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.

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Excerpt Reveal: Unrest (Unknown #2) by Wendy Higgins

Today we’re revealing an excerpt from UNREST by Wendy Higgins! Check it out and grab your copy today!!

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Title: Unrest

Author: Wendy Higgins

Release Day: February 14th

About Unrest:

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities…lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can’t escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy’s identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

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ARC Review by Guest Reviewer Madison: All In Pieces by Suzanne Young

28954232All In Pieces by Suzanne Young
Simon Pulse
Release Date: November 8, 2016

Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis:

“Anger-management issues.”

That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.

The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.

Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own, a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself—except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.

And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.

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Review

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of All In Pieces for an honest review.

I was very excited to see Suzanne Young venture into contemporary and All in Pieces is a really moving story that explores the responsibilities on youth: dealing with a younger sibling with a disability. This book had great character development: all the characters had strong relationships to one another that was enjoyable to read. Cameron was so hot and I swooned over him a great deal while reading.

Savannah goes to an alternative school for her anger management, where she meets Cameron. Cameron takes interest in her and goes out of his way to help her with little things, such as giving her disabled brother, Evan, happier memories.

Savannah must deal with taking care of Evan on her own, because of her father is a drunk and her mother left when she was only a child, as well as dealing with her two best friends moving far away because of certain circumstances, so this makes Cameron’s presence in her life even more valuable.

Will Cameron be the support that Savannah needs to learn to deal with her issues? Will Savannah be able to hand all the responsibilities life throws her way?

This is a short, fast read that I really loved. This book is only from the POV of Savannah and is a standalone. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a great, heartfelt contemporary. I am giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Suzanne YoungABOUT AUTHOR:

Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program, The Treatment, and several other novels. She currently lives in Tempe, Arizona where she teaches high school English and obsesses about books. Learn more about Suzanne at www.suzanne-young.blogspot.com

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ARC Review by Guest Reviewer Madison: The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

30312837The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: January 24, 2017

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Synopsis:

How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie? A new novel in both verse and prose from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins.

For as long as she can remember, it’s been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel’s mom disappeared when she was a baby. Dad says home is wherever the two of them are, but Ariel is now seventeen and after years of new apartments, new schools, and new faces, all she wants is to put down some roots. Complicating things are Monica and Gabe, both of whom have stirred a different kind of desire.

Maya’s a teenager who’s run from an abusive mother right into the arms of an older man she thinks she can trust. But now she’s isolated with a baby on the way, and life’s getting more complicated than Maya ever could have imagined.

Ariel and Maya’s lives collide unexpectedly when Ariel’s mother shows up out of the blue with wild accusations: Ariel wasn’t abandoned. Her father kidnapped her fourteen years ago.

What is Ariel supposed to believe? Is it possible Dad’s woven her entire history into a tapestry of lies? How can she choose between the mother she’s been taught to mistrust and the father who has taken care of her all these years?

In bestselling author Ellen Hopkins’s deft hands, Ariel’s emotionally charged journey to find out the truth of who she really is balances beautifully with Maya’s story of loss and redemption. This is a memorable portrait of two young women trying to make sense of their lives and coming face to face with themselves—for both the last and the very first time.

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Review

I would like to thank Yallfest and the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of The You I’ve Never Known for an honest review.

The You I’ve Never Known contains LGBT content and touches a lot of sensitive topics that are emotionally difficult. This is a fantastic, diverse book that takes on different perspectives and angles. I’ve read most of Hopkins’ other books and this book is up there with some of my favorite books of hers.

This book comes from two perspectives: Ariel and Maya. Ariel has dealt with rejection and isolation from her mother since she was a baby and her abusive father. Maya is now pregnant with an older man’s baby and feels trapped in her life.

Ariel also struggles with a love triangle between her best friend who is a girl and her father’s girlfriend’s nephew. Maya feels much more connection and romance for her best friend, who is a girl as well, than she does for her abusive husband.

How are Ariel and Maya connected? What choices will bring them together?

This book was a fast-paced book that I could not wait to read because of my love for Ellen Hopkins. I finished this book in two days. I really did enjoy this book. I am rating it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Ellen HopkinsABOUT AUTHOR:

Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Triangles, Tilt, and Collateral. She lives in Carson City, Nevada, with her husband and son. Hopkin’s Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest pages get thousands of hits from teens who claim Hopkins is the “only one who understands me”, and she can be visited at ellenhopkins.com.

Like most of you here, books are my life. Reading is a passion, but writing is the biggest part of me. Balance is my greatest challenge, as I love my family, friends, animals and home, but also love traveling to meet my readers. Hope I meet many of you soon!

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Release Day Blitz: Roseblood by A. G. Howard with #Giveaway

I am so excited that ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard releases today and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author A.G. Howard, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed ROSEBLOOD poster and a mask courtesy of A.G. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:

ROSEBLOOD
Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

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In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

 


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Review: The Cursed Queen (The Impostor Queen #2) by Sarah Fine

28684363The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine
(The Impostor Queen #2)
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: January 3, 2017

Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis:

Ansa has always been a fighter.

As a child, she fought the invaders who murdered her parents and snatched her as a raid prize. She fought for her place next to Thyra, the daughter of the Krigere Chieftain. She fought for her status as a warrior in her tribe: blood and victory are her way of life. But the day the Krigere cross the great lake and threaten the witch queen of the Kupari, everything changes.

Cursed by the queen with fire and ice, Ansa is forced to fight against an invisible enemy—the dark magic that has embedded itself deep in her bones. The more she tries to hide it, the more dangerous it becomes. And with the Krigere numbers decimated and the tribe under threat from the traitorous brother of the dead Chieftain, Ansa is torn between her loyalty to the Krigere, her love for Thyra, and her own survival instincts.

With her world in chaos and each side wanting to claim her for their own, only one thing is certain: unless Ansa can control the terrible magic inside her, everything she’s fought for will be destroyed.

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Review

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of The Cursed Queen for an honest review.

The Cursed Queen is an action-packed, fantasy novel. This book is all about a girl torn from her homeland who witnesses her family murdered and is trained by these people to be a weapon. Ansa struggles through most of the book to figure out who she really is and not just what other people want her to be. I loved that this book is a companion novel to The Impostor Queen and filled in so many unanswered questions while also fleshing out the world.

If you go into this book expecting it to be exactly like its companion it is not. They are similar in some respects but they do have their separate journeys and do take place in different places with different tribes. This tribe I would think of a more like a Viking tribe. They believe in fighting for honor, respect and gain. They sail and conquer lands. They mark themselves to show their kills.

Ansa is an is an incredible fighter and that has been apparent since the day Krigere came and killed her parents and took her. She would not back down and anyone who attacked her, had a fight on their hands. Since then she has been raised as one of them. She has been in love with the chieftains daughter Thyra.

Thyra knows that her position does not allow for a relationship to form between them. Jaspar who was exiled with his father has eyes for Ansa and tries to put a wedge between them.

“I don’t yet know what I am,” I admit. “But now I know why I fight.” I slice at his dagger hand, quick as lightning, fire magic tingling so hard inside me that sparks fly off the edge of my weapon.

Jaspar’s eyes go wide as he sees the flame dripping from my blade…

Will Jaspar succeed in keeping Ansa and Thyra from trusting each other? Will Ansa find out who she really is and learn to embrace it?

The Cursed Queen was a great read that had me wanting more from this series. It was full of great character development and one of my favorite characters from the other book comes into play in this novel. The pacing in this book was a little slow at times but by the second half of the book I was so drawn in. I would recommend this book and I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars.


Sarah FineABOUT AUTHOR:

When I’m not writing, I’m psychologizing (really, I even get a paycheck for it). Sometimes I do both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.

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