My The Darkest Minds Re-Read by Alexandra Bracken


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Published December 18th 2012 by Disney Hyperion

Synopsis

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

My Review

This book has been everywhere lately due to the movie coming out this month. I decided to give the book a re-read to refresh my memory prior to seeing the movie and also to see if I would give the book the same amount of kudo’s as I did the first time around.

For anyone whom is not aware, this is a dystopian world where children have special powers and they are categorized by colors by the government according to what their power might be. Yellows are electrical, Greens are good with numbers. While Blues can move things without touching them and Reds can start fires. Oranges can get into your head and twist things around. They are the most dangerous and also what our main character, Ruby is. The government had set up camps for the children to live at and basically abducts some of them that have not been turned over by their parents. The camps are awful and horrible things happen there, so when Ruby is approached about an escape plan, she doesn’t think twice about it.

I have to say that since it has been so long since I have read this book, it seemed like a brand new read to me. I remember enjoying it but I REALLY enjoyed it the second time around. Definitely still a five star read!

I enjoyed all of the characters. I thought Chubbs was hilarious and Zu was very sweet. I adored Liam and his protective nature. At times, Ruby did strike a nerve in me but it was nothing that I couldn’t get over and move on from.

The story was written so well and the world building was phenomenal. I can completely picture how this could actually become our world quickly. The parents really had me irritated with the fact that most of them were afraid of their own children and turning them over to the authorities and do not even get me started on the Slip Kid. He was a whole other thorn in my side.

THAT ENDING was explosive and left me wanting to jump right into the next book straight away but I am trying to control myself and actually savor the story for once instead of devouring it!

I cannot wait to actually see the movie and I am hoping that it lives up to the book! I have seen mixed reviews. Some loved it while others said it was awful. I will be my own judge!

If you would like to read my original review, click HERE!

5 stars

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Blog Tour: Sadie by Courtney Summers


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Wednesday Books

Synopsis

A gripping novel about the depth of a sister’s love; poised to be the next book you won’t be able to stop talking about.

A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she’s left behind.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

My Review

And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl.

I must warn you that if you have a heart at all…then this book will absolutely slay you. Seriously, like no coming back from it, can’t sleep or eat until you have finished it, even after you have finished it-it is still with you slay you. REMEMBER…You have all been warned.

This book was horrifically heart shattering. The story is told in two different POV’s. Sadie is a nineteen year old whose little sister was murdered. She has a horrible stutter which she feels completely self conscious about. And she is looking for Mattie’s murderer and will literally stop at nothing to find him. The second POV is West McCray. He is a reporter for the podcast “The Girls” and was hired by Sadie’s caregiver to track down Sadie and try to piece together what had happened to Mattie.

I enjoyed the way Ms. Summers set up the book. We have Sadie giving us a background on their family while setting up to leave to find her sister’s killer. And West’s POV told kind of like we are listening to it on a tape being played back to us via an interview style.

In our last episode, I introduced you to the two girls at the center of this podcast, Mattie Southern and Sadie Hunter. Mattie was murdered, her body left just outside her hometown of Cold Creek, Colorado. Sadie is missing, her car found, abandoned, thousands of miles away, with all her personal belongings still inside it. The girls’ surrogate grandmother, May Beth Foster, has enlisted my help in finding Sadie and bringing her home.

For those of you just tuning in, this is a serialized podcast, so if you haven’t listened to our first episode, you should do that now. We have more story than time to tell it – but I suppose that’s true for all of us.

Sadie’s life has been tough. Her Mom is an addict whom comes and goes. Sadie is left to raise her little sister whom she adores. The love that you can feel while reading for her sister is that of a mother and child. Sadie would walk through fire for Mattie and it is really a beautiful relationship. You would think that the book would be completely plot driven but it was absolutely character driven. These characters made the story and we meet a lot more along the way with Sadie’s Travels.

Imagine having to live every day knowing the person who killed your sister is breathing the air she can’t, filling his lungs with it, tasting its sweetness. Imagine him knowing the steady weight of the earth under his feet while her body is buried six feet below it.

The ending left me wanting so much more! I have never read a book like this and it really blew me away. I enjoyed it but it was also so exhausting. I had to get to the end. The writing was beautiful and I was able to capture the entire story. This one left me haunted and actually dreaming about it that night.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy in exchange of an honest review.

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5 stars

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The Cookie Book Tag


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I WAS TAGGED!!! I am so super excited because this is my first tag that I was actually tagged for:) I was tagged by the awesome Andie over at Andrea’s Nirvana. If you are not familiar with Andie, hop on over to her blog and say “hey” and thank you Andie for tagging me for this awesome tag!

So here we go….

The Rules

  • In addition to linking back to the person who tagged you, it would be awesome if you link back to Nicole’s original post!
  • Pick a book that corresponds to the cookie’s ‘theme’.
  • Have fun!
  • Tag one to three people.

 

The Books

Chocolate Chip | A Classic Book That You Love or Really Enjoyed

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Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

I am actually not a big classics fan but I have recently added The Picture of Dorian Gray to my TBR since someone suggested it. Honestly, this was the only book that I remember reading in high school that I enjoyed.

Thin Mints | A Fandom That You Really Want to ‘Join’ and/or a Hyped-Up Book You Want To Read

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The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

I have yet to read the series. *cringes* I am not sure if I would even like them and they just did not seem to interest me but I am secretly jealous of the fandom that surrounds these books and sometimes feel like I am missing out on this huge inside secret. Maybe I will get to them some day? *shrugs*

Shortbread | An Author You Can’t Get Enough Of

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Jennifer L Armentrout

This was an easy one! I enjoy every. single. book that she writes and cannot get enough of them! I have to say though that she writes SO much that I have not completed every book but am definitely up for the challenge! Oooh! Idea…I may have to take a month and just catch up on everything that I have not read yet!!!

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Oreos | A Book Whose Cover Was Better Than The Story OR Vice Versa, Where The Story Was Better Than Its Cover

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The Wonder Bread Summer by Jessica Anya Blau

I adore the cover to this book. I think it is just really retro looking but the story behind the cover…Blech! I could not stand the story line, it was just way too crazy for me and I ended up DNFing it:(

Tagalongs / Peanut Butter Patties | A Book That Wasn’t What You Expected

 

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The Initiation by Chris Babu

This book really surprised me! I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. First of all, I am not real big on male leads but this one was written really well and the action kept up the whole way through so I never got bored.

Snickerdoodles | A Book You May Never Stop Rereading/ Loving

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Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

I know this book was hugely controversial back in it’s hay day but I so freakin love it and always will! I have probably read it like 8 times and never get bored. Whenever I am in a reading slump, I will pull it out and read it in it’s entirety and fall in love with that crazy Maddox all over again!

And the nominees are…..

I nominate the following: Amber, Destiny, and Loretta, AND YOU!!! If you do take the challenge to do this tag, please come on back here and post your link! I would love to read them and hey…no pressure, if you cannot get to the tag…no problem, maybe next time!

Thanks again to Andie! Seriously guys, go check her out!

So tell me? Do you agree with any of my choices? Disagree? What would you choose for each category??

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Blog Tour: The Moons of Barsk by Lawrence M. Schoen w/ Giveaway & Excerpt


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The Moons of BarskSYNOPSIS

Years after the events of Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, the lonely young outcast and physically-challenged Fant, Pizlo, is now a teenager. He still believes he hears voices from the planet’s moons, imparting secret knowledge to him alone. And so embarks on a dangerous voyage to learn the truth behind the messages. His quest will catapult him offworld for second time is his short life, and reveal things the galaxy isn’t yet ready to know.

Elsewhere, Barsk’s Senator Jorl, who can speak with the dead, navigates galactic politics as Barsk’s unwelcome representative, and digs even deeper into the past than ever before to discover new truths of his own.

 

Praise for THE MOONS OF BARSK

“Weird, wise, and worldly, Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard is a triumph.” —Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Red Planet Blues

“The second you encounter the arboreal uplifted elephants who speak with the dead, you know you’re reading a work of singular imaginative power. It’s a delight from beginning to end.” —Walter Jon Williams, Nebula Award-winning author of the Metropolitan series

“A captivating, heartwarming story in a unique and fantastic world… as rich and mysterious as Dune.” —James L. Cambias, author of A Darkling Sea

“A heartfelt and wonderfully weird book: a space opera about kindness and memory.” —Max Gladstone, author of the Craft Sequence

“A masterful, onion-layered tale of pariahdom, treachery, and genocide that ultimately reveals the true deathlessness of hope and love.” —Charles E. Gannon, author of Fire With Fire

“Combines excellent characters and a fascinating world. What really makes it work is how he deftly weaves together startling SFnal ideas with character-based intrigue. You’ll really care for these characters, even as you find them believably alien. I found it a compulsive page-turner and immensely enjoyable.” —Karl Schroeder, author of Lockstep

“Powerful. Grand in scope, yet deeply intimate. Schoen gives anthropomorphism some serious spirituality. It got inside my head in the way that only an exciting new idea can.” —Howard Tayler, Hugo Award-winning creator of Schlock Mercenary

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics. He spent ten years as a college professor, doing research in the areas of human memory and Lawrence M. Schoenlanguage. This was followed by seventeen years as the director of research for a medical center in Philadelphia that provided mental health and addiction services. Evidence from both these career paths can be found in almost everything he writes.

He’s also one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Klingon language, and since 1992 has championed the exploration and use of this constructed tongue and lectured throughout the world. In addition, he’s the publisher behind a speculative fiction small press, Paper Golem, aimed at showcasing up-and-coming new writers as well as providing a market for novellas. And too, he performs occasionally as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues.

In 2007, he was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He received a Hugo Award nomination for Best Short Story in 2010 and Nebula Award nominations for Best Novella in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018, and for Best Novel in 2016. He’s received the  Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service to SFWA Award as well as the Coyotl Award for Best Novel. Some of his most popular writing deals with the ongoing humorous adventures of a space-faring stage hypnotist named the Amazing Conroy and his animal companion Reggie, an alien buffalito that can eat anything and farts oxygen. More serious writing can be found in his BARSK series, which uses anthropomorphic SF to explore ideas of prophecy, intolerance, political betrayal, speaking to the dead, predestination, and free will.

Lawrence lives near Philadelphia with his wife, Valerie, who is neither a psychologist nor a Klingon speaker.
 

WEBSITE: http://www.lawrencemschoen.com/
TWITTER:  @klingonguy
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/162810.Lawrence_M_Schoen
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/lawrencemschoen
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/lawrencemschoen/

EXCERPT

THE MOONS OF BARSK

Lawrence M. Schoen

Tor Books

His ears dropped at the wonder of it, questions of math falling away for the moment. She wore a simple dress of pale brown with a slightly darker vest over it, both clung to her body as the rain soaked them. As she drew closer, he caught a faint floral scent, a perfume that had been popular decades ago. Her eyes locked on his face, her arms opened wide in greeting. The simple familiarity of the ritual provided a touchstone and he shook off his confusion, stammering the traditional reply as he had at other introductions, thousands of times over too many decades. “Perhaps our mothers knew one another.” The absurdity of his words hit him. Knew one another? It would require a Speaker, assuming one could be found who was old enough to have known either an Eleph named Layne or his own mother before they had sailed away and arrived here themselves. The framing of that puzzle brought the impossibility of the math back to his mind, now compounded. This was the final island. No one lived here. Each Fant sought it some few days after awaking to the knowledge that their death lay at hand and then strove to arrive on its shores. Nothing of the living world belonged here, least of all a … hostess.

Ryne sucked air hard as his mind raced with probability functions. Assuming the island’s perimeter contained an average span of usable beaches for bringing a boat to shore, arriving on the same day as another Dying Fant had better odds than the annual archipelago lottery. But this Bernath, she had called him by name, spoken of his home, and that unlikelihood exceeded all the stars beyond the clouded sky. He gawked at her as the words fell from his mouth. “You … you know me?”

“I feel as though I do, though I know we’ve never actually met. But in time, you and I will come to know one another far better. In time, I hope you’ll entertain some questions I have, questions about magnetic optics and the dynamics of charged particles on electromagnetic fields.”

His ears flapped back and down as he lowered the odds of his initial estimate, taking into account the thousands of students he’d had over a lifetime spent in academia, the many papers he’d presented and published. Even so, the math was still impossible. Cut the nearly infinite in half and one still had half an infinity. And yet the Eleph woman’s questions reflected some of his most recent work and unpublished theories, research that had never been a part of his classroom, calling into doubt his calculations once more. “You know my work?”

Copyright © 2018 by Lawrence M. Schoen

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–  5 Winners will receive a Copy of THE MOONS OF BARSK (Barsk #2) by Lawrence M. Schoen.

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Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur


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Synopsis

#1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

My Thoughts

I remember when this book came out, it seemed that everybody and their mother loved it. I mean I would see screencaps everywhere I turned, people were singing Rupi Kaur’s praises and honestly the excerpts backed it up. So of course, I had read this collection of poetry.

And let me tell you, it was extremely overhyped.

This collection is split Into four sections: The Hurting, The Loving, The Breaking, and the Healing. I guess it’s fitting my because It took me four months to finish it.

I’m going to be completely honest. “The hurting” was the strongest section of the whole entire book, and I would recommend this book just for that section alone. It was raw, honest, and heartbreaking. I mean this section had me hurting. It was a painful look into the author’s life and personal experiences and relationships. It was gorgeous and heartbreaking at the same time. Truly, if this book ended after this section I would give it a million stars. But it didn’t and everything after it, didn’t stand up to the raw beauty of this first section.

“The loving” was good but not as strong as the previous section, but still worth reading. There were only eight poems in that section that really stood out to me, everything else just didn’t hold up. But at the same time it’s a much stronger and interesting section than the last two, but pales when compared to “the hurting”.

Everything after “the loving” is repetitive and lousy in my opinion. It’s annoying to read the same thing over and over again. Like I get it, I have to love myself and shave my hair only if I want too, those thing really didn’t need to be said more than once.

In the end, Rupi Kaur’s debut collection did not live up to all hype and ended up being a very disappointing and laborious read for me. I hear her second collection is leaps and bounds better though, so maybe I’ll check it out sometime.

3 stars

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Blogger Love with Joanna from Skavansieur


Joanna’s Blog can be found HERE!

36643434Nimbus by AC Miller

Published November 21st 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

It’s the year 2191 and the last known civilization hides behind a giant steel wall buried deep within a forest. For over eighty years, Nimbus has thrived under one rule: Separation. When a kid turns fourteen, they’re kicked outside the wall. For eleven years, they must survive before being given a chance at re-entry. It’s Nimbus’ way of keeping an identity the previous world didn’t have; it’s their way of preventing history from repeating itself.

Sam Martin has spent his first thirteen years in Nimbus, but today’s different. Today is Sam’s fourteenth birthday.

Meanwhile, Sam’s brother, Sean, was recently granted re-admittance to Nimbus after surviving his eleven years. Assigned to work as a member of the Elite Guard, Sean slowly begins to realize there’s something deeply wrong with how Nimbus works.

Outside the wall, Elise waits. Directed by Sean to find Sam when he’s sent out, Elise sits deep in the forest fending off a series of headaches that have bothered her since her first day outside. With one year left to prove her worth, Elise must teach Sam how to survive the horrors beyond the wall.

The outside is crawling with those willing to do anything to survive regardless of what it entails. Sam, Sean, and Elise must learn to cope with the darkness lurking both inside and outside the wall. If they don’t, those who hide in the shadows will win.

Joanna’s Review

*A free PDF copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review*

This book has captivated me from the start. It was a page-turner, impossible to put down. 

Miller has made it possible to hate the authorities with every cell in my body. My blood boils by just thinking about what goes on in the twisted concept of Nimbus. Sending out 14-year-olds into the outside, unequipped (well, except that they can bring only ONE thing) and expected to fight and hunt for the next 11 years.

The point of view switches between 4 characters, Sean, Elise, Abby and Sam and through it, you’re able to understand their state of mind as well as their experiences outside the wall. Each character deals with loss, love, guilt and fear but they continue to fight on to put a stop to this twisted rule. Every chapter, the characters are faced with a struggle that’s pulling them back or some motivational talk from one another to keep them sane.

There were some unexpected plot twists in the story that will keep you on your toes. You’ll begin to wonder who is the bad guy here and who else is working with him. However, you’ll still have faith knowing the fighting spirit of the characters.

The whole story was well developed, leaving no place for any uncertainty. All the questions I had while reading the book were answered in the next few chapters. It was clear that there weren’t any plot holes.

I love the way each character, despite facing so many hardships and loss are selfless, knowing that not only to stay alive for themselves but for their close ones as well. I’ve grown attached to them and wanted them to win. However, it all comes with a price.

With Nimbus, you should always expect the unexpected. Perhaps not, since it might get to you before you get to it. Nimbus isn’t the end. There’s more to come.

Joanna’s Interview


How did you come up with the name of your blog?
I owe it all to Gerard Way really. He had a comic book called Umbrella Academy and it really inspired me to write a dystopian story. It was an idea that I had when I was 13 and Skavansieur would be the name of the town.

How long have you been blogging for?
I started in May 2018, about 3 months now and it has been absolutely wonderful.

What was your favorite post that you have written?
It’d have to be my June Wrap-Up. I love doing wrap-up blog posts since it is a way for me to see what books I’ve read in the past month. It also allows me to rethink about the book when I write a short summary of it.
https://skavansieur.blogspot.com/2018/07/june-wrap-up.html

If you could become a character in any book, which book would you choose and why?
I’d like to be Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. She is incredibly smart and I really admire that about her. She is also resourceful so that would be a great skill to have.

Lightening Round:

Hard Cover or Paperback?
Paperback!

Beach or Mountains?
Beach!

Salty or Sweet?
Salty!

Romance or Fantasy?
Fantasy 100%

Thank you for this opportunity to be featured. 

Thank you Joanna for being here today and for your review!

Please check out Joanna’s blog, her reviews are very well written and thought out down to the last detail:)

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Remembering Everly by JL Berg (Lost & Found 2)


Remembering Everly (Lost & Found, #2)Remembering Everly by J.L. Berg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis

After two years in a coma, August Kinkaid has forgotten the darkness in his past. But his past hasn’t forgotten him. His beautiful former fiancée, Everly, remembers every tumultuous moment of their stormy relationship. The sizzling passion. The web of lies. And the terrible secret Everly’s been hiding since her last fateful night with August.

Now the truth is out and August remembers everything. As his long-buried memories come flooding back, he begins to understand why Everly would want to move on with her life. Why she would give her heart to another man. And why August should try to forget her once and for all.

But he can’t give up on the only woman he’s ever loved. Even if he has to reopen old wounds–and face the darkest demons of his past–August will do whatever it takes for a second chance with Everly. He let her slip away once. He’s not about to spend the rest of his life remembering Everly when he could be holding her in his arms forever . . .

My Review

“I need you, Everly. I need you now, and forever. I’ll always want to protect you, but life – whether it’s this one or another – it’s not worth living without you.”

After reading the first book, I had to grab this one immediately because the story was only half finished and I hate that. I need to know what happened!

I jumped right in and although I adored the first one, I didn’t enjoy this one as much, but it was still a good read.

The book literally picks up where the first let off and Everly kind of got on my last nerve even more in this book. I think what had me keep reading was the mystery to it and the fact that August was still trying to piece together his life.

If I loved August in the first book, I loved him even more in this one! He does get a little reckless but quickly recovers with Everly’s help. The side characters had even more of a prominent role in this book and I really did not care too much for any of them. They were just little blips that had a little something to do with the story.

The ending was fast and explosive. I did expect it, there were enough clues along the way for the reader to figure out how it would end but I enjoyed reading it just the same. I also really liked the Epilogue and am passing these books onto my Mother In Law whom loves a good love story just like myself.

“Loving him had always been as easy as breathing… I would love him for everything he was, everything he wasn’t, and everything we could be together.”

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4 stars

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Blog Tour: Echoes by Alice Reeds


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Genre: YA Thriller

Release Date: August 7th 2018

Entangled Teen

Summary:

“Fast-paced and thrilling.

ECHOES is a heart-pounding and addictive love story.”—Mia Siegert, author of Jerkbait

They wake on a deserted island. Fiona and Miles, high school enemies

now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold onto.

Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most chilling discovery: something else is on the island with them.

Something that won’t let them leave alive. Echoes is a thrilling adventure about confronting the impossible, discovering love in the most unexpected places, and, above all, finding hope in the face of the unknown.

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My Review

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I loved the back and forth banter between Fiona & Miles. They started off really despising each other but ended up being the only person the other could trust in the whole world.

This story takes the reader on a whirlwind of ups and downs and you are left wanting so much more. All I can say is that this better be a series because I need to see what happens with these characters from here.

I had zero problems with starting the book and continuing. It gripped my attention from the first chapter and kept me just as entertained the whole way through. There is a roller coaster of events and you never knew which direction you would be thrown in next or what may happen next. I really liked the dual direction the writer had taken with time/place. It is hard to explain but once you read the book, you can get a better understanding.

There is a love story that does blossom while reading but the book is not based on that alone which was lovely in itself. I really enjoyed this plot driven read and highly suggest it for any mystery/sci-fi fan!

5 stars

About the Author

Alice Reeds was born in a small town in Germany but spent her first eight years in Florida, USA. Later on, she moved back to Europe, where her family moved around a lot. She was raised trilingual and has a basic understanding of Russian, read and spoken. After getting her International Baccalaureate Diploma, Alice is studying English Language and Literature at University. In her free time Alice mostly writes, reads, figure and/or roller skates, or watches countless let’s plays and figure skating videos.

Author Links:

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Blog Tour Schedule –Echoes

August 7th

Cafe Manon     www.cafemanon.nl    Review

A New Look On Books   http://anewlookonbooks.com Promo Post

A Court of Coffee and Books    https://acourtofcoffeeandbooks.wordpress.com/     Review

Adventures Thru Wonderland https://adventuresthruwonderlandreviews.wordpress.com/   Review

The Cozy Reading Corner     http://www.the-crc.blogspot.com     Promo Post

August 8th

Chapters through life     https://chaptersthroughlife.blogspot.co.uk/    Review

Books Direct       http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/     Promo Post

Literary Meanderings     http://www.literaryme.net    Promo Post

August 9th

Character Madness and Musings   https://jenabaxterbooks.blogspot.com/    Promo Post

Bibliobibuli YA    http://bibliobibuliya.com/   Promo Post

bookblogarama    http://bookblogarama.com  Promo Post

August 10th

nightlyreading   http://www.nightlyreading.wordpress.com   Review

Mythical Books http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/    Promo Post

August 13th

Erhibiscus    https://instagram.com/erhibiscus    Review

Wishful Endings      https://www.wishfulendings.com/     Promo Post

Buried Under Books    https://cncbooksblog.wordpress.com/    Review

August 14th

Don’t Judge, Read     http://dontjudgeread.blogspot.ca    Promo Post

Paperback princess     http://princess-paperback.blogspot.com     Review

What Emma Read Next http://whatemmareadnext.co.uk     Review

Devouring Books    Https://www.devouringbooks2017.wordpress.com  Review

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Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 3: League of Shadows


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Synopsis:

The sweeping new chapter in writer James Tynion IV’s acclaimed saga—featuring a league of talented artists including Marcio Takara (THE FLASH) and Christian Duce (BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL)—is here, in BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 3: LEAGUE OF SHADOWS.

Batwoman, an accomplished crime-fighter who’s overcome the darkest of betrayals. Clayface, a reformed villain whose potential is eclipsed only by his astonishing powers. New heroes like Azrael, an avenging angel, and Batwing, whose incredible armor makes him a true dark knight. Led by the Batman himself, this team of guardians stands ready to protect Gotham City.

But the secrets of the team’s most mysterious member, Cassandra Cain, are about to come to light. And that light will cast a shadow darker than anything they’ve ever seen before.

They thought the League of Shadows was just a rumor—a secret society of nihilistic killers often whispered about but never seen. But now the League is here, in Gotham. They’re destroying Batman’s team one by one. And their sinister leader, Lady Shiva, has come to reclaim her daughter—or destroy her.

Can even Batman’s arch-enemy Ra’s al Ghul and his League of Assassins stop the onslaught? Or have the Shadows come to stay?

Find out in BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 3: LEAGUE OF SHADOWS. 

Collects DETECTIVE COMICS #950-956.

My Thoughts:

This was the best one yet, I have no idea what is coming but I’m excited.

The fact that this volume focused on my favorite girl, Cassandra I was hooked from the first page. This volume had some of the most beautiful pages in terms of writing and artwork.

The team feels like an actual team now, they work with each other and interact with fondness, it’s amazing to see how they have evolved from the first volume.

The storyline was pretty amazing, the antagonists in this volume were perfect and did a great job at setting the stage for what is to come and I’m hyped!

Like can you guys tell I loved this volume??

Side Notes:

I really liked that Stephanie wasn’t in this volume

Tim Drake, yikes.

Clayface is such a sweetheart!

Ballet❤️

Psycho moms

All I want is for Cass to be happy and loved.

There is going to be magic! Which is great because I love just about every magic user in DC

Basil Karlo deserves love, rainbows, and sunshine. He deserves a chance, and infinite hugs and snuggles.

Kate Kane, is so bland. She’s like cardboard.

Bruce Wayne is a bad dad. But ya’ll should know that.

 

4 stars

sam

The Wedding From Hell: The Reception By JR Ward


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by J. R. Ward

Available: August 7, 2018

Gallery Books | E-book Original

ISBN: 9781982105372 | Free

The Wedding from Hell, Part 2: The Rehearsal Dinner is the exciting second adventure in J.R. Ward’s three-part ebook serialization: The Wedding From Hell. This exclusive prequel to her upcoming standalone suspense, Consumed (available in Fall 2018) takes us back to the night steamy arson investigator Anne Ashburn and ‘bad boy’ firefighter Danny Maguire will never forget.

About the Book:

The Wedding From Hell, Part 2: The Reception: As the wedding from hell continues, Anne and Danny find themselves walking the delicate balance between professional distance and explosive attraction. Will the desire they feel last through the night and change their lives? Or are they doomed to part after one night of passion?

About the Author:

J.R. Ward is the author of more than thirty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. There are more than fifteen million copies of her novels in print worldwide, and they have been published in twenty-six different countries around the world. She lives in the South with her family.

Purchase Link: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Wedding-from-Hell-Part-2-The-Reception/J-R-Ward/9781982105372

Video from J.R. Ward: Youtube: https://youtu.be/9SApaA9CrHA

Excerpt:

Saturday, October 31

T minus 2 hours ’til blastoff

St. Mary’s Cathedral, New Brunswick, Massachusetts

Anne Ashburn had never had veil envy, as they called it. As a young girl, she had never pictured herself walking down an aisle in a white dress, ready to be rescued by a knight-in-shining-armor groom who was going to take charge and take care of her for the rest of her life.

Nope. Anne had wanted to fight fires like her father and then her brother. Even though she no longer respected the former, and had a strained relationship with the latter, she’d wanted to pull on turnouts and strap an air tank to her back and breathe canned air as she ran into open flames dragging hundreds of pounds of charged line with her. She’d wanted to rescue grandmothers, and children, and people who had succumbed to smoke inhalation. She’d been ready to cut open crumpled cars and drag broken bodies out of wreckage at the sides of highways. She’d been determined that the extremes of cold winter nights, hot summer days, physical exhaustion, and mental fatigue would never keep her from doing her job.

So, yup, the old fashioned Mrs. degree had never held any fascination for her. There was no way in hell she was going to be like her mother, living a derivative, nineteen-fifties version of life, nothing but a pretty blow-up doll that was expected to cook, clean, and cut the yapping.

On that note, as she pulled into St. Mary’s parking lot and looked up at the great cathedral’s stained glass windows and lofty spires, she decided it made sense that not only was she not the bride, she wasn’t even a bridesmaid.

Like the rest of the crew down at the 499 firehouse, she was a groomsmen in the impending nuptials of Robert “Moose” Miller and Deandra—what the hell was her last name anyway? Cox. That was it.

Anne was thinking groomsmen was a role she might as well get used to. Not that Duff, Emilio, Deshaun, or any of the other men she worked with were settling down anytime soon.

Especially not Dannyboy Maguire.

Right on cue, a Ford truck entered the parking lot, the late afternoon sun flashing across its windshield.

As Anne’s heart kicked in her chest, she was tempted to hustle in the side door of the church—but she had never been one to run from a challenge.

Danny was more than just a challenge, though.

And okay, fine. So maybe she had already run out of his way at least once: Last night, at the rehearsal dinner, she’d positively bolted after he’d made that speech of his.

I never believed in love . . . I thought it was just a word, a title folks gave to daydreams and misconceptions about destiny, a lie folks told to themselves to make them feel solid in this imperfect, unreliable, and mean-ass world.

Now I know it can happen between two people. And it doesn’t have to make sense because it’s not about logic. And it doesn’t have to have good timing because forever is like infinity, without beginning or end. And it doesn’t have to be defined because truth is like faith—it just is.

So, let’s toast to love.

He’d looked at her while he’d spoken. He had been talking . . . to her . . . in that slow, deep voice.

Everybody else had toasted Moose and Deandra. But Anne had known it hadn’t been about them. Danny, ever the ladies man, king of the one-night stand, he who shalt never be tied down . . . seemed to be suggesting not just that he’d had a change of heart.

But that he might have given his own to Anne.

Unless she was misreading everything? Then again, they had kissed the night before that. In her living room. While riding an adrenaline high after they’d saved a life in an alleyway.

And lips-to-lips had been better than good, the rare circumstance when reality had improved on a fantasy. After two years of attraction and sizzle and unacknowledged heat, that which had been pushed under the rug was exposed now. And there was no going back.

Especially as she felt the same way.

So hell yeah she had bolted out of that restaurant. The second she had been able to get up from her chair, she had hit the exit and left Danny without a ride home.

He’d called two hours later. He’d been in a bar, probably

Timeout where the crew always went, the noise in the background loud and raucous.

She had not answered. He had left a short message, but not called again.

Anne just wasn’t sure what to do. Well, that wasn’t entirely true. There were plenty of things she wanted to do to him, with him, on him—all of which were naked and erotic and not necessarily only horizontal.

Refocusing, she watched Danny’s truck pass by. From behind the wheel, he looked over at her.

She waited for him to find a space and get out, and as he walked across to her, she tried—tried—not to go sixteen-year-old girl at the sight of him in a tuxedo.

#epicfail

He was very tall, over six feet five, and he was built hard and muscular, his shoulders so wide, his chest so broad, his waist the point of the inverted triangle of his torso. His jet-black hair was still damp, and what sunlight there was in the mostly cloudy sky flashed blue in its depths. He was freshly shaven—his cologne reaching her nose even before he stopped in front of her—and his eyes were that brilliant blue that had always arrested her. Irish eyes.

But they were not smiling.

For a man who was rarely serious, he looked positively grim, and she frowned.

“You okay?” Stupid question. “I mean—”

“Yeah, no. I’m fine.”

Standard answer for firefighters when they were in pain. And she wondered if it had to do with that speech of his, and what she could have sworn he had been telling her.

His eyes shifted off to the side and then his mouth got thinner.

“And here’s the blushing bride.”

A stretch limo entered the parking area and made a fat turn toward the back door of the cathedral. When it stopped, its driver got out and went to the rear door.

Seven all-in-pink, spray-tanned, body-glittered, and blond-streaked women got out one by one, a clown car of bridesmaids who were such carbon copies of each other, it was like they had been ordered out of a catalogue.

And then the white dress emerged.

Deandra, Moose’s intended, had her blond-streaked hair—natch—piled up on her head in an organized, sculpted waterfall of curls. Her veil was a gossamer fall over her tiny waist and her big skirt, and the shimmer of crystals across the bodice and down the front and sides of the gown made her look like a princess.

Provided you didn’t catch her expression.

She was sour as an old woman with gout and shingles. In spite of the fact that she was supposedly marrying her true love, she looked downright nasty as she snapped at the driver, glared at her maid of honor, and yanked her skirting up to march into the back of the church.

“Wow,” Anne muttered. “That’s a happy bride.”

“Whatever. They’re on their own with this dumbass idea.”

“Did you happen to talk to Moose last night?” she blurted.

“As in out of this? Or would that be considered tacky given it was less than twenty-four hours before the priest hit the altar with them.”

Danny rolled his eyes. “He’s bound and determined to ball-and-chain himself. Personally, I’d be running in the opposite direction.”

And then there was silence between them. Tension coiled up quick, and as Anne’s temples started to pound, she decided it was going to be a long night, just not for the reasons she’d assumed at the beginning of the weekend.

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