Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Blog Tour & Giveaway: All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton

Book Blurb:

ALL OUR BROKEN PIECES by L.D. Crichton

Pub. Date: May 7, 2019

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 416

"You can’t keep two people who are meant to be together apart for long...”

Lennon Davis doesn’t believe in much, but she does believe in the security of the number five. If she flicks the bedroom light switch five times, maybe her new L.A. school won’t suck. But that doesn’t feel right, so she flicks the switch again. And again. Ten more flicks of the switch and maybe her new step family will accept her. Twenty-five more flicks and maybe she won’t cause any more of her loved ones to die. Fifty times more and then she can finally go to sleep.

Kyler Benton witnesses this pattern of lights from the safety of his treehouse in the yard next door. It is only there, hidden from the unwanted stares of his peers, that Kyler can fill his notebooks with lyrics that reveal the true scars of the boy behind the oversized hoodies and caustic humor. But Kyler finds that descriptions of blonde hair, sad eyes, and tapping fingers are beginning to fill the pages of his notebooks. Lennon, the lonely girl next door his father has warned him about, infiltrates his mind. Even though he has enough to deal with without Lennon’s rumored tragic past in his life, Kyler can’t help but want to know the truth about his new muse.

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Heart-Wrenching, Romance, Teen--

Kyler is content hiding himself away, playing in his band just for fun, hiding behind baggy clothes so nobody can see him- that is until he spots the new girl moving in next door. Lennon has had her life ripped apart over the last few months when her mom died, her OCD went wild and she had to be hospitalized. Now she is moving in with her father and his new family, going to a new school, new therapist- and meeting a new boy. When Kyler and Lennon are assigned a project together, they learn that they have more in common and more to offer the world than either knew. Can they help each other heal, or will it just make more heartache to try?

Lennon

Lennon from Maine

Lennon from Maine with serious issues

Lennon from Maine with serious issues who sews

unravel me

I expected to like this book when I started, but All Our Broken Pieces snuck up on me. I absolutely adored this story, I really connected to everything that was contained within the pages. There was heartbreak, and some very real hard truths, but there was also hope, acceptance and the sweetness of developing love. The book focuses on a girl battling her OCD and a boy fearful of what people see when they look at him, both struggling in different ways but with them isolated. When you break it down like that, the story could have had the potential to be dark and depressing but instead I found the book to be uplifting, cute and humorous, with some heart wrenching moments as well- just what I wanted without knowing it.

Can I just butt in to my regularly scheduled review to tell you how much I love Lennon and Kyler together? They are just so adorable with their snarky text messages, ridiculous banter, dark humor and general random trivia, but more than that they are exactly what the other needed and the interactions between them just made me want to melt. Kyler is a closet romantic with the most wonderful of random tidbits and song lyrics that made me love him even more each time he wrote them.

Fact (definitely): Kyler Benton is a Breath Stealer. He's that beautiful. I know because I saw him.

I don't know what kind of magic L.D. used, but I got lost in this story. All Our Broken Pieces is a pretty hefty book at over 400 pages, but I blew through it in a single afternoon. I found the flow of the plot to be easy to navigate and the characters to be engaging and I didn't want to put the book down. I cheered on Lennon and Kyler, loving all their broken pieces, and I found this to be an adorable story full of strength and challenges while at the same time sweet and light. I realize that I am rambling random love sentiments, but I just want to hug the book to my chest and force everyone to read it too. This is the perfect read for anyone who enjoys YA contemporary romances with real situations and mental health issues.

Author Bio:

L.D. Crichton is the author of THE ENCHANTMENT OF EMMA FLETCHER, which received a starred review from School Library Journal. She’s a coffee devotee and lip gloss enthusiast whose infatuation with music is truly astonishing. If she’s not reading, writing, or checking her horoscope for signs from the Universe, you can find her by the water in search of mermaids because they're real. ALL OUR BROKEN PIECES is her first young adult novel. Represented by John Silbersack @ The Bent Agency.

She is one of 6 hosts for a weekly Twitter chat about writing. Search the hashtag #Wattpad4 Monday nights at 8:00 PM EST on Twitter to join in!

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Week One:

5/1/2019- Lifestyle Of MeReview

5/2/2019- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt

5/3/2019- Novel NoviceGuest Post

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  Week Two:

5/6/2019- Betwixt the PagesReview

5/7/2019- BookHounds YAReview

5/8/2019- Life of a Literary NerdExcerpt

5/9/2019- Do You Dog-ear?Review

5/10/2019- Novel Nerd FactionReview

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  Week Three:

5/13/2019- A Bookish EscapeReview

5/14/2019- Here's to Happy EndingsReview

5/15/2019- Dani Reviews ThingsReview

5/16/2019- The Pages In-BetweenReview

5/17/2019- Lone Tree ReviewsReview

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  Week Four:

5/20/2019- Savings in SecondsReview

5/21/2019- Book-KeepingReview

5/22/2019- Life of a Simple ReaderReview

5/23/2019- Smada's Book SmackReview

5/24/2019- Eli to the nthReview

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  Week Five:

5/27/2019- Popthebutterfly ReadsReview

5/28/2019- Jena Brown Writes- Review

5/29/2019- Literary MeanderingsInterview

5/30/2019- Paper ReaderReview

5/31/2019- Two points of interestReview

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields

Book Blurb:

THE BONE CHARMER by Breeana Shields

Pub. Date: May 21, 2019

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 400

"I was absolutely swept away by the world of The Bone Charmer." – Kendare Blake, #1 NYT Bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns

In Saskia’s world, bones are the source of all power. They tell the future, reveal the past, and expose secrets in the present. Each village has a designated seer who performs readings for the townsfolk, and in Midwood, the Bone Charmer is Saskia’s mother.

On the day of her kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—Saskia’s worst fears come true. She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, like her mother, and even worse, a match-making reading that pairs her with Bram—a boy who has suspicious tattoos that hint of violence.

Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose one she knew Saskia wouldn’t want. Their argument leads to a fracture in one of the bones. Broken bones are always bad luck, but this particular set of bones have been infused with extra magic, and so the break has devastating consequences—Saskia’s future has split as well. Now she will live her two potential paths simultaneously. Only one future can survive. And Saskia’s life is in danger in both.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Heart-Wrenching, Mystery, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen, Witches--

Saskia has always feared the magic that speaks to her, so much so that she wants nothing to do with the life her mother believes will be hers. On the day of her keening where her future will known, Saskia unleashes a chain of events that even her mother could not predict. Every choice can lead down a different path, and Saskia's life has split in two different directions. Which was her true path?

This was like a YA supernatural/otherworld version of the movie Sliding Doors, where an event happens that could have gone in a different direction, and the storyline splits into two and the audience gets to see them both unfold at the same time. One choice was the easy, expected choice- but the other was harder, more challenging, but maybe the best choice.

I knew what I wanted for Saskia, but I had no idea what was the path she should really be on. I loved how Breeana showed how fate, or destiny or whatever you want to call it, had such a strong pull on life. Even when you thought you were making different choices, some people belonged together in some form or another and everyone will find their real path.

Let's take a minute to mention that I just love Bram, he was my favorite character (aside from Ami who was adorable and the best of friend). He faced some terrible scorn for things that were out of control and I totally blamed Saskia for that- even though Bram did not seem to hold anything against her, he was just wary. Even from the beginning of the story I did not care what his supposed misdeeds were, I just loved his broody silence. I will say that I was hoping for more romance in the story since it there was a part about match making and mates, but there was so much else going on that romance took a back seat (which completely worked for the plot, just not my heart- talk about slow burn here!).

I thought this was a standalone story, but I am going to say based on the ending and tons of loose ends, that this is the first in a series. I love the world Breeana created, full of dark bone related magic and wishes, political intrigue and death, and just a small sliver of hope and love thrown in for flavor. I can't wait to see what the next book will bring for Saskia the Bone Charmer.

Author Bio:

Breeana Shields is an author of fantasy novels for teens including The Bone Charmer, Poison’s Kiss, and Poison’s Cage. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English.

When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and playing board games with her extremely competitive family. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, her three children, and two adorable, but spoiled dogs.

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Week One:

5/21/2019- BookHounds YAExcerpt

5/21/2019- Rhythmicbooktrovert- Review

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5/22/2019- Smada's Book SmackReview

5/22/2019- Jheartlovesbooks- Review

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5/23/2019- The Pages In-BetweenReview

5/23/2019- Two Chicks on Books- Excerpt

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5/24/2019- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt

5/24/2019- Shelf-rated- Review

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  Week Two:

5/27/2019- Lifestyle of MeReview

5/27/2019- Character Madness and Musings-Spotlight

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5/28/2019- Some Books & RamblingsReview

5/28/2019- Starlight-Reads- Review

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5/29/2019- Book-KeepingReview

5/29/2019- Eli to the nth- Review

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5/30/2019- Jena Brown WritesReview

5/30/2019- The Suburban Lifestyle- Review

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5/31/2019- Confessions of a YA ReaderExcerpt

5/31/2019- AURELIA LEO- Excerpt

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  Week Three:

6/3/2019- Two Points of InterestReview

6/3/2019- Savings in Seconds- Review

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Blog Blitz & Giveaway: Fire Wolf by H. Danielle Crabtree

Fire Wolf
H. Danielle Crabtree
(Fire & Reign, #1)
Publication date: May 21st 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Since the fall of the royal house, the four kingdoms have been divided and at war, leaving many without necessities to survive. Lady Myah Leicht would do anything for her people, even risk herself—the future high lady of Nordlin—to join her friends to raid supply convoys and storehouses belonging to the enemy army against her uncle and his council’s wishes.

Garrett wants nothing more than to be done with the Osten Elite Guard, but his position as master keeps him close to the queen and close the secrets the resistance needs. But only one secret he keeps matters to the future of the four kingdoms.

And that secret could burn Myah’s world to the ground.

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The wind picked up, howling through the unsheltered channel. It prickled every inch of Myah’s skin, blasting through her damp clothes. A chill raced up her spine when the gust died.

It was not the wind marking her end, but the cries of the wolves.

Myah would die to their song.

“I find you baffling.”

He laughed quietly. “I get that a lot.”

“If you don’t want to blackmail me, then what do you want?” she pushed.

He leaned forward as if to get a better look at her in the moonlight. “To test a theory.”

“And what is your conclusion?” She was curious now, much less afraid, although still untrusting.

“Undetermined …”

Garrett’s breaths were becoming ragged. His blood, warm and hot and sticky, dripped down his chest. He could feel the moisture on his skin. He blocked a swing aiming for his head, and then took a knife to his left side. It was shallow, but his muscles knotted. He stumbled backward, lost his footing as he slipped in the snow, and went down hard on his side.

When he looked up, the man’s arms were raised over his head, the blade angled to drive it through Garrett’s chest. His breath caught.


Author Bio:

H. Danielle Crabtree graduated from the University of Oregon in 2004 with a professional journalism degree and worked in journalism as a writer and editor in Oregon and Arizona. She started freelancing as an editor in 2011.
Her poetry has been published in several literary magazines and anthologies, and she wrote with the G10 Writers group. Her first book with the group was published in 2011.
She lives in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley with her two dogs. Outside her career in health care and her passion for writing, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and dog training, and she is pursuing a master's degree in public health at Oregon State University.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Blog Blitz & Giveaway: Neliem by Clare DiLiscia

Neliem
Clare DiLiscia
Published by: Month9Books
Publication date: May 21st 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Half the population of the island of Madera are dead, killed by an unforgiving and indiscriminate plague. Oriana dreams of escaping her life of ruthless cruelty from the people who now rule over those who remain. No telling whom the plague will strike next, Oriana means to find freedom for herself and her people. Drawing strength from ancient tales of her enemy, young Oriana transforms herself from victim to warrior with the help of a mysterious and powerful dagger given to her by a kind and dying boy.

Years later, during her enemy’s betrothal ritual, Ezra, a boy she has never before seen, selects her as his mate. With servitude her only option, Oriana accepts the offer. Whisked away to a seemingly perfect world, Oriana discovers sinister secrets at every turn, including the identity of Tristan, a boy with whom she shares an undeniable but impossible connection.

Why would a boy she doesn’t know wish her to be his betrothed? Why does she feel such a strong pull toward a stranger? Someone in Ezra’s family not only knows the answer to both those questions, but also about the dagger Oriana possesses. He will do anything to stop the union. Now, with everything on the line, Oriana turns inward to find the strength she needs to seize the full power of the dagger so that she may protect herself and save her people.

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EXCERPT:

I cringe; not wanting to confess the extent of my obsession of finding the boy I’ve convinced myself for too long never existed. After I’d miraculously healed from the fever, I went half mad looking everywhere for him. Like a maniac, I searched in every room, closet and under every desk at the schoolhouse for any indication where he might’ve gone. Then I took it one step further. Dressed like Neliem himself, I snuck at the crack of dawn into the Untouchable section of town which we are forbidden to enter. I scourged the marketplace, the temples of their false gods, the fields, the hills, our cave, any place I could think of, going as far as to risk my own life for weeks to find him. Just for the chance to see him and touch him again, I would’ve done anything. Me, who hated to be touched, ached for this boy the way a dying man aches for water in the desert.

Author Bio:

Clare Di Liscia grew up near the hills surrounding Dodger's Stadium. For University, Clare attended KU Leuven, in Belgium. She graduated with a Film Degree from Cal State Northridge, earning Dean's List recognition. Neliem won 1st place HM in SCBWI's Sue Alexander.

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Cover Reveal: Eye of Danger by Alyssa Day

Eye of Danger
Alyssa Day
Publication date: July 2nd 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal

He’s a PI who turns into a tiger.
She can see how you’ll die.
The bad guys never stood a chance.

EYE OF DANGER: The longest and most twisty installment of the Tiger’s Eye mysteries yet!

When Tess Callahan’s long-lost and presumed-dead father comes back to town, running from the mob, she’s not sure how to feel. But when she finds out the bad guys are really after her, to use her “gift” as a weapon, she knows exactly who to turn to.

When Jack Shepherd must confront mob bigwigs, a rogue vampire, and Tess’s dad all in the same day, he realizes that small towns can be every bit as deadly as the rebellion he led when he was a soldier. Tess is in trouble, and there’s no way Jack will let anything happen to her—they haven’t even gone on their first date!

Welcome to Dead End, Florida, where the pawnshop never, ever deals in vampire teeth. And welcome to the Tiger’s Eye Mysteries!

Beware! This novel contains: magic, shape shifters, humor, vampires, a taxidermied alligator, mob bosses, assassins, a missing father, in-law jokes, gunshots, bad singing, delicious baked goods, terrible parking, the FBI, swamp commandos, tigers, special agents, flirting, belly laughs, comedy, humor, and a pawn shop. 

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Author Bio:

Alyssa Day is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels filled with kissing, laughter, mystery and magic. Alyssa's paranormal series include the Poseidon's Warriors and Cardinal Witches paranormal romances and the Tiger's Eye Mysteries paranormal mysteries. In an Alyssa Day book, the good guys (and gals!) always win and happily ever after always prevails!

Alyssa's many awards include Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award for outstanding romance fiction, and the RT Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Paranormal Romance novel of 2012. Her books have been translated into a zillion languages but she's still holding out for Klingon.

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