Sunday, April 23, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Quanta Rewind (The Shadow Ravens #4) by Lola Dodge

Book Blurb:

Quanta Rewind (The Shadow Ravens #4) by Lola Dodge

Genre: Dystopian Romance

Release Date: April 25th 2017

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With more and more Red Helixes turning up missing or dead, the Shadow Ravens are ready to take their fight to Doctor Nagi himself.

But breaking into Alpha Citadel is no cakewalk, and Quanta isn’t so sure about this whole “teamwork” thing.

If she and the Ravens can’t learn to work together, no amount of rewinding time will save them from the inevitable.

And if the Seligo win, everyone loses.

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“GUYS!” Dex’s voice boomed across the hangar.

I groaned. He had to mess with us now?

“Get over here,” Knight called. “Now.”

Dex would jerk us around, but Knight? Nope.

My brain clicked straight into action mode. “Emergency?”

“Let’s find out.” Tair grabbed his glasses and tugged me to my wobbly feet. Together, we booked it to mission control.

I could tell it was bad from halfway across the hangar, but everyone stood staring at the vid screen in horror instead of arming up. The hangar wasn’t under attack. So what was happening? Tair and I sprinted so fast we were on top of the group before the timeghosts could hint what I’d missed.

“What—” As soon as I spoke, the future twisted. My vision cut to pure blue as timeghosts took over my head, flashing me a thousand death scenes at once. Tair. Cipher. Knight.

Devan. Dex. And me.

All falling, screaming, bleeding.

I gripped my temples hard and tried to shake free of the images, but they kept hold, death after death after death. Whatever was set in motion, it wasn’t just the six of us who’d suffer. Oliver. Mona. Lady Eva. Kiri and Aliya. More Shadow Ravens.

Everyone.

Everyone was in danger.

“Quanta.” Tair held me in his arms, and panic rang through his voice. “Quanta.”

I gripped his T-shirt and rebuilt my mental walls. When the timeghosts disappeared, I finally blinked back to the present, where I needed to finish the question I’d started.

I staggered out of Tair’s arms. “What just happened?”

“Eva sent… Just watch.” Knight only stepped away from Cipher long enough to cue up a video file. Then he wrapped her back into his arms, whispering reassurances I didn’t get to hear.

The vid screen stole my breath away.

Doctor Nagi stared dead at us. He wore his dark hair slicked back the same as ever, and his thin lips twisted in the cold, familiar smile that made me want to throw up everything I’d ever eaten.

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Author Bio:

Lola is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BAin English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Signed Giveaway: Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1) by Veronica Roth

****I had the opportunity to meet and talk to Veronica Roth, who is such a interesting, down to earth person, and shares my love of all things nerdy. Carve the Mark is the first in a brand new duology full of intrigue, magic and adventure. Leave a comment on this post (make sure to leave your email so I can contact the winner- contest ends April 30th ) and follow my blog for a chance to win a brand new copy of Carve the Mark autographed by the author!****

Book Blurb:

In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.

The Akos is thrust into Cyra's world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth's stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.

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Author Bio (as per Goodreads):

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Don't Kiss the Messenger (Edgelake High School #1) by Katie Ray

Book Blurb:

For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him.

CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett is blindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate.

Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett. CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl…

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book involves one fiercely scarred girl who wants the new guy in town, the new guy who thinks he wants the new girl, and the new girl who really isn’t sure what she wants, and the misunderstanding that brings them all together. This modern Cyrano de Bergerac retelling will make you laugh, swoon, and fall in love.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Romance, Teen--

CeCe has no expectations about love or acceptance, instead, she works hard and has cultivated a tough exterior to keep people at a distance so she won't be rejected when they see her large facial scar. Emmett on the other hand is incredibly attractive, has just as tough a shell, but is intrigued by what he sees in CeCe. When CeCe's incredibly attractive, sought after teammate Bryn asks CeCe for help pursuing a relationship with Emmett, CeCe is hesitant. Soon she finds herself writing to Emmett as Bryn, but the feelings she is expressing are her own. But how can he see past the beauty in front of him to the beauty inside?

I have always been interested in the cyrano de bergerac story (ala the movies Roxanne and the teen version Whatever it Takes, but still, same concept) about guy trying to woo the girl he likes, but for someone else's benefit. Gawd, it's so messed up, yet I still I am drawn to the plot. And yes, we know what is going to happen, yet I can't look away from the confusion as it is happening. I was excited to get my hands on this gender swapped version, where the girl is the one who does not feel worthy and woos the guy for her friend. Well, the plot was as expected here, and the book does have a happily ever after (no, that is not a spoiler, its a given if you know the original story aka remakes). If you are looking for a fast, engaging, emotional, angst filled teen romance, this is the perfect read to pick up.

CeCe was an interesting character, super resilient, capable and strong enough to stand on her own. I liked how the story showed strong athletic girls who did not fuss over beauty as the sought after girl, really playing up the girl-power approach. Emmett was a great mix of large, popular star quarterback meshed perfectly with the tortured, talented artist, and he had no qualms with either side of his personality. He owned who he was and did not ask for forgiveness. Both character had their stupid moments (aka when Emmett refused to see the problem with Bryn, and CeCe get giving in) where I wanted to scream or shake some sense into them, but overall I really liked them separately and together in a relationship.

It took me about a fourth of the book for me to really get into the story, but once I did, I could not put the book down and I was so wrapped up in the emotional ride. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to more from the author.

I received this title in return for my honest review.

Author Bio:

Katie Ray (also known by her previous author name, Katie Kacvinsky) writes teen and new adult fiction novels. Her books have been nominated for YALSA awards, and First Comes Love was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her screenplay, A High Note, was a semifinalist in the Austin Screenplay Competition in 2015. She currently lives in Ashland, Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and a slightly insane dog.

You can find her on her website, Twitter, Facebook or Goodreads

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