Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ontario Teen Book Festival Author Spotlight: Interview with Jessica Brody

Even though this is a day late, I'm still very excited to be a part of this blog tour, where I'm featuring a long-time friend Jessica Brody! But first, a little bit about the Festival itself:

When: Saturday March 25th , 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Colony High School 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761 
The Ontario Teen Book Fest Website 
THIS IS A FREE AND UNTICKETED EVENT!
Use the hashtag #ontariotbf!

The event is sponsored by Once Upon A Time. They will have books available for purchase at the event. There will also be t-shirts and posters available for purchase as well. Here's their website.

So, if you're in the area, please consider stopping by; it's one of the best festivals in SoCal!

And now, meet Jessica Brody!

Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.

Since then, Jessica has sold over twelve novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy, the first of which is currently in development as a major motion picture by the producers of The Vampire Academy, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, and Slumdog Millionaire. In 2016, she will release two new contemporary novels, A Week of Mondays (August) and Boys of Summer (April), and in 2017, her debut middle grade novel entitled, Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, will hit bookstore shelves.

Jessica also writes books for the Descendants: “School of Secrets” series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants!

Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twenty foreign countries. She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.
You can learn more about her books at her website HERE.
Her most recent YA novel is called A Week of Mondays:

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Sanctuary Blog Tour: Interview with Sara Elizabeth Santana + GIVEAWAY


Hello all! I'm so very excited to be a part of the blog tour for The Sanctuary by Sara Elizabeth Santana, which is the second book in her Awakened duology. I just started reading it and can't wait to see how it all ends. In the meantime, I got the pleasure of interviewing Sara for the tour, and I'm going to tell you a little about the book (light spoilers if you haven't read The Awakened).

Zoey Valentine is finally safe, tucked way miles underground in the fortified community of the Sanctuary. She can finally breathe easily. But Sanctuary is far from what she imagined and she can’t help but feel trapped. Razi Cylon may be dead but Sekhmet, her evil corporation that created the Awakened, is still out there and it’s not long before citizens of Sanctuary are disappearing and reappearing, dead and mutilated, each one tagged with a note, a warning, signed by Razi herself. 
Problem is, Razi should be dead and when she starts to threaten everything Zoey has fought so hard for, she’s ready to fight. Sekhmet has existed for far too long and Zoey has had enough. 
It's time to end it all.
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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Flashfall Blog Tour Stop + GIVEAWAY


Hi all. I really wanted to get to this book before my tour stop, but, unfortunately, life got in the way as it often does. But I still wanted to tell you about the book and get the word out there. AND, there are people on this blog tour that did in fact review it already, so please check out the rest of the tour.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Goodreads rating: 4.23
Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication: November 15th 2016 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Series: Flashfall #1
Genre: YA sci-fi dystopian

Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jenny is the author of YA sci-fi/fantasy FLASHFALL, coming from Macmillan/Holt 11-15-16. She lives with her filmmaker husband and their three boys in Des Moines.  

Find out more at http://www.jennymoyer.com and connect with Jenny on Twitter and Facebook.









GIVEAWAY

PRIZE: Win a signed hardcover of FLASHFALL by Jenny Moyer, a Flashfall t-shirt, exclusive patches from the book trailer, a pair of “Follow your dreams” socks, a carabiner and glow wristbands (US Only)


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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Nemesis Blog Tour: Review of Nemesis (Nemesis #1) by Anna Banks + GIVEAWAY


I'm very excited to be a part of the Nemesis blog tour! I've read Anna Banks' other series and couldn't wait to get my hands on her new book. Before that, check out the rest of the tour HERE.

And now for my review!

Goodreads rating: 4.0
Genre: YA fantasy (w/ Egyptian mythology!)
Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication: October 4th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
Series: Nemesis #1

The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?


I'm still not quite sure how I feel about this book. It was very unique (anything with Egyptian mythology is bound to be) and engaging for most of the time, but I couldn't help feeling that the author was trying too hard. I've read her other series, and the moment I picked up this book, it was everything but what I'd expected. Her last series was funny and paranormal, while this book felt like the opposite. There were some funny quips, and the characters were very fleshed. But I couldn't help thinking that the author was trying too hard to be a fantasy writer, especially in the beginning. I wish I knew how to explain it better, but it's why it took me so long to read this book. 

The two main characters were very different people, but also the same, something this author does very well. I didn't mind that it was from both of their points of view, but I wish she'd stuck to either first or third. I think the most fun part, though, was the mythology she incorporated. I don't know a lot about Egyptian culture, but the author really made it come to life for me. And while I wish there'd been a little more world-building in a show not tell kind of way, I was glad to see that it flowed pretty seamlessly into the narrative. I also wish there could've been a little more backstory on Sepora's life (like who she was friends with, etc). Her departure, while not sudden at first, began to feel sudden because of who she turned out to be. She believes greatly in loyalty, but left her own country for selfish reasons. Teenagers, am I right?

All in all, this was a gripping read. It was a little slow in the beginning, but there has to be time made for world-building. I also loved the tension that formed between the two main characters, and I can't wait to see how it's all going to turn out!

*Pre-orders will receive an exclusive NEMESIS print and a NEMESIS bath bomb.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR!

Anna Banks is the NYT Bestselling YA author of The Syrena Legacy series: OF POSEIDON (2012), OF TRITON (2013), OF NEPTUNE (2014).

Repped by rockstar Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency.

I live with my husband and daughter in the Florida Panhandle. I have a southern accent compared to New Yorkers, and I enjoy food cooked with real fat. I can’t walk in high heels, but I’m very good at holding still in them. If you put chocolate in front of me, you must not have wanted it in the first place.

Favorite Books:

Shatter Me, Cinder, Linger, Shiver, Forever, Pushing the Limits, Unravel Me,Shadow and Bone, Enclave, Divergent, Candor, Graceling, Fire, The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Host, Most of James Patterson, and Janet Evanovich makes me laugh through my nose in an unfeminine sort of way.

Visit Anna’s website, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.


GIVEAWAY

1 winner will receive a finished copy of NEMESIS. US Only.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Vanishing Throne Blog Tour: Review + Guest Post + Giveaway


I'm so excited to be kicking off this blog tour! I recently finished the first book and completely fell in love with the world and its characters. There's a lot of exciting stuff in this post, but first I'm going to review the first book.

Goodreads rating: 3.78
Paperback, 378 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Chronicle Books
Genre: YA paranormal steampunk fantasy

She's a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

She's a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she's leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense thesìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She's a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She's a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother's murder—but she'll have to save the world first.

The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller combines romance and action, steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.


SO GOOD!!! Also, SWOON!

I can't believe I waited this long to start this series. I'd heard good thing about the first book, so when I got the chance to be on the blog tour for the second book, I decided it was time to start this series. And I'm so glad I did! There was nonstop action from the very beginning that held until the very end, something I'm always grateful for in a fantasy. Our main character is such a badass, but also so multifaceted and relatable. I honestly felt like both of these things are what a lot of fantasies are missing these days, and I was so happy to find such wonderful qualities in this book. The writing was witty and fun at times, but with a delicious undertone of what the characters has faced and were going to face. I always find it fun to read when the characters are trying to lead their normal lives while simultaneously doing something extraordinary.

Something else I really liked about this book was that it wasn't just one thing. The story could've fit in any sort of setting, so the author did just that. It's a fantasy, but it's also historical and steampunk and paranormal. And even though this sounds like a lot, it worked so well together. It also helped to have a great cast of characters, although I wish I got to see more of Aileana's friend Catherine. I appreciated how Aileana's character was developed, and also how her relationship with Gavin wasn't a love triangle. At first I thought it was going to be, but I was happy to be proved wrong. Because I completely fell in love with Kiaran! I know he has all these secrets and a long, dark past, but he obviously has some sort of feelings for Aileana. That was such an awful cliffhanger, so I'm so glad that I have the second book in my hands already. I can't wait to see what happens!

Starting the sequel right now!!
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