Masked by J.D. Wright ~ Blog Tour #bookreview #giveaway @everealmbyjdw

September 1, 2017 


Welcome to my stop on the Masked Blog Tour! This tour is hosted by YA Bound Blog Tours. I have a review and giveaway for you! 


Title: Masked
Series: Superheroes Undercover #1 
Author: J.D. Wright
Genre: Upper YA Paranormal/Superheroes 
Release Date: August 15th 2017
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N 

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Synopsis

Vada's To-Do List:

- Turn 18 (check!)
- Register super name
- Order supersuit
- Attend superhero indoctrination
- Graduate high school
- Start kicking criminal tail


Vada Lawson can’t wait to be a superhero. Born into a family with special powers, she’s been training to fight criminals and villains her whole life. But her indoctrination into the underground super community is derailed when normals start breaking out in superpowers themselves.

Not trained to control their new abilities, the normals are frightened and vulnerable. Then their mutilated corpses begin turning up all over town. What the heck?

Somehow, with the help—and hindrance—of an annoying newly-minted super named Orion, Vada has to stop the chaos before it destroys her and everything she holds dear…and ruins her superhero debut.

No one ever said that being a superhero was easy… 




I love YA. I love superheroes. The combination of the two is even better, and I was excited to dive into this series. 

I love Vada's name. The story has a cool premise with some people being born into superpowers and having to hide their true identities from "normals," those who don't have superpowers. But when normals seem to develop superpowers out of nowhere, the story gets interesting because supers like Vada need to figure out how to stop them from destroying the city. 

It was also cool that supers have a tech partner who can help them out with their suits and equipment they need. Vada and James's friendship and partnership was a highlight of the novel for me.    

This book is upper YA due to sexual content, and I agree with this classification. I'm not sure the sexual content was necessary or integral to the story, however, because the characters didn't seem mature enough for their ages. They're 18-19 years old, but they speak and act more like 12-13 year olds.  

I'd recommend this book to those ages 17 and over. I'm looking forward to this series and will be reading the next one when it comes out. 

About the Author


J.D. Wright is a military wife, mother of four, and author of paranormal and fantasy romance books filled with strong-willed heroines, swoon-worthy heroes, and sprinkled with humor and adventure. J.D. creates artistry in many ways, as a baker and cake artist by day and author by night. You can usually find her typing away at the computer or covered in frosting.

Since discovering she has a knack for writing, J.D. has so far written and self-published eight books of the Everealm and Songs of Everealm Series and is now venturing into the world of paranormal with her new superhero-themed series. She is an avid reader and lover of all things romance so she always includes a good love story in her paranormal and fantasy novels.


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Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux ~ Blog Tour: #BookReview & #Giveaway @LadyWave4

July 21, 2017



Welcome to my stop on the Gold Rush Audiobook Blog Tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours! I have a review and giveaway for you. Click here to follow the other stops on the tour. 


Title: Gold Rush
Author: Jennifer Comeaux
Genre: YA Romance 
Release Date: January 9th 2017
Format: Audiobook 
Narrator: Emily Stokes
Source: Review Copy 

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Purchase: Audible | Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo | Smashwords  





Synopsis


Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.

Until she meets Braden Patrick.


He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?  




Jennifer Comeaux has done it again with Gold Rush! I'm such a huge fan of her work as I've also listened to (audiobook version) and loved her novels Crossing the Ice and Losing the Ice. Emily Stokes narrates all three of these novels, and I can relax and let her voice carry me away from my stress. She is an excellent choice to read these stories.

Comeaux really does her research for competitive skating. If I didn't already know she's a huge fan, I'd think she was an Olympic ice skater herself. Her stories reflect her passion and depth of knowledge for the sport. I feel like I know so much about the world of ice skating and what goes on behind the scenes with all of the blood, sweat and tears Comeaux's characters shed to put their all into their performances. 

Liza and Braden are adorable together. There's no getting around that! They don't play games but communicate openly and honestly, and that was refreshing to read. It's also a very realistic portrayal of a young girl who wants to accomplish her Olympic dreams but also wants to make time for "normal" teenager things like dating. I loved them together, and the overprotective reaction of Liza's dad endeared him to me even more (he coaches the couple in the previous books Crossing the Ice and Losing the Ice along with his wife, Liza's stepmom, Emily).      

If you're looking for a refreshing romance, Gold Rush is it because how often do you get to read about a romance set in the ice skating world? Not often enough! 
   

About the Author




Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is travelling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. Jennifer loves to hear from readers! Visit jennifercomeaux.blogspot.com for contact information and to learn more about her books.


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The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy ~ Blog Tour: #bookreview #giveaway

July 1, 2017 


 

Welcome to my stop on The Disappearances Blog Tour organized by the Fantastic Flying Book Club! I have a book review and giveaway for you today. Click here to follow along with the other stops. 



Title: The Disappearances
Author: Emily Bain Murphy
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism
Source: Copy for review 

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Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Kobo 






Synopsis


What if the ordinary things in life suddenly...disappeared?

Aila Quinn's mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila's reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up. 

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.


As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.   



The Disappearances is a dreamy, ethereal story in which a young girl and her brother discover their mother's secrets after her death. The idea of losing ordinary things, things that all of us usually take for granted such as the ability to see your reflection in a mirror, had me intrigued. Once I began reading, there was a huge surprise waiting for me straight away that isn't revealed in the synopsis so I won't reveal it here, either. Let's just say it was really cool!    

Murphy writes beautifully, allowing the reader to slip into the story as easily as a swimmer glides through the water of a pool. Aila and her younger brother Miles were written well. It isn't easy to write characters who are grieving, especially young ones, but I felt their emotions like they were my own. I lost my mother to cancer when I was young and tend to gravitate toward books with characters who have also lost a parent. Stories like this allow me to grieve in my own way when no one else wants to see or hear me do it.

While grief is one of the themes in The Disappearances, it is only a part of the story. I was eager to find out what was causing something new to disappear every seven years. I couldn't imagine losing my sense of smell or the ability to dream even though I know I take them for granted. I loved the mystery that kept me turning the pages and trying to figure out where the clues would lead me.  

One of the many beautiful aspects of this novel is how life affirming it is to me. When I wasn't reading this book, I couldn't stop thinking about how much beauty there is in the most ordinary of things. I don't even stop to be grateful for these things, or if I do it's a rare occasion. 

I guarantee Aila's story in The Disappearances will make you stop and think about how lucky we are to be human and have the ability to experience all that we can. This book has done that for me, and it can for you, too. 


About the Author





Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and has also called Massachusetts and Connecticut home. 

She loves books, Japanese karaoke, exploring new cities, and anything with Nutella. Her debut YA fantasy, THE DISAPPEARANCES, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017. 

Murphy currently lives in San Francisco with her family and is at work on her second novel. 


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The Many by Nathan Field ~ #bookreview @NetGalley

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June 18, 2017



Title: The Many
Author: Nathan Field
Publication date: July 12, 2016
Publisher: Silvermac Publishing
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

My Rating:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32943866-the-many?ac=1&from_search=true


http://booklikes.com/the-many-nathan-field/book,13703462

Synopsis


"A thoroughly unnerving experience...The final line of dialogue will surely give readers jitters." – Kirkus Reviews

Karl notices something odd about his sister the morning after a blind date. A coldness in her manner; nothing anyone else would notice. Suspicious, he confronts her about the date but she turns nasty, accusing him of taking a perverse interest in her sex life.

When he next sees her, months later, she seems back to normal, until a harmless comment provokes a sudden, violent response. As her mental state fluctuates, Karl seeks out the man she dated just before her personality began to change, convinced she is suppressing a painful memory from that night. But what he discovers is something far more sinister, and pervasive, than he'd ever imagined.

Strictly for adult readers, THE MANY is the first book of a series that explores the dark side of the world we live in, and sheds light on a shadowy evil that is both disturbing and eerily familiar.

Look out for Nathan Field's new novel,
THE MANY: ENCORE, coming soon.




The Many's beginning was pretty good and hooked me right away. I loved the way it started out all high tension-y with a first date that I just knew was going to go crazy badly. The problem with this story was that the middle was difficult to get through, but I didn't skim it in case I missed something important. Luckily, the last third of the book picked up momentum again.

The Many begins with Stacey, who's out on a first date with a doctor. At first he seems like the man of her dreams, but soon his knowledge of details of her life that she never told him creep her out and cause her to want the date to end early. The next day, Stacey's brother, Karl, notices she isn't acting like herself.

We are then introduced to Isobel and her daughter, Dawn. Isobel also goes on a date with someone who seems to be out of her league, this time a woman. Like Stacey, Dawn notices her mother comes back from the date not quite right. The similarities between Stacey and Isobel's dates are creepy, and both Karl and Dawn know instinctively that something is very wrong. They end up joining forces to investigate what's going on.

I was glued to my Kindle! Field knows how to keep his audience in suspense from the beginning and at the end, but the plot in the middle drags on and could have been fleshed out better. I kept reading, however, because I HAD to find out what was going to happen next. I didn't want to miss something important.  

What terrified me the most about The Many was how the characters changed overnight, yet only their closest loved ones could tell the difference in them. Also, no one else really took Dawn and Karl's concerns seriously.

What I loved most is that vital questions about human behavior are explored. Without giving any of the plot away, I will just say it'll have you thinking about the factors that go into how we as a society decide which human behaviors are acceptable or not acceptable. And who has the right to decide which is which?

I'm SO excited a sequel is coming out. While this book has an ending without a cliffhanger, there is definitely room for more story to be told, and I'll be there for sure.


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Secrets of Skin and Stone by Wendy Laine ~ Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

June 9, 2017



Welcome to my stop on the Secrets of Skin and Stone Blog Tour hosted by YaReads Blog Tours!





Title: Secrets of Skin and Stone
Author: Wendy Laine
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: June 5th, 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley  
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34388622-secrets-of-skin-and-stone


Synopsis


Something is wrong in Hidden Creek. The sleepy Alabama town is more haunted than any place fiend hunter Grisham Caso has ever seen. Unearthed graves, curse bags, and spilled blood all point to an evil that could destroy his gargoyle birthright. The town isn’t safe for anyone, and everyone says fiery Piper Devon knows why.

Piper wants to leave Hidden Creek behind. She’s had enough of secrets—they hide in the shadows of her room and tell her terrible things are coming. Too-charming city boy Grisham might be her only chance to save herself.

To survive, Piper and Grisham have to shed their secrets and depend only on each other. But what lurks in Hidden Creek still might take everything away from them, including each other.


There aren't nearly enough gargoyle stories in the YA world, so when I heard about Secrets of Skin and Stone, I knew I had to read it and am so glad I did. Grisham (Gris) and Piper are now two of my favorite characters for this year, and the storytelling was fab.    

Told from the alternating POVs of Gris and Piper, Secrets of Skin and Stone is about Gris, who's a Watcher by birthright and transforms into a gargoyle to fight off monsters called fiends. Gris is called by family members to investigate the little town of Hidden Creek, where he meets more fiends than he ever has before as well as a firecracker of a girl named Piper.

I can't tell you how much I love Piper because she's a real character with real flaws. She's her own person, strong and resilient, and I really enjoyed her fiery personality. Piper engages in self-harm with cutting and has a form of OCD that isn't as easily recognizable due to the symptoms. I identified with her so easily because I used to be a cutter, just not with OCD.

For any readers out there who could be triggered by this type of self-harm, there is a warning from the author at the beginning of the book. The cutting scenes are pretty detailed. There's a lot of misinformation out there about cutting, and I felt the author did a great job with portraying it in a realistic and sensitive manner. Hopefully, this will open up discussion about a problem that's difficult and uncomfortable to talk about but which needs to be brought out into the open.

Gris and Piper each have a lot of secrets they feel they can't tell the other, but the thing is, they can only work together on the problems in Hidden Creek if they shed their inhibitions and trust one another. I liked that Piper didn't immediately fall for Gris's charm, although I'm not convinced that Gris was trying to be charming anyway. Watching the two of them grapple with trusting each other was realistic and interesting. 

While the ending was neat and tidy, (actually a little too tidy, hence four stars instead of five), I'd love another trip back to Gris and Piper where they could once again investigate fiends together.



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About the Author



Wendy Laine is the penname of author Wendy Sparrow. Writing is in Wendy’s blood as are equal parts of Mountain Dew and chocolate. Wendy has been telling tales since she was a child with varying amounts of success. Her parents clearly anticipated her forays into the paranormal because she heard “The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ over and over.

She lives in Washington State with a wonderful husband and two quirky kids and is active in Autism and OCD support networks. She can usually be found on Twitter where she’ll talk to anyone who talks to her and occasionally just to herself.


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