Friday, September 12, 2014

Cover Reveal: To Make A Witch by Heather Hamilton-Senter

Hello everyone!! Today I am participating in the cover reveal for To Make a Witch by Heather Hamilton-Senter. This cover reveal was organized by Xpresso Book Tours. 

To Make a Witch by Heather Hamilton-Senter
(Sword of Elements #1.5)
Publication date: October 1st 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:
At her old school, Lacey found herself on the wrong side of a conflict between Celtic gods. Making a new start in an exclusive boarding school in New Orleans, she hopes to forget that she was once on the verge of becoming a powerful witch—and everything she has lost since then.

When a gruesome murder occurs in the very heart of Westover Academy, Lacey senses a connection between it and the desecration of the tomb of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo queen. Haunted by a trauma in her past and the resulting OCD, Lacey must solve the mystery before she becomes the killer’s next target.

Circumstances beyond her control may once again make Lacey McInnis—cheerleader, scholar, and all-around good girl—a witch.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23157847-to-make-a-witch


AUTHOR BIO:

Heather grew up in a family where books of myth and legend were used to teach the ABCs and Irish uncles still believed in fairies. Raised with tall tales, she has always told stories too- first as an actor and singer, then as a photographer, and now as a writer.

Heather lives in rural Ontario, Canada happily raising three children ranging in age from 6 to 18 with her biggest fan, her husband Steve.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Pages: 272
  • Source: ARC Provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together....
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20801166-a-little-something-different?ac=1

My Thoughts

This book was all sorts of adorable!! Like all of the different people watching the characters, I was falling in love with the idea of Gabe and Lea as a couple too. I loved the format of this. It was so fun to see these two falling in love through other peoples eyes. There are even the POV's of a squirrel, and a bench which are super fun to read. Reading this book felt like I was getting to know them, right along with them getting to know each other. I was shipping them hard and I was hoping they would finally be able to see what everyone else was seeing. Even with this being told in so many POV's, I felt like I really got to know Gabe and Lea well and I adored them both. They are so awkward and cute with each other that it was hard not to totally love them, and the idea of them being in love.

Lea is a sweet girl who is a little awkward, and not sure how to go about her crush on Gabe. She is getting mixed signals on whether he is interested or not, at least as far as she sees. I loved her innocence and how absolutely adorable she was trying to make conversation with him, even though he didn't say much. She gets irrationally upset when she thinks he is playing games with her, but it's not annoying like this type of misunderstanding usually would be. It's all so sweet and cute and misinterpreted that I couldn't help but want her to know what was going on with him so she wouldn't give up on him. 

Gabe is having a hard time with things because of something that happened to him. He likes Lea, but he is too afraid to get close and have to tell her about his past. He has trouble hearing out of one ear, and that makes things even harder for him. He is embarrassed and ashamed, and doesn't want to let people in. He feels like he has gone from having so much, to losing a lot, but feels guilty for not being thankful for what he still does have. He doesn't purposefully ignore Lea, but he doesn't want to tell her about his hearing, so she takes it as him not liking her. He also sees her with her friend, and thinks that she has a boyfriend. He feels the mixed signals as much as she does.

What is so great about this, is it's told from outside perspectives. People around them who see their chemistry and want them to be together. It's so cute to see all these people so invested in a relationship forming between these two people. Then we have the squirrel who just wants some food and occasional company, and a bench who is bitter about ungrateful butts sitting on it. Some of the people are friends and family, and some are strangers who work places where they happen to go. I don't remember the last time I read something that was so cute and made me smile so much. This was fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone who loves cute romance with a dose of humor.


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review: The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery

  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
  • Publish Date: September 4th 2014
  • Source: eARC Provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: The Book Depository (couldn't find any other links)

For sixth-form student Grace Becker, The 100 Society is more than just a game; it's an obsession. Having convinced her five friends at Clifton Academy to see it through to the end, Grace will stop at nothing to carry out the rules of the game: tagging 100 locations around the city. With each step closer to the 100-mark they get, the higher the stakes become. But when the group catches the attention of a menacing stalker - the Reaper - he seems intent on exposing their illegal game, tormenting Grace with anonymous threats and branding their dormitory doors with his ominous tag.

As the once tight-knit group slowly unravels, torn apart by doubt and the death of a student, they no longer know who to trust.

With time running out, Grace must unmask the Reaper before he destroys everything she cares about for ever...
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18461109-the-100-society

My Thoughts

After reading this synopsis, I was intrigued and couldn't wait to read this. It was an interesting book, but the mystery aspect was a bit easy for me to figure out. I didn't figure it out right away, but I did figure it out quite early. The other thing was, I never really got the whole 100 society thing. It's not like they get anything for it, or anyone can even know they are the ones doing it since it's illegal. So they are doing these tags, at risk of getting caught, and amidst the danger of some psycho, just to do it? I just couldn't wrap my head around it. That being said, I did find the story to be pretty good. I liked some of the characters, while others drove me nuts, but it held my interest and I thought that it was worth the read.

Grace comes from a family with high expectations. Her father and brother are super successful and she feels like she can't live up to what her dad wants. She just wants him to be proud of her. Her and her friends take up the challenge of The 100 Society and are doing really well. That is until there is someone who is threatening to expose them. Not only that, but her friends are being harmed. She is still determined to finish the tags, even if it is more dangerous than ever. She is also stuck in a really awkward love triangle of sorts, which is tearing apart their group. She was a bit stupid and that bothered me. She makes some really dumb choices, and she does ridiculous things. I wanted to jump in the book and be like, "Dude, what the hell is wrong with you?!". I liked her, but she wasn't a super great character to read.

There was a lot of action in this book with the attacks and such, but there was also a lot wrong that didn't add up for me. Like when certain things happen, how the police aren't right there. Or how the students could even do half of the things that they did when things got towards the end. Even with those little irritants, I did enjoy reading this book. I thought that how it all came together at the end with the Reaper was great. If the mystery had lasted longer I may have enjoyed it more, but that's what I get for being so perceptive I guess. Overall it was a good book and I think a lot of people will enjoy it.


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monohan

  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Series: Bloody Mary Series 
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her.

Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them--Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna--must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go.

A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: "Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY." A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror.

Once is not enough, though--at least not for Jess. Mary is called again. And again. But when their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge on her lips. As the girls struggle to escape Mary's wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered.

A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary--and Jess--before it's too late?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17661402-mary

My Thoughts

You've all heard of Bloody Mary, probably even played it yourself as a kid right? I was always super creeped out by it, and still don't like to look into mirrors in the dark out of that stupid irrational fear that something might be there.This book was very creepy. I could imagine this creepy being in the mirror, I could feel the characters fear. I was totally drawn into the story and it gave me goosebumps.Though Jess is the one who has the obsession with Bloody Mary, Shauna is really the main character in this and I loved (and hated) going through this scary adventure with her.

This story is told by Shauna. Her and her friends go along with Jess to call Bloody Mary. It terrifies them all, but with Jess wanting to try it again, they go along with it. Mary gets out and latches onto Shauna and haunts her in any reflective surface she comes across. Shauna seeks help from someone who has been haunted herself by this evil spirit, but it seems the only way to get rid of Mary is to get her to haunt someone else. It's more than haunting though, she wants the person who's blood she has tasted. She will stop at nothing and is relentless. Shauna wouldn't wish that upon anyone else, but Jess is determined to ensure the safety of Shauna and will pawn Mary off on unsuspecting people if she can.

This was a very visual book for me. The description were perfect and I could imagine all the creepy, scary scenes unfolding. I hated Jess, and felt bad for all the other characters. Including Mary. She may be evil, but the the things that led her to be an evil spirit made me want to feel bad for her. I would have if she wasn't so freaking scary! I really enjoyed how well rounded the characters were. Their personalities were so different and it was so easy to fall into the story and care what happened to everyone. I love a good horror story, and this one was done really well. I can't wait to read more from this author!!


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book Blitz: The Last Mission of the Living by Rhiannon Frater


Hi everyone!! Today I am taking part in the Book Blitz for Rhiannon Frater's book The Last Mission of the Living. I am so excited about this book! I have read part of it and let me tell you, it's awesome! I can't wait to buy it and read the whole thing. This blitz was organized by Xpresso Book Tours. Keep reading for an excerpt from the book and a great Blitz giveaway!


  • The Last Mission of the Living by Rhiannon Frater
  • Publication date: August 28th 2014
  • Genres: Adult, Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Zombies 
 Purchase: Amazon (link will work on release day)

Humanity teeters on the brink of extinction…

Vanguard Lindsay Rooney has faced the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge and lived to tell the tale, but she has also suffered horrible losses. Like millions of other civilians, she had hoped that The Bastion would recover after a team of modified soldiers eradicated the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge that infested their valley. Yet the city still crumbles around them, along with any chance of survival.

Lindsey’s growing friendship with Torran MacDonald, an officer with the Science Warfare division, is her only solace as the decline of the city continues. When food riots fill the streets, martial law is enacted, and the upper echelons of government battle for control of the city, Lindsey is conscripted by her superiors to embark on a dangerous mission into the dead world beyond The Bastion. To add even more complications, Torran and the SWD join the squad.

Soon, Lindsey realizes that her mission is more than what it seems, and there are secrets that could both destroy The Bastion and take her life. 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22535323-the-last-mission-of-the-living?ac=1


EXCERPT

“Sir!” Goodwin breathed.

“I see the readout.” It was impossible to conceive that the others were gone. Opening the

comm to the soldiers in the building, Torran said briskly, “Everyone report. Respond now!”

Strange guttural noises were his only answer.

Torran hit his wristlet, again switching the comm to contact Rosario’s group. “Smyth, report.”

As the other half of the squad was added to his helmet visual, he sucked in a deep breath.

They were also reported as Killed In Action. Stunned, he swallowed the hard lump forming in

his throat. What was going on?

“Sir?” Jonas queried his voice unsteady.

“Watch that door! Smyth, if you can hear me respond now!”

Through the static came the sound of someone choking.

The line hissed and buzzed for a long second, then a woman’s voice that was not Rosario’s

said, “Don’t worry. She’ll come for you.”

A wave of horror washed over Torran and plunged him into the blackest depths of despair.

They were all dead. Just like before outside the wall when the expanding perimeter fence had

failed and the Inferi Scourge had swarmed the soldiers.

“Sir?”

The sound of Goodwin’s voice tugged Torran’s attention back to the present. Staring at the

empty doorway shimmering in an ominous pale gray in the night vision filter, Torran gathered

his thoughts, and then switched the comm again. “Base, I have lost all communication with my

squad and they’re being reported as KIA. We are under attack from the abnormal Inferi Scourge.

We need immediate backup to this location.”

The popping and static echoing through his helmet sent a surge of adrenaline through his

system. For several seconds, he feared there wasn’t going to be a response, but then a voice said,

“Master Seeker, you’re to hold position until we can send a tiltrotor with reinforcements. All

units are all presently engaged.”

“We can’t hold this position,” Torran answered curtly. If the rest of the squad was dead,

then he had to save Goodwin and Jonas as well as himself. He’d been a sole survivor of a squad

before and the burden of that label still weighed on his soul.

“You have your orders to secure and hold that area,” came the reply.

“We’re dealing with a pocket of the Abscrags--”

“You have your--”

There were footsteps in the hallway.

“--and we are about to be overrun!”



About the Author

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels. In 2014, her newest horror novel, The Mesmerized, will be released by Permuted Press. Dead Spots will be published in 2015 by Tor. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets).  She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.

You can find her online at:Website: rhiannonfrater.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/astheworlddies
Twitter:  twitter.com/rhiannonfrater
Blog:  rhianonfrater.blogspot.com
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/rhiannonfrater/
Email: rhiannonfrater at gmail.com


You don't have to read the first book, The Last Bastion of the Living, to read this one, but I highly suggest it. You can purchase it at the following links.


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Series: Worldwalker Series , #1 
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20613491-trial-by-fire?ac=1

My Thoughts

This book was awesome! It had witchcraft, alternate universes, and a fantastic romance. Full of suspense and some great action, it was a really fun book to read. I really liked the characters and the way the story unfolded. I thought the descriptiveness was done well and could imagine things very clearly. It was really easy to fall into this story and get lost in the world. It was so cool seeing how different, but also the same Lily was in each of the worlds and the same with the other characters. The romance was awesome too. It was done really well with no insta-love going on.

Lily was a fabulous character. She is physically week in her world. She doesn't know about magic or any of that. She has been in love with Tristan forever and is finally getting a chance with him. That is until he cheats on her and she is broken. She then gets transported to another world that is similar to hers, but obviously not. She knows that she needs to find a way back home, and she finds help in the Tristan of that world, and Rowan who was not someone who was in her world. She learns that all the things she suffered in her world are preventable in this one. With help, she learns magic and discovers what she has to do in order to return to her life back in her world.

The romance was so good!! Rowan seems to despise her, but that is because the Lily in his world is evil and he has grown to hate her. He needs to learn that this Lily is not the same. She is not power hungry and controlling like the Lily he knows. He keeps himself at a distance, but you can feel the tension and the romance building. He is very caring and perceptive to her needs. Even though they have just met, he knows everything about her because she is Lily, just a different version of her. He can anticipate her needs before she even knows that she needs something. As he gets to know this Lily, he starts to fall for her and is afraid of it. It's all very slow and steady and I really loved that.

There was a whole lot going on in this with the magical elements and a large cast of characters, but I never felt like it was too much at once. The "bad guys" were really bad, but in a good way. I loved the whole good and evil thing and how the lines can be blurred. What is evil from one perspective, when looked at in a different way isn't all that awful. It just depends on what side you are on. I felt like I was on such a fun and dangerous adventure while reading this. The ending made me ache for more and I can't wait to continue this series. A fantastic start to what is sure to be an epic series!!!


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weekly Recap \ Stacking the Shelves (99)

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews

Hi loves!! Sorry I have been so absent. I have been super unmotivated lately and haven't been blogging much. My work schedule is going through changes, and I haven't been sleeping well so I've been really tired. It's been forever since I have done a StS post, so instead of putting everything I've gotten in the past month, I will just put the most recent. I want to spare you all from a ridiculously long post. Also, if you haven't noticed, I finally changed my blog name!! I need a new recap banner though because it still has my old blog name. Oops!! Also, I think that something is wrong with my laptop because it was being really weird trying to upload my video to YouTube. Anyways, moving on.




Books Mentioned

Review
 Bought
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman (I can't believe I haven't read this yet)
  • Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Loved this!)
  • The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye (signed copy)
Thank you to Macmillan, HarperCollins, and Edelweiss. And a big thank you to Rhiannon and Kody for signing The Midnight Spell and including some awesome signed bookmarks! :) 

Weekly Recap

I actually had quite a few posts go up this week. It's been a while since I have been consistent, and I am going to try to make sure I keep up on things for now on.

Reviews
I hope you have all had a fabulous week, and I am finally starting to be able to manage my time a little better so I should be posting more often again. Also, I am making sure I comment on blogs more since I have been slacking on that lately as well. I love all of you and I have missed being present in the blogging community.