Violet Grenade Book Tour w/ Author Interview

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Genre: Dark

Author: Victoria Scott

Publication: May 16th 2017 by Entangled Teen

Pages: 300

Rating: 4/5

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Hello everyone! I am so happy to announce that I am hosting a stop for the Violet Grenade Book Tour by Victoria Scott! Hoorayyy!!! Thank you to Entangled Teen and Chapter by Chapter for this amazing opportunity! I was able to receive an e-ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Stay tuned for the Author Interview at the end of the post for an in depth look into the book, Victoria’s writing habits and what we can look forward from her in the future!

Summary

Domino is a homeless girl who lives with her best friend, Dizzy, who unfortunately ends up captured and thrown into jail through a series of events. With no money to bail him out, Domino is forced to turn to the aid of Madam Karina who offers her a place to stay and a position in her Home for Girls. It isn’t long before Domino learns the dark secrets which lay within this Home as well as the ones Madam Karina holds herself. Within time, Domino tries to escape her clutches but she holds a special and dangerous secret as well: A voice in her head named Wilson.

Characters

Domino – Strong and Independent; I truly enjoyed reading about Domino. I loved that she was portrayed as a strong woman who knew how to take care of herself but still had a few insecurities as well: one of them being Wilson since she believes herself to be a monster for having him invade her mind. Her insecurities helped with making her character more relatable.

Cain – Quiet and Mysterious; Cain was also a character who was well thought out since he does come from a past which haunts him but despite everything, he is still gentle and protective over Domino which was sweet to see progress throughout the story.

Madam Karina – Mysterious yet vicious antagonist who manages to charismatically gain control over the minds of the girls in her Home. I also enjoyed that the author gave her character a backstory along with the other characters. It helped make the story more realistic.

Wilson – “The voice within Domino.” When we first introduced to Wilson, I had to admit I was quite shocked since I never read a story in which we were introduced to a character within the mind of a protagonist. I loved reading about him and the relationship he had with Domino. Despite being the dark and violent voice within Domino, he only had one sole purpose which was trying to protect her.

My Final Thoughts: 

This was a fabulous read and I was very impressed of how fresh the concept of the story was to include a character within the mind of another main character. We usually do not see much psychological thrillers within YA literature so it was quite refreshing to read something different from typical YA genres. This book was a mix of a lot of themes: Psychological, Unusual, Horrifying, and Heartbreaking that you cannot help but be glued to the pages since the plot moves rapidly. There was not one moment where I felt the story slowed down or lagged. The high stakes and the secrets within these characters was what kept me reading. This is definitely not a light read since there are dark themes present within this novel as well as some intense and emotional scenes. Overall, the characters were so well developed and the plot was so fast paced that this was just an awesome book to read! I would definitely recommend this if you enjoy reading psychological thrillers and darker YA genres.

 

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About the Author (From GoodReads): 

Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight novels for young adults including FIRE & FLOOD, THE COLLECTOR, HEAR THE WOLVES, and VIOLET GRENADE. She is published by Scholastic and Entangled Teen, and is represented by Sara Crowe. Victoria’s novels are sold in fourteen countries, and she loves receiving reader emails from at home, and across the world.

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Author Interview: 

1. The concept of having a character with a second personality is quite unique. How did you come with the idea?

I just kept picturing this small teenage girl who looks in every way like the perfect victim, but you don’t realize she’s packing ammunition in her head. The character, Domino, never left my mind. So I had to write her.

2. In terms of writing and world building, what advice do you have for future writers who wish to craft and develop a fantasy yet believable new world? How do you approach this when you are writing your books?

I think the realness comes from the details. It comes from watching people around you and noticing what quirks make them human, and relatable. I think comes from the characters even more than the world itself.

3. Have you ever faced writers block? How do you typically try to overcome it?

I treat writer’s block like others treat having an unmotivated day. I put on my Big Girl pants and write anyway. Because this is my job, and I can’t stay in bed just because I feel like it no more than anyone else at any other job (though sometimes I wish I could).

4. Do you have a favorite place to write? Any special playlists you like to listen to?

I have a favourite coffee shop, and a favourite drink there (Pink Drink for the win!). I usually listen to Spotify while writing, but the scene dictates the playlist.

5. Do you have any book or series that you would never get tired of reading multiple times?

Harry Potter for days! Always and forever.

6. What can we expect from you in the future? Are there any other genres you would like to explore?

I’m drafting a new young adult book right now that’s a stand-alone. Someday I may try an adult novel. I love reading adult thrillers!

 

Thank you all for stopping by!

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you soon! 🙂

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172 Hours on the Moon Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“In space, no one can hear you scream.”

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Supernatural, Horror

Author: Johan Harsbad

Published April 5th 2012 by Atom

Pages: 368

Rating: 4/5

Originally written and published in Norway, 172 Hours on the Moon is a Scandanavian thriller which is downright terrifying. Despite the extremely slow start to the novel, it quickly picks up pace by the second half of the book to the point where is it difficult to put down. The timing of when I read this book is something I have to point out since its quite hilarious . . . and embarrassing for me lol I actually started to read this before my first solo trip to Italy and the events in the book completely paralleled closely with what happened in my life which made it even more creepy. Because here, we have characters who are leaving their homes to a place where they are all alone and have no one else close to them which did resemble my situation so I ended up putting this book aside to give my heart a break. Not to mention I was reading this at night because I’m a crazy like that 🙂

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Summary:

172 Hours on the Moon is a science fiction thriller where three teenagers win a week long trip to the moon with NASA. This is the organization’s attempt to increase the public’s interest in space travel and also create some sponsors for the program. In terms of my criticism, I found the whole premise of the story line to be a bit far-fetched since the idea of placing kids in outer space seemed unbelievable. Even astronauts require years of training before they can fly to outer space but the kids had to undergo a couple of months. I find that a bit strange. And why did it have to be teenagers? I think it would have done well even if the characters were adults. I assume the age range for the three main characters was probably small since this was targeted to be a young adult book. I also did not find myself having any interest for any of the main characters since I did not find them to be relatable at all. There was also a small romance aspect within the book which I thought was completely unnecessary since it did not progress so there was no need.

Despite these flaws. the only reason as to why I kept reading was because I knew from other book reviewers that the plot does not become interesting until they land on the moon. With that being said, if I did not know anything with regards to the book when I picked it up, I probably would not have finished reading it. But once they do land on the moon, things start to escalate pretty fast and so much to the point where I thought I was reading a completely different book!

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Coming to the actual core plot of the novel – this was absolutely fantastic. I am not sure why the author prolonged everything just to come to the moon since I found the prologue to be quite dull. I have noticed that the author had done a bit of research for this novel and it was even more evident through his interview in the last few pages of the book. For example, I loved how he incorporated a bit of the Japanese folklore into the story since it ties in very well within book, especially towards the end. Oh my gawd . . . THAT ENDING THOUGH!!! Still get chills thinking about it!

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All in all, I think the entire thriller/suspense aspect of the story made up for the lackluster character development. I did manage to finish this book after my trip from Italy of course. Overall, in terms of ratings, I gave this book 4/5 stars!

Have any of you read 172 Hours on the Moon? What were your thoughts on it? Let me know below!

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon!

 

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TEAM EPIC : Why I Love Epic Fantasy!

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Hello everyone! As promised, here is Team Epic’s side to the Team Urban Fantasy vs. Team Epic Event hosted by Entangled Teen. Hope you all enjoy reading! And don’t forget to enter Entangled Teen’s giveaway for this event HERE. Best of luck to all who enter!

Team Epic: Why I Love Epic Fantasy!

Erica Cameron – Island of Exiles (The Ryogan Chronicles, #1):

“Why do I love epic fantasy? It’s a blank slate. We can erase all of our preconceived notions of society and law and even science, throwing all of that over the side of a cliff. Epic fantasy lets us push humanity well past the breaking point with ever more impossible landscapes and situations. It lets us see what we could be if only we let ourselves get there. Plus, epic fantasy is, well, epic!”

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Book Description:

In Khya’s world, every breath is a battle. On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.

But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya’s home becomes a deadly trap. The only person who can help is Tessen, her lifelong rival and the boy who challenges her at every turn. The council she hoped to join has betrayed her, and their secrets, hundreds of years deep, reach around a world she’s never seen.

To save her brother’s life and her island home, her only choice is to trust Tessen, turn against her clan, and go on the run—a betrayal and a death sentence.

Buy Island of Exiles

Amber Mitchell – Garden of Thorns:

“When I read and write, it’s because I want to escape and nothing gets you farther from your troubles than the distant shores of entirely new worlds. Epic fantasy invites you onto its tropical beaches, into its lush jungles and through its exotic cityscapes, shaking out its uncharted map for you to explore. Every page brims with fantastic characters questing, battling men and extraordinary beasts alike with magic flowing from nimble fingertips and daring sword fights. The allure of entirely new cultures, the epic stakes, swoon-worthy romances, and the flowing dresses of epic fantasy will always have my heart.”

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Book Description:

After seven grueling years of captivity in the Garden—a burlesque troupe of slave girls—sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor. But the hostage she randomly chose from the crowd to aid her isn’t one of the emperor’s men—not anymore. He’s the former heir to the throne, who is now leading a rebellion against it.

Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose’s attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she’ll tell him all the Garden’s secrets.

Except the one secret she’s kept for seven years that she’ll to take to her grave if she must.

Buy Garden of Thorns

L.E. Sterling – True North (True Born, #2):

“Don’t get me wrong — #TeamUrban is great. I love time jumpers and magicians running around a book. They make you blink and question what you saw. But I prefer life in a funhouse mirror. Give me a goblin market. Give me a warrior queen with immortal blood. I want the snow queen’s glass shard to be embedded in my eye. I want to completely escape the bounds of reality — not be shackled by them. I don’t want to just question my perceptions — I want to know I’m not in Kansas any longer.”

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Book Description:

Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there’s been whispered rumors of Plague Cure.

While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters’ blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.

As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.

Buy True North

Nicole Luiken – In Truth & Ashes (Otherselves, #3):

“First for the endlessly inventive magic. Second for the fascinating new worlds to explore. Third for the fantastic creatures that dwell there: dragons, gargoyles, demi-gods and phoenixes are just a few of the ones I’ve used.

Epic fantasy gives a writer a bigger canvas to paint. Instead of a city, a country or even worlds. Wars. Heroes. Villains. Destinies. Everything is bigger is epic fantasy. The stakes are higher, instead of a single group, the fate of a world can hang in the balance.”

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Book Description:

The Mirror Worlds are but dull reflections of the True World, where magic and technology blend together…

On the True World, Belinda Loring has known from childhood that she must Bond with the son of another noble First Family. Uniting the families ensures hers will hold onto its powerful position, and so she’s always pushed down the tender feelings she has for her best friend—gorgeous, steadfast Demian, who isn’t noble.

But when the ceremonial magic goes disastrously wrong, Belinda becomes a national disgrace. Scorned as Broken, she turns to Demian for help getting revenge on the man who ruined her: the radical Malachi.

But the seeds of Malachi’s murderous plans lie buried in Belinda’s past, in the dark days of her kidnapping—a period of which she has no memory. And Demian may hold the key to recovering all that she’s lost—and saving the worlds.

Buy In Truth & Ashes

 

Renee Collins – Relic:

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Book Description:

After a raging fire consumes her town and kills her parents, Maggie Davis is on her own to protect her younger sister and survive best she can in the Colorado town of Burning Mesa. In Maggie’s world, the bones of long-extinct magical creatures such as dragons and sirens are mined and traded for their residual magical elements, and harnessing these relics’ powers allows the user to wield fire, turn invisible, or heal even the worst of injuries.

Working in a local saloon, Maggie befriends the spirited showgirl Adelaide and falls for the roguish cowboy Landon. But when she proves to have a particular skill at harnessing the relics’ powers, Maggie is whisked away to the glamorous hacienda of Álvar Castilla, the wealthy young relic baron who runs Burning Mesa. Though his intentions aren’t always clear, Álvar trains Maggie in the world of relic magic. But when the mysterious fires reappear in their neighboring towns, Maggie must discover who is channeling relic magic for evil before it’s too late.

Relic is a thrilling adventure set in a wholly unique world, and a spell-binding story of love, trust, and the power of good.

Buy Relic

Rebekah L. Purdy – The Summer Marked (The Winter People, #2):

“Epic Fantasy is an escape from the “real world” and takes you to other lands, places you can only dream of, which is why I love it so much.  And there’s so much more opportunity to really explore new creatures and characters within these worlds. I mean, who doesn’t like the idea of stepping through a closet and finding a cool fantasy world? LOL.

I’m also a big fan of the epic battles (think Lord of the Rings or Throne of Glass). Girl with a sword=Awesome.”

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Book Description:

Fresh off a break-up with her boyfriend, Kadie’s glad to be home from college for Thanksgiving. All she needs is a rebound guy, a box of chocolates, and some girl time with her best friend, Salome. Problem is, Salome isn’t returning her calls, and her family won’t say where she is. Feeling sorry for herself, Kadie ends up at Club Blade, a place filled with pumping music, dangerous guys, and promises of a good time. However, when midnight strikes, Kadie’s fun turns into a nightmare as she’s ripped from the human world into Faerie by a vengeful Winter Prince named Etienne. For the first time in her life, she realizes the monsters Salome always spoke of are real, and they’ll stop at nothing to destroy her friend.

Salome thought the winter curse was behind her. But winter has left its mark. Not just on her, but on the whole summer court. The Kingdom of Summer is falling apart, and Nevin is hanging onto his throne by a thread. With war on his doorstep, he has no choice but to send Gareth into enemy territory, which means Salome will be left alone—vulnerable in a world she doesn’t understand. A place where beauty is deadly and humans are pawns in the macabre games the Fae play. Both Kadie and Salome will have to call on all their strength to survive in a world where humans aren’t meant to be. With death and enemies all around them, it’ll be a miracle if they can survive.

Buy The Summer Marked

Chloe Jacobs – Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles, #1):

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Book Description:

While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse.

To survive, Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young goblin king, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her will to escape.

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. An ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal, and with the next eclipse mere days away, every bloodthirsty creature in the realm is after her—including Isaac. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back…

Buy Greta and the Goblin King

 

I really loved learning the various reasons why authors loved the Urban Fantasy or the Epic Fantasy genre. This is primarily why I love reading in the first place. In both cases, the fantasy books serve as an escape from reality through which you can dive into an unknown world and meet amazing characters or learn about the fantasy political and magic system. The experience itself can be unearthly or dreamlike.

From Team Epic Fantasy, I personally liked L.E. Sterling reasoning, “I want to completely escape the bounds of reality — not be shackled by them” and Nicole Luiken who saidEpic fantasy gives a writer a bigger canvas to paint. Instead of a city, a country or even worlds. Wars. Heroes. Villains. Destinies. Everything is bigger is epic fantasy.I found both examples to be the reason why I sometimes reach for an Epic Fantasy book. 

Do any of you guys have a preference over which genre you like the most? Are you Team Urban Fantasy or Team Epic Fantasy?

~Ash~

Team Urban vs. Team Epic Fantasy Week and GIVEAWAY

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Hello everyone!!! Hope you all are doing well!

I am so excited to participate in the amazing YA Series Promo called Team Urban vs. Team Epic Fantasy hosted by the Publisher, Entangled Teen! During this week long event, I will be creating posts featuring some of the publisher’s new and backlist titles along with some of the authors’ Q&A over whether they are Team Urban or Team Fantasy. This week long event started from February 28, 2017 and will end on March 3rd, 2017.

Urban vs. Epic Fantasy Week Schedule: 

  • Tuesday, February 28th: Team Urban vs. Team Epic Fantasy Twitter Chat @ 9-10 pm EST
  • Wednesday Mar. 1st: Bloggers post a feature with authors who ascribe to #TeamUrban
  • Thursday, Mar. 2nd: Bloggers post a feature with authors on #TeamEpic
  • Friday, Mar. 3rd: Bloggers and authors can write / share related posts, including: why they’re Team Urban or Team Epic, their Top 5/10 Fave Urban or Epic Fantasy Reads, and/or the Top 5 Reasons They Loved _____ (an urban or epic fantasy read)

And I am so excited to let you all know that Entangled Teen will be doing a Giveaway as well! This giveaway will feature an Urban vs. Epic Fantasy Prize Pack, including:

* Paperback of True Born

* Hardcover of Thief of Lies

* Paperback of Spindle

You may enter the giveaway HERE on their official site 🙂 All the best to all who enter!

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I personally have a very difficult time choosing whether I love one genre over the other since they both have their own individual charm. How about we check out what the authors have to say about Urban Fantasy?

Team Urban: Why I Love Urban Fantasy!

1 . Shonna Slayton – Spindle:

“Urban fantasy reminds me that our own world is magical. We are so used to the way our world works that we take for granted how incredible it is that our heart beats, our brain imagines, that our eyes see color.

As a writer, urban fantasy allows me to open up my imagination on multiple planes. I still work with the real world, but I get to add layers onto that. It’s like going from black and white TV to color. Like Dorothy in dusty old Kansas stepping into the colorful land of Oz.”

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Book Description:

In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger…

Briar Rose knows her life will never be a fairy tale. She’s raising her siblings on her own, her wages at the spinning mill have been cut, and the boy she thought she had a future with has eyes for someone else. Most days it feels like her best friend, Henry Prince, is the only one in her corner…though with his endless flirty jokes, how can she ever take him seriously?

When a mysterious peddler offers her a “magic” spindle that could make her more money, sneaking it into the mill seems worth the risk. But then one by one, her fellow spinner girls come down with the mysterious sleeping sickness…and Briar’s not immune.

If Briar wants to save the girls—and herself—she’ll have to start believing in fairy tales…and in the power of a prince’s kiss.

Buy Spindle

2. Danielle Ellison – Salt (Salt, #1):

“Whether it’s witches, demons, ghosts or other types monsters, there’s nothing like escaping the sometimes mundane reality of our world, or giving what we know every day a spice of fantasy.  Filled with kick-ass heroines who aren’t afraid to fight for what they believe in (and hot, just-as-fierce love interests) Urban Fantasy inspires you look beyond what you see and be more than you think you can be. Plus, life is more with some magic: more dangerous, more unpredictable, more chaotic, more fun.”

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Book Description:

Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away.

When she’s finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister’s help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find “her” demon. To take back what was stolen.

Then she meets Carter. He’s cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret—but he also has one of his own.

Suddenly, Penelope’s impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter’s not telling her everything, and it’s starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda…and they’re far too interested in her.

Buy Salt

3. Rachel Harris – My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, #1):

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Book Description:

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits…right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore. Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

Buy My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

4. Gloria Craw – Atlantis Rising (Atlantis Rising, #1):

“I love Urban Fantasy because it infuses normal life with myth and magic. It’s so exciting to have something in common with a character who finds a magic object, special ability or a secret origin. The possible ways her courage and passion might be tested are endless. When she does triumph against fantastic odds, I’m left feeling inspired and reassured that I can overcome great obstacles in my everyday life too. Urban Fantasy reminds me that the ordinary in us can sometimes be…extraordinary.”

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Book Description:

We’ve stayed hidden too long… I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian…the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know I need to avoid.

Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted—by those who would protect me and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about who I am, wait until they see what I can do…

Buy Atlantis Rising

5. Brenda Drake – Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2):

“I’m such a fan of Urban Fantasy for many reasons, but mostly because writers can take our normal world and, either secret or not, add a dash of the fantastical to it. With mystical creatures hiding from humans or living side by side with them, deliciously nefarious things can happen. There’s just something extraordinary about urban fantasy. It’s the ability of the writer to look at something normal in the human world and mix it up. Changing a simple book into something that can transport someone from library to library or hiding a zoo of magical beasts in a common suitcase.”

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Book Description:

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens. Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Buy Guardian of Secrets

6. Chris Cannon – Fanning the Flames (Going Down in Flames, #4):

  1.      There are no maidens that need to be rescued in urban fantasy. More than likely the females are the ones kicking ass.
  2.      I love the snarky banter that occurs when you throw modern day characters into            strange/magical/supernatural circumstances.
  3.      Anything is possible in urban fantasy. There are no rules about what types of                  paranormal creatures you can have. If you want to create dragons that breathe fire, ice, wind, sonic waves, and lightning, you can, just like I did in Going Down In Flames *cough cough* shameless self promotion

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Book Description:

She isn’t afraid of anything…except losing the knight she loves. Bryn McKenna has it all, including her smoking-hot knight turned live-in boyfriend, Valmont. Even though she’s a hybrid dragon, she’s finally fitting into the new shape-shifting dragon world that’s become her own. But her grandparents want to ruin everything by making Bryn’s nightmare of an arranged marriage to Jaxon Westgate a reality. It doesn’t help that Jaxon’s father is on a witch hunt for Rebel sympathizers and Bryn finds herself in his line of fire.

If she doesn’t say, “I do,” she’ll lose everything. Good-bye flying. Good-bye best friends. Good-bye magic. But if she bends to her grandparents’ will and agrees to marry Jaxon, she’ll lose the love of her life—her knight.

Buy Fanning the Flames

 

7. Tara Fuller – Inbetween (Kissed by Death, #1):

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Book Description:

Death doesn’t fall in love. Usually. Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky—and unending—lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.

Buy Inbetween

 

Hope you all enjoyed the post for today! I will be making a post for the #TeamEpic Authors and their thrilling books tomorrow so please look forward to it!

How about you guys? Are you on Team Urban or Team Epic Fantasy?

~Ash~

Angelfall Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Susan EE

Publisher: Skyscape

Pages: 283

Rating: 5/5

Genre: Young Adult (a few violent scenes)

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OH MY GOODNESS!!! I had a feeling I was going to like this book from all the positive reviews but I never thought I would love it this much!! This is definitely one of the best post-apocalyptic books I have ever read!! Despite being a quick read, you never feel that the world is underdeveloped or out of place. I think Susan did a great job in providing us the correct amount of detail to immerse the readers into the story without having to make us feel that we are in an impractical world.

Summary:

In summary, Angelfall starts off approximately six weeks after the apocalypse where angels have descended onto the Earth and demolished the entire world. Humans are now fighting to survive from the gangs which terrorize the streets during the day and the supernatural strike fear into their hearts during the night. Penryn and her family, including her mother and her wheelchair bound little sister, and trying to live through this world just like any other survivor. One night when they are trying to find a safe shelter, she witnesses a huge struggle between a group of angels. These warrior angels end up badly injuring their victim, an angel named Raffe, and they go as far as to even tearing off his wings. Moreover, they also fly away with Paige and Penryn is willing to do whatever it takes to get her sister back, including making a deal with the enemy angel.

Characters:

  1. Penryn – Brave, Determined, Stubborn; Penryn is definitely one of those characters who you grow to admire throughout the course of the novel. From the start, she takes full ownership of taking care of her family and is especially protective and caring towards her little sister, Paige. She has a great balance of being brave but also being warmhearted. Although she can be a bit stubborn at times, I feel that in the end she always tries to do what she thinks is right and I admire her for that.
  2. Raffe – Sarcastic, Bold, Fighter; As soon as Raffe was introduced in this book, I knew that he was going to be an interesting character with a lot of history which we will soon uncover. I think this mystery behind him is what makes his character so alluring. I will say that there were times when I was laughing out loud because of his witty and sarcastic comments: “My friends call me Wrath. My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name soldier boy?” LOL I CANT jlawlaugh
  3. Mrs. Young – Schizophrenic, Paranoid, Multi-facetted; Penryn’s mother is an interesting character due to her condition and you cannot place her as a villain or a victim. I feel that at times she does things which are shocking but some other times, you see her human characteristics take over and see her capabilities as a mother.
  4. Paige – Naive, Wheelchair bound; OMG she is a sweetheart ❤

In conclusion, this book truly surprised me 🙂  I think Susan did a great job in taking a different route for the YA dystopian/apocalyptic genre by incorporating the concept of fallen angels. She also created a ominous, dangerous, and mysterious world which is sure to send shivers through your spine while reading certain scenes. It is quite dark but she also does a great job in delivering witty banter and sassy dialogues between the characters for some comic relief. The story is immediately gripping from the first chapter and you can quickly sense the danger of the world that Penryn is in. This is another reason why it is so captivating and such an addicting read. Nearly all the chapters end with a cliffhanger and you have no choice but to continue reading! THE CLIMAX AND PLOT TWISTS WERE JUST INSANE! I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series!

Have any of you read the Angelfall series? Let me know in the comments!! 🙂

Until next time, keep reading!

~Ash

Mulan Book Tag

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Thank you to the wonderful Kirsty and the Cat Read for nominating me for this book tag! If you have not checked out her blog please do so. Her original tags/posts are so creative and fun! 🙂

The Rules:

  • Mention the creator (Kirsty and the Cat Read)
  • Thank/mention the person who tagged you
  • Match books or characters to the questions below
  • tag as many people as you like🙂

1. Reflection “When will my reflection show who I am inside” – An inaccurate book cover that doesn’t really reflect what the book is about.

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For this question, I will choose Orange: The Complete Collection cover by Ichigo Takano. The reason is that the cover gives off a cheesy, high school, love triangle vibe, but IT IS SO MUCH MORE than that! I think this is one of the mangas I have read which incorporates a very cool sci-fi element into the story and you do not get that aura from the main cover. Sci-Fi is one of my favorite genres and I absolutely fell in love with the concept of the manga as soon as I picked it up! More importantly, the characters are just so well developed and you can not help but love this group and their friendship. It has become one of my favorite mangas of all time!

2. Mushu – A character with a lot to prove.

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A character like Mushu would be Tina, or Porpentina Goldstein,  from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. From the beginning of the book we see Tina who has been dismissed as an Auror from the Magical Congress of the United States of America since she was conducting an investigation against the orders of her superiors. She had lost a bit of her confidence because of that but after meeting Newt and helping him recover his missing magical creatures, she grows dynamically with a lot of heart, strength and courage which ultimately helps her gain her confidence back.

3. “I’ll make a man outta you!” – A character who develops the most OR a book with some kick-a** training scenes

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I would have to choose Ruby from The Darkest Minds. Her character is just so dynamic that by the end of the book I was beginning to wonder if she was the same person! After being placed in a harsh concentration camp for children who developed abnormal abilities, Ruby is initially very scared but as the plot moves forward, she faces huge obstacles in her path and learns to overcome them, thereby becoming strong emotionally.

4. “A Girl Worth Fighting for” – A ship you will defend till your last breath

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Cress/Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles – I adore them. I will defend them forever!!!!!

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5. Huns – A book/character that gives you the creeps

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A book character who has completely creeped me out would definitely be Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. I mean she was so vain to the point where she was willing to control the minds of people in order to manipulate them into loving her. She not only used her skills to control people but also to punish them as well with their own hands. You do see more of what she does in Stars Above or the collection of novellas from the Lunar Chronicles but urgh . . . it just gives me chills whenever I read those scenes.

6. Mulan – Your favorite bada** female protagonist

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Inej is one of my favorite characters in the Six of Crows Duology since she so bold, determined and caring despite having such a rough past life. Not only is she courageous but she also grows to become a skilled fighter with her blades after joining the Dregs. More importantly, she has such great morals and by the end of the book she becomes someone who is willing to fight for justice and others even though she had not been so fortunate. A  bada** Character Indeed!

I TAG THE FOLLOWING BLOGS:

Gretchen@ChicNerdReads

Jay@AlovelornVirgo

Theresa@TheCalicoBooks

Sam@RiverMooseBooks

Krysti@YAandWine

Zainab@TeenBookLit101

Danielle@BooksVertigoandTea

Lindsey@ParadisBooks

Sophie@BookWishBlog

If you have not followed these blogs, please do so! They are amazing! 🙂

~Ash~

Beauty and the Beast Book Tag!

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Thanks to the wonderful, the lovely, the incredible icebreaker694! Please check out her blog, It’s amazing! And to the creator, Kristy and the Cat Read!!

1. “TALE AS OLD AS TIME” – A POPULAR THEME, TROPE OR SETTING YOU WILL NEVER GET BORED OF READING.

I think for me it will probably be the “misunderstood bad boy”. Now this isn’t a person who mistreats the female lead, but maybe acts cold, mysterious or kind of shut off from the world due to their back story or bad past. An extreme example would be Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows and Warner from Shatter Me  and a lesser extreme may be Captain Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles and Four from Divergent. I do  understand that sometimes this is over done, but when authors can incorporate a “bad boy” character with a lot of character depth and development while simultaneously making them relateable, then we as readers are able to feel for them. And as we see them reform with the female lead’s interactions and relationship, it makes them quite intriguing.

2. BELLE – A BOOK YOU BOUGHT FOR IT’S BEAUTIFUL COVER THAT’S JUST AS BEAUTIFUL INSIDE TOO

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Now isn’t this cover just gorgeous? The best part of it all, is that the actual story is beyond beautiful. I have heard so many people talk about the Lunar Chronicles and I was hesitant to pick it up since it was a 4 part series. However, I did decide to give this a chance since the sci-fi twist to fairy tale re-tellings sounded quite intriguing to me and I am happy to say that this series has become one of my favorite series of all time!

3. BEAST – A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT MUCH FROM BUT PLEASANTLY SURPRISED YOU.

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When I first picked up this book, I honestly was not expecting much since this was classified under a post-apocalyptic genre and I  believed it would follow a similar route that other dystopian books do. However, I was surprised at the interesting twist the author added to this story. It does not follow the same plot line of most dystopian books such as a plague destroying the earth or corrupt individuals overtaking the government. Instead a natural disaster serves as an “awakening” to the evil within individuals. It goes to question humanity itself – Are we either good or bad? Or despite how good a person may seem, will there always be a bit of evil inside them?

4. GASTON – A BOOK EVERYONE LOVES THAT YOU DON’T

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Now, it is not that I didn’t like this book. I actually enjoyed the setting and the set up but I found it to be too predictable in the end. Since I was able to guess the plot twist, it ended up falling flat for me. However, I am planning to continue on with the series to see the direction the plot moves in 🙂

5. LEFOU – A LOYAL SIDEKICK YOU CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE MORE THAN THEIR COUNTER PART.

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KENJI FOREVER ❤

I absolutely adored Kenji in the Shatter Me series! He is definitely one of the characters who you can’t help but admire. At first he did seem a bit goofy and silly but he really did help the main character, Juliette, through her difficult times and the advice he gave her when she was falling apart really made me admire him even more. A loyal character indeed.

6. MRS POTTS, CHIP, LUMIER & COGSWORTH – A BOOK THAT HELPED YOU THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME OR THAT TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING VALUABLE

I actually have two series for this one. I read both of them during two different but very difficult moments in my life but while reading these books, they offered some valuable messages which I still carry with me to this day.

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The Maze Runner: There is nothing more valuable than friendship. When I went through the most difficult part of life, my friends were there for me to recover mentally and emotionally. As an introvert, I am not quite comfortable expressing myself but I found that when you do, you can really grow from the care and comfort of others.

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The Lunar Chronicles: Always have hope. Let’s face it. Life sucks. You are going to be thrown in situations you don’t want to be in and faced with prejudice and judgement from members of society. Time is never going to stop for you so the only thing you can so is just pick yourself up and keep going.  And sometimes, its not a terrible thing to hit rock bottom since there is only way left to go and that’s UP!

7. “SOMETHING THERE” – A BOOK OR A SERIES THAT YOU WEREN’T INTO AT FIRST BUT PICKED UP TOWARDS THE END.

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The Raven Cycle was one of the series that I had on my TBR for very long time. I guess the reason I didn’t pick up the first book was because when I read the summary, it sounded as if it would be solely romance oriented. However, I found out that this was not the case and that there was a lot more complexity added to the plot with the diverse characters. This series was unlike anything I have ever read and I am so glad I decided to give it a shot!

8. “BE OUR GUEST” – A FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU’D LOVE TO HAVE OVER FOR DINNER

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When I first read the Harry Potter books, the character that I automatically connected with was Hermione Granger. Growing up in an Asian household, I took my studies very seriously when I was young and seeing a studious character like her made me realize that knowledge is power and with it, you can conquer the world 🙂

My Tag Team

Barefoot&Pregnant

Misty@Mistybookspace

Gretchen@ChicNerdReads

Theresa@TheCalicoBooks

Ellie@CapitolBooks

Fiona@ANovelIndulgence

Liss@theclumsybookworm

Sorry if you were already tagged for this! And please share your blog post in the comments below, I would love to read your answers!

Have fun everyone! 🙂