Blog Tour | There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

Authour:
Katy Rose Pool
Format:
ARC
Publication date:
September 3th 2019
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co.
Source:
Received from publisher

Review:
Katy Rose Pool’s début novel, There Will Come a Darkness truly does live up to its ominous title. Set in a rich, diverse world that mixes elements of both ancient mythology and apocalyptic fiction, this book follows five extremely different people who all make reckless choices and the consequences that follow.

Of the five my favourite character was Hassan, the exiled prince and someone who doesn’t have a Grace. It was satisfying to see him come into his own as a leader, and I’m looking forward to see him become a more competent leader for his people, especially after facing some major setbacks and betrayal in There Will Come a Darkness. Meanwhile, though I initially liked Ephyra because she was more of an anti-villain with somewhat sympathetic motives, her decisions and actions near the end became more annoying as she started to care more about her own comfort over what was best for her sister. I am however looking forward to getting to know Beru better as she’s finally taking charge of her own life.

I love a compelling heist/team novel and this one was action packed and fast-paced. I also appreciated how well-developed the world was and the diversity of the interpersonal relationships between the characters. The descriptions of everything were incredibly vivid and the characters truly came to life through Pool’s writing. That being said, while the writing was gripping the story had several twists that made everything darker than I thought it would be. It was a bit heartbreaking how for the majority of the characters, things just kept getting worse and worse with little to no reprieve for them. I do feel like there come have been a better balance between all the angst and darkness with the additional of a few more light-hearted moments.

For the most part, There Will Come a Darkness wasn’t too unpredictable though it did have its tiny surprises. I’m not sure if I’ll be picking up the next book as I’m a bit nervous about what will happen next however I am curious to see Hassan grow into more of a leader and to see where Beru, Jude, Anton and even Ephyra end up next.

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

Heartbreaker Blog Tour Day 6 – Edwards & Murphy

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About the Author: Erin Johnson grew up watching classic western movies with her father, which fueled her lifelong love of horseback riding. She’s always dreamed of being a fierce-talking cowgirl, but writing about one seemed like the next best thing. She loves traveling, painting, riding motorcycles, and teaching, and lives in North Carolina. You can find out more about her and her books, which are written under the name Laurie J. Edwards, at https://lje1.wordpress.com/. Another recent release,Cyber Self-Defense, co-written with Alexis Moore, gives tips for coping with cyber-bullying and other cyber-abuse. To read about her humorous, true-life romance, watch for the anthology Love & Profanity coming from Capstone in March 2015.
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1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? “The Way We Were,” which Barbra Streisand sang in the movie of the same title.
2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? Definitely. I believe your heart draws you to the right person, the perfect match. When you meet, your eyes look beyond the physical and into the soul, so I also believe in love at first sight.

Book: Her Cold Revenge

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Grace and the Guiltless

The first book in YA series set in the Wild West…

After her family is slaughtered by outlaws, sixteen-year-old Grace Milton goes on a vendetta to capture the gang who did it. But once she meets a rugged range rider, she’s torn between revenge and love.

“Packed with action, drama, and, yes, a little romance, this book is sure to draw in readers from the first sentence and hold them there until the last.” ~TeenReads

“A budding romance, clues to a possible conspiracy, and a cliffhanger ending promise exciting adventures ahead.” ~VOYA

“The descriptions give me the chills. I love the character. She’s so brave and practical and so mature.” ~Wattpad reader

Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Grace-Guiltless-Wanted-Erin-Johnson/dp/163079001X

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WANTED, a new YA series set in the Wild West…

After her family is slaughtered by outlaws, sixteen-year-old Grace Milton goes on a vendetta to capture the gang who did it. But once she meets a rugged range rider, she’s torn between revenge and love.

In WANTED Book 2, HER COLD REVENGE, Grace’s saga continues as she singlehandedly tracks down train robbers and fugitives in her quest for justice.

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About the Author: L.S. Murphy obsesses about St. Louis Cardinals baseball, fangirls over her favorite authors, and watches every episode of Doctor Who like it’s the first time. When she’s not doing those time-consuming things, the former farm-girl turned city slicker turned suburbanite writes sweet romances for teens and adults. Visit her online at lsmurphy.comand follow her on Twitter @LSMurphy

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1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? Almost Lover by A Fine Frenzy
2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? Yep, I married mine. J

Book: REAPER

 

There’s no way sixteen year old Quincy Amarante will become the fifth grim reaper. None. Not over her shiny blue Mustang. Her Jimmy Choos. Or her dead body.

She’s supposed to enjoy her sophomore year, not learn about some freaky future that Destiny says she has no choice but to fulfill.

It doesn’t take long for Quincy to realize the only way out of the game is to play along especially since Death can find her anyway, anywhere, anytime. And does.

Like when she’s reassuring her friends she wants nothing to do with former best friend Ben Moorland, who’s returned from god-knows-where, and fails. Miserably.

Instead of maintaining her coveted popularity status, Quincy’s goes down like the Titanic.

Maybe … just maybe … that’s okay.

It seems, perhaps, becoming a grim reaper isn’t just about the dead but more about a much needed shift in Quincy’s priorities—from who she thinks she wants to be to who she really is.

Book: PIXELATED

Her upcoming YA novel, PIXELATED, about a high school senior whose ambitious life plan is jeopardized by her parents’ divorce and a move to Nowheresville, and who can’t help falling for the small town golden boy with a secret, was acquired by Bloomsbury Spark. PIXELATED is expected to be published in Spring 2015.

PIXELATED (Spring 2015~ Bloomsbury Spark)
REAPER (J. Taylor Publishing)

For other information, please visit my website: http://lsmurphy.com/

 

Heartbreaker Blog Tour Day 6 – Tewes & Driver

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About the Author: Judith Tewes resides in Northern Alberta where she: writes, sings, plays bass guitar, walks her three crazy labs, and suspects she’s living the life of a superhero’s alias.

 

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1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? Why, the Heartbreak Blog Tours unofficial theme song Another Heartbreak by the Barenaked Ladies, of course! 😉
2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? I don’t know if I believe in soul mates, but I do believe that there are really good fits. My husband suits me perfectly, but it took a long time and a lot of not-quite-right fits before I found him.

Book: My Soon-To-Be Sex LifeMSTBSL

Charlie is down to her absolute. Total. Last. Resort.

Despite a thoroughly comprehensive list of potential cherry poppers, er…suitors, and careful plotting, Charlie is three weeks into her devirginization campaign, still untouched, and getting desperate. In the movie of her life, this aspiring screenwriter is giving herself a PG, for please, get some.

Her project goes into freeze frame when her mom checks herself into rehab and packs Charlie off to live with her estranged, or just plain strange, grandfather, Monty. How is she supposed to get a date when she has to go pick up his Depends?

Enter Eric, a hot rehab grad on the road to redemption, and the only one who can make Charlie rethink her strategy. The more she gets to know him, the more convinced she becomes that is the one, and not just another to add to the list of people who will abandon her.

In this hilarious and heartbreaking story of one girl’s detoured road to womanhood, Charlie’s list develops a life of its own – right when she realizes there’s so much more to lose.

Connect with Judith:
Blog: http://judithteweswrites.blogspot.ca/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JudithTewes
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judithteweswrites

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About the Author: Notes is D. G. Driver’s second book published by Fire and Ice. Her fantasy novel Cry of the Sea was released in 2014. She has published several award-winning, critically acclaimed non-fiction books as Donna Getzinger. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit her web site to learn more about her, and follow her to keep up with future projects.
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1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak?“Don’t Speak” No Doubt. “Once in a While” jazz standard featured in New York, New York. “You Were Meant for Me” – Jewel
2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? You know, I do, but I’m not sure everyone is lucky enough to find his or hers.

Book: Passing Notes

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Mark has finally gotten the attention of the girl of his dreams. Only, his lame attempts at romance through texts and emails seem to be turning her off. When he gets put in the back of the room in an over-full class at school, he begins to discover old notes giving advice about how to write a great love letter. At first he thinks he’s stumbled on some long-forgotten notes passed in class ages ago, but every time he reads them they seem directed specifically to him. They also appear at the perfect moment each time he needs more advice. It’s like someone is haunting him. How do the notes keep appearing? Who’s writing them? Why?

And if Mark follows the ghostly writer’s advice, will he win Bethany’s love?

Connect with Judith:
Blog: http://www.dgdriver.com
Twitter: @DGDriverAuthor
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/donnagdriver

Heartbreaker Blog Tour Day 5 – Gurtler & Green

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About the Author: A Rita Award Finalist and Crystal Kite Award Finalist, Janet Gurtler’s young adult books have been chosen for the JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION and as BEST BOOKS FOR TEENS from the Canadian Children’s Book Center. Janet lives in Okotoks Alberta, Canada with her husband, son, and a chubby black Chihuahua named Bruce.

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1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? Say Something by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera
2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? Yes. But I also believe they’re like four leaf clovers, really hard to find.

Book: THE TRUTH ABOUT USThe truth about us

The truth is that Jess knows she screwed up.
She’s made mistakes, betrayed her best friend, and now she’s paying for it. Her dad is making her spend the whole summer volunteering at the local soup kitchen.

The truth is she wishes she was the care-free party-girl everyone thinks she is.
She pretends it’s all fine. That her “perfect” family is fine. But it’s not. And no one notices the lie…until she meets Flynn. He’s the only one who really sees her. The only one who listens.

The truth is that Jess is falling apart – and no one seems to care.
But Flynn is the definition of “the wrong side of the tracks.” When Jess’s parents look at him they only see the differences-not how much they need each other. They don’t get that the person who shouldn’t fit in your world… might just be the one to make you feel like you belong.

http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/this-is-your-afterlife-9781619637771/

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About the Author:Shari Green writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction and occasionally masquerades as a poet. When she’s not glued to her laptop, she can often be found wandering in a blissful daze on the beach near her home on Vancouver Island, BC. Visit her online at http://www.sharigreen.com.Shari-Green--sm

1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? My Best Friend’s Girl, by The Cars…because I’m that old, and also, The Cars.
2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? Yes, but I think even soul mates have to work at their relationship to hang on to the soul-matey bliss.

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Walking in the footsteps of a dead girl isn’t easy.

After her social life flatlines, seventeen-year-old Anna Richards wants nothing more than to lie low at her new school. But it seems Anna looks an awful lot like Chelsea, the sweet and popular girl who recently died, and Anna finds herself stepping into the void created by Chelsea’s absence.

Anna is determined to make the awkward situation work in her favor, because Chelsea didn’t just leave a spot open with the in-crowd; she also left a gorgeous—and now available—boyfriend. But it turns out that following Chelsea might be a lot more complicated than Anna expected.

Heartbreaker Blog Tour Day 4 – Barneveld & Jaden

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About the Author: Vanessa Barneveld lives in Australia. She has one husband, two cats, and three Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® nominations. When she’s not writing, devouring chocolate, or dreaming of intergalactic travel, Vanessa works as a closed captioner for the deaf and audio describer for the blind.

1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? “Somebody’s Crying” by Chris Isaak. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/somebodys-crying/id421969292?i=421969303
2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? Yes! And not just in a romantic sense. BFFs can be soul mates, too.

Book: This Is Your Afterlife

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When the one boy you crushed on in life can’t seem to stay away in death, it’s hard to be a normal teen when you’re a teen paranormal.

Sixteen-year-old Keira Nolan has finally got what she wanted—the captain of the football team in her bedroom. Problem is he’s not in the flesh. He’s a ghost and she’s the only one who can see him.

Keira’s determined to do anything to find Jimmy’s killer. Even it if means teaming up with his prickly-yet-dangerously-attractive brother, Dan, also Keira’s ex-best-friend. Keira finds that her childish crush is fading, but her feelings for Dan are just starting to heat up, and as the story of Jimmy’s murder unfolds, anyone could be a suspect.

This thrilling debut from Vanessa Barneveld crosses over from our world to the next, and brings a whole delightful new meaning to “teen spirit”.

http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/this-is-your-afterlife-9781619637771/

Connect with Vanessa:
http://www.vanessabarneveld.com
http://www.twitter.com/vanessab73
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Vanessa-Barneveld/185502258167596

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About the Author: Denise Jaden’s novels have been shortlisted or received awards through the Romance Writers of America, Inspy, and SCBWI. The first draft of her debut novel, Losing Faith (Simon & Schuster), was written in 21 days during NaNoWriMo and she loves talking with writers and students about her fast-drafting process. Jaden’s other young adult novels include Never Enough (Simon & Schuster) and Foreign Exchange (an Editor’s Pick from Evernight Teen). Her non-fiction books for writers include, Writing with a Heavy Heart and Fast Fiction. Find out more at Denisejaden.com.

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1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? Thanks for Nothing by Fefe Dobson.
2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? ? Kind of. I believe the people who should find each other will find each other, but I don’t believe there is only one person out there for each of us. Many important people will come into our lives in one way or another (romantically or not). Some will stay longer than others. Some will be more impactful than others.

Book: Foreign Exchange

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Jamie Monroe has always played it safe. That is, until her live-for-the-moment best friend, Tristan, jets off to Italy on a student exchange program. Left alone with her part-time mother and her disabled brother, Jamie discovers that she is quite capable of taking her own risks, starting with her best friend’s hotter-than-hot older brother, Sawyer. Sawyer and Tristan have been neighbors for years, but as Jamie grows closer to the family she thought she knew, she discovers some pretty big secrets. As she sinks deeper into their web of pretense, she suspects that her best friend may not be on a safe exchange program at all. Jamie sets off to Europe on a class trip with plans to meet up with Tristan, but when Tristan stops all communication, suddenly no one seems trustworthy, least of all the one person she was starting to trust—Sawyer.

 

Heartbreaker Blog Tour Day 3 – McConnel & Cook

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About the Author: Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn’t crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time. Her debut NA novel, THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY, is out now from Bloomsbury Spark. She also writes YA and nonfiction. Visit http://www.jenmcconnel.com to learn more.

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  1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? This is probably my teenage self talking, but “I Will Always Love You” as sung by Whitney Houston.
  2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? Absolutely, but I don’t always think they’re romantic, and I think you can have more than one. Best friends can be soul mates, too!

Book: HER SECRET INHERITANCEHER SECRET INHERITANCE_FINAL_300DPI

Five years after the trip to Scotland that changed her life, Lou is back in the misty, magical country. But this time, she’s not on vacation.

When Brian, her old Highland fling, turns up at the scene of some depressing family business, tension mounts between the former lovers. But dealing with Brian is only part of the problem; something wicked is stirring in Scotland. Lou must use all her strength to handle the increasingly desperate situation, but will she be strong enough to battle both a vengeful ghost and her heart?

Lou may have thought that she was finished with the witch Isobel Key, but some secrets can’t stay buried forever. This story is the sequel to THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY.

Learn More
Bloomsbury | Website| Goodreads | Bloomsbury Spark |

Purchase
Amazon | B&N | Google | iTunes | Kobo | Audible |

Connect with Jen:

| Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest | Facebook | Blog | Website |

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About the Author: Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Eileen lives in Vancouver Canada with her husband and one naughty dog and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

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  1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. I’m all about picking up the pieces
  2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? Yes! I am sucker for romance, but I don’t believe there is only one.

Book: REMEMBER (Release date February 24, 2015)remember

 

A thrilling tale about what a girl will do to get back a memory she lost…or remove what she wants to forget.

Harper is used to her family being hounded by protestors. Her father runs the company that trademarked the “Memtex” procedure to wipe away sad memories, and plenty of people think it shouldn’t be legal. Then a new demonstrator crosses her path, Neil, who’s as persistent as he is hot. Not that Harper’s noticing, since she already has a boyfriend.

When Harper suffers a loss, she’s shocked her father won’t allow her to get the treatment, so she finds a way to get it without his approval. Soon afterward, she’s plagued with strange symptoms, including hallucinations of a woman who is somehow both a stranger, yet incredibly familiar. Harper begins to wonder if she is delusional, or if these are somehow memories.

Together with Neil, who insists he has his own reasons for needing answers about the real dangers of Memtex, Harper begins her search for the truth. What she finds could uproot all she’s ever believed about her life…

Connect with Ellen:
Website: eileen@eileencook.com
Twitter: @eileenwriter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EileenCook.author

Heartbreaker Blog Tour Day 2 – Ius & Hiatt

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About the Author: DAWN IUS is a short-story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor, and communications specialist. She is the Assistant Managing Editor of the International Thriller Writers Association’s monthly magazine, THE BIG THRILL, co-founder and senior editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and the author of ten educational graphic novels published by the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. When she’s not slaying fictional monsters, she’s geeking out over fairy tales, Jack Bauer, Halloween, sports cars, and all things that go bump in the night. Dawn lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Jeff, and their giant English Mastiff, Roarke.

1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? Ack! So many! Totally aging myself here but, Bon Jov
2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? Absolutely. I married mine—though some 20 years after we met & went our separate ways.
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A love worth losing your head over

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Wild, brazen, mischievous, bewitching

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Driven, haunted, charming, magnetic

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Apart they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.

HENRY TUDOR’S LIFE HAS BEEN mapped out since the day he was born: student president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s.

But ever since the death of Henry’s brother—perfect, high-achieving Arthur—his family has been twice as demanding. And now Henry’s trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who’s not Tudor-approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Anne is wild, brash, and outspoken. She is everything Henry is not allowed to be—or to want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, yet his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her. But once he has her, their romance could destroy them both.

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, ANNE & HENRY reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.

Add it to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22453734-anne-henry

Connect with Dawn:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authordawnius
Twitter: @dawnmius
Blog: www.dawn-ius.blogspot.com
Email: dawnmius@gmail.com

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About the Author: Brenda Hiatt is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels (so far), including traditional Regency romance, time travel romance, historical romance, and humorous mystery. She is as excited about her STARSTRUCK series as she’s ever been about any of her books. In addition to writing, Brenda is passionate about embracing life to the fullest, to include scuba diving (she has over 60 dives to her credit), Taekwondo (where she is currently pursuing her 3rd degree black belt), hiking, traveling, and pursuing new experiences and skills.BrendaHiattHeadshotMedium

 

  1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? Unbreak My Heart
  2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? I really, really want to—so I write about them and live that fantasy through my characters!

Book: STARFALLstarfall_promo

 

The electrifying conclusion to the Starstruck series!

M, no longer a nerdy nobody, has finally been acclaimed Sovereign Emileia, ruler of the Martian colony Nuath. But at what cost? Without her soulmate Rigel, life seems pointless but she’s expected to shake off her heartbreak and assume her responsibilities. Reluctantly, M does what she must until an unexpected discovery restores a glimmer of hope for the future. Now she is determined to do whatever she can to salvage her longed-for happy ending—if it’s not already too late.

 

 

Heartbreaker Blog Tour Day 1 – Hantz & Poston

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About the Author: Sara Hantz comes from the UK and now lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Australia (via 10 years in New Zealand). She lectured for many years before deciding to devote more time to her writing and working in the family business. She has two grown-up children and when not writing or working she spends more time than most people she knows watching TV – in fact if TV watching was an Olympic sport she’d win gold.SaraH

  1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? The Way We Were by Barbra Streisand
  2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? No

Book: Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up

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Abi Saunders might be a kickboxing champion, but when it comes to being the center of attention, she’d rather take a roundhouse kick to the solar plexus any day. So when her trainer convinces her to audition to be the stunt double for hot teen starlet Tilly Watson, Abi is shocked—and a little freaked out—when she gets the job.

Being a stunt double is overwhelming, but once the wig and makeup are on, Abi feels like a different person. Tilly Watson, to be exact. And when Tilly’s gorgeous boyfriend, Jon, mistakes Abi for the real star, Abi’s completely smitten. In fact, she’s so in love with her new life, it isn’t long before she doesn’t have time for her old one. But when the cameras are turned off, will she discover running with the Hollywood A-list isn’t quite the glamorous existence she thought it was?

Connect with Sara:
http://www.entangledpublishing.com/category/sara-hantz/
http://www.sarahantz.comn
http://www.facebook/sarahantz
http://www.twitter.com/sarahantz

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About the Author: Ashley Poston is a fangirl at heart. Inspired by everything from Sailor Moon to Firefly to Harry Potter, she began writing at a very young age and never stopped. Her play, MOTHLIGHT, won best direction, best actor/actress, and best stage play at SCTA’s 2008 conference. Since then, she’s written for Quirk and ThoughtCatolog, apprenticed under a Hollywood screenwriter, spoke at Anime Expo’s Academic Conference, interned at Random House, and somehow found herself a book contract.

She currently lives in South Carolina with her cat and a plethora of books. When not writing, she hangs around on Twitter fangirling about all the feels. THE SOUND OF US, from Bloomsbury Spark, is her first novel. Tweet her at @ashposton and read her inner-most rambles at casuallybeingweird.com.AshleyP

 

  1. What song comes to mind when you think of heartbreak? L.G.FUAD by Motion City Soundtrack. It got me through my first heartbreak.
  2. Do you believe in soul mates in real life? Not really? I believe in finding someone who thinks you’re enough. And finding someone who is enough.

Book: The Sound of Us

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America’s favorite pop band, Roman Holiday, is done, dead, and so totally last year. For eighteen-year-old rockoholic Junie Baltimore, this is music to her ears. But when she discovers their sexy ex-lead singer hiding out on the boardwalk, her summer vacation becomes the cover story of the year.

She’s willing to keep him a secret, but when a sleazy paparazzo offers her the cash she needs to save the bar her father left behind, could she sell out for the chance to save her future? Who is she kidding? That’s a no-brainer…but she never planned on falling head over heels for the lead singer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Tour | Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez Book Review

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Format:
Advance Reader Copy, 422 pages
Publication date:
October 7th 2014
Publisher:
Katherine Tegen Books
Source:
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review:
Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez was actually one of my most anticipated fall releases so I was ecstatic to be a part of the blog tour for this book. After all a story concerning a girl on the run from her father and boyfriend after witnessing them kill a man sounded just so thrilling. Unfortunately the execution of the story was not as exciting as I had expected as the first half of the book was slow to start.

In spite of that, there were a few things that I liked when it came to this book. First I loved the fact that much of the story takes place in Montreal. It’s always appealing when a Canadian city is the key or one of the major settings in a book. Another thing that I thought the authour did an excellent job of was capturing the emotions and confusion of a teenage girl who has to come to terms with several harsh realities with incredibly no warnings. I suppose it was fitting for Valentina to be as impulsive as she was given her situation, her age and her relatively privileged and sheltered life. Still she managed to be quite resourceful (with a little help) and I liked the scenes where we can observe her struggling to reclaim her own identity and independence.

That being said, I also found her to be at times extremely naïve for a person who was supposed to be on the run. She gave up her identity quite easily when she re-encounters one of the two people she’s been running from her former life. In addition, I did not perceive the appeal of the two guys in her life. Her boyfriend, Emilio was emotionally manipulative and the new guy, Marcel was a jerk though he does slightly improve after a certain event in the book. Nevertheless I thought that Valentina could do so much better than the choices she was given. In the conclusion however, I liked the place where Martinez leaves the character of Valentina. Overall, Kiss Kill Vanish was a decent book that had an extremely promising concept; unfortunately however, for the most part it left me feeling a little bit disappointed.

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

Blog Tour | On Fear [Guest Post]

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Please join me in welcoming Paula Weston author of The Rephaim series (which we LOVE) to the blog. We’re so excited to have her stopping by today on her blog tour for her second book in the series, “Haze”! She’s kindly agreed to contribute this guest post:

Fear…it’s a funny thing. We all deal with it in different ways and at different levels.

Veronica Roth says she wrote Divergent as a way to deal with her own fear and anxiety, which – at certain times in her life – she’s found overwhelming and debilitating (www.people.com/people/article/0,,20798669,00.html).

I’ve certainly had moments of overwhelming anxiety, but I tend to have the opposite reaction: I act impulsively. For me, action – even ill-considered – is less stressful than inaction. (Now you know where Gaby gets it from.)

But a few years ago, I discovered that anxiety had dug its hooks into me in ways I wasn’t even aware of.

I’d made a significant decision to make a lifestyle change, moving from a full-time job to become self employed as a writer and as a partner in a consultancy with one of my closest friends. Over the next six months, I picked up my first publishing contract for the Rephaim series and the business built steadily. But something weird was happening to me. I was getting chest pains, shortness of breath, palpitations, numbness and felt ‘spacey’ at odd and inappropriate moments. I got checked out at the doctor, and the ultimate diagnosis was that I was stressed. Which made no sense because I was working from home, pursuing my dreams and, I thought, living a more relaxed lifestyle.

When I finally started to pick apart what was happening for me, I realised I was anxious about loss of control and financial security – it was a major shift to go from a regular wage to an inconsistent, unpredictable (and lower) income. And because I wasn’t dealing with that on a conscious level, my body decided to send me a few not-so-subtle signals.

Interestingly, once I recognised what was going on and started being honest with myself, the
symptoms went away. For me, my state of mind definitely influenced my physical wellbeing. The underlying fear didn’t go away – or the financial pressure – but I chose to deal with it head-on, which works better for me.

In the Rephaim series, I write a lot about fear – much of it about immediate, physical threats. But, particularly in Haze, I’m also trying to explore that deeper type of fear that influences how we think and feel, even when we’re not acknowledging it exists.

For those not familiar with the series, it’s told through the eyes of 19-year-old Gaby who (in the first book, Shadows) discovers she’s not who she thinks she is, and that she may have done something potentially disastrous a year ago. She’s caught in the middle of a conflict she doesn’t remember, with threats coming from all sides.

On a very simple level, Gaby fears for her safety and the safety of those she cares about. There are half-angels, demons and hell-beasts out to hurt her and more than once she has to deal with the fight-or-flight issue. Then there are deeper, more pervasive fears about identity and belonging: who she was and what she might have done in the past – and what that means now.

Gaby also discovers the twin brother she’s been mourning for a year may not be dead, and that her memories of him are as fake as everything else she remembers about the past. In Shadows, she’s afraid to hope that Jude is alive, afraid to go through the pain of losing him all over again. In Haze she deals with the fear of what might happen if he is alive. Will he be the brother she loves and remembers or will he reject her because she’s not who she’s supposed to be? Throughout he series, Gaby’s biggest challenge is learning to push through her fear and find the strength to protect the people around her, and to trust herself.

The great paradox with fear is that we’re often afraid talk about it, in case it somehow makes us (more) vulnerable. But anyone who’s ever shared their fears with someone they trust knows the power that exists in dragging that stuff into the light.

For Gaby, especially, she functions best when she’s honest enough to face what she’s really feeling. And I’d have to say I’m pretty much the same.

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Credit: Celia Southcombe, Flow Photography

Author Bio:
Paula Weston is a writer-journalist-professional communicator with pH creative. Weston is also a huge fan of Australian literature, fantasy/paranormal writing across books, TV and film; comedy in addition to being a closeted comic reader and TV addict. Shadows, the first book in the four book Rephaim series published by Tundra Books in Canada is now out in stores with the second book, Haze coming out in Fall 2014. Weston currently resides in Brisbane with her husband, Murray and their pets, a retired greyhound and a moody cockatiel. (Taken from the author’s website)

Blog Tour | Playing with Matches by Suri Rosen Book Review & Giveaway

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Suri Rosen
Format:
Trade Paperback, 255 pages
Publication date:
September 9th 2014
Publisher:
ECW Press
Source:
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review:

“Me making a match? Pretty crazy, huh? I’m sixteen years old and have never been on a date. So what do I know about fixing anybody up. But you want to know what’s nuttier? I did it.” (p. 37)

Playing with Matches by Suri Rosen is another excellent book if you are looking for a different type of voice and some diversity in YA fiction. Raina, the protagonist in Playing with Matches is Jewish and this adds an interesting twist on a story that shares a few similarities with a certain Jane Austen character who likes to bring couples together. However unlike Emma, Raina is not as self absorbed and she does her research and puts much thought into the matches she makes.

This leads me to my other thought about this book, which is that I found Raina to be justified in the majority of her actions. To me she did not need to redeem herself as much as she thought since she was usually quite selfless and putting the happiness of others’ before her, even taking a great number of risks to lend them a hand when they needed her. This often landed her in trouble with the adults in her life, and I felt that with exceptionally few exceptions, the adults in her life were always working against her and never gave her a chance. Which I think was unfair for the reason that while it is true, they were clueless to the fact that she was Matchmaker Maven, they never gave her the opportunity to explain herself either. Raina is a good person deep down with good intentions and I felt sad that she’s always being blamed for things that aren’t her fault and when she’s just trying to assist those who need her. In spite of that though the few adults that supported her such as her Aunt Mira’s mother in law, whom she calls “Bubby” and Professor K were extremely supportive and patient with her, and it was touching to witness her relationship with those two evolve over the course of the novel as she undergoes much growth as a person as of her interactions with them.

Playing with Matches is an extremely refreshing read as it’s a contemporary fiction that is not focused on the protagonist’s love life. Instead it is about the love lives of those she helps to bring together. As well it is about the tight community she becomes a part of and the love she has for not just her sister and family but for the strangers that she slowly befriends in her new environment. Don’t get me wrong, I love romance in my YA contemporary novels, if it’s done well, although occasionally it’s a pleasant change to read contemporary novels that don’t focus on two teens falling for each other after all there’s so much more to life at age sixteen then just falling in love and dating.

If you would like to win a copy of this book, please click here: a Rafflecopter giveaway
for the giveaway link as the publisher has generously provided me with an extra copy to give away on my blog.

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

Book Review | Waiting For The Man by Arjun Basu

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Arjun Basu
Format:
Hardcover, 294 pages
Publication date:
April 15th 2014
Publisher:
ECW Press
Source:
Received from publisher in exchange for a blog tour.

Review:

“Every religion and ideology has claimed my action as their own. My actions were never, really, mine. I never owned them.” (p. 98)

Joe is just your average guy who like several people feels overworked and burned out. One night he has a dream of a man who tells him that he is waiting for him, and it is that one thing that causes him to leave his job and home in search of this mysterious man. What follows is more than just a story of one man’s journey; it becomes a sort of social commentary on things like the celebrity culture, social media and how the public combined with some creative advertising and marketing can turn something simple and ordinary into the next local sensation.

“Because I had a sense that despite Dan’s best efforts, this wasn’t huge. It wasn’t going viral. It was niche. I was just another bit of noise in the world. Some people listened but many didn’t.” (p. 137)

Though not indicated the chapters actually alternate between Joe on his journey as it quickly becomes a local media sensation and Joe in the present day, showing what his life is like afterwards. The voice of Joe is an especially captivating one throughout the novel and it truly spoke to me because a lot of what he says and thinks are relatable. However I found that there were numerous times where the writing felt drawn out, that plus the somewhat slow pacing made this novel feel much longer than its actual length. There also wasn’t much plot or action throughout the book so it was easy at times to get bored, still if you are patient you will discover that the story is a fascinating look at human nature and people in general. Joe, the narrator and protagonist could easily be anybody nowadays who is unhappy or unsatisfied or even those who have doubts about their lives.

” My thoughts were arrested always by one question: what did I hear? If not the Man, then what? How could I explain that? Did I really want to see the Man so badly that I had forsaken everything? Was my life so bad?” (p. 268)

Waiting for the Man is an unusual but extremely interesting literary novel. Nevertheless it is not a novel for everyone, if you don’t care for the social commentary in the book you may find it difficult to take and not as enjoyable. I for one, however found it to be an incredibly intelligently written book.

If you like this book, you’ll love: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

[Blog Tour] Waiting For The Man Blog Tour

Today I  have the pleasure of kicking off the Waiting For The Man blog tour with my review of the book. Be sure to check out my review later today on the blog, as well as the other blog tour stops which are listed below!

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Thursday, May 1st Words of Mystery Tour kickoff & review
Monday, May 5th – Buried in Print – Review
Tuesday, May 6th – A New Day – Review & giveaway
Wednesday, May 7th – The Book Stylist – Review
Thursday, May 8th – bookgaga – Review
Friday, May 9th – A Bookworm’s World – Review & giveaway