Sunday, July 31, 2016

Blog Tour: Reliquary by Sarah Fine


ABOUT RELIQUARY:
Mattie Carver’s engagement party should have marked the start of her own personal fairy tale. But when her fiancĂ©, Ben, is violently abducted the next morning, her desperate quest to find him rips her away from small-town life and reveals a shattering truth: magic is real—and Ben is hooked. It’s not the stuff of storybooks. It’s wildly addictive, capable of producing everything from hellish anguish to sensual ecstasy almost beyond human endurance.
Determined to find out who took Ben and why, Mattie immerses herself in a shadowy underworld and comes face-to-face with the darkly alluring Asa Ward, a rogue magic dealer, infamous hustler…and her missing fiancĂ©’s estranged brother. Asa has the power to sense magic, and he realizes Mattie is a reliquary, someone with the rare ability to carry magic within her own body, undetected. Asa agrees to help find Ben on one condition: Mattie must use her uncommon talent to assist his smuggling operations. Now, from magic-laced Vegas casinos to the netherworld clubs of Bangkok, Mattie is on a rescue mission. With Asa by her side, she’ll face not only the supernatural forces arrayed against her but the all-too-human temptation that she fears she can’t resist.

REVIEW:

So, have you read other books written by the fabulous Sarah Fine and you want to know if Reliquary is worth your time? Or are you a Sarah Fine newbie but the description rocks your boat (this option is unacceptable - please read one of her books ASAP)? Then you came to the right place because I'm here to tell you that you should never say no to a Sarah Fine book. I read one of her books by chance because I won it in a giveaway and I thought "hey, might as well." I didn't expect to fall in love with her. So when I heard about Reliquary I had to get my hands all over that beautiful cover. 

Mattie is equal parts frustrating and badass. She's sassy, strong, and not ashamed of her sexuality. Isn't that awesome? Shouldn't we have more access to books with female leads that say stuff like "I'd always loved sex and had never been shy about it..."? I believe so. This is what Reliquary is: sexy, magical, action-packed, and very much a Sarah Fine book. I love that I know I can count on an entertaining story whenever  I pick up one of her books. This is no exception. Fast-paced, interesting, and set in an awesome world, I felt like the first book in this series is a pretty strong foundation to what's to come. 

My only (very minor) complain is that I didn't love the ending. However, since this is part of a series, I'm not too concerned about this detail. Like the Guards of the Shadowlands series, I know that Reliquary will ultimately become a favorite! 

ABOUT SARAH FINE:
Sarah Fine is a clinical psychologist and the author of the Servants of Fate and Guards of the Shadowlands series. She was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast.

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3 Finished Copies of RELIQUARY (US Only)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Review: Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch


A juicy thriller about a girl who returned from the missing. . . . Hand to fans of We Were Liars, Bone Gap, and Vanishing Girls.
Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.
 Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she's starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.
Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it's too late?


Never Missing, Never Found is a hell of a ride. Twisted, dark, and just as crazy as the best soap opera, it continues Amanda Panitch's tradition of writing page turners. 

You'll either love or hate the story and the main character. After being kidnapped, Scarlett comes back home and has to adjust to her old life. Unable to do so, this sets a crazy turn of events. And by crazy I mean completely-out-of-your-mind turns that you'll never see coming. Panitch turns everything around and upside-down just when you think you know what's going on. Even though I loved the premise and the climax blindsided me, the ending wasn't strong enough. I'm not sure what I would change but I do know that the rest of the book deserved a stronger conclusion. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I read it very quickly. Amanda Panitch keeps pushing the envelope and I love that about her. I can't wait to read what she writes next. 

If you're looking for a psychological thriller, give this one a try! And while you're at it, pick up Damage Done because...why not?  

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Dashner Dash Binge Read Google Hangout!

Are you a fan of The Maze Runner? You're in luck! Come join us in the Dashner Dash Binge Read Google Hangout to discuss The Maze Runner! It is happening THIS THURSDAY at 8pm EST. 

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Interested? Then, mark your calendar and bring your questions on Thursday!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Don't Fold the Page Recommends: Non-Fiction

Sometimes I need a break from my beloved Fiction-everything and there's nothing like a good non-fiction title to get me motivated. Here are just a few titles that I've read recently:



How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran 

What it is: A memoir intertwined with essays about everything from fashion to abortion. 
Why you should read it: Say whatever you want about Caitlin Moran but she's fearless. She will tell you her opinion, regardless of how controversial it might be, and do it with wit and intelligence. Even though I don't agree with everything she had to say in this book, I loved that it made me think about so many different issues. 

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Girl Up by Laura Bates

What it is: An Illustrated guide containing everything about being a young woman. 
Why you should read it: This is a fantastic guide that feels like your best friend is giving you advice. Laura Bates is HILARIOUS and she touches some delicate subjects without sugar coating anything. This is the book that I wish I could've had when I was a teenager and, even though I read it in my late twenties, I still got a lot out of it. 

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Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein

What it is: A study about girls and sex, which includes interviews with a number of young women.
Why you should read it: Even though this book is bright pink and it's called Girls & Sex, this would make an excellent gift to any young man. I say this because many of the stories are centered around sexism and the difficulties women face today. While women can get a lot out of it, imagine if a guy reads this before he starts dating. I think it would make all the difference. 

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Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed 

What it is: A collection of inspirational quotes. 
Why you should read it: I don't know about you but I love quotes. I love to be able to find inspiration or to draw wisdom from a sentence or two. I usually end up finding the best ones out of the blue but this book contains so many gorgeous ones. 



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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Blog Tour: The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass {Review + Giveaway}



ABOUT THE CRESSWELL PLOT:


The woods were insane in the dark, terrifying and magical at the same time. But best of all were the stars, which trumpeted their light into the misty dark. 

Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, Caspar, Mortimer, Delvive, and Jerusalem—know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father.

Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the laws that bind them. But, at school, they’re still the freaks they’ve always been to the outside world. Marked by their plain clothing. Unexplained bruising. Utter isolation from their classmates. That is, until Castley is forced to partner with the totally irritating, totally normal George Gray, who offers her a glimpse of a life filled with freedom and choice.

Castley’s world rapidly expands beyond the woods she knows so well and the beliefs she once thought were the only truths. There is a future waiting for her if she can escape her father’s grasp, but Castley refuses to leave her siblings behind. Just as she begins to form a plan, her father makes a chilling announcement: the Cresswells will soon return to their home in heaven. With time running out on all of their lives, Castley must expose the depth of her father’s lies. The forest has buried the truth in darkness for far too long. Castley might be their last hope for salvation.



REVIEW:

Are you looking for a super creepy read to start off your summer? Because The Cresswell Plot takes creepy to a whole new level. I'm not talking about monsters and ghosts. This is all too real scary, the kind that keeps you up at night because it isn't supernatural. Castley and her five siblings are confined by their very strict religion. When their father (who believes he receives messages from God) tells them that the family's time to go to heaven is near, a race against the clock ensues. 

How twisted is that? If that doesn't give you nightmares then I don't know what will. This novel is as dark as it sounds. I would even use the word disturbing to describe it because the stuff that takes place...Eliza Wass definitely takes a risk and it pays off. While the end felt rushed and anticlimactic, I loved the journey. The Cresswell Plot is a very tiny book that holds a lot of feels so be prepared for some serious binge-reading. 

This one will definitely stick around in my mind for a while. It is dark and very disturbing but it is also so unique that I'm sure you haven't read anything like it. Give it a shot so I'm not the only one sleeping with a nightlight. 

ABOUT ELIZA WASS:


Eliza Wass is a freelance writer, editor and journalist. She comes from Southern California, where she was one of nine perfect children with two perfect parents. She has thousands of friends, all of whom either arrive inside dust jackets or post obsessively on Twitter.

Eliza spent 7 years in London with the most amazing man in the world, her late husband, Alan Wass of Alan Wass and The Tourniquet, who inspired her to pursue her dreams and live every day of her life.


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3 Finished Copies of THE CRESSWELL PLOT (US Only)

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Book Talk: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes



So, the trailer for the highly anticipated all-the-feels fest (aka Me Before You) is finally out. Since I know I'm not the only one counting down the days until this movie comes out, I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you why you should A) read the book before the movie comes out, if you haven't already and B) go see the movie so we can fangirl together. 

  1. The characters: I was very shocked that I connected so much with the main character, Louisa. It was unexpected and made the reading experience that much more emotional. This was my first Jojo Moyes novel so I didn't know what to expect. What I got was rich characters that go through a beautiful yet sad journey. Now that I've read a couple of her novels I can tell you that she's the queen of realistic family dynamics and the goddess of love stories. 
  2. The story: This story, guys. So beautiful. So flawless. So unforgettable. It touched my heart and it won't let me go. Send help. 
  3. The fans: I work at a bookstore and I usually have at least one conversation a week about this novel, either with one of my coworkers or with a customer. I love when someone comes in and tells me how much they love this novel (I have it front-and-center in the staff section) and then it turns into a Jojo Moyes discussion. Because you haven't lived if you haven't read any of her books. 

Now, go watch the trailer and read (or reread!) Me Before You before July. Then find me on Twitter so we can cry together. 



Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann: Book Tour {Review + Giveaway}



ABOUT ASK ME HOW I GOT HERE:
Addie has always known what she was running toward. In cross-country, in life, in love. Until she and her boyfriend—her sensitive, good-guy boyfriend—are careless one night and she ends up pregnant. Addie makes the difficult choice to have an abortion. And after that—even though she knows it was the right decision for her—nothing is the same anymore. She doesn’t want anyone besides her parents and her boyfriend to know what happened; she doesn’t want to run cross-country; she can’t bring herself to be excited about anything. Until she reconnects with Juliana, a former teammate who’s going through her own dark places.


Review:

Ask Me How I Got Here is the perfect summer read: quick, dark, and delicious. The synopsis grabbed my attention right away so I knew that I had to get my hands on this beauty pretty early on. And, I kid you not, I opened the envelope containing the ARC and read it in one sitting. It is that magical.

Told in verse, this novel covers a ton of topics (teen pregnancy, abortion, etc) and it does so almost flawlessly. The prose is so beautiful and raw that it captures the heavy subjects in a heartbreaking way. I felt every line because every emotion just jumped off the page. I usually love any novel written in this format, and I've read plenty, but this one felt so unique that it made me order Heppermann's other novel. Now, that's a good sign.

My only criticism is that the novel felt unfinished. Maybe because I had too many question at the end, maybe because I didn't want it to end...who knows. Either way, I wish it was longer. Other than that, I highly recommend Ask Me How I Got Here if you like verse, quick reads, or if you're looking for something with a little dark edge to it for the summer.


ABOUT CHRISTINE HEPPERMANN:


Christine Heppermann writes fiction, poetry, and criticism. Her books include Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty (2014), City Chickens (2012), and Backyard Witch (with Ron Koertge, 2015). She currently reviews young adult books for the Chicago Tribune.

Christine grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where she attended an all-girls Catholic high school. As an undergraduate she studied philosophy and literature at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She has a masters degree in children’s literature from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Christine lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her two daughters, two cats, and one husband.

LINKS: Website | Twitter

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3 Finished Copies of ASK ME HOW I GOT HERE (US Only)

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