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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Unplugged by Donna Freitas Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ARC Review + Giveaway!

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf BFYR/Penguin Random House
Publication Date: Oct. 18, 2016
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

My TBR list is always growing and I thought it would be fun to share my anticipation for those books with all of you. This is not my own original meme; it belongs to Breaking the Spine. It specifically spotlights upcoming releases. As it implies in the title, I'll be posting this meme on Wednesdays. Please feel free to comment and let me know what books you guys are waiting on as well!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Change Places with Me by Lois Metzger Blog Tour!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman

My TBR list is always growing and I thought it would be fun to share my anticipation for those books with all of you. This is not my own original meme; it belongs to Breaking the Spine. It specifically spotlights upcoming releases. As it implies in the title, I'll be posting this meme on Wednesdays. Please feel free to comment and let me know what books you guys are waiting on as well!

Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: February 7, 2016
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely makes it to the Caribbean, where she hopes to learn more about her ancestry. What she doesn’t expect is a port filled with lawless criminals and danger lurking around every corner.

With the mutinous Teach in chains, Anne must brave the perilous, pirate haven of Nassau in order to save not only Teach, but her new friends on the island. But when Teach is offered a deal—capture a notorious pirate or waste away in the Governor’s dungeons—what he discovers brings him closer and closer to becoming a pirate himself. And further away from Anne who is being held hostage in exchange for Teach’s loyalty to the Governor.

Now Teach must decide if he should risk his own soul to save Anne. Even if that means turning into a ruthless pirate…

Even if that means turning into Blackbeard.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Interview with Kerri Mansicalco + Giveaway!

Brittany: Hi guys! I'm back with the 2016 YA Debut Authors Bash with another awesome author, Kerri Mansicalco!

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a small town just outside of New York City where her love of the arts was fostered from an early age. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.
STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, her debut YA gothic horror, is coming September 20, 2016 from JIMMY Patterson/Little, Brown. It’s the first in a new series and incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.
Connect with Kerri: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website | Tumblr | Pinterest

Friday, June 10, 2016

Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | iBooks | Book Depository
Thorn, an outlaw's son, wasn't supposed to be a slave. He's been sold to Tyburn, an executioner, and they're headed to Castle Gloom in Gehenna, the land of undead, where Thorn will probably be fed to a vampire.

Lilith Shadow wasn't supposed to be ruler of Gehenna. But following the murder of her family, young Lily became the last surviving member of House Shadow, a long line of dark sorcerers. Her country is surrounded by enemies and the only way she can save it is by embracing her heritage and practicing the magic of the undead. But how can she when, as a girl, magic is forbidden to her?

Just when it looks like Lily will have to leave her home forever, Thorn arrives at Castle Gloom. A sudden death brings them together, inspires them to break the rules, and leads them to soar to new heights in this fantasy with all the sparkle and luster of a starry night sky.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele ARC Review

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele
Published by HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Los Angeles)…

When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day L.A. via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task…

Action-filled and steamy, The Marked Girl combines parallel universes and time travel, resulting in a wonderful debut novel packed with romance, adventure, and demons! It's a unique premise with characters that have intriguing, interconnecting story lines, and I can't wait to find out where the next book takes us. With all of that said, the book did slow down a bit towards the middle, and some aspects of the plot were slightly predictable. However, I still greatly enjoyed The Marked Girl, and would undeniably recommend it to all young-adult fantasy lovers!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Meet the Newbies: Michelle Andreani

Meet the Newbies is a blog event dedicated to introducing you to the “newbie” published debut authors. In this event, expect to learn more about the authors, their books, and silly fun facts!

Author Most Likely to Ship Everyone and Everything So Hard

Hi! I’m Michelle.

I was born in New York City, and have never lived anywhere else. (I should maybe try at some point? What’s your town like? Does it have weird bugs?)

I first learned to drive a car when I was in my twenties, which is totally normal because I’m a New Yorker, I swear! I also have two agoraphobic cats who would not be great at road trips, honestly, but they make up for that with extreme cuteness.

I am a liker of many things. These things include staying in, going out dancing, love stories, beach air, milkshakes, pop songs, and Luna Lovegood.

I am also a disliker of things, namely my terrible memory (though I’ll never forget the word that cost me the Spelling Bee in third grade: Dinosaur. Dinosaur. GOD. Just . . . It’s fine.), talking on the phone, that gross noise people make when they eat, and humidity. Blech.
Nickname: It is one of my greatest disappointments that I never got the nickname Elle. But some of my friends do call me Pixie! (Long story.)
First Day of School: May 3, 2016
Homeroom: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
Grade: Contemporary
Extracurricular Activities: Impromptu Dance - Break Club, Leslie Knope Appreciation Society, Emoji Enthusiasts, Overthinkers of America
Favorite Class: Advanced Bookstore Browsing
Favorite Quote/Motto: “I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” —Hafiz
When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

Michelle: This is such an interesting question for me, because I am not one of those writers who saw the light at a young age! Despite being an A+ daydreamer, I was already in high school when it clicked that I even enjoyed writing fiction. And all through college, what I really wanted to do was write for television and/or film. (My college notebooks are FILLED with dialogue I'd write during class instead of like, actual class notes.) And then it wasn't until after college that I fell in love with novel writing. So, it did take me a bit to figure it out. But I like to think of it as a slow burn romance. ;-)

What are some of your pet peeves?

Michelle: I'm going to hold back on this one so as to maintain an image of being 100% cool and a negative percentage of neurotic. *puts on sunglasses* But my tip-top, #1 pet peeve is loud eaters. My blood pressure went up just typing that. I want to burrow under the earth when I'm around any loud eating mouth noises. OMG. And another biggie for me is music/book snobs. I just have no time for that. Take your snobbery elsewhere!

Which of the other Sweet Sixteen authors would you like to take a spontaneous road trip with, and why?

Michelle: Firstly, I <3 this question so much. Secondly, I'm going to cheat! The Sweet Sixteens are the most wonderful group of talented human starbursts, so I'm proposing a road trip caravan for all 100+ of us. Imagine the snacks!

What would make you stop reading a book?

Michelle: Oh, gosh. I'd say not connecting with characters is what would pull me up short. If I'm not invested in their journey, it's probably a good idea to move on. We all have to protect our time, you know? But the best part of the reading experience is that it's different for everyone. A book you might not have connected with at all could be my absolute favorite.

What fictional character is most like you? (It can be one of your own characters, or a character from another book or movie!)

Michelle: All right, so, the character that came to mind immediately is Liz Lemon from 30 ROCK. She's nerdy, self-deprecating, and occasionally awkward, but she's also kind of comfortable with all that. And she loves staying in, sweater weather, and when Muppets present at awards shows. She is my Patronus -- or maybe I'm hers?

What is your favorite non-spoilery quote or moment from your own book?

Michelle: Ooh! I'm cheating here, too, if that's okay? One of my favorites is when Cloudy and Kyle first arrive in Los Angeles. They're at a club to see an all-girls Beatles tribute band perform, and it's such a fun, transformative scene for them. But there's also a scene later on in the book when Cloudy and Kyle are in Sedona. There's a moment when they're speaking to each other before heading off to a birthday party, and it makes me swoon so hard. (Swooning is my favorite!)

What is one thing that you want your readers to take away from reading The Way Back To You?

Michelle: I think something that was really important to Mindi and me as we wrote TWBTY was showing the ways Cloudy and Kyle were grieving Ashlyn. The depth of their pain and loss was similar, but they expressed it so dissimilarly. Grief is an incredibly personal thing. We all feel it and work through it differently. We don't have to understand it all the time. All we can really do is respect what people are going through and show up for them however they need us to.

Brittany: Thank you, Michelle for doing this interview with me! It was a pleasure ^_^

Everyone, make sure to check out Michelle and her co-author Mindi's book The Way Back To You and enter the giveaway below!

The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
In this witty, heart-tugging novel, two teens take a spontaneous road trip across the Southwest to meet three strangers who received the life-saving organs of their late best friend—charting a journey of loss, hope, and love along the way.

Six months ago, Ashlyn Montiel died in a bike accident.

Her best friend Cloudy is keeping it together, at least on the outside. Cloudy’s insides are a different story: tangled, confused, heartbroken.

Kyle is falling apart, and everyone can tell. Ashlyn was his girlfriend, and when she died, a part of him went with her. Maybe the only part he cares about anymore.

As the two people who loved Ashlyn best, Cloudy and Kyle should be able to lean on each other. But after a terrible mistake last year, they're barely speaking. So when Cloudy discovers that Ashlyn’s organs were donated after her death and the Montiel family has been in touch with three of the recipients, she does something a little bit crazy and a lot of out character: she steals the letters and convinces Kyle to go on a winter break road trip with her, from Oregon to California to Arizona to Nevada. Maybe if they see the recipients—the people whose lives were saved by Ashlyn’s death—the world will open up again. Or maybe it will be a huge mistake.

With hundreds of miles in front of them, a stowaway kitten, and a list of people who are alive because of Ashlyn, Cloudy and Kyle just may find their way to back to her...and to each other.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Behind the Scenes of My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul

Robin Reul has been writing since she was in early elementary school, when she used to make her own book club flyers for her classmates and then pen them original stories. Though she grew up on movie sets and worked for many years in the film and television industry both as an actress and in motion picture development, she ultimately decided to focus her attention on writing young adult novels. She likes to write the same kinds of stories she loved as a teen: the ones that give her with butterflies in her stomach and are filled with quirky, memorable characters who stay with the reader long after the story ends. When she’s not writing, Robin can be found singlehandedly driving up the profit margin of her local Starbucks and indulging her love of baked goods, particularly those in the key of pumpkin. She lives in Los Angeles suburbia with her husband, son and daughter.
Connect with Robin: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Rite of Redemption Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Traveler by L.E. DeLano

My TBR list is always growing and I thought it would be fun to share my anticipation for those books with all of you. This is not my own original meme; it belongs to Breaking the Spine. It specifically spotlights upcoming releases. As it implies in the title, I'll be posting this meme on Wednesdays. Please feel free to comment and let me know what books you guys are waiting on as well!