Sunday, 28 July 2013

DARE ME by Eric Devine Book Blast

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When Ben Candido and his friends, Ricky and John, decide to post a YouTube video of themselves surfing on top of a car, they finally feel like the somebodies they are meant to be instead of the social nobodies that they are. Overnight, the video becomes the talk of the school, and the boys are sure that their self-appointed senior year of dares will live in infamy. Every dare brings an increased risk of bodily harm, but Ben cannot deny the thrill and sense of swagger that come with it. The stakes become even more complex when a mysterious donor bankrolls their dares in exchange for a cut in the online revenue the videos generate. But at what point do the risk and the reward come at too high of a price? What does it take to stay true to one’s self in the face of relentless pressure?



Eric Devine is the Young Adult fiction author of Dare Me (pub. date 10/8/13), Tap Out and This Side of Normal
He is also a high school English teacher and education consultant. 
Eric married his high school sweetheart, and together they are raising two daughters in Upstate, NY.
He is represented by Kate McKean of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
Both Dare Me and Tap Out are edited by Lisa Cheng and published by Running Press.


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Saturday, 27 July 2013

The Last Dance By Kiki Hamilton Blog Tour





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Synopsis
Two people couldn't be more opposite...

Kellen Peterson, the gorgeous star quarterback of the Griffin High football team, seems to have it all. Until the night of the Homecoming game, when Kellen gets tackled and suffers a traumatic brain injury - an injury that changes his life - including his ability to walk, talk and throw a football.

Ivy Ly is a senior and counting down the days until she can escape to college. Though her parents have big plans for her to be a doctor, Ivy is afraid to tell them she'd rather pursue music as a career.

Ivy's best friend, Mira, is obsessed with Kellen. When Ivy is asked to tutor the injured football player upon his return to school, she thinks it's the perfect opportunity for Mira to get to know him better - but sparks fly - in more ways than one... 


My Review



Thank you to the author for sending me this book in exchange for a honest review.

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Wow this book was so good, its my first book by Ms Hamilton and it certainly wont be my last.
I completely fell in love with the writing style and the characters. This book has two main characters with alternating POVs. Ivy Ly is a senior and really really smart, she is asked to tutor Kellen Peterson after a knock on the football field left him with a brain injury, while trying to get better from that Ivy is his tutor to help him with his classes and catch up. I loved the interactions with these two characters, throw in a best friend who is completely over the top and in love with kellen and it makes for some funny and awkward scenes,
It was really interesting to read all the stuff the author had in the book to do with TBI (traumatic brain injuries) and how kellen was able to recover, his hardships, his trials, and the triumphs. And having Ivy there to help him and tell him he can do it really was something special.  Ivy has very overbearing family, they only want her to succeed, they don’t want distractions, and that makes for a lot of stress with everything. Wont say anything else except that if you love contemporary romances then this is definitely for you.
Cant wait to see what this author writes next.






Kiki Hamilton is the author of THE FAERIE RING fantasy series and the YA contemporary novel, THE LAST DANCE. She believes in magic and the idea of hidden worlds co-existing with our own. Kiki lives near Seattle, though she dreams of living in London one day. Visit her website at:www.kikihamilton.com

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SYLO By D J Mchale Blog tour


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Synopsis
Does Tucker Pierce have what it takes to be a hero when the U.S. military quarantines his island?

Fourteen-year-old Tucker Pierce prefers to fly under the radar. He’s used to navigating around summer tourists in his hometown on idyllic Pemberwick Island, Maine. He’s content to sit on the sidelines as a backup player on the high school football team. And though his best friend Quinn tells him to “go for it,” he’s too chicken to ask Tori Sleeper on a date. There’s always tomorrow, he figures. Then Pemberwick Island is invaded by a mysterious branch of the U.S. military called SYLO. And sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option for Tucker, because tomorrow may never come. 

It’s up to Tucker, Quinn, and Tori to uncover the truth about the singing aircraft that appears only at night—and the stranger named Feit who’s pushing a red crystal he calls the Ruby that brings unique powers to all who take it. Tucker and his friends must rescue not just Pemberwick Island, but the fate of the world—and all before tomorrow is too late.  

#1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale brings his brilliant plotting and breathless pacing to SYLO, the first in this ultimate end-of-the-world adventure trilogy.



D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies. As an author, his ten-volume book series: PENDRAGON – JOURNAL OF AN ADVENTURE THROUGH TIME AND SPACE became a New York Times #1 bestseller.
He was raised in Greenwich, CT and graduated from Greenwich High School. While in school, he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm, engraving trophies and washing dishes in a steakhouse…in between playing football and running track. D.J. attended New York University where he received a BFA in film production.
His filmmaking career began in New York where he worked as a freelance writer/director making corporate videos and television commercials. He also taught photography and film production.
D.J. broke into the entertainment business by writing several ABC AFTERSCHOOL SPECIALS. As co-creator of the popular Nickelodeon series: ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?, he produced all 91 episodes over 8 years. D.J. also wrote and directed the movieTOWER OF TERROR for ABC’s WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY which starred Kirsten Dunst and Steve
Guttenberg. The Showtime series CHRIS CROSS was co-created, written and produced by D.J. It received the CableAce award for Best Youth Series.
D.J. co-created and produced the Discovery Kids/NBC television series FLIGHT 29 DOWN. He wrote every episode and directed several. His work on FLIGHT 29 DOWN earned him the Writers Guild of America award for “Outstanding Children’s Script” and a Directors Guild of America award nomination.
Other notable writing credits include the ABC AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL titled SEASONAL DIFFERENCES; the pilot for the long-running PBS/CBS series GHOSTWRITER; and the HBO series ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN, BOY DETECTIVE for which he received a CableAce nomination for writing.
In print, D.J. has co-written the book THE TALE OF THE NIGHTLY NEIGHBORS, based on his own teleplay and penned the poetic adaptation of the classic Norwegian folk tale EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON. His most current work is the spooky MORPHEUS ROAD trilogy; and a whimsical picture book THE MONSTER PRINCESS.
D.J. lives in Southern California with his wife Evangeline and daughter Keaton. They are avid backpackers, scuba divers and skiers. Rounding out the household are two elderly goldfish and a Kitten, Kaboodle.

Tens List
 


Top Ten List - Things you would change about your high school years if you could go back in time.

In no particular order, except as they come to me:
1)      I wouldn’t have tried to grow that moustache.
2)      I would go to first period class more often.
3)      I would avoid algebra/trig.
4)      I would study a little harder.
5)      I would blow off the after school job and run track for more years.
6)      I would find a better guitar teacher.
7)      I wouldn’t wear anything madras.
8)      I wouldn’t go to that Sadie Hawkins dance.
9)      I’d probably party a little less.  But not much.
10)    I’d appreciate the time being spent there more because it really was fun.

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Full Blooded (Jessica McClain #1) by Amanda Carlson review

Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different—she’s feared.

After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamoring to take a bite out of her and her new Pack must rise up and protect her.

But not everyone is on board. The werewolf Rights of Laws is missing text and the superstitious werewolves think that Jessica means an end to their race. It doesn’t help when Jessica begins to realize she’s more. She can change partway and hold her form, and speak directly to her wolf. But the biggest complication by far is that her alpha father can't control her like he can the rest of his wolves.

When a mercenary who’s been hired by the vampires shows up to extract information about the newly turned werewolf only days after her change, they find themselves smack in the middle of a war and there's no choice but to run together. When it’s up to Jessica to negotiate her release against her father’s direct orders, she chooses to take an offer for help instead. In exchange, Jessica must now swear an oath she may end up repaying with her life

I went into Full Blooded not having heard that much about it. Well it surprised the heck out of me! I loved it. The world Amanda Carlson created was for me unique. The only female shifter ever! There has never been a female shifter born, the male shifters have kids with mortal women but only have boys. When she was born someone sent an email with what is called The Cain Prophecy, to Jessica's father. It says that a female shifter will be born and will bring about the down fall of the shifter race. As you can imagine everyone is gunning for Jessica's death and it only gets worse when she shifts unexpectedly the first time. It also doesn't help that she seems to be a Lycan, a race that hasn't been seen in centuries. 

Jessica is a kickass character. When she leaves her fathers compound she becomes Molly Harper. She joins the police force but eventually becomes a private investigator. She is a P.I for all things supernatural and can totally handle herself even before she finds out she is a shifter. When she shifts for the first time, her whole world changes. She is trying to learn to be a wolf and control it while fighting for her life. Every possible supernatural creature is trying to capture or kill her. This book is in no way dull!!

For me the secondary characters make the book so much better. Jessica's father, The Alpha, is one of the strongest Alphas ever. He does everything he can to protect her and keep her safe. Tyler, Jessica's brother, is loyal and a brother anyone can hope for. James is The Alphas second and is just swoon worthy. I loved his character, strong, fierce, sexy and loyal!! Then we meet Rourke. He is a shifter cat but nobody knows what kind. He is mysterious, serious and badass and I can't wait to find out more about him.

Full Blooded sure packed a punch. There was never a dull moment and I absolutely devoured it. With every kind of supe in it, magic, shifters, kickass characters, hot guys and plenty of action, you would be remiss not to read it. I'd highly recommend it and I'm looking forward to reading more.

Received from Netgalley
Review by Natalie Cleary

Friday, 19 July 2013

The Summer Of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond Blog Tour



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Synopsis
This was the summer that would change my life.
No more being what everyone expected. No more doing what everyone else wanted.
So when Luke came into my life, I decided to keep him a secret. Maybe he as a dead-ringer for notorious Hollywood bad boy Trent Yves. And it was possible that everything he told me was a lie. And yes, I was probably asking for trouble. But all I saw was Luke--sweet, funny, caring--someone who would let me be the real me.


Dream Cast For the Summer of No Regrets



Dream Cast
This is the dream cast for both The Summer of No Regrets and its companion book Luke’s Journal.
Brigitta Schopenhauer— Emma Roberts
Natalie Shapiro—Abigail Breslin
Devon—Jay Baruchel
Luke Geoffrey—Andrew Garfield
Paul Schopenhauer—Viggo Mortensen
Clare Schopenhauer— Julia Roberts
Mallory Schopenhauer—Jennifer Lawrence
Webster Lampson—Paul Giamatti
Nonni—Rosemary Harris
Valéry Boeglin—Iain Glenn
Ann Geoffrey—Emma Thompson
Kenny—Adam Sandler
Todd—Zac Efron
Bryan—Ben Barnes
Donna—Maggie Gyllenhaal
Nancy—Geneviève Bujold






If you liked The Summer of No Regrets, you will like Luke’s Journal, where Luke gets to have his say. Where did he go the times he disappeared? What was he really going through at home? The book is available as a .99 download from July 18-29.






Katherine Grace Bond is the author of THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS (Sourcebooks, 2012) and of the bestselling LEGEND OF THE VALENTINE (Zondervan, 2002), a story of the civil rights movement. She often finds herself in the woods escaping from giant cats and shadowy figures in cloaks. The creator of TEENWrite acting/writing workshops, where participants come as their characters, she lives with her husband in a dimension populated by younger people, some of whom resemble her.

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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Reboot by Amy Tintera review


Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

Massive thank you to my friend Natalie for sending me this awesome book! It's been a while since I did any review (Annmarie) so I'm gonna try and get back into the swing of things and tell you what I think of reboot. When reading the description i had the thought that the book was about teens coming back as machines no idea why but my brain seem to move along thoses lines but i was wrong the book Is about people coming back from the dead as reboots (think zombies but with more self control also being faster and stronger and smarter). The book follows Wren as a reboot she is much the outsider thanks to being dead 178 minuted before coming back which is a long time for any reboots she come's across as hard and cut off from others and as a reader you watch her bloom and change as a character. I enjoyed the fact the story was not rushed and you have time to get to know everyone and understand what's going on. I loved how everything was thought out and put together the book fall of action and shocked and all together a really good book over all. 

I would give the book a solid 4 stars out of 5 

By Annmarie Ager

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Parasite (Parasitology #1) by Mira Grant review


A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives...and will do anything to get them.

3 out of 5 stars
A decade into the future everyone has a genetically engineered tapeworm in themselves to keep them healthy. Its designed to improve the immune system and stop disease. 
"Parasite" starts by us seeing Sally Mitchel wake up from a coma just as the doctors are about to turn off the life support. She was in a car accident and unfortunately doesn't remember anything about her life before she wakes up. Shes like a new born baby and has to re learn everything. 
SymboGen Corporation take her under their wing and pay for her medical care, rehabilitation and tests. She has tests every 6 months or so. 
6 years later and Sally has found love with Nathan. She is getting much better and trying to live her life until one day she goes to the mall with her sister and sees a little girl acting strange. The little girl is walking as in a daze and not reacting to nobody. So begins a rollercoaster of a ride for Sally as she learns about the sleeping sickness. She is thrust into a world of Parasitology and doesn't know who she can trust or who is telling her the truth. How and why is the sleeping sickness spreading so quick? How do the people who succumb to it know her name? Sally's quiet life is upended when she has to find the answers when people close to her are catching the sickness. 

Okay firstly I'm going to say EWWW. Reading about how people have worms inside them and think its normal was just icky!!! I was squirming thinking of it. I think I now have a fear of worms and cat poo!!! Secondly Mira Grant sure knows how to spin a tale. While the first 45 percent of Parasite was really slow going, I still utterly enjoyed it. Its spent learning about Sally and seeing her journey to get better, her relationship with Nathan and her family (whom I thought were horrible to her) and her relationship with SymboGen. I know the first book in a series is usually introducing characters etc. but I just found alot of needless information in the first half of Parasite
At a certain point Sal meets someone that can answer her questions and from then on the story gets faster and more happens. There are twists and turns and revelations that leave you saying wow. I do have to say though that the BIG twist I had figured out at the start of the book. Its fairly obvious but there were some wow moments for me. 
I loved the story but found myself getting bogged down and lost with all the medical jargon when they were explaining about the parasites. I liked Sally's character but my favourite character was Tansy. She is like a psychopath that has ADHD. It was so funny reading her and I hope there's more of Tansy in the next book. 
This was my first Mira Grant book and even though its a bit slow, Im looking forward to book 2 to see where the story goes from here.
Received from Netgalley.
Review by Natalie Cleary 

Friday, 12 July 2013

warewolf love blog hop








All About Eye Of The Storm
Writing About Werewolves – Character Profiles: Ryan

Name: Ryan Mason
Age: forty
Dark brown hair, cut very short
Dark brown eyes
Six foot tall.
Hefty with lots of muscles – like a body builder.

Ryan is one of three (or four) main male characters. We will learn much more about him in book three, Heart Of The Wolf, but what we do know so far, doesn’t disappoint! You know how grown men can act like little boys? I wanted that quality in Ryan. Just as Lydia is fun-loving, I wanted the same in Ryan to compliment her – they have a spiritual connection of sorts and I wanted this shown in how similar they are in their personalities. Both are impetuous (Ryan, a little more so), with a quick temper and a lot of passion to give. Out of all the three males, Ryan is the one that Lydia actually knows the best, inside and out, and the same can be said for him knowing her. They have a deep acceptance of each other that is lovely to write about and will be played out more in future books.

We meet Ryan in book one, Releasing The Wolf.



More about Ryan: The object of Lydia's hot dreams, Ryan is powerful, impetuous, fun-loving, as indestructible as a werewolf can be in both physical strength and spiritual outlook, and the appointed Alpha of the pack in the Surrey Hills. At the age of forty, he's doomed to die if he doesn't find his mate imminently, but that becomes the least of his worries when he's captured by The Trident.

The Eye Of The Storm series is an erotic, paranormal fantasy about werewolves, and when animal urges battle with the human higher mind. It’s about lust and control, and sorrow and change, but also with a hefty plot that takes all of these themes through two or three mythological structures.






Short Bio

Dianna combines a titillating mix of paranormal romance and urban fantasy into her writing, to bring you stories that are action-packed, fast-paced and not short of heat, with the focus on both character development and the plot. She writes both full-length novels and short fiction.

Long Bio

Author of The Witching Pen and the Eye Of The Storm series.

Dianna combines a titillating mix of paranormal romance and urban fantasy into her writing, to bring you stories that are action-packed, fast-paced and not short of heat, with the focus on both character development and the plot. She writes both full-length novels and short fiction. She has also written poetry and esoteric books and articles.

Although quite active online, Dianna is a self-confessed hermit, preferring the company of nature and animals to the hustle and bustle of people. She loves anything paranormal (she doesn't really consider it "para"), organic food, walking barefoot, the smell of the woods after rain, and summer days.

However, she is also sustained by coffee, chocolate and the occasional vodka.

She lives in the UK with her partner and their daughter, where she devotes her time to parenting, publishing and writing.

Links

The Witching Pen website: www.thewitchingpen.co.uk

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Wrong Side Of Town by Komal Kant Cover Reveal

Blurb:

“You never know someone is missing in your life until the moment they enter it.”

Estella Markson is a good girl. She studies hard, stays out of trouble, and is struggling to hold together her family that is falling apart because of her alcoholic father.

Vincent Madden is the guy your mother warned you to stay away from. He doesn’t follow the rules, is in a notorious motorcycle gang, and doesn’t care if he breaks the law or someone’s bones.

After a chance encounter, Vincent starts to take an interest in the innocent girl who is so different to him. Despite Vincent’s infamous reputation, Estella is also intrigued by him. There is something about this bad boy that gives her an escape from her world of problems, and she can’t stay away.

Even as they struggle with the problems in their lives, Vincent and Estella soon find that trying to forget is easier with someone by your side.




Komal Kant is the author of IMPOSSIBLE, FALLING FOR HADIE, and the upcoming WRONG SIDE OF TOWN. She currently lives in Sydney, but wishes she lived all over the world.

Her weird-filled days are filled with imaginary characters who often speak to her in hushed tones before stealing her lunch money; Siberian Huskies who talk back a lot; and the growing need to clone herself so she can write faster.

You can often find her swooning over fictional male characters who smirk a lot, superhero-related movies, and Ryan Gosling. So if there was ever a superhero movie with Ryan Gosling in it smirking a lot, she would pass out from an overload of swooniness.

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Echoes Of Melody Bu Komal Kant Cover Reveal

Blurb:

This is not one of those conventional love stories.

It’s not one where the guy has a six-pack and all the girls drool over him and want to have his babies.

I know this because I’m the guy and I’m pretty unimpressive as far as guys go. I don’t even have a one-pack.

This isn’t a story where the girl is a perfect female specimen who blushes and bites her lip and wants to make your life better.

Nope. The girl is pretty freaking messed up. Also, she has an unhealthy attachment to a pink umbrella.

But look who’s talking. I’m just as messed up as she is.

Together, we make one screwed up couple. We’re trying to help each other through our various issues, but most of the time we just end up arguing or making out.

I told you we were screwed up.

To be honest, I’ll be lucky if I don’t kill her by the time I’m done telling you this story.



Komal Kant is the author of IMPOSSIBLE, FALLING FOR HADIE, and the upcoming WRONG SIDE OF TOWN. She currently lives in Sydney, but wishes she lived all over the world.

Her weird-filled days are filled with imaginary characters who often speak to her in hushed tones before stealing her lunch money; Siberian Huskies who talk back a lot; and the growing need to clone herself so she can write faster.

You can often find her swooning over fictional male characters who smirk a lot, superhero-related movies, and Ryan Gosling. So if there was ever a superhero movie with Ryan Gosling in it smirking a lot, she would pass out from an overload of swooniness.

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