Blog Tours, Contemporary, Romance, YA

Excerpt + Giveaway: Risking It All by S. M. Koz!

Book details:
Risking It All 
by S.M. Koz 
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 18th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

A high-achieving teen who’s determined to become a fighter jet pilot is matched up with an accused criminal at an elite military boarding school in SM Koz’s YA novel, Risking It All.

Paige knows exactly what she wants—to graduate from Wallingford Academy and become a pilot in the US Air Force. She’s inherited her father’s no-nonsense attitude and whip-smart intelligence, all of which have made her the perfect Wallingford cadet.

Wallingford Academy is the last place in the world Logan wants to be. But after his girlfriend borrows his car and commits a crime, Logan takes the fall and ends up there with hopes of striking a decent plea bargain. For him, graduation can’t come soon enough.

When Paige is asked to mentor Logan, it’s the perfect opportunity to prove her leadership skills—but she doesn’t account for the feelings that start to develop or the baggage from Logan’s past which could threaten both of their futures.

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Taylor Swift Tag!

I don’t really speak about it much on this blog bc I pretty much exclusively blog about books, but I really, really love Taylor Swift! I’ve been a fan since debut released 13 years ago and have been obsessed since :). So when I saw this tag I thought it would be perfect to do because it incorporates two of my biggest loves: Taylor Swift and reading. You can find the original post here, on Mari’s blog!

Rules

  • Know somebody who loves Taylor? Tag them! If you don’t know of anybody though, that’s okay too, you should still do the tag!
  • Link back to the original post so she’ll get a notification that you did it and she can come see your answers! Also because crediting creators is nice.
  • Feel free to use any of her graphics or make your own if you want!
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ARCs, NetGalley, Realistic Fiction, Romance, YA

And We Call It Love by Amanda Vink Review

You can read this one for yourself on June 1, 2019!

3.5

I received a pdf review copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

**TW// DATING VIOLENCE, PHYSICAL ABUSE, DOMESTIC ABUSE, ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP, VERBAL ABUSE**

This review contains spoilers. To aid the experience of those who would just like to know more about the book, I will mark them as *SPOILER*.

I’m not sure when I requested this one on NetGalley so I was kind of surprised when I got the email.

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Blitz, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, YA

Venus Falling by RaShelle Workman Blitz + Excerpt+ Giveaway!

Venus Falling 
by RaShelle Workman 
(Immortals, #1) 
Publication date: May 1st 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Synopsis:

Roswell meets The Vampire Diaries in this mashup! Romance. Betrayal. A hot vampire kissing an alien princess?! Be swept away to the wiles of Wyoming and then to the stars in this seriously entertaining, twisted, science fiction/fantasy series.” ~

Betrayal sucks! I should know. On my sixteenth birthday, it was my destiny to become immortal and the next queen of my home planet, Kelari. Instead I was betrayed and sent to Earth where I was given a choice by the gods. Suffocate and die by Earth’s atmosphere or help a human find his soulmate.

Of course, I chose the latter. The decree sounded easy enough until I met the guy. Michael is gorgeous; I’ll give him that. But he’s also an arrogant jerk! No one could possibly love him—least of all me.

But Michael is the least of my problems. There’s a hot vampire after me, determined to make me like him. He’s hard to resist, especially when he’s kissing me. Not to mention a government group whose sole purpose is to hunt beings from other worlds. They’ve found out about my unearthly identity, and despite my human appearance, they are intent on capturing and dissecting me like some kind of a lab experiment.

Thankfully my guardian Zaren followed me to this planet. He’s sworn to protect me. He’s done so my entire life. At least he’s supposed to. But Earth is different than Kelari in more ways than one, and the planet is affecting me like neither of us expected. I don’t think he counted on keeping me safe from my own traitorous heart.

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Excerpt:

PROLOGUE

When Worlds Collide

Christopher stood on the outskirs of Snow White’s house. He wouldn’t go in. Doing so would cause a hassle he wasn’t ready for. And neither was Snow. Soon though. He leaned against the enormous tree in her front yard, watching the changing leaves fall like colorful rain. Above, the stars twinkled in the clear night sky, as though it had no inkling of the grim trouble on the horizon. 

Christopher sighed, pushing his hands into the front pockets of his jeans. He had come to Snow’s house for one reason. To get his head right. He had plans for Snow. Big plans. Traitorous plans. But for now, he’d been tasked with handling an impending problem of intergalactic proportions.

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Blitz, Dystopian, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA

Blitz + Giveaway: North to Nara by Amanda Marin

North to Nara
(Crimson Sash, Book 1)
By Amanda Marin

Price: $2.99 (most platforms), $3.77 (Google Play only)
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-949931-02-0
Published: March 20, 2019
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs
Genre: YA, Romance, Dystopian, Sci Fi/Futuristic, Coming of Age
Age Range: 14+
Other Notes: This is book one of the series. A sequel is planned for release in January 2020.

Blurb:

Neve Hall has always admired the good works of the civil servants who brought prosperity back to the Nation. She especially respects the Sufferers—empaths who, with the help of technology, anonymously bear others’ troubles for them. But when her assigned empath is abruptly retired, she uncovers certain secrets. Like the identity of her new Sufferer, Micah Ward… and the fact that behind his kind smile is a life filled with loneliness and pain.

The closer Neve grows to Micah, the more desperate she becomes to protect him from a cruel and gruesome fate. But in a world where only a few are allowed the luxury of love, saving Micah comes with a price: Neve must choose between her loyalty to the Nation or her heart—a decision that will take them both on a race for their freedom, and their lives.

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Excerpt:

I have no way of knowing if my attempt to keep pain from Micah has worked—I don’t, at least, until a couple days later, when he visits me again in the butterfly exhibit. We walk around the museum corridors once more, this time in a different direction, on a different floor—through an exhibit on horses. And we talk.

“Did you suppress things this week at the Center?” He asks this almost immediately, after he tells me the director still hasn’t made a decision about his punishment.

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Blog Tours, Romance, YA

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Cherokee Summer by Susan Antony

Cherokee Summer
by Susan Antony
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: January 2019
The Wild Rose Press

Summary:

When Ace leaves home to spend the summer in Cherokee, North Carolina the last thing she expects to find is a boyfriend until she meets Cherokee Tribe member John Spears. As Ace and John’s friendship blossoms, they find their life experiences mirror each other and they fall in love. Despite hurdles thrown by well-meaning family members and jealous frenemies, the star-crossed lovers remain committed to their mutual belief that the universe has drawn them together. However, when Ace sends John a strange text and then suddenly disappears, the two must rely on their trust in each other to save both their lives and their love.

I chose to join this blog tour because I so rarely see YA ,or even books in general, about Native Americans. As a blogger, reader and person, it is SO important to support representation and diversity within book because we all deserve to see ourselves in the books we love.

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Excerpt:

I invite her into the circle of my arms. She leans against me and rests her head on my shoulder. Above us, the moon is nearly full, casting bluish light across the river. The sky is a starry mess. “Look.” I point. “There’s Ursa Major.”

“What?” she asks.

“The bear constellation.”

“Where is it? Show me.”

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Fantasy, New Adult, Quickie Reviews, Romance, YA

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas Review

This book is wayyyy better than people were making it out to be.

I kept hearing people talking about how there’s no plot whatsoever and how boring and repetitive this book was. However I will agree that in light of these thoughts, this book may be more suitable for those who just want some peaceful days between the Night Court.

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ARCs, Did Not Finish, NetGalley, Romance, YA

You’d Be Mine ARC Review

I received a review copy from St. Martin’s Press/Wednesday Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and this in no way affects my review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

You’d be mine was a book I remember going “oh that looks interesting!!”, saying I couldn’t wait for its release, and entering giveaways for.

What I got was not so quite that.

I ended up calling this one a DNF at 41% because it still hadn’t made me feel anything. I really wanted to keep going and do my best to give a fuller review but I’m working on telling myself it’s ok if I don’t finish.

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Blog Tours, Historical Fiction, YA

Tudor Rose by W. H. Doyle Guest Post + Sneak Peek!

Book & Author Details:
Tudor Rose 
by W.H. Doyle 
Published by: Month9Books
Publication date: April 9th 2019
Genres: Historical, Young Adult


Synopsis:In 16th-century England, two teenage best friends find themselves on an exciting journey from the country to the Queen’s court in the hope of being named ladies-in-waiting. But Sybille and Rose soon discover they aren’t the only girls who have their sights set on attending Her Majesty. The girls must compete against worldly and cunning opponents, among them mean-girl Avis and her entourage of back-stabbing co-horts, tipping the balance in their already-tenuous friendship.

Soon, the grand hall is more like the hallway of a prestigious finishing school, with girls fighting for the attention of a dashing, young earl, amid parties fueled by drinking and indiscriminate relations. As the tension between Sybille and Avis heats up, the focus on Rose wanes, allowing her to turn her attention to more important matters – like getting close enough to the Queen to learn her secrets.

But being close to the Queen is not without its challenges. And when rumors of Rose’s influence make their way around the castle, no one, not even the Queen, will be safe.

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Cover Love (Why W.H. Doyle loves the cover!)

How do I love thee, Tudor Rose cover? Let me count the top three ways! First: Check out the power that just radiates from the central figure—Rose. Sure, she’s standing slightly demurely…but you just know from the look in her eyes that there’s nothing demure about the plans she’s dreaming up to win the Queen’s Challenge. Second: Let your gaze wander to the left and you’ll notice a character in the back—Avis. I love how this “wicked manipulator” isn’t portrayed in a stereotypical mean girl pose…because there is nothing stereotypical about the emotional layers and motivations of this main character. Third: And probably most obviously…the design. Wow. The colors, the typeface, the characters. I just love everything about it—and I guess everything would take me beyond three reasons.

If you’ve already fallen in love with the cover, get ready to fall even more in love with this excerpt!:

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Comics, NetGalley, Review, YA

Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige & Stephen Byrne

*I received a review copy from the publisher, DC Comics, from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected the thoughts expressed in this review!*

I really enjoyed this one and found it to be a pleasant surprise!

I first saw this one I believe through a fellow reviewer on Goodreads. The summary seemed interesting, plus the cover was gorgeous!! The reason why I say it was a surprise is that I don’t have much knowledge of DC Comic storylines/characters, so I was worried I wouldn’t connect with this one because I wouldn’t know what was going on. I felt that this comic gave me enough information to not let that problem be there and allow me to remain interested in the comic.

The Story

I really enjoyed the story and despite some scrolling issues with the format, I found it very easy to lose myself in the story. Also when I read this, I was in the middle of a slump but I read this one in just a few days with no problem at all. And as I said, I don’t have much knowledge of DC Comics outside of Wonder Woman, but that never became an issue with this one!

Mera

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