Friday, 31 July 2015

Unmade (Entangled #2) by Amy Rose Capetta (Review)

   The second installment of the Entangled series, Unmade finishes off the story of Entangled in a very disappointing and erratic manner. I found Unmade's plot to be very badly written, and all over the place. It was hard to follow and uninteresting to read. The characters are very badly developed in this novel. I could not empathize with any of them. When I tried to understand the villains, hero's or in-between I either found their actions were not backed up in anyway prior in the story, or that they really had no logical motivations at all. There were so many unexplained things in this novel that it drove me crazy. For example: The villains origin and how they ALL were defeated, how earth was fine all along, how the hero in the novel came up with half of the thoughts and plans she did; even though it they did not follow her train of thought.
   As a reading experience, Unmade was sub-par and I do not recommend it. I found Unmade difficult to digest, and had to force myself to read it. Advice for the author would have to be 1) plan out your plot in detail before you start writing, and make sure you cut the boring, unnecessary and illogical parts out. And 2) Make sure you know your characters super well, make them round characters, and on top of that make sure to leave clues in their thoughts and actions so the readers can also get a firm grasp on the characters.
    Ultimately, my honest rating for this book would have to be ONE OUT OF FIVE STARS!
*Reviewers Copy review*

Monday, 27 July 2015

Giveaway of Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos!

  Whooohooo!  Time for another giveaway! To win a fabulous copy of Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos in hard cover, complete the tasks bellow to get ballets/chances to win this awesome prize! More you do, higher your chances will be! (Reminder: You have to put in your entry information, then complete a tasks to enter the giveaway effectively)

In Marla Klein and Ivy Wilde’s world, teens are the gatekeepers of culture. A top fashion label employs sixteen-year-old Marla to dictate hot new clothing trends, while Ivy, a teen pop star, popularizes the garments that Marla approves. Both girls are pawns in a calculated but seductive system of corporate control, and both begin to question their world’s aggressive levels of consumption. Will their new “eco-chic” trend subversively resist and overturn the industry that controls every part of their lives?
        Smart, provocative, and entertaining, this thrilling page-turner for teens questions the cult like mentality of fame and fashion. Are you in or are you out?
(CA and US residents only)

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Getting to Know the Authors: Featuring Elaine Dimopoulos +GIVEAWAY!

  Elaine studied writing at Simmons College’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. She was admitted to its M.F.A. program on the basis of a single short story. That story would become the first chapter of her novel Material Girls.
Before dedicating herself to writing for young people, Elaine earned a degree in literature from Yale and an M.A. in education leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Columbia. She currently teaches children’s literature and writing courses at Boston University and Grub Street. She served as the Associates of the Boston Public Library’s Children’s Writer-in-Residence while she wrote Material Girls and was also named a St. Botolph Club Emerging Artist. She blogs about children’s books for the parenting site, and her writing has appeared in Of Looms and Lilies, a modern dance composition by choreographer Jody Weber. Elaine lives outside Boston with her family.

She has Written:
Material Girls
In Marla Klein and Ivy Wilde’s world, teens are the gatekeepers of culture. A top fashion label employs sixteen-year-old Marla to dictate hot new clothing trends, while Ivy, a teen pop star, popularizes the garments that Marla approves. Both girls are pawns in a calculated but seductive system of corporate control, and both begin to question their world’s aggressive levels of consumption. Will their new “eco-chic” trend subversively resist and overturn the industry that controls every part of their lives?
        Smart, provocative, and entertaining, this thrilling page-turner for teens questions the cult like mentality of fame and fashion. Are you in or are you out?
(Check out the bottom for a special GIVEAWAY!)

Now on to the Interview!!!
1) How old were you when you started writing, in your opinion?
I wrote poetry when I was younger. I came to writing for children late; I didn’t really start until I entered graduate school at age 28.

2) What do you want a reader to gain from reading your works?
Regarding MATERIAL GIRLS: I want readers to think a little harder about where their clothing come from and where it ends up once it’s discarded. I also want readers to realize that celebrity is alluring, but it always comes at a cost.

3) What are your three top suggestions on becoming an author, or being a pleasure writer?
1. Try to ignore any perfectionist tendencies, and just write a lot. 2. Be open to criticism and embrace the revision process. 3. Don’t be a slave to the peripheral stuff: social media, web design, etc. These things matter but not nearly as much as the writing itself.

4) What is your favourite novel, why?
So hard to pick. I was heavily influenced by FEED by M.T. Anderson when I wrote MATERIAL GIRLS. It’s as close to perfect as you get with a dystopian novel.

5) Who is your favourite author, why?
These days, I’m all about Karen Russell’s short stories. Her prose is breathtaking, and her imagination is wild and weird.

6) What are your favorite pastimes besides writing?
Reading, teaching, spending time with my family, singing, going to plays and concerts.

7) Who in your life do you credit your imagination to the most?
I have to say my mother. Television was practically nonexistent in my house growing up, so I was forced to read all the time and to imagine fantasy worlds in which to play.

8) What are the top five things on your bucket list?
I’ve never had to answer this question before! Let’s see. 1. Visit the Greek islands. 2. Go to Africa, Australia, & South America. 3. Serve on a literary awards committee (Caldecott, Newbery, etc.). 4. Have a cameo in a film (c’mon MATERIAL GIRLS movie!). 5. Set up a charity to support aspiring writers.

9) What is your funniest childhood memory?
I was a goody-goody in school, but one time in fourth grade I was standing behind my friend Jenny who was giving a presentation at the chalkboard. Maybe I was holding a poster for her? The teacher left the room, and I took the opportunity to write, “Jenny is a potato,” on the board. I have no idea why I thought this line was funny. So she had to give the rest of the presentation with kids snickering. And then I didn’t get in trouble, though some of the boys in the class who laughed, did. Hmm. I’m realizing this story makes me sound like a mean girl. I wasn’t… but this wasn’t my finest moment, either!

10) To the youth of today, if you could tell them one thing, what would it be? 
Being young is hard to bear! You’re expected to be so responsible and accomplished, yet you get reminders daily of how little you know and how far you still have to grow. Try not to resent the adults who condescend to you. And remember when you’re older to treat young people the way you’d like to be treated right now.

To win a fabulous copy of Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos in hard cover, complete the tasks bellow to get ballets/chances to win this awesome prize! More you do, higher your chances will be! (CA and US only)

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Getting to Know the Authors: Featuring Tina Connolly!

    Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series, from Tor Teen. Ironskin, her first fantasy novel, was a Nebula finalist. Her stories have appeared in Women Destroy SF, Lightspeed,, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many more. Her narrations have appeared in audiobooks and podcasts including Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, John Joseph Adams' The End is Nigh series, and more. She runs the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake.
    She is originally from Lawrence, Kansas, but she now lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.
Her Website:

She has Written:
Ironskin, The End in Nigh, Copperhead, Seriously Wicked, Silverblind, Old Dead Futures: A Tor.Com Original, Scales and Other Transformations, That Seriously Obnoxious Time I Was Stuck at Witch Rimelda's One Hundredth Birthday Party: A Tor.Com Original, A Buildup of Days, A Million Little Paper Airplane Stories, (Writing Prompts: The Paper Airplane, #2), Coin Flips, and Writing Prompts: The Paper Airplane.

Now on to the Interview!
1) How old were you when you started writing, in your opinion?
I didn’t really start writing until after college. I mean, I did write some bits of plays and some other things here in there in high school and college, but I was mostly focused on acting at the time (and READING, of course!) Anyway, after college I ended up in a 24-hour call center that was reasonably dead at night. So I started writing.

2) What do you want a reader to gain from reading your works?
The first time I was asked this question (about five years ago) I said I was just setting out to entertain. The questioner had read some of my work and thought that this wasn’t actually true, so then I went back and thought about this question a lot. Now I think if your story becomes a “message” story then you’ve lost the game, but it’s true, there are a lot of things I feel strongly about that go straight into my work. One, obviously, is that I like writing stories about girls realizing they can save the day and then doing it. (I like people in general realizing that they’re capable of more than they thought.) So I guess what I want people to gain is a) a greater understanding of other people (one of my delights in reading fiction) and b) a greater understanding of the fact that they are awesome and can go forth and be awesome.

3) What are your three top suggestions on becoming an author, or being a pleasure writer?
First, I do think it’s great to write just for fun. I think everyone should have an art they do for fun. I sing and play the piano, for example, neither particularly well, but certainly well enough to entertain me. :) 
1. Read a lot, obviously. If you don’t like reading you should probably ask yourself what you like better and be doing that (like, if you like movies and want to write, then you could try writing film scripts)
2. If you want to do it seriously then you should probably set yourself some goals of writing and finishing and submitting things. Look at your process and see where you break down (hard to find time? hard to finish? frightening to submit?)
3. And then my favorite piece of actual writing advice is to take all the things you love and put them all in. Put another way, write exactly the book you want to read. (This is why my book that just came out, Seriously Wicked, has wicked witches who are hilariously unpleasant (to me, anyway), demons who imitate Elvis, stubborn girls who try very hard to rescue the boy in distress, etc, etc.)

4) What is your favourite novel, why? / Who is your favourite author, why?
Here are a couple:
Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice. (It’s been so lovely to see all the modern adaptations – many are very good.) My list goes P&P, Persuasion, Sense & Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey. Austen is both so witty and so sharp when it comes to observing people.
Diana Wynne Jones – Fire & Hemlock, Witch Week, Archer’s Goon, Howl’s Moving Castle, etc, etc. DWJ is also very funny, and very sharp in her character observations. She also has such marvelous, magical, and creative  worldbuilding. I love all her books.

5) What are your favorite pastimes besides writing?
I have a 4.5 year old and a 1.5 year old so I haven’t had a lot of free time in the last five years! My other two main interests are theatre and art. I make time for podcasting (I just finished up my flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake at 150 episodes.) Last year I wrote a full-length YA dystopia play with a theatre friend and we produced it here in Portland. And I theoretically still work summers as a face painter, though my novel deadlines have been too tight the last couple summers to really sneak away to do that. I would like to get back to some everyday sketching—life drawing and painting outdoors—and once we get some more of the fixer house fixed, I look forward to getting a piano again.

6) Who in your life do you credit your imagination to the most?
My parents—my mom always encouraged us to try things and take chances, and my dad told us wonderful bedtime stories—one was like a long serialized Indiana Jones type adventure.

7) What are the top five things on your bucket list?
- I want to spend a semester or year abroad with my family.
- I want to have a book or film script made into a movie.
I don’t know, I’ve been lucky enough to get some of the things on my previous bucket list already! So, three things I’d like to have as soon as my current, coming-up-really-soon-now, deadline for turning in Seriously Wicked 2 is met:
- a real dinner out, like with a babysitter and everything
- time to bake something extravagant, like cinnamon rolls or pie
- time to read huge vast quantities of my massive TBR pile. Ideally I’ll do some of this sitting outside in a deck chair. 

8) What is your funniest childhood memory?
My best friend and I decided to audition for the junior high talent show. After the fifth girl went through her lip-synced rendition of Eternal Flame, we got up and did a snappy rendition of that teenage classic, Who’s on First? There was utter silence. 

9) To the youth of today, if you could tell them one thing, what would it be?
Love each other. Sleep is awesome. So is pie. You can grow up to have two careers, if you want. You might need coffee to do this. Travel. Use your feet. Be kind.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles #2) by Amanda Hocking (Review)

   The second installment of the Kanin Chronicles, Ice Kissed continues the mystery of the dangerous traitors trying to take down the Kanin monarchy. Sent to a neighboring kingdom to investigate a missing Queen, Bryn Aven is thrown into a deeper world of danger, intrigue and mystery. Reading the novel, I found that Ice Kissed does not start off at it's best food, but the novel definitely improved farther you get into the story.
   There was a good chunk of politics towards the start, which was boring, but further I got into the story, more action and interesting moments began to occur. I still very much enjoy Bryn as a character, and believe her to be well developed. Her personality is solid and her motivations make sense to her actions. There are definitely some plot twist in this novel that I will not spoil, but that I will say where very intense to read,
   For the romantic connections in the novel, there is definitely room for improvement. I felt there was not enough tension and depth to the relationship between Bryn and her romantic interest. That lack of intensity did take away from the story in some ways. Looking past that though, I did enjoy reading Ice Kissed. I'm not sure I'd go as far as to recommend it, but if you are looking for a book to read in your free time, Ice Kissed and the Kanin series can definitely be a viable option. I give Ice Kissed the rating of FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Monday, 6 July 2015

The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram (Review)

   A super adorable romance, The Avery Shaw Experiment is a perfect way to spend your Saturday evenings. It takes the readers on an adventure with Avery Shaw as she tries to get over a broken heart, with her science project. This adorable novel introduces one of the cutest guys ever, Grayson. He is super romantic and selfless. His devotion and attention to Avery captures the hearts of the readers. He is a sweetheart through and through. I loved both Avery and Grayson as the characters they are apart and the dynamic they created together.
   I found the characters of The Avery Shaw Experiment to be very well developed and very easy to empathize with. Their motivation for their actions always make sense to who the character was built up to be. Avery has diagnosed anxiety which added an extra layer to her character. For many teens today that will make her even more real to them. I loved the romantic playfulness in this novel so much. It was adorable.
     I  totally recommend The Avery Shaw Experiment, especially to those who enjoy cute romances, and give it the rating of FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS!

Giveaway of A School for Unusual Girls!

     Whooohooo! Time for another giveaway! Kathleen Baldwin, (the author) has donated a copy of A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House #1) for giveaway! So let's get down to business. Enter bellow for a chance to win this awesome prize in the format of your choice. (Ebook or physical copy) This giveaway is open internationally, so enter and share with your friends! Each task completed counts as ballets to increase your chances of winning!
    It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don't fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.
    After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts...
    (This giveaway is open internationally) 

Getting to Know the Authors: Featuring Kathleen Baldwin!

Bio in her words:
   Life is an amazing adventure. Mom died when I was thirteen. But life rolls on. I roamed the Rockies, wandered the desert, enjoyed way too many classes in college, was stalked by a cougar, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, fell in love at least a dozen times, was proposed to eleven times, finally met and married my own personal hero, and together we’ve raised four free-spirited adventurous children.
   I write for the fun of it. An award-winning author and illustrator - Kensington published four of my Regency romantic comedies, including Mistaken Kiss, a Holt Medallion finalist.
   I adore the wit and humor of Oscar Wilde, P.G. Wodehouse, and Jane Austen. But my eclectic reading interests bounce from Frank Herbert to Meg Cabot, and on to the delightfully imaginative tales of Diana Wynne Jones.
   What books do YOU love to read?
Contact me through:

She has written:
A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House, #1), Lady Fiasco (Regency Trilogy, #1), Mistaken Kiss (Regency Trilogy, #2), Cut from the Same Cloth (Regency Trilogy, #3), Diary of a Teenage Fairy Godmother: A Contemporary Teen Fantasy Romance, The Highwayman Came Waltzing: A Traditional Regency Romance Novella, Waltz With A Rogue and Basketball Droids Have Taken Over My Neighborhood (Adventure Book for Kids Ages 9-12!).

Now on to the Interview:
1) How old were you when you started writing, in your opinion?
    Weird story - I started writing in grade school. Clear back in first grade, I could already read so Mrs. Whitney put me to work writing poetry. From there on out my teachers were convinced I would be a writer and would give me all kinds of little writing prompts and private assignments while they did other things with the rest the english class. During 7th and 8th grade I got sent to the library to read. Ironically, I intended to be a doctor when I grew up. Everytime my parents moved us to a new school I thought I'd finally get a regular english classes. And even though we moved often, only once in third grade did that happen. It turned out my teachers were right. Although I still love science and biology, I wouldn't have made a very good doctor. I'd probably have a total melt down the first time one of my patients died.

2) What do you want a reader to gain from reading your works?
     I hope readers feel more courageous after reading my books, and more confident about being the person they really are inside. I hope women and girls especially will realize that even the little things we do make a difference in the world.

3) What are your three top suggestions on becoming an author, or being pleasure writer?
1. Write from a place of joy.
2. Journal your deep thoughts and reactions - that's great practice for writing fiction.
3. Observe/study what components you think make a compelling story. (The answer to this is not as universal as one might think - the answers to this question will contribute heavily toward your unique storyteller's voice.)

4) What is your favourite novel, why?
     I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite novel. I've so many favorites. Tell you what, today I'm going to say my favorite novel is DUNE by Frank Herbert. Why -- because the philosophies and thoughts in it had a profound effect on my life.

5) Who is your favourite author, why?
     Here again it will depend upon the day. But today I'm going to say Oscar Wilde. Why because I love how he blended phenomenal insight into human behavior with humor. He makes us laugh and yet appreciate humanity in all its weaknesses for the delight and love that we sometimes demonstrate.

6) What are your favorite pass times besides writing?
     I like to swim. I love art and music. And I love to go adventuring out in nature.

7) Who in your life do you credit your imagination to the most?
     Well, first God, but then I thank my mother. She read to us every night and for much of my growing up she wouldn't allow a TV. She was so into creativity that she wouldn't let us have coloring books because she didn't want us to color in the lines. She'd give us blank paper and crayons.

8) What are the top five things on your bucket list?
     To be frank, there's very little left on my bucket list. Oh, I would like to make a NYT Times or USA Today bestseller list. But other than that I've experienced so many wonderful things. Anything else I get to do is just gravy. At a very young age I made a point of doing most of what was on my bucket list because I knew, with my breathing issues, I might die any day. I love being alive and I'm grateful for every day.

9) What is your funniest childhood memory?
    Um, you'll probably notice in my books I'm obsessed with flying. I dream I can fly almost weekly, and always have. In the third grade I decided to build a human size wind-up airplane. So I took and old inner tube to use as the rubber band and some wood and built a crude plane. Then one of my brothers and I hauled it up into our tree fort. We wound up the propeller, and because he was smaller, he was the test pilot. Um... needless to say it did a major nosedive. Fortunately my little brother didn't break anything. Whew!

10) To the youth of today, if you could tell them one thing, what would it be?
       Life is a gift, every day is a lovely blank page. Write a beautiful story with yours. Every story has sadness, hardships and difficulties. If it didn't it wouldn't be a story. It's what a heroine or hero does with those troubles that makes their life a tragedy or a beautiful story.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Siren's Fury (The Storm Siren Trilogy #2) by Mary Weber (Review)

  The second installment of The Storm Siren Trilogy, Siren's Fury starts off by devastating the reader and removing the two best components of Siren's Storm. From there it seemed to be all down hill. 97% of the novel seemed to be politics, which was dreadfully boring to read about. I was so disappointed by this turn of event, mainly because I had loved the first novel in the series.
   The characters seemed more and more dull and flat further you got into the book. That is because they did not seemed to grow and change with the story as it progressed. If anything, their behavior felt less and less consistent to their character. There were very few moments of intrigue in the novel and it not very interesting as a whole. Hopefully these problems are resolved by the next novel in the series, but for now, I do not recommend Siren's Fury to anybody and give it the honest and disappointed rating of TWO OUT OF FIVE STARS!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Getting to Know the Authors: Featuring Brittney Mulliner!

   Brittney has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. Her parents’ form of punishment  growing up was taking away her books and making her go outside to play. She loves the beach, exercising, sleeping in, and cookies. Yes, she does know those contradict each other.  She’s an obsessive dog lover. She will cry at pretty much any video or picture of a puppy. Although, sadly she doesn’t currently have an outlet for her affection. Something that she plans on remedying soon.
She was born and raised in Southern California, with a brief hiatus in Arizona. She recently graduated from BYU.
Her website:
Her Twitter:

She has written:
Begin Again
Escaping her past, Aubrey Tate moves to Southern California for a fresh start with her older brother, Brandon. Starting over at a new school seems easy with her cousin, Mckayla, and her two best friends at her side, but handling the new guys is another matter. Aubrey end
s up in the middle of three rivals that each want her to themselves. Mike claims her first and declare himself her friend and protector. Luke is the school heartthrob that stops Aubrey in her tracks, speechless. Gage is the mysterious, dark outsider that Aubrey can be herself around. How will she navigate her new life while she’s still haunted by her past?
Live Again (Begin Again # 2)
 In the sequel to Begin Again, Aubrey Tate finally finds where she belongs.
Living with her brother in California, finding new friends she can trust; things are finally beginning to settle down for Aubrey.
The she receives the note that changes everything, The past she thought she left behind is still following her.
Now she faces the threat of a stalker who has the potential to unravel her perfect new life.
This time, she has her friends and brother helping her, but will they be enough to save her from her real life nightmare?

Now on to the Interview!!
1) How old were you when you started writing, in your opinion?
I’m somewhat of a late bloomer as authors go. I’ve always been bookworm/bookaholic/etc. but I didn’t start writing creatively until my senior year of college. I wrote and published my first novel at 22.

2) What do you want a reader to gain from reading your works?
I’d like them to gain understanding and appreciation for different points of view. Every person has their own story and past that makes them who they are, and so do characters. We can learn from them and their mistakes to shape ourselves. Through stories we’re exposed to all kinds of families and backgrounds and we become more empathetic to those characters. I hope that we can do that in real life, too.

3) What are your three top suggestions on becoming an author, or being a pleasure writer?
Enjoy the process. It isn’t easy, so if you don’t find some sort of happiness from it you’ll either quit or hate your life.
Don’t do it for fame or fortune. Write because you have something unique and important to share with the world.
Don’t be afraid to be true to yourself. When I first started writing I was constantly second guessing myself because I didn’t want anyone to judge me or my opinions. I also didn’t want to offend anyone, but at the end of the day you will NEVER please everyone so write what you believe in and people will support your honesty.

4) What is your favourite novel, why?
Ask your parents who their favorite child is…no answer? Yeah, same here! The Harry Potter series is still my favorite to read, but the most influential on me and my writing is The Great Gatsby. I read it for the first time in High School and have read it several times since. I love the depth of the characters. At first read the story might seem shallow but with each new read I find more and more about each character that I love and hate. Fitzgerald is a writing role model for me.

5) Who is your favourite author, why?
I’m a total fangirl for C L Stone. Her series are so addictive…like mark your calendar, preorder, create a countdown, join in discussions, read fanfic, tattoo the character’s names (kidding), and binge read addictive. You’ve been warned.

6) What are your favorite pass times besides writing?
Working out is basically all I have time for and it’s because I wake up before the sun to do it. My husband is really into exercising, so it’s become our thing. I work fulltime so my days go: Work out, work, write, and repeat. I think sometimes I thrown in sleeping and eating but it’s not a guarantee.

7) Who in your life do you credit your imagination to the most?
My parents. They decided to have me 6 years after my brother and stop with me so I had no one to play with growing up. I entertained myself by creating elaborate stories and lives for my Barbies and reading books.

8) What are the top five things on your bucket list?
Travel to at least 6 continents
Swim with dolphins
Become an established enough author to quit my job and write fulltime
Skydive over Hawaii. If I’m going to die at least my last memory is looking out over paradise!
Pet a sloth, my favorite animal

9) To the youth of today, if you could tell them one thing, what would it be?
I know it seems impossible, but stop caring what everyone else thinks! Be yourself! You might be around these people until you graduate, but after that you won’t see or speak to them again. I wish I could go back and tell myself at 15 to just be happy being me, and cherish your parents and family. They won’t be close by forever. One day, in the not so distant future, you’ll miss them and they won’t be just down the hall.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Dronish (Walker Saga #6) by Jaymin Eve (Review)

     The sixth installment of the Walker Saga, Dronish introduces the second last half-Walker into the Walker world. Out of all of the stories in this series, Dronish definitely has the most alien feel to it. The planet of Dronish is a dying planet that it desperate for energy with energy sucking vampires with one eye and translucent skin. Of all the creatures introduced into the series, the creatures of Dronish are definitely the least humanoid.
      Similar to the rest of the series, Dronish introduces new characters, plot twists and environments. In this installment, the deadline to save the universe quickly approaches, adding even more tension to the story. Like the rest of the novels, Dronish is action packed, romantic and all around interesting. The story continues to introduce the special Walker animals that add a new dynamic to the plot and development of the characters. As the plot thickens, the readers grow more and more hooked. I definitely recommend Dronish and give it FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS!

Cover Reveal of Like Candy & Sweet Liar by Debra Doxer (The Candy Series #1-2) with giveaway!

Like Candy & Sweet Liar by Debra Doxer
(The Candy Series #1-2)
Revenge is sweet, just like candy.
Candy Seaborne knows she’s badass. She takes after her father, an assassin and possibly a spy, although he won’t admit to either. She idolizes him. Her dream is to follow in his footsteps. But first, she has to finish high school.
Biding her time, waiting for real life to begin, Candy craves drama and isn’t above manufacturing some. If you’re a classmate who wronged her or a boyfriend who cheated, watch your back. She’s no pushover, and revenge may be her favorite pastime.
Jonah Bryson is the senior class heartthrob who breaks all the stereotypes. He’s a jock, but he isn’t the typical player. He’s moody and antisocial. No girl has gotten anywhere with him since his last girlfriend broke his heart.
Candy sees Jonah as a challenge and the perfect distraction. But she may be in over her head because unlike everyone else, Jonah isn’t buying her tough act. He sees the lost, lonely girl inside. He sees too much. When he looks at her that way, she wants to let her guard down and be vulnerable. But that’s the last thing she should do because her father’s world is spilling over into hers, and life is about to get real much sooner than Candy expected.
This story is told over two full-length books.
Like Candy (The Candy Series #1) releases on July 28th
Sweet Liar (The Candy Series #2) will be available this fall.

Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”
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