Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tour + Giveaway: Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman

Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2)
by Nicole Castroman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 11th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Pirates, Adventure

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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 merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend...she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.

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Cover Reveal + Trailer: Colorless by Rita Stradling

Rita Stradling
Publication date: August 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.
To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.
Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome, lecherous cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more.
Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colorless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her.
Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation.
Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old.
Their only target: Annabelle.

Author Bio:
Rita Stradling is the author of The Deception Dance series, the Dakota Kekoa series and The Fourteen Day Soul Detox Novella Serial. She has a BA in Art History and a particular love for modern and medieval art.
Rita lives with her husband and son in Northern California.
She has an insatiable novel addiction and mostly reads young adult and adult: romance, paranormal, urban fantasy and high fantasy.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

ARC Review: Spirit Riding Free: The Adventure Begins by Suzanne Selfors

32197113Spirit Riding Free: The Adventure Begins by Suzanne Selfors

Twelve-year-old Lucky Prescott craves adventure, but as a young lady of society she's only been allowed to experience adventure through books. That is, until one fateful day when Lucky, her father, and her aunt leave their neat-and-tidy city life and travel to their new home out west-the Wild West.

At first Lucky is excited, but during the long train ride to her new hometown of Miradero, she begins to worry. What if she doesn't make any new friends? Everyone in the West rides horses, but she's never been allowed to even sit on one. How can she possibly fit in? Anxious about the future, Lucky looks out the train window and sees a majestic wild stallion. When their eyes meet, she senses a connection. But when the stallion is caught by wranglers, Lucky's heart breaks. And when she next sees the stallion, he's tied to a post, refusing to be "broken in."

Spirit Riding Free: The Adventure Begins is the story of a girl and a wild horse, equally out of place in a strange, new world, but equally fierce and brave. With each other to lean on, will these two free spirits be able to find a home together?

Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Published By: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: MG
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book free to read and review, thanks to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Cover Review:
I think the cover is great for an MG book, and it really focuses on the point of the story. It also fits the appear of the animation for the netflix tv series.


One of the main reasons I wanted to read this book was because I read the Spirit of the West series by Kathleen Duey. I also grew up watching the Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron movie, so when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it.

Spirit Riding Free was a wonderful read. The pacing of the story was nice, and there wasn't a lot of unnecessary information that was thrown in. It was a quick, cute read that a young kid could easy be sucked into, especially if they love horses.

One of the things I enjoyed most about this book is that it hits a lot of important things that young kids go through. This book shows that even through different times, kids go through the same things. I think that's why Lucky is a great character, she's relatable. She's also not perfect, she does make some mistakes, but overall, she just wants to do what's right.

I would highly recommend this book to young kids who love animals or just want something light and quick.  I also think that readers who like MG would find this book cute to read.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Tour + Review: Incense and Peppermints by Cathrina Constatine

Incense and Peppermints
Cathrina Constantine
Publication date: March 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Peace demonstrations, sit-ins, and burning the U.S. flag following the escalation of the Vietnam War are leading to a catalyst known to the world as the Sixties, and a musical revolution, flower power, hippies, marijuana, and drugs are carrying the generations—young and old—into a new decade. All the while sixteen-year-old Mary Monroe is caught between being an innocent good girl and an autumn of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.
When her brother offers a solution to her dilemma in the form of a little pill, Mary ignores the rumba in her brain and takes a walk on the wild side. Plunged into popularity and a life she’s only imagined, she meets Michael Covington, the hot newcomer, and she’s instantly drawn in by his less than flawless exterior and bad boy sex appeal. Caught up in the danger and excitement as they drift from party to party, into underground fight clubs, and through a series of drug and alcohol fueled adventures, Mary follows her new crush into a world where young girls are never truly safe from the predators lurking in the shadows and young men are hiding from the harsh reality of war.
Feeling buzzed and as if her life is spinning out of control, Mary is assaulted by an unknown man at a party, and she’s left questioning if the enigmatic Michael is truly her hero or if he is the face behind the terrible attack. With every piece of information Mary learns about Michael, her doubts grow deeper, but with every minute she spends in his presence, so does her love.
With the war and her fear threatening to separate Mary and Michael forever, only the death of a friend, a crushing confession, and her own sensibilities can carry her over the threshold between adolescence and adulthood.
Goodreads / Amazon

4 stars

So when I requested to review this book I didn't really have a fascination with the 60s, but I between then and now, I developed a fascination to read anything in the 60s, so when I finally picked this book up to read, I was super thrilled because of the time period. This book loved up to what I was expecting from it, at least in regard to the setting of the story.

I really liked this story, it was a lighter read with some heavy topics. It was nicely paced, if a little slow at times, but overall it was nicely paced and it held my attention throughout the story. I liked Mary, she was such a well-developed characters with flaws and everything.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes coming-of-age books or contemporary book set in the 60s because you most likely won't be disappointed.

Author Bio:
Cathrina Constantine is the Best Selling author of Don’t Forget To Breathe. Her book won Readers’ Favorite International Book Award for 2015 and The Literary Classics Seal of Approval and Literary Classics Gold Award. Her Paranormal Fantasy, Wickedly They Come has been awarded the 5 Star Seal from Reader’s Favorite. Tallas from her dystopian series received Literary Classics Silver Award and Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Cathrina resides in Western New York with her husband, five children, two Labrador Retrievers and her cat, Bones. Author @chbbpublishing. Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. When not attached to her computer, she likes to take long walks in the woods with her dogs, drink way too much coffee, and is an avid movie watcher. She loves music and doesn’t need a dance floor to shake a leg. 


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Epic Reads Tag


So I found this over at Spines and Covers, and it sounded interesting so as usual, I wanted to do it. I was not tagged officially (they tag the same way I do), so if you want to do it, I'm tagging you! Have fun!
1. If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to lunch, who would you invite and what would you serve them?
If I could invite one author, I would probably pick Kasie West. I was considering inviting Jennifer L. Armentrout, but I ultimately decided that I would invite the author whose books I would pick first to read, and as much as I love Jennifer's books, I think if I had to read a Kasie West book or a Jennifer L. Armentrout book, I would pick Kasie's book. So this was tough because I have not read a single Kasie West book where I didn't like any of the characters. I decided that I would invite Lily from P.S. I Like You because I just feel like we would get along so well. I would serve them... food... probably some dish with chicken... I really don't know because I don't cook a lot, but there would definitely be chocolate cake because I absolutely love baking desserts.

2. What book do you wish the author would write a prequel for?
I feel like I would love to read a prequel book to the Chemical Garden trilogy and just see how the world got to the point that it is in that series. The Chemical Garden trilogy is one of my all-time favorite series. I loved the concept of the series, and I thought the world-building was amazing. I also feel like the Article 5 trilogy would have an interesting prequel, too. I feel like a prequel to either series could be much darker and potentially more heart-breaking. I would read a prequel to both of these trilogies without a second thought.

3. Which two characters (not from the same book) would make a good couple?
So this question was kind of a challenge for me because I couldn't think of characters from separate books that belonged together. So I decided to choose a character whose relationship I didn't fully ship and pair him with someone I thought would be cute. I chose Sean from the Article 5 trilogy. I liked him, at times, with Rebecca, but at other times, I didn't fully ship them. Sean has a very sweet and kind, but also rebellious personality. I think Sam, aka Spam, from To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough would be a perfect fit for him. She's spunky, feisty, and doesn't back down. They both have very strong personalities but I think they would both work well together.

4. If you ran into your favorite author on the subway and only could say one sentence to them, who is it and what would it be?
I think I would pick Amie Kaufman because I love her sci-fi trilogy, and I think I would just say, "Thanks for making me fall in love with sci-fi books set in space", because I loved sci-fi books that involve aliens on Earth before and other sci-fi books that take place on Earth, but These Broken Stars just made me love books set in outer space, and I loved her story and thought it was so unique and I know it's a simple statement, but her books are some of my all-time favorite sci-fi books. They didn't give me a new genre, but they gave me a new world setting that I now really enjoy.

5. What book made you a reader and why?
I wouldn't give the credit to just one book, but the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. I enjoyed reading before that series, but that series is what really hooked me. It was different and unique and opened up my eyes to the complexity and uniqueness of the "bookworld". It showed me that you can create an amazing story from something as simple as a cat's perspective. Little side note: this series is also one of the reasons I want to write.

6. Incendio! Your bookshelf just caught fire. Show the book you’d save.
This was the easiest question. My Bible. Although, I don't like thinking of the rest of my books burning, it's very saddening.
7. Which dystopian world would you want to live in if you had to choose one? Why?
So this was a tough question for me because I really wouldn't want to live in any dystopian world. I decided to go with Across the Universe, solely because it takes place in space. So if I'm stuck living in a dystopian world, it will be somewhere other than on Earth.

8. What is your most epic read of all time?
I hate this question because it is making me choose one book out of all of the books that I have read. My most epic read would have to be Zero Hour by S.D. Perry. It's part of the Resident Evil franchise, which I am obsessed with, and it's a book that I have never mentioned before.

What’s your most epic read of all time?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Reader Confessions' Tag

reader Confessions' TAG

I saw this tag over at Spines and Covers. This is a tag about all of my Reader Confessions. Have fun reading my confessions, and feel free to do this yourself if you want to.

1. Have you ever damaged your own book?
I have actually damaged a few of my books. It was completely by accident, I had water on my shelf and I bumped into it and it spilled over some books that were sitting on the floor, waiting to be placed on my shelf.

2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?
No, I typically take more care of books that I borrow just because they aren't mine, and I would hate to ruin someone else's books.

3. How long does it take you to read a book?
Depends. Some books take me a few weeks, some take me a few hours. During school, sometimes it can take me a month to read a book, especially when I am swamped with exams or projects.

4. Books that you haven't finished?
There are so many books that I haven't finished, so I decided I will only share the books that I haven't finished and that I never plan to finish. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia - I thought it was really boring and couldn't get into... has nothing to do with Garcia's writing considering I absolutely love Lovely Reckless; Broken by C.J. Lyons - I was really disappointed that I couldn't get into this book because it sounded so good; Torn by Amanda Hocking - I liked Switched, which was the first book in the series, but it wasn't a favorite, and I just couldn't get into this one; Original Sin by Lisa Desroachers - very similar reasons to TornThe Season by Sarah Mclean - I couldn't get into; Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor- I tried to get into this book, I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't even get past the first chapter, and I tried reading this book twice; Irises by Francisco X. Stork - this may be because I was listening to an audiobook, but I just couldn't get into it; Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass - I don't even remember why I couldn't finish this book, but I never did; Extraordinary by Adam Selzer - I felt like it was trying to hard and I just couldn't finish it; and finally This is How it Ends - I was super excited to read this book, it sounded great, it was a mystery... it was also a huge letdown and I don't even think I made it that far into the story.


5. Hyped/Popular books you don't like?
So two of the above books could be in this question, but I feel like I can't say I don't like them because I never finished them, but both Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Beautiful Creatures could be on this list. There is a standalone and then a series, which I have read 6 of 12 books. I have reasons to why I continued to read the series, and ultimately why I decided that I didn't like the series - which I am not going to share, they are personal reasons. My standalone is An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. This so far is the only John Green book that I have read (that is written solely by him - I have read Let it Snow and I did not like his short story that he had written in that book), and I have attempted Fault in Our Stars, which I did not list above because I still plan to read it again, but I just don't think John Green's books are for me. I don't actually know how hyped this book is but I put it on the list because John Green is such a huge name in the book community, and I know a lot of people have read this book. The other is the House of Night series by Kristin Cast and P.C. Cast. So I know people have read this series, it's not really hyped anymore but when I read it, it was hyped around my school.


6. Classics you didn't enjoy?
Two classics come to mind: Romeo and Juliet, and Brave New World. I just wasn't a fan of either of these books, and I really haven't read many classics.


7. Books you bought just for the intellectual-ness of it all?
I wish I could say that I have, but if I have, I don't remember. Unless we count college books... which I had to buy, but never any book I chose to buy for the intellecutal-ness of it.

8. Any books you haven't give back?
So I "lost" a dear friend of mine's book, Mockingjay. She had wanted me to read it before the movie came out (I still haven't read it), and had lent it to me on our last day of school. We both forgot about it because I had placed it in my bookbag, and then I put my bookbag up without taking the book out. She moved to Texas where she was attending college, and her brother wanted to read it. So she couldn't find it, thought she had lost it during packing and ended up buying a second copy. She came back up to visit, and I was getting ready for my senior year of high school, so I got out my bookbag and there it was. We both died of laughter, and I never gave it back. Mostly because she didn't need it, but it's the only book I've never given back that I know of. A lot of her books, she left at my house because she doesn't keep books for long especially after she started college, so I have a ton of her books but I don't think any are because I never gave them back, just Mockingjay. We still to this day joke about me "losing" the book.


What are your reader confessions?