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Jan 27, 2015

An Angel Torched My Homework and Other Lies by Miche Sipes *Book Blast*


Hello there! Welcome to my stop in the blast for An Angel Torched My Homework & Other Lies.
This book blast is hosted by Jean BookNerd. To more info check out her site.


The Book



Carrie Philips just wants her junior year at Clement Academy to go smoothly. Sure, it’s the first high school in the nation to integrate Norms like her with the Differents. But the Diffs are just typical teenagers with “tiny” genetic anomalies. They’re not really vampires or werewolves or angels or zombies like you see in old movies. The Diffs just have special dietary needs and some unusual abilities. They’re certainly not dangerous or anything—at least that’s what Carrie has always believed, since her dad is a doctor of Different medicine.

But when several of her fellow students are mysteriously assaulted, cracks form in Carrie’s worldview. Cracks she tries to ignore while defending her friends from anti-Diff backlash and solving the mystery of who’s really behind the attacks. Meanwhile, she’s distracted by two criminally cute guys who both seem to like her (and hate each other). Then Carrie uncovers a bombshell that could forever change how Norms and Diffs see each other. So much for a quiet school year.


"What happens when you combine vampires, angels, werewolves and zombies with normal humans? Supernatural insanity! Miche Sipes has created a clever world, filled with lovable characters, unexpected plot twists and lots of humor. I loved this book. 5 stars!" --Lynda Hilburn, author of the Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series



"A refreshing, hilarious blend of every paranormal creature under the sun (or moon), heavy on the fun and light on the angst!" -- Helen Keeble, author of Fang Girl and No Angel


The Author.


Miche Sipes wrote her first play at the age of six and has been writing creatively ever since. Well, if you don’t count the occasional decade-long lapse. Miche has lived in Maryland and Florida, but now calls Colorado home. Whenever she’s not writing—or finding ingenious ways to procrastinate like ironing shoelaces or flossing her cat’s teeth—she can be found hiking in the mountains. Then again, there’s a good chance you won’t find her because she’s probably lost.




The Giveaway.


1 Winner will receive a signed copy of An Angel Torched My Homework and Other Lies by Miche Sipes and a $25 Amazon gift card.
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Jan 26, 2015

ARC Review: Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff



Playlist for the Dead.
Author: Michelle Falkoff
Source: ARC provided by Publisher. Thank you!
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Summary:
A teenage boy tries to understand his best friend's suicide by listening to the playlist of songs he left behind in this smart, voice-driven debut novel.Here's what Sam knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, his best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs, and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you'll understand.As he listens to song after song, Sam tries to face up to what happened the night Hayden killed himself. But it's only by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he will finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story. And maybe have a chance to change his own.Part mystery, part love story, and part coming-of-age tale in the vein of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Tim Tharp’s The Spectacular NowPlaylist for the Dead is an honest and gut-wrenching first novel about loss, rage, what it feels like to outgrow a friendship that's always defined you—and the struggle to redefine yourself. But above all, it's about finding hope when hope seems like the hardest thing to find.


***


I’ve read many books about suicide in the last year, but I hadn’t read any from a male POV until Playlist for the Dead. I’ve heard some people comparing it to Thirteen Reasons why, but except for the MC trying to understand why his friend killed himself, I can’t see the point. 

Michelle Falkoff’s debut is sad story but not a heartbreaking one. It’s a thought provoking read about guilt, revenge and understanding.
The main character, Sam, and his dead best friend Hayden had a strong relationship and they shared their love for music and comics. They were geeky and loner, that’s why they were bullied by Hayden’s brother and his Bully Trifecta. 

Although this was an entertaining read and I wanted so bad to reach the ending. I can’t help but feel disappointing. You see, I thought: books + music = love. 
I feel like I wasted my reading time searching those songs from Hayden’s playlist, when in the end it was incredible unnecessary. The playlist didn’t make Sam understand, it didn’t make me love more the story. 

Another problem I have with this book is that Sam voice wasn’t even a little aggressive, which is one of the things I enjoy more when I read this kind of books. He was too passive and plain. Even after everything The Bully Trifecta did to him and Hayden, Sam still was too soft on them. 
I could relate more to a secondary character, and I can’t help but wonder if Sam’s POV was a wise choice from the author. 

Overall, this was a good story, but it wasn’t remarkable. I liked it. And I can say I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. 



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Jan 20, 2015

What's New? The Future Collection by Beth Revis


 
Love sci-fic? Love Beth Revis? Then, you have to read The Future Collection by the amazing author of Across the Universe!
Check it out!


 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

This collection of sci fi stories from NY Times Bestselling author Beth Revis features worlds and technology from the future. Featuring three brand new, original tales and three reprints, each story explores a different set of characters in a different world and facing different problems in the future world.

"Doctor-Patient Confidentiality": A girl wakes up in a cryomed unit and must recall why she's there and what's she's lost.

"The Most Precious Memory": In a world where memories are sold and consumed like drugs, one deal has a weird twist.

"The Girl & the Machine": A time traveller meets someone who claims she's met his future self and that they'll change the world together.

"Lag": A reporter has found the story of a lifetime--but a malfunctioning teleportation has made her forget it...

"The Turing Test": A college student must determine which test subject is human and which is an android with A.I.

"As They Slip Away": A novella set in the world of Across the Universe, exploring the fate of a side character.



Beth's Note:

For 90 days, this collection will only be available from Amazon. This is so that I can offer Amazon readers a special deal through Kindle Unlimited while I prepare the releases for wider distribution. I'm really sorry for the inconvenience, but the stories will be available everywhere after that.


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Jan 19, 2015

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang



Falling Into Place
Author: Amy Zhang
My Rating: 5 stars.
Summary:
Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.


*****
My Review


“No one sees how her hands shake as she closes the magazine, lays it down gingerly as though afraid that her trembling will start an earth quake, and make the entire world crumble.”

I'm madly in love with the writing of this book.
I started reading the eARC last year, but I couldn't make it on time, so I stopped. But I knew I have to finish it. I knew I'd love it. So, I gave it another chance and I'm so happy I did because while this book isn't for everybody, it was just perfect for me.
I hated Liz’s actions. I hated the ugly thing she did to her enemies, to her friends and to herself. And at the same time, I loved her, I wanted to fix her because I could see how truly broken she was.

“She finally figure out that she, Liz Emerson, was the equal and opposite reaction. She was the consequence.”

Here you are: a book with terrible human beings, a book with a mean MC that didn't do anything to change except for stop existing, a book with broken people making mistake after mistake.
But a wonderful thing called "Amy's writing" made this story unforgettable and fascinating.

Amy uses science in her writing in a way so smart that you don’t stop to think it is science, you see it as fact. Every quote, description, paragraph is breathtaking. I wanted to bookmark the whole book.

Even though the plot is not “lineal” the unexpected narrator makes it fast-paced and addictive. You go from present to past and a in between time. It tells the stories behind Liz’s friends, the people they bullied and the moments before Liz Emerson crashed her car.

Falling Into Place is unlike everything I read before. It’s a must read. 


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Jan 15, 2015

Deviation (Imitation #2) by Heather Hildenbrand


 


    
Purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1wXxNHZ
Until a month ago, eighteen-year-old Ven had never set foot outside the windowless warehouse where she was created. An Imitation of Raven Rogen, Ven spent her days confined in the lab, studying videos of her Authentic, all so she could step into Raven’s life at a moment’s notice.
Now, Ven lives in Raven’s penthouse apartment, kisses Raven’s boyfriend, and obeys every order from Raven’s dad, Titus Rogen—the very man who created her. But Ven has a secret plan. She doesn’t want Raven’s life. She wants her own. In the action-packed sequel of Imitation, Ven wages a dangerous war against Titus. First she’ll free herself, then she’ll free every last Imitation. . . .


 


Haven't started the Imitation series yet?


 

Purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1AO8UlO
Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.
Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now. When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met? Fans of Cinder, The Selection and Sara Shepard’s Lying Game series will love Imitation, a thrilling, action-packed novel sure to keep readers guessing until the very last page.  



About Heather Hildenbrand


Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. (She's only slightly socially awkward as a result.) Since 2011, she's published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. Her most frequent hobbies are riding motorcycles and avoiding killer slugs.
Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit www.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life.



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Jan 14, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir



 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.
 

 


LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.


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Jan 12, 2015

What's New? Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young


 
 I had no idea about this new book by Suzanne Young until I saw THIS post on her blog. 
I've read almost all her books and I've loved them. I can't wait for this one!
Check it out!

Expected publication: November, 2015 by Simon Pulse.

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

Stay Tonight. Stay Forever.

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is downing in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn’t have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she’s met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…

Welcome to the Ruby.


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