Dare You To Lie Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY!!!

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Hi everyone! Today on the blog I’m sharing an excerpt of Amber Natusch’s upcoming book Dare you to Lie! Dare you to Lie will be the first book in the Hometown Antihero YA mystery series!

Synopsis: When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her.
All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the annoyingly attractive rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her.
Determined to expose the town’s hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. They thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl.

DARE YOU TO LIE, a young adult mystery read perfect for fans of Veronica Mars, Pretty Little Liars, or Riverdale.

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EXCERPT

I raced through town and into Gramps’s neighborhood. When I got to the house, there was a generic-looking sedan, not unlike the one my father used to drive, parked outside. I hadn’t even pulled all the way into the driveway before Agent Douchecanoe was out of his vehicle and headed my way, file in hand.

“So you’re the errand boy,” I said to him as he scowled at me.

“You know you can hear that environmental hazard coming from a mile away, right?”

“Weird . . . kinda like your hostility and hubris.”

His frown deepened as he extended the file in his hand toward me. I reached for it, but he pulled it back at the last second.

“Striker said to make sure you got this.”

“Hence the errandboy comment—”

“Do you know what’s in here?”

“Do you know what’s in there?” I countered, knowing damn well he would have looked. The suspense would have killed him.

“They’re copies of evidence from you father’s trial.”

“Ding, ding, ding!” I exclaimed, snatching the file from his hand. “Consider your errand complete. I’d tip you, but . . . I don’t get paid until next week.”

“Why did Striker want you to have those?” he asked, totally unfazed by my jab.

“Because I asked for them.”

He shook his head.

“That’s adorable. You think you can find something that a defense lawyer and a team of FBI agents couldn’t find.”

“They weren’t really looking, though, were they? They approached his investigation as if he was already guilty. Hard to be objective when your singular focus is to bring down the fall guy.”

“Says the girl with the singular focus of freeing her daddy,” he replied. “What a sad day it’s going to be for you when all you find in those files is the truth of your father’s guilt.”

“We’ll see about that.”

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About the author: AMBER LYNN NATUSCH is the author of the bestselling Caged series for adults. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, and is still deeply attached to her Canadian roots. She loves to dance and practice Muay Thai―but spends most of her time running a chiropractic practice with her husband, raising two young children, and attempting to write when she can lock herself in the bathroom for ten minutes of peace. Dare You to Lie is her debut YA novel with Tor Teen.

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Book Info:
Genre Young Adult Mystery / Suspense
Publisher Tor Teen
Publication Date September 4, 2018
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GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the release of DARE YOU TO LIE by Amber Lynn Natusch, we’re giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner!  ENTER HERE

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to internationally. One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Amber Lynn Natusch.  Giveaway ends 9/18/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Limit one entry per reader. Duplicates will be deleted.

 

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#ARCAugust Completed: 7 Books Read

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Hi everyone! So this past month I participated in ARC August, hosted by Octavia, Shelly, and Angie of Read. Sleep. Repeat, for the first time and I’m so glad I did. In my original post I mentioned 8 books I was thinking of reading. That went out the door though due to my mood reading and a trade I made. Below are the SEVEN (that’s a lot for me) ARCs I read, my mini reviews for them, links to their GR paged and my Bingo Card! I also read 4 other books/grapic novels this month for a total of 11 books(3,314 pages). To put that in perspective, I’ve only read 46 total this year.

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The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle: 4 Stars

I hadn’t read any books by Rebecca before, but I loved the TV show she produced based off her Famous in Love series. When I first heard about this book on her IG, it sounded interesting. I feel like everyone at some point in their lives thinks about who (dead or alive) they’d love to have a meal with. My answer was always JK Rowling, she’s still one of my top five. I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this book and how the story would unfold. But let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised and even cried at the end (I rarely cry!).

I think Rebecca did and extraordinary job writing the dinner and flashback scenes. I didn’t want to put the book down. I wanted to know more and more about Sabrina’s life and why she chose Robert (dad), Conrad (college professor), Jessica (best friend), Audrey (yes THAT Audrey), and Tobias (you’ll have to read to find out about him). The character interaction at the dinner were well thought out and flowed so well. The flashbacks, which happen every other chapter, help fill in the story and give everything substance. I think what I liked most of all was that all the characters seemed so real. You could see yourself in their shoes. They had real jobs that aren’t glamorous, but are important and creative. This was a great read and the little twist at the end was genius.

Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey: 3 Stars

While I did enjoy this book, it was rather difficult to read at times due to the setting of 1800’s England. There were many words I didn’t know and had to look up, a few weren’t in the glossary in the back of the book. Other than that, I really enjoyed the story between Juliana and Spencer. The spy angle was intriguing and added an element of surprise to the book. I did think it was a bit rushed at the end though. Carrie & Lord Bobbington were great supporting characters and I’d be interested to read their story.

To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin: 4 Stars

To Be Honest was such a wonderful read. I loved Savvy, her best friend Grace, Grace’s cousin George, and the family dog Fiyero. This book was so body positive and as a plus size female is was refreshing to read a book with a main character that was like me. I’m also glad it addressed the issues with rapid weight loss and what happens if you don’t treat your body properly.

Savvy was such a fun character. She was strong, stubborn, smart, and intuitive. I liked how real she seemed and that she wasn’t cookie cutter. One thing I enjoyed was that she was smart and wasn’t afraid to show it. I always hate when pop culture depicts a girl “dumbing” herself down to get a guy. Speaking of guys, George was such a sweetheart. I loved all the looks into his family life and his passion for music. One thing that did irk me was George just kept dropping the ball and I thought there was going to be some big reveal about his past, but there was nothing. I definitely recommend this book and can’t wait to read more from the author.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins: 3 Stars

I have very mixed feeling about this book. I loved the Scream/I Know What you did Last Summer vibes and the small town setting. I think the secret Makani was keeping was a bit odd and still don’t understand why she put so much responsibility on herself. I think the reason for the killings lacked some imagination and I didn’t love that there was still 1/3 of the book left to read after finding out who had been doing the killing. The ending seemed abrupt and like everything just needed to be tied up in a bow.

Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco: 4 Stars

I have so many thoughts regarding this book. I loved the mystery and it was the first one I didn’t guess correctly. I loved the setting of the carnival and cruise. I enjoyed the secondary characters from the carnival and the different acts they specialized in as well as the cartomancy. I even liked Mephistopheles as a character and the mystery surrounding him. I did not enjoy the love triangle, especially since there’s been nothing but Thomas & Audrey for the two previous books. I’m happy with how it ended and look forward to seeing what the 5th and final draft is versus this 3rd draft ARC.

Sadie by Courtney Summers: 5 Stars

** spoiler alert ** Wow. I think that sums up how I feel about this book. It was gritty, real, thought provoking, and heart breaking. There definitely is some strong subject matter and it could trigger some people, but Sadie was such a well written and thought out book. I loved the structure of it and the use of the podcast. I felt the pain Sadie went though on her road trip and I just wanted to help her. This book can be a very quick read because it just pulls you in (like any great book/podcast) and you want to know what’s going to happen next. While I think the ending of the book was fitting, I choose to believe something a bit happier, because I think Sadie deserved it. I can’t recommend this book enough.

The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason: 5 Stars

I truly adored this book and even though I’m an only child I was able to connect with it. Lizzy’s writing was so beautifully heartbreaking. I loved the flashbacks at the end of each chapter, they added so much depth to the story. The character building was so well done and they felt so real, nothing seemed forced. I related to Harley the most and was happy to read her story and how she progressed throughout it. I loved that it wasn’t a typical YA contemporary romance. The characters dealt with loss, life choices and their consequences, heartbreak, and love. There is also the aspect of self medication and addiction, which I think was handled so well. Y’all I read this book in less than 24 hours and I can’t recommend it enough!

The Dinner List | Love, Lies, and Spies | To Be Honest | There’s Someone Inside Your HouseEscaping From Houdini | SadieThe Art of Losing

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Did you participate in ARC August? What did you read? Let me know in the comments!

Cover Reveal, Synopsis & GIVEAWAY for When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington!

WHEN SUMMER ENDSSummary:

Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?

Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend dumps her right before summer break, she starts to think fate has a weird sense of humor.

Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery.

Publication Date: April 9, 2019
Publisher: Tor Teen/Macmillan

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ARC August Newbie- Challenge Accepted

arc august headerWhat is ARC August? It’s a great reading challenge hosted by Octavia, Shelly, and Angie of Read. Sleep. Repeat. that allows bloggers to focus on the all the ARCs they have. They can be ARCS for books that are already released and you haven’t read yet or they can be ARCs for books that have not been released. I’m not one who gets a lot of ARCs, but I have won a few, got approved on NetGalley & Edelweiss for some, and traded for others. I only have one on NG and one on EW in my current backlog that I hope to read in August. All the others are physical copies I have.

Here are the books I’m going to attempt to read in the month of August.

ARC August

The Wedding Date | Escaping From Houdini |The Dinner List | The Lies We Told

My Oxford Year | Girl Made of Stars | Trouble Never Sleeps | The Art of Losing

Are you participating in ARC August? What’s on your list? Which book do you think I should start with? Let me know in the comments!

Mini Review: Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black

Hi everyone. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted. Life got hectic again, but I’m here to post a mini review of a book I just finished and really enjoyed.

Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black

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Synopsis:

Valentine has spent years trying to outrun her mother’s legacy. But small towns have long memories, and when a new string of murders occurs, all signs point to the daughter of a murderer.

Only one person believes Valentine is innocent—Rowan Blackshaw, the son of the man her mother killed all those years ago. Valentine vows to find the real killer, but when she finally uncovers the horrifying truth, she must choose to face her own dark secrets, even if it means losing Rowan in the end.

Review:

The book started a bit slow for me, but it really picked up steam as I progressed. I loved the main character Valentine. She was strong, independent, kind, but also had her flaws. The characters of Rowan & Sam were both well developed and added so much to the story. I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, and at times was frustrated with this one, but I like how everything was explained in the end. The mysteries of what happened in Feavers Crossing (both past and present) really kept me hooked. While I was able to figure who committed one of the bigger mysteries, I would never have guessed why. I loved the twists and turns this story took as well as the setting. If a second book was ever written, I’d definitely purchase it.

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The Dark Divide by Danika Stone: A glimpse into the real Waterton & Danika’s inspiration

Hi everyone!

Today on the blog I have Danika Stone, author of The Dark Divide, which is the sequel to The Edge of Wild. I recently found out there will also be a third book, which makes me so happy! This series is a thriller/mystery set in the very small town of Waterton, Alberta, Canada. The main characters are Rich Evans and Louise Newman, but the townspeople are what really make these books shine. They are quirky, secretive, and full of different personalities. In a way they remind me of the people in Stars Hollow (Gilmore Girls), but darker. The first book dealt with murders happening in the town & ended with a hotel fire. The Dark Divide picks up with the aftermath of the hotel fire and a new mystery for the townspeople of Waterton to be secretive about. I hope you give this adult thriller a read and enjoy it as much as I do!

I first “met” Danika after joining her blog tour for Edge of Wild and recently got to finally meet her in person at NYCC. She is the most down to earth person and so kind. I remember when I first read The Edge of Wild, I asked her about Waterton and found out that it was a real place. When trying to think of a topic for this tour, I decided I needed to know more about Waterton & Danika’s inspiration for the people there.

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The Very Real Location of The Dark Divide: Waterton

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The setting of The Dark Divide is an actual place: Waterton Park, Alberta, Canada, a location which has a special place in my heart. The town has less than a hundred people who live there year round. Both my paternal grandparents grew up in Waterton. Our family cabin is still there, still in the family (and I’m in the middle of renovating it!). I spent my childhood climbing the same peaks that my father, uncles, aunts, and grandparents did.

It only made sense to set my mystery series there.

There were more reasons than just familial fondness or nostalgia. Waterton straddles the American-Canadian border. The lake itself moves across that division, something which sparked the first ideas of the plot in Edge of Wild. As a child, I heard stories of bootleggers moving alcohol from Canada to the US during the prohibition-era. My grandfather, in fact, grew up on the site of an old still and described raking the lawn in the summertime, occasionally discovering the top of a bottle, hastily buried in the sandy soil a decade earlier.

When I worked in Waterton as a teen, a new building project caused a controversy. I recall overhearing conversations as I served coffee at my aunt’s coffee shop, the townspeople muttering their frustration over the changes to their town. That attitude hasn’t changed much in 20 years. Just last year, a local was quoted in an interview, threatening vigilante action over changes to the town. The town also came with its own share of mysteries. A few of Louise’s stories in both books came from my father. And some of the plotlines came from real life moments in the community like the fire that took out the dance hall and a lodge in the 1930’s. Each one of these real life moments became sparks of the plot that led to Edge of Wild and The Dark Divide.

When I write about Waterton, I write with a great respect for the people and the land. Though I emphasize that these are fictionalstories in The Dark Divide, they come from a place of awe and admiration. Waterton owns a piece of my heart and I hope that YOU grow to love it, too.

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D.K. Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, she now writes novels for both adults (Edge of Wild, The Intaglio Series, and Ctrl Z) and teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous). When not writing, Ms. Stone can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online.

She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

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Reign The Earth by A.C. Gaughen Blog Tour: Who’d I Reign With

When I received A.C. Gaughen’s book Reign the Earth, I was so excited. It was given to me from the wonderful folks at Bloomsbury after I visited their offices in NYC before an amazing blogger event called Blog Bound. A while later I was asked if I’d like to be part of a blog tour for the book, and of course I said yes! The topic was simple, who would I want to Reign the Earth with. The answer; however, was not as simple. First I thought of my friends, then JK Rowling ( I mean who wouldn’t want to rule with that Queen!). After much deliberating, I decided to talk about why ruling with both would be a dream come true.

My friends are so important to me and if I was able to rule the Earth with these three spectacular, fun, and fierce women, a lot of stuff would get done! The first friend I’d choose is Alyssa because she’s so strong and determined. She’s been through a lot, but she’s a fighter and I think that’s an important quality to have. She’d also ensure that each decision I made would be well thought out and beneficial to as many people as possible. Next up is my friend Marissa, who is kind and compassionate. She always has a smile on her face and is able to put one on mine. Her dreams are as big as her heart and her positive outlook on life is contagious. Finally I’d have to have my friend Hannah by my side. She tells you like it is and has an amazing BS filter that I think every ruler needs. She’s not afraid to speak her mind and tell you when you’re wrong or if something doesn’t make sense. These three ladies have never met, but I know if we ever all got together, the world could never stop us.

JK Rowling, I mean who wouldn’t want to work with JK all day!? She’s intelligent, compassionate, well versed, and respected by many. Having her by my side would be the ultimate dream come true. I met her once a few years ago and she was one of the kindest people I’ve ever interacted with. I think ruling with JK would bring people together since she’s known worldwide. People trust her and she’s contributed to so much good in the world.

All of the women I mentioned (and all those I didn’t) are amazing on their own, but together we could Reign the Earth!

REIGN THE EARTH

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But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

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GIVEAWAY: One signed copy of the book and a map!

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Hunting Prince Dracula: Giveaway & Top 10 Favorite Traits of Audrey & Thomas

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Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be talking about Hunting Prince Dracula today! I LOVED this book and devoured it. I highly recommend both it and Stalking Jack the Ripper if you haven’t read that for some odd reason. Kerri’s ability to transport you into the world of Audrey and Thomas is spectacular.  I loved the setting of Romania and Bran Castle. I wanted to roam the halls with Audrey & Thomas and visit the little town of Brasov. I wished I was the one traveling down the secret passageways with them to discover new mysteries. The supporting characters were fantastic too! I absolutely adored Daciana and Ileana and I hope to see them pop up in book three! This mystery was so fun to solve. I figured it out right before the reveal and was completely shocked. I won’t spoil it, but you’ll probably never guess who the killer is. (insert evil laugh)

Onto the real reason for this blog post, my top ten favorite traits of Audrey and Thomas! I’ve decided to break it down by including four personal traits for each and then two that they share. Up first is Audrey…

Audrey is an intelligent, curious, determined, and plucky woman. She is someone I aspire to be and dream of being friends with. Her determination in every aspect of her life makes me want to be more confident. I love how she never backs down and doesn’t conform to society’s rules. Her pluckiness (or bravery) is admirable and also scary at times. She seems to have no fear and sometimes that isn’t always the best. Her curiosity also gets her in trouble sometimes, but  it also leads her to great discoveries. Lastly, her intelligence is something that surprises me time and time again. She always seems to see the bigger picture and is quick to deduce what’s happened.

“Do you have any idea how difficult it is for me? Most men do not take me seriously based on the skirts I wear, and then you go and prove them right! I am not less than, Thomas.” – Audrey

Thomas has been one of my favorite male literary characters in the past few years. I love his snarky/witty disposition, his compassion for those he loves, his attention to detail, and his ability to be quick on his feet. One of the first things you learn about Thomas is his ability to remember or pick out the most minute details. As a scientist, I find this trait one of my absolute favorites, because it’s something I have to do. This skill of deduction has helped both Audrey and himself multiple times, as has his quick responses. I wish I was able to think as quickly on my feet as Thomas seems to. That and his witty banter has gotten him out of many a sticky situation. That witty banter and snark with Audrey is what makes me swoon. Whenever I think of their dialogue, I can’t help but think of my favorite couple, Logan and Veronica from Veronica Mars (I can get VMars into any post!). Their love hate relationship is what makes you yearn for more. Which leads to his compassion for those he loves. Thomas is the kind of man that will be there for you through thick and thin. He protects and supports those he loves, which I find beyond admirable.

“Your brain is quite appealing. Even in the face of all this, by far my favorite asset of yours.” – Thomas to Audrey

My final two favorite traits go hand in hand. The way Audrey and Thomas work together and also compliment each other is a wonderful thing. It feels as though they know what the other is thinking and they use that to their every advantage. They are always there for each other, no matter the cost. At times Audrey can be brash or impulsive and Thomas is there to reel her in and calm her down. I’m going to refer back to Veronica Mars again, but their dynamic reminds me so much of Logan & Veronica’s. They play off each other so well and bring out both the best and worst in each other.

“When Father had announced Thomas would escort me to academy along with Mrs. Harvey due to his illness, I’d practically chocked on my soup course while Thomas winked over his.” – Audrey

I hope you enjoyed my little analysis of Audrey and Thomas. I also hope you enjoy HPD as much as I did and I can’t wait to hear everyone’s guesses on who the killer is. But more importantly, thoughts on where they think book three takes place! I have many theories and have even shared a few with Kerri. The sleuth in me needs to solve this mystery! Below you’ll find a description of the book, a little more about Kerri, links to buy HPD, links to keep in touch with Kerri, and a GIVEAWAY!!!!

Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 8.59.02 PMDescription: In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

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READ THE FIRST CHAPTER ON ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: READ IT HERE!

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Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

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Week One
August 21st ~ Paper Cuts: Hunting Prince Dracula Playlist
August 22nd ~ Literary Legionnaire: Review of Hunting Prince Dracula
August 24th ~ Arctic Books: Hunting Prince Dracula Playlist
August 25th ~ 21st Century Once Upon A Times: A “Drink Your way through SJTR: Tea Edition”
Week Two
August 28th ~ Hiver Et Café: History of Prince Dracula
August 29th ~ Justice Reads: Review of Hunting Prince Dracula
August 30th ~ Nicole’s Novel Reads: Travelling Etiquette and tips for Victorian Women
August 31st ~ Sophie Reads YA: Favourite Stalking Jack the Ripper Fanart
September 1st ~ LILbooKlovers: Top Ten Quotes from Stalking Jack the Ripper
Week Three
September 4th ~ One Way or An Author: Hunting Prince Dracula Phone Backgrounds
September 5th ~ A Blinding Book: Hunting Prince Dracula Aesthetic
September 6th ~ Rants & Raves: Review & Snacks
September 7th ~ Rattle the Stars: Hunting Prince Dracula Playlist
September 8th ~ A Gingerly Reviews: Hunting Prince Dracula Review 
Week Four
September 11th ~ The Plot Bunny: Hunting Prince Dracula Ctomer Ideas
September 12th ~ Blame it on The Books: Hunting Prince Dracula Review
September 13th ~ The Reader & the Chef : Hunting Prince Dracula’s Menu
September 14th ~ Books, Tv, and More…Oh MY!!: Top Ten Favourite Traits of Audrey & Thomas
September 15th ~ Unquenchable Reads : GIF, GIFS, and more GIFS
Week Five
September 18th ~ Rattle the Pages : A Glimpse Back in Time: Vlad The Impaler edition
September 19th ~ Beyond the Book Reviews: Character Wears of the 21st Century
September 20th ~ The Heart of a Book Blogger : Hunting Prince Dracula Mood Board

Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts: A Mini Review

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I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted. Life has been very hectic these past few months. Getting back to the blog will hopefully be my Fall resolution. Anyway, onto the main topic… Royal Bastards!

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I heard about this book what seems like forever ago. I think Andrew Shvarts was in a swanky seventeen Facebook chat or something when I first “met” him. He pitched his book and I was hooked. I LOVE GoT and while I’m not a huge fantasy fan, when written right, I love it. This book was pitched as GoT meets Six of Crows, which I haven’t read yet.  I know, I know I’ll get to it. It definitely resonated with the GoT angle. The characters are amazing and fun to follow. You feel like you’re there traveling across the country and fighting with them.

Below is a short review with minimal spoilers.

I enjoyed this book so much! I loved the world of Novaris and the people in it. Till was fierce and the type of girl I’d want to be best friends with. Jax and Zell were opposites, yet so similar and their heroism really resonated with me. Lyriana was so special. I was blown away by her character the most and how she transformed from start to end. I’m not mentioning the other person in the group because I dislike him so much. Shvarts wrote him well, because you never saw it coming. I’m very excited for book 2!

I highly recommend this book to fantasy lovers and to those wanting to travel across country with a rag tag group of Bastards.

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Synopsis:

Being a bastard blows. In ROYAL BASTARDS (On Sale 6/6/17) the bastards of nobles witness their parents instigate a violent coup, and must band together to get the truth to the king before their kingdom plunges into civil war. With an addicting ensemble cast of characters, life-or-death stakes, and tongue-in-cheek humor, this fantasy novel, the first in a trilogy, dares readers to put it down, and makes a perfect crossover read.

 

ROYAL BASTARDS Advanced Coverage:

Entertainment Weekly’s “35 Most Anticipated YA Novels of 2017” 

Goodreads “Most Popular Books Published In May 2017” 

Bustle’s “The Most Anticipated Young Adult Debuts of 2017—From February to June” 

Brightly’s “17 of the Most Exciting YA Books to Read in 2017” 

Culturess’s “12 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2017” 

B&N Teen Blog’s “Your 2017 2017 YA Pre-Order Guide” 

“This is one of those rare books that had me laughing and crying within a paragraph.”

—Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author of the Seven Realms series

“We cannot wait for this high-stakes, edge of your seat fantasy.”—Bustle

“Adventure-loving fantasy readers will eat it up.” Kirkus Reviews

First in a planned series, Shvarts’s action-packed debut champions diversity, counsels perseverance, and highlights the human cost of war.” Publishers Weekly

Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead: Female Royalty by Birthstone & GIVEAWAY!

Hi everyone! Welcome to the blog.

I’m so excited to be on the Midnight Jewel blog tour! If you weren’t aware, Midnight Jewel is the second book by Richelle Mead in The Glittering Court series. There will be three books in the series and each is a standalone. While The Glittering Court was from Adelaide’s perspective, Midnight Jewel is from Mira’s, and the third book will be from Tamsin’s.

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Today on the blog I’m going to highlight some fierce, sometimes controversial, and strong women based on their birthstone. The Glittering Court is all about strong women who make a name for themselves. The jewels are also important, which is why I chose to focus on them for this post. I also was sent this fun quiz. What your favorite jewel says about you.

Royals 1
January 22, 1797 – Maria Leopoldina of Austria
February 1, 1956 -Princess Stephanie of Monaco
March 25, 1347 -Catherine the Great
April 21, 1926 – Queen Elizabeth II
May 24, 1819 – Queen Victoria
June 18, 1901 – Grand Duchess Anastasia
Royals 2
July 1, 1961– Princess Diana
August 31, 1542 – Isabella de’ Medici
September 2, 1838 – Liliʻuokalani
October 15, 1959 – Sarah Duchess of York
November 2, 1755 – Marie Antoinette
December 8, 1542 – Mary, Queen of Scots
BOOK SUMMARY:

Screen Shot 2017-06-29 at 8.53.38 PMA refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.

By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.

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AUTHOR BIO:
RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.

GIVEAWAY

Giveaway Legal Copy:
Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead (ARV: $19.99 each). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on June 26th, 2017 and 12:00 AM on July 17, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about July 21, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
TOUR SCHEDULE:
Week One:
June 26 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Top 5 Reasons to Read Glittering Court Before Midnight Jewel
June 27 – Mundie Moms – Favorite Quotes from Midnight Jewel
June 28 – Love Is Not A Triangle – Review
June 29 – A Perfection Called Books – Midnight Jewel Mood Board & Review
June 30 – BookCrushin – Top Leading Ladies Who Escaped Their Fates
Week Two:
July 3 – ButterMyBooks – Midnight Jewel Inspired Drink
July 4 – Books, TV, & More… Oh My! – Female Royalty By Birthstone
July 5 – A Page With A View – Midnight Jewel Photos & Review
July 6 – Once Upon A Twilight – Top 5 Reasons to Read Midnight Jewel
July 7 – YA Wednesdays – Couture Cloak & Dagger
Week Three:
July 10 – The Fandom
July 11 – Ex Libris – Review
July 12 – Novel Knight Reviews – A Book in Quotes
July 13 – The Eater Of Books! – Midnight Jewel Swoon Thursday
July 14 – Fiction Fare – Review