Monday, September 15, 2014

FFBC: Remember Me by Romily Bernard + GIVEAWAY



Remember Me (Find Me #2)
by Romily Bernard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 23rd 2014
Read an excerpt
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Synopsis:

In the sequel to Find Me, Wick Tate, sarcastic teen hacker, is back and once again dealing with criminals and corrupt cops…and a brooding new love interest. Will Wick persevere when some secrets refuse to stay hidden?

Wick had thought her troubles were over.

But she should’ve known better.

Not only is she embroiled in a new murder case, which starts with a body with “Remember Me” carved into it and doesn’t stop there, but she also discovers new evidence surrounding her mother’s suicide…which leads her right back to her imprisoned deadbeat dad. And she has to deal with her flirty new hacker friend, Milo, sniffing around—which her boyfriend, Griff, isn’t too happy about.

The pressure might be too much as secrets—including Wick’s own—climb to the surface.

Remember Me is an edge-of-your-seat thrilling read that’ll have readers turning the pages at lightning speed! The paperback of Find Me is on sale simultaneously, and a digital original novella from Romily, featuring Griff, is on sale just a few weeks before!





Read an interview with Romily Bernard and get to know her more! Also you can read all about Find Me, first book in the Find Me series.



INTERVIEW WITH ROMILY BERNARD

Hi Romily! We are beyond happy to have you once again in our FFBC tours, specially to celebrate the upcoming release of Remember Me, second book in the Find Me series.


Wick’s back!! We get more hacking, more Griff, a new hacker named Milo, more Lily, and some bombs. Did I mention more Griff?


Oh, gosh!! It’s gotta be the bombs!! It was right after the Boston bombing and I was so nervous about researching how to make homemade pipe bombs.


One of the biggest things readers wanted in FIND ME was more info on Wick’s back story. I spent a lot of time thinking about Wick’s perceptions of her family and how I could play off that. Let’s just say, there are some things about her mom that Wick didn’t expect at all.


Milo is everything Wick could be and won’t let herself be. He’s manipulative, dangerous, and very capable of using his skills to get ahead. Kinda makes him sound like an ass, doesn’t it? Well, he is, but Wick’s pretty capable of handling him.


Damien Rice’s “9 Crimes.” When he sings “Leave me out with the waste, this is not what I do. It’s the wrong kind of place to be thinking of you.” All I could think about was how Wick struggled to keep her relationship with Griff safe and how that ultimately became impossible.




What would we find on Griff’s iPod?

“Desolation Row” by My Chemical Romance


What would we find on Wick’s iPod?

“Where Is My Head” by Hey Monday


What would we find on Griff’s wardrobe?

Super soft polos with probably some ink stains on the edges

What would we find on Wick’s wardrobe?

Converses that she’s doodled all over

What would we find on Griff’s bookshelf?

Art books

What would we find on Wick’s bookshelf?

Banged up paperbacks


Check out Romily Bernard's dream cast for the Find Me series




I graduated from Georgia State University with a Literature degree. Since then, I’ve worked as a riding instructor, cell phone salesgirl, personal assistant, groom, exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service rep. 

So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed.
Win (1) of (2) signed paperbacks of Find Me + Remember Me by Romily Bernard (US Only)






Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: Vampires in Manhattan by Melissa De La Cruz



Synopsis:

The Vampires of Manhattan is "hipster horror"--the memorable characters from her Blue Bloods series are older and cooler than before, trying to build "Millennial" lives in the bustle of Manhattan while battling forces of evil and, of course, each other.

Hero of this sexy, paranormal action tale is Oliver Hazard-Perry, former human conduit, and Manhattan's only human-turned-vampire, now the head of the Blue Bloods Coven. When his all-too-human lover is found murdered on the eve of the coven's annual Four Hundred Ball--a celebration meant to usher in a new era in vampire society, and to mark the re-unification of the Coven after decades of unrest and decay--Oliver is devastated.

Now, not only is he trying to create a new world order for the immortal elite, he's the prime suspect and is stalked by the newly installed head of the vampire secret police. Because according to the new rules, vampires who take human life can now be executed. Burned.

How can an immortal sentenced to die fight back? He has to find the killer--and the answers lie deep in vampire lore

My Review: 

Reading Slumps blow! Getting books for review is fun and exhilarating, but sometimes you end up reading not so great books that get you in a slump. That was what happened to me in August. I read only 4 books in August and only 1 of them was above a 3 star or above. Combine that to my new job where I work about 50-60 hours a week - leads to a very unmotivated reading nurse. So I decided to do something different. I swayed away from Review TBR and read a couple of books that I wanted to read. I ended up picking up Vampires of Manhtattan which in a way was not cheating, because I did win a review copy from Goodreads, but it was also picking up a book by a favorite author which always helps me get out of my slumps. And it was exactly the right move. 

To be fair, let me start of saying that I was pretty disappointed with the way the Blue Bloods ended. Gates of Paradise was not at all my favorite book in the series. But the last few books I have read by Melissa (Witches of East End and Rose and Crown) have completely reignited my love affair with Melissa De La Cruz's work. I was denied on Edelweiss for a review copy of this book, but was surprised to have been chosen as a winner on the Goodreads giveaway (As I never win those things).

Jumping right into this book you introduced to some new major characters and reunited to some old favorites. Immediately I was flown away by the change in Oliver. As this book picks off 10 years after where Gates of Paradise ended. Oliver was always the smart, dependable side kick. But in this book he is now a confident powerful sex God. So much so that it made me go WOAH! Mimi on the other hand is a matured and more subdued. There is trouble in the Mimi and Kingsley world and to see how she deal with is a side of Mimi Force/Martin that we have not seen.

It wouldn't be the Blue Blood world is there wasn't a killer on the loose and let me just say you will be shocked to find out who it is. (Spoiler - It is one of our old characters). To me there was one thing missing in this book and I thought I was going to end the book having enjoyed it but missing a couple of my favorite characters but then the Epilogue happened. And lets just say I am super excited for the 2nd book in the series! It ends on a small cliffhanger, but no one that makes you bash you head against the wall since it is probably another year until book 2. Vampires of Manhattan is definitely in my top 5 of 2014 so far!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Review: Beast by Tiffini Hunt



Synopsis:

A little boy who lives in a castle spends his days reading, riding horses, and wandering around his family's estate. On his fifth birthday, the boy bids his parents good-bye as they head for a party; he has no idea that he will never see them again. With his parents deceased in a strange accident, the boy attempts to carry on with the help of his servants. But on the one-year anniversary of his parents' deaths, the little boy suddenly transforms into a beast, changing the course of the future forever.

Two hundred years later, the Beast is still not used to his new existence; what's more, he is haunted by bizarre dreams of a beautiful lady. As the Beast attempts to determine whether the woman is real, an elderly man stumbles upon the castle during a storm. When he innocently takes a rose from a vase to give to his daughter, the Beast becomes enraged and shows himself, setting off a chain of events that puts the man amid the Beast's desperate quest for happiness.

"Beast" presents a timeless fairy tale from a new perspective, telling of the beast's relentless search for the enchanting woman he dreams of as he begins to suffer the consequences of uncovering a deadly curse.

My Review:

 Thank you Tiffini Hunt for sending me an autographed copy of her book for review!

The last couple of years there has been an awakening with fairy-tale re-tellings. I have read a few of them and really enjoyed them and when Tiffini contacting me asking if I wanted to read and review her new book Beast, a Beauty and the Beast re-telling I was sold. I have never read the original story and my only exposure to Beauty and The Beast is the Disney cartoon. So I was eager to read this story told from the Beast's perspective. 

First off let me start by saying that even though this book is classified as Young Adult, to me it read more like a middle grade. Reading this book made me replay the cartoon in my head and I had a fun time reminiscing about my child hood and watching my favorite Disney movies. However as a book the first 130ish pages were a little too slow paced without much occurring except for repetition of daily activities.  The second half of the book improved once Maribelle was introduced to the story line. Not only did the plot pick up and become enjoyable, to be honest I also saw improvement in the overall writing as well . I ended up finishing this book in one sitting and even though I can't say that it was an action packed book with an original plot, I can say that I did end the book with a smile on my face and that is enough for me to give it a 3 star rating! 






Monday, September 1, 2014

FFBC: Don't Touch by Rachel M. Wilson + GIVEAWAY




Don't Touch
by Rachel M. Wilson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 2nd 2014


Synopsis:

A powerful story of a girl who is afraid to touch another person’s skin, until the boy auditioning for Hamlet opposite her Ophelia gives her a reason to overcome her fears.

Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good.

Caddie can’t stop thinking that if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, her parents might get back together... which is why she wears full-length gloves to school and covers every inch of her skin.

It seems harmless at first, but Caddie’s obsession soon threatens her ambitions as an actress. She desperately wants to play Ophelia in her school’s production of Hamlet. But that would mean touching Peter, who’s auditioning for the title role—and kissing him. Part of Caddie would love nothing more than to kiss Peter—but the other part isn't sure she's brave enough to let herself fall.

Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson, this debut novel from Rachel M. Wilson is a moving story of a talented girl who's fighting an increasingly severe anxiety disorder, and the friends and family who stand by her.



Don’t Touch is fiercely compelling, darkly funny, and hums like a high tension wire with energy.”  — Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink & Caution

“A tender love story about the beauty and the risk of showing someone who you really are.” — Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still and The Disenchantments




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Rachel M. Wilson is the author of the contemporary YA, DON'T TOUCH, forthcoming from HarperTeen, Sep. 2, 2014. 

She graduated from Northwestern University and holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Rachel grew up in Birmingham, AL, and she currently writes, acts, and teaches in Chicago, IL.


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