Sunday, November 22, 2015

Review: Life and Death by Stephanie Meyer + Giveaway

Title: Life and Death 
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Series: The Twilight Series #4
Acquired: Purchased Barnes & Noble
My Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0


Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.
Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.
Twilight has enraptured millions of readers since its first publication in 2005 and has become a modern classic, redefining genres within young adult literature and inspiring a phenomenon that has had readers yearning for more. The novel was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1USA Today bestseller, a Time magazine Best Young Adult Book of All Time, an NPR Best-Ever Teen Novel, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. The Twilight Saga, which also includes New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, and The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, has sold nearly 155 million copies worldwide.

Like many of you, The Twilight Saga was a big part of my younger years. After much convincing from some friends at the time, I picked the books up, devoured them and became instantly obsessed with the entire franchise. I wouldn't say it was made me start reading as I was I always an avid reader, but it was what made me reach out and find other book lovers like me. Books and reading become cool and EVERYONE started talking about it. 

I have been fortunate to have attended many book signings throughout the years and have met many of my favorite authors, but the top two authors on my list that I was still dying to meet was Stephanie Meyer and J.K. Rowling, so when I found out that Stephanie Meyer was holding two signings in Los Angeles for the release of Light and Death I was determined to attend one. It was a wonderful experience to meet her in person. By the time we got to the event it was standing room only, but I was able to listen to her speak from the back. We were too far back to get any decent pictures, but this is show marvelous Stephanie looked that day!  Now on the book itself. Read down below for my review. 

Photo Credit: Stacee from Adventures of a Book Junkie 

My Review:

What if Bella was a boy and Edward had been a girl. Would the story still have worked? Would it have the same impact on readers as the original? In Life and Death, Stephanie Meyer sought out to get answers to those exact questions.  When I heard about the gender swap, I was definitely intrigued and wanted to dive into it as soon as I got my hands on the book. Almost immediately I was drawn into the story. Yes for the most part the story is exactly the same, but it never claimed to be otherwise. But almost as soon as I started reading the story, the emotions I feel everytime I re-read Twilight came back. I kept looking for passages and quotes that I loved from Twilight. Some of them were changed somewhat, or placed in different chronological order, but all those lines that we loved still appear. However that being said, I didn't really have the same connection to Beau and Edith's relationship. I know some readers had an issue with Bella being a "damsel in distress." Frankly, I didn't and to be honest, some of the issues I had with this re-imagining had to do that with that very thing. Having Edith carry Beau around does not have the same effect emotionally as Bella being carried by Edward. And that entire imbalance just did not work with me. And I could not find myself as emotionally connected. Did I enjoy reading Life and Death? Yes. Did really enjoy it? No. I am and will always be a Twilight Fan and nothing will change that, however I am in agreement with other fans, that something better could have been done for the 10th Anniversary! 

And since I know there are many Twilight fans out there that may not have had the chance to meet Stephanie Meyer and would love to have an autographed copy of Twilight on your shelves. And because it Thanksgiving week and I am so thankful to the amazing followers on this blog, I have a surprise! This Thanksgiving I am giving away 3 signed copies of Life and Death!  So want to enter to win, this is how. I am giving away:

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

FFBC Tour: Gabriel by Nikky Kelly + Giveaway!

Hello Everyone and Welcome to Gabriel Blog Tour!
We are beyond the moon excited to have our British sister Nikki back on the FFBC Tours!
We fell in love with Nikki and her story last year and were extremely honored to be asked by MacMillan to host the Gabriel tour! 

Read our interview with Nikki below, and make sure to follow along the blog tour where each blog will be giving away a copy of Gabriel!


Hello Nikki! Welcome Back! We are super excited to have you in our FFBC tours again!
Thank you so much for having me second time around!! I can’t believe that it’s been a whole year already!

Could you tell us about where Gabriel picks up without giving away any spoilers?

After the Prologue and the Introduction, Chapter One picks up in the exact same place and time that LAILAH left off. Still told from Lailah’s point of view, Book2 is a continuation of her journey, and all the cast are back ready to go on it with her!

Is there a specific scene that you had the most fun to write?

Gosh! So hard to answer this question without giving away spoilers! Let’s just say that whenever a certain Vamp is nearby, I always have fun bringing him to life on the page!

When writing a sequel in a series, do you have to go back and re-read the 1st book?
By the time your novel is in print, I can promise you, you’ll have read every page a bazillion times, so the need to go back and re read isn’t really necessary. That said, it doesn’t hurt to have a quick skim as a refresher!

Is there anything about writing that still surprises you after publishing your second book?

I guess the thing that still surprises me most is the characters… One minute, I’ll feel pretty sure where a scene is going to go, and then puff! a character will appear, start talking, and change everything! -- As an FYI Jonah tends to be that character!

Is there a specific routine you follow when you sit down to write?

Yes, and a simple one…
Boil kettle…
Brew a pot of tea…
Listen to atmospheric music while gathering the cookies…
Check stock levels of secret sweetie stash…
Annddddddddd Write!

Do you have a favorite fan moment?

Yes, when a fan from New York, who began reading LAILAH when the story was very first serialized, flew out to the Fierce Reads Tour in Seattle to meet me! We had been exchanging messages for a couple of years, so it was a real pleasure to finally give her a hug in person!

What would you say is harder to write, the first line of a book or the last?

Always the last, and that’s never been more true than for the final book!

What authors are auto-buys for you, other than Leigh Bardugo since I know how much of a fan of hers you are!

Hee hee! You know me so well sweetie! I do LOVE Leigh Bardugo! Authors like Martina Boone, Genn Albin, Marissa Meyer, Lori Goldstein, Becca Fitzpatrick, Charlaine Harris, Ann Aguirre, Mary Pearson, all auto-buys of mine!

Favorite book of 2015?

Ruin and Rising
Leigh Bardugo

What shows are you currently watching? Any shows other than Doctor Who ;)

I’m always watching the American Office! Though now Netflix UK have removed it from their catalogue (you may have seen my twitter rant!) I may have to diversify!
Game Of Thrones, of course! And I recently discovered that Channel4 is showing FRASIER re runs first thing in the morning, when bubba has breakfast, so I’ve been watching that!

When writing the final book in the Styclar series, you did a bit of traveling. Can you share your experiences and how they were significant to the story?

I went back to Neylis in the South of France, where I went to conduct research and write some of the first book. It was great to visit again, but this time I was there purely to write in the peace and quiet! I had mixed feelings as this time around, I was writing the last book, and bringing some of the characters stories to a final conclusion, rather than meeting them for the first time! **sobs!

Anything we can know about book 3?


Thank you for participating in our FFBC Tours again Nikki, and well just for being you :D

Gabriel (The Styclar Saga #2)
by Nikki Kelly
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: October 27th 2015


The handsome Angel from Lailah gets center stage in this continuation of Wattpad sensation Nikki Kelly’s romantic and action-packed series about mortals, vampires, and angels.

Gabriel is an Angel Descendant. He's also an ally to a generation of vampires who want to break away from the demon who controls them. His faith in the power of good over evil wavers, however, when he discovers that Lailah, the woman he considers his only true love, may be both angel and demon. Is their love enough to overcome the dark forces who are ready to go to war with Gabriel, the vampire Jonah, and the angel and vampire forces? And can Gabriel compete with Jonah, who is also in love with Lailah?

Once again, Nikki Kelly looks deeply into the heart and soul of good and evil to create a romantic, action-packed reading adventure.

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Follow the Gabriel by Nikki Kelly Blog Tour and don't miss anything! Click on the banner to see the tour schedule.

I was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. So it will probably come as no surprise that when I'm not dreaming in Vampires & Angels, I dream in chocolate! For the past ten years I have lived in West London with my hubby and two dogs, Alfie - the Pug & Goose - the Chihuahua.
LAILAH is my debut novel, and first launched in serial form to wattpad, a readers & writers community. Within just 6months, LAILAH had over a million reads and thousands of comments and votes.
Since then, The Styclar Saga has gone on to pick up a traditional deal with Feiwel & Friends, and LAILAH, the first book in the series is due for release on October 7th 2014.
These days I spend my time balancing my amazing job of writing fantasy fiction, with my other, very important role of Chocolate Connoisseur. I like to multitask and do the two together. It makes me happy.

Monday, October 26, 2015

FFBC Tour: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett + Giveaway!

Hi Everyone! 
We are excited to be hosting Jenn Bennett 
and The Anatomical Shape of a Heart!

Stop to find out more about this book and to enter the giveaway!

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
by Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: November 3rd 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Realistic Fiction
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Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?

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Follow the The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett Blog Tour and don't miss anything! Click on the banner to see the tour schedule.

Jenn Bennett is an artist and RITA-nominated author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series (Kindling the Moon) and the Roaring Twenties romance series, including Bitter Spirits, which was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2014 and winner of RT Book Reviews Paranormal Romance Book of the Year, and Grave Phantoms—which was awarded RT's May Seal of Excellence for 2015. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, (akaNight Owls in the U.K.) is her first YA contemporary romance. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs. Visit her at

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