Dec 18 2014

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

Release date: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: Print (My own)
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 344
Source for Synopsis: Goodreads
Challenge: (personal) 2014 Reading Challenge
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Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.


I finished reading this book in September, but wasn’t sure exactly what to say until now. I just realized that I didn’t post a review in two months, which is not good, so I’m going to try to make up for it in these next few days.

Gore: No
Magic: No
Romance: Yes

Pacing: 4 stars
Plot: 4 stars
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Nov 29 2014

Blog Tour: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff – 10 Random Things (+ Giveaway)

The Lotus War: Book 3 Endsinger 3D Hardcover

Series: The Lotus War (Book 3)
Release date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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The flames of civil war sweep across the Shima Imperium. With their plans to renew the Kazumitsu dynasty foiled, the Lotus Guild unleash their deadliest creation—a mechanical goliath known as the Earthcrusher, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. With the Tiger Clan and their puppet Daimyo Hiro in tow, the Guild marches toward a battle for absolute dominion over the Isles.

A BROKEN REBELLION
Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the Kagé rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends in an effort to unite the country against the chi-mongers. But the ghosts of Buruu’s past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin’s betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies. When a new foe joins the war tearing the Imperium apart, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win.

A FINAL BATTLE
The traitor Kin walks the halls of Guild power, his destiny only a bloody knife-stroke away. Hana and Yoshi struggle to find their place in a world now looking to them as heroes. Secret cabals within the Lotus Guild claw and struggle; one toward darkness, the other toward light. And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth.

There is nothing a mother won’t do to keep her children by her side.

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Nov 17 2014

Blog Tour: Paranormal Keepers by Jen Naumann (+ Giveaway)

Paranormal Keepers: Book 1 Krymzyn 3D Hardcover

Series: Paranormal Keepers (Book 1)
Release date: March 11, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance

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Everyone thinks Harper Young killed her boyfriend. No one will say it to her face, but the signs are everywhere.

It’s almost been a year since Gavin was torn from Harper’s arms and brutally murdered. The police wrote it off as a freak accident, deciding Harper’s strange testimony was given under duress. But she knows something unnatural was involved and refuses to stop looking until she finds his killer, even if it means her reputation as a senior is ruined. Even if it means there really are monsters living among us.

With the discovery of the mothmen, witches, vampires and all the creatures she always suspected were out there, Harper finds herself amidst a complex bundle of unseen heroes who call themselves “Keepers”, sworn to keep the secret of the paranormal creatures that walk this earth. As she tries to understand what’s so special about her that she’s able to break an old Keeper law, Harper has a baffling vision of kissing a mysterious guy before a blade is brought down on him. Before she can get a handle on her future, she becomes central to a battle between the questionable “heroes” and the evil she’s been training to fight, leaving her to wonder if there’s any way to change the fate that has been foretold before it’s too late.

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Nov 14 2014

Blog Tour: Krymzyn by BC Powell (+ Excerpt and Giveaway)

The Journals of Krymzyn: Book 1 Krymzyn 3D Hardcover

Series: The Journals of Krymzyn (Book 1)
Release date: October 4, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction

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Chase was twelve the first time he arrived in a strange land where dark, ominous clouds never move, ancient trees violently spring to life during Darkness, and people seem to live without emotion. Doctors tell him they’re hallucinations, but he knows his visits are real. She’s there-Sash-and she’s more real than anyone he’s ever known.

His visits stop but, as years pass, the memories haunt Chase. Without warning, the young man suddenly finds himself again in a world called Krymzyn. Arriving during Darkness, he’s rescued from death by the extraordinary, beautiful but terrifying young woman he first met when he was twelve.

When Chase is thrust into the war of balance against vile creatures who threaten all who live there, Sash helps him understand his purpose in Krymzyn. A dark secret from the beginning of time reveals he might be able to stay there forever. To prove he belongs in Krymzyn and be with the only woman he can ever love, Chase will have to risk his own life in the ultimate battle.

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Nov 05 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (92)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by: Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Forbidden 3D Hardcover


By Stacey Jay
Series: N/A (Standalone)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
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Blurb/synopsis from Goodreads

Game of Thrones meets the Grimm’s fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora’s throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it’s too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

I love kick butt female leads, as long as they’re not over-the-top


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Oct 29 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (91): Winter Falls

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by: Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Twin Willows: Book 1 Winter Falls 3D Hardcover


By Nicole Maggi
Series: Twin Willows (Book 1)
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publisher: Medallion Press
Publication Date: December 9, 2014 (On The Book Depository it says January 1, 2015)
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Blurb/synopsis from Goodreads

Alessia Jacobs is a typical sixteen-year-old, dying to get out of her small town of Twin Willows, Maine. Things look up when a new family comes to town, but when she falls for the hot, mysterious son, Jonah, her life turns upside down.

Weird visions of transforming into an otherworldly falcon are just the beginning. Soon she learns she’s part of the Benandanti, an ancient cult of warriors with the unique power to separate their souls from their bodies and take on the forms of magnificent animals.

Alessia never would’ve suspected it, but her boring town is the site of an epic struggle between the Benandanti and the Malandanti to control powerful magic in the surrounding forest.

As Alessia is drawn into the Benandanti’s mission, her relationship with Jonah intensifies. When her two worlds collide, Alessia’s forced to weigh choices a sixteen-year-old should never have to make.


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Oct 22 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (90): Princess of Thorns

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by: Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Forbidden 3D Hardcover


By Stacey Jay
Series: N/A (Standalone)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
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Blurb/synopsis from Goodreads

Game of Thrones meets the Grimm’s fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora’s throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it’s too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

I love kick butt female leads, as long as they’re not over-the-top


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Oct 15 2014

Sisters of Scandal: Book 3 The Love Match by Lily Paxton

Sisters of Scandal: Book 3 The Love Match

Release date: October 13, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
Format: ebook (Review copy from publisher is exchange for an honest review)
Age Group: I think this would/should be considered as new adult because the main character is 19 years old.
Pages: 94 (87, not counting the other pages)
Source for Synopsis: Goodreads
Challenge: (personal) 2014 Reading Challenge
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Hampshire, 1818

To her family, Olivia Middleton is a problem of the most vexing sort. With her older two sisters married off, Olivia is now the target of her mother’s matrimonial scheming. Shy and somewhat plain, Olivia prefers the thrill of a gothic novel to the hunt for a husband. And as far as her family is concerned, something must be done. But Olivia has no interest in the men paraded before her-except, perhaps, the sought-after bachelor William Cross. But she’s not about to inflate his already oversized ego by telling him so.

William has sworn never to wed, but that doesn’t mean he can’t enjoy women. What he excels at most is flirtation… unless the woman is question is Olivia Middleton. She barely bats an eyelash at his most creative compliments. She laughs at his attempts to flatter her when other ladies would swoon. William is reluctantly intrigued by Olivia, particularly when he discovers the passion simmering beneath her wallflower facade. A passion that should be to his benefit…

Because he’s determined to impress her, by fair means or foul…


I finished reading this book last week, but wasn’t sure exactly what to say until now.

Gore: No
Magic: No
Romance: Yes

Pacing: 3.5 stars (too short)
Plot: 4 stars
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