Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Blog Tour: UNMARKED by Kami Garcia


Welcome to our stop on the UNMARKED blog tour! I'm super excited to share my review with you today because I really loved this second book in The Legion series!

Be sure to check out the other stops on this tour--there's exclusive content at each stop. Stuff you don't want to miss out on!



               Sep. 29: YA Bibliophile
               Sep. 30: A Little Bit of R&R
               Oct. 1: Fictitious Delicious 
               Oct. 2: Once Upon a Twilight
               Oct. 3: Alice Marvels
               Oct. 3: Chapter by Chapter
               Oct. 6: Reading Teen
               Oct. 7: The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club
               Oct. 8: Mystical Lit Lounge
               Oct. 9: Mundie Moms
               Oct. 10: Fangirlish
       




THE BOOK


UNMARKED (The Legion #2)
by Kami Garcia
Release date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Awesomeness
Pages: 384



The heart-pounding sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Unbreakable, by New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures co-author Kami Garcia.

He is here... and he could be anyone.

Kennedy Waters lives in a world where vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets, and a demon walks among us–a demon she accidentally set free.

Now Kennedy and the other Legion members–Alara, Priest, Lukas, and Jared–have to hunt him down. As they learn more about the history of the Legion and the Illuminati, Kennedy realizes that the greatest mystery of all does not belong to any secret order, but to her own family. With the clock ticking and the life of someone she loves hanging in the balance, Kennedy has to ask the question she fears most: what is it about her past that has left her Unmarked?





THE EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Can I just say that I freaking love the responses Kami gives in this video? Not just her answers, but the delivery of those answers. "PFFFT. MAGNETO." I laughed out loud.


THE REVIEW



To piggyback on the blurb that Ransom Riggs gave UNMARKED, it’s a rare instance where one can say that a second book in a series is as good as the second. To say that sequel is even better than the first? Almost unheard of. Matter of fact, I can think of only one time I've found that to be true in my recent reading history. Until now.  UNMARKED is the second time I've run across a sequel that's even better than the first of a series. I’m STILL on a sugar high after finishing this book a few days ago.

The most memorable scenes of the series (so far anyway) have occurred in this book. Except for that one time Kennedy and Jared got walled in by those one kids, my favorite scenes of the series are found here in this second installment. Not just memorable scenes, but reveals! Like, BIG reveals that reveal…big information!  And don't forget the practically non-stop action.  The pacing fit my anxiety level perfectly. Garcia hit a homerun with this one.

As I’ve come to expect from Garcia, we have characters running around in a world that is so vivid, so well described that I felt physically affected by her writing. I literally (And I do *literally* mean literally) felt cold while reading a certain set of scenes. You’ll know it when you see it. Grab some hot tea while reading this one because things are about to get real, real cold up in here.

And let's give it up for characters that remain consistent, yo. Now, don't mistake consistent to mean unchanging in this case.  Rest assured you'll see a good share of character development from ALL members of the legion and...others in this installment.  Instead, I mean those moments when you're reading a paranormal book and "convenient" plot twists or magical powers appear to help move the story along.  Those get me a little riled up.  As you may know, Kennedy and the legion struggled in book one.  They continue to struggle in book two because there are still THINGS they have to work through without the author providing a loophole to save them. THAT's what I mean. Consistency FTW.  This book reminded me of how much I love a good paranormal story.

Certain portions of this story remind me of Supernatural and I would encourage all you Sam & Dean lovers to give this series a shot. Me thinks you'll like it.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR




Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures Novels and DANGEROUS CREATURES & the author of the instant New York Times bestseller and Bram Stoker Award nominated novel UNBREAKABLE, and the sequel UNMARKED, in the Legion Series.

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES has been published in 50 countries and translated in 39 languages. The film adaptation of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES released in theaters on February 14, 2013, from Warner Brothers.

Kami is fascinated by the paranormal, and she’s very superstitious. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found watching disaster movies, listening to Soundgarden, or drinking Diet Coke. She lives in Maryland with her family, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).


Find Kami:  Website Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads




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Blog Hop: Books That Need More Attention




I'm so excited to be a participant in the "Books that need more attention" giveaway hop hosted by Stuck in Books. I'm so glad you've stopped by! I hope you'll spend a little time checking out our sweet blog right after you sign up to win...







For Cricket Thompson, a summer like this one will change everything. A summer spent on Nantucket with her best friend, Jules Clayton, and the indomitable Clayton family. A summer when she’ll make the almost unattainable Jay Logan hers. A summer to surpass all dreams.

Some of this turns out to be true. Some of it doesn’t.

When Jules and her family suffer a devastating tragedy that forces the girls apart, Jules becomes a stranger whom Cricket wonders whether she ever really knew. And instead of lying on the beach working on her caramel-colored tan, Cricket is making beds and cleaning bathrooms to support herself in paradise for the summer.

But it’s the things Cricket hadn’t counted on--most of all, falling hard for someone who should be completely off-limits--that turn her dreams into an exhilarating, bittersweet reality.

A beautiful future is within her grasp, and Cricket must find the grace to embrace it. If she does, her life could be the perfect shade of Nantucket blue.


One winner will win an e-copy of NANTUCKET BLUE (or NANTUCKET RED (Book 2) if you already own a copy of NANTUCKET BLUE.)


I loved this book and it's sequel so much and have frequently wondered why they aren't more popular than they are. I want all of you to put this book on your TBR immediately, mmmkay?


To enter this giveaway fill out the Rafflecopter form after the break.  Open internationally.  Be sure to visit the other participants. There are some really great stops!


Thanks for stopping by!



Friday, September 26, 2014

Blog Tour: MISTRESS OF LIES by Holly West


MMSAI tours is proud to be hosting the tour for MISTRESS OF LIES (Mistress of Fortune #2) by Holly West! We really hope you enjoy all the upcoming stops, reviews and author posts alike – and take the time to enter Holly's most generous giveaway of a brand new Kindle HD – and you even get to pick the color you want!!! Cool!



     September 22nd – Curling Up With A Good Book REVIEW
     September 23rd – Fiction Dreams GUEST POST
     September 24th – 100 Pages A Day REVIEW
     September 25th – Stich Read Cook DREAM CAST
     September 26th – Fictitious Delicious  SPOTLIGHT
     September 27th – Booknosh 10 RANDOM THINGS
     September 28th – As The Page Turns REVIEW
     September 29th – Rose Shadow Ink GUEST POST
     September 30th – CiCi's Theories REVIEW
     October 1st – Me, My Shelf and I TENS LIST
     October 2nd – TMBA Corbett Writes REVIEW
     October 3rd – Maer Wilson – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
     October 4th – The Life And Times of a Book Addict REVIEW
     October 5th  - Bookish Wanderlove REVIEW
       




THE BOOK


MISTRESS OF LIES
by Holly West
Release date: September 29, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Adult Fiction
Pages: 250
London, 1679

Isabel, Lady Wilde, mistress of King Charles II, has made a good living disguised as fortune teller Mistress Ruby, counseling London's elite. But after the murder of one of her customers, business has taken a downturn, and Isabel is on the verge of accepting the king's offer to move into the palace.

Isabel's plans are interrupted when a beggar girl named Susanna shows up at her home, claiming to be her niece. Isabel always believed that her older brother, Adam, died alone during the plague. When Susanna reveals that Adam was actually murdered, Isabel is compelled to take up an impossible task: discover the truth about her brother's death, twelve years after it happened.

Isabel's investigation leads her through the gamut of London society, from bear-baiting matches and brothels to the realm of wealthy bankers. But as she uncovers her brother's dark secrets, Isabel begins to wonder whether the past is better left buried, especially when uncovering the truth could lead to her own funeral.









ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Holly West is a crime fiction writer based in Los Angeles. Her short stories appear in several anthologies and her debut historical mystery, MISTRESS OF FORTUNE, will be published by Carina Press in 2014.


Find Holly:  Website Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads




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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cover Reveal: REBELLION by J.A. Souders

Today J.A. Souders and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for REBELLION, book 3 in the Elysium Chronicles releasing in June 9, 2015! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win the books!


THE BOOK



REBELLION (The Elysium Chronicles #3) by J.A. Sounders
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: TOR TEEN








THE AUTHOR

J.A. SOUDERS is the author of the Elysium Chronicles and lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and two children where she spends her time writing about the monsters under the bed, day dreaming about living in an underwater colony, and failing miserably at playing video games.










THE GIVEAWAY

One winner will receive physical copies of RENEGADE, REVELATIONS and the eNovellas. As if that wasn't already enough, the winner will also receive a copy of ASK AGAIN LATER by Liz Czukas. Now, if you're a Souders superfan and already own a copy of her book you'll receive an Amazon or Book Depository gift card of the same value in lieu of the books. See? Something for everyone!  Open internationally!





Saturday, September 20, 2014

Blog Hop: Stuck in a Good Book Hop




We are proud to be participating in the Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck in Books and I Am A Reader Not A Writer.  I'm so glad you've stopped by! I hope you'll spend a little time checking out our sweet blog right after you sign up to win...








If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she'll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He's never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

Book #1 in the OFF THE MAP series





OR










Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.


One winner will win their choice of an e-copy of UPSIDE DOWN by Lia Riley or an e-copy of MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr.


These two books recently made me neglect everything around my house until I finished them.  Pretty sure that's the pure definition of being stuck in a book.  Doing dishes is way overrated anyway.


To enter this giveaway fill out the Rafflecopter form after the break.  Open internationally.  Be sure to visit the other participants. There are some really great stops!


Thanks for stopping by!



Friday, September 19, 2014

Blog Tour: MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr



Welcome to our stop on the MADE FOR YOU blog tour! I'm super excited to be share my review with you today because I l-o-v-e-d this book so much!

Be sure to check out the other stops on this tour sponsored by the superstar duo behind Rockstar Book Tours.



     090/8/2014- Katie's Book BlogScavenger Hunt
     09/09/2014- Crossroad ReviewsReview
     09/10/2014- Fire and IceScavenger Hunt
     09/11/2014- Reading with ABCReview
     09/12/2014- BookHounds YAScavenger Hunt

     09/15/2014- Ticket to AnywhereReview
     09/16/2014- FiktshunScavenger Hunt
     09/17/2014- Seeing Night ReviewsReview
     09/18/2014- Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsScavenger Hunt
     09/19/2014- Fictitious DeliciousReview
       




THE BOOK


MADE FOR YOU
by Melissa Marr
Release date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal/Mystery
Pages: 368

Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her? 

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.







THE REVIEW


I'm starting this review with a confession that might make you question my authenticity as a YA reader. Guys. This is the first Melissa Marr book I've read. I KNOW. I'm lame, okay? But, listen. It will most certainly NOT be my last.

Marr's writing is flawless. I picked this book up hoping that I could get a few chapters in before I fell asleep and ended up reading for two hours before I made myself put it down.  I was completely submersed (and creeped the eff out!) in Eva's world.  There have been so many references to this story as being southern gothic and I you'll feel that.  It wasn't as strong as, say, Beautiful Creatures, but it's there and it's importance in how the characters behave was an important part of the story.  This northern girl loves to see the juxtaposition in ways of life.

Some of you already know my reputation for being a scaredy cat when it comes to things that go bump in the night. The creepy factor is pretty big in MADE FOR YOU. Our villain, the aptly named Judge, believes that God is directing him to do sacrifice (ie--murder) a whole lot of people in the name of love for one Eva Tilling.  Eva is crush worthy, don't get me wrong. But WHOA CRAZY TOWN. Ack-bay off with the Urder-may.  There's something about people who claim their wrongdoing is okay because God told them it was okay that makes me even more afraid of them. How are you going to stop that?  

Like all good mysteries (I'm totally digging this new-to-me genre!) there is a cast of secondary characters that will leave you questioning their every move.  What I loved about this story in particular is that the big reveal of who the crazy town murderer with the direct line to God happens about 2/3 of the way in.  I could get rid of the "whodunnit" question that took up half my brain space and, instead, bite my nails down to nubs while I watched the rest of the story unfold. It's a very exciting run to the end that will have you tearing through the pages to see if the THINGS you think will happen actually do happen. 

For what it's worth, I did NOT guess the killer correctly.  Let me know if you do.  



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Melissa grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, and various other creatures. After teaching college lit for a decade, she applied her fascination with folklore to writing.

Melissa writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. Her books have been translated into 28 languages to date and been bestsellers in the US (NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal) as well as various countries overseas. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens and Graveminder for adults.

Wicked Lovely was her first novel; it was simultaneously released in the US and UK by HarperCollins in 2007 (with translation rights also sold in twenty-some countries). It debuted as a NY Times Bestseller and evolved into a multi-book series with myriad accolades and international bestseller lists.

Her debut adult book, Graveminder, released to strong critical reception in 2011. Following that she has edited anthologies with Kelley Armstrong (Enthralled and Shards & Ashes) and with her friend Tim Pratt (Rags & Bones), and released a second adult novel (The Arrivals) in 2013.

With Kelley Armstrong, Melissa is the co-author of the Blackwell Pages trilogy (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), a children’s series about the Norse myth of Ragnarök.

Her upcoming HarperCollins 2014 release, Made For You, utilizes both her graduate degree in Southern Literature and her personal experience with stalkers in a story about a killer who terrorizes a small North Carolina town.

Her first picture book (Bunny Roo) will be released in 2015.

Currently, Melissa resides in Virginia with her spouse, children, and many dogs.


Find Melissa:  Website Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads




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THE GIVEAWAY

1 winner will receive a full set of the 5 Wicked Lovely series and the Wicked Lovely companion book (all paperback) as well as a hardcover copy of Made For You. US Only

1 winner will receive a paperback of Graveminder & of Arrivals, as well as a hardcover copy of Made For You. US Only.


1 winner will receive a hardcover of Made For You.US ONLY.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Blog Tour: THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER by Beth Cato



Hello & welcome to THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER blog tour. I'm so thrilled to be on the tour! We're honored to be hosting Beth Cato for a fun Q&A today.  So, pull up a chair, a cup of coffee & watch me work my magic in getting the all the secrets from Beth! ( <-- That's a lie.) Oh! Be sure to enter to the giveaway, too!



THE BOOK



Release date: September 16, 2014

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Pages: 368


Full of magic, mystery, and romance, an enchanting steampunk fantasy debut in the bestselling vein of Trudi Canavan and Gail Carriger

“The Clockwork Dagger was just what I needed: A steampunk adventure with an uncommon heroine, a fascinating magic system, and a young gremlin! I’m hooked and can’t wait for more Octavia and Leaf!”
—New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne

Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.

Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.









THE INTERVIEW

Fictitious Delicious: If you could switch lives for a day with someone else, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Beth Cato: Wow, that's an intense question. I think I'd like to slip into the life of someone in the vicinity of Frederick Douglass, the great late 19th century abolitionist and orator. I would love to hear him speak and get a deeper understanding of that turbulent period of American history.

WOW! I feel so...immature to admit that my first thought was Kate Hudson so I could give Matt Bellamy a guilt-free kiss good night. :)


*****

FD: I know about your love of baking, Beth.  Tell me. What baked good would best go with reading CLOCKWORK DAGGER?

BC: I'd say maple pecan scones. Plus, they'd go perfectly with tea, which is so very steampunk.


WANT.  I want ALL the maple pecan scones.  Oh, and also this apple cake.



*****


FD: Who is your favorite member of One Direction? (This is a standard question at Fictitous Delicious where we appreciate all things 1D :)

BC: Niall Horan! His hair reminds me of anime characters.

ZOMG!  YES!  His hair IS very anime-like! I would like to give YOU all the maple pecan scones for this answer, Beth.  I firmly believe every author writing in the young adult universe should have a favorite 1D boy. *high five*


*****

FD: CLOCKWORK DAGGER is part of a duology. Do you know how Octavia's story will wrap up in CLOCKWORK CROWN? 

BC: Yes. The sequel is written and turned in to my editor. The two books are plotted to tightly fit together. All of the events take place in a span of weeks.

Looks like the rest of your answer was cut off, Beth!  Surely you meant to share with us a juicy tidbit of CLOCKWORK CROWN? No? We have to wait until next year? Ok, fine. :)


*****

FD: Secondary characters can really enhance a story. Tell us about an important secondary character in CLOCKWORK DAGGER.

BC: Leaf the gremlin is stealing people's hearts, and likely their silver jewelry and cheese, too. He looks like a naked cat with bat wings and green skin, and speaks in chirps and mews. Octavia rescues him from death and he becomes a vital character through both books.

I want Leaf! Surely he and my well-stocked cheese drawer could come to some agreement to peacefully cohabitate ? (Yes I AM more concerned about my cheese than my jewelry. I have priorities!)


*****
FD: What was the last book you read that reminded you how fun it is to be a reader?

BC: The book I'm reading right now is doing that to me--HALF A CROWN by Jo Walton. I keep finding excuses to sneak in more chapters through the day.


Hey, fans of historical fiction! You better check out that link for HALF A CROWN.  It's alternate history and looks very intriguing.  Thanks, Beth!






ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Beth Cato resides in the outskirts of Phoenix, AZ. Her husband Jason, son Nicholas, and crazy cat keep her busy, but she still manages to squeeze in time for writing and other activities that help preserve her sanity. She is originally from Hanford, CA, a lovely city often pungent with cow manure.




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