Friday, February 27, 2015

Poem 7: Time

Frustration. Anger. Resentment. Anguish. 
Angst. Pain. Torture. Fear. Loss. 
How long until I finally get what I want?
How long until I finally finish school?
When will I ever learn to drive? Or get
A job? Get married? 
Have kids? 
A life of my own without the pressures of 
Parental figures 
Clawing up my back every minute of every day?
How long until they really TALK to each other 
Instead of through me?
I want out of this town, but no one knows how I feel. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BLITZ, TRAILER + GIVEAWAY: 'THE MEMORY'S WAKE' TRILOGY by Selina Fenech



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Book & Author Details:

The Memory’s Wake Trilogy by Selina Fenech
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


Synopsis book 1 - Memory's Wake:
Lost in a world full of monstrous fairies, a troubled sixteen year old has to find out who she is and why her memories were stolen before she is found by those who want her dead.
She takes the name “Memory” and knows she has just one goal – to find her way home, wherever that is. But this land is strange. No technology to be seen, and iron is banned, thanks to a pact the humans have with the magical creatures who share their pre-industrial era world. In her t-shirt and torn jeans, Memory knows she’s different, even before she performs impossible magic.
Haunted by her past, chased by a dragon, wanted by the king and stalked by the strange, handsome savage that seems to know her, everyone is after Memory, and she suspects it’s not just for her eye-catching outfit. Her forgotten past holds dangerous secrets that will challenge everything she believes and risk the lives of everyone she loves.
Memory’s Wake contains over 45 illustrations by the author and artist.



Synopsis book 2 - Memory's Wake:
Everything is slipping away from Memory. The bond of friendship between her, Eloryn, Roen, and Will, that was formed while running for their lives is tearing. In a world that doesn’t feel like home, with a mind filled with nothing but questions, Memory struggles to be true to herself… whoever that is. When her past self starts haunting her, she knows her sanity could be the next thing she will lose.



Synopsis book 3 - Providence Unveiled:
A wicked plot dating back to the very beginning of Avall is coming to its end, and Memory is a vital part. In order to save her friends, Memory will break all the rules. With all worlds put at risk by her actions, she will have to step up and make the greatest sacrifice to repair Avall and make the world something better than before.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Book Review: FRACTURED by Elizabeth Stacey



BOOK DETAILS:

Fractured 
Elizabeth Stacey 
(The Broken Series #1) 
Publication date: October 4th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis:
There are no superheroes to come save the day, no knight in shining armor. No, it’s just me living in this nightmare that will never end. No one will even notice I am gone. The only family I have is stuck here in this dark place with me and I refuse to let her future repeat my past. So it’s up to me now, I am the only one that can change her fate.

McKenna Brooks believed the past was behind her, until the day she woke up to find that she and her only friend have been kidnapped, and fighting to survive.
Dalton “The Detonator” Taylor is living the dream. His MMA title fight is just around the corner and life is good. That is until he finds out that his sister has gone missing and his life is turned upside down. Will Dalton be able to find her before it’s too late? And what will happen when he finds out his sister is not alone? Will he be able to make the sacrifices to save them both?
Can the deep connection of two people that never really knew each other save them both or will they be fractured beyond repair?

**This is not a love story, this is the tragedy that brought two people together.
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Review:

There is no bigger word to explain how sad and heartbreaking this book was.

The novel stars McKenna Brooks and her best friend Amelia "Millie" Taylor, kidnapped, locked and heavily abused by Millie's explosive boyfriend Vince. McKenna has had a long history of dealing with abuse and neglect her whole life, so she knows how to act toward vicious beings such as Vince. But Vince isn't even half the issue when another mafia leader, Shaw, separates the girls and keeps McKenna for himself. The book's POV switches from McKenna's to Minnie's older MMA-fighting champion brother Dalton "The Detonator" Taylor. When he finds out that her little sister and her friend are missing and captured, he and his computer hacker friends Hunter and Becks do whatever it takes to bring the girls home, although they have a huge payment to the head of the mafia, Mr. Black. 

It took me awhile to finish the novel (this review was supposed to go up last Tuesday, Feb. 10) because of the very slow pacing. When the POV went to McKenna, I felt as though every second was spent on McKenna's thoughts and feelings on being used for her body. Her mind sometimes flashed back to her sister and mother, who died when she was young. McKenna made a promise to her sister to basically live a normal life away from sex, drugs, and the foster care system they were both in. It seemed like time slowed down and McKenna never backed down against Shaw and Vince's evil hands. 

Even though Millie was obviously the latter of the two girls, based on strength, she was still loyal to her best friend. She even laid out hidden messages throughout pages of their favorite book-turned-movie to try to find her. 

Dalton's perspective bothered me sometimes because even though he was so desperate to find and rescue his sister, the huge amounts of cursing and throwing punches at the wrong people got in the way of the mission. I knew he had anger issues but the book never really explained why he was so angry, beyond finding his sister. What was the main reason of his major anger issues? I hope to know in RESTORATION, the next book. 

All in all, this novel was very good and I can't wait for book #2!

Rating: 4/5 


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Tour Spot, Excerpt + Giveaway: HENGE by Realm Lovejoy




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Henge by Realm Lovejoy
(Le Fay #1)
Publication date: November 11th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.
Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.
Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.
But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.
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“Camelot meets Hogwarts meets Panem in this intriguing, well-written beginning to a planned YA series.”–Kirkus Reviews


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AUTHOR BIO:
Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at realmlovejoy.com

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Giveaway: 

Tour-wide giveaway 
  • 1 signed copy of Henge + swag (US only)
  • 1 Amazon Giftcard ($20) (INTL)
  • 2 paperbacks of Henge (US only)
  • 4 ebook copies of of Henge (INTL)

Excerpt:


We pull into the train station and step out of the car. Father takes my luggage. We walk to platform two. The cold bites down into the space between the collar of my coat and my neck, and I pull it around me tighter. Underneath my coat the weight of the Arthur’s Round badge over my chest reminds me where I’m going. A few days ago, a package from Camelot arrived. Along with a giant stack of contracts to sign, it contained several sets of the wardrobe I must wear every day: charcoal blazer, skirt, a dark red tie—the official Pendragon color—and a circular, golden brooch. The sun bounced off the edges of the brooch. The letter A in the center shone, and around the A were little designs of ivy and flowers. Last night, I held it in my hand until I went to bed and couldn’t stop staring at it. Every time I got my fingerprint on the surface, I would take it to the sink to wash it and make the badge sparkle like new again. 
I’m really, really going to Camelot.
I take a breath and shiver. “I still can’t believe they picked me.”
Father, who is turned away from me, looks down the track, waiting for the train to come. “Maybe they can’t deny talent. At the end of the day, Camelot wants powerful people to join their forces. In their minds, it’s better you work for them than…” He trails off. 
All that matters to me is that Camelot saw my potential. I smile as fire energy rushes through my veins. I take my hands out of my pockets and cup them both together. A glow appears between the spaces of my fingers—a small fire. Warmth spreads through my cold skin, slowly making its way into my freezing bones. 
Next to me, a kid is holding on to his mother’s hand. He points at me and whispers to his mother, “Look, Mother. That girl is a fire user.” The mom ignores him.


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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tour Spot, Book Review + Giveaway: SING FOR ME by Gracie Madison

 

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Summary:

Madeline Noel fled war-torn Heaven to hide within the mortal world, but the blessing that could protect her from evil is the holy realm's forbidden power.

As a talented soprano for the Eden Theatre Company, Madeline hides among prima donnas and tone-deaf flutists. Her perfect voice may entertain audiences, but a careless laugh may shatter glass, and her greatest scream can kill. To control her unrestrained voice, the angels forbid Madeline from embracing the emotions that strengthen her song. Anger. Fear.

Love.

The demon-hunter Damascus vows to defend Madeline from Hell’s relentless evil, but he cannot protect her from her own feelings. Though they deny their dangerous attraction, her guardian becomes her greatest temptation.

Surrendering to desire may awaken the gift suppressed within Madeline’s soul, and neither Heaven nor Hell will allow such absolute power to exist.

About the Author:

 

Gracie Madison would spend every day, all day writing…if it were socially acceptable.  Ever since she was a little girl scribbling with a crayon, Gracie’s dedicated herself to her books and all the supernatural and paranormal, creepy and beautiful stories and characters born within the pages. Now Gracie is committed to finally sharing those books with the world.  When the laptop is pried from her hands, Gracie is probably working her day job, rooting on the Steelers, or out with her husband searching for Pittsburgh’s best sushi.

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Review:

This book is such a whirlwind!
I went from loving this novel, to hating it, to throwing it across my floor, back to feeling content with it. In general, I guess I can say I had a good time reading. 

I love a good novel that centers around angels vs. demons; good vs. evil; Heaven and Hell. It's why I'm gravitated towards literatures such as The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, and J.M. Darhower's Extinguish. So when YA Bound Book Tours announced a tour for Gracie Madison's Sing for Me, I knew I had to sign up and keep reading. 

The novel starts with Madeline who has flown from the Realm to the mortal world in hiding from Corinth, a demon who is out to destroy her. Madeline is a Choir, an angel created merely to entertain the Realm. Choirs aren't given the power to use emotions, or allowed to interact with each other and never realize their true potential of their powers. With her guardian, Hunter Damascus, and his friends Shiloh and Tyre, and her mortal-turned-Prophet friend Natalie, they work together to outrun Corinth and his plan to capture and kill Madeline. All the while, Natalie and Madeline are planning the production of a famous play for the Eden Theater Company with prima donna, Danielle. 

But the forbidden love and unbreakable bond between Madeline and Damascus distracts them from their task, even though they know they are in love and want to be together. That was one of the main struggles I had with this book-- if Heaven was to be this amazing, glorious, magical place, why create a Realm that prevents two people who want to be together? Even when Damascus and Madeline save each other and have sex for the first time, all Damascus could focus on was protecting her and making sure the Thrones (their judges and lawmakers) didn't catch them and renounce Madeline as Choir. It was torturous to see two people who cared and loved each other so deeply be pulled apart by some stupid, archaic law. 

Gracie Madison's writing style is very poetic and flowing. Each sentence carves into one another and fit, like a professional Olympic ice skater flying on the surface. Her style reminds me of Cassandra Clare, and her written choreography. 

Go read this book. You won't be sorry! The second book, Divine Interlude, is due out in Spring 2015, and I'll be waiting at the gates for that one. 

Rating: 4/5 stars


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