Friday, February 23, 2018

Excerpt & Giveaway: Fire & Bone by Rachel A. Marks

Fire and Bone
Rachel A. Marks
(Otherborn #1)
Publication date: February 20th 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

“Gossip Girl meets Percy Jackson in the glitz and grit of L.A….”
In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future.
Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party—one that turns out to be a trap.
Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted—especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld.
As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out who to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing’s for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess to make it out alive.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Author: Angie Thomas
Title: The Hate U Give
Publication: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Length: 464 pp.
Source: Library
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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
 "Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. 
I called him Khalil. 
                                                            The world called him a thug. 
He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I'll remember how he died." 

My name is Starr Carter. I go to school in the better part of town because my neighborhood isn't the best. At Williamson, I can be whoever I want just not ghetto or angry. I work hard to keep Williamson Starr separate from who I am at home because the one time I did try to mesh both worlds, didn't work out well. 
"Keep your hands visible. No sudden moves. Only speak when spoken to."
But one night my struggle to keep my two lives apart crumbles. There on the ground my friend, Khalil takes his last breath and I can do nothing to help him. Now,  I live in the aftermath of his death wondering what I could've done to save him but I also feel guilt that I wasn't a better friend to him. Guilt that my silence will cost him justice. Fear that nothing will change.
"What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?"
I liked the characters in this book because they are realistic, the struggle they face in their day to day lives is authentic. The writing is fluid and Starr's close perspective gives a personal perspective on this topic. Overall, I think this is a powerful message that is relevant and current. This was a hard story to read but it only begins to touch the surface of this matter but I think many will enjoy reading it.

Have you read the book? How did it make you feel? What are your thoughts about the subject matter?

Spotlight & Giveaway: What Time is it There? by Christine Potter

What Time is it There? by Christine Potter
Publication Date:  November 29, 2017
Publisher:  Evernight Teen
Just over a year ago, Bean and Zak headed for colleges two thousand miles apart, promising to write, but to see other people … until Bean fell for the wrong guy and Zak fell off the planet.

Now, Bean’s got two weeks’ worth of Zak’s year-old letters that she still can’t bear to open—and a broken heart. Her new best friend, a guy named Amp, wants her to read the letters and be done with it, but he may have his own reasons for that.

When Sam shows up at Bean’s school unexpectedly and Bean tumbles into the 19th century from the cellar of a ruined church, things start making a bizarre kind of sense. That is, if she can just fit all the pieces together again…let's see--there's a cult...and the Flying Singing Angel With No Feet...and of course, The Grateful Dead... 

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As the plot thickens:  Bean starts running into Zak in her trips to the 19th century, where he totally does not belong.  

Excerpt 2:

And then something in the morning light dimmed—a cloud in front of the sun?
No.  A shadow. Someone else was in the church with her.  
“Bean?” he said.   “Hey, Bean. Behind you.  Up here!”
That voice was familiar, too—so much that it turned her heart inside-out.  Bean spun around and looked up into the heavily carved cherry pulpit where Lucia’s father gave his sermons each Sunday.  Grasping its edges was someone with long, silver-blonde hair…wearing a purple and blue tie-dye t-shirt. 
Bean gasped. This is wrong, she thought.  This has to be wrong.  But she ran to him anyway.
“Check it out!” he said, leaning over the pulpit’s well-polished edge.  He leaned forward, caught her hands, and squeezed them. “Pretty bizarre, huh?” 
Bean didn’t even know when she’d started to cry. Zak’s smile and his steel-blue eyes blurred in her tears. Rules!  she thought. This is not okay. It isn’t.  She remembered Crow…and danger…but, no.  This was Zak!  Zak, after all this time, right in front of her, touching her, close enough to…close enough to kiss, she thought, and felt the heat rising in her cheeks.
She couldn’t burden him with her worries.  She didn’t want to think about them, herself. Gnats buzzed outside and the sun came in golden through the stained glass windows. 
“Oh, Zak!  Oh, wow!” Bean said. Her voice sounded choked and shaky in the reverberant church.
“Yeah,” said Zak.  “Just look at you, woman!”
“You’re not really pissed-off at me because…you know?”
He laughed. “It’s not nearly time for that yet.  You have to take the manuscript first.”
“Edwina’s manuscript.  There on the organ.  Go on.  Take it, woman.  Your job is to keep it safe,” he said.  He bent further over the pulpit until his face was next to hers.  His lips were warm and dry on Bean’s forehead when he kissed her.  “Grab that music.”  She raised her face to kiss him back properly…

…and then she was standing in the cellar of a building that wasn’t there anymore, looking up at a bright, cold sky above her.  Bean wondered for a minute if she’d fallen, but she hadn’t.  No scrapes or bruises.  Something that had been dead for a long time was breathing again inside of her.  She’d seen Zak!  


Christine Potter is a writer and poet who lives in a very old (haunted) house on a creek in Rockland County. She has an organist/choirdirector husband (Ken) and two spoiled tom cats. One of the house's two ghosts lives in the room behind her office.

Christine's newest book is a YA time travel novel, What Time Is It There? (The Bean Books, Book 3), newly released by Evernight Teen. The first book in the series is Time Runs Away With Her, and the second is In Her Own Time. 

Her two poetry collections are Zero Degrees at First Light (2006) and Sheltering in Place (2013). She has also had poems published in Rattle, Fugue, The Irish Examiner, HOOT, Eclectica, and The Pedestal, among other magazines. Her third book of poems, Unforgetting, is due out this spring from Kelsay Books. 

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

$25 Giveaway:Thirty-Two Going on Spinster by Becky Monson

Thirty-Two Going on Spinster by Becky Monson
Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her career, and lives in her parent’s basement with her cat, Charlie. With the arrival of Jared Moody, the new hire at work, Julia’s mundane life is suddenly turned upside down. Her instant (and totally ridiculous) crush on the new guy causes Julia to finally make some long-overdue changes, in hopes to find a life that includes more than baking and hanging out with Charlie. But when the biggest and most unexpected change comes, will the new and improved Julia be able to overcome it? Or will she go back to her spinster ways?  

Thirty-Three Going on Girlfriend by Becky Monson
Julia Dorning thought she would die a lonely spinster. That was until nine months ago, when her world was turned upside down. Now she’s got a dream career as a bakery owner, and a relationship with handsome Jared Moody—a life she never thought possible. Just as she’s starting to feel comfortable in her new life, Julia is invited to battle it out on national television making cupcakes. An amazing opportunity, if she can muster up the confidence to do it, that is. Then, out of the blue, Jared goes and throws a rather large wrench in their relationship causing Julia to have to make some big decisions.With her two trusted confidants off in wedding la la land, Julia is on her own to figure everything out. Left to her own devices, will Julia be able to work things out for herself? Or will she make a disaster of it all? Find out in Becky Monson’s sequel to Thirty-Two Going on Spinster!  

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Arc Tour Sign-up: Furyborn by Claire Legend

Anyone interested in an Arc Tour for this book? All you have to do is post a review and link it to this post. I have a print copy that I got from someone and I'd like to share the love with those that would like to read it. I have posted a sign-up form at the bottom of this post and if enough people are interested this will be in the mail within the week. 

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Expected Release: May 22, 2018

The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other.

'Til Next Tuesday #8: Nine by Zach Hines

'Til Next Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted here @Little Library Muse. It's allows me to share my love of books and showcase new releases. It's inspired by my work developing the young adult collection.

Expected Release: August 7, 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen

In an alternate world startlingly close to our own, humans have nine lives—and they can’t wait to burn straight through them.

As you shed lives, you shed your awkward phases: one death is equal to one physical and mental upgrade. Julian’s friends are obsessed with the idea of burning lives, but Julian is determined to stay on his first for as long as he can. His mother, the ultimate cautionary tale, burned through her first eight in just a few years, and Julian has no intention of succumbing to the debilitating rebirth sickness that she inflicted on herself.

But the regime has death incentives aimed at controlling overpopulation, and Julian realizes that he’s going to have to burn at some point—especially when he becomes a target for Nicholas, the manipulative leader of the Burners, the school’s suicide club. And when Julian eventually succumbs, he uncovers suspicious gaps in the rebirth system that may explain exactly why his mother went so far down the rabbit hole years ago. Along with a group of student dissenters, Julian sets out to find answers and is soon on the verge of exposing the greatest conspiracy ever unleashed on the world.

He has just eight more lives to uncover the brutal truth. 

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What new books have caught your eye? Any books that you would recommend?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Excerpt & Giveaway: The Nobleman's Daughter by Jen Geigle Johnson


The Nobleman's Daughter by Jen Geigle Johnson
England, 1819 While British high society primps and plays, the impoverished citizens of London languish. But there are those fighting for the freedom of common citizens—including two members of the aristocracy who secretly champion revolution. In the drawing rooms of the upper class, Lady Amanda and Lord Nathaniel flirt and tease with the best of them as she pretends to win every heart in London for sport, and he, to conquer them. But in truth, their flirtation is merely a façade designed to keep their clandestine actions hidden from the ton— and from each other. When Nathaniel presents himself as a potential suitor, the attraction between the two is undeniable—but the faces they portray to the world are not enough to win each other's hearts. When their crusade for London's poor unites them more deeply than they could imagine, Amanda and Nathaniel struggle to trust one another with their true ideals and identities. But when the call to action leads Amanda into the path of danger, she can only hope that Nathaniel will see through her frivolous pretense. Because now, only the aid of the suitor she loves most—but trusts least—can save her.
 "This book touched me in a personal way." "intrigue and mystery from the first sentence of the story." "Excellent Debut novel by Jen Geigle Johnson. Love the depth of the characters that grab ahold of you and won't let go. Not your typical romance tale."   

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