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Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman / Blog Tour: Guest Post / Giveaway



Hello and welcome to the next stop in The Requiem Red blog tour! Today author Brynn Chapman is on the blog sharing her list of 5 things we need to know in order to survive in the world of the Requiem Red. First, here's a little bit about her upcoming release:

ABOUT THE BOOK


By: Brynn Chapman
Published by: Month9Books
To Be Released on: April 5th, 2016
Pre-Order From: Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks
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Patient Twenty-nine.

A monster roams the halls of Soothing Hills Asylum. Three girls dead. 29 is endowed with the curse…or gift of perception. She hears messages in music, sees lyrics in paintings. And the corn. A lifetime asylum resident, the orchestral corn music is the only constant in her life.

Mason, a new, kind orderly, sees 29 as a woman, not a lunatic. And as his belief in her grows, so does her self- confidence. That perhaps she might escape, might see the outside world.

But the monster has other plans. The missing girls share one common thread...each was twenty-nine's cell mate.

Will she be next?


5 Things We'd Need To Know in Order to Survive in the world of The Requiem Red



Number One-keep your mind intact—at all costs. One of the primary reasons Jane has survived thus far—was her ability to shield herself from all the atrocity around her. To the casual observer—she would've at times, appeared quite mad—as she rocked, blank-eyes-staring in her room. She did not speak for a full year. But crawling into her mind was what actually kept her sane. And alive.


Number Two-Friends, if you can find any. From the horrible Nurse Spare to the cruel Alexander, a beefy orderly—it would be easy to slip into anhedonia. (the inability to feel pleasure. Mental anesthesia, as it were) But Jane found Kate, a woman twice her age, as a motherly confidant, and saved a feral cat—who became her closest, albeit hidden, companion for many years. She also found her way down to the German Shepherd's, kept for security.


Anyone who has studied psychology is familiar with Harlow's monkey experiment; if not, rhesus baby monkeys were separated from their mothers, and provided with only wooden mother's covered in cloth. The monkeys loved their inanimate mothers-and could recognize them despite their lack of life.


Jane...found comfort in animals, and praise Providence, one kind soul to talk to and comfort her. Lest she may have turned out like the isolative monkeys...who could not be rehabilitated—when separated from maternal contact for an extended period. (I know. It's awful. I would've been arrested for freeing them and taking home wild animals LOL)


Number Three- Belief in something more than oneself. Despite her desolate surroundings—Jane is able to find joy where others would see only despair.




She channels her grief and joy through her fingers into her musical compositions. She has learned not to cry—as it makes her appear weak—but when she plays, her emotions betray her.


Number Four- Find your Courage.
Jane succumbs to her despair for a year—Dr. Frost prescribing her large doses of laudanum that leave her basically catatonic. But a new physick arrives, and gives her light, music and hope. And helps to wean her from the addiction. Her courage returns, a fierce ball of determination in her chest.


Number Five-Find a handsome Scot who not only believes in you, but who risks life and limb to make you whole.
An orderly arrives at Soothing Hills. An orderly who does his best not to notice her—he has his own villans to defeat. Not to notice... Her striking hair, her haunting melodies...those defiant eyes.


Mason falls hard for Jane, and will stop at nothing to see her released. He doesn’t believe that she is mad. But...someone wants Jane to stay in Soothing Hills. Indefinitely.


So let us hope these five important factors will be strong enough to defeat the one tyrannical force impelling her to stay.   


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.


She also writes under the pseudonym R.R. Smythe .

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS by Rae Carson / Waiting on Wednesday #271


By: Rae Carson
Published by: Greenwillow
To Be Released on: 9/27/16
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After a harrowing journey across the country, Leah Westfall and her friends have finally arrived in California and are ready to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush. Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram.

Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn’t given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he’ll do to make sure Lee is his own. His mine is the deepest and darkest in the territory, and there Lee learns the full extent of her magical gift, the worst of her uncle, and the true strength of her friendships. To save everyone, she vows to destroy her uncle and the empire he is building—even at the cost of her own freedom.

The second epic historical fantasy in the Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson, the acclaimed author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

I really enjoyed Walk On Earth A Stranger, and I'm looking forward to reading this sequel! If you haven't picked up the first book in this series, I highly recommend that you do. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SUMMERLOST by Ally Condie / Release Day Blitz: Excerpt / Giveaway



SUMMERLOST, a new middle grade book by Ally Condie, is out today! Fans are already praising this new book, and it's one I feel may be Condie's best work yet! I'm thrilled to be apart of today's release day blitz, which includes an exclusive letter from Ally, as well as a giveaway, and don't forget to get a sneak peak inside Summerlost, by reading an excerpt below!


A Letter from Ally Condie

Dear Readers,

I think most of us have had our hearts broken. Sometimes we can see it coming, and sometimes it comes down with the unexpected force of a sudden gale of wind or a rising of waters that we thought were still and safe. Loss is universal to human experience, but the way we each feel and recover is one of the most personal things we do.


In Summerlost, Cedar is dealing with the loss of her father and younger brother. And my intent was to show how hard their deaths are for her. But this is also a book about the healing power of friendship. Most of us have been broken-hearted; I hope that most of us have also discovered the miracle of friendships that were just what we needed. Cedar and Leo’s friendship is based on someone I met when I was twelve. Like Leo, my friend was fun and liked to enlist me in crazy adventures (although we never gave a secret guided tour of our town the way they do in Summerlost). And, like Leo, he thought I was wonderful and of worth at a time when I needed it most. 


SUMMERLOST is my attempt to pay tribute both to the pain we feel and the friendships that save us. Thank you so much for supporting this book, and for your willingness to give Cedar’s story a try. I hope it makes you think of a wonderful friend of your own, whether that is someone you met in the pages of a favorite book or outside, in the world where it is often hard and beautiful to live.


Best wishes and happy reading always,
Ally Condie

ABOUT THE BOOK
By: Ally Condie
Published by: Penguin Random House
Released on: March 29th, 2016
Purchase from: Penguin Random House | Amazon | B&N | IndieBound
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It's the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar's father and younger brother, Ben. But now Cedar and what’s left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar. 

Infused with emotion and rich with understanding, Summerlost is the touching middle grade debut from Ally Condie, the international bestselling author of the Matched series, that highlights the strength of family and personal resilience in the face of tragedy.


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Link: http://issuu.com/penguinteen/docs/summerlost_p1-19?e=0/34476640




PRIASE FOR THE BOOK:

A Spring 2016 Kids' Indie Next List Top 10 Pick!

Named one of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Children’s and YA Books of Spring 2016


“Condie (Matched) strikes a deep emotional chord with this coming-of-age story.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review


“Multiple, seemingly random details, including a family of turkey vultures that now roost outside Cedar’s window, an absurd soap opera narrative of a woman buried alive, and Leo’s quest for a trip with his father, coalesce into metaphors that help Cedar make sense of her grief and the life she now has to look forward to. Thoughtful, poetic chapter endings guide readers new to psychological depth toward meaningful connections between plot events and thematic reflections.” – BCCB 


“A moving tale of friendship and loss. I loved these characters—I wish we could have been friends when I was a kid.” –Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Five Kingdoms series


“Ally Condie’s first middle grade book might also be my favorite out of ALL her books to date. Summerlost is a story packed with nostalgia, heart, and gorgeous prose.” – The Novel Novice


“A nuanced portrait of grief deeply grounded in the middle-school mind-set.” – Booklist 


“Honest, lovely, and sad.” – Kirkus Reviews


“A sweet, heartfelt story.” – School Library Journal 


“Achingly good.” – Summer Laurie, Books Inc.

WALK THE EDGE by Katie McGarry / Release Day Blitz: Excerpt & Giveaway


Hello and welcome to today's release day blitz for Katie McGarry's WALK THE EDGE, the second book in her Thunder Road series. Today's blitz includes an excerpt and giveaway! First, here's a little bit about Razor's story. 

 ABOUT THE BOOK


By: Katie McGarry
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Released on: March 29th, 2016
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | iBooks
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One moment of recklessness will change their worlds 

Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyberbully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life. 

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules. 

And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.


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“I’m here about your mother.” The ahole knows he has me when my eyes snap to his.
“She’s dead.” Like the other times I say the words, a part of me dies along with her.
This guy has green eyes and they soften like he’s apologetic. “I know. I’m sorry. I’ve received some new evidence that may help us discover what caused her death.”
Anger curls within my muscles and my jaw twitches. This overwhelming sense of insanity is what I fight daily. For years, I’ve heard the whispers from the gossips in town, felt the stares of the kids in class, and I’ve sensed the pity of the men in the Reign of Terror I claim as brothers. It’s all accumulated to a black, hissing doubt in my soul.
Suicide.
It’s what everyone in town says happened. It’s in every hushed conversation people have the moment I turn my back. It’s not just from the people I couldn’t give two shits about, but the people who I consider family.
I shove away those thoughts and focus on what my father and the club have told me—what I have chosen to believe. “My mother’s death was an accident.”
He’s shaking his head and I’m fresh out of patience. I’m not doing this. Not with him. Not with anyone. “I’m not interested.”
I push off the railing and I did out the keys to my motorcycle as I bound down the steps. The detective’s behind me. He has a slow steady stride and it irritates me that he follows across the yard and doesn’t stop coming as I swing my leg over my bike.
“What if I told you I don’t think it was an accident,” he says.
Odds are it wasn’t. Odds are every whispered taunt in my direction is true. That my father and the club drove Mom crazy, and I wasn’t enough of a reason for her to choose life.
To drown him out, I start the engine. This guy must be as suicidal as people say Mom was because he eases in front of my bike assuming I won’t run him down.
“Thomas,” he says.
I twist the handle to rev the engine in warning. He raises his chin like he’s finally pissed and his eyes narrow on me. “Razor.”
I let the bike idle. If he’s going to respect me by using my road name, I’ll respect him for a few seconds. “Leave me alone.”

Damn if the man doesn’t possess balls the size of Montana. He steps closer to me and drops a bomb. “I have reason to believe your mom was murdered.”


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. 

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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Top Ten of My Latest 5 Star Reviews / Top Ten Tuesday #55



Hello & welcome to this week's Top Ten Tuesday! This week's topic is Ten of my Latest 5 Star Reviews. My previous Top Ten Tuesday post was, Ten Books I Really Love But Haven't Talked About In A While.



I could have sworn I had reviewed more 5 star books this year, but in looking through all my reviews, I had a few that were 4.5 stars, and didn't quite hit the I LOVE THIS BOOK AND NEED MORE OF IT NOW feeling, which my 5 star books had. Here are my most recent 5 star reviews. I listed in order of the most recent reviews, which are:

 
I think it may be a bit obvious that I love fantasy/urban fantasy. What are some of your most recent 5 star reviews? 

OUT TODAY - Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 YA Releases

Happy Book Birthday to today's newest YA releases! 

There are some fabulous new reads out today! Which new releases are you looking forward to picking up?

Monday, March 28, 2016

New Lord of Shadows Snippets & LOS Release Date / Mundane Monday #277


Cassandra Clare has been busy on Tumblr lately answering fan questions about Lady Midnight, and The Dark Artifices series. She's also treated fans to a few new Lord of Shadows snippets!  

Check out two of them, which Cassandra originally shared here:
“I know.” Mark brushed his lips across her forehead. Cristina could feel his heart pounding. “We’ll figure it out. We’ll fix it.”
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Kieran sat up rather reluctantly. The waves of his hair had lightened to blue; he turned around, and leaned back against Mark, rather as if they were on horseback and Mark was behind.

She also shared another snippet here;
And even odder, when Mark and Kieran had come into the library, Kieran had gone immediately over to Max and picked him up, delighted by his blue skin and his tiny horns.
Max had stuck his hand into Kieran’s wavy hair and pulled. Kieran had just laughed. “That’s right, it changes color, little nixie-like warlock,” he said. “Look.” And his hair went from blue-black to blue in an instant. Max giggled.
“I didn’t know you could do that on purpose,” said Mark, who had always thought of Kieran’s hair as a reflection of his moods, uncontrollable as the tides.
“You don’t know a lot of things about me, Mark Blackthorn,” Kieran said, setting Max down.
Alec and Magnus had exchanged a look at that, the sort of look that made Mark feel as if they had reached a silent and agreed-upon consensus …

Cassandra Clare also confirmed here, that Lord of Shadows would most likely be released in April of 2017! I hope that this release date doesn't change, because I can't wait any longer.... a year is already too long. haha. 

Shadowhunters TV: Episode 12: 'MALEC' / Preview #Shadowhunters



Who's ready for this week's episode of Shadowhunters? We are! We're looking forward to seeing what happens during Alec's wedding. We'll be tuning into Freeform tomorrow night to watch the second to last episode of season 1 to air! Episode 12, MALEC, will begin at 9 pm / 8 pm CST.  Check out the recent previews & pictures Freeform/ABC Family has shared. 











Check out ShadowhuntersTV.com for more here and here. Check out some of the pictures below that ABC Family / Freeform recently released:













Tune into Freeform this Tuesday 3/29/16 at 9 pm EST / 8 pm CST to watch the entire episode! Don't forget, you can watch the latest episodes of Shadowhunters, using the Freeform App! 
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Shadowhunters TV: Episode 11: Blood Calls To Blood / Review


Happy Mundane Monday! Today we're sharing our thoughts on last week's episode, episode 11: 'Blood Calls to Blood'. We'd love to know you're thoughts on it below in the comments. 

KATIE'S THOUGHTS

Like always, I really like the acting, and the way the cast has brought our beloved Shadowhunters to life. My favorites this week were Emeraude and Dominic. The script writing however, is another story. 


What worked this week; Izzy rocked this episode! I love how she took a stand and owned it. She didn't back down from her convictions, and stood her ground. I have always loved and admired the fierceness and loyalty that Izzy has. I loved seeing it this week. Magnus as a lawyer... not something I pictured, but he was brilliant and I wouldn't except anything less. I would hire him as a lawyer in a heartbeat! I also loved what Magnus told Alec about getting married to Lydia; it wasn't fair to either of them to spend the rest of their lives being lonely. Also good, was the Jace and Clary moment in the restaurant after Jace healed. I finally saw more of a spark between these two that I've been missing. I also loved Clary tricking her father with the cup, and figuring out who he really was before he revealed it himself.

I also liked the fact that the writers left in the sibling storyline, and the way Valentine has messed with Jace's mind. Jace totally broke my heart in this episode. Dominic's acting was fabulous! The scene broke my heart in the books, but it crushed me to see Jace going through this. If you haven't read the TMI series, I would strongly urge you to do so, so you get a much better understanding of these two things. I'm so glad this was part of this week's episode, and that we finally got to see the real Valentine. He's finally out of hiding! That whole scene with Valentine telling Jace and Clary they're related was great. Jace's reaction was spot on. 


What didn't work this week; Well most of this week's episode. Last week was an epic disaster and this episode wasn't much better. I can't help but wonder if the writers think that the fans don't care, and aren't paying attention to what they're doing with the storyline. There are a number of things that didn't add up last week, and some of those things carried over into this week. I'm having a hard time understanding a few things. 1) If what Jace and Clary felt for each other in the alternate world was true, then how did she not know she had a brother. If she has a brother here, she would have had one there. 2) If Lydia was to be apart of Alec's future, why wasn't she in the alternate world either? Unless maybe I totally missed she was there. 3) If Jace was infected with demon poison in the other world, how was he able to be infected with it back in this world? 

Another thing that I'm wondering, is why spend so much time destroying the bond between Jace and Alec, and then attempt to wrap it up the way they did this episode? I'm still bitter that the writers ruined Alec's character creditability. Second, if Jace had demon poison in him, how did a blood transfusion save him, when a rune should have been able to do it. One of my biggest questions though, is why go through all the trouble to create Lydia's character and make her follow the 'law' to a T, and then all the sudden have her turn around and agree with Izzy. Don't get me wrong, I loved Izzy, and what she said in this episode. I even like that Lydia agreed with her, however it didn't make sense to all the sudden have Lydia do that. That's now made Lydia's character wishy-washy, which is uncharacteristic of her. 


Thanks to the Inquisitor, we now have a character everyone can despise. I wonder if they'll stay true to the storyline, and end up making her Jace's Grandma. For as strict and well educated as she is, did anyone else catch on that to the fact that the Inquisitor couldn't even pronounce rune correctly? She called it a ruin. What a disaster this trial plot is. Why did we have a trial to begin with, if all the writers were going to do was all the sudden have Clary hand the cup over to Lydia, someone no one trusts, to be locked up? They could have at least been more creative with the storyline. I guess they tried to be a little bit by tying the cup to Izzy's freedom, which in the end she doesn't get anyway, but that's even a stretch, because that in itself doesn't make sense either. The good thing about the trial, is we know that Magnus would do well being a lawyer.


The worst thing about this week's episode was the Michael Wayland plot twist. Yep, sorry, this wasn't a twist at all. I didn't accept the fact that a grown man lived for the last 10 years in a cage, and not only that, no one knew he was there. It's not like Valentine's lame hideout was that big, someone surely would have noticed him by now. The dead giveaway that he was Valentine though, was the way Luke acted towards him, and his telling Clary that he knew Jocelyn was pregnant when she left. Funny thing about that one, is that in a previous episode it was mentioned that no one knew she pregnant, not even Valentine. 


I'm again, not impressed with the writing at all, and what they've done with the Shadowhunters world or storyline. There is so much potential, and the writers / Ed, have failed to tell and show fans. It's really disappointing. Hopefully the next episode will be an improvement. 


EMM's THOUGHTS

It took me a while to warm to this episode because of the introduction of Micheal Wayland and how they changed the story. But you could see it was going somewhere so you couldn't help but go along for the ride. It did make me ask a lot of questions again, like why did Jace need blood, I'm sure I've read about blood creating runes many a time. And who was the Micheal Wayland, in a way, an introduction of a new character because the real Micheal died when Jace was a baby. But as the episode unfolded more and more to the climax at the end which was more like the book, it did make more sense and finally the brother & sister story is unfolded, the true father revealed. Thank you freeform I was worried there for a while (see previous review of our families shouting and punching walls)

Again the acting stars of the show where not our leading couple now siblings, but that of the other cast. I think Izzy's trial was cringe worthy to watch and how Lydia did a back flip didn't make any difference, it just seemed nuts. Also that during all this there was no contact between Jace or Clary and Izzy or Alec seemed weird, that they still didn't know where the cup was even though it was life or death really for Izzy. And then it was found horray !?! at the 11th hour, but very un ceremoniously Izzy was released into her loving brother's arms. yeah, no

But at the end it did seem that the crazy train of the last few episodes may be back on track. Except now we have a wedding looming, but that can't happen right, surely Magnus can come and save the day, right!


SOPHIE'S THOUGHTS


WHY IS MAGNUS PLAYING JOHNNY COCHRAN?

I know that Pretty Little Shadowhunters must have a courtroom drama storyline in it at some point (doesn't Pretty Little Liars?), but seriously, why are we in the courtroom? What is this plot line?


I won't go on further with my usual moaning and groaning about the fanfic-cy style of the show. Feel free to insert it here. I will applaud the fact that the writers/director/producers kept the incest  plot point in the story. Does anyone else get the feeling that the writers read Shadowhunter wiki for the major plot points? Because, they did this well. Even the addition of the Father of the Year cup was awesome. See? They can write a story we book readers recognize, and they can do it well. Why they choose not to still puzzles me.


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What did you think of this week's episode? We'd love to hear your thoughts! Please leave us a comment below and tell us what you thought. You can read our previous reviews here. Check out ShadowhuntersTV.com's recap of this week's episode here

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