28 June 2017

Blog Tour: The Disappearences by Emily Bain Murphy

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism
Synopsis: What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared? Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up.
Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--
scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years. No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,”
or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected
that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind. As the
next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.
t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up. Meet Emily,

 Q & A with Emily:

1) What made you want to become a writer?
I love, love reading, and I always have.  I moved around a lot growing up, between Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. When I was in elementary school in Asia, there wasn’t a lot of television in English—or even the Internet—so I read. I found a constant home in books that I could always return to no matter where I was in the world, and I wrote my own stories along with them, and dreamed of becoming an author who might be able to provide that imaginary home for someone else some day. 

2) What is your least favorite thing about being a writer?
Ooh… Least favorite. Well, being a writer definitely involves a lot of rejection. I’d say my least favorite thing about being a writer is that it’s impossible to write a book that is going to please everyone. But we try!!

3) What do you do when you get writers block?
I’m a very visual person inspired by settings, so sometimes I make a Pinterest page. If I’m really stuck on a plot point, I’ll try to talk it out with my agent, my husband, or other author friends. Occasionally, I just have to set it down for a few days and read other people’s books until I feel like writing my own words again.

4) Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read a lot, persevere, and don’t be shocked by how much you will likely need to revise. I try to remember that writing a book requires a lot of learning—sort of like athletes who prepare for the Olympics, and no one sees all of the falls or practices alone in the gym that happened leading up to the big event. You just see the results of all that hard work and preparation—just like when you pick up a finished book.

5) Do you have a email newsletter or a facebook page/group my followers and I can join to keep up to date on you and your writing?
Yes! Thank you for asking! I have a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/emilybainmurphy. I’m also on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ebain and Instagram at www.instagram.com/ebmwrites.

Thank you so much for having me—I had a lot of fun!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed learning about a new book as well as getting to know Emily!

20 June 2017

Blog Tour: Final Girls by Riley Sager

Final Girls

byRiley Sager
Publisher: Dutton Press
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Genre: Adult, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
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Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Night-light Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet. Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancĂ©, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past. That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

Riley Sager is a pseudonym for an author who has been previously published under another name. A native of Pennsylvania, Riley is a writer, editor and graphic designer who now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Riley's first novel, FINAL GIRLS (called "The first great thriller of 2017" by Stephen King), will be published in 2017 in the United States, the United Kingdom and more than a dozen countries around the world.

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19 June 2017

Blog Tour: Ahe'ey by Jamie le Fay

AHE'EY by Kamie Le Fay
Genre: Epic Fantasy Romance
Release Date: March 8, 2017
Synopsis: Morgan’s feminist books didn’t prepare her to deal with the dashing Gabriel and the land of Ahe’ey.
Morgan is a dreamer, change maker and art lover. She is
a feisty, slightly preachy, romantic feminist full of contradictions and insecurities. Morgan uncovers a world where women have the power, and where magic is no longer just a figment of her wild imagination. Sounds like a
dream, but it may, in fact, turn into a nightmare.
The world of the Ahe'ey challenges and subverts her views about gender, genes, and nature versus nurture.
The strong and uninvited chemistry between her and the dashing Gabriel makes matters even more complicated. His stunning looks keep short-circuiting her rational mind.

“A bracing mix of emotionally and intellectually honest fantasy." - Kirkus Reviews

"This book is a thoughtful look at empowerment for women. At the same time, it’s a rollicking trip into a fantasy world complete with dragons, love and strength, and ideas that really get you thinking. This book is highly recommended for all ages." - HUGEOrange

"They're flawed, real, and honest characters that can be easily related to. Ahe'ey is the kind of novel society needs to read, to create inspiration and to make people think. Ahe'ey is daring,
complex, and honest. A must-read novel that tackles heavy and real topics with a mix of serious and humorous, charm and tragedy." - Reader's Favorite  “5 Star Review”

Ahe’ey contains a richly imagined world that raises complicated
 and timely questions about our own. Jamie Le Fay’s Ahe’ey is an
action-packed love story that puts forth a nuanced vision of gender
stereotypes, body politics, and the dark side of seeking perfection." - Foreword Clarion - 4 Star Review
Meet Jamie,
Jamie is an accomplished writer and speaker that focuses mainly on topics related to girlhood, feminism, gender equality, and the misrepresentation of minorities in media and marketing.

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15 June 2017

What I'm Currently Reading #2

Good Afternoon Comfort Readers! I'm back again to share my huge currently reading pile in hopes to making it much smaller. Here are a couple that are on my list and what I plan to do with them!

1) Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule 
This was an impulse buy. I borrowed it from work to check it out because the author was coming to do a signing. I didn't finish by the time she arrived and so I bought it just because I was so excited and
she was really sweet. I got a good chunk into the book, but I think I might start all over since its been so long I really want to get back into the story on my own terms.

2) My Not so Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris
So this was also requested on impulse. Rachel Harris is one of the only authors that I've read more than 2 or 3 books written by them so I definitely consider her one of my favorite authors, and the only reason why I didn't finish this is because it is an e-book and my e-reader broke :( I'm hoping to either get a physical copy or to start over on my phone soon!
3) Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson 
This is a book that was sent to me before it came out in stores so I believe it was an ARC or maybe even a finished copy right before it came out. Either way, the book is written in verse and I'm not a huge fan of verse so even though it was a good book when I started it didn't hold my interest that much so this is one I probably wont return to.

4) A Sister to Honor by Lucy Ferriss 
I really enjoyed this book while I was reading it and I was almost finished BUT I lost it! So I obviously don't want to just start over since I was almost done and I could fix that if I was keeping track of what page I was on with goodreads but I was stupid and didn't so unless I can find this missing book I probably won't be finishing it :(

5) The Hero of Blind Pig Island and other stories by Jimmy Olsen
This was a review book of short stories set on an Island. I got about halfway through some of the stories were really good some were bland but either way I was planning on finishing it but I've also lost this since my move back home so hopefully I can find it soon because it was a perfect beachy read!

Thanks for stopping by what are you guys reading!?

13 June 2017

Release Day Blitz: The D.B. List by Rebekah L. Purdy

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The D.B. List by Rebekah L. Purdy
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Seventeen-year-old Ellie Gebhardt has spent the last three years of high school in psychotherapy, trying to fix a very broken her. And her shrink (or therapist as she likes to be called) seems to think that in order to totally heal, she needs to recognize all the good and bad things that have led her to this point. As if a trip down memory lane will suddenly make her better.
She’s given a “homework” assignment to create two lists. One with nothing but happy memories and thoughts on it (otherwise known as the ‘happy rainbow farting unicorns list’). And the other with everything negative that Ellie thinks contributed to “the” day she could no longer cope.
So begins Ellie’s Douche Bag list (or D.B. List for short). And once she gets started, it’s hard to stop remembering all the jerks, the petty crap, the times she’d been bullied or the main focus of the rumor mill.
So when nice guy, Ky Laramie, walks into her life, Ellie instantly puts her shields up. But as she gets to know him and his family, she wonders if she can dare to put herself out there again. Because as everyone knows, once a candle is lit, the wind can always blow it out. And Ellie couldn’t handle it if Ky ends up atop of the D.B. List.
The D.B. List by Rebekah L. Purdy Publisher: Swoon Romance Release Date: June 13, 2017
Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. She’s lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California.Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids)—she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights.When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.

12 June 2017

Review: In a dark, dark wood by Ruth Ware

in a dark, dark wood by Ruth Ware
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Book Format: Paperback
# of Pages: 308
Synopsis: What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Sometimes the only thing to fear…is yourself.

When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods.

My Review:

I bought this book with my own money and this is my honest review.

To start off, I want to mention how popular and talked about Ruth Ware’s books have been so I was a little skeptical about reading them based on the hype alone, but since they seemed like books that were right up my alley I decided to give them a try.

In a dark, dark wood follows Leonora who gets invited to a friends bachelorette weekend whom she hasn’t talked to in 10 years. The weekend put together by an unstable women starts off rocking and goes downhill from there. The novel includes many secrets and even a little blood which makes things even more interesting.

I am normally a slow reader, but Ware’s first novel took me no time to read at all. I find that ever since taking classes on writing in college my opinions on books have changed. I read books a lot more critically I find and that makes reading in some ways that much more enjoyable. Something that really stood out to me while reading this was the characters. To many writers write books in which characters don’t stand out therefore it ends up way to hard to tell them apart. Each and every person in this book had their very own personality and I have zero trouble telling them apart. Nina was so sassy, Tom was a guy but had a kick to his personality, Nora was way too quiet and an introvert, Flo was crazy and Clare was fake. It’s not every day I could safely give a list of characters and their personalities easily so that made me love this book that much more.

In a dark, dark wood reminded me a lot of And then there were none by Agatha Christie just because it was 6 people in a house but it had its own features which made it stand out. By the looks of the cover I never would have guessed it had anything to do with a bachelorette party and it was written so well that I had no idea what was coming. Being able to read a book and be completely clueless as to what is about to happen is the best in a novel.

The writing was fantastic, I didn’t feel like I had to keep stopping to re-read because of the writing, it didn’t feel too young or choppy. It flowed really well and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I was able to focus on this book perfectly while sitting by the side of a very chaotic pool only because the story and writing kept me so hooked.

I would recommend this novel to anyone looking to read something dark in which they wont expect what happens in the slightest. This is for anybody who likes a mystery and enjoys trying to put two and two together the entire time and to enjoy the story along the way as well. Definite 5 out of 5 stars. 


07 June 2017

Review: Nexis by A.L. Davroe

Nexis by A.L. Davroe
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Book Format: Paperback
# of Pages: 413
In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born amongst genetically-altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then…the crash. Devastated by her father’s death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.

Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship…and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the “real” world, and makes her feel whole again.

But Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is.

And it’s been waiting for Ella

I purchased this book with my own money, and this is my honest review.

Nexis by A.L. Davroe follows main character Ellani on her quest to understand her late father's virtual reality video game as well as bringing meaning back to her life after an accident that changes her life forever. In the game she alters herself to help guide her on that quest. During her time in the game she meets Guster with whom is also essential to her game.

I don’t read dystopian novels very much but I find that when I do I LOVE them with that said and after reading the first book in this duology I believe I am going to start reading these kinds of books much more. This world takes place long after the original America has gone. The first date in the book reads June 13, 231. There were so many interesting quirks this world had that I really enjoyed. For example, outside was not liveable anymore, so those who were wealthy enough to afford it were able to stay inside to avoid becoming sick with radiation or anything else being spread about.

I also enjoyed the fact that robots were used frequently in different ways. Some families were using robots as extra family members that act both as family and as nannies. Some were strictly nannies or maids. These citizens were also known for changing their looks and appearances often with things called alterations and modifications. Those can be anything from changing their hair color to getting cheek implants. Very few people in this world are born natural without any changes. Most parents choose what they want their children to look like before they are even born and some allow their children to change themselves whenever they want after birth but very few are born and kept as naturals. Because of this, those who are naturals including Ellani are seen as lesser than everyone else.

I was almost immediately pulled into the story even only after reading a few chapters, I immediately loved Ellani and Guster not only for their unique relationship but as separate characters as well. Many novels include a love at first sight factor and although I can see that in some ways in this novel but at the same time Ellani and Guster really got to know each other before anything of that nature came about.

My favorite aspect of this novel was the time spent in the video game. Learning about their interesting and certainly different world comes in at a close second, but nothing was better than learning all of the cool things they could do in the video game. I also loved the fact that the video game was supposed to be portraying how America actually is now, and Ellani got to experience all of that. 

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