The 100 by Rachel Vincent ~ Cover Reveal and Giveaway!



I am so excited to share the awesome cover for 100 HOURS, the first book in a new trilogy by New York Times best-selling author Rachel Vincent, which releases on March 28, 2017 from Katherine Tegen Books, along with a note from the author about her upcoming novel and an amazing giveaway.

Scroll down to take check out the gorgeous cover, read what Rachel Vincent has to say about 100 HOURS, and enter for a chance to win. And be sure to share your thoughts about the cover in the comments!


The Cover Revealed



Title: 100 HOURS
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 368
Formats available to pre-order: Hardcover

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Description:

Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends.

While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens.

But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.

Now, as the hours count down, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t set aside their personal problems, no one will make it out alive.




A Note from Rachel Vincent

In my upcoming YA suspense 100 HOURS, Genesis and her cousin Maddie come from opposite ends of the privilege spectrum, but when they wind up kidnapped for ransom during spring break in Colombia and have no one else to count on, they discover they have more in common than either of them thought.

If you’ve read any of my previous releases, 100 HOURS probably seems like a departure for a Rachel Vincent book. And that’s what I thought, back when it was just me and an idea. But as I wrote the story and got to know the characters, I realized that even though this book is set in the Colombian jungle and these characters have no supernatural abilities, 100 HOURS is very much a book about the themes that draw me in over and over. Survival. Family friction and loyalty. High-stakes pulse-racing action. Twists, turns, secrets, and revelations. Girls who can fend for themselves—and for anyone else who needs help.



About Rachel Vincent

Photo credit: Kim Haynes Photography

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy—but social media is a close second.




The Giveaway 

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  • ONE (1) winner will receive a SIGNED SET of a paperback copy of THE STARS NEVER RISE + an ARC of THE FLAME NEVER DIES
Giveaway is US only. Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway ends on July 11th at 11:59 PM Pacific. 

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Jaime Reviews ~ Portraits of Celina by Sue Whiting

By Sue Whiting
Published on April 1, 2015
Published by: Walker Books Australia
Source: Netgalley
Make him pay, Bayley. Make him pay.

"It’s as if the wooden chest is luring me, urging me to open it – daring me almost. Open me up. Look inside. Come on, just for a second; it won’t hurt."

Celina O’Malley was sixteen years old when she disappeared. Now, almost forty years later, Bayley is sleeping in Celina’s room, wearing her clothes, hearing her voice. What does Celina want? And who will suffer because of it?

A ghost story. A love story. A story of revenge.



Portraits of Celina...

I am always looking for a great YA horror/thriller/mystery. If ghosts are involved, I am even more amped up for a story. So Portraits of Celina seemed like the perfect book for me. While I liked the story well enough, there were a few things that kept it from being my perfect read.

Bayley and her family move to a tiny, country town a few months after the unexpected death of her father. Her older sister was getting into serious trouble, her mom was losing herself and her little brother was stuck wearing a cape, and pretending to be Batman. So their mother decides to move them all into the old family house, a house that no one has lived in for years. While moving into her new room, Bayley stumbles upon an old chest, and inside finds clothes and treasures from Celina O'Malley. Celina disappeared almost forty years ago, and no one knows what happened to her. Bayley finds herself becoming increasingly interested in Celina's old things; wearing her clothes, looking at pictures, sleeping in her room... When Bayley starts to feel strange, and strange things start happening, she decides that she has to help find out the truth for Celina, to help her. But is Celina really as kind as the people who knew her say? Or is she a dangerous ghost?

The best part about this book, and the part I wish had more focus, was the dynamics of the family. The parts that focused on their relationship was my favorite part. I kind of wish that the story had been about THAT. A grieving family healing. The Celina ghost story part wasn't bad at all, but it felt a little flat. I wish that there was MORE to it. I don't really know how to explain.

The other frustrating part of the book was the relationship between Bayley and Oliver. It felt like an afterthought, not a full piece of the puzzle. Finally, the characters themselves all needed a little more fleshing out.

Portraits of Celina is not a bad book, at all. I enjoyed it for the most part. I finished it up in a day, so that has to say something. I just feel like it could have been a much better story, with a little more TLC. 

Jaime Lynn

A Quarrel Called (Stewards of the Plane #1) by Shannon Wendtland ~ Tour Review and Giveaway!




A Quarrel Called (Stewards of the Plane #1)
by Shannon Wendtland
Publisher: a Crossed Arrows Title
Release Date: June 20th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rate: 3 Stars!

Synopsis:

The Sage, The Guardian, The Lantern, The Light – together we four are Stewards of the Plane, a Quarrel.

G. is the Guardian; he’s developed a strong protective instinct and a kickass sword of light that can chase away the baddies like nobody’s business.

Sam is the Lantern; his dreams shed light on possible futures – he’s always had dreams, but now he sees where we’re going and how far, and it scares the crap out of him. 

Tara is the Sage; as our resident mystic, she can commune with the Akashic records: the big data warehouse in the sky. She can get information on anywhere, anywhen, if only she can learn to ask the right questions. 

And me, I’m Melody, I’m the Light. I can channel the earth’s energy and according to Gramps, I can stabilize a vortex. It’s a good thing, too, or else we would be in a lot of trouble.

Before the summer started, we were a bunch of normal teenagers getting ready for our senior year in high school. By the time summer was over, we’d fought and won battles, lost friends and saved the world (except for that time when we made it worse). 

This is our story. We wrote it all down; that way when it happens to you, when you're called to be a Steward of the Plane - a member of a quarrel, you'll know what to do. 

**This book is told in first person from four alternating character viewpoints.



First of all, I have to give props to the cover. It is beautiful and simple, both things that I appreciate very much, And it fits with the story, which just makes it even better. While the story itself wasn't perfect, it was a story that I enjoyed nonetheless. 

One of my favorite parts of the book was the very beginning. We are introduced to Melody, two years prior to the story about to unfold. She goes to her brothers shop to find him, since he hasn't been home much lately and she misses him. What she finds is something she can't explain... not the person she was hoping for. It started the book off in the right way, and immediately caught my attention. Once the story moves to present day, it loses a little bit of that something from the beginning for a while. But we get it back, after a party with a Ouija board goes from hilarious to horrifying. 

The story is told the POV's of four best friends; Melody, Sam, Tara and G. After the night with the Ouija board, they discover something about themselves that throws their whole world off its axis. And with Melody's brother Matthew trying to tell her something, things get even crazier. The Quarrel has awoken, and it is about to get interesting. 

The characters were a good mix of different personalities, but I do wish there had been more of a focus on character development. They all were written well, and the POV's were easy to tell apart, even without the chapter headings, but I always felt like I wanted MORE from them. I liked their little quirks, but I wanted them to be quirkier. However, I did like the focus on the friendships between the four. The romances were a cute little addition as well, but I hope for more from them next go round. 

The pacing of the story was nice and quick, and I never felt bored. The plot was surprisingly different, which is always a nice thing. I like the idea of the Quarrel, and the different powers the group possessed. This was definitely the most interesting part. All in all, A Quarrel Called was a fun read, and I am looking forward to seeing where the story goes next!








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Shannon is a wife, mother, writer, database administrator and general pot-stirrer-turned-mystic. A Quarrel Called will be her first book in print.










Jaime Reviews ~ The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

By Amy Lukavics
Published on September 27, 2016
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Lucy Acosta's mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They're inseparable—a family.  

When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she's ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother's voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin's sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.


The Women in the Walls...

Horror is one of my favorite genres, and I am constantly on the lookout for a great YA horror. It seems like every time I think I have found the one, it ends up being a disappointment. I was hoping that The Women in the Walls was going to be that perfect YA horror, but unfortunately, it just... wasn't.

I will keep this one short, since I hate to write negative reviews. Quick and basic, nitty gritty...
Lucy Acosta has lived in the Acosta mansion for her entire life. Her mother died when she was little, leaving her and her father alone in the house until her mothers sister and niece came to live with them. Lucy has always thought of her Aunt Penelope as her mom, and loves her and trusts her so much. Her cousin Margaret is her best friend, and they have always enjoyed each others company. Everything Lucy knows changes when, one night, she watches her aunt walk into the woods in the middle of winter with no coat, from the library window. When Penelope doesn't return, Lucy's already unusual and very cold world begins to unravel faster and faster.

For the sake of no spoilers, I won't give any details away. I am sure that there will be people who will love this book, and I don't want to ruin anything for them. The Women in the Walls tells the story of a haunting, of sorts. More things are brought ot light throughout the story, other people are brought in. There are stories within stories here, and I think it could have worked out better than it did, for me. My biggest issue with the book was the lack of character building. I couldn't for the life of me get invested in any of these characters. Everything felt very shallow. The scares weren't scary, the parties weren't glamorous enough, the characters were flat and the ending, the final reveal, was just silly. I hate to be this mean about a book, about an authors baby, but sometimes something just doesn't work, and for me this was one of them.

However, please don't read this review and decide not to read the book. Just because it wasn't for me doesn't mean it won't end up being one of your favorites. So, if you are a horror newbie, or only like a teensy bit of the creeps, give this one a shot. If you like a deep, dark and scary horror, maybe try to find another one to read. 

Jaime Lynn

The King Slayer (The Witch Hunter #2) by Virginia Boecker ~ Blog Tour Review and Giveaway!




By Virginia Boecker
Published on June 14, 2016
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher
An action-packed and suspenseful sequel to The Witch Hunter, perfect for fans of Graceling and the Grisha Trilogy.

"I think, in time, you'll either be my greatest mistake or my greatest victory."

Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He's readying for a war against those who would resist his rule--namely Elizabeth and the witches and wizards she now calls her allies.

Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth's strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she'll go to save those she loves.

"[Filled] with everything a good fantasy book needs: swords, poison, black magic, and betrayal."--April Tucholke, author ofBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, on The Witch Hunter

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The King Slayer...

I read The Witch Hunter earlier this year, finally, and I loved it! I am so glad that I got the chance to read the sequel so soon after. And I am even more glad that I loved it! Virginia Boecker is just plain fabulous!

The King Slayer starts up two months after the explosive ending of The Witch Hunter. Elizabeth is finally recovered from her encounter with Blackwell, physically at least. She is being summoned to a hearing in the witch/wizarding community of Harrow to determine whether she will be allowed to stay, exiled or put to death. While Elizabeth's life is in upheavel, Blackwell is on the throne. He has begun building an army, determined to defeat the witch's and wizards who aren't under his thumb. Elizabeth's only chance to stay in Harrow comes from her knowledge of Blackwell. Everything and everyone is hanging in the balance, and it may be up to one girl to save them all.

One of Ms. Boecker's greatest gifts is her ability to bring to life such amazing, deeply real and relate-able characters. Every character that you come across in her books comes to life immediately. Whether it is a character, like Elizabeth, who is deeply self-loathing, unsure of who she is or where she belongs, but also incredibly loyal and fierce, or John whose heart he wears on his sleeve, a man who lives for healing others, who is changing into someone unrecognizable for reasons outside of his control and it makes your heart bleed for him. Then you have the ones like Blackwell, who is rotten to the core of his being, and as much as you hate him, you are glad for him because of the depth he brings to the story.  Every character that we get the chance to know in these pages is a character unto themselves. They could each hold a story of their own, and that is an awesome gift!

The King Slayer is about so much more than a fight to bring down a human monster. It is about losing yourself, finding yourself, growing as a person, and as a friend. It is about finding a family, and learning the meaning of friendship. Its about going against the grain, doing things your way, even though you might screw it up. There is action, drama, romance, friendship, fighting, MAGIC. Anything that your heart desires.

Virginia Boecker definitely has a fan in me. I think, if you gave her a shot, she would have one in you too. SO, yes, I absolutely recommend this series, 100%. I cannot wait to read whatever comes next!

About the Author...


Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of The Witch Hunter. She now lives in the Bay Area, California with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children and a dog named George.
In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick. She is represented by the incomparable Kathleen Ortiz at New Leaf Literary & Media.






Giveaway...

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Tour Schedule...


6/13/2016- Dark Faerie Tales- Interview
6/13/2016- Fiction FareReview

6/14/2016- Once Upon a TwilightGuest Post
6/14/2016- The YA Book TravelerReview

6/15/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
6/15/2016- Me, My Shelf and IReview

6/16/2016- Owl Always Be ReadingGuest Post
6/16/2016- The Best Books Ever - Review

6/17/2016- Adventures of a Book JunkieInterview
6/17/2016- Mundie MomsReview


Jaime Lynn

Jaime Reviews ~ The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

By Nicola Yoon
Published on November 1, 2016
Published by: Delacorte Press
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?



The Sun is Also a Star...

I don't, honestly, know what to say. I don't even know where to start. As I am sure you can tell from my previous reviews, contemporaries aren't usually my go-to reads. But this one stuck out, and I decided to chance it. My good golly, y'all.

Daniel and Natasha are so very different, but no matter the differences between you and someone else, everyone is going through something. And despite those differences, they can be perfect for each other, be a balm or a spark. Despite everything, they can inspire. This story, without going into details, was like that for ME. A spark, an inspiration. This book is the definition of beauty, in life, in the pages of a story.

The characters in The Sun is Also a Star leap off of the pages and right into your heart. I was in love from the first paragraph, and the love only grew. Nicola Yoon is a force, y'all. There is something about her, about her writing, that has the ability to touch a heart, to make you smile, laugh, cry, leap for joy. I can officially say that I am a fan for life. As soon as you are able, no matter your age or reading preferences, give The Sun is Also a Star a chance. It is so very, very worth it!

Jaime Lynn

Pre-order Event & Giveaway ~ June 9th by Emha Goliesh & Final MMSAI Tour Event :(


Pick up JUNE 9TH for only $1.99 and be entered to win a goodie bag full of prizes!
 
June 9th
Untouch Me #1
Author: Emha Goliesh
Publisher: INCLUDAS Publishing
Release Date: 9/29/16
Love at first sight? Not for studious college freshman Lacey Shyver. She knows everyone just pretends and acts nice to her face; no one could ever actually want her. It’s the same story every time, but no more false hope and shattered promises. She’s not going to trust anyone anymore — especially not flirtatious drummer Blake Nivey, the one person in her group project she can’t stand. She keeps staring, keeps complaining, keeps judging. She knows he’s just a charmer and a player, yet the more time they spend together, the deeper their connection becomes. Every time their eyes lock, his soul sucks her in. His touch alone unleashes a miracle she never thought she’d be able to feel. But Lacey struggles to understand if he’s acting overly friendly and nice or if these sensual feelings of connection and intimacy are actually love. And what does it all mean when he leaves to follow his dreams? Are their paths destined to cross again, or divert, only to remain alive through memories?

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About The Author

Shy and introverted, I never felt like I fit in, even though everyone saw me as a “social butterfly.” I moved around a lot in California, left people and met new ones, but nothing felt like home. Ever. Expect for writing. I grew up loving to write in small journals, under a desk, in a secret place. A place known to me and only me. I built a relationship with words in order to escape the reality that wrote about me—documents filled with all of my flaws and weaknesses. The reality that I didn’t understand at a young age and wanted to hide away from because my writing was something I could control. I could live in a secret place where every dream, fear, joy, and risk could be mine and only mine. My home. My safety. My love.  http://juneninthbook.com/

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