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By Miche Sipes
Published on January 5, 2015
Carrie Philips just wants her junior year at Clement Academy to go smoothly. Sure, it’s the first high school in the nation to integrate Norms like her with the Differents. But the Diffs are just typical teenagers with “tiny” genetic anomalies. They’re not really vampires or werewolves or angels or zombies like you see in old movies. The Diffs just have special dietary needs and some unusual abilities. They’re certainly not dangerous or anything—at least that’s what Carrie has always believed, since her dad is a doctor of Different medicine.

But when several of her fellow students are mysteriously assaulted, cracks form in Carrie’s worldview. Cracks she tries to ignore while defending her friends from anti-Diff backlash and solving the mystery of who’s really behind the attacks. Meanwhile, she’s distracted by two criminally cute guys who both seem to like her (and hate each other). Then Carrie uncovers a bombshell that could forever change how Norms and Diffs see each other. So much for a quiet school year.

"What happens when you combine vampires, angels, werewolves and zombies with normal humans? Supernatural insanity! Miche Sipes has created a clever world, filled with lovable characters, unexpected plot twists and lots of humor. I loved this book. 5 stars!" --Lynda Hilburn, author of the Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series

"A refreshing, hilarious blend of every paranormal creature under the sun (or moon), heavy on the fun and light on the angst!" -- Helen Keeble, author of Fang Girl and No Angel



About the Author




Miche Sipes wrote her first play at the age of six and has been writing creatively ever since. Well, if you don’t count the occasional decade-long lapse. Miche has lived in Maryland and Florida, but now calls Colorado home. Whenever she’s not writing—or finding ingenious ways to procrastinate like ironing shoelaces or flossing her cat’s teeth—she can be found hiking in the mountains. Then again, there’s a good chance you won’t find her because she’s probably lost.






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Where Dead Bodies Lie ~ Blog Tour Excerpt and Giveaway!


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By Kat Cazanav
Published on December 16, 2014
For as long as I can remember, I have been told to follow three important rules:

1. Always guard my ability
2. Never share my secret
3. And pretend to be normal. 

However, those three little rules don’t make my life easier. I still find dead people and deal with strange visions. Not to mention, an attraction to a boy who doesn’t exist. Whenever we cross path’s he mists away like smoke on a mirror. He drives me crazy, that Kaff Cooper. 

As a flock of dead crows fall from the blackened sky, Kaff becomes the only one who can see the truth straight to the dark underbelly of who I actually am. 

My hands feel the pull to extract the forsaken, the lost, the forgotten. It comes as naturally as breathing and there is no stopping it.


Excerpt


" A few more steps into the shadows and the lightness of a feather brushed
against my cheek. Instinctively, I turned around, expecting to see someone but
instead I lost my balance and stumbled forward, arms extended to catch my fall. I
landed on my knees, my hands scraped by broken twigs and rocks. I shifted my
focus from my hands to a crumbling neighborhood further off in the distance. Barely
visible through heavy fog, the dilapidated buildings had a rippling effect. There was
no clear explanation for it, but looking back on that moment later, I realized the
nausea, dizziness, little black dots floating across my eyes, even the black crows
passing overhead, were all precursors to what was about to happen.
The ground rumbled and opened up, like a woman spreading her arms wide to take
me in. There was only one frightening explanation for this and as absurd as it
seemed, it made sense.
Body dowsing. Someone was waiting for me in the limitless black hole beneath my
feet.”

Excerpt From: Kat Cazanav. “Where Dead Bodies Lie.” 

Teaser

"Mo read my mind. He delivered some solemn words of advice. “Be careful, Ell.

I’d hate to see you wind up dead for a second time.”

Excerpt From: Kat Cazanav. “Where Dead Bodies Lie.” 



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Exquisite Captive

By Heather Demetrios
Published on October 7th 201
Published by Balzer+Bray
Source: Publisher
Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

Wow, what an unexpected intense book!  I anticipate a book about jinni (or genies how I know them to be) to be light-hearted and even a bit fluffy.... think Aladdin.  That and I Dream of Genie are the extent of my jinni knowledge.  Whoa.  This book was gritty, intense, and the world building was as exstensive as a high fantasy novel.  (Which I suppose it was....).

Nalia is the kind of character that you want to root for.  She is in an awful situation and has done some terrible things in the past.  She is trying to do better, to be better, but doesn't think she deserves another chance.  She is flawed but has glimmers of the character she is going to become (and that character is FIERCE).  She has so much going on in her life (the problems are piling up) and two love interests (it is not what you think love triangle haters- do not fear this book!).

I think the "romance" in this book was unexpected and awesome.  To explain why it was unexpected.... well I would ruin some major plot points.  But trust me, it is well worth reading.  This author does NOT disappoint with the lovey dovey stuff, but it also doesn't overshadow the strength and battles of the main character.

I am so excited for this series.  It is SO different from what is out there.  I mean SO SO different.  Fans of fantasy, mythology, history, and adventure would love to sink their teeth (snickers) into this epic story.

My one warning:  this book is young adult- but it covers MANY mature themes:  drugs, alcohol, sex, rape, prostitution, slavery, war, murder, the list goes on.... I would NOT recommend this book to young teens.  It is an excellent book- but it hits some very serious themes that might be too much for younger readers.




The Red Queen


By Victoria Aveyard
Published on February 15, 2015
Published by Harper Teen
Source: Edelweiss
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?


So when I started this book, I thought... okay- is it dystopian or high fantasy?  I honestly couldn't decide and had no idea.  It turns out that The Red Queen is a good combination of both- a dystopian world with magic thrown in.  It is gritty, dangerous, exciting, and well awesome!

I will admit, the book started slowly and had me wondering- is this going to be a "Did Not Finish" book?  I was so wrong- it picked up about a quarter of the way into the plot and then moved at a ferocious pace.  I got to the end of the book and found myself re-reading so I didn't miss every detail.  The heroine is totally kick-butt.  She is a combination of vulnerability and fearlessness that is fun to read.  I wish I could talk about the romance and the villains- but ... I simply can't.  Just trust me when I say- I was BLOWN away by the plot in this book.

I can tell already this is going to be the next BIG series.  People are going to eat this book up.  Just go order it already- do yourself a favor.



Cover Reveal! Everlost by Candace Knoebel (Night Watchmen #3)


Hi y'all! I am so excited to be a part of the cover reveal for Everlost!  Enough chitchat...



Everlost by Candace Knoebel 
(Night Watchmen #3) 
Publication date: Summer 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

One truth will unravel them all. 
Faye Middleton thought the worst had come to pass the night she and her friends barely escaped from Ethryeal City and the clutches of the evil Priestess Clara. Officially shunned from the Coven, Faye is forced to lay low in order to come up with a plan to bring Clara down. 
At Jaxen’s childhood manor, they were supposed to be safe from any outside issues, and they were… until his long-lost mother shows up. Determined to win back what she lost so long ago, Evangeline reveals a secret that could shatter their beliefs, or be their saving grace.
Now, with two Covens searching for Faye, they must find a way to start over. With the help of the Rebellion, they begin the arduous task of forming their own army. However, the choices they are faced with leave them questioning everything they’ve ever known.

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About Candace!


Candace Knoebel is the award-winning author of Born in Flames-book one in a young adult fantasy trilogy. She discovered in 2009 through lunch breaks and late nights after putting her kids to bed, a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. And an outlet for all the voices residing in her head.

Published by 48fourteen in 2012, Born in Flames went on to win Turning the Pages Book of the Year award in February of 2013. In January of 2014, the last book in the trilogy, From the Embers, was released, thusly completing the trilogy. She now works on the Night Watchmen Series, while guzzling Red Bulls and pretending to be a ninja on Heelys.

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Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw ~ Blog Tour Review (by Jaime!) and Giveaway!


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By Gloria Craw
Published on January 6, 2015
Published by Entangled Teen
Source: Galley for review
I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So
I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so
good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian…the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know
I need to avoid.
Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted—by those who would protect me
and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about
who I am, wait until they see what I can do… 


My Thoughts

 I am not a huge fan of mermaid stories, no matter how many times I try, so when I initially saw the cover for Atlantis Rising, I passed it right on by. You know that "most UNpopular" saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover"? Well, people really need to say it more, get the word out, because there are people, like little old me, who completely suck at listening! I think I have learned my lesson, then I become a dummy.... yet again. Case in point: Atlantis Rising.

 Now on to the ACTUAL review. Once I got my smart back, I signed up for the tour and got my review copy. I simply could not put it down. I was immediately drawn into Alison's life. Her pain and frustration, her yearning to be a part of SOMEONE's world, was so plainly evident. Yet, she knows that, no matter what, she has to stay hidden in order to protect her adoptive family. No matter the personal cost to herself. Because Alison isn't human, and there are others like her who will stop at nothing to get their hands on her. 

 Alison hides for a long time, until the two new kids in school, Ian and Brandi, slowly make their way into her lives and she realizes that by hiding, she was making herself an even larger target. Alison finally has friends, finally allows people into her life, and she feels happiness she hasn't felt in a long, long time. Unfortunately, Alison's worst nightmares are coming true.

 I genuinely enjoyed Atlantis Rising, beginning to end. Gloria Craw is incredibly talented at creating characters who stand out, each with their own distinctive personalities, stories, lives. The characterization is top notch. The story is fast-paced, even in the tender moments, when a new relationship is blooming. The story is engaging, from the first paragraph to the last. Atlantis Rising is a unique tale, and I am eagerly anticipating the release of a sequel. You can guarantee I won't make the same mistake with THAT cover as I did with this one!

 Would I recommend Atlantis Rising? Why, yes, yes I would. I am 32 years old, and I loved it. I know I could hand it over to my older sister, or my niece who is a Freshman in college, and they would both enjoy it, too. Gloria Craw is definitely an author I plan to keep my eyes on for a long time to come!



About the Author



Gloria Craw grew up in the desert southwest, inspired every day by the wide skies and rich colors around her. 

After high school, she attended the University of Utah where she majored and
got a degree in anthropology. 

These days, she lives in the ‘burbs’ just outside of Seattle,Washington where she is the shepherd of a husband, four daughters and a very hairy dog. 




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Tour Schedule

January 6:
Mom With A Kindle - Character Profile: Alison
I Read Indie - Character Profile: Brandy

January 7:
Bad Bird Reads - Review
The Haunted Rose - Review

January 8:
The Book Harbor Reviews - Character Profile: Ian

January 9:
Imagine a World - Review
ReadWriteLove28 - Review
Book Briefs - Review

January 12:
Ashley's Paranormal Book Blog - Http://www.ashes86blog.wordpress.com - Promo Post

January 13:
The Perks of being a Book Nerd - Character Profile: Nikki

January 14:
Watcha Reading - Excerpt
Sunrise Avenue - Review

January 15:
The Book Rogue - http://the-book-rogue.de/ - Review
The Book Bratz  - http://thebookbratz.blogspot.com/ - Review
Meredith & Jennifer's Musings - http://meredithraemusings.blogspot.com/ - Review
deal sharing aunt - http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/ - Promo Post
Du Livre – www.dulivre.blogspot.com – Promo Post
K-Books - http://k-booksxo.blogspot.co.uk – Review

Dizneeee's World of Books - http://dizneeeesworldofbooks.blogspot.com - Review*
Jillian's Books - http://jilliansbooks.blogspot.com – Review*
The Best Books Ever - http://www.thebestbooksever.com/ - Review*
Bookish Delights – www.bookish-delights.blogspot.com - Review*
Stuck In YA Books - http://lovesbooksreviews.blogspot.com/ - Review*

January 16:
The Phantom Paragrapher - www.thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.com - Review
The Shadow Realm - http://www.xtheshadowrealmx.blogspot.com - Review
Miss Little Book Addicts YA House of Books – www.misslittlebookaddictya.blogspot.com - Review

Blog Tour Review (by Jaime!) and Giveaway ~ Hellhole by Gina Damico


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By Gina Damico
Published on January 6, 2015
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: Author/ Publisher
A devil is a bad influence . . . 

There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Max’s choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food—and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high. 

With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max is racing against the clock to get rid of the houseguest from hell before time, and all the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos this side of the fiery abyss, run out


My Thoughts

My first experience with Gina Damico was The Croak series, and it was a blast to read. Humor balanced perfectly with serious made a truly enjoyable experience. When I saw the sign-ups for Hellhole, I knew I had to jump on the chance. And I loved every second of reading this fabulously strange and quirky tale!

I don't want to go into detail about the story, because it is just best to go in blind. The experience is better that way. The widening of the eyes, the seriously wacky moments, the laughing your butt off.... Trust me, you don't want any of it spoiled for you.

Max, the MC, is a great character. He works his tail off at a gas station in order to provide for his very sick mother. At this gas station, Max steals a little something, and he winds up with a devil in his basement. Basically, the story revolves around figuring out how in the world to get rid of it!

Every one of the characters is unique, and they each very much individuals. Lore, the love interest, who is... a different character, for sure!, to Audie and her boyfriend, Max. The characters definitely were a huge part of my love for this story!

I am split in the middle about this being a standalone. On one hand, YAY!!! On the other, man I would love to revisit this story in a year. The best part though? I loved this, I loved the darker humor and the wacky situations, the quirk that is the characters, so much that I think this is going to be a re-read several times over.

I would absolutely recommend this book to someone who likes their humor dark, and has the ability to suspend disbelief, and still enjoy the story. I had a great time with Max, and I think a lot of other people will too!

About the Author

Gina Damico is the author of Croak, Scorch, and Rogue, the grim-reapers-gone-wild books of the Croak trilogy. She has also dabbled as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, movie extra, office troll, retail monkey, yarn hawker and breadmonger. A native of Syracuse, New York, she now lives outside Boston with her husband, two cats, and one dog, and while she has never visited hell in person, she has spent countless waking hours at the Albany Regional Bus Terminal, which is pretty darn close. Visit her website at www.ginadami.co

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Giveaway

Message from Gina:
“Hey there book fans! I’m running a Follow Frenzy giveaway over the course of this blog tour, and the prize is pretty neato: a signed copy of HELLHOLE wherein each chapter will have a little bit of trivia and/or a doodle handwritten by yours truly. (Gina) (Damico) To enter, all you have to do is follow me on one or more of my various social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Youtube), then fill out this adorable little form.
That’s it! The more things you follow, the more chances you will earn to win. Good luck!”



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Tour Schedule

Week One

Jan. 5 - Xpresso Reads - Guest Post
Jan. 5 - Fiction Fare - Spotlight
Jan. 6 - Paranormal Book Club - Guest Post
Jan. 6 - Two Chicks on Books - Spotlight
Jan. 7 - A Dream Within A Dream - Review
Jan. 7 - Book Jems - Guest Post
Jan. 8 - BookHounds YA - Interview
Jan. 8 - YA Midnight Reads - Dual Review
Jan. 9 - Novel Novice - Guest Post
Jan. 9 - Consuming Worlds - Interview

Week Two

Jan. 12 - Once Upon a Twilight - Review
Jan. 12 - Book Sniffers Anonymous - Interview
Jan. 13 - No BS Book Reviews - Interview
Jan. 13 - The Best Books Ever - Review
Jan. 14 - Teen Readers' Diary - Guest Post
Jan. 14 - The Book Bratz - Review
Jan. 15 - Sweet Southern Home - Review
Jan. 15 - Eli to the nth - Review
Jan. 16 - Bad Bird Reads - Guest Post
Jan. 16 - Crossroad Reviews - Review
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