Thursday, April 21, 2016

#BlogTour stop for There Once Were Stars by @McFarlaneBooks with review and #giveaway #YA @Month9Books @chapterxchapter



There Once Were Stars
by Melanie McFarlane
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of the dome. Now Nat wants answers. Is there life outside the dome and if so, what has the Order been hiding from everyone?

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About the author
Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, Melanie McFarlane jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie has focused her powers on her upcoming YA trilogy: THERE ONCE WERE STARS and her YA urban fantasy series: SUMMONER RISING.

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First off, look at the cover for this book. Doesn't it seem like a contemporary romance cover? I really like it and think it's adorable, but I never figured hiding inside its pages was a cool post-dystopian novel. Refreshing, right? I think so.

Honestly, I chose to read this book because the cover grabbed me and the synopsis totally drew me in. One of my favorite anime series of all time is Ergo Proxy and dome life is a big aspect of its futuristic world so stories about domes appeal to me. I don't want to give anything away about this YA gem simply because readers need the element of surprise to fully enjoy a title. Author Melanie McFarlane really sent this one flying out of the ballpark. Nat is a wonderful heroine with just the right amount of nerve and strength and she's full of questions about her deceased scientist parents, life outside of Dome 1618, the politics of the times, conspiracies, and so much more. Did I mention there are zombie-like beings? Ha, piqued your interest now, right?

From the first page, I knew this was the type of book I'd stay up to finish reading no matter the time. And I did. Terrific pacing, strong, developed characters, engaging plot which raised many questions and deepened existing mysteries, plenty of action to keep me invested, a little romance (hello Evan!), the horror of the zombie beings, There Once Were Stars has it all. The feelies I had while reading and the times I stopped to re-read a section only prove how GOOD this is. I also didn't mind the love triangle at all because it worked. The fluid writing made the story easy to visualize and the bigwigs at The CW should snap this up and make it a series. I heard The Vampire Diaries is ending so there's an opening. Schedule this next to The 100!

If you think dystopian is so yesterday or ended with The Hunger Games, think again. McFarlane has revived the genre and made me a fan of both her writing, her books, and the genre once again. Where's book two?

Rating: 5 LOVED IT!
Cover comment: Already mentioned how cute it is and how surprising.
Book source: I received a promotional copy from the publisher (thanks to Month9Books) in return for my candid viewpoints in a review for a blog tour.

Giveaway 
Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane (open INT). Contest ends May 6, 2016
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

#BlogTour stop for Emerge (Mer Chronicles #1) by @TobieEaston with review and #giveaway #YALit #mermaid #emerge @month9books

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Mermaids are taking over today! Happy book birthday to Tobie Easton's Emerge. We are sharing our review and there's an opportunity to enter the tour-wide giveaway. 
Have a great day!

Emerge (Mer Chronicles #1) by Tobie Easton
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid, but she’s never lived in the ocean. Ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality, war has ravaged the Seven Seas.

So Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia's entire community at risk. So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right?

That is, until Lia finds out she isn't the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn't realize the danger he's in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay than ever. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with Clay, the harder it is for Lia to deny her feelings.After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

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With the exception of Disney's Arial, I don't consider myself much of a mermaid fan. But after diving into Tobie Easton's debut YA novel, Emerge, I might have to change my opinion. From the first chapter, I found myself a fan of main character Lia. She just happens to be a mermaid living in secret on land in Malibu, California. Her people were cursed by The Little Mermaid (from Hans Christian Anderson's story) and haven't been able to return to their war-ravaged home in the sea. 

Lia is dealing with being the new girl in high school and everything that comes along with it, except in her case when we first meet her she's dealing with trying to get out of swimming in gym class. You know, the whole when legs touch water thing (like in the movie Splash). A cute guy comes to her rescue and from then on we know Clay is the one Lia likes. I thought the writing was very strong and so perfectly suited for the age group. I would recommend this title to younger YA readers who I believe will easily fall under Lia's spell. Her story is engrossing. There were times when I wanted to yell at her and make her question her decisions but isn't that the way it is when one is growing up and making mistakes while living? 

Month9Books consistently releases impressive titles. This is a publisher that readers seeking something wholly different and unique can easily discover a title from their list to fall into and love. With Emerge, I enjoyed the drama and mystery, the storyline, the pacing was just right and the author has such a nice style of writing I easily fell into reading. I couldn't help rooting for Lia--mistakes and all--simply because she's such a nice character and I felt the same way about Clay. I also liked her best friend, Caspian, a fellow Mer person. The whole secret society and having the Mer people live on land gave the story a uniqueness I found intriguing. With such a likable heroine and a great boyfriend too, I think fans of mermaid tales should grab this book. I can't wait to see what happens to Lia in the next book. Arial move over and make some room for Lia, a relative, and rising star. Love the cover! 

Rating: 4 Really liked it
Cover comment: Lovely!
Book source: I received a promotional copy from the publisher in exchange for my candid opinions during a blog tour.

About the author
Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens. She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Learn more about Tobie and her upcoming books at www.TobieEaston.com

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Giveaway 
There is a tour-wide giveaway. This contest ends April 29, 2016. These are the prizes: 
· An Amazon Fire Tablet (US Only)
· Emerge stickers and bookmarks, one set of mermaid flash tattoos, a seashell necklace, and a signed paperback of Emerge (US Only)
· Three (3) digital copies of Emerge by Tobie Easton (INT)
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Monday, April 18, 2016

#BlogTour stop for Above The Flames by @CassieFear with excerpt and #giveaway @limitlessbooks #YA #paranormal #XpressoTours


Here's what we have on tap today: YA paranormal novel (the first in a trilogy). A mysterious excerpt that leaves you wanting more. And a giveaway. Happy Monday!

Above The Flames by Cassandra Fear
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: April 19th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Jasmine’s sixteenth birthday was the worst ever…

All in one day, her dad died, she met a demon, and her mother rejected her existence forever. After all, the demon who killed her dad was there to take her, and all because of her stupid powers—the ability to conjure blue flames.

Two years later, she’s happy. But happy never lasts…

After moving to Idaho to live with her grandparents, Jasmine has a new life. Almost nobody knows about her powers, and she’s just a normal teenager with normal problems. Then comes her eighteenth birthday—and the earthquake that changes her world forever.

An army of demons rise from Hell. And Jasmine is right in the middle of the battle…

When demons claw their way to Earth, Jasmine is surrounded by hundreds of fire-eyed beasts. Worse, she is captured by a big-shot demon named Bael. He’s a tricky foe with a chip on his shoulder—and the desire to make Jasmine use her powers for evil.

Amon is a fallen angel with an attitude—and everything to lose.

Successfully escaping the underworld undetected, Amon is on a quest to regain God’s grace when he rescues Jasmine from the clutches of a particularly nasty demon he knows all too well. The attraction between him and the not-entirely-human captive is instantaneous. Heavenly sparks fly, but ideas of romance will have to wait. First they have to stop thedemon race from wiping out the mortal realm. Humanity’s fate rests in their hands.

Can two troubled angels rise above the flames to ensure a future for mankind? Or will Jasmine and Amon’s souls be bound together—in hell?


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Excerpt
“What was that noise?” Jasmine asked, coming around the front of the car. Dad was crouched down, inspecting the tire.
“What noise?” Dad asked, looking up.
“Mike, don’t tell me you didn’t hear that shrieking whistle. It was so loud,” Mom said.
Dad scrunched his forehead. “I really didn’t hear anything. But it’s obvious you did.” Dad rubbed his forehead. “What is going on around here?”
“I’m not sure, but I think it has something to do with me.” The man’s voice was raspy, but smooth, like silk torn to shreds. Jasmine’s spine stiffened, and goosebumps ran down her arms and legs. She turned slowly, just like in a horror movie, only to see the silhouette of a man behind her. Fog surrounded him, hiding his features.
Somehow able to find her voice, she asked, “Who are you? Where did you come from?”
The man stepped into view and smiled, revealing abnormally white teeth that looked sharpened at the tips. “I came from Hell, actually. And I’m ready for some fun. You wouldn’t believe how boring eternity in a flaming prison is.”
Jasmine inched backward. Her body tingled as her power moved through her, but she pushed it back again, not sure why it kept trying to get out. She never let it out anymore, and it never tried to escape. Not like this. She took another step backward, hoping the man wouldn’t notice her. Her phone was in the car, and this guy was crazy. They were going to need some help to get out of this alive. Maybe the police would make it in time. If only she could get to her phone.
“Nuh-uh, you pretty little thing. You stay right where you are.” The man came closer, backing her into the side of the car. “I’m actually here to see you, Jasmine.”

About the author

Cassandra Fear lives in Ohio with her husband, two kids and two dogs. Hiking, taking care of her fish tank and reading are her favorite hobbies. She loves chocolate, hates driving in the snow and could eat macaroni and cheese every day. In her spare time, she loves to write, and has always dreamed of becoming an author. Her dreams will become reality with her first book, Above the Flames.

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Giveaway
There is a tour-wide giveaway (open INTL) for 1 (one) signed copy of Above The Flames by Cassandra Fear. This giveaway ends May 12.