Saturday, September 19, 2015

Until Beth by @lisa_amowitz Blog Tour with review and #giveaways @SpencerHillP @myshelfandi

We love all things YA and having met the author (a few times!) featured today, we were honored to be a part of another blog tour to help celebrate the release of her latest book. If you get the opportunity to meet this author in person, do it! She is incredible and her books are fantastic. Welcome to our stop on the Until Beth Blog Tour.

Author: Lisa Amowitz
Release Date: September 29th, 2015 
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press 
ISBN-13: 978-1633920330


She doesn’t just play, she kills it.

Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good. 

Then she's accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends are bursting with talent, but they're also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who's so sweet that his very touch makes her fears melt away? Or Xavier, who's trying to tell her something but is hiding even more? 

And will anyone be safe when her true Talent comes out?

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"I  wish I could have read about a protagonist like Beth when I was growing up--a girl who doesn't fit into her society and must learn to use her abilities for good instead of evil. Her struggles will resonate with teen readers, and the hidden agendas of the school and its students will keep readers guessing up to the final page." 
Lyn Miller-Lachmann, author of Rogue

"This unique and compelling novel grabbed me on the first page and wouldn't let go. With unforgettable characters and a story that is by turns heartbreaking, thrilling and uplifting, UNTIL BETH is a must-read.”
-     - Christine Johnson, author of The Gathering Dark

Rating: 4
Cover comment: LOVE IT!
Book source: NetGalley

Music, mysteries, secrets, boarding school and the paranormal. That's all I needed to read in the synopsis to sell me. I'm so there. Being a fan of the author I was stoked to be on the blog tour for this book. Until Beth by Lisa Amowitz not only offers paranormal YA fans something refreshingly different, she serves up a whole lot more with this first book in her latest series.

Beth. She is not a typical YA heroine. Beth is a talented musician dealing with some heavy life things. Her boyfriend and fellow band member has gone missing and then her brother is badly injured in an accident. When she gets into a cool boarding school for kids like her with serious music chops, she decides to go away. Not feeling like she belongs anyway, Beth could use a new zip code. When she enters the High Steps campus her whole world turns into this hazy, dream-like state where things otherworldly become the norm. The students have these strange Talents and then some. Beth should fit right in, especially after seeing those weird things around her brother.

Not wanting to spoil anything, I have to admit Until Beth surprised me and that's always a great thing. While reading I was reminded of the cool kids from the X-Men series but darker and shrouded in mystery. I love books with music and even though I would have liked even more, Until Beth totally entertained me and kept me invested in this creepy new world this author has created. The Queen of YA mystery and all things supernatural, Amowitz has impressed me again (I was hooked on her gripping Vision series). The cover absolutely rocks (it's killer!) and I can't wait to read what happens next in book two.

About the Author

Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot. She is a professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly twenty years. She started writing eleven years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children. Lisa is represented by Shannon Hassan of Marsal-Lyon Literary Agency. 

BREAKING GLASS, released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series was released September, 2014. FRACTURED, a novella combining the worlds of BREAKING GLASS and VISION releases as an ebook only, June 7, 2015. UNTIL BETH, the first in the Life and Beth trilogy will be released September 2015.

Lisa Amowitz is available for guest appearances, Skype visits, school visits, libraries & interviews. Please contact her for scheduling.

Website: Blog | website | Goodreads

Grand prize US:
$25 gift certificate 
Ebooks of Breaking Glass, Vision & Fractured also by Lisa Amowitz 
Hand made by author guitar pick necklace.
(International will only be ebooks and gift certificate)

Second prize:
Ebooks of Breaking Glass, Vision & Fractured also by Lisa Amowitz 
(International: ebooks only)
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