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Book Blast: IXEOS Trilogy by Jennings Wright (+ US Giveaway)


Welcome to the Book Blast for The IXEOS Trilogy by Jennings Wright! Check out all the information about the first two books in this trilogy below, along with how to enter to win a great prize pack!

 
IXEOS by Jennings Wright
(Book One of the IXEOS Trilogy)
Paperback: 358 pages
Published: 13 February 2013
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
The McClellands are enjoying a lazy summer vacation at the beach when they are lured from our world into Ixeos, an alternate Earth. Finding themselves lost in a maze of tunnels under Paris and surrounded by strangers, they discover that they have been brought to Ixeos for one purpose: to take the planet back from humanoid aliens who have claimed it. With the aid of the tunnels and a mysterious man named Landon, the teens travel the world seeking the key that will allow them to free Darian, the long-imprisoned rebel leader. But the aliens aren’t the only problem on Ixeos — the McClellands have to deal with brutal gangs, desperate junkies, and a world without power, where all the technology is owned by the aliens, and where most of the population has been killed or enslaved. The worst part? There’s no way home.


IXEOS: Rebellion by Jennings Wright
(Book Two of the IXEOS Trilogy)
Paperback: 396 pages
Published: 1 June 2013
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
With rebel leader Darian free at last, the humans and outsiders on Ixeos must find a way to join forces and defeat the Firsts. The problem? All slaves are tracked with GPS, the Firsts are the only ones with power, and roving gangs hate the rebels just as much as they hate the aliens. As Darian and the outsiders from Earth travel the globe through the mysterious tunnels in Paris, they learn that the Firsts are preparing to launch another wave of biological warfare. With a transporter that will allow the aliens to target any city, anywhere on the planet, the rebels know they must stop them at all costs. As things get more dangerous on Ixeos, the outsiders find that they’re pushed to their limit. Will they fight for freedom, no matter the price?

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Book Blast: Disneylanders by Kate Abbott (+ US Giveaway)

Greetings, book lovers! Today we have a special Book Blast for Disneylanders by Kate Abbott. Being a huge fan of all things Disney, I simply couldn't pass up the opportunity to join this Blast. Below you can get to know a little about this book, the author and even enter to win a great prize pack! So without further ado, here's Disneylanders!


Disneylanders by Kate Abbott
Paperback: 149 pages
Published: 12 May 2013
Publisher: Theme Park Press
Purchase: Amazon

In Disneylanders, 14-year-old Casey Allison, on the brink of starting high school, struggles to find a new identity on her family’s annual summer vacation, but with the help of an outgoing boy she meets while waiting in line, she discovers that Disneyland is the one place where her overprotective parents let her have the freedom to grow up.





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Blog Tour: Poison by Molly Cochran (Review + Giveaway)


Welcome to the blog tour for Poison by Molly Cochran! I am very excited to be part of this tour and to share with you my thoughts and feelings about this great book. Be sure to check out the other amazing stops on the tour by clicking the banner above or going here! Also, you should definitely enter the tour-wide giveaway below, if you haven't already done so.


Poison by Molly Cochran
Hardcover: 368 pages
Published: 12 December 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Source: Provided for tour in exchange for an honest review
Age Range: Young Adult
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound
Arthurian legend mixes with modern-day witchcraft in this haunting sequel to Legacy, which Publishers Weekly said “should please the legions of paranormal fans looking for a sophisticated supernatural thriller.”

After the riveting—and romantic—events of Legacy, Katy has won Peter’s heart and is now claiming her place in the magical world. Though half the students at her boarding school come from witching lines, the use of magic is expressly forbidden at Ainsworth, so as to keep the witching world hidden from the blue-blooded preppies, aka Muffies, who also walk the halls.

But the Muffies have at least a notion of magic, because Katy catches them staging a made-up ritual—and to her astonishment, the girls collapse at Katy’s feet and fall into comas. When Katy is blamed, she becomes desperate to clear her name and finds herself battling all odds to harness her growing magical powers in order to save the Muffies and dispel the Darkness once more.
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Top Ten Tuesday (16): Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2013


The topic this week is Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2013. Okay... confession. I'm not the fastest reader in the world, so I've only read 19 books this year thus far. Though I haven't read as many books as a lot of people out there, I have definitely enjoyed most of them immensely.

Here are ten of my favorites so far this year:
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Book Blast: 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper (Excerpt + Giveaway)




15 Minutes by Jill Cooper
Paperback: 234 pages
Release Date: 15 June 2013
Age Level: Young Adult

I have 15 minutes to save my mother’s life….

15 minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives you in the past, but for Lara Crane it’s enough time to race through the city, find her mother, and stop her from being killed in a mugging that happened over ten years ago.

But that’s not how it happened. The story she’s been told all her life is a lie and when Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever.

The love of her life acts like a stranger. Her simple life is replaced with a giant house, glamorous clothes and a new boyfriend.

Except someone knows her secret. And he will try to stop her at every turn as she races against the clock to unravel a dangerous conspiracy.

15 Minutes is an edgy high octane YA thriller that can be described as Back to the Future meets Inception where the people Lara trusts change in an instant. She is in a timeline she doesn't understand, and is about to make one fatal mistake as she faces an enemy so familiar, he’s family

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Guest Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite by Kiera Cass
Format: E-book, 336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 23 April 2013
Age Level: Young Adult
 Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of IllĂ©a. America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide. Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

This series is making me very, very happy. I started reading this book thinking I had everything all figured out, but after reading it I'm totally blown away by what happened, and I have no idea what's going to happen next. I've made guesses of course, but those will probably be shot down just like my previous ones were. Which as I said, makes me very, very, happy!

I guess I'll start this review talking about the leading character, because that seems like as good a place as any. America is a fairly "real" character. She is by far the most idealistic character in the book so far. She seems like the only one who sees the injustice and just plain "offness" of her country's system, which makes her the most likable of the 6 elite. Despite that, she isn't perfect; far from it. She makes mistakes and isn't always in the right. She is ever so slightly self-involved and just a little bit self-righteous. She easily sees what's wrong with any given situation, but has trouble understanding that sometimes you can't make things right all in a day. Sometimes, she's a little slow to figure things out. She definitely doesn't know how or who to trust. I really like that about her though. It makes it easy to read about her without constantly rolling my eyes at her goodness.

I especially like that she and Maxon (or even Aspen for that matter) don't just magically get along; they really have to work at it. I also have to give kudos to Maxon, because he is really understanding, but also fair and realistic as to how much he's willing to let her get away with before he'll reign her in. While that sounds a bit misogynistic, it's only because America is a girl of strong passions and doesn't always know when to check herself. I gained a lot of respect for Maxon and America this book; they have turned into very solid characters who I really enjoy reading about!

The Love Triangle of Doom is still very much in effect as, much to my dismay, Aspen is still mucking about. This book really does nothing to make me like him any more. I can see why America would be enticed by what he represents, but I have no idea why she would like this kid in the first place. He's just so one-dimensional, and the only evidence that America and Aspen had any type of meaningful relationship is that the author said so. There are memories and such, but so far nothing to really convey that this would actually be a really hard choice for America. You can tell that Aspen only exists (and is still present into the second book) purely for the "drama" that it creates. Personally, I think there are plenty of other reasons for America to be hesitant in becoming closer with Maxon without throwing this rather dull character into the mix. In fact, I can think of at least 5 right off the top of my head.

There aren't really any more new characters in this book worth mentioning, but there is a good amount of character development, especially among the selection contestants. There are only 6 girls left at the beginning, so it's a lot easier to keep track of who is who. While these developments are to be expected, we also get a better glimpse into Maxon's family and life growing up. Some of the things we learn are not pretty, and it really made me feel for Maxon, as well as making him seem a stronger and less wishy-washy character.
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Top Ten Tuesday (15): Books at the Top of My Summer TBR List


Hallo again, bookish lovelies! As I was trying to figure out what to share this week, I thought I'd get inspiration from my bookshelves. It has come to my attention that I might have gone a smidge overboard with buying books recently... ahem. As a result of my book frenzy, I've decided this summer that I'm going to read as many books from my own shelves as I can.

So which books are calling to me most? It looks like a lot of contemporary. But, I have been wanting to read more in that genre. Next up are a couple middle-grade books I've been wanting to read. The last two are books I've been told to read by friends. One is an angel book that my friend Amy swears I'll love regardless of my opinion on angel books. The other one is about mermaids, which my friend Jen loves and hopes that I'll fall in love with too. I don't know that I'm really a fan of either, but we shall see!

So without further ado, here are ten of the books I hope to read this summer:
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Lightning Review: Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
  Format: E-book, 304 pages
  Publisher: HarperCollins
  Release Date: 28 June 2011
  Age Level: Teen
  Source: Purchased
  Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound
Hilarious new series from Queen of Teen – laugh your tights off at the (VERY) amateur dramatic antics of Talullah and her bonkers mates. Boys, snogging and bad acting guaranteed! Picture the scene: Dother Hall performing arts college somewhere Up North, surrounded by rolling dales, bearded cheesemaking villagers (male and female) and wildlife of the squirrely-type. On the whole, it’s not quite the showbiz experience Tallulah was expecting… but once her mates turn up and they start their ‘FAME! I’m gonna liiiiive foreeeeeever, I’m gonna fill my tiiiiights’ summer course things are bound to perk up. Especially when the boys arrive. (When DO the boys arrive?) Six weeks of parent-free freedom. BOY freedom. Freedom of expression… cos it’s the THEATRE dahling, the theatre!!

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Top Ten Tuesday (14): Beach Reads


Um... so I had a bit of a problem with the topic this week. First of all, I currently live in Arizona. I don't know if anybody knows this, but there aren't a lot of beaches in Phoenix. Or large bodies of water. Or even small bodies of water. It's basically a lot of dry ground, bristly plants and scorching heat. Shocker, I know. I need to move... le sigh.

Secondly! When I think of a beach read, I think of something light and fun. A month or so ago, we did a light and fun topic, but I don't want to repeat those. Then I got to thinking about it more and, well, to me a beach read is light and fun, yes, but it also sounds like a contemporary/romantic-ish book. I am quite deficient when it comes to the contemporary genre, so I definitely wouldn't have enough picks for that. I thought maybe I could do something like a TBR Beach Reads or whatever, but then I looked ahead and noticed we're doing a Summer TBR Reads topic next week. Gah! What to do what to do... hmm...

After much deliberating - and realizing I was making things way harder than they need to be - here are some beach reads I've come up with... if ever I found myself near one again, that is:
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Top Ten Tuesday (13): Books Featuring Travel in Some Way


I love to travel and see new places. Since I don't get to travel much these days, I find my adventures in the books I read. This week on Top Ten Tuesday is super exciting because it's all about the Top Ten Book Featuring Travel in Some Way!

Without further ado, here are ten books I've enjoyed that feature some kind of travel :
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