Books

The Art of Saving the World by Corinne Duyvis

Summary:
One girl and her doppelgangers try to stop the end of the world in this YA sci-fi adventure
When Hazel Stanczak was born, an interdimensional rift tore open near her family’s home, which prompted immediate government attention. They soon learned that if Hazel strayed too far, the rift would become volatile and fling things from other dimensions onto their front lawn—or it could swallow up their whole town. As a result, Hazel has never left her small Pennsylvania town, and the government agents garrisoned on her lawn make sure it stays that way. On her sixteenth birthday, though, the rift spins completely out of control. Hazel comes face-to-face with a surprise: a second Hazel. Then another. And another. Three other Hazels from three different dimensions! Now, for the first time, Hazel has to step into the world to learn about her connection to the rift—and how to close it. But is Hazel—even more than one of her—really capable of saving the world?

My Review:

What happens when, you have the power to destroy the world?

Hazel all her life been stuck at home. The government runs tons of testing on her. She not allow to leave compound much on the rift will act up. Her parents tries hard to give her a normal life as best as she can. She must hide from the world and her family on her gifts. Then on her 16th birthday the rift gets out of control and another Hazel appears. Now it’s time for Hazel to seek answers and figure out what causing the rifts once and for all.

This book is another fast pace read. It has everything in it even dragons in the mix. I did like this book in the beginning and slowly it starte to drag out. The storyline was a good idea, but then things got out of hand. A lot was happening all at once.

The main character Hazel is shy in the book. When she meets up with other Hazels she finds out she is like them a bit on the inside. Each Hazel has there own unique personality in the book. Some are more open on who they like. The original Hazel tries to accept they are a part of her in order to save the world.

Looking for something different to read, then you might like The Art of Saving the World.

Happy Reading!!!

Books

What I’m Reading Monday

Summary:

The night my sister was born, the stars died and were reborn in her eyes….

Zuhra and Inara have grown up in the Citadel of the Paladins, an abandoned fortress where legendary, magical warriors once lived before disappearing from the world–including their Paladin father the night Inara was born.

On that same night, a massive, magical hedge grew and imprisoned them within the citadel. Inara inherited their father’s Paladin power; her eyes glow blue and she is able to make plants grow at unbelievable rates, but she has been trapped in her own mind because of a “roar” that drowns everything else out–leaving Zuhra virtually alone with their emotionally broken human mother.

For fifteen years they have lived, trapped in the citadel, with little contact from the outside world…until the day a stranger passes through the hedge, and everything changes.

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Throwaway Girls by Andrea Contos

Summary:
Caroline Lawson is three months away from freedom, otherwise known as graduation day. That’s when she’ll finally escape her rigid prep school and the parents who thought they could convert her to being straight.
Until then, Caroline is keeping her head down, pretending to be the perfect student even though she is crushed by her family and heartbroken over the girlfriend who left for California.
But when her best friend Madison disappears, Caroline feels compelled to get involved in the investigation. She has her own reasons not to trust the police, and she owes Madison — big time.
Suddenly Caroline realizes how little she knew of what her friend was up to. Caroline has some uncomfortable secrets about the hours before Madison disappeared, but they’re nothing compared to the secrets Madison has been hiding. And why does Mr. McCormack, their teacher, seem to know so much about them?
It’s only when Caroline discovers other missing girls that she begins to close in on the truth. Unlike Madison, the other girls are from the wrong side of the tracks. Unlike Madison’s, their disappearances haven’t received much attention. Caroline is determined to find out what happened to them and why no one seems to notice. But as every new discovery leads Caroline closer to the connection between these girls and Madison, she faces an unsettling truth.
There’s only one common denominator between the disappearances: Caroline herself.

My Review:

What happens when you think everything is coming together for you, and then your best friend disappears?

Throwaway Girls is such a suspenseful read. It’s where the main girl is force into solving the crime because the cops always end up being useless. I also think the cover is pretty awesome looking as well. The storyline was predictable at times, but very enjoyable. Also did like some of the characters within the book.

Caroline is a likeable character in the book. She mostly close off from everyone and keeps some secrets to herself. The girls she ever love breaks up with her, then her friend disappear into the unknown. Madison did leave a small trail of breadcrumbs for her friend. When the police won’t listen to her, it up to find her before it’s to late. What trouble did Madsion get herself into?

The book is a fast pace read and a huge guessing game of fun on what is going on. Who can you really trust in the end? There are some twists that might ever surprise you at the end.

Looking for a new mystery/thriller then check out Thowaway Girls.

Happy Reading!!

Books

{Blog Tour} A Curse of Gold by Annie Sullivan

Title: A Curse of Gold
Author: Annie Sullivan
Publication Date: September 22, 2020
Publisher: Blink
Page Count: 352
Goodreads Rating: 3.78

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis
Curses and queens. Pirates and kings. Gods and magic. This highly anticipated sequel to Annie Sullivan’s enchanting A Touch of Gold, the story of the daughter King Midas turned to gold, is the gripping crescendo to this sweeping fantasy adventure. The final saga of a cursed queen, a vengeful Greek god, and a dazzling kingdom in the balance.
After barely surviving thieving, bloodthirsty pirates and a harrowing quest at sea to retrieve her stolen treasure, Kora finds readjusting to palace life just as deadly. Kora’s people openly turn against her, threatening her overthrow as heir to the throne—a cursed queen who has angered Dionysus. When Dionysus puts out a challenge to kill the girl with the golden touch and burn down her kingdom, it’s not just her future on the throne in danger. Kora’s life and entire kingdom are now on contract.
As bold and brave as ever, Kora sets out to find Dionysus, the very person who is trying to kill her, on the mysterious disappearing island of Jipper. Kora has no other choice. If she wants to save her kingdom and have any chance at reversing her father’s curse, she will have to enter into a deadly game with Dionysus, the greatest trickster the world, or the underworld, has ever seen.

A Curse of Gold:
-Is the highly-anticipated sequel to A Touch of Gold by author Annie Sullivan
-Is an enchanting and captivating fantasy adventure/fairy tale retelling, perfect for fans of The Wrath and the Dawn and Cinder
-Is told from the perspective of Kora, King Midas’s daughter and a strong female protagonist
-Features a beautifully decorated cover

Annie Sullivan is the author of the young adult novels A Touch of Gold, Tiger Queen, and A Curse of Gold. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, and she loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s working as the Senior Copywriter at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company, having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles. She loves to hear from fans, and you can reach her via the contact form on this website or on Twitter and Instagram.
Links
-Website: https://anniesullivanauthor.com/
-Twitter: https://twitter.com/annsulliva
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annsulliva/
-Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAnnieSullivan/
-Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4135488.Annie_Sullivan

My Review:

A Curse of Gold is book two of A Touch of Gold series. I really did enjoy both books of Annie Sullivan. Enjoyed the fun geek mythology history in it. The covers for both are so pretty and gold. Did enjoy how much the characters has grown since the first book also.

I really liked how much Kora has learn to accept her role and not hide anymore in A Curse of Gold. She still have her fears and doubts her people might not love her. When the kingdom gets attack, Kora must prove once to her kingdom she not this monster.

The book really starts off action pack from the beginning to the end. Kora willing sacrifice herself to protect everyone and she puts so much pressure on being a great leader this time around. The cover design is also very pretty with the crown and all. I was happy to have read all of Annie Sullivan’s books so far and fall in love with the world she write. Also I do enjoy some geek mythology history in this series. I hope there is a book three. Thanks so much TBR and Beyond for letting me apart of this tour.

Happy Reading!!!!

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The Companion by Kate Alender

Summary:
The other orphans say Margot is lucky. Lucky to survive the horrible accident that killed her family. Lucky to have her own room because she wakes up screaming every night.
And finally, lucky to be chosen by a prestigious family to live at their remote country estate.
But it wasn’t luck that made the Suttons rescue Margot from her bleak existence at the group home. Margot was hand-picked to be a companion to their silent, mysterious daughter, Agatha. At first, helping with Agatha – and getting to know her handsome older brother – seems much better than the group home. But soon, the isolated, gothic house begins playing tricks on Margot’s mind, making her question everything she believes about the Suttons… and herself.
Margot’s bad dreams may have stopped when she came to live with Agatha – but the real nightmare has just begun.

My Review:

What happens when your whole life is gone, and must start over with a new family?

Margot was in a terrible accident with her family. She was lucky enough to have survived. Yet she don’t feel so lucky. With the bad nightmares of their death and feeling alone now in the world. Then out of nowhere, a rich family wants her. They seem like a nice family to take her in. They have a daughter her own age, Agatha. Who is very sick and not talkative at all. It all seems to good to be true, so what secrets lays inside their home.

The Companion was such a tense read which I did enjoy. Some mystery lovers will find the book predictable story, but I did enjoy it myself. It was a fast pace read and very exciting at the end. I enjoy the story and the characters within the book. This book was such a fun read and could read it again. Also I love the cover to it so creepy. Prefect for a good fall read.

I got to say I do like Magrot in the book. At the beginning she does not try to question her new home. She tries to be a good orphan, so she don’t get sent back to the state. Margot goes along with everything she is told without questions. She becomes a good companion to Agatha. Suddenly she finds herself sleep walking more and someone leaving warning for her to go. Will Margot be able to discover the secrets from within or is she just going crazy?

Here is the book trailer which I did enjoy.

Happy Reading!!!

Books

What I’m Reading Monday

Summary:

Curses and queens. Pirates and kings. Gods and magic. The final saga of a cursed queen, a vengeful Greek god, and a dazzling kingdom in the balance.

After barely surviving thieving, bloodthirsty pirates and a harrowing quest at sea to retrieve her stolen treasure, Kora finds readjusting to palace life just as deadly. Kora’s people openly turn against her, threatening to overthrow her as heir to the throne—a cursed queen who has angered Dionysus. When Dionysus puts out a challenge to kill the girl with the golden touch and burn down her kingdom, it’s not just her future on the throne in danger. Kora’s life and entire kingdom are now on contract.

As bold and brave as ever, Kora sets out to find Dionysus, the very person who is trying to kill her, on the mysterious disappearing island of Jipper. Kora has no other choice. If she wants to save her kingdom and have any chance at reversing her father’s curse, she will have to enter into a deadly game with Dionysus, the greatest trickster the world, or the underworld, has ever seen.

Comes out September 22, 2020.

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What Unbreakable Looks Like by Kate McLaughlin

Summary:
Lex was taken – trafficked – and now she’s Poppy. Kept in a hotel with other girls, her old life is a distant memory. But when the girls are rescued, she doesn’t quite know how to be Lex again.
After she moves in with her aunt and uncle, for the first time in a long time, she knows what it is to feel truly safe. Except, she doesn’t trust it. Doesn’t trust her new home. Doesn’t trust her new friend. Doesn’t trust her new life. Instead she trusts what she shouldn’t because that’s what feels right. She doesn’t deserve good things.
But when she is sexually assaulted by her so-called boyfriend and his friends, Lex is forced to reckon with what happened to her and that just because she is used to it, doesn’t mean it is okay. She’s thrust into the limelight and realizes she has the power to help others. But first she’ll have to confront the monsters of her past with the help of her family, friends, and a new love.
Kate McLaughlin’s What Unbreakable Looks Like is a gritty, ultimately hopeful novel about human trafficking through the lens of a girl who has escaped the life and learned to trust, not only others, but in herself.

My Review:

What happens when your life is taken away from you?

Lex aka Poppy was force into the life of sex trafficking and endure so much abuse with men. Until one day she is found and returned to her aunt. Lex still don’t understand how to live in this real world after her ordeal. She starts dating a guy who take advantage of her and has use his friends to assault her. Lex don’t understand what they did wrong because she still embracing her old life as Poppy. Lex must discover who she going to be and leave Poppy behind for good.

What Unbreakable is is a heartbreaking it. It was very detailed and well written. Also the book discusses some very difficult and sensitive topic on human trafficking. It was a very revealing read about the world of sex trafficking. The main character been so much and she don’t understand how to act around people anymore and seems lost in the beginning. Lucky she forms a good support system to help her through the pain of being Poppy and move from her.

This book has a lot of trigger warnings for some readers. I did liked this book so much and the cover design was very pretty. So many emotions where in this read and still there be hope in the end for the main character to get through it.

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{Blog Tour} All This Time by Mikki Daugherty and Rachel Lippincott

I
am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the ALL THIS TIME by Mikki Daughtry &
Rachael Lippincott Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my
post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About
The Book:

Title: ALL THIS TIME

Authors: Mikki Daughtry & Rachael
Lippincott
Pub.
Date:

September
29, 2020
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books
for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook,
Audiobook
Pages: 336
From the team behind #1 New York Times
bestseller Five Feet Apart comes a gripping new romance that asks: Can you find
true love after losing everything?
Kyle and Kimberly have been the perfect couple all
through high school, but when Kimberly breaks up with him on the night of their
graduation party, Kyle’s entire world upends—literally. Their car crashes and
when he awakes, he has a brain injury. Kimberly is dead. And no one in his life
could possibly understand.

Until Marley. Marley is suffering from her own loss, a loss she thinks was her
fault. And when their paths cross, Kyle sees in her all the unspoken things
he’s feeling.

As Kyle and Marley work to heal each other’s wounds, their feelings for each
other grow stronger. But Kyle can’t shake the sense that he’s headed for
another crashing moment that will blow up his life as soon as he’s started to
put it back together.

And he’s right.

My Review:

What happens when your life turns upside after an accident?

Kimberly and Kyle seem to have this epic love story. They kinda rule the school, but one night when they are fighting, a truck hits them. Kyle lived by Kimberly passed away. Now he must learn who he is without Kimberly.

All This Time was such an emotional read a bit. You learn so much about yourself when you lose your other half. I like the storyline idea of this book on finding yourself and moving on. The characters I did liked and connect with in the book. Also I like the cover to this read very pretty looking.

I liked Kyle in the book, he had his life plan out with his two best friends, Sam and Kimberly. He needs everything prefect and just be with Kimberly all the time. Yet he is blinded on Kimberly needs and wants. She gets tired of seeing Kyle all the time and being define. Kimberly wants to be her own person without Kyle. Which they seek to fight a lot. Which everything change after accident.

Marley in the book I like also. She hate sad stories and trying to move from her twin sister death. She bumps into Kyle at the cemetery and they kinda hit it off. Slowly they learn to lean on each other and open up. Even Kyle start to see things differently with Kimberly and changing himself for the better.

All This Time was an emotional read and very well written. It was easy to jump right in and enjoy the characters and everything in it. Find out for yourself if Kyle can move on.

About
Mikki Daughtry:

Mikki Daughtry graduated from Brenau University,
where she studied theatre arts. She is a screenwriter and novelist living in
Los Angeles and is one of the authors of the New York Times #1 bestseller Five
Feet Apart. When she’s not writing, she is watching old black and white movies,
listening to Doris Day on repeat, or reading ancient Greek plays. The classics.
Always.

About
Rachael Lippincott:
Rachael Lippincott was born in Philadelphia and
raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in English writing from
the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, splitting her time between writing and running a food truck with
her partner.

Her debut novel, FIVE FEET APART, is a #1 NYT
Bestseller.
Giveaway Details:
3 lucky winners will win a finished copy
of ALL THIS TIME, US Only.
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9/7/2020

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Books

The Glare by Margot Harrison

Summary:
After ten years of living on an isolated, tech-free ranch with her mother, sixteen-year-old Hedda is going back to the world of the Glare-her word for cell phones, computers, and tablets. Hedda was taught to be afraid of technology, afraid that it would get inside her mind and hurt her. But now she’s going to stay with her dad in California, where she was born, and she’s finally ready to be normal. She’s not going to go “off-kilter,” like her mom says she did when she was just a little kid.
Once she arrives, Hedda finally feels like she’s in control. She reunites with old friends and connects with her stepmom and half-brother. Never mind the terrifying nightmares and visions that start trickling back-they’re not real.
Then Hedda rediscovers the Glare—the real Glare, a first-person shooter game from the dark web that scared her when she was younger. They say if you die thirteen times on level thirteen, you die in real life. But as Hedda starts playing the so-called “death game”—and the game begins spreading among her friends—she realizes the truth behind her nightmares is even more twisted than she could have imagined. And in order to stop the Glare, she’ll have to first confront the darkness within herself.

My Review:

What if you grew up thinking all of technology is evil?

Hedda spent all her life growing up isolated from the world of technology. Her mom kept her from the world of tech for years, as Hedda calls it the glare. Hedda ready to go back into the real world and face her fear of the glare when she visit her father.

The Glare was such an very interesting and original storyline. Also the cover art is pretty cool looking also. Some of the characters can be very likable in the book. The book is full of twists you don’t see coming.

I did like Hedda in the book. She grows up not having any friends and not allow to be near any tech. It nice seeing she longs for freedom when she visit her dad and have dreams of making friends and going to school. First she must figure out the mystery of the glare before she end up going crazy herself like everyone else who gets suck into playing it.

Looking for a fast pace stand alone, then check out The Glare.

Happy Reading!!!

Books

{Nerd Blast} The Snow Queen by Mary Ting

Publication Date : September 24, 2020
Series: Ellie, Engineer
Author Mary Ting
ASIN : B08FVPPW1P
Language: : English
Print Length : 284 pages

Praise for MARY TING

“A stunning sequel! Mary Ting takes us once again into the inventive world of ISAN–one of intrigue and betrayal–but this time, with deadly consequences. A must read!” —Jonas Saul, Bestselling Author of the Sarah Roberts Series on ISAN Series
“Captivating from the very beginning, this sci-fi novel explores issues of autonomy and survival in a world where there are few remaining citizens after meteors crashed into Earth… this thrilling dystopian drama has a splash of romance and tons of action. The fast-paced chapters will engage reluctant readers and fans of postapocalyptic scenarios.” —School Library Journal on ISAN Series
“Addictive and impossible to put it down!” —Addison Moore, New York Times Bestselling Author on ISAN Series

A curse turned her heart to ice, but only true love can melt it.

Cyrus, the possessor demon lord is dead, but his final battle left Hawaii in turmoil. Hundreds of people are wounded, and the aftermath of a volcanic eruption has kept the survivors busy with the cleanup. Schools are closed and stores are being rebuilt. Life is almost back to normal, except for Ikelia, Eli’s mother.

Eligor, Eli’s father, is still trapped inside the Keeper crystal. Ikelia is unable to free him, so she asks Davin, the head of the Chosen Knights, to travel to her past. He takes her to the moment she first became the Snow Queen in search of the clue she needs. They learn they must go to Kaneana Cave, home to a legend about a Shark Man who lures humans through a smaller opening in the cave and eats them. So Davin rounds up the team. But what they find there might mean the end for Ikelia and the Chosen Knights.

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Photo Credit: Michelle England Delavara

Mary Ting is an international bestselling, award-winning author. She writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers around the world. Her books span a wide range of genres, and her storytelling talents have earned a devoted legion of fans, as well as garnered critical praise.
Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.
Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Being a huge Twilight fan, Mary was inspired to make book-themed jewelry and occasionally gives it away as prizes to her fans.

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