Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Book Blitz: When Stars Are Bright by Amber R Duell

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Book Blitz: WHEN STARS ARE BRIGHT by Amber R Duell

I'm so excited to share this highly anticipated release with you all today! When Stars Are Bright is a YA fairy tale retelling of "Thumbelina" by author Amber R. Duell. Read on for an exclusive excerpt, revieweasy access purchase links, and a chance to win a paperback copy of the book!


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Publication Date: January 7th, 2020 

Genre: Young Adult/ Fairy Tale Retelling / Romance
Publisher: Crescent Sea Publishing 


Summary
For Lina Holt, a Dutch seventeen-year-old with a flair for singing, 1930 is going to be her year. Her long-time boyfriend is about to propose and her mother will finally realize their relationship isn’t a passing phase. But when a stranger snatches her from her backyard, everything changes. Lina is thrust into the spotlight of a New York vaudeville show where she’s paired with Nik, a mysterious pianist. The two bond during rehearsals and it doesn’t take long before Nik puts himself at risk to confess a hidden truth. Without Lina, the show is in its last season and there’s no way she’ll be allowed to slip through the owner’s fingers. Not when she carries fairy magic in her blood—an gift that turns her song into a dangerously addictive drug. If Lina ever wants to return home, she must learn who to trust before she’s forced to remain a prisoner on stage forever. WHEN STARS ARE BRIGHT is a historical Thumbelina retelling with a touch of magic. 
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Excerpt
There’s a certain thrill in doing something forbidden. Sneaking out past curfew, dancing freely to a jazz band, stealing kisses in a dark corner. Any one of those things will send my mother into hysterics. I’m not sure what she’ll do if she finds out I’m doing them all at once. When she finds out, because she always does. But, if I want to see Christian, it’s my only choice. The band electrifies the air with each note they play. At least fifty strangers twist and turn around us in the empty barn, and the lingering scent of hay tickles my nose. Christian doesn’t seem to notice the lack of marble floors or fancy wall sconces. His eyes haven’t left my face since we got here, except for the kissing. His arms cocoon me near the wall, and I lean into his chest. He’s warm and sturdy against me, and I close my eyes. The soft thump of his heartbeat beneath my palm dulls the sharp edge of missing him, but it never stops cutting. It won’t as long as we’re forced to sneak around behind our parents’ backs. “Are you tired, Lina?” Christian twists one of my curls around his finger. “We can go.” “We’ve only been here an hour.” And there’s no telling how long until we can meet again. I stretch up on my toes, the hem of my yellow skirt tickling the back of my knees, and kiss the fine stubble on his cheek. “Come on. I love this song.” Pulling Christian behind me, I find a free spot in the middle of the barn. Dozens of worn, dusty boots and Mary Jane’s slam down on the planked floor, sending bits of straw and dirt into the air. The music vibrates against my body, and we join the rhythm. The band wears worn slacks and checkered shirts like the rest of the crowd. Christian’s the only one here without patched clothes or any idea of the work that will go into filling this barn with hay tomorrow. No one will have the energy for dancing after a day of haying. They’ll be lucky to drag themselves to bed before collapsing, my mother and I included, though it will be a different field we work in the morning. Sweat trickles down Christian’s temple as we kick up dust of our own, and a wide grin breaks out on my face. I’m not the best swing dancer, far from it, but I don’t care. Giving myself over to the music makes me feel weightless. Free. No one pays attention except Christian, and he’s not much better. When the trombone sounds its last note, I laugh and collapse into his arms, breathless. “Want to get something to drink?” I ask over the start of the next song. He nods and leads me back through the crowd. His cotton shirt clings to his skin, showing off the muscles in his arms and back, and gray suspenders hang down from his waist. After more than a year together, it’s the most I’ve seen of him, and it would be a lie to say I’m not enjoying it. If we didn’t have to sneak around, I’d make him go dancing every weekend for the view alone. “Wait here.” He slips under a slanted support beam at the back of the barn, and kisses me. When he steps away, he keeps hold of my hand until he’s too far to reach. “I’ll be right back.” I scoot farther under the protection of the beam until it grazes my hair, and watch his head bob above everyone else. A lantern burns beside me, casting a warm glow, and the band plays their own version of Puttin’ on the Ritz. There’s no singer tonight, without a microphone it would be impossible to hear one anyway, but I know the words. I hum along with the smooth sound of the saxophone, my foot tapping in time with the bass and, before I realize it, I’m singing. It’s a cheery tune, but I keep my voice quiet. My mother is the only one who’s heard me sing since I was little, and she insists I keep it that way. Being known as the infant abandoned in a tulip field, I’m used to whispers behind my back. Going steady with the heir to the Van Buren petroleum fortune only makes things worse. I don’t mind being thought of as an unlovable gold digger—not much anyway—but I’m tired of standing out. I especially have no interest in drawing a crowd tonight like I did when I was five. Twelve years later, I still get chills thinking about the people that closed in on me as I hummed in the marketplace. A heavy man inches along the wall, hunching over to fit beside me. His eyelids droop over dark eyes, and his round face is close enough that I can count the pockmarks. His breath wheezes over the music. “You have a lovely voice. Where did you get it?” I slam my mouth shut on the last line of the song. Naturally, the one time I sing in public someone’s listening. Though it’s only one person, this is somehow equally unnerving. “Have you thought about a career?” The strange man leans closer. From his dialect, it’s obvious he’s from a different part of Holland. “A career?” I shift away, and scan the crowd for Christian. When I don’t see him between here and the water barrel, I step away from the wall. The man bobs his head up and down, his jowls shaking, swallowing the yellow-stained Marlboro collar. “In show business. With that delicate face of yours, the blond hair and blue eyes, it would be easy to make a name for yourself. I’ve never felt an addictive quality as strong as yours either. Of course it’s rare. Where did you get it?” “I have no idea what you’re talking about.” “Keep your secrets, little Symric. Fairy folk always do.” He inches closer still. “But what do you say? You want to make it big in America with me?” My laugh is quick and high-pitched. Where are you, Christian? “No.” “You should.” “She should what?” Christian asks from the opposite direction. He steps up beside me without refreshments and wraps an arm around my shoulders. 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Review
Initial Impressions: I am ecstatic to read When Stars Are Bright for three reasons! One, it is a Thumbelina retelling, and I am a sucker for "modernized" fairy tales. Two, Amber R Duell is an author of Crescent Sea Publishing, an organisation who produces nothing but amazing books. I haven't let down by any of their stories before, especially Duell's others, so I can expect the same of this! And finally, the setting sounds unique and engaging. Unlike I mentioned earlier, this isn't exactly a modernized fairy tale; it's set in the 1930s in the Netherlands! All in all, I can't wait any longer to begin reading When Stars Are Bright!

Halfway-Through Notes: So far, I have immensely enjoyed When Stars Are Bright! I've made strong connections with the characters and had to force myself to put the book down to write this. I have noticed a few disparities and faults, but the majority of my feelings for this book are overwhelmingly positive. One of my favourite things so far is the writing style for how realistic and entertaining it is, but also its consistency! Amber R Duell's writing style does not differ in any of her books, which I see as a positive thing. I feel comforted and engaged when reading because of it!

Opinions: There's simply nothing to say about When Stars Are Bright except that it is an engaging, thematic, entertaining read! I'm nothing short of impressed with Duell's Thumbelina retelling. Readers follow Lina through her first kiss, first public performance, and even her first kidnapping while debating who to trust and who to doubt. Readers will adore the realistic elements woven into the crimeful and supernatural events and the characters' perseverance throughout the dreadful times they face. It is definitely a worthy read, and I know it's going on my list of favourites!

My Favourite Thing: Although this is a Thumbelina retelling, When Stars Are Bright is unbelievably unique! Readers are immersed into a story of magic, terror, and beauty with Thumbelina motifs sprinkled throughout the scenes. This was an extremely individual and creative retelling that resonates with the reader and creates nostalgia on a whole new level.
My Least Favourite Thing: The introduction to When Stares Are Bright is slow and banal, which is unfortunate, because it could easily turn away readers. It gave me a poor first impression of the book and I was tempted to skim the first few chapters. Thankfully, I powered through and ended up loving the book!



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About the Author


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 Amber R. Duell is an award-winning young adult author, Navy wife, and mom of 2 awesome boys. She has been a #WriteMentor mentor since 2018 and is a co-host on the live broadcast show Young Adult Edition. Red Bull keeps her kicking.




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Saturday, February 15, 2020

When Stars Are Bright, Amber R Duell

When Stars Are Bright, 4/5

Author Information: Amber R. Duell is an award-winning young adult author, Navy wife, and mom of 2 awesome boys. She has been a #WriteMentor mentor since 2018 and is a co-host on the live broadcast show Young Adult Edition. Red Bull keeps her kicking.

Pages: 346
Book Number: 1 of 1
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Retellings

Summary by Author: For Lina Holt, a Dutch seventeen-year-old with a flair for singing, 1930 is going to be her year. Her long-time boyfriend is about to propose and her mother will finally realize their relationship isn’t a passing phase. But when a stranger snatches her from her backyard, everything changes.

Lina is thrust into the spotlight of a New York vaudeville show where she’s paired with Nik, a mysterious pianist. The two bond during rehearsals and it doesn’t take long before Nik puts himself at risk to confess a hidden truth. Without Lina, the show is in its last season and there’s no way she’ll be allowed to slip through the owner’s fingers. Not when she carries fairy magic in her blood—an gift that turns her song into a dangerously addictive drug.

If Lina ever wants to return home, she must learn who to trust before she’s forced to remain a prisoner on stage forever.


Initial Impressions: I am ecstatic to read When Stars Are Bright for three reasons! One, it is a Thumbelina retelling, and I am a sucker for "modernized" fairy tales. Two, Amber R Duell is an author of Crescent Sea Publishing, an organisation who produces nothing but amazing books. I haven't let down by any of their stories before, especially Duell's others, so I can expect the same of this! And finally, the setting sounds unique and engaging. Unlike I mentioned earlier, this isn't exactly a modernized fairy tale; it's set in the 1930s in the Netherlands! All in all, I can't wait any longer to begin reading When Stars Are Bright!

Halfway-Through Notes: So far, I have immensely enjoyed When Stars Are Bright! I've made strong connections with the characters and had to force myself to put the book down to write this. I have noticed a few disparities and faults, but the majority of my feelings for this book are overwhelmingly positive. One of my favourite things so far is the writing style for how realistic and entertaining it is, but also its consistency! Amber R Duell's writing style does not differ in any of her books, which I see as a positive thing. I feel comforted and engaged when reading because of it!

Opinions: There's simply nothing to say about When Stars Are Bright except that it is an engaging, thematic, entertaining read! I'm nothing short of impressed with Duell's Thumbelina retelling. Readers follow Lina through her first kiss, first public performance, and even her first kidnapping while debating who to trust and who to doubt. Readers will adore the realistic elements woven into the crimeful and supernatural events and the characters' perseverance throughout the dreadful times they face. It is definitely a worthy read, and I know it's going on my list of favourites!

My Favourite Thing: Although this is a Thumbelina retelling, When Stars Are Bright is unbelievably unique! Readers are immersed into a story of magic, terror, and beauty with Thumbelina motifs sprinkled throughout the scenes. This was an extremely individual and creative retelling that resonates with the reader and creates nostalgia on a whole new level. 
My Least Favourite Thing: The introduction to When Stares Are Bright is slow and banal, which is unfortunate, because it could easily turn away readers. It gave me a poor first impression of the book and I was tempted to skim the first few chapters. Thankfully, I powered through and ended up loving the book!

Total Rating: PG-12
Language: PG
Adult Content: PG-12
Violence: PG-12 or PG-13

Recommended For and Similar Reads: When Stars Are Bright is a unique retelling of Thumbelina for magic and gentle romance fans! Similar reads are CinderellA.I. by Lyssa Chiavari, Along Came a Spider by K.M. Robinson, Dream Keeper by Amber R Duell, Lullaby of Flames by Candace Robinson, and of course 'Thumbelina!'

Website: http://www.amberrduell.com/
Twitter: AmberR_Duell



Publisher: Crescent Sea Publishing
Edition: Kindle
Publication Date: 7 January, 2020
ISBN: 9781948668392
Per FTC regulations, please know that I received this title for free for review from the original author, the publisher, publicist, or a third party. I am honest in my reviews, meaning the fact I received the book for free does not alter the rating I give it. 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Cover Reveal: AVOCADO BLISS by Candace Robinson and Gerardo Delgadillo

Cover Reveal: AVOCADO BLISS! Congratulations, Candace and Gerardo!


Summary by Goodreads:
Dacre Vinson has spent the majority of his life in quite the predicament—even the surf and his books can’t erase his Type 1 diabetes. But when Dacre’s family moves to a new Mexican town, an eccentric girl obsessed with trees offers him a job on the spot, leading to what could be the perfect distraction from his problems.

Salbatora Tames has one true love, her avocado farm. Her family constantly nudges her to be more social, but Sal much prefers the dirt, the sun, and the solitude. Besides, trees listen better than people do.

For Sal and Dacre, their job won’t stay easy breezy for long, not when an avocado delivery to Palenque, Mexico pops up on their radar. Together, they embark on a road trip across the jungle, where they form a tighter bond. However, as obstacles arise, their new-found troubles may lead to more woes than bliss.


Candace Robinson


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Isn't the cover gorgeous? I love the avocado truck. I can't wait to read about some well-deserved avocado toast and find out more about their troubling journey! 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Cover Reveal: KOUSH HOLLOW by Leigh Goff

KOUSH HOLLOW by Leigh Goff!




Congratulations, Leigh! I can't wait until KOUSH HOLLOW's release in September!


Summary by Goodreads: After her father’s untimely death, Jenna Ashby moves to Koush Hollow, a bayou town outside of New Orleans, dreading life with her wealthy mother. As the sixteen-year-old eco-warrior is introduced to the Diamonds & Pearls, her mother’s exclusive social club, she comes to the troubling realization that secrets are a way of life in Koush Hollow: How do the Diamonds & Pearls look so young, where does their money come from, and why is life along the bayou disappearing? As Jenna is drawn into their seductive world, her curiosity and concerns beg her to uncover the truth. However, in this town where mysticism abounds and secrets are deadly, the truth is not what Jenna could have ever imagined.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Book Blitz: SUBJECT A36 by Teri Polen

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Book Blitz: SUBJECT A36 by Teri Polen!

Welcome to my leg of the blog tour for Teri Polen's upcoming release, Subject A36, the first book in a brand new series called The Colony! Read on for a review, an exclusive excerpt, and a chance to win a signed or digital copy of the book!

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Series: Subject A36 (The Colony #1) 
Expected Publication Date: February 13th, 2020 
Genre: YA Dystopian/ Sci-Fi 
Publisher: Black Rose Writing 



Summary
If genetic engineering could guarantee you and your family perfect health and unparalleled beauty, would you pay top dollar for it? Would you kill for it? Residents of the Colony would. And do. Only the Insurgents can stop them. Asher Solomon is a premier operative with the Insurgents. He and his team have rescued countless hostages, saving them from painful deaths in Colony labs as desirable genetic traits are stripped from their bodies. He’s also suffered more losses than anyone should have to. Then Asher gets intel that might give his people the upper hand. The Colony is searching for Subject A36. If the Insurgents determine the subject’s identity first, they might be able to turn the tide of the war. Asher and his team embark on their riskiest mission ever, and the stakes have never been higher. But even if he survives the physical dangers, the devastating secrets he uncovers might destroy him. 
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Excerpt
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“Asher!” Mom gripped the porch railing and called for me. Her voice cracked and was laced with tears. Dad vaulted over the porch railing, landed solidly on the grass, and frantically scanned our expansive yard. My stomach clenched. Something was very wrong. “Over here!” Dad’s gaze locked on mine. “Code Exodus! Now, Asher. Run!” Was this another drill? We’d practiced twice a week, the times always unexpected, without fail for as long as I could remember. Drills were a regular part of our life, like eating, sleeping, and homework. Protocol was pounded into our brains. There could be no hesitation. But this felt different. Dad’s expression was tight and urgent. Tears streamed down Mom’s face, and I knew. This was no drill. It was real this time. We’d been found. Code Tribe—we leave together. Code Exodus—we leave without our parents. Code Exodus rules. Grab the backpack. Leave immediately. Don’t stop for anything or anyone. Run to the Wallaces. When my sisters could no longer keep up, hide them and keep running... 
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About the Author


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 Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium. She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat. Her first novel, Sarah, a YA horror/thriller, was a horror finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Visit her online at http://www.teripolen.com



My Thoughts
My Favourite Thing: Nerd alert: I love the science and ethics in this book! It combined my two favourite things: reading science fiction as a hobby and learning about biology in school. Although not everything was perfectly factual, Polen was very close and gave readers an essence of the atmosphere. I found Subject A36 to be uncanny; as in despite the fact it's fictional and futuristic, it heavily reflects our society today. Cosmetic surgery, radioactive treatments, implants... cloning and genetic engineering is coming next. I appreciate the science elements of the book for entertainment purposes as well as its thought-provocation. 

Recommended For and Similar Reads: This book covers a range of genres/topics, meaning there's no way you can go wrong with it! Subject A36 discusses ethics, morality, sciences, heroism, growing up too quickly, relationships in desperate times, and heartbreaking realities. Similar reads are Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Catalyst by Kristin Smith, The Originals by Cat Patrick, Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent (and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley), and even Jurassic Park by Michael Chrichton!

Main Selling Point:
This book teaches teens a thing or two about ethics, morality, and growing up too quickly without boring them to death. There's plenty of action and adventure to keep them entertained as well!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Book Blitz: HEIR OF LIES by Mallory McCartney

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Book Blitz: HEIR OF LIES by Mallory McCartney!

Welcome to my leg of the blog tour for Heir of Lies by Mallory McCartney! She's gearing up to re-release her extremely popular Black Dawn series, starting with this beauty! Read on for an excerpt, tour details, and a chance to win print copies of this book and book #2, Queen to Ashes!


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Series: Heir of Lies (Black Dawn #1) 
Re-Release Date: April 20th, 2020 
Genre: YA/NA, Romance, Fantasy, Adventure




Summary
“Hope was a dangerous thing. It could consume every dream and make them take flight, becoming wild daydreams in one’s heart and mind. Or hope could incinerate everything you thought you knew, burning you down to your core, leaving you raw and exposed for the world.” Emory Fae has only known one thing—life at The Academy, a school for those who have special abilities. Following in her parents’ footsteps, the pressure to uphold their dream falls on her and one of her best friends—Adair Stratton. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. With whispers of dark magic spreading across Kiero, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems. An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher, sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath, for the first time in years, they demand the Faes listen to their proposition for a new treaty. Caught in the middle of politics, Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis, search for the one thing that matters the most—the truth. Their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made, and war ravages Kiero. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic, and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision. Will he fight or bow to the darkness within? But, Adair’s decision will change the course of Kiero forever, setting in motion irreversible destinies for everyone at The Academy as Emory Fae rises as heir. 
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Excerpt
“Hope was a dangerous thing. It could consume every dream and make them take flight, becoming wild daydreams in one’s heart and mind. Or hope could incinerate everything you thought you knew, burning you down to your core, leaving you raw and exposed for the world. As Brokk walked down the hallway, looking for Memphis, his world was ripped apart in a split second. The hallways were quiet, which should have been his first sign that something was off. Class had just ended for the afternoon, and like every other day, Brokk’s blood was boiling after seeing Iasan. His teacher had become predatory toward him, trying to push him to his edge but always in ways only noticed to Brokk, putting on the persona for the other teachers. Iasan was only trying to ensure a bright future, they said. By grooming him into a lethal weapon that would kill on command. Swearing under his breath, Brokk was hoping for the blissful distraction that the hallways of the Academy always provided. His fellow classmates had a flair for the dramatics; it was guaranteed he would be swept away in their display, along with his thoughts. Instead, his footsteps echoed as he continued on, dread pooling in his stomach and making it churn. Turning the corner, he was about to stop and go back when he saw him. Crumpled in the middle of the hallway, his blond hair splayed out around him and his skin drained of any color, he looked dead. Alby’s appearance flickered as he turned invisible in a panic. “What happened?!” Brokk’s voice cracked, as he sprinted, dropping to his best friend’s side in an instant. Alby’s eyes were wide, as he grappled with his words, his mouth opening and closing. Brokk urged, “Alby, what happened?” The doors at the end of the hallway were thrown open, and Brokk stood, slowly taking in the group rushing toward them. Roque stormed down the hall, Nei and Bresslin at his heels, Tadeas and his entourage flanking them. Roque looked at them, narrowing his eyes to slits. “Foster! What are you doing here? I told the teachers to issue a temporary room curfew effective immediately.” Roque’s words were just white noise, as Brokk saw Adair filing slowly in at the end of the hallway, looking like he had just been through a war. “Foster, I suggest you answer the question,” Roque spoke quietly and slowly, and Brokk flicked his gaze up to the man for a second, truly taking him in. And what Brokk saw, for the first time in years, scared him. Rage contorted their leader’s features into one unrecognizable. One that consumed the man and left a person that had nothing left to lose. He took a step back. “I was just looking for Memphis.” Alby cut in, “He did it. Adair used his ability against Memphis.” Brokk barely took in the next couple of seconds. Roque stiffened, turning slowly to look at Adair limping behind them all, his hooded eyes swept down to the floor, not realizing that everyone had focused in on him. He hurt Memphis.”




About the Author


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Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.





My Thoughts
My Favourite Thing: I am especially impressed with the supernatural elements and world building of Heir of Lies. Thanks to McCartney's literary devices and passion for the story, I found everything to be utterly unique, developed, and encompassing! Readers are quickly transported into the world of The Academy and included in the tense journey Emory is facing. Normally, the setting of a book is "just the location," but it was so much more in Heir of Lies. The story simply wouldn't be the same without the world building features and details!

Recommended For and Similar Reads: Heir of Lies is a conjuring tale for fans of gentle romance, entrancing magic, and spiritual journeys. There are a lot of lessons for teens to learn in between the supernatural elements! Some similar reads are A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, Two Worlds of Provenance by Angelina J Steffort, or The Call of Death by R J Garcia, you will absolutely adore Heir of Lies!

Selling Points:
- The Point of View changes often, giving you extended insight on the story and allowing you to form extensive opinions on characters. Wouldn't we all love to see what we think of ourselves compared to how other people see us? This is exactly what happens with Emory!
- The book is, despite its supernatural elements, is very realistic. When there is romance, emotions are expressed. When there are battles, there is violence. Nothing is changed for the text,! It is all very relatable and straightforward.
- Pro and con: the series is short! Rather than the story droning on for seven books, it is the perfect length to entertain its readers and teach them lessons. You get enough content but don't have to feel guilty about giving up halfway through.

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Fountain Dead, Theresa Braun

Fountain Dead, 4/5

Provided Author Information: Hmmm. What's this? Looks like Ms. Braun left her computer on and her Goodreads bio open. This should be fun.

What can we say about Theresa? I mean other than the fact that she's weirdly obsessed with smiley faces :-). Like, seriously obsessed >:-*. It's kinda scary :-O.

I think she thinks she's from Renaissance England or Venice or something. I never could figure out which one it was. (She's really bad at doing accents.) She likes romance novels and crime TV, which are pretty much the same thing when you think about it. Ha! Am I right?

She has a hell of a singing voice. Seriously. It's, like, seventh circle of hell bad. She likes editing. A lot. Just wait till she gets aload a this.

Cats. Shoes. Chips and salsa. In that order. Yeah, that last part didn't make sense to me either.


Pages: 187
Book Number: 1 of 1
Genre: New Adult, Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Romance, LGBTQ

Summary by Author: Mark is uprooted from his home and high school in the Twin Cities and forced to move with his family into a Victorian in Nowhere-ville. Busy with the relocation and fitting in, Mark’s parents don’t see what’s unfolding around them—the way rooms and left behind objects seem alive with a haunted past.

Of course, Mark keeps his ghostly encounters to himself, all the while sinking deeper into the house's dark, alluring, and ultimately terrifying history. As romantic entanglements intensify, the paranormal activity escalates. Past and present come together. Everything is connected—from the bricks in the walls to the hearts beating in their chests, all the secrets of Fountain Dead are finally unearthed.

Initial Impressions: Right off the bat, I see the potential in this book. The introductory paragraphs are heart-wrenching and alluring, completely immersing the reader in the story. After that, I couldn't set it down! Currently a few chapters in, I can see the plot forming: the relationship between Mark, Emma, and their families. I am finding it very easy to relate to the characters, especially Mark, which makes reading easier and more enjoyable. Something else I've enjoyed so far are the time switches: back and forth between Mark's "drab" life in 1988 and Emma's chaotic journey in 1861. I can't wait to continue reading to find out more!

Opinions: In one word: riveting! Fountain Dead is a chaotic-evil story that leaves readers with a chill up their spine and something to think about. I am all-around impressed with Braun's creation; the characters, the conflict, and the ending. The ending was an intense, thought-provoking, satisfying climax that increased the rating by a whole star! The characters were also something to brag about; each of the protagonists, despite their geographical location or location in time, were easily related-to by the readers. Sexual interests and confusion, parental arguments, disturbed dreams, and even ancestry are things modern teenagers ponder, and this book brings them to the table without hesitance or embarrassment. Therefore, in addition to Fountain Dead being an entertaining and enjoyable read, is impressionable and influential to readers. Another star was awarded for the novel's themes and motifs! Overall, Fountain Dead was a fun, quick, irresistible read that I simply could not set down. I completely recommend this to any teen looking for meaning in fantasy!

My Favourite Thing: I adore the themes and lessons taught in Fountain Dead! This story, despite its supernatural motifs, is very realistic and teaches the readers lots of things about self respect, the normality of sex and questioning your preferences, growing up, fighting with your parents and siblings, and respecting your peers. This book is definitely worth the read because of so many important features, most importantly the themes. 
My Least Favourite Thing: As an aspiring author myself, something I adore is literally writing the story. Unfortunately, the writing style of Fountain Dead seems to fade into the background. With no interesting literary devices, no extravagant voice or tone changes, and a lack of engaging writing techniques, readers are left to focus on the story rather than the craft. Although a bland writing style is preferred to a degrading one, I'd like to have seen more in this category, especially when the time/character changes.

Total Rating: PG-15+
Language: PG-13+
Adult Content: PG-13+
Violence: PG-13+

Recommended For and Similar Reads: Fountain Dead is a haunting, racy, enchanting story for mature teenagers looking for meaning in fantasy. If you love LGBTQ pride, romance, near-past and historic stories, or spooky tales, you must read this book! Similar reads are But Not Forever by Jan Von Schleh, Mrs Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, and Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake!

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Publisher: Unnerving
Edition: Kindle
Publication Date: 20 November, 2018
ASIN: B07H9KBK2P
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