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Saturday, March 28, 2015

{Indie Spotlight & Giveaway} THE SISTERHOOD by Alison Clarke

The Sisterhood is a fantastical tale about a sorceress’ daughter, and her best friend, who is a dragon. They go on an unforgettable journey to save the universe. This novel is filled with Celtic, Greek, and Ghanaian mythology. It is a magical ride, and a wonderful trip to The Fantastic. It is Book One of The Sisterhood series. This series will be a trilogy.

Alison Clarke is an author who has indie published two children’s picture books, The Adventures Of Eli The Elephant, and Eli Goes To The Moon. She illustrated the second literary journey. Both books are about an elephant who magically travels to different worlds. Her foray into mainstream publishing started with her young adult novel, The Sisterhood, which is good for children twelve years and up. Adults will also enjoy this magical story. It is published by Little Bird Publishing, based in London, England.

The Sisterhood is now out on,, and, in e-book format. The paperback edition will be out in a couple of weeks. On, the e-book is on sale for $.99. On the other Amazon sites, the e-book is also on sale.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

All That Burns by Ryan Graudin

Review by Krista

All That Burns
by Ryan Graudin
Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (February 10, 2015)
Language: English
Goodreads | Amazon

All That Glows author Ryan Graudin returns with the fantasy novel's sequel, rife with intense romance and riveting action. As this alluring mortal-prince-meets-immortal-fairy love story continues, this urban London tale serves up irresistible chemistry and adventure. In this second book, Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, has sacrificed her powers to be with her soul mate, King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But as a strange, dark magic threatens all, Emrys must make the most difficult decision of her life.

The worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one. As Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen's court and London's lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames.

When a prisoner possessing dark magic breaks out of Queen Titania's labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys's king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must question the strength of true love's binds. Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard's life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames? 
In the sequel to All That Glows the story starts with little time passing from the previous book. Emrys and Richard's lives have changed dramatically. With Richard now the King, Emrys is thrown into the middle of his extravagant world and needing to present herself to society. But with the loss of her powers she is still trying to come to terms with her urges to still want to use them but being unable to do so.

Emrys used to be a part of the powerful Faery Guard that protected the current day royal bloodline. She was put in charge of Prince Richard, but soon let her feelings for Richard over rule what she has always known as a Frithemag. We now see Emrys living a life without magic, and the magic in the royal blood line rising for the first time in centuries.

Since revealing themselves to the royal family and the reforming of the Royal Guard the faery's have more than they can handle. As the new king Richard is doing his best to help the city be more livable for the faery's with changes to how much iron and electricity is being used in the cities. This causes the people to protest and others to pursue powers to over rule Richard on making these changes.

The book is full of danger and causing the royal family to find themselves somewhat imprisoned with the riots happening in the streets. The Faery Guard and the humans at odds since their prior Faery Queen is gone and their numbers are weakened. The royal family themselves begin to feel at odds and take sides.

There is a lot of downtime in the book in which Emrys reflects on all the decisions she's made and feeling guilty and clumsy. Her relationship with Richard is under stress and she finds herself questioning their actions a lot throughout the book. We don't get to see a lot of Richard, this book focuses on Richards' sister and Emrys as one is coming into her powers and the other powerless to help.

What I have enjoyed about the series so far is this very light fairytale atmosphere.. The fight for a love so strong that you're willing to give so much of yourself to keep it. The idea of if love is all you need and what you are willing to do for the ones you love. Does it really require sacrifice to live your happily ever after. Can happiness come from any relationship in wish sacrifices are made.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Review by Natalie

by Matthew Crow
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (March 10, 2015)
Language: English
Goodreads | Amazon

Life threatening cancer brings two teens together in this funny, honest, and heartwrenching novel in the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars.

Francis is determined to forge his own way in school and life despite his loony, awkward, broken family...and noticeable lack of friends. Then he is diagnosed with leukemia. It wasn’t part of his strategy, but there are moments when he can see the upside. After all, people are nice to you when you’re sick.

While in the hospital, Francis meets Amber. She’s outspoken and sarcastic, and Francis falls for her almost immediately. Hard. Together, they take on the other cancer ward patients, overbearing mothers, and treatments with lively wit.

But Francis’s recovery is taking a different path from Amber’s. He’s actually getting better. And although he knew who he was before cancer, before Amber, now he has no idea how to live—or how to let go…

Thank you Andye from for your Review My Books program!

 If you've read the synopsis, you'll know that Francis, our main character, is diagnosed with leukemia. If you managed to read past that line in the summary, you'll find that he falls for a fellow patient. If you're like most literary analysts, you'll have made an immediate connection to The Fault in Our Stars. But let me be the 31st person to tell you: not every book that deals with cancer and love is automatically a copy of Hazel and Augustus' story. Just like how not every dystopian has to be called "The next Hunger Games" or whatever. Point made. Right, moving on :D

Maybe it's a British people thing, or maybe Matthew Crow just has a fantastic way with words, but he has some brilliant lines in this book. Maybe I just have a weird sense of humor (most likely), but I was just smiling so often because of the clever things Crow wrote.
"This was because boys like him were, essentially, pasta. Everyone thought they loved him because they had never been forced to experience the true blandness of him on his own.”
"'Okay, I suppose. I think I'm misunderstood, though, like van Gogh was.'”
"'Your fly's undone,' Kelly said eventually from across the room, pointing to the white patch of underwear that had begun to poke throught the lowered zip of Amber's old jeans. Amber didn't blush. She barely even moved. She just glanced down at her crotch and then back up at Kelly, 'Yeah, I know, supposed to be. It's mating season,' she said, and then carried on unpacking.”
Francis was a great main character. He may just be one of the most dramatic male protagonists I've met, so naturally, I loved it. His family was a masterpiece of hilarious banter and melodrama. Crow did a splendid job of creating them.

My main fault with it was I felt it was sort of insta-lovey. Now, I understand that Francis is an extremely passionate boy, so it was understandable, but I'm all for the angsty, tension filled build up between the shippees. Given my fondness for Francis, I let it slide. Amber made him happy. So I was happy.

All in all, I thought The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise was a quick and fun read. Yes, there were serious moments, but no, it wasn't a tear jerker (maybe I just have a heart made of stone. JK You should've seen me at the end of Clockwork Princess). Though, I'll admit, still not sure why the title says Amber Sunrise. Her last name was Spratt. I don't know. I'd say it was an entertaining read, go give it a go! Happy Reading!!!

 All quotes taken from an ARC

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Book Birthday Celebration for THE WICKED WILL RISE by @DanielleMPaige!

Join us in celebrating a Book Birthday for THE WICKED WILL RISE by Danielle Paige!
From Harper Teen

Big news, fangirls and boys: The second installment in the DOROTHY MUST DIE series by Danielle Paige, THE WICKED WILL RISE, is coming out a week from today, 3/31/15, and we are going all out to celebrate! We will be holding the festivities at the 92nd Street Y in New York City at 7:00PM, featuring a panel called “New Twists on Old Fairytales” with Danielle Paige, Sara Benincasa (GREAT), Soman Chainani (THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL), and Christopher Healy (THE HERO’S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM). Anyone under the age of 35 can get a special price ticket of $15!


Immediately after the panel, we will be teaming up with Coolhaus to celebrate with some wickedly good desserts you will not want to miss. 


LIES I TOLD by Michelle Zink {Review & Giveaway}

by Emily

What if, after spending a lifetime deceiving everyone around you, you discovered the biggest lies were the ones you've told yourself?

Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family.

But it’s all a lie.

Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything else of value. Grace has never had any difficulty pulling off a job, but when things start to go wrong on the Fontaines' biggest heist yet, Grace finds herself breaking more and more of the rules designed to keep her from getting caught...including the most important one of all: never fall for your mark.

Perfect for fans of Ally Carter, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Gail Carriger, this thrilling, high-stakes novel deftly explores the roles of identity and loyalty while offering a window into the world of the rich and fabulous.
My Rambles:

Lies I Told was an exciting and adventurous ride that will keep you hooked until the very last page. Michelle Zink has created a story that is unique and fun, taking you inside the world of conning, and the families that make it their life.

The concept of following parents that have brought up their adoptive children to be cons was fascinating and surprisingly a bit emotional. Told from Grace's, the daughter's, point of view allowed the reader to be right there with her along for the ride, and really made you feel for her and her brother throughout their struggles with the life they've been given.

The one complaint that I did have with the story was the romance between Grace and her "mark." I felt like it was a little rushed and underdeveloped, but I did LOVE them together! I was definitely rooting for her to make the right decisions when it came to Logan and especially Selena, her new and "real" friend.

It was definitely a quick read (I read it in one day), but that did not at all take away from the story. I was kept turning page after page, and there wasn't a dull moment. The book leads up to an intense and crazy ending that will be a shock!

Overall, I really enjoyed Lies I Told, and am happy to know that there will be a sequel, as I can't wait to see what happens to Grace after everything that went down at the end! If you're looking for a quick and fun book that will take you on a unique adventure, Lies I Told is the perfect choice!

Read an excerpt of LIES I TOLD here!
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