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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Say HELLO To Your New Favorite Book (AND IT'S ONLY $0.99!!) PLUS A Giveaway!!

By Becca...

Basically, HELLO by Liza Wiemer is one of my all-time favorite books. 


IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YET, I HAVE FAILED YOU! I think this is the book that I've been pushing everyone to read the most lately. It's THAT good. And what's even better? It's on sale for $0.99 ALL WEEKEND! Buy a copy for yourself, your best friend, your mom, your sweetheart, and one to giveaway, and you still haven't spend $5! If that isn't one heck of a deal, then I don't know what is!

Oh, wait. Yeah, I do. Because we are giving away a copy too!! WOOT!! If you've missed Andye & I bragging all over the place about this book, then check out the synopsis and our book briefing. If you still aren't interested? You're just missing out!!


One HELLO can change a life. One HELLO can save a life.

Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma's death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.

Linked and transformed by one phone call, Hello? weaves together these five Wisconsin teens' stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.

Told from all five viewpoints: narration (Tricia), narration (Emerson), free verse poetry (Angie), screenplay format (Brenda), narration and drawings (Brian).



Giveaway: 
1 Kindle Copy of HELLO by Liza Wiemer


a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you purchase a copy for yourself or someone else, be sure to enter this giveaway too!! 




Friday, February 12, 2016

Read or Ditch: INTO THE DIM by Janet B. Taylor

by andye



I was really excited to get INTO THE DIM by Janet B. Taylor in the mail. I love books about time travel, and this cover looked really great. When I read the description and it takes place in Scotland, I was really intrigued. HELLO! Outlander for teens?? Yes!

But there have been quite a few things as I've been reading, made me think that this book isn't going to be for me. The first thing I noticed, was that the main character was very judgmental (calling basically every other girl mindless, blonde and slutty). I don't mind this so much, if there is growth happening, but I didn't get the sense that that was going to happen. Maybe it does, and if so, that's cool.

My biggest issue right now, though, is that the storyline is just not grabbing me. I'm not sure if it's the writing, which isn't bad, or the story itself, but I just don't feel a desire to pick it back up and read it. I've had a couple of conversations on Twitter with people who have mentioned feeling the same way, and that it didn't really get any better for them. Which makes me have even less desire to pick it back up. So far I just feel very meh about it, and I don't have any patience for meh anymore.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BBbLDmpI98c/?taken-by=andyereadingteen



However, I'm not completely decided. If you have read this book, and you really loved it, let me know what you loved about it, and if I should keep going. I'm about 20% in, so it could go either way.

Should I read . . . or ditch?


When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. And she's alive, though currently trapped in the twelfth century, during the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Passing through the Dim, Hope enters a brutal medieval world of political intrigue, danger, and violence. A place where any serious interference could alter the very course of history. And when she meets a boy whose face is impossibly familiar, she must decide between her mission and her heart—both of which could leave Hope trapped in the past forever.

Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.  

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Super Quick-Fire Review of RIDERS by Veronica Rossi (With Longer Video Review Option)

Review by Elisa
 
RIDERS
by Veronica Rossi
Publisher: Tor Teen (February 16, 2016)
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Sold by: Macmillan 

Goodreads  | Amazon
For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can't remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen--Conquest, Famine, and Death--are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now--bound, bloodied, and drugged--Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he's fallen for--not to mention all of humankind--he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?
I have a whole bunch of half-written reviews for Reading Teen, and I knew that I would never get around to writing one for Riders by Veronica Rossi for you. But, as Riders is just about released, I didn't want you to miss out on getting our perspective because it is a great story and I think many of you will love it!

Considering, I did something for you I have never done before for Reading Teen. Yes, I let you peak into my bedroom--bad lighting and all--with no makeup on, and wearing the same thing I wore yesterday. Still, I know some of you YA die-hards might find this all worth overlooking just to hear about Riders.   If not, here it is as simple as it gets:    


https://www.instagram.com/p/BBaiP06o94q/?taken-by=andyereadingteen
Action: Yes!

Romance: Sorta  

Main Character: Yes (Yes--we like. But his horse scares us and his super-power sucks)  

World: Contemporary/Paranormal  

Things I liked: Cool idea to take from Revelations & make paranormal  

Things I didn't like: Boring right before the end    





For those of you who want the more detailed version, just watch this video:

  Content  

Sexuality - Mild  
Language - Moderate?  
Violence - Moderate (war, good vs. evil magic)   

 

Ethereally and unequivocally penned by Elisa (@AverageAdvocate) who mostly writes for www.AverageAdvocate.com, “Inspiring the average American to change the world.” She occasionally dabbles in fiction hidden among others at www.LesNomsDePlume.com and thanks to good people like Andye, is also a YA hobbyist. Elisa also really needs a new picture, because she hasn’t had red hair in like, forever.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

TruthRider Tour & Giveaway #Truthwitch #Riders


To help kick off the exciting "TruthRider" tour featuring TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard and RIDERS by Veronica Rossi, we have a great swag giveaway (Including that awesome Truthwitch map-poster!)

I'm planning on being at the Bethesda stop representing YADC. Will I see you there?

Truthwitch/Riders Swag package:
  • Signed "Riders" poster
  • Signed "Truthwitch" bookplate
  • A "Riders" bracelet 
  • A "Truthwitch" poster


a Rafflecopter giveaway

TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard
Amazon

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
RIDERS by Veronica Rossi
Amazon

For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can't remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen--Conquest, Famine, and Death--are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now--bound, bloodied, and drugged--Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he's fallen for--not to mention all of humankind--he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him? 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Becca's Top Ten Fictional Crushes...

From Becca's Shelves...

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.


This week's topic is A VALENTINE'S FREEBIE, which means, of course, I am choosing to share my TOP TEN FICTIONAL CRUSHES. Because fictional crushes are basically the only crushes I have these days.


In my opinion, Fictional Crushes are the only crushes worth having, and since V-day is unfortunately approaching pretty quickly, I thought I'd share the fictional crushes that I spend the most time thinking about!



PRINCE MERIK (Truthwitch by Susan Dennard) - I've got a mighty crush on this airwitch prince. He can take me for a ride on his pirate ship anytime. GET YOUR HEAD OUTTA THE GUTTERS! I mean his actual pirate ship. Plus, I did a ton of flailing for Merik in my review letter. I cannot wait to read more about him!!!
 
BLACK KNIFE (The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows) - Jodi Meadows wrote this character, which means he's super swoony and totally crushable. If you haven't met him yet, I definitely recommend reading The Orphan Queen ASAP before The Mirror King releases! Trust me!


MATTHIAS (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo) - I think Andye will agree with me on this one. Leigh Bardugo knows how to write her leading men, that's for sure!

PETER K. (P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han) - Peter K. is a total heart throb and even though I ship him and Lara Jean to the moon and back, I still want him for myself. Is that weird?

LEVI (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell) -  WHO ISN'T CRUSHING ON LEVI?


CHAOL WESTFALL (Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas) -  I totally dig CoM Chaol. He kind of becomes a little bit of a douche canoe in QoS, which really pissed me off, but character growth blah blah blah. Regardless, I would take CoM Chaol and we would get married ASAP and have tiny little Becca and Chaol babies running around. He's my #1 Ficitonal Crush!

ARIN (The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski) - Another fictional crush that I think Andye will totally agree with. *LE SIGH*

CAPTAIN CARSWELL THORNE (Cress by Marissa Meyer) - Thorne is such a charmer! I love him so much! His sense of humor and the way he 'courts' Cress just hits me right in the feels.


NIKOLAI LANSTOV (Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo) - OMG! I NEED MORE NIKOLAI! YOU HEAR ME, LEIGH!!! WE ALL NEED MORE SO OUR CRUSHES CAN BECOME EVEN BIGGER! I think pretty much every girl crushes a little bit on Nikolai while reading this series.

JORDY (Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes) - Girl Against the Universe doesn't come out until May, but I had the chance to read an early copy. HOLY SMOKES YOU GUYS. You thought you crushed on Micah from The Art of Lainey? Wait until you meet Jordy! YOU WILL FALL SO HARD IN LOVE!! <3


Who are some of your fictional crushes? Have you crushed on any of the ones I picked? Let's discuss!