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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Giveaway / Review / Character Interview: THE DEVIL'S THIEF by Lisa Maxwell (WE LOVE THIS SERIES)


Guys, we are so genuinely excited for this blog tour. Reagan and I (Andye) both fell in love with THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell, and desperately want everyone else to read it and fall in love as well. And book two, THE DEVIL'S THIEF, is coming out soon, so now is the time! Check out Reagan's review for TDT, and don't miss her interview with one of the most swoon-worthy book boys ever! And, of course, you'll want to enter the giveaway at the end.


THE DEVIL'S THIEF
The Last Magician #2
by Lisa Maxwell
Print Length: 704 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (October 9, 2018)
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Buy the Book: Amazon.com
Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined. Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it. To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them. In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.

If you ever just are in the mood to throttle someone, but can't find the passion or drive, just read this book and you will be good to go. Literally the entire book is just TENSION and like as soon as some of that tension starts to be released IT JUST SNAPS RIGHT BACK. If you want to hold on to your hopes and dreams that were started in the first book, you might want to wait for book three.


I might not be a sobbing mess on the floor, but this is almost WoRsE. Don't get me wrong, the book was good as hell (get it? DEVIL'S thief? No? Okay. I'll be in my corner), BUT I'M TENSE JUST THINKING ABOUT IT! Esta, amazing I love her. Harte, I'm still swooning. Viola, still woman goals. Jianyu, still super loyal and cool. Jack, still a douche. Nibsy, still extremely rude (to put it mildly). BUT BACK TO THE POINT:



But the writing in the book is absolutely AMAZING. It gives these great descriptions of characters and settings with out being so wordy that the reader loses interest. The way Maxwell plays with time travel is amazing and I LOVE IT. It's so hard to find a GOOD book with time travel in it. Plus I like that it's magical time travel so I don't have to try and pretend I know anything about science.



Overall I did adore this book, you just have to be willing to stick it out until book three where HOPEFULLY I can relax and not have a mental break down (Please and thank you Lisa Maxwell). So if you haven't read The Last Magician, you actually need to because it is so fantastic and The Devil's Thief is coming to your local bookstore soon (but not nearly soon enough if you ask me) and you need to be mentally prepared for it. 


Au revoir readers!



Want to know more about Harte? (Spoiler: You do) Here's an interview Reagan did with him.

1. If you could, would you want to visit 2018?
  • Visit? Or stay? Because from what I’ve gleaned, it’s a hell of a lot cleaner there. 
2. If you had to trade powers with someone, who would it be and why?

  • I wouldn’t trade with anyone, except for maybe a Sundren. I wouldn’t want anyone else’s burden, but giving it up…I could see myself doing that. No power, and the Brink wouldn’t have any hold on me at all.
3. What’s your desert island food?

  • An orange. They taste like sunshine, and I imagine whatever freedom feels like.
4. What’s one thing in your life you couldn’t live without?

  • I could—and have—lived without a great many things, but I couldn’t live without my integrity. And to be clear, I’m pretty much a bastard in every way you can be one, but there are certain lines even I can’t cross. Oh… you meant an actual thing? That would be indoor plumbing.
5. Out of everyone, who would you kiss, who would you marry, and who would you kill?

  • Can I just pick Esta for all 3?
6. Is there anything you want us to know that hasn’t been asked yet?

  • I’d say the less you know about me the better.

GIVEAWAY

Grand Prize for the Tour Participants:
  • Signed copy of The Devil's Thief
  • pavĂ© snake bracelet
  • character art
  • signed swag

Runners Up (2)
  • Character art
  • signed swag pack

The Devil's Thief Blog Tour

Tour contest terms/conditions:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gsvpuBOoBLFEnZnWIfF9fCGUzJJZb-TXhz46iL81snI/edit

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Giveaway: DISNEY VILLAINS SERIES and Sephora Hair Products!

Disney Book Group is partnering with me for an INCREDIBLE giveaway!

Serena Valentino and Disney have created an incredible series about the fascinating Disney villains. Book 5 just released last month, and to celebrate, Disney Books is offering the entire Villains series, along with some amazing Sephora hair products (so you can have those Rapunzel locks) to one of you! Check out the series, and enter the giveaway below! Who is your favorite Disney villain?

MOTHER KNOWS BEST: A TALE OF THE OLD WITCH
VILLAINS Series, Book #5
By Serena Valentino
Release: August 7, 2018
Recommended for ages 12+

The Disney VILLAINS series by Serena Valentino explores how the antagonists in Disney movies became some of storytelling's most iconic villains. In the first five VILLAINS books, we see how the Evil Queen, the Beast, Ursula, Maleficent, and Mother Gothel fall into darkness, through the instigation of the mysterious Odd Sisters: Lucinda, Martha, and Ruby.

The tale of the legendary golden flower is widely known. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the flower is coveted by an old witch to keep herself young and beautiful. And always the flower is used to save a dying queen, who then gives birth to a princess with magical hair. Not willing to lose the flower, the old witch steals the princess and locks her away in a high tower, raising her as her own. But the princess always finds out who she truly is and manages to defeat the old witch.

And yet this is only half the story. So what of the old witch, Mother Gothel? Where does she come from? And how does she come across the magical golden flower?

Here is one account that recounts a version of the story that has remained untold for centuries . . . until now. It is a tale of mothers and daughters, of youth and dark magic.

It is a tale of the old witch.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes // How to Be a Debutante for BA Beginners

LITTLE WHITE LIES
by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: Debutantes
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Freeform (November 6, 2018)
Buy The Book: Amazon.com
Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother's "society" might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father's identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn't expect to find is friendship, but as she's drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn't the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother's glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer's search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.

Really weirdly, this book reminded me of Gilmore Girls. The main character is a girl whose father isn't in the picture (even though Rory knows Christopher is her dad), and doesn't know her grandparents (but they end up being rich and in her life), and is close with her mom. But that's where the similarities end. Where Gilmore Girls branches off into humor, and relationships, Little White Lies goes into mystery and a game of 'Which of you stuck up snobs is my father?'


Before almost every chapter, there are scenes from the very end of the book. So while reading the book you're kind of like:

Which I actually enjoy, because it really makes you think, instead of just handing over the answers. Plus THERE ARE SO MANY PLOT TWISTS. Like, every time you think you've got it figured out and you're like 'there's so much of the book left like ?????' and then get a MASSIVE curve ball. 


But don't come over here looking for romance, because Sawyer Taft doesn't need a mans (though I do, so if you're hot call me ;) I'M JUST KIDDING STOP CRYING MOM). At first it kind of annoyed me because, ummm Sawyer look at all these hot mans around you ARE YOU BLIND!? But then I actually got to know her character and I was like, yeah makes sense. She has priorities, and those come first, and if the opportunitiy arises after the smoke clears then maybe. She has this set of rules pertaining to guys, and I love it, because she never compromises them. She is smart, and has learned how to take care of herself. So Sawyer, I forgive you for not being a romantic. 



This book has more WHICH IS GREAT because while questions are answered IT ISN'T RESOLVED SO YEAH PLEASE GIVE ME MORE PLEASE AND THANK YOU! Au revoir readers!


Sunday, September 2, 2018

SADIE by Courtney Summers // Excerpt


Today we get to be a part of the blog tour for SADIE by Courtney Summers! I've heard SO many good things about this book. I'm starting it tonight and I can't wait to see what all the hype is about. We have an excerpt for you below, so make sure you check it out, then order it for yourself!!

SADIE
by Courtney Summers
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Wednesday Books (September 4, 2018)
Language: English

Goodreads | Amazon
A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial―like podcast following the clues she's left behind.

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

THE GIRLS

EPISODE 1

[THE GIRLS THEME]

WEST McCRAY:
Welcome to Cold Creek, Colorado. Population: eight hun- dred.

Do a Google Image search and you’ll see its main street, the barely beating heart of that tiny world, and find every other building vacant or boarded up. Cold Creek’s luckiest—the gainfully employed—work at the local grocery store, the gas station and a few other staple businesses along the strip. The rest have to look a town or two over for opportunity for them- selves and for their children; the closest schools are in Park- dale, forty minutes away. They take in students from three other towns.

Beyond its main street, Cold Creek arteries out into worn and chipped Monopoly houses that no longer have a place upon the board. From there lies a rural sort of wilderness. The highway out is interrupted by veins of dirt roads leading to nowhere as often as they lead to pockets of dilapidated houses or trailer parks in even worse shape. In the summer- time, a food bus comes with free lunches for the kids until the school year resumes, guaranteeing at least two subsidized meals a day.

There’s a quiet to it that’s startling if you’ve lived your whole life in the city, like I have. Cold Creek is surrounded by a beau- tiful, uninterrupted expanse of land and sky that seem to go on forever. Its sunsets are spectacular; electric golds and oranges, pinks and purples, natural beauty unspoiled by the insult of skyscrapers. The sheer amount of space is humbling, almost divine. It’s hard to imagine feeling trapped here.

But most people here do.

COLD CREEK RESIDENT [FEMALE]:
You live in Cold Creek because you were born here and if you’re born here, you’re probably never getting out.

WEST McCRAY:
That’s not entirely true. There have been some success sto- ries, college graduates who moved on and found well-paying jobs in distant cities, but they tend to be the exception and not the rule. Cold Creek is home to a quality of life we’re raised to aspire beyond, if we’re born privileged enough to have the choice.

Here, everyone’s working so hard to care for their families and keep their heads above water that, if they wasted time on the petty dramas, scandals and personal grudges that seem to define small towns in our nation’s imagination, they would not survive. That’s not to say there’s no drama, scandal, or grudge—just that those things are usually more than residents of Cold Creek can afford to care about.

Until it happened.

The husk of an abandoned, turn-of-the-century one-room schoolhouse sits three miles outside of town, taken by fire. The roof is caved in and what’s left of the walls are charred. It sits next to an apple orchard that’s slowly being reclaimed by the nature that surrounds it: young overgrowth, new trees, wild- flowers.

There’s almost something romantic about it, something that feels like respite from the rest of the world. It’s the perfect place to be alone with your thoughts. At least it was, before.

May Beth Foster—who you’ll come to know as this series goes on—took me there herself. I asked to see it. She’s a plump, white, sixty-eight-year-old woman with salt-and-pepper hair. She has a grandmotherly way about her, right down to a voice that’s so invitingly familiar it warms you from the inside out. May Beth is manager of Sparkling River Estates trailer park, a lifelong resident of Cold Creek, and when she talks, people listen. More often than not, they accept whatever she says as the truth.

MAY BETH FOSTER:
Just about . . . here.

This is where they found the body.

911 DISPATCHER [PHONE]:
911 dispatch. What’s your emergency?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer // Feisty and the Beast

Print Length: 496 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA; 1 edition (January 29, 2019)
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Goodreads | Amazon
Fall in love, break the curse.
It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.
Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.
Break the curse, save the kingdom.
A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

THIS BOOK IS BEAUTIFUL! And no, I'm not just talking about that super cool cover. The story line, writing, characters, EVERYTHING! I LOVE IT! I read the other books by Brigid Kemmerer (More Than We Can Tell & Letters To the Lost) and I thought they were absolutely incredible. I was worried when I started it, because the description sounded so good and her other books were so good and I wanted this book to be just as good AN IT WASSSSSS!!!! The book is a little big, so slow readers beware you're in for a mountain that is SO worth the climb. It kind of feels like two separate books, which I am 100% okay with, it's like you read a book and then think you need to wait a whole other year for book 2, but find out it's already out.


The world building is amazing. Kemmerer not only plays with our world, she also has created her own world with its own politics and its incredibly creative. Since the book is bigger, it makes the character arcs amazing and so much better than if it had been smaller. The main character, Harper, is from this world so it's funny to see how a modern woman would adjust to a different world. The other main character, Rhen, is the beast and I love him so much so good bye all pain and suffering I will fight you to the end of the earth. So to see them both from the beginning of the book and compare them to the people they are at the end is breathtaking.