Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult
Expected Publication June 27th, 2017 by Snowy Wings Publishing
Her father failed in his mission to take control from the Commander, a defeat that has cost Jade her life. She will die as punishment. Now she belongs to the Commander’s son—as his wife. Knowing his intent is to quietly kill her in revenge, Jade’s every move is calculated to survive—until she learns her death ensures the safety of her father and her entire town.
Roan doesn’t want to kill Jade, but once his family isolates her from her father and community, his only choice is to go through with the plan. Jade doesn’t make it easy as she tries to sway him into falling for her. Each misstep makes him question his cause. Each moment makes every decision harder, but the Commander won’t allow him to fail.
One chooses life. One chooses death. In the midst of the chaos, only one will succeed.
Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now, she tells them through books. She is the author of the Jane Colt space opera trilogy, the Firedragon YA dystopia/fantasy novellas, and the Fated Stars YA high fantasy novellas. She’s also the co-editor of the Brave New Girls YA sci-fi anthologies, which are dedicated to encouraging girls to enter STEM careers and raising money for the Society of Women Engineers Scholarship fund.
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Synopsis of STARSWEPT:
Some melodies reach across the stars.
In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.
A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.
When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.
But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Expected Publication March 7th, 2017 by Kensington Books
Twenty-four-year-old Jen Reid had her life in good shape: an okay job, a tiny-cute Seattle apartment, and a great boyfriend almost ready to get serious. In a flash it all came apart. Single, unemployed, and holding an eviction notice, who has time to remember trying out for a reality show? Then the call comes, and Jen sees her chance to start over—by spending her summer on national TV.
Luckily The Fishbowl is all about puzzles and games, the kind of thing Jen would love even if she wasn’t desperate. The cast checks all the boxes: cheerful, quirky Birdie speaks in hashtags; vicious Ariana knows just how to pout for the cameras; and corn-fed “J-dawg” plays the cartoon villain of the house. Then there’s Justin, the green-eyed law student who always seems a breath away from kissing her. Is their attraction real, or a trick to get him closer to the $250,000 grand prize? Romance or showmance, suddenly Jen has a lot more to lose than a summer . . .
Well, I don’t know about you but when I read I usually have a few I rotate. I read on my iPad where I have my reading apps, Bluefire Reader, Kindle and Overdrive, but as everyone knows devices have batteries and batteries eventually die! Now, I love, love, love my iPad, because the battery lasts quite long for as much as I read – especially if I’m careful to close background apps and dim the brightness.
That aside, I am one of those readers that has to have a few books going on at the same time, which means I roughly finish 3ish books around the same time. Sometimes more if the spirit moves me to read more – or rather if I feel up to challenging myself.
I’m also partaking in my A-Z Book Savvy challenge, I need to update that, too!
Currently Re-Reading Golden by K.M. Robinson, today is the first day of the Read-A-Long hosted by K.M. Robinson. For those of you who don’t know Golden is a dystopian/fantasy/young adult retelling of Goldlilocks – she is on a mission to take out the Baer family, but she wasn’t counting on Baby Bear – aka Dov Baer to throw a wrench into the mix..
I have seen this movie several times, it is clever [as it should be – foxes and all,] plus highly comical. I have never read the book though and slowly but surely I have been reading Dahl books to my kiddos at night. This is one of them. It helps that there are some fun pictures throughout the story.
I have had the pleasure of reviewing for Indie author Suzanne Rogerson before Visions of Zarua so I was excited with the prospect of reviewing this gem.
I’m not quite into the 1/4 mark, but Rogerson doesn’t disappoint with this fantasy meets spiritual world tale!
It should come as no surprise to people that I love cats. I have 3 of them and I’d have more if my husband wasn’t put-him-in-the-hospital kind of allergic and the fact that he allows me to have three is a sign of how much he loves me. Hehe, this being said, when I saw this title available via Curiosity Quills I had to leap for it! Because – vampire cat? Judgy little thing that he is? Plus, I love Tyrolin – she is creepy, weird and well she is my people.
My cousin actually referred this to me. This is not a typical read of mine by any means -gestures to the above books- as you can see, but I like to reach out of my comfort zone and sometimes read something that is thought-provoking. My cousin said it has stayed with her and she read it years ago, so why not? I read the first few pages and I can see why.
It talks about the fundamentals we learn in Kindergarten and really how that is all you really need to know to get on in life – isn’t that true? Interesting read so far!
And really, there you have it. That is what I am reading… I am due to read more, but I am in the process of moving and so my books are jumbled and my time is spent. Oh, plus the house has been in quarantine due to a disgusting pre-summer virus!
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Expected Publication January 31st, 2017 by Flatiron Books
Remember, it’s only a game…
Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Expected Publication January 2nd 2017 by Simon Pulse
Is there a line between gifted and insane? How do you know if you’ve crossed it?
Tess was semi-successfully passing for normal before her mother’s erratic behavior turned her into social cyanide. Now life is only bearable thanks to weekend 16 Candles and Oreo binges with her best (and only) friend, Tabitha. Then Tabitha inexplicably drops Tess, leaving her alone with her fears about her mother and the troubling visions that leave her shaking with dread. Before Tess can come to terms with this loss, a horrific tragedy occurs at school, and everyone is blaming her. Now, Tess must find answers, fast: What really happened that night at school? Is she responsible? And do her visions mean she has a gift of prophecy, or the same mental illness
that is stealing her mom?