Monday, September 29, 2014

Release Launch & Review: Home Is Where You Are





Anna’s life reads like a check list.
Straight A’s (Check)
Editor of the school paper (Check)
Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)
Ivy League (So close she can taste it)
Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)

Dean has a plan too. Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him.

Slowly, Anna and Dean let each other in, blending their two worlds into one. But when a series of events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away. Not willing to accept the line that divides them, Anna sets out to bring Dean back to her. Her determination and faith in their future puts her on the tracks of danger, and he is the only one who can save her.


My Review:

The Good: I LOVED IT!!! This is an insightful book about the struggles of what it means to be homeless and privileged yet behind ever mask lies the truth. Anna's mother is never there , Both mentally and physically, after the tragic loss of her father. She needs to be perfect. Get straight A's, go to an Ivy League school like her father, etc. She needs to make him happy instead of herself. Then she meets Dean. Dean is a great guy with is majorly protective, but who wouldn't be after what he went through. They are both alike, but mostly different. You know what they, opposites attract. Anna can help him look for his sister and Dean can teach her about the other side of the city. 

This reads like a realistic book. It is very much a YA book, but talks about  suffering that is real in our world. I don't why this related to me since I haven't lost anyone or live on the streets, but it was like John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, it connects with you and doesn't let go until...never.

The Bad: I didn't like the ending. I wish I could seen beyond the resolution with Dean's sister and Anna realizing that she loves Dean and will do anything to be with him. I would've like to see them pass graduation or into college. Other then that, this book was absolutely perfect!


Tessa Marie lives in the same town she grew up in on Long
Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Under her real name, Theresa Paolo, she released her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and (ONCE) AGAIN released this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and
BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series. She has a hard time
accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the
best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter,
Pinterest and Facebook.

Release Day Blitz: Ending Unusual by S.M. Knowles

Ending Unusual (Rylee Everley Series #4) 
S.M. Knowles 

Rylee and Brock are finally a couple, but fate may have other plans for them as Chance declares his true feelings for Rylee. Now she is faced with making a decision she never thought she would need to make while trying to save her friends. In the process, Rylee learns some new tricks and skills she never knew she had, but it comes with a price.

An invisible gelatin wall, a haunting dream about her father, Adysin’s plans, and Rylee’s feelings play against her in this final installment. As another student disappears, will they be able to find her and finally end the coven? Or will Rylee end up losing everything by trying to save those she loves?

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With tears and a tight hug, Rylee Everley’s dad left for Afghanistan with the Army Reserve. Since his deployment, her mom has been distant, her sisters are constantly fighting, and Rylee, at only thirteen years old, has to be the glue to keep them together. While her mother stays locked in her room, Rylee has been forced into the role of parent.

Now, two years later, a freak accident involving a bus at school promises to restore some normality to her family. In spite of not knowing how their father is, her mother is happy and her sisters don’t seem to fight as much as they used to. Rylee herself is seeing more of her friends and is even trying to sort out her own feelings about Brock Parker. However, something dark threatens to disrupt that normality for personal gain, and that darkness is willing to break every rule to get what it wants.

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About the Author


 S.M. Knowles was born in Elmira, New York where she was sweptaway in a whirlwind to the Land of Oz--Independence, Kansas. Her parents were relocating for working opportunities and decided that this would be the perfect place to start new roots. Little did she know that this place would contribute to the inspiration for the first book she wrote in her Rylee Everley Series.
While growing up, S.M. would travel the roads around her house while imagining she was somewhere else. Her imagination would take her everywhere, making the long hot summer days seem shorter throughout her fantasies.
At the age of twelve, she decided to write her first book. Filled mostly with dialog, she filled up one-hundred pages, front and back. After taking the book downstairs to show her mom, and persuading her to buy her more paper, she excitedly ran back to her room. As she barreled through the door, S.M. tripped over items left on her floor, and her papers came raining down in her room. Discouraged, she stood there in tears, picking up her papers and throwing them in the trash. Her work had no organization, no numbers on her pages, just a child fulfilling a joy that she would put down and not pick up again.
When she became older, she joined the military for something different. In that time, she was able to explore many places and even met her husband in Iraq. After coming home, she started her family in Arizona and went back to school, earning a Master's degree in Adult Education and Training.

Cover Reveal: Camryn Cross series by Brina Courtney



October 20th, November 10th, November 24th

Camryn Cross is not
human. But she doesn’t know what she is. Not yet.
The world is falling
apart and her only escape is Camp Silverlake where she frequently stayed as a
child. But Camryn’s summers weren’t filled with crafting and swimming, they
were spent learning combat skills and how to protect herself from the outside world.
Now she must return
to Camp Silverlake to learn the truth, about who she is and she’ll discover the
secret hidden within her blood. A secret that could save them all.


Camryn Cross is not
human. But her best friend Kiley is.
They’re stuck, they
can’t leave Silverlake without possibly being killed. Or Kiley could become one
of the Sick. She could die. But Silverlake isn’t safe for her either. The Cured
don’t want her there. The sickness could use her to mutate the virus again.
She could kill them
Camryn could be the
key to saving them.


Camryn Cross is not
human. But she will fight to protect those who are.
Kiley is her best
friend. And now there’s Finn. Finn with his blue eyes, and his long eyelashes.
Finn makes Camryn’s heart stop. She has to decide to not stop for him though. The Sick are coming and if they get inside the walls of Silverlake war will be inevitable.
Death is everywhere.



Brina Courtney is a
young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies.
She's spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school
cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and
two very loud, small dogs. You can find her on her website, or on Twitter, @brinacourtney.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Review Blitz: IFICS Series by Julia Crane


Donate Body to
Science. Check.
seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory
to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own
secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists
who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an
unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the
guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help
her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling
to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.



Kaitlyn and Erik are
sent on a mission to track down Vance Dasvoik, a ruthless monster. His latest thrill—abducting and selling young women.

Vance's current
victim: Aaliyah, a seventeen-year-old who never imagined walking her brother home from school one evening would change her life forever.

The mission quickly
turns personal for Kaitlyn when she finds Aaliyah beaten, her mind and soul fractured from abuse of the worst kind. Kaitlyn knows firsthand what it's like
to be haunted by the past and resolves to bring justice to the elusive Dasvoik.


My Review:

This is a spectacular series! A breather of fresh air in the scifi genre. I had the privilege to by able to get an ARC of Fractured Innocence. It was in honest terms a gruesome story. The things that happens in Human Trafficking are scary and physical and emotionally scarring. I flinched when Aaliya did. She is a new character in the IFICS series. Things that happen to her made me sick to my stomach. This is an issue that needs to be addressed. She is brave and resilient. She deserves a much better life then what she went through. I glad that Vance got what he should of, though I personally think he should've stayed alive a little longer to be tortured a lot more for what he did. Kaitlyn is an amazing woman and deserves an award for what she has been through because of what she is and how she overcame it. The first book was an interesting debut because she is half robot half human, but can feel human emotions when her programming says not to. She is an inspiration to me and if more people read this book, they would be inspired too. Julia Crane did the best job ever with Freak of Nature, but outdone herself with Fractured Innocence! Can't wait to read the third book!


Julia Crane is the
author of the Keegan’s Chronicles, IFICS. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination.