Hidden Dimensions Giuliana Evangelista & A.M. Lopez

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: September 1st, 2018

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: 15+ (some violence)

Pages: 226

Author Website

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Synopsis: There are three categories. The first are those who have their worlds turned upside down, the second are those who don’t. The third category are those who save these worlds. Eva White fits into the first category. She just wants to be normal and go unseen. However, now with an offer to join a team of young dimension travelers she will find out about dimensions hidden from most of humanity’s view. Yet, before she can go on missions of all different kinds of adventures with the team, Eva must first hone her skills in a school. But when that school’s dimension goes on a killing spree, will Eva survive long enough to become part of the third category?

This was a quick, fun read. I felt the characters were really fun and developed. The plot was interesting and it held my interest throughout the entirety of the book. I really like the idea behind this book too and I felt the book was really detailed and the world building was well done.

However, I feel that the writing is a bit rushed and the pacing is a bit weird. I felt the characters sometimes maybe really weird and random decisions that didn’t make much sense to me as a reader and the ending was really hard to comprehend.

Verdict: Overall a fun, fast adventure that will leave you in awe.

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Book Tour – The Heart of Aleppo by Ammer Habib

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After standing for over 7,000 years, Aleppo’s ruin came overnight. 
Separated from his family during the night the rebels attacked the city, thirteen-year-old Zaid Kadir is lost in the middle of a war zone. Alongside his friends, he is forced to survive the dangers of a civil war he does not even fully understand. Zaid witnesses the destruction of the brutal Syrian Civil War as it grows more deadly by the day and rips his city apart. However, as he braves this destruction, as he desperately tries to survive this catastrophe, he discovers something. Zaid realizes that it is in the darkest hours when humanity’s spirit of hope burns brightest.
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Author Bio: Ammar is an award-winning & bestselling author originally from Lake Jackson, Texas. Writing has always been a passion of Ammar’s since he was in elementary school. Ammar enjoys crafting stories that are not only entertaining, but also have something useful to say to the reader. Ammar presently resides in his hometown. He lives with his family, all of whom are his biggest fans.

To learn more about Ammar, please visit his official author website at:
http://www.ammarahsenhabib.com

July 2018 – The Bookie Box

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Disclaimer: None, I bought this with my own money.

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Shop: https://www.thebookiebox.com

 

Price: $36.00 for single purchase, $34.99 for one month purchase.

 

Products: Each box comes with a new Young adult book release, a exclusive candle either an 8 oz or 4 oz, an exclusive bookmark, and 2-3 other bookish goodies. Then let us know how you like your box.

 

Ships To: USA and international!

 

Contents:

This month’s theme was Brutal Secrets and Conspiracies.

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Here’s what was in this month’s box:

  • A 4 ounce Mockingjay candle from Wick and Fable
    • Estimated Price: $9.00
  • A 2 ounce Katniss candle from That Bookie Candles
    • Estimated Price: $6.00
  • A LifeL1k3 themed stadium cup from The Bookie Box
    • Estimated Price: $1.00
  • A Strange The Dreamer Tote Bag from The Bookie Box
    • Estimated Price: $18.00
  • A Divergent themed bookmark from That Bookie Bookmarks
    • Estimated Price: $5.00
  • A Cruel Prince themed Whipped Sugar Scrub
    • Estimated Price: $10.00
  • The book: Nine by Zach Hines
    • In this twisted Lauren Oliver-meets-A.S. King debut, Julian has just eight more lives to burn in order to uncover a brutal secret. In an alternate world startlingly close to our own, humans have nine lives—and they can’t wait to use them up. The government has death incentives aimed at controlling overpopulation. As you shed lives, you shed your awkward phases: one death is equal to one physical and mental upgrade. Julian’s friends are obsessed with the idea of burning, but Julian is determined to stay on his first life for as long as he can. His mother burned too fast and inflicted a debilitating rebirth sickness on herself. Julian realizes that he’s going to have to burn at some point—especially when he becomes a target for Nicholas, the manipulative leader of the Burners, the school’s suicide club. And when Julian eventually succumbs, he uncovers suspicious gaps in the rebirth system that may explain exactly why his mother went so far down the rabbit hole years ago. Along with a group of student dissenters, Julian sets out to find answers and is soon on the verge of exposing the greatest conspiracy ever unleashed on the world.
    • Price: $17.99

 

 

Estimated Total of Box: $66.99!

 

Verdict: I loved this box! I felt that while almost everything in the box was made by Julia that the quality didn’t diminish. She did an amazing job producing and making all of these products for us and you can tell by looking in this box that she has a natural knack for crafts and bookish products. She’s so versatile as an artist that I don’t doubt she could make a whole box full of items she made with a book she wrote.

 

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The Dark Beneath The Ice by Amelinda Berube

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Disclaimer: I received this book through KidLitExchange and Sourcebooks Fire. Thanks! All opinions are my own!

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Publication Date: August 7th, 2018

 

Genre: YA Horror

 

Recommended Age: 15+ (mental illness, scary moments, violence)

 

Pages: 320

 

Author Website

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis:

 

I didn’t think that when I requested this book it would be SO SCARY! Like I love horror films and I love horror games, but horror books? I’m gonna have to rethink my position on them after this book. The scary moments were amazingly well written and the man vs. self conflict was really really well done. I thought overall most of the characters were engaging and the character development/relationship and dialogue with one another was very real.

 

However, I do think that there were some plot holes and the plot was a bit weak. The pacing felt off to me as well, like everything was happening much faster than what it should. And I feel that the main character really didn’t care what was going on in some parts of the book. I’m kind of baffled by her nonchalant attitude towards everything. It almost came off as cold or disconnected. Also, the writing really gets me confused. There were some parts of the book I had to read over and over again to understand what the author meant, including a part towards the beginning that almost comes off as the author being homophobic.

 

Verdict: Scarier than Madeline Roux.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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Disclaimer: None, I got this book on my own!

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Publication Date: December 18th, 2012

 

Genre: YA Dystopian

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (abuse, violence, children death, children torture, possible rape)

 

Pages: 488

 

Author Website

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

 

So I read this book for two reasons. 1) I like dystopians. And 2) There was a movie coming out and the cardinal sin of bookstagram is to watch the movie before reading the book… and I’ve committed too many of them. I don’t want them to revoke my bookstagram card… seriously they do that. It’s awful. Anyways, I really really liked this book (Sydney if you’re reading this then consider my tongue stuck out at you). The book was amazing. I loved the plot and the pacing. I loved the characters and how well I could “hear” and distinguish one from another. I loved how the writing was and I felt that Bracken did well with the world building. It was informative, but not so much so that it drug the book down. My favorite part was that the book just had this dark and foreboding atmosphere, like any good dystopian book would.

 

My only complaint is that the reader doesn’t really get to experience the Reds a lot in the book. I feel like we got to know all the other colors but them. Hopefully that’ll be rectified in the other novels.

 

Verdict: A book that surpasses The Hunger Games and Divergent.

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

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Disclaimer: None! I bought my own copy!

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Publication Date: October 10th, 2017

 

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (inhumane conditions, violence, Jewish slurs, and the realization that this could happen again)

 

Pages: 424

 

Author Website

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.
Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.

Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.

 

Going into this I didn’t know if the book would really portray the horrors of WW2 accurately. And I was pleasantly surprised when it did! Not happy or anything, but surprised that this book was so dark in places and that it didn’t hold back when talking about the murder of children and babies. I felt that the book did well in developing Dita and all of the other characters, but it’s real strength lies in world building and emersion into the book. The plot was intriguing and the book kept you on your toes until the very end. And even though you know the outcome, you can’t help but pray for something more to happen.

 

I did find that the book was a bit jarring in how it kept switching POVs between the different characters and sometimes it made it hard to get back into the book when that happened. I also felt that there were a lot of characters, which made it hard for me to remember each and every one of them.

 

Verdict: Overall, this is a hauntingly beautiful tale about hope in a desolate situation.

Book Tour – Truth Seer by Kay L. Moody

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Book Title: Truth Seer (Book 1 of the Truth Seer Trilogy)
Synopsis:

A world of lies. A cell of terrorists. When her sister is taken hostage, only the power to see the truthcan set both of them free.

Egypt, 2121. Imara Kalu knows how she wants her future to go: Become a police interrogator in Kenya and then graduate as a truth seer in her last semester of the summer training program. But her plans fall apart when a group of terrorists take over the school and carry out a desperate kidnapping. Devastated that her sister is among the victims, Imara leads a rescue team and descends into the dangerous catacombs where the hostages are rumored to be hidden.

Although suspicious of others because of the truth she sees, Imara knows the rescue team will need her help as a truth seer to bypass the lethal illusions laid by the abductors. But as the terrorist traps escalate, Imara realizes how much truth she’s been ignoring and that holding back could get her sister killed. Throughout the journey, Imara confronts her past and amplifies her abilities as a truth seer only to discover that her sister’s kidnapping is just one piece of a much darker secret.

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Author Bio:
Kay L Moody is proud to be a female science fiction author. Her books feature cool science and technology, strong female leads, and a dash of romance. There’s a strong focus on character development and societal conditions. She lives in the western United States with her husband and children. Visit her website to learn more. www.kaylmoody.com

Summer Blogger Promo Tour with Downright Dystopian ~ Books That Shouldn’t Have Been Turned Into Movies

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Hey guys!

 

I like being weird and different so in the spirit of that I decided to share with you my opinions on books that SHOULDN’T have been turned into movies. Here’s my list:

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World War Z by Max Brooks – You took an amazing book which was written in interview format with different viewpoints of the zombie apocalypse and made it all about Brad Pitt? You joking me? Really? This is a trash film and I’m so upset they didn’t just turn this into a mockumentary with interviews and rebuilding in the background and “old” video footage playing to show the action. There were so many great moments from the book that were absolutely lost for the sake of showing Brad Pitt’s trash face.
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A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket – While the Nexflix series shows you don’t have to stick to the whole book to make a great spin off of an amazing series, the movie went way off the map. Jim Carrey failed in his performance as Olaf and in the end the movie was a disappointment for this die-hard fan.
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Twilight by Stephanie Meyer – I’m not a hipster by any means so please don’t take this the wrong way, but I read the Twilight series before it was popular. I remember finding them when I volunteered at the library and reading them during the summer. They weren’t bad, but Bella was definitely my least favorite heroine. And then the movies came… and they and the fandom ruined what I felt was remotely good about the series. The actors couldn’t act, the director couldn’t direct, and the story was stale. Also, you begin to realize how weird it is for vampires to sparkle. Definitely should have stuck to Ann Rice type of vampire lore instead.
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The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan – This movie absolutely sucked. It took everything that was good and awesome about the middle grade – young adult series and turned it into a pile of poo. Some of the more important scenes were drastically changed as was Annabeth, who the movie made slightly into a bimbo.
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Tuck Everlasting – Okay so for the most part this movie is super good and compared to the book it’s a pretty decent cover of it. However, the main point of the book is that the main character is a young girl. Like young. 10. Winnie is 10 in the book while in the movie she’s 15. This drastically changes most of the movie and the viewer’s perception on the relationship between Jesse and Winnie… specifically that he’s not so pedo-creepy as he is in the book. While that’s a great change, again the overall meaning behind the book gets lost in the starcrossed romance of film-Winnie and Jesse.
And here’s Krystianna’s list!:
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Ready Player One – I feel terrible saying this because it’s my favorite science fiction book, but there was so many changes made that I don’t think it transferred as well to the big screen as I would’ve liked it to. It was a let down for me!
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Everything, Everything – I just didn’t like the plot of this one. I never read the book, but it was way too predictable and made for a really boring movie.
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Vampire Academy – I didn’t like this as a book and I didn’t like it as a movie. Apparently the move wasn’t successful or else we’d be seeing all its sequels.
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The Mortal Instruments – I found this one to be really boring. I liked the tv series more.
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The Scorch Trials – There were too many changes made to this movie that it didn’t resemble the books which ruined the Death Cure adaptation for me.

JustReadTours Review Tour – When Fire Rains Down (Kingdom Come #3) by Cecelia Earl

justread_kingdomcomeBlogWelcome to Kingdom Come Series by Cecelia Earl Blog Tour with JustRead Publicity Tour.

ABOUT WHEN FIRE RAINS DOWN AND REVIEW

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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from JustReadTours and the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, death, angels/demons)

 

Pages: 236

 

Author Website

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: Hell is nothing like Julia imagined and beyond everything she feared.
The little town of Shady Creek is under attack by Lucifer and his demons. To save the people she loves, human-angel Hybrid Julia must rescue their kidnapped Guardian Angels, even when it means defying her father.

Trouble is, he knows only too much about Hell’s perils. When a demon sucks Julia into a cosmic vacuum, the experience leaves an indelible blight she dares not mention for fear of losing her place on the angelic rescue team.

As a growing demon army surrounds Shady Creek, Julia’s feelings for her own Guardian become all too real and dangerous. But the cosmic imbalance fueled by Hybrid Angels, Rogue Guardians and Warriors is already depleting the strength of the rescue team. And there’s no room for distraction when the mission is to get into Hell–and out again.

For the sake of the mission, Julia must face the truth of the Hybrids’ existence. Because nobody will be safe unless she can trust the gift of free will–for others and for herself–in this end-of-the-world finale to The Legend of Shady Creek Trilogy.

 

Wow. I loved reading this series back to back and I really felt that I got to see an author and a character grow tremendously during the process. This book very well written and the characters are well developed. I loved the almost nonstop action and I loved how immersive this book was as well. I absolutely flew through this book.

 

However, I did feel that the book was a bit quick and the pacing was a bit off. It wasn’t too fast, but I felt that the book could have been a bit longer if the author described more of what was happening.

 

Verdict: An excellent series with tremendous character growth.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author-bio-pic-2Cecelia Earl graduated with a degree in education and has been teaching ever since. She’s a wife, a mom of three boys, and an owner of a magical laundry pile that never stops growing. She lives near enough to Green Bay, WI that her refrigerator is always stocked with cheese, and the first colors her children learned were green and gold. She’s a first grade teacher in a Catholic school by day, a mom always, and a writer in her sleep, but that’s okay because being an author is a dream come true. She writes angel fantasy books for young and youngish adults. If you feel young, she writes for you–whether or not you feel particularly angelic. TO CONNECT WITH CECELIA: website, facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest, goodreads


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JustReadTours Review Tour – When Smoke Rains Down (Kingdom Come #2) by Cecelia Earl

justread_kingdomcomeBlogWelcome to Kingdom Come Series by Cecelia Earl Blog Tour with JustRead Publicity Tour.

ABOUT WHEN SMOKE RAINS DOWN AND REVIEW

 

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Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of the book thanks to JustReadTours and the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Rating: 4/5

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, destruction, angels, demons, slight romance)

Pages: 346

Author Website

Amazon Link

Synopsis: In the aftermath of an explosion and Homecoming battle, Julia tries to form some semblance of a routine: work, study, and visit her brother who remains hospitalized. Unable to confide in anyone about her double life of being both human and angel, and fearful she’ll bring more death and destruction to those she loves, she pulls away from her family and best friend.

When demons once again start to show up at every turn, seemingly bringing about her brother’s deepening depression, she demands her sword from Nicholas. Ever the stern Guardian Angel, he forbids her from using it. Isolated, she takes protecting her brother into her own hands. But when demons show they have evils hidden within their weapons in addition to their ability to siphon souls from the living, Julia’s not sure she knows the best way to handle saving him any longer. Especially when ash-colored lines begin to appear on humans, lines of demonic poison that travel through their veins toward their hearts and alter their moods.

Thrust into a dark world of conspiring demons, Julia is in more danger than she ever imagined possible. To stop evil from spreading and overtaking those she loves, she’ll have to seek out the one person she mistrusts most–especially when a line appears on her own arm, and her apathy toward doing much of anything, including saving anyone, grows.

For a sequel this was actually better than the first one. I feel like I got to see the main character grow more and her character development was amazing. I felt the plot is more developed and the pacing is very consistent. The writing is still very well done and the author does very well at immersing the reader into the story.

However, I felt that the book kinda went too cliché for me personally. I felt that there was definitely a love triangle and I’m really over those. I also felt that some of the background characters weren’t that well developed and there are still some concepts from the first book that the book repeats, which is a tad annoying.

Verdict: Much better than the first book and an amazing continuation of our favorite angel/demon story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author-bio-pic-2Cecelia Earl graduated with a degree in education and has been teaching ever since. She’s a wife, a mom of three boys, and an owner of a magical laundry pile that never stops growing. She lives near enough to Green Bay, WI that her refrigerator is always stocked with cheese, and the first colors her children learned were green and gold. She’s a first grade teacher in a Catholic school by day, a mom always, and a writer in her sleep, but that’s okay because being an author is a dream come true. She writes angel fantasy books for young and youngish adults. If you feel young, she writes for you–whether or not you feel particularly angelic. TO CONNECT WITH CECELIA: website, facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest, goodreads


GIVEAWAY

The author has graciously offered a lovely prize pack for (1) winner!

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Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Complete prize open to US mailing addresses only. Gift card open internationally. For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE


TOUR SCHEDULE

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Launch Page @JustReadTours Launch Page @JustCommonly

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