This Is Not The End by Chandler Baker

Disclaimer: I received this book from an auction (no I did not buy it as it is an arc. It was included with other items in the package). All opinions are my own.

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Genre: YA Contemporary

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (death, sex, violence, disabilities, suicide, resurrection. Trigger warnings.)

 

Pages: 384

 

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Synopsis: I wonder if for the rest of my life, I’ll be haunted by beautiful days.

On one cloudless, radiant summer afternoon, Lake Devereaux lost everything. The car crash claimed the lives of her best friend and boyfriend, the people who had become her family after her own fell apart. But she doesn’t have to lose them both.

The development of resurrection technology has changed the world. Under the new laws regulating the process, each person gets one resurrection to be used or forfeited on their eighteenth birthday. Mere weeks away from turning eighteen, Lake faces an impossible choice.

Envisioning life without one of the people she loves most is shattering enough, but Lake carries an additional burden: years ago, under family pressure, Lake secretly—and illegally—promised her resurrection to someone who isn’t even dead yet.

The search for answers about her future draws Lake more deeply into the secrets of her past until she begins to question everything about those closest to her. Betrayals and hurts both new and old threaten to eclipse the memories she once cherished.

Then Lake meets a boy unlike anyone she’s encountered before, who unflinchingly embraces the darkest parts of her life . . . and who believes that all resurrections are wrong.

Which path is the right one? And how can Lake start to heal when she can’t move on?

Okay why isn’t the resurrection of the dead played up more for this book?? At first glance it appears to be just a normal YA Contemporary book and then BAM resurrection pops up and you’re like “wahhh” and the author is like “yea!” lol. Anyways, I absolutely loved this book. It was sad and romantic, but not too cheesy or too gushy. There was teen angst but also grief and moral compass finding. There was sibling issues but at the core it was much deeper. This book was so amazing and so well thought out. The writing was superb, the character and plot development were on point. I feel that I know each character personally and I crave more from this story.

 

The only issue I have is with the choice that was made at the end. It left me wanting more and a little confused on how parents can just do that, but that’s spoilery and I’m not about that life.

 

Verdict: A beautiful tale that blows Me Before You out of the water!

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Book Tour – Fates Awoken by P. Anatasia

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Title: Fates Awoken

 

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Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fates-awoken-p-anastasia/1127818470?ean=9780997448559

Release date: August 7, 2018  Paperback, Kindle, Hardcover

“A potent saga that proves hard to put down . . . An epic adventure tempered by strong characters, [and] vivid fantasy threads . . . Fates Awoken doesn’t disappoint” — D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Synopsis:

Magic. Mystery. Lore. Fates Awoken catapults readers into a journey inlaid with powerful beasts and ancient secrets. This standalone addition to the Fates Aflame franchise allows new adventurers to dive right in, while previous fans savor the unique twists and turns that fuel this new tale. INCLUDES BONUS short story!

Ancient bloodmanes have declared war on Rayvenstar Castle. After Admiral Hawksford is summoned to help, she assembles a team and journeys to Alyssia to confront the threat. But when truth is distorted by fiction, and every attempt to gain information leaves her with more questions than answers, Valhara and her crew are left scrambling for a solution. Rampant beasts aren’t the only menace. A stubborn king with a brash temper and archaic ways puts her under undue pressure. The Elemental Guardian’s patience and powers are tested, forcing her to endure a twist of fate…

Don’t miss the companion, all ages coloring book available separately (Fates Aflame Coloring Adventure ISBN 978-0-9974485-2-8).

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Author Bio:

P. Anastasia’s fresh take on storytelling resonates with darkness, charm, and passion—the embodiment of her unique writing style. With origins tracing back to the late nineties, the creative fire that becameFates Aflame was drawn from P.’s love of role-playing games, mythology, and all things magical.

Drawn to the craft in childhood, she began attempting to produce her first book at age 11. While working toward her college degree, she wrote news and editorial columns for two campus newspapers. After graduating with a degree in Communications and spending a year studying abroad in Kofu, Japan, she followed her heart to her publishing aspirations. She currently resides in the beautiful, green state of Kentucky with her husband and her ever-inspiring fur-babies. On the side, she serves as a professional voice talent for radio, television, and audio books.

  1. Anastasia is also the author of the Fluorescence series and the historical-paranormal romance, Dark Diary.

Summer Blog Promo Tour with Downright Dystopian – Books That Would Make Great Video Games

 

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Hey guys! As many of you know I have a love of not only books, but for video games as well. I oftentimes find myself struggling to figure out if I want to read or game lol. So I thought for today’s tag I would do a fun tag with Krystianna regarding book that would make great video games! I also have done this tag for my Youtube channel so check that out for more recommendations as well.

 

Here’s my Steam-book WishList:

1) The Fifth Wave for survival horror. I would love to explore this as a Last of Us style gameplay. I think the world Rick Yancy built was phenomenal and the video game would give the series a shot at a decent ending (I’m looking at you Last Star -_-).


2) Harry Potter for open world. Seriously, we just need an open world Harry Potter game that we can all use to fulfill our dreams of going to Hogwarts and Hogsmeade and Diagon Ally… Why isn’t this a thing???


3) The Selection as a visual novel. While it’s adorable and a cute romance, I would love to play as America or as another girl or guy that is going through the selection to become the next prince/princess. Plus we’d be able to slightly live life in the castle!


4) Nancy Drew for a story driven mystery. Seriously, those Facebook games with a little point a click search and find aspect and then you have to solve the mystery? Nancy Drew would be a perfect series for that. And since the books are set in the 60s/70s you could make the décor look all retro (spoken like a true millennial!)


5) Illuminae Files for puzzle game ala Portal. I need more AIDAN and I think a Portal-esque game set in space with an AI bent on murder (move over GLADoS) would be AMAZING!!!! SPAACCCCEEEEEEEE!!!

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And here’s some recommendations from Krystianna!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I think of this one as a great survival game. You could pick your district and create your own character, and it could just be a sort of game where you want to be the last one standing.

The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer: I am literally obsessed with this series and I think this one would be fun if you could choose to be any of the main characters and kind of follow their storyline.

Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi: Mafi’s series would make a great game. The way the series is being written now, it would be fun to choose to play as either Juliette or Warner and you could follow their story throughout the game. I’m thinking kind of like the TellTale games for Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.


Nyxia by Scott Reintgen: This is a newer favorite of mine, and I think it would make a great game because of all the visuals throughout the book. It would be fun messing around with the nyxia element, and would probably be a great game with the Kinect on xbox.


172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad: Harstad’s novel would legit make such a great horror game. What’s creepier than being stranded on the moon? I’m sure a lot of jump scares and noises could be incorporated into the game as well.

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Welcome to the Darkwater Secrets by Robin Caroll blitz and giveaway, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

darkwater  secretsTitle: Darkwater Secrets
Author: Robin Caroll
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

A murder investigation uncovers sordid secrets and haunting mistakes The Darkwater Inn stands tall and proud in the French Quarter, the hub of New Orleans. Bourbon Street is bustling, and General Manager Adelaide Fountaine has her hands full with a hotel at capacity. She, along with everyone else, is shocked when a body is found: a hotel guest stabbed with a kitchen knife. Detective Beau Savoie, Adelaide’s childhood friend, is on the case. As Beau digs into the victim’s past, he unearths a shocking connection between Adelaide and the murdered guest. Beau is hurt that his friend—the woman he’s quietly loved for years—kept the truth from him. To make matters worse, the stress of the investigation has sent Adelaide right into the comforting arms of her coworker Dimitri. But Beau can’t press Adelaide too hard . . . he’s keeping secrets of his own. Can Adelaide and Beau afford to hide from the truth with a killer on the loose?

Did You want an excerpt from the book? Here’s one for you:

Dimitri turned and almost choked on his sparkling water. He couldn’t take his eyes off Adelaide as she floated down the stairs. His mouth went dry. As he came to his senses and glanced around, he realized that the women seemed to have the same effect on most of the men watching them enter. Dimitri made his way to offer his arm to them as they descended.
“Ladies.”
“Hello, Dimitri. You remember my friend Tracey?”
He offered his other arm to Tracey. “I do. Both of you ladies look absolutely stunning this evening.”
He spoke to them both as he led them toward the spread of food, but his heart pounded as Adelaide smiled at him. As beautiful as she looked right now, it was hard for him to remember she wasn’t ready for romance. He’d agreed to wait, but the way she looked . . . his work was certainly cut out for him.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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͞I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I’ve never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.͟ ~Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better.

Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others.

When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty-five-plus years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else?

She serves the writing community as Executive Director/Conference Director for ACFW. Her twenty-five books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year.

CONNECT WITH ROBIN: website| Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


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TOUR GIVEAWAY

Robin Caroll is giving away:

  • print copy of Darkwater Secrets
  • your own key to the Darkwater Inn
  • The Darkwater Inn Recipe Book
  • an Uptown Stroll candle

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 21, 2018 and last through 11:59pm July 28, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Paige Talks – The 1for36books Book “Exchange”

Hey guys! I’m a bit of a vigilante sometimes and I just can’t help but intervene when I see an injustice. Something that came up recently was in the bookish community is the reimmergence of the 1 book for 36 “exchange”. And I want to preface this by saying that this is all of my own opinion and that while I will link some articles this is not factual.

 

This seems to be a very old scam. It seems to have origins as early as 2015 and it has many variations. Basically it seems to work like this: someone posts that you are guaranteed to get 36 books by just sending one. You ask for details, you send the book to a random address, and you repost the information. When people contact you, you give them a new address to send books to. And so on and so forth. So why is this supposedly a scam? Because it’s so easily manipulative. You’re not guaranteed that the address you’re sending is one that hasn’t been used many many times previously. You’re not sure who you’re sending the books to, which puts you at risk of many credit scams and postal scams. And you’re also not guaranteed any books back. While the pyramid scheme (if this is one) benefits those are the top, most people fall towards the bottom and get only heartache and pain in return.

 

So what’s the point of this post? We can all agree that scams are bad yo. The point is that you need to be careful with who you give your address to and you need to be vigilant. If something seems amazing it’s probably not real. Everyone loves the amazing and miraculous in this world but unfortunately a ton of people prey on those who believe in the good of the world. So if you see a post saying give one book and receive 36 back I strongly advise you to NOT join it for the chance of it being a legit scam. I also implore you to contact Instagram or the police as this scam is highly illegal. Not only can you receive a fine for this, but you could also possibly receive jail time. This includes anyone who participates in the scam, not just the starters of said scam. So please be cautious when participating in things online.

 

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from OwlCrate and Scholastic from BookCon as part of an arc drop. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Genre: MG/YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 12+ (ghosts, death, scary moments, slight violence)

 

Pages: 272

 

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Synopsis: Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

 

Another book that wowed me. I am a lover of ghosts and all things paranormal. And, don’t laugh at me, but I actually believe in ghosts. So this book was right up my alley in regards to that. But going into it I was worried that the book would be really dumbed down because this book appeals more to the middle grade genre, but I was mistaken. This book is phenomenal and probably ranks up there with This Savage Song for me. While the characters were younger than my normal reading characters, they had a maturity about them that made the book very enjoyable for me personally. The book was well thoughtout and researched. The book had a campfire feel to it but it wasn’t too scary for younger readers in my opinion. The characters were all very well developed for the genre and the plot and pacing were superb.

 

The only downside I had to this was that I felt the book ended too early. I really want to continue my adventures with Cassidy and Jacob and I hope that Schwab writes another book for this series.

 

Verdict: Basically, this is another Schwab book – fantastic and must-read material.

The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson

Disclaimer: I received this book from KidLitExchange and Bloomsbury. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Genre: YA Fantasy?

 

Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, assault, murder, cult like behavior, creepy kids, and confusion)

 

Pages: 432

 

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Synopsis: Every Christmas, Wren is chased through the woods near her isolated village by her family’s enemies—the Judges—and there’s nothing that she can do to stop it. Once her people, the Augurs, controlled a powerful magic. But now that power lies with the Judges, who are set on destroying her kind for good.

In a desperate bid to save her family, Wren takes a dangerous undercover assignment—as an intern to an influential Judge named Cassa Harkness. Cassa has spent her life researching a transformative spell, which could bring the war between the factions to its absolute end. Caught in a web of deceit, Wren must decide whether or not to gamble on the spell and seal the Augurs’ fate.

 

Okay this book is strange and I’m not sure if it’s in a good way. For the sake of order I will say what I liked about it first. I liked that it’s strange and interesting. I feel this will be a big selling point of the book and that maybe there will be people who will understand this book and explain it to me.

 

However, I really didn’t like this book. Nothing was explained until about halfway through the book and even then not all of my questions were answered. The world building was nonexistent and I’m not even sure if this book is a fantasy, a contemporary, a dystopian, high fantasy, etc. The book tended to repeat itself… A LOT. The book was just confusing and frustrating to me. The characters weren’t developed at all and when I got to the end I still struggled to remember who was who. And the book was weirdly paced. While I felt that the book happened pretty fast, the book was also really slow?? I’m so confused by the book and I’m confused on how to even talk about it.

 

Verdict: If you’ve read this book please explain it to me!

Blog Tour – Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye Part Four: The Countering by Patrick Higgins

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Welcome to the Chaos In The Blink of an Eye series blitz and GIVEAWAY, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

I am showing off part 4 in the series!:

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Was #1 in Hot New Releases in Christian Futuristic Fiction and Religious Science Fiction & Fantasy for 3 straight weeks!

After countless millions silently and mysteriously vanished from the face of the earth—including all small children—in the blink of an eye, the world was plunged into unbridled chaos.

In the days following the Rapture of Christ’s Church, the ultimate enemy of God raised up his primary human agent in the flesh to carry out his diabolical mission, Salvador Romanero.

With a secret society working feverishly behind the scenes, and with Romanero being supernaturally empowered by the prince of darkness, the former lawyer from Spain quickly rose above the landscape of humanity to become the most powerful man on earth.

The Miracle Maker, as Salvador Romanero was known throughout the world—after various predictions he’d made had all come true—was about to perform his greatest miracle: peace to a tiny country that had lived in constant fear since its inception, the nation of Israel.

But not everyone was sailing on the Salvador Romanero cruise ship. With the promise of peace thick in the air in Israel, elsewhere the armies were already gathering…

BOOKS IN THIS SERIES

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CHAOS IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE: PART SIX – THE SEALING releases Autumn 2018!

Each day of the blitz spotlights a different book from the series – follow along with the tour to learn about each of the first five books individually!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Patrick Higgins is the author of “The Pelican Trees”, “Coffee In Manila”, the award-winning “The Unannounced Christmas Visitor”, and the award-winning prophetic end times series, “Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye.” While the stories he writes all have different themes and take place in different settings, the one thread that links them all together is his heart for Jesus and his yearning for the lost. With that in mind, it is his wish that the message his stories convey will greatly impact each reader, by challenging you not only to contemplate life on this side of the grave, but on the other side as well. After all, each of us will spend eternity at one of two places, based solely upon a single decision which must be made this side of the grave. That decision will be made crystal clear to each reader of his books.

CONNECT WITH PATRICK: website
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TOUR GIVEAWAY

Patrick Higgins is giving away to one (1) winner:

  • $50 Amazon gift card &
  • the first five books in the Chaos series

Open Internationally as long as recipient can accept a gift card from US Amazon. Books available in winner’s choice of ebook or print, although ebook only for international winner.

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 16, 2018 and last through 11:59pm July 23, 2018. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Nyan

Disclaimer: I received this book at Bookcon from the publishing company because I got lucky! Thanks! All opinions are my own!

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 17+ (rape, torture, lgbt+, political intrigue)

 

Pages: 336

 

Author Website

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.

But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

TW: violence and sexual abuse.

 

Oh wow. Those were the words I was thinking immediately after finishing this book. It blew me away with how amazing and awesome it was! The character development was amazing, the plot was so well developed and easy to follow along with, and the pacing was on point. The writing was also fantastic and the book was just A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! I think this is one of my favorites of 2018 and I’m super stoked for when the book finally releases!

 

The only issue I had is that I felt that the some of the time shifts were a little awkward, but I was also on very little sleep when I read this book so it was probably me being weird.

 

Verdict: Amazing, fantastic, unique, and definitely should be on your TBR this October!

Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

Disclaimer: I received this book through KidLitExchange and Little, Brown Books! Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Genre: YA Contemporary

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (sex, lgbt+, eating disorders, fixation, self-destructive tendencies. Please be aware there are some possible triggers for those who have eating disorders).

 

Pages: 352

 

Author Website

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: Freshman year at Harvard was the most anticlimactic year of Danny’s life. She’s failing pre-med and drifting apart from her best friend. One by one, Danny is losing all the underpinnings of her identity. When she finds herself attracted to an older, edgy girl who she met in rehab for an eating disorder, she finally feels like she might be finding a new sense of self. But when tragedy strikes, her self-destructive tendencies come back to haunt her as she struggles to discover who that self really is.

 

I have to say that this book, while sad and destructive, is so beautiful at the same time. The book revolves around a girl who’s fighting an eating disorder on top of all these other stresses in life. And when she meets someone she cares for? She has a whole new set of issues to conquer. The book did marvelous in pacing and the book’s writing was also well done. I personally liked the sarcastic humor in the main character.

 

However, I feel like we were missing the story. The main character really proved herself to be an unreliable narrator and it felt like she was cherry picking what she would tell us. It doesn’t feel like a complete story to me and that’s just weird in a book.

 

Verdict: Beautiful, but not quite whole. Is this a larger meaning about life in general?