The Reader by Traci Chee (Sea of Ink and Gold #1)
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books on September 13th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Welcome to my stop on the Siege of Shadows Blog Tour! I am excited to be posting a Guest Post + Review.
Welcome to my stop on the Six Little Secrets Blog Tour! I am excited to be posting a Review+ the Giveaway.
Six Little Secrets Info
Title: SIX LITTLE SECRETS
Author: Katlyn Duncan
Pub. Date: November 24, 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Some secrets can never stay hidden for long…
Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse
and the new girl.
But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the
same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret…
…and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.
About the Author
Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in New England. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since.
Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.
SIX LITTLE SECRETS by Katlyn Duncan was a fast paced high school thriller. Six kids get tricked into detention where they are stalked and forced to play a game they never wanted to. If they passed their secrets stayed safe, but if they failed their pasts will come to haunt them.
I really liked how quick it was, although it was what I found lacking too. All the characters were very unique and their pasts were all equally as troubling. Duncan did a good job with the characterizations.
The whole plot was pretty intricate and I liked it. But on the other hand I wonder if it was really that realistic. I had trouble believing the big baddie would go to such lengths to do what they did. If you read it, you’ll know what I’m talking about! Sorry, no spoilers! Ha!
Some of the punishments were interesting, and some were uncomfortable to read (Poor Cece). I kind of wish there was more deadly consequences. I feel like that would have had my interest piqued to the max.
So though I wish it was longer, I still enjoyed it as a whole and would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a quick YA thriller.
1 winner will receive a $25 B&N Gift Card, US Only.
5 winners will receive one of Katlyn’s Backlist Titles in eBook Format, International.
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11/16/2017- Twinning for Books– Interview
11/16/2017- Savings in Seconds– Review
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11/20/2017- Daily Waffle– Interview
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11/22/2017- Jo’s Book Blog– Guest Post
11/22/2017- Queen of Books– Review
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11/24/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post
11/24/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Review
Until next time,
Welcome to my stop on the Renegades Blog Tour! I am excited to be posting a Review + Excerpt.
Welcome to my stop on the Monsterland Blog Tour! I am excited to be posting a Guest Post + the Giveaway.
Author: Michael Okon
Pub. Date: October 13, 2017
Publisher: WordFire Press
Formats: Paperback eBook
Welcome to Monsterland, the scariest place on earth.
When world markets are decimated by a crippling plague, philanthropist, and billionaire businessman, Vincent Konrad decides to place monsters in a theme park setting to promote education and tolerance. Copper Valley is chosen as the primary site for the park in the United States.
Wyatt Baldwin, a high school senior is dying to go to the opening and when he lands special passes to the park, he and his friends are expecting the experience of a lifetime.
After all, in a theme park where real zombies, werewolves, and vampires are the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?
About the Author
Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.
Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.
My Publishing Journey and How I Became a Published Author
It’s a pretty incredible story that I have a hard time believing. I wrote Monsterland and self-published it in 2015. My mom is my publicity manager and she blitzed the bloggers with my book. That fall I was reading a book called Selling a Screenplay by Syd Field. In the book, there was an entertainment attorney named Susan Grode who seemed very knowledgeable about the publishing and film industry. I told myself, when I receive my first contract, I’m going to reach out to her to see if she could help me. About two months later, I received a post on Facebook from an agent in London who asked to represent me. I said sure and asked him to send me a contract. I emailed Susan and introduced myself and mentioned that I had someone who wanted to rep me and I was hoping she could read this contract. She told me before I sign with this London agent, why don’t I meet her friend in Brooklyn, an agent named Nick Mullendore with Vertical Ink Literary Agency. I met Nick for lunch and he signed me that day as his client. That evening, Susan brought me on as her client as well. Nick began trying to sell my book Monsterland to the big publishers and, as expected, it was rejected. Throughout his attempts of selling, he had a call with a film agent and he was pitching her a romance novel. She said she wasn’t really into romance and was looking for something with monsters. He sent her my book Monsterland, she read it over a weekend, and we had a call that Monday. She told Nick and me if we get the book published, she will get it into a producer’s hands to make into a film. Nick found a publisher called WordFire Press owned by Kevin J. Anderson, who has written all the Star Wars and Dune canon books. WordFire signed me to a two-book deal for Monsterland 1 & 2. After the deal was signed, my film agent did what she promised and got my book into the hands of a billion-dollar grossing producer who is now shopping my book to certain studios. In two years, I went from a self-published author, to a published author with a literary agent, an entertainment attorney, a film agent, a two-book publishing deal, a publicist, and a producer who is interested in turning my book to a film. It’s been one wild ride, to say the least.
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Until next time,
Every month I post the books that I’m most excited about that are going to be released. For November I’m bringing you seven exciting releases. Let’s check them out:
Here are all the books I got in November! There is quite a few to get through. I’m super excited about this month’s haul.
So let’s get started shall we?
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley
Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
Zodiac by Romina Russell
Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten
Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff
The Novice by Taran Matharu
The Inquisition by Taran Matharu
The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
Half Lost by Sally Green
GIFTS FROM FRIENDS
From Ashleigh Bello
Belvedor and the Four Corners by Ashleigh Bello
Belvedor and the King’s Curse by Ashleigh Bello
From Tina @ Indigo
This is Where is Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
From Jenna @ Reading with Jenna
Disruption by Jessica Shirvington
Corruption by Jessica Shirvington
The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis
The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom (Raincoast)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (HarperCollins Canada)
The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine (HarperCollins Canada)
Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys (Delacorte Press via Indigo)
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak (Simon & Schuster Canada)
The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Schuster Canada)
The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine (Simon & Schuster USA)
That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!
Until next time,
This month sure did zoom past us. It definitely felt that way to me at least. As Christmas fast approaches, so does the mall craziness (a.k.a my job). My stress levels are at an all time high this time of year.
Not only did I get strep throat earlier this month, but I’ve also not been able to go to the gym as much as I want! But on the good news side of things, the lovely Jenna from Reading with Jenna came to visit Toronto! It was such a fun week spending it with her. I took her to a lot of bookstores, and we definitely ate our way through the city! We also took time and watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with Joey from Thoughts and Afterthoughts. Finally we had a board game night with Joey and Maria from Big City Bookworm. It was definitely the highlight of my November!
Phew…. boy am I exhausted! So let’s get to how well I did in books!
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – November 2nd, 2016
Paper Princess by Erin Watt – November 9th, 2016
Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley – November 9th, 2016
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris – November 12th, 2016
Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger – November 16th, 2016
Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys – November 23rd, 2016
Thanks A Lot, John LeClair by Johanna Parkhurst – November 28th, 2016
Crimson Dagger by Morgan Rhodes – November 29th, 2016
Obsidian Blade by Morgan Rhodes – November 30th, 2016
Only 7 novels + 2 novellas this month!
Other books I’ve started:
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid – 4/5
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena – 3/5
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – 5/5
Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley – 4/5
(Click the links to read the reviews)
Reviews Coming in December:
Waiting On Wednesday
Crystal Storm – November 2nd, 2016
Windwitch – November 9th, 2016
Roseblood – November 16th, 2016
History is All You Left Me – November 23rd, 2016
Frostblood – November 30th, 2016
Top 10 Tuesday
Recent Adds to my TBR – November 8th, 2016
Holiday Gift Guide: Humor – November 29th, 2016
700 Blog Followers – November 2016
28,500 Blog Views – November 2016
11,500 Blog Visitors – November 2016
Beauty and the Beast Tag – November 20th, 2016
November 7th to November 13th – BIG REVEAL: Wonder Woman Warbringer
November 14th to 20th – BIG REVEAL: Lord of Shadows
And that was November. I did more reading this month than in the past couple of months, so as always, thank you guys for spending it with me! See you guys in December!
Until next time,
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.
So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!
Author: Elly Blake
Series: Frostblood Saga #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 17th 2017
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable, and she’s not sure she’s willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.
All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king’s tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.
Why I’m Waiting
As soon as I read the synopsis for this one, I knew I wanted to read it. It sounds like everything that I love in a fantasy novel and can’t wait for January to come so I can get my hands on a copy!
P.S. Elly Blake is a debut author!
What has you guys waiting this week? Let me know down below!
Until next time,