Blog Tour: Nowhere But Here | Katie McGarry | Review | "Fears" | Giveaway



Today I'm excited to be a part of Katie McGarry's Nowhere But Here blog tour. 

Nowhere But Here was AMAZING! Highly recommended. Keep reading as I'll share details about McGarry's latest release and her exclusive post about "FEARS". 



Nowhere But Here
Thunder Road #1
Author: Katie McGarry
Reading Level: Young Adult (mature)
Genres: Contemporary Romance | Motorcycles
Released: May 26th 2015
Review Source: Harlequin Teen

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns into an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.


Cover:
I love every inch of that cover. From the font to the color palette used. I'm glad the cover 
actually matches the story with the motorcycle. So happy its not another cover with a girl and a guy kissing or hugging. This cover just pop for me.  Wouldn't you agree?

Action:
Yes plenty of action throughout the book. We are dealing with motorcycle clans that are rivals. Your heart will be hurt and also filled with love during all the highs and lows. Kept me at the edge of my seat most of the time.

Romance:
With a guy named Oz, you know there has got to be some really delicious romance in this book. I like how Emily and Oz build but fight it also. Will have to read to see how they end up. Lots of pieces to be picked up and they both will need each other. 

Something I loved:
I really loved how Emily started to accept her father side of the family and the relationship that develop with her snarky grandmother. Will fill you with joy but have tissue on hand. 

Favorite quote: 
“This is your family … If you learn to love us then you will forever have our love in return.”




FEAR written by Katie McGarry

Let’s get one thing straight. I hate funeral homes. Hate. I hate the smell of them. I hate the look of them. I hate the thought of them. Hate. And what I hate more than funeral homes are dead things. Dead bugs. Dead dried-up worms on the sidewalk. Roadkill. And since that ill-fated stroll in the woods at the age of eight when I fell into a hole and spent the night with a corpse, I hate dead people’s bodies. --From Emily NOWHERE BUT HERE

I one million percent empathize with Emily on the above statement. Emily, the seventeen-year old main character in my newest Young Adult novel, NOWHERE BUT HERE, is terrified of dead bodies. Honestly, though she isn’t quite aware of it at this point in the story, what Emily is really scared of is death.

And for a long period of time, so was I.

As a young child, I refused to walk into a room where there’s a dead body. It sent chills down my spine, caused my hands to become cold and clammy, and my stomach would churn.

On the occasion I had to go to a funeral home, my parents would often sit me in a chair outside the viewing room and I would wait impatiently, imagining all of the horrible things that might happen if we didn’t leave the funeral home that moment. To be honest, I was imagining Walking Dead episodes at least thirty years before the show ever aired. But in my head, I ran screaming when a zombie appeared and never did I even think about fighting back.

In NOWHERE BUT HERE, Emily travels to Kentucky and visits with her estranged biological father because of news of a death. Due to unforeseen circumstances, what was supposed to be a quick trip ends up with her staying longer, and it also causes her to be staying with her grandmother—a woman who is dying of cancer.

Dying.

For Emily, this almost terrifies her as much as being inside a funeral home. Why? Emily likes her world neat and orderly and she likes to understand what’s going to happen at all times. She doesn’t like the unknown and that is exactly what death is…an unknown.

Emily’s grandmother, though, teaches Emily a valuable lesson. She shows Emily that there is life in dying. Olivia doesn’t get wrapped up in what’s to come, she’s more concerned with living her best life that day, that hour, that minute. Soaking up as much time as she can with the people she loves.

As Olivia put it to Emily “I’ve fought a good fight and lived a great life. God calls us all home at some point.”

Dying is very much a part of living. It is not something to be feared as much it is a reminder that we should enjoy every minute we have now. That time is a gift that should never be squandered.

Emily in NOWHERE BUT HERE faces her fears and comes out learning how to love with her whole heart and how to fight past her fear of the unknown.



Now thanks to the good folks over at Harlequin Teen, we have one finished copy of Nowhere But Here to give one lucky reader.


Book Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness




A Discovery of Witches
All Souls Trilogy #1
Author: Deborah Harkness
Reading Level: Adult
Genres: Fantasy | Paranormal | Witches
Released: May 26th 2015 (All Souls Trilogy Boxed Set)
Review Source: Penguin Books


Box Set Description: A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life, now available in a beautiful boxed set

With more than two million copies sold in the United States, the novels of the number one New York Times–bestselling All Souls Trilogy have landed on all the major bestseller lists, garnered rave reviews, and spellbound legions of loyal fans. Now all three novels are available in an elegantly designed boxed set that’s perfect for fans and newcomers alike.

A Discovery of Witches Book Description: Book one of the New York Times–bestselling All Souls trilogy—"a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” (People)

Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar's depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life.

A Discovery of Witches is the first book in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. The plot is based around Doctor Diana Bishop who is doing research for a speech she is going to give about alchemical images. Diana is not just academic, she is also a non-practicing witch. She turned her back on her heritage after her parents were killed when she was just a child. While doing research in the library she comes across a book that unbeknownst to her right away is a bewitched alchemical manuscript (according to Wikipedia Alchemy is an influential tradition whose practitioners have, from antiquity, claimed it to be the precursor to profound powers).

As soon as it is discovered that Diana has found this book those in the supernatural world come to her to see how she was able to find it and in some cases more malevolent beings threaten her for the reason of getting it for themselves. The high interest is because it is thought that it is an alchemical book that may contain information vital to the survival of all four humanoid species: vampires, witches, daemons and humans.

Basically this book has a little of everything. There is mystery, magic, dark forces and even romance. I have to admit that when I first received a copy of this book I was a little overwhelmed by the sheer length of it. It is definitely not an easy-breezy quick read, and you really do have to concentrate as you read in order to keep straight all of the different characters and facts, but when you crack open the pages and start reading it is totally worth it. If I had to compare it to another series the closest one I can think of is The Mortal Instrument Series, but only because they both had a high supernatural connection with vampires, witches, daemons and humans. Other than that this plot stands strictly on its own. I think that Deborah did a really amazing job standing on her own while using character types and themes we have seen in the past. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to get lost in a world of magic and mystery. You don’t be disappointed. A 5 star book for sure!


** Stay tuned as will be sharing reviews for the rest of the series. And if you haven't already, enter the giveaway we are hosting right now (2 days left) for Deborah Harkness series plus more goodies. Click the box set below to enter.

Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass


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The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: April 24th 2012
Review Source: HarperCollins Children UK | Netgalley

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

The funny thing is, this book cover has been catching my eyes for years but I never considered picking it up and reading it. Why? I was convinced that it wasn't my type of book. Prince and princess', all those girls fighting over one man and I was convinced there would be a love triangle--which aren't my favourite things, by the way. But I'm not above putting my hands up and admiting I was wrong--because I was really wrong-- because after 3 years of avoiding this book, it's now one of my favourite books from one of my favourite series.

The Selection was a surprisingly addicting book. Like, one minute I was entering book one and the next I was closing the pages to book four. I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed it. It was unlike anything I've ever read and opened my eyes to a different kind of book. Suddenly I have a craving for book covers with pretty dresses and royalty is more appealing. And the addictivness of this book made it hard to write this review, lol. I literally can't remember where book one ended and book three started. I read the series so fast that the series blurred into one epic tale.

The Selection built a world I wasn't expecting. The castes being the most shocking of them all. Each person is a number, there being eight in total, and the higher number you are the worse off your life is--the less money you make and the more likely you are to work yourself into such an exhaustion it literally kills you. America is a 5. Her life isn't as bad as an eights, but she's known what it's like to go without food or warmth. When a once in a lifetime chance to better her life pops up, she plays the game, even if it's not what she wants to do. Because there's a massive catch. The once in a lifetime chance opportunity is to become the prince's bride. Suddenly it's America and thirty-four other girls as competition-- competition for something she doesn't actually want--and things get a whole lot of interesting. It's surprising what some people will do in the heat of a competition, and America finds friendships in the most unlikely places. It's a swirl of misplaced emotions, flashing cameras, and learning to live like royalty.

America was an admirable character. When all the other girls were slapping on the extra make-up, showing a bit of extra skin and doing and saying all the right things to convince the prince to fall for them, America sticks to her guns. She stays true to herself and what she believes. Sometimes it's an honorable and admirable trait as a potential queen to be, but it also made me question her sanity sometimes. She's a free spirit who did crazy things before thinking (only occasionally, though).

If you're like me and doubted the story, just go ahead and give it a chance. It will surprise you.




Trailer Thursday: The Heir by Kiera Cass | Lionsgate's Shaun the Sheep Movie




The Heir
The Selection #4
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: May 5, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen



Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.




Shaun the Sheep Movie
 Release Date: August 7th 2015
Diretors: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
Writers: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
Producers: Julie Lockhart and Paul Kewley


When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

Lionsgate presents a Studiocanal and Aardman Animations production.


Book Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker + Giveaway



The Witch Hunter
The Witch Hunter #1
Author: Virginia Boecker
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal | Witches
Released: June 2nd 2015
Review Source: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.


When I received this book – I was beyond excited! I love books about witches so this one is of my most anticipated books of 2015. To top it off, after reading the story, I kissed the book. That's how amazing this book is! Not only did The Witch Hunter had witches, but it is full of rebels, actions and romance. It was more than I expected to be! I loved the story from beginning to end. An amazing story with a likable cover.

Right off the bat, I loved Elizabeth, our main character. This girl is truly a heroine. She is strong minded, funny, brave, but most of all she is kind. The work she does is not easy. She is a witch hunter. In this kind of duty, she should be cruel, like almost the rest of the hunters. Yet she doesn’t let this define her. She uses her brain to make her own judgments, in which gets her in trouble. Trust me, there is no dull moment with her. She is wicked smart.

What I loved most about The Witch Hunter is John. Can I request more pages with him? John blushes, he is kind and gentle, and sweet and adorable and the list goes on and on… The only issue I had with him is the fact that we rarely get time to get to know him. But the little we get from him is enough for one to fall for him. *sigh* I volunteer to be his patient.

I don't want to spoil the story. Read it and you'll love it.
The Witch Hunter is fun to read. Full of actions, funny dialogues, amazing characters and John!
Perfect for paranormal lovers - but I highly recommend this to everyone.
Witches, wizards, magic, rebels, actions, swoon-worthy boy… so why not?
Pre-order your copy now!
You don’t want to miss out.

* I NEED the next novel! *



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Book Review: True North by Liora Blake



True North
True #1
Author: Liora Blake
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Romance
Released: April 6 2015
Review Source: Pocket Star

What happens when a bad-boy celebrity rocker meets a small-town bestselling novelist? Find out in this first book in the sizzling new True series by Liora Blake!

While most novelists would consider jetting off to Hollywood for a TV interview rather exciting, small-town Montana writer Kate Mosely finds it all a bit exhausting. After losing her husband in a car accident where she was behind the wheel, Kate has finally found her bearings in the world again, rebuilding a simple but stable life. And even if that means a lot of lonely nights watching old movies and quiet days writing obituaries for her hometown newspaper, Kate’s not sure she’s ready for her life to change—again.

Until she shares the stage—and a whole heap of carnal gazes—with rock star Trevor “Trax” Jenkins. Despite his intimidating on-stage bravado, underneath it Kate discovers a man with a Rilke poem tattooed on his arm, an appreciation for cronuts, and a snarky wit that matches her own.

As she and Trevor explore their heated chemistry, the scarred parts of Kate’s heart begin to heal, making room for a love so passionate it makes her want long-forgotten things equal parts naughty, heart-swelling, and joyful. But when a searing exposé in a trashy gossip magazine sends Kate running, will it threaten their chances at forever?


Kate has been living what she thought was a good life since her husband died three years ago. She didn't think she needed another man in her life. Until she met Trax - as everyone else knows him - or to Kate he's Trevor. A chance meeting with a rock star during publicity for her book turns her world upside down. She doesn't believe that she could fall for him so hard, but what if she could? Would she be able to handle it, or would her past come back to haunt her?

I really enjoyed this book...it might be because it gave me a little hope for my own version of this kind of fantasy happening to me and a certain singer...... 



It could happen, if it could happen to small town girl Kate Mosely then it could happen to me...hopefully.

Anyways! Enough about my hopes! Trevor is a bad boy who wants to be a good boy. Trax was the image he created when he was young, as he grew up so did his morals. But having a fan base that is use to the bad boy he has to keep that persona alive as well. For Kate it's clear she likes Trevor, she can handle Trax too, but for her Trevor is the one she loves. I liked how their relationship started. It took a natural path, most romance novels I read the relationship takes on too quickly. One minute we don't know the man and the next she is completely in love. Blake does a good job at easing them into their relationship - Kate isn't sure how this is actually going to work, if it will work. So she keeps a distance which in actuality makes their relationship  seem natural. They talk on the phone, they text, they date here and there - and then they jump into the full on relationship! 

I do have to say that I feel the end was rushed. The whole road trip between Kate and her sister Lacey seems a big quick. I would've been okay if it took a few chapters for us to get to the part where Kate realizes what she really wants. 


All in all it's a great book. And I will be getting the next one because, well, I cannot wait to be once again immersed in the world that is the True series!


Waiting on Wednesday: The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy



Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



The Creeping
Author: Alexandra Sirowy
Release Date: August 18th 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.

Now Stella is seventeen, and she's over it. She's the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it's her small town's ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She's got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her.

Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.

And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.
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