1. IN THE AFTERLIGHT by Alexandra Bracken - Massive Psi Giveaway Tour!

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    IN THE AFTERLIGHT by Alexandra Bracken - Massive Psi Giveaway Tour!

    Happy Wednesday my friends! Today we are part of an amazing Blog Tour for the release of  In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken. This is a fantastic series which is loved by so many readers all over the world!

    So check below for a fantastic Giveaway and even more exciting prize packages you should not miss!

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    IN THE AFTERLIGHT

    by Alexandra Bracken

    In stores October 28th  


    Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there’s no guarantee you’re fully in control, and everything comes with a price.

    When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam’s brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government “rehabilitation camps” all over the country. Freeing them–revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process–is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.
    But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.

    ABOUT SPARKS RISE

    (The Darkest Minds: 2.5 e-Book release)

    Available online September 2, 2014

    This New eBook Novella connects the last two novels in The Darkest Minds trilogy.

    Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmand rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam’s dark childhood.

    Lucas has a deadly secret–he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk his everything to save her.

    AlexBrackenAuthorPhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.  She recently relocated to New York City, where she worked in publishing and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books.

    LEARN MORE

    Massive Giveaway of Awesomeness!

    This campaign includes prize packs to represent each of the 5 Psi groups. The Bookworms represent today the TELEKINESIS Group! Each Psi Group Tour Host will offer a different Giveaway  and here will be a total of 50 Psi-group giveaways across the book blogosphere throughout September & October leading up to the release of In the Afterlight!

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    So if you want more chances to win then seek out all 5 color pack prizes  and keep your eyes open!

    BLUE PSI PRIZE PACK (TELEKINESIS)

    Levitate your library! Enter for your chance to win a floating bookshelf and The Darkest Minds series & tote bag.

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    Prizing & samples courtesy of Disney-HyperionGiveaway open to US addresses only, Entries via the Rafflecopter below! 

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    COLLECT ALL THE PSI PRIZE PACKS!

    Telekinesis (Blue) Prize Pack

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  2. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch - Danny’s Love Letter to the Author!

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    Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch - Danny’s Love Letter to the Author!

    Stunning Cover – check! 

    Thrilling Synopsis – check! 

    YA Fantasy – check! 

    Fan of Throne of Glass- check! 

    Fierce Heroine – check! 

    Romance – check! 

    I actually went into this book with all these big and high expectations and then I was scared.. Oh So Scared! But.. I shouldn’t have been, as Snow Like Ashes had everything my little bookish heart usually demands, and so much more!

    It was phenomenal, one of these books you wish to devour again and again, and where you hate it that the 2nd book won’t be in your hands until next year! Grr!!!

    So I decided to write a letter to this creator of wonderment: 

    Dear Sara,

    Damn You! Yes, I know this is not a nice way to start a letter, which actually was meant as a fangirl letter, but Damn You Sara – for writing and creating such a phenomenal and mesermizing world and then leaving me hanging, waiting for another year to figure out what will happen to Meira? And… more importantly what will happen to Mather and Theron!

    But then also thank you Sara, for giving us such an extraordinary heroine! How can we not love and admire Meira?

    She’s so incredible, stubborn at times, but still so wonderfully admirably strong, full of courage and fierce when it comes to fight for her land and the people she loves. Her desperate wish and longing to prove herself left me often heartbroken for Meira and I wished so very much for her to find her place in life and her place in this adventure to bring back a kingdom she had never really known.

    And such an Adventure! 

    Sara, you created not only shining characters but also created a thrilling, heart pounding and electrifying plot that kept me on edge the whole time reading. We felt for those poor Winterians, who lost their country and are the only hope to free their people from slavery and to win back their country and their pride. Gosh, the story was at times cruel and horrific but then also beautiful to see people fight a war they seem to have no chance of winning!

    Oh and the heart melting beautiful romance that made me tear up?

    For me a good story needs romance and Sara, you gave me the perfect combination of adventure and romance. And before I go on:

    Team Mather! 

    Just so we clear..

    There is Mather the boy she grew up with, but they both knew they could never ever be together, yet the heart does as it wants they fall for each other, desperately! And then….when Meira is forced into the arms of another, I never thought I would care for him, in the end.. Team Mather, remember?

    But Theron is so different from what I expected and I came to care for him too!

    Damn it! Usually, I always am sure with my boyish loyalties but here? I admit I could see them be happy too! Theron the future king of another country, yet he is so different from what he was supposed to be. He was gentle, sweet but also strong and powerful! What an elusive combination! 

    And since you already did everything right in creating this compelling story you shocked us with quite a few twist and turns! Well done! So very well done! (Even though I saw the very big one coming…) 

    so.. thank you Sara, thank you so so much for creating this electrifying tale!

    Sincerely, your Fangirl, 

    Danny 

     

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    Bottom Line

    Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is a thrilling tale for all fans of Young Adult Epic Fantasy that are longing for an extraordinarily told story as well as elusive and mesmerising characters! A fierce wonderful heroines leaves us cheering for her to fnd her place in the world and to find love.

    Fans of Throne of Glass and Graceling with LOVE this story!

       

    Love Young Adult Epic Fantasy? Which one is your favorite? Love kick ass heroines? Excited for Snow of Ashes??! 

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  3. Pre-Squee about… Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry

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    Pre-Squee about… Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry

    Pre-SqueeWelcome to the Pre-Squee, a new weekly feature here at the Bookworms and at The Book Swarm. Some books, though they might not be coming out for a few months, need an early squee — we just can’t hold in our excitement about them! Sure, we’ll do full reviews closer to the release date but this feature gives us a chance to share a little bit of our love, whether it be for the story, cover, characters, or whatever. We’re quite flexible in our book love.

    So today we Squee about 

    Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry

    Series : Pushing The Limits 1.5

    Goodreads | Pre-Order : amazon

    December 8th 2014 by Harlequin Teen

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    Love this cover!! I am especially in love with the colors… soso pretty!

    A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry

    For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so… different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything — except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.

    But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants — even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.

    Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah’s more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he’d be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn… seriously epic.

    I guess everyone knows by know that I (Danny) as well as the whole Bookworms Crew are huge Katie McGarry fangirls!!! I fell in love with Katie when she published her Debut: Pushing The Limits, and just the same I feel hard for Noah and Echo! So, when Katie announced that she would continue Echo and Noah’s story,  excited doesn’t even cut it close to what I felt! And.. a Road Trip on top of this!!! 

    So yes, I am thrilled beyond measure about Breaking The Rules

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  4. Heir Chronicles series - THE WORLD OF WEIR - Blog Tour & Giveaway

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    Heir Chronicles series - THE WORLD OF WEIR - Blog Tour & Giveaway

    Welcome to the epic Blog Tour for the  Heir Chronicles series – each week featuring a different Guild! 

    And this week we are kicking off the

    THE WORLD OF WEIR blog tour

    Featuring the

    Wizards

    I’m so excited to be part of  tour for this phenomenal epic Fantasy Series! Today with a short intro into the Wizards and amazing Giveaway!!

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    Who are the Wizards?

    Wizards are the most powerful of the magic users, and utilize their ability to control and influence others to maintain power and dominance over the other Guilds.

    Wizards are the most powerful of the Weir because they use High Magic, meaning that they use verbal charms to shape spells. They can control others, such as Warriors, through mind magic. A Wizard’s touch is electric, and they can recognize one another through their auras. Wizards are also “long lived” and can use their power over great distances. Because of this, and their powers to create barriers, immobilize people, and use charms and counter spells, Wizards are the dominant Guild. However, they have a limited ability to heal injuries, especially magical injuries, and if untrained can leak magic, which causes inexplicable events to occur. During the Wizard Wars and with the Rules of Engagement, Wizards used their power to control Warriors. Because of this, Warriors are almost extinct. Many Wizards use Wizards Staffs, which are magical tools that enhance and concentrate their power. They are not required in order to cast spells, but may assist wizards in controlling large amounts of power.

    ABOUT “THE WORLD OF WEIR” BLOG TOUR

    WorldofWeirTour-Calendar2Those with magical powers in The Heir Chronicles series by Cinda Williams Chima are known as the Weir. The World of Weir blog tour leads up to the release of the can’t-miss series finale, The Sorcerer Heir (in-stores October 21st) by celebrating the magical fantasy world and the five types of magical guilds. Follow along for playlists, nail art, and more inspired by the series, plus exclusive excerpts from the upcoming finale.

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    ABOUT The Sorcerer Heir

    The can’t-miss finale to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.


    The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely. Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

    The Sorcerer Heir is a self-contained story, accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from characters they love (and love to hate) from the earlier installments. Readers will be glued to their seats through riveting fight scenes, deadly political machinations, burgeoning romance, and the unfolding intrigues of a contemporary magical world.

    ABOUT THE HEIR CHRONICLES

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    The Heir Chronicles series will keep readers glued to their seats through riveting fight scenes, deadly political machinations, burgeoning romance, and the unfolding intrigues of a contemporary magical world.

    The Sorcerer Heir is a self-contained story accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from beloved (and lovingly reviled) characters.

    Series order:

    • The Warrior Heir
    • The Wizard Heir
    • The Dragon Heir
    • The Enchanter Heir
    • The Sorcerer Heir

    Praise for the series:

    “Chima offers a pitch-perfect blend of high fantasy and small-town reality…”–The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

    “Chima uses her pen like a wand and crafts a wonderfully rich web of magic, while thankfully CindaWilliamsChimaleaving some dangling threads for subsequent tales.”–VOYA  (starred review)

    “A smoldering story soaked in tears, sweat and blood, constantly threatening to blaze into an inferno. Spellbinding.”  –Kirkus Reviews  (starred review)

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Cinda Williams Chima is the New York Times bestselling author of The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir, The Enchanter Heir, and the four books of the Seven Realms series: The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, and The Crimson Crown. Cinda is a graduate of The University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University. She lives in Ohio with her family.

    Giveaway

    One winner (US/CAN) only can win a set of all 5 Books! Just enter via the Rafflecopter below!

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  5. Made For You by Melissa Marr - Blog Tour

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    Made For You by Melissa Marr - Blog Tour

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    Reader!  Oh, reader!  Oh dearest-of-dear readers!!  As an unrepentant lover of all things Melissa Marr, it is with SOOOOO MUCH excitement that I share with you today her latest YA book!!  I’m so very honored to be participating in TLC book tours’s tour for Made For You by Melissa Marr. This book embodies what makes Ms. Marr’s writing so absolutely compelling:  rock solid writing, superb and challenging plot and characters so complex and multifaceted, they nearly leap off the page!  Intrigued??  Then let me introduce you to a book that was made for you…..

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    MADE FOR YOU

    made for youby Melissa Marr

    Pub. Date: September 16th 2014 by HarperCollins

    Find it:

    AmazonBarnes & NobleIndiebound, Goodreads

    When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

    For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.

    Melissa MarrAbout Melissa:

    Melissa grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, and various other creatures. After teaching college lit for a decade, she applied her fascination with folklore to writing.

    Melissa writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. Her books have been translated into 28 languages to date and been bestsellers in the US (NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal) as well as various countries overseas. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens and Graveminder for adults.

    Where you can find Melissa

    TwitterFacebook | Goodreads | Website

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    Review:

    My first thought when I read the synopsis was that it was very similar to Stephen King’s The Dead Zone.  This made me unhappy because, I loved Stephen King’s book and didn’t think it could be retold in a better way.  Also, I’m used to fresh, new stories from Melissa Marr, stories I can not just consume rapidly because they’re so compelling but stories that are so different they leave me mulling them over for months to come.  But I had faith in Ms. Marr that this wouldn’t be a knock off (she’s way too good for that) and my faith was proven right!

    Despite the distinctly supernatural power that Eva develops, this book reads WAY more like a mystery/thriller than a paranormal fantasy book.  And for me, it all came down to the characters.  Melissa Marr does an outstanding job of drawing the reader into the characters, both Eva and the killer in particular, with alternating POVs that give just enough hints here and just enough hints there to keep the reader guessing what comes next.  I loved the way Eva’s visions would shift as she influenced the world around her.  I loved the power that gave her, to control her own destiny and make her more than just fate’s pawn.  I also loved the way Eva wasn’t the standard misunderstood, shy girl heroine.  She’s the IT girl, she knows it, but she also knows she’s more than that, even before her power comes along.  Still, she develops a strength of character over the book that makes her even more interesting.  Eva’s definitely one of the best YA girls I’ve read in a long time.

    And the killler?  This is one seriously mess up individual!  And as we get more insight into the killers mind and past…well let me just say, this person has some whacked-out family drama.  SERIOUSLY.  I don’t want to say anymore because I SOOOO enjoyed every insight I gained into the killer’s mind.  It’s some fascinating stuff!

    Of course, there’s a romance.  Melissa’s ability to blend relationships into the most difficult of circumstances is yet another one of her traits as an author that make all of her books must reads for me.  And Nate’s a hottie.  Sizzling, hot hottie.  Again, I won’t spoil it.  Read the book.  It’s SOOOO worth it!

    Bottom line:

    Fascinating, thrilling and so gripping you’ll find yourself reading it when you should be doing other things (*cough*working*cough*child-care*cough*), this book needs to skip the top of your TBR pile and find it’s way immediately into your hands!

    Rating 5+

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    As I mentioned above, Made For You  by Melissa Marr is on tour right now!  Check out the other stops on the tour!

    Tour Schedule:

    • Tuesday, September 16th: The Best Books Ever
    • Wednesday, September 17th: From the TBR Pile
    • Thursday, September 18th: Snowdrop Dreams of Books
    • Friday, September 19th: Bewitched Bookworms
    • Monday, September 22nd: Sara’s Organized Chaos
    • Tuesday, September 23rd: About to Read
    • Wednesday, September 24th: Lost in a Great Book
    • Thursday, September 25th: Supernatural Snark
    • Monday, September 29th: Paperback Princess
    • Tuesday, September 30th: Bibliophilia, Please
    • Wednesday, October 1st: Reader Girls Blog
    • Thursday, October 2nd: Kahakai Kitchen
    • Monday, October 6th: Writing Whimsy
    • Tuesday, October 7th: Books à la Mode
    • Wednesday, October 8th: Sweet Southern Home
    • Thursday, October 9th: booknerd
    • Friday, October 10th: Book Marks the Spot


    You can find out all about the tour on Melissa’s TLC page too!

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  6. Exclusive Cover Reveal - Nil Unlocked by Lynne Matson with Guest Post and Giveaway

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    Exclusive Cover Reveal - Nil Unlocked by Lynne Matson with Guest Post and Giveaway

    I am so so proud to share with you guys the exclusive Cover Reveal for the sequel to NILNIL UNLOCKED by Lynne Matson. The first book NIL is such a fantastic story, so unique with so crazily awesome characters that I was thrilled to hear that Lynne decided to write a sequel!
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    and here it is ….

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    Nil Unlocked by Lynne Matson

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    Love this cover!!!

    Available May 12, 2015 (Published by Henry Holt Books for Younger Readers, an Imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)

    On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die. Rives is now the undisputed Leader of Nil City, but keeping the City united is tougher than ever.

    Raiders have grown bolder, supplies are dwindling, and non-human inhabitants have taken a turn toward the deadly. New arrivals cause rifts within the City, putting the Search system at risk, and calling everything Rives knows into question. Desperate for answers, he teams up with the only other person searching for them: Skye, a new arrival with a mysterious past of her own. Soon the duo find themselves locked in a desperate race to save all the residents of Nil—and possibly destroy the island forever. But at what cost? And who will pay the price?

     

    And here I have a few words from Lynne about why she decided NIL needed a sequel!

    The Story Behind NIL UNLOCKED by Lynne Matson

    When I finished drafting NIL, I knew Charley and Thad’s story was done. It felt complete; it felt right. But I couldn’t let Nil go. In hindsight, the characters still stuck on the island wouldn’t let me go.

    Nil by Lynne MatsonThe image of Rives, alone, staring at the empty lava field in the wake of Thad’s last noon hung with me the entire week after I finished writing NIL. I couldn’t stop wondering: what was Rives thinking? How was he coping without Thad? Why was Rives so obsessed with the Wall, and if he started digging for Nil secrets, what would he find? I also wondered what happened to the grizzly bear, if Jason ever made it back, whether Charley’s story had made headlines, and if so, who might take special note of her strange reappearance.

    I had to figure it out. And so, a week after I finished NIL, I went back into that crazy island world and began drafting Rives’s story, picking up where Thad and Charley’s tale left off. The rest of NIL UNLOCKED grew from there! It was a total blast to write.

    I hope you have as much fun reading NIL UNLOCKED as I did writing it!

    Lynne Matson

    About Lynne Matson

    Lynne Matson grew up in Georgia in a house full of books and a backyard full of gnarly pines. She attended the University of Florida, where she met and married her husband, the cutest boy she’s ever seen. Now, Lynne is mother to four amazing boys. A former attorney, she is thrilled to be making a new career in YA fiction.lynnematson.blogspot.com

    Website | Facebook | Twitter

    Find Nil @ the Bookworms

    Giveaway

    • Winner #1: Hardcover of Nil plus a galley of Nil Unlocked
    • Winner #2: Galley of Nil Unlocked.

    Open US/CAN only and all entries via the Rafflecopter, winners will be notified via mail. Runs until 09/27

    I am so thrilled for this sequel! While the ending of NIL was perfectly fine, I wished already for more. It was hard to let the island go completely and there were still some answers I wished for. Now guys, what do you think? Love the cover? Did you love NIL? Excited for NIL UNLOCKED? 

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  7. Exclusive Cover Reveal - Nil Unlocked by Lynne Matson with Guest Post and Giveaway

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    Exclusive Cover Reveal - Nil Unlocked by Lynne Matson with Guest Post and Giveaway

    I am so so proud to share with you guys the exclusive Cover Reveal for the sequel to NILNIL UNLOCKED by Lynne Matson. The first book NIL is such a fantastic story, so unique with so crazily awesome characters that I was thrilled to hear that Lynne decided to write a sequel!
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    and here it is ….

    *****

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    and some more drums….

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    Nil Unlocked by Lynne Matson

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    Love this cover!!!

    Available May 12, 2015 (Published by Henry Holt Books for Younger Readers, an Imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)

    On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die. Rives is now the undisputed Leader of Nil City, but keeping the City united is tougher than ever.

    Raiders have grown bolder, supplies are dwindling, and non-human inhabitants have taken a turn toward the deadly. New arrivals cause rifts within the City, putting the Search system at risk, and calling everything Rives knows into question. Desperate for answers, he teams up with the only other person searching for them: Skye, a new arrival with a mysterious past of her own. Soon the duo find themselves locked in a desperate race to save all the residents of Nil—and possibly destroy the island forever. But at what cost? And who will pay the price?

     

    And here I have a few words from Lynne about why she decided NIL needed a sequel!

    The Story Behind NIL UNLOCKED by Lynne Matson

    When I finished drafting NIL, I knew Charley and Thad’s story was done. It felt complete; it felt right. But I couldn’t let Nil go. In hindsight, the characters still stuck on the island wouldn’t let me go.

    Nil by Lynne MatsonThe image of Rives, alone, staring at the empty lava field in the wake of Thad’s last noon hung with me the entire week after I finished writing NIL. I couldn’t stop wondering: what was Rives thinking? How was he coping without Thad? Why was Rives so obsessed with the Wall, and if he started digging for Nil secrets, what would he find? I also wondered what happened to the grizzly bear, if Jason ever made it back, whether Charley’s story had made headlines, and if so, who might take special note of her strange reappearance.

    I had to figure it out. And so, a week after I finished NIL, I went back into that crazy island world and began drafting Rives’s story, picking up where Thad and Charley’s tale left off. The rest of NIL UNLOCKED grew from there! It was a total blast to write.

    I hope you have as much fun reading NIL UNLOCKED as I did writing it!

    Lynne Matson

    About Lynne Matson

    Lynne Matson grew up in Georgia in a house full of books and a backyard full of gnarly pines. She attended the University of Florida, where she met and married her husband, the cutest boy she’s ever seen. Now, Lynne is mother to four amazing boys. A former attorney, she is thrilled to be making a new career in YA fiction.lynnematson.blogspot.com

    Website | Facebook | Twitter

    Find Nil @ the Bookworms

    Giveaway

    • Winner #1: Hardcover of Nil plus a galley of Nil Unlocked
    • Winner #2: Galley of Nil Unlocked.

    Open US/CAN only and all entries via the Rafflecopter, winners will be notified via mail. Runs until 09/27

    I am so thrilled for this sequel! While the ending of NIL was perfectly fine, I wished already for more. It was hard to let the island go completely and there were still some answers I wished for. Now guys, what do you think? Love the cover? Did you love NIL? Excited for NIL UNLOCKED? 

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  8. Q&A with Titus and Iolanthe from The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas - Blog Tour & Giveaway

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    Q&A with Titus and Iolanthe from The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas - Blog Tour & Giveaway

    One of the books that completely took me by surprise and totally blew me away was Burning Sky, an epic YA Fantasy that was just that, EPIC! So, I’m thrilled to host the Blog Tour for the sequel here today : The Perilous Sea and the two main characters and … love birds Titus the Prince and Iolanthe the epic Elemental Mage! I had Titus already on the blog last year, he’s such an amazing character!
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    Thanks to Rachel and Jamie from Rockstar Book Tours for organising this awesome tour! 

    So please welcome Iolanthe and Titus at the Bewitched Bookworms

    Hey you two – It’s been quite turbulent for you two in Burning Sky, but it’s getting even rougher in The Perilous Sea.

    Q: Titus, when you discovered that your destiny was tightly intertwined with Iolanthe’s, what did you think? I mean, it could have been anyone who would be the next grand elemental mage and then comes Iolanthe..

    Titus: I was shocked that the elemental mage for whom I’d been waiting turned out to be a girl. For years my plan had been to conceal my partner-to-be at the nonmage boarding school for boys that I attend. The appearance of a girl at first invalidated that plan completely, until Iolanthe argued that she is capable of passing for a boy.

    Q: Iolanthe, I remember you were not happy at first when you realized what Titus wants from you, and it took you a while to come to terms with your own part in this story. What convinced you in the end?

    Iolanthe: Oh, I was quite terrified—and outraged, too, if I may be completely honest—that His Highness wanted me to sacrifice myself to help him bring down the Bane. I am no great heroine. I just wanted to take my qualifying exams in peace so I can some day attend the Conservatory of Magical Arts and Sciences and then become a professor.

    But then I began to see outside the bubble of my own life and perceive what was truly going on. And it didn’t seem right to be content to just hide and keep myself safe when I could make a difference in the world.

    Q: Iolanthe, it seems like playing a boy comes easy for you, what is it that you like so much about this disguise?

    Iolanthe: My guardian taught at a boys’ school for some time in the Domain. So I had plenty of opportunities to observe how boys interact. Most of the fun in pretending to be a boy comes from enjoying the company of this particular group of boys, who are interesting and lovely people. It is freeing to get to know them and live among them without our friendship being complicated by anyone’s preconceptions of what a girl could or could not or should or should not be. Here I am truly just one of the boys.

    Q: As close as you two are at the end of Burning Sky, we will see you see emotionally separated in The Perilous Sea, how much did it hurt when Titus came to this conclusions-we-are-not-talking-about?

    Iolanthe:Like a knife in the heart.

    Titus: It shattered me. I thought I would never be all right again.

    Q: Iolanthe, if you’d be given the choice, would you rather not be such a talented elemental mage? And Titus, how about being a Prince, would you rather be someone else?

    Iolanthe: Hmm, hard question. I have always enjoyed being an elemental mage—it’s just so much fun.

    Titus: No doubt about it—I would rather be anyone else. But then I would not have met Iolanthe. And that I would not give up for anything.

    Q: If you both could tease us a little about what’s to come in The Perilous Sea, what would a tweet look like? A Tweet means, you have to say it in 140 words – and you don’t have to understand this, just play alongJ

    Iolanthe: Girl and boy wake up in the Sahara Desert, with no idea who they are or how they got there. No past. No future. Only danger—and each other.

    Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

    Iolanthe: In this book, we fall in love again—for the first time. And it’s absolute wonderful!

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    THE PERILOUS SEA by Sherry Thomas

    2014-03-21_PerilousSea_hardcover_cover_almostfinalSeries: The Elemental Trilogy #2

    Pub. Date: September 16, 2014 by  Balzer + Bray

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    After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

    Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother’s prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.

    About Sherry:

    sherryblueSherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed romance authors working today. Her books regularly receive starred reviews from trade publications and are frequently found on best-of-the-year lists. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award.

    English is Sherry’s second language—she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Roger’s Sweet Savage Love with an English-Chinese dictionary. She enjoys digging down to the emotional core of stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession, plays computer games with her sons, and reads as many fabulous books as she can find.

    Sherry’s next book, THE PERILOUS SEA, volume two of her young adult fantasy trilogy, will be available fall 2014.

    Author photo by the lovely and talented Jennifer Sparks Harriman at Sparks Studio.

    Find Sherry 

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    1 winner will receive. The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sea, and The Hidden Blade and a handmade solid lotion bar and some homemade face scrubs, plus a burning sky bag. US Only

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    2 winners will receive The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sea, and The Hidden Blade. US Only

     Did you read The Burning Sky? Do you love Epic YA Fantasy? Then this series belongs on your reading list!! Any questions for Iolanthe or Titus? 

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  9. Interview with Jandy Nelson Author of I’ll Give You the Sun - Blog Tour & Giveaway

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    Interview with Jandy Nelson Author of I’ll Give You the Sun - Blog Tour & Giveaway

    Today I have to pleasure to host the wonderful and fantastic Jandy Nelson during her Blog Tour for her newest and most awesome release of  I’ll Give You the Sun, which I reviewed last week and loved it SO BAD!

    I got the chance to chat with Jandy a little bit so  please welcome Jandy Nelson!

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    Jandy, thank you so much for stopping by today! I met you at BEA this year and I asked you if I’m going to cry when reading “I’ll Give You The Sun” and you said “Probably”. Well, now that I’ve read it, I can tell, that yes indeed I cried quite a bit!

    Do you like making your Readers cry?

    Ha! It was great meeting you at BEA and I remember when you asked me that. And sorry you cried! And yes, honestly, happy too. I think most writers want readers to “feel” their stories at a visceral/emotional level, want readers to get right inside the characters and experience the ups and downs of the story through the narrators’ hearts, minds and senses. I know that’s what I want as a reader. I want to step into someone else’s life, someone else’s world, someone else’s love story and family and friendships, their struggles as well as their triumphs. So, I guess if I’m going to be honest, I definitely do want to make readers cry. But I also want to make them laugh! Hard! And fall in love! And be angry! And be so joyful! And everything. As a reader, I want to feel the gamut of what it is to be alive in the books I read. And as a writer, I guess, I think that’s the goal as well.

    Noah and Jude are so different, yet so similar – if you’d list one similar character trait they both possess and one that makes each unique, what would it be?

    I think both Noah and Jude have extremely passionate natures but it manifests differently in each of them. Noah’s emotions run really high. He’s dramatic and over-the-top and sees both his inner and outer worlds in explosive color. Jude is passionate as well but her passion manifests more physically. She’s a daredevil, likes to surf and cliff-dive and take risks. But really, this describes the twins when they’re younger. For both of them, all this passion becomes buried over time due to certain events that occur and in many ways each of the twin’s trajectory is to find a way back to this passion, this essential part of themselves. I think in terms of uniqueness: Jude has a wryness about her, an ability to laugh at herself and the world that is her own. She’s much thicker-skinned than her brother. And one of Noah’s very unique qualities is his visual sensibility; his perception is rhapsodic, ebullient. He rockets right out of his skin on a regular basis.

    Q: Art plays such an important role in “I’ll Give You The Sun” and for both Noah and Jude, is art also an constant in your life, or did you go and explore it specifically for “I’ll Give You The Sun”? I saw on your website, that you did a stone-carving class! How was that?

    Art is definitely a constant in my life. I love it so much. Especially painting. I can spend days in museums or staring at art books or even just thinking about paintings I’ve seen. But I have no ability to paint at all. And yes, I took a stone-carving class! It was a total blast! Actually, literally: a blast. I had expected this very Michelangelo-esque type of scene, all of us tap-tap-taping away at our marble, but it’s nothing like that. We were outside in all types of weather, wearing protective gear that made us look like hazmat workers, using power drills and circular saws. It was butch and badass and so much fun. I learned a ton about Jude’s and Guillermo’s characters by taking the class. Also, by watching my teacher Barry Baldwin (an incredible stone carver), I truly saw what Michelangelo meant when he said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” It really was like Barry could see the form inside the rock and was just freeing it from the stone around it. (I’m a horrible carver by the way. It is unbelievably difficult. I’d come home with bruised and bleeding fingers every time!)

    Thank you so much for chatting with me today – I absolutely adored “I’ll Give You The Sun” and it’s one of these books that will stay with you long after closing the last page… Thank you for writing this wonderment of a story!

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the book! And thank you for having me!

     About I’ll Give You The Sun

    I'll Give You the SunI’ll Give You the Sun

    by Jandy Nelson (WebsiteTwitter
    Published by Dial Books on 2014-09-16 
    Genres: Death & DyingFamilyLove & RomanceSiblingsSocial IssuesYoung Adult 
    Pages: 384 
    Format: eARC 
    Source: Publisher 
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    5 Stars 

    A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell 

    Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways … until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

    This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

     

    Jandy Nelson (photo credit Sonya Sones)About Jandy Nelson

    Jandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give You the Sun, comes from a superstitious lot. She was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; she knocks wood, throws salt, and carries charms in her pockets. Her debut novel, The Sky Is Everywhere, was on multiple Best Books of the Year lists, was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, earned numerous starred reviews, has been translated widely, and continues to enjoy great international success. Currently a full-time writer, Jandy lives and writes in San Francisco, California—not far from the settings ofThe Sky Is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun. Visit her online at www.jandynelson.com or find her on twitter at @jandynelson.

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    Make sure to enter the Tourwide Giveaway for a chance to win a copy of The Sky is Everywhere!

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    I already reviewed   I’ll Give You the Sun and LOVED it so so much!

    I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson is a moving story about love, loss and an incredible moving bond between twins, that were once so close and now need to find their way to find the other half again. The writing is lyrical and beautiful and the way the story’s been told so unique and brilliant. I’ll Give You the Sun is a must read this year!

     

    Got a question for Jandy? @PenguinTeen will be hosting a Twitter chat with Jandy Nelson, Stephanie Perkins, and Gayle Forman, time and date TK!

    Pre-order your copy of I’ll Give You the Sun today! Want a signed / personalized copy? They’re available for pre-order from Books Inc.!

    And, are you now even a little more excited about I’ll Give You the Sun? I absolutely adored the book and hope you are going to love it just as much as I did! 

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  10. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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    I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

    Sometimes you come across a book that is just special. That will make you feel all kinds of things that is just memorable. I’ll Give You the Sun is such a book and every buzz about this book is so true!

    Most unique & brilliant way of storytelling!

    Noah and Jude are Twins, that when they were kids were inseparable, close and so similar. But when teenage hormones hit, they start to change and grow slowly apart. Both are unique kids, both heavily artistic each in their own way and supported by a quirky just as artistic mother.

    Then something happened when they were 14 that completely broke them apart, and I’ll Give You the Sun tells their story.

    And Jandy Nelson decided to tell this story in such a unique and brilliant way! Noah tells the story leading up to what happened when he’s still 14 and Jude tells the story following the big outbreak when she’s 16. And it’s written so brilliantly, it feels like the timeline is moving on constantly even though more than 2 years are in between. I didn’t expect this to work so wonderful, but it did!

    Such unique kids! So sensible, so full of quirks yet somehow so lost without each other!

    I absolutely adore both Noah and Jude for both for their different reasons. It#s been amazing to get to know these two better. Yet, the kids at 14 are not same kids with 16 anymore, and it’s actually a little painful to see theta they have changed so much.

    Noah with 14 is so closed up and so looked up in his world where he brings all his emotions into drawings and sketches. He has not many friends, he’s afraid to make friends and he’s just discovering something about himself that got him all confused. I guess it’s not much of a secret that Noah is gay, and just is discovering what this means for him. It makes it even worse that Jude completely develops into a different direction. Being all kinds of having out with the cool crowd.

    So while Noah is closed off with 14, with 16 he’s what Jude is with 14 and vice verse. Yet, it feels so wrong that they both have changed – it’s quite heartbreaking to see!

    Such beautiful, lyrical writing – picturing such a heartbreaking story!

    The writing was so captivating and moving and I could never put this story down. There are so many feelings between these pages and the story is just amazingly touching! Jandy Nelson also bring the artistic talents of Jude and Noah onto the pages that everything just feels even more real!!

    Noah and Jude share such an incredible bond that it made me tear up seeing them apart, and I was hoping so desperately that they grew back together!

    .”. I threw my hands over Noah’s ears to protect him from what I was hearing. My first reaction. Not over my own ears but over Noah’s.”

    “Our eyes meet and hold, and the whole world starts to fall away, time does, years rolling up like rugs until everything that happens unhappens,…” 

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    Bottom Line

    I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson is a moving story about love, loss and an incredible moving bond between twins, that were once so close and now need to find their way to find the other half again. The writing is lyrical and beautiful and the way the story#s been told so unique and brilliant. I’ll Give You the Sun is a must read this year!

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  11. Pre-Squee about… I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

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    Pre-Squee about… I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

    Pre-SqueeWelcome to the Pre-Squee, a new weekly feature here at the Bookworms and at The Book Swarm. Some books, though they might not be coming out for a few months, need an early squee — we just can’t hold in our excitement about them! Sure, we’ll do full reviews closer to the release date but this feature gives us a chance to share a little bit of our love, whether it be for the story, cover, characters, or whatever. We’re quite flexible in our book love.

    So today we Squee about 

    I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

    Goodreads | Pre-Order : amazon

     February 3rd 2015 by Henry Holt Books For Young Readers

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    Another Book from my favorite Author Heather Demetrios!! I adore her so so so soo much!

    Yes, I am a total fangirl, in case you were wondering… :)) 

    Gritty, romantic, and ultimately hopeful, I’ll MEET YOU THERE explores the complicated lives of an unforgettable cast of characters. This is the story of teens outside the picket fence. It doesn’t soften the edges of adolescence or the individual consequences of war; it’s life on the fringes—maddening, weirdly endearing…and completely screwed up.

    Read full Synopsis at goodreads

    Heather Demetrios is author of “Something Real”, which completely blew me away this year and totally took me by surprise and she’s the author of the upcoming wonderment “Exquisite Captive” which I already talked about it quite a few times!

    So, this new book from her? I can’t wait to get my fingers on a copy! I know I will just love it so much!

    This is why  I’ll Meet You There most definitely deserves and needs and early Squee!

    What books are you excited about?? Share with me:)

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  12. 5 Survival Tips From Drill Sergeant Stamm & Giveaway - Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

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    5 Survival Tips From Drill Sergeant Stamm & Giveaway - Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

    Today I have something super special for you. Did you read my post yesterday about how freaking much I loved Rites of Passage? This book was so amazing, that I’m so thrilled to have Joy here today with a very special post!

    She actually got Drill – the one good boy in Sam’s life, and the one we all will swoon over to share some of his Survival Tips for Girls enrolling the Military Academy!

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    Drill Sergeant Stamm’s Tips for Surviving Denmark Military Academy

    If I’d known commanding the first ever company of female cadets at the DMA was going to come with all this extra paperwork I would have said no. Scratch that—that’s a lie. I would have said yes to this if they’d made me wear a dress all year to give orders. I just don’t like all the extra paperwork.Drill

    Over this school year you’ll average 5 hours of sleep a night, 100 push-ups a day, and more yelling than you can stand. You’ll cry. You’ll want to yell back. No doubt you’ll consider quitting. But if you can survive the year, you’ll be among a small, proud group of cadets who will do anything for each other. You survive this year—you’ll be family.

    I know we’ll face things this year that we can’t predict, especially with the first five female cadets ever. We’ll deal with those things as they come because there’s no way to plan for them. But for now, here are the things that have gotten me through. Hopefully it’ll help you, too.

    1. Your company is your family—lean on them: What you’re about to do isn’t easy. You can’t do it on your own. When you feel down or ready to quit, lean on your fellow Alpha Company Worms and let them carry some of the burden. Everyone here has gone through what you’re about to go through. Not one of us did it by himself.
    2. Never give up: You committed to this program for a reason. Whatever it was, remember it. When you’re struggling on the obstacle course, when you don’t think you can do one more push-up, when you want to sleep through morning formation, remember why you’re here and let that fuel you on. (This is more a life lesson than a DMA lesson—if you say you’ll do something, do it, no matter what.)
    3. The rules are here for a reason: As Worms, you aren’t allowed to talk or be friends with upper-classmen. You have to walk in the gutters. You can’t talk about yourself in the first person. We all went through this. There are reasons for this. It may not make sense now, but you’ve got rites of passage to go through, just like we all did. You’re part of the DMA now and you’ve got to follow our rules—or you won’t last.
    4. Be careful who you trust: You’re part of the DMA family now. But just like every other family, we’ve got black sheep. I’d like to think they got weeded out during their Worm year, but in reality I know it’s not true. As the first females here, you’re going to challenge their beliefs about who is strong enough to survive. Some of them aren’t going to like it. Trust your instinct and trust your recruit brothers. They won’t let you down if they know what’s good for them.
    5. Be strong: I’m not going to lie. This will be the hardest year of your life so far. But you were accepted here because someone at the DMA thought you would be good cadets. Work hard. Show us what you’ve got. Ask for help if you really need it, I’m not saying not to. But your Worm year is about finding ways to be strong, despite everything going on. Show me you can do that, and you’ll earn my respect.

    Good luck, Alpha Company females! Let’s show them how it’s done!

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    Rites of Passage

    by Joy N. Hensley Published by HarperCollins on 2014-09-09 
    Genres: Bullying, Family, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, School & Education, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
    Pages: 416 
    Format: eARC
    Source: Publisher
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    Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

    So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty…no matter how much she wants him.

    As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
    At any cost.

    Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust…and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences

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    SO Ladies! Are YOU Prepared? I guess I am not… even though I would very much meet this one swoon worthy hot Drill !

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  13. Incredible Emotional - Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

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    Incredible Emotional - Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

    This is one of these books that I would have dismissed if not for Jenny who told me this book was so phenomenal. And since Jenny is definitely my Book Soulmate, I listened and got a copy. And Oh My Goodness - I read this book on sitting on a Saturday, I could not put it down, I could not stop! It was THAT good! 

    Unusual, highly unique setting for a girl Protagonist!

    Sam grew up in a military household. Her Dad a big Officer or General (you know, someone very huge up the chain) and her two brothers also in the military, Sam desperately wanted to love up to them, be one of them and enrolled at a military school where for the first time ever girls were allowed.

    Sam grew up with military standards, rules and rites so for her it was a natural decision and a decision in hope of final acceptance and approval from her father. So imagine a rough, tough environment where kids are shaped to enrol and survive a military career. And now imagine a girl among these hard-asses. And now, go one step further and image that these boys do not like having girls around! This is a male domain, where girls are not welcomes and in the middle of this hatred Sam wants to prove herself.

    Bullying under the excuse of military education – but Sam stays strong!

    Most of the boys don’t want the girls there. There are 4 besides Sam who enrol in the school. The boys think girls  have nothing to do in the military and they think girls are too weak to survive, that they will slow them down in their progress to be the best.

    What Sam is going to endure in terms of bullying left me often speechless! I was gaping in horror about what these boys did to break her, to make her leave. And especially Sam has to endure even worse than the other girls, since everyone knows her Dad and brother, which makes her their prime target.

    But they didn’t expect the Sam that came to this school, a girl so determined to succeed that she endured endless bullying, physical abuse and emotional abuse to show everyone that she would never give up! Gosh, this girl was so so damn strong!

    And if you’d think that Sam is a tomboy you’d also be wrong – Sam is still very much a girl and I admired this girl so so much!  You won’t imagine what’s been thrown at her, it will most definitely bring you to tears!

    When friendship means more than family, when loyalty is found where you wouldn’t except it.

    You would think her family stands behind her, makes her strong enough to go through with this. But no. Her brother is a high-ranking Officer (again, no idea about the ranks..) at her school, but .. her ignores her! He even ignores when the boys start to really badly and horribly bully her! Her father is found missing on a military operation and her mom is desperate over her missing husband and no use for her girl. She let her girl alone at christmas! My heart broke so so much!

    Sam also finds friendship and even love, though its a forbidden one she cannot act upon. But at least she find some boys who admire her strength, who admire her willpower and who admire her endurance. Without them, she would be completely lost. But they give her strength, they support her and this is what helps her get trough all of this.

    Oh The Feels!

    This story made me feel so much. I could have never endured what Sam went through, I would have crumpled. Sam was an outstanding heroine – I just admire this girl so much! The romance was quite and cute and just perfectly genuine even though I wished for more, I understand I couldn’t get more. Throughout the book I was constantly on edge, constantly on the edge of tears, constantly hoping for them to stop hurting her or for Sam to back done.

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    Bottom Line

    Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley was an outstandingly brilliant story of a strong heroine who’s being bullying, hurt and emotionally abused. It’s an incredible debut and a story which is set in such a unique environment that it most definitely stands out among other YA books. It’s book that you open and can’t put down unless you finish the last page, it’s gripping and compelling,  filled with so much emotion and strength – I can’t stop praising this book!

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    You know when books surprise you? This one completely surprised me! Did you expect this book to be so emotional, so amazing just from the synopsis? And finally, I hope I made you put this book on your pile even if you’d have dismissed it before. Rites of Passage is definitely a book NOT to be dismissed! 

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  14. Dear Celaena - Yours, Danny | Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

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    Dear Celaena - Yours, Danny | Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

    The Throne of Glass series is one of my favorite series and Celaena one of my favorite female kick ass heroines! Today, instead of a classic review, I wrote a letter to Celaena!

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    Dear Celaena,

    I’ve meet you first in Throne of Glass and fell in love with you. I totally mean that in a platonic way of admiration, so don’t get me wrong here. You were an assassin, considered a criminal, yet there was something about you that made me stop and question my morality.

    I don’t want to repeat what you went through in Throne of Glass, then in ….  but you did grow so so much!

    Then, the BIG revelation at the end of Crown if Midnight??

    Holy freaking Awesomeness, I think we all didn’t expect this – you totally hid this very well Celaena, but now we know who you really are! 

    Now, I’ve waited for a year to meet you again and follow your story in Heir of Fire and gosh girl, you were nearly broken and so heartbreakingly lost! Where was all your spirit? The happenings at the end of Crown if Midnight completely crushed you and my heart was aching for you. You wanted to flee from everything run away and only have one thing in mind: Revenge! But they didn’t let you run away from yourself and from the person you are supposed to become.

    In the beginning you were so different than the strong and kick ass girl we’ve got to appreciate.  And it needed some hard words, some hard work and some wonderful secondary characters like Rowan to bring you back on track and to lift your spirit, and make you fight again!

    And it needed Rowan to bring back your fighting instincts and bring you, as the kick ass character we fell so madly in love with back to us full forth! Gosh, it was such an amazing and tough journey for you, he made you question yourself, but you needed this! And yes, I agree sometimes he also was a rude ass and not very nice to you.

    Rowan is such an amazing character!!! I’m completely in love with him and since you are still pretty much in love with Chaol.

    I totally claim Rowan to be mine! 

    Hear that Celaena?? (and all you other readers, Rowan is mine!)

    Rowan is mine! This wonderful Faery Prince with the super tough and hard shell, with all his tattoos and who completely won me over. I’m a little stunned you didn’t fell for him.. but *shrugs* more for me!

    Again Celaena,  you surprised me in Heir of Fire – I went through all kind of emotions with you, from anger over heart ache and then the joy over your victory! You grew so much, it was incredible to follow. You were at the bottom, you felt you were beaten – but you came back, stronger, wiser and ready to meet your destiny!

    I can’t wait to hear what’s next for you!

    Sincerely yours,

    Danny

    P.S. : I think you would be stunned to know what else was going while you were so broken and training with Rowan. Thankfully, we as the readers of your stories got quite a few side stories and parts from other characters that added to the intense richness of your story! I could however have done it without learning so much about the witches… but Celaena, be prepared! They are coming for you! 

     

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    Bottom Line

    Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas was epic! With each new instalment Sarah J Maass outdoes herself and makes us fall even more in love with this epic fantasy series that is so unique among the Young Adult fantasies. She creates the most amazing characters and proves yet again with the introduction of Rowan that there is so much more to come!

    Most definitely, this is one of my favorite series where I am always eagerly and impatiently awaiting the next book!

    Epic!

      

    Additional Info

    Did you read the previous books of the Throne of Glass series? Do you love this series as much as I do? and if not, are you now finally ready to get started? 

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  15. So Freaking Amazing!! Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini - The Worldwalker Trilogy #1

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    So Freaking Amazing!! Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini - The Worldwalker Trilogy #1

    There are authors you love so much, that you’re going to read anything. With Josephine Angelini’s new release it was exactly like this. I loved her Starcrossed series, but when I read the synopsis to TRIAL BY FIRE I knew this was going to be “my” book!

    Exciting mix of Fantasy, Contemporary and Parallel Universes

    The set up of the world was as fantastic as it could be. Our heroine, is weak in her world (which is our world…) she’s plagued by allergies and can’t eat or go where she wants to be and only her best friend Tristan is truly by her side and takes care of her. When she’s pulled in a parallel universe suddenly her weakened boy makes sense! But more on this later.

    This new world is absolutely amazingly portrayed and throughout the whole time I was trying to envision this world as Josephine Angelini explained it to us.

    One word: MOVIE-Material!

    Seriously. I want to see this world captured in a movie, coming to love on the big screen. It’s enormous, gigantic and completely fantastic! A mix of Tolkien like Elfen City and a Sci-Fi version of our world, there are no words I could bring to capture this wonderment.The magic! Damn, the magic was so amazing! Not just the simple basics and rules, but there is also much about relationships between magic users and bonds that are formed that were beautiful and fascinatingly developed!

    Lily – weak, but strong at heart! The perfect developed heroine, in this world full of magic!

    Oh how much I adore this girl! I was feeling so baldy for her when she was still in our world – so weak and dependent. But in this new, parallel world her body changes and she understands why her body was so weak and the explanations for this were so perfect that even the scientist in me was at awe. It holds wonderful mixture of magic and science and I was so freaking excited learning all these explanations for the creation of this world, that I’m still so excited when just thinking about it.

    So finally Lily is in an enviroment where she’s not just the weak anymore but finally can develop and become someone else, someone stronger, someone she was always meant to be! YEAH LILY! And there is the girl, who is loyal and learns to use magic, and learns how to be strong! Loved loved loved to see this girl grow and change!

    So so much love! Oh the butterflies!

    There is so much love to be found within these pages that it made my heart ache and swell so much. First, the relationship between Lily and her sister, which is so strong that it even, transpires between worlds.

    Then, there is the love between her and her best friend Tristan – which is such a complicated relationship that I’m so excited and eager t explores more. They are friends foremost, but the “old” lily was in love with Tristan, who trashes this love so badly that it broke my heart and brought me to tears! But then, there is more to Tristan – which I found remarkable from Josephine to develop such a complex relationship and such a complex character.

    Now coming to the swoon worthy romance that is so wonderful and perfect and beautiful as it should be!

    First, there is mistrust – then there is misunderstanding and then there is so much love that it will bring you to your knees!

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    Bottom Line

    Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini  was just so incredible amazing! Full of wonderment with a swoon worthy romance, that will make your heart melt. The outstanding mix of Contemporary with Sci-Fi and Fantasy delivers a tale of epic proportions! No words can describe how much I loved this book!!!

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    Dear Josie, 

    As much as I loved your Starcrossed Series, I think you outdid yourself with Trial by Fire. The characters you created went deep into my heart and the relationships you developed were so wonderful and beautiful and heartbreaking. This is the book I wish I could have written as it exactly hold everything I always long for in a story! Excitement, Wonderment an incredible story and such outstanding characters that I want to meet all of these! 

    Thank you so much for this story!

    Yours,

    Danny 

    What was the latest book that owned you so completely? I must say that I never excepted to love this one so much, but I do! So now, all I can tell you is to go and freaking read this book as soon as it comes out! 

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