ARC REVIEW: Pull by Anne Riley

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Pull

Anne Riley

Expected publication: February 2nd 2016 by Spencer Hill Press

YA > SciFi | Time Travel

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4 ★★★1/2

 

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Rosie Clayton witnesses a mugging on her first night in London—and then the scene rewinds itself.

She finds herself standing in the same place again, with the mugging happening just like before, except this time a stranger steps in and stops it. There’s no way the same incident can have two outcomes. Rosie thinks she’s losing her mind, until just a few days later, the stranger saves her.

The stranger, Albert, and his band of misfit crime-fighters, have the special ability to Pull, which allows them to rewind just enough time to undo a recent event. Someone is hunting Albert and his crew– and now that Rosie’s been seen with them, she’s a target too. Rosie is left with no choice but to trust Albert to keep her safe.

As Rosie learns more about this unbelievable ability and the people – if you can call them that – who want them dead, she discovers that the group’s desire for her blood might be more than mere coincidence. Each step into this magical side of London introduces Rosie to a family history that she never knew existed, and dangerous forces that could unravel her world in an instant.

Her family may be the reason they’re all being hunted—and she may be the only one who can figure out how to save them. Sure, between the lot of them, they have a few shots to get it right. The thing about Pulling, though, is you have to be alive to do it.

 

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You know what PULL reminds me of? The Mortal Instruments with a mixture of Doctor Who. Now I don’t know about you, but those two together are all kinds of amazing. And that’s what Pull is. And because we’re being honest, I have to say that I didn’t expect to love Pull so much. Although I am a big fan of all things time travel AND London, only few books can make me fall in love with them.

I was hooked from the first chapter because Rosie is such an excellent narrator. Her voice isn’t cliché. She is one of those YA heroines that you will like so much because.. Well, because you can’t help it. I like the fact that she uses her head and doesn’t easily go into boy crazy mode. She’s caring, kind and funny. Totally book bff material. Another little thing that I appreciated about Pull is that although supernatural things are happening, THE PARENTS ARE ALIVE. Oh goodness, how I appreciate that much. Let’s admit it, lots of author either makes their main characters orphans or kills their parents eventually. I like that Anne Riley didn’t go with the easy way because the parents play such a huge role in every story. Every character of Pull have their own characteristics that makes them different and everyone have a part in the story. Each characters are written very well and I can’t wait to get to know more of them if ever the author decides to make a continuation.

One word to describe Pull: EXCITING. The excitement never ends! There are a lot of questions that needs to be answered and everything leads to another mystery that needs to be solved. What is the power? Who are the people who can go back in time? How is it all possible? I did get all my answers and Anne Riley didn’t left me hanging but I would really love it if there’s a second story about all of this. I feel like Rosies world is just waiting to be explored, there’s so much more to learn and to meet.

The romance is very sweet and real! No instalove or any annoying thing that usually annoys me when it comes to the romance area of every story. Unlike the story’s pacing, it took time for the characters to get to together. They’re perfect for each other and they make me swoon!!!

I sure can’t get enough of Pull. The only thought I have right after I finished reading Pull is that I WANT MORE. Anne Rileys writing is so terrific that I feel like I was just right beside Rosie and discovering London with her. Thrilling and addictive, Pull have all the potential to be the next big thing!!

AUTHOR:

 

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Anne Riley is an author of young adult fiction cleverly disguised as a high school Spanish teacher. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her family. Anne began writing at the ripe old age of nine, when she penned a literary classic about… well, she doesn’t really remember what it was about, but she’s pretty sure the main characters were ferrets. These days, she writes stories about teenagers instead of ferrets.

 

 


   

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ARC REVIEW: Bookishly Ever After (Ever After #1) by Isabel Bandeira

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Bookishly Ever After (Ever After #1)

Isabel Bandeira

Published January 12th 2016 by Spencer Hill Contemporary

YA > Contemporary | Romance

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3 ★★★1/2

 

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In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

 

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 “Fiction is the best kind of reality.


Nothing truer has been said in the history of truths. Bookishly Ever After is one of my most anticipated release for this year. I remember the agonizing wait for it and it just intensified when the book cover came out. I didn’t know it before but the cover is as adorable as the story. It’s an amazing feeling when the book you have been waiting for so long didn’t disappoint you. Sure, there are some things I expected that I thought will happen but I still love the book with all my heart. This one will go to the forever-favorite shelf.

Phoebe is the complete treasure of this story. I don’t even know what to say to make YOU realize how relatable Phoebe is as a girl, as a reader and as a hardcore fangirl. She is US. I can’t stop giggling and loving her throughout the story. The scenarios are just déjà vus. For me at least. It’s either I’VE BEEN THERE or I KNOW WHAT YOU FEEL FEEBS. Bandeira did a perfect job in creating a genuine and authentic character that any fangirls can relate to. You won’t help but sympathize with her and feel whatever she’s going through. Her excitement over the book she’s reading will rub on you and you’ll find yourself fangirling with her as well.

The romance, which was a huge part of Bookishly Ever After, was as awkward, sweet and swoony as I thought it would be. Oh young love! Oh those awkward high school days! Dev was an absolute guy. Charming, kinda confusing and totally swoon worthy. I would’ve wished the we get to hear some of his thoughts too because he’s such a closed character, but I understand what the author is trying to do. And besides, he’s one of those guys you root for despite his flaws and kinda stupid decisions. I liked Dev’s and Phoebes awkward exchanges and witty banters but somehow I still feel like I want more! It was said in Goodreads though that this will be a series so maybe my wish would be granted in the upcoming books!

Reading is great and being a fangirl is fun. But just like what I learned from Phoebe and her books-to-life missions, it’s really not so bad to face reality sometimes. It’s required and kinda sorta fun.

Bookishly Ever After is written for everyone who turns to reading when you’re not into facing reality. Phoebe understands! With Bandeiras humorous and realistic way of writing, readers will be charmed. A book made by a reader for her fellow readers. Bookishly Ever After is a complete gem that I’ll forever recommend! 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Isabel Bandeira grew up surrounded by trees and lakes in Southern New Jersey, right on the edge of the Pine Barrens. Her summers were always spent in Portugal, where the cathedrals, castles, and ancient tombs only fed her fairy tale obsession. Between all those influences and her serious glitter addiction, it wasn’t a surprise when she started writing stories of her own.

In her free time between writing and her day job as a Mechanical Engineer who designs and develops medical devices, she reads, dances, figure skates, and knits.

Isabel lives in New Jersey with her little black cat, too many books, and a closetful of vintage hats. She is represented by Carrie Howland of Donadio & Olson. BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER is her debut novel.

 


   

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ARC REVIEW+QUOTE STOP: Castle of Sighs (Forest of Whispers #2) by Jennifer Murgia

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Castle of Sighs (Forest of Whispers #2)
Jennifer Murgia
Expected publication: October 27th 2015 by Spencer Hill Press
YA >Contemporary | Paranormal
 
 

4 ★★★★

 
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Some secrets cannot be kept—in life or in death.
Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another.
After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon and Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs—shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping to find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.
As secrets unspool, the delicate thread of Rune’s world is threatened when she realizes the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew.

 

 
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“And while I strive to be true, to prove I am not like my mother, despite my bloodline, I will always be the one the others watch carefully. I will always be a witch. And I feel such a stain will never wash away.”

Oh wow! What a sequel. I already know that Jennifer Murgia will impress me with her skills to transport me into Runes’s world and with her amazing writing but what I did not expect is that she will surpass all my expectations. Castle of Sighs floored me! Everything I ever wanted was given and Jennifer even gave me some bonus that I don’t think I deserve.

I highly suggest that everyone read the first book of the series. I read some reviews saying that they didn’t know that this was the second book in a series at first but still, they read on. There’s really nothing wrong with that but of course, the experience will be a whole lot better if you’ve read the first one. 

Rune grew up a lot! As I read through the Castle of Sighs, it’s obvious that the author made some huge characters developments in our main protagonist. Rune was a young and confused witch at Forest of Whispers but in here, she embraced who she is and tried to be better despite all the negative and cruel things that people kept throwing at her. Yes she’s a blood witch, but that doesn’t mean she’s part of the problem. 

The writing was so magnificent. Jennifer Murgia just enthralled me the whole way. I was sucked in from the first chapter and the story did not let me go until the very end. I have to double check my surrounding for a moment every time I read Castle of Sighs so that I can remind myself that I’m reading in my bedroom and not roaming the castle along with Rune. Everything about Murgia’s writing is absolutely beautiful.

All the characters charmed their way into my heart. And what’s the best is my Laurentz-Rune shipper heart is happy and swooning. I admit that I was left asking for more but I get that it was not the main focus of the book. I was still satisfied with the little romance that the author inserted.

Castle of Sighs is a solid follow up to an amazing book. Not only did it maintain the mysterious and enchanting vibe of the series but it intensified it even more. Looking for the perfect read this season? This series got you covered!  
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Forest of Whispers

 

PRAISE FOR FOREST OF WHISPERS
“Murgia’s dual narration makes this historical fantasy a compelling read. The plot-driven text quickly moves the story forward, and the vivid descriptions of 17th-century southwestern Germany pull readers in . . .  the pacing and narrative are absorbing. A solid novel for fans of historical fantasy that are looking for a fast-paced, action-filled tale.” ~ SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
“A story of magick and discovery.” — Readers’ Favorite: Five-Star review for FOREST OF WHISPERS

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Jennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (Angel Star, Lemniscate, The Bliss), to contemporary gut-punchers (Between These Lines). Her latest, Forest of Whispers, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner. Look for the sequel,​Castle of Sighs, to hit shelves 9.15.15 from Spencer Hill Press. In 2012, Jennifer Co-Founded YA FEST with YA author/friend, Cyn Balog. She coordinates this unique annual festival, bringing teens and fellow Young Adult authors together at her hometown library in Easton, PA.

Publicity inquiriesbrooke@spencerhillpress.com

 

 

 
   

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ARC REVIEW: Until Beth by Lisa Amowitz

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Until Beth

Lisa Amowitz

Expected publication: September 29th 2015 by Spencer Hill Press

YA > Mystery | Music

 

 

 

4 ★★★★

 

 

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She doesn’t just play, she kills it.

Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good.

Then she’s accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends are bursting with talent, but they’re also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who’s so sweet that his very touch makes her fears melt away? Or Xavier, who’s trying to tell her something but is hiding even more?

And will anyone be safe when her true Talent comes out?

 

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“In our world, Beth, even the most innocent thing can be deadly”

I should’ve known that me reading a Lisa Amowitz book will result to this: amazement!

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I was impressed by Lisa’s past novels that’s why I JUST know I will end up loving her latest release, Until Beth. And I was right. There was some minor problems that I encountered but other than those very little things, Until Beth floored me. It was really unlike any book I read before. Lisa Amowitz never fails to bring something new in the YA table. She’s absolutely one of the most brilliant writer in this generation.

What is Until Beth? Its like a YA version of X MEN with a thrilling romance and a feisty heroine. Beth wasn’t easy to connect with at first because she was always disoriented and kind of clueless about the things that are happening around her. But by 3rd chapter, the novel quickly turned me into a maniac who is thirsty for answers. Just like Beth. Its clear that something is not what it seems and that not everyone is being honest… so who should Beth trusts? Who is the real enemy? And what is the truth when it comes to her capabilities?

All of that was answered in a very intricate way of course. Lisa kept me on my toes! The intrigue and mystery was perfection and every chapter left me wanting for more. I found myself immediately turning the page every time because I wanna know what happens next!!

The romance was not really the focus of the story but it can’t be ignored. There was a hint of a love triangle and right now I don’t want to think about it because I feel like I can’t take it. I love Beth’s love interest too much and I think they’re perfect for each other.

An absolute page turner! Until Beth is that fresh and unique that you’re looking for. Full of mystery and intrigue, it will never fail to keep you on your toes. Lisa Amowitz is still a brilliant as ever and I can’t wait for more of Beth’s adventures!


 

 

 

 

AUTHOR:

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Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot. She is a professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly twenty years. She started writing eleven years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children. Lisa is represented by Shannon Hassan of Marsal-Lyon Literary Agency. shannon@marsallyonliteraryagency.com

BREAKING GLASS, released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series was released September, 2014. FRACTURED, a novella combining the worlds of BREAKING GLASS and VISION releases as an ebook only, June 7, 2015. UNTIL BETH, the first in the Life and Beth trilogy will be released September 2015.

Lisa Amowitz is available for guest appearances, Skype visits, school visits, libraries & interviews. Please contact her for scheduling.

 

 
   

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Bone Deep by Kim O Brien

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Bone Deep
Kim O’Brien
Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by Spencer Hill Press
Paperback, 242 pages (paperback)
YA > Contemporary

 

 

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Spending the summer on an archeological dig sounds like fun, and it would be, if Paige Patterson didn t have to work for her dad–the man who walked out on their family. Luckily, her best friend Emily Linton is also interning for her dad. The summer takes on a romantic possibility when she meets Jalen Yazzi–the super attractive son of her father s project manager. But then Emily vanishes. As the police struggle for answers, Paige sets out to find the truth. What was Emily doing alone in the ruins the night she disappeared? Did she see something she shouldn t have? The search for Emily brings Paige and Jalen closer together, but it also unlocks long hidden crimes and dangerous mysteries. As Paige digs deeper into Emily s disappearance, she realizes that uncovering the truth may cost her everything–even her life.

 


Hey readers, let’s welcome Kim O Brien today! She answered some interesting questions about her novel, Bone Deep. Don’t forget to say Hi on the comments section and enter the giveaway.

 

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Hi Kim!! Thanks for stopping by on the blog!! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 🙂

 

Hi Paula, thanks for having me! I grew up in the suburbs of New York City and was absolutely crazy about horses. My mom and I worked at the stable to pay for my lessons. A former Olympic rider took an interest in me and gave me his ex-Event horse, a Thoroughbred named Pops. We competed in many horse shows, including the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden. After college I took a job with IBM, and while working full time, went back to school for my MFA in writing. I began writing fiction in my spare time and it quickly became a passion. I’m married, have two beautiful daughters and a four-legged friend named Daisy.

 

Bone Deep seems so different from your previous books. How did this idea came to you?

 

While on vacation in Arizona, I visited Montezuma’s Castle, which is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. I became fascinated by the story of the Sinagua Indians who lived there, spent years learning how to farm the desert, and then mysteriously vanished. When I looked up at the ruins and saw the empty windows staring back at me, I got goosebumps. There was something so ancient and scared about the place. At the same time, it was a place that would not give up its secrets easily.

 

Describe your main character, in 5-7 words for us.

 

Loyal, creative, brave, private, stubborn, curious, intelligent.

Your book cover is really creepy and it seems fitting, how did you decide the cover?

 

 My wonderful editor, Vikki Ciaffone and I brainstormed some ideas – she wanted to highlight the archeological aspects of the story, and I really wanted graphics (not people) to convey the dark tone. Christa Holland (Paper & Sage Design) did an awesome job of coming up with the design. As soon as I saw it, I loved it. Thank you Christa!!!

Who is your favorite character to write? and the not-so-favorite one? Can you share us why?

Paige’s mother was difficult to write. She loves Paige but she’s inherently selfish. She wants her daughter to be happy and successful but doesn’t trust that Paige can make the right decisions for herself. She’s more of a materialistic person and not as accepting as she should be. I loved writing Paige’s story – she had much to say and so many feelings to resolve. Emily’s voice came more easily however. She is one of those unfiltered people who are unafraid to say anything, do anything. At the same time, Emily has her secrets

Is there something weird, funny or even a scary thing that happened while writing Bone Deep?

Well, I looked at a lot of X-rays of my spine, so bones were definitely on my mind while writing this. I needed surgery to fuse my back and knew I’d be laid up for a while, so it was a race to get this book finished before that happened.  

 What will readers expect from the romance aspect in this book?

Hopefully the readers will fall in love, just like Paige does. They’ll also be a few surprises along the way.    

Are you working on something new already? Do you have a WIP that you can tell us about? 🙂

The next novel is tentatively titled “The Darkest Place” and is about a seventeen-year-old aspiring dancer who fears she’s fallen for the wrong guy when she becomes the target of a stalker and discovers the link between herself and the deaths of three other girls.

 

 

 

 

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Kim O’Brien grew up in an old Victorian house in Bronxville, NY. Her mother loved telling her bedtime stories, especially ones about the ghost in their attic. Kim not only believed the house was haunted but also fell in love with books and the art of storytelling.

At Emory University in Atlanta, Kim earned a B.A. in psychology. She then attained a M.F.A in writing from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. She worked for many years as a writer, editor, and speechwriter for IBM before becoming a full time fiction writer. She lives in Texas with her husband, daughters, and four-legged friend Daisy.

Kim is the author of eight inspirational romances and seven non-fiction children’s books. She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at www.kimobrienbooks.com/, Facebook, and Twitter (kimobri).

 

 

 

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