BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Hardwired by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie

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Hardwired
Trisha Leaver, Lindsay Currie
Expected publication: November 8th 2015 by Flux/ Llewellyn
YA >Science Fiction
 
 
 
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Genetically flawed. Perfectly human.
When seventeen-year-old Lucas Marshall tests positive for the M0A1 gene—a genetic abnormality believed to predispose humans toward violence— he is shipped off to an impregnable government facility to undergo a battery of psychological tests aimed at making him crack. Now, having survived their tests and proven his mental stability, Lucas is labeled safe to return home.
But any hope Lucas has of returning to a normal life is shattered when the van transporting him to the reintegration facility is forced off the road by a group of radicals intent on accessing the facility and exposing it’s dehumanizing practices. And Lucas is their ticket through the front door.
Spurred by rumors that the facility is secretly holding one of his old friends captive, Lucas and his bunk mate, Chris, agree to infiltrate the testing facility’s inner sanctum. But once inside, Lucas’s carefully laid plans begin to unravel, and he’s forced to seek help from a group of kids he neither knows nor trusts. And when every genetic test claims your only allies are hardwired to become the next Charles Manson, it’s impossible to know who has your back.
 
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AUTHOR:

 

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TRISHA LEAVER lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather disobedient black lab. She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life. She writes young adult fiction and is published with FSG/Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press. She is a member of the SCBWI, ITW and the YA Scream Queens— a group of nine female authors who are deathly serious about their horror! To find out more about her, please visit her website at: www.trishaleaver.com

 

 

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LINDSAY CURRIE Lindsay lives in Chicago with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids and a 160 pound lap dog Sam. She loves Halloween, peach tea and Disney World (in no particular order) and is a contributor to the @YAScreamQueens. An author of young adult and middle grade fiction, she is published with Flux/Llewellyn, Merit Press and Spencer Hill Contemporary. For more details on Lindsay’s upcoming books, please visit her at: www.lindsaycurrie.com .

 

 

 
   

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SNEAK-A-PEEK: If You Wrong Us by Dawn Klehr

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If You Wrong Us

Dawn Klehr

Expected publication: October 8th 2015 by Flux

YA >Contemporary | Thriller

 

 

 

 

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“An intricate psychological page-turner that explores the darker side of vengeance and reads like Gone Girl through a teen lens.” – Kirkus Reviews

Becca and Johnny become entangled after a car crash steals the lives of two people they love. Officially, the crash is an accident. But Becca and Johnny are convinced: someone did this.

As they plot revenge against the person responsible, a bond—intense, unyielding, and manic—takes hold of them. And in an unexpected turn of events, they fall for each other.

Or so they think.

In an upside-down world where decay is beautiful and love and hate become one, Becca and Johnny find themselves grappling with reality. Nothing is exactly what it seems, including what they’ve come to believe about the crash. Question is: will they learn the truth before it’s too late?

No. The question is: when they learn the truth, will they care?

 

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EXCERPT:

 

I left the room first. I couldn’t stand to be in there any longer. The florescent lights; the stale ammonia scent; the look on my parents’ faces.
Down the hall and around the corner, the special waiting room was empty and the refrigerator was full of juice boxes. They’d become a comfort for me in here—something sweet to coat all the bitterness rotting my insides. I closed my eyes and tried to block out everything. I tried to forget, until light footsteps caught my attention. I kept my eyes closed because I didn’t want anyone to bother me.
Please, please just go away.
“Becca?” a small soft voice called out. It was a voice in between—deep and crackling, yet still high enough to sound feminine.
Ethan Kent.
He walked over to me carrying a bouquet of daisies. It was like a scene out of a Disney movie: a just-pubescent boy with short sandy hair and proper manners making a kind gesture to set everything right.
“I brought these for your sister,” he said.
He handed the flowers to me; I didn’t take them. They were bundled together in that cheap plastic wrap, devoid of all smell. They reminded me of Travis. Appealing on the outside, but nothing of value on the inside.
“I’ll just set them here,” he said, putting them on the seat next to mine.
“Is this some kind of joke?” I asked him. “Did your perverse brother put you up to this?”
Ethan didn’t need to answer. I knew Travis had sent him here to show me he was in control, that he could do whatever he wanted. But this time, he’d messed with the wrong person. I’d been under my sister’s thumb for as long as I could remember, and I wasn’t about to be controlled again. Never again.
That day, a fire ignited in me. Heat that had been there under the surface, waiting. This move by Travis was the match that set it ablaze.
“What do you mean?” he asked, taking a step backward.
“She’s dead. She’s dead! ” I jabbed his chest with my finger.
“I’m sorry,” he said. “We didn’t know. Travis didn’t think you’d see him, so he sent me.
He’s worried about you.”
“He should be worried about me.” I stood up, physically unable to be still. “He should be very worried.” Ethan’s face twisted into something less Disney and more Stephen King. He trembled as his eyes cast down.
“Don’t say that,” he said.
I smiled. Ethan was scared of me. I stood a little taller, taking up more space in the room. He took another step back. I put on this new role like a welcome down jacket in a frigid Detroit winter. It was warmth and safety. I was finally the person on the offense rather than defense. I was in control and it was a heady feeling. One I’d eventually become hooked on.

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Dawn Klehr is the author of the young adult thrillers: The Cutting Room Floor and If You Wrong Us.

She began her career in TV news and though she’s been on both sides of the camera, she prefers to lurk behind the lens. Mostly, she loves to get lost in stories – in film, the theater, or on the page – and is a sucker for both the sinister and the sappy. She’s currently channeling her dark side as she works on her next book.

Dawn lives in the Twin Cities with her funny husband, adorable son, and naughty dog. You can find her at: www.dawnklehrbooks.com, @dawnklehr, or www.facebook.com/dawnklehrauthor.

 


   

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ARC REVIEW: Secret of the Sevens by Lynn Lindquist

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Secret of the Sevens

Lynn Lindquist

Published June 2015 by Flux

YA > Contemporary | Mystery

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3 ★★★ 1/2

 

 

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Everyone at Singer, a boarding school for underprivileged kids, knows the urban legend of the Society of Seven. Decades ago, the original members of the secret guild for elite students murdered the school’s founder and then perished in the fire they lit to hide the evidence. Or so the story goes. Talan Michaels doesn’t care about Singer’s past. He’s too focused on his future and the fact that he’ll be homeless after he graduates in May. To take his mind off it, he accepts a mysterious invitation to join a group calling itself the Sevens. He expects pranks, parties, and perks. Instead, he finds himself neck-deep in a conspiracy involving secret passages and cryptic riddles about the school’s history. Even worse, he’s now tangled in web of lies someone will kill to keep hidden.

 

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REVIEW:

Secret of the Sevens is really a surprising read for me. There were some things that I wished happened in a a different way but overall, my feelings after reading this book is contentment. I enjoyed the whole reading experience and I would not complain if there’ll be more.

First thing that I surprisingly enjoyed is the main protagonist’s voice. I rarely read YA books that is in a male’s perspective. Not that I’m avoiding them (because I’m not) but because I rarely encounter them. And our main lead here, Talan, was kind of an ass (and he knows it!!) But he is also very funny and likeable and he can be so sweet and adorable. You can really see him growing through out the book that’s why you can’t help but root for him and his friends. Speaking of, did you ever read someone from a book and wished they can be real so that they can be your friend? I totally felt that towards Talan.

The romance was really not in the focus here but when it’s being highlighted, I actually found myself liking it very much. It was a bit unexpected and Talan and her love interest is not your usual match made in heaven kind of couple. But as I mentioned above, this book has a lot of surprises and it turns out, the romance is one of the best element in this book.

And of course, the mystery. The secret societies, puzzles, cryptic messages and sketchy people. It kept me invested and guessing most of the time. I’m such a sucker for old and haunting history so this book really caught my attention the whole time. Would I recommend Secret of the Sevens? Yes, I definitely do. A fun main protagonist, secrets and puzzles plus old and haunting set up. Secret of the Sevens is absolutely deserving of your time.

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Lynn Lindquist lives in a suburb of Chicago with two overly-social sons and a mutt named Slugger who wisely hides under the bed most days. The hordes of teenagers that regularly frequent her house (think Panama City Beach during spring break) provide fodder for her young adult novels and growing anxiety disorder. Ever since her sons broke the Guinness Record for Largest-Rager-Thrown-While-a-Parent-Was-Out-for-the-Night, she enjoys spending her free time at home entertaining friends, cooking, reading, and writing. Thankfully, her favorite things in life are her sons, words, and kids, so she wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is represented by Katherine Boyle at Veritas Literary Agency.

 

 

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: Dating Down by Stefanie Lyons a.k.a let’s talk about X

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TITLE: Dating Down
AUTHOR: Stefanie Lyons
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: April 8th 2015 by Flux
GENRE: YA > Poetry
PAGES: 336pages (paperback)
SOURCE: arc via publisher (netgalley)
RATING:

 

4 ★★★★

 

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When a good girl falls for a bad boy

She thought she loved him. She thought she could change him. She thought if she just believed in him enough, his cheating and his drugs and his lying would stop, and she’d be his and he’d be hers and they’d love each other forever.

But for Samantha Henderson, X-the boy she will not name-is trouble. He’s older, edgier, bohemian . . . and when he starts paying attention to Sam, she can’t resist him. Samantha’s family and friends try to warn her, but still she stays with him, risking her future and everything that really matters.

As moody and vivid as it is captivating, Dating Down is told in scenes and bursts of poetry that create a story filled with hurt, healing, and hope.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

 

“I will call him X.
X
for the reasons I crossed him out of my life.
X
for the number of times I plunged into self destruction.
X
because his name would only give him a place in your mind that he does not deserve.”

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Do you have an EX? I have. [sorry you didn’t know mom :(] Anyway, if you have.. why did you bro– I mean, you will relate to this book 😉 If you don’t have, CONGRATS PLS FIND THE RIGHT GUY AND READ THIS TO FIND OUT ALL ABOUT EX.

Samantha Henderson thought it is love already with this guy she met in a coffee shop. Let’s call him X. X is the guy she thought she ever want in a guy. She started falling in love even though friends started saying he’s trouble. See, X is a bad boy. But Samantha is falling in love so she refuses to see it. But when Samantha started losing things and people that really matter, she must re-think if Love is what she’s really feeling.

Okay, let’s get to the point– the main character is stupid. She is. It’s not Insta-love, Smanatha already liked this guy befoooore and then he started noticing her and she started losing brain cells. Honestly, I don’t know what to feel because it was so stupid and naive of her.. but weren’t we in that position before? Like, haven’t you ever  thought ‘oh, this is love. this is it’ even though you’re the only one who actually thinks that? Hmmm? Hmm?

I guess Dating Down worked for me because even thought it was written in verse (which I am a fan of)  it was relatable. I found myself feeling for Samantha. I kept up with her struggles, her confusion and I was glad that she sought everything out before it was too late. Dating Down isn’t just about a girl liking a boy, it’s also about friendship, family and self realizations.

I mentioned that Dating Down is written in verse and it was amazing. Lyon’s verses is not that hard to understand, on point and yet intricately written. I really recommend this for people who love poetry, but even though you’re not, I still think that you will enjoy Samantha’s story.

Dating Down is for people who understands how to become a teenager, for people who has been confused about love and still figuring it out.

 

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ARC REVIEW: The Last Changeling by Chelsea Pitcher + Giveaway!!

 aaTITLE: The Last Changeling (Faerie Revolutions #1)
AUTHOR: Chelsea Pitcher 
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: November 8th 2014 by Flux
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
PAGES: 360 pages (paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc via publisher (netgalley)
RATING:

3 ★★★1/2

 
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A Kingdom at War . . .
Elora, the young princess of the Dark Faeries, plans to overthrow her tyrannical mother, the Dark Queen, and bring equality to faeriekind. All she has to do is convince her mother’s loathed enemy, the Bright Queen, to join her cause. But the Bright Queen demands an offering first: a human boy who is a “young leader of men.”
A Dark Princess In Disguise . . .
To steal a mortal, Elora must become a mortal—at least, by all appearances. And infiltrating a high school is surprisingly easy. When Elora meets Taylor, the seventeen-year-old who’s plotting to overthrow a ruthless bully, she thinks she’s found her offering . . . until she starts to fall in love. 

 

 

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You know why this is awesome? Because it’s a Fantasy book with a message that needs to be heard. And that is hard to come by these days. Okay, let me explain.

Lora is the daughter of the Dark Queen but unlike her Mother, she actually care for their people and kingdom. Now she’s planning to overthrow her own mother, the Dark Queen with the help of the Bright Queen. But the Bright Queen has one demand, and that is to get a mortal offering. Now, that should be easy for Lora.. but when she met Taylor, she didn’t expect to like him.. or fall in love with him.

First of all, the writing is just plain lovely. This is my first from Chelsea Pitcher and I have to say that I loved her writing. I will be checking out her other books. She did a wonderful job voicing out Lora. It was humorous and enchanting. And Taylor is such a sweetie pie. I just want o pick him up and put him in my pocket or just hug him all day. 

There’s a lot going on in this book, and that can be a good or bad thing. I’m pretty much in the middle. Though, yes, I love the whole equality part and having diverse characters, but I felt that it was too focused in that aspect. I just want to hear more of the Faerie World and not just from Lora’s story telling. But I want to experience it too. Though I agree with Taylor, every time Lora tells the story, you can’t help but be enchanted and feel tranced. Maybe the whole LGBT theme should’ve been mentioned in the blurb so that readers will know. Anyway, it was handled well.

“Equality doesn’t work if it’s only for some people”

The Romance in my opinion is pretty tame and I really loved it. It’s the kind of romance that you keep anticipating every chapter TO FINALLY HAPPEN and when it finally did, you just cry out of joy. It was slow burn and it was sweet and beautiful. 

The ending was great. It wasn’t that cliffy but it will really leave you wanting more. The scenes near the end was heart pumping and totally written well (the whole book, really) It also gave me the Faerie world that I really want to see. Hopefully, it will be more explored in the upcoming books. The Last Changeling is perfect for you if you’re looking for a fantasy read with diverse characters, sweet romance and brilliant writing. 

 

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

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Chelsea Pitcher is a native of Portland, OR where she received her BA in English Literature. Fascinated by all things literary, she began gobbling up stories as soon as she could read, and especially enjoys delving into the darker places to see if she can draw out some light.

 

 

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