BOOK SPOTLIGHT: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco + INT Giveaway!!

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The Bone Witch

Rin Chupeco

Published March 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

YA > Fantasy | Paranormal

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The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

 

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Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained her sense of humor. Raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. She’s been a technical writer and travel blogger, but now makes things up for a living. The Girl from the Well was her debut novel. 

 

 


   

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ARC Review: My Secret To Tell by Natalie D. Richards




My Secret To Tell

Natalie D. Richards

Published October 6th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire

YA >  Mystery

320 pages

eARC for Review

 

 4 ★★★★

 

Purchase links: Amazon | Nook

 

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There was blood on his hands. Where was the guilt in his eyes?

Emmie’s had a crush on her best friend’s brother forever. Deacon is the town bad boy who’s always in trouble, but she sees his soft side when he volunteers with her at the local animal shelter. She doesn’t think he’s dangerous…until he shows up in her bedroom with blood on his hands.

Deacon’s father has been violently assaulted and Deacon is suspect number one. Emmie’s smart enough to know how this looks, but she also knows Deacon’s biggest secret—he’s paralyzed by the sight of blood. She’s sure he didn’t do this. Or did he? Because even Deacon’s own sister thinks he’s guilty…

 

 

REVIEW

My Secret To Tell was a book that I enjoyed from start to finish—I’m not really a mystery or thriller genre lover, so for me to really want to finish that genre as soon as I’ve started it? RARE. But that’s just how it was with this particular book and me. My Secret To Tell pulled me in from the prologue and I found myself constantly on my toes, trying to think and think back and keep thinking with the whole Whodunnit vibe that this story gave off!

My Secret To Tell follows the voice of Emerson May, (Emmie/Eddie) and her “journey” in trying to find out who exactly violently assaulted and almost killed her best friend Chelsea Westfield’s father. Things get more complicated when Chelsea’s brother, Deacon, turns up at Emma’s house, completely covered in blood. Everyone in town is convinced that the rebel that Deacon is, he’d find no fault in almost murdering his won father, but Emmie knows better. Emma knows that Deacon almost turns catatonic at the sight of blood so he couldn’t possibly have done it. But of course, she’s had a crush on him forever, so the reader is led to believe that there might a conflict of interest there.

Emmie was a very unreliable narrator, simply because she knew almost nothing about the inner workings of Mr. Westfield’s business, or if people had motive to harm him for whatsoever reason. And because she was clueless, so was I. And it was bloody brilliant because that is precisely how you want to go into a book like this. As a character, Emmie was kind of a hot mess. She had all these unfair expectations of herself, and add to that the fact that she was a brilliant girl already, she made her own life a bit miserable. I liked how she was responsible and caring, but she also was naive and people too heady advantage of that. Nonetheless, Emmie was smart and if there are characters in books that I’m genuinely proud of, Emmie is right up there with them! She took control, she helped her friends, and she dealt with her parents in a way that was much too mature for her age.

Deacon, on the other hand, was a guy I was confused about. My feelings toward him were hot and cold, owing to the fact that he was one person I couldn’t figure out up until the end. The guy is swoony in all ways that count, and of course, I’m a sucker for bad guys, but Deacon was just a complete mystery to me. His contribution to the story line, however, is important, and since the book essentially revolves around him and his apparent innocence in a game that is far bigger than he realises, whether you like it or not, you’re going to be seeing a lot of Deacon! And in all honesty, my only issue with him was the mystery allure around him. It was a little hot—a lot hot—and it was new to me, so I’m going to give an overall good response to Deacon! Plus, he’s fast and smart, you guys. No two ways about it. I was hella impressed by his agility :p

The Emmie-Deacon romance I’d have liked to see more of. But if I’m being completely honest to myself, the romance that was present here was completely perfect. Why? My Secret To Tell isn’t about the romance! It’s about the thrills and chills and romance taking a backseat is the way to go. I’m a complete pile of mush when it comes to the romance, but this book was completely chill even without too much of the feels. The little snippets of “Emmie and Deacon time” that we do see are plenty satisfying, because I assure you—you’re going to be so involved and consumed with the action in the book, you’re going to want to skip the slower, touchy feely part completely!

I’ve read Gone Too Far by Nat Richards, and no surprises here, but I loved it ❤ It’s plenty awesome to fall in love with a Mystery book by an author I’ve read for the first time, but two Mysteries? Fucking great! The writing style is slow and almost sensual in the way that it grabs you and doesn’t let you go until you are completely immersed in its universe. I found myself thinking a lot, like I mentioned earlier, about the possible suspects and stuff and in hindsight, I got pretty close to the real thing, but I was also always in doubt, so if you’re one of those people that like to be kept guessing, I’ve found a winner for you!

 

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SNEAK-A-PEEK: Did I Mention I Love You? (DIMILY #1)

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The Did I Mention I Love You? (DIMILY #1)

Estelle Maskame

Published December 1st 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire

YA/NA >Contemporary | Romance

 

Purchase links: Amazon | itunes | BN | BooksAMillion

 

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Love is everything but expected.

Eden Monro came to California for a summer of sun, sand and celebrities – what better way to forget about the drama back home? Until she meets her new family of strangers: a dad she hasn’t seen in three years, a stepmonster and three stepbrothers.

Eden gets her own room in her dad’s fancy house in Santa Monica. A room right next door to her oldest stepbrother, Tyler Bruce. Whom she cannot stand. He’s got angry green eyes and ego bigger than a Beverly Hills mansion. She’s never felt such intense dislike for someone. But the two are constantly thrown together as his group of friends pull her into their world of rule-breaking, partying and pier-hanging.

And the more she tries to understand what makes Tyler burn hotter than the California sun, the more Eden finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn’t…

Did I Mention I Love You? is the addictive first book in Wattpad sensation Estelle Maskame’s DIMILY trilogy: three unforgettable summers of secrets, heartbreak and forbidden romance.

 

Praise for Did I Mention I Love You?

 

“Readers will root for them, like they would with Edward and Bella—the mutual attraction and need for one another is palpable. It rings of passion, excitement, and first love.” –VOYA Magazine

 

“An edgy young adult romance with dark layers” –The Examiner

 

“A believable coming-of-age story and an unconventional romance, set against a present-day California summer… . The fallout of divorce, the insidiousness of substance abuse and family secrets, and especially the pangs of first love drive this emotionally resonant tale.” – Publishers Weekly

 

“Written in first person, Maskame’s trilogy opener is an excellent portrayal of a teenage girl’s life in the 21st century. Eden has to adjust to her blended family, try to feel pretty, be body conscious, and make friends, all while falling in love for the first time. She is someone all young people can relate to…Romance fans will be captivated by Eden and her journey to finding herself and true love.” –School Library Journal

 

 

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I can almost see the road through the gaps in the fence by the side of the house, and I squint through. There’s music playing. More like blaring. I can hear it over the crappy music that’s already bouncing around the back yard, and as a sleek white car speeds up to the edge of the sidewalk and skids against the curb, I grimace in disgust. The music cuts off the second the engine is killed.

“What are you looking at?” Rachael asks, but I’m too busy staring to even attempt to answer.

The car door swings open roughly, and I’m surprised it doesn’t fall straight off its hinges. It’s difficult to see clearly through the fence, but a tall guy gets out and slams the door shut just as aggressively as he opened it. He hesitates for a moment, stares at the house, and then runs a hand through his hair. Whoever he is, he looks su-per depressed. Like he’s just lost all his life savings or his dog just died. And then he heads straight for the gate.

“Who the hell is this jackass?” I mutter to Rachael as the figure nears us.

But before either of us can say anything more, Jackass decides to hit the gate open with a fist, drawing the at-tention of everyone around us. It’s like he wants everyone to hate him. I figure he’s probably that one neighbor that everyone despises, and he’s only here in a fit of rage because he wasn’t invited to the lamest barbecue get-together that’s ever been hosted.

“Sorry I’m late,” Jackass comments sarcastically. And loudly too, with a smirk on his lips. His eyes flash green as emeralds. “Did I miss anything besides the slaughtering of animals?” He throws up the infamous mid-dle finger to, from what I can see, the barbecue. “I hope you guys enjoyed the cow you just ate.” And then he laughs. He laughs as though everyone’s expressions of disgust are the most entertaining thing he’s seen all year.

“More beer?” I hear my dad call out to the silent crowd, and as they chuckle and return to their conversations, Jackass heads through the patio doors. He slams them shut so hard I can almost see the glass tremble.

I’m stunned. I have no idea what just happened or who that was or why he’s just entered the house. When I realize I’m slightly slack-jawed, I close my mouth and turn to Rachael.

She bites her lip and pushes her sunglasses down over her eyes. “I’m guessing you haven’t met your step-brother yet.”

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Estelle Maskame started writing at the age of thirteen and completed the Did I Mention I Love You?  trilogy when she was sixteen. She has built an extensive fan-base for her writing by serializing her work on Wattpad. Fitting book writing between work, Estelle has amassed followers from all over the world. She lives in Scotland. For more visit estellemaskame.com

 


   

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ARC REVIEW: The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

The Heartbreakers
Ali Novak
Published August 4th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
YA >  Contemporary
336 pages 
eARC for Review

 

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“When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.”
Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.
Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?
 

REVIEW:

If you want to read a book that will make you stupider for having read it, you, my dear friend, have stumbled upon the find of your lifetime. Not only is The Heartbreakers a brain cell killer, it will also annihilate your chances of ever wanting pick up a Young Adult Contemporary after it, so beware.

Let me tell you a little something about this book: DONT READ IT. No, seriously. Reading a review about it and laughing at the sheer stupidity that is this book is one thing, but putting yourself through the trouble of reading it is a completely different thing. So. Don’t bother with this book. You know you have work/homework/baby-making/chores/whatever to do. Do it. Don’t waste your time.

If you’re still here, it either means a) you still have hope or b) you’ve take me for a complete shit and want me to justify myself. I’ll do it happily.

The Heartbreakers are a fictional American boy band who are—obviously—the life and soul of teenage girls worldwide. Their formulaic bubble pop and their pretty faces makes them every girl’s (proverbial) wet dream. Cara, suffers from cancer, and is probably one of their greatest fans. But since she is unable to attend their concert, and as a part of her birthday surprise, her twins Stella and Drew decide to go get some signed merch for Cara.      

Stella, the lead idiot of the book happens to stop at a Starbucks on her way to the signing and happens to meet Oliver Perry, lead singer. She doesn’t recognise him, however, and after a little harmless flirting, the two go their separate ways. And of course, because this book was nothing if not filled to the brim with clichés, Stella and Drew don’t get their merch signed because after standing for four hours in line, the band has to leave. Stella is pissed. AND SHE TAKES IT OUT ON THE BAND WHEN SHE MEETS THEM IN A HOTEL ELEVATOR. SHE CALLS THEM OUT ON THEIR MUSIC AND DOES IT IN THE MOST BITCHIEST WAY POSSIBLE.

“The only thing that’s crazy is that people actually listen to your music.” (ARC, location – 392)

One of the band members, after Stella’s rude, obnoxious tantrum, actually says this:

“I think I kind of like this girl. She’s got sass. Can we keep her?” (ARC, location – 397)

 I mean, have you no self respect or have you no self respect?

I could go on and on ridiculing this sorry excuse of trash but here’s the rundown: A few minutes after the elevator debacle, Stella and Drew get invited to The Heartbreakers’ hotel room, goof off in the hotel pool, make besties with the band and Stella and Oliver kiss. Yes, they kiss within hours of having met for the first time. 

Here’s a list of some fails in this book:

  • The most loved American boy band hiring an unprofessional, 17 year old girl as their official photographer. And the goodie part? Said photographer hates their music.
  • An insta-love type romance that fell flat on its face. Repeatedly.
  • Pointless pranks, ketchup eating competitions, hell, there was something with Silly String…?
  • “Humour” that just pained me to read. It felt forced and added nothing to the plot whatsoever.
  • It read suspiciously like One Direction/5 Seconds of Summer fan fiction. Opinions, anyone?
  • Obviously this has been picked up the way it was from Wattpad and then published. No editing, no making the book people-friendly, and absolutely no humanising the characters. Every single one of them belonged in the jungle, getting eaten by an animal.

I completely adored this novel, in that it was so bad and unrealistic and poorly written that it was enjoyable and I found myself laughing A LOT. Nothing was probable, clichés were in abundance and the “romance” was a joke. The book ended abruptly and it was my life’s greatest moment because I actually read all 336 pages and though I completely enjoyed this crap, it was time for it end.

If I’ve convinced even two of HBT readers not to read this book, then my life is a success. Believe me, you will lose all faith in humanity if you ever read this book.

Rhea out.

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: Jesse’s Girl (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally + Giveaway!!

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Jesse’s Girl (Hundred Oaks)
Miranda Kenneally
Expected publication: July 7th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
YA > Contemporary | Romance
arc via publisher
 
 

4 ★★★★ 1/2

 

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Practice Makes Perfect.
Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.
But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams.
Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?
 
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REVIEW:

 

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“Yeah, yeah, I’m from Tennessee, where its a crime if you don’t love country, but I deep, rumbling beats and singing loud and fast and hard. I do not like closing my eyes and crooning to a cow in the pasture.”

I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS MY FIRST BOOK FROM MIRANDA KENNEALLY!! Excuse me while I purchase her other books. I am missing out, I know that now. It definitely shocked me to find out that Miranda isn’t on my author-to-stalk list when her books are the kinds I inhale like crack. Books like Jesse’s Girl keeps me alive!!! And I have authors like Miranda to thank for that. You may think that Jesse’s Girl is another YA contemporary romance, but I’ll stop you right there. Because Jesse’s Girl is absolutely more than that, it has a heart.

Jesse and Maya is absolutely delightful to read. Maya, especially, is a refreshing main character with a very much engaging voice. She has that badass and yet adorable persona nailed. She’s also a surprise too since I expected a southern sweetheart (I mean, look at the cover) but turns out, Maya isn’t the southern sweetheart type. Usually, I’m not into the spunky kind of girl, but Maya changed me. She made me admire her so much with her caring heart, big dreams and witty and sassy comebacks.

Jesse didn’t have to do much. We all know that musicians are my top favorite heroes, but a country artist? With an attitude like Jesse? Which isn’t great at first but still!! My heart breaks for the guy. He’s all hard and sometimes jerky on the outside but on the inside? Totally a marshmallow coated with lots and lots of sugar. Jesse knows how to deliver a speech that will melt every part of you and that, my friends, is why Jesse deserved to be loved.

What I like most about Jesse’s Girl is Miranda’s extraordinary power to make me forget my bladder and hunger. Apparently, once you sit down with a Miranda Kenneally book, you’ll either finish it NOW or… there’s no other choice, really. You’ll finish it on one sitting because you’ll be compelled to do so. See how powerful Miranda is? I really don’t mind, tbh.

Do I really have to say it? I AM SO IN LOVE with this book and I think- scratch that, I know you will be too! Its optimistic, smart and full of heart. Filled with rich characters that will touch your inner core and relationships that are neatly and realistically done, Jesse’s Girl is everything your fangirl heart wants and needs.

 

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Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

 

 

 

 

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