Review: Hunted by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

 

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HUNTED
Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
Published April 28th 2015 by Month9Books
YA | Dystopian
414 pages
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4.5/5 Stars

 

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HUNTED is the electrifying sequel to the bestselling debut BRANDED, A Sinners Series, by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki.
It’s been three months since the revolt against the Commander’s fifty-year-old regime failed.
Under a new ruler, things were supposed to change. Get better.
But can anyone really be trusted?
Lexi and Cole soon find out, as life takes an unexpected turn for the worse.
In this ever-changing world, you must hunt or be hunted.
Lives will be lost.
Dreams will be crushed.
Fears will be realized.
Secrets will be exposed.
When Cole is once again faced with losing Lexi at the hands of a monster, one encounter will change everything.
Forever.

REVIEW:

 

Hunted was jaw dropping and amazing to say the least. It was fast paced, had the right amount of action, mixed in some sexy times with Cole and Lexie, yet still managed to break my heart. In my opinion, Hunted was a step up from Branded. The writing was better, and it somehow was even more suspenseful then Branded, which I didn’t think was possible.

Cole continues to be an absolutely amazing guy. He is just such a hottie. Hunted really dives into exploring more of the amazing characters of Lexie, Cole, Bruno and Grace. Lexie is so tough and she never gives up what she believes in. Plus, Lexie continues to be such a realistic character and goes through substantial development. Of course, we have Zeus, the amazing dog companion who everyone loves. I’ve yet to talk to anyone who’s read Branded and Hunted who doesn’t like Zeus. (And how could you not like him, he’s an adorable, overly-protective dog for crying out loud!) But back to Cole and Lexie, not only are they dealing with their own struggles they have to deal with so much craziness around them and live in such a terrifying world.

The ENDING though. After breaking your heart, and leaving you swooning, Hunted still manages to end on an extremely high note that will leave you guessing. I cannot wait for Liberated! (I don’t even know how I’m going to survive the wait though…) 

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ARC REVIEW: The Wanderers by Kate Ormand + Giveaway!!

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The Wanderers
Kate Ormand
Expected publication: September 1st 2015 by Sky Pony Press
YA > Fantasy | Paranormal
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4 ★★★★

 
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A Unique Twist on Shape-Shifters with Fast-Paced Action, Thrilling Adventure, Mystery, and a Bit of Romance
Flo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a popular circus in which the main acts star orphaned children with secret shape-shifting abilities. Once Flo turns sixteen, she must perform, but she’s not ready. While practicing jumping a flaming hurdle in a clearing beside the circus, she spots a dark figure in the trees and fears he saw her shift. The news sends the circus into a panic.
In Flo’s world, shifters are unknown to humans with the exception of a secret organization—the EOS, referred to as “hunters.” Hunters capture and kill. They send some shifters to labs for observation and testing—testing they don’t often survive—and deem others useless, a danger to society, and eliminate them. To avoid discovery, shifters travel in packs, constantly moving and keeping themselves hidden. Up until now, the circus was the perfect disguise.
Believing she has brought attention to the group, Flo feels dread and anxiety, causing her to make a mistake during her performance in front of the audience—a mistake that triggers a violent attack from the hunters.
Flo manages to flee the torched circus grounds with Jett, the bear shifter who loves her; the annoying elephant triplets; and a bratty tiger named Pru. Together they begin a new journey, alone in a world they don’t understand and don’t know how to navigate. On the run, they unravel secrets and lies that surround the circus and their lives—secrets and lies that all point to the unthinkable: Have they been betrayed by the people they trusted most?
 
 
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REVIEW:

 

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The Wanderers isn’t really what I expected and surprisingly, that’s a good thing. What I didn’t read was not I was expecting especially because it was Paranormal, a genre I usually don’t read. I love that it was not heavy on the paranormal-y side and maybe that’s just me but because of that, I enjoyed the book even more.

Kate Ormand’s words slays!!!! Honestly, the way she writes is just pure stunning! Ormand never failed to transport me wherever her book was set. I can really feel the atmosphere from the moment I read the first page and I really appreciate books who can make me sit and stick through the story until I finished it. That’s exactly what happened with me and The Wanderers.

Ormand’s characters are colorful and vibrant. Other than the atmosphere and the book’s creepy atmosphere, another thing to be admired are the characters. I admit, I had a problem with Flo for a bit because she had this thing where she always have to be a damsel-in-distress. And she’s not doing anything about it! She did show some back bone by the end and even though I think its too late, I still admired her for that. And Jett.., Jett melts my heart. God, this guy is perfect. He doesn’t show that he’s all macho, but that effect just come off easily from him. Ahhhh, what a guy. I love him, bear or not.

Overall, The Wanderers is such a huge success! I haven’t heard of Kate Ormand before but because of this book, she just appeared on my top favorite list. I highly recommend it for readers looking for a magical paranormal story with a creepy factor you’ll love!

 

 

 

 

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KATE ORMAND is a YA writer represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She recently graduated from university with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also a member of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise. 

You can see more about Kate and her writing by visiting her website (www.kateormand.wordpress.com) or on Twitter (@kateormand).

 

 

 

 
   

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ARC Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

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The Accident Season

Moïra Fowley-Doyle
August 18th 2015
YA | Paranormal | Mystery
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4/5 Stars

 

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 It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.
The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.
But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

 

 

REVIEW:

 

The Accident Season was a good book, it just wasn’t exactly the book for me. Not to say I disliked it though. I actually really enjoyed it and found it totally intriguing. I didn’t really click with the characters because they were a tad eccentric, and they smoked and drank. (Eccentric characters and underage smoking and drinking are just not my thing.) But aside from that I really enjoyed the rest of the novel. 

The Accident Season is so unique. Each year, during the month of October, Cara’s family gets hurt, over and over again with no explanation. There are broken bones, cracked heads, inexplicable bruises, and tons of falls. I found myself unable to relate The Accident Season to any other book I’ve ever read or heard of.

The Accident Season gave me chills because it’s honestly just so enchanting to read. Doyle’s writing will take you to another world. I felt like reality had stopped for a while and I was in some sort of trance while reading because her writing made it so easy to suspend my disbelief. The writing in The Accident Season is truly mesmerizing. 

I was also extremely glad that all the questions were addressed and explained thoroughly in a way that the reader could understand. I wasn’t left confused at all. The author did an amazing job with tying everything up in such a perfect way that will leave you shocked yet enthralled.

Ooooh also I feel the need to mention this book isn’t set in America! It’s set it Ireland! I thought that was pretty cool too. Finally, I really liked the parings in this book, even if the characters weren’t my favorites. One of the parings is actually considered taboo, but I won’t say much on that because I don’t want to spoil. 

I definitely recommend you read this book sometime near Halloween, it will leave you chilled to the bone in the best way possible.

“There is a crack opening up in the middle of the kitchen table. The typewriter and the secrets box are too heavy for it. They’re pulling the table down. They’re opening up a hole in the floor. The whole room rips apart. There it is, large as life. Our lives are being blown wide open.”
Moïra Fowley-Doyle

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Author Takeover #11: Kate McGovern, author of: Rules for 50/50 Chances

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Author Takeover is a new feature here in HBT where we let our current favorite authors took over the blog. Expect Guest Posts, Interviews, LOTS of Playlists, giveaways and of course, a bunch load of FUN!


Probably one of the most anticipated YA Contemporary that will come out this year, that’s why I was so ecstatic when Kate let me interview her about the book and even herself. She even gave me an e-arc because she’s amazing like that. Thanks Kate!! Read below the interview and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!! 🙂 

 

The Book..

 

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Rules for 50/50 Chances

Expected publication: November 24th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
YA > Contemporary | Romance
 

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About the book..

 

A heartrending but ultimately uplifting debut novel about learning to accept life’s uncertainties; a perfect fit for the current trend in contemporary realistic novels that confront issues about life, death, and love.
Seventeen-year-old Rose Levenson has a decision to make: Does she want to know how she’s going to die? Because when Rose turns eighteen, she can take the test that will tell her if she carries the genetic mutation for Huntington’s disease, the degenerative condition that is slowly killing her mother. With a fifty-fifty shot at inheriting her family’s genetic curse, Rose is skeptical about pursuing anything that presumes she’ll live to be a healthy adult—including going to ballet school and the possibility of falling in love. But when she meets a boy from a similarly flawed genetic pool, and gets an audition for a dance scholarship in California, Rose begins to question her carefully-laid rules.

 

The author..

 

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Kate McGovern has taught theatre and language arts to middle schoolers in Boston, New York, and London. A graduate of Yale and Oxford, she currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was born and raised. This is her first novel.

 

The Interview..

 

  • Hi Kate!! Thanks for stopping by on the blog!! We’re so excited. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 🙂
Thanks so much for inviting me to chat with you! Let’s see…By day, I work in education. I started my career working in schools as a reading specialist and theatre educator, and now I’m the publications director for a national organization that helps school districts make sure all students have access to great teachers and schools. I LOVE my job. Some random facts about me—after almost a decade living in New York City, London and a tiny village in the English countryside, I now live back in my hometown of Cambridge, MA. I’m a proud aunt of four and a huge fan of long train rides, thunderstorms, ocean views and bright nail polish.

 

  •  Rf50/50C is your debut novel. I was wondering if this is the genre that you really wanted to write? What other genres do you think you’ll also try?

 

I love contemporary YA, and I think I’ll stick with it for a while. But as a reader, I also love mysteries and thrillers, so I’d like to try my hand at that at some point. I love middle grade fiction too, so we’ll see.

 

  • Was the book inspired by an event in your life? A person? Or something? 🙂 Can you share to us how did the whole idea of the book came to you?

 

The book isn’t inspired by personal experience, but it is inspired by a true story. Several years ago, I read an article about a young woman who was in a similar situation to Rose. Her story really stuck with me. I’ve always been interested in medicine and genetics, and I started reading more about Huntington’s. At one point, I was considering a career change to become a genetic counselor, but instead, I started writing RULES. I think it’s fascinating that we have access to so much more information about our genes—and what they mean for our futures—now than we ever have before. I’m drawn to questions about what we do with that information. When is it helpful to us and when might it do more harm than good?
  • Your book cover is really gorgeous and so is the very unique title, but will you change it if you could? How did you decide all of this?

 

Thank you! I wouldn’t change anything about the title or the cover. The cover gives me “the shivers” (as Owen Meany, one of my favorite fictional characters, might say). I didn’t have any control over the cover art—that was all the talented designer and folks at my publishing house. I think they did an amazing job. The title took me a while to land on, but once it came to me, I knew it was right. I never considered changing it.

 

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

 

I had so much fun writing Lena. She’s a true mix of several of my close friends, two of my college roommates in particular. They’re very different in real life, so it was really fun to bring pieces of them together in one character. Lena has some pieces of my high school best friend in her, too. I have a lot of really important female friendships in my life, so I wanted Rose to have a truly enriching, sustaining friendship with another girl.

 

  • Is there something weird, funny or even a scary thing that happened while you were writing?

 

RULES used to have a whole, elaborate subplot, with a really important character. I spent a LOT of time figuring it out, and then both my agent and my editor advised cutting the whole thing. Sitting down to start that revision was probably the scariest moment in the writing process. But the book is definitely better without that subplot. (This is one of the many benefits of working with an agent and an editor who are as wise as mine. They’re always right.)

 

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

 

I don’t think RULES has a very conventional romance. Rose is reluctant to give too much of herself to Caleb at first. Some readers might find that frustrating, and I can understand that. (My boyfriend would say I didn’t have to fictionalize too much of that, by the way!) I wanted to portray a relationship where the girl doesn’t rush in with her whole heart right away. Rose is more guarded, for some good and some not so good reasons, but that’s human. Falling in love can be scary.
The other thing about the romance is RULES is that it is interracial—Rose is white and Caleb is black—and that was an important choice. I think we don’t see enough mixed race relationships in YA yet, although we’re starting to see more of them. I wanted their relationship to portray the ways in which race is both present in their lives—it affects them and they talk about it, in sometimes uncomfortable conversations—but it also isn’t the central feature of their relationship. I think this is realistic for many of us. My boyfriend is Indian-American. We talk about race and culture and the ways we were raised differently. Those things are part of our relationship, but they also don’t define our relationship. I wanted to write an interracial love story that both acknowledged race and didn’t make race the primary “issue” of the book.

 

  • Are you working on something new already? Do you have a WIP that you can tell us about? 🙂
I am working on something, yes. It’s also YA contemporary. It’s a love story that emerges from a single, devastating event. That’s about all I’ll say for now 🙂

 

  • If there’s something you want your readers to remember about your main character, Rose, what do you think should that be?
Rose does her best in unspeakably difficult circumstances. She is both lovable and frustrating, like most of us are at times. I hope readers remember how hard she’s trying, and how much she’s shouldering. I dealt with a health crisis in my own family this year, which was MUCH less dramatic than what Rose is dealing with, and it gave me a new level of respect and admiration for Rose. Seeing a loved one, especially a parent, struggle with their health is very scary and complicated.
  • If you’re in Rose’s position, would YOU want to know how you’re going to die?

 

I think I would want to know. But I also believe it’s really hard to say conclusively unless you’re in that situation. I’m absolutely grateful not to have to make a decision like that, and I have a huge amount of respect for those people who are faced with that choice, regardless of what they decide. To know or to not know are both incredibly brave, difficult choices.

 

  •  Lastly, what’s your three current YA favorites? 🙂

 

Oh, this is a fun one! Let’s see. I just read Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer and couldn’t put it down. I got it from the library but it’s one I’ll have to buy, too. I know I’ll re-read it.
Two other new favorites are both debut novels: Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos, and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Material Girls is a smart, thought-provoking critique of consumer culture, all wrapped up in a page-turning dystopia. Everything, Everything will make you laugh/cry/swoon on every other page. Both are must-reads.

  

Thanks again, Kate for the Q&A! I REALLY cannot wait to get my hands on a physical copy of your book! You’re so awesome 🙂

 

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SNEAK-A-PEEK: Just Say Yes by Alyssa Goodnight

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Just Say Yes

Alyssa Goodnight

Expected publication: August 25th 2015 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Select Contemporary)

A > Contemporary | Romance

 

 

 

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Turn up the heat with a bit of magic…only from Select Contemporary!

 

He’s just what she needs…

Single mom Jade Moran isn’t ready for any big changes in either her horrible ’70s kitchen or her romantic life. Her ex did a number on her, and she isn’t interested in getting hurt again. But when she meets a super-hot contractor, she wonders if avocado appliances are on the way out and romance is on the way in.

Max Gianopoulis doesn’t have a clue why he’s so enchanted by Jade. She’s almost as big a mess as her kitchen, and he’s a guy who likes to keep things simple. He let himself get involved with a previous client, and he’s not interested in repeating the experience. But Jade has turned up the flirty heat – and he can’t keep his hands off her.

With everything moving too fast and coming too easy, Jade’s insecurities kick into high gear. She’s not sure she can trust another man again – and she definitely doesn’t believe in magic.

 

 

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Finished with her coffee, she jiggled the cup and glanced at the trash can a few feet to her left. Looking back at him, she smiled, lifted a single eyebrow, and hooked it. It almost went in, instead rolling around on the rim. She shrugged then, saying, “I gave it a shot.”

“Is it your policy to give things a shot?” he asked, suddenly feeling as if the air around them was charged.

“Some things,” she allowed.

“What sort of things?”

“Things that seem like they might be worth the effort.”

“What about men?”

“What about them?” she asked, stilling, her eyes wary.

“Do you tend to give them a shot?”

“Not usually,” she said, shaking her head and pressing her lips together.

“But it’s possible.”

“Anything’s possible.” She wasn’t giving anything away, but Max dug in.

“Does your daughter’s approval weigh in at all?” He was grinning now—he couldn’t help himself.

“Maybe a little, but she’s thirteen. Our standards are different.”

“What, you don’t like ruggedly handsome men who carry Butterfingers and have a vampire connection?”

Her eyes widened with interest. “Ooh, yeah. Do you know any guys like that?”

“Very funny.”

She smiled at him, leaning back in her chair, and he smiled back.

They talked for another hour, only touching on her kitchen, and by the end, one of them—he wasn’t sure which—suggested that he should just come and look at it and they’d figure everything out then. They settled on Saturday, and he watched her walk away, imagining a short cape and tall boots.

He’d been attracted to plenty of women, but Jade fascinated him. The way she was confident in herself but shy with strangers, the way that shyness eventually warmed to sassiness, even, surprisingly, the fact that she was a single mom to a thirteen-year-old daughter. A hot, kick-ass mom. Honestly, he didn’t care if he was ready for that reality or not. He suddenly had a fierce desire to get this job—he was, in fact, desperate for her to give him a shot—and that didn’t bode well at all.

His willpower was but a vague memory now, easily vanquished by talk of cosplay and possibilities. As of right now, all bets were off.

 

 

 

 

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Alyssa is a Texas girl who dreams of British accents. She currently lives between Houston and Galveston with her husband, two sons, and their adventure dogs, Indiana Jones and Short Round. She does her writing with an ice-cold can of Dr. Pepper, or when she’s feeling spicy, a handful of Hot Tamales. She fangirls over Masterpiece Mystery, good Tex-Mex, and boxed chocolates. And, of course, books.

 

 

 

 


 
   

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