Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Silent Echo: A Siren's Tale Blog Tour - Soundtrack & Review

Title- Silent Echo: A Siren’s Tale
Series- Silent Echo Trilogy # 1
By- Elisa Freilich
Publication Date- September 2013
Published By- Diversion Books
Genre- YA Fantasy/Paranormal

Silence was Portia Griffin’s nemesis. In a world where teens never cease to speak their minds, the sixteen year old Portia, rendered mysteriously mute at birth, has opted out of the mainstream conversation.   Instead, this silent sophomore at Ridgewood Preparatory Academy finds solace in her keen love of music and bizarre obsession with birds.  And it doesn’t hurt that her best friend, Felix Fein, deaf at the age of eight, couldn’t care less whether or not she is able to execute the spoken word.

But Portia’s world is about to change – and not necessarily for the better.

After sixteen silent years, Portia is suddenly gifted with a voice unparalleled in its purity and powers. Her new ability to persuade, to seduce and to destroy with her voice alone sends Portia on a search for answers she never imagined she’d have to accept.

Book Soundtrack

This book takes the whole story of the sirens to a new hauntingly beautiful level.

I loved the idea of Portia not having a voice. It's what got me wanting to read this in the first place. A siren who can't speak? That isn't right. The moment I started reading this, I was instantly hooked.

I'm particular when it comes to what siren stories I read. The story needs to be interesting enough that I am able to reread the same origins tale over and over without being bored. Personally, I felt that this maybe went on a little long at times, but for someone who hasn't read any sirens books or wants a good in depth telling, then this is a great starting book.

What I felt was an exceptional point to the book was the fact that the best friend was deaf. I feel like there needs to be more YA characters with disabilities, whether it's the main character or if it's their friend or sibling. It can be a powerful message to readers.

This book revolves 2 things, that is music and Homer's: The Odyssey. Both of these really moved the story and what I felt made this such an interesting story.

The journey that Portia goes through is very touching and I almost cried when I first hear her. The moment that she first speaks out is a powerful moment. Not only is she heard, but she's helping someone very dear to her.

I feel like you could say the same things over and over when it comes to siren stories. But the above elements make it stand out. It's really up to you as a reader, to see what siren story for you. And if you feel this one is the right choice, then be ready to get lost in the music of the sirens. This is really a great start to a trilogy.

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About the Author

Elisa Freilich has enjoyed a love affair with language from her earliest days. Raised in rural Monsey, New York, Elisa spent her days reading whatever crossed her path and developing a keen appreciation for the ever-present music in her home – from classical to rock. French lessons and creative writing workshops complemented her adolescence, which was also greatly enhanced by a summer spent abroad at Cambridge University. From the time she could read and write, Elisa could often be found composing poems, song lyrics and satirical newspapers.
After her college years at Boston University, Elisa continued her creative pursuits, working as a junior VP of Marketing at a corporate graphic design agency and, later, as an interior decorator. Eventually, Elisa left the workforce to raise her family, in her now hometown of Englewood, NJ.

Throughout the years, Elisa has retained her devotion to all genres of books and music and was determined to synthesize her passions into one refreshing and original platform. The result is her debut novel, SILENT ECHO: A Siren’s Tale, which will be published by Diversion Books in Summer 2013. With her own lyrical style, Elisa has created a world that young adults around the globe will find intensely gripping and refreshingly original.

When Elisa is not writing, her creative outlets still abound. She is fierce with a set of knitting needles, a hot glue gun and any ingredients that can somehow be fashioned into a sinful and highly caloric babka.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Salt Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway

Series: Salt #1
Author: Danielle Ellison
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Review Copy: From publisher in exchange of honest review
Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away.

When she’s finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister’s help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find "her" demon. To take back what was stolen.

Then she meets Carter. He’s cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret—but he also has one of his own. 

Suddenly, Penelope’s impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter’s not telling her everything, and it’s starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda…and they’re far too interested in her.

Every once in a while there comes a book about witches that takes places in a modern setting and you're curious as to how it'll work. Well this modern witch tale works perfectly.

Knowing one of your favorite authors love a book, can intrigue someone to pick it up sooner. But I will say that despite the rave Salt got from Jennifer Armentrout, I picked this one up on my own before I read her blurb.

First off, let me say RIP Penelope and Connie's parents. This aspect of the book had a Harry Potter feeling to it. Speaking of Potter, it is brought up a few times. Which I thought was a cute touch to the story.

In a day where demons hide among the living and witches are trained to destroy them, we have Penelope who is powerless in this battle. I had mixed feelings at first about her. At first she would do anything to get her powers back, but then as the story goes on, you discover with her that there is more than just killing a demon to get her powers back.

I felt blind while reading this. In the way that just when you think something good is about to happen, all the doors to more answers are closed. And I quite enjoyed that about this book.

The tests that Pen goes through had me on edge. I was worried that she would be busted for not having her own magic. It made me grateful for the kinds of tests I had to write while in school.

Then we meet the handsome Carter. His secret didn't work on me. You can kind of pick up hints to what he's up to, but it's up to you to read on and decide on if you're right. The chemistry between him and Pen was cute. I felt their connection was natural and not forced because of their situation.

If you love your witches and mystery, then you'd best not to miss this upcoming release. Oh, and I forgot to mention that you also get to meet one awesome best friend and one ideal little sister, I know I wish I had one like Connie at times.

Check out the rest of the tour below

Week 1:
12/30/2013- Bibliophilia, Please- Guest Post 
12/30/2013- Lost in Ever After- Review - HERE
12/31/2013- Shortie Says- Interview
12/31/2013- Dizneeee's World of Books- Review
1/1/2014- Whimsically Yours- Guest Post
1/1/2014- Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews- Review
1/2/2014- Chasm of Books- Review
1/2/2014- The Demon Librarian- Review
1/3/2014- Jenuine Cupcakes- Interview
1/3/2014- Such A Novel Idea- Review

Week 2:
1/6/2014- Page Turners- Guest Post
1/6/2014- Musings of a Blogder -Review
1/7/2014- IceyBooks - Guest Post 
1/7/2014- Donnie Darko Girl - Review
1/8/2014- Reading Teen- Guest Post
1/8/2014- In the Best Worlds- Review
1/9/2014- Allodoxophobia- Playlist
1/9/2014- Pieces of Whimsy- Review
1/10/2014- A Book and a Latte- Interview
1/10/2014- The Busy Bibliophile- Review

About the Author
Danielle Ellison is from a small town in West Virginia. She spent her childhood pretending to fly and talking to imaginary friends. When she grew up, she finally flew away (in an airplane) and started traveling the world. She hasn’t stopped yet, but someday she may decide to settle in one place. Her real life friends would definitely like that; they would probably also like if she stopped talking to her characters out loud.

SALT comes out in January 2014, and then it's sequel. In October 2014, FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS (book one of the BOUNDLESS Trilogy) comes out. She's got a busy few years!

Links: Website - Blog - Twitter - Facebook - Goodreads
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Friday, 27 December 2013

Trinkets, Treasures and Other Bloody Magic Book Blast

Three months ago, I lost my foster sister, Sienna, to the darkness. As in blood magic and chaos and general mayhem. No one saw it until it was too late, but I should have. Now, I have a wounded heart and soul that I can’t even reveal to anyone around me, because I’m supposed to hate Sienna with the fiery passion of the justified. And I do. I just wish I didn’t feel so lost without her, so unsure of the path I thought I had carved for myself, and so outclassed by the powerful Adepts constantly by my side these days. I’m not even sure if they’re with me for my own protection or because my shiny new powers are rare and valuable. Assuming I ever figure out who or what I am, and how my magic actually works.

Even chocolate can’t save the day every time … just most of the time. At least I’ve got that going for me.

About the Author

Meghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and sock yarn.

Novels – After The Virus, Spirit Binder, Time Walker, Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic – Dowser #1, Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic – Dowser #2

Novellas – Love Lies Bleeding

Monday, 23 December 2013

Othello Cover Reveal

Shakespeare for Everyone Else, #2
Release Date: 2013

Shakespeare’s work features some of the
most memorable stories and characters ever created, yet for too many curious
readers the combination of ultra-dense dialogue and unfamiliar historical
settings make tackling the Bard’s work something between a tedious chore and a
confusing mess of bird-bolts and quondam carpet-mongers.

While it’s nearly impossible to replicate or improve on these works, it is
(thanks to their timeless nature) possible to make them more accessible to a
wider audience.

In this Young Adult retelling of one of William Shakespeare’s most memorable
plays, join C.E. Wilson as she breathes new life into Othello, the second book
in her series Shakespeare for Everyone Else.

About the Author

C.E. Wilson is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and her two dogs and two cats. They are all the loves of her life. When she’s not writing young adult fantasy novels, she enjoys writing short stories on her Deviant Art page. She loves to write stories involving giants and little people (also known as GT) and nothing helps her to write more than Coca-Cola and glazed doughnut holes.

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Saturday, 21 December 2013

The Skinwalker's Apprentice Cover Reveal

The Skinwalker's Apprentice
Release Date: 02/24/14

New York City 1984: It’s Emerald Kipp’s

sixteenth birthday, and nothing has changed. She’s still the biggest loser in

school, she’s still trying to find a place for herself and yeah, she’s still a

witch. Her last year of high school is turning out to be the worst yet, and

Emerald thinks it can’t possibly get any worse. Unfortunately for her, she’s

dead wrong.

East Hampton, NY 1658: The Pennyfeathers are the black sheep of their small

English settlement. As hard as they try to keep the family secrets just that,

the magical bunch just can’t seem to fit in. But when a High Priestess witch

chooses 16-year-old Margo Pennyfeather as an apprentice, Margo’s luck finally

begins to change. What she doesn’t know, is there’s a lot more to her

apprenticeship, and to being a witch, than she could ever imagine

Discover the mysterious beginnings of The Empire Witch Series in "The

Skinwalker's Apprentice: An Emerald Kipp Novella."

About the Author

Claribel Ortega is a graduate of the SUNY Purchase journalism program, and got her start writing for the school’s Independent Newspaper. There, she quickly rose the ranks from editing the student’s often times hilarious ads and ramblings on the back page of the paper to staff and feature writer.

After graduation, Claribel worked as a reporter for The Rivertowns Enterprise, a local paper in lower Westchester County, New York. As a reporter, she enjoyed going to board of education meetings and texting the town mayors about the line at Starbucks.

Today, Claribel works for The Combined Book Exhibit, a book marketing company in Westchester NY.

She lives in New York with her really awesome boyfriend, her suspiciously intelligent yorkie Pancho Villa and is surrounded by an impenetrable fort of books she gets from her job.

“The Skinwalker’s Apprentice” is her first book, and cheese is her favorite food.

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Clan Blog Tour - Character Profile & Giveaway

Author: Realm Lovejoy
Release Date: 11/12/13
Clans are Unity.

No variation. No deviation.

On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy. 
A perfect society cloning themselves to survive, even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them on an unforgiving planet. 

Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain) was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank. 
But he did. Illegally. 
He is different from the other Clans. 

A secret that could destroy him.

Character Profile

Name: Buster (Aka 1249) 

Age: ? (Twain thinks he’s 17 years old) 

Personality: Buster is the most dynamic and loudest of the three main characters. He talks a lot, has a lot of opinions, has a lot of things to do, and wants to shake things up. He is idealistic and aspires to help other Clans who are in trouble. He is warm, outgoing, and friendly. However, Buster is not all what he seems to be—he has secrets and a dark side that he keeps hidden—and this side will only show when you least expect it. 

About the Author
Realm Lovejoy is a writer and an artist. She was raised in Washington State and the alps of Nagano, Japan. Her father is a Japanese ex-monk and her mother an English teacher from Rhode Island. Her art is influenced by both the East and the West. Realm aspires to tell stories through her writing and art. She is agented by Jessica Regel. Her upcoming YA sci-fi novel is titled CLAN, is out now.
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