Look Out Wednesday: Gone Too Far by Natalie Richards

Hi Lovlies!

Today we have a wonderful mystery book that has caught our eye.

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What would you do if a journal of all the popular kids’ sins lands in your lap? Would you keep it to yourself to blackmail them? Would you unleash the fury and spread their sins for all to see? These questions ran through our mind when we read the synopsis of Gone Too Far. Truths can be dangerous and Piper Woods is about to find that out. We want to find out too!

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See why this book has us hooked!

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (January 6, 2015)

Piper Woods can’t wait to graduate. To leave high school-and all the annoying cliques-behind. But when she finds a mysterious notebook filled with the sins of her fellow students, Piper’s suddenly drowning in their secrets. 

And she’s not the only one watching…

An anonymous text invites Piper to choose: the cheater, the bully, the shoplifter. The popular kids with their dirty little secrets. And with one text, Piper can make them pay.


About the Author: Natalie Richards

Natalie D. Richards won her first writing competition in the second grade with her short story anataliebout Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn’t dare do the dishes.) Now she writes about awesome girls, broody boys, and all things dark and creepy. When she’s not writing or shopping her manuscripts, you can probably find her wading through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom. Natalie lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her techno-wiz husband, three amazing kids, and a seventy pound dust-mop who swears he’s the family dog.

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Sounds great right? The synopsis drew our attention and we seriously can’t wait to see where this story takes us! It’s been added to our to be read list right away.

Add Gone Too Far to Goodreads and Pre-Order it!

 

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Lookout Wednesday: What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott

We’ve talked about fantasy books and dystopian books. The next book we can’t wait to read is a thriller!

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We love a good mystery and this one sounds fantastic. Going into the woods can be scary, especially sleeping over. Strange sounds, pure darkness. Your imagination runs wild. We should know because our family lives in Alaska and we have some stories to tell while camping in the woods. We’ll save that for another time. This book brings those creepy feelings back. I totally want to see what happens to Callie and the others. In a book world full of fantasy and dystopian it’s refreshing to see something unique. I love fantasy and dystopian, don’t get me wrong. But when I heard about his book I was hooked.

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It was promptly added to our TBR list. Take a look and get hooked too!

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages

  • Publisher: Point (March 31, 2015)

Seeing things. You were just seeing things.

For city girl Callie Velasquez, nothing sounds more terrifying than a night out in the wilderness. But, wanting to bond with her popular new friends, Lissa and Penelope, she agrees to join them on a camping trip. At least Callie’s sweet new boyfriend, Jeremy, will be coming too.
But nothing goes as planned. The group loses half their food supply. Then they lose their way. And with strange sounds all around her–the snap of a twig, a sinister laugh–Callie wonders if she’s losing her mind.
Tensions swirl among the group, with dark secrets suddenly revealed. And then, things take a fatal turn: Callie stumbles upon a cold dead body in the woods.
Is the murderer close by, watching them? Callie has to figure out where she can turn and who she can trust, before her own life is at stake.
Kieran Scott weaves a thrilling mystery that explores love, loyalty–and the dangerous decisions we make in order to survive.


 About the Author: Kieran Scott is a young adult author who was born, bred and still resides in New Jersey along with her husbankeriand Matt and her two-year-old son. A graduate of Rutgers University with a double-major in English and Journalism, Kieran worked as a YA editor for several years before striking out on her own as a writer. Her first hardcover novel, Jingle Boy (Delacorte Press), was published in 2002. Her next book, I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2005) was an ALA Quick Pick, an NYPL Book for the Teen Age, and was featured on the Texas Library Association’s TAYSHAS Reading List for 2006-2007. The book spawned two sequels, Brunettes Strike Back (2006), and A Non-Blonde Cheerleader in Love (2007). Kieran’s fifth hardcover novel, Geek Magnet, was published by Putnam in 2008. She’s So Dead to Us, the first volume of her new trilogy about friendship, love and the things that really matter, was released in May 2010 from Simon and Schuster.

Follow Kieran on twitter and her blog


Sounds great right? Add What Waits in the Woods to Goodreads, or pre-order.

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Book Friday: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

I went to BEA in May and picked up this book. I even got to meet Holly Black.

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Look how cool her hair is! She was just wonderful to meet and I couldn’t wait to devour her book! If you’ve been to BEA then you know that you receive tons of books. So the book went with a pile of other books that I slowly read. I finally picked this beauty up to read and it was great.

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Take a look at the book.

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Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?


My Review:

Holly Black has written many books. The thing about her writing is that it differs in each series and books she writes. Her style changes with the story. The Darkest Part of the Forest is a dark fairy tale full of mystery and some romance. Holly does a wonderful job setting up the book but I was expecting more.

The setting takes place in Fairfold, a strange town that reminds me of Portland. It’s a town full of monsters, magical creatures and the faeries. The townsfolk have grown accustom to all this but the tourist that come to town, well they sometimes disappear. Because there are rules to follow when it comes to the faeries. They aren’t nice. They don’t say “thank you” when it comes to helping them. People disappear or go crazy when they run into them. The strange thing about the town is a sleeping boy with horns is encased in glass in the woods. His ears are pointed and he has this inhuman beauty that draws people nationwide. He’s popular among the townsfolk and tourists. Especially with Hazel and Ben.

Hazel and Ben live with hippy like parents who care more about their art than them. At a young age the siblings liked to play heroes, knights saving the world. Ben could use his music to stop any monster in their tracks. Hazel was a knight, skilled with the sword. They vanquished monsters for the boy with horns and both had feelings for him. Everyone did. But one day Ben wants to stop playing and Hazel makes a deal with the faerie to help him. But deals come with prices in regards to faeries. She has to give seven years of her life to them.

Soon fairies attack the town and the boy with horns wakes up. Hazel receives a message that it’s time to pay her debt and one morning she wakes up with dirty feet not knowing where she had been. So Hazel and Ben search for the lost prince with horns. Another character is Jack, a changeling that was taken in by a human family. He starts to act strangely when things begin to get dangerous and he’s very protective of Hazel. So begins the adventure of the boy with horns, a monster destroying the town and a girl who wants to save her brother and must deal with her debt to the faeries.

The characters fell a little short for me. I didn’t care as much about them. Ben is gay and what a wonderful thing to have a character part of the story with no stereotypes. Holly did a wonderful job with him. Hazel is strong and independent but everything she does is for Ben. Jack is inhuman but wants to be human because he loves his human family. The Prince has his own agenda. I just didn’t feel a strong connection to them. If something bad happened to the characters I didn’t feel unsettled.

Knights, especially a girl knight, faeries and monsters bring this fairy tale to life. Holly does a wonderful job describing the setting and introducing all the characters. Her words flow smoothly and I couldn’t turn the page fast enough.Though I did find the beginning to be a little slow. There’s a good hidden mystery that could be easily solved. The set up of romances was a little short leaving me wanting more. Overall it wasn’t a bad read.

Should you read it? Yes. Give it a try. What I didn’t like might appeal to you. It was a unique story full of faeries and magic.

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About the author Holly Black:

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teehollyns. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. Her new books are The Darkest Part of the Forest, a return to faerie fiction, and The Iron Trial, the first book in a middle grade fantasy series, Magisterium, co-authored by Cassandra Clare. Holly currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.


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Look Out Wednesday! The Prey by Tom Isbell

It’s Wednesday and that means we tell you what books we’re looking forward to next year!

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Today we have a book that could be described as Hunger Games meets The Maze Runner. I love dystopian novels and this one really intrigues me. Kids being hunted? Twins? I think once we saw twin sisters we were hooked! LOL. See why this was added to our TBR list!

 

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  • Book: The Prey

  • Series: Hatchery
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (January 20, 2015)

Orphaned teens, soon to be hunted for sport, must flee their resettlement camps in their fight for survival and a better life. For in the Republic of the True America, it’s always hunting season. Riveting action, intense romance, and gripping emotion make this fast-paced adventure a standout debut.

After a radiation blast burned most of the Earth to a crisp, the new government established settlement camps for the survivors. At one such camp, the sixteen-year-old “LTs” are eager to graduate as part of the Rite. Until they learn the dark truth: “LTs” doesn’t stand for lieutenant but for Less Thans, feared by society and raised to be hunted for sport. They escape and join forces with the Sisters, twin girls who’ve suffered their own haunting fate. Together they seek the fabled New Territory, with sadistic hunters hot on their trail. Secrets are revealed, allegiances are made, and lives are at stake. As unlikely Book and fearless Hope lead their quest for freedom, these teens must find the best in themselves to fight the worst in their enemies.


About the Author: Tom Isbell

He grew up in Carbondale, Illinois (go, Terriers!) and wtoment to college at the University of Illinois and then the Yale School of Drama for grad school. He spent ten years as a professional actor, first in New York, then in Los Angeles. In 1994, he took a teaching job at the University of Minnesota Duluth and hasn’t looked back.

During this time, he’s continued to write, both plays and novels, and had three of his plays produced at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The Prey is his debut novel, and he’s married to Pat Isbell, with whom he spends a life of love and laughter.

Follow him on Twitter, Blog,

Pre-Order Prey

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Happy Readings!

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Monday Funday with Author Lori M Lee

Today author Lori M Lee is participating in our Monday Funday. It’s very exciting for me because I love her book Gates of Thread and Stone.

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The book is full of adventure and wonderful world building. Take a look at my review to see why I love it so much. Let me introduce you to Lori!


Lori was born in the mountains of Laos where her family relocated to a Thailand refugeelori camp for a few years and then moved permanently to the United States when she was three. She can’t remember any of it, and uses this excuse to insist she was raised by invisible flying unicorns. Like thestrals but less morbid.

She’s been writing since the third grade although quality has hopefully improved. Her first novel was a Mary Sue fantasy romance she wrote when she was a preteen. It contained many things preteens probably should not have been writing about. She blames her older sisters.

Other (random or otherwise) things about Lori:

  • She doesn’t know her real birth date. Her legal one was given to her in the refugee camp. AppareGates-cover-FINAL-sm-2ntly, the mountain villages don’t keep birth records. This means she is allowed to lie about her age. *cheers*
  • She has two older sisters who embody the words fierce and fabulous.
  • She is married to a social worker who fancies himself a comedian. She has no idea how this happened.
  • She has a degree in Creative Writing.
  • She loves unicorns. In the Zombies vs. Unicorns debate, unicorns obviously prevail.
  • Her favorite category to read and write is Young Adult. Some might tell you it’s because she is mentally ten, but do not listen to them. Ten is obviously Middle Grade. If anything, she’s mentally fifteen.
  • She has dreamed about being an author since she was eight.

Gates of Thread and Stone is her debut novel and is available now from Skyscape.


Let the games begin!

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1. In your book Gates of Thread and Stone, Kai can manipulate time. If you could manipulate time what would you do with it? (I would visit history, like see how King Henry VII really was with his wives! And maybe see Queen in concert)

Well, first, I’d go back and do the things I’ve regretted not going–only if they won’t greatly alter my future lol. And then I’d do the same as you! Witness history as it unfolds. That’d be something :)

2. What other talent do you have besides writing? Give us a peek at your secret. (We know you have more talents! ;-))

I used to draw. I don’t do much of it now, but I do miss it sometimes :)

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OMG! This is so awesome. You need to draw more.

3. If you were dropped in the Hunger Games, what would your weapon of choice be? And would you partner up or be the lone wolf?
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If I had any skill with a bow and arrow, that’d be my choice. Long range weapons FTW! I’d probably actually be like Johanna–pretend I’m a weakling so I’m underestimated until most everyone else is dead and then go in for the kill. Mwuahaha. (Just kidding, I’d probably die at the cornucopia the first day, let’s be real here XD)

4. Outlander, I know you watch it! ME TOO! If you were trapped back in 1743 Scotland with Jamie, what would you do? Follow Claire’s footsteps or make your own history? (I think I would just follow Jamie everywhere like a little lost puppy dog)
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Marry Jamie ASAP.

Agreed. Let’s just pause here and look at his hotness.

5. Congrats on finishing writing your sequel! So what’s next? Break? Vacation? More Writing? (I think your hubby needs to pamper you.)

November will be the death of me. I’m starting a new fantasy wip for NaNoWriMo, then working on a proposal for a different WIP, then writing a short story, along with consecutive weekend book events up to Thanksgiving. I may not survive the month.

 

Thank you for joining us today Lori!

For more information on Lori and her book follow her on Twitter, Facebook, blog. Order her book here.

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Lookout Wednesday! Sarah J Mass A Court of Thorns and Roses

Good Wednesday all!

We are just so excited for Sarah J. Mass new book A Court of Thorns and Roses! If you haven’t read her Throne of Glass series you need to jump on that now. We love fantasy!

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I think you guys already know that! But a new Beauty and the Beast retelling? Magic and Fae? A character named Feyre, love it, who is captured by an accent Fae named Tamilin? Count us in. See why we’re so excited for this book! It’s perfect for fans of Kristen Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

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The Book:

  • Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (May 5, 2015)

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.  

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.  

Perfect for fans of Kristen Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

About the Author:

I’m Sarah J. Maas, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Heir of Fire, Book 3, will be out in September 2014). The Assassin’s Blade, a bind-up of all five sarah1TOG novellas is out now! Starting in Spring 2015 – my New Adult Fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, will be published by Bloomsbury as well! Hooray! I was born/raised in Manhattan, but traded freezing winters and sweltering summers for No Winter Ever Weather when I followed my then-boyfriend (now husband!) out to California in 2008. After six years in SoCal, I’ve finally returned to the East Coast, and am currently residing in the Philadelphia area. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College with a degree in Creative Writing, and a minor in Religious Studies. I’m represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency.

 

Follow Sarah on: • Pinterest • Twitter • Facebook • Tumblr • Blog •

Add A Crown of Thorns and Roses to Goodreads, Pre-Order


 

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Doesn’t this books just sound amazing? We can’t wait for it to hit shelves in May! Join us next Wednesday as we look ahead to more new must read books! Bring on more fantasy! That’s all we have to say.

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Monday Funday: Catch Me When I Fall Blog Hop and Tour

Today is going to be a fun Monday! We’re proud to be part of Vicki Leigh’s Catch Me When I fall blog hop and tour!

 Blog Tour!

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Catch Me When I Fall, by Vicki Leigh

Genre: young-adult, urban-fantasy, paranormal-romance

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release­­: October 23, 2014

Cover Artist: Conzpiracy Digital Arts

 

About Catch Me When I Fall:

Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop.

Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him.

A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality.

Find Catch Me When I Fall Online:

Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

 

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Adopted at three-days-old by a construction worker and a stay-at-home mom, Vicki Leigh grew up in a small suburb of Akron, Ohio where she learned to read by the age of four and considered being sent to her room for punishment as an opportunity to dive into another book. By the sixth grade, Vicki penned her first, full-length screenplay. If she couldn’t be a writer, Vicki would be a Hunter (think Dean and Sam Winchester) or a Jedi. Her favorite place on earth is Hogwarts (she refuses to believe it doesn’t exist), and her favorite dreams include solving cases alongside Sherlock Holmes.

Vicki is an editor for Month9Books and Curiosity Quills Press, an intern at TriadaUS Literary agency, and is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Find Vicki Leigh Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

Interview! Now to the fun questions.

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  1. How does it feel to be a published author?

Vicki:  Kind of surreal, actually. Over the last year, I knew it was going to be a reality, but now that it’s happened, I’m sort of awestruck. Like it hasn’t quite set in yet that my book will share the shelves with my favorite authors. It’s a very strange feeling.

  1. Since Catch me when I fall deals with dreams and nightmares, what’s the craziest dream you ever had?

Vicki: Oh, man. I know just the one. Recently, my best friend had a baby, and I got to hold her when she was just a day old. So adorable! Anyway… a few days later, I dreamt that while I was babysitting her daughter, the world ended. She and I went on the run, and we ended up in this village where I was “the One.” (You know how that goes.) So, I was getting ready to speak to the villagers, but the baby needed her diaper changed. As I was changing her diaper, she opened her mouth and spoke, in a man’s voice, “RUN.” I woke up laughing.

  1. Quick, the a meteor is on a collision course with earth, what two things do you grab to take with you to the underground shelter near your town?

Vicki: My laptop and my cell phone. Because I’m stupid and don’t realize that we’ll probably be without internet or electricity.

  1. What two book boyfriends are you favorite?

Vicki: Well, that’s easy! My #1 book boyfriend of all time is Adrian Ivashkov from Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series. *stares dreamily into space* Mmmm. He’s so swoon-worthy. And my #2 book boyfriend is Will Herondale from Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices trilogy. I have a thing for guys with dark hair and snarky attitudes. J

  1. Tell us something crazy.

Vicki: Uhhh… I’m a writer and I loathe coffee—even the smell of it? Does that work?

Blog Hop!

Today, I’m taking part in Vicki Leigh’s “My Worst Nightmare” blog hop, to celebrate the recent release of her young-adult, paranormal-romance/ urban-fantasy, CATCH ME WHEN I FALL, which centers around seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham, a Protector of the Night, who has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears.

My worst Nightmare is actually this shadow being with red eyes chasing me in a mall. No one can see him and no one will help me. The dream ends with the thing wrapping clawed hands around my neck. Ugh. so scary!

Rules:

  • On 11-03-14 post about your worst nightmare, and what form the clawed, red-eyed creatures would take if they fed off your fears.
  • Visit the other participants of the blog hop, and comment on their worst nightmares

 

At the end of the blog tour, on 11.14.14, Vicki Leigh will pick one of the participants at random and award them with [prize].

 

Participants:

Cassidie Jhones                 at Rebook424 – Cassidie’s Reviews | Tawney Bland Twinning for Twins

Laura Rueckert | Katie Teller at Katie’s Stories | Ayden Morgen at A.K. Morgen Writes

Sharon Bayliss | Emma Adams at From the Writer’s Nest              | The Writer Diaries

Katie at Writing, Reading, and Life | Robyn Koshel at Elder Park Book Reviews

Jenny at J. Keller Ford – Fantasy Author YA Junkie | S. K. Anthony

Merisha Abbott                  at Blissful Book Reviews                | Sarah at Ink of Blood

Amy at Home Is Where the Wine Is Book Blog | Zoraida Cordova at Wonderlands

Ryan Hill at Ryan Hill Writes | Christie Gibrich at A Geek In Librarian’s Clothing

Nichole Giles at Random-ish | Kayl Hughes at Kayl’s Krazy Obsession

Rebecca at Sister Sinister Speaks | Kathy Kozak at Ordinary Girlz Book Reviews

Victoria Biram at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author | Vicki Keire at Vicki Keire Writes                       Chelsea                 at To Each Their Own Reviews | Sarit at Coffee Books & Art

Jennifer Brooks at The Cubicle Escapee | Katja at Cautious

Cait Spivey | Lucy Lala at Book-A-Holic

 

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