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Brazen Book Tour and Giveaway!

Today is an exciting day!

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Today we’re celebrating the release of BRAZEN by Christina Farley! BRAZEN is the third and final book in the Gilded series about a sixteen-year old girl who must use her martial art skills and wits to save her family, friends, and country from an evil Korean god.

To learn more about this series, visit the Gilded Series website. Watch GILDED’s book trailer here!

Be sure to pick up the letter for this stop at the end of this post to earn extra points in the Kindle Fire or $50 Amazon gift card giveaway!

Collect all the letters during the blog tour to spell out the secret message to earn more points.

About the Book:

Find it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads | Indie


My Review: 

The Gilded series concludes with this fantastic conclusion to a wonderful story. It was nice to be back in Christina’s world with her characters and vivid descriptions. In the final installment we find Jae Hwa Lee in a terrible position working for the enemy she fought so hard against. She is an assassin for the ancient Korean god of darkness Kud. Now she tries to break free to be back with her friends and family. One thing stands in her way, the trust from her loved ones. How can they trust her after such a betrayal? Her family thinks she’s dead and her true love Marc things she’s lost forever. OMG THE DRAMA!

You don’t have to remember everything from Gilded and Silvern to read Brazen. Christina does a wonderful job at pulling us back into Jae’s world. This book was action packed with adventure and thrills. I read it every opportunity I could get. Maybe I didn’t get so much sleep.

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Jae’s situation was horrible throughout the book but she kept hope of gaining her humanity back and reuniting with Marc. She’s on a quest to find the Black Turtle Orb and with it maybe her freedom. What I love about the story is Christina doesn’t make it easy for Jae to retrieve the orb. Jae has hurdles along the way but stays strong and confident. Just when you think she can’t get a break, BOOM, Christina throws us a lifeline.

The world building was excellent! But that’s to be expected from Christina. Every detail and setting is well defined. Her writing flows to make the pace fast, which makes you not want to put the book down. I loved how this book’s setting had taken place in China. I felt like I was there!

Thank you Christina for concluding a wonderful series with an epic ending!

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Should your read it? Yes! It’s a perfect conclusion to a fantastic series. If you haven’t read the first two I highly recommend you read them. Mythology, adventure and great characters await you in the Gilded Series. It’s not to be missed!

About the Author:


CHRISTINA FARLEY is the author of the Gilded series, a YA contemporary fantasy series set in Korea. GILDED was nominated for Korea’s 2014 Morning Calm, Ohio’s 2015 Buckeye award, and the Tome’s It List. As a child, she loved to explore, which later inspired her to jump on a plane and travel the world. Christina’s adventures sparked her to write stories, infusing the real world with fantasy. Currently she writes from home in Clermont, FL with her husband and two sons—that is until the travel itch whisks her off to a new unknown.

Find Christina Here:

Website                 Facebook        
Twitter                  Tumblr
YouTube                Goodreads



And now to the giveaway.

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To celebrate the release of BRAZEN, Christina is giving away a Kindle Fire (US only) and a $50 Amazon gift card (international). The letter for this stop is D. Collect all the letters from the blog tour to earn more points!


Here are the other blogs you can collect the rest of the letters.


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Book Friday: Nightmares!

I have been looking for a good middle grade book for the kids at my library. It seems everyday that I work there, kids come up to me and ask for new books. I do have my go to book suggestions, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, but once they read them…then what?


I loved Jason Segel as an actor so when I was given the chance to read his book, I jumped on it. I’m glad this was introduced to me because I’m definitely going to recommend this to the kids at the library.

Let’s take a look at the Nightmare Series!



  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Nightmares!
  • Paperback: 400 pages

1. His dad married
a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch.
2. He had to move into her purple mansion—the creepiest place in Cypress Creek.
3. He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap.

What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world . . . well, that’s something only Charlie can face. And he’s going to need all the help he can get, or it might just be lights-out for Charlie Laird.

For good!

Review:  Our main character Charlie can’t sleep. He’s been afraid of his nightmares since his Mom died and his Dad remarried. He’s suspicious of his stepmother because he thinks she’s a witch, the one haunting his dreams. When they move into a purple mountain the lines blur between reality and nightmares and Charlie has to face his fears.

This book dealt with phobias, facing your fears, bullying, and the best part his Charlie wasn’t afraid to ask for help. He had plenty of friends that would face fears with him. Teamwork! The pace was quick and fun. Children will have no problem getting into the first of this series. There is quit some good humor here that will make any child laugh.


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  1) He has a weirdo stepmom who runs an herbarium.
2) He lives in a purple mansion with a portal to the Netherworld.
3) Since they escaped from the Netherworld, he and his best friends have been sleeping like babies.

But Charlie can’t shake the feeling that something strange is afoot. Charlotte’s herbarium used to be one of the busiest stores in Cypress Creek. Now her loyal following is heading to Orville Falls for their herbal potions.
Weirder, though, Orville Falls is suddenly filled with . . . zombies? At least, they sure look like the walking dead. Rumor has it that no one’s sleeping in Orville Falls. And Charlie knows what that means



Review: Charlie and his friends escaped the Netherworld and are finally sleeping at night. But it would seem the whole town can’t sleep. When his Stepmom’s shop loses customers and zombies seem to be mellowing about town, it’s up to Charlie and his friends to save the day..again.

I just love Charlie. It’s great to see the gang back in action. Here is another fun filled adventure of kids trying to save the world. What’s great its that the book isn’t scary but fun and silly. Kids won’t have nightmares reading this book. They won’t want to finish it.

A tonic is given to people who don’t want nightmares anymore and can’t sleep. It’s suppose to help them sleep but what it does it make them more zombie like. Of course Charlie knows something is up so he goes to investigate. I just love how Jason keeps the kids as kids with silly antics and fun adventures. This was a worthy sequel.


This was such a fun, exciting series that kept me at the edge of my seat. I didn’t know what to expect. It seemed like actors are becoming authors left and right wit some books disappointing reads. I was pleasantly surprised at this gem of a series.I highly recommend these books for both kids and adults. Fun and thrilling with jokes that keep kids entertained that they’ll be wanting more. I definitely will be recommending at my library job.

Love Tawney

Young Elite & The Rose Society ARC Giveaway and special Villain Squad!

We’re  very excited to be part of the Villain Squad promotion of Young Elite!


Villains and anti-heroes are the new cool this year and we’re happy to be part of this Villain Squad. Taylor Swift Squad, eat your heart out!


Are you ready for our villainous secret selves?





Beware, we may look innocent but we bite! Get on our bad side and we zombify into the walking dead!  Speed, strength and nasty biting are our specialty. We may kid around but we become seriously wicked when you hurt our friends.



Book One of The Young Elites series
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publisher: October 7, 2014

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.
Book Two of The Young Elite Series
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons,
Expected Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she an her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?


Marie Lu  is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels LegendProdigy, and Champion, as well as The Young Elites. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into
the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playingAssassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis


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Look Our Wednesday!

It’s look out Wednesday on the blog! Today I list a couple of books we can’t wait to read this month! Yay for September!





Vengeance Road

by Erin Bowman

When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

Hardcover, 336 pages

Expected publication: September 1st 2015

I can’t wait to read this! I live in Phoenix, Arizona and I’ve always been fascinated with cowboys and lost gold mines. We have the Superstition Mountains and there’s a legend of a lost gold mine located somewhere within those mountains. The legend states the map was passed down from generation to generation, eventually lost in within the family’s possessions. This would be the perfect book to read on the porch with the Superstition Mountain in the backdrop….maybe I’ll go looking for gold one day!


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by Lauren Bird Horowitz

Shattered Blue

For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished f For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

Paperback, 336 pages

Expected publication: September 15th 2015

I got a chance to read this book on Netgalley and I loved it! I can’t wait to own a copy. This book had a magical feel to it and I love stories about the Fae. Plus, look at that cover. Gorgeous. We’ll post a review of Shattered Blue soon! I can’t wait to share this with you!



Until next time!

Kristen Twin

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Never Been Texted Release Day Blitz Giveaway!

Today we’re having fun with Never Been Texted!


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When Ashlee’s stepdad completely forgets her birthday she takes matters into her own hands to get the one thing she really wants: her own cell phone. But text messages start rolling in from a broken-hearted boy, and though Ashlee knows not all stories end happily, she’s determined to make hers the best it can be.


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Did I just tell a hot guy that I like him too much? Seriously! How pathetic is that? I want to yank out my tongue and grind it through a garbage disposal so I’ll never say another stupid thing. Why didn’t I think before I spoke? Of course he’s going to defend the girl he’s loved his whole life. I blew my only chance to be his friend.

He jumps to his feet without even looking at me. Clutching the doggie pirate hat in his hand, he walks away.

I want to run after him so badly my muscles ache from holding back. But I’m just a random girl he’ll never see again, and it’s stupid to hope for more. Beatrice broke his heart, and only she can mend it.

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Author Bio: Linda Joy Singletontexted

When she was 8, she wrote animal stories and by age 14 she was writing mystery novels.  In 1986,  she had the unique experience of co-writing a mystery, THE TALKING SNOWMAN, with her favorite childhood author, Margaret Sutton (Judy Bolton mysteries).  Her goal was to have a mystery series of her own that that happened in 1994: MY SISTER THE GHOST series/Avon Camelot Books.  Recently she’s crossed genres
to publish her first picture book, SNOW DOG, SAND DOG (Albert Whitman 2014).

When Linda isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, movies, country walks, camping, bowling and reality shows (she’s never missed a season of Survivor, Amazing Race or Big Brother). She also collects vintage girl series mysteries like Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton and Trixie Belden and in 2014 spoke at a Nancy Drew convention. She’s a longtime member of Sisters in Crime and SCBWI, and enjoys speaking at school, libraries and writing conferences.

She lives with her husband, David, in Northern California, in a country home where she’s surrounded by horses, peacocks, dogs, wild turkeys and demanding cats. Follow Linda on her website, Twitter, and Facebook


The Giveaway!

They will be giving away 5 e-book copies of Never Been Texted and a $10.00 Amazon gift card. Good luck!

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Monday Funday: Reawakened Review

Give me Egyptian Princes any day!


I waited in line at BEA for an ARC of this book. I mean a long winding line that seemed to go on forever! Luckily I was in the front and snatched a copy before they ran out. I actually went and bought the hard copy of the book for my collection as well. Such a gorgeous cover and great story! I’m talking about Colleen Houck’s Reawakened.

I loved Colleen’s other books so I was so excited to hear about her new one. If you haven’t read her Tiger’s Curse series, you need to get on it! Full of Indian mythology and wonderful characters. Not to mention tigers!


Let’s take a look at Reawakened!


  • Series: The Reawakened Series
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (August 11, 2015)

When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing s
he expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification. 
And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe.
But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world. 
From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.


My Review: 

I’ve always been into Egyptian mythology. When I heard that Colleen was going to tackle it for her next book…I got excited.


She did a wonderful job for Tiger’s Curse Indian mythology. I anticipated her new book to be just as great and I wasn’t disappointed!

During a museum visit, our main character Lilliana comes face to face with a mummy named Amon. He binds her to him, using her life-force to gain strength because he needs it to fight the forces of evil. Long ago he was cursed to wake up every thousand of years to protect his homeland from the Dark One. But this time, he awakens in New York, far from home and his mission. It’s up to Lilliana to help him navigate throughout the world and find his missing brothers to stop the rise of evil.

Our main character Lilliana, Lilly for short, comes from a rich family, it’s evident in the first two pages with her car and driver and the apartment she lives in. I didn’t like her at first. She seemed spoiled and whiney. But she grew on me the more I read, oh how how she came out on her own! She became stronger and powerful giving Amon the strength he needed to fight. I loved how she denied that this could be happening. It was realistic. Who wouldn’t believe a mummy wakened to save the world?

Amon isn’t your typical mummy.


He’s a hot prince on a mission to save the world, who couldn’t fall for that? His interactions with Lilly and the modern world is hilarious. He called taxis “Golden Chariots.” He doesn’t understand what’s going on so relies on Lilly for help. He’s kind and wants to make sure Lilly has the best since she is giving him her life-force. He’s adorable, naive and made me laugh throughout the book.


The romance was slow and sweet. I sort of got annoyed with Lilly when she kept getting angry with Amon for denying her advances. He has bigger things to deal with than a love struck teen! But it was sweat.


Colleen did a wonderful job at her research for the Egyptian mythology and culture in the book. I could visualize ancient Egypt, the clothes, and all the senses. The characters were great and the adventure fantastic. There were a couple of times the pace moved slow and I put the book down. But it’s well worth reading through to get the the end. Oh what an ending. I just can’t wait for the next book!

Should you read it? Yes! An action adventure story with great mythology, characters and booby traps Indiana Jones style.



New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

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Book Friday: Six of Crows Giveaway!

It’s Book Friday and we’re doing a great giveaway!



Yay for Friday and for great books! We just finished reading a great book called Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Have you heard of it?


  • Series: Six of Crows
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 29, 2015)

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. 

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction–if they don’t kill each other first



Well, if you haven’t heard of it let’s just say it’s like Oceans Eleven meets Fight Club meets Game of Thrones. This book was action packed, dark, well written and such a magical read. And the ending! Wow! We don’t want to give too much away but we will give away an extra ARC because we have to celebrate this glorious creation. Oh, did we mention we can’t wait for the next book?


Enter to win on by following @KristenHAuthor on twitter and retweet her post. Good luck! We’ll pick a winner on Monday 8/17.



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