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Book Blitz and Giveaway:  Alee by Nicole Loufas – A Contemporary New Adult Romance

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Alee by Nicole Loufas – A Contemporary New Adult Romance

Title: Alee Author: Nicole Loufas Publication date: November 19th, 2019 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Young Adult With just weeks left before her high school graduation, Alee dumps with her sunshine stealing boyfriend in epic fashion – by sleeping with his best friend. Since bad things…

Book Review: Twelve Months Of Awkward Moments – A Intense Contemporary Young Adult Novel

Book Review: Twelve Months Of Awkward Moments – A Intense Contemporary Young Adult Novel

Book Details: Book Title: Twelve Months of Awkward Moments Author: Lisa Acerbo Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: August 30th, 2018 Publisher: Simon & Schuster My Thoughts I am not sure what I was expecting when I started reading this book, but I know I did…

Book Review: Ida by Alison Evans – A Young Adult Science Fiction With A Lot Of Unrealized Potential

Book Review: Ida by Alison Evans – A Young Adult Science Fiction With A Lot Of Unrealized Potential

Book Details:

Title: Ida

Author: Alison Evans

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Publisher: Echo

Publication Date: December 6th, 2016

I received this book via NetGalley for free in return for an honest review

 

My Thoughts:

There is a way to do a first person, present tense narrative right. It takes a specific skill, however, which most Authors who choose this type of storytelling do not seem to have, and Ida is another example of such. 

While it was not a completely terrible book, I have read worse, it was not as engaging and entertaining as I expected from the premise. It showed all of the right promises, but the choice of perspective took me out of the story on so many occasions, that I felt disconnected, rather than emerged, which is what I am looking for when reading a fiction novel.

That said, the Author did manage to create a few positive aspects within this book. The first one I need to mention is the diversity of the cast – I loved that. Crossing racial and gender boundaries in a marvelous way made up for some of the choppiness of plot. I wish more Authors would be brave enough to tackle gender-fluid characters and embrace with the same warmth Alison has in Ida.

While that aspect added to the charm, the time-traveling added to the confusion and was not well executed. I get that the Author was trying to work with the main character’s confusion, but it only left me confused, without getting any real resolution.

I guess, what irked me the most about Ida is that it had so much potential. I was hoping for a lot more and felt like I was robbed of what could have been a beautiful reading experience with the right execution.

My Rating

2.5 out of 5 Stars

Book Summary: 

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want?

Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths.

One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelgänger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she’s considered.

How can she know, anyway, whether one universe is ultimately better than another? And what if the continual shifting causes her to lose what is most important to her, just as she’s discovering what that is, and she can never find her way back?

Ida is an intelligent, diverse and entertaining novel that explores love, loss and longing, and speaks to the condition of an array of overwhelming, and often illusory, choices.

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Author Interview and Book Blitz: Jena Leigh, Author of Reckoning – Variant Series Book Four

Author Interview and Book Blitz: Jena Leigh, Author of Reckoning – Variant Series Book Four

Today, I am very happy to share with you an interview with Jena Leigh, the Author of the popular paranormal young adult series  Variant. She has just released the fourth installment of the series, called “Reckoning”, which you can find on Amazon right now. Details…

Book Blitz: Something Beautiful by Amanda Gernentz Hanson – A Contemporary Young Adult Novel

Book Blitz: Something Beautiful by Amanda Gernentz Hanson – A Contemporary Young Adult Novel

Book Blitz: Something Beautiful by Amanda Gernentz Hanson – A Contemporary Young Adult Novel Author: Something Beautiful Title: Amanda Gernentz Hanson Published by: Pen Name Publishing Publication date: June 27th 2017 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Cordelia and Declan have been best friends since they were…

Advice For New Authors By N. W. Harris – The Author of Darkest Days

Advice For New Authors By N. W. Harris – The Author of Darkest Days


Recently, N.W. Harris, the Author of Darkest Days and the amazing series The Last Orphans was kind enough to share with us some advice for new writers, in an interview:

 

Mr. Harris, what would you tell a new author?

 

What to tell a new author, hmmm… There is so much to tell, though every writer’s journey is different. First off, I’d tell them to write for themselves. If one writes just to get published and make money, I think they’ll go mad and/or quit before they ever get close. Why? It takes years to polish one’s craft enough to be published by a credible publisher. I think writing has to be looked at as a hobby that could become a career. A writer has to want to write because there is something that is inside them that needs to get out. Write for a creative outlet. Write like it doesn’t matter if anyone besides you ever reads it. Write almost every day, but it is important to take days off too.

 

Much of the education for the profession comes from practical experience. Sure, a writer draws from their experiences and traditional education. My educational background is mostly based in science, biology, and anthropology, and it provides a volume of information to draw upon. But, I had to learn the craft of writing by trial and error. Every writer has to find his or her voice. That can take years, and it can only be discovered by hard work.

 

I’d tell them to persist. It’s my favorite word. You have to write a novel. Destroy it. Rewrite it. Invest countless hours and sometimes even years. Then you have to be willing to let all that work go because it was just the classroom where you polished your craft. You have to swallow rejection after rejection and keep fighting. When you get criticism, you have to listen to it. I’m not saying a budding writer should try to oblige every critic, but growth is critical and growth comes from taking in criticism. Deal with any pain it might cause quickly, and then get into the game again by applying what you’ve learned.

 

 



Title: Darkest Days
Author: N W Harris
(The Last Orphans, #4)
Publication date: May 22nd, 2017
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult

The ancient slave mongers who killed the adults and enslaved the children have angered a more advanced species of aliens. Composed of pure energy, this superior race has attacked the Anunnaki home world and is now setting a course for Earth.

The energy-based aliens believe in a system of trial by battle. They seek to push Shane and his friends into the arena with the ones who killed their parents. The results will determine if humans deserve to live, or if they should be made extinct as well. It’s up to Shane to keep his friends—and an army of kids who look up to him—alive. They’ll be fighting not just for their own lives, but for the fate of the entire human race. Can the enemy of Shane’s enemy be his friend, or is this just another species determined to exploit and destroy them?

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Author Bio:

Born at the end of the Vietnam war and raised on a horse farm near small town north Georgia, his imagination evolved under the swaying pines surrounding his family’s log home. On summer days that were too hot, winter days that were too cold, and every night into the wee morning hours, he read books. He lives in sunny southern California with his beautiful wife and two perfect children.

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A Unique Science Fiction Young Adult Thriller: Lux and Lies by Meg Collett – Book Blitz and Giveaway

A Unique Science Fiction Young Adult Thriller: Lux and Lies by Meg Collett – Book Blitz and Giveaway

Are you looking for something truly unique to read? Then check out Lux and Lies by Meg Collett, a science fiction young adult thriller, with a dash of romance, that reads like nothing I have seen on the market lately! And not only do I…

College, Party, Humor: Last Semester by Corine Mekaouche – A Book Blitz + Giveaway!

College, Party, Humor: Last Semester by Corine Mekaouche – A Book Blitz + Giveaway!

College, boys and a crazy roomate who likes pranks, what can go wrong? Apparently everything, according to this funny New Adult novel called “Last Semester” by Corine Mekaouche. If you are a fan of chaotic coming of age stories, then this  book is for you.…

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Dating The It Guy – A Young Adult Novel

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Dating The It Guy – A Young Adult Novel



Title: Dating the It Guy
Author: Krysten Lindsay Hager
Publication date: March 21st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator’s son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon’s world and it doesn’t help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren, seems determined to get back into his life, along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you’re dating the it guy.

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EXCERPT:

“By the way, did you hear Lauren got into Senator Agretti’s old school?”

“Seriously? I wonder if she applied there because Brendon did,” I said.

Margaux snorted. “Duh, of course. Seriously, she might as well just pee on him to mark her territory.”

“Margaux, shut up,” Kylie said.

“Whatever. Anyway, the important thing is if Brendon knew she was applying there,” Margaux said. “Em, do you think he knew?”

I hoped Lauren was just trying to follow Brendon, but what if they had planned this whole thing while they were dating? What if he convinced her to apply there so they could go to college together, wear matching American flag sweaters with big scarves while drinking hot chocolate, and jump into leaf piles just like a preppy clothing catalog. At least now I didn’t have to worry about them reciting poetry to one another in South Bend, but still, what if they had made plans to go to school together?

“Don’t worry about it,” Kylie said. “She was probably trying to follow him—like she always does. She’s so pathetic.”

Kylie was trying to make me feel better, but Lauren was far from pathetic. After all, she was pretty much the “Most Likely to Succeed” poster girl. While she was out overachieving and saving the world without messing up her perfect, bouncy hair, I was trying to get through each day. I tried to push away the image of Lauren and Brendon holding hands and drinking hot chocolate under a stadium blanket.

 

Author Bio:

Besides mining her teen years and humiliating moments for her novels, Krysten is also a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. Krysten writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book. Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times and on Living Dayton.

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Book Blitz And Giveaway : Shattering Truths by Kyrian Lyndon

Book Blitz And Giveaway : Shattering Truths by Kyrian Lyndon

Hi Everyone, Time to introduce you to a new suspenseful Young Adult novel by Kyrian Lyndon called Shattering Truths. This book serves as the intro to the new Deadly Veils series, that promises much action, and personal turmoil for the main character. Read on for a…