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review 2017-03-24 13:15
Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.
The Perfect Tear - Connie Lansberg
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http://yaboundbooktours.blogspot.com/2017/01/blog-tour-sign-up-perfect-tear-by.html *** The Perfect Tearby Connie LansbergGenre: YA FantasyRelease Date: November 11th 2015
Summary from Goodreads:
Eleanor, a timid orphan, is a Singer. Her songs keep nature in balance, but when they are stolen from her the grey mist descends, and her world fails to thrive. This timid orphan is forced into a course of action she never asked for, nor envisioned.Eleanor grapples with crippling self-doubt and fear until she learns these are far more perilous than the physical dangers she faces moment to moment on her terrifying, puzzling and often funny search for The Perfect Tear, a crystal which contains the Third Vibration and able to heal the land. She is horrified to discover that she must defeat an inter-dimensional being or become his accomplice in the destruction of she loves.But Eleanor is no savior, just a simple girl with strong instincts and she must learn to trust them. Just like the notes of a song must form connections to create a melody, Eleanor must discover the connections needed to create the harmony required to truly save her world.
My Review
I really loved the character of Eleanor she was a very interesting character. I loved that we got to know her at a very young age, and into part of her teenage years. I also really liked her best friend Audrey. Other characters I really liked were Edward whom is Eleanor's love interest and is a prince. I liked John who likes Audrey, and his also Edwards best friend. Then there are other people such as Lerion, who is I guess you can say is the bad guy in this book. Another character I should really mention is Tsera who Lerion is trying to take over her roll or job, I guess you can say. She also hid the object that Lerion is trying to find. Of course my favorite character has to be most definitely Bella, she's an animal but I am not going to tell you what type of animal that it is. So you'll have to read it to find out. The story was a lot of fun to read, and I really enjoyed it. I thought the ending tied up things pretty well, but leaves more stuff to explore in other books as well.
 
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Eleanor, a timid orphan with an extraordinary musical gift has just turned sixteen. She has no clue to her real purpose, but she refuses to become a subservient old maid, like the miserable nuns she grew up with. Eleanor knows Mother Superior has no intention of letting her leave–her songs are the only thing keeping the grey mist at bay. Her best friend Audrey begs her to run away with her but where would they go? The world outside the Abbey is barren and dangerous. Eleanor finally decides to take her chances and in the act of running away, meets her destiny. The girls find themselves in a strange land full of unknown dangers where they are met by an ethereal creature, Tsera, who gives Eleanor a choice. Go home to Edward, the boy she loves, never to sing again and wait until her world dies or, risk everything to find The Perfect Tear, a crystal that contains the Third Vibration and the only thing that will stop the destruction of her world.
 
 
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Book Trailer: About the Author Connie Lansberg is a singer/songwriter and now author based in Melbourne Australia. She's had her original songs placed in some of Australia's best loved TV shows that play around the world and The Connie Lansberg Quartet is a fixture in the Melbourne jazz scene. Her most recent original musical project is Tsera’s Gift, written especially for The Perfect Tear and she performs these songs throughout Melbourne. This is Connie's first novel and the movie is coming. The record will be out soon.Connie has received several grants from the Victoria Council of the Arts for the development of mobile phone games that she created.Connie joined the Melbourne Writers Group in 2010 to work on ideas and scripts and during this time the idea for The Perfect Tear began to develop and take shape. She continued her education by taking scriptwriting classes at the Australian Film and Television School in Melbourne. She has two more stories to complete The Perfect Tear Trilogy and is hoping to have the second book finished in 2017"The first thing anybody tells you about this business is to say what makes you unique and different, but I couldn't and the very idea of it never sat well with me and after much deliberation, I finally realized why.Because, I'm not unique or different-I'm exactly like you and I love that. We each have a unique filter through which we interpret the world, and with this filter in place, I write stories and songs and you might find them surprising or intriguing or confronting, you may relate or you may not. They may make you laugh and sometimes, even cry.You may or may not understand what I'm trying to say and you may not understand me, however, rest assured, once we get past the filters, at our core, we are wonderfully and beautifully, exactly the same." Author Links: Website│Goodreads│Twitter│Facebook│Youtube│Instagram GIVEAWAY: a Rafflecopter giveaway Blog Tour Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours

 

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review 2017-03-17 13:30
Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.
Birthright: The Legacy Series: Book One - Jessica Ruddick
  Blog Tour Schedule: http://yaboundbooktours.blogspot.com/2017/01/blog-tour-sign-up-birthright-by-jessica.html Birthrightby Jessica RuddickGenre: YA SupernaturalRelease Date: March 20th 2017 Summary from Goodreads: How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies?Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda. While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.
My Review
This book was just an okay book for me, I liked parts of the story and other parts not so much. I loved Cole but Ava was just okay to me, I didn't hate her but she wasn't my favorite heroine from books I have read before. I really wish she had more of a backbone throughout this story. I did feel bad for her in regards to the birthright that she doesn't want any part of. I didn't like that towards the end of the book she did something that Cole doesn't know about, I understand why she did what she did but Cole should know what she did, so he isn't so blindsided. I think the reason I didn't love the book that much is because I had trouble getting into the book until past the half way through mark. Plus I really didn't care for the characters besides Cole all that much, his the only one that makes me what to continue to read the next book to see what happens to him next. So I would definitely continue this series due to Cole. I am happy I volunteered to be part of the blog tour for this book. And my opinion is my very own and no one else's.
 
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Jessica lives in Virginia with her college-sweetheart husband, two rambunctious sons, and two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs. Since her house is overflowing with testosterone, it’s a good thing she has a healthy appreciation for Marvel movies, Nerf guns, and football.
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review 2017-03-10 14:40
Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.
Home - Eleni McKnight Home - Eleni McKnight
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*** Homeby Eleni McKnightGenre: YA DystopianRelease Date: November 22nd 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Knowledge is a Dangerous CommodityHOME - the last bastion of civilization in a corrupt and fallen world. Outside dwell the reanimated dead, cannibals, and scavengers; remnants of a once great race. Inside, the commune is ruled with an iron fist by Deacon, and administered without mercy by the Elders.Everyone knows their place in HOME. Everyone is safe in HOME…as long as you follow the rules.Handmaiden Suzannah Commons is content with training to be a wife and mother, the only occupation open to women in HOME. But her world is turned upside-down when she tastes the forbidden knowledge contained in outlawed books.Suzannah discovers a new way of life is possible, but that knowledge comes at a high price. It could cost her life. Or the life of the boy she loves.
  My Review
I thought the book was okay. It kept my interest but I wasn't dying to find out how it all ended. The main character of Suzannah I really felt bad about the life she had, but at times I wish she wasn't so weak-minded. I really loved Silas, he was my favorite character in the book. He was the one I felt really bad for, and if you read or are planning on reading the book you'll find out why. Female of course get the raw deal in these types of books. The book ended pretty interesting but kind of wierd for me, I will say Suzanne goes through a lot towards the end of the book, but Silas's mom, really gets put through the wringer. And I will warn you that there is a lot of dark subject matters in this book, such as rape, and beatings, etc. But like I mentioned above what the subject that this book deals with that is expected. I don't think I would read this book again but I wouldn't discourage other readers from reading this book for themselves. And I want to say that I am still glad I was given an opportunity to read this book and take part in the tour for the book. I did voluntarily request to take part in this tour and the review is my honest opinion on how I felt about this book. Add to Goodreads
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About the Author
Eleni McKnight is a Murfreesboro, Tennessee native. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Literature and a wild passion for creating clothes and doing make-up. She's also an avid reader and loves music and theatre. She started writing at age eight when she had read all the Baby-Sitter's Club books that were out and wanted something new to read. It's never quite left her over the yearsThese days, you can usually find Eleni working backstage or costuming in local community theatres, reading a book, walking (that FitBit is addictive!), at a concert, drinking a craft beer with friends, knitting, embroidering, or taking a dance class.
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review 2017-02-23 13:00
Weariland - Deb Coman,Mary Sue Shotwell Weariland - Deb Coman,Mary Sue Shotwell
  *** Wearilandby Mary ShotwellGenre: YARelease Date: May 10th 2016Merge PublishingSummary: For fifteen-year-old Lason Davies, it all started with a text.  “HIDING PLACE.”  The last words of her murdered grandmother haunt Lason as she travels to England with her sheltering mother for the funeral. The crime is a sensation, but the clamoring reporters and news photographers aren’t the only ones interested in their arrival.  As her mother’s behavior borders on erratic (on a good day), Lason encounters a stranger from Weariland, a dreary world once known as Wonderland. He petitions Lason’s help in finding a secret family heirloom, a key to saving his land—and to Lason’s past. Lason is swept in an adventure through Weariland’s unpredictable realm, encountering colorful, fantastical characters and discovering her family’s elusive history. But if she isn’t careful, she may never return…  My Review I really loved this retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I got really wrapped into the story from the beginning. I really loved the main character of Lason, she was definitely a very interesting young adult. Boy for not a very long book, it was filled with a lot of action and adventure. Lason sure went through a lot, in this book. The little tiny bit that Lason's grandmother was in it, which was just in the beginning, she seemed like she would have been in awesome character. I wasn't sure about Lason's mother at first, but I started to like her towards the ending. I felt bad for her when Lason went missing. I really loved some of the characters from Weariland, I would have to say that White the rabbit was my favorite. And I couldn't stand the Queen of Souls, who is the queen now. I am still not sure about Nicholas another character, I am not sure if he's good or bad. I am not going to tell you who Nicholas is, you'll just have to read the book to find out whom he is, on your own. Another character that is in the book but not from Weariland is, Inspector Landry. I am not sure about him either. I really liked the ending it tied up somethings, but there is still a lot of things that still is left to take care of. I really can't wait to read the next adventure that Lason, will find herself in. I offered to take part in this book tour on my very own. This review is my personal opinion, and no one else's. Add to Goodreads Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Book Trailer: About the AuthorMary grew up in northeast Ohio, so it was only natural for her to pursue a degree in marine biology. After studying dolphin behavior and estimating great white shark populations, she earned her Ph.D. in Biostatistics in Charleston, South Carolina. It was there, during the arduous dissertation process, where she had the idea to write a book. With Alice and the crazy characters from Wonderland staring her down from her bedroom poster, Mary envisioned what that fantasy realm would look like in current day. Creative writing served as a natural escape from technical writing, wedding planning, pregnancy, and job hunting. Mary is excited to debut Weariland (Merge Publishing, 2016), a novel introducing Lason Davies, a teenager who learns about her family's past in a world once called Wonderland. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and three children. Author Links: Website│Goodreads│Twitter│Facebook Blog Tour Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours

 

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text 2017-02-21 13:00
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Third Chronicles of Illumination: The Library of Illumination-Book Eight - C. A. Pack
Blog Tour Schedule: http://yaboundbooktours.blogspot.com/2016/12/blog-tour-sign-up-third-chronicles-of.html *** Third Chronicles of Illuminationby C.A. PackGenre: YA Paranormal/FantasyRelease date: February 7th 2017Artiqua PressSummary from Goodreads:Oh, no! Johanna Charette and Jackson Roth have allowed a sneaky shapeshifter to slip right through their fingers. The good news is that he’s now trapped between the layers of time and space with their Terrorian nemesis, Nero 51. The bad news is the Terrorian wants to control all the Libraries of Illumination, while the shapeshifter wants to control everything else. Who knows how long the Illumini system will remain safe? It’s taking a toll on Johanna and Jackson, who are smack in the center of everything as they struggle to protect the libraries’ legacy. Can you spell s-t-r-e-s-s? The pressure is driving a stake between the teens, and their mercurial romance could be over before it has truly begun. Add to Goodreads
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About the Author
C. A. Pack is the author of the Library of Illumination series of YA paranormal fantasy novelettes, along with Chronicles: The Library of Illumination (2014), The Second Chronicles of Illumination (2015) and The Third Chronicles of Illumination (2017).Pack also writes for a general audience. Her first novel, Code Name: Evangeline—is an historical spy thriller which takes place in the 1930's. The author followed it up with Evangeline's Ghost—a fantasy about the death of that same spy. She recently completed work on Evangeline's Ghost: Houdini, and is currently working on Evangeline's Ghost: The Bridge.Pack is an award winning journalist from New York who worked as an anchor/reporter and educator (she considers herself the fairy-godmother of telvision news reporters)—and has written for WNBC, LI News Tonight and News 12 Long Island. She also worked on PBS documentaries, radio and television commercials and created and produced a pilot for a news show focusing solely on marriage and wedding trends.She's a past president of the Press Club of Long Island and a proud member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. Pack has been a speaker or panelist for organizations such as Women in Communications, Fair Media Council, and the Society of Professional Journalists.The author lives with her husband and two picky parrots “on” Long Island, New York.
Author Links: Website│Goodreads│Twitter│Facebook│Pinterest
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