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review 2017-03-12 03:30
**BLOG TOUR + REVIEW** RENEGADE RED BY: LAUREN BIRD HOROWITZ
Renegade Red: Book Two of The Light Trilogy - Lauren Bird Horowitz
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Introducing RENEGADE RED, Sequel to Award-Winning SHATTERED BLUE!

 

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ONLY A RENEGADE WILL SURVIVE

 

Reckless, desperate, and distraught, Noa Sullivan leaps into a collapsing Portal in the explosive finale of Shattered Blue— the jaw-dropping, award-winning first installment in The Light Trilogy— in wild hope of rescuing her little sister Sasha. Now Noa and the Fae brothers who love her—Callum and Judah Forsythe—must find a way to survive not only across worlds but between them, in places so treacherous and deceptive their own minds are twisted against them. As the three fight to survive their passage, they battle not only enemies but themselves, and their darkest, most difficult secrets.

 

Surviving, however, is only the beginning: Noa needs to find Sasha. That means becoming a warrior herself, one just as fierce as the magical brothers battling for her love. Across broken cities, underground labyrinths, rushing floods and endless skies; in the face of legions of armies, horrifying tyrants, and the most deceitful of friends, can Mortal Noa rescue her sister—and understand her own heart—in time to escape the most deadly of magic realms?

 

Collect all three of RENEGADE RED’s limited edition covers, revealed by USA TODAY

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"Poetry on every page. Horowitz paints pure beauty with her tangle of heart stopping words.

The Light Trilogy is magic typeset."

- E.J Mellow (Author of The Dreamland Series)

 

"A vibrant blend of dystopian dysfunction and ethereal fantasy...a thrill ride."

- J. Kowallis, Author of The Enertia Trials

 

“Beautifully written with a poetic soul…Renegade Red isn't just a sequel. It is the continuation of a magical story that weaves itself into your heart, leaving you breathless.”

- Kristen Hunt, Author of Blonde Eskimo

 

"A must read"

- VOYA Magazine

 

 

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"Anyone who’s ever fantasized about kissing a Fae will enjoy Noa and Callum’s

first, sexy kiss. . . . Hip. . . fast-moving. . . lyrically concise.”

—KIRKUS REVIEWS

 

“I guarantee you'll be hooked and anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.”

—USA TODAY, Must-read Romances of 2015

 

“A fantastical tale of love and betrayal

. . . more than enough emotion and angst to keep any romance-loving teenager

glued to the pages, and the promise of a trilogy will keep them eagerly

anticipating the next book."

—SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

 

“A book to fall for”

—BUZZFEED

 

“Not your average fairy tale . . .will have you clamoring for more of a story that

you didn’t see coming . . . new and surprising."

—HYPABLE

 

“Magic, action and a really, really attractive love interest . . .

what more could you want?"

—GLITTER MAGAZINE

 

“A love story you won't soon forget . . .

a story of protection, sacrifice, and love."

—SHEKNOWS.COM

 

“Book To Lean On When The Going Gets Tough."

—BUSTLE

 

“A Book for All Ages”

—MARIASHRIVER.COM

 

“Fae, magic, elemental control . . . two hot, confused brothers . . .

LIKE YES PLEASE . . . WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR!”

– Benjamin Alderson,

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CAN LOVE SPAN WORLDS?

 

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?

 

 

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LAUREN BIRD HOROWITZ, screenwriter and novelist, has won an enthusiastic following for her innovative, lyrical poetic voice. Her debut novel Shattered Blue: Book One of The Light Trilogy, won the 2016 Independent Publishers' (IPPY) Silver Medal for Young Adult Fiction, as well as Finalist honors in the 2016 USA Book Awards for Best New Fiction and Best New Fantasy, the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction, and the 2016 International Book Award for Best Fantasy. It was also listed as one of USA Today's top romances of 2015, and selected as a notable book by Buzzfeed, Popsugar, Hypable, San Francisco Book Review, Glitter, The Culturalist, Teen Reads, Maria Shriver.com, Bustle and others.

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Bird studied writing at Harvard University with novelist Jamaica Kincaid, winning several prizes including the Edward Eager Memorial Prize for fiction and Winthrop-Sargent Prize for writing. She’s a proud member of the Writers Guild of America.

 

 

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facebook-iconLauren "Birdaileen" Horowitz

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My Review: 5 out of 5 stars! 
What a read! I am borderline speechless. I guess if I had to sum up my thoughts with just one word it would be WHOOOOAAAA!!!! 

 

I was blown away by the end of the first book, Shattered Blue, but Renegade Red was surprise after surprise. From page one to the very last, Horowitz kept me on toes. Everything about this book was MORE, more surprises, more action, more mystery, more answers... and more questions, and more gorgeous writing and moving poetry. Be prepared for ALL THE FEELS in this addition to The Light Trilogy! I am DYING to know what happens next! Can't wait to get my hands on that final book, etc n though I'm in no way prepared for this series to end. 

 

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
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text 2017-02-16 16:24
RENEGADE RED BLOG TOUR SIGN UP & GIVEAWAYS!!
Renegade Red: Book Two of The Light Trilogy - Lauren Bird Horowitz

Calling all bookblogger Renegades!

YOU are the new face of the bookworld, and we want YOU to be a part of the big release for RENEGADE RED, the second book of the Award-Winning series, THE LIGHT TRILOGY, by Lauren Bird Horowitz!
 
We have some FANTASTIC bookish prizes for our participants, so please sign up for your special advanced access to RENEGADE RED, the sequel to SHATTERED BLUE, and join our Renegade Army!

 

HOW IT WORKS:

We will provide you with early, exclusive NetGalley access to this hotly anticipated sequel, as well as a ready-made post with the cover art, book summary, and background on the series. In return, you promise to post your honest review of the novel to your Blog and Goodreads between 2/1-3/14, and on publication day (March 14) to Amazon.com. We will also provide you ready-made graphics to use on social media—all that’s missing is you!

AND, by joining our RENEGADE blog tour and posting, you will be AUTOMATICALLY be entered in a special BLOGGER GIVEAWAY: for a gorgeous Renegade Red shattered light necklace (retail value: $124) and a signed Special Limited Edition hardcover copy of RENEGADE RED, featuring the rare Traveler Collector’s Cover.

Every post you do—your blog, your social media channels, goodreads, and amazon—gets you another entry for this very special prize!
 

Additionally, if you send us Proof of Preorder for any version of RENEGADE RED, you will also be entered into a special PREORDER BLOGGER GIVEAWAY, for a complete set of Renegade Red Bookmarks (4 in all) and a $150 giftcard to Amazon! 

Please go to laurenbirdhorowitz.com/renedage-red/blog-tour/  to sign up today. We can’t wait to have you on #TeamRENEGADE, and we thank you all so much for your love and dedication to the Book World!

ABOUT RENEGADE RED:

RENEGADE RED’s three limited edition covers were revealed by USA TODAY, and fellow YA authors have already fallen in love:
 

"A vibrant blend of dystopian dysfunction and ethereal fantasy...a thrill ride."
- J. Kowallis, author of The Enertia Trials

 

"Poetry on every page. Horowitz paints pure beauty with her tangle of heart stopping words. The Light Trilogy is magic typeset."
- E.J Mellow, author of The Dreamland series

 

"Beautifully written with a poetic soul.  I found myself immersed in Horowitz's words. Renegade Red isn’t just a sequel.  It is the continuation of a magical story that weaves itself into your heart, leaving you breathless as you wait for more."
- Kristen Hunt, author of Blonde Eskimo

 

 

THE STORY:

ONLY A RENEGADE WILL SURVIVE

Reckless, desperate, and distraught, Noa Sullivan leaps into a collapsing Portal in the explosive finale of Shattered Blue— the jaw-dropping, award-winning first installment in The Light Trilogy— in wild hope of rescuing her little sister Sasha. Now Noa and the Fae brothers who love her—Callum and Judah Forsythe—must find a way to survive not only across worlds but between them, in places so treacherous and deceptive their own minds are twisted against them. As the three fight to survive their passage, they battle not only enemies but themselves, and their darkest, most difficult secrets.
 
Surviving, however, is only the beginning: Noa needs to find Sasha. That means becoming a warrior herself, one just as fierce as the magical brothers battling for her love. Across broken cities, underground labyrinths, rushing floods and endless skies; in the face of legions of armies, horrifying tyrants, and the most deceitful of friends, can Mortal Noa rescue her sister—and understand her own heart—in time to escape the most deadly of magic realms?

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review 2017-02-05 07:13
A great short story from Tony
Everything I've ever wanted - Tony Talbot

Everything I've ever wanted is a short story about a stay-at-home mum who locks away her secret life from the family and kids. But once she gets a letter, she can't hide it any longer.

This would be an epic dream come true for most people who share the infliction the protagonist does.

I didn't twig what the secret was until the mention of the purchased devices after her first attempt.

Great little tale Tony.

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review 2017-02-03 22:10
Just One Damned Thing After Another Review
Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's) - Jodi Taylor

Just One Damned Thing After Another is the first book in The Chronicles of St. Mary’s by Jodi Taylor.  It is AWESOME. There’s no other word I can think of to describe it. This book had me laughing so hard at various points that my sides hurt. Of course, laughter wasn’t the only strong emotion it evoked in me. It is not an easy book to describe. Taylor has a talent for sending you into hysterics one minute, and then making you catch your breath and wince in the next. The characters are memorable, something is always happening, and you never know what you’re going to read/hear next.

 

The main character, Max, describes herself at one point as “a small grey ginger sack”. She’s a bit on the curvy side, a lot on the mouthy side, and absolutely brilliant. She’s also a klutz with an absolute inability to hold her alcohol, and aware that she’s not very self-aware. She’s bold and rowdy and pulls some bafflingly stupid crap at times. But it all works so well together. She’s not perfect. She doesn’t make sense. And you want her as your best friend. She works for St. Mary’s, where they “investigate major historical events in contemporary time”And we don’t call it time-travel! 

St. Mary’s isn’t just where she works though. It opens with her having her interview for the site, and by the end of it, you know she hasn’t just found a job. She’s found a home. They bicker, pull pranks, get in over their head, save each other’s lives, destroy property, and get plastered regularly. In between all that,  they put their lives on the line getting first hand accounts of all sorts of historical events for the university they are associated with.

 

I don’t think it’s ever detailed exactly how far in the future Just One Damned Thing After Another takes place in, but I got the feeling it isn’t terribly far ahead. Obviously, there’s time travel, but that’s a thing unique to St. Mary’s. America has closed its borders. Technology has advanced to the point where information can be compiled into holographic data stacks. But there’s no blasters, spaceships, etc. Well, at least not that we’re aware of. Things are either happening in the past, or on the campus for the most part.

 

There’s always something happening in this book. Always. In fact, that’s actually one of my few complaints about it. Jodi Taylor packs so much into one book (without it being ridiculously long) that it’s really hard to appreciate how much time has passed. I believe Just One Damn Thing After Another covers Max’s first five years with the company, though the events only the first and last are really talked about. The rest is mentioned in passing to give you an idea of how relationships are developing.

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s are a mix of science fiction, historical fiction, and comedy. (Though, fair warning, it’s definitely ‘British’ humor. I thought it was ridiculously funny. But one of my fellow readers couldn’t understand why I was laughing my rear off about it because she didn’t get the humor.) Below are a few of my favorite quotes that might illustrate the point for you.

“If this was one of those books, there would now be three pages of head-banging s*x. The reality was that he pulled me close, whispered, ‘Mfhbnnntx,’ and I pulled his arm over me like a cover and muttered, ‘Trout,’ and that was pretty much it.”
Jodi Taylor, Just One Damned Thing After Another

“He had fallen for Cal like a sperm-whale failing to clear the Grand Canyon on a bicycle.”
Jodi Taylor, Just One Damned Thing After Another

 

Jodi Taylor creates a world that you just don’t want to leave. Max quickly became dear to my heart as did most of the crew at St. Mary’s. It takes a special kind of writer to create a world that you so instantly feel at home in. It is not heavy on the science part of science fiction, nor does it delve into the nitty-gritty of the historical side of things. It’s not something to read if you’re expecting a serious examination of the past or the tech. But if you like adventure stories and love memorable characters, you’ll definitely want to to give Just One Damn Thing After Another a go.

 

I would highly recommend the audio book version. Zara Ramm does an outright amazing job as Max.

Source: www.scifiandscary.com/just-one-damned-thing-review
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review 2017-01-22 20:37
A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar
A Stranger in Olondria - Sofia Samatar

Beautiful, slow-paced, sad. Linear storytelling makes it a more accessible starting point than The Winged Histories.

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