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REIGN OF SHADOWS Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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If you haven’t yet gotten your copy of REIGN OF SHADOWS by Sophie Jordan then you must do so now! This book is so unbelievably awesome you will devour it, you won’t be able to set it down, and you’ll be desperately awaiting the sequel.

I’m usually of the belief that not every book is to everyone’s taste, but I can’t imagine the reader who wouldn’t love this book. It’s a fairytale, it’s an adventure, it… okay so maybe I should stop gushing and rambling as my stop on the REIGN OF SHADOWS Blog Tour today is a review, which follows a bit further down in the post.

But this has to be my FAVORITE book of 2016. And while I might not have read that many books this year, this will hold up as one of my top favorites of the year. No question.

If you haven’t yet heard about REIGN OF SHADOWS check out the book’s description below. If you’d like to know what I thought in a less blather-y way, feel free to peek at my review. And if you’d like the chance to win some awesome prizes, including a SIGNED copy of this phenomenal book, enter in the Rafflecopter.

REIGN OF SHADOWS is a book (and series) not to be missed. Just check out some of the other tour reviews if you’d like to see what other bloggers thought. And if you really want a peek inside REIGN OF SHADOWS visit the excerpt stops – though be warned, one of them has a possible spoiler that might come as more of a surprise were you to discover it while reading.

Today may be the final stop on the tour, but you can catch up on any missed stops by scrolling down to the schedule at the bottom of this post which has direct links to all previous stops.


About REIGN OF SHADOWS

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Title & Series: REIGN OF SHADOWS (Reign of Shadows #1)
Author: Sophie Jordan
Release date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

Description…

A world of darkness. A love that shines.

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness, and in the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, the kingdom’s lost princess, has been locked away in a tower in the cursed Black Woods ever since. Luna’s survival depends entirely on the world believing she is dead…

But that doesn’t stop Luna from longing for a life beyond the stifling tower walls. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer who has braved the Black Woods in search of a land where the sun still shines, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk.

When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is far more treacherous than Luna ever realized. Hideous, flesh-hungry creatures lurk behind every corner and each stranger they encounter has frightening ulterior motives.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

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The Review

Sophie Jordan’s REIGN OF SHADOWS is magical and unexpected and enchanting and breathtaking. Its first lines will transport you into an intriguing and terrifying world that has been plunged into darkness. It is a fairytale that begins with a princess trapped in a tower. It is an epic adventure filled with many obstacles and dangers and deadly foes. It is riveting and nerve-wracking and heartbreaking and amazing and absolutely unforgettable.

All Luna wanted was her freedom. Confined to the tower she’d lived in for most of her life, she wished for the chance to explore the world beyond its doors. Even the threat of danger wasn’t enough to dissuade her from wanting to leave behind the safety of the tower.

So when the opportunity to sneak out arose she took it. When her decision put her in a position to choose between her own safety and that of someone else, she chose to help. When her choices compromised the security of the tower and put her loved ones at risk she would have her freedom, even if she she didn’t truly want it.

Author Sophie Jordan introduces a main character who is heroic, kind-hearted, stubborn, and selfless. Luna is willing to do whatever it takes to protect those she loves, even if it means leaving them behind. And even if it means putting her trust in a boy she barely knows, who has made it abundantly clear he wants nothing to do with her.

Fowler is a reluctant hero. He’s brave, a skilled fighter, and has the potential to be exactly who Luna needs him to be. But his past has forced him to keep secrets, to harden his heart, and to keep her at arm’s length for as long as he possibly can. Although with a harrowing journey ahead for them both, working together, learning from each other, becoming friends, becoming more than friends may be unavoidable.

REIGN OF SHADOWS invites you into a world where its ruler is a tyrant and a madman, where its citizens live in fear of what lurks in the almost constant darkness, and where only the strongest and bravest have a hope of surviving. It is a world where things do more than go bump in the night, and nearly every moment is night. It is a world that has evolved and adapted to its strange new inhabitants and to a ruthless existence for all.

Readers looking for a story that is imaginative and exciting and completely and utterly captivating, with gorgeous writing, romance, thrills and chills, hold-your-breath suspense, and a killer cliffhanger ending, will fall madly in love with this phenomenal first book in the series.

The Rating

06

Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.


About Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

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The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • ONE (1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card + SIGNED copies of REIGN OF SHADOWS, FIRELIGHT & UNINVITED – US only

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

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THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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I am so excited to be today’s stop on THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS Blog Tour. I love this series by Shana Norris and I was totally thrilled to meet Kate and Rory and Mimi and Pop.

THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS is the third full-length book in the series which can be read in any order. So if you haven’t read the previous books in the series but you’d like to get to know what happens to Kate during the summer before she goes to college you can do so right away.

Though, THE BOYFRIEND THIEF, the first book in the series is currently free, along with ONE WEEK, a short story companion novel to THE BOYFRIEND THIEF. So if you’d like to take a peek at those stories first, now is the perfect time.

For my stop today I’m sharing my thoughts about THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS. There is also a tour-wide giveaway for a couple of eBooks to five winners. Just scroll down for both the review and the Rafflecopter as well as details about each of the books in this series and the author, Shana Norris.


About THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS

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Title & Series: THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS (Stolen Kiss #3)
Author: Shana Norris
Release date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint
Pages: 251
Formats: eBook

Description…

6 guitar strings. 2 boys. 1 summer to let it all go.

The summer before college, Kate Watts wants to do three things: make music, hang out with her best friend Ashton, and scoop ice cream. With an ailing grandfather, a flaky mom who shows up once every who-knows-when, and a looming tuition bill to pay, Kate doesn’t need any more complications

But “complications” have a way of finding her.

Like when an infuriating new boy named Rory humiliates her at a party.

Or when her wild cousin Paisley shows up unexpectedly at her doorstep to stay.

And then when she’s offered the chance of a lifetime–if she throws away the dream she’s been working for.

Soon, straight-shooting Kate gets swept up in a whirlwind of parties with Paisley, all while falling for hot-and-cold Rory…until she begins to suspect that Rory and Paisley might be keeping a huge secret together. Will Kate have to leave everything behind to untangle the truth—including herself?

The Truth About Boys is a companion novel to The Boyfriend Thief and The Secrets Between You and Me, and the third book in Shana Norris’s Stolen Kiss collection.

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The Review

THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS is a sweet, fun, angst-filled and delightful read with a number of positive messages and takeaways. It’s a story about difficult choices, missed opportunities, pursuing your dreams. It’s about mistakes, mixed signals, being understanding, and being able to forgive. It is a little bit sad, a little bit heartbreaking, and a whole lot moving and heartwarming and romantic. It is a super quick, easy, one-sit read and a wonderful addition to the series.

Kate Watts has always played it safe, been responsible, been goal-oriented. She was not about to get distracted by a summer fling, no matter how fast Rory made her heart beat. She needed to focus on earning money so that she could try to help Mimi and Pop pay for college. But it wouldn’t be easy.

Especially with her ex in town for the summer looking to rekindle things between them. And with her mother suddenly trying to be a part of her life. And with her pretty, perky, and attention-seeking cousin showing up unannounced, insinuating herself into every aspect of her existence.

What she hoped was going to be an uneventful summer was turning out to be more complicated than she ever would have imagined. She would have to make some difficult decisions, learn a few lessons, and come to the realization that what she thought was not always right.

Shana Norris injected just the right amount of emotional turmoil into her novel. From her character’s relationships with her family and the boys in her life to the choices she’d have to make about her future, there is plenty to give readers that deliciously twisty-turny feeling.

She had the perfect amount of romance. She created secondary characters who provided more than just a backdrop to the story. And she touched on several issues that many teens going through that transition period between high school and college would have to face.

THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS is more than just a summer romance story. It has some depth. It introduces characters with some very relatable problems. It gives some food for thought. It is immediately captivating, thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end, with entertaining, likable, frustrating, maddening, adorable characters. It is an exciting and engaging addition to a positively delectable series.

The Rating

04


About Shana Norris

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Most days, Shana Norris still feels like she’s stuck at sixteen, which is probably why she enjoys writing about teens. She’s played the flute since she was eleven years old, but is definitely not planning to start her own DJ business anytime soon. Shana lives in a small town in eastern North Carolina with her husband and small zoo of pets, which currently includes two dogs, seven cats, and a small flock of chickens.

Shana Norris has entertained millions of readers as the author of Troy High, the popular Swans Landing series, and the Stolen Kiss Collection, which includes The Boyfriend Thief, The Secrets Between You and Me, and The Truth About Boys. You can find her at shananorris.com.

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The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for two books in the Stolen Kiss Collection – THE SECRETS BETWEEN YOU AND ME and THE TRUTH ABOUT BOYS – to FIVE (5) winners

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Other Books in the Series

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Title & Series: ONE WEEK (Stolen Kiss #0.5)
Author: Shana Norris
Release date: January 1, 2016
Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint
Pages: 77
Formats: eBook

Description…

“Don’t waste your time worrying about it. You’re better than that.”

Easy for Molly’s best friend Avery to say. She’s not the one who got dumped by Dave Chumski. In a text.

Dave Chumski, whose greatest goal in life is to “rule” at air hockey.
How can she not spend time thinking about Dave—especially when he and his new girlfriend keep popping up everywhere Molly goes? At school, at the arcade, at ValuMart. The universe seems to be telling Molly to hold on.

“Plenty of fish in the sea. You just have to let go.” 

Easy for Avery to say, but—will Molly be able to let go of the past to see what’s standing right in front of her?

One Week is a companion short story to The Boyfriend Thief, the first book in Shana Norris’s Stolen Kiss collection.

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Title & Series: THE BOYFRIEND THIEF (Stolen Kiss #1)
Author: Shana Norris
Release date: March 24, 2014
Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint
Pages: 210
Formats: eBook, audio

Description…

1 ill-fated hot dog costume. 2 former BFFs. 11 days to seduce a boy.

Avery James doesn’t believe in romance—she’s studied enough biology to know that love is nothing more than hormones and chemicals. Besides, she has more practical goals in mind, namely saving up for a summer humanitarian program in Costa Rica. But when her Diggity Dog House supervisor denies her a raise and Avery finds herself $500 dollars short for the trip of a lifetime, Avery has no choice but to accept an unexpected offer. The deal? She must steal her arch nemesis Hannah’s boyfriend before prom, giving Avery eleven days to seduce Zac Greeley.

Avery is sure the job will be easy. But a few midnight comedy shows and spontaneous dance parties (not to mention one particularly intimate carwash) later, Avery finds herself questioning everything she’s ever thought about love. Could Zac’s signature cherry-lime Slurpees be causing brain freeze, or is Avery actually starting to fall for him?

Will Avery be able to steal Zac away from Hannah before he steals Avery’s heart?

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Title & Series: THE SECRETS BETWEEN YOU AND ME (Stolen Kiss #2)
Author: Shana Norris
Release date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint
Pages: 247
Formats: eBook

Description…

4 wheels on a rusty truck. 2 gray eyes. 1 secret that could ruin everything.

All Hannah wanted was a summer break from being “perfect Hannah Cohen” and a chance to forget about the devastating family secret that could ruin her seemingly perfect life. So when she takes off for her eccentric aunt’s house in the mountains of North Carolina and everyone makes one big (wrong) assumption about her past, Hannah figures that it’s easier to live a lie than have to face the truth.

She never expected to make any real friends, like the hilarious and spontaneous Kate and Ashton, who drag her to late night bonfires and ice cream marathons. And she especially never counted on meeting Jude Westmore, the brooding bad boy next door with gray eyes and permanent oil smudges on his fingers, or that he would ever take an interest in her.

Between moonlit movie nights in the bed of Jude’s truck and nearly romantic Ferris Wheel rides, Hannah’s old life seems further away then ever, but can she keep her secret, or is the truth worth the risk of losing everything, including Jude?

The Secrets Between You and Me is the second book in the Stolen Kiss Series by Shana Norris.

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The Tour Schedule

BLACKHEARTS Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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BLACKHEARTS comes out tomorrow and I cannot wait for everyone to read it and meet Anne and Teach. It’s such a gorgeous and romantic and heartbreaking story I just know everyone will fall in love with and will be as hopeful as I am that there will be a sequel.

But until your copy lands in your mailbox, on your eReader, or shows up on the shelves of your local bookstores, you should totally check out the other stops on the tour to read a few interviews with and guest posts by Nicole Castroman to learn more about BLACKHEARTS. There are also a few reviews, including mine which is below, so if you want to see what a few bloggers think about this awesome book before you read it, be sure to take a peek at these stops, too.

And if you want the chance to win a SIGNED copy of BLACKHEARTS, don’t forget to enter in the Rafflecopter a bit further down in the post.


About BLACKHEARTS

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Title: BLACKHEARTS
Author: Nicole Castroman
Release date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

In this stunningly creative debut, Nicole Castroman reimagines the origins of history’s most infamous pirate—Blackbeard—and tells the story of the girl who captured his heart and then broke it, setting him on a path to destruction.

When Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, returns home from a year at sea, he finds his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, all Teach wants is to return to the vast ocean he calls home. There’s just one problem: he must convince his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following the death of her parents, Anne Barrett is left penniless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne takes a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks and Anne longs to escape the confines of her now mundane life. How will she ever achieve her dream of sailing to Curaçao—her mother’s birthplace—when she’s trapped in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn together by a shared desire for freedom, but kept apart by Teach’s father, their love is as passionate as it is forbidden. Faced with an impossible choice, Teach and Anne must decide whether to chase their dreams and leave England forever—or follow their hearts and stay together.

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The Review

Whether you’ve always been curious to know more about Blackbeard before he became such a notorious pirate or your interest was piqued after reading this book’s description, Nicole Castroman’s BLACKHEARTS promises to more than satisfy. The author’s imagining of Teach’s earlier life with the girl who captured his heart reveals a life that is just as exciting as his life at sea. Deception, betrayal, secrets, lies, and forbidden romance are only a handful of the things that await readers and characters alike in this riveting tale.

Anne Barrett was looking for any way to escape the prison that was the Drummond household. She did not fit in with the other staff and being a maid would never earn her the money she needed to afford passage on a ship headed to the West Indies, a place she thought she might be able to call home.

She had a plan. It was risky. And while she knew there was a real chance it would fall apart, that she’d be captured and forced to stay, she never imagined having a reason she might want to.

Edward Drummond hated the fact that he had to return home to a job he didn’t enjoy and a life he didn’t want. His time at sea didn’t quench his thirst for it, rather it ignited a passion in him to captain a ship, set sail, and leave the land behind.

But with a promise made that his father is dead set on ensuring he keep, a plan for his future that has already been mapped out, and no means of securing a ship on his own, it seems his dream of a life at sea will only ever be that. A dream. And while he wants to honor his commitments, the prospect of living a life on land feels like a fate worse than death. At least until he meets a girl just as alluring as the sea.

Nicole Castroman imagined a story that is stunning and romantic and heartbreaking and spellbinding. It has moments that are funny and heartwarming and others that are nail-biting and suspenseful. Its two main characters, Anne and Teach, are immensely likable. It offers a couple of twists to keep things interesting. And it delivers a conclusion that will leave you desperate for more.

BLACKHEARTS is not a pirate story, but rather a pirate-in-the-making story. And while there are no swashbuckling tales of adventure on the high seas for Anne and Teach, there is definitely some adventure and plenty of romance. It is a beautifully written, remarkably well-researched, gorgeous must-must-must read that weaves together fact with fiction to bring to life many of the missing pieces from one of history’s most famous pirates.

The Rating

05


About Nicole Castroman

Nicole Castroman

Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend…she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is the country located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.

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The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • ONE (1) winner will receive a signed finished copy of BLACKHEARTS – US only

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

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SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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I am so excited to be a part of the SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN Blog Tour and to help spread the word about Jeff Garvin’s amazing book. For my stop today I’m sharing my thoughts about the book and I’m also offering up a copy for giveaway.

So if you’d like to know what I thought about meeting and getting to know Riley or you’d like the chance to win a copy of SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN, scroll down for the review and Rafflecopter.

And if you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful and important book, check out the description below.


About SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN

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Title: SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN
Author: Jeff Garvin
Release date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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Description…

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in über-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s really like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. And Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

From debut author Jeff Garvin comes a powerful and uplifting portrait of a modern teen struggling with high school, relationships, and what it means to be a person.

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The Review

SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN is an immensely entertaining, important, informational and educational read. It introduces a character who is likable and funny and brave and not-so-brave, who makes mistakes, who pushes themselves, who learns and grows and becomes someone who is comfortable with who they are.

Riley is gender fluid, not identifying with just one gender. Riley doesn’t want to stand out. Riley doesn’t want to make waves, especially with a parent who is running for re-election. Riley doesn’t want to be labeled and yet finds themselves trying to attach a label to the people they meet.

Riley just wants to find a way to navigate through school and life that doesn’t make them feel uncomfortable in their own skin, that doesn’t make them feel like they’re living a lie, that doesn’t make them feel stressed or anxious or panicked. Switching schools was not the solution Riley hoped it would be. But starting a blog, sharing their thoughts, offering advice, connecting with their followers, might prove to be the catalyst for change that Riley needs.

Jeff Garvin did a phenomenal job of connecting readers with his character Riley, helping them understand, empathize, relate to what Riley is going through, educating and informing them about the different types of gender identities there are and what some of the challenges these individuals face are.

The author created a story that is as engaging as it is informative. It has a wonderful flow that isn’t interrupted by the education of the reader. The situations and experiences presented feel true to life for Riley. Riley isn’t cast in the role of victim, but rather is put in a position to take control of their life, to be honest about who they are, to find support amongst friends and family, and to be empowered by their experiences rather than defeated by them.

By not revealing Riley’s birth-assigned gender readers will be able to get to know Riley without a label. And by seeing the world through Riley’s eyes they’ll realize that Riley is not so different from everyone their age who is hoping for acceptance, to fit in, to be loved.

SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN is the perfect read for those looking to learn more about gender dysphoria and seeking to gain a better understanding of the challenges and issues that teens with non-traditional gender identities typically deal with. It is extremely well-researched, exceptionally well-written, incredibly enlightening, and utterly compelling. And a definite must for those just looking for a really great read.

The Rating

06

Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.


About Jeff Garvin

Jeff Garvin

Jeff Garvin grew up in Orange County, California, the son of a banker and a magician. He started acting in high school, and enjoyed a fifteen-year career including guest-starring roles in network television series ranging from The Wonder Years to Roseanne to Caroline and the City, as well as several independent features.

While studying at Chapman University, Jeff won awards for classical guitar and visual storytelling before graduating with a BFA in Film. As the front man of his rock band, 7k, Garvin released three albums and toured the United States. When the band dissolved in 2011, Jeff, who had always written short stories and lyrics, found his passion in full-length fiction.

His debut novel, SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN, tells the story of Riley, a 16-year-old gender fluid teen who starts an anonymous blog to deal with hostility from classmates and tension at home. But when the blog goes viral, a storm of media attention threatens Riley’s anonymity. Available now from Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins.

Jeff lives in Southern California with his music teacher wife, their menagerie, and a respectable collection of books and guitars.

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The Giveaway

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I’m offering up for giveaway…

A hardcover copy of SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN to ONE winner

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • There will be ONE winner
  • Giveaway is open to anywhere The Book Depository ships
  • Prize will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
  • Giveaway ends on February 10th at 11:59 PM Pacific
  • Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter
  • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
  • Winner has 72 hours to respond with their details

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The Tour Schedule

2.1.16 | YA Interrobang – Interview

2.2.16 | Fiction Fare – Review

2.3.16 | Read Write Love – Interview + Mini Review

2.4.16 | Fiktshun – Review

2.5.16 | A Dream Within A Dream – Review

2.8.16 | Pop Goes the Reader – Excerpt

2.9.16 | Writing from the Tub – Interview

2.10.16 | Bookiemoji – Guest Post

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GLASS SWORD Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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I am super excited to be today’s stop on the GLASS SWORD Blog Tour. I am madly in love with this series by Victoria Aveyard and can’t wait for everyone to get their copy when it releases next week and discover just how awesome this sequel is.

If you’d like to know why I thought it was so awesome, feel free to scroll down to my review below. If you’d like the chance to win an incredible prize pack, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter.

And if you haven’t yet taken a peek at GLASS SWORD’s description or pre-ordered your copy, the description and links to find it online follow.


About GLASS SWORD

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Title & Series: GLASS SWORD (Red Queen #2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Release date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 464
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

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The Review

GLASS SWORD is an epic and thrilling and nail-biting and heartbreaking second installment in Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series. It takes readers on an action-filled and riveting journey with Mare Barrow and the Scarlet Guard as they attempt to find and save others like Mare who could be instrumental in their fight against the Silvers. With dangerous missions, deadly battles and lethal enemies awaiting them, this promises to be an intense, electrifying and unputdownable read.

Still reeling from the betrayal that nearly cost her and her allies their lives, Mare must quickly pull herself together and come up with a plan to save the Reds with Silver abilities before the King finds and destroys them all. Without the Scarlet Guard on board it will be an impossible feat. But as she hasn’t yet earned their trust, getting their help is unlikely.

With time running out, even without their support, Mare will have to take action. Because she’s not willing to stand by while those like her are annihilated. She’s not willing to let her enemies continue to oppress the Reds. And she’s not willing to let her desire for revenge go unfulfilled.

Victoria Aveyard has done an incredible job in creating a sequel that advances the story yet gives it a very different feel from the first novel. She introduces new characters with different and fascinating abilities. She takes her characters to new settings. She gives them new challenges to face, new enemies to fight, and new hurdles to overcome. And she forces them to make difficult choices, ones that will alter them irrevocably.

Not everyone can be trusted. Not everyone will keep their word. Not everyone will remain unscathed. And with a devastated, vengeful, heartbroken and extremely powerful heroine leading the charge, not everyone will survive.

Gorgeous writing, beautiful imagery and a richly detailed world are just a fraction of what makes GLASS SWORD a must. The characters’ quest, their cause, their strengths, their weaknesses captivate. The plot twists, the surprises, the outcomes, the possibilities are edge-of-your-seat exciting. The character connections are magnetic, moving, heartrending. And the ending ensures an eagerly anticipated follow-up.

The Rating

05


About Victoria Aveyard

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Victoria Aveyard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. She has sold several television pilots and feature-length screenplays. You can visit her online at www.victoriaaveyard.com or on Twitter at @VictoriaAveyard.

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Other Books in the Series

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Title & Series: RED QUEEN (Red Queen Trilogy #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Release date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…

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Cruel Crown

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Title & Series: CRUEL CROWN (Red Queen #0.1-0.2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Release date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 208
Formats: Paperback, audio

Description…

Two women on either side of the Silver-Red divide tell the stories no one else knows.

Discover the truth of Norta’s bloody past in these two revealing prequels to #1 New York Times bestseller Red Queen.

Also includes an exclusive excerpt of the hotly anticipated second book in the Red Queen series! Glass Sword transports readers to the world of Silver tyranny, a Red dawn rising, and one girl’s resolve to break down the system that will hold her back no longer.

Queen Song
Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.

Steel Scars
Captain Farley exchanges coded transmissions with the resistance as she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital. She was raised to be strong, but planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected—until she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation: Mare Barrow.

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The Giveaway

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There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

ONE winner will receive a RED QUEEN Prize Pack from HarperTeen, which includes:

  • ONE (1) physical copy of CRUEL CROWN (0.1 & 0.2 Red Queen)
  • ONE (1) Red Queen foam sword that reads “Kneel or Bleed”
  • ONE (1) Scarlet Guard scarf

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

Week Two


NIGHT STUDY Blog Tour: Interview with Maria V. Snyder + Giveaway

Night Study

I am absolutely thrilled to be today’s stop on the NIGHT STUDY Blog Tour. I absolutely adore this series by Maria V. Snyder and Valek and Yelena are two of my most favorite characters. And I am so excited that NIGHT STUDY has released and everyone will get the chance to read it… and then begin the countdown to DAWN STUDY.

For my stop today I have an AWESOME interview with the author. So if you’d like to know what Maria V. Snyder had to say about her series and characters and what she’s done to them, be sure to check it out below.

This tour also includes an amazing giveaway – US and International – so if you’d like the chance to win a copy of the book, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter.

And if you’d like to check out a few of the other stops on the tour, scroll down to the schedule for direct links to all the stops.


About NIGHT STUDY

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Title & Series: NIGHT STUDY (Soulfinders #2)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Release date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Mira
Pages: 448
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia is safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek…secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realize it’s far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.

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The Interview

Q&A with Maria V. Snyder

Q. If you had to describe NIGHT STUDY in 25 words or less, how would you describe it?

A. An unputdownable continuation of the adventures of Yelena and Valek.

Q. What was your favorite scene and your most challenging scene to write in NIGHT STUDY and why?

A. My favorite scene is a spoiler so I can’t reveal that!  As for my second favorite scene, it is when Leif and Devlen are together and investigating who made the glass panels for those hot glasshouses. The two of them together ended up being fun to write, which was a bit of a surprise to me. It showed that Devlen has been accepted by Leif as part of the “herd.” The most challenging is also a spoiler, but I can say it has to deal with Valek and what had happened to him when he witnessed his brothers being murdered. Poor guy I really put him through the wringer ;).

Q. Across the series, who was your favorite secondary character to write and why?

A. Janco! Which shouldn’t be a surprise ;). He is so fun to write because I can just insert random comments and rants from him and he’s a nice balance to the serious problems Yelena and Valek are experiencing.

Q. What are your two most favorite non-spoiler-y quotes from Valek in NIGHT STUDY? And what are your two most favorite non-spoiler-y quotes from Yelena in NIGHT STUDY?

A. “You can’t assassinate bullies or boys who kiss your daughter.” Yelena says.

“Pity.”  Valek says in response.

“Are you sure it’s not seven dog years? You have a lot of gray in your muzzle,” Yelena quipped, referring to Janco’s salt-and-pepper goatee.

“Love trumps logic. And when it comes to you, love, I can be extremely irrational.” Valek

Q. What has been your greatest challenge about writing a series of this length with these characters?

A. Finding new challenges for them has been hard. I had to take away Yelena’s magic because she was too powerful as a Soulfinder. Plus she grew and changed as a character in the first three books. However, Valek stayed the same throughout the first 3 books, so by focusing on him and his journey I was able to come up with some fun problems for them.

Q. What has been your greatest joy about writing a series of this length with these characters?

A. I know them so well and they’ve become like family.

Q. If you could change one character’s fate from the series for the better or worse, whose fate would it be and why?

A. I’m not the type to wish to change anything from my books. Once printed, that’s the story and I’m happy with it. But there have been a few times I wish Moon Man was still alive since he would add in some nice humor and provide plenty of cryptic advice for Yelena.

Q. What do you love most about writing this series – the characters, the plot, the world?

A. The characters! It’s always about the characters for me – the world and plot evolve from the characters and their desires and motivations.

Q. If you had to live in Ixia or Sitia, where would you choose to live and why would you choose to live there?

A. I’d live in Ixia. I like wearing a uniform—it makes life easier. And I like the way the Commander does things. I’d become a member of  Valek’s corp and hopefully be able to go on missions with Ari and Janco. Maria the spy! Fun stuff!

Q. If Yelena could say one thing to you about the direction of her story, what would she say?

A. That’s enough!

Q. If Valek could say one thing to you about how you’ve crafted his and Yelena’s relationship, what would he say?

A. Thank you.


About Maria V. Snyder

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Maria V. Snyder changed from being a meteorologist to a novelist in 1995, when she began writing to keep her sanity while raising two children. Since then, she has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction-writing classes at the local college and area libraries. The classes give her the wonderful opportunity to encourage fellow writers, and to keep improving her craft.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria always had a fascination with big storms. Dreaming of chasing tornados, Maria earned a bachelors of science degree in meteorology at Penn State University. But she discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn’t one of her skills. In order to chase tornados you had to predict where they might form. Creating fantasy worlds where she has complete control of the weather was more agreeable to her.

Maria’s research on food-tasting methods with an expert chocolate taster, her husband, turned out to be a delicious bonus while writing Poison Study.

Maria has a brown belt in Isshinryu Karate, and enjoys playing volleyball and the cello. Traveling in general and via cruise ship in particular are her biggest distractions from writing. Maria has traveled to Belize, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal.

Maria lives with her husband, son, daughter and yellow lab, Hazelnut, in Pennsylvania where she is at work on more LUNA novels. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University.

Readers are welcome to contact Maria at the following email address: maria@mariavsnyder.com.

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Other Books in the Series

Shadow Study

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Title & Series: SHADOW STUDY (Soulfinders #1)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Release date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Mira
Pages: 416
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

Once, only her own life hung in the balance…

When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.

Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.
Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.
As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked.And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.

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The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • SIX (6) winners will receive a finished copy of NIGHT STUDY – US only
  • FOUR (4) winners will receive a finished copy of NIGHT STUDY – International

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The Tour

Week One

1.18.16 | Dark Faerie Tales – Interview with Valek

1.19.16 | The Bibliophile Chronicles – Review

1.20.16 | Two Chicks on Books – Deleted Scene

1.21.16 | Young Adult at Heart – Review

1.22.16 | Read Now Sleep Later – Interview

Week Two

1.25.16 | Seeing Double In Neverland – Review

1.26.16 | Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Excerpt {Valek’s POV}

1.27.16 | a GREAT read – Review

1.28.16 | Fiktshun – Interview

1.29.16 | Mundie Moms – Review


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