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STARFALL by Melissa Landers Launch Blitz + Giveaway

It’s release week for STARFALL – the second book in Melissa Landers’ Starflight series – and I’m thrilled to share the news of its release and that the first book in the series, STARFLIGHT, is now on sale in eBook format!

If you haven’t yet heard of this amazing series, read on for some information from the author and to check out each book’s description and places to find it online.

And if you’d like the chance to win a Starflight duology swag pack, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter – the giveaway is international!


A Note from the Author…

Hi, booklovers!

I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m so excited to launch STARFALL, the second and final book in my Starflight duology! This story picks up shortly after the first book ends, but now Cassia and Kane are the main characters, with Doran, Solara, and the rest of the Banshee crew pitching in to help take down an intergalactic mafia. (You know, just an ordinary day in space.) And while saying goodbye to characters is never easy, I think I gave the crew a proper sendoff with plenty of humor, heart, and action. I hope you love STARFALL as much as I do!

Haven’t read the first book? You’re in luck, because for a limited time, Starflight is on sale for 99 cents in all e-formats. Now you can binge read the entire duology in one sitting!


About the Books

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Title & Series: STARFLIGHT (Starflight #1)
Release date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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Description…

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

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Praise

“Smart, action-packed and utterly addictive!” –New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman

Starflight has the cinematic appeal, warp-speed action and unlikely heroes of Star Wars.” –Justine Magazine

“A lively tale of romance, space pirates, conspiracy, and made (as opposed to genetic) families.” –Booklist

“A great choice for fans of raw sci-fi action, reminiscent of the lawlessness presented in the television series Firefly.” –School Library Journal

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From the Author…

If you love sci-fi adventure with a dash of romance, I hope you’ll pick up the Starflight duology today. Starflight and Starfall are both available in stores and online.

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Title & Series: STARFALL (Starflight #2)
Release date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn’t exactly in need of heroics—she’s claimed her birthright as Eturia’s queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn’t a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?

When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family’s complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.

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About Melissa Landers

Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information or just to say hello, visit www.melissa-landers.com.

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The Giveaway

From the Author…

To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a Starflight duology swag pack, complete with bookmarks and two signed mini posters! The giveaway is open internationally. Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

Best of luck, and happy reading!

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THE WISH GRANTER Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Welcome to today’s stop on THE WISH GRANTER Blog Tour. As a huge fan of the author and her Ravenspire series, I am thrilled to be able to share my thoughts on this second book in the series.

For those who haven’t read the first book in this series, THE SHADOW QUEEN, not to worry, as THE WISH GRANTER introduces a new world and characters to fall in love with… or detest if it’s Alistair Teague we’re talking about. And while you may know who he is from that other fairytale, you will definitely want to see just how C.J. Redwine imagined him.

THE WISH GRANTER releases in just one week, so the wait is almost over! And let me tell you, it is sooooo worth the wait!

In the meantime, be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more reviews and a few guest posts. And if you’d like the chance to win signed copies of both books in the series, be sure to check out the tour-wide giveaway.


About THE WISH GRANTER

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Title & Series: THE WISH GRANTER (Ravenspire #2)
Author: C.J. Redwine
Release date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

Description…

An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.

The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

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NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy has been pre-ordered.


The Review

Once again C.J. Redwine has taken a well-known fairytale and turned it into an amazing adventure and an unforgettable and magical read. THE WISH GRANTER has all the elements of a classic fairytale – royalty, wickedness, greed, foolish choices, heroism, innocence, justice, and the hope for a happily ever after. But it offers so much more – action, suspense, a smart, strong, and immensely likable heroine, heartbreak, romance, faerie lore, depth of plot and characters, an expansive and interesting world, and a darkly appealing tone that sets the mood for this positively gripping and absolutely wonderful tale.

With the queen seeking to eliminate any possible threats to her son’s future rule, Thad had no idea how he could save himself, let alone protect his sister. So when he was given the chance to save her, he took it. Even if it meant sacrificing himself to do so.

But when Ari discovered the price he agreed to pay and the other costs he hadn’t been aware of, she was determined to find a way to release him from the contract. Though it wouldn’t be easy. Not when the Wish Granter had the only copy of the agreement. Not when Thad was taking dangerous risks to try and get out of the contract on his own. Not when she had nothing to bargain with. And not when she knew next to nothing about faeries and how they might be defeated.

A kingdom in turmoil, a prince at risk of losing his soul, a wily princess who refuses to conform to expectations, a weapons master who is reluctantly falling in love, and a very dangerous, greedy, and power hungry faerie looking to have it all, make for an epic, enthralling, imaginative, and exciting read.

C.J. Redwine infused her fairytale with more darkness, more tragedy, a more vile and wicked villain, a slew of despicable foes, and a more challenging puzzle to solve. But THE WISH GRANTER also promises more bravery, heart, ingenuity, hope, and love.

While based on the story of a not-so-beloved character, this second book in the Ravenspire series is an original with a heroine who is sure to be beloved. And it is a story that can be read and thoroughly enjoyed whether or not the first in the series has been read.

The Rating

About C.J. Redwine

C.J. Redwine is the New York Times bestselling author of YA fantasy novels, including The Shadow Queen, The Wish Granter, and the Defiance trilogy. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day. To learn more about C.J., visit her website at www.cjredwine.com 

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Other Books in the Series

TheShadowQueen

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Title & Series: THE SHADOW QUEEN (Ravenspire #1)
Author: C.J. Redwine
Release date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

A dark epic fantasy inspired by the tale of Snow White, from C. J. Redwine, the author of the Defiance series. Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and Cinder.

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic of his own—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman—and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

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The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • ONE (1) winner will receive a SIGNED paperback copy of THE SHADOW QUEEN + a SIGNED hardback copy of THE WISH GRANTER – US only

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

Feb. 6 | Zach’s YA Reviews – Guest Post
Feb. 7 | Fiktshun – Review
Feb. 8 | Novel Novice – Guest Post
Feb. 9 | BookCrushin – Review
Feb. 10 | YA and Wine – Excerpt

Week Two

Feb. 13 | A Backwards Story – Review
Feb. 14 | YA Books Central – Guest Post
Feb. 15 | Mundie Moms – Review
Feb. 16 | Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post
Feb. 17 | The Best Books Ever – Spotlight


Review: A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING

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Title & Series: A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING (Kingdom on Fire #1)
Author: Jessica Cluess
Release date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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Description…

Henrietta can burst into flames.

Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s named the first female sorcerer in hundreds of years and invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the prophesied one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta is not the chosen one.

As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

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NOTE: This review is based on a finished copy of the book received from Blogging for Books. A kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


The Review

A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING is an instantly captivating, utterly enchanting, lightning-fast and unputdownable read. It is filled with delightful, interesting and creepy characters, exciting and deadly battles, dark and light sorcery, secrets, deception and betrayal. It introduces a main character who is strong, determined, loyal and kind-hearted, with amazing abilities, and with dangerous secrets to protect. And it promises to keep readers riveted with incredible writing, intriguing world-building, thrilling magic, a touch of romance, and the anticipation of what is still to come.

In a world where magic is outlawed, having the ability to create fire is dangerous and not being able to keep it hidden could mean death. But with an ability that is hard to control when angry or upset, Henrietta Howel knows she won’t be able to keep her secret for long. Not when everything the headmaster does causes her hands to burst into flames.

And when her secret is revealed at last, she thought she’d be taken to London to be imprisoned or executed. She never imagined that it would be to train with other sorcerers, that she was a sorcerer, that she could be the prophesied one. Or that she could be something else.

With the Ancients wreaking havoc and getting closer than ever before to defeating the sorcerers and with even more more to lose, Henrietta will have to find a way to master her ability, learn to harness all sorcerer powers, and keep all of her secrets from coming to light. A near insurmountable feat at best, but with threats from within and without, her attempt to succeed may just be futile.

Jessica Cluess spun a tale that will make readers fall in love with her characters, their abilities, their world. She created the perfect blend of action, suspense and spellbinding magic. She delivered frightening and gruesome enemies, charming and mysterious sorcerers, along with moments of humor, horror and adorableness, making A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING an absolute must read.

The Rating


About Jessica Cluess

Jessica Cluess is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories.

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Quickie Giveaway: WAYFARER by Alexandra Bracken

I have two hardcover copies of WAYFARER (Passenger #2) by Alexandra Bracken for giveaway. This is an AMAZING sequel and a must, must, MUST read! If you don’t believe me, check out my review HERE.

One of the copies has a slightly torn edge to the dust jacket on the top left side, the other is in perfect condition. The first winner chosen by Rafflecopter will get the unmarred copy.

The Giveaway

A hardcover copy of WAYFARER by Alexandra Bracken  to TWO (2) winners – US only

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • There will be two (2) winners
  • Giveaway is US only
  • Giveaway ends on 1/15 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • Books will be sent by US mail, media mail with tracking
  • Winners will be contacted by email and announced in the Rafflecopter
  • Winners have 72 hours to respond or another winner(s) will be chosen

There are no requirements to like or follow the blog but there are extra entry opportunities if you follow the author and publisher, share the giveaway news, leave a comment, and/or add the book on Goodreads.

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Review: WAYFARER

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Title & Series: WAYFARER (Passenger #2)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Release date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 544
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

Description…

All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.

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NOTE: This review is based on a copy of the book received from the publicity agency in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eBook copy was purchased for my collection.


The Review

There aren’t enough words to describe just how amazing and incredible and epic a sequel WAYFARER is. It is action-packed. It is suspenseful It takes you to fascinating places and times. It will keep you guessing. It will keep you hoping. It will break your heart again and again. It will take you on an adventure and on an emotional roller coaster. And then it will blow your mind.

Without the ability to travel through time, Etta Spencer and Nicholas Carter never would have met, gotten to know one another, fallen in love. Being a traveler wasn’t inherently a bad thing. But there were risks. And there were often serious consequences. And over the centuries those with the ability to travel, intentionally or not, caused so much damage and destruction that reverting back to the original timeline seemed like the best solution to a growing problem.

But the only way to do that would be to find the device that could make that happen. Again. This time without any clues as to who has it, where it is, or when it is. This time facing even more danger, confronting deadlier foes, working with an even more challenging timeframe. This time searching without each other.

Twists and turns, secrets and betrayal, heartbreak and loss fill this story. Love and hope, strength and honor, bravery and sacrifice infuse its every page. The journeys are harrowing, nail-biting, tension-filled, heart-stopping. The love story is sweet, bittersweet, and so very romantic. The ending is unforgettable.

What Alexandra Bracken did in this follow-up to an extraordinary first book in the series is outstanding. She delivers more beautifully-written passages, paints more stunning pictures with her words, invents more intriguing time-travel locations, introduces more interesting characters, reveals more about the travelers, the families, the past, offers more food for thought, creates more heart-wrenching moments.

WAYFARER will fill you with wonder, bring tears to your eyes, and leave you desperately wishing your travels through time with these characters never had to end.

Expect to be surprised. Expect to be transported. Expected to be riveted from start to finish. And expect to fall madly in love with this rich, gorgeous, and absolutely remarkable read.

The Rating

06

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


About Alexandra Bracken

Photo credit: John Geyster

Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona. The daughter of a Star Wars collector, she grew up going to an endless string of Star Wars conventions and toy fairs, which helped spark her imagination and a deep love of reading. After graduating high school, she attended The College of William & Mary in Virginia, where she double majored in English and History. She sold her first book, Brightly Woven, as a senior in college, and later moved to New York City to work in children’s book publishing, first as an editorial assistant, then in marketing. After six years, she took the plunge and decided to write full time. She now lives in Arizona with her tiny pup, Tennyson, in a house that’s constantly overflowing with books.

Alex is a #1 New York Times bestselling and USA TODAY bestselling author. Her work is available across the world in over 15 languages.

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Other Books in the SEries

PassengerCover

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Title & Series: PASSENGER (Passenger #1)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Release date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 496
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.

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Quickie Clearing the Pile Giveaway #4

I have a pile of books two hardcover books + signed bookplate for giveaway:

The Giveaway

The pile of two books + signed bookplate above to ONE winner – US ONLY

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Giveaway is US only
  • Giveaway ends on 1/4 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • Books will be sent by US mail, media mail with tracking
  • Winner will be contacted by email and announced in the Rafflecopter
  • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen

There are no requirements to like or follow the blog but there are extra entry opportunities if you follow the authors, share the giveaway news, leave a comment, and/or add the books on Goodreads.

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