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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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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

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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

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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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PASSENGER Blog Tour: Interview with Alexandra Bracken + Giveaway

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I’m not sure which I’m more excited about – that PASSENGER releases in just one week or that I’m today’s stop on the tour and have an awesome interview with Author Alexandra Bracken to share. Luckily I don’t have to choose.

If you haven’t yet had the chance to add PASSENGER to your TBR pile, to your bookish pre-orders, to your “most wanted” book list, now’s the time. This book is EPIC and AMAZING and so, so, so very AWESOME. And it’s totally a must read now kind of book if you love traveling through time and embarking upon incredible journeys with characters you adore.

Of course, if you haven’t yet had the chance to read the description for PASSENGER, it follows below.

And if you’d like to know how Alexandra Bracken describes PASSENGER, or find out what her most favorite part of and most challenging aspect to writing this gorgeous and riveting book were, or get a tiny teaser of what can be expected in the sequel, and more, be sure to check out the Q&A, which follows just after the book trailer.

There is also a tour-wide giveaway for a few copies of PASSENGER. Just enter in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.


About PASSENGER

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


The Interview

Q&A with Alexandra Bracken

Q. How would you describe PASSENGER in 25 words or less?

A time travel treasure hunt that spans centuries and continents! Also, kissing!

Q. Who was your favorite character to write in PASSENGER and why were they a favorite?

I don’t think I could pick a favorite between Nicholas and Etta! They’re both so alike despite the major, major differences in their upbringings. I had a blast writing these little moments where their values and knowledge from their respective centuries bumped up against each other and they had to sort through that. Etta has a really warm, lively voice to write in and is never down for long (my pirate!), and Nicholas is just so sharp and funny, but has this passionate poet’s heart beating in his chest. Those 18th century men have a way with words!

Q. What was the most challenging aspect to writing PASSENGER?

Oooh good question! I think it was the time travel itself, to be honest—I was about to put my head through the wall multiple times because it seemed like every “solution” I had for a time travel paradox just created a new one.  If you’re not careful, you can basically go around in circles trying to explain why something is or isn’t a problem and that really bogs the story down. I’m glad I ultimately chose to make my time travel system be more magic-based than science-based so there was some logical wiggle room, but maaaan. Though stuff to sort through.

Q. What was your favorite aspect about writing PASSENGER?

I loved the adventure of it! I’m living vicariously through both Nicholas and Etta and picking locations and time periods that I’ve always been very interested in. As you guys will see, it also has a very different tone from the darkness of The Darkest Minds, which I don’t think is a bad thing—the difference there made everything feel very fresh to me. Oh! And I really just loved meeting all of these characters for the first time and getting to know them.

Q. If you could take a journey to any time and any place where and when would you go? And why?

I would love to take a peek into the future. Spoilers, I know, but still! I’m such a worrywart, I’d love to know what was coming to help prepare myself.  (And, yes, I’m definitely the kind of person that reads the Wiki entry to see how a movie ends before I watch it and I still read the last line of a book before the first. I am a monster.)

Q. What most surprised you when writing PASSENGER – something the characters did or said, a plot twist or turn, an unexpected destination? (Feel free to be cryptic if spoiler-y.)

Yes! All along I’d been planning on setting the finale of the story in Petra, Jordan—an absolutely beautiful location that you guys will probably recognize from its many appearances in films. I thought it would be incredibly scenic, but… um, logistically there was no way for the characters to reach Petra in time from where they’d started by camel or horse, so I picked a new and equally lovely location… which is now in seriously danger of being destroyed due to what’s happening in modern times. (Hopefully that wasn’t too spoiler-y!) 

On the character side, Sophia—another traveler about Etta’s age who’s grown up in this world—went through some serious changes when I went through edits. She began as a sweet-as-sugar best friend type that, I realized (to my horror) wasn’t really serving any other purpose other than to serve Etta’s character. I always want to depict strong female friendships, but here I felt it was more important to create a strong relationship, or at least a strong dynamic. Sophia and Etta now serve as foils to one another. I’m really pleased that Sophia being exposed to Etta’s modern feminism (which Sophia has sadly been denied because time travelers are awful prigs about gender roles) helps inspire her own action and growth.

Q. What can readers expect from WAYFARER – more action, new destinations, new secrets uncovered, new characters?

A little bit of all of that! The end of PASSENGER sets up two parallel journeys, which means you do get to see more time periods and meet a whole host of new characters, including those involved with the mysterious group, the Thorns, and Li Min, a traveler mercenary for hire who is a freaking delight and a half. Etta learns quite a bit more about the blank space that’s been her father’s side of the family, too! The aspect I’m most excited about, though, is that I finally get to play a bit with alternate history. 


About Alexandra Bracken

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Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She now writes full time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming apartment overflowing with books. You can visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com or on Twitter (@alexbracken).

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The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • THREE (3) winners will receive a finished copy of PASSENGER – US only

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The Tour Schedule

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THROUGH THE DARK by Alexandra Bracken {Giveaway}

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I am absolutely thrilled to be able to host a giveaway for a copy of THROUGH THE DARK by Alexandra Bracken courtesy of the publisher, Disney-Hyperion. The Darkest Minds is an amazing series and this printed and bound book containing three novellas is awesome.

From the publisher:

Through the Dark features two novellas (In Time and Sparks Rise) previously offered in ebook only, as well as a new novella that ties up Sparks Rise. Fans of Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Vida are in for a treat–our original cast returns at the end of the final novella, and are every bit as lovable as always.

If you’d like to join in or follow the conversation on social media use #ThroughtheDark.

To connect with Disney-Hyperion, follow on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM.

If you’d like to enter the giveaway for a copy of THROUGH THE DARK enter in the Rafflecopter.

And for some news about Alexandra Bracken’s new book, PASSENGER, releasing in January, scroll down to the bottom of the post.

First, though, here’s some more information about THROUGH THE DARK.


About THROUGH THE DARK

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Title & Series: THROUGH THE DARK (The Darkest Minds #s 1.5, 2.5, 3.5)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Release date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

Don’t miss this breathtaking collection of stories set in the world of the New York Times best-selling Darkest Minds trilogy. Featuring ebook original novellas In Time and Sparks Rise, available in print for the first time, and a gripping, brand-new novella, Through the Dark is a must-have for fans of the Darkest Minds.

This collection also contains a sneak peek at the first novel in Alexandra Bracken’s new series, Passenger.

IN TIME

Gabe’s life has been devastated in the wake of the economic crash. The only option left for someone like him to escape his tragic past is to leave his small town behind and to attempt to become a skiptracer. This already almost-impossible task is made all the more difficult by his first “score,”a young girl who won’t speak, but who changes his life in ways he could never imagine.

SPARKS RISE

Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmand rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam’s dark childhood.

Lucas has a deadly secret–he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk everything to save her.

BEYOND THE NIGHT 

The government-run “rehabilitation camps” have been shut down, but kids with Psi powers are anything but free. Sam would rather be on her own than put in the care of a foster family and given the “cure”–a dangerous procedure that unclaimed kids across the country are being forced to undergo. But there’s more at stake than just her own safety. Sam once made someone a promise, and the time has come to fulfill it.

Now that she’s out of her camp, Mia only has one thought in her head: finding Lucas, her beloved older brother. She hasn’t seen him since they were separated and taken to different camps years ago, before Mia even became Psi. When Sam, Lucas’s childhood best friend, rescues Mia from the government’s inept care, Mia learns that nothing is as simple as she thought–and the past that she’s so desperate to salvage may not be possible to recover…

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About Alexandra Bracken

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Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Alex now lives in New York City, where you can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com and on Twitter @alexbracken.

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Other Books in the Series

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About THE DARKEST MINDS

darkestmindsTitle & Series: THE DARKEST MINDS (The Darkest Minds #1)
Release Date: December 18, 2012
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 496
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

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About NEVER FADE

NeverFadeTitle & Series: NEVER FADE (The Darkest Minds #2)
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 512
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

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About IN THE AFTERLIGHT

intheafterlight_finalcoverTitle & Series: IN THE AFTERLIGHT (The Darkest Minds #3)
Release date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 544
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

Description

Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there’s no guarantee you’re fully in control, and everything comes with a price.

When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam’s brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government “rehabilitation camps” all over the country. Freeing them–revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process–is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.

But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.

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The Giveaway

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  • ONE (1) winner will receive a copy of THROUGH THE DARK – US only

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The PASSENGER eSampler

An eSampler of PASSENGER is now available through all eBook retailers. To download, visit:

Learn more at un-requiredreading.com.

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Two worlds collide in this sweeping, romantic novel about a love that crosses centuries by bestselling author of the Darkest Minds series, Alexandra Bracken.

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, his passenger, can find. In order to protect her, Nick 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.


Review: ALIVE

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Title: ALIVE
Author: Chandler Baker
Release date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

Stella Cross’s heart is poisoned.

After years on the transplant waiting list, she’s running out of hope that she’ll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive.

Determined to embrace everything she came so close to losing, Stella throws herself into her new life. But her recovery is marred by strange side effects: Nightmares. Hallucinations. A recurring pain that flares every day at the exact same moment. Then Stella meets Levi Zin, the new boy on everyone’s radar at her Seattle prep school. Stella has never felt more drawn to anyone in her life, and soon she and Levi are inseparable.

Stella is convinced that Levi is her soul mate. Why else would she literally ache for him when they are apart?

After all, the heart never lies…does it?

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NOTE: This review is based on a copy of the book received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


The Review

ALIVE is a deliciously creepy read that starts out as every great horror story should – perfectly normal. It begins with a girl who has survived a heart transplant and is trying to get back as much of the life she had before she got sick as she can. And it looks as if it’s possible.

Except for a few unexplainable but excruciating pains, the daily meds, the scar that’s a permanent reminder of what she went through, and the need to keep her activity and excitement levels to a minimum, she has the life she wasn’t sure she’d ever have again. No more ticking time bomb in her chest. No more pitying looks from friends and family. With this new heart, Stella Cross has a real chance at a future. And with the arrival of the very hot new boy, Levi Zin, who seems as into Stella as she is into him, her future is looking pretty awesome.

Except for those pains. The ones that arrive every day at 5:08. The ones that put her through agony and leave her terrified that something is really wrong with her new heart. The ones that make her wonder just how long she’ll be able to handle the daily onslaught. The ones that disappear whenever she’s with Levi, a boy who she’s starting to feel intensely connected to and who makes her heart ache whenever they’re apart.

Chandler Baker penned a story that is the perfect mix of contemporary, mystery and horror. She draws you in with the contemporary, she teases you with the mystery, and keeps you on edge with the horror. She created a main character in Stella who is likable and sympathetic. She pairs her with a boy who is sexy, mysterious, intense. She offers her the possibility of something more with Henry, her cute, charming, thoughtful, and hopeful friend. And she gives her a bold, straightforward, no b.s. best friend, Brynn.

And for fans of horror stories, who may have an inkling from the start of what is to come, the author changes things up a bit and delivers a few surprises. ALIVE is a lightning fast read that grabs hold immediately, promises to keep you riveted from start to finish, give you the chills, and makes you hope to never be in Stella’s shoes. It’s thrilling, it’s eerie, it’s unputdownable.

The Rating

05


About the Author

Chandler Baker

Chandler Baker got her start ghostwriting novels for teens and tweens, including installments in a book series that has sold more than 1 million copies. She grew up in Florida, went to college at the University of Pennsylvania and studied law at the University of Texas. She now lives in Austin with her husband. Although she loves spinning tales with a touch of horror, she is a much bigger scaredy-cat than her stories would lead you to believe.

You can find Chandler as the books contributor on the YouTube channel Weird Girls.

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