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NEMESIS Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

I am super thrilled to be a stop on the NEMESIS Blog Tour. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. Plus, it’s the first book in a series – which means there is even more exciting stuff to come.

This book is full of surprises, so writing a spoiler-free review was insanely difficult. But if you’d like to know my somewhat cryptic thoughts, they are a bit further down in the post.

If you haven’t heard about NEMESIS or about Author Brendan Reichs, some information about both – and where to find them online – is also below.

Penguin Random House has also included a giveaway with this tour. So if you’d like the chance to win one of five copies of the book, enter in the Raffleopter.

And if you’d like to hear what other bloggers are saying about NEMESIS, or read a few guest posts, an excerpt and an interview, visit the other stops on the tour by clicking the links in the schedule below – which will be updated each day with direct links to the stops.

NEMESIS was released on March 21st so if just can’t wait to read it be sure to head to your favorite online or brick and mortar store to pick up a copy.


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Title & Series: NEMESIS (Project Nemesis #1)
Author: Brendan Reichs
Release date: March 21, 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 464
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook



Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.


NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.

The Review

NEMESIS is a stunning, action- and suspense-filled mind-bender of a read. With a mystery that will keep you guessing, twists that you won’t see coming, secrets, lies, deception, and betrayal, this addictive, heart-stopping, and unpredictable thriller is not to be missed.

An asteroid on a potential collision course with the earth may have rendered Min’s problem obsolete. But getting murdered every other year on her birthday is not something she can shake off so easily. Even if the end is nigh.

And she wants answers. Answers as to who the man in the black suit is, why he wants her dead, why he only comes for her on her even birthdays, and how she can wake up the next morning with absolutely no trace of the crime perpetrated against her evident.

Already an outsider in her small hometown of Fire Lake, she’s not sure who she can turn to for help. Her mom didn’t believe her when it first happened when she was young. She doesn’t want to risk alienating her only friend Tack by telling him the truth. And there’s something about her therapist, Dr. Lowell, that she just doesn’t trust.

But when her investigation leads to information that’s too big for her to handle on her own, she’ll have to put her trust in someone. Especially if her suspicions are correct and things go so far beyond herself and the man who kills her.

Brendan Reichs delivers a complex and intriguing story, told in five parts in first-person alternating points of view, that is chock full of surprises. He gives readers a puzzle to solve, introduces the possibility of a cataclysmic event, hints at potential connections and elaborate conspiracies, and then threatens to blow their minds with a shocking turn of events.

The author lets Min tell the first part of his story, who is strong, independent, clever and determined. He passes the baton to Noah, a quiet, indecisive, weak-willed follower, to tell the next part. And for the remainder, he lets them take turns uncovering the truth about what’s been happening, leading up to the jaw-dropping, cliffhanger ending.

An exhilarating, spine-tingling, all-consuming read, NEMESIS is the brilliant start to an absolutely must, must, must read series.

The Rating

About Brendan Reichs

Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to co-write the Virals series. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Emily, daughter, Alice, and son, Henry. He plans to keep writing novels until they drag him from his desk.


The Giveaway

Courtesy of the publisher…

  • Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Nemesis by Brendan Reichs (ARV: $17.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 20, 2017 and 12:00 AM on April 3, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about April 5, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

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Author: Carrie Mac
Release date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 322
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook



Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella’s Finding Audrey and Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, this is the poignant and uplifting story of Maeve, who is dealing with anxiety while falling in love with a girl who is not afraid of anything.
Think positive.
Don’t worry; be happy.
Keep calm and carry on.

Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.

Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?


Note: This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.

The Review

10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE is a moving, sweet, heartwarming, funny and somewhat anxious-making read. It introduces a girl whose anxiety disorder has majorly impacted her life, who is trying to cope with some pretty serious stuff, and puts her in a sink or swim situation. It allows readers to experience her apprehension, her tension, her fear. And asks them to sympathize with her even when it’s not so easy to do so.

Maeve can’t stop worrying about every little thing. When she gets anxious – which is practically all the time – she can’t stop her brain from going to dark places, from reciting depressing statistics, from imagining the worst possible outcomes.

At home, with her mother, she’s been trying to gain some control over her disorder. But with her mom leaving for Haiti she’s forced to make some big, unsettling changes – say goodbye to Port Townsend, move in with her less than reliable dad, start a new school, make new friends. All these things are hard enough for anyone to deal with, but for someone whose fears dominate their thoughts, it’s almost impossible.

Add in a tragedy, a huge disappointment, a new romance, and an early arrival, and you have the all the ingredients for an epic disaster.

Author Carrie Mac didn’t take the easy road when creating her character. She gave readers someone very real, who is not always particularly likable. And while Maeve may be relatable to some, her disorder could make it difficult for others to understand and connect with her.

The author also didn’t let her character take the easy road. Maeve has all kinds of challenges thrown at her – ones that should give her some hope if she can manage to face and overcome them.

But it’s not all doom and gloom, as Maeve might want you to believe. 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE offers up a lovely romance, two charming siblings, a few interesting neighbors, a kingdom of warring gnomes, and possibly more than you’d ever want to know about home births and parents’ significant others. It is an engaging and insightful, at times maddening, at times hilariously cringe-worthy read.

The Rating

About Carrie Mac

Award-winning author Carrie Mac is well-known for her adeptness at captivating young adult audiences; she has written ten books for young adults, and won the 2010 Sheila A. Egoff Book Prize for her previous work, The Gryphon Project. She lives with her family in Vancouver, BC.



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Author: Whitney Gardner
Release date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, eBook




Note: This review is based on an eARC received by the publicity agency via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.

The Review

First and foremost, YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE is an instantly captivating and immensely entertaining story. It offers a quick pace, fantastic writing, amazing illustrations. It also incorporates diversity, creativity, and originality. It is one of those reads that will pull you in, make you promise yourself “just one more chapter, ” but won’t let you put it down until you’ve reached the end.

The main character, Julia, is interesting and relatable. She is also creative and different and moody and impulsive. Some readers may find her immediately likable, others may have to warm up to her. She is sympathetic but not pitiable. She is daring but also distrusting. She is deaf but is not handicapped by it. She’s an artist whose brand of art has gotten her into a lot of trouble.

There aren’t many, if any, stories about a female graffiti artist. Certainly not many that share illustrations of each tag, sketch, mural the character has done. Author Whitney Gardner has not only managed to successfully weave in these visuals but also paint a picture with her words that allows readers to imagine what being deaf is like for Julia.

The author lets readers see just how frustrating it can be to communicate even the simplest of things, how challenging it can be to understand someone talking quickly, how ignorant and ridiculous people can be when speaking with someone who’s deaf, and how peaceful it can be to not have to hear anything at all.

But YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE is not a story about overcoming the adversity of diversity. It is not a love story. It is a story about friendship, about learning to trust, about forgiveness, about growing up.

It’s about a girl who loves her art more than her schoolwork, who thinks that being alone is better than risking letting anyone in, who loves her moms even if they don’t understand her, who takes no small amount of pleasure in aggravating her interpreter, who is ready to do battle in secret to defend her art, who does not ever want to be called a toy, who has no time or patience for idiots, and who is reluctant to admit when she’s wrong.

Refreshingly different and informative, YOU’RE WELCOME UNIVERSE is a compelling, fun, and incredibly satisfying read.

The Rating

About Whitney Gardner

Whitney Gardner is an author, illustrator, and coffee addict. Originally from New York, she studied design and worked as an art teacher and school librarian before moving to Portland, Oregon, where she lives by a bridge with her husband and two pugs. In the rare moment Whitney isn’t writing or drawing, she’s likely to be reading comics, knitting, and tending her garden or apiary. You’re Welcome, Universe is her debut novel.



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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



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?


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.



Quickie ARC Giveaway: THE MIDNIGHT STAR by Marie Lu


I have an ARC of THE MIDNIGHT STAR by Marie Lu up for giveaway. It’s the third book in The Young Elites and it is awesome. If you’re in the U.S. and over 13 just scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter. 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.

In case you’re unfamiliar with this third book in the series, there are some details about the book, along with a link to an excerpt, immediately below.
ms-giveawayTitle & Series: THE MIDNIGHT STAR (The Young Elites #3)
Author: Marie Lu
Release date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook



The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu.

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina’s story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.

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An ARC (shown above) of THE MIDNIGHT STAR by Marie Lu to ONE winner – US ONLY

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Giveaway is US only
  • Giveaway ends on 12/6 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • ARC 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

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