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    A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

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    If you’ve been following the tour this week you should be all caught up with refreshers on the series and have read a bit about what can be expected in A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU by Claudia Gray. Well, TODAY you get to read a seriously awesome excerpt that will leave you that much more anxious to find out what will happen in this third and final book in the series when it releases next week.

    Yes, the wait is almost over – though if you ask me almost is not soon enough. I am dying to find out what happens next and how this series ends. Especially after reading about what happens to our Marguerite in the excerpt and hearing about what happened to another of the Marguerites.

    I have no idea how far into the book what happens in the excerpt takes place, but I can guarantee that any fan of the series who reads it will be racing through however many pages there are to get to this scene and find out what happened just before and what will happen immediately after. That’s what I’ll be doing on Monday Midnight when my copy downloads to my Kindle.

    Anyway….

    There is a brief intro from the author giving a bit of context – though it’s really more of a tease for those desperately waiting for A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU – along with the excerpt below the book’s details which immediately follow.

    For those new to the series or unfamiliar with the very spectacular Claudia Gray, information on both are also below.

    There is also an amazing tour-wide giveaway. So be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter if eligible.

    And if you’d like to either catch up on or follow the tour, links to each of the stops is at the bottom of this post.


    About A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU

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    Title & Series: A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU (Firebird #3)
    Author: Claudia Gray
    Release date: November 1, 2016
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite’s hands in the final installment of the Firebird trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

    Ever since she used the Firebird, her parent’s invention, to cross through alternate dimensions, Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud. Now she has learned that the evil Triad Corporation plans to destroy hundreds of universes, using their ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite who is wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

    Even though her boyfriend Paul has always been at Marguerite’s side, the Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man, and he may never be the same again. Marguerite alone must stop Triad and prevent the destruction of the multiverse. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.

    In the epic conclusion to the sweeping series that kicked off with A Thousand Pieces of You, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed.

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    The Excerpt

    With an intro from Claudia Gray…

    Marguerite is racing through the universes, chasing after another, wickeder version of herself. Wicked’s goal is to kill as many Marguerites as possible, because that’s the only way to close that universe off to our Marguerite forever. But the deaths can’t be too quick—the wicked one needs to escape, and she’s hoping for our Marguerite to leap in at the perfect moment to be killed too.

    When this excerpt begin, our Marguerite has just jumped away from one universe only to appear in what seems to be an endless void, unlike anything she’s ever experienced…

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    Something brushes against my cheek, and I startle. The hands I couldn’t sense a couple seconds ago automatically come to my face to check. Turns out my curls are floating around me as if I were underwater. Okay, body parts intact equals good, but what the hell is going on?

    Metal begins to clank and whirr, the unmistakable sounds of machinery at work. Light filters in from behind me, dim at first, then brightening. Turning around is difficult; I have to writhe with my whole body to do it, and by now nausea has begun to wring my stomach. Finally I manage to get a look at what’s going on. Enormous plates are shuttering upwards as if being folded, and beyond them they reveal—

    –Earth. As in, the whole planet. Which I am not currently on.

    Outer space. You’re in outer space. Deep breaths. I can’t talk myself down. Oh my freaking God I’m in outer space! There’s no oxygen in space!

    Of course there’s oxygen here—wherever this is—because I’m breathing. But for how long?

    Never, ever have I liked heights. I’m not phobic or anything, but I’m one of the ones you have to tell not to look down no matter what. Now there’s nowhere to look but down.

    Red lights begin to flash, and I hear a female computer voice say, “Warning. Plasma venting in four minutes.” A male computer voice says something else afterward in another language, one I can’t identify, because I’m facing my second life-or-death crisis in five minutes and this is the closest I’ve ever come to passing out from terror.

    Pull it together! Nobody’s going to save me but me. Now that there’s enough light in this chamber, I can see tons of openings, most of them square and small, as well as a single, large, round one that looks like it might be some kind of door. Please, let that be a door; it’s the only chance I’ve got.

    I try to move toward that opening, basically attempting to swim through whatever air is in here, but that doesn’t work. It leaves me simply flailing in space, barely moving forward at all. Quickly I scan the area being revealed around me, this section of whatever enormous machine contains me now. If I could touch one of the walls, I could pull myself along the surface until I reached what I really, truly, sincerely hope is a way out.

    The closest one is beneath me, if “beneath” has any meaning up here. So I wriggle in that general direction, moving so slowly I want to scream.

    “Three minutes to plasma venting,” intones the computer voice, with her male echo just after. Three minutes isn’t long enough—at least fifty feet separate me and that opening, and I don’t even think I’ll be able to touch the nearest surface before then.

    Another voice echoes through the chamber. “Marguerite? What are you doing?”

    “Mom!” Where is she? I can’t see her, but it doesn’t matter. She can see me. “Get me out of here!”

    The metal plates stop moving. My vista on planet Earth gets no wider. The computer voice intones, “Plasma venting aborted.”

    I should be happy. I should be cheering and laughing, especially now that a mechanical tow arm is unfolding from the wall to bring me in.

    Instead, I want to cry.

    I lost the Egyptverse Marguerite too. I had chances to save them and failed. And this time Theo was the one who did it—Theo

    Will I be able to save anybody? How many Marguerites have to die?


    About Claudia Gray

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    Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents’ copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.

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    Other Books in the Series

    A-Thousand-PiecesTitle & Series: A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU (Firebird #1)
    Author: Claudia Gray
    Release date: November 4, 2014
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 368
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

    Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

    Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

    A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

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    Ten-Thousand-SkiesTitle & Series: TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU (Firebird #2)
    Author: Claudia Gray
    Release date: November 3, 2015
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    In this sequel to A Thousand Pieces of You by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray, Marguerite races through various dimensions to save the boy she loves.

    Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross through to alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurt the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked, and his consciousness is scattered across multiple dimensions.

    The hunt for each splinter of Paul’s soul sends Marguerite racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris, where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each dimension brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with every trial she faces, she begins to question the one constant she’s found between the worlds: their love for each other.

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    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for….

    • Three (3) winners will receive a finished copy of A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU – US only

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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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    Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    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

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


    About Sophie Jordan

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    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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    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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    Note: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    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

    Must be 13+ To Enter | Ships in US only | 
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    SWORD AND VERSE Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

    Sword And Verse

    I am thrilled to be today’s stop on the SWORD AND VERSE Blog Tour. This is such an incredible story and I can’t wait for everyone to get the chance to read it when it releases tomorrow. It is all sorts of epic. It’s a story of justice and fairness and equality, of doing what’s right, of trust and honesty, of love and sacrifice.

    It is riveting and nail-biting. And so much more.

    If you’d like to know what else I thought, my review is below. If you’d like to know more about the book, check out the book’s description. If you’d like to catch up with Author Kathy MacMillan online, her social links follow the review.

    And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of this amazing book, enter in the Rafflecopter.

    The tour continues through the end of the week. Direct links to all the stops can/will be found at the bottom of the post.


    About SWORD AND VERSE

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    Title & Series: SWORD AND VERSE (Sword and Verse #1)
    Author: Kathy MacMillan
    Release date: January 19, 2016
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

    Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

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    “I was completely enthralled by the fascinating and unique world that Kathy MacMillan has created.  The depth and skill she demonstrates with her ability to build an original mythology based on words and the power of language are highly unusual for a first-time novelist and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” – National Book Award finalist Franny Billingsley

    “A tense, romantic fantasy epic about prejudice, political struggle, and the power of words, SWORD AND VERSE kept me guessing at every turn. Kathy MacMillan is a writer to watch.” — R.J. Anderson, Andre Norton Award-nominated author of Ultraviolet


    Note: This review is based on an ARC received from the tour host in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    SWORD AND VERSE is an epic and thrilling and riveting story. It introduces a world shaped by gods and goddesses, a world where the written word is reserved for only the most elite, a world where those seen as less are enslaved. It’s a story of the fight for justice and equality, of bravery and standing up for what’s right, of honesty and trust, and of love and sacrifice. It’s an exciting and nail-biting read that will have you rooting for the underdog, for a happy ending to the love story, for freedom for the oppressed, and for punishment for the oppressors.

    Raisa had only one tangible object from her past – a scrap of paper from her father, written in a language she couldn’t decipher. Taken from her family during a raid and sold as a slave, she never thought she’d ever be taught the skill to read and write. Only Tutors were granted the privilege in order to pass the skill along to the King’s heirs. And Prince Mati already had a Tutor.

    But when his Tutor was executed for being a part of the Resistance, she somehow managed to pass the tests and get chosen to train to become the next Tutor. Which meant she’d finally be able to learn what her father’s words were. She knew the job had risks. She just never imagined the complications – of having to choose between loyalty to the King or committing treason, of having to fight her growing feelings for someone completely unattainable, of having to keep secrets that could cost her her life.

    Spanning several years, SWORD AND VERSE imagines a world where power stems from being able to read and write. Even among the rulers, only the highest echelons get to learn all the symbols that make up their written language. And those enslaved are kept powerless through ignorance and intimidation.

    Kathy MacMillan created an elaborate and amazingly well-crafted mythology in SWORD AND VERSE. Her world is richly detailed, stunning, fascinating. She introduced a likable, sympathetic, and very relatable main character in Raisa. And she developed a story that is compelling, meaningful, empowering, unputdownable.

    Secrets, lies, deception and betrayal abound in this utterly captivating story filled with cruelty, injustice, merciless enemies, traitors, deadly plots, heartbreak, romance, rebellion and myth. It is a gripping, electrifying and all-consuming read that will keep you on the edge of your seat from its very first line to its very last.

    The Rating

    05


    About Kathy MacMillan

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    Kathy MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, consultant, librarian, signing storyteller, and avowed Hufflepuff.  Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse, explores questions of power and prejudice in an epic fantasy setting, and has been called “fascinating and unique” by National Book Award finalist Franny Billingsley.  Kathy is the founder of The Sweet Sixteens (www.thesweet16s.com) debut group of 2016 middle grade and young adult authors, and serves as the Published and Listed Member Coordinator for the Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  She is also the author of eight resource books for educators, librarians, and parents, including Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press, 2013). She lives near Baltimore, MD with her husband, son, and a cat named Pancake.

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    TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    I am so unbelievably thrilled to be today’s stop on the TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU Blog Tour. I am crazy in love with this series and I cannot wait for everyone to get the chance to read this sequel. Just one more day and the wait will be over… well, until you devour this book and start the countdown for the next book in the series.

    And I cannot even begin to express just how awesome this next installment in the series is… which made it impossible to write a review that conveys anything even remotely close to how I felt about it. But I had to say something instead of getting all tongue-tied like I did with the first book in the series, as my stop on the tour is a review stop.

    If you’d like to know what I somewhat incoherently thought about this book, my review is below. If you haven’t yet heard about this series, be sure to check out the description for A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU. It is a series NOT to be missed.

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    About TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU

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    Title & Series: TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU (Firebird #2)
    Author: Claudia Gray
    Release date: November 3, 2015
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

    Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

    The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.

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


    The Review

    TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU is a brilliant and amazing and riveting read. It is packed full of action, suspense, surprises, twists and turns. It will break your heart, then mend it, only to break it once more. It is the epitome of an epic adventure that spans multiple universes, that allows for an infinite number of outcomes, and that introduces a number of different versions of the characters readers have come to know and love or hate.

    It is intense. It is thrilling. The endless possibilities are mind-boggling. The alternate dimensions are fascinating. The love story is heartrending. The ending is jaw-dropping.

    When Paul doesn’t return from his trip into one of the other dimensions where he’d gone to try and find a way to help Theo, Marguerite is willing to do whatever it takes to find him and bring him back. Even if it means defying her parents and giving their enemy, Wyatt Conley, whatever he wants in exchange for Paul’s return.

    With Paul’s soul splintered into four pieces and hidden across multiple universes, she’ll be forced to hurt and betray different versions of herself, her family, and those she cares most about, she’ll have to put herself at risk in each dimension to find him, and she’ll have to put her trust in Theo, if she has any hope of saving him.

    Whatever she has to do, whatever guilt she’ll have to deal with, will be worth it. Because she could live with the fact that she helped Wyatt and the Triad, but she couldn’t live with herself if she didn’t try to rescue Paul.

    Claudia Gray is the master of the multiverse. Her parallel worlds are so well-crafted. The different versions of her characters are interesting and intriguing. The way she makes their lives intertwine is captivating and exciting.

    In this sequel, the author turns everything on its ear, making readers question their beliefs about who is good or bad, who is right or wrong, who they love and hate, who should end up with whom. She puts readers on an emotional roller coaster that will leave them breathless. And she takes them on a journey that is gripping, devastating, shocking, and tension-filled.

    TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU is imaginative and expansive and rich with detail. The pace is non-stop. The surprises keep on coming. The build-up to the finish is electrifying. It is a sequel that surpasses its predecessor, that is so creative and so incredible, and that readers won’t be able to put down for a second, for a moment. It is a story that can’t be called anything less than phenomenal.

    The Rating

    06

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


    About Claudia Gray

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    Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)

    I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via TwitterTumblrPinterestGoodReadsInstagram or (of course) my own home page.

    If you want to contact me, you can email me here, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and GoodReads.

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU (Firebird #1)
    Author: Claudia Gray
    Release date: November 4, 2014
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 368
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

    Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

    Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

    A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

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    THE WHITE ROSE Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    I am thrilled to be today’s stop on THE WHITE ROSE Blog Tour. I loved this sequel which was so different and surprising and fascinating. And I was so lucky to get the chance to read it early, because that cliffhanger ending in THE JEWEL was killer. But the wait is almost over, so if you haven’t yet had the chance to read it, you will get the opportunity in just a few days.

    And let me tell you, the wait was totally worth it.

    For my stop I am sharing my review of THE WHITE ROSE. So if you’d like to know what I thought about this incredible sequel, just scroll a bit further down in the post to check it out.

    If you’d like to learn more about this upcoming release from Amy Ewing, the book’s description follows below. And if you would like the chance to win a SIGNED copy of THE WHITE ROSE, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter.

    The tour continues next week with a few more reviews a guest post and an interview. But if you’ve missed any of the stops so far, the tour schedule is at the bottom of the post.


    About THE WHITE ROSE

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    Title & Series: THE WHITE ROSE (The Lone City #2)
    Author: Amy Ewing
    Release date: October 6, 2015
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

    But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

    But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

    The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.

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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.


    The Review

    THE WHITE ROSE is fast-paced, exciting, gripping, and tension-filled. It picks up the story right where it left off after a cliffhanger ending that can only be called killer. It takes readers and characters alike on a nail-biting journey through other parts of the Lone City, reveals things about the surrogates and the royals that were previously unknown, sets the stage for an uprising, uncovers a sinister plan, and answers all those burning questions about the Auguries.

    It is a sequel that delivers even more action than its predecessor. It’s a bit darker and more intriguing. It offers up details about the world, its history, its powers. It introduces new characters. It takes the story in a new direction. It is surprising, and fascinating, and immensely entertaining. It’s a suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat read that’s totally unputdownable.

    Forced to flee the Jewel, Violet will have to put her trust in an unexpected ally if she wants to have any chance of making it to safety. She was supposed to have traveled alone but there was no way she was going to leave her friends behind. Even if it put her, put them all, in greater danger.

    With no idea where she’s heading, or what she’s supposed to do once she gets there, Violet begins to question whether she made the right choice. But if the alternative is staying with the Duchess of the Lake, remaining property, being known only as Lot 197, facing the very real possibility of death, she doesn’t think she did choose wrong.

    Even without a guarantee of safety, or freedom, or victory, the possibility of them all is worth every risk. She’ll just have to keep reminding herself of that fact when the Regimentals get too close, when the wanted posters plastered throughout every circle limit their chances of going undetected, when she learns what it is that’s expected of her.

    Amy Ewing did an incredible job expanding on her story with this sequel, opening it up to new possibilities, exploring the history of the Lone City, sharing its darkest secrets, revealing the source of the Auguries’ power, changing up the setting, giving it a more focused purpose. She introduces some changes to her characters, making some more sympathetic, others stronger, others weaker, and others even more heartless than they’d been. She picks up the pace, ratchets up the danger, and adds in a number of surprises, producing a story that is absolutely riveting.

    THE WHITE ROSE is a must for fans of the series, for readers who enjoy sequels that have substance, move the plot forward, improve upon the original, and that continue to astonish, thrill, enthrall. And with a jaw-dropping and somewhat abrupt ending, it will leave readers desperately awaiting the next installment.

    The Rating

    05


    About Amy Ewing

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    Amy Ewing is the young adult author of THE JEWEL, the first in a trilogy from HarperTeen, out September 2014.

    She grew up in a small town outside Boston, where her librarian mother instilled a deep love of reading at a young age. Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University. Unfortunately, her acting career didn’t quite pan out. She worked in restaurants, as an administrative assistant, a nanny, and a sales representative for a wine distributor before the lack of creativity in her life drove her to begin writing.

    Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from The New School, where she was lucky enough to meet a fabulous community of YA writers who keep her sane on a daily basis. She lives in Harlem, where she spends her days writing, eating cheese, and occasionally binge watching The Vampire Diaries.

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    Other Books in the Series

    The Jewel

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    Title & Series: THE JEWEL (The Lone City #1)
    Author: Amy Ewing
    Release date: September 2, 2014
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 368
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

    Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

    Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

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    SWEET TEMPTATION Release Week Blitz: Excerpt + Giveaway

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    I can’t believe that SWEET TEMPTATION is finally here. Sweet it definitely is. And a total temptation. It only just landed on my Kindle late last night and I’ve already been tempted away from my TBR pile.

    I’ve missed Kai. And I cannot wait to settle down for the eve with him… I mean his story. Yeah, that’s what I meant. His story. *blushes*

    Anyway…

    I don’t often participate in blitzes and blasts. But there was no way I was going to pass up this one. I am so excited for this book and all its many, many pages. And I am just as excited to share the news and the giveaway here on the blog.

    So, enough of my rambling. If you’d like to check out a super LONG EXCERPT, scroll down a bit. You should be able to read it, share it, or download it from the Scribd.

    And if you haven’t yet grabbed a copy, or you have but you’d love another one along some of the awesome swag being offered, be sure to enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post for a chance to win.


    About SWEET TEMPTATION

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    Title & Series: SWEET TEMPTATION (The Sweet Series #4)
    Author: Wendy Higgins
    Release date: September 8, 2015
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 512
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Embrace the Unexpected

    Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent . . . hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.

    Until he meets Anna Whitt—smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.

    Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the Dukes’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

    Sensual and swoonworthy, this companion volume to the Sweet Evil series, told from the perspective of the mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into the true emotions that drive him.

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    Author’s Note

    Sweet Temptation will encompass the entire trilogy in a condensed version, beginning with Kai’s life before he met Anna, and taking readers through the epilogue of Sweet Reckoning. Sweet Temptation is a companion novel, not meant to be a stand alone story. It will definitely be a richer experience for those who have read the original trilogy.


    The Excerpt

    Excerpt: Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins


    About Wendy Higgins

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    Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen and her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and doggie Rue.

    Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford. Writing Young Adult (YA) stories gives her the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal, daunting, and exciting years before adulthood.

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    The Sweet Series

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    • ONE (1) paperback copy of SWEET TEMPTATION + a signed bookplate and bookmarks – US Only

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