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    STRANGE THE DREAMER ‘A Dream Come True’ #Giveaway

    Make your own dreams come true!

    I am totally stoked to be partnering with Little, Brown to host an amazing giveaway for STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor, which released on March 28th.

    The giveaway is for a copy of STRANGE THE DREAMER and a $25 Visa gift card.

    To learn more about this incredible first book in the series, visit the Official Site.

    To join the conversation use the tag #StrangetheDreamer, follow @TheNovl on Twitter and Instagram and follow @LainiTaylor on Twitter.

    If you’d like to know which Godspawn you are, TAKE THE QUIZ!

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    And if you’d like to know which author’s dream-mind I wish I could visit – and why – my answer follows the book details.

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    About STRANGE THE DREAMER

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    Title & Series: STRANGE THE DREAMER (Strange the Dreamer #1)
    Author: Laini Taylor
    Release date: March 28, 2017
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 544
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

    The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around–and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

    What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

    The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries–including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

    In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

    Welcome to Weep.

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    The Dreamer
    If I could visit the dream-mind of any author, who would it be and why?

    Stephen King. No question. I didn’t even have to take a second to think about it.

    I have always wondered what it might be like in the mind of someone as insanely creative as he is. And have wished I could take a peek inside his waking mind ever since I was thirteen.

    But his dream-mind? That has to be even more outlandish, bizarre, out there, freaky, crazy, scary, brilliant.

    And I imagine that I’d finally discover who is actually in control – the author or his characters.

    And maybe I’d get to meet Roland. Oh, no, wait… that’s something in my dream-mind. Never mind.

    Though I am a little afraid that because Stephen King’s waking mind is so spectacular his dream-mind might actually be quite dull. I can totally see him having very banal dreams because his waking mind is so imaginative.

    But I prefer to think that his vivid imagination stems from his dreams.


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    About Laini Taylor

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    Laini Taylor is a New York Times bestselling author and a National Book Award finalist. She is the author of the global sensation the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy: Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood & Starlight, and Dreams of Gods & Monsters, and the companion e-novella, Night of Cake & Puppets. She is also the author of the Dreamdark books Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the highly acclaimed Lips Touch: Three Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter Clementine.

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    The A Dream Come True Giveaway

    One (1) winner will receive:

    • A copy of STRANGE THE DREAMER
    • A $25 Visa gift card to pursue one of your dreams

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    DEFY THE STARS ‘Out-Of-This-World Connection’ #Giveaway

    I am super excited to partner with Little, Brown to host this awesome giveaway for Claudia Gray’s DEFY THE STARS, the first book in her new series of the same name, out April 4th.

    If you haven’t yet grabbed your copy of this amazing book, be sure to enter for a chance to win a copy along with an awesome mug and sweatshirt.

    To learn more about DEFY THE STARS visit the Official Site.

    To join the conversation be sure to tag #DefytheStars on social media and follow TheNOVL on Twitter and Instagram.

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    About DEFY THE STARS

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    Title & Series: DEFY THE STARS (Defy the Stars #1)
    Author: Claudia Gray
    Release date: April 4, 2017
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 512
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Our worlds belong to us.

    She’s a soldier.

    Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything–including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

    He’s a machine.

    Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

    Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.

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    About Claudia Gray

    Claudia Gray is the author of the bestselling Evernight series, Fateful, the Spellcaster trilogy, and the Firebird trilogy. She is also the author of the young adult Star Wars novels Lost Stars and the forthcoming Bloodline. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and a particularly ineffective waitress. Her lifelong interests include old houses, classic movies, vintage style, and history. She lives in New Orleans.

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    The Out-Of-This-World Connection Giveaway

    ONE (1) winner will receive…

    • A copy of DEFY THE STARS
    • Constellation sweatshirt
    • “Mostly Human” coffee mug

    Giveaway is open to US addresses ONLY. Prizing and samples provided by Little, Brown & Co.

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    FROSTBLOOD ‘Where Flame And Ice Are Mortal Enemies’ #Giveaway

    Where Flame And Ice Are Mortal Enemies: Pick a side!

    I am super excited to be able to host a giveaway for FROSTBLOOD, the very awesome first book in Elly Blake’s new series of the same name, thanks to Little, Brown & Co.

    If you haven’t yet heard of this amazing new series, be sure to check out FROSTBLOOD’s description below (and it’s super cool – no pun intended – animated cover). You can also read the first chapter on TheNovl which will totally get you hooked!

    There is also a super fun quiz you can play to find out whether you’re a Frostblood or Fireblood! (I’m a Fireblood – which comes as no surprise…)

    CLICK HERE to take the quiz.

    And if you’d like to learn more about the series, visit its official site (a.k.a. the place I plan on visiting regularly in hopes of catching sneak peeks at book 2!).

    And if you’d like to join the conversation tag #Frostblood or follow @elly_blake and @TheNovl on Twitter.

    FROSTBLOOD is one of my favorite reads of 2017 and I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel, due out on September 12th.


    About FROSTBLOOD

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    Title & Series: FROSTBLOOD (Frostblood Saga #1)
    Author: Elly Blake
    Release date: January 10, 2017
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

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    Description…

    The Frost King will burn.

    Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

    Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

    Vivid and compelling, Frostblood is the first in an exhilarating series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies . . . but together create a power that could change everything.

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    The Giveaway

    Courtesy of Little, Brown & Co. I have an awesome FROSTBLOOD Prize Pack for giveaway…

    • ONE (1) winner will receive a copy of FROSTBLOOD + branded nail polish duo in shades of fire and frost

    Giveaway is open to US addresses ONLY. Prizing and samples are provided by Little, Brown & Co.

    And..

    • You must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be ONE winner
    • Giveaway ends March 6th at 12:00 AM Pacific
    • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen

    There are no requirements to like or follow the blog. Extra entries are provided for following the author and publisher on social media, adding the book on Goodreads, sharing the giveaway on Twitter, and leaving a comment stating which side you’re on!

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    About ELLY BLAKE

    Elly Blake loves fairy tales, old houses, and owls. After earning a degree in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random jobs, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, and reporter for a local business magazine before finally landing on her current job as a library assistant. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids, and a Siberian Husky mix that definitely shows frostblood tendencies.

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    Review: FROSTBLOOD

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    Title & Series: FROSTBLOOD (Frostblood Saga #1)
    Author: Elly Blake
    Release date: January 10, 2017
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

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    Description…

    The Frost King will burn.

    Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

    Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

    Vivid and compelling, Frostblood is the first in an exhilarating series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies . . . but together create a power that could change everything.

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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

    A fascinating world, an intriguing prophecy, and awesome and deadly powers are just a few of the things that make FROSTBLOOD a thrilling and riveting one-sit read. Add in a curse, a quest for vengeance, epic clashes between fire and ice, gladiator-esque arena battles, dark forces, secrets, betrayal, tragedy, and a bit of romance, and you have a story that is unputdownable.

    Ruby is a Fireblood living in a world where who she is could get her imprisoned or killed. Frostbloods fear and hate her kind and the Frostblood King uses Firebloods for sport. Born without the fiery red hair that would immediately identify her as an enemy, all she had to do was suppress her abilities and she could escape notice.

    But her curiosity about her powers and her carelessness in concealing them meant discovery was inevitable. She just never imagined her mistakes would cost her the one person in the world that she loved.

    Ruby was prepared to accept her fate – a quick death by the hand of the King or a slow death in prison. But when offered the chance to escape, to avenge her loss, and to attempt to take down the Frostbloods’ dark ruler, she accepted. Even if the chance of success was slim and even if it meant working with her enemies to do so. Because even if they ultimately failed, the alliance would help her master her fiery powers and help keep alive the flames of rage that burned in her heart.

    Elly Blake penned an amazing start to her series. She gave readers a heroine who is powerful, flawed, interesting, and sympathetic. She created a world steeped it in myth, with a captivating and exciting history, filled it with citizens whose abilities are polar opposites, a bevy of exotic creatures, and a ruler whose cruelty knows no bounds, and set it at a time when battles to the death were entertainment, when prophecies and legends were more than just stories, and when being a ruler corrupted or killed.

    FROSTBLOOD is a standout in a genre brimming with tales of evil rulers, dark magic, incredible abilities, and clashing clans. It reveals a past that is every bit as engaging as the story’s present. It introduces characters to root for. It builds a strong foundation for the story’s continuation in books to come. It leaves readers in anticipation of what’s next without leaving them dangling off a cliff. And it does all this in a way that makes for an enthralling and heartbreaking and absolutely extraordinary read.

    The Rating

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


    About ELLY BLAKE

    Elly Blake loves fairy tales, old houses, and owls. After earning a degree in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random jobs, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, and reporter for a local business magazine before finally landing on her current job as a library assistant. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids, and a Siberian Husky mix that definitely shows frostblood tendencies.

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    I AM THE TRAITOR Blog Tour: Interview with Allen Zadoff, Review + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be today’s stop on the I AM THE TRAITOR Blog Tour. I love, love, LOVED this series and I’m so sad that it’s ending and really, really, really hope that there will be future stories in this world.

    I am also really hoping that the film will be produced – yes, it’s been optioned. Because I think this would be an amazing trilogy of films. Anyway…

    For my stop today I have an awesome interview with Allen Zadoff in which he talks about his series and his characters. And in one of his answers he’s opted to defer to my blog’s readers for an answer. SO…

    If you answer the question in the comments about who you’d like to see play Boy Nobody in the film, I am offering up for giveaway a book of your choice from Amazon or The Book Depository up to $20.

    If you aren’t yet familiar with the series, information on each of the books is below. And if you’d like to know what I thought about I AM THE TRAITOR, my review is also below.

    This tour includes a giveaway for a set of The Unknown Assassin series to FIVE winners. So if you’d like the chance to win one for yourself, enter in the Rafflecopter.

    And if you’d like to visit any of the other stops on the tour, check out the schedule with direct links to each of the stops, at the bottom of this post.


    About I AM THE TRAITOR

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    Title & Series: I AM THE TRAITOR (The Unknown Assassin #3)
    Author: Allen Zadoff
    Release date: June 9, 2015
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Trust No-one.

    The Program has sent Boy Nobody on countless missions, instructed to kill whichever target he was given. But now, after going rogue, he is on his own mission to rescue his friend Howard, who was captured by The Program.

    Boy Nobody manages to free Howard as well as Tanya, a mysterious girl who was being held with him. Putting their skills to the test, Howard and Tanya help Boy Nobody collect information about his father, eventually revealing a dangerous secret that teaches Boy Nobody a valuable lesson — he can’t trust anyone.

    On the run from The Program, Boy Nobody must face his past, as he’s forced to decide where his loyalties lie.

    Allen Zadoff packs the final installment in the Unknown Assassin trilogy with even more action, higher stakes, and mind-blowing reveals that will leave readers riveted.

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    The Interview

    Q&A with Allen Zadoff

    Q. If you had to describe your Unknown Assassin trilogy in 25 words or less, how would you describe it?

    A lonely teen assassin moves from mission to mission, befriending the children of his targets so he can eliminate their parents. Over time, he begins to question his loyalty.

    Q. What was your favorite aspect to creating the character of Boy Nobody? What was the most challenging aspect?

    It’s difficult to write a character who is mostly alone and who is shut down to his own emotions. On the other hand, the arc of the story is about a young soldier waking up to being a boy again, and that’s an exciting idea for me. I thought a lot about young veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. How do they re-enter the world?

    Q. What was it about Boy Nobody that caused him to defy The Program, go against his training and trust others, and make connections with those outside The Program? And do you think it was to his benefit or to his harm?

    What causes you to defy your parents and teachers, go against their wishes? We all have to leave our family system at some point and explore the world outside. You take what you’ve been taught at home and in school and examine it against your own experience and feelings. Hopefully, you find that a lot of what they’ve taught you is valuable and wise, and you have the humility to go back and say, “You were right about a lot of stuff. But I have questions about a few things…”

    Q. Howard has become both a series favorite and a friend to Boy Nobody. Had you always planned on keeping Howard a part of the series or was his continuing involvement in the story something that developed as writing the series progressed?

    I developed a writer crush on Howard, the geeky, earnest, funny guy who slowly becomes the assassin’s “home office.” I thought the assassin might have a sidekick at some point, but I didn’t know it would be Howard. That very much developed through the writing process. Once I met Howard, I couldn’t bear to get rid of him. He’s Boy Nobody’s first and only true friend. 

    Q. I AM THE WEAPON was optioned for film. Congratulations! And I’m so excited about the possibility of seeing this on the big screen. If you could choose, who would you like to see play Boy Nobody? And why?

    Thank you, Fiktshun! The first book I AM THE WEAPON (BOY NOBODY) was optioned by Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment. It’s a tough character to play. He’s only sixteen, but he’s a gristled veteran in a lot of ways. On the other hand, there’s a boy inside of him with feelings that are poking through the hard exterior. In a sense, he’s a character at war with himself. There are a few fantastic young actors who might be able to do it, but I can’t choose. I wonder if the readers would tell us who they’d like to see in the role?    


    About Allen Zadoff

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    Allen Zadoff is the author of the new thriller series, The Unknown Assassin which earned starred reviews and has been optioned for a feature film by Sony Pictures and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment. His YA novel, Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award and was a YALSA selection for Most Popular Paperbacks of 2012. His second novel was My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies, the story of a techie hiding from life after a family tragedy. His third novel Since You Left Me is set in Los Angeles and tells the story of a religious school student who doesn’t believe. He also wrote the memoir for adults, Hungry:Lessons Learned on the Journey from Fat to Thin.

    Allen is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard University Institute for Advanced Theatre Training. Visit him on the web at www.allenzadoff.com.

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    The Review

    I AM THE TRAITOR delivers non-stop action, excitement, shocking revelations, tension and suspense, in this, the electrifying and absolutely riveting end to the series. It returns readers to a world of assassins and missions. But this time Boy Nobody isn’t following The Program’s directives – he’s looking to save his friend Howard and find out the truth about his father before The Program finds out what he’s up to and sends someone out to end him.

    Boy Nobody learned to follow orders, not to question. He learned to work alone and form no attachments. He learned to fight and to kill. He learned to trust no one. He learned to obey Mother and Father. That is until he learned that everything he’d been told to believe might be a lie.

    Desperate for answers about his father, Boy Nobody is willing to risk the full force of The Program coming down on him for his disobedience. But the longer he can keep them in the dark about what he’s up to, the better. He’ll just need to evade their tracking software, escape any assassins sent to bring him in, take down any assassins sent to terminate him, free his friend who may already have the answers he’s been looking for, and put his trust in someone who may be trying to deceive him.

    Allen Zadoff created an epic and nail-biting and jaw-dropping conclusion to his series with I AM THE TRAITOR. The pace is lightning fast. The story is instantly engrossing. The characters both old and new are likable, detestable, and somewhere in-between, fascinating, deadly, and surprising. And the outcome is most definitely unexpected.

    The author produced a three-book series that is thrilling, dramatic, immensely entertaining, highly addictive, and unputdownable. He introduced a character who went through a radical shift from who he was at the start of the series to who he became at the end. And he took readers on an awesome and wild ride with Boy Nobody from the series beginning to its stunning conclusion.

    I AM THE TRAITOR is a must for fans of gripping, intense, fast-paced, action-packed, intriguing stories that build to a climactic conclusion. It’s for readers who love stories of missions and assignments, assassins, rogue assassins, the hunt, the chase, and harrowing escapes. And it’s for those who love to be kept guessing right up to the very end.

    The Rating

    05NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    Other Books in the Series

    ZADOFF_IAmTheWeapon_PBTitle & Series: I AM THE WEAPON (The Unknown Assassin #1)
    Author: Allen Zadoff
    Release date: June 11, 2013
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 368
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    Call him Boy Nobody.

    He is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone to die — of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.

    But when The Program assigns him to the mayor of New York City, things change. Somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and a girlfriend; a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program’s mission.

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    Zadoff_IAmtheMission_HCTitle & Series: I AM THE MISSION (The Unknown Assassin #2)
    Author: Allen Zadoff
    Release date: June 17, 2014
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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    He was the perfect assassin.

    No name. No past. No remorse. Perfect, that is, until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders. Now The Program is worried that their valuable soldier has become a liability.

    And so Boy Nobody is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to prove his loyalty.

    His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of an extremist military training camp for teenagers. It sounds like a simple task, but a previous operative couldn’t do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. Now Boy Nobody is confident he can finish the job. Quickly.

    But when things go awry, Boy Nobody finds himself lost in a mission where nothing is as it seems: not The Program, his allegiances, nor the truth.

    The riveting second book in Allen Zadoff’s Boy Nobody series delivers heart-pounding action and a shocking new twist that makes Boy Nobody question everything he has believed.

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    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • FIVE (5) sets of THE UNKNOWN ASSASSIN Series (Books 1-3) – US ONLY

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    The Tour Schedule

    June 8th | The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia – Excerpt
    June 8th | Curling Up With A Good Book – Guest Post

    June 9th | Parajunkee – Interview
    June 9th | The Book Landers – Review

    June 10th | Swoony Boys Podcast – Interview

    June 11th | Fiktshun – Interview + Review

    June 12th | YA Book Nerd – Guest Post

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    THE WITCH HUNTER Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    I am totally stoked to be a part of THE WITCH HUNTER Blog Tour. I fell madly in love with this story from the moment I started reading. It was one of those all-night-reads I couldn’t put down. And now, like everyone else who read and loved it, I am just DYING for the sequel to find out what’s going to happen next.

    If you’d like to know what else I thought about the book, my review follows below. And if you’d like the chance to win one of the ten copies up for grabs included with this tour, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter.

    This tour is comprised of a few interviews, guest posts, reviews and an excerpt. The schedule, with direct links to each of the stops, is included at the bottom of the post. Just scroll down if you’d like to visit some, or all, of the other stops on tour.


    About THE WITCH HUNTER

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    Title & Series: THE WITCH HUNTER (The Witch Hunter #1)
    Author: Virginia Boecker
    Release date: June 2, 2015
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 368
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

    Your greatest enemy isn’t what you fight, but what you fear.

    Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

    Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

    But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

    Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.

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


    The Review

    Virginia Boecker’s THE WITCH HUNTER is an instantly captivating, action-packed, and immensely entertaining read with a lightning fast pace, an incredibly likable main character, light and dark magic, secrets, lies, deception, betrayal, a number of twists and turns, a touch of romance, and plenty of humor to keep readers enchanted, fascinated, riveted.

    Elizabeth Grey never thought the day would come that she’d be helping the enemy. She loved being a witch hunter. She believed in what she did. She was good at what she did. But when she was accused of being a witch and sentenced to death, she realized that her survival was much more important to her than taking down her enemy.

    And when her quest to find a cure for the most powerful wizard in Anglia, and leader of the Reformists, reveals that what she’d always believed to be true may not be true and that those she trusted might not have been worthy of her trust, she’ll have to find a way to get the answers she needs if she ever hopes to do what’s right.

    THE WITCH HUNTER is a suspense-filled story that promises to keep readers on edge. With a number of characters whose motives are questionable, the price for failure so very high, the threats to Elizabeth mounting, and her secrets becoming harder to keep, it is a complete nail-biter of a read.

    Author Virginia Boecker mixes things up a bit with her story, creating an interesting and different and thoroughly engaging read. Set in the 1500s, the author managed to make the story feel modern through her characters’ dialogue. She turned her heroine from hunter to the hunted. She added a number of different paranormal beings and elements to expand her world beyond that of just witches and wizards. And she introduced myth and legend to her tale.

    This is an amazing start to a series that is sure to be filled with even more deadly battles and dangerous foes. With epic adventures. With heartbreak and romance. With shocks and surprises. It’s a must read story that will grab hold, take readers on a wild ride, and leave them anxious to find out what comes next.

    The Rating

    05


    About Virginia Boecker

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    Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of The Witch Hunter. She now lives in the Bay Area, California with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children and a dog named George.

    In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick. She is represented by the incomparable Kathleen Ortiz at New Leaf Literary & Media.

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    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • TEN (10) winners will receive a finished copy of THE WITCH HUNTER – US ONLY

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    The Tour Schedule

    June 1st | Supernatural Snark – Interview
    June 1st | Addicted Readers – Review

    June 2nd | Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post
    June 2nd | Mundie Moms – Excerpt

    June 3rd | Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Interview
    June 3rd | Bookish Serendipity – Review

    June 4th | Once Upon a Twilight – Guest Post
    June 4th | Fiktshun – Review

    June 5th | Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Interview
    June 5th | Me, My Shelf and I – Review

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    Giveaway: THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black – SIGNED

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    As you may already know I’m a huge fan of Holly Black’s faeries and I love, love, loved her latest story, THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST, which I reviewed over on RYAR. I was so excited to have received an early copy to read, even though I already had a pre-order for a signed finished copy for my collection from Barnes & Noble.

    Well it finally released, and it finally arrived, and it seems I ordered 2 copies. So I’d planned on offering one up for giveaway. But I just found out for sure that I will be moving in a few weeks and I will have to downsize my life quite a bit. So it seems that I have to give away both copies.

    At least I get to keep my finished Kindle copy even though it isn’t signed.


    About THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST

    The Darkest Part of the Forest CoverTitle: THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST
    Author: Holly Black
    Release date: January 13, 2015
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

    Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

    At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

    Until one day, he does…

    As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

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    The Giveaway

    A hardcover copy of THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black SIGNED – 2 Winners US ONLY

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is US ONLY
    • There will be TWO winners
    • Giveaway ends January 25th at 11:59 p.m. Paficic
    • Winners will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
    • Winners will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winners will have 72 hours to claim their prize or another winner(s) will be chosen
    • Book will be sent by media mail with tracking

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