Monday, August 8, 2016

The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent Book Blitz, Excerpt + Giveaway!

I am super excited to be a part of this pre-release blitz to help spread the word that The Flame Never Dies, the second book in Rachel Vincent’s The Stars Never Rise series, is releasing on August 16th!

For those that are already caught up on this series, the wait is (almost) finally over! For those that haven’t yet met Nina Kane or discovered the dark and dangerous world she lives in, there’s still time to catch up - and a really sweet deal (details below) that will make you want to move this series to the top of your reading pile!

Scroll down to learn more about The Flame Never Dies and The Stars Never Rise, the author, Rachel Vincent, and to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a signed hardback set of these two amazing books!

And for even more peeks at the fab content being shared throughout the blitz - shareable quotation graphics, excerpts and an interview - look for other blogger participants now through August 15th on social media #TheFlameNeverDies.



In anticipation of the upcoming release of The Flame Never Dies, the publisher is dropping the price for the eBook version of the first book in the series - The Stars Never Rise! So if you haven’t yet discovered this series, now is the perfect time!

Just head over to your favorite online e-tailer to look for The Stars Never Rise with its newly lowered price or visit one of these online stores - AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | GOOGLE PLAY | KOBO.

Please note that at the time of this post some stores may not yet have updated their sites to the promotional pricing. If they haven’t, be sure to check back for this awesome not-to-be-missed deal!

THE FLAME NEVER DIES (The Stars Never Rise #2)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release date: August 16, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

For fans of Cassandra Clare and Richelle Mead comes the unputdownable sequel to The Stars Never Rise, a book Rachel Caine, author of the bestselling Morganville Vampires series, called “haunting, unsettling, and eerily beautiful.”

ONE SPARK WILL RISE. Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.
Nina isn’t about to let that happen . . . even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Here's a sneak peek from chapter two of THE FLAME NEVER DIES...

“What’s your name, sweetheart?” Ana asked the boy, and I realized there would be no teaching her caution where children were concerned. She had spent five years as a grade-school teacher.

“Tobias.” The boy’s voice was soft and hoarse, as if he’d been crying. His gaze slid from Anabelle to me, and I decided the glazed look in his eyes was from shock.

He reminded me of the kindergartners I’d spent my service hour with every day of my senior year, until the Church had declared me a cancerous wart on mankind’s collective hind end. Tobias could have been any kid in my class, terrified and traumatically orphaned.

We couldn’t leave him alone in the badlands. Yet ours was no life for a kid.

The irony in that thought hit home when my sister waddled past me, one hand on her huge belly. “Melanie,” I called, but she waved off my warning. When I glanced at Finn, he nodded to give me the all clear, the rifle still aimed at the ground. He’d inspected the car from the outside and squatted to peer beneath it, and had found no immediate danger.

Still, Mellie was too pregnant to fight or to flee from sudden danger, so I followed her, ready to pull her out of the path of evil should a demon burst from the bloody car.

“Are you okay, Tobias?” my sister asked, kneeling in front of the child with Anabelle’s help.

For a moment he only stared at her, studying her pale skin and even paler hair. Finally he nodded, his gaze fixated on her stomach, while I tried to calculate the mileage his family must have traveled in that doomed blue car. “You got a baby in there?”

Melanie laughed, and I marveled at the fact that she could find joy where the rest of us saw only tragedy and hardship. “Yes. And I like your name, Tobias.” She laid one hand on her stomach. “Maybe I’ll borrow it if this little one’s a boy.”

Assuming it lived.

Melanie was a tireless optimist, not blind to the dangers of the world, exactly, but not quite concerned enough about them. She refused to think about the overwhelming odds against her child’s survival, and neither she nor Ana had even glanced at the carnage inside that blue car.

And I hadn’t heard her mention Adam, the ill-fated father of her child, in weeks.

Reese pulled the SUV to a stop beside our truck, right in the middle of the road, and the other half of our group poured out of the vehicle. “What the hell?” Footsteps crunched in the dirt behind me, and then Reese and Grayson stopped at my side. She carried a plastic jug and he had a hose wrapped around his massive left arm.

“Looks like the parents are dead in the front seat,” I whispered. “Not sure what happened yet, but Finn hasn’t found any immediate threat.”

“Poor thing!” Grayson cried.

Devi rolled her eyes and scuffed her boot in the dirt on the side of the road. “What the hell are we supposed to do with him?”

“We can’t leave him here.” Maddock threaded his arm through hers, frowning as he watched the little boy. “It’s a miracle he’s still alive. He must not have been here long.”

“We’re not even going to think about taking him with us until we know what killed his parents.” Devi circled the car toward the driver’s side and used one hand to shield the sun from her face while she bent to peer through the window. When she stood a second later, she looked sick. “Nothin’ but blood.”

While the rest of us took a closer look at the car, Grayson, Ana, and Mellie lured Tobias toward the cargo truck with promises of water and chocolate from a box of sweets that had been intended for the general store in New Temperance.

As Devi and Finn had said, the front windows were too caked with blood to show anything at all, and through the rear windshield we could see little more than the outlines of two bodies sitting in the front seats. The trunk door stood open a couple of inches, and when I lifted it, I saw that the narrow center seat had been folded down, creating a small path into the trunk from the backseat of the car. A path just wide enough for a six-year-old.

My stomach twisted at the thought of what Tobias must have witnessed. How could any kid see that much carnage without being psychologically destroyed?

When the child was out of sight behind the cargo truck, Maddock opened the driver’s door while Finn aimed his rifle at the interior just in case. Nothing jumped out at us, but after one glance inside I gasped and stepped back. Finn’s jaw tightened, and even Devi covered her mouth in horror.

The man and woman, still buckled into the front seats of the car, were drenched in blood fresh enough to glisten in the afternoon sunlight. The dashboard, windows, windshield, and floorboard had all been heavily splattered with what could only have been an arterial spray.

Yet even through all the gore, two things were clear.

First, the man and woman in the blue car were not Tobias’s biological parents—their skin was as pale as mine, even accounting for the pallor of recent death. And second, based on the blood and bits of flesh caking their right hands, the couple’s wounds appeared to be self-inflicted.

The man and woman had simply pulled onto the side of the road, then ripped out their own throats.

About Rachel Vincent

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy—but social media is a close second.

THE STARS NEVER RISE (The Stars Never Rise #1)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook (on sale now!)

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

Courtesy of the author, there is a blitz-wide giveaway for…
  • ONE (1) winner will receive a SIGNED hardback set of THE STARS NEVER RISE + THE FLAME NEVER DIES
Giveaway is US only. Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway ends on August 14th at 11:59 PM Pacific.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge - August Link Up

Welcome to the (late, I'm sorry) August Review Link Up for the 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge. Before linking your reviews make sure you are signed up for the challenge here.
  • When submitting a review please do it in this format: Title of Reviewed Book (Name of Blog). Author names are not necessary. 
  • This link up will be open until August 31st.
  • If you have and questions feel free to ask in the comments, email, or tweet me @FallingForYA
August Link Up

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

1 The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer (1,049 ratings)
I LOVED THIS BOOK it was actually my favorite book in 2015. I can't get over that creepy ending or the amazing characters. Do yourself a favor and read this book.

2 Play Me Backwars by Adam Selzer (222 ratings)
This was my favorite book of 2014! The humor and the characters in this book shine. If you've ever felt like you're not living up to your potential you'll relate to Leon.

3 The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer (1,694 ratings)
I didn't guess who the killer was in this novel and that impressed me.

4 Calvin by Martine Leavitt (865 ratings)
Calvin isn't sure if the giant tiger Hobbs following him around is real or a figment of his imagination. His walk across a frozen Lake Erie in search of the creator of Calvin and Hobbs is definitely real though. Right?

5 Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell (563 ratings)
This book has such a great sense of place. The atmosphere is everything.

6 Return Once More by Trisha Leigh (254 ratings)
I keep looking for more information on the sequel to this book. I think that tells you something about how much I liked it!

7 Second Star by Alyssa Sheinmel (1,751 ratings)
Wendy goes in search of her missing surfer brothers and ends up joining a group of runaway surfers. Will she find her brothers? Or something more?

8 The Leveller by Julia Durango (1,590 ratings)
This is a quick, action packed novel. I don't know how I feel about the VR game BUT I did like the Cuban setting inside the VR. If you've ever wanted to have a conversation with Hemmingway you'll be in good company reading this book.

9 Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge (371 ratings)
This is actually an adult novel. But the main character is a hellhound trying to stop the end of the world. I definitely want to read this sequel!

10 Little Peach by Peggy Kern (1,555 ratings)
This is issue lit at it's finest. If you've ever wondered how young girls are tricked in to sex trafficking this is a brutally honest portrayal. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge - July Link Up

Welcome to the July Review Link Up for the 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge. Before linking your reviews make sure you are signed up for the challenge here.
  • When submitting a review please do it in this format: Title of Reviewed Book (Name of Blog). Author names are not necessary. 
  • This link up will be open until July 31st.
  • If you have and questions feel free to ask in the comments, email, or tweet me @FallingForYA
July Link Up

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

100 Hours by Rachel Vincent Cover Reveal

I am so excited to share the awesome cover for 100 HOURS, the first book in a new trilogy by New York Times best-selling author Rachel Vincent, which releases on March 28, 2017 from Katherine Tegen Books, along with a note from the author about her upcoming novel and an amazing giveaway.

Scroll down to take check out the gorgeous cover, read what Rachel Vincent has to say about 100 HOURS, and enter for a chance to win. And be sure to share your thoughts about the cover in the comments!

Author: Rachel Vincent
Release date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 368
Formats available to pre-order: Hardcover

Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends.
While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens.
But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.
Now, as the hours count down, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t set aside their personal problems, no one will make it out alive.

A Note from Rachel Vincent

In my upcoming YA suspense 100 HOURS, Genesis and her cousin Maddie come from opposite ends of the privilege spectrum, but when they wind up kidnapped for ransom during spring break in Colombia and have no one else to count on, they discover they have more in common than either of them thought.

If you’ve read any of my previous releases, 100 HOURS probably seems like a departure for a Rachel Vincent book. And that’s what I thought, back when it was just me and an idea. But as I wrote the story and got to know the characters, I realized that even though this book is set in the Colombian jungle and these characters have no supernatural abilities, 100 HOURS is very much a book about the themes that draw me in over and over. Survival. Family friction and loyalty. High-stakes pulse-racing action. Twists, turns, secrets, and revelations. Girls who can fend for themselves—and for anyone else who needs help.

About Rachel Vincent

Photo credit: Kim Haynes Photography

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy—but social media is a close second.


Courtesy of the author, there is a blitz-wide giveaway for…

  • ONE (1) winner will receive a SIGNED SET of a paperback copy of THE STARS NEVER RISE + an ARC of THE FLAME NEVER DIES
Giveaway is US only. Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway ends on July 11th at 11:59 PM Pacific. 

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Monday, June 27, 2016

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: July 5, 2016

This Savage Song is a novel about monsters and a city on the brink of being overrun by them. Verity is split in to two cities North and South. The wall that separates the different sides though is crumbling and there are forces both outside and inside the city that can’t wait for it to fall.

This Savage Song has two main characters Kate and August. Kate is the daughter of Callum Harker, the crime boss of North City. Humans pay for medallions and in exchange they receive her father’s protection. Kate is just returning to the city after being exiled to boarding school. She has a thirst to prove herself to her father. She wants to show him she can take over the family business. This made her hard to like. Throughout the first half of the book I didn’t really like her, but I don’t think you were supposed to. Kate doesn’t want you to like her.

August is one of the monsters in Verity. He is a rare Sunai and was adopted by his “father” who is in charge of South City. August was really a monster trying to find his humanity. He wants to just fit in but being a Sunai he knows he never will. August was my favorite character in this novel. He just exudes this genuineness that you can’t help but like.

I’m sure you’re now saying TELL ME ABOUT THE ROMANCE. Well, there isn’t any. August and Kate can barely even be called friends through much of this novel. It wouldn’t have been natural for them to become romantically involved. They both have a lot going on internally that they aren’t ready for a relationship. I’m interested to see if this will change in the next novel or if they will simply remain friends. Because I like a dose of romance in my YA I’m hoping that if August and Kate aren’t a match they will find someone who is.

My biggest problem with this book was that it felt like a disproportionate amount of time was spent on world building. At a certain point I got tired of all the world building. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like it when authors cut corners and get sloppy with world building. But, it felt like things were added to clarify something that should have just been described clearly. Once.

Overall, I enjoyed This Savage Song. It was original and I liked Schwab’s interpretation of monsters and what it means to be human. Were there things I wasn’t too keen on? Yeah. Will I be reading the sequel though? Definitely. I need to know what happens to August, Kate, and Verity!

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Lies About Truth by Courtney Stevens

The Lies About Truth
Author: Courtney Stevens
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: Novemeber 3, 2015

The Lies About Truth is about Sadie Kingston. Sadie isn’t able to move on after she survived a car accident that killed her friend Trent. The novel was exceedingly well written and despite focusing on character development, was really fast paced.

Sadie was an interesting and engaging character. She came alive on the page and was instantly relatable. The reader never had to guess at why she pulled away from her friends following the accident, or why she was having trouble adjusting post-accident. My favorite thing about this novel was watching how Sadie grew throughout the story. How she overcame tragedy and slowly put the pieces of her life back together.

My second favorite thing about this noel was Max. It was his brother, Trent, who passed away in the accident. Max was so supportive of Sadie. He was just a good person. He did his grieving abroad and despite his loss he is positive. He really balanced out Sadie.

What I truly appreciated about this contemporary novel was that each of the characters handled grief differently. Sadie pulled away from her boyfriend and best friend. Watching them try and build a friendship from the ashes was interesting and so true to life. Stevens does a great job of writing multifaceted characters.

Overall, The Lies About Truth was an emotional but overall positive read. It isn’t about the car accident itself. It is about what happens afterward and how Sadie is able to move on after tragedy. This is a great beach read if you’re looking for something a little less light and fluffy but still want that quick moving, engaging, pace and plot.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Top Six Favorite 2016 Releases (So Far This Year)

This year I have been focusing on reviewing books that I've had on my shelf for ages (since 2014...). I haven't had the chance to read many 2016 releases. BUT these are the top six 2016 releases I have read so far this year! If you have any recommendations for books I absolutely must read, tell me in the comments.  

1 A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
2 The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

3 The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
4 The Blood Between Us by Zac Brewer

5 This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
6 Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Monday, June 20, 2016

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

Tell the Wind and Fire
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: April 5, 2016

I really, truly, love Sarah Rees Brennan. I’ve met her twice in person and both times she came off as just the most amazing human being. Her writing oozes humor, wit, and quality. But, to put it bluntly. This book sucked. It had none of the usual Sarah Rees Brennan witty dialogue. It felt like the characters and dialogue were phoned in. It really surprised and disappointed me.

Have you read the synopsis for this book? Really read it? It makes no sense. The synopsis should really say FUCK PLOTS, we don’t need plots! This novel jumped around, and truly didn’t make any sense. It didn’t help either that the world building felt sloppy. I never understood the dark and light cities, why they were fighting, or what could bring them together. This book was, I think, supposed to be about characters, but I never cared about any of them.

Lucie came off as a Mary Sue. I didn’t feel like she had a personality. Sarah Rees Brennan usually breathes such life in to her characters but Lucie was a shell. She was an idea of a character rather than a real person.

Ethan was the worst. He wasn’t even a character, he was just a boyfriend archetype. The reader never really got to see who he was or why he made certain choices. The only thing I can remember about him is that he was rich and liked Lucie. His entire identity was that. Oh, and the fact that he has an illegal cloned twin.

The cloned twin, Carwyn, was the most interesting character in the entire novel. I had this misconception that he was an evil twin but Carwyn was something more. It was apparent that actual time was devoted to his character and his character arc. He was the only good thing about this book.

Overall, I finished this book asking myself what the hell I just read. The plot was sloppy, the characters were forgettable, and I missed Sarah Rees Brennan’s witty writing. I’ll still be reading whatever she writes next. I’m just going to tell myself that Tell the Wind and Fire wasn’t for me and hope that whatever comes next will be.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

The Walled City
Author: Ryan Graudin
Publisher: Little Brown
Publication Date: November 4, 2014

I found out through the authors note that The Walled City is based on an actual city in China. A city that used to be a military fort and was transformed in to a den of prostitution, crime, and poverty. This premise alone was enough to keep me reading. But it was the characters that truly shined.

This novel alternated between three perspectives. Dai grew up outside the walled city and was forced in to its depths following the death of his brother. He’s been trapped in the city for 730 days and has 18 days to escape. In planning this escape he enlists the help of Jin Lee, and Mei Yee. Not knowing the two are related.

Mei Yee was sold by her abusive father to a brothel. She was at the mercy of the crime lord of the walled city but she dreams of the outside world and of the sister she was forced to leave behind. Mei Yee was a dreamer. At times I couldn’t believe how trusting of others she was. After being sold and living in a brothel I thought she would have picked up more streets smarts! It wasn’t that I disliked her, I just had a hard time believing her character.

Jin Lee was by far my favorite character. She was fighting to find her sister Mei Yee. Jin left home after Mei Yee was sold and had been searching the walled city for her ever since. I loved Jin’s steadfast devotion to her sister and how much she cared about those around her. Even after surviving in the walled city she didn’t let that make her hard, or take away her hope. Also, she had a cat. I loved Chma.

My problem with this novel wasn’t with the characters but with the plot. I thought it was kind of slow and when the culmination of events happened I found myself not really caring. Not to mention everything ended too perfectly. The ending was wrapped up in a pretty bow but that wasn’t how the city was. It was a gritty, rough, crime ridden city and I wanted the ending to be the same way.

Trigger & spoiler warning: I can’t stand books where animals are put in peril. It stresses me out, takes me out of the reading, and is the #1 thing that will force me to DNF a book. To warn everyone this book does have a cat that is hurt but not killed. Chma survives and there is a happy ending! I just thought I should put this warning out there in case this detracts from anyone else’s reading.

Overall, The Walled City was a gritty, interesting, and well written novel. I enjoyed Wolf by Wolf, Ryan’s second novel, more, but this standalone novel held its own and made me care about the characters.