Thursday, February 23, 2017

Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Any Boy but You 
Series: (North Pole, Minnesota #1) 
Author: Julie Hammerle
Publication Date: February 13, 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Crush

Elena Chestnut has been chatting with an anonymous boy late into the night. It’s a very You’ve Got Mail situation, and she has no idea who he is. He can’t be Oliver Prince, hot-and-bashful son of the family running the rival sporting goods store. Their fancy sales strategies are driving Elena’s family out of business. Elena’s mystery boy has teamed up with her in their latest sales strategy, an augmented reality game, to help her win the grand-prize plane tickets. Money’s so tight Elena’s going to miss senior year spring break with her friends if she can’t win this game.
The girl Oliver's fallen head-over-heels for online had better not be Elena Chestnut. She's his angry, vindictive Latin tutor, the daughter of his dad’s business rival, and the one girl he’d never even think of kissing. She’s definitely not his online crush, because that girl is funny, sweet, and perfect.
When Oliver asks to reveal their names at the Valentine’s Day dance, their IRL relationship will either ruin what they have online, or they’ll discover just how thin the line between love and hate really is.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains swearing, snowball fights, and sexual tension that could melt the North Pole. Read at your own risk.

Guest Post
What inspired you to write Any Boy But You? Is it based on anyone special?

The character I relate to most in Any Boy but You is Oliver, for sure. 

It didn’t start out that way. I hadn’t gone into writing the book planning to deal with my own social anxieties through him, but that’s how it worked out. The way he sees his sister, Regina, is how I see people who have it more socially together than I do. She’s an extrovert, who thrives on engagement with others. He’s an introvert, who finds the whole “making and keeping friends” thing exhausting and terrifying.

He wants friends. He wants to find his “person,” to use a Grey’s Anatomy word, but he’s scared of being rebuffed. He’s scared of putting his heart out there and having it tossed back in his face. And that fear has won out his entire life. He’s spent seventeen years hiding behind his computer and his “above it all” façade, while other people paired up around him.

When he talks about his fear of rejection or his worry that no one would show up for him when he really needed a friend, that’s all me. That stuff was waaay too easy to write.

Obviously, Oliver and Elena’s budding romance is the center of this story, but my favorite interpersonal moments happen between Oliver and Harper, Elena’s BFF. Harper and Oliver strike up an unlikely friendship, and she’s exactly the person he needs to help him come out of his shell. Oliver wants a romantic relationship and he does grow to care about Elena, but what he really needs (and finds in Harper) is a good buddy.

About the Author
Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write "for real," she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list. She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Daughter of the Pirate King by Trisha Levenseller

Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: Trisha Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publicaton Date: February 28, 2017

This book made me appreciate reading again. 2016 was one big book slump for me. I couldn’t find anything I liked and much of what I was reading was far too serious. I picked up Daughter of the Pirate King on a whim and for the first time in a long time I remembered what a joy reading can be! This book is fun. It is pirates hunting for treasure, being scallywags, and living life on the high seas. It was exactly what I didn’t know I wanted.

This novel follows pirate captain Alosa. She is the daughter of the pirate king (hence the title). The story begins when Alosa is captured by rival pirates. Only, the jokes on them because Alosa was planning to be captured all along. She is searching their ship for a legendary treasure map. One said to lead to an epic trove. But all is not smooth sailing.

Alosa is a great heroine. And I liked seeing her be good at what she does, pirating. The days of girls needing saving are long over! Alosa is the captain of an almost entirely female ship and they’re the best of the best. I’m looking forward to seeing more of the crew in the sequel.

The best part about this story was the witty banter between Alosa and Riden. They reminded me of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth from Pride & Prejudice. Only with more kissing. And more pirates. The relationship between Alosa and Riden is a slow burn that you can’t help rooting for.

The only thing I didn’t like about this novel was that I have to wait for the sequel! I’m excited to read more about Alosa, Riden, and the entire pirate crew. When I read this book I desperately needed something fun, light, and interesting. This book was all three! Put this on your to-read list now.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blog Tour: Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake + Giveaway

Guardian of Secrets 
Series: Library Jumpers #2
by Brenda Drake
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.
Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.
And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.
Maybe. If she survives.
Other Books in the Series
Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1)

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.
Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.
Guest Post
Music is very important to me when trying to get into the feeling of a scene. A book’s soundtrack can add another layer to the story. The perfect song can help deepen your writing and aide in helping us feel the characters’ emotions. I’m thrilled to share with you today my soundtrack for Guardian of Secrets, book two in the Library Jumpers series.

Secrets by OneRebublic is the perfect song to start out with. This volume in the Library Jumpers series is all about secrets. The lyrics “This time, don't need another perfect lie” fits perfectly how Gia feels in this story. 

Don’t Let Me Down by the Chainsmokers, this song plays to Gia’s desperation after something bad happens and all she wants is Arik, but he isn’t there for her. The lyrics “I really thought you were on my side … But now there's nobody by my side” plays perfectly with her feelings during this scene.

Heathens by twenty one pilots is a fun song that plays to the new threat in this book and his gang of evil Mystiks. With lyrics like “All my friends are heathens, take it slow” and “Please don’t make any sudden moves” goes great with Gia and Nick’s feelings when they encounter this new threat in the darkness of a library. 

Close by Nick Jonas with Tove Lo is a song for Gia and Bastien. I can’t say much here because I don’t want to spoil anything. The lyrics that go perfectly with this scene are “I know, I know you know you’re scared” and “'Cause space is just a word made up by someone who's afraid to get too close.”

Love Me Now by John Legend when Gia is trapped in a barren wasteland with somebody (I’m trying to be cryptic here) all she and this other person think is “I know it'll kill me when it's over …I don't wanna think about it, I want you to love me now.”

Rise by Katy Perry finishes off the book nicely. It fits Gia’s mind set after a battle where so much was lost and she must rise. And I end with these lyrics: “When you think the final nail is in. Think again. Don't be surprised. I will still rise.”

I hope you enjoyed the playlist for Guardian of Secrets. If you would like to listen to the Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1) soundtrack!
About the Author 
Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The 100 Book Blitz + Giveaway!

I am so excited that THE 100 returns to TV tonight! And to help celebrate the show's return Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Rockstar Book Tours are giving away 5 Boxed Sets of the Complete series! So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

THE 100 Box Set (Books 1-4)
Author: Kass Morgan
Pub. Date: January 3, 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 1360
Formats: Paperback
Find it: AmazonGoodreads

All four thrilling novels in The 100 series, now available in a paperback boxed set! Ever since nuclear war destroyed our planet, humanity has been living on city-like spaceships hovering above the toxic surface. As far as anyone knows, no one has stepped foot on Earth in centuries--that is, until one hundred juvenile delinquents are sentenced to return and recolonize the hostile land. The future of the human race rests in their hands, but nothing can prepare the 100 for what they find on this strange and savage planet.
Read the series that inspired the hit TV show. The 100, Day 21, Homecoming, and Rebellion are gathered together for the first time in this striking box set, perfect for fans and series newcomers alike.

About Kass Morgan

Kass Morgan studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a mound of science fiction and Victorian novels. Kass is currently working on the sequel to The 100, which she’ll finish as soon as she finds a coffee shop that allows laptops on the weekend.


5 winners will receive the complete boxed set of THE 100 Series, US Only.

Ends on February 8th at Midnight EST!

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