Endure by Laura Diamond Book Blitz!

Endure

(Book One of the Endure Series)

Release

Date: 07/12/13

Summary

from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old

Justin’s anemic blood is a blessing. Or a curse. It all depends on who you ask.

To most of the immortal Vie, his blood is a scourge: untouchable and useless. To some Vie, his blood is a drug. To Justin, it’s something that gets him in alot of trouble. Being poisoned by a Vie is just one example. His sister getting kidnapped is another. Whether it’s being coerced by a deluded cult leader, or negotiating with Alex—an Vie scientist addicted to Anemie blood—Justin struggles to keep every mutated drop of blood he’s got. His fight for survival gets more complicated when he meets Alex’s slave, Cara. Despite coming from different worlds, they’re both prisoners, at risk of being   drained by a hungry Vie any moment. When she risks her own neck to help Justin  find his sister, he’s left with a terrifying choice. Saving what’s left of humanity. Saving his sister. Saving the girl he loves. Or sticking a stake in Alex’s chest.

Justin can’t decide which option will get him killed first.

Here is an except from Endure for your reading pleasure, I have to say that after this sneak peek I’m excited to read it! Hope you guys like it as much as I do! Enjoy!

“A siren broke the night’s tense silence. I cringed at the growing sound.

“They’re stopping here, Justin.” Sammie huddled closer to me, trembling.

“Shhh.” I smoothed her greasy hair.

Blazes, maybe this was our time to die.

Dim outlines of the other Anemies dotted the otherwise bare room. We all crouched lower, as if curling into living meatballs would prevent the Vie from attacking us.

“I’m scared.” Her shrill voice shredded my ear drums. I covered her mouth with my hand, but she pawed me away. She hated the feeling of suffocation.

“You have to be quiet.” They could hear our whispers, but we didn’t have to attract more attention than necessary. I grimaced at the salty, dank odor of sweat emanating from my pores. They could smell us, too, even sense our decay. No wonder they hated us. Our stench. Our weakness.

Such a contrast from their perfection.”

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About the Author

Laura Diamond is a boardcertified psychiatrist and author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, horror, and middle grade. Her short story, CITY OF LIGHTS AND STONE, is in the DAY OF DEMONS Anthology by Anachron Press (April 2012). Another short story, BEGGING DEATH, is coming soon in the CARNAGE: AFTER THE END Anthology by Sirens Call Publications. Her Young Adult Paranormal Romance novelette NEW PRIDE was published November 2012 and her novel SHIFTING PRIDE is coming December 7, 2012 from Etopia Press. When she’s not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond–Lucid Dreamer (http://lbdiamond.wordpress.com/), and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion. She is also full-time staff member for her four cats and a Pembroke corgi named Katie.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Anomaly by Krista McGee

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Welcome to my stop on the Anomaly blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Anomaly by Krista McGee

Release Date: 07/09/13

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Summary from Goodreads:

Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.

Thalli is different than others in The State. She feels things. She asks questions. And in the State, this is not tolerated. The Ten scientists who survived the nuclear war that destroyed the world above believe that emotion was at the core of what went wrong—and they have genetically removed it from the citizens they have since created. Thalli has kept her malformation secret from those who have monitored her for most of her life, but when she receives an ancient piece of music to record as her community’s assigned musician, she can no longer keep her emotions secreted away.

Seen as a threat to the harmony of her Pod, Thalli is taken to the Scientists for immediate annihilation. But before that can happen, Berk—her former Pod mate who is being groomed as a Scientist—steps in and persuades the Scientists to keep Thalli alive as a test subject.

The more time she spends in the Scientist’s Pod, the clearer it becomes that things are not as simple as she was programmed to believe. She hears stories of a Designer—stories that fill her mind with more questions: Who can she trust? What is this emotion called love? And what if she isn’t just an anomaly, but part of a greater design?

My Review:

Rating 4/5
Goodreads Reading Challenge #36

I want to start by thanking Krista McGee and YA Bound Book Tours for letting me read and review this book!

Anomaly was an interesting read for me. I typically read a lot of YA dystopian novels so when I realized this was dystopian fiction I jumped at the chance to read and review this book!

I loved the way this book started, we are thrust into the very dystopic setting and the very precarious situation Thalli is in right from the first page of the book. The beginning just grips you and pulls you in which I really liked it. It had one of those beginnings that is a scene from the latter part of the book which is a very adrenaline filled, fear filled moment in the book which of course got me pumped to read the rest of the book.

One thing about this book that I really liked was that it was never predictable. I hate when books are so predictable and so cliché and played out but I really felt like this one had new things happening that I haven’t yet seen in a dystopic fiction novel yet. I did actually like the religious story that was woven into the dystopic fiction narrative, it’s not something that I have seen yet which made that really interesting. John was an interesting character for me and I was actually far more interested in his character than in our main character. He was just really intriguing and his story was just really interesting. I really liked seeing him interact with first Thalli and then hearing about his interactions with Berk.

I also wished that I had seen more of Thalli and Berks romance although what we see of it I loved experiencing, I also wish we had seen more of Progress and Stone because I think that was such an interesting and heartbreaking part of the story. Some of my favorite scenes involve Thalli and her experience of music that she creates or hears!

There was a quite a bit going on in this book so I was never bored which is a really good thing. I was definitely glued to the book because I wanted to see what was going to happen to Thalli and what was going to happen to John. I like that the book ended with a sense of hope for their group. I would say this book is worth giving a read if you are a fan of dystopian novels, there is a very heavy religious slant to it so keep an open mind. I think it works very well in a dystopic setting and I’m surprised that I haven’t read anything that incorporated a religious theme as heavily as this one yet. I rated this book a 4 out of 5 because I really liked the story and the characters!

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About the Author

Krista McGee’s passion to see teens excited about serving God is a driving force behind her novels. Ever since college when she spent a summer working at a youth camp, McGee knew she wanted to invest in teenagers. Since then she’s been involved in a variety of youth ministries and currently teaches at a Christian school in Tampa, FL.

McGee broke into the writing world during her time in Spain. A friend encouraged her to submit an article to a Christian girls’ magazine, and it got published. Once her family moved back to Tampa, she got the idea for her first novel, First Date, a modern take of the story of Esther. Her subsequent books, Starring Me and Right Where I Belong, are based on Rebekah and Ruth.

When Krista McGee isn’t living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher and coffee snob.

Learn more about Krista McGee and her books at kristamcgeebooks.com. Readers can also become a fan on Facebook (krista.a.mcgee) or follow her on Twitter (@KristaMcGeeYA).

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Blog Tour Book Review: Keeper of the Lost Souls by Kristy Centeno

Welcome to my stop on the Keeper of the Lost Souls blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Keeper of the Lost Souls

Keeper of the Lost Souls written by Kristy Centeno

Summary from Goodreads:

Bryn McCaskey is young, naïve, and can talk to ghosts. Like her mother and grandmother, Bryn is part of a breed of witches called The Keepers of the Lost Souls, whose main purpose is to guard those spirits which are permanently or temporarily grounded in the world of the living.

Because Bryn is a witch, she’s fairly comfortable dealing with all sorts of threats, which she does with ease and confidence. Handling supernatural creatures is as easy to her as baking a pie. Dealing with people however, is something she is yet to learn how to handle. Unfortunately, as her 18th birthday approaches, and the time for her to take on her first assignment finally arrives, Bryn is forced to confront her inability to communicate with others in an effort to save the one soul that can mean the difference between life and death for mankind.

Johnny Shaw is a lost soul with a personal vendetta against witches. A vendetta he has carried on even after death. However, as much as he might hate them, in order to stop a century old threat, he must join forces with one. When fate brings them together, not only will they be forced to learn how to work as a team, but they will have to depend on each other to stop an evil witch carrying a six hundred year grudge.

My Review:

Rating: 4/5
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #35

First of all I just wanted to say thank you to Kristy Centeno and YA Bound Book Tours for allowing me the opportunity to take part in the Keeper of the Lost Souls Blog Tour!

I really liked Keeper of the Lost Souls! I was really intrigued by it because of the book description and the absolutely gorgeous cover. Also, the title of the book just sort of pulls you in as well, it’s super interesting.

Keeper of the Lost Souls is a YA Paranormal fiction story that deals with witches, elementals and demons…all things that usually make for an irresistible read.

I love when narratives are delivered to readers through more than one perspective and this story is told from two perspectives:  keeper witch Bryn and her charge Johnny Shaw (one of the lost souls she is in charge of “keeping”)

I really liked the main character Bryn. I really would have liked to know more in depth detail about her powers but I thought what we do find out about her powers is interesting. I think what I really like about her is that although she has these amazing powers and has this amazing strength she is a really human character. She is a normal teenage girl except it so happens that she is special…she has these deep insecurities that many teenage girls have and she hasn’t let the fact that she has these powers and can basically do anything to anyone, go to her head. She doesn’t use those powers for bad or to manipulate people. She takes her powers seriously, which I think is something that a lot of stories about teenage girls who have powers similar to these lack.

I also like the distinction that is made between witches and the keeper witches. I thought this story was really creative in that aspect and puts a different spin on ghosts and witches that we have not previously seen which is always a plus!

There is a romance in this book that I found really sweet, especially since it’s really a first time romance experience for Bryn, it calls to mind your first crush, your first kiss, etc. I think the author did a really good job working this romance into the story and at first we don’t really see this coming. For some reason I originally thought of Johnny as much much older than Bryn but I think that’s because of her calling him Mr. Shaw at first. I’m glad he turned out to be her age though! I liked seeing their relationship unfold and how they were able to overcome their familial histories.

I would recommend giving this book a read if you are a fan of YA Paranormal stories especially those involving witches and demons! I’ve always had a fascination with witches so this book was a real treat for me to read. Read it!

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kristy centeno

As a child, I used to lose myself in an imaginary world by the means of a good book. Now that I’m all grown up, I get to create my own fictional realms and make them come to life in ways that most readers might not expect. I’ve always had a passion for writing but never had the opportunity do so until now. After trying out numerous options I realized that writing was what I loved the most so when I found myself with some free time on my hands, I decided to give it a shot. As it turned out, my very active imagination helped me achieve my goals of creating believable plots with some ordinary, and some not so ordinary characters that helped the stories move along in one way or another. As I keep moving along in achieving my dreams of becoming a published author, I divide my time in between my four children and my very understanding husband.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Forty Days (Neima’s Ark #1) by Stephanie Parent

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Welcome to my stop on the Forty Days blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Forty Days (Neima’s Ark #1)

by Stephanie Parent

Release Date: 02/10/13

125 pages

Rating: 5/5 – It was amazing!

Goodreads Reading Challenge #22

 Summary from Goodreads:

The entire village knows Neima’s grandfather is a madman. For years the old man has prophesied that a great flood is coming, a flood disastrous enough to blot out the entire earth. He’s even built an enormous ark that he claims will allow his family to survive the deluge. But no one believes the ravings of a lunatic…

 …until the rain starts. And doesn’t stop. Soon sixteen-year-old Neima finds her entire world transformed, her life and those of the people she loves in peril. Trapped on the ark with her grandfather Noah, the rest of her family, and a noisy, filthy, and hungry assortment of wild animals, will Neima find a way to survive?

 With lions, tigers, and bears oh my, elephants and flamingos too, along with rivalries and betrayals, a mysterious stowaway, and perhaps even an unexpected romance, FORTY DAYS is not your grandfather’s Noah’s Ark story.

 FORTY DAYS is approximately 45000 words, the length of a shorter novel, and is the first installment in a two-part epic story. It does contain a cliffhanger ending.

 Readers looking for a traditional, religiously oriented version of the Noah’s Ark story should be warned that FORTY DAYS may not appeal to them. The novel will, however, appeal to lovers of apocalyptic fiction, historical fiction, and romance, as well as anyone who’s ever dreamed of having a baby elephant as a pet.

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Review: I received a copy of Forty Days for the Review Only Blog Tour of Forty Days so I am SUPER excited to share it with you! Thank you to Stephanie Plant and YA Bound for allowing me to take part in this tour!

This book was really interesting for me…I was initially excited to read this book because I had never read an imaginative fiction version of the Noah’s Ark story although I’ve encountered it many times in religious studies courses and in reading it in the bible. I really like that this story wasn’t told from Noah’s perspective but from his granddaughter’s perspective. I think I’ve always been curious about how Noah’s family may have felt about the situation and having to be cooped up in this ark with all these terrifying animals. It was really, really interesting! I think this book is very different in terms of subject matter and it’s really creative with the Noah story, something we are all so familiar with but may not have explored too much. If you’ve ever been curious about digging deeper into the Noah’s ark story, or curious about what his family went through or even what Noah himself went through, definitely read this book! I love that this book is so personal, I felt like I was right there with Neima experiencing this story.

I hadn’t read a YA book in about a month so it was really refreshing to read this book! At 125 pages this book is a super light read, I finished it in a day, plus I just didn’t want to put it down. I had to know what happened next and where the story was going. I just really love this fresh, new take on such an age old story! I really liked, also how apparent it was that the author did alot of research on the area, the time period and the customs of the people who lived during this time. It’s interesting to see the gender roles at play and getting to catch a glimpse at which animals they were able to get into the ark. I think it’s realistic in the sense that of course Noah had not seen the rest of the world so it was impossible for him  to have gotten each and every single animal species onto that ark but he did get what would have been known to them at the time. It is definitely apparent that this book took careful thought and planning and I can always appreciate that mix of history with fiction. It makes books that much more exciting and I think this book is filled with excitement, especially seeing what the family has to go through in the time frame in which we glimpse their lives in the ark.

There were a couple of different things in the book that really surprised me but I won’t spoil it for you. There is a romance in this story that I am really interested in seeing unfold and issues that Neima is struggling with in regards to her family and the end of the world as she knows it that I think will be interesting to see develop in the later books. I can’t wait to see where this story goes, I will definitely be looking out for the next book! The best thing about this book is that it covers only a short time period so we have a good ways to go of story! I recommend giving Forty Days a read, like I said it is a light, interesting read and I think fans of YA books will enjoy it like I did!

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About the Author
stephanie parent

Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She moved to Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block’s WEETZIE BAT books, which might give you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, books about dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.

 

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