Book Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

18460392Title: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Genre: YA – Contemporary
Length: 378 pages
Format: Print – Softcover
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date:  January 6, 2015
Rating – 5 stars

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

 

I decided to pick up All the Bright Places on a whim, not even having read the synopsis but I had seen the cover on Goodreads and I thought it was a really pretty cover. (Yes, I admit it. I like a really pretty cover.) I had no clue that this book was going to be made into a movie but now that I know, that makes me even happier that I finally read it so that I can prepare myself because I am pretty sure that movie is going to make me cry.

All the Bright Places is about Finch and Violet. It is told in their alternating perspectives which are very distinct from each other so the story is easy to follow. Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at their school. They basically talk each other off the ledge, end up getting stuck together on a school project and and find their reasons to go on living each day to its fullest in each other. Both are struggling through their own set of problems and trying to overcome them and their relationship changes both of them forever. 

I don’t even quite know what to say about this or how to quite explain my feelings about it because I have a lot of them. In short, this book wrecked me. It swallowed my heart, chewed it up and spit it out crushed into tiny little pieces. There was quite a bit of ugly crying involved. 

As sad as it made me in some parts, I am really glad that I read it. I laughed, I cried, I got angry and I swooned. 

The story was beautiful and tragic and the writing was beautiful. This is my first Jennifer Niven book and I am looking forward to more of her work because she just writes so beautifully. I loved the way she wrote these characters, Finch and Violet were everything to me of course but even the side characters have some pretty great depth to them. It really reminded me that everyone struggles with something in their life, no matter how perfect they or their life seems to be and reminds me to be mindful of that in my daily interactions with people. 

This book definitely deals with heavy but super important topics like bullying, suicide, mental illness, abuse and death but I think it is done is such a great way. I honestly can’t say enough good things about this book other than READ IT. It is so so so good and devastating and now I have a book hangover from it. 5 stars and I can’t wait to see the movie.

 

Cover Reveal: Lost (Awaken Series Book #2)!

I am oh so excited to be a part of the cover reveal for the second book in an awesome series. I reviewed the first book Awaken and am super excited to read Lost when it’s released!! Anyway, how gorgeous is this cover?!

Title: Lost (Awaken Series Book #2)

Author: Jaime Guerard

Genre: YA Paranormal Romantic Thriller

Cover Designer: Kimberley Marsot (K-Design)

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Lost Blurb:

One…Two…Three…Breathe

There is no other choice

You know what you have to do

Don’t think, Bre, just go

I begin to take my final step forward, feeling the urgency of what I know I should do, but I immediately think of who I will be leaving behind. If I go I won’t be able to say goodbye. I won’t be able to tell him that I love him. I want to tell him that I’m sorry for what’s going to happen to me, and beg him to forgive me for what I’m about to do.

Tears begin to filter from my eyes as I realize there is no other choice. Perhaps I will finally know why I have been given this gift of seeing into the future.

Accepting that this is my lot—my final end—I take a deep breath and run to the boy. As I do, I block out everything and everyone that I love far from my mind.

Time has run out for me.

Don’t think, Bre, just go.

Lost, the electrifying sequel to The Awaken series, will draw you deeper into the world that Bre is beginning to unfold. This riveting novel will prove that true love comes in many forms, that deception is all around us, that the secrets of our opposers are often hidden in plain sight, and that the world in which we dwell holds more than what we see on the surface.

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LOST is the sequel to AWAKEN in the Awaken Series by Jaime Guerard! See what readers are saying about AWAKEN!

“Right when you think you have it all figured out, you are thrown in the opposite direction. The end of the book…my jaw was on the floor!” – Two Sassy Chicks Blog

“The story building was just plain amazing and super intense. When I got to the last page all I could think was, WOW.” – Maria’s Book Blog

“Awaken kept me at the edge of my seat, biting my nails and wondering what would happen next!” – Melanie Dawn, Author of So Much It Hurts

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Blog Tour Book Review – Sapphire: The Shielded Realms by Elayne Griffith

NEWSAPPHIRETitle: Sapphire: The Shielded Realms written by Elayne Griffith
Genre: Epic Fantasy Saga
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page Count: 275 pages
Format: Ebook
Rating: 5/5

There was a flash of light, the ground quaked, and suddenly a large silhouetted shape lifted itself from swirling white flames.”

Shawna’s ordinary life is forever changed when monstrous creatures come scratching at her door, and a black unicorn mysteriously comes to her aid. She then finds herself at the mercy of a sassy old witch, a quirky fairy who’s allergic to her own fairy dust, and a world of magic and nightmares. A world, she discovers, that is not only her own, but is unraveling from an ancient curse. The truth of its origins, and of the shattered sapphires, will take Shawna and her companions on a fantastical adventure through the hidden secrets of the shielded realms.

~ When there is darkness in our lives, and the path is not always clear, all we need to do is believe. ~

 

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Sapphire: The Shattered Realms. I would like to give a very warm thank you to the author Elayne Griffith and Mythos Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!

Sapphire: The Shattered Realms is a YA fantasy title about a teenage girl Ava, who on the eve of her sixteenth birthday discovers that her parents have been keeping a terrible secret from her. Not only are they not her real parents but she is from an entirely different world…a world in which fairies, unicorns and enchanted crystals are a reality. Faced with a doomsday prophecy and pretty scary enemies, Shawna embarks on a quest (along with unlikely friends) to claim her birthright and save her world.

I loooooved this book. I have never read a book (that I can remember) that had a unicorn in it and when I was presented with the opportunity to read this book I jumped at the chance, because really who doesn’t love unicorns? I think though that I had the impression that it might be a super cheesy fantasy story but that was a totally wrong impression. It was awesome. It definitely wasn’t cheesy but was super fun and interesting. I absolutely loved all the characters that we meet throughout the story from the ones we meet for only a few seconds like the super cute lor-lor to Shawna, or shall I say, Ava herself.  I really liked her character journey from Shawna to Ava. I found her a little annoying at first but what teenage girl isn’t at that age, I know I was but as her character develops throughout the story I just grew to love her…she turns into a pretty strong, badass girl. I really loved that the romance line of this story was kept pretty light because I think a lot of emphasis in YA novels IS put on the romance lines but this book kept the emphasis on Shawna’s quest and her story which was really cool.

I actually can’t sing enough praises about this book, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I ended up loving it. I was fully engrossed in this world from page one and I just loved every minute of it. What a great, fun, pleasurable read. I am so glad I read this. If you are looking for a fun, YA fantasy to read, I highly recommend reading this book. The writing was awesome and the characters were great. Loved it!

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Elayne Griffith grew up writing, drawing, climbing trees, and riding unicorns…er, horses as a young girl. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and many years of job-bouncing, she suddenly had an epiphany: life is short, do what you love to do. She quit her job in the city and moved back to nature. Many bags of rice and beans later, she has written her first novel. She currently lives in the mountains, happy as a caffeinated squirrel, while continuing to pursue her writing and artistic career. “Follow your passion, for it is your greatest love.”

 

 

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Blog Tour Book Review – Buan: The Perfect Mortals by Reece Bridger

BUANEBOOKTitle: Buan: The Perfect Mortals written by Reece Bridger
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page count: 458
Format: Ebook
Rating – 5/5

During a ceasefire of a war that has taken more lives than could be considered just, there are shadows of betrayal and deceit lurking in the rays of the morning sun. Something is lingering on the horizon, and it’s hell-bent on destruction, despair and death.

Whatever it may be, it’s driven the Goddess to some very desperate measures.

Life for the Harmon siblings has been hard enough, but now they face responsibilities that they never asked for. They never asked for power. They never asked for a world of monsters. They never asked to come face-to-face with demons, the corrupted of their own people, or their own mortality.

But that is just what they will have to do. They are the chosen heroes of Cornelia, the final hope for order and sanity, the last line of defence against the darkness.

They are the Buan.

 

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Hello all and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Buan: The Perfect Mortals! I’d like to thank Mythos Press as well as the author Reece Bridger, for the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review.

Buan is an epic fantasy series about four siblings with a great destiny. Each a key component of a hero. I love the idea of siblings who each possess a vital quality essential to a hero so that they must work together to fulfill their shared destiny.

I gave this book a full five star rating. Needless to say, I loved this book. The story itself was wonderfully written with a  highly detailed world and developed characters. I loved the strong women of this novel and I think my favorite is the little sister Fantasia whom reminds me a bit of Arya from Game of Thrones. Elrena was also one of my favorites!

I had a lot of fun reading this book, it’s definitely one of my most favorite reads of 2014. I think it deserves a spot among great epic fantasy reads. I can’t wait to continue the series! I loved everything about it. The author is a great storyteller and the blend of action, danger, and fantasy was just right. Definitely recommend as a must read to fantasy fans, I think this is a valuable author to watch and series to get into!

 

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25213262-118Reece Bridger is a firm believer in not letting the little things hold you back; conquering both his young age and his Aspergers, he wrote ‘The Perfect Mortals’ as a firm first step in the direction of his dreams. With another nineteen books already planned and no fore seeable social life, he has a lot of work ahead of him. In his downtime, he dabbles in voice acting and the bass guitar. He’s also not very good at writing short descriptions of himself.
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Blog Tour Guest Post & Book Review: The Marian by Taylor Hohulin

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Marian written by Taylor Hohulin! I’d like to thank Taylor Hohulin for including me in his blog tour and giving me the opportunity to read and review his book! This blog tour post is a special one for me as I have never had an author guest post and I’m excited to have Taylor as a guest on my blog today as well as excited to share what I thought of his book! In this post you will find the synopsis, Taylor’s guest post where he talks casting (awesome!) and lastly, my review! We hope you enjoy this post!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00039]Fifteen-year-old Ethan Denby doesn’t know how he got on the Marian. He just woke up one day inside the body of its captain.

The Marian is unlike any ship Ethan has ever seen. It crawls on long, metal legs over dunes of salt in search of water, despite laws granting exclusive harvesting rights to a corrupt organization known as HydroSystems Worldwide.

HydroSystems is closing in, tensions are mounting aboard the Marian, and on top of all that, Ethan is beginning to think the dreams he’s been having aren’t completely harmless. If he doesn’t get home soon, Ethan could die inside someone else’s body in this wasteland of a world. The only way back seems to be through a place known simply as the Cloud, but how can he convince the crew to take him there when it means confronting a dangerous cult and venturing into a place where the very fabric of reality has worn thin?

Casting the Crew of the Marian
Ethan Denby – Tom Hiddleston
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This was a hard role to cast. Whoever played Ethan would essentially spend the movie playing a teenager with a pretty good life trapped in the body of a wasteland-hardened adult. I settled on Tom Hiddleston, mostly based on his portrayal of Loki in the last few Marvel movies. He’s able to handle the action-heavy scenes, but still maintains a youthful glee. Obviously, Loki would need to have much worse skin, and a nice scraggly beard. Dude looks like a Covergirl commercial.
We don’t get to see Ethan in his own body in The Marian, but if we did, he’d totally be Asa Butterfield of Ender’s Game/The Boy in the Striped Pajamas fame.
Jackie Sparks – Dylan O’Brien
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I had trouble finding someone for the Marian’s wild, wisecracking teenage engineer, but then my wife suggested Dylan O’Brien. Apparently, he’s best known for his role on the Teen Wolf TV show, and will appear in the film adaptation of The Maze Runner. After a few YouTube clips of him cutting up, I was sold. Give him some crazy red hair and a bag of tools, and he’s got the look I’d imagined, too.
Tucker Frye – Thomas Hayden Church
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Tucker is the Marian’s doctor, unofficial encyclopedia, and voice of reason. He needs to be portrayed by someone is able to appear simultaneously likeable, wise, and exhausted…something that I think Church achieved pretty darn well in Easy A. Should that be a guilty pleasure movie? I don’t care. It was surprisingly fantastic.
Percy Hale – Tom Hardy
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Percy was the Marian’s quartermaster until he learned the person inside his captain’s body didn’t have a clue how to run a ship. As second in command, he declared himself captain, much to the dismay of a few members of the crew. Percy is a big, scary man, and there are some who wonder if his loyalty is for sale. It would be interesting to see Tom Hardy take on this role. He’s an imposing physical presence, but he’s also got some real acting chops.
Bonnie Sparks – Emma Stone
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Remember the five minutes Emma Stone spent as Hollywood’s “it” girl before Jennifer Lawrence became Katniss Everdeen and dominated our nation’s consciousness? I like Jennifer Lawrence, but I always preferred Emma Stone…and still do. No matter what movie she’s in, she manages to have instant chemistry with every other person on screen. That’s essentially Bonnie’s character. She’s a peacekeeper when tempers flare and a Jill-of-all-trades around the ship.
Lester – Jared Leto
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No one knows much about Lester. The crew of the Marian thinks he might have been alive when the bomb was dropped and Earth transformed into a waterless wasteland, but no one can be sure because he rarely speaks. He’s a mean-spirited beanpole of a man, and Jared Leto might seem like an odd casting choice for him…unless you’ve seen Mr. Nobody. Among other things, Leto plays a pretty convincing 120-year old man, thanks to some impressive makeup work. The performance is over-the-top and almost cartoonish at times, but Lester is kind of an over-the-top, cartoonish character.
The Navigator – Bill Murray
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I’m of the firm belief that any film, no matter the genre, benefits from Bill Murray’s presence. The Navigator has been a blast to write. Like Lester, he was alive when the bomb was dropped and the earth changed forever. The only problem is he either didn’t notice the bomb and its effects, or he’s completely blocked the memory from his mind. He thinks the Marian is a deep-sea fishing vessel. Bill Murray’s comedic chops and ridiculously high likeability quotient make him the perfect candidate for the Navigator.
Buddy – Jorge Garcia
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Buddy is the Marian’s big, loveable engine operator. He needs to be portrayed by someone who can inspire pity without being a guy who whines all the time, and who can be instantly likeable. Jorge Garcia’s portrayal of Hurley in LOST definitely fits the bill here.

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Taylor Hohulin is a DJ at a Christian rock radio station in Dallas, Texas. He lives in Arlington with his wife, where they are owned by two cats and a dog. His greatest fear is working a job where he is required to shave daily. And spiders.

Title: The Marian written by Taylor Hohulin
Genre: YA – Post Apocalyptic/Steampunk
Page count: 198
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 5/5

When I read the synopsis for The Marian I immediately jumped at the chance to read and review it! Not only do I lack considerable experience with steampunk-esque novels, but the synopsis drew me in and I wasn’t disappointed!

I don’t want to give too much away about the plot because I definitely think this is a book that you’d want to read and I don’t want to spoil it but I did want to talk a little about the story. The Marian is a ship, crawling through the desert of the ocean whose crew specializes in water smuggling under the nose of the government corporation that holds “all” of earth’s remaining water. Ethan Denby suddenly finds himself aboard The Marian and thrust into this life of constant danger as part of this crew, always looking over their shoulder and hoping to make a difference in a world where hope is scarce. The big question is, will he ever get back home?

I gave this book a 5 star rating because I really enjoyed this book and this world. This is my first steampunk novel and I really enjoyed the steampunk influence and being thrust into this world of post apocalyptic machinery. I love how the ship has been outfitted to crawl on the ocean floor and drill into “water wells”. The world building and the history of how the world got this way was so interesting to me and I found myself lost in this world and the characters.

One of the best things about this book, besides the well crafted world, is the cast of characters. I love all of them! I’d have to say my favorite character is Buddy and the sort of conundrum he is to me. I see him as this big burly guy yet he’s this teddy bear of a man who loves reading and writes poetry, I love it! I also love Bonnie, the fierce female of the crew who can hold her own amongst the men in a seemingly all male industry like water smuggling where danger abounds.

The plot of this book is so interesting and definitely different than any other post apocalyptic book I’ve read so far. It made me think of what could happen if one day we found ourselves in a similar predicament. I liked this story because the “pirates” were the good guys and we live in a world where pirates rating is bad so it was good to see a positive spin on pirates in this book!

All in all I loved this story and I can’t wait to continue reading it because, good news, it is the start to what I think is going to be a killer trilogy. If you are a sci-fi or fantasy fan you need to check this book out and embark on a truly interesting and entertaining journey that will leave you at the edge of your seat!

Free preview chapter download: http://books.noisetrade.com/taylorhohulin/the-marian-excerpt

Spotlight on The Marian (The Marian #1) by Taylor Hohulin

Hello everyone! I wanted to take a moment and spotlight an exciting new release. The Marian (The Marian #1) which is written by Taylor Hohulin is releasing on September 19, 2014.

The author recently revealed the fantastic cover which you can see below for your viewing pleasure!

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I have the honor of participating in the blog tour for The Marian! Be looking forward to a guest post from the author as well as a review from yours truly on September 17th. Get excited!

Below I have included a few very important links that you will want to check out in anticipation of the release! If you haven’t had a chance yet to read the synopsis, check it out and add it to your TBR list!

As always, Happy reading everyone!!

Book Review: Nameless by Mercedes M. Yardley

namelessTitle: Nameless: The Darkness Comes (The Bone Angel Trilogy) written by Mercedes M. Yardley
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Publisher: Ragnarok Publications
Page count: 227
Format: Epub (read on Microsoft Surface using Nook App) Rating – 4/5

 

Luna Masterson sees demons. She has been dealing with the demonic all her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, ‘Luna the Lunatic’ rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day.

Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon ‘of some import.’

After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together…even until the end. (Goodreads)

I received Nameless from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Nameless was definitely a different spin on a young adult fantasy than I have ever read so it was a great change of pace for me. It was very dark, a little gritty and sometimes downright spooky. Like most books there were small things about the main character and the story I could pick out that I didn’t like (like Luna falling in love with Reed so fast although I guess when you know you just really do know maybe?). For some reason that really bothered me. Otherwise I thought this book was great…it was a really interesting and fast paced read. I especially enjoyed the action scenes where Luna has to battle some of the demons she sees, let’s just say I really wouldn’t want to be her.

I really love Luna as a character. I feel like she’s a pretty strong female character (except for when it comes to Reed) and I love that she seems like more of a tragic hero. She’s definitely very flawed but has this amazing compassion and loyalty to her family, seems to draw strength from inside herself and just doesn’t give up no matter how hard the going gets…and for her it seems to be plenty hard. She also has this pretty awesome ability to see and interact with demons…which is kind of freaky but equally cool. It’s always interesting to think that there may be some sort of different plane of existence where beings of some kind are walking amongst us and other similar theories. I think this book did such a great job of making a world like that seem possible.

I would love to read more from this series and I am hoping that we get to learn more about Luna and her family background…maybe see if there is any particular reason that this ability seems to be genetic. I loved the ending to this book, although I was hoping that the book had a different ending for Reed…it really makes me think that there could be some sort of tragic romance brewing between Mouth and Luna. I’m very interested in continuing to read this trilogy…if you are a fan of paranormal fantasy I would definitely recommend this book!!

Lastly, how cool is the book cover? It’s definitely fitting and what I would imagine Luna looking like!