Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday with Giveaway: Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia @JenniferMurgia @SpencerHillP @covercontessa

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly awaiting!

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Title: Forest of Whispers
Author: Jennifer Murgia
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Expected Publication Date: September 9, 2014

Blurb:
Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago... and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to--one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder--a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.




Jennifer Murgia photo 1384944_10200610144198229_370165092_n_zpsbcfb015a.jpg Jennifer Murgia has long loved the dark and speculative -- and it's from these dark places that she weaves fantastical stories, often hoping to find truth in them. Her Young Adult novels include the upcoming Historical Fantasy FOREST OF WHISPERS (9/9/14 -- Spencer Hill Press), BETWEEN THESE LINES, ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE & THE BLISS. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.



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Monday, August 18, 2014

Blog Tour: Dirty Little Misery by Tracey Martin @TA-Martin

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Welcome to The Cover Contessa's stop on the Dirty Little Misery blog tour!


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Miss Misery #2
Author: Tracy Martin
Release Date: August 12th, 2014
Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Lust can be downright lethal.

Thanks to her freakish, satyr-like power, Jessica Moore was denied her dream to join the Gryphons, the magical law-enforcement officers protecting humanity from the pred races. But after the Gryphons tried to arrest her for murders she didn’t commit, Jess is no longer interested. Too bad—they are.

Now that they know what she can do, they want Jess on their side. If she doesn’t agree to help them solve a new case, they’ll charge her with every magical crime she’s ever committed.

Nine people are dead. The cause? Exhaustion. The activity? Never-ending sex. Someone sold them tainted F, an illegal aphrodisiac made by satyrs. No surprise, Jess’s satyr allies aren’t pleased with her investigation. Worse, it strains her tenuous relationship with Lucen, the one satyr she counts as a friend.

As Jess delves into the shady satyr business world, she unravels a scheme more sinister than dirty drugs—and her relationship with Lucen unravels right along with it. Only the truth will save their friendship. But not before it turns Jess into an ambitious killer’s next target.

Warning: Contains blackmail, betrayal, and sex that’s literally to die for. Plus plenty of bad stiff jokes to go with it. Remember, just say no to magical drugs.


Excerpt:

I cleared my throat. “Right, the Gryphons.” I dragged out the word, wrapping my arms around the baluster. Lucen glanced my way, his eyebrows raised while he waited. “They offered me a job.”
“A job?” I imagined my expression earlier in the day had been an awful lot like his was now.
“A job.”
His blue-green eyes filled with disbelief. “The kind that comes with a uniform and badge, or the kind that involves cleaning out their salamander cages with your bare hands?”
“The Director made no mention of a uniform or a badge, but given what they offered to pay me, I’m assuming it’s not cage duty.”
“Interesting and unexpected, but I hope you told them where they could stick that job.”
I bit my lip, grasping the baluster for all it was worth. “I’ll only be a consultant, not a real Gryphon.”
Lucen threw the bread he’d been slicing on the counter. “You already said yes?”
“Yeah. As much as I joked about how I’d enjoy owing you for bail money, I really didn’t want to go to prison.” I released the railing and frowned down at myself, thinking how bizarre my life was that I was having this conversation in my underwear. “That was my choice—take their offer or go to prison. Tell me I should have chosen differently.”
“So they threatened you.”
“Basically. You blame me for saying yes?”
He brushed crumbs off his hands and sighed. “No, I don’t. But damn it. Did they tell you what they wanted you to do?”
Gryphons had specializations, just like any law enforcement organization. While the stereotype of a Gryphon was the ass-kicking warrior who could stand up to and fight law-breaking preds, the truth was more complicated. As truth usually was.
Some Gryphons specialized in healing addicts, others in making charms, and still others in jobs I knew less about. I had a feeling none of those specialties were what Olivia Lee had in mind for me though.
“The Director said they’d call me in on cases where they thought I’d be useful.”
Lucen rolled his eyes. “That’s unhelpfully vague.”
I didn’t bother responding. Tiredness was overcoming me again, and my annoyance with the Gryphons killed off any remaining desire I had for Lucen. Instead of sex, I wanted to hit someone.
Lucen must have sensed what I was feeling because his hands appeared on my arms as I started to put on my jeans. Hello, lust, again. That didn’t take much. “I’m not mad at you, Jess. I’m furious at them.”
“So am I, as you can obviously tell. Olivia—Director Lee—said they could charge me with endangering humanity. You think they can?”
“They can charge you with anything. Making it stick is another matter, but I doubt any jury of your peers is going to be too sympathetic. They’ll hear you traded souls, and it won’t matter what the details are.”
A jury of my peers. For the hundredth time, I considered telling Lucen the truth about me. That I was a freak who didn’t have any peers. But something stopped me. While I didn’t believe he’d call me an abomination like the goblin Dom had, I wasn’t eager to find out.
“So I’ll do this,” I said. “How bad can it be? I used to want to be a Gryphon.”
Lucen wrapped his arms around me and kissed my neck, and I was so done thinking about Gryphons. “I was very happy the day you realized they don’t deserve you, little siren. Don’t let them change your mind. I waited ten years for you. I refuse to let them turn you into my enemy.”

Tracy Martin photo 7142440_zps53b8a0b7.jpgTracey Martin grew up outside of Philadelphia, the lucky recipient of a drama-free childhood, which is why she spent so much time reading about other people’s lives. It was while she was working on her doctorate in psychology that she had an epiphany–imaginary people are way more fun than real ones. And so she began writing. Never able to choose just one of anything, she currently writes both urban fantasy for adults and contemporary stories for teens.
She likes her coffee simple, her music epic, and her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn't understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets.
Media: tracey-martin.com, @TA-Martin 


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Cover Reveal: The Day Human Prince by @BKMcMichae

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Title: The Day Human Prince (The Day Human Trilogy #2)
Author: B. Kristin McMichael
Expected Publication Date: 2014

Blurb
After he assumed the power of the late sidhe king, Devin thought the battle to protect Nessa and proceed with her coronation was over. Everyone feared him and he had the power to do anything in the sidhe world. He was wrong. As problem after problem arises, Nessa finds the path to the throne is not as simple as they thought. Formalities must be adhered to, preparations must be made, and between all of that, Devin and Nessa must decide what to do with an obviously pregnant Fiona, who will not name the father of her child. To make matters worse, the elite sidhe are still assassinating each other. No one in the palace is safe. Who is behind the latest deaths, and can the coronation actual occur with all the drama going on? Devin and Nessa’s road to power might be cut short if they can’t find the answers.


B. Kristin McMichael #2 photo bkristinmcmichael_zpsb4599d5a.pngOriginally from Wisconsin, B. Kristin currently resides in Ohio with her husband, two small children, and three cats. When not doing the mom thing of chasing kids, baking cookies, and playing outside, she is using her PhD in biology as a scientist. In her free time she is currently hard at work on multiple novels. Every day is a new writing adventure. She is a fan of all YA/NA fantasy and science fiction.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Guest Review: Blur (Blur #1) by Steven James @sjamesauthor @isisunit

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The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman’s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson’s death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world begins to rip apart at the seams.

Convinced that Emily’s appearance was more than just a mere hallucination, Daniel begins to look carefully into her death, even as he increasingly loses the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality.

What’s real? What’s not? Where does reality end and madness begin?

As Daniel struggles to find the truth, his world begins to crumble around him as he slips further and further into his own private blurred reality.

Full of mind-bending twists and turns, Blur launches a new trilogy of young adult thrillers from Steven James, a master of suspense.
Title: Blur (Blur #1)
Author: Steven James
Publication Date: May 27, 2014



RATING: 5/5 STARS



Isis' Review:


I would like to thank NetGalley and Skyscape for granting me the opportunity to read eARC in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review.


Steven James did it again, creating a wild ride from beginning to end, chock full of suspense, emotionally charged moments, confrontations, and the undeniable sensation of slipping out of synch with the world around you. He's set himself up with a tough act to follow, this being the first in a trilogy; if this book is any indication the rest of the trilogy will be as good or better, if that's even possible.



Daniel is an eminently believable character, his thoughts and actions ring true to a sixteen-year-old boy undergoing a psychological 'event' of some kind. His confidence on the field combined with his utter lack of confidence around girls he's romantically interested in, the smart and stupid choices he makes that are equally interspersed throughout the book, all add up to a great lead character. Plus, his ability to question everything unflinchingly, including wondering if he might be the killer he suspects took Emily's life, make him a great detective even as he's questioning his own sanity.



And it's not just Daniel that is a rich, well-crafted character. They all are, each adding different, yet necessary, elements to the overall story. None of the predominant characters are remotely close to being one-dimensional creations; with richly layered textures and nuanced shading, each personality Mr. James introduces into this tale is very clearly multi-dimensional. While it appears that the development of each character is transparent, in reality they are shrouded in mystery. The complexity of the characters rivals that of the storyline, each adding untold depths just waiting to be plumbed.



With the help of his best friend Kyle he digs deeper into the circumstances surrounding Emily's death. Struggling to discern what is real and what is false takes its toll on Daniel, even as it leads him closer to the answer of what really happened to Emily. Yet he forges ahead, risking baring his soul and sharing his fears with Kyle, and some with his father, the town sheriff. The clues are confusing and misleading, but between his subconscious and Kyle's creative thought process, he just may reach the answer in time.



The convoluted clues make for one thrilling chase for the reader, and terrifying for the characters. Daniel fears he is losing his ever more tentative grip on reality as his mind continues to blur the lines between real and imaginary. Or is everything he's seeing real, that maybe there are different levels of reality accessible to different people? I'm thrilled that this is just the first book in a new trilogy, as there are still questions to be answered, and the ride this book takes you on is tremendously entertaining in the way only psychological thrillers can be!

Steven James photo 144788_zpsed9f37ee.jpg Steven James is the best selling author of more than three dozen books, including the Patrick Bowers and Jevin Banks thriller series. In May 2014 he released the first book of his teen suspense trilogy, Blur, and a book on the craft of novel writing, Story Trumps Structure. Steven’s other works span a variety of genres including non fiction, fantasy and drama. He has received wide critical acclaim including two Publishers Weekly starred reviews, three Christy Awards, and as a finalist for an International Thriller Award. Publishers Weekly calls him "[A] master storyteller at the peak of his game."

Steven is an active member of International Thriller Writers, the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and International Association of Crime Writers. He is also a contributing editor for Writer's Digest. He has a master's degree in storytelling and has taught writing and creative communication around the world. When he's not writing or speaking, you'll find him trail running, rock climbing, or drinking a dark roast coffee near his home in eastern Tennessee.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Guest Review: Disruption (The Cambridge Files #1) by Steven Whibley @StevenWhibley @BookarooJu

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Disruption (The Cambridge Files #1) photo 21399211_zpsc459c31c.jpgAt fourteen, Matt Cambridge has executed so many pranks - the latest nearly destroying his school - that his parents are out of discipline options. So his father pulls a few questionable strings to get his son into Camp Friendship: A camp that promises to strengthen the moral compass of today's youth. With a name like Camp Friendship Matt imagines three punishing weeks of daisy chains and Kumbayas.

Within minutes of arriving at the camp, however, Matt's nearly killed--twice. It doesn't take long for him to realize there's more to this picture-perfect place than meets the eye. What sort of summer camp has programs in forging passports? Why do they have endless fight training, and weapons drills, and what is with the hidden rooms? Matt wonders if his parents realize they've enrolled him in what seems to be some kind of freakish, elite spy school.

What Matt doesn't yet know - and is soon to find out - is that Camp Friendship's ultimate purpose is far more sinister than he could possibly have imagined. With each dot he connects, he begins to understand that in the end he'll be left with two choices: pull the prank of a lifetime to escape this place...or die trying

Title: Disruption (The Cambridge Files #1)
Author: Steven Whibley
Publication Date: March %, 2014

RATING: 5/5 STARS


Julie's Review:
Disruption by Steven Whibley was an interesting and fun concept, and for the most part well executed. When fourteen year old Matt gets sent to a ‘summer camp’ his dad signed him up for through work, he has no idea what he’s truly heading into. With every other kid in there seeming to speak their own language, and the activities far more barbaric than a regular camp promotes, it fast occurs to Matt that this is no ordinary camp. After a handful of very confusing days, with Matt’s rather clueless investigating sending his mind in all directions, he starts sliding all the pieces of the picture into place and comes up with a Picasso.

Just as the descriptions of the book might suggest, Disruption takes us on all of Matt’s activities (which are actually challenges—dangerous ones—he must pass in order to remain there), all the way to the end, where the ultimate challenge will declare him and his team the winner. Except, the end challenge is nothing like he expected. Nor is the gusto with which his fellow teammates seem to want to cause havoc to the public. Nor is the aftermath of chaos caused, or the CIA collaring him, or the reveal that everything he thought he had figured out is absolutely nothing like reality.

I think I marked this one down mostly because there are a few parts where the constant challenge after challenge became a bit monotonous, and with the added constant confusion on Matt’s behalf the story seemed to drag through the middle third of the book, picking up again as it neared the finish. Plus, there were a lot of unanswered questions (mostly involving his dad and how he managed to sign him for this camp in the first place) and the ending was pretty much a non-ending, which means if the reader wants to know how the story ends, they have little choice about picking up the next one.

Other than those couple of niggles, though, this was a fairly decent read. 

Steven WHibley photo 7014006_zps329e035a.jpgSteve believes in pixies and fairy dust, and the healing power of unicorns. When he’s not writing epic tales of horned beasties, he’s working as a look-a-like for Brad Pitt, Ryan Reynolds, Zac Efron, and Seal. He spends his free time training hairless mole rats to be service animals for the colorblind, and dreams of one day inventing a Thanksgiving dish that will rival the infamous turducken.

Steve also believes most readers do not read author biographies. (but just in case, he’ll do a real one once his website is fully updated :) )


Stacking the Shelves #33

 photo STSmall_thumb2_zps82241b59.pngStacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
A great week! Take a look what I got!

Freebies from Amazon:

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Got some swag from the most awesome Suzanne Lazear!
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But this one, yeah, this one I got for review and it's my most exciting ARC I've gotten in a long time! Ah, the privileges of being part of a street team: Go #Carmcats! I'm in the car traveling to vacation and I'm sure this will be done by the time I arrive!
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That's it from my end. Slow and steady week, which is fine for me since I already have so much!
What did you get?

Friday, August 15, 2014

ARC Review: Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke @SpencerHillP @KelsNotChels


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Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.

When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.

While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.

And maybe even find herself a happily ever after.

Enhance the experience with the companion soundtrack, Imogen Unlocked, by the author's band, Wedding Day Rain.

Title: Damsel Distressed
Author: Kelsey Macke
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Expected Publication Date: October 14, 2014

RATING: 5/5 STARS



Brooke's Review:

I would like to thank Spencer Hill Contemporary for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

Imagine you are Cinderella's sister. She's gorgeous and beautiful and everyone loves her. Your fat and you have tons of mental health issues and people aren't quite sure what to make of you. Well this is that story. The story where we come to see that Cinderella's step sister is not quite who we thought she was.

Imogen has issues. She's overweight, she's had a nervous breakdown, and she takes lot of medications to keep her balanced. Not to mention she has to see a therapist who also tries to keep her in check. It's impossible not to like Gen, not to feel for her and want her to have her HEA. She carries so much on her shoulders and throughout the book there's always that inkling that she can somehow overcome it. But then things always come crashing down on her and she's right back where she started. Despite all her quirks, her eccentricities, her ability to be up one minute and down the next, you fall completely in love with this character. She's smart and witty and absolutely relatable.

I have to say that this book was a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me. I laughed, I cried, my stomach got twisted in knots because I kept thinking something bad was surely going to happen. I love that Macke was not afraid to really delve into the emotional issues Imogen had. To show her audience that there is so much more to being a teen than we ever think. Compared to most YA novels, this one shows so much more of the truth of what teens go through than I've seen in the past. It's not sugar coated, it's not glossed over, it's you and the character in the thick of it page after page.

Macke's writing and ability to engage her characters in interesting and meaningful dialogue is fantastic. The words she uses are sometimes poetic, sometimes harsh, but always on target with bringing you to where you need to be emotionally. Mostly she is able to really pull your focus on the development of the main character, her growth, her change, her resistance, and even her stumbles and falls. 

It's a story about finding out who you are in the mist of battling your demons. It classically demonstrates the roller coaster ride that is high school and all the intense issues teens have to face. The gripping reality of the book is really what pulled me in and kept me there. Fans of Gayle Forman will enjoy this one for sure!

***Disclosure: I work for Spencer Hill Press but this has in no way altered my reaction to this book***


Kelsey Macke photo 7044446_zps0cae0965.jpgKelsey Macke has been creative for as long as she can remember. From an early age she was on stage singing, penning poetry, and writing notebooks full of songs. When the idea for her debut novel, DAMSEL DISTRESSED, popped into her head, she was undeterred by the fact that she had no idea how to actually write a novel. Her bff, the internet, was her guide, and after much trial, error, and candy, she finished it, and set out to get it published… a process far more difficult than, the internet (now her mortal enemy), had lead her to believe.

Her whirlwind adventure was made even more unbelievable when she signed with fabulous agent, Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency and, shortly after, Danielle Ellison of Spencer Hill Contemporary bought her debut.

This innovative, mixed-media art project has given Kelsey an incredibly unique opportunity to join two of her passions: writing and making music with her husband as half of the folky, indie-pop band Wedding Day Rain.

DAMSEL DISTRESSED, and the companion album of original songs, Imogen Unlocked, are scheduled for release in October 2014.

Cover Reveal: The Reaping (The Seeds Trilogy #2) by K. Makansi @akmakansi @XpressoReads

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The Reaping by K. Makansi 

(The Seeds Trilogy #2) 
Publication date: October 15th 2014 
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult


Synopsis:

Remy Alexander wants justice. After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Sector only to watch her world burn around her, she will defy everyone to find her revenge.


Valerian Orlean wants truth. After learning what evils the Sector is truly capable of, he must confront his past in order to create a better future.

In a world where deadly secrets lurk around every corner, and the food you eat can enlighten or enslave you, Remy and Vale must walk the line between hope and hate, love and loss, violence and vengeance, in order to unite – or destroy – their world. 


K Makansi photo KAuthors_zps897f5d73.jpgK. Makansi is the pen name for the writing triumvirate consisting of AmiraElena, and Kristina Makansi. Two sisters and their mother, the three women developed a passionate interest in science fiction as a way to write about issues of food sovereignty and food justice. Elena is pursuing a degree in environmental studies atOberlin College in Ohio, and will graduate in May of 2014. Amira was a history student at the University of Chicago whose day job working in the cellar of awinery (and constantly being splatteredwith wine) keeps her busy when she’s not writing. And Kristy owns and operates Blank Slate Press, an independent publishing company based out of StLouis, and is a partner at Treehouse Publishing Group, a company providing editorial and design services to aspiring authors. When not writing or reading, the three can be found having animated discussions around the dinner table, sharing a good bottle of wine, or taking long walks in the park eagerly plotting out their next book.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

ARC Review: Geek Girl (Geek Girl #1) by Holly Smale @HolSmale @HarperChildrens


Geek Girl photo 13621089-1_zps08e9f201.jpgHarriet Manners knows a lot of things. 

She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a "jiffy" lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn't quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she's spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend's dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves. 

As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn't seem to like her any more than the real world did. 

And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

Title: Geek Girl (Geek Girl #1)
Author: Holly Smale
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Publication Date: February 28, 2013



Brooke's Review:

I'd like to thank HaperCollins and Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. Receiving the book for free has in no way altered my review or opinion.


I saw this book around a while back. It sounded really cute, but I wasn't sure if I would like it or not. When the chance to read it came up on Edelweiss I thought I'd give it a try. And I'm so very glad I did. I have so much love for this book and I really can't wait to read the books that follow! This one was light-hearted and fun while still addressing some serious issues that young teens endure.


What worked for me the most was the way the author mixed humor into the serious situations. I know there are a lot of people who don't get British humor, but I find it hilarious for the most part. I definitely found myself laughing out loud at this book, people throwing me odd looks as they wondered what I could possibly be reading. After reading quite a few heavy and emotional YA and NA books recently, I really needed this humor to break things up.


Harriet is super endearing. You can't resist her. She's quirky and silly and overall she thinks she's just a Geek. And so do many others at her school. And while the book starts out and you think Harriet is ok with her Geek status, you do find later that it irks her a bit that she's not as accepted as others. But what I loved most about her character is how much she grew and changed so that she really started to feel absolutely comfortable with herself. You get the bullying side of school, because of course Harriet has to have a nemesis (even though she can't figure out why on earth this girl, who used to be her friend, hates her so very much) and you also get the friendship side (I loved Nat and how supportive of Harriet she was, even when Harriet thought she would not be). And you get a little bit of romance, that first crush and attraction that most young kids wonder what to do with when it sneaks up on them.


I loved Harriet's relationship with her step-mother the most. Since Harriet's mom is no longer around, this woman is all she knows. And while she seems to tolerate her more than anything else when Harriet first introduces her, you find that throughout the book Harriet starts to understand how much of a mother figure this woman has been. And also how much she truly cares for Harriet as if she's her own flesh and blood. It takes Harriet time to come to this realization, and the realization that perhaps she is more like this woman than she cares to admit. I love how Harriet gets advice.


And Wilbur, how can we forget Wilbur and all his quirky names for Harriet. He certainly helps her realize that she is more than just the "ugly duckling" she sees herself as. He helps her come into herself and shows her just how much she has to offer, to everyone (including Nick, who seems to have taken a shine to her).


This book tells a story of soul-searching and discovery. Of a teen going from not quite knowing who she is to tripping over obstacles and figuring out where she belongs. The author develops the character perfectly and throws in monkey wrenches when needed. it's uplifting and fun and will keep you giggling from end to end


 photo 5824402_zpsd48faf68.jpg Holly fell in love with writing at five years old, when she realised that books didn't grow on trees like apples. A passion for travel, adventure and wearing no shoes has since led her all over the world: she has visited 20 countries, spent two years working as an English teacher in Japan, volunteered in Nepal, been bartered for in Jamaica and had a number of ear-plugs stolen in Australia, Indonesia and India.

As a teenager, she also did a little modelling in the hope that eventually she would be sent somewhere exciting.

She wasn't.

Holly has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Shakespeare, and currently lives either in London or @holsmale.

Trailer Reveal: Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire #1) by Sherry D. Ficklin @AuthorSherry @CleanTeenPub

I am super excited to finally reveal the book trailer for

Queen of Someday: A Stolen Empire Novel

Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

   

 

What people are saying about Queen of Someday:

 
"Love, betrayal, adventure and hard decisions that have no "right answer"... Russian Court is an exercise in "survival of the fittest" and Queen of Someday is a beautiful start to the journey of an innocent young girl growing into one of the greatest leaders of all time." ~June Stevens, author
"I was caught hook, line and sinker with this novel about a young girl's battle in a world that seems perfect on the surface, but is sinister and twisted underneath. I think one of the reasons I loved this book so much is because there was no fantasy or paranormal element the book. I would have loved it just as much if there had been, but to see that somewhere seemingly so safe could be so deadly, without a hint of magic or witchcraft, was haunting." ~Bonfire Book Reviews
"Queen of Someday" is a guilty pleasure read. Just like CW shows and Lifetime movies, it's full of drama, scandal and betrayal. And I just couldn't look away. I found myself gasping and grinning maniacally at every turn. Sophie's schemes delighted me in a way that made me question my own sanity. I enjoyed "Queen of Someday" in the same way that one enjoys CW shows; the melodrama is strangely addictive, but I'm embarrassed to admit exactly how much I enjoyed it." ~The Nerdy Journalist reviews

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