Month: August 2019

Aug 28
{Q&A+Guest Recipe+Giveaway} Wonderland Academy by @MelanieKarsak

{Q&A+Guest Recipe+Giveaway} Wonderland Academy by @MelanieKarsak

What inspired you to write Wonderland Academy? I’m an Alice in Wonderland junkie. Seriously, half my T-shirts, most of my socks, and one wall in my office are Alice themed. I love Lewis Carroll’s whimsical world. I imagined it would be fun, and strange, to attend magic school there. Wonderland magic would be a little mad but very dangerous. It seemed like a challenge to imagine what learning Wonderland magic would be like. I also want to try out a new genre. Like the rest of the book world, I love Harry Potter with a passion. I wanted to try my hand at developing a magical world with it’s own magic school. Tell us about your main character: My main character is Alice “Lacey” Crane. Lacey goes by her middle name. She’s an interesting character. She’s bookish and a big geek, but when we meet her, she’s in a dark place in her life. There was a shooting at her school. She and her boyfriend tried to stop the shooter,… Read more »

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Aug 27
{Review+Giveaway} Mind Games by Shana Silver

{Review+Giveaway} Mind Games by Shana Silver

Mind Games is a dystopian sci-fi thriller by author Shana Silver. I don’t read a ton of science fiction and I haven’t read a good dystopian in a long while, so I was pretty excited to dive into Mind Games. While I did figure out some aspects of the mystery, I still really enjoyed this novel. It is the first time I have seen swoon reads go in this direction, and I have to say I am really excited to see them branch out from contemporary romances. (though you know I do love a good contemporary romance. But sometimes it is fun to mix things up). Mind Games is a fun ride of a story that fans of sci-fi, dystopians and mysteries and thrillers will all enjoy. In Mind Games we meet our main character, Arden. Arden and her friends attend a school geared towards science and technology (STEM school) and with the skills that Arden learned at school she becomes a pretty great hacker. But she is no ordinary… Read more »

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Aug 27
{Review+Giveaway} The CAIT LENNOX: FEMME FATALE Series by Roderick Donald

{Review+Giveaway} The CAIT LENNOX: FEMME FATALE Series by Roderick Donald

The CAIT LENNOX: FEMME FATALE Series  is an urban fantasy series by Roderick Donald. The series is taglined as Urban Fiction with a Paranormal Twist. The series currently has three books released, however; this review is for the first book in the series (which could also be considered a full length prequel to the series) called The Awakening. The Awakening gives the readers a lot of useful background information on the events leading up to our main character getting her “gift”. It is literally about the awakening of the powers she will have. I felt like the plot was a bit too slow in parts, and overall I found this to be a decent read but it didn’t blow me away. I am still interested in reading the next book, but it will have to pick up the pace a bit to keep my interest. It was an interesting start to the series, but I kind of wish our main character, Cait, got the gift of her powers earlier in… Read more »

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Aug 26
{Review} The Best Lies by @SarahLyu

{Review} The Best Lies by @SarahLyu

The Best Lies is a young adult psychological thriller by authro Sarah Lyu. In fact, it is Sarah Lyu’s debut novel. I have been on a big true crime kick for about a year now, with youtube, and podcasts and documentaries on netflix, but I have not read too many crime thrillers. After reading The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu, I am thinking that is something I will need to rectify soon. I really enjoyed The Best Lies. The Best Lies starts out at a crime scene. Right off the bat, we know Jack is killed and that Elise and Remy were with him that night. But the best Lies really explores the why of the killing. This story is told in two timelines- present day and the year leading up to the present day. I really appreciated that even though we were alternating between present and past, that the past timeline was not too far back in the past. We saw the last year of Remy and Elise’s life,… Read more »

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Aug 15
{Trivia Guest Post+Giveaway} Einstein’s Compass: A YA Time Traveler Adventure by Grace Blair

{Trivia Guest Post+Giveaway} Einstein’s Compass: A YA Time Traveler Adventure by Grace Blair

  Fun Trivia – Einstein’s Compass a YA Time Traveler Adventure Grace Blair, Author To see the answers, click on the spoiler links 😉 What quirky habit did Albert Einstein have? What instrument did Einstein play? How many brothers and sisters did EC have? What kind of business were the Einstein’s in when Albert was a boy? What is Albert Einstein best known for? What did Einstein say about time? Why was Albert Einstein significant? Who thought first of time travel? Where did Albert Einstein live when he was growing up? Where did Albert Einstein go to college? Which famous person was the father of physics? Which famous person invented classical mechanics and calculus? How did Atlantis get its name? Where was Atlantis located; how big was it? Who were the people of Atlantis?   To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below to win Note: Book Briefs Contest Policy applies.  All of the prizes, terms and conditions of the giveaway should be contained in the rafflecopter below. No Purchase necessary… Read more »

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Aug 09
{Review+Giveaway} Ecrivain by Elizabeth Dunlap

{Review+Giveaway} Ecrivain by Elizabeth Dunlap

Ecrivain is the first book in the young adult Ecrivain Academy series by Elizabeth Dunlap. I was immediately pulled into the idea of a boarding school for writers. I loved the whole concept of the school, especially the different houses, like Lovecraft, Shakespeare, and Austen. I loved the idea of being sorted into a house based on your literary style, but what if you want to write more than one kind of book. I felt for Calliope in that regard. She didn’t know which style she would fit in with, so she was exploring the different houses. I am super excited to continue on with the Ecrivain series. If you are a fan of boarding school books that are full of drama, suspense and some crime, then I think this series is going to be a great one for you to check out. In Ecrivain, we meet Calliope, who is an aspiring writer. But to make it more difficult for her, she has to keep her writing hobby a secret… Read more »

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Aug 07
{Review+Giveaway} Announcing Trouble by @AmyDominy @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} Announcing Trouble by @AmyDominy @EntangledTeen

Announcing Trouble is a young adult sports romance by author Amy Dominy. Announcing Trouble is such a cute read, and it is perfect for these hot summer months. It will put a smile on your face and it will make you laugh and even swoon. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and it made me excited to read more from Amy Dominy. In Announcing Trouble we meet Garrett and Josie, our two main characters. Josie is a used to be fan of baseball, but she blames baseball for many bad things in her past, so now she is bitter towards the game. Garrett is bitter as well, because he was on his way to becoming the next big player, or at least a high school star, when an injury took him off the field. They enter each other’s lives in the sports broadcasting booth. Garrett because he wants to stay as close as possible to the sport that he loves, and Josie because she just can’t help herself. Josie cracked me… Read more »

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Aug 06
{Interview+Giveaway} Dead Sexy by Lulu M. Sylvian

{Interview+Giveaway} Dead Sexy by Lulu M. Sylvian

1. Describe Dead Sexy in a tweet (140 characters or less) 140 characters or less is always a challenge, but I’ll give it my best. Dead Sexy is a paranormal ghost romance about a Hollywood has-been hunk and the woman who falls in love with his ghost. (119 characters) But I don’t feel that tells you much at all, let me try again: Hollywood has-been hunk finds a talented illustrator to write him into the perfect life he didn’t have. Life doesn’t give you do-overs, neither does the afterlife. (Too long) Peter Keith wants a do-over. Problem is he’s dead. Illustrator Gillian wants to help him. Problem is she’s in love with him. (124 characters) Can a person become a better person after they’ve died? Gil is pretty sure the answer is yes because she has fallen in love with a ghost. (137 characters) Can you tell us something that we would be surprised to learn about Peter and Gillian? It’s not in the story, but as part of her career in Medical Illustration, Gillian would… Read more »

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