Posts By: Michelle @ Book Briefs

Feb 24
{Author Interview} Riven by Jane Alvey Harris

{Author Interview} Riven by Jane Alvey Harris

Today I am really excited to have Author Jane Alvey Harris here as part of my 6 year Blogoversary, for an interview. I will have a couple of interviews from authors today and tomorrow, and today there is going to be a HUGE giveaway with so many awesome prizes! (and one of the prizes will be a copy of this book! hinthintwinkwink! So be sure to come back in a bit and check it out!) What inspired you to create Riven and the My Myth Trilogy series? Honestly, when I began writing Riven, I was just looking for relief. I was struggling through a really dark time in my life and was doing therapy with an amazing counselor who encouraged me to write. I didn’t have a synopsis or even an outline; I was just writing scenes from my head and connecting them together. It took me a couple years to get the first draft out and even longer to realize what the story was really about. Somewhere in the… Read more »

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Feb 23
{Author Interview} Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

{Author Interview} Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

Today I am really excited to have Author Robin Talley here as part of my 6 year Blogoversary, for an interview. I will have a couple of interviews from authors today and tomorrow, and then tomorrow there is going to be a HUGE giveaway with so many awesome prizes! (and one of the prizes will be a hardcover copy of this book! hinthintwinkwink! So be sure to come back tomorrow and check it out!) Thank you so much Robin for being here on Book Briefs today! Next time you stop by, please bring your goofy hound dog! 😀 Describe Our Own Private Universe in a tweet (140 characters or less) A 15-year-old bi girl goes on a church trip & sets out to have a fling with another girl. Both are caught off guard when they fall in love. Who was harder for your to write? Aki or Christa? Why? They were both tricky, but since this book required me to be in Aki’s head the whole time (it’s the first… Read more »

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Feb 22
{Review+Giveaway} Weariland by @MaryEShotwell @MergePublishing

{Review+Giveaway} Weariland by @MaryEShotwell @MergePublishing

Weariland is a young adult fantasy retelling by Mary Shotwell. Weariland is perfect for fans new and old alike of alice in wonderland. Weariland is a modern day take on wonderland. I really enjoyed this story. You might know by now that Wonderland retellings are my favorite kind of retelling, because I feel like there is so much the author has to work with. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite classics. I love how magical it all is, there are so many cool characters to work with. Wonderland is a complete world, so there are just a million different directions a retelling can go. Weariland takes place a few generations after the story of Wonderland leaves off. Here we get to see Alice’s granddaughter, Lason. And Wonderland is not the same place we knew from the classic tale. It is now a place called weariland and the Queen of Souls rules over the land. I loved this broken and creepy concept. This felt like a dark tale. I… Read more »

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Feb 21
{Review+Giveaway} Any Boy But You by @JulieHammerle @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} Any Boy But You by @JulieHammerle @EntangledTeen

Any Boy but You is the first book in the young adult contemporary romance series, called North Pole Minnesota by Julie Hammerle. I have Julie’s other book, the Sound of Us sitting on my TBR pile, but after having read Any Boy But You, I need to bump it up the pile. Because Any Boy But You was super cute. I loved the concept behind it. Elena and Oliver start texting anonymously through a popular app game, but little do they know they are from rival sporting goods families. I cracked up when I saw the concept behind the story. Like a modern day Romeo and Juliet, but for the texting and app generation. It was super cute. I totally dug the fun and flirty writing style, and I adored the characters. The book is set up in my favorite narration style as well…dual narrative with both Elena and Oliver’s points of view. The writing in Any Boy But You is great. It is quipy, with plenty of pop culture… Read more »

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Feb 17
{Review+Giveaway} Riveted by @JayCrownover @Morrow_PB

{Review+Giveaway} Riveted by @JayCrownover @Morrow_PB

RIVETED by Jay Crownover is the third title in her Saints of Denver Series, which is a spinoff of her Marked Men Series. Riveted is a new adult contemporary romance. I have not read any of the books in either of these series, and even though each of the books can be read as standalones, i really regret not having read books 1 and 2 in the Saints of Denver Series. Because I already love these characters and I want to know their stories! Riveted had me completely riveted from the very first page. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist) This book is seriously so good y’all! Riveted is the story of Dixie Carmichael and Dash ‘Church’ Churchill. I loved the stark differences between Dixie and Church. Dixie is this eternal optimist. A total hopeless romantic that believes in the perfect fairy tale love story. I loved Dixie. You can’t help but want her to get her happy ending. And Church is jaded. Very jaded. How can he not be from his past…. Read more »

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Feb 16
{Review+Giveaway} Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas by @Emily_Mc_Kay @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas by @Emily_Mc_Kay @EntangledTeen

Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas is the sixth book in the Creative HeArts series, and the second, and final :(,  book in the Finn and Willa trilogy by Emily McKay. I have still not read the fourth or fifth book in the series,  but I have read books 1-3. I have said it before and I will say it again, I freakin love the way this series is done. Let me try and break it down for you, because it can be kind of confusing. The Creative HeArts series is all set at the same performing arts high school in Texas. There will be somewhere between 8-11 books in the series, and it will center around 4 different couples (at this time anyway). Each of the couples will get their own duology or trilogy, and each trilogy is written by a different author. But the books in the overall Creative HeArts series will rotate through each one of the three couples, so no two sequential books will be about the… Read more »

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Feb 15
{Review} The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon @say_shannon @bloomsburykids

{Review} The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon @say_shannon @bloomsburykids

The Bone Season is the first book in the young adult fantasy/sci fi dystopian series, by the same name, by Samantha Shannon. I have put off reading this book for a while, and I am not really sure why. It was always a book that interested me on my TBR list, but like a million other titles, I just never got around to it. This year I charged myself with the goal of reading more books that have been sitting on my TBR list for far too long and one of the series near the top of my list was The Bone Season series. Especially with the release of the very anticipated third book later this year. I wanted to be caught up for the next book. And I am so glad that I finally read The Bone Season. It is a fantastic read that I would recommend to fantasy lovers everywhere. I think it will appeal to both fans of young adult and adult fantasy because the world that… Read more »

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Feb 14
{Quiz+Excerpt+Giveaway} Frostblood by @elly_blake @TheNovl

{Quiz+Excerpt+Giveaway} Frostblood by @elly_blake @TheNovl

If you guys checked out my review of Frostblood last week, you know how much I LOVED the book! (You can see my review HERE) Frostblood is a great YA fantasy novel, with excellent world building and a great romance, so I thought it would be perfect for some Valentine’s day fun. I partnered with Little, Brown to share this great book and giveaway. So, check out the excerpt from Frostblood, take a quiz to see if you are a Fireblood or a Frostblood, and then be sure to enter the awesome giveaway below. Read the first chapter of Frostblood on TheNovl. And take this fun quiz to determine if you are a fireblood or a frostblood.  I was kind of surprised, but I got fireblood! Let me know which one you get in the comments below.  If the quiz does not work for you on my website, you can Take the quiz! here To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below to win! WHERE FLAME AND ICE ARE MORTAL ENEMIES:… Read more »

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Feb 14
{Review+Giveaway} Royal Affair by Parker Swift @the_parkerswift @ForeverRomance

{Review+Giveaway} Royal Affair by Parker Swift @the_parkerswift @ForeverRomance

Royal Affair is the first book in the new adult contemporary romance, Royal Scandal series by author Parker Swift. I really enjoyed Royal Affair. It is the perfect valentines day read, or really a read for any day of the year. It has lots of romance, sexy times, witty banter and great characters. I can’t wait for the next book in the Royal Scandal series, because this one sure did brighten my day. At first, I has no idea what to make of Lydia and Dylan. I loved both of them, but they also each annoyed me in different ways. Lydia is a pretty independent person, and I really admired that about her. It takes guts to pack up and move to another country for an internship, especially one in the highly critical fashion world. But at the same time, she was the type of independent that views accepting help or nice things from other people as a weakness. Which I don’t agree with, and it got to the point… Read more »

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Feb 13
{Interview+Giveaway} Rough & Tumble by Rhenna Morgan

{Interview+Giveaway} Rough & Tumble by Rhenna Morgan

I am so excited to have Rhenna Morgan , the author of Rough & Tumble here with us today. Thank you for being here at Book briefs rhenna. Describe Rough & Tumble in a tweet (140 characters or less) What you see isn’t always what you get. What you want isn’t always what you need. Sometimes a woman’s safest in the arms of a dangerous man. Who was more fun to write? Jace or Vivienne? Why? Definitely Jace. For some reason, his scenes flowed very easily. But then, he’d also been taking up space in my head for a year before he finally got screen time. What do you do when you get writers block? It depends on what stage of the book I’m in. Sometimes the answer is as simple as a change in writing environment or a glass of wine. (There’s some truth to, “Write drunk, edit sober.”) Most of the time, though, if I can just write something—even if it’s my grocery list—my words will start coming…. Read more »

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