The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig – Don Zolidis: Book Spotlight & Giveaway!

The Seven Torments of Amy and CraigTitle: The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig

Author: Don Zolidis

Genre: Romance / Contemporary

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Release Date: October 2nd, 2018

Synopsis:

Janesville, Wisconsin (cold in the sense that there is no God)
1994

The worst thing that’s ever happened to Craig is also the best: Amy. Amy and Craig never should’ve gotten together. Craig is an awkward, Dungeons & Dragons-playing geek, and Amy is the beautiful, fiercely intelligent student-body president of their high school.

Yet somehow they did. Until Amy dumped him. Then got back together with him. Then dumped him again. Then got back together with him again. Over and over and over.

Unfolding during their senior year, Amy and Craig’s exhilarating, tumultuous relationship is a kaleidoscope of joy, pain, and laughter as an uncertain future-and adult responsibility-loom on the horizon.

Craig fights for his dream of escaping Janesville and finding his place at a quirky college, while Amy’s quest to uncover her true self sometimes involves being Craig’s girlfriend? and sometimes doesn’t.

Seven heartbreaks. Seven joys. Told nonsequentially, acclaimed playwright Don Zolidis’s debut novel is a brutally funny, bittersweet taste of the utterly unique and utterly universal experience of first love. Continue reading “The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig – Don Zolidis: Book Spotlight & Giveaway!”

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A Spark of White Fire – Sangu Mandanna: Review, Playlist Behind It, and a Giveaway!

A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy #1)

Title: A Spark of White Fire

Author: Sangu Mandanna

Genre: Sci-Fi / Young Adult

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Release Date: September 11th, 2018

Format: DRC

Synopsis:

In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back.

Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his competition, she sees her way home: she’ll enter the competition, reveal her true identity to the world, and help her famous brother win back the crown of Kali.

It’s a great plan. Until it falls apart.

Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories, A Spark of White Fire is a lush, sweeping space opera about family, curses, and the endless battle between jealousy and love.

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A Blade So Black Blog Tour: L.L. McKinney Discusses Importance of Equality and Inclusion in Publishing Plus a Giveaway!

A Blade So BlackTitle: A Blade So Black

Author: L.L. McKinney

Genre: Fantasy / Young Adult / Retelling

Publisher: Imprint

Release Date: September 25th, 2018

Synopsis:

The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she’ll need to use everything she’s learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.

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Blog Tour | What the Woods Keep – Katya de Beccera: Review, Favorite Quotes, and Giveaway!

What the Woods KeepTitle: What the Woods Keep

Author: Katya de Beccera

Genre: Young Adult,  Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy

Publisher: Imprint McMillan

Release Date: September 18, 2018

Synopsis:

On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home—on the condition that she uncover its dark secrets.

Hayden tried to put the past behind her, and it worked. She’s getting ready for college, living in a Brooklyn apartment, and hanging out with her best friend and roommate Del. But now it’s all catching up with her: her mother’s mysterious disappearance a decade before, her father’s outlandish theories about a lost supernatural race, and Hayden’s own dark dreams of strange symbols and rituals in the Colorado woods where she grew up.

As soon as Hayden arrives at her hometown, her friend Del in tow, it begins: Neighbors whisper secrets about Hayden’s mother; the boy next door is now all grown-up in a very distracting way; and Hayden feels the trees calling to her. And among them, deep in the woods, Hayden will discover something incredible—something that threatens reality itself. Continue reading “Blog Tour | What the Woods Keep – Katya de Beccera: Review, Favorite Quotes, and Giveaway!”

Blog Tour | Eight Goodbyes – Christine Brae: Review & Giveaway

Eight Goodbyes

Title: Eight Goodbyes

Author: Christine Brae

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Vesuvian

Release Date: September 5th, 2018

Description:

“One universe, nine planets, 204 countries, 809 islands and 7 seas. And I had the privilege of meeting you.” – Unknown

When Tessa Talman meets Simon Fremont for the first time, not only is she attracted to him, she’s intrigued by how different their lives are. He’s a dedicated scientist, practical, pragmatic, and grounded—while she’s a head-in-the-clouds romance author. As their relationship grows, they agree to meet in places around the world, while continuing to live on opposite sides of the globe.

Though their feelings for each other deepen, their priorities remain the same. Simon is in a hurry to be financially sound and settle down, but Tessa is enjoying her freedom and newfound success. Neither is willing to give in, but as each goodbye gets harder, Tessa begins to wonder whether fame is the path to happiness, or if she has everything she needs in Simon.

Just as Tessa finds the courage to go after her own happily ever after, the unthinkable happens, separating them in ways they never imagined.

To move forward, she must let go of the past, and determine once and for all if love is truly more powerful than the pain of goodbye. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Eight Goodbyes – Christine Brae: Review & Giveaway”

Blog Tour | Reign of Mist – Helen Scheuerer: Review & Giveaway

Reign of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles, #2)Title: Reign of Mist

Author:  Helen Scheuerer

Publisher: Talem Press

Publication date:  13th, September 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Description:

The realm’s darkest secret is out.

The cruelty of the capital and the power-hungry King Arden have scattered Bleak and her companions across the continents.

On the run in a foreign land, Bleak finds herself tied to some unexpected strangers. When the answers she yearns for are finally within reach, she must face the hard truths of her past and take her fate into her own hands before it’s too late.

Meanwhile, secrets and magic unravel as a dark power corrupts the realm. Bleak’s friends are forced to decide where their loyalties lie, and who, if anyone, they can trust.

But one thing is certain: war is coming, and they must all be ready when it does.

Intriguing and action-packed, Reign of Mist is the second installment in Helen Scheuerer’s epic YA fantasy series, The Oremere Chronicles

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Ghost of a Feeling – Celestine Trinidad: Review + Giveaway

Welcome to another #BuwanNgAkdangPinoy feature! As I said before: August in the Philippines is celebrated as Buwan ng Wika or Month of Language. As I restarted my blog I try to fit in two Filipino works in my monthly TBR and I believe it is a success. At bilang pag bigay-pugay sa akdang Pinoy sa buwan ng wika, I decided to more, read as much as I can and post. If you want to know more check out my earlier post here.

Presenting…

Ghost of a Feeling
Title: Ghost of a Feeling
Author: Celestine Trinidad
Genre: Romance
Release Date: October 31st, 2017
Source: Purchased for free from Amazon
Synopsis:

All Cris Villareal had ever dreamed of was becoming a doctor. But after the death of a patient under her care and the subsequent humiliation she suffers under a senior resident in her hospital, she begins to lose faith in herself. And no one else could understand her and her despair.

So one Halloween night, up on the rooftop of her apartment building, she decides to end it all.

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An Excerpt from Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski (+ Giveaway!)

Everything Under The SunTitle: Everything Under the Sun

Author: Jessica Redmerski

Genre: Adult, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Suspense

Release Date: August 28th, 2018

Description:

Thais Fenwick was eleven-years-old when civilization fell, devastated by a virus that killed off the majority of the world’s population. For seven years, Thais and her family lived in a community of survivors deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. But when her town is attacked by raiders, she and her blind sister are taken away to the East-Central Territory where she is destined to live the cruel and unjust kind of life her late mother warned her about.

Atticus Hunt is a troubled soldier in Lexington City who has spent the past seven years trying to conform to the vicious nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. He knows that in order to survive, he must abandon his morals and his conscience and become like those he is surrounded by. But when he meets Thais, morals and conscience win out over conformity, and he risks his rank and his life to help her. They escape the city and set out together on a long and perilous journey to find safety in Shreveport, Louisiana. Continue reading “An Excerpt from Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski (+ Giveaway!)”

To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin: Review & Giveaway!

To Be HonestTitle: To Be Honest

Author: Maggie Ann Martin

Genre: Contemporary / Young Adult

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Release Date: August 21st, 2018

Format: e-ARC

Synopsis:

Savannah is dreading being home alone with her overbearing mother after her sister goes off to college. But if she can just get through senior year, she’ll be able to escape to college, too. What she doesn’t count on is that her mother’s obsession with weight has only grown deeper since her appearance on an extreme weight-loss show, and now Savvy’s mom is pressuring her even harder to be constantly mindful of what she eats.

Between her mom’s diet-helicoptering, missing her sister, and worrying about her collegiate future, Savvy has enough to worry about. And then she meets George, the cute new kid at school who has insecurities of his own. As Savvy and George grow closer, they help each other discover how to live in the moment and enjoy the here and now before it disappears. Continue reading “To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin: Review & Giveaway!”

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