Review/ Six Little Secrets

About The Book:

Title: SIX LITTLE SECRETS
Author: Katlyn Duncan
Pub. Date: November 24, 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Pages: 150
Formats:  eBook

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 Some secrets can never stay hidden for long…

Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.

But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret…

…and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.

I quickly have to thank RockStar Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of the book tour for this and for sending me a copy of the book to read for my review.

This was a super quick read and I read it in one sitting. This was definitely a page turner and kept you on the edge of your seat.

Once I started reading the book I got the vibe of a modern day feel with a creepy twist of the Breakfast Club and can totally see this being made into a movie. Which by the way is one of my all time favorite movies from the 80s that I can rewatch over and over again. I even sported the Molly Ringwald hair cut.

So in this version six teenagers are arriving for their detention. There is a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel and a recluse. The only thing different is that each of the kids have a deep dark secret that they don’t want revealed so the person who has sent them to detention knows exactly what they are. This group  must follow the instructions given to them and they must reveal their secrets and if they don’t there is consequences to it.

Who is the person behind this that knows everything? Why are they doing it now? How deep and dark are these secrets?

I know I was curious about who the 6th person was and with all the twist and turns I didn’t see that coming. I loved how even though this was short everything gets tied up at the end and all is revealed.

I think if your looking for a good edge of the seat mini thriller then this is for you.

 

 

 

Book Spotlight/ Six Little Secrets

About The Book:


Title: SIX LITTLE SECRETS
Author: Katlyn Duncan
Pub. Date: November 24, 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Pages: 150
Formats:  eBook

Find it: Amazon,  B&NiBooks,  Goodreads

 

Some secrets can never stay hidden for long…

Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.

But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret…

…and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.

 

About Katlyn:

Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in New England. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $25 B&N Gift Card, US Only.

5 winners will receive one of Katlyn’s Backlist Titles in eBook Format, International.

 

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/13/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

11/13/2017- Books,Dreams,Life– Excerpt

11/14/2017- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

11/14/2017- Stuffed Shelves– Review

11/15/2017- Sweet Southern Home– Review

11/15/2017- Books at Dawn– Review

11/16/2017- Twinning for Books– Interview

11/16/2017- Savings in Seconds– Review

11/17/2017- Hooked To Books– Excerpt

11/17/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Review

Week Two:

11/20/2017- Owl always be reading– Review
11/20/2017- Daily Waffle– Interview
11/21/2017- Kendra Loves Books– Review
11/21/2017- Never Too Many To Read– Review

11/22/2017- Jo’s Book Blog– Guest Post

11/22/2017- Queen of Books– Review

11/23/2017- Literary Meanderings– Excerpt

11/23/2017- Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World– Review

11/24/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

11/24/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Review

 

Review/ Daughter 4254

About The Book
Title: DAUGHTER 4254
Author: Leigh Statham
Pub. Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Owl Hollow Press
Pages: 286
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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Daughter4254 used to think life in a community where art, music and names are outlawed would suffocate her creative spirit. Now that she’s rotting in a prison cell, she’s not sure her dying mother made the right choice when she entrusted her with the secrets of rebellion. Prison has given her plenty of time to relive every mistake and lose all hope.

Then she meets Thomas, a fellow inmate, who tells her stories of the mythical mountain colonies where people have names and the arts thrive. Together they plot an escape, knowing if they fail, they will die. Or worse, their consciousness will be taken by the MindWipe, leaving their bodies free for the government to use. When nothing goes as planned, Daughter4254 must choose between using her mother’s secret to better the world she hates, or following Thomas to the quiet life of freedom she has always craved.

Before beginning my review I just quickly want to thank Rockstar Book tours for allowing me to be on this tour and for sending me the book to read and review for my post.

I am a little late in getting this posted because as some of you may know I fell and sprained my ankle well I had to go to the clinic because it was still sore and tender. I admit I was a little worried that it could have been something else. So I spent the entire day at the clinic and I had x-rays done. It is indeed badly sprained and will take time to heal so for the next few weeks I am in a boot. Thanks Jaime for being so understanding and now onto my review.

It seems like its been forever since I have read a really good young adult dystopian novel. I have to admit I was intrigued by the synopsis of the book so much so that I wanted to read it and I am happy that I did because I really enjoyed this. It was a fairly quick read and I managed to read it almost in a day. The advantage of having to rest a sprained ankle right?

The book takes place in the year 2134 (after the great war) and all forms of art (movies, music, books etc) have all been banned by the government. Can you imagine living in a world where all forms of art have been banned? I don’t think I could live in a world like that. I would be lost with all of it.

In this new society there are two classes of people the neuroadvanced (these are the group who can conceal their emotions and do what they are told and come off robot like) and then the neurodeficient (who can’t conceal their emotions or feelings and you would think they are more human). Daughter 4254 is the neurodeficient one.

The book is told in a before and after sequence which I have to say isn’t usually my cup of two but I really enjoyed it this time around because you get to know more about our main character Daughter 4254 of her life before she was sent to prison and while she is in prison. At first you don’t know why she is in prison but as the book progress you get little clues as to why. My heart literally was breaking for her as you read her story.

The government runs this century and they seem to do it with an iron fist and the control everyone and everything. In this new world no one has names and they all go by numbers and this is because names are useless in this world. Here you get the basics in life nothing more nothing less and basically you are kept around just as long as you can be used. Then when you reach a certain age you are cut off from the basics of life and you are left to suffer and no one cares and thats due to all forms of emotions being banned. You can even be punished for showing emotion.

After her mother dies she receives a letter that is contraband from her uncle that her mother wrote telling her to enroll in this secondary school  and to find a certain professor who will help her. She figures she has nothing to loss so she applies and passes the test with flying colors. When she arrives she is given new clothes and clean ups to look like the other kids. She is happy and makes friends. For once she feels like she can her who she is. She finally meets the professor and he is not what she thought he would be.

It was basically from this point of the book that I sat and literally could not put the book down because I had to know what was happening.

One thing I have to say is I wish there could have been more to the book to explain why everyone had numbers for names except a boy Daughter 4254 met in prison, why did Daughter 4254 brother hate her so much, and so much more. These were all things that I was hoping would have been uncovered.

This is a fantastic debut novel and I really hope that there is a book two because I would love to see where this could go.

 

Review/ Sublime Karma

About the Book:

Title: SUBLIME KARMA

Author: Peyton Garver

Pub. Date: May 28, 2017

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Pages: 302

Formats: Paperback eBook

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When Brie’s stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it’s not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded, senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she’d overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever happened to her?

Jake has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now there is competition: the captain of her cross-country team. Jake’s romantic histories with the girl next door and the school’s queen bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie. Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past? This is an edgy YA with issues of bullying, self harm, and attempted suicide…with an HEA ending.

Before beginning my review I quickly just have to thank Jaime at Rockstar Book Tour for allowing me to be a part of this tour and for sending me a e-copy of the book so that I could give you my honest and sincere review of it.

This was another book I really enjoyed reading and it was a pretty quick read.

Sublime Karma is written in third person which I am not a big fan of but it worked for this book. Its also told in two points of view of our main characters Brie, who is the new girl at school and by Jake who is the football player at the school.

In the very beginning of the book Jake just rubbed me the wrong way and it was due to the fact that I think he thought he was all that and that he was the best. He is the football player and he is in a band called Sublime Karma so that alone I think he comes off a bit cocky. As the story progress I grew to like him.

I really liked Brie even though she was shy. She was the new girl in school and I think she just wanted to blend in but sadly that didn’t happen because she attracted the attention of the popular girls and before long she is being bullied by them and it was rough to read that because you don’t want to see anyone being picked on and sadly its happening more and more in today’s schools.

This new beginning that Brie’s family was hoping to get didn’t go as plan and as scared as Brie was she soon realized that things were going to get a lot worse before they got any better. She is guarded and doesn’t let people in because she has secrets that she would rather keep to herself. What will happen when people find out?

One of the things that left me a little disappointed was I felt like I ended the book missing something, but hopefully there is a book two that can wrap all the loose ends up. Will there be a book two?

After reading this I realized that looking back I think my high school days, yes even though we had issues and drama were nothing compared to what they are today and I don’t think knowing what I know I could be in a high school environment again.

Book Blitz/ COCO: MIGUEL AND THE GRAND HARMONY

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About the Book:
Title: COCO: MIGUEL AND THE GRAND HARMONY
Author: Matt de la Pena & Ana Ramírez
Pub. Date: October 10, 2017
Publisher: Disney Press
Pages: 48
Formats: Hardcover in English & Spanish Editions
Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD, Goodreads

This jacketed picture book pairs Newbery Winner Matt de la Pe a and Pixar artist Ana Ram rez with the highly anticipated Pixar Studios film, Coco. Featuring a beautiful original story based on the characters of the film, as well as vibrant stylized artwork, this title is sure to appeal to readers of all ages.

Disney*Pixar’s Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion.
Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3), Disney*Pixar’s Coco opens in U.S. theaters November 22, 2017.

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About Matt:
Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living and The Hunted. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed picture books A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of COCO: MIGUEL AND THE GRAND HARMONY, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
10/2/2017- BookHounds YA– Interview
10/3/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books- Spotlight
10/4/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Spotlight
10/5/2017- Mom with a Reading Problem– Excerpt
10/6/2017- Nerdophiles– Spotlight

Week Two:
10/9/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Spotlight
10/10/2017- For the Love of KidLit– Interview
10/11/2017- Novel Novice– Spotlight
10/12/2017- Wonder Struck– Spotlight
10/13/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Spotlight

 

Blog Tour/ Pashmina

About the Book:

Title: PASHMINA

Author: Nidhi Chanani

Pub. Date: October 3, 2017

Publisher: First Second

Pages: 176

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

 

Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions―the topic of India is permanently closed.

For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.

In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.

 

About Nidhi:

Nidhi Chanani is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and writer. She is the owner of Everyday Love Art. Her debut graphic novel, Pashmina, will be released by First Second Books in October 2017. She recently illustrated Misty – The Proud Cloud, a children’s book by Hugh Howey. She is an instructor in the Master of Fine Arts, Comics program at the California College of Arts.

Nidhi was born in Calcutta and raised in suburban southern California. She holds a degree in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She creates because it makes her happy – with the hope that it can make others happy, too. In April of 2012 she was honored by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change.

Her media appearances include CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and BBC Radio. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, the Women’s March, My Modern Met, Bored Panda and India Times. Nidhi has worked with Disney, ABC, Airbnb, Sony, Microsoft, State Farm Insurance and a variety of other clients. Her non-fiction comics have appeared in the Nib. Everyday Love Art products are sold in retail shops across the country, including the San Francisco International Airport, Books Inc., and Therapy stores.

Nidhi draws and dreams every day with her husband, daughter and their two cats in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Giveaway Details:

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of PASHMINA, US Only. 

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/25/2017- BookHounds YA– Excerpt

9/26/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

9/27/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Review

9/28/2017- Novel Novice– Excerpt

9/29/2017- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

 

Week Two:

10/2/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

10/3/2017- Ex Libris– Review

10/4/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Excerpt

10/5/2017- A Backwards Story– Review

10/6/2017- Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook– Review

 

 

Review/ Pashmina

Review/ PashminaPashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Published by First Second on October 3rd 2017
Pages: 176
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Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri's mom avoids these questions--the topic of India is permanently closed.
For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she's ever dared and find the family she never knew.
In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.

You have probably read this before on my blog but one of the best things about blogging and taking part in blog tours is being exposed to books that you might not normally hear about otherwise and I have to say that this was the case with this book. I didn’t really hear anything about this book until I got the email from Rockstar Book Tours and after reading the description I knew I wanted to read it.

Thank you Rockstar and First Second for allowing me to be on the tour and sending me a e-copy of the book to read. I really enjoyed reading this.

I also have to say that I normally don’t buy finish copies of a book after reading Arcs or eArcs because I am one that doesn’t keep her books after reading them because I know I won’t reread the book but this is the exception to the case. I really enjoyed reading it and can see myself picking it up several times to reread this.

I should begin by saying that this is a graphic novel, something that I don’t read a lot of but when I do I do enjoy them.

I realized that during reading this I didn’t know a lot about the Indian culture or India in fact but after this I want to learn some more about it because I think it would be interesting to learn.

One of my favorite things apart from the illustrations was the fact there was a section in the back with glossary terms so reading this was enjoyable because it added to the story and for me having this it made everything make sense.

Speaking of the illustrations can I just saw wow. I loved that it was all done in black, grey and white but when Priyanka found the pashmina the whole world exploded into color and i thought that it brought a whole new aspect to the story line. I was impressed with the colors and they just added to the book. Then when she took it off it went back to black and white.

I loved Priyanka she was head strong and determined and I think more books need to have that kind of character in them.

Growing up Priyanka has always tried to ask her mother about India and her father but her mother always tried to stay off that topic. Priyanka was curious to know about where she came from and who her family really is. So Priyanka has grown to only imagine what it is like. When she finds the pashmina she sees India in a whole new light and begins to wonder if its really like that. This makes her determined to actually go but her mother keeps insisting its not safe and they don’t have the money. Will Priyanka ever make it to India to see for herself? If she goes will it be everything that she thought it would be?

This was such a fun read and I look forward to picking it up again to reread.