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Review – The Blast by Sarah Perlmutter

The Blast

 
Publication date: December 15, 2014
Category: Post-Apocalytic Young Adult
 

The story

After a series of blasts force Beatrice Hicks and her family into their prepper bunker, they emerge to discover they are among the survivors of a nuclear apocalypse. Fighting against rogue groups and coping with deaths are just some of the adjustments Beatrice must make to survive, but how will she maintain her humanity after the blast?

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The review

5 stars!

 

What an incredible, emotional, awesome read!

   

Beatrice Hicks’ life is completely shattered when, at age 10, the worlds ends. We then follow Beatrice growing up in this post-apocalytic world from age 10 to 18.

“The only thing that spreads more quickly than fire is panic, and our entire community had been consumed in both.”

I am completely stunned by what I’ve just experienced. The concept of this novel was totally original. Usually in YA post apocalytic books, the characters are already teenagers, most often 16 or 17. But living the apocalypse through the eyes of a child was a really smart idea. It allowed the reader to understand Bea’s character so much better, knowing what she had to live through : growing up in a world gone crazy, having to deal at such a young age with violence, death of loved ones and an unkown future.

“Burials are never fair, no matter who you are burying. No one should have to put anyone they love in the ground.”

The style of the writing was simple yet beautiful, and also completely controlled… a real emotional rollercoaster at times, and definitely a page turner! So much happened to her, yet the story remained plausible, and that is the strength of this novel to me. Bea managed to stay human, even in inhuman conditions.

At the end of the book, Sarah Perlmutter explains the The Blast is an ‘introduction’ to Isla’s story. It gave the book an other dimension to me. It suddenly felt like I had just got a hint of a family portrait, and I will definitely read Isla’s trilogy when it is released!

 

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About the author

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Sarah Perlmutter is the Wattpad featured author of THE BLAST, a young adult post-apocalypse novel.

Outside of the young adult genre, Sarah has published poems and flash fiction through Mash Stories, Millennial Garbage, the Pittsburgh History and Landmark Foundation, and the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project.

When she is not writing, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and cat, cooking food that is far too spicy, making arts and crafts, and teaching high school English.

 

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Review – In Between Seasons by Cassandra Giovanni

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Publication date: July 31, 2014
Category: New Adult Post-Apocalytic Romance Series
 

The story

In 2021 the world as we know it changed. The government collapsed, and the worst characteristics of human nature were shown as the world fell into ruins. Years after The Fall, the Tribes that were established are still at war. They still fight to keep what they pillaged, and most of all, they fight to keep their lies a secret. In a world filled with deception, nothing is as it seems.

I was born into this world.

Hunter Marks was molded into this world; a General— a person cold and harsh. A person meant to kill me.

We were told to just believe.

We were taught to never question.

We’re supposed to be robots, and accept our roles in this altered society.

Too bad Hunter and I don’t follow the rules.

And we’re a hell of a lot stronger than they ever thought possible.

They’ve been searching for the world’s deadliest weapon.

It’s me.

And I’m not following the leader any more.

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The review

5 stars!

 

I loved the concept of this dystopian world. I found it plausible, yet original. Discovering this world through the eyes of Kate, who’s always been lied about, and is desperately seeking the truth about the world she lives in but knows nothing about, was a brilliant way to include the reader in the story.

 

I feel Cassandra succeeded in giving us just the right amount of details about the life in the Tribes to enjoy and understand fully the story but without giving too much information, which might have drawn attention away from what this book is really about: the pursuit of the truth, and of course the relationship between Kate and Hunter.

“No one has ever told me the truth, Hunet. That’s all I want. I just want to know the truth. I don’t care what it is. I need to know, and you’re the only one who knows it.”

That being said, so much remains to explore in the following installments of the series, that you can’t help but look forward to the second book.
There is no cliffhanger though, which is really appreciable to me… and anyway, you don’t need one to want to know what happens next!

 

I found the love story between Kate and Hunter incredibly well written. I loved how it started with immediate attraction, but then developed slowly throughout the book, to become something way more important. As usual, Cassandra succeeds in creating characters that you can’t help falling in love with. *insert swoon here*

“I’ve never had a reason to survive-no reason to question the way things were. I lived because I was told to… now I live because I want to. I survive because I want to know what is outside the deception we’re buried in, and I want to experience it with you. You’re the only person I’ve ever trusted, and now you’re the reason I’m going to fight.”

The rhythm of the book was perfect to me, alternating cleverly action scenes, life with the Tribe and scenes with Kate and Hunter alone, and I just couldn’t put it down.

 

I think this is my favorite book from Cassandra so far, and I do feel that her novels just keep better and better… So, can’t wait for the next one :)

 
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About the author

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Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening.

Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

 

Cassandra Giovanni is published by Show n’ot Tell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA.

 
 

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Book Blitz – In Between Seasons by Cassandra Giovanni

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Publication date: July 31, 2014
Category: New Adult Post-Apocalytic Romance Series
 

The story

In 2021 the world as we know it changed. The government collapsed, and the worst characteristics of human nature were shown as the world fell into ruins. Years after The Fall, the Tribes that were established are still at war. They still fight to keep what they pillaged, and most of all, they fight to keep their lies a secret. In a world filled with deception, nothing is as it seems.

I was born into this world.

Hunter Marks was molded into this world; a General— a person cold and harsh. A person meant to kill me.

We were told to just believe.

We were taught to never question.

We’re supposed to be robots, and accept our roles in this altered society.

Too bad Hunter and I don’t follow the rules.

And we’re a hell of a lot stronger than they ever thought possible.

They’ve been searching for the world’s deadliest weapon.

It’s me.

And I’m not following the leader any more.

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About the author

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Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening.

Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

 

Cassandra Giovanni is published by Show n’ot Tell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA.

 
 

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Cover Reveal – In Between Seasons by Cassandra Giovanni

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Publication date: July 31, 2014
Category: New Adult Post-Apocalytic Romance Series
 

The story

In 2021 the world as we know it changed. The government collapsed, and the worst characteristics of human nature were shown as the world fell into ruins. Years after The Fall, the Tribes that were established are still at war. They still fight to keep what they pillaged, and most of all, they fight to keep their lies a secret. In a world filled with deception, nothing is as it seems.

I was born into this world.

Hunter Marks was molded into this world; a General— a person cold and harsh. A person meant to kill me.

We were told to just believe.

We were taught to never question.

We’re supposed to be robots, and accept our roles in this altered society.

Too bad Hunter and I don’t follow the rules.

And we’re a hell of a lot stronger than they ever thought possible.

They’ve been searching for the world’s deadliest weapon.

It’s me.

And I’m not following the leader any more.

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About the author

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Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening.

Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

 

Cassandra Giovanni is published by Show n’ot Tell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA.

 
 

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Review – Precious words by Leigh Fleming

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The story

Emberly Fallon is a smart, beautiful American attorney who goes on a dream vacation with her two best friends to the UK, where she meets the irresistible Niccolo Bartoli, an Italian tennis pro who is just as commanding off the court as he is on.

Emberly resists his advances, not wanting anything to do with paparazzi and Nico’s rabid fans.

Currently ranked number two in the world, Nico finds himself struggling with his game and his personal life. Although always surrounded by his entourage, he is lonely in his world of celebrity and constant travel. Emberly makes him feel grounded, and despite her best intentions, she does fall in love with the dashing, foreign sportsman.

 

Their romantic adventures take them to Miami, New York, and Rome. This whirlwind love story was not in Emberly’s future plans, but she allows herself to be happy with Nico—until she becomes the victim of threats. Someone is trying to bring Nico’s success and newfound happiness to a tragic end … and that person is much closer than they suspect.

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My review

3.5 stars!

 

A romance between Emberly, an American attorney and Nico, the Italian tennis star… I was a little afraid at the beginning of the book, as it looked quite descriptive, but I ended up reading it very easily and quite fast. I loved the way it was written.

I was also surprised by the subjective third-person narration, which I found a little confusing at first, but the good storyline erased all my doubts about the book and I really enjoyed reading it.

 

Both characters felt realistic to me (though I don’t know a lot about the life of pro tennis players), and I really loved the way they interacted and the development of their relationship.

 

The suspense part of the story was well developed and kept me captivated till the end of the book!

  

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Leigh Fleming is the owner of the Scrapbook Cottage, a weekend retreat center for craft enthusiasts. She lives with her husband, Patrick, in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and is mom to adult children, Tom and Liza, and two beloved dogs, Lula Belle and Napoleon. Precious Words is her first novel.

 
 
 

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Review – Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye

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The story

It can happen in a flash. One minute she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small… forgetting a drive home or a conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness.

When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend, her life starts to spiral out of control. Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the pieces of what she’s lost—starting with the name haunting her, Gwen. Heartbreakingly beautiful, this poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she really is. 
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My review

What a captivating read! I took my time for this one. It started kind of slow, but this story really grew on me, and I really enjoyed it.

I really liked how the story was builtliving things through Ellie’s eyes, and wonderug wha was wrong with her, just like she did herself.

I thought while reading, that the characters were accurate (though my teenage years are far behind now).

What happened, and it was quite a surprise t me, was that I also liked Gwen and Griffin a lot, maybe even more than Ellie and Shane. There was not really a good and a wrong character, but two complex ones.

I’m just a little disappointed though that things didn’t go any further between Ellie and Lexi. I kind of felt like that part of the story was left undone.

 

To sum things up : an intriguing story with great characters!

  

About the author

Brooklyn Skye

Brooklyn Skye grew up in a small town where she quickly realized writing was an escape from small town life. Really, she’s just your average awkward girl who’s obsessed with words.  

Her Best-Selling New Adult debut, STRIPPED, is out NOW! Represented by Bree Ogden of D4EO Literary Agency.EntangledTeen 
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Book Blitz – Written on her heart by Paige Rion

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Book infos :

Written On Her Heart by Paige Rion
(Callaway Cove #1)

Publication date: April 23rd 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

  
The blurb :

Andi Callaway has dreamed of becoming a published author her entire life.

 

Ford Delaney has always wanted nothing more than to escape his past.

 

An opportunity of a lifetime. This is what Andi finds when she returns home to Callaway Cove on summer break. A chance to work for her literary idol Ford Delaney is up for grabs, and she’s willing to risk everything—her boyfriend, her best friends, and her education—to get it.

 

She’s positive this will be the key to reaching her dreams. But the moment she begins working for the reclusive author, Andi realizes there’s more to him than just a name. As attraction builds between Andi and Ford, she begins to discover consequences must come hand-in-hand with something great—which could loosen control over her tightly wound life. And once romantic sparks fly, Andi’s other relationships start to crumble, Ford’s fame comes back to haunt him, and the heat they generate will either forge a powerful, enduring love or threaten everything she holds dear.

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Paige Rion is a contemporary romance author. She’s a mother, wife, blogger, hopeless chocoholic, coffee-addicted, wine-lover. Her debut, novel—a new adult romance—Written On Her Heart, is the first in the Callaway Cove series. The next in the series is to be released this summer. She loves connecting with readers on her blog and social media. You can visit her website

 

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Excerpt – The Accidental Socialite by Stephanie Wahlstrom

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The blurb

Quirky and clumsy twenty-two-year-old Paige Crawford arrives in London on a cold Saturday in January. Just when Paige starts to think that moving thousands of miles away from home with no real plan was a bad idea, Jason Frost appears. Confident and classy, Jason is the complete opposite of Paige and just what she needs in her life, or so she thinks.

 

But before their romance has time to blossom, Paige trips and falls into the arms of a mysterious man on a drunken night out. She’s snapped by paparazzi, and newspaper headlines the next day suggest that she’s having an affair with a married footballer.

 

Paige finds herself instantly elevated to tabloid celebrity status which isn’t exactly a picnic, particularly when trying to juggle her new job at Fashionista magazine, a catalog of dating disasters and a nagging doubt that she maybe she can’t conquer London after all.

 

When a trip back to Canada for Christmas reminds Paige why she left her old life behind, she returns to London with renewed vigor realizing that while jobs, flats and men may come and go, friends in London are forever.

 
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About the author

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Growing up in Edmonton, Canada, a significant amount of Stephanie’s time was spent making up and acting out stories. She was studying to be an actress when she realized there weren’t any parts for women being written. So, Stephanie wrote herself a short screenplay just to be in it, and quickly realized that writing was her true passion. She graduated from the University of Alberta with an English and Sociology degree and she also has a Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts from Red Deer College. After a fateful trip to Mexico in 2006, Stephanie decided to move to New York City to work in film development. A year later she went back home to write My Green House, a factual TV series. Stephanie moved to London in 2008 and aside from being obsessed with eggs benedict, fruit roll- ups and travelling, she also works in children’s television. The Accidental Socialite is her first novel.

 
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It was 3 A.M. and all I wanted was a cheeseburger.

“Miss, we only sell Big Macs after midnight,” said the McDonalds employee. My stomach grumbled. My diet since I got off the plane had consisted mostly of Champagne, Vodka, and seared tuna.

“Yes, I understand that and I will pay for a Big Mac, but I would like a cheeseburger, so can you, like, remove a patty and mid bun and hold the secret sauce? Please?”
“Miss, I am sorry but we do not have this item.”

Liar. He didn’t look sorry. I immediately wanted to get on the next flight home. It rained cheeseburgers in Canada.
A tall, drunk and incredibly beautiful blonde South African girl appeared at the till next to me.
“I’ll have a hot dog.” That was my new best friend, Lucinda.

We walked out of McDonalds with a small fries to ‘split’, which really meant Lucinda was going to watch me eat them. As I was elegantly shoving eight fries into my mouth at once, not unlike a four-year-old, a swarm of camera wielding hyenas approached. One flash triggered the rest and little white dots burned into my retina. I stumbled, almost dropping my fries.

What was going on? I looked for the celebrity garnering all this attention. I couldn’t believe my luck, I was about to spot someone famous on my first day in London! But when Lucinda slapped the second fist full of fries out of my hand and pulled me towards a taxi, I realized with confusion that the so-called celebrity was me.

Cover Reveal – Our Broken Sky by Sarah Harian (Chaos Theory #1.5)

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Publication date: August 19th, 2014
 

Our Broken Sky is a novella in the Chaos Theory series.

The review of The wicked we have done (4 stars), the first book in the series, can be found hereWickedWeHaveDone

 

The story

In The Wicked We Have Done, readers were introduced to Valerie Crane. But you don’t know her the way you think you do. This is her story…

Valerie has always been different from her identical twin Veda. Tattooed, fiery, and foul-mouthed, Valerie acts on instinct, getting even with anyone who wrongs her passive, and sensitive sister.

At twenty-two, Veda doesn’t want to seek revenge against the three young men who raped her. As for Val…

Val never could manage her anger well.

As far as Val sees it, the Compass Room is simply a quicker way for her to die—payment for the crime she feels no guilt over. There isn’t a reason to fight, not until a girl as broken as she is reminds Val of what it’s like to hope…

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Sarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. When not writing, she is usually hiking some mountain or another in the Sierras, playing video games with her husband, or rough-housing with her dog.

 
 

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Review – Uncovering you Part 1: The Contract by Scarlett Edwards

4.5 WOW stars!

*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

This review is part of the Girls Heart Books Tour.
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The blurb

When I wake up in a dark, unfamiliar room, I have no idea what’s waiting for me in the shadows. My imagination conjures up demons of the worst kind.

Reality is much worse:

A collar with no leash. A prison with no walls. And a life stripped of meaning.

I am presented with a vile contract and asked to sign. It outlines the terms of my servitude. The only information I have about my captor are the two small letters inked at the bottom:

J.S.

Armed with only my memories, I must do everything I can to avoid becoming ensnared in his twisted mind games. But in the end, it all comes down to one choice:

Resist and die.

Or submit, and sign my life away.

  
The review

The Contract is the first installment of what promises to be an extraordinary series!
We meet Lilly as she wakes up in a unknown place, which she can not escape from. She is being held captive, but doesn’t know why or by whom. We follow her as she looks through the recent events in her life for reasons that could have lead her to this place.

 

That is when she is presented by her captor (that she still hasn’t seen and remains unknown) with a contract… which she can simply not accept.

 

At the bottom of the contract, I see a small written note:
In short… (I flip the page over)
YOU ARE MINE.

 

A trial of strength between Lilly and her captor then starts, and the consequences for her might be to give up her freedom, or pride… or even her life.

 

Lilly has everything I’m looking for in a female character. She is incredibly strong-minded, but remains realistic, which is why I could completely relate to her. I also loved the flashbacks and the glimpse of her childhood, that were definitely useful to understand her personality.

 

I am also completely intrigued by JS… I can not wait to learn more about him. I must say I already love to hate him!

 

I found this book really captivating, I could not put it down. It was short (as announced by the author, each book in the series should be about 125 pages), and felt to me like watching the first episode of a new TV series. There are lots of things that are left unexplained, but you just know that you loved this first episode, the characters, and that something really big is coming in the next part.

 

I definitely can not wait to read the next book… and obviously the wait shouldn’t be too long as the second part should be released on April, 20th!

 
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About the author

scarlett_edwardsI’m Scarlett Edwards. I wrote my first book as a college sophomore. After six months of edits, it made its debut as Yours to Savor.

That was at the start of 2013. I’ve written more books since then. You can find them all here.

It’s funny how quickly life changes. I used to think I’d need a degree to get a “Real Job.” Then I wrote a few books, they got somewhat popular, and now I’m living the life as a full-time romance author.

Thanks to all my readers for making my dreams come true!

 
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