Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: Sparks of Light (Into the Dim #2) by Janet B. Taylor

Book info:
TitleSparks of Light  
Author:  Janet B. Taylor
SeriesInto the Dim #2  
Release Date:  August 1st, 2017
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin
Pages:  448
Formats:  Hardcover, ebook
Find it: AmazonBarnes and NobleiBooksTBDGoodreads

Synopsis:

For the first time in her life, Hope Walton has friends . . . and a (maybe) boyfriend. She’s a Viator, a member of a long line of time-traveling ancestors. When the Viators learn of a plan to steal a dangerous device from the inventor Nikola Tesla, only a race into the past can save the natural timeline from utter destruction. Navigating the glitterati of The Gilded Age in 1895 New York City, Hope and her crew will discover that high society can be as deadly as it is beautiful.


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My Review:
My rating:  5 stars

This sequel to one of my favorite books of 2016, Into the Dim, definitely did not disappoint.  This time the characters have a different time period that they will have to visit in order to solve their current issues.  Hope's mother is back, but she is suffering basically PTSD from dealing with being left with the cruel man she'd been stuck with back in time.  Not only is she back, but Hope has a new little sister.  Her father is asking for a divorce, happy with his new wife.  This makes one more emotional issue for Hope's mother to deal with.  While Bran had to go be with the woman who had tried to say she was his mother up until now, their enemy, he comes back to see Hope when he can, but when he comes back, he has some alarming news, news that sends them on their next trip back in time.  This time they will need to meet up with Nikola Tesla, and hopefully get him to stop working on the instrument that could mess up the careful time travel the Viators have tried to perpetrate.  This time we have Doug going back, and he's never been able to go because of his seizures.  But since he is best to work with Tesla, being the one who knows the most about what is going on, and kind of a Tesla expert, he is chosen to go, despite Phoebe's pleas about his safety.  Of course the fact that he is partly black will cause issues in how he can be a part of the group back in the time period.  It is after the civil war, but still things are not good for black, or even mixed race people like Doug. 

I liked that not only did we get a glimpse into a world with John Jacob Astor and the Vanderbilt's, a look at Nikola Tesla himself, but a dangerous glimpse into the world of the insane asylums of the time, women being committed by their husbands, the type of experimentation with lobotomies and other cruel procedures.  This added an aspect to the overall story that wasn't expected, but definitely made for a very interesting twist.  While they still also talked about the rules of not knowing about your past self/future self, as well as not changing any big events, like the fire that destroyed Tesla's lab, a very tragic death of someone in the team makes the rules seem like maybe they were made to be bent at the right times.

Of course we're once again left without the villain being brought in, not to mention that there is now someone even more dangerous out there, working with, or around the villain from before.  That means that there MUST be a third book.  And I will be waiting on the edge of my seat to hear news for that one.


Book 1 Info:
TitleInto the Dim   
Author:  Janet B. Taylor
Release Date:  March 1st, 2016
Publisher:  HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages:  432
Formats:  Hardcover, ebook, audiobook

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks

Synopsis:
When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.      


Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens. 

My rating:  5 stars      Check out my review HERE.   

About the Author:

The 2013 winner of the coveted #PitchWars, Janet B Taylor, has four years' experience writing web content for a major television network fan site (CBS) that garners over a hundred thousand hits a day. Janet travels extensively to those places where her novels are set, often roaming around at night to commune with the famous historical figures about which she loves to write. She is a member of several writing organizations, including the SCBWI and the Historical Novel Society, and lives in a tiny town in Arkansas with her family.


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Giveaway:

  • 3 winners will receive a finished copy of SPARKS OF LIGHT, US only.
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Tour Schedule:

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Week One:

7/24/2017- a GREAT readReview
7/25/2017- Lisa Loves LiteratureReview
7/26/2017- YA and WineGuest Post
7/27/2017- Ex LibrisReview
7/28/2017- Once Upon A TwilightInterview

Week Two:
7/31/2017- Seeing Double In NeverlandInterview
8/1/2017- Adventures of a Book Junkie- Interview
8/3/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview  

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8/4/2017- The Bucket ListReview


Blog Tour with Giveaway: Fret (Recoil Rock Series #4) by KE Osborn

Title: FRET
Series: Recoil Rock Series #4
Author: KE Osborn
Genre: Rocker Romance
Release: July 20, 2017


5 Stars from Rockstar Book Muse - “Well first off I am a true believer that KE Osborn is my go to rocker writer. This Recoil series had me from book 1.”
5 Stars from Konny - “I love the writing and I love the storyline. I love the words , I could feel the characters emotions in the words. And I LOVE; LOVE; LOVE the dedication!!”
5 stars from Reading is Our Satisfaction - “Loved this book. That dedication was the bomb - I hope he gets to see it one day. This entire series is simply brilliant. To those who love rock star books, go out and grab this one.”
Loss—the failure to keep someone or something. 

I know all about loss, and the resulting damage can do more harm than good. 
Losing everything in one fell swoop… yeah, Karma’s definitely not on my side. 
My life has been somewhat monotonous. Look after my twin. Play in the band. Party like a rock star. 
Women have filtered in but never stayed, and now that my band mates have all settled down, I’m looking for something… more. 
My problem? I’m a perfectionist, and I desire a particular type of woman. I don’t want groupies or fangirls, they’re not my scene anymore.
No, I want the perfect ten. And I’m counting on an internet dating guidance guru to help me find her. 
But I’m not doing this alone. My brother’s friend and gallery manager, Alex, is along for the internet dating ride, and we’re doing this ‘dating thing’ together for support. 
And in doing so, we’ve become the best of friends. Inseparable one would say. 
Now with chaos surrounding me—being arrested, accosted by thugs, and all the drama that comes with my internet dating life—it’s forced a wedge between us, and I’m faced with losing her forever. 
And it’s only now I see what’s been in front of me the whole time. 
You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone…
Australian author K E Osborn was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. With a background in graphic design and a flair for all things creative, she felt compelled to write the story brewing in her mind.
Writing gives her life purpose. It makes her feel, laugh, cry and get completely enveloped in the characters and their story lines. She feels completely at home when writing and wouldn’t consider doing anything else.


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Cover Reveal with Giveaway: Ouroboros (Circuit Fae #2) by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge


Book info:
Title:  Ouroboros
Author:  Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
Series:  Circuit Fae #2
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: March 2018
Genres: LGBTQ+, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:
Syl’s a princess of the fair Fae.
Her girlfriend Rouen is a princess of the dark Fae.
Mortal enemies. Girlfriends.
Relationship status: It’s Complicated
All introverted geek girl Syl Skye wants is to get close to her girlfriend. But when you can kill with a simple touch, a normal date night’s not really in the cards. As it happens, Syl is also a sleeper-princess of the fair Fae. Last year after a freak accident, her power Awakened, granting her white flame to purify the darkness.
Rouen Rivoche is that darkness—a dark Fae princess whose power to bewitch mortals is as terrifying as the violet lightning she controls. Rouen is Syl’s total opposite. Her mortal enemy.
She’s also Syl’s beloved girlfriend.
And even though they joined forces to defeat the evil Circuit Fae who harnessed the killing magic in technology to take over the school…that was so last year.
Now, Syl’s touch could mean Rouen’s death. Her increasing power is spiraling out of control, threatening to burn down everything she and Rouen have built together.
Their lives, their love, their very world..



Author Bio:
Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance--where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds.
She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she's clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.
She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.
GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Cover Characteristic: Trains

The Cover Characteristic meme is hosted at  Sugar and Snark.   Here are the guidelines:

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit).
You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!


This week was harder than I thought!  I assumed trains would be pretty easy, but they were not!  So I have three covers of books I have read, and two that are from my TBR list.

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From TBR

So, those are the 5 covers I could find from what I'd read or books I'm wanting to read.  Have you read these?  What covers can you think of with trains on the cover?