Monday, July 27, 2015

Around The World ARC Tours Presents The Devil’s Engine: Hellraisers (The Devil’s Engine #1) by Alexander Gordon Smith Early Review


Synopsis:

From the author of the Escape from Furnace series, an explosive new horror trilogy about an ordinary American kid caught up in an invisible war against the very worst enemy imaginable.

There is a machine from the darkest parts of history, concealed in an impossible location, that can make any wish come true, and the only price you have to pay is your soul. 

Known as the Devil’s Engine, this device powers a brutal war between good and evil that will decide the fate of every living thing on Earth. When a 16-year-old asthmatic kid named Marlow Green unwittingly rescues an ass-kicking secret soldier from a demonic attack in the middle of his Staten Island neighborhood, he finds himself following her into a centuries-old conflict between a group of mysterious protectors and the legions of the Devil himself.

Faced with superpowers, monsters, machine guns, and a lot worse, Marlow knows it's going to be a breathless ride—and not just because he’s lost his inhaler along the way.

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Review:

Okay I first have to say that this book was both weird and kick ass at the same time.I can't pin point what this book is like but I have to say that I love a good book about good VS evil and Demons VS Angels. Love love love these kind of stories but this one was very weird that it had me at the edge of my seat. I started to read it and thought to myself that this is not for me but kept reading and I got into the books os much so I ignored everyone and everything around me.

In this story we meet Marlow Green who is a 16 year old asthmatic who lives in a world where he saves a secret soldier from a demonic attack. When he does this he does not realize he sets off The Devil's Engine who decides the fate of everything and everyone. But as we all know there is always a price to pay for what you want and the price the devil's engine wants is great.

The machine will grant you any wish but that saying watch out what you ask for defiantly applies in this case. I can't wait for this book to be released because I am going to re-read it because that is how much I liked it and I need to put some more things together for myself.


Biography…

Alexander Gordon Smith, 35, is best known as the author of the Escape From Furnace Series, made up of Lockdown, Solitary, Death Sentence, Fugitivesand Execution.

His is also the author of The Fury, and wrote The Inventors - which was runner-up in the national Wow Factor Award - and The Inventors and the City of Stolen Souls, both of which were co-authored by his eleven-year-old brother Jamie.

He is the author of two creative writing handbooks, Inspired Creative Writing and Writing Bestselling Children's Books, a number of screenplays that are currently in development, several non-fiction books and hundreds of short stories and articles.

Gordon is the founder of Egg Box Publishing, an independent, non-profit imprint designed to publish and promote talented new writers and poets, and is the co-owner of Fear Driven Films, a production company filming its first feature.

He is also the founder of Inkling Studios, a brand new venture which specialises in creating books, films, television programmes and computer games for children and young adults. He actively encourages people of all ages to read and write, and runs creative writing talks and workshops across the world. In 2009 he was named by the Courvoisier Future 500 as one of the most promising young entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom.

He is called Gordon, rather than Alexander, because his Mum and Dad liked the name Gordon but didn't want his initials to spell GAS, so called him by his middle name. To find out more… click here!

Around The World ARC Tours Presents I Crawl Through It by A.S. King Early Review


Synopsis:

Our big explosion is coming any day now.

Can’t you hear the ticking?

Four accomplished teenagers are on the verge of explosion. The anxieties they face at every turn have nearly pushed them to the point of surrender: senseless high-stakes testing, the lingering damage of trauma, the buried grief and guilt of tragic loss. They are desperate to cope—but no one is listening.

So they will lie. They will split in two. They will turn inside out. They will build an invisible helicopter to fly themselves far away from the pressure…but nothing releases the pressure. Because, as they discover, the only way to truly escape their world is to face it.

The genius of acclaimed author A.S. King reaches new heights in this groundbreaking work of surrealist fiction; it will mesmerize readers with its deeply affecting exploration of how we crawl through traumatic experience—and find the way out.

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Review:

I Crawl Through It is an amazing just simply amazing book. I have read a lot of books in my lifetime that has tackled serious issues but none like this. I mean I started reading the book early afternoon and finished it the next afternoon because I could not put it down.

Life as a teen can be crazy but add in a few issues and these four teens find out that life is not over just because you have gone through a trauma. You can get help and you can trust your friends all you have to do is reach out for the help.

We have one teen who deals with date rape. Another who deals with anxiety. Another who deals with neglect. And another who deals with pressure. These teens think the world is coming to an end but they soon realize that all they have to do is crawl through it and take baby steps in order to heal and cope with the issues that are front and center in their lives.

This is one of those books that I say is a must read because it deals with real life issues and how to deal with them. Being a teen is tough but add a trauma and it can be disastrous for the teen facing the issues. 


About Author:

A.S. King is best known for her award-winning young adult novels, though she writes novel-length and short fiction for adults as well. After more than a decade in Ireland dividing herself between self-sufficiency, restoring her farm, teaching adult literacy, and writing novels, she returned to the US in 2004. 

Amy's newest YA novel, Glory O'Brien's History of the Futurehas garnered six starred trade reviews and landed on several end of year best lists since its release in October 2014. Reality Boy (October 2013) was a A New York Times Editors' Choice,Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, a Junior Library Guild Selection, Amazon Best Books for October, and a Winter 2013-2014 Kids' Indie Next List Top Ten pick. 

2012's Ask the Passengers (Little, Brown October 2012) is aLos Angeles Times Book Prize Winner, a Junior Library Guild selection, a Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly & School Library Journal Best Book of 2012, an Indie Next List pick and has been called "Another thoughtful, and often breathtaking achievement" byBooklist in one of six starred trade reviews for the book. 

Everybody Sees the Ants (Little, Brown October 2011) was an Andre Norton Award finalist, a Cybils finalist, and a 2012 YALSA Top Ten book for young adults. Her 2010 YA novel, Please Ignore Vera Dietz was a 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, an Edgar Award Nominee, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book for Teens 2010, a Junior Library Guild selection and a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick. Her first YA novel, The Dust of 100 Dogs, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an Indie Next pick and a Cybil award finalist. 

Her short fiction for adults has been widely published and was nominated for Best New American Voices 2010. Her short fiction collection,Monica Never Shuts Up is available in paperback and all ebook formats. 

Amy now lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and children, teaches writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program, and is a huge fan of Kurt Vonnegut, corn on the cob, libraries, and roller skating.

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Around The World ARC Tours Presents Losers Take All by David Klass Early Review


Synopsis:

From the author of the backlist favorite You Don't Know Me, a dramedy about the agony of victory and the thrill of defeat.

At Jack Logan’s sports-crazy New Jersey high school, the new rule is that all kids must play on a team. So Jack and a ragtag group of anti-athletic friends decide to get even. They are going to start a rebel JV soccer team whose mission is to avoid victory at any cost, setting out to secretly undermine the jock culture of the school. But as the team’s losing formula becomes increasingly successful at attracting fans and attention, Jack and his teammates are winning in ways they never expected—and don’t know how to handle.

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Review:

This is one of those books that will have you laughing so hard you will be crying tears and holding your stomach. I mean I come from a house of athletes and I played Soccer and did Track so I was always busy with practice and school work and games so when I read about Jack I laughed so hard because lord have mercy he hates sports and does not want to made to be a part of any team.

So he comes up with a great idea so he thinks and that is to create his own team and lose every game. Then they will not have to be locked into the whole school sports thing but it back fires on him and what unfolds is a hilarious story that will have you on the end of your seat waiting to flip the page to find out what happens next. 

If you played sports or like sports or hate sports this is the book to read because it is hilarious and will have you picturing you are there with Jack and the team.


About Author:

David Klass is the author of six other young adult novels, including the ALA Notable books Wrestling with HonorM andCalifornia Blue.

 He has also written a number of screenplays, including Kiss the Girls and Desperate Measures. This is his first book with HarperCollins.

David Klass is the author of many young adult novels, including You Don’t Know Me, Dark Angel, and Firestorm(The Caretaker Trilogy). 

He is also a Hollywood screenwriter, having written more than twenty-five action screenplays, including Kiss the Girls, starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, Walking Tall, starring The Rock, and Desperate Measures, starring Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia. 

Klass grew up in a family that loved literature and theater—his parents were both college professors and writers—but he was a reluctant reader, preferring sports to books. But he started loving the adventure stories his parents would bring home from the library—particularly Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson and Alexandre Dumas.

 After his sister twice won a story contest in Seventeen magazine, Klass decided he would win it too, and when he was a senior in high school, he did, publishing his first story, “Ringtoss,” in the magazine. 

He studied at Yale University, where he won the Veech Award for Best Imaginative Writing. 

He taught English in Japan, and wrote his first novel, The Atami Dragons, about that experience.

 He now lives in New York with his wife and two children.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Around The World ARC Tours Presents Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern Early Review


Synopsis:

A heartrending but ultimately uplifting debut novel about learning to accept life's uncertainties; a perfect fit for the current trend in contemporary realistic novels that confront issues about life, death, and love.

Seventeen-year-old Rose Levenson has a decision to make: Does she want to know how she’s going to die? Because when Rose turns eighteen, she can take the test that will tell her if she carries the genetic mutation for Huntington’s disease, the degenerative condition that is slowly killing her mother. 

With a fifty-fifty shot at inheriting her family’s genetic curse, Rose is skeptical about pursuing anything that presumes she’ll live to be a healthy adult—including going to ballet school and the possibility of falling in love. But when she meets a boy from a similarly flawed genetic pool, and gets an audition for a dance scholarship in California, Rose begins to question her carefully-laid rules.

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Review:

Rules for 50/50 Chances is one of the most heart wrenching books I have read this year. I have read some real heart wrenches but this book hit home because of what the book was about. I am not sure if you have ever heard of the Disease Huntington's but here is the definition a hereditary disease marked by degeneration of the brain cells and causing chorea and progressive dementia. In essence your body starts to shut down and you lose your mind. So when I was reading this book I cried because it brought up memories of a friend of mine who died from this disease.

Rose knows that she may have a disease that will kill her. She has a 50/50 chance because her mother has it and she is slowly dying. When she turns 18 years old she can take the test to learn if she will have the disease or not. All Rose wants is to go to Ballet school and have love but at the same time she knows that she could have a killer gene slowly killing her.

What should she do? Take the test and find out if she is a walking dead girl? or should she not take the test and go to Ballet school and live a normal life until she gets sick and finds out she has the disease? What would you do in her shoes?


About The Author:

Hello. I’m Kate. 

I love stories, real and imagined. Over the years, I’ve written plays, essays, and articles about education, relationships, race...and cab drivers, grandmothers, teenagers, homeless women and others. You can read some of those things here. I’ve also taught theatre and language arts in Boston, New York and London. I didn’t love middle school but I do love middle schoolers. 

I got my BA in American Studies from Yale in 2003. In 2008, I went across the pond to Oxford, where I was a recipient of the super-cool Weidenfeld Scholarship and got a master's degree in social anthropology. After some stopovers in New York, London and the English countryside, I now live back in Cambridge, MA, where I was born and raised.

Some random, interesting facts:

I love trains. I really, really love trains.

My name's not short for anything...I'm just plain Kate.

Three of my four front teeth are fake.

My first word was "book." And so it began...

Around The World ARC Tours Presents Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales Early Review


Synopsis:

From the author of This Song Will Save Your Life comes a funny and relatable book about the hazards of falling for a person you haven't met yet.

Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But she's tired of being loyal to people who don't appreciate her—including her needy best friend and her absent mom. 

Arden finds comfort in a blog she stumbles upon called "Tonight the Streets Are Ours," the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.

During one crazy night out in NYC filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn't exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn't exactly who she thought she was, either.

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Review:

Okay I first have to say that I was very surprised by this book. You go into reading this book thinking one thing and at the end you get something different.

You have Arden Huntley who is a loyal girl to her family and friends. She does everything for them and she is tired of being a stepping stool. All she wants is to be loved and cared for. Instead what she gets is a load of worries and learning how to fake it to make it. Then a bright side comes for her in the form of a blog named Tonight the Streets Are Ours written by a boy named Peter.

Peter created this blog Tonight the Streets Are Ours to blog about things going on in New York where he lives. Then he gets dumped by his girlfriend and he starts to blog about the break-up. Arden being the care taker she is decides she is going to drive down to New York and help Peter get over his ex-girlfriend.

When Arden gets to New York she and Peter have a night of fun. They do everything and anything they want to do and soon Arden sees that Peter is not the person she thought he was. She's starting to see that everything is not always as it seems and could be looked at in a different way. Arden learns that love can sometimes hurt. 


About The Author:

I was born in 1984, and I grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, with my parents and our cat. When I was little, I wanted to grow up to be a writer, actress, or singer. The writing part turned out to be easiest to accomplish, since it turns out I can’t really carry a tune, though I can do a pretty compelling karaoke rendition of “Hey Mickey.”

I wrote and illustrated approximately one million picture books when I was in elementary school, all of them about unicorns or cats or princesses, or princess unicorns who were best friends with princess cats. When I was seven, I wrote a longer story about quintuplets named Marissa, Larissa, Clarissa, Melissa, and Alyssa. The quintuplets were not princesses, but they did get invited to a royal ball.

During middle school and high school, I wrote five unpublished YA novels. I also acted in plays, competed in gymnastics meets and debate tournaments, babysat, and did an awful lot of schoolwork. My favorite school subject was math, and my worst subject was either science or Spanish.

I went to college at the University of Chicago, where I majored in psychology. I also performed in Off-Off Campus (an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe), competed in debate tournaments all over the world, helped judge the world’s largest scavenger hunt, and wrote a humor column for the school paper. And I wrote another unpublished YA novel, for which I was awarded the Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Prize for Fiction Writing.

After graduating, I got a job at a children’s book publishing company in New York City, where I remain to this day. My first novel was published in 2010, and since then, I’ve just kept working on more. During the daytime I read other people’s books, and during the nighttime I write my own. What more could I need?

Learn more about me by following me on Twitter or befriending me on Facebook. Need a photo of me? Here you go.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Around The World ARC Tours Presents This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp Early Review


Synopsis:

10:00 a.m.

The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.

The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03

The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05

Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

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Review:

This Is where It Ends is a book every child should read. School shootings are becoming the norm in today's society. It saddens me that children feel the need to kill someone instead of talking to someone about their problems.

TIWIE is told from four points of view. Claire, Tomas, Sylvia, Autumn. What you get is so much from this story. Someone has been raped, someone is a closest lesbian, and another is scared to be themselves. The shooter you would never believe because they come from a good family and is very brilliant but is bullied and secretly the shooter has anger issues and hidden depression.

As you read from everyone's point of view several stories unfold and what you get is so heart wrenching that it is told just like it is happening minute by minute. Second by second and you can feel the fear the person is feeling right before being shot. This is a must read for all students because you never know when your child's school could be next.



About Author:

Marieke is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, and diversity advocate. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies, and wants to grow up to be a time traveler.

In the midnight hours of the day, Marieke writes stories full of hope and heartbreak. Her debut YA novel THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS will be out from Sourcebooks Fire in 2016.

NOTE: While I love Goodreads, I don't spend a lot of time here, so I'm dreadfully slow in responding to questions or requests. You're always welcome to tweet or email me though! 

NOTE, PART TWO: I so appreciate everyone taking the time to read and discuss my book! I do not respond to reviews, but whether you love or hate my book, thank you for sharing your thoughts! 

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Around The World ARC Tours Presents The Stars Never Rise (Untitled Series #1) by Rachel Vincent Review


Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her. 

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First I have to say I love love love the start to this series. I love the good VS evil and the world that Rachel has set up. It is where Immortal Souls are in grave danger of being taken by soul sucking demons. The world is on lock down contained for their own good but the truth of the matter is that they are being shaped and monitored for another reason. Only the worthy can procreate children. They are the chosen ones. 

Nina and her sister Mellie are in a race of time. Instead of Nina worrying about her soul she is hell bent on saving her sister Mellie. See Meillie has a secret that could kill her and Nina and Nina will do anything to keep them safe from harm even if that means she has to trust the one person she does not trust, Finn. Finn and his rouge of bandits help Nina and Mellie out. Nina and Finn know that souls are in short supply due to the soul suckers taking anyone's soul at will.

Nina knows that at anytime someone can find out Mellie's secret and that would not be good. The demons are ruthless and don't care whose soul they take. Everyone knows to be careful and mind their business but what will happen to Nina and Mellie and Finn and The Rogues?

This is must read and I need to buy it and re-read it because I love me some good VS evil!

The Stars Never Rise Quotes:

“I opened my mouth to tell her that everything would be okay, but the words melted like sugar on my tongue-sweet yet insubstantial.” 

“Maddock stabbed his fried egg with his fork, and bright yellow yolk bled all over his plate like a sunshine hemorrhage.” 


About Author:

[Note: Though Rachel's blog entries are cross posted here, she does not frequent Goodreads. The best ways to contact her are FB, Twitter, or her Wordpress blog. PLEASE DO NOT SEND HER MESSAGES HERE. SHE DOES NOT CHECK THEM.]

A resident of Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.