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Review | Alienated (#1) by Melissa Landers

Alienated
Alienated by Melissa Landers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun book.
The alien characters were fascinating.
The beginning was a bit cheesy to me but that quickly changed once things started moving.

The first time Cara meets Aelyx is unforgettable. One of my favorite scenes ever!

I kept expecting the book to end while reading. I was pleasantly surprised by how much information was revealed and how much time was covered. Melissa did an awesome job at keeping me enthralled and engaged.

The supporting characters were interesting but wholly annoying. Cara’s parents, however, were awesome, especially Cara’s dad.

I am looking forward to the second book. Since I read this one way before it was even released I have to wait so much longer for the second book!

Thank you Disney-Hyperion for allowing me to read and review this well written title.

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Blog Tour | Review | A Spark Unseen (The Dark Unwinding, #2) by Sharon Cameron

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A Spark Unseen (The Dark Unwinding, #2) by Sharon Cameron

Scholastic Press | September 24, 2013 | 352 Pages

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My Review

I am unable to post a full review as I have not finished reading the book.

 

 Summary

The thrilling sequel to Sharon Cameron’s blockbuster gothic steampunk romance, THE DARK UNWINDING, will captivate readers anew with mystery and intrigue aplenty.

When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead.

But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust–if anyone–to protect her uncle from danger once and for all.

Filled with deadly twists, whispering romance, and heart-stopping suspense, this sequel to THE DARK UNWINDING whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.

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First Line

I opened my eyes, the air in my bedchamber pulsing with the kind of silence that only comes in the wake of sound — a sound that never should have been there.

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Most Memorable Scene

Haven’t picked one yet.

Plot

Other than keeping Uncle Tully hidden and a few other things, the only major plot is finding Lane.

Setting

Paris is the new setting. The new house is very interesting.

Writing

The writing is as splendid as the first book.

Originality

So far the originality is just fine.

Characters

We meet a few new characters due to the move to Paris. Since I’m only a little over half way done I don’t feel comfortable giving my review of the new characters because there are a few questionable characters.

Romance

Don’t get me started! Where is Lane!? Again, only half way into this and I miss him terribly.

Title/Cover Bonus

Another gorgeous cover.

Ending

I am not done yet so: no comment.

Series

The Dark Unwinding (Review)

Connect with Sharon Cameron

Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, [amazon_link id=”0545327865″ target=”_blank” ]The Dark Unwinding[/amazon_link]. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages.

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Release Day Giveaway | Overpowered by Mark H. Kruger

Overpowered by Mark H. Kruger

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | August 27, 2013 | 432 pages

I will have a review posted soon, most likely next month.

Summary (Goodreads)

The world’s safest town might actually be a deadly kind of dangerous. And Nica Ashley is about to learn the hard way.

Nica Ashley is accustomed to traveling the globe with her journalist mother, so when she gets sent to live in a small town with the father she barely knows, she’s in for a bit of a culture shock. Barrington prides itself on being a sleepy, family community with the lowest crime rates in the state of Colorado. There’s even a private security force run by Barrington Technology (BarTech) and a nightly curfew for all residents.

On Nica’s first day at school, she meets Jackson Winters and finds out he went from school superstar to living ghost after his girlfriend disappeared a few months ago. When Nica follows him out after curfew one night, they both witness a mysterious green flash-and the next morning the power has gone out and all the birds are dead.

But secrets are well and alive, and as Nica and some of her friends discover they now have abilities best described as “super,” they also realize that Barrington might not be so safe. And that BarTech is looking for them.

Giveaway

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Review | The Silent Swan by Lex Keating

The Silent Swan by Lex Keating

AltWit Press | August 26, 2013 | 422 pages

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My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 4

Writing: 3

Originality: 4

Characters: 5

Romance: 3

Overall: 24/30 = 80% B

Title/Cover Bonus: 2

Overall

While a long read this was a great look into some complex characters; while abundant, they enhanced the reading experience. An unfamiliar Grimm fairy tale retelling.

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Review Repost | The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

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[amazon_link id=”0545327865″ target=”_blank” ]The Dark Unwinding[/amazon_link] by Sharon Cameron

Scholastic Press | September 1, 2012 | 336 pages

This review is a repost from the original review posted on August 27, 2012.

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My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 6

Writing: 5

Originality: 6

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 32/30!! A++++

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

An engrossing tale of a strange old man who loves his playtime, a niece who learns to love playtime too, amoung other things, a house full of endearing servants, tunnels and a most unusual self sustaining estate.

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Super Early Review | Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

January 28, 2014 | Harlequin Teen | 304 pages

Summary (Goodreads)

Life. Death. And…Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott deals with a very emotional and personal topic, which is touched on in the summary. The use of life support for a terminally injured person.

In this case Emma is dealing with the sudden brain-death of her mother. Her pregnant mother. Her step father decides that keeping Emma’s mom on life support to allow their unborn child to develop and to possibly live is what Emma’s mother would have wanted. Emma is lead to believe that her mother was afraid and even knew that the pregnancy would kill her and that she didn’t want to be put on life support to save her unborn child.

To say that this book didn’t effect me would be a most heinous lie. I am the mother of two beautiful children: Madison, daughter, soon to be 9, and Riley, son, 2 years old. I am also a registered organ donor. If you were to put these two things together I think knowing that I am an organ donor would be enough knowledge for anyone to know that I would gladly agree to being put on life support if it gave my unborn child a fighting chance to live. I realize that not all mothers would feel the same but I can’t image that number to be very high.

I felt so much for Emma and did my best to put myself in her shoes. I loved that she was able to find a friend in Caleb. They have some common issues to relate to and they built upon their relationship in a very open and emotional way. However, Emma is a junior in high school. She claims to know her mother so well. So well that she would know that she didn’t want to be put on life support, no matter what. She is relentless when it comes to talking with her Step-Dad. She is blaming him basically for the entire situation. He wanted to the baby so bad, making her mother, who is in her forties, to use fertility drugs exposing her mother to an array of deadly risks.

But Emma is a child. Emma is not qualified to make the decision that her Step father did and I am really glad that she remarried so that the decision was not Emma’s to make.

It is my hope that many young girls read this book. It will teach you to be selfless. It will teach you to expect the unexpected. It will teach you to be prepared, as best as you can, for the unexpected. I hope that everyone who reads this will sit down with their loved ones and discuss the issue of using life support. Using extreme measures to save yourself is one thing, but to save another being within yourself is an entirely different topic.

To my husband:

I love you. Should you ever find yourself in the situation of me being pregnant and brain dead, please do everything you possibly can to save our child.

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Summer Reading Ideas for KIDS!

The lovely people at Scholastic have blown my mind, again!

Alex has sent me the below summer reading ideas for our children. I don’t know about you but I love that my 3rd grade daughter reads, for fun, without being told. You know what else she loves? Her Kindle Fire and our old iPhones. She’s always playing a game on one of those devices. I love these ideas of rewarding kids for reading. To them they think they’re playing a game and that’s perfectly fine with me!

Use these great ideas from Scholastic to keep your readers reading over the summer!

A recent Kids & Family Reading Report shows that half of all parents are concerned that their children spend too much time playing video or computer games and visiting social networking sites, and not enough time reading books. Now that it is summer and school is out, what can parents do to get their kids reading more books? The solution: COMBINE TECHNOLOGY AND READING TOGETHER!  Something Scholastic has created with the Scholastic Summer Challenge program.

5 (FREE) ways to USE technology to GET kids reading books:

1.         Track Online Minutes: Kids can read over the summer and track their reading minutes online with the Scholastic Summer Challenge, a free global reading program where kids read, log minutes, and earn prizes. Kids can have fun winning prizes, trying to break the world record for summer reading, and helping their school log the most minutes to win a visit from Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey.

2.      Time your Reading App: Families on-the-go can log their minutes with the free Scholastic Reading Timer mobile app, available for iOS and android devices. Use your summer challenge username and password to log minutes and spin the prize wheel to earn rewards! Plus, parents can see how many minutes their child logged and access articles and tips to encourage kids to read.

3.      Get a FREE ebook: Great news for parents: Among children who have read an ebook, one in five says he/she is reading more books for fun, especially boys! When kids register for the Scholastic Summer Challenge, parents can choose the “just right” ebook for their kids…FOR FREE from Storia®, Scholastic’s free teacher recommended ereading app.

4.      Learn: Parents can access free resources on the Summer Challenge website, including book lists and articles. On the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, parents can find the new content calendar that provides free daily expert tips and articles, activities, discounts on books, special Friday giveaways, and details about upcoming Facebook chats. When the Summer Challenge launched on May 6th, Scholastic hosted a chat with parent bloggers Amy Mascott and Allison McDonald.

5.      Share on social media: Parents can use social media with their kids for reading ideas. Parents can check out Scholastic’s Summer Challenge Pinterest Board with their kids. Since research shows that parents think their child should read 11 books over the summer, each week we’ll be pinning a collage of 11 books.

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Blog Tour Guest Post | Of Triton by Anna Banks with Giveaway

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Welcome to the Blog Tour stop for book two of Anna Banks’ Of Poseidon series, Of Triton!

Anna has presented The Cozy Reader readers with a guest post about her cover to Of Triton.

COVER LOVE—OR NOT by Anna Banks

When I first received an image for the cover of OF POSEIDON, I squealed. (I know that sounds cliché, and my first instinct was to make farting noises with my armpits, but I was in the post office and they tend to frown on that kind of enthusiasm). Anyhow, I was instantly in love.

When my editor emailed me the first draft of the cover for OF TRITON—not so much.

FIRST OF TRITON COVERIt wasn’t horrible, mind you, but it wasn’t Well, it wasn’t…Armpit fart material, you know? I tried to love it. I did. But I felt that it just wasn’t as magical as the cover for OF POSEIDON. And what’s worse, I had to email my editor and tell her that.

Not because I’m in charge of the cover; I’m not. Not because I even have a say in the cover; I don’t. Not really, anyway. Sure, the publisher wants the author to like their own book cover, but it’s not absolutely required that they love it. Or even like it. Kind of like how a bride picks out her bridesmaids’ dresses and hope for the best, but after all, it is her wedding…

So imagine my total relief, and giddiness, and urge to produce glorious armpit farts, when my editor emailed me back and told me that they’re changing the cover. They’re hiring models (models!) to do an underwater shoot (a freaking underwater shoot!) and that they are also using some of the images to create the cover for OF NEPTUNE.

Whew. That was a close one. AmIright? Which do you like better?

 

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Cozy Reader prefers the revised edition. I think it fits better with the first book of the series and just has a nicer feel to it.

Connect with Anna

Anna Banks will be on tour in June as part of the Fierce Reads Tour. Get all the info/dates: https://www.facebook.com/FierceReads/events

Of Triton is featured in our Spring 2013 Fierce Reads Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/w-F_U3TtW24

Pre-order Of Triton  and Anna Banks will send you bonus content! Details: http://byannabanks.blogspot.com/2013/04/of-triton-pre-order-bonus-content.html

Follow Anna Banks on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ByAnnaBanks

Become a fan of Fierce Reads on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/FierceReads

Of Triton Blog Tour Schedule

Monday 5/13 Bewitched Bookworms

Tuesday 5/14 Ex Libris

Wednesday 5/15 The Book Cellar

Thursday 5/16 Two Chicks on Books

Friday 5/17 Icey Books

Monday 5/20 Tales of a Ravenous Reader

Tuesday 5/21 The Cozy Reader

Wednesday 5/22 Mermaid Visions

Thursday 5/23 MacTeenBooks

Friday 5/24 Carina’s Books

Giveaway

Macmillan Children’s Publishing is offering one reader the chance to win a paperback copy of OF POSEIDON  a hardcover of OF TRITON and an OF POSEIDON bookmark! Simply use the below Rafflecopter widget to enter.

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Blog Tour + Giveaway | Belonging (Temptation, #2) by Karen Ann Hopkins

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Karen Ann Hopkins’ second installment of the Temptation series, Belonging! Belonging picks up after the first book, Temptation. See below for an exciting excerpt and the chance to win a SIGNED copy of Belonging!

About Temptation

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Your heart misleads you.

That’s what my friends and family say.

But I love Noah.
And he loves me.

We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other’s arms.

It should be

ROSE & NOAH 

forever, easy.

But it won’t be.

Because he’s Amish.
And I’m not.

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About Belonging

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I left everything I knew behind.

But it was worth it. He was worth it.

No one thought an ordinary girl like me would last two minutes living with the Amish, not even me. There are a lot more rules and a lot less freedom, and I miss my family and the life I once had. Worst of all, Noah and I aren’t even allowed to see each other. Not until I’ve proven myself.

If I can find a way to make it work, we’ll be NOAH & ROSE

together forever.

But not everybody believes this is where I belong.

Excerpt from Belonging

            Rebecca was uncomfortable with the territory the pep talk had gone into and she took both my hands softly between hers. “I’m sure you’ll do fine.  But, please, please be good.”  There was almost a look of desperation on her face.

What was her angle? Was she worried if I got kicked out of the community that Noah would go with me—and what about the warning from Ruth about Martha?  Could my initial instinct about the woman be so wrong? Martha had clearly been on my side during the laying down of the law by the bishop.  I decided to file away Ruth’s words for safety.  But, I wasn’t going to count Martha as an enemy until she proved to be one.

“Noah looked like he wanted something—what was his deal?” I asked him mom, a little worried about what she’d say.

“Oh, yes…well, he wants to have a few minutes alone with you to discuss this matter.  Really it’s mine and Amos’ fault that we allowed him such free rein immediately after the accident; calling you on the telephone and behaving as if the two of you were already courting. Now though, things must be different.”

“Can I spend any time with him at all?” I hoped I didn’t sound as if I was whining, but the thought of being separated from him while I was learning to be Amish was almost too much to bear.

Before Rebecca could say a word, Ruth took over. “It’s not only up to Rebecca and Amos.  Now that you’re under mine and James’ authority, you’ll be looking to us about the rules you must live under in this household, which are the Church’s Ordnung, but not solely.”

I slouched down in my seat.  I knew a parental lockdown when I saw one coming.  Only, I also knew that Ruth wouldn’t be as easy to manipulate as Dad was.  I adjusted my voice to sound resigned, I needed both these women on my side.

“What are the rules?”

“After this evening you will not be allowed to spend time alone with Noah unless there is a chaperone present,” and for good measure, Ruth added, “and the two of you will not be acting like a couple either.  That is exactly the kind of thing that will get Abram’s beard in a tangle.”

My optimistic personality chose to hear only the part about after tonight.  “Do you mean I get to talk to Noah, tonight—in private?”

Rebecca answered, “Yes, but only tonight, until you’re officially a courting couple.  Ruth and I understand how things have changed suddenly from what you were prepared for and we feel it is best to let you do your talking with Noah now.  Hopefully, this will keep you from mischief later.” She held my eyes for a significant few seconds before pushing her chair out.

“I do believe Noah is waiting on the front porch for you.” Rebecca pointed towards the hallway.  “We’ll be out back on the deck.”

I caught Ruth’s wink from behind her glasses as she walked by.  One second of solitude and I was sprinting down the hallway.

I didn’t even have to touch the knob, for Noah had the door open just as I reached it.  We stood a few feet apart, both breathing deeply, and both waiting.

Maybe it was the dress and cap I wore that suddenly made me feel like I really was an Amish girl.  Or perhaps it was Noah’s eyes, wide with anticipation that raised the tingling waves of nervousness from my belly.

For the first time in a long while, I didn’t know what to do with Noah.

 

Connect with the Karen Ann Hopkins

A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.

Tour Schedule

Monday, April 22th – Ashley loves books
Tuesday, April 23th –  A Little Shelf of Heaven
Wednesday, April 24th – One Day YA
Thursday, April 25h – Fic Talk
Friday, April 26th – Bittersweet Enchantment 

Monday, April 29th – Reader Girls
Tuesday, April 30th – Bumbles and Fairy Tales
Wednesday, May 1sh – The YA Bookworm
Thursday, May 2nd – The Book Heist 
Friday, May 3rd –  Page Turners

Monday, May 6th –  Books Complete Me 
Tuesday, May 7th –  Bookish Escape
Wednesday, May 8th – Book Sp(l)ot Reviews
Thursday, May 9th – Irish Banana
Friday, May 10th – The Cozy Reader

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