Happy Release Day to Thievery by Devyn Dawson!

I’m going to preface this post by saying I was given this book for an honest review.

Now that all the necessary details are out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff!

Thievery: School of the Seven Bells

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Synopsis:

Headmaster Trig runs the most successful underground school in former North America. He wants nothing more than a government that stops victimizing children, and their parents who can’t afford the ridiculously expensive child tax. Alaric, Trig’s right hand man, is the astute instructor with one weakness…Rumor. She was in the borough and someone caught her stealing. Alaric helped her escape, and for the first time ever, he brought an outsider into the school. Several months later, someone in the borough is looking for Rumor and is going to extremes to find her. Rumor’s past comes crashing all around her, and it’s about to expose the school if they don’t turn her in.

Devyn Dawson delivers a fast paced epic tale of bravery and ambition. It’s perfect for anyone who is ready for something different….something that makes you root for the criminal, gasp in disbelief, and memorable characters with depth.

Rating:

5 STARS

Review:

Where can I start?  I have read some of Devyn’s other books like her Light Tamer Series.  I fell in love with her books while reading The Light Tamer.  I could not get my hands on Devyn’s other books fast enough!  But that’s not the main thing I need to talk about.

Thievery is my new favorite book of hers.  I could not stop reading it.  I would often get in trouble because I would have my phone out at school trying to see what would happen next with Trig, Alaric, Rumor, and Rion.  (This does not mean I promote using your phone in school and getting in trouble.)  To me, I enjoyed this book as much as Then Hunger Games trilogy and Divergent Trilogy.  Even if you don’t like reading YA books, READ THIS BOOK!!

Scroll to the bottom of this page for the Amazon and Barnes and Noble links to this book.

About the Author:

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Devyn is an Oklahoma native, but now she kicks up her boots in New Bern, North Carolina. Her writing style is eclectic with flawed characters. Her passion is writing for young adults, and will soon dabble in children’s literature. Most of her stories have characters who are struggling with some type of tragedy or home-life issues. This is her way of giving the reader something to relate to, or find empathy for anyone they may know who is going through a rough patch. When she isn’t writing, she is reading or playing with her grandchildren. Be sure to connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Facebook http://www.facebook.com/devyn.dawson
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Twitter Handle – devyndawson
Instagram – devyndawson
Pinterest – msscaredcat **each series has a board with her dream cast, go check it out**

Other Books by Devyn Dawson:

The Light Tamer
Enlightened
Amber’s Faerie Tale – Novella
Light Bound

The Legacy of Kilkenny
The Seduction (book 1.5)
Malevolence
The Great Wolf

New Adult book – Sapphire, A Werewolf Love Story – Cry Me a River

Clean New Adult – Killing Me Softly

Links:

Barnes and Noble- Thievery Paperback

Barnes and Noble- Thievery Nook

Amazon- Thievery

Until next time my dear readers,

Kat ❤

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Dearest Blog Tour Review

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Hey everyone!!  Sorry that I’ve been MIA for a while I had to write a research paper for school, and I promise, NO ONE wants to read reviews about those books.

Anyway I thought everyone would want to hear about a book I have finally found time to read that is really cool.  I found it through Prism Book Tours.  They have some really cool reviews on books there.  So let’s start talking about this book now. Continue reading

The One Thing Blog Tour

Hey everyone!

So I have another exciting review and chance to get an ARC for a blog tour.  This tour is for The One Thing by Briana Gaitan.  I got to read her first book The Last Thing and loved it!!  I was so excited to hear about this book coming out.

Anyway, let’s get started…

As always….  the book cover!!!

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Synopsis:

When everything falls apart, he’s the one thing that holds me together.

Ginger Teague may seem like your typical Hollywood actress with the famous boyfriend, designer clothes, money, and hit TV show, but constantly being in the public eye has its downside.
People seem more interested in her chaotic relationship with her on again/ off again boyfriend than her acting career,and Ginger isn’t dealing with her new found fame in a way she always envisioned. She masks her unhappiness with too many parties and an unhealthy habit of binge drinking. As much as she wants love, men find her as a pretty amusement, not the type of girl you take home to mom and dad.

When she meets Caspian Norwood, they quickly begin a regimen of flirty emails.
He’s a struggling musician that doesn’t quite fit her idea of the perfect boyfriend.
He’s older, mysterious, cultured, knows exactly what to say and do in all the right situations, and Ginger can’t help falling for him. But the world is against them, pushing them apart, and it’s beginning to feel as if they are only meant to be friends.

Rating:

5 STARS

Review:

       I don’t even know where to start with this book.  It was absolutely amazing!  I mean of course it is king to have romance.  It’s a love story.  I found it so interesting how Briana thought that the characters should have to figure who they really are, not who they want to be, before they could be truly happy with each other.  I have a read a lot of books,  but none of them have considered taking the plot in that angle.  It made The One Thing more interesting.

      While looking for themselves, Ginger and Caspian had to use their own strength to pull them out of the hard problems.  It just helped that they knew if one of them needed help, the other was there to give a little extra push.

      It also made me super happy that I got to see what was going on in Quinn and Chase’s lives also.  It just makes me smile to think about them having a forever relationship!

Hopefully I will be a presence in the world another time this week.

Kat

Parched Blog Tour

Hey everyone!  How have y’all been?  Hope each of you had a great New Years.

Thanks to this wonderful website known as Prism Book Tours, I was offered the chance to join the Parched by Georgia Clark blog tour.  Now I can tell you a really good book to read!!

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Synopsis:

      In sixteen-year-old Tessendra Rockwood’s world, natural resources are at an all-time low. Most of the remaining supplies are funneled into Eden, known as the “powerful city of shining abundance,” while citizens of the Badlands eat gelatinous gray porridge and drink reddish iron water. Tess was born an Edenite, but after the death of her scientist mother she decides to combat this inequality by joining a rebel group called Kudzu. Together they uncover a shocking government plot to carry out genocide in the Badlands using artifical intelligence. Unofrtunately, Tess has some complicated ties to the project that test her loyalty. Robots, renewable resources, and romance get tangled together as Tess risks her life to bring justice to Eden.

My Rating:

4 STARS

The Review:

       Parched was a very interesting read at first.  It took me a while to wrap m mind around the way that Georgia had imagined this dystopian place.  After I reached about the third or fourth chapter, it was easier.  As far as the characters go, I thought that the main characters were growing, changing, and learning through the extent of the novel.  Tess was probably my favorite though, (As cheesy as it sounds to have the main character be your favorite…)  I loved how while reading the book I kept seeing her try to have this tough exterior and act like nothing could hurt, while her human emotions continued to show through this wall.

      The plot was good too.  Upon starting to read it, I found that I just kept wanting to read and read and read.  Nothing could distract me from wanting to find out what was going to happen to Tess next.

About the Author:

Georgia Clark is a young adult author currently living in New York City. Her second novel, Parched, is out now through Holiday House.

Georgia was born in Sydney, Australia. Her BA in Communications (Media Arts & Production) saw her becoming active in the student movement and blow way too much money on making short films and music videos.

After graduating she became a professional hipster for a while as Editor of The Brag, an excellent weekly music street press magazine. This also involved being in a band, the seminal electropop trio, Dead Dead Girls. She went on to become an Online Producer for a soapie called Home & Away, and Online Writer for Fremantle Media Australia.

In 2008 her first novel, She’s With The Band was published by Australia’s largest independent publisher, Allen & Unwin. She’s With The Band was released in the U.S. and the U.K. in 2011. It attracted five-star reviews.

Georgia has worked as a freelance journalist and copywriter for ten years. She is published in Cosmo, CLEO, Daily Life, Sunday Life, Girlfriend and more. She has attended writers’ residencies in Martha’s Vineyard and Portugal, and has also received grants for her work.

Georgia moved to from Sydney to New York in 2009 just for fun. Here, she performs improv, creates the award-winning SHO Sync app for Showtime and enjoys meeting new and interesting cheese platters. She writes from the New York Writers Room, which involves macaroons and many, many cups of tea.

Despite the fact Georgia writes and loves thinking about artificial intelligence, science and the future, she doesn’t own a smart phone and never learnt to drive. She lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Follow her on Goodreads, Facebook or Twitter.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

Until next time,

Kat

Prism Book Tours

The Science of Manhood review

So through this wonderful website called twitter, I was able to get in touch with Erik Barnes, who was looking for someone to review his book, The Science of Manhood.  I was quick to tell him that I would be glad to review his book.

And that brings me to where I am now.  About to review his book.

So as always, here is a picture of the cover to kick everything off.

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Synopsis:

This isn’t your feel good fiction nor is it your drama filled novel; this is a direct life line thrown in a desperate attempt to help revive the rapidly decaying image of young black men and males in general. I wish I had the time too eloquently describe the bountiful traits displayed within these pages. Unfortunately we are running out of time. The death toll for young black males throughout the inner cities; are increasing in great numbers. Parents are burying their sons more frequently than ever before. The prisons are bursting at the seams with our young men. Our communities are over run with violence mostly at the hands of our own young men. In this book I strive to reveal some of the steps and strategies to re-direct our young men from a path of riotous living, incarceration and death.

My Rating:

4 STARS

Review:

      Derik Barnes has swept me away.  I didn’t really know much about him before reading The Science of Manood, so I was not sure what to expect.   Let me say that I was in for a ride.  His book was a hoot.

      I don’t have any sons, but it was still a great read.  I would suggest this book for any guy though.  Barnes gives real life examples and experiences that any guy could learn from.  This is a finely thought out guide for success.

      Even if you aren’t reading this as a guy or to raise a son, there are still some awesome life lessons that can be learned.  He just gives out great tips for anyone wanting to learn how to go far in life.

Hope all of you go out and try to find this book!

What kind of genre would y’all like for the Tuesday Teaser tomorrow?

Kat

Reviews and More :)

Hey guys!!

So I recently read Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens.

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Synopsis:

An edgy, realistic debut novel praised by the New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys, as “a beautiful reminder that amid our broken pieces we can truly find ourselves.”

Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer by her backyard pool. Instead, she hides in her closet, counts the slats in the air vent, and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox—”the Kool-Aid Kid”—moves in with the Littrells after a family tragedy, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in this quiet, awkward boy who has secrets of his own. As their friendship grows, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her summon the courage to find her voice and speak up.

Rating:

5 STARS

Review:

Let me just say everyone who can read should read this book!  It was AMAZING!  I don’t know how she does it, but Courtney is able to make you want to stay throughout the whole story.  From the synopsis, anyone could have a guess as to who the main love interest is.  It’s Alexi and Captain Lyric.  But who in the world is Captain Lyric, this person who seems to know exactly what song she needs that day?

I thought the plot was good too.  She threw in some twist that most readers don’t expect if they have read a lot of romance.  I had my one person that I was rooting for the whole time.  At times, I just wanted to take Alexi and yell at her to be with this guy!

Alexi and Bodee developed a ton as characters.  They relied on each other and built the other up.  I think if Bodee hadn’t of come into her life when he did, the story would have been nowhere near as interesting.

I started The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes yesterday and am in the middle of it right now.  Then I’m doing a buddy read on Goodreads on the book Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver today.

Don’t forget about the contest going on right now.  Here is the link to the original post with all the information: https://abookagirlandablog.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/contest-time/.

Anybody want to see the video from my competition Saturday?  Like the post or tweet if you do.  20 likes altogether and I’ll post it.

Kat

Review of The Last Thing by Briana Gaitan

Yay!!  So it is finally my day to post a review.  I have never been so excited for a blog tour in my life!! I finished this book about a week ago and thought it was amazing.

Now that I finally get to share my joy with you, here is what I have been waiting for since I got the first email from Briana.

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Synopsis:

     Plagued by past mistakes in both love and life, Quinn Bardot is in a bad place. With nowhere else to turn, she escapes to LA clinging to the promise of a fresh start.

      Chase Crowley is known for being selfish and unbelievably persistent. All he’s ever wanted is to become a successful actor. But now that he is about to have it all, he finds that something is still missing. Money and fame isn’t what he expected.

      After a fervent encounter, the two of them are thrown into a situation that neither is prepared for. Can Quinn extinguish her fears and let Chase in? Can Chase learn to put someone else’s needs before his own?

      Last Thing is a novel all about love, Hollywood, and accepting what life throws at you even if it is the last thing you want. 

      (This is a New Adult Romance novel & contains language & adult situations. Not recommended for readers younger than 17)

            ***The Last Thing is a stand alone book with NO cliff hanger ending. It is book one in the series.***

 

My Rating:

 5 STARS

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My Review:

I really, absolutely loved this book!  There is no other way to describe it.  Most roman books are a hit and miss with me because the basic plot has been seen in so many other stories.  Briana wrote this book in such a way that I didn’t feel the need to put it down and start another one.

I really liked how all the loose ends weren’t tied off until the very end.  It made you have to finish it even if it wasn’t your favorite book.  I know for me at least, I don’t like leaving stuff unfinished or being let unsure about something.

Even the secondary characters are seen constantly throughout the book.  You get to see them develop along with Chase and Quinn.  I know that at times, for me at least, the secondary characters can be way more entertaining than the main characters.  Sometimes the author will give them their little moments to shine, and I feel like that is what Briana did.

 

If you don’t have this book yet then here is the amazon link for it:

Amazon- The Last Thing

And don’t forget to add it to your shelves on Goodreads if you have one of those.

The Last thing- Goodreads