August TBR

These are the books I plan to read this month. If I can get through them all.

Xpresso Book Tours:

      

NetGalley:

    

And, if all goes well, I definitely will try to read this one:

It’s a lot but I think I can do it. It all depends.

What are you guys reading?

~Sage<3

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REVIEW: The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Heartbreakers
Author: Ali Novak
Series: (The Heartbreaker Chronicles #1)
Expected publication date: August 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

“When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. Unbeknownst to him, I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.”

Stella will do anything for her sister—even stand in line for an autographed

Heartbreakers CD… for three hours. At least she met a cute boy at the Starbucks beforehand. A blue-eyed boy who looks an awful lot like…

Oliver Perry. Of course Starbucks guy is the lead singer for her least favorite band. Thanks, universe. But there may be more to Oliver than his world-famous charm, because even after she insults his music—to his face—he still gives her his number. Seriously, what is her life?

But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver—dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band—when her sister could be dying of cancer?

Format: eARC
Rating: 4/5

If you like quick, perhaps slightly unrealistic romances, then this is definitely the book for you. And, it’s pretty much the perfect summer read.

I had absolutely no doubts about this book. Why? Because I was lucky enough to have read the first draft on Wattpad before the author even began the process of publishing it. I loved it then and I love it now. Sure, there’s instant love between Oliver and Stella, but it works. And they don’t get together right away. They have so many issues to go through first, considering he’s a famous singer in a band and she’s just a normal teenaged girl trying to get through life with her photos and sister who is a cancer victim.

      But that’s also why it’s unrealistic: I mean, she’s a normal girl, and he’s a famous pop star rock star, and they so happen to meet in Starbucks before his huge signing and they’re flirting, and then later that night she finds out they’re staying in the same hotel as her and her brother and the next thing you know, the whole band is in an elevator with her. I mean, he still gives her his number even after she yelled at them all in the elevator…
      So why, you may ask, do I love it so much if I hate instant love (as I have mentioned so many times before in other reviews)?
      It’s simple really. Why? Here you go: family and friendship. Those themes were abundantly clear throughout the novel.
      Stella’s sister, Cara, is horribly sick; she has cancer. And it’s pretty bad. Stella blames herself, wondering why she hadn’t seen the signs sooner, and so she can’t bring herself to leave her and go to college in another city; she’s too afraid she’ll miss something, that Cara will get worse and she won’t be there. But since their birthday is coming up soon, Stell and Drew have the best idea as to how to make Cara truly happy this year; get her a bunch of singed merchandise from her favourite band in the whole world: The Heartbreakers. And though Stella herself despises the group and their music, she goes on a trip with eh brother anyway because Cara is a die-hard fan of The Heartbreakers and it’s the perfect opportunity to get something Cara will definitely love and cherish.
      The fact that Stella decided to put her life on hold just for her sister is truly beautiful, because not many others would do that. She doesn’t want to miss out on Cara’s life in case there’s no Cara left to live anymore. And I adore that her and Drew care so much, enough that they’d drive hours away and wait another few hours in a line just to get Cara a gift signed by a band both Drew and Stella can’t stand. They sacrificed their ears (seriously, they hate their music) to make sure Cars would be happy.
      And that’s just family. For friends, wow. I adored the time Stella spent with the band. They were having fun!  Everything was so light and completely enjoyable. No matter what happened, you were left admiring how they formed such a strong friendship bond. Secret of life; people change people. And that shows clearly throughout the book as the band returns to their former glory (or, they’re starting to take risks to be who they really want to be) and Stella bursts out of the shell she cocooned herself in, in order to stay with Cara. She grows and becomes more confident in her work and being away from Cara.

     Heck, even Cara’s illness was a pleasure to read about! Sure, she was sick and so close to dying at times, but she was always so optimistic and full of life! She was never moody or brooding or just plain rude just because she was sick. She was energetic, bursting at the seams with energy that her body couldn’t seem to stand! She was a great character, and it was easy to fall in love with her, as well as the others.

      Overall, The Heartbreakers is a sweet, fun and light read that I definitely recommend. That is, if you don’t mind a good insta-love and slightly unrealistic story.
<Sage<3

July TBR

Hi, so, I actually have a large TBR this month. I had a time line for all of these books, and so they have to be done this month. They’re all from Xpresso Book Tours. d:

Here we go (you can click the covers to go to their Goodreads page):

Wolfskin WeAreWatching         

Yeah. So, that’s that. Wolfskin, We Are Watching, and Wish for Me are all tours I’m taking part in. Just though I’d say that.

Have a good day/afternoon/night!
~Sage<3

June Wrap-Up

Hey, so this is my sad little Wrap-Up for this month.

I’ve only read 6 books this month. Not counting Wattpad. I actually read so many books on Wattpad this month that it isn’t even funny. It got me really distracted. Otherwise I’d have read more books this month to review.

But anyway, just click the cover if you want to go to my review. 🙂

Reviewed:

     


I’ve decided to add in any blitzes that I do, because I mean, why not? I’m thinking about adding Cover Reveals as well, but I don’t think I will. That’s about it, for now. 🙂

Blitzes:

   Spectacle

 

~Sage<3

BOOK BLITZ: Spectacle by S.J. Pierce

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Spectacle Title: Spectacle
Author: S.J. Pierce
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Synopsis:

***This is currently a web series!!! I’m releasing a chapter at a time on my website at www.sjpiercebooks.blogspot.com. You can read there or go to Scribd, download their app, and read there.***

Hunger Games meets Avatar meets Gladiator in this spellbinding new Young Adult Science-Fiction web series by bestselling author Susan James Pierce.

Fear can make you a target…

Two hundred years after the Great Disaster, the day earthquakes ravaged Earth’s landscapes, humanity has finally regrouped and is working toward a better future. But in New America – one of three small, remaining landmasses – the threat of overpopulation makes a better future seem bleaker by the year.

Mira (Mirabella) Foster and her parents are citizens of New America, and with the threat of starvation and disease looming on the horizon, a new discovery threatens to push everyone to the brink of chaos: blue markings develop on people’s skin. Markings that are distinctive of a humanoid alien race named Changers that secretly sought refuge on Earth years ago. Markings that allow them to camouflage their skin, but also make them feared, and eventually, targets of violence.

Mira’s dad is one of them.

Anger can make you a spectacle…

Banished to a treacherous, uninhabited island, a newly orphaned Mira and her kind struggle to survive and settle into a new way of life. Her main priority becomes seeing to Jackson’s care, her friend with Muscular Dystrophy, and tending to her garden as a way of distracting herself from the pain of losing everything she loved. But just as she’s adapting to this new life, their Elders approach her with a plan to insert themselves back into New America to uncover a conspiracy. A conspiracy, they believe, that includes the presidency and landed them on the island, costing many Changers their lives, including her parents’.

In a world where staying on the island means a possible untimely death, as does risking her life to uncover a horrible secret that might one day set them all free, which one will she choose? And if she chooses to help, can she tame her anger over their mistreatment long enough to make sure their plan goes off without a hitch? Because, after all, the last thing her kind needs is to make spectacles of themselves, and as she knows all too well, both anger and fear have a perilous knack for destruction.

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All proceeds from pre-orders are going to a local kid named Brayden who has Muscular Dystrophy.
Brayden is a smart and witty twelve-year-old boy, who loves video games and sports of all kinds, especially football, but the only thing holding him back is that he has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He was diagnosed on April 1st, 2010 with the disease, which will one day (possibly sooner than later) put him in wheelchair fulltime. His mind is sharp as a tack, but his little body is giving out daily; the more tired he gets, the more frequent the falls. Luckily he hasn’t broken any bones (yet). He will one day need a tracheotomy to be able to breathe and speak, and his lungs and heart are muscles that will give out just as easy as his arms and legs. Most boys with this disease will not live into their 20’s, and the disease claims lives daily. To help Brayden in his journey with DMD, S.J. has pledged to donate all of her pre-order proceeds to Brayden’s family.

An Excerpt From Chapter Two:

Following the scent of cheese toast and eggs, I stop short when I see my mom standing in the kitchen doorway, her hands fidgeting with the frayed hem of her apron, a tight smile on her face. I don’t like the way she looks at me – worried and afraid and about to cry all at the same time. “Mirabella, dear,” she says, almost whimpers. “Daddy and I need to talk to you.”

Heat crawls over my skin, flushing my cheeks and leaving gooseflesh on my arms. Dread squeezes my lungs. “Okay,” I manage, but it takes me a minute to remember how to walk. Mom doesn’t move out of my way.

I notice the radio isn’t on again. Dad usually listens to it for his morning news.

She kneels to look me at me on my level, and I know now something really bad must have happened… or is happening. Yet again, the rings around the moon were right.

“Everything’s okay,” she lies, reading my worried expression, “But I want to warn you about your father before you see him.”

My eyebrows draw together. Warn me?

I hear dad shifting in his chair, and he grunts nervously. My chest clenches tighter. All I want is to see him. To know what’s going on. I can’t fathom what she would have to warn me about.

“His skin is… different than before.”

“Different?”

“Yes, baby,” she soothes. “And whatever you do, please don’t scream. You know how thin these walls are.”

I muster a nod.

“Okay,” she says, clasping my hand and straightening, “It’s time.”

She leads me into the kitchen, my heart racing, eyes snapping right to my father. He’s sitting with his face behind his hands, his elbows resting against the tabletop. The skin on his arms and hands look the same to me – smooth and the color of coffee with milk. Still normal. I breathe a sigh of relief.

“Is she looking?” he asks through his hands.

I answer for her. “Yes, daddy.”

He lets out a long slow breath – a brooding sigh.

“Show her, Grant,” mom pleads.

Moments pass. He sighs again and slowly moves his hands away. Behind them, blue marks, starting at the corners of his eyes, branch out in a rough, jagged pattern – like webs of blood vessels, but more defined – over his cheekbones and stopping along his jawline. Smaller patches curl around his temples. It almost looks like a butterfly, almost beautiful, like these odd markings are meant to be there. Like someone had painted them for fun. I would assume this is all a joke had my mom not been acting so weird.

I look up to her questioningly. Why would this have made me scream?

Her hand meets her chest, and I can tell she’s relieved I didn’t freak out, but not all the concern is gone from her eyes. At least she’s smiling normally now.

“So you aren’t afraid?” she asks.

“Why would I be?”

Her lips press tight. She throws a nervous glance at my father.

“Because these are permanent,” he says. “And they’ll get worse.”

SJAUTHOR BIO:
Susan James Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Fantasy, Paranormal and Sci-fi novels.

Please visit www.sjpiercebooks.blogspot.com and sign up for her mailing list or subscribe to her blog if you’d like to hear when new books come out! Coming soon:

Iris (Novella: The Captivated Series) Available now!!!

Fight for Me (Book Two: The Captivated Series)

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~Sage<3
{Excerpt provided by Xpresso Book Tours}

BLOG TOUR/REVIEW: An Absence of Light by Meradeth Houston

 *I’m posting this as part of the XpressoBookTours An Absence of Light Blog Tour. I recieved a free ebook copy of this in order to do so.AnAbsenseOfLightTourBanner
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Title: An Absence of Light
Author: Meradeth Houston
Published by: Evernight Teen
Publication date: October 31st 2014
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Synopsis:

Leah’s always seen the shadow creatures. She thought she was immune to their evil—until now.

She’s walked into a massacre, stolen a BMW, and is running from the law for a crime she didn’t commit. Nineteen-year-old Leah’s life just went from mildly abnormal to totally crazy at lightning speed. But no one will believe that the shadow creatures are framing her for the murder, because she’s the only one that can see them. At least that’s what she thought.

When Leah stumbled across a group who share her ability, she discovers they have something she doesn’t: a way to fight back. When the group offers to teach her how to kill the shadow creatures, Leah jumps at the chance. But something is brewing with the creatures. They’re tracking down the hunters like there’s no tomorrow. Leah suspects that maybe there won’t be, and it’s up to her to make sure tomorrow comes. Because she’ll do anything to stop the shadows, including risking her life—and the life of the one she loves—to keep the world from being lost to darkness forever.


And now, on to my review!
Format: Ebook
4/5 stars
      An Absence of Light is a book full of action, growth, bravery, romance, and perhaps even horror. I honestly didn’t find it scary, however if I were to deal with something like that in real life, then yeah, I’d be pretty terrified. We follow Leah in the beginning after the tragic death of her family, and then she runs away and stumbles upon a man who can also see the shadows. It all begins unraveling from there, learning more of her special abilities, of the shadows, and of how to possibly solve the problems the shadows’ mere presence create. In the midst, there’s romance, action, and a whole lot of twists.
What I Liked:
  • The writing. It was easy to follow and get immersed in the story line. I had only planned on reading a chapter, maybe two, and then I ended up finishing it so… That speaks for itself. d: But it also flowed well, and the interactions between the characters were often slightly amusing. Though sometimes it felt a little too unrealistic.
  • The abilities of the shadows. I enjoyed the twists and the new information Adam, Manuel, and Lee kept discovering. Some felt a little like they were thrown in, but nevertheless the twists kept me on my toes and I was surprised more then once. I especially love the way the shadows are explained. Their description just makes you imagine this creepy, slimy, black thing with no particular shape that can easily blend in and mess with you. It’s a little scary, right?
  • The characters. I enjoyed how they each portray their own way of protection, how they all seem to bond so well. They are each strong and determined, having lost so much to the shadows. I was rooting for them throughout the book and with each moment they felt hopeless I felt even more hope that they’d get through it. I loved the emotions because of that.
  • I like how not all of the shadows are bad. I won’t go into further detail though, as this is already partially a spoiler (sorry).
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What I Didn’t Like:
  • The ending (I won’t go into further details because of spoilers) seemed far too quick. Possibly rushed. My heart wanted to break, but with how quickly it happened, I didn’t really feel anything…
  • The specific relationship that is formed happened so suddenly. I get that they’re afraid that they’ll die and so they want to make sure they know how they feel, but to just climb into bed and be all touchy-feely after so long of going back and forth between friends and enemies? I feel like we should get more of them slowly leading up to that point, because before that we pretty much only have protective instincts and seemingly not any real emotion.
  • Adam’s sister’s condition, how she got like that, isn’t explained and I feel like it should be further explored. Perhaps then we could feel a deeper terror and be able to immerse ourselves deeper in the story?
  • Considering Amy had been possessed for so long, you’d think they would have noticed others as well. But instead, they all show up once they realize what Amy is. That, well, it just makes it seem as if it was thrown in there as a second thought. I think we should’ve seen more like Amy beforehand, and then when they realize what she is they can piece it together based on what they saw before, instead of there suddenly being groups of them after Amy is discovered.

Overall, I enjoyed reading An Absence of Light and I would recommend it for you fans of horror, sci-fi, and romance. Oh, and action!


MeradethHoustonAUTHOR BIO:

Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:

-She’s a Northern California girl. And now is braving the cold winters in Montana.
-When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!
-She’s also an anthropology professor and loves getting people interested in studying humans.
-If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.

Author links:

THE TOUR STOPS:

June 8th
The Bookish Angel
Girls With Books
Abby J Reed
Lindea on Books & Writing
I Feel the Need, the Need to Read

June 9th
Twisted Book Junkie
Captain Swan Bookishhh
Lisa Loves Literature
Jeni’s Bookshelf, Reviews, Swag, & More!
The Best Books Ever

June 10th
Nerd Girl Files
Dreams Come True Through Reading
Swords and Stilettos
We Do Write
A Thousand Words A Million Books

June 11th
Adventures in Bookland
Mia in Narnia
Mom With A Kindle
Reader Girls
Us Girls & A Book
Word to Dreams

June 12th
Movies, Shows & Books
Stephanie Faris
Beauty Brite
Author Tracker: YA and Adult Books
The MissPhyre Library
Coffee & All Things Random [me]
Books Can Take You There

June 13th
Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books
My Bookshelf is yours !
A British Bookworm’s Blog
Livre It To Me
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~Sage<3

June TBR

So, this month I only have one physical book that I’m planning to read. Yep. The rest are all ebooks. Yikes.

Firstly, I plan on finishing Apex Rising by Tom Wright (I got through half of it before June 1st, so surely I’ll be able to by tomorrow). Then a few ebooks I got from XpressoBookTours for review: An Absence of Light by Meradeth Houston, Scar of the Downers by Scott Keen, The Hyvrid by Venus Morales, and Lure by Tarynn Kerr. And then I plan on starting Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (which is the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children). If you click on any of the covers, it’ll take you to their Goodreads page.

     

So yeah. That’s my June TBR and hopefully I finish all the books on it, unlike like last month. Feel free to share what you’re reading, or even if you’ve read any of the books above!:)

~Sage<3