BOOK BLITZ: Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick

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Title: Lumière
Author: Jacqueline Garlick
series: (The Illumination Paradox #1)
Publication date: December 12th 2013
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Even in a land of eternal twilight, secrets can’t stay hidden forever.

Seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth is no stranger to living in the dark. She’s hidden her secret affliction all of her life—a life that would be in danger if superstitious townspeople ever guessed the truth. After her mother is accused and executed for a crime that she didn’t commit, the now-orphaned Eyelet has no choice but to track down the machine—her last hope for a cure. But Eyelet’s late father’s most prized invention, the Illuminator, has been missing since the day of the mysterious flash—a day that saw the sun wiped out over Brethren forever.

Alone and on the run, she finds the Illuminator—only to witness a young man hauling it away. Determined to follow the thief and recover the machine, she ventures into the deepest, darkest, most dangerous part of her twisted world.

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JacquelineAuthorAUTHOR BIO:
I’m Jacqueline Garlick, author of young adult and new adult fiction. I love strong heroines, despise whiny sidekicks, and adore a good story about a triumphant underdog. (Don’t you?)
I love to read, write, paint (walls and paper). I have a love/hate relationship with chocolate, grammar, and technology and would rather hang out with a dog, than a cat. I prefer creating things to cleaning things, and believe laughter is a one-stop-shop solution to all that ails you. You will always find a purple wall (or two) in my house (currently in my writing room), and there may or may not be a hidden passageway that leads to a mystery room. (Okay, so you won’t find a hidden passageway, but a girl can dream, can’t she?) Oh, and tea. There will always be tea.My writing style has been described as edgy and rule-breaking, and by some–a touch Tim Burton-esque. Because of this, I am often referred to as the Quentin Tarantino of YA among writing friends.In my former life, I was a teacher (both grade school and college-don’t ask), but more recently I’ve been a graduate of Ellen Hopkin’s Nevada Mentor Program and a student of James Scott Bell, Christopher Vogler and Don Maass. An excerpt from Lumière earned me the 2012 Don Maass Break Out Novel Intensive Scholarship.Lumière–A Romantic Steampunk Fantasy–my debut novel, is the recipient of an indieBRAG Medallion!!! B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree October 15, 2014) I am so proud! (LUMIERE by Jacqueline E. Garlick is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!) Book II of the ILLUMINATION PARADOX SERIES, is out January 26th, now on pre-order.

Also, check out my young adult contemporary romantic/mystery serial, IF ONLY, where reluctant telepathic sleuth Kyla Cooper must embrace her powers and risks all to solve the mystery of what happened to her boyfriend Denver Munro, becoming his voice of truth, before he has no voice at all…

I love hearing from READERS! Please contact me, either at my website: www.jacquelinegarlick.com, or catch up with me on twitter @garlick books, or on facebook: http://bit.ly/jegarlickfb

I’m open to reviews and interview, requests for skype visits, guest blogs, pod casts and book club meetings! I LOVE TO HEAR FROM READERS!

You can also find me here:
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jackiegp/lumiere-by-jacqueline-garlick/
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/jgarlickgr
Blog: http://garlickbooks.blogspot.ca

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~Sage<3

{Teasers provided by Xpresso Book Tours}

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

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):

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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:

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~Sage<3

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
Weezled

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~Sage<3

REVIEW: Apex Rising by Tom Wright

*I received the ebook version of this from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Apex Rising

Author: Tom Wright

Series: (Talker #1)

Genres: Fantasy, Action

Format: Ebook

4/5 stars


Synopsis:
Revenge, power, and love in a world where men and women commune with animals.

Revenge: After a treacherous attack, former spymaster Katria promises to find who betrayed her. The thought that keeps her going, night and day, is vengeance.

Power: Unbeknownst to Prince Neru, Katria still lives. In her absence, he struggles to help a far-off village in his kingdom. He placates his father, the king, but knows his people live under the brutality of the Apex.

The Apex movement gains ground, openly recruiting and openly attacking.

As Neru races to stop the Apex, Katria moves against her past enemies. Political turmoil erupts into bloodshed. Constant danger looms over the kingdom.

Love: Against the odds, each must complete their deadly tasks to ever see the other alive again.

      Apex Rising is an action packed fantasy novel full of magic, revenge, battles, bravery, deceit, strength, and even romance (though thankfully, not much).

What I like/What I Had Problems With:

The magic- 1) it really stands out, with each individual person being bonded to a specific type of animal (they’re called Talkers). The concept is an interesting one and something I really enjoyed reading. 2) Unfortunately the background wasn’t really explained: how is it possible, how are the animals chosen for each person, why is it possible ect. I feel like it should be better explored and explained.

The Characters- 1) Katria is a strong female lead, and most definitely is not your average female heroine. At the very beginning you learn of how she suffered from disfiguring burns and why she speaks in such a harsh rasp due to her damaged throat. From then on, since we now know her reason for motive, we follow her as she journeys to the city that was once her home and attempts to seek out justice and revenge for the damage inflicted upon her. She kills, as well as finds out the true reasoning for what happened to her; it’s quite the adventure. And let’s be honest, it was really refreshing to have a strong female lead who, for once, isn’t ‘breathtakingly beautiful’ or ‘gorgeous’ or any of that nonsense. 2) I feel like if we had more time with her, more of a look in her head, we would be able to understand and connect with her better.

Neru is the son of the king, and prince of the realm. He’s fairly flat as a hero, but an interesting character nevertheless. He takes it upon himself to deal with the problems The Apex creates, and in doing so he gets entangled with a problem bigger then he originally thought. Which obviously ends with a lot of action because who doesn’t love action?

Nalia is a bitter old trainer with some snark and sass lined up and ready to fire. Honestly, I saw her more as a warrior, as someone who fights, then how she actually was in the book. She was more of a supporting character though, and so I feel like we didn’t get to really see much of her true ability and character. I’d definitely love to see more of her in the next book of the series.

The World Building- The world building was fairly well done, but I feel like it took more of a backseat position and so it was more difficult to get a hold on the world. While much of it is hinted throughout the book with descriptions, it’s mostly an afterthought as the action and issues presented take the lead.

The Romance- See, the thing I love most about Wright’s writing is the fact that in every book I’ve read from him so far, the romance is kept at a low, if at all. It refreshing. I like how there’s more action than romance, how the two the romance is between don’t meet again until the end.

That said though, the ending was a bit of a disappointment. I won`t share too many details (because spoilers), but it really did seem rushed and painfully cliché. I played it out differently in my head, with there being more hesitation and shock.

The Writing- The action and issues were well presented and the final conflict was well written (especially the action). The few twists there were I enjoyed and there’s nothing all too wince-worthy.

However, I feel like some parts could have been stronger, and possibly even made more of an impact. Other then that though, it was an interesting, enjoyable read.

If you enjoy books full of fantasy and action, I suggest Apex Rising.

Decided to try something a little different. I don’t know if I’ll continue with it, but yeah.

~Sage<3