17 June 2016

{Excerpt + Giveaway} Frayed by Kara Terzis

By: Me My Shelf And I | 17 June 2016 at 4:20 AM | | | | | 5 Comments so far

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Frayed
Author: Kara Terzis
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Ava Hale will do anything to find her sister’s killer…although she’ll wish she hadn’t. Because the harder Ava looks, the more secrets she uncovers about Kesley, and the more she begins to think that the girl she called sister was a liar. A sneak. A stranger.

And Kesley’s murderer could be much closer than she thought …

A debut novel from Wattpad award-winner Kara Terzis, Frayed is a psychological whodunit that will keep you guessing!

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About the Author:

14975860Kara Terzis was twelve when she wrote her first novel, and has not stopped writing since. Later she started publishing her work on Wattpad where in 2013 she won Sourcebooks Story Development Prize. She lives with her family in Sydney, Australia. You can visit her online at www.diaryofateenwriter.wordpress.com

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Excerpt from Frayed:

Dear Kesley,

My therapist tells me I should write you a letter. Every time I see her, she asks whether I’ve started, and every session I tell her it’s a stupid idea.

But here I am, writing a letter to a dead girl. I tried saying it’s morbid, but that ran dry when she said it could be therapeutic. Like flushing all my thoughts and feelings out of my system and onto paper.

15 June 2016

{Spotlight + Giveaway} The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

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I am so thrilled to be one of the stops on THE KING SLAYER tour for Virginia Boecker, hosted by the wonderful gals over at Rock Star Book Tours! Check out the book and be sure to enter the giveaway below!

About The Book
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Title: THE KING SLAYER
Author: Virginia Boecker
Pub. Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
|Format: Hardcover, eBook

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An action-packed and suspenseful sequel to The Witch Hunter, perfect for fans of Graceling and the Grisha Trilogy.

"I think, in time, you'll either be my greatest mistake or my greatest victory."

Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He's readying for a war against those who would resist his rule--namely Elizabeth and the witches and wizards she now calls her allies.

Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth's strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she'll go to save those she loves.

"Filled with everything a good fantasy book needs: swords, poison, black magic, and betrayal."--April Tucholke, author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, on The Witch Hunter

About Virginia:

VIrginia-Boecker-Headshot-1Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of The Witch Hunter. She now lives in the Bay Area, California with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children and a dog named George.

In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick. She is represented by the incomparable Kathleen Ortiz at New Leaf Literary & Media.

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Giveaway

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE KING SLAYER, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

6/13/2016- Dark Faerie Tales- Interview
6/13/2016- Fiction Fare- Review
6/14/2016- Once Upon a Twilight- Guest Post
6/14/2016- The YA Book Traveler- Review
6/15/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
6/15/2016- Me, My Shelf and I- Review
6/16/2016- Owl Always Be Reading- Guest Post
6/16/2016- The Best Books Ever - Review
6/17/2016- Adventures of a Book Junkie- Interview
6/17/2016- Mundie Moms- Review

13 June 2016

{Synopsis Mad-Lib} with Peter Brown Hoffmeister author of This Is The Part Where You Laugh

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My second and final stop on the amazing YA Author Bash tour features Peter Brown Hoffmeister and THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH. It also has one of my new favorite features I came up with, a Synopsis Mad-Lib! Check it out and don’t miss the awesome giveaway provided my Knopf at the bottom!!

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Synopsis Mad-Lib
Words in RED have been replaced, check out the REAL synopsis below!

Travis plans to spend the summer as follows:

   • CHOAKING on his TROMBONE game with A man named Hezzakiah, Creature.
   • FRONTING excerpts from Creature's SHOTGUN-in-progress: The Squirrel’s Guide to Russian Vampires.
   • PLAYING around the GARBAGE, trying to SWIM a glimpse of the TURTLE DOVE who just moved in.
   • Not getting into POVERTY, not going back to THE TRAIN STATION . . .
   • WEAVING the SLAY camps for his mother, with an ALADDIN full of ELEVATOR to help her get back on her GLUTIOUS MAXIMUS.

The REAL Synopsis:

Travis plans to spend the summer as follows:

  • Working on his basketball game with his friend, Creature.
  • Reading excerpts from Creature's novel-in-progress: The Pervert's Guide to Russian Princesses.
  • Canoeing around the lake, trying to catch a glimpse of the beautiful girl who just moved in.
  • Not getting into trouble, not going back to juvie ...
  • Searching the homeless camps for his mother, with a jar full of cash to help her get back on her feet.

Meet Peter

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Peter Brown Hoffmeister is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Graphic The Valley, the memoir The End of Boys, the nonfiction text Let Them Be Eaten By Bears, and the forthcoming YA novels This Is The Part Where You Laugh and Too Shattered For Mending (Random House, Knopf).
A former troubled teen, Hoffmeister was expelled from three high schools, lived for a short while in a Greyhound bus station, was remanded to a recovery and parole program, and completed a wilderness experience for troubled teens. He now runs the Integrated Outdoor Program, serving teens of all backgrounds, taking them into wilderness areas to backpack, climb, spelunk, orienteer, and whitewater raft.
He lives with his wife and daughters in Eugene, Oregon. Twitter: @peterbrownhoff

Giveaway

10 Winners Will Each Get A Finished Hard Copy of THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH (provided by Knopf)
US only

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09 June 2016

{Pre-Order Event + Giveaway} June 9th by Emha Goleish

By: Me My Shelf And I | 09 June 2016 at 9:55 AM | | | Be the first to comment!
Pick up JUNE 9TH for only $1.99 and be entered to win a goodie bag full of prizes!
 

June 9th
Untouch Me #1
Author: Emha Goliesh
Publisher: INCLUDAS Publishing
Release Date: 10/19/16

June 9th: a night to love or a night to hate? A night to embrace or a night to erase? College freshman, Lacey Shyver, has no clue. Growing up with a neuromuscular disease, Lacey knows people only pretend to be nice—pity her, really, for looking different. That is, until graduating senior, Blake Nivey, enters her life. Breaking down her walls and lifting her spirits with just one touch, he’s not like the others. He cares about her well-being and makes her laugh. He unlocks something within Lacey that captures her soul, yet Lacey’s internal struggles surface. Is she just a charity case for him? Blake can’t possibly like someone with limited mobility when there are prettier girls wrapping their arms around him. Or can he? Just as Lacey begins to see where Blake’s heart truly lies with her, everything changes. Because once June 9th begins, it never ends.

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About The Author

When I was nine years-old, I was sure I’d be a math teacher. That lasted until I got to middle school, where I realized that that wasn’t in the numbers for me. From there, I fantasized about being an actress. That lasted until high school, where I realized that sticking to a script wasn’t my thing—I wanted to take the characters on their own journeys and adventures. But somewhere between high school and the days of college graduation, I got lost in the pressures of reality. It wasn’t until I took a step back to evaluate my life when I realized I wanted to embrace my true self. To go back to the days of a six year-old kid who hid under a desk, writing about life in a little blue and pink journal. I couldn’t believe it took me so long to fall back into my happy place. Yet, I wouldn’t have had it any other way, because if after twenty years of exploring life, I still ached to create stories, then it must had been true love. http://juneninthbook.com/

Giveaway

Pre- Order JUNE 9TH and be entered to win $25.00 Starbucks gift card + a tote bag filled with everything you need for summer reading!
Must be 13+ To enter, open to US residents only.

 
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07 June 2016

{Book Review} The Girls by Lisa Jewell

By: Me My Shelf And I | 07 June 2016 at 11:31 AM | | | | | 8 Comments so far

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The Girls
Author: Lisa Jewell
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: June 7th, 2016
Pages: 320
Rating: 3 Birds

Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbors for years and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really?

On a midsummer night, as a festive neighborhood party is taking place, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a lush rose garden. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

Dark secrets, a devastating mystery, and the games both children and adults play all swirl together in this gripping novel, packed with utterly believable characters and page-turning suspense. Fans of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes will be captivated by The Girls, the next unforgettable novel by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell.

I’ve been sitting here processing this book now for a few days, unable to fully gather my thoughts on it. The trouble with it is that my feelings on it are conflicting, I see the book in two sections:  “The Beginning” and “The Ending”. The Beginning is amazing. The setting and characters are so real you feel like you could pull back your curtains and watch the story unfold right before your eyes.  Most of us likely knew one or more of these characters growing up in fact.

The Ending however is infuriating and reckless and makes me hope to God that no young adult looking to expand their reading horizons into Chick Lit picks up a copy.

Now, when I say “the ending” I literally mean the last 20-40 pages or so where everything is wrapped up. It’s not that it’s written badly, it’s just that I simply can not wrap my head around the choices made by the author  that this is how such a fantastic novel should end.  It’s like those news stories you see where you smack your forehead and think “Who allowed that person to exist” because the crime is so utterly terrible or avoidable or stupid, that you cringe a bit that you share the same air as them.

02 June 2016

{Cover Reveal ,Interview & Giveaway} Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin

Denton Little has a new paperback cover, and I couldn’t love it more! I get to talk about it, life (in general and the cereal) and all things awesome with author Lance Rubin today! And if you’re so inclined, check out my review of DENTON!

Before I get down to business, I just want to make sure you don’t miss the INTERNATIONAL giveaway below! Because Lance is awesome – he’s bringing gifts for his readers!
As always, weigh in and tell me what you think of the new cover in the comments!

The New Cover

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Get ready to die laughing over this insanely funny comedy about the final hours of a teenage boy’s life as he searches for love, meaning, answers, and (just maybe) a way to live on. Now in paperback!

Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. For Denton, that’s in just two days—the day of his senior prom.
Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle—as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend’s hostile sister. (Though he’s not totally sure—see first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a mysterious purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters. . . . Suddenly Denton’s life is fraught with mysterious questions—and precious little time to find the answers!

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