Blog Tour + Giveaway | Forever Blue by Abby Wilder

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Forever Blue by Abby Wilder 
Publication date: June 17th 2016
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
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Synopsis:

I never thought it would end like this.
I never thought it would end at all.
But not all stories get a happy ending.

When Lennon Donnelly moves back to the quiet town of Puruwai, she never dreams that a chance meeting with a boy sitting at the cemetery will change her life. Her best friend warns her about Judah Mitchell. There are rumours that he killed his brother. But as Lennon is drawn deeper into the mysterious boy’s life, the events of his past unravel until she finds herself driving over the edge of a cliff and into the depths of the lake below.

Spanning over two years and starting at the end, this compelling novel tells of the intertwining relationships of Lennon, Ruben, Judah, and Cara. Told from the different perspectives of before and after, the story unfolds like a puzzle and reveals secrets that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.

“Devourable” – YA Books Central

“An unforgettable experience” – Readers’ Favorite

This story contains mild use of strong language and references to underage drinking and smoking.

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AUTHOR BIO:

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Abby Wilder is an author from the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand. She loves stories in all forms; film, photography, music, but it’s the simplicity of written words that she loves the most . . . well, written words and binge watching television series. Since a love of reading has remained constant in her life, she couldn’t imagine anything better than being a writer so she set out to achieve just that. Abby has one husband, two children, three cats and a dog called Joss. Girl Behind Glass is her debut novel. Boy in Uniform is a short companion story and Girl Beneath Stars is the final in the Behind Glass Series to follow Willow Stanton. Her next book, Forever Blue is due for release June 17th 2016.

For more information visit www.abbywilder.com

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Book Blitz | Distant Horizon by Stephanie & Isaac Flint!

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Distant Horizon by Stephanie & Isaac Flint
Genre: YA Dystopian/Superhero
Release Date: October 27th 2016

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Summary from Goodreads:

The Community is safe.
Unless you have superpowers.

Sixty years ago, a hallucinogenic plague annihilated half the world’s population, leading to the formation of the Community—an international government that promises its citizens safety, security, and efficiency. Every day, Community citizens swallow a mandatory pill to ensure their immunity to the plague. A year after graduating high school, they take the Health Scan.

Most pass, and continue with their lives. Others disappear.

Eighteen-year- old Jenna Nickleson hasn’t taken the pill since her senior year in high school. She feels more alive without it, and she hasn’t shown any signs of infection—at least, not until two days after a surprise Health Scan is announced and Special Forces arrive at her university campus.

Spurred by the recent string of hallucinations, Jenna searches for any inkling of what happens to those who fail the scan. Rumor has it that they’re sent away for treatment and, once cured, receive a menial job. But when she uncovers the cruel truth behind the plague, her ideal world is shattered.

Underneath the illusion of safety, Special Forces agents harbor a dark secret.

The plague is a lie.

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A PDF of sample chapters can be downloaded from the Infinitas Publishing website: http://www.infinitaspublishing.com/distant-horizon2.html

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/embed/jzBxbHbn48A

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About the Authors:

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Stephanie and Isaac Flint met at the University of Central Missouri, where they soon discovered a common interest in world-building and tabletop role-play games. Distant Horizon is their first joint world, the result of a role-play game Isaac ran in the summer of 2010. After graduating with Bachelors of Science (Photography for Stephanie, Psychology for Isaac), Stephanie and Isaac married in 2012. Together, they plot stories, torment each other’s characters, and enjoy the occasional cosplay. Infinitas Publishing Website: infinitaspublishing.com

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Book Blitz | Pushing Perfect by Michelle Falkoff

Pushing Perfect by Michelle Falkoff
Genre: YA Contemporary Mystery
Release Date: October 25th 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen

Summary from Goodreads:

A girl’s quest for perfection results in dangerous consequences in this layered, suspenseful YA novel by the author of Playlist for the Dead.

How far would you go to be perfect?

Kara has the perfect life. She gets perfect grades. She never messes up. Until now. Because perfection is an illusion, and Kara has been struggling to maintain it for as long as she can remember. With so much pressure to succeed, it’s hard not to do whatever it takes.

But when Kara takes a new underground drug to help her ace the SATs, she doesn’t expect to get a text from a blocked sender, telling her to follow a set of mysterious instructions—or risk her dark secret getting out. Soon she finds herself part of a group of teens with secrets of their own, who are all under the thumb of the same anonymous texter. And if they don’t find a way to stop the blackmailer, their perfect futures will go up in flames.

This dark, emotionally resonant contemporary YA novel is perfect for fans of We Were Liars and The Secret History.

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Review | A Not So Merry Christmas

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Official Rating: 2/5

Synopsis:

“Elves are dying in the North Pole, and none of their scientists can find a cure. They believe it’s a virus, unleashed by a powerful enemy. All signs point to Jack Frost, who’s been biding his time from afar. Watching. Waiting. Plotting. One brave elf, to save his kind, will venture out to meet evil in the eye. But he uncovers a mystery more dangerous than he could have ever imagined. Now Lucian must join a group of warriors and fight. Fuego; a flame-wielding pyro. Tiktok; a brilliant bomb expert, Yuriko; a deadly ninja assassin. And Bullets; a hot-headed gun aficionado. These unlikely heroes must learn to work together and defeat the rising evil. Or Christmas will soon be lost…forever.”

My Review:

If you saw my updates on Goodreads, I started off liking The Elf. Then, around 63%, I wasn’t liking it too much.

I’m not pleased with Lucian, the elf and main character of this story. I felt that he was one-dimensional, impulsive, and not much of a character. The main part of him was his relationship with Lily and weak anger towards Jack Frost and a few others. I just wasn’t convinced of him.

The only character I really liked was Jack Frost, I think he had the most (if the only) depth in the entire book and I liked his quirkiness and retorts.

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Review | In Which a Dragon Isn’t Enough

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Kindle Price: $6.99

Official Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

“When a hero emerges in the Kingdom of Teravinea, he often rises from the ranks of the dragon riders. In the past, only one female has fit the profile. Until now … Fifteen-year-old Amáne finds herself witness to the hatching of a dragon egg. The painful linking rite creates a bond between the two that cannot be broken. She and her dragon, Eshshah, become the only dragon and rider in a kingdom that once abounded with the beautiful creatures and their riders. Amáne and Eshshah are thrown into a conflict that they do not yet understand. One thing is for certain — the fate of the kingdom rests upon their shoulders…”

My Review:

Ugh. I’m on a 3-star rating streak that I really do not want to be on. What I wouldn’t give to find a couple of 5 star books…or even 4 stars. Anything.

I wanted so badly to be impressed by this book. The synopsis looked great, the cover was great too, but I just felt that the writing let me down.

I don’t really have much to say about the characters. I didn’t really connect with any of them. It might be because Amáne is fifteen and I’m eighteen, going on nineteen, but I just couldn’t relate to anything she struggled with. I also felt that she lacked character development. Amáne has an anger issue and that was clear, so I thought that maybe Trimble was going to have her develop a better temper, but instead her anger issue just goes away. One minute she’s a raging ball of anger and needs to learn how to control herself, next she’s just in control. What gives? Go through the stages like the rest of us, Amáne!

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Blog Tour | Opaque by Cālix Leigh-Reign

Opaque by Cālix Leigh-Reign
Genre: YA Scifi/Fantasy
Release Date: October 22nd 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Highly controversial debut novel by Cālix Leigh-Reign is taking the nation by storm! For those who’ve been craving an untapped damsel-in-distress-less Sci-Fi niche – Opaque delivers in this gripping page-turner involving mutated Limbal rings, biokenretic anomalies, mental dysfunction, perplexing Russian ancestry & romance. Cālix takes us onan adventure that begins when 16 year old misanthropic Adam Caspian unknowingly reaches biokenretic puberty, and his supernatural abilities awaken to save him from his murderous intentions. His every thought revolves around the extinction of the human race until mysterious Afro-Russian Carly Wit stumbles into his English class one morning. Adam notices something otherworldly about her immediately but denies the bio-synch taking place inside of him. Ashe resists their blossoming love, he battles with unnatural thoughts of his mother. Discovering his origin isn’t what he’d thought, he becomes determined to peel back the layers of his lineage and unmasks a multitude of mind-bending secrets along the way.

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About the Author:

Cālixis the published author of the Russian-mutant, psychological Sci-Fi fantasy novel, Opaque. She’s a certified paralegal and has studied creative writing under English teacher, script writer and published author Larry Strauss. Her earliest literary inspirations include Alice Walker, Larry Strauss, VC Andrews and Stephen King. She spent a majority of her childhood in libraries and developed an intense relationship with words. She’s a member of YARWA and RWA and iscurrently serving as a judge for YARWA’s 2016 Rosemary Contest. She enjoys prayer, discovering the minds of those who rebel against social programming, listening to music, a great cup of coffee, exquisite ethnic cuisine, spending time with family & friends, attending movie premieres, traveling and the arts. She spends her free time in the gym, fantasizing about story plots and different ways of changing the world.

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Hello! It’s Paige!

Yes…it is me. Paige Turner. The owner of this blog.

Why in the world are you posting on a Sunday, Paige? You never do that!

I know…I know…but I have an important message and I don’t want it to get lost in the normal weekday posting.

So what’s the message, Paige?

It’s this:

I’m sorry.

A good friend of mine messaged me the other day and told me that frankly, she hadn’t been reading any of my promotion posts. (She didn’t start off we that, it came up in our conversation.) And truly, I don’t blame her.

I recently started college, as you probably know, and even though I’m two months in, I’m still trying to get a hang of time management. I panicked when I realized how heavy my workload is and I knew I wouldn’t be able to do the usual 3 book reviews a week.

I didn’t want my blog to become a wasteland, because I still love it dearly and I want it to continue, so I thought, Until I get on top of my work, I’ll occasionally do blog tours and book promos and cover reveals and whatever else, that way my blog will still have activity.

And so that’s what I did. But I overdid it. But I didn’t overdo it just for the sake of my blog being busy! I promise. I actually was really enjoying scheduling posts and choosing promos for books that I was interested in. I didn’t promote any books unless I was truly interseted by the synopsis and/or the cover.

I managed to read two books (I tried to do a third, but it didn’t work out) and I wrote the reviews for them, so I will be posting those next week. I’m easing off the promo posts, as in, I’m not signing up for more (or any) as much as I used to. I still already made some commitments, so I won’t back out of those, but please know that I’m going to spam you all a little bit less. The last thing I want is for an email/notification from Between Reality to come up and you just click delete without even looking.

Furthermore, I know I’ve said this before, but it doesn’t mean I’m any less sincere. I am writing articles so that I’ll have original content that isn’t just my book reviews. I have a few of them “written” and a few of them are drafts, but they’re on their way.

I have some other new ideas on the way too. Nothing concrete, but I would like to start upgrading my blog to include more content and maybe some other stuff outside of my blog that still has to do with book blogging. The only thing that stands in between me and these changes is time, but I’m about to show time who’s boss (I hope).

Thank you all for sticking with me through this huge change! I seriously do appreciate it.

Special shout out to Maggie @ Maggie’s Musings & TeacherofYA @ TeacherofYA’s Book Blog for all of their support and comments. Their blogs are awesome and I thank them both! ❤

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? I would love to hear them!

Blog Tour + Giveaway | The Sailweaver’s Son by Jeff Minerd

The Sailweaver’s Son by  Jeff Minerd
Genre: MG/YA Fantasy

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The Sailweaver’s Son combines traditional fantasy with a dash of steampunk and takes young readers to a unique world—Etherium. A world where mountains rise like islands above a sea of clouds and adventurers travel the sky in sail-driven airships.

When fifteen year-old Tak rescues the survivor of an airship destroyed by one of the giant flammable gas bubbles mysteriously appearing in the sky of Etherium, the authorities react like a flock of startled grekks.

Admiral Scud accuses Tak of sabotage and treason. Tak’s father grounds him for reckless airmanship. Rumors spread that the bubbles are weapons devised by the Gublins, a race of loathsome but ingenious underground creatures. The King’s advisors call for war, hoping to win much-needed Gublin coal.

To clear his name, solve the mystery, and prevent a misguided war, Tak must do what anyone knows is suicide—visit the Gublins and find out what they’re up to. When the wizard’s adopted daughter, an oddly beautiful and irksomely intelligent girl from the Eastern kingdoms, asks Tak to help her do just that, he can’t say no.

The adventure will take Tak from the deepest underground caves to a desperate battle on Etherium’s highest mountaintop. It will force him to face his worst fears, and to grow up faster than he expected.

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Book Trailer Reveal | The Elf by Max Dune

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The Elf by Max Dune
Genre: YA Fantasy/Action &amp; Adventure (Christmas themed)
Release Date: October 20th 2016

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Summary:

Elves are dying in the North Pole, and none of their scientists can find a cure. They believe it’s a virus, unleashed by a powerful enemy. All signs point to Jack Frost, who’s been biding his time from afar. Watching. Waiting. Plotting. One brave elf, to save his kind, will venture out to meet evil in the eye. But he uncovers a mystery more dangerous than he could have ever imagined. Now Lucian must join a group of warriors and fight. Fuego; a flame-wielding pyro.Tiktok; a brilliant bomb expert, Yuriko; a deadly ninja assassin. And Bullets; a hot-headed gun aficionado. These unlikely heroes must learn to work together and defeat the rising evil. Or Christmas will soon be lost…forever.

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Author Bio:

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Max Dune is a Southern writer who spent most his childhood watching TV, devouring comic books and weaving magical worlds in his head. In his mid-twenties, he decided to follow his true passion. He has since created a number of short stories, novels, screenplays and TV pilots. To be alerted to future books and giveaways, sign up for his newsletter at http://eepurl.com/b5Is91.

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Blog Tour + Giveaway | All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher

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All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher
Publication Date: October 10, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush

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Synopsis:

Everyone loves hockey superstar Pierce Miller. Everyone except Lia Bailey.

When the two are forced to teach a skating class to save the rink, Lia’s not sure she’ll survive the pressure of Nationals and Pierce’s ego. Not only can’t he remember her name, he signed her bottle of water like she was one of his groupies. Ugh.

But if there’s one thing Lia knows better than figure skating, it’s hockey. Hoping to take his ego down a notch—or seven—she logs into his team website under an anonymous name to give him pointers on his less-than- stellar playing.

Turns out, Pierce isn’t arrogant at all. And they have a lot in common. Too bad he’s falling for the anonymous girl online. No matter how much fun they’re starting to have in real life, she’s afraid he’s going to choose fake-Lia over the real one…

Disclaimer: This book contains a swoony hockey player (and his equally swoony friends!), one-too- many social media accounts, kisses that’ll melt ice, and a secret identity that might not be so secret after all…

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