Cover Reveal- Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams

 

Darkness Watching (Darkworld, #1)

Publication date: 10th October 2013

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Isn’t it gorgeous and intriguing? I can’t wait to read this book just by looking at it’s cover!  I’m so excited, it’s beautiful! Check out more information about this book and the author below!!!

 

Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.

Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.

All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons never give up, and their focus on Ash has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her, and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is. 

In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be…

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About the Author:

Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing fantasy and paranormal for young adults. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endur568ed a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also wrote various novels and short stories. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, she can usually be found in front of her writing desk, creating weird and wonderful alternative worlds. Her debut novel The Puppet Spell, published in 2013 by Rowanvale Books, is a fantasy tale for young adults and the young at heart, inspired by her lifelong love of the fantastical, mythology, and video games. Emma also writes supernatural fantasy novels for older teens and adults. Her next book, Darkness Watching, is the first in the upper-YA/New Adult Darkworld series, and will be published in October 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press

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Blog Tour- Interview with Laura Beege about her novel These Things About Us

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Laura contacted me when I first began this blog asking if I would be interested in participating in the blog tour for her soon to be published novel Those Things About Us. Of course I said I would! I love helping self-published authors and talking to authors about their work.

I had the opportunity to do a video interview with Laura so that we could chat about These Things About Us. Check out what she had to say below!

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Blog Tour: Review- These Things About Us by Laura Beege

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Synopsis:

Antonia is leaving the last shards of her life in Tucson behind to find her mother and start over. Turns out that’s easier said than done. London is a pretty big city, a hundred bucks don’t get you far and you can’t just make your past disappear.
When sweet and caring uni student Wesley gets her a job and a room in his father’s pub, Tony is unprepared for his older brother Trace who despises her at first sight. She’s unprepared for someone whose secrets might be darker than her own.
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Review:

These Things About Us is a touching story about an eighteen year old’s struggle to find her mother and discover who she truly is. I found myself being able to relate to Antonia (aka Tony) throughout the story. We all have things about our pasts that we are embarrassed to share and/or want to hide from the people around us, which makes Tony’s story a universal one.

After Tony’s father is thrown in prison she becomes a “bad girl gone good.” She desperately wants to separate herself from her old life to the point of resisting everything and anything that reminds her of her past. While to the people around her Tony may seem perfect, on the inside she struggles and hates that she is drawn to “bad boy” Trace.
I liked Tony as a character and found it easy to get into her head and become immersed in her story. However, I wanted to learn more about her past, more about what made her take such a drastic 180° change. My favorite thing about her was that she grew as a character and you saw the person she wanted to be vs. the person she truly is.

Trace on the other hand, is a bad boy with a huge chip on his shoulder. He immediately dislikes Tony, has a violent and unpredictable temper, and has a string of women in and out of his room. While Trace is a jerk, I like that Laura Beege has given us a glimpse of his past and home life. Similar to what is  seen in the real world, Trace acts the way he does for a reason and while I don’t feel that this justifies his abusive and violent behavior it helps to explain his issues.

I like the way that the author has developed the characters in These Things About Us. She shows the good and bad sides of them and doesn’t leave them as one-dimensional cookie-cutter characters. They each had their faults and flaws which I thought made them extremely realistic. While I was left with questions, I genuinely cared about the characters in this novel and wanted to know what happened to them long after I finished reading.

The plot was paced well and I wasn’t bored with the action for one moment. Actually I read the majority of the book in one sitting and surprised myself when I looked up and saw how much time had passed. While this wasn’t an extremely emotional read, there were some very gripping scenes in the novel that tugged at my heartstrings.

Overall These Things About Us was a very good Summer read and it left me wanting more (please give us a sequel). There were a few slight issues I had with it, but nothing worth complaining over!

Rating 4/5 stars! A great summer read for people ages 17  to their midtwenties!

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Review: Going Bovine by Libba Bray is Moo-ving and Laugh-Out-Loud Funny

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Summary:

Can Cameron find what he’s looking for?

All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.

Review:

I honestly wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I first picked up Printz Award winning Going Bovine, but I didn’t think it was going to be anything like the twisting, turning adventure that it was (and I mean that in an entirely good way). The author, Libba Bray, has yet to disappoint me. While the subject matter of Going Bovine wasn’t easy (and it wasn’t that easy Summer read I was looking for) I loved every minute that I was reading it.

The main character of this novel, Cameron Smith is a stoner and a slacker who doesn’t care where he is going to go in life. Until he is diagnosed with Mad Cow disease and goes on a trippy and thought-provoking road trip and learns that nothing is a coincidence. While I found Cameron to be a bit infuriating in the beginning of the novel, I loved him as the narrator of this story. He is a wonderful and unique character, the likes of which I have never had the pleasure of entering their head. Cameron had me laughing on page 1 and kept it coming all the way through the end of the novel.

One thing that I absolutely loved in this novel were that every single character brought something new and funny to the table. None of them were cookie-cutter and they were certainly not predictable. For example, take Balder (who was easily my favorite character) a Viking God turned garden gnome. Bray has given such character and charisma to something we would typically consider an inanimate object to the point that whenever I see a gnome in someone’s garden I will think of him and  smile.

The plot of this novel was crazy and all over the place. At times I knew exactly what was going on and at others I had no idea what in the hell I was reading. But once you think about it and catch on to the action of the story it all comes together easily. There are points in the novel where the plot drags a little, but honestly it was nothing that I would even detract any stars from the rating for.  I wanted to be on this trippy adventure with Cameron, Gonzo, and Balder, and in many ways Libba Bray made me feel like I was there with them.

Going Bovine had everything I look for in a novel and then some! It makes you think about life, death, and what it means to live in an incredibly funny and surreal way. I highly recommend this novel to people of all ages, as there is something that everyone can take from it.

5/5 stars!!!

 

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is NOT 50 Shades for Kids

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Once again, one of my favorite books being banned because of bogus reasons.

Tonight Tracy and I talked about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and how it is so groundbreaking and important for young adults to read.

Check out some articles on this issue:

http://gothamist.com/2013/08/01/queens_parents_succcessfully_ban_ma.php

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/nyc-sixth-graders-longer-read-racy-article-1.1414308

We would like to know your opinion. Have your read this book? If so, what did you think?

Do you think it’s appropriate for children (grades 6 and up) to read?