Blog Tour: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen releases today, and to celebrate, I have a quick Q&A with Roshani Chokshi!

What’s one thing you won’t leave home without? My eyebrows.

If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be? Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s cat.

What is the most exciting part about publishing your first novel? Interacting with readers. Talking to the YA community gives me so much life.

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Review: Trial by Fire by Chris Cannon

May Contain Spoilers

Here is another series I love in premise, but not execution.  Bryn and her dragon friends are recovering from the attacks from the traitorous dragons.  Parts of the school have been destroyed, and many of the students have been injured.  Because a damaged dragon is a social embarrassment to the snobby blues, those students with life altering injuries are asked to stay home and be home schooled.  Bryn isn’t having any of that, so she and her grandmother plan a party to entice all the students back to campus, with mixed success. 

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Review: The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

May Contain Spoilers

What a cool concept!  Cas is a Reckoner trainer-in-training.  She’s been surrounded by the humongous sea monsters since she was a baby.  The Reckoners are commissioned by large corporations to protect ships from the pirates that infest the NeoPacific.  When Cas’ first solo job ends in disaster, she is captured by pirates and forced to train their secret weapon: a stolen baby Reckoner that will help the crew attack bigger, better protected ships. 

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Mini Review: Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz

May Contain Spoilers

Up From the Sea is a moving story of a boy who survived the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011. The account of his fear during the quake and flight from the deadly ocean surge is suspenseful and very scary. I can’t imagine experiencing it myself. His worries about the fate of his family is also very emotional. Kai has lost everything, and his helplessness and hopelessness resonate through the author’s use of free verse. How can he go on, knowing that his mother, grandmother, and grandfather have all died? Everything he loved and took for granted is gone. His family, his friends, his school, even his soccer ball – gone.

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Review: How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

Poor Willa.  She gets the most unpleasant shock of her life when her father returns from a movie shoot with a fiancée.  And not just any fiancée. No!  He has to get engaged to one of the most famous actresses on the planet!  Add in Finn, her obnoxious but cuter than heck and soon to be stepbrother, and Willa’s future is so bright that she has to wear shades.  So why is she so unhappy?

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Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

 

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I loved this book. Lee is forced to flee her home after her parents are murdered. Disguising herself as a boy, she heads west during the Gold Rush. Keeping her ability to sense gold a secret, as well as her true identity, she begins a dangerous, life changing adventure that teaches the meaning of trust, friendship, and courage. Lee is a wonderful, empowering character who learns to take charge of her own destiny, and works selflessly to ensure the survival of everyone in her wagon train to California.

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Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I’m so glad my local library received this book so soon after release date!  I actually had an eARC, but a Kindle version wasn’t available, and I could not get the ePUB file to load on my iPad.  Talk about frustrating!  Vengeance Road was probably my most anticipated summer read, and having that broken file on my tablet was driving me nuts.  Turns out the library saved the day!  This book is so good, I urge you to run to your own library and borrow it right away!

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Spotlight and Giveaway: The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

Message From the Author

Hello all you lovely readers!

First and foremost, I’d like to thank you for taking an interest in my latest YA novel The Heartbreakers. For those of you who don’t know, this story was originally posted on the online reading and writing platform Wattpad, and to date, the rough draft manuscript has been read more than 40 million times. I began working on this project in February of 2012, back when One Direction was starting to gain popularity in the United States. Fan fiction stories about 1D began popping up all over the website, so I decided to go against the grain and write a book about a fictional band instead of the real one, and that’s how the Heartbreakers were born!

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