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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

October 17th, 2016 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 18 Comments »

Today we have an excellent giveaway! Book two in the Illuminae File will be released tomorrow on October 18th! Gemina is another non-stop science fiction thriller that you will not be disappointed to read. This is another series that I love to rave about! Check out my review for Illuminae HERE. Plus, check out my review for Gemina under this post or by clicking HERE.

One lucky reader will win a copy of Gemina at the end of this post! A huge thank you to Random House for this giveaway! This contest is US addresses only.

amie-kaufmanAbout Amie:

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work has been published in 24 countries, and described as “a game-changer” (Shelf Awareness), “stylistically mesmerising” (Publishers Weekly) and “out-of-this-world awesome” (Kirkus). The Starbound Trilogy, co-authored with Meagan Spooner, began with These Broken Stars. Her latest series, co-authored with Jay Kristoff, began in 2015 with the international bestseller Illuminae. Raised in Australia and Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.

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Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is the winner of two Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.He does not believe in happy endings.

You can visit Jay around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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This contest is provided by Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff!
(US only)


Available October 18, 2016 from Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House

About this Book:

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Timesbestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and theHypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

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Blog Tour: The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

October 14th, 2016 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour No Comments »

Marie LuThe final novel in The Young Elites trilogy, The Midnight Star, came out earlier this week on October 11th from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin. Marie Lu has so graciously allowed us to interview Adelina Amouteru! Check out her entertaining interview below.

About Marie:

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. :)

I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.

You can visit Marie around the web here: Tumblr | Instagram | Twitter

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Dark Faerie Tales: Hi Adelina, we are excited to have you visit the blog today and answer a few questions for us! To start things off can you introduce yourself and tell us something unique about you?

Adelina: Hello. I’m Adelina Amouteru, the White Wolf, Queen of the Sealands, and I don’t have time for nonsense. Something unique about me….I can create illusions and make people see/feel/hear things that aren’t there.

DFT: At a very young age you were inflicted with the blood fever and it left you scarred and changed forever.  You now have very interesting powers that allow you to create illusions.  What do you feel is the best part about your powers and what is the worst?

Adelina: The best part of my powers is that I can scare the crap out of people I don’t like. Illusions are very useful for revenge and gaining power. The worst? Sometimes it scares the crap out of me, too, when I let it get away from me. But it’s okay. I don’t have a problem.

DFT: I know that the changes you went through both physically and mentally left many scars, but it also made you a stronger person.  If you could give a younger version of you one piece of advice, what would it be and why?

Adelina: I should have attacked sooner than I did, and trusted fewer people.

DFT: You have a younger sister named Violetta who is amazing and really the only person you would do anything for. What is one of your favorite childhood memories spent with Violetta?

Adelina: I don’t really want to talk about Violetta right now.

Okay, fine. One childhood memory. She used to braid flowers into my hair and pile these braids into beautiful, elaborate crowns on my head. I have many memories of us sitting in the garden on lazy, sunny afternoons.

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DFT: Enzo is a very driven man and you have an interesting history with him. What do you think is his best quality?

Adelina: You have a knack for asking me about people I don’t wish to discuss.

Enzo is driven, yes, and taught me much of what I know—but his fatal flaw? Underestimating me.

DFT: Magiano is a pretty amazing guy and let’s be honest here — we are all kind of in love with him.  What is the thing you find most attractive about him?

Adelina: He makes me laugh. This is not an easy feat, and anyone who knows me will understand that. But Magiano can pull laughter out of me every time.

DFT: You have had quite an amazing journey and I imagine you learned a great deal along the way.  What do you think is the most important lesson you learned?

Adelina: I thought that gaining my crown would bring me all the happiness and satisfaction I’ve searched for my entire life. This has so far turned out not to be the case.

DFT: Sadly, your story has come to an end, but I imagine you know Marie rather well so I was wondering if you would be able to give us any hints as to what she may be working on next?

Adelina: If I see her in person, I might kill her, so I have no interest in what my tormentor’s planning on doing next. (I did hear something about a book called Warcross, though, releasing next fall. She seems to be having a great deal of “fun” working on it—although what that means for her characters, I would rather not know. You can check out her Pinterest board on it here.)

Quick Fire Questions

DFT: Favorite food?

Adelina: Rose pastries

DFT: Favorite Season?

Adelina: Winter

DFT: Favorite weapon?

Adelina: My own hands

DFT: Favorite color?

Adelina: Silver

DFT: Favorite hobby?

Adelina: Conjuring illusions



Available October 11, 2016 from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin

About this Book:

The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu.

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina’s story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Clanless by Jennifer Jenkins

October 3rd, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 1 Comment »

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I can’t tell you how excited I am today to be apart of this blog tour! Today I get to review Clanless, the amazing sequel to Nameless!!! This is one of my all time favorite series and I seriously can’t tell you how much you should all read it!!! It is full of action, romance, suspense, and emotion. If you want to know my full thoughts on the books check out my review for Nameless here and my review for Clanless in the previous post!!! Check out the rest of the blog tour by clicking HERE. There is also a wonderful giveaway at the end of this post so make sure to enter that!!!

About Jennifer

With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.

Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).

You can visit Jennifer around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest


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One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm!

Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Nameless & Clanless by Jennifer Jenkins!


Available October 4, 2016 by Month9Books

About this Book:

Striker Gryphon has lost his position of honor among the Ram, and is now a hunted man. A traitor.

Zo, the object of his affection, was murdered by members of his former clan. To honor her memory, he journeys to the highly secretive Raven “Nest” to warn strangers of their impending demise—though it could cost him more than just his pride.

He doesn’t know that Zo is very much alive and in another part of the region assisting Nameless refugees over a mountain swarming with wild men known as “Clanless.”

As each struggle to make sense of what their lives have become, they fight and claw to reach the Allied Camp, their last hope in bringing peace to the region.

But the road back to one another is treacherous and uncertain. And freedom will come with a price. 

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Blog Tour: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

September 30th, 2016 Michelle B. Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off on Blog Tour: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

5822460Please welcome Emma Mills to the blog today! She’s here today with a wonderful guest post about her new novel This Adventure Ends! This tour celebrates her second book with Macmillan, and I enjoyed it so much! Each stop is different, showcasing different aspects and themes that are depicted from the story itself. This Adventure Ends is a journey of rediscovery. The characters are in a search of something meaningful, and soon realize that everything was right in front of them. Emma writes wonderful contemporaries and I am obsessed!

About Emma :

Emma Mills is an author better known to her subscribers as vlogger Elmify. She was also cocreator and cohost of the “life skills” channel How to Adult. She lives in Indianapolis, where she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in cell biology.

You can visit Emma around the web here: Twitter | YouTube | InstagramTumblr

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Dark Faerie Tales: This Adventure Ends is about travelling to many different locations with close friends. Have you taken road trips with your friends?

Emma: Just after graduating college, I visited a friend of mine who was studying abroad in the Netherlands. We were staying in the beautiful city of Leiden, and decided to rent a boat with a few of her friends and hit the canals.

It was a holiday weekend, so there was a lot of traffic on the water. Unfortunately, there was no horn on the boat we rented, so whenever we went under a bridge with a turn in it, we had to yell “Honk! Honk!” so that boats coming in the opposite direction would know that we were there. We sounded like a pack of geese.  

It felt a bit ridiculous, but we still had a great time!


About this Book:

Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.

Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.


Blog Tour Schedule

9/15 – This Adventure Travels
9/15 – Book Review
9/16 – Interview with Emma
9/17 – This Adventure Paints
9/17 – Book Review
9/18 – Moodboard
9/19 – This Adventure Explores
9/19 – Book Review
9/20 – Would you Rather Questions
9/21 – This Adventure
9/21 – Book Review
9/22 – Emma Guest Post
9/23 – This Adventure Creates
9/23 – Book Review
9/24 – Friendship Post
9/25 – Book Review
9/26 – This Adventure Blooms
9/26 – Emma Guest Post
9/27 – This Adventure Inspires
9/27 – Book Review
9/28 – Emma Guest Post
9/29 – This Adventure Swims
9/29 – Book Review
9/30 – Emma Guest Post
10/1 – This Adventure Begins
10/1 – Book Review
10/2 – Emma Guest Post
10/3 – This Adventure Swoons
10/3 – Book Review
10/4 – Pinterest Board


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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Sacrifice by Cindy Pon

September 30th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off on Blog Tour & Giveaway: Sacrifice by Cindy Pon

cindyponauthorcolor2Please welcome the amazing Cindy Pon to the blog today! She is here today to talk about her newest book Sacrifice! This is the sequel to Serpentine, a gorgeous, lush fantasy weaved with Chinese mythology! In our post today Cindy shares her publishing story and some of where she got the inspiration to write her story (there are also pictures of HOT guys too :D)! After this great post there is also an amazing giveaway!

About Cindy:

Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009?s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine, the first title in her next Xia duology, will be published by Month9Books in September 2015. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade.

You can visit Cindy around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Dark Faerie Tales: I love that your book is based off of Chinese mythlogy and I was wondering if you could tell us about some of your favorite myths and how you picked the ones you used in your story.

Cindy: Thank you!! Much of my Serpentine duology was actually inspired by Medusa, which is a very well known Greek mythology. As I grew up in the US, I learned Greek and Roman mythology like every other kid, not Chinese, alas. (Though I was told some tales orally by my grandfather!) I’ve loved mythology ever since. Visually, I was very inspired by the original Clash of the Titans movie. The climactic scene was of Perseus trying to survive and slay Medusa. She looked so grotesque and monstrous, yet as a tween viewer, I still found sympathy for her. What was the monstrous woman’s story?

DFT: Your book is so full of beautiful imagery can you share any photos or inspiration you used for scenes and people in your book. 

Cindy: Thank you so much! I always imagined Stone looked like Godfrey Gao, who is very tall in person (and also ridiculously handsome). I am also sharing my inspiration for Kai Sen, although I have forgotten the actor’s name. ack!!




(Take a minute to wipe the drool off your face :D)

DFT: Would you share your publishing story with us and possibly give advice to authors who are looking to get published for the first time!

Cindy: Silver Phoenix was the first novel I ever wrote. I wrote 40 pages and stopped writing for six months because I was too scared to move on. I took a local novel writing class and used nanowrimo to write 35k in words in a month, moving myself through The Dreaded Middle. When I finished Silver Phoenix, I was so proud! I took a year to revise it six times with critiques from writing friends, then decided I’d try to get an agent and publish the book. I received over 100 rejections, but in the end, the book sold at auction! It was truly a dream come true.

I would advise new writers to take their writing seriously, and to challenge themselves with each new writing project. I would say to read within the genre you want to write in, but also to read widely beyond that. You’ll learn something from every book. If possible, find writing friends in real life and online, who will cheer you on, support you, commiserate, but also hold you accountable to keep writing!



This giveaway is provided by Month9Books!

One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm!

Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Serpentine & Sacrifice by Cindy Pon!


Available September 27, 2016 by Month9Books

About this Book:

Sacrifice, the sequel to Serpentine, plunges Skybright into the terrifying underworld where demons are bred and whisks her up to the magnificent Mountain of Heavenly Peace where the gods dwell.

Stone is stripped of his immortal status and told to close hell’s breach, which mysteriously remains open, threatening mortals.

Zhen Ni, Skybright’s former mistress and friend, has been wed to the strange and brutish Master Bei, and finds herself trapped in an opulent but empty manor. When she discovers half-eaten corpses beneath the estate, she realizes that Master Bei is not all that he seems.

As Skybright works to free Zhen Ni with the aid of Kai Sen and Stone, they begin to understand that what is at risk is more far-reaching then they could ever have fathomed.

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