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Blog Tour: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

March 26th, 2016 Kaitlin Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off on Blog Tour: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

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When I first was asked to do the blog tour for The Glittering Court, I was excited – not only because I am a lifetime fan of both Bloodlines and Vampire Academy, but because it asked for a gemstone – themed photo board that conveyed elements of the story. I immediately decided I didn’t just want to collect photos for the board, but take them.

I’ve always been interested in photography, and this gave me the excuse to embark on multiple little photoshoots with my friends and sister (thanks, Ella and Alyssa!) to collect photographs. Only two of these photographs are taken by others, but they are of me- the last on the second row and the last on the fourth row by Preston Watts. Yes, these were edited to create the green color tone. You could probably guess by now that my theme for the photos is the gemstone emerald.

I tried to mimic the luxurious tone of the story. Much of the novel describes lush, ostentatious balls and dresses, so I wanted to convey the element of elegance and glamour. However, I also wanted a few glimpses into the suspense, intrigue, and adventure that lie in wait between the pages, thus the photo using the green smoke ball and the one behind a tree.

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In case you wanted to see a little behind the scenes, yes, the dress is actually blue. I used an editing software to change the color, although don’t look too closely – you’ll see mistakes. My Photoshop trial is over and so is my photography class so I’m now forced to use horrible editing tools that make it hard to escape error.

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If I were in The Glittering Court, I would love to tag along with some fictional buddies. Namely, America Singer (her spunky attitude would keep it interesting!). I would also love to hang out with Alyssa Gardner, because I love her unique style; but of course, no group is complete without Rose Hathaway being a badass as per usual. Finally, Katy Blake and Hermoine Granger. Both are hilarious and share my interest in books!

So, that’s my photographic interpretation of The Glittering Court. Behind the pages sparkles romance, intrigue, and suspense – I strongly recommend you check it out.

Kaitlin

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Richelle MeadAbout Richelle:

Richelle Mead has written over twenty-five novels for teens and adults. She is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Her recent standalone novel, Soundless, draws upon Chinese mythology and history, and her forthcoming series, The Glittering Court, follows the adventures of girls destined for arranged marriages in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel.

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

Want to read more from Richelle Mead?

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The Glittering Court

Available April 5, 2016 from Razorbill/Penguin

About this Book:

A dazzling new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds that’s dripping with romance from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy.

Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . . .

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Fifty Shades of Book Boys: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

March 23rd, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour, Fifty Shades of Book Boys 12 Comments »

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Today for Fifty Shades of Book Boys we are featuring Wyatt Stokes from The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas! The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller that will leave you guessing till the very last page. I got a chance to read this one early and you guys it legitimately keep me up at night because I was so freaked out :)! Now to be fair I am a scardy cat when it comes to murder/mystery books and the reason this one was creepy was because it was so realistic.  Wyatt Stokes is a man on death row for a murder he was convicted of almost ten years ago.  The testimony of two little girls is what put him in jail and now those girls are starting to question what they really saw the night of the murder! If you are a mystery or thriller fan you have to check this one out it will be available April 19, 2016 from Delacorte! Also if you want to read my full review just check out the post below or click on the link here!

After the awesome post all about Wyatt there is an amazing giveaway for two finished copies of The Darkest Corners so make sure to check that out at the end of the post!

***Also don’t forget to enter here for the international Fifty Shades of Book Boys giveaway***

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Meet Wyatt Stokes:

 

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If it was my last day to live I would: Guess I would do what they’ll allow me to do when my day comes: take a walk in the yard. Enjoy sun on my face for the last time. I’d eat my chosen meal—Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, and a slice of peach pie. If they let me, I’d like to watch The Shawshank Redemption. Not because of the irony or nothing. I just always liked that movie. Then I’d talk to the priest, not because I need to get right with the lord, but because I don’t think I’ll be doing much talking where I’m going.

The biggest flaw I must overcome is: Wasting time on the “what ifs?” What if I hadn’t said anything to that girl at the pool the day she was killed? What if I hadn’t had that other girl over at my trailer the day she went missing? There’s no use dwelling on what I could have done differently now that I’m here, and I’m never getting out.

My most treasured possession is: A copper angel pendant some little girl sent me. Never met her before, but her mama told her I was innocent and so she sent me the angel to keep over me in here.

I would rather like to avoid: Dying. But I guess we all get our time, and if the state doesn’t do it now, it’ll happen in thirty years or so anyway.

I would describe myself with these three words: Angry. Sad. Tired.

The first thing I do in the morning is: Rise and shine at 5 AM for head count.

Nobody knows I am: A reader. Everyone in town probably thinks I can’t even write my own name, but I’ve read more books than all of ‘em combined.

I am the happiest when: I have sunshine on my face.

If you want to know more about the murder that took place in Fayette, Pennsylvania make sure to check out TheDarkestCornersBook.com 

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Blog Tour Schedule:

3/14 Fresh Fiction

3/15 Jessabella Reads

3/16 Book Addict Confessions

3/17 Hollywood News Source

3/18 Undeniably (Book) Nerdy

3/19 Curling Up with a Good Book

3/20 Out of Time

3/21 Supernatural Snark

3/22 Live to Read, review

3/23 Dark Faerie Tales

3/24 Ex Libris

3/25 Reading with Cupcakes

3/26 The Reader Bee

3/27 The Eater of Books!

3/28 Reading Teen

3/29 Chapter by Chapter

3/30 Winter Haven Books

3/31 Once Upon A Twilight

4/1 Intellectual Recreation

4/2 The Hiding Spot

4/3 Carina Books

4/4 Cover Contessa

4/5 Me Read A Lot

4/6 The Writer Diaries

4/7 Whimsically Yours

4/8 Hook of a Book

4/9 Reading Nook Reviews

4/10 Downright Dystopian

4/11 Such A Novel Idea

4/12 Across the Words

4/13 Reviews From a Bookworm

4/14 Itching For Books

4/15 Waste Paper Prose

4/16 The Irish Banana

4/17 The Book Rat

4/18 YA Reads

4/19 No BS Book Review

4/20 Serenity’s Lovely Reads

4/21 Pandora’s Books

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Kara Thomas Author PhotoAbout Kara:

Kara is the author of THE DARKEST CORNERS, coming from Penguin Random House/Delacorte Press in Spring 2016. She also wrote the Prep School Confidential series (St. Martin’s Press) and the pilot The Revengers for the CW under the pen name Kara Taylor. She’s represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary & Media for books and United Talent Agency and Brillstein Entertainment Partners for film. You can find her on TwitterInstagram, or on the couch with her rescue cat, Felix.

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

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Two lucky winners will win a finished copies of The Darkest Corners!
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The Darkest Corners

Available April 19, 2016 from Delacorte

About this Book:

The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.
There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.

Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.

Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

March 21st, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 3 Comments »

I am so excited to be taking part in the review tour for Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry! This is the second book in the Thunder Road series and it features hot guys from a motorcycle club! I am such a HUGE fan of this amazing series and I can’t tell you how much you need to read it! I adored the Nowhere But Here and surprisingly I think I might have even liked Walk the Edge more! To check out my full review for Nowhere But Here go here and my full review of Walk the Edge is the post below or you can go here! Walk the Edge will be releasing March 29, 2016 from Harlequin TEEN so do yourself a favor and pre-order it now!!!!

After the great excerpt we have there is also an awesome giveaway for 4 signed copies of Nowhere But Here so make sure to enter that at the end of the post!!!

About Katie:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of the critically acclaimed Pushing the Limits series and the Thunder Road series. The first book in this series is Nowhere But Here.

You can visit Katie around the Web here:  Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Excerpt:

School starts in a few days and tonight is senior orientation. My parents are currently in a meeting with my guidance counselor while I’m being propositioned.

Propositioned. My lips tilt up sarcastically.

My goal for this evening was to be noticed. Guess I succeeded. I was noticed, but not for my new choices in clothing, hair style, or because I dumped my glasses for contacts. Nope, I was hunted for my brain. All exciting and swoon worthy romance novels start off this way, right?

Kyle misreads my body language and his dark eyes brighten. “So you’ll write my English papers for the year?”

Fifty dollars per paper-that’s his offer. Standing in my sister’s second generation hand-me-downs of a sleeveless blue blouse, shorter-than-I’ve-ever-worn jean skirt and platform sandals causes me to consider his proposal if only for the course of a heartbeat. I’m the middle of nine children and, I’ll admit, new and shiny gains my attention, but this…this is wrong.

“Do you know this is the first time you’ve spoken to me?” I say.

He laughs like I told a joke, but I’m not kidding. Snowflake, Kentucky is a small town and everyone tends to know everyone else, but just because we breathe the same air doesn’t mean we communicate, or act like everyone else exists.

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“That’s not true,” he retorts. “We sat at the same table in fourth grade.”

I incline my head to the side in a mock why-didn’t-I-remember-that-bonding-moment? “My, how time flies.”

He chuckles then scratches the back of his head causing his styled hair to curl out to the side. “You’re funny. I didn’t know that. Look, it’s not my fault you’re quiet.”

Kyle’s right. It isn’t his fault I became socially withdrawn. That blame falls solely on me. It’s a decision I made in seventh grade when I was publicly crucified.

Blending into paint for the past couple of years has kept me safe, but it creates the sensation of suffocation. Everyone says the same thing: Breanna’s smart, she’s quiet. On the inside, I’m not at all quiet. Most of the time, I’m screaming. “I’m not writing your papers.”

Kyle’s smile that had suggested he had a done deal morphs into a frown and acid sloshes in my stomach. Denying Kyle isn’t what bothers me as much as it worries me what he’ll mention to his friends. They’re the reason why I went voluntarily mute in seventh grade.

Heat races up my neck as the repercussions of refusing sets in, but I don’t even consider agreeing. Cheating is not my style.

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Kyle surveys the hallway and, it it’s privacy he’s searching for, he’ll be sorely disappointed. He slides closer and a strange edginess causes me to step back, but Kyle follows. “Fine. One hundred dollars per paper.”

“No.”

“You don’t understand. My grades have to improve.” Easygoing Kyle disappears and desperation is hardly attractive.

I steal a peek into the school’s main office, hoping my guidance counselor will beckon me in. Half of me hopes she’ll have life altering news for me, the other half hopes to end this insane conversation. “What you’re asking for is crazy.”

“No, it’s not.”

In an answer to the one million prayers being chanted in my head, my guidance counselor opens her door. “Breanna.”

Kyle leans into me. “This conversation isn’t over.”

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Walk the Edge

Available  March 29, 2016 by Harlequin TEEN

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One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.

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Blog Tour: Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse

February 17th, 2016 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off on Blog Tour: Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse

Parker PeevyhousePlease welcome author Parker Peevyhouse! Parker is here with her top 10 list of things she just can’t live without. Her debut novel, Where Futures End, was released on February 9, 2016 from Kathy Dawson Books/Penguin. Check out her awesome guest post below!

About Parker:

Parker Peevyhouse writes fiction about teens in unusual situations. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has worked as an instructor and tutor and currently volunteers with teens. She can usually be found wandering local trails, playing board games, or watching science fiction movies. Her first novel, WHERE FUTURES END, will be published by Penguin/Dawson in early 2016.

You can visit Parker around the web here: Website | Twitter | Tumblr

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Top 10 Favorites: Please make a top 10 list of things you can’t live without. Please include images or gifs for each.

1. Board games. Especially Clue. I like The Simpsons version because it includes an adorable “poisoned donut.”

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2. My bunny. She loves books as much as I do, although she prefers to eat them.

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3. Miyazaki movies. I aspire to be Nausicaa.

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4. Trees are friends.

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5. Harry Potter. Luna Lovegood is my patronus.

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6. Root beer… wait for it… floats.

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7. Vampire Weekend. Because they’re brooding AND fun.

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8. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Best rollercoaster ever = Giant Dipper.

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9. My TOMS. They go with everything. Even when they don’t.

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10. Mysteries/puzzles/riddles. What goes up a chimney down but not down a chimney up?

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Where Futures End

Available February 9, 2016 from Kathy Dawson/Penguin

About this Book:

Five teens.
Five futures.
Two worlds.
One ending.

One year from now, Dylan develops a sixth sense that allows him to glimpse another world.

Ten years from now, Brixney must get more hits on her social media feed or risk being stuck in a debtors’ colony.

Thirty years from now, Epony scrubs her entire online profile from the web and goes “High Concept.”

Sixty years from now, Reef struggles to survive in a city turned virtual gameboard.

And more than a hundred years from now, Quinn uncovers the alarming secret that links them all.

Five people, divided by time, will determine the fate of us all. These are stories of a world bent on destroying itself, and of the alternate world that might be its savior–unless it’s too late.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

February 9th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 5 Comments »

nicole Castroman author photoI am so excited to be apart of the blog tour for Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman. This is the story of Edward Teach, the man that became the infamous Blackbeard. Personally, I have a slight obsession with pirates so when I saw the cover reveal and synopsis for this story months ago I just knew I had to read it! Luckily I got an early copy and guys it is AMAZING!!! I literally picked it up and stayed up until the wee hours of the night finishing it because it was that good. If you want to read my full review click here (but rest assured it is just me flailing about how much you need to read this)!!! Blackhearts hits shelves today so make sure to pick up a copy!

For my stop today I was supposed to come up with a few guest post ideas and Nicole would pick one to answer. I came up with five ideas and to my surprise and delight Nicole decided to answer four of the topics I suggested. So my post turned into more of an interview but it is awesome and I think you guys are going to love it (there is a hot picture of Edward)! Also, at the end of the post there is a fantastic giveaway for 1 finished copy of Blackhearts!

About Nicole: 

Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend…she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.

You can find Nicole around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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DFT: I imagine you had to do a fair amount of research to write Blackhearts and I would love to know more about the original Blackbeard.What were some unique things you learned about him while you were doing your research?

Nicole: I learned that Blackbeard most likely came from a wealthy family, because he could read and write. At the time, only the well-to-do were educated.

Despite all of the theories and tales about him, there is no real evidence that he ever killed anyone, until the last battle that ultimately took his life. Unlike other pirates at the time, he didn’t torture or murder his victims. He didn’t have to resort to violence, when people gave him what he wanted. Blackbeard built up his persona. He created a demonic appearance by attaching burning hemp ropes beneath his hat. He was also large in stature, much larger than most men at the time. Can you imagine if you saw some large figure coming at you, with smoke wafting around him? I’d probably hand over my jewelry or gold as well.

Some reports say that he was quite charismatic. I believe that, especially because out of all the pirates, Blackbeard is the most notorious. He’s the one most people think of when they think of actual swashbucklers.

The name of his flag ship was the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

DFT: I love the fashion you featured in your book. That time era had some interesting outfits and depending on your station it determined what you wore. Both Anne and Edward dress in different to fit stations throughout the story. Can you show us pictures of…

Anne as a maid:

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Anne as a daughter of a wealthy merchant:

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Edward as a sailor:

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Nicole: JUST KIDDING!! This is not Teach as a sailor. I picture an outfit more like this:

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Edward as the son of a wealthy merchant:

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DFT: I have a slight obsession with pirates and there are so many legends and stories that feature pirates. Besides Blackbeard what are some of your favorite pirate legends/stories?

Nicole: I think William Kidd is a fascinating character. He started out as a privateer with permission from the British crown to seize ships. At some point, the government changed their mind, charged him with piracy and had him hanged. Some evidence that could have proven he was innocent went missing at the time of his trial, only to show up years later. I actually have another book about this, but it needs some work.

DFT: When writing a book there are many edits and sadly stuff has to get deleted. Could you share a deleted scene with us that you were sad to see go?

Nicole: Honestly, I loved revising BLACKHEARTS. For the most part, it stayed the same as when I first drafted it. About ¾ of the way through, I did change some chapters, but I LOVE the changes I made. I don’t have any deleted scenes that I was sad to see go.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

2/1/2016- Mundie Moms – Interview

2/2/2016- Beauty and the Bookshelf – Review

2/3/2016- My Friends Are Fiction – Guest Post

2/4/2016- Brittany’s Book Rambles – Review

2/5/2016- Two Chicks on Books – Interview

Week Two:

2/8/2016- Fiktshun – Review

2/9/2016- Dark Faerie Tales – Guest Post

2/10/2016- A Reader Under The Sea  Review

2/11/2016- A Perfection Called Books  Interview

2/12/2016- Lili’s Reflections – Review

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Available February 9, 2016 by Simon Pulse

About this Book:

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

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