Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: The Rift Uprising (The Rift Uprising Trilogy #1) by Amy S. Foster

Title: The Rift Uprising (The Rift Uprising Trilogy #1)
Author: Amy S. Foster
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: October 4th, 2016
Pages: 400
Source: ARC
Format: Physical Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

The first book in the fast-paced action-adventure, The Rift Uprising trilogy—an enthralling mix of speculative fiction and military thriller—in which a young soldier comes to question the monsters she’s trained to fight against . . . and the monsters she fights for.

Seventeen-year-old Ryn Whittaker is a Citadel: an elite, enhanced soldier specially chosen to guard a Rift, a mysterious and dangerous portal to alternate Earths scientists cannot control or close. Trained from the age of fourteen, Ryn can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which is good when you’re not sure if a laser-wielding Neanderthal or an axe-wielding Viking is trying to make it through the Rift and into her world.

But the teenager’s military conditioning and education have not prepared her for the boy who crosses through—a confused young man, seemingly lost and alone. Because while there’s an immediate physical attraction, it’s his intelligence and curiosity that throws Ryn off balance. The stranger asks disturbing questions about the Rift that Ryn herself has never considered—questions that lead her to wonder if everything about her life and what she’s been told these past six years has been a lie. Are the Rifts as dangerous as her leaders say? Should her people really try to close them . . . or learn how to travel through them?

The Rift Uprising = Mind Blown!

Let me start by saying that my mind was blown very early with this book! So, you know when you get a book hangover? You finished a fabulous book and you can’t read anything else for a week. And then when you finally start reading again none of the books that you pick up are good enough at the moment and you end up putting it down. Well that has been my life for the last two months. I must have started 10 different books and put all of them down less than 100 pages in. That was until I read the synopsis for The Rift Uprising. The synopsis alone blew my mind and I knew I had found the book that was going to get me out of that horrible book hangover. There are so many things that I want to say about this book that I have no idea where to start! But, since I don’t want to give out any spoilers I am going to make this short and sweet.

So here we go! A quick look at the main characters:
Ryn = main protagonist. I liked Ryn from the very first page. By the time I was halfway through the book she had made it to my list of my favorite YA female leads! Dictionaries should have a picture of Ryn as their definition for bad ass. Although she is a hell of a soldier and fighter, what I like most about her is her intelligence! The book is written from her point of view and I really enjoyed getting to know her.
Ezra = computer genius! So, there is no denying that Ezra is kind of gorgeous like many other male leads in books. What I liked most about him...he is absolutely brilliant. On top of that he is determined and can hold his own...even when things get a bit out of control between him and Ryn.
I really liked a few other characters in the story although I didn’t get much information about them. I am hoping that they will get more attention as the trilogy develops! My main interest is of course Levy! You might ask “If he is your main interest WHY didn’t you mention him?” Well let me leave you with this:

I know this face. I’ve seen creatures and beasts whimper at this face. His eyes become terrifyingly vacant. His features become still and hard, as though sculpted out of marble. And then something changes in his eyes. He begins to stare intently at me. It’s not attraction I’m getting...It’s something else.
Ryn about Levy

See??? I told you!!! And, that is only a little tiny part! I know a lot more and trust me when I tell you...Levy needs his own book!
P.S. Ann S. Foster if you read this review...I really think Levy needs his own book!

Overall this book was WOW!!! I already said that it blew my mind but I have to reinstate that because it really did. I can’t wait for the rest of the trilogy! The author did a fantastic job of creating a world full of secrets, lies, manipulation, twist and turns. So much was revealed in the first book but there is so much that was left in the unknown! The action begins on the very first page snatching your interest and making you a prisoner. So hear my warning or maybe I should say read my warning! Make sure that you have no plans or anything to do when you begin to read this book. Once you start will consume you!

Amy S. Foster is a celebrated songwriter, best known as Michael Bublé’s writing partner. You might recognize her work in his four hit singles, including "Home" and "Haven't Met You Yet.” She has also collaborated with Destiny’s Child, Diana Krall, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and a host of other artists. She is also the author of the novel When Autumn Leaves. When she's not in a studio in Nashville, Amy lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Amy is the daughter of singer B.J. Cook and the legendary music producer, David Foster. Fun fact about Amy: Her extended family tree includes Bella and Gigi Hadid, Sara and Erin Foster and Brody and Brandon Jenner, and Clay Aiken! The Rift Uprising, her YA debut, will be released on October 4, 2016.

Blog Tour + Excerpts + Giveaway: Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand


Welcome to our tour stop for Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand hosted by Rock Star Book Tours. Make sure you read to the end to read exclusive excerpts from Useless Bay! We also have a pretty awesome giveaway!

Useless BayTitle: Useless Bay
Author: M.J. Beaufrand
Publishing Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 240
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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A gritty, psychological thriller about a mythic set of sixteen-year-old quintuplets searching for a young boy.
On Whidbey Island, the Gray quintuplets are the stuff of legend. Pixie and her brothers have always been bigger and blonder than their neighbors, as if they were birthed from the island itself. Together, they serve as an unofficial search-and-rescue team for the island, saving tourists and locals alike from the forces of wind and sea. But, when a young boy goes missing, the mysteries start to pile up. While searching for him, they find his mother’s dead body instead—and realize that something sinister is in their midst. Edgar-nominated author M. J. Beaufrand has crafted another atmospheric thriller with a touch of magical realism that fans of mystery and true crime will devour.

Chapter 3

When the police finally came, it was Dean who was led away for questioning. 
It was a Sunday night. The wind was blowing the Douglas firs sideways, and the eagles were air-surfing the gusts above the bluff. 

In our living room, the sofas and chairs had been pushed aside and cushions placed at sharp edges on the floor. By the fireplace. Around the coffee table.

Lawford was practicing his takedowns from Criminal Justice. On me. 

When he was done throwing me around, he expected me to Taser him. 

Lawford took a Criminal Justice course after school at the police academy on the mainland, for kids who were interested in going into law enforcement. Next week he was going to have to resist a takedown and get Tasered for real, and he was really excited about it. 

Which would be weird if you didn’t know my family. 

We were seventeen years old. Sibling rivalry didn’t begin to cover it. 
The doorbell rang. 

Splat! Lawford threw me. My head smacked the area rug, and my legs purled over the sofa. 
I heard Mom answer the door. “Hey, Rupe. What brings you out? I was just making chili for the boys. Can you come in for a bite?” 

As soon as I got to my feet, Lawford had me in a choke hold, so I flipped him and went to see what Mr. Shepherd was doing at our house on a Sunday night. He should be gone by now. He and his family were weekenders. He owned all the land below our bluff, which included the lagoon and the bay. They let us walk around in it but made it clear it was his. 

It was strange they were here on a Sunday night. Especially since I knew Henry’s dad earlier had to take a helicopter back to Medina because he’d forgotten he had a meeting with the Kid Trying to Save Africa with Electricity. Why had he come back, just to get on the ferry? It didn’t make sense. Something was going on. 

Mary Jane grew up in Gresham, Oregon. She’s a graduate of Wellesley College and has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Program. Currently she lives in Seattle with her husband, two children, and dogs. In the eighties she had a bad perm.

Week One:
10/10/2017- The Autumn BookshelfInterview
10/11/2017- Zach's YA ReviewsReview
10/12/2017- The Alchemy of InkReview
10/13/2017- Bean's Bookshelf and Coffee Break- Review
10/14/2017- Curling Up With A Good BookInterview

Week Two:
10/17/2017- Michelle4Laughs: It's in the DetailsExcerpt
10/18/2017- In a bookish worldExcerpt
10/19/2017- The Bookworm CentralReview
10/20/2017- Eli to the nth- Review

10/21/2017- Owl Always Be ReadingExcerpt

Blog Tour: Spotlight + Giveaway: Bury the Living (The Revolutionary #1) by Jodi McIsaac

Bury the Living (The Revolutionary, #1)

Rebellion has always been in the O’Reilly family’s blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother during Northern Ireland’s infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to fight for her country’s freedom. Now, more than a decade later, Nora is haunted by both her past and vivid dreams of a man she has never met.
When she is given a relic belonging to Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland, the mystical artifact transports her back eighty years—to the height of Ireland’s brutal civil war. Here she meets the alluring stranger from her dreams, who has his own secrets—and agenda. Taken out of her own time, Nora has the chance to alter the fortunes of Ireland and maybe even save the ones she loves. In this captivating and adventurous novel from Jodi McIsaac, history belongs to those with the courage to change it. 

Jodi McIsaac is the author of the Irish contemporary fantasy series The Thin Veil (47North) the thriller A Cure for Madness (Thomas & Mercer) and the forthcoming historical Revolutionary series, starting with Bury the Living (47North).
She grew up in New Brunswick, on Canada's east coast. After abandoning her Olympic speed skating dream, she wrote speeches for a politician, volunteered in a refugee camp, waited tables in Belfast, earned a couple of university degrees, and started a boutique copywriting agency. She loves geek culture, running, and whisk(e)y.

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Cover Reveal: Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

We have the beautiful cover for the upcoming release from Renee Carlino, LUCIAN DIVINE releasing on JANUARY 9, 2017. Get ready for this breathtaking and unforgettable story!


“My guardian angel is a drunk.”
Evelyn Casey's life is at a standstill. She's in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It's absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.
And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he's a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he's brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he's brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as ----. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.
For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.
Yes, God as in God.
Pre-order now Available

Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women's novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher's Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she's not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.


Book Review: Someone Must Die by Sharon Potts

Someone Must DieTitle: Someone Must Die
Author: Sharon Potts
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Pages: 340
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Mystery

When her six-year-old nephew vanishes from a neighborhood carnival, Aubrey Lynd’s safe, snow-globe world fractures; it shatters when the FBI’s investigation raises questions about her own family that Aubrey can’t answer.

Aubrey picks apart the inconsistencies to expose the first of many lies: a ransom note—concealed from the FBI—with a terrifying and impossible ultimatum. Aubrey doesn’t know what to believe or whom to trust. The abduction is clearly personal—but why would someone play a high-stakes game with the life of a child? The more she presses for answers, the more Aubrey is convinced that her mother is hiding something.

Desperate to save her young nephew, Aubrey must face harsh truths and choose between loyalty to her family and doing the right thing. And she’d better hurry, because vengeance sets its own schedule, and time is running out.
Someone Must Die had me on the edge of my seat the entire time; love a good mystery and this story definitely nailed it.

The story starts off with a grandmother and her grandson at a carnival, the grandson is having the time of his life and then suddenly he disappears from his grandmothers sight. Diane is frantic trying to look for him and when she doesn't find him she immediately calls the cops.

Someone Must Die is told in two points of views, Diane and her daughter Aubrey. Aubrey, who is majoring in psychology, was a big help to the FBI and the police, she was smart and diligent and I actually hope this turns into a series because I really want Aubrey to solve cases with a certain someone as her partner.

Throughout the story so many secrets are revealed from people's past that had me shocked, I was reeling from everything . You didn't know who the kidnapper could be, I usually solve mysteries in a book easily but this one had so many could-be kidnappers that had me turning the page trying to figure out who it could be.

If you love mysteries this is definitely a book you want to pick up asap.

Waiting on Wednesday: Flashfall by Jenny Moyer

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
This week pick is:



Author: Jenny Moyer
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Expected Release: November 15, 2016

Orion does not intend to spend the rest of her life down Tunnel 9. It is her duty as a subpar to mine—as it has been for all subpars, ever since the radioactive flash curtain fell, nearly destroying all life. Orion, the most gifted of the miners, knows she can earn her ticket out and into the protected city of Alara with 400 grams of cirium, the only element that prevents radiation sickness.

But everything is not as it seems. When Orion learns a truth that challenges all she's ever known, she embarks on a quest for something far more precious than cirium: freedom. Along with Dram, her caving partner and the boy she might love, Orion sets out on a mission of rebellion and survival.

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Girl on the Brink by Christina Hoag

Girl on the Brink: A Novel
Title: Girl on the Brink
Author: Christina Hoag
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Fire & Ice Young Adult Books
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary

The summer before senior year, 17-year-old Chloe starts an internship as a reporter at a local newspaper. While on assignment, she meets Kieran, a quirky aspiring actor. Chloe becomes smitten with Kieran’s charisma and his ability to soothe her soul, torn over her parents’ impending divorce. But as their bond deepens, Kieran becomes smothering and flies into terrifying rages. He confides in Chloe that he suffered a traumatic childhood, and Chloe is moved to help him. If only he could be healed, she thinks, their relationship would be perfect. But her efforts backfire and Kieran becomes violent. Chloe breaks up with him, but Kieran pursues her relentlessly to make up. Chloe must make the heartrending choice between saving herself or saving Kieran, until Kieran’s mission of remorse turns into a quest for revenge.

Girl on the Brink is a debut novel filled with suspense, intrigue drama and real-life struggles. When I started reading the book, I truly found it to be engrossing and filled with realistic situations that could happen anywhere if we are not cautious with our hearts.

In the book, while conducting an important interview for her summer internship, 17-year-old Chloe Quinn encounters Kieran Dubrowski for the first time. While first-time meetings might not be full of sparks, this one was certainly filled with some intrigue. After the meeting, it is obvious that Kieran is obviously interested in her. And, Chloe is going through some struggles that could lead to her giving in to his heavy advances.

For Chloe, her life might be filled with some abandon. Currently, her brother and her bestie are both at camps, her mother escaping her marriage-related difficulties with meds and alcohol, plus her father is living with his new girlfriend in New York City, the Big Apple…with all these situations, Chloe is lonely and attention is just what she might need in her life now, and she seeks it eagerly and with passion.

In the end after some hesitation, Chloe not only agrees to go out with Kiernan, but finds his attention completely exciting like many teens would. She totally ignores his possessiveness, and thinks his violent temper can be changed. Coming from a broken home for Kiernan is hard and he seems like a sweet guy…so she stays with him. As her friends come to her worried, Chloe doesn’t listen…until things go awry and Kiernan’s behavior gets so out of control that she decides to end things…only to have things get worse and Kiernan blames her for the end in an aggressive manner. Will she ever be able to survive this relationship? We are eager to find out as we devour the book, which I did in a couple of days.

In the novel, we root and hope for Chloe to realize just how bad this relationship is, yet we really feel for her as she battles with his demons and her confusion. Hoag truly writes from the heart, with realistic and not frothy or overly idealized teen characters. While there are some subtle hints of Kieran’s attitude issues and problems, we do like him a lot in the start…and we relate to Chloe’s interest in him. As the book’s narrative unravels, we can agree that her abandonment issues is what led to her gravitating towards him and we hope that in the end the issue is resolved.

I recommend this novel, for it is realistic and engrossing. In the end, we learn a lesson and so will the young adult set about how dangerous this type of love can be.

Christina Hoag is the author of Girl on the Brink, a romantic thriller for young adults (Fire and Ice YA/Melange Books, August 2016) and Skin of Tattoos, a literary thriller set in L.A.’s gang underworld (Martin Brown Publishing, September 2016). She is a former reporter for the Associated Press and Miami Herald and worked as a correspondent in Latin America writing for major media outlets including Time, Business Week, Financial Times, the Houston Chronicle and The New York Times. She is the co-author of Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence, a groundbreaking book on gang intervention (Turner Publishing, 2014). She resides in Los Angeles. For more information, see 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 in freeways.


Abusive relationships are widespread, cutting across socioeconomic, racial and ethnic, religious and gender preference lines. One in three high school girls experience dating violence, while more than half of college-aged women reported experiencing controlling behavior in a relationship. Eighty-nine percent of female college students said they were unable to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship, and a third of teens involved in intimate partner violence ever told anyone about it. 

Blog Tour Schedule – 
October 17th
fallxnrobin    Review
Whoo Gives a Hoot   Review
Owl Always Be Reading      Review
Zerina Blossom's Books   Author Interview
The Cover Contessa   Writing Tips
Fangirls Ahead!     Review

October 18th
PoetryBooksYA    Dream Cast
A Leisure Moment   Playlist
Books,Dreams,Life   Review
Loves Great Reads   Guest Post - Dating Violence
Y.A. Book Reports   Review
The Book Lounge  Playlist
With Love for Books   Review

October 19th
YA Book Divas Review
I Read Indie   Promo Post
ItsShelbyMariee     Review
Reading Addict      Promo Post
What Is That Book About  Promo Post
The Bewitched Reader      Promo Post
Never Too Many To Read   Review
Caroline Andrus     Review
A Book Addict's Bookshelves     Promo Post

October 20th
Actin' Up with Books     Review
Betwixt the Pages     Review
Jesus Freak Reader    Review
MyBookCushion      Promo Post
Books and Kats     Promo Post
Danger, Love, and Mystery    Promo Post
The Phantom Paragrapher    Review
Dana's YA Bookpile      Review
shawna shauntia    Promo Post
Kendra Loves Books     Review
V's Reads      Review

October 21st
CBY Book Club     Promo Post
NightlyReading     Review
Book Lover Promo     Promo Post
Literary Dust    Promo Post
Kara the Redhead Promo Post
Childishly Passionate  Review

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