I literally just finished this book. And I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about it. I definitely feel positively about it, but it does have its major drawbacks.
For one, This book rotates through three and eventually four POV’s, all male, all brothers. Usually male pov’s have me jumping for joy. But this was a tad different for two main reasons.
HI Kym!! Thanks for visiting my blog and being willing to do this interview! I can’t wait to peek behind the scenes of Flip the Bird!
HI Rachel – thanks for having me! I’m soooo excited about Flip the Bird’s release you might say I’m “flipping” out. And with so many thousands of books being released every year, I’m honored and thrilled that you chose my book to review.
From the first moment I saw Flip the Bird on the catalog for HMH, I KNEW that this book would be a must read for me. It’s sounded unique, funny, and with a title like that, how could I pass it up?
Whew! I just got the email in at 9:30 with the cover! It came on so fast! I didn’t even know the sequel was being published until a few days ago. That having been said, I feel like this post is going to be terribly inadequate.
I actually still have my arc of The 52nd! It’s too dark in my apartment to take a photo this late at night. 😛 Blogger fail.
So anyway, here’s the GORGEOUS cover!
The release date is June 3rd, 2017. I can’t wait to R&R it! But for real, look at that cover! Also, I have a side gripe to rant about.
STORY TIME KIDDIES.
You see the really cool font? With the blocks sticking out? Doesn’t that pattern look so Aztec? I almost Boo-yah’ed when I saw that.
This semester I’m taking an art course (hoping to get my AA in art…) so it’s a graphic design class.
Our first project was to create a logo, and our second project was to create an identity system incorporating the logo. (basically, a letterhead, business card, and envelope.)
Well, my fake company I created for the class was an AZTEC CHOCOLATE company.
I used a design in the background that was a slightly different version of the god’s crown on my logo…
It basically looked like the side of the font on this beautiful cover! And you know what my teacher said?
“This pattern looks too greek.”
For reals guys, I almost died.
I mean, I got where she was coming from. Critique’s push artists to be better. And I did come up with something better on the next phase.
But since then I’ve seen like….five Aztec/Maya art pieces that all have that motif and it slays me every time.
Here’s my ‘too Greek’ design:
During the next phase, I came up with this one:
I think this one looks maybe a tad too….Nepalese… But hey, I got a better grade. That’s all that matters in college, amirite? Ok So ….the end.
That’s all I had for my last minute improv.
Don’t forget, the first book in the series (The 52nd) is on sale this weekend for .99 cents! The sale ends on Halloween.
You can purchase it on Amazon here
I have a challenge question for my audience today. What shape comes after a love triangle?
Omg. I don’t know where to start. When I first heard of this book, I just lost myself for a bit.
I mean, Beauty and the Beast……Plus STEAMPUNK?! Yas. Yas please. I needed it, like, yesterday.
So I set my sights on getting a copy at ALA!
Unfortunately Shadow Mountain was not giving copies to reviewers/bloggers at the convention.
It broke my heart, but alas, some lady I met later was like,
“Do you want this? I don’t think it’ll be my thing.” And I was like.
So I came home with an arc after all!
It took me a month to get to it, but I finally did. I started reading at about…. 1 in the morning and all of the sudden, a GHOST APPEARED. (in the novel, not IRL.)
ScArEd Me HaLf To DeAtH. sCaReD. WHY. Why did I decide to read this at 2 in the morning?!? While I was home alone?! With freakin vengeful ghosts in it?! I’m a scared-y cat. I haven’t even read most horror books gifted to me, because I’m such a chicken. (a Bloody Mary incident as a child left me scarred for life. XD)
Someone quick, I need a Miles to hide behind.
Also, Miles = Wounded Hero. Ah. You know how those are my weaknesses. The part where he helps Lucy take care of her…..wounds? Awwwwww. Probably my most favorite moments. Beside the inebriated Miles. That was one of my favorites too.
Of course, as this is regency inspired (as regency as steampunk can get, I imagine..) the romance was mostly explored intellectually rather than physically.
It was refreshing, though I’ll admit, I wish there were a few more stolen moments than there were… But it was still highly enjoyable.
One thing that I savored was the amount of steampunk. Some books say they are steampunk and then usually end up having a pitiful amount of actual steampunk. This book had a healthy variety, which was engaging. While at the same time, it didn’t go overboard in the mechanical department.
Same for the flipside, I felt that the fantasy was well balanced, and wasn’t overwhelming the steampunk. It’s very rare that I’ve seen the two elements balanced just right with each other.
My only hangup? I didn’t really feel much for the characters. Sure, I got the fuzzies when Beauty had her moments with The Beast… but as far as deeply loving characters? Eh. Not sure it was there.
Nevertheless, I was excited to see a character cut from the same cloth as the characters from Stranje House for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin. (Another romance, though a bit fluffier, with still awesome strong ladies, and amazing wounded-heroes to die for.)
I also felt like the pacing was a smidge slow. Not super super bad, but just a smidge. But maybe it’s because I don’t usually read adult? Maybe it’s stellar pacing in the adult world? Or in the regency world? I don’t know.
So overall, I’d say I enjoyed the book and that I will most definitely be picking up book #2!
YAS. This was everything I wanted, but was denied while reading The Foxglove Killings and Last Time We Were Us. It was just. Gah. Dynamic, well paced, and generally adorable.
Also, duel POV. YEEAAAAAAASSSSS.
See the cover for Elisa Dane’s Beneath the Void!
Soooo….I was way less than impressed with this one. I had zero feels and gave no cares about what happened to Caleb or Mandy.
Which is sad, the book is inspired by the Disney movie Sky High, a movie I LOVE. (specifically, characters Layla and Warren) and I totally shipped those two. So I was totally in the mood for a Warren type character to fall in love with a Layla type character (which is to say, an opposites attract story)
Unfortunately, the emotion, the attraction….heck, even the plot line, just wasn’t there. It was boring. It was dull. Nothing happened.
Even when Mandy’s grandma had an upset, I didn’t really feel anything, or any suspense, or any fear for any of the characters.
The best part of the book was the bromance between Caleb and J.T. But it was a very tiny light in a very dim surrounding. I’ve read a lot of fluffy contemporaries that I actually love and adore…so I know it’s not the genre or the audience that was off for me.
This is a major case of it’s definitely not me, it’s you.
I have no qualms about calling out terrible books. So boom, there it is. Book, meet Terrible. Terrible, meet book. Good, we acquainted now? Do yourself a favor and just skip it. 😛
This review ended up so short that my SEO rating is orange. Dude. XD
In a few of these cases, the debut I list is their Debut Young Adult novel. A few of these wrote adult previously, but had never published for YA or MG before
Click the book banners to see the Synopsis and my commentary!
Now for a huge picture of the cover!
O.m.g. guys. I have had a whirlwind of a week. But this is about Monday-Wednesday in particular. Possibly the only relevant piece of information you need to know is that I found out I was allergic to wheat (gluten) less than a week before this vacation.
I’m UBER excited to read this one. Childhood best friend? Miss-understood-Bad-Boy?
I’ll be there before you finish the sentence. XD I’ve actually read a few great Juvie boy stories, so I’m actually really hoping that this one will blast them all out of the water.
Oookayyy, so this novel turned me into a cheeseball. It was cute, it was fluffy.. And for that reason, I’m giving it four stars.
It was emotionally strong as well, which was somewhat unexpected. Which brought it up to 4.5 stars. Yes, it does kind of read like a One Direction fan fiction… I’ve never read OD FF, but have read FF for plenty of other fandoms and I imagine they are somewhat comparative.
You’ve got really good fanfiction and realllly bad fanfiction. This would fall into the really good category. The only reason it’s not five stars is just for the tiny bit of plot weakness.
That tiny bit of plot weakness lies in Stella’s job. An almost totally random girl getting chosen to photograph a boyband’s day to day activities? Not likely.
But Also, I’m one to talk. Pot calling the kettle black. XD At 15 years old, I was randomly plucked up by NYT best selling author to do social media stuff….sooo…. That was beyond highly unlikely. So… I think I’ll just shut up about that.
I loved Stella’s emotional/internal conflicts. Especially towards the end. It takes a lot for me to connect to a character emotionally, and I connected with Stella.
I also connected with her sister, as I was sick a lot as a child. Not with cancer, but I definitely still empathized with her feelings.
So for those who don’t mind the One Direction-ness of it, I would highly recommend it. It was overall just a fluffy, feel good novel. Indications are that this is probably going to be a series, so I’ll eagerly be awaiting the next story.
Lighthouse Land was one of the first Scifis I ever read. I think about it every so often, and since I overhauled my website, I’ve been thinking about ways to bring it up.
It’s been far too long since I read it to post a review about it……But when I was trying to decide if/what I should do for May the Fourth Be With You, It came to me. What better tribute than talking about the book that got me into scifi?
Not only did Lighthouse Land get me into scifi, but it also has a HILARIOUS Star Wars reference. Perfect, right? It’s crazy to think that I don’t remember enough to post a review, but I do remember that totally specific piece of dialogue. Perhaps there were even more references that I didn’t catch. I was only ten or so and I hadn’t even watched Star Wars yet.
I don’t even remember if it was in the first book or the second book. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t in the third book. I was going include the scene as an excerpt but I found a problem.
Lighthouse Land isn’t an eBook. Anywhere.
So I’ll be constructing it from memory to the best of my ability.
There was a statue that needed to be recharged, in order to send/transport them back to Lighthouse Land. The only place with enough energy to charge it, was a powerplant located in a remote area on the mainland. Neither Jaimie or his friend were old enough to drive. But, his friends older brother was old enough to drive. (he was almost twice their age.)
So they drove, up the solitary road, in the middle of the night. Inside a somewhat beat up soccer mom van… They stole into the main room, hooked the statue up with jumper cables and let ‘er rip.
Alarms and siren’s blared. There had been one road up, and one road down. They piled back into the car and burned down the trail. Only a small community existed around the plant, mostly of workers and their families.
So near the bottom of the road, there was a police block, where they were screening everyone for the perpetrators of the ‘attempted terrorist attack.’
The friend’s brother rolled down the window for the officer. The smell of burnt fried fish wafted out of the window.
Their singed hair and eyebrows seemed an obvious sign.
The brother lifted two of his fingers and moved them in an arc.
“We are not the droids you are looking for…”
And that quote had me and my sister in giggles for days. Of course, the actual scene is probably much funnier in Adrian McKinty’s original words.
And of course, that scene wasn’t the solitary great thing about the series. Even if I don’t remember specifics, there are elements included that effected (and still effect) the way I write in my own novels.
Nearly a decade later and it still puts a smile on my face. It’s always going to be nostalgic for me.
So wherever you are, Adrian McKinty, I’ll always love you for all of the things about me you’ve influenced.
Wow. I don’t even know where to begin. It was nearly phenomenal. There’s only one thing that set it back to 4.5 stars. But I’ll get to those later.
This is just a highlight post! I signed up for a surprise release from Alyssa Rose Ivy and I must say, I’m excited to read it.
You guys are going to LOVE this excerpt. It definitely has me eager to read Soulspark.
Aww. Dudes, I’m such a sucker for this series. Even though I generally enjoy historical fiction, this series is my first regency era series. (Seriously, I haven’t even ever read Jane Austen. I know, I know, so sue me…) But I don’t think it’ll be my last.
Excerpt and Giveaway!
Now, on to my interview with hero and love interest, Michael Bradley!
Teasers and Giveaways and Playlists Oh My!
Aw! This was cute!
A-Z Challenge Link List:
I’m ENTIRELY DEVASTATED. My head and eyes hurt too much to read the book in time for the tour. Sucks, because McGarry is one of my FAVORITES. I had the pleasure of reading her debut before it was even released. (it makes me fuzzy inside knowing that I was attached enough to keep it. I’m pretty sure It’d be impossible to find someone willing to give it.)
Excerpt, teasers and a giveaway!
Now for the excerpt and giveaway!
Now for a somewhat unplanned topic:
Cover & Giveaway
I have a cover, excerpt AND a giveaway for you guys!
This sounds so adorable..
Ok, so even though this stop is for Triumph of Chaos (Book #3) I’m going to include the synopsis (Synopsi? Synopsises?) for Book #1 & #2
Book Blitz Giveaway time!
I’m going to take a moment before the excerpt and giveaway to make a leprechaun joke.
I have mixed feelings about his book. The beginning was quite wonderful, and really had me invested in Calvin and his life. But…
This post is going to be a little on the fly, because this week has been full of colossal screw-ups on my part. Good news is, there’s still a huge giveaway to enter!
*drowns under books*
Wow! I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Holding Court, but I loved what I got. It had a fantastic Nancy Drew vibe to it.
Deluded, contrived and boring. Reading this, I had one question:
Cover Love and Giveaway!
I’m hosting an interview stop for this tour! Here’s the interview:
Synopsis & Giveaway!
Here’s Chapter One!
Read the synopsis, see the cover and enter the giveaway!
Here’s my review, excerpt and giveaway!
Meh. I’ve been trying to write this review for a few days, and I don’t know what to say. I mean, it was okay, but I didn’t particularly feel the chemistry between Maddy and Bryce.
This post will actually have all the books I got in February. I’m going to try to participate regularly, but no promises. hehe.
Dear teen me,
I have thought about writing this letter for a good time now. I actually agonized over it. It’s not that I didn’t know what to say. I did know what I wanted to say, I just didn’t know how to say it.
Blog tour stop, read the synopsis and enter the giveaway!
Read the excerpt and enter the giveaway!
Read the synopsis(es? synopsi?) and enter the giveaway!
…..Well…the cover is already on the banner, but it’s blown up in the post.
I actually really like element stories, but I almost didn’t take on this one. Why? Well, it was actually for completely unrelated reasons. But I decided to dig into it anyway.
Ready to enter the giveaway, see the cover, and read an excerpt? DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?!
Ready to see the cover and read the synopsis?
Here’s my stop on the Reign tour!
I was supposed to post a review, and I screwed up big time. So this is pretty much going to be a book blitz post. (With a giveaway!) The cover is crazy though, I love the deep tones.
Ready to see the cover of Conspiracy Boy?!
Hey guys! Ready for a cover reveal?! Here it is!
Now for the review and giveaway!
So, in January’s post, I mentioned that I’m somewhat colorblind…. But that’s not going to stop be from loving colors!!! This is my first meme I’m hosting. create your own post and link up!
Alright! On to the list of this years colors
(and links to each post)
GUYS. I’m impressed, ridiculously impressed.
Ready to see the cover and enter the giveaway?
Ready to see the cover and enter the giveaway?
Sci-fi? Romance? I’m in.
Today Melanie McFarlane and Month9Books are revealing the cover and first chapter for THERE ONCE WERE STARS, which releases April 26, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to be one of the first readers to receive a eGalley!! (And a SECOND GIVEAWAY for SWAG)
Read my review and an excerpt from The Union, then enter a giveaway!
Here’s my review of Mirror X, which is my first stop. Remember to come back on the 5th to read an excerpt and my review of Ascendancy!
I super enjoyed this one! I liked the Native American culture weaved in (although I cannot attest to its accuracy.) I’ve always felt like shifter stories make for great Native American fiction telling because NA beliefs are so at one with their environments. Most I know of have an inherent respect for nature, which also blends in nicely with shifter stories.
Ok, ready for the Cover?! There’s also an excerpt of chapter one, and a giveaway to enter!
Holy crap! This book blew me away. I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked the book up. I’ve read books that have immortal (or extremely long-living) humans in them, but it’s always been a tossup for me. More than half the books I’ve read with immortality I ended up disliking. Some authors pull off amazing stories, while others just kind of flop.
Here is the Release Day Blitz for Prophecy of Shadows! I have the cover wrap for you guys to look at. Also, an Excerpt and TWO giveaways! One is for a Kindle (giveaway by Barclay Publicity) and the other giveaway, you can win one of five Elemental bookmarks!
Read my review, and read why authors shouldn’t send childish messages to reviewers.
I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about this one.
I liked the characters for the most part. But I it was just short of actually clicking with most the characters. I found myself unable to keep track of all the terms. The plot was a little ambiguous….
I just don’t know what to say. Jeez. Usually reviews just pour out of me and this one just doesn’t want to flow.
Ok, on to things I liked:
Ready to see the cover? (Also see the official trailer and enter the giveaway?!)
Wow! This story was completely combustible. Seriously. One of my favorite angles is the ‘best friend’s brother’ angle, and for 3:AM Kisses, it totally worked.
Shearwater Release Day Blitz & Giveaway!
OMG. I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THIS FREAKIN BOOK. One of my FAVORITE princesses growing up was Odette from Swan Lake! omg. Some one actually wrote it! omg. I’m completely freaking out. Just…Fangirling all the way. See the cover below!
Today Jennifer Bardsley and Month9Books are revealing the cover for GENESIS GIRL, which releases September 27, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to be one of the first readers to receive a eGalley!! Plus, read a note from the author and
THE ENTIRE FIRST CHAPTER.
Holy crap guys. This is a lot to take in. I feel like my brain just ran from California to NYC all by itself.
Read an excerpt right here!
Today Everly Frost and Month9Books are revealing the cover and first chapter for FEAR MY MORTALITY, which releases April 5, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to be one of the first readers to receive a eGalley! Plus a note from the author, and you can read THE ENTIRE FIRST CHAPTER.
Actually, the synopsis really intrigues me. I’m interested in reading it. Ready to see the cover?!
Here it is:
There was an initial confusion about the title. Some places it’s listed as Grumpy Cat Vol 1 and other places list it at The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey! #1.
I’m not quite sure how to review all these mini stories…They all have combinations of different authors and illustrators…
I guess I’ll review them individually? And then do an overall impression? Yeah, I’ll go with that idea.
And here’s the full cover!
Uggggh. I don’t even know what to say about this. I don’t even know what to THINK about it.
I’m not sure why, but I went into it thinking that it was a Cinderella retelling? I’m not sure why, but that is definitely false.
Aw. I’m usually not a big regency fan (I still can’t get myself to watch an entire episode of Downton Abbey. I just. can’t. do. It.) But I generally enjoy historical fiction. I so so so wanted to give this one five stars, but there were reasons I had to hold back on that.
Sigh for being reasonable.
This ebook is free today! Here’s an EXCERPT!
This novella was adorable. I finished it really late at night (well, like 1 in the morning) in December. It put me in the mood for Christmas, and also made me feel warm and fuzzy about one of my favorite YA couples. Although it does end on somewhat of a sad note because of Aelyx’s departure.
Read an excerpt and enter the giveaway!
Yay! I’m finally hosting a meme! Here’s January’s Post & Link Up
*Slams fists into table*
This comic made me want to curse in the best/worst kind of way.
I WANT TO KNOW.
I NEED TO KNOW
WHAT THE F HAPPENED TO HIS MOTHER?!?! WHY?!
Warning! This Top Ten Tuesday post has way more than ten books featured. I simply couldn’t narrow the list down any further. I already gouged my heart out by removing 15 or so. I might have a book hoarding problem.
The book was cute, and written ok, but it wasn’t without its flaws. It was a quick read, but I found it kind of tedious and found myself just waiting for it to be over.
And now for the Cover Reveal!
I am really impressed with this novel. I was hesitant to pick up this novel. I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to all the hype. I’ve been hearing about this book EVERYWHERE for the past couple months. So when I picked up the book, I tried to shut all those thoughts away, and just absorb what the words gave me.
Those words gave me a lot more than I expected.
See the Cover Reveal and the synopsis! I rarely see fiction books that focus on women in sports. It’s even rarer for me to see something involving winter sports, like skiing and snowboarding. Personally, I think this one sounds promising! I’m really looking forward to reading it.
I’m not sure where I should start with this one.
The cover maybe? The image is great, I love that floral dress, so the issue doesn’t lie in the cover itself….It’s the ridiculous tagline.
“Staying alive on a first date should be a given, not a challenge….”
Okaaaaay..? I read the entire book, but they actually don’t ever go on a date together. They have study group and a few other things….but no dates. Soo……
First, you have to know that taglines are a pet peeve for me. I try to not look at them. They bug me, but when I pulled this off my shelf I rolled my eyes a little.
See the cover, and a teaser for Digital Horizon!
SO CLOSE. It was SO CLOSE to impressing me…..until about the 73% mark.
Exquisite. Absolutely exquisite. The YA genre lacks great thrillers. Sure, I’ve read some good ones, but most aren’t exclusively thrillers. Usually, they have sci-fi elements and occasionally they have fantasy woven in. Still, even if you classify those novels as ‘thriller’ and then weighed those books against other genres, it’d still be the smallest genre of YA fiction. This novel is pure thriller, and it has one of the best qualities I’ve ever seen.
Awwwww, Ronan. What a sweetheart. I’m pretty much in love with Ronan. He’s one of my favies. He’s chivalrous, and because he’s supposed to be the physical guard for Adriana (where as she’s the empathy), he comes across as a strong protective man-boy, who’s conflicted between his loyalty to The Maker, and his heart which aches to be with Dri’s (regardless of the cost.)
This series makes me such a sap. Saying slang like favies. *pffft* *denies everything*
I finished this book in one sitting. I’ll admit, I was expecting a book (and series) similar to her Heist Society series, not in content, but in style. In other words, I expected it to be entertaining, but perhaps not out-of-this-world amazing. But this book was pretty much amazing. I was so engaged in Grace’s emotional/mental turmoil. My heart hurts just thinking about it. Clearly, some major research (or maybe even a close personal experience) went into this novel.
The writing was fine but the plot was sub-par..
At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to get along with the book. There was little explanation, but a lot of things were put out for you to automatically believe. After a while, the writing stabilized and I really got into it. The execution of the novel, and the novel itself, was definitely worth it.
When I saw this book, I knew the author was gutsy. Sherlock’s fan base has without a doubt, exponentially increased in the past couple years (a la BBC) but the truth is, Sherlock is one of the most iconic fictional characters of all time. People write about him all the time, and each one tries to reinvent him as something more peculiar.
Color me impressed. This book has a tortured soul to it, and it was exquisite. I’ve never seen a book tackle so many dark topics at once (at least not successfully.) This was my first book of Mindy’s, but it certainly won’t be my last.