Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review: A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston

Title: A Thousand Nights
Author: E.K. Johnston
Series: A Thousand Nights #1
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Source: Netgalley

You know me...I am a major sucker for a retelling.  I find them fun and fascinating and I love seeing where the author takes the original naturally I knew I needed to read A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston.

A Thousand Nights is retelling of the Arabian Nights/1001 Nights story.  We have a main character female, who is not named...ever, as the star of the book.  She knows that her small village/group is next on the Kings list to visit to pick a wife.

Big deal right?

Well, it is!  See, the King marries girls and then they DIE - usually only after one night.  And our main character just knows deep down in her heart that her sister is going to be the next one he weds.  So naturally our heroine CANNOT let this happen to her sister so she devises a way to make herself look more attractive to him when he comes so that he chooses her over her sister.

Then off they go!

But then she doesn't die that night.  Nor the next...or the one after that....

So.  I will say that I liked this story well enough, but I did not love it.  There was just nothing in it that really made me have the NEED to get this story finished.  I merely kept going to finish it.  Nothing was really pulling me forward as far as the story was concerned.

For the most part, honestly, I found the story to be kind of flat and one dimensional.  Pleasant but not exciting.  It almost felt like nothing was really happening a good portion of the time.

Then you have the way the story is written, which is definitely different.  It is almost a calming voice (at least in my head it sounded that way).  It did take me a little bit to get used to it.  There are only like 2 or 3 people with actual names.  The rest of them are my mother's mother, my sister's mother, my mother's mother's mother.. etc.  It can be kind of confusing at first, but you do get the hang of it after awhile, I promise.

Other than that it is a rather magical world.  Sometimes it can be a little hard to decipher if she is in a trance, having a vision, or if it is happening, but the sense of wonder and magic is always in there.

An interesting beginning that is for sure!

My Rating
3 Stars

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This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cover Reveal: Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake

Title: Guardian of Secrets
Author: Brenda Drake
Series: Library Jumpers #2
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: February 7 2017

Oh my goodness guys!  The cover is here!  And I love it!!!!!  I think it fits in with the cover of book 1 very beautifully!  Ahhhhh I cannot wait until I get to read it!

Let us know what you think of the cover for Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2) by Brenda Drake which releases February 7, 2017!
This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN & YA Interrobang!
Brenda Drake's thoughts on the cover:
I had an idea of what I wanted the cover of Guardian of Secrets to look like the entire time I was writing the story. I was delighted (I might have screamed) when the cover showed up in my email and it was EXACTLY what I’d imagined. I love that it’s blue since part of the setting of the book takes place in a cold climate. I’m thrilled the couple is on it, too. They resemble the characters I’ve created in my mind perfectly. The cover is so beautiful, and I’m beyond excited to share it with everyone!

About Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2):
Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.
Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.
And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.
Maybe. If she survives.
Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2) by Brenda Drake today!
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Release Day Blitz: Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly

Title: Trouble Makes a Comback
Author: Stephanie Tromly
Series: Trouble #2
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Publication Date: November, 22, 2016

Oh my goodness guys!  I am so happy to share with you Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly!

Trouble Makes a Comeback is the second book in the Trouble series.  The first book is titled Trouble is a Friend of Mine.

Okay, so I haven't actually read either of these books yet, but I have them sitting on my shelf waiting for me to get to them.  And I really really really want to get to them!  The blurbs for both of them just sound so amazing and fun!  Of course, before I can get to the new release in the series, I need to get through book one, but that is only a matter of time :)

I bet by now you are probably a bit curious as to what Trouble Makes a Comeback is all about, well don't you fret for I have the synopsis to share with you courtesy of the Publisher/Goodreads!

A whip-smart, screwball noir mystery—with snappy prose, wry humor, and breakneck dialogue—this sequel to Trouble Is a Friend of Mine is perfect for fans of Veronica MarsSherlock, John Hughes, and Carl Hiassen.

After a fall semester of fiascos: getting arrested, then kidnapped, then blown up in an explosion (all thanks to the weird but brilliant Philip Digby), Zoe Webster is looking forward to a quiet spring. Now that Digby has left town, she's finally built a regular high school life for herself. She's dating Miles, the alternate QB; she knows girls she considers friends; she's learning to enjoy being normal and semi-popular. Which of course is when Digby comes back: He's got a new lead on his missing sister and he needs Zoe's help.

Suddenly Zoe is tussling with a billionaire arch-villain, locking horns with armed goons, and digging into what makes the Digby family tick, even as she tries to navigate the confusing and emotionally fraught world of high school politics and locker-room drama. After all, it's hard to explain Digby to a boy like Miles, especially when Zoe isn't sure how she feels about Digby herself—or how he feels about her.

Now that Digby's back, get ready for another hilarious whodunit filled with razor-sharp dialogue, ridiculously funny action, and the most charismatic, dynamic duo you've ever met. And just try to stay out of trouble.

We dare you.

I is a young adult novel.  It has romance and it has crime.  There is nothing that doesn't sound awesome about this book!

You know what is even more awesome about Trouble Makes a Comeback releasing today?  There is a GIVEAWAY for you to enter!  You know you want to, so do it!  You may just win!  And who doesn't love winning books?!

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Review: Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schroder

Title: Be Light Like a Bird
Author: Monika Schroder
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Publication Date: September 1, 2016
Source: Author

Hard hitting books that get you right in the emotional gut are hard to read, but for some reason when the book is meant for those middle grade readers out there I find them even harder to stomach.  There is just something about them when I know that they are meant for a pretty young audience that really gets me.  Maybe it is because I wish I could shelter these readers forever from such pain and suffering even though I know there are those out there that have already suffered through what the book is dealing with or worse.

Of course Be Light Like a Bird falls into this category.  I had no idea what to expect when I picked up the book.  I am sure I had read the blurb about it back when the author requested a review from me, but I kind of forgot.  Then, of course, I didn't bother reading the blurb again when I finally picked up the book to read it... I just went for it.

Be Light Like a Bird is about a young girl named Wren.  Wren is only 12 years old and already has to go through an unimaginable life experience.  Her father has died in an airplane crash leaving herself and her mother without any money and their small family in turmoil.  You see, for whatever reason she might have, Wren's mother refuses to talk about Wren's father.  She won't talk about his death, his life, nothing.  She doesn't even have a service for him.  This leaves Wren to deal with the loss of her father all on her own.

And her mother really isn't making the whole thing easy.  Her mother and her have to move.  And then her mother will date a guy for a couple weeks (even though her father has been gone for only a month or so!!) and then when they break up she has them move again.  This doesn't allow Wren to form any roots or to make any friends.  Making her feel even more alone and confused.

Eventually Wren and her mother end up in a town called Pyramid where most of our story happens.  Not only is this a story of loss, family struggles, and relationships, but it is also a story of finding a cause and fighting for it.  Be Light Like a Bird really has a lot in its pages for us to take in!

So what did I ultimately think of this book and the story it contained?  I found it very very hard to put down.  I found myself turning the pages wanting to understand what was going on.  I found myself wondering what exactly was going on with Wren's mother.  In short, I really enjoyed it!

There was one part in the book, very early on, that I found a little awkward to read.  It was when Wren's uncle came to visit shortly after the death of her father.  I found his narrative to be very...odd and off and not very realistic especially for the age bracket I had mentally stuck him in.  Thankfully he only makes this one extremely short appearance and no one else talks like this for the rest of the book.

The rest of the book was good though.  It felt like it was written correctly for a middle grade reader.  It was on a tough topic, but it wasn't overly detailed on topics or anything.  This left it still having a feeling of hope and, at points, a lightness which made it not as tough to get through as it could have been.

With all the things covered in this book though, I think parents/guardians/teachers should be ready to have conversations that may pop up as a result of reading this book.  They will happen and they are not going to be easy conversations by any means.

My Rating
5 Stars

This review is based on a copy provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Review: VIP - Battle of the Bands by Jen Calonita

Title: Battle of the Bands
Author: Jen Calonita
Series: VIP #2
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Source: Publisher

This is book 2 in a series.  In case you missed it, you can find my review for book one HERE.

So, I have to admit, I kind of love this series.  It is a bit of a guilty pleasure I guess as I am definitely not in the intended age range for it...but it takes me back.  It makes me feel like I am a 12 year old girl again.

I should probably point out that I was never one to be totally obsessed with boy bands like our heroine Mackenzie, but if I had been I am sure I would have been a good bit like her.

So, what is Battle of the Bands all about you ask?  Well, this time there is a competing boy band in the midst!  And whats worse is that this other boy band has stolen a song from Perfect Storm!  Oh but it doesn't end there.  The song was written in Mac's journal which means some one snooped into her private thoughts without her knowing and took them!  Talk about having your privacy invaded!  So now they have to find out who is stealing things written in Mac's journal and how and keep the evil other boy band from ruining Perfect Storm!

Talk about a super fun ride!

Like I stated before and in my review for the first book in the series, Jen Calonita really captures the essence of a 12 year old fangirling over a boy band and trying to figure out life.  It is kept light hearted and fun, but it is still relatable and relatively real (I say relatively because really how many of us in this world get to go on tour with our favorite band?).

In this story we get to see a lot get tested: friendships, a budding preteen romance, various other relationships.

But that isn't all we get to see.  We get to see and take a look at bullying.  We get to see what happens to those we bully and to those that do the bullying.  It really is an important thing for preteens to take a look at and learn about.  And this book does a nice job of it.

I cannot wait until another installment of this series comes out.  It is just so much fun!  Each adventure has been an absolute blast and I need more!

My Rating
5 Stars

This review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Blog Tour: The Turncoat's Gambit by Andrea Cremer

Title: The Turncoat's Gambit
Author: Andrea Cremer
Series: The Inventor's Secret #3
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
Source: Publisher

The Turncoat's Gambit is the third book in Andrea Cremer's The Inventor's Secret series.  In case you have not read the rest of the series and/or missed my reviews on the other two books you can find the review for book 1 HERE and for book 2 HERE.

This is a review for book three in a series.  There may be minor spoilers for the other two books.  Consider yourself warned.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Review: VIP - I'm With the Band by Jen Calonita

Title: I'm With the Band
Author: Jen Calonita
Series: VIP #1
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Source: Publisher

Have you ever been absolutely in love with a boy band?  And then you discover you get to meet them because your mom is their new manager?!  Not only that, you get to go on a road tour with them!?

Well, that is exactly what happens to Mac in I'm With the Band.  As far as she is concerned she is Perfect Storms #1 fan.  Of course, drama happens and it is up to Mac to save the day!

Oh my goodness people, this book is so much fun!  I am well over the intended age range for this book (it is a middle grade novel), but I still found myself enjoying it and totally pulled into it.  Sometimes I even felt like I might be a 12 year old!

And when a book can totally make you forget your own age, that is when you know it is good!

Obviously with saying all of that, I thought that the characters were well done.  I felt like I was reading a 12 year old.  I could tell Mac was in love with the boy band and it reminded me very much of real 12 year olds in the same situation.  I'm pretty sure if you have a 12 year or so old in your life that is love with a boy band that they will not have any sort of problem relating to Mac.

Also, Mac is not all about being in love with the band.  She also has a very creative artsy side.  This is actually shown in quite a fun way too!  The story is told from Mac's perspective as she writes about the events in her journal/diary.  So her art work is doodled along the edges and also she has a comic that she writes that is pretty much her alter ego that gets shown and referred to a lot in the story.  It really is quite fun and really adds to the story.

Definitely a great and super fun read!  Perfect for 12ish year olds or for those who want to forget their actual age!

My Rating
4 Stars

This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Picture Book Wall (#14)


How has storytime been going?  It has actually been going better at our house!  My bug has been looking at her books a whole bunch (and has some obvious favorites) but she has finally started to bring them to us to read to her sometimes now too.  And she lets us read them!  She used to just turn the pages however she felt, but now sometimes she will let us read some of the words.  It is kind of nice and I really love that she is coming to books on her own.

In fact, book is one of the words she uses regularly!  It melts my heart a little bit when I hear her say it.  Of course, it sounds more like "boo" than "book" but I know what she means :)

Anyways, as always, I have a couple of picture book reviews for you!  I hope you find something that you can use for your own storytimes with your littles!

Title: If You Give a Mouse a Brownie
Author: Laura Numeroff
Illustrated: Felicia Bond
Series: If You Give... Books
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 Stars

I absolutely love this series of books, so you can be sure that I was extremely excited when I learned a few months back that this one was going to be coming out.  I just knew I had to get it!  I was counting down the months and then the days until I could go out and pick it up.

And I am so glad I went and got it.

Like always, Mouse is up to his normal mischief.  Except this time we start it off by giving him a brownie.  Then of course he needs something else, and then something else, and then something else...until we come full circle and he finds himself needing another brownie.

Silly Mouse!  This new edition to the series is exactly what we have come to expect from Laura Numeroff when it comes to these books.  The art work is the same as it always has been, bright and fun.  The story follows the same route as all the others.  It is just a new adventure for our friend to share with our littles!

This review is based on a copy I purchased for myself.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Title: A Moon of My Own
Author: Jennifer Rustgi
Illustrator: Ashley White
Publisher: Dawn Publications
Publication Date: September 1, 2016
Source: Author
Rating: 3 Stars

This book is perfect for those with littles that like the night sky and the moon!  It is all about a little girl who thinks the moon must be meant just for her as it appears to follow her around.  She describes a lot of what the moon is doing and what she loves about it.

As far as the illustrations go, they are mostly of the night time sky.  The girl and anything that is supposed to appear before the sky is in black solid shapes, similar to how you see it on the cover.  While it seems rather simple, the sky is always very pretty and nice to look at - which was probably the point of it.  All in all, the illustrations are rather soothing.

However, that all being said, the story is actually a little simple and it is very quick read through.  It might be best as a bedtime story to help calm the littles down.

This review is based on a copy provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.

Title: Train
Author: Mike Vago
Illustrator: Matt Rockefeller
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 Stars

Okay, this book isn't so much for the story as it is for the train.  What do I mean by that?  Well, you see, you can drive the train though the book!  It can travel through each page as you go along, even while flipping the page!

Pretty nifty if you ask me.

Other than the train, the story that is inside is rather simple, but the illustrations.  They are absolutely gorgeous and they are a great way to work on colors with your little!  Each page is just so vibrant and hosts a main color theme.  It is really quite nice to look at.

Your little may not even realize they are looking at a book and may think they are just playing, but that just makes this book even better.

Unless you have my kid.  She has figured out how to take the train out (don't worry you can get it back in).

This review is based on a copy I received from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Blog Tour: Double Eclipse by Melissa de la Cruz and Giveaway

Title: Double Eclipse
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Summer on East End #2
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 8. 2016
Source: Publisher

Before we get started with reviewing Double Eclipse, I want to take a moment to remind you that it is the second book in the series.  The first book, Triple Moon, is a great read if you haven't read it yet.  You can check out my review for Triple Moon HERE.  This all being said, if this review may contain spoilers for the first book, but I will try to keep them to a minimum (really there probably aren't any at all).  Continue at your own risk.

Now to get this party started!

I really love this world that Melissa de la Cruz has created!  Double Eclipse is the 5th book written for this particular world and the 2nd with the teenage twins as the focus characters.  I have read all of them but the third book in the Witches of East End series (the adult series) and that is mostly just because I am usually absolutely horrible with finishing series up.  I don't like the stories to end, so they can't if I never finish!

So in Double Eclipse we have our twins Molly and Mardi, the twin Norse goddesses of Strength and Rage and daughters of the beloved and play boy Thor (or Troy if you want to go by his "mortal" name).  And while they learned their lesson in the first book and haven't gotten into much trouble in the past year, they are again spending their summer in East End with the cast of characters that we came to love in the Witches of East End series.  Yes, that is right, once again we get to see Freya and Ingrid and a few other familiar faces.  Sadly though, they are very much just back ground characters, but we still get to see them again and that is always nice.

In this book the girls discover who their mother is and from there things get all topsy turvy.  Molly keeps having a strange dream.  There are boys.  There are prophecies.  There are strange things happening.

Pretty much it is exactly what we have come to expect from Melissa de la Cruz when it comes to this world and all the crazy goings on that happen in East End.  And the twins have to figure out how to navigate it all.

So before I get into what I really liked about this book, I really need to get into the one thing that really really bothered me when reading this.  And I have no idea how it didn't bother me so much in the first one, as I know it was in that book as well....but there is just so much name dropping of rich super pricey items in this book.  It really started to get annoying.  I mean great...pricey cars, super expensive clothes, crazy expensive alcohol for underage teens (I know they are goddesses, but this is only their first incarnation! Can we get a responsible parent please?) was just sooooo much.  And it was all over the place.  I really could have done with a lot less of it.  I understand that they are rich girls and that they come from A LOT of money, but it doesn't need to be pointed out in such a way and over and over again.

Other than that though, I liked it.  As I said earlier I really like this world.  So much goes on in East End and the cast of characters is just awesome.  I love the whole concept behind East End and the Norse mythology that is built into the story - even if sometimes I find the mythology and stuff a bit hard to follow with how it is written.  There is just SO much!

And the characters.  While I like both Molly and Mardi, I definitely have a favorite twin.  I think it is probably hard not to.  While they are similar, they are still very different.  And this allows us, the readers, to be able to identify more with one or the other of them.  If you are curious, my favorite twin happens to be Mardi (my favorite sister from the Witches of East End was Ingrid if you are curious).

And the story was very interesting.  It kept me wondering.  I couldn't quite figure it out even though I thought I should be able to.  It was like it was right there in my face the whole time.  Of course I had some suspicions, but nothing I really wanted to call out.  I just couldn't be sure.

A great addition to this world, I cannot wait for the next!

My Rating
4 Stars

This review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Monday, November 7, 2016

Review: Doodletopia - Fairies by Christopher Hart

Title: Doodletopia - Fairies: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Magical and Beautiful Fairies
Author: Christopher Hart
Series: Doodletopia
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Source: Blogging for Books

I don't know if you remember or not (or you may have missed it entirely) but not too long ago I wrote up a review for Christopher Hart's Doodletopia - Manga.  You can find my review for that title HERE by the way.  And with how much I liked the manga book and how much I love fairies, I just had to get this one and check it out.

So at first glance, this book is about what I expected after having seen and read through Hart's other book in this series.  It is set up similarly with ways to draw fairies - wing styles, facial expressions, clothes, etc.  Essentially everything you need to create some fairies of your own.

What I did not expect though, and I probably should have based on the artwork on the cover alone, is that these fairies are still kind of in the anime/manga style.  Which is ok.  It is great to know how to draw fairies in this style, but I think I was wanting to learn how to draw them more in the stylings of Amy Brown and other similar artists.  You know, where the fairies seem a bit more...real and not so much cartoon.

I do like that this book gives you plenty of space to try out drawing what they are teaching you inside of it.  However, I am the type of person, that despite being given that space, will still use paper from outside the book to practice and draw on.  I just cannot bring myself to draw in books, even when they tell me to!

All in all, I really enjoy this book and there is quite a bit in it for me to learn which I appreciate.  I wish it weren't all so cartoony, but maybe I will find another book some day to teach me how to draw fairies differently.  For now though, this is a good start.

My Rating
4 Stars

This review is based on a title provided by Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Blog Tour: The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey

Title: The Homecoming
Author: Stacie Ramey
Series: Companion novel to The Sister Pact
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Source: Publisher

If you are wanting to read a book that is filled with some hard hitting topics you will be wanting to pick up The Homecoming.  It has quite a few - suicide, abuse, family issues, drugs...  Really, there is quite a bit.  And that all being said...there are definitely some trigger warnings for The Homecoming!

The Homecoming is about John.  And John is one really messed up teen.  He has been sent back to live with his mom and his two siblings after messing up big time and getting arrested for drugs while living with his dad and uncle.

But the drugs and alcohol issues aren't all there is to John.  First of all, he is haunted by the suicide of his girlfriend that happened a year before.  Second, he has issues with his parents, especially his mom.  And third, he has unresolved issues that sprung up around the accident that handicapped his older brother when he was around 7 or so years old.  His brother, who now seems to be hitting and fighting back more and more - which is another thing that doesn't sit well with John.

As you can tell, John has a lot of issues.

Really, sometimes this book felt like it had too many issues for just one solo novel to contain and deal with adequately.  And I don't think it necessarily did deal with them all fairly.  The novel reads very quickly and I only felt like it just barely brushed upon a lot of the problems that John has.  Almost as if it was trying to give him too many problems.  Fewer problems with a more in depth approach of examining them and fully exploring them would have been better in my opinion.  That, or making this a series and not so much of a stand alone story.

And I think that leads to my next issue.  I never really felt an in depth connection to John or any character really.  Everyone felt only surface deep.  There were so many problems going on with so many different people and I wanted to be able to feel them with them, but I just couldn't.  And then there were the side characters that didn't have much of a role at all...and they all felt the same.

And as for all the issues and problems John faced throughout this story, and he faced quite a few, I found myself having problems with his dependency of drugs and alcohol.  Every time something go tough all he wanted to do was smoke and drink.  It was all he could think of.  However, never did anyone outside of him mention anything about his problem.  Not his therapist, not his parents...NO ONE.  To me it screamed addict, but for whatever reason this was never ever brought up.  Almost as though it wasn't important.  And that really bothered me.

But all this being said, it isn't a bad story and it is a very decent read.  I enjoyed it well enough.  And like I said earlier, it is actually a pretty quick read.  I need to read The Sister Pact - the companion novel - to see how John is mentioned in that story and find out more about the suicide of his girlfriend.

My Rating
3 Stars

This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Blog Tour: The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid

Title: The Diabolic
Author: S.J. Kincaid
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Source: Author/Publisher

S.J. Kincaid happens to be one of my most favorite authors, so you can bet that when I saw there was going to be a blog tour that I jumped at the chance and hoped with everything that I had that I was going to get chosen to participate.

Obviously, I did.  And I was so excited!  But also a little worried.

Why was I worried?  Well for the blog tour, I was told my part of it would be to write a review.  And what if I ended up not liking the book?  What if I hyped it up too much in my own mind that there was no way that it was going to live up to my standards?  So many "what ifs"...

So I sat down and started to read it.

And I kept reading.

I didn't want to stop!

All my "what ifs" were totally pointless!  Thank goodness!  S.J. Kincaid managed to live up to my expectations once again!

True to S.J. Kincaid's typical genre of choice, we have another science fiction novel.  It is set in the future, out in outer space.  The whole thing is actually pretty cool and really well thought out.

The world we are dealing with in The Diabolic almost seems as though it has taken a step backwards.  At one point in time everyone was into science and technology, but then something happened and it made a lot of people believe more in a religion than the science.  So they stopped working on improving science and technology.  They only used what they already had.

This means things break down and get worn out and can't get fixed.  Kind of a serious problem when you are up in outer space living in giant space ship like things that are old and falling apart.

But the big guy in charge doesn't care.  He doesn't want people to work on science and technology any more and will do very evil things to them if they try.

Then there is Nemesis.  She is a Diabolic.  She has been created and genetically engineered to be a protector.  She is programmed to keep one person safe at all costs.  She is not a human.  She has no soul.

And Nemesis finds herself mixed up in all this and in a very dangerous situation.


Really!  I loved the whole thing.  Everything was just so great.  I loved the character development and all of the relationships.  I loved the world and the way that it was built up.  I loved the whole concept behind the book.

Ugh.  I just loved it ok?

I should also let you know that there are some triggers in this book!  If you want to know know more about the triggers please feel free to contact me :)

What I don't love?  Is that it is a stand alone.  That is right.  S.J. Kincaid is NOT going to write more books about these characters.  It is done.  Complete.  Over.  I don't have to be happy about it, but it is her decision so I will just have to deal with it.

Do yourself a favor - get this book and read it immediately!

My Rating
5 Stars

This review is based on an ARC provided by the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.

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