Orenda by Ruth Silver Review Tour!

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Title: Orenda
Series: Orenda
Author: Ruth Silver
Genre: YA/MG Fantasy
Publisher: Patchwork Press

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Ruth Silver

Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of ABERRANT, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing, in 2013. Author, YA Blogger, and Book Manager with Booktrope Publishing, Ruth keeps busy with writing, updating her book blogs Write Away Bliss and YA Book Deals, and promoting authors.

With a passion for reading, photography, and traveling Ruth has plenty of stories and experiences to share. She loves dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy young adult novels most of all. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

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Join forces with a parallel universe.

Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.

A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action-packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.

Emilie's Evaluation

After waking up from a realistic dream of another land just like hers, Lil Porter’s life is turned upside down. Suddenly, a boy named Rawlie pulls Lil from her class and thrusts her into Orenda, the world from her dream. Orenda is nothing like her world, despite the similarities; people have powers and the world is on the brink of destruction at the hands of Eilith, an evil sorceress who opened Pandora’s box. Lil’s world is being threatened if she can’t help her new friends gain some sort of an upper hand and rescue her doppleganger and the gate keeper between worlds, Willow. What Lil doesn’t know is that there is more to the story than she ever expected.

There were some grammar errors. They didn’t impede the reading experience much, however.

I would recommend Orenda to fans of young adult stories of the fantasy and paranormal variety. It’s suitable for nearly all readers of chapter books.

Overall, I enjoyed this read. While the characters felt a little shallow, the world and story did not. Orenda is a world described in stunning detail. In between my chances to read, I found myself daydreaming about pink sunlight, dragons, distant magical springs, and fairies. The story unfolded a bit fast for me, but I did enjoy the many twists and turns there were. This is my second read from this author and I fully intend to pick up another when I have the chance.

I give Orenda 4 out of 5 pandas!

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Two Degrees Closer to Hell by David Fingerman Blog Tour!

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Title: Two Degrees Closer to Hell
Author: David Fingerman

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David Fingerman

During the summer months when the sun is shining and birds are singing, David is perfectly content to sit in his office, with blinds drawn, typing away at the computer. His favorite day of the year is the first day toward the end of summer that’s cool enough to pull a flannel shirt from the closet.

As a student at the University of Minnesota, David realized that if he switched his major from journalism to speech, he could graduate that quarter. It was a no-brainer. After 24 years of working in the court system, he walked away to write full time – another no-brainer.

Two Degrees Closer to Hell will be his second collection of short stories. He has also written three other novels.

David is married and lives in Minneapolis.

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Speculative fiction writer, David Fingerman, is back with a series of short stories guaranteed to curl your toes and raise your hair. If you’re looking for some quick thrills, let these stories take you on a ride that will bring you two degrees closer to Hell.

Emilie's Evaluation

Two Degrees Closer to Hell is a single-author anthology of short stories about demons, death, and the unknown where tales ranging from supernatural to science fiction to downright horror fill the pages.

There were a few spelling and grammar errors, but they didn’t hinder my reading much.

I would recommend this collection of short stories to lovers of horror as well as fans of spooky campfire stories. Despite some sexual situations and foul language, I feel Two Degrees Closer to Hell would be suitable for older, more mature teens.

Overall, I enjoyed each short story and each glimpse into the author’s mind. I’m usually a fan of novels rather than short stories because it’s easier for me to connect with the characters. With this collection of shorts however, I found myself at the mercy of my Kindle’s page-turning speed, desperate to read more without pause. I made a small list of favorites including Until After Death Do Us Part, Hell Mouth, Camp Conifer, Freak Accident, Tax Exempt Status, and Mourning a Friend. I loved the imagery and twists in those particular stories. Having never heard of David Fingerman prior to signing up for this tour, I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I can’t wait to pick up more of his works in the near future.

I give Two Degrees Closer to Hell 4 out of 5 pandas!

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Aqua by M.A. George Blog Tour!

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Title: Aqua
Author: M.A. George
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: April 16, 2014

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M.A. George

M.A. George is part proud mother of two adorable children, part super top secret agent…Oops, probably just lost that job.

Writing is what keeps her up into the wee hours of the night.  Fortunately, she has a lot of energy (Read: caffeine is her friend).  She has a bit of an obsession with music (It does a fantastic job of tuning out rambunctious children while she attempts to focus).

She sincerely hopes people out there enjoy reading her work as much as she enjoys writing it.  And if anyone hears of work for a super top secret agent, she’s now available (Discretion guaranteed…).

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Meet Layla McKelland:

Novelist (unpublished, but cut her some slack…seventeen is a bit early to despair),

Slightly neurotic introvert (Alright, let’s be honest…there’s no “slightly” about it),

International Woman of Mystery, and…

Okay, just scratch the bio.

The only real “mystery” in Layla’s life is why her father has never been on the scene.  Or why her mother drags Layla to a new coastal home every year.

Nothing about the latest hometown seems too newsworthy…until a routine day at the beach leaves Layla questioning whether she’s read one too many paranormal fantasy novels.  The plot thickens when a random guy claims to know things about her father—a bizarre claim he backs up with an equally impossible stunt.  And Layla soon finds herself on the wrong side of a mysterious attempted drowning…on her own kitchen floor.

When all is done, Layla will attest that fact is far stranger than fiction.  And nothing in real life is ever as transparent as it seems…Not even water.

Especially not water.

Emilie's Evaluation

Aqua is the story of seventeen-year-old Layla McKelland and how her semi-ordinary life becomes extraordinary when she meets Tristan and Pyke, two rowdy individuals that are anything but normal. When someone or something attempts to drown her in the murky ocean depths, Layla learns that her new acquaintances know a lot more about who she is than she does, including who her father is. What she isn’t is a normal seventeen-year-old girl who moves every year on her birthday. In fact, she’s not even human. On top of all of that, she must deal with new feelings brought on by her newfound friend, Tristan, as well as a war in which she was never aware she played a part. Layla must learn the ways of her kind quickly or she risks losing it all.

There were a few grammar errors scattered throughout the chapters, but they did not hinder the reading experience or fluid progression of the story.

I would recommend Aqua to anyone who loves fantasy or paranormal fiction, especially those who enjoy a full-length young adult novel. Aside from the occasional foul language, Aqua is suitable for most teens.

Overall, I was extremely pleased with the story. I found the characters especially charming. I’m now a total fangirl for the young love shared between Layla and Tristan. Layla was incredibly down-to-earth and it’s hard to believe she is merely a character in this amazing story. Her wisecracks and emotions are on par for her age and sometimes it’s easy to lose yourself in her dialogue. For the first time in a while, I was able to see the story and all the beautiful details of the world within as I read along. From the beginning to the very end, it felt like I was a character living and breathing the ocean air (and water) right alongside the hilariously unique cast. Before I signed up for this tour, I had never heard of M.A. George, but now I know who she is and I’m kind of sad that I haven’t been losing myself in her splendid worlds much sooner. I’ll never make that mistake again! She uses such vivid details to describe her characters and her worlds that it’s hard not to see and even hear them. She has a gift and wields words as a tool so well that I was left in awe as I read. I truly can’t wait to pick up another work of hers in the future.

I give Aqua 5 out of 5 pandas!

Emilie

The Daring Assignment by Victoria Bright Review!

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The Daring Assignment is about romance author Arianna Donatelli, the young daughter of a fashion designer and investment banker. Stuck in a dead end, arranged engagement to the son of another wealthy power couple, Julius Parker, Arianna is just going through life day by day. She believes she is resigned to her fate of marrying someone her parents approve of just to have any of the wealth she has always known. When her literary agent, Allison, gives her a daring assignment to write erotica, Arianna’s life changes forever. It’s not until she literally runs into Zane Foreman that the change is solidified. With her best friend Gia’s help, she breaks out of the boring, day-by-day pattern she has fallen into and into a crash course with a future she never imagined.

There were very few, if any, grammar and spelling mistakes and the story flows rather fluidly from beginning to end.

I would recommend The Daring Assignment to anyone who loves a good steamy romance or erotica with a plot. This book is definitely intended to be read by adults only. It’s erotic romance, so of course there are sexual situations, some humorous violence, and a very brief bout of domestic violence.

Overall, I was absolutely blown away by this book. I laughed, I cried, and I got angry, but I loved every single word. The characters felt so real, as if they could step off the pages at any second. There was one scene that left me a hysterical mess and I can honestly say that very few books have elicited an emotional reaction like that from me. I wouldn’t hesitate to give this book five stars just on that basis alone, but this book deserves the highest rating all around. I can’t wait for the sequel. Victoria Bright has become a staple author in my reading arsenal, and I would never dream to change that. She has raw talent and an imagination for days. I can honestly say this is her best work yet and I am dying to see where her future novels take me.

I give The Daring Assignment 5 out of 5 pandas!

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Fractured Dream by K.M. Randall Blog Tour!

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Title: Fractured Dream
Series: The Dreamer Saga, Book #1
Author: K.M. Randall
Genre: Fantasy, Fairytale
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing

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KM Randall

As a girl, K.M. always wished she’d suddenly come into magical powers or cross over into a Faerie circle. Although that has yet to happen, she instead lives vicariously through the characters she creates in writing fantasy and delving into the paranormal. When K.M. is not busy writing her next novel, she is the editor-in-chief of a blog covering the media industry, as well as an editor with Booktrope Publishing. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in English-Lit from Nazareth College of Rochester. K.M. lives in Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region with her husband and her extremely energetic little boy. Fractured Dream is her first novel.

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Have you ever wondered where fairytales go once they’re created?

It’s been eight years since Story Sparks last had a dream. Now they’re back, tormenting her as nightmares she can’t remember upon waking. The black waters of Lake Sandeen, where her Uncle Peter disappeared decades before, may hold the secret to Story’s hidden memories, or a truth she’d rather not know. On a bright summer afternoon, Story and her two best friends, Elliott and Adam, take a hike to the lake, where they dive into the cool water and never reemerge. What they find is beyond anything they’ve ever imagined could be possible, a world where dangers lurk in the form of Big Bad Wolves, living Nightmares and meddlesome witches and gods.

Now Story must remember who she really is and somehow stop two worlds from ultimate annihilation, all while trying not to be too distracted by the inexplicable pull she feels toward a certain dark-eyed traveler who seems to have secrets of his own. The fates of the worlds are counting on her.

Emilie's Evaluation

Fractured Dream begins with Story Sparks, a young woman with holes in her memories and the best two friends anyone could ever ask for. When a hiking trip with Adam and Elliott leads her to Sandeen Lake, her life gets turned upside down and she must remember who she is. Along the way, she will make new friends as well as friends we all remember in order to win a war of her own creation and save Tressla and the entire world as she knows it.

There were very little, if any spelling and grammar errors. The plot unraveled fluidly, making this an easy read through and through.

I would recommend this story to fans of young adult fantasy and paranormal novels and fairytales. There are some adult situations, but I found that this read is suitable for older or more mature teens as well as adults.

Overall, I fell in love with Fractured Dream. From beginning to end I was lost in a fairytale of epic proportions and the only thing I hated was finishing the book and saying goodbye to the characters (for now). I adored the characters and the beautiful imagery each new chapter brought, as well as the quirky humor and throwbacks to the fairytales my mother told me when I was a little girl. With each new piece of the story, I felt like a little kid again, staying up all night to read what happens next. This gem is bound to draw its readers in and leave them hooked from start to finish on a literary roller coaster they will want to read again and again and again. Mrs. Randall is exceptionally talented and her imagination is absolutely delightful. She has earned herself two thumbs up from me along with a permanent place on my bookshelf. I can’t wait until book two is released so I can read more about the characters and the world I have come to love.

I give Fractured Dream 5 out of 5 pandas!

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Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver Review Tour!

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Title: Dead Girl Walking
Series: Royal Reaper Book #1
Author: Ruth Silver
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Royalty
Publisher: Patchwork Press

About the Author

Ruth Silver

Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of ABERRANT, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing, in 2013. Author, YA Blogger, and Book Manager with Booktrope Publishing, Ruth keeps busy with writing, updating her book blogs Write Away Bliss and YA Book Deals, and promoting authors.

With a passion for reading, photography, and traveling Ruth has plenty of stories and experiences to share. She loves dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy young adult novels most of all. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

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Forget everything you know about grim reapers.

Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered.

Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death.

Emilie's Evaluation

Dead Girl Walking is the story of Opelia Dacre, a young princess in line for the thrown. She is is in love with a peasant and spends her nights by his side as Leila. She is killed, miraculously, on one such night and whisked away to the Asylum where she will meet her fellow reapers and learn the ropes. She is now Leila Bele, a new grim reaper out on an adventure, but her adventure requires her to let go of her past and embrace her future.

The plot flowed beautifully from beginning to end with few grammar and spelling mistakes.

I would recommend this story to young adults and adults alike who enjoy a fun and adventurous paranormal fantasy.

Overall, I adored this read. It was fun, spunky, and sweet. The characters were charming, the imagery was lovely, and the overall feel of the read was enjoyable. I wished the story would go on and on and a little sad to see it end, but I can’t wait for the sequel. Ruth Silver has earned herself a place on my bookshelf with Dead Girl Walking and I am thrilled to be reading another of her works very soon.

I give Dead Girl Walking 4 out of 5 pandas!

Emilie

Evolution: ANGEL by S.A. Huchton Blog Tour

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Title: Evolution: ANGEL (The Evolution Series, Book 1)
Author: S. A. Huchton
Genre: New Adult Superhero Romance
Release Date: March 6th, 2014

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A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. Her first novel, THE DREAMER’S THREAD was released as a full cast audiobook podcast, becoming a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. After releasing short fiction of steampunk, noir fantasy, and other varieties, she released the first three books of the Sci-Fi Romance ENDURE series in 2013. All three books of the EVOLUTION series will be released in 2014, as well as a Steampunk Fantasy novel, MASTER OF MYTH (the Antigone’s Wrath series, book 1), which was the first place winner of the Crested Butte Writers’ contest, The Sandy, in 2012.

When not writing, Starla trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers at designedbystarla.com.

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Candace Bristol has always been obsessed with comic books, but in a world where the nightly news often mirrors these inked stories, her dreams of becoming a real superhero could actually come true. After being rescued by members of the government’s AdvaNced Genetic EvoLution (ANGEL) Project four years ago, getting recruited for this elite team is all she’s wanted.

Now 18, she’s finally reached her goal after years of study and physical training, but little could have prepared her for life as a genetic experiment. As though coming to terms with her new ability to manipulate water isn’t tough enough, she never expected to be swept off her feet by one of her fellow recruits.

With genetic alteration, the threat of physical and mental instability hangs over every superhero like a shadow. When one of their own tumbles over the edge of madness, Candace will have to choose between protecting the world, and saving the one who holds her heart.

Emilie's Evaluation

Evolution: ANGEL is the story of Candace Bristol, a young 18-year-old girl whose dreams of joining the newest military branch, the ANGELs are finally realized after being rescued by the modern day superheroes four years beforehand. When she is finally accepted, she is whisked away to California to begin testing and training. It is here she meets back up with her cousin, Gabe, who tries to help prepare her for what she is going to endure as she goes through her treatments to unlock her powers. What she isn’t prepared for is Adrian, a guy who is perfect for her in every way. All seems well in her life until her final test. Will she make the right decision or lose it all?

The copy I received was an advance reader’s copy (ARC) and as such, I cannot vouch for the grammatical correctness of the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi, fantasy, or paranormal romance. There are sexual situations, so this book is definitely intended for mature audiences.

Overall, I am simply floored. While reading this story, I was completely hooked. It haunted my dreams and subconscious like an addiction and I spent a few nights awake until my eyes hurt, wanting nothing more than to live another moment in the world Ms. Huchton created. I fell in love with the characters so fully that their troubles felt like my own. The plot is carried out so seamlessly and without flaws that I almost pictured everything as a viewer would a movie. This was my very first read from this incredibly talented author and I have made a vow to myself that it will not be the last. I am positively anxious for the second book to be released. It takes something special to make me feel at home in the pages of a story, but she has certainly achieved it with her relatable characters and comic book style imagery.

I give Evolution: ANGEL 5 out of 5 pandas!

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