#Sale, #NeedMoreSciFi & Why You Should Read: The Book of Ivy-Amy Engel


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“Well-developed characters and intricate world-building combined with complex relationships, political corruption, and betrayal, leave readers begging for the second book in this series.” —School Library Journal

“I enjoyed this novel so much that I polished it off in two sittings. There is no insta-love! There is no love triangle! Best of all, the protagonist actually has common sense, and she uses it! The slow-to-develop relationship is believable, and both Ivy and Bishop are easy to relate to. Waiting anxiously for Book 2!” —Julie at Magna Mania Cafe

“Thought-provoking, poignant, and sexy! Readers will burn the midnight oil to finish The Book of Ivy and fall asleep with the name Bishop Lattimer on their lips.” —Regina at Mel, Erin and Regina Read-A-Lot

synAfter a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and return the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

teaser“We haven’t slept together or shared secrets together or done much of anything together, really. But in perhaps the most important way of all, everything’s altered since those first hesitant nights. Because by being the person I come home to, the person who asks me about my day and listens to my answers, Bishop’s become the constant my life revolves around. Even if most of the time we navigate so carefully we might as well be bombs trying not to explode, we are still always there, in each other’s paths. Just waiting for the moments we intersect.” —The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

authAmy Engel is the author of THE BOOK OF IVY (out now) and its sequel, THE REVOLUTION OF IVY, which will be available on November 3, 2015. In addition, her debut adult novel (gothic suspense), THE ROANOKE GIRLS, is forthcoming from Crown in early 2017. Amy lives in Missouri with her husband and two children.


1. The Book of Ivy is an unconventional take on dystopia, one that rivals Romeo and Juliet. Sworn enemies plagued by generations of hate how can you love without trust and the threat of a knife in your back? Full of deep-seeded political secrets, arranged marriages to maintain the peace, and a great mystery beyond the wall, The Book of Ivy will keep you guessing.

2. Bishop Lattimer. BE STILL MY HEART. Get ready to swoon ladies. Attentive, thoughtful, and yes, totally dreamy, Bishop Lattimer will make you melt. 

3. Vengeance. The strong sense of wrong done to the Westfalls, the atrocities of the political system and what goes on outside the wall will have you ravenous for sweet, violent revenge. Just when you think you’ve picked a side, everything gets turned on its head. Just you wait ;)

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ARC Review & Giveaway: We’ll Never Be Apart-Emiko Jean

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Release Date: October 6th, 2015




That’s all seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe thinks about. Committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle, Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, Jason. A blaze her twin sister Cellie set. But when Chase, a mysterious, charismatic patient, agrees to help her seek vengeance, Alice begins to rethink everything. Writing out the story of her troubled past in a journal, she must confront hidden truths.

Is the one person she trusts only telling her half the story? Nothing is as it seems in this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller from the debut author Emiko Jean.

review4/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & HMH Books for Young Readers and with participation in this tour.

+++Contains disturbing images, violence, and moments that may be considered triggers for some.


  • You live for psychological thrillers
  • You are looking for part diary part mystery
  • You want to see how psychosis post-trauma builds from the ground up

We’ll Never Be Apart is disturbing in its detached simplicity. Love can be deadly but sisterhood is eternal. 


  • Cellie is intense. I’ve never been so terrified by a character. Her maniacal little laugh, the disquieting way she stares, her sadistic actions with animals, and her sickening jealousy all will put you on edge. She’s a loose cannon, you’re never sure about what she’ll do next and each incident is more horrific, violent, and vicious. The sociopathic way she feels no remorse about her actions builds from childhood onward through Alice’s diary entries. Seeing the sickness grow in Cellie is heartbreaking and scary for Alice and the reader. Knowing their past trauma and why she behaves the way she does will make you question her actions and exactly how guilty she truly is. 
  • The casual, almost frank recount of Cellie’s pyromaniac episodes are all the more terrifying because they’re not especially graphic. The clean way they’re worded with almost a clinical precision takes all the emotion out of the scene and replaces it with a raw, hungry desperation. In the way you can’t look away from an accident on the side of the road, Cellie and Alice’s story compels, tempted, begged for me to continue reading. 
  • Some truths were unexpected and shocking. Reevaluation of the memories create a crazed, hysteria that puts everything else into question. You’ll no longer know if Alice can be trusted, if her trauma has buried something so deep that only half-truths exist anymore. 
  • Alice is hard to read. Sometimes she’s soft, introverted and escapes through the comfort of her army of origami warriors. Other times she sarcastic, a little vulgar, and feisty. Alice’s relationship with her sister is one of scars, fierce love, and mistrust. Despite their unhealthy love for one another, there’s always a foreboding beneath the surface, one that suggests neither one is safe with the other. 
  • Chase and Alice are sweet together. Their relationship is shaky and tentative but blossoms. They find comfort and peace with each other. Their moments are cute, mischievous, and sometimes packed with tears.


  • The twist was expected and you can guess relatively quickly but the story is so compelling that you almost forget until it rushes upon you.
  • The ease in which patients at Savage Isle can break the rules and gain access to forbidden materials was a little too convenient and hard to believe. It took away from some of the anxiety and fear because the risk just wasn’t there. 



authimgresEmiko Jean is an elementary school math teacher, whose work with children in foster care inspired her debut novel, We’ll Never Be Apart. Aside from reading, writing, and teaching, Emiko is passionate about bugs. She can often be found in the remote forests of the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband, hunting giant moths and cataloguing rare insect colonies. 

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Blog Tour: Sade on the Wall-Kaylene Campbell

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Save her friendship, or save her best friend…
Sade and Jackie have been best friends since they were little, but a dangerous habit may drive a rift between them forever. When Sade finds out that Jackie has been attending raves, she doesn’t think it’s a big deal—until she discovers that Jackie has an even bigger secret.

Sade soon finds herself lying to the people she loves most in order to cover for Jackie. Caught in Jackie’s web of self-destruction, she tries to do her best to honor the best friends code of secrecy. As things spin more and more out of control, though, Sade realizes there is only one thing she can do to save Jackie.

Sade on the Wall is a poignant, raw coming of age story filled with suspense, tough choices, and heartache. Delving deep into the world of teen drug addiction, it will strike a chord with both teen and adult readers.

authKaylene Campbell believes in spreading the message of prevailing hope, even in the darkest times. She writes suspense novels for teen readers that focus on substance abuse and mental illness. Partially based on experiences from her own life, Sade on the Wall is her first novel. Kaylene started writing at a young age, but only recently began pursuing her dream of being a full-time author. Though she has traveled all over New England and the East Coast, Kaylene makes her home in Connecticut with her husband, the mixed media artist Michael Campbell.
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Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: Blind Trust-Peiri Ann

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Blind Trust by Peiri Ann

Publication Date: September 24, 2015

Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Thriller

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synLoving someone has never been so deadly.

Valerie Harper has one assignment, one mission. Assassinate her mark and everyone he loves. But what happens when she finds that she loves him too?

Her instructions are simple; do not fraternize with your target, observe at a distance, and never engage with the enemy. However, as things take an unexpected turn in Val’s world, these simple instructions begin to change.

Refusing to be a puppet, Kyle Shultz walks away from his old life and settles into the college routine. But the life of a student is more difficult than he imagined. Making friends and attending parties are as foreign a concept as showing a target mercy.

The lines between the state of the job and the affairs of the heart are blurred as Valerie and Kyle’s worlds collide. With a maze of enemies and hit lists to navigate, will these two young adversaries proceed wide-eyed and alone into the fray? Or will they blindly trust the feelings they can no longer ignore?

review3.5/5 Stars

***I received this ebook as a gift in exchange for an honest review and with participation in this tour.

Blind Trust is a tantalizing, adrenaline-rush of a read. 


  • You’re looking for ballsy, lovable characters with confidence
  • You’re into thrillers but not anything too gruesome or graphic
  • You’ve been searching for that perfect balance of love/hate chemistry


  • The chemistry is HOT HOT HOT. No really, sizzling, spicy goodness. Kyle and Val’s playful banter is an instant spark that turns into much more. Their constant teasing of each other, their fighting words, and denial it only adds to the electricity.
  • Val is a saucy, feisty woman who knows her skills and when to use them. Wicked smart and a BA assassin, she’s as fierce as they come and yet, down to earth. Her heart, though cloaked in antagonism and sarcasm, is on her sleeve and thirsting for connection. Val’s internal dialogue makes her relatable and someone you can get behind. 
  • Kyle, sweet sinful boy. Kyle’s wide grin, his killer body, his heart, the way he goes out of his way to help people and his slight arrogance make him a major catch. Each new scene shows a compassionate, sweet side to him that makes him even more knight in shinning armor…but like with a gun complete with a silencer and a hit list. 
  • Secondary characters each have their own intriguing stories and bold personalities, most are memorable and likeable. 


  • It takes a bit for the tension to build and the story to take off but when it does it’s 100% worth the wait.
  • These competing assassins and networks that don’t know of each other were a little too clandestine, if you know what I mean. It didn’t feel like there was as much danger as there should have been, especially when all these rival companies are pitting assassins against each other. 
  • Some characters felt unnecessary and there for the sake of adding more sexual encounters. Those characters were also atypical, you’d expect most of their moves.

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Peiri Ann shares a love in the creation of new worlds, different creatures, and unwritten possibilities.

Writing is a passion. I fell in love with it when i was a child and I am privileged to share it with you. I love writing fun/tragic adventurous novels with strong romantic elements from YA to New Adult. (reachme@peiriann.com)

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ARC Review: Daughters Unto Devils-Amy Lukavics


synWhen sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner’s family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly Ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.

When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn’t right on the prairie. She’s heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can’t be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.

review3.5/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Harlequin:Teen

+++Contains: Mature themes, gore, graphic imagery, and what may be considered triggers- miscarriage 


  • You’re looking for something chilling and unexpected
  • You’re not afraid of disturbing images, gore, and/or devils
  • You like M. Night Shyamalan 

Daughters Unto Devils would make a terrifying horror film. Amy Lukavics has perfected the use of blunt and abrasive images that are just enough to shock and haunt. There’s no need for explanation or excessive description, the brutally detached imagery will give you goosebumps. 


  • Amanda has a profound and stunning voice. She voices her dark and twisted thoughts, voicing them, letting herself accept that her deepest desires are not always pure or even remotely nice. Amanda admits to herself that she’s morbid, sinful and a little insane. That she owns it makes it 10x more compelling. Sometimes her thoughts are sickening and startling, that someone could wish harm and death on others if pretty off-putting but Amanda’s candidness with herself (and some self loathing) almost make her more likable. She’s hardly perfect, far from it, but she sees the world for the vile and rotten place it can be, she picks up on darkness when others are oblivious, mainly because she has it tucked so close inside her. 
  • Spine-tingling, hair on edge images that blur the line between paranoia and reality, there’s something sinister in the simple images. The scenery is bleak and haunting. The snippets of ghost stores and memories that may or may not be real add an air of suspicion. You won’t know of they’re insane, paranoid or possessed until the last moment.
  • Twists that will leave you reeling.
  • One scene in particular was Excorist-worthy terror at its finest. 


  • Some sections are slow and drag quite a bit when there’s not something sinister on the horizon. 
  • The whole situation with Henry and the Amanda is naïve and sort of grotesque. The descriptions of bulges and writhing were too much for me. Amanda’s wild-eyed wonder at this man was understandable at first but after everything that happens to have her still hoping that he’d accept the situation was crazy.
  • What happened in the cabin, the clues and tidbit scenes were spaced far apart and didn’t go into enough detail to truly capture the hysteria. 

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ARC Review: The Lost Girl-R.L. Stine


synGenerations of children and teens have grown up on R.L. Stine’s bestselling and hugely popular horror series, Fear Street and Goosebumps. Now, the Fear Street series is back with a chilling new installment, packed with pure nightmare fodder that will scare Stine’s avid fan base of teen readers and adults.

New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seems… and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident. Soon, Michael’s friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago. Frightening and tense in the way that only this master of horror can deliver, The Lost Girl is another terrifying Fear Street novel by the king of juvenile horror.

review3/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & St. Martin’s Press

+++Triggers: Graphic violence and assault


  • You grew up on R.L. Stine and are feeling nostalgic
  • You’re looking for a spooky Halloween read
  • You’re NOT terrified of horses
  • Gore and violence don’t make you squeamish

Stepping into The Lost Girl world was a trip to the past in more ways than one. For the people like me, who grew up on R.L. Stine, who lived for Goosebumps and shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark? you’ll feel transported back to childhood, I was flooded with memories. That, and the story jumps from 1950 to present day :) As someone who is just a little terrified of horses this was HORRIFYING. 


  • The sickening, disturbing bit of horror and shock that R.L. Stine is known for is back with a vengeance (though, I don’t think there was enough of it). Some scenes are extremely graphic and disgusting. The first horror scene was so intense and terrifying I don’t think I’ll EVER get it out of my head. It’s so real, you can picture every little detail. Prepare for nightmares.
  • The cat and mouse game that follows a surprising accident is unexpected and edge-of-you-seat thrilling. You won’t know who is next until it’s too late. 
  • Michael’s infatuation with Lizzy is irresistible and disquieting. There’s something dark beneath the soft, clumsiness she exudes. Michael is confused and dazzled by Lizzy, so much so that even her bad behavior is temptation in human form, a mere curiosity that intrigues him even more. 


  • There wasn’t enough interaction with characters or back story to make me care about their fate. They were typical and forgettable. Gabe, Kathryn, and Pepper, apart from her fiery redhead stereotype, seemed to be there for the purpose of eventual torment and not much else. A firmer establishment of their friendship, maybe some memories that connected them to Michael would have made their ordeal more emotional instead of sheer spectacle. 
  • Points could have been strengthened to get at the terrible power Beth possessed. Instead, it felt like a random fact. Lizzy’s super sketchy stalker attitude was played up as whimsical and sort of quirky and everyone was oblivious to her weirdness. 
  • Characters are far too easy going and dismiss incidents that should have had them running to the police. The hysteria missed its mark entirely as did the suspense.
  • There was a massive amount of telling. Description was strong only to showcase the gore. 

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ARC Review: Shattered Blue-Lauren Bird Horowitz

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synFor Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

review4.5/5 Stars

***I recieved this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Skyscape.


  • You’re alive and breathing, if you’re a ghost, animal, vegetable, mineral…read it. P.S. It’s available on KindleU and on Amazon only $3.99. Worth every penny.
  • You love dark stories bursting with hope in unexpected places.
  • Fae. Fae galore and in a new way.


  • This was probably the most cruel, vicious, and explosive book ending I’ve EVER read. Mouth-hanging open, shocked and heartbroken as each new revelation spiraled out of control, I could barely process let alone grieve. Wow. Stunning. Mind-blowing. 
  • I love fae. Sadistic fae, violent fae, predatory fae, loving fae but I’ve never experienced fae like this. Each faery is represented by a color that signifies their unique powers. Red, Blue, Green, and Clear, each faery has incredible abilities that are as lethal as they are compelling. 
  • Every single character is memorable, no matter how fleeting and leaves an impression.
  • Noa is a poet. She’s in tune with her feelings in a way that is uplifting and magical. The poetry included in the story is mesmerizing and beautiful. If you’re a fan of Jandy Nelson’s style, Emily Dickinson, or bewitched by the dark depth of Poe, pick this up. 
  • Judah. Holy hotness. He’s jaded, mischievous, a little evil at times but good grief he’s magnetic in the same way Draco Malfoy was. The brokeness inside him, his ferocious desire to prove himself, his heartache, the way he looks at Sasha and sacrifices…it’s almost too easy to overlook his past transgressions. He evolves and grows and there’s something breathtaking about watching it happen. 
  • Loss and memory are everything in this story and funnel through pure love. The tragic loss of Isla is coupled with the little things that echo in absence of the person who once filled up a space within Noa and her family’s heart.
  • Every emotion, good and bad shoots off the pages. The feels. It’s brutal and eye-opening.


  • Callum and Noa’s romance was insanely fast. Almost to fast to build the emotions necessary to ship them. Their scenes together are light and playful one moment and harrowing and emotional the next. They pour their hearts out to each other and yet, when it comes down to it, the thread that connects them is fragile because it almost feels compounded. 

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