*Blog Tour Review* The Sowing (The Seeds #1) – K. Makansi

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Book & Author details:

The Sowing by K. Makansi
Publication date: August 19th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

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Synopsis:

Remy Alexander was born into the elite meritocracy of the Okarian Sector. From an early age, she and her friends were programmed for intellectual and physical superiority through specialized dietary regimes administered by the Okarian Agricultural Consortium. But when her older sister Tai was murdered in a brutal classroom massacre, her parents began to suspect foul play. They fled the Sector, taking their surviving daughter underground to join the nascent Resistance movement. But now, three years later, Remy’s former schoolgirl crush, Valerian Orleán, is put in charge of hunting and destroying the Resistance. As Remy and her friends race to unravel the mystery behind her sister’s murder, Vale is haunted by the memory of his friendship with Remy and is determined to find out why she disappeared. As the Resistance begins to fight back against the Sector, and Vale and Remy search for the answers to their own questions, the two are set on a collision course that could bring everyone together—or tear everything apart.

My Review: 3.5 Stars out of 5 ***

First off I have to say the idea for this story is excellent. It’s a different take on a post apocalyptic world that I think actually has you thinking. DNA, in particular seed DNA.

It starts off really strong, Tai, a young student in class, bored off her brain, waiting for it to end so she can go to dinner with her love Eli (the class technician) is brutally murdered, along with everyone else in her class as well as the professor.

So I smiled to myself and settled in for what I hoped was a story that would grip me as much as Hunger Games did, well it was promised. The story then jumps a few years on and centers around Remy, Tai’s younger sister and Vale, the son of the ruler of Okaria. The book is split into chapters between Vale and Remy and gives their point of view.

Remy and her parents have fled the city, knowing there was a cover up in the investigation of Tai’s death. They are now with the Resistance, along with Elis, Soren and a whole bunch of others who have fled the city. Vale has graduated and has now become a leader in a unit that is to bring in and question Eli and his bunch of Resistance renegades. He also is in love with Remy as is Remy with him.

The story flowed well enough, what I struggled with a little was how Remy and Vale could have such a deep connection when they’d little short had shared one kiss previously. I also struggled with the depth of character, it just didn’t seem to go deep enough. However that said the story was very good. Eli had kept a strange set of DNA that the now murdered Professor Hawthorne had been working on. It seemed to be one thing but no matter how hard they tried to solve its riddle they just couldn’t.

It was to be the key to not only the murder, but also life itself.

Out on a mission, the Resistance gets caught and instead of Vale capturing Eli he gets Remy and Soren instead. This is where the story starts to heat up (and as I’ve told you plenty) I will back off on story details.

What worked well for me was the nail biting journey Remy and Soren went on after they were captured. It was brutal, heart wrenching and very good. I loved the buddy romance between them, especially as they seemed to have a little hate and indifference going on in the beginning.

I liked Vale and his will to not just accept things at face value. What I had some problems with was, again the depth. I felt it lacked just a little further exploration of some of the scenes. Sometimes we were onto a winner, sometimes it felt it fell short. Then I found out it was written by a mother/daughter team and wondered if that was the reason.

No matter, overall it was good. I’d recommend it to all Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic lovers out there. Do I want to read the next one, The Reaping? You betcha.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18344121-the-sowing?ac=1

Purchase:

–Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Sowing-ebook/dp/B00DYIUX9I/
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AUTHOR BIO:

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K. Makansi is the pen name for the writing triumvirate consisting of Amira, Elena, and Kristina Makansi. Two sisters and their mother, the three women developed a passionate interest in science fiction as a way to write about issues of food sovereignty and food justice. Elena is pursuing a degree in environmental studies at Oberlin College in Ohio, and will graduate in May of 2014. Amira was a history student at the University of Chicago whose day job working in the cellar of a winery (and constantly being splattered with wine) keeps her busy when she’s not writing. And Kristy owns and operates Blank Slate Press, an independent publishing company based out of St. Louis, and is a partner at Treehouse Publishing Group, a company providing editorial and design services to aspiring authors. When not writing or reading, the three can be found having animated discussions around the dinner table, sharing a good bottle of wine, or taking long walks in the park eagerly plotting out their next book.

Author Links:

http://theseedstrilogy.com/
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https://twitter.com/akmakansi

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*Blog Book Tour* In The Fading Light – Tara Brown

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-5x an ebook of their choice by Tara
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Book & Author details:

In the Fading Light by Tara Brown
Publication date: 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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Synopsis:

Separated by a curse but bound by love.

In the fading light of the night, their eyes meet where their lips cannot. It is a single second that sustains their love.
From the moment her eyes met his, Estelle Dumont was captivated. Her heart would always be his.

But Edmond Lamont’s heart wasn’t entirely hers. He had been in love once before, tricked by the fair beauty of an Encantado named Lisle.

Desperate to rid themselves of the curse she placed upon them, they must decide just how far they are willing to go. They must decide if their love is more important than their lives.

But how far is too far and what cost is too much?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19548108-in-the-fading-light

Purchase:

Will be found here come release day:
–Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tara-Brown/e/B007RS9V30
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I am not going to talk in the third person. It feels weird.
I am a Bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance but my true passion is my Post Apocalyptic and Fantasy novels. I write a lot of books and jump Genres a lot. Mostly because I think I have Writers ADD, I like to call it WADD. It might be a real thing.
I write New Adult, my books have sexual content (Heck yes) and Swearing. You have been warned. Now enjoy!

I have a beagle named Buster, a husband who I force to read everything I write and two girls who want so badly to be a character in my books. And not in that order.

I am mid thirties so be prepared for the chick lit novel this year. I am calling it my Ode to my Midlife Crisis.
I have been writing since I was old enough to lie. So for some time.

Welcome to my world. Please enjoy the ride.

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*Blog Book Blitz* After the Curtain Falls – Ainsley Shay

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Book & Author Details:

After the Curtain Falls by Ainsley Shay
Publication date: January 31st 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

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Synopsis:

Erik never had to be anything other than a freak…until now.

Two hundred fifty-three days is a long time to fake being normal when night after night you perform miraculous feats on stage in a freak show. Thousands have paid to witness the miracle, suspecting nothing more than a hoax. But it is very real and it is slowly destroying him. Erik is weakened to the point where he’ll stop performing and start going to school for the first time ever—in his senior year. His only goal is to rebuild his strength so he can return to the stage and perform doing what he loves most in this world. What he didn’t plan for was the appearances of beautiful Addison and mysterious Naya. Now, unfamiliar feelings and bizarre new friendships threaten to unbalance Erik’s future as a miracle-performing freak.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20617601-after-the-curtain-falls?ac=1

Purchase (book is on sale for 0.99c during the blitz!):

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Ainsley Shay avoids insanity by living mostly in the fiction world. She believes surrounding herself with positive people, and strives for balance in everything. She owns more jeans with rips and holes than without; and has recently found the magic of patches. For her, reading or writing the perfect sentence is better than the smoothest piece of dark chocolate melting in her mouth. She is a deltiologist for pure enjoyment, not for the study of. She longs to move north one day, even though she hates the cold. (Go figure!) So, for now, she continues to live in warm south Florida with her incredible husband, three beautiful daughters, and two lazy cats. (We won’t mention the dog.)

Author Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7789269.Ainsley_Shay
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*Blog Tour Review* Cup of Life (Everlast # 2.5) – Juliana Haygert

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Book & Author Details:

Cup of Life by Juliana Haygert
(Everlast #2.5)
Publication date: January 20th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:

His existence would mean nothing without her.

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**New Adult Fantasy Novella**
**Novella between book #2 and #3, told on Micah’s POV**

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18301392-cup-of-life?ac=1

Purchase:
http://www.amazon.com/Cup-Life-The-Everlast-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00HSQFWCA
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cup-of-life-juliana-haygert/1118037845?ean=2940148164265

My Review: 4.5 Stars our of 5 *****

By the Everlast, I really enjoyed this Novella. From the tantalizing synopsis to the cover (and maybe a little that Micah is a dreamy, sexy book boyfriend) I was excited to read his POV.

I was very surprised to find the story is actually a continuation of where it left off in Soul Oath, and not a re-telling of what we already knew from another perspective. Yay, way to go Juliana.

So we have a Micah, and a small matter of the Soul Oath that Nadine practically black mailed him into making. He isn’t happy, it won’t be long before they get the upper hand on Omi and Imha. Then it will be time to fulfill the oath.

Only he can’t. He can’t lose Nadine. So on a quest to find a way to break the Soul Oath he learns there is but one. One that may cost him dearly. The story maybe shorter than the first two, but it is full of action, soul searching revelations and some old foes coming to force Micah’s hand.

What I liked most was getting into the head of Micah. Learning more about him, how despite being the god of the underworld, his personal journey through his death and re-birth has shaped him into more than the death dealer he used to be.

The story also sets up book 3 in the Everlast series so tantalizing, it makes me wonder just where it is going to go.

If you love Micah, you’re going to love this 🙂

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While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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*Book Blitz* I Am Just Junco Omnibus (Books 1-3) – J. A. Huss

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Book & Author Details:

I Am Just Junco Omnibus by J.A. Huss
(I Am Just Junco Books 1-3)
Publication date: November 4th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult, Science Fiction

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Synopsis:

Clutch~Fledge~Flight (1,152 pages) – the first three books in the epic science fiction fantasy saga that spans five full length novels and one novella. The final book, RETURN, will be released on December 2, 2013.

Nineteen year old Rural Republic sniper, Junco Coot, has been lied to. Not once or twice, but pretty much everyone she ever trusted is totally full of sh*t. And now her father is dead, she’s on the run, and everyone wants a piece of her—including one winged alien warrior named Tier.

But the truth always catches up and Junco has to choose who she should trust. The people who have lied and trained her to kill since she was a small child? Or the warriors who want to steal her away and use her as the catalyst in a plot to fight the final battle in an ancient war?

It’s a choice that will change her fate forever. And once it’s made—there’s no turning back. Life becomes nothing but brutal killing in the name of vengeance. But everything requires sacrifice—everything has a price. And Junco is about to find out what it means to dedicate herself to saving someone else.

Junco is not young adult. She has a foul mouth and violent tendencies.

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GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18584641-i-am-just-junco-books-1-3-omnibus
AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Am-Just-Junco-Omnibus-ebook/dp/B00GA0NURO
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-am-just-junco-omnibus-books-1-3-j-a-huss/1117261991?ean=2940148720058

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AUTHOR BIO

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J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

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