Blog Tour and Giveaway : Scythe by Christina Bauer (Dimension Drift Worlds, #1)

Scythe
Christina Bauer
(Dimension Drift Worlds, #1)
Publication date: April 24th 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult

“Fans of A Wrinkle in Time can’t missDimension Drift!” – Christina Trevaskis, The Book Matchmaker

Truth time. I go to a Learning Squirrel High School. Don’t judge.

On second thought, judge away. Learning Squirrel is one step above attending class in a junkyard. But what do you expect? Everything’s made out of garbage these days. At least, I have my freelance work to keep Mom and me housed, clothed, and fed. How? I’m your regular high school science geek for hire, except my work manipulates space-time. The good news is that these gigs pay really well; the bad news is that the government likes to kill people like me. Whatever. I’m not worried; hiding from their detection systems is easy for me.

Then I screw up one of my illegal projects. Badly.

In fact, things go so sideways that my house slips into two-dimensional space-time. The shift only lasts for a few seconds, but that’s long enough to set off a dozen government alarms. If those goons track me down, Mom and I are as good as dead. Long story short, I need to pay someone off, hide the evidence, and keep us safe.

Unfortunately, that means asking the Scythe for help. He runs the local underground crime scene and has absolutely no conscience…Or at least, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t. It’s hard to think straight when a guy’s that hot in an ‘evil Mafioso kingpin’ kind of way. Most importantly, the Scythe is a crime lord who can conceal my slip-up with a few clicks on his minion’s computer keyboards. But the man has his price. In this case, the Scythe wants me to finish a certain dimensional prototype for him in twenty-four hours. I can do it, but it might mean Learning Squirrel High gets blown up in the process. Oh yes, and there’s also my new hot classmate who may or may not be an alien…and he says he’ll do anything to help me.

This job won’t be easy, but I’ve gotten out of worse scrapes. Maybe.

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The book is based on a dystopian world where everything runs on the will of the government. Science can only be used under their authority. Also, there is no need of people who are ill and unable to contribute to them. The whole story is based on a 16 year old girl Meimi. She lost her father and her elder sister Luci is missing for almost a year. Her mother is suffering from mental illness. Meimi has to take care of her mother and hide her from the government.

She is a very cool tech-girl. She works as a Freelancer for the crime lord known as Skythe. She creates and designs tech devices for the black market. It’s not that she likes doing anything unethical and wrong but she is left with no other choice. She also attends high school. Everything was going as usual until one day, she faces a chaos regarding her freelance work and everything starts to fall apart and she is in a mess!

Meimi is a strong character, she is genius. The whole story is very intriguing, adventurous and action packed! As it is just a prequel to the whole Dimension Drift series so the story focuses on setting up the plot and so it is a quick read but worth reading. The world build up is awesome. There is also a bit introduction of an alien guy named Thorne. Hopefully there will be much more about the romantic bonding between the two in the upcoming books. It was really enjoyable! Looking forward to the rest of the series. Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours and Christina Bauer for this amazing book  🙂

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Author Bio:

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Review on The Tattooist of Auschwitz written by Heather Morris

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Plot: This is a true story about Lale Sokolov, a Jew who was taken to the German occupied concentration camp as a prisoner during the WWII.  However, he somehow ended up being assigned as the Tattooist of Auschwitz. His job? to tattoo the numbers given to every single prisoner arriving at the concentration camp. Soon he felt a deep connection with a girl that he just met while doing his job and from that moment his only goal was to protect her no matter what and survive together from this chaos. This is a heart-wrenching story of  life and death. It describes a place where you get to see hatred, cruelty and genocide and also love, humanity and friendship at the same time.

Writing: This book is written in such a manner that it is really hard to put it down once you start reading. It gives you every single detail about life in the concentration camp  and how everyone was treated there. The author has beautifully described about Lale and his love  and there relationship seemed very pure which is rarely found nowadays. Every single moment of this book was heart touching and that’s what made this book one my top favorites of this year.

Characters: Although Lale was the main character of the story but his story would have stayed incomplete without the involvement of other characters. Everyone played and equally important role in designing the fate of Lale and his love Gita. I really loved Gita’s friends Dana, Ivana and Cilka who risked their lives many times for Gita. Some other mentionable characters are Baretski, Jakub, Yuri, Victor, Aron, Pepan and Leon.

I highly recommend this book. It deserves a  5 out of 5 stars.

 

BLOG TOUR: Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil (#1) by Mary Fan

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Mary Fan
(Flynn Nightsider, #1)
Publication date: May 15th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Break the enchantments. Find the truth. Ignite the revolution.

A century ago, the Enchanters defeated the evil Lord of the Underworld, but not before he’d unleashed his monsters and ravaged the earth. The Enchanters built the Triumvirate out of what remained of the United States, demanding absolute obedience in exchange for protection from the lingering supernatural beasts.

Sixteen-year-old Flynn Nightsider, doomed to second-class life for being born without magic, knows the history as well as anyone. Fed up with the Triumvirate’s lies and secrecy, he longs for change. And when he stumbles across a clue that hints at something more – secrets in the dark, the undead, and buried histories – he takes matters into his own hands.

Before long, Flynn finds himself hunted not only by the government, but also by nightmarish monsters and a mysterious man with supernatural powers … all seeking him for reasons he cannot understand. Rescued by underground rebels, he’s soon swept up in their vision of a better world, guided by a girl as ferocious as the monsters she fights. But as the nation teeters on the brink of revolution, Flynn realizes three things.

The rebellion is not what it seems.
Flynn himself might be more than he seems.
And the fate of the world now rests in his hands.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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This book takes you to an adventurous journey accompanied by a lot of mysteries and amazing twists and turns. Flynn Nightsider’s mother died in a tragic way when he was 10 years old. He lives in a country goverened by Triumvirates. He was sent to academy of supernatural when he was 12 years old and after few years he found out that Triumvirates are not what they seem to be and have a lot of hidden secrets. To unravel the truth of his mother’s death and expose the Triumvirates he leaves the academy and starts his adventurous journey with the Risings ( the rebellions).
The world build up of the book was awesome! The country consists of four casts. The Norms who do not have any magical ability, Enchanters having magical ability, Sentinels who fight supernatural threats and Defenders who are a higher class of norms assigned to help the Sentinels. Moreover,the country is divided into four rings ( Place for the four casts). The book mentions about a lot of supernatural things and magical monsters, each having unique features. Long ago sentinels defeated the Lord of the underworld who did evil things in the world but his monsters remained even after his defeat.
The book was really well written.The Twists added to the story seemed very unpredictable. I loved the diversity of the characters.Flynn seemed to be just an ordinary boy unaware of his own power. On the other hand, Aurelia was brave and very combative.I loved the friendship of Flynn-Brax-Kylie and Aurelia-Connor.

It was a perfect dystopian book having a lot of fantasy elements.The supernatural academy, Friendship of three friends, leader of the underworld doing evil things, magical beasts, prophecy related to Flynn all these elements gave me a feeling of reading a Harry Potter book which I found out to be very cool! The ending leaves you with a curiosity to know what’s going to happen next. Loved it! The book cover is also very beautiful.

Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours and Mary Fan for giving me the opportunity to read this amazing book.

Author Bio:

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Mary Fan lives in New Jersey, where she is currently working in financial marketing. She has also resided in North Carolina, Hong Kong, and Beijing, China. She has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember and especially enjoys the infinite possibilities and out-of-this-world experiences of science fiction and fantasy.

Mary has a B.A. in Music, specializing in composition, from Princeton University and enjoys writing songs as much as writing stories. She also enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and exploring new things–she’ll try almost anything once.

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Looking for a great book this Halloween? You have probably heard about “The Haunting of Hill House”, one of the most anticipated shows currently on Netflix.Did you know that it’s based on a classic novel written by Shirley Jackson back in 1959.

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The book is about a group of people who went to stay at the Hill House to observe the supernatural activities going on there.The main character is Eleanor.Her mother dies in a tragic way and she lives with her sister though they are not in good terms. She was invited by Mr. Montague at the Hill House and started to live there accompanied by other housemates Theo, Luke and Mr. Montague himself.They gradually developed good friendship and started having good times together but soon they got surrounded by some unusual and creepy activities.Their every action determines their fate.One wrong movement and they can lose their lives.

It is very well written.All the quotes stays in your mind for a long time.Many of the film dialogues were adapted from the book.Despite of being a classic it feels like a story written in the current times.What seemed really interesting to me is that the writing makes the reader to visualize everything very easily and that is why I found many of the scenes in the show just the way I imagined them to be.I highly recommend reading this book if you are a fan of this genre.

 

Book Review on The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R.Pan

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Plot: Based on Taiwan, this book beautifully describes Taiwanese culture and their language. The story is about a girl named Leigh and her mother committed suicide. Leigh doesn’t know what caused her mother to do such thing and after her mother’s death a mysterious bird often shows up trying to indicate something and she eventually realizes it’s her mother ( now a bird). In order to find out the cause behind her mother’s suicide, Leigh decides to go to Taiwan where her mother grew up and where her grandparents live and gradually she unravels all the mystery about her mother’s family.

Fun part is that you get to learn little bit Taiwanese and also there is description about variety of Taiwanese food.I got to know a new thing that Taiwanese even celebrate a ghost festival.

Writing: In most of the books become complex and confusing while describing parallel stories but that isn’t the case with this book. The author managed to successfully portray Leigh’s life events  with her mother’s past events which was tremendous.

Characters: It is not character driven book but depicts the  life events of the characters but surely the author did justice with the main character “Leigh” and you see her changing and finding herself and what she is good at.

Story: There is an amazing twist in the book which I am sure most of the readers would not see coming.In my opinion story was okay but not too impressive.The elements that this book has surely compensates that lacking.

overall I would say it is really enjoyable and I would rate it 5 out of  5.

 

Book Review on The Last Time We Met by Carol Mason (publishing on October 16, 2018)

This story made me experience so many mixed emotions.There was love,pain,happy moments,guilt and many more.The book is written on first person perspective which makes you connect deeply to the main character of Celine.

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She was deeply in love with Patrick but the circumstances didn’t permit them to be together and so she had to let it go and afterwards she got married to Mike.Unfortunately,everyone faces a hard time to forget their first love and that’s what caused a trouble in Celine and Mike’s married life and they got divorced.Finally, Celine got a second chance to meet Patrick after fifteen years.However, Mike left Celine but didn’t stop loving her,whatever he did reflected his love for Celine and that’s when Celine faces a dilemma whether to start a new life with Patrick or give her marriage a second chance.

The book is written so beautifully that you really can not judge any character to be good or bad as they all seem to be right in their perspectives. Every character was so unique.Patrick seemed to be a passionate Journalist who is very charming too. Celine was a loving mother.Her bonding with her twelve-year old daughter was lovely.They were like friends.Mike, Celine and their daughter made a lovely family.You also get their daughter’s perspective that how she feels about her parents separation.She just wanted to stay together with her mom and dad as a normal,happy family.All these facts make the readers really involved and think again and again which could be a perfect ending? Going with Patrick or Mike?
I really felt connected to all the characters but didn’t like the ending.I wanted it to end in another way but that is just my personal opinion other readers might love the ending.I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

Perfect Fall Reads

1.  Title: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

This story is about a girl named Juliet Young and a boy named Declan Murphy who are both suffering from pain,guilt and grieve due to losing a family member.There is a lot going on in their lives but they don’t want to show it to the world.Juliet has lost her mother and now,even after her mom’s demise she writes a letter to her and leaves it on her grave.However, Declan finds the letter and all of a sudden he decides to write back and that is how they start talking to each other but still unknown of their real identity.

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This story makes you realize the importance of family and also gives you a message that even if you are going through pain but there is someone out there who is dealing with some bigger issues than you.It also makes you realize that love is always out there, waiting to be found.

The whole letter exchange thing takes place on October and also you get the feel of a perfect rainy day and fall environment which makes it a perfect read for fall.I would recommend the readers not to research on the plot too much and just get right into the book and enjoy it. This is definitely a 5 out of 5 star and I would highly recommend it.

2. Title: To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han

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Imagine that you wrote  few letters addressing all your crush since childhood just to keep it to yourself and then one day, someone delivers all those letters to them. What a chaos it can create! Lara Jean is facing the same situation.

Lara Jean has got a cute family which consists of her father and her two sisters Margot and Kitty.Lara never had a relationship before but she likes Margot’s boyfriend Josh but it’s just a secret that she wants to keep it to her self cause she loves her sister a lot.Her life takes a 360 degree turn when Margot breaks up with Josh and she goes to Scotland for her higher studies,now Lara has to play the role of a responsible big sister and in the mean time, her letters get delivered to all her crush.

Lara is always anxious, she hides her feelings from everyone and the story tells how gradually she changes after falling in true love with one of the crush.

The story takes place few months before Christmas which makes it a perfect fall read.I would rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars

3. Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Sixteen year old Simon has got a very loving family. Friendly parents and a little sister who often cooks terrible things! Also he has got some friends who are always there for him.Despite of having a perfect life! Simon still feels lost.He has a secret that he can not share with anyone.

However his secret reveals to the whole school when someone gets access to all his mails that he has sent to a guy he likes but never confronted.The story is not just about Simon and who he likes it is much more about friendship,family and definitely a book that is for everyone to feel equal and special cause we all are unique in our own way and we all deserve love equally.This story is based on High school senior year! and takes place in between the time of Halloween and Christmas which makes it a perfect feel good,fall read.I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

 

 

 

Book Review

Title: Morosa (Book Two of The Viridian Chronicles)

Author: A.E. Outerbridge

Genre: Y/A fantasy,Mystery

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After her mysterious adventures at Eidolon University in Liornabella last year, eighteen-year-old  Elle O’Sullivan  is looking forward to a new journey at Caillagh University in Morosa to compete for the Zenithal Cup. With her amazing friends, again she has to deal with some unusual events, unfold some secrets through digging up some history.

The school has huge dining halls, common rooms and also a library, thus it has got a little bit of harry potter vibes except the fact that it is not about a school that teaches witchcraft, it is about a boarding school that teaches its students about meditation, history, swimming and a lot more. But still you get to see presence of vampire, dead queens and king which is quite exciting.

Characters where good, especially I liked Elle, Naomi and Martine. Elle is smart and daunt less. In this book you see her emerging as a strong person and also she find outs her hidden skills. This book describes a journey of a group of friends who are always there for each other and also it has got some romance in it.

The only thing I felt is that the Zenithal Cup is very much similar to the tri wizard tournament of harry potter and the goblet of fire which is why I would rate it 4 out of 5. Otherwise all the characters are unique, elements are all new and the whole story is creatively written. Good thing is, even if you haven’t read the first book of the series still you will be understanding the whole plot and fell in love with the story.It is an epic fantasy series and very much enjoyable .Looking forward to the next one.

Thank you Enchanted Book Promotions for this amazing book.

 

 

 

Upcoming this October

Death in Paris by Emilia Bernhard, Publishing on (9 October,2018)

Genre: General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

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Plot:  This story is about two friends Rachel and Magda trying to investigate their first murder case.The victim is Edgar Bowen who was also Rachel’s former boyfriend.While attending the funeral Rachel found out some suspicious facts which she thought would not be appropriate to share with the police.Thus she thought that she needs to solve this mystery by her own and so together she and her best friend started their journey to unravel the mystery. However, while they were investigating, one by one  their prime suspects were dying and Rachel and Magda have to be quick before the murderer kills someone else.

Writing: The whole story takes place in Paris.The book has a little touch of french language and also beautiful description about the French atmosphere ,especially cafe and food which really makes the reader get more involved in the story.

Characters:  All the characters where really good.While investigating,Rachel and Magda had to meet many suspects and the story is so enigmatic that it is hard to guess who would be the murderer.

Both Rachel and Magda had equal involvement in solving the case.You get to see much more about the friendship of these two woman.Together they make a very good team.I loved how they tried to motivate each other mentioning that they are doing a good job and also saving one another when in need.

It was an intriguing story and truly amazing. I would rate it 5 out of 5

2019 upcoming

So here is my review on the upcoming book “Second Star” by J.M. Sullivan which will be published on 05 Mar 2019.If you are a science fiction lover and also you love reading fairy tale and classic retelling then this book is perfect for you.It is an amazing retelling of Peter Pan.

The book is written in a third person perspective which goes very well with the story.The story is based on a planet which is named “Never land” as the time never flies there.Hundred years on earth is hardly few days there.It creates a whole new world in front of the reader which was tremendous.

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The book is  about a girl named Wendy who goes on an expedition to rescue a person named James Hooke and his team who went to never land almost hundred years ago and where trapped there.However when she reaches never land she meets with some other people and she faces a dilemma, who is trustworthy? James Hooke or the other people and then she eventually unfolds some mysteries.

The characters where beautiful, loved the ending as it creates a curiosity among the readers of knowing what will happen next.It was nice that despite of being a retelling it still had the influence of the Peter Pan classics.Loved the way the story was given a sci-fi twist.It is a really enjoyable book.Over all I would rate it 4 out of 5.