Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

“Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.”

After her mother's suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother's mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran…fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane’s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.

My Review

5 Stars

"Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die." 

Growing up in New York with her emotionally unstable mother, Lane has never really known love, or her family. Her mother left home before Lane was born. When her mother commits suicide, Lane is sent to live with the grandparents her mother left behind 15 years ago, and her cousin, Allegra, whom they are raising. 

It seems like a normal, loving, stable home. But not everything is what it seems. And when Lane finds out the dark secret at the heart of her family, she runs. For eleven years she has lived in Los Angeles. Trying to forget the dark secret she left behind. Until Allegra goes missing and she has to go back and face the past. 

A twisted story about a family and their dark, dirty secret. From page one, this book grabs you. It's kind of heartbreaking but you just can't stop reading. Even while thinking how could they??? It makes you wonder what kind of sickness lurks around you. 

About the Author

Amy Engel

Amy Engel is the author of the YA novels THE BOOK OF IVY and THE REVOLUTION OF IVY. She lives in Missouri with her family. THE ROANOKE GIRLS is her first novel for adults.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Review: Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan


On a warm August night in 1980, six college students sneak into the dilapidated ruins of Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary, looking for a thrill. With a pianist, a painter and a teacher among them, the friends are full of potential. But it’s not long before they realize they are locked in—and not alone. When the friends get lost and separated, the terrifying night ends in tragedy, and the unexpected, far-reaching consequences reverberate through the survivors’ lives. As they go their separate ways, trying to move on, it becomes clear that their dark night in the prison has changed them all. Decades later, new evidence is found, and the dogged detective investigating the cold case charges one of them—celebrity chef Jon Casey— with murder. Only Casey’s old friend Judith Carrigan can testify to his innocence. 

But Judith is protecting long-held secrets of her own – secrets that, if brought to light, could destroy her career as a travel writer and tear her away from her fireman husband and teenage son. If she chooses to help Casey, she risks losing the life she has fought to build and the woman she has struggled to become. In any life that contains a “before” and an “after,” how is it possible to live one life, not two?

My Review:

4 Stars

This is a story about a group of college friends and how a lie can destroy you. Trapped in an abandoned prison, 6 friends go in, but only 5 make it out. Many years later, the 6th friend is found, and it changes the course of everyone's lives. 

The story was intriguing. There was a lot going on, but it wasn't hard to follow. The characters had depth, and there were ones that I liked at the start that I didn't care for by the time their story was told. Maisie seemed caring at first, but towards the end you could see how really selfish she was, especially when it came to her brother, Ben.

I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

Author Information:

Jenny Boylan is the author of ten books, including the brand-new I'M LOOKING THROUGH YOU, a memoir about growing up in a haunted house, as well as a reflection on the nature of "being haunted." Her 2003 memoir, SHE'S NOT THERE was one of the first bestselling works by a transgender American. A three-time guest of the Oprah Winfrey program, she has twice appeared on Larry King Live as well as on the Today Show. She has been the subject of a documentary on CBS News' 48 Hours, and in the spring of 2007, Jenny played herself on several episodes of ABC's All My Children. She has been parodied with eerie accuracy by Will Forte on "Saturday Night Live." Since 1988, Jenny has been a professor of English at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Review: The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen


The thrilling conclusion to the New York Timesbestselling Tearling trilogy.
In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.
To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.
Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.

My Review:

In this epic conclusion to the Queen of the Tearling series, lines will be crossed and questions will be answered.

Seeing no other option to stop the invasion of her kingdom, Kelsea sacrifices the one thing she knows the Red Queen wants-herself.

Kelsea is transported to Demesne, where she continues to have visions of the Tearling just after the crossing. We learn more about the Fetch and the Orphan. Who they were and where they came from and how they are tied in with the Tearling and the Red Queen.

More background is given on the how and why of so many questions. There are many surprises and twists that are shocking.

A rollercoaster ride of emotions, The Fate of the Tearling is one of the best conclusions to a series that I have read so far. This series is a must read. Believe me, you don't want to miss it!

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Review: The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen


In this riveting sequel to the national bestsellerThe Queen of the Tearling, the evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Kelsea and her realm.
With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.
In this dazzling sequel, Erika Johansen brings back favorite characters, including the Mace and the Red Queen, and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery, and a fierce young heroine. 

My Review:

In this stunning sequel to Queen of the Tearling, Kelsea faces the consequences of stopping the transport of slaves to the Red Queen in Mortmesne.

The Mort Army is planning an invasion and as they prepare to cross into the Tearling, Kelsea begins to have visions of a woman named Lily who lived in the pre-crossing error. Kelsea is convinced these visions are the key to protecting her kingdom and stopping the Mort invasion.

Even more heart pounding than its predecessor,  The Invasion of the Tearling takes the reader on a journey back to the time before the crossing and answers questions about all Kelsea's family, how the Tearling came to be and who the Red Queen may be.

We learn more about the Mace and new characters who play a big role in the story are introduced. A smashing follow up that leaves you hanging on until the last page then has you needing to know what happens next!

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Review: Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen


Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.
On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.
Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.
But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.

My Review:

Born to rule a kingdom she knows nothing about, Kelsea is raised in exile. On her nineteenth birthday, she must journey back to New London and claim her mother's throne as her own. Hunted by assassins hired by the Red Queen of Mortmesne who wants her dead at all costs, Kelsea must decide who to trust and what she has to sacrifice to save her kingdom.

A thrilling, epic journey showing one young woman's courage to do what is right and not what is easy. The world building and character development in this book blew my mind. Kelsea is a strong, yet naive woman thrust into ruling a kingdom she knows little about. All she has is herself and her Queens Guard.

The Tearling is a vast land of varying landscapes. From forests to deserts, it is a magical world held under the threat of invasion from Mortmesne.

A definite must read for lovers of fantasy, Queen of the Tearling is an epic adventure you won't want to miss.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

New Release: Love & Blood by Jessica Gibson

He was her death and she had loved him for it. 

Bronwyn Fitzgibbons had run from her maker for twenty years, but he had found her again. Seeing Ronan brought back all the reasons she shouldn't love him, but also all the reasons she should. 

Bronwyn is caught between Ronan her maker and the one who unchained her darkness, and Rider the vampire who had saved her and fed her humanity. Her heart will be torn apart in loving them both. Can she fight against her darkness or will it consume her? 

Lines will be drawn. Battles will be fought. Who will claim her soul in the end?

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Afterlife by Sandy Goldsworthy Release Day Blitz +Giveaway

Clean Teen Publishing is proud to bring you, Afterlife (Afterworld Saga Book Two) the highly anticipated sequel to AFTERMATH by Sandy Goldsworthy. This exciting Young Adult mystery romance is a must-read. 

Everything seems perfect for Emma Bennett—she has a new set of friends she adores and a boyfriend she is crazy about. But when Emma sees a picture of her hunky boyfriend kissing another girl, she begins to question if his love for her is real. As she searches for the truth, will Emma be exposed to the dangers of another world? 
Ben Parker enjoys the role of high school student and boyfriend to the love of his existence. Juggling his social life with his job in the Afterworld's Bureau of Investigation is supposed to be easy for the decorated undercover agent. But when some kid captures a photo of him in a precarious position, he's faced with lying to his girlfriend or erasing her memory. Instead, Ben makes the worst decision of his career. Now, forced to face the consequences, he loses the only thing that matters to him—Emma. 
When seemingly insurmountable obstacles separate the lovers, will the two soul mates be able find their way back to each other?

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Other Books in the Series

Aftermath (Afterworld Saga Book One)

After losing her father, Emma Bennett moves to her aunt’s small town of Westport to finish out her senior year of high school. Emma wants to forget the pain and loss of the past few weeks, finding relief in the company of Ben Parker—a local boy who she has an instant attraction and uncanny connection with. When Ben seems a little too preoccupied with other responsibilities and has no time for her, Emma turns to the town’s hottest flirt—Lucas Crandon—for affection. Unfortunately, she realizes a little too late that, sometimes, bad boys really can be bad for you. 
Life as an undercover agent for the Afterworld’s Bureau of Investigation isn’t an easy job. When Ben Parker finds his soul mate, Emma, in a small town, he finds himself forced to choose between doing his job or rekindling a relationship with the love of his existence. After Ben is notified that a notorious immortal is loose somewhere near Westport, he realizes that his love life will just have to wait. There is a criminal to apprehend before he can have his girl. 
When lives are at stake and immortals are on the loose, can two soul mates find their happy ever after?

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Aftershock (An Afterworld Saga Novella)

An agent for the Afterworld’s Bureau of Investigation, Ben Parker spent decades undercover on earth, searching for the wife he left behind when he died. Just when he decides to give up hope, and move on with his existence, he learns his soul mate was found. Now, reviewing her case file, he understands what she endured those years without him. More importantly, he knows what the future has in store for her... but there’s nothing he can do to change it. 

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Aftertime (An Afterworld Saga Novella)

Emma Bennett's only concern is the fight she had with her boyfriend. But when she wakes up in a strange place, she realizes she has bigger problems. Town shops she frequented are gone. Roads are made of dirt, horse drawn carriages replaced cars, and the house she shared with her aunt is an empty lot.

Will Emma figure out where she is and how to get home? Better yet, will she learn why she was sent there in the first place?

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About The Author:

Sandy Goldsworthy was raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, blocks from the rocky shores of Lake Michigan. As a child, she fantasized about becoming an author. She jotted story lines in spiral notebooks and drew images of characters that never came to life. Her passion for putting pen to paper began when her high school English teacher inspired her to be more descriptive in her work. Ever since, Sandy dabbled in creative writing, searching for that perfect shade of red and that character you want to get to know.

Admittedly, Sandy is addicted to coffee and dark chocolate, and is obsessed with all things paranormal. She records more movies and television shows than is humanly possible to watch in a lifetime, and swears there's a ghost in her house. When not writing, Sandy can be found curled up on the couch nose-deep into a book, or trying to catch up on that recorded season of some paranormal series.

Sandy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she majored in marketing. She spends her days managing corporate client programs, and her nights and weekends drafting new plot lines in spiral notebooks. She resides in southeastern Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and an energetic puppy. 

Her first novel, Aftermath, was released by Clean Teen Publishing in December 2014.

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