Monday, July 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Summer of No Regrets Review & Spotlight

Welcome to my stop on The Summer of No Regrets Blog Tour! Below you find my review and all of the other usual information about the book plus there's a really awesome giveaway you should enter! 

Title: The Summer of No Regrets
Author: Katherine Grace Bond
Pages: 290
Format: Paperback
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Descripiton:

This was the summer that would change my life.

No more being what everyone expected. No more doing what everyone else wanted.

So when Luke came into my life, I decided to keep him a secret. Maybe he as a dead-ringer for notorious Hollywood bad boy Trent Yves. And it was possible that everything he told me was a lie. And yes, I was probably asking for trouble. But all I saw was Luke–sweet, funny, caring–someone who would let me be the real me.

But which was the real him?

THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS wasn't exactly what I was expecting. I thought it would be a fun, beach read but as it turns out there was a more serious side to the story. Sure there was a beach scene and there was a hot guy that might or might not be a celebrity but there were a lot of serious aspects to this story as well.

Honestly, I chose participate in this tour because it's summer time and I have been in the mood for fun summer reads and thought THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS was perfect for me. However, after the first few chapters I was really doubting whether I was going to enjoy this book because there were several aspects to the book I was not expecting and didn't really care for. Fortunately, for me I stuck with it and ended up really enjoying the book! 

One of the things I didn't enjoy with THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS was the religious aspect. There was just too many different religious for me to keep up with. Dad is an athiest turned Buddist, sister is still an athiest, grandma and grandpa are Christians, best friend is Jewish, and Brigitta, our female MC is at a complete loss as to what she believes. It was just too many different religions in one place for me to keep up with. 

Brigitta's family is a very odd sort. If I were Luke I'm pretty sure the family would have scared me away. Amazingly though, Luke sticks it out (for the most part, anyway). 

The thing I ended up really enjoying was the mystery of it. Was Luke Trent or not? I kept going back and forth. One minute, "Yes, he has to be Trent!" The next, "There's no way that's Trent!" The fact that the book is told from Brigitta's perspectative added to the mystery even more because we are only able to see the situation as she sees it and most of the time her judgement is not clear.

Luke ended up being a guy I really liked, especially once I found out who he truly was (and no I'm not telling!). I loved that he was sometimes really nervous around Brigitta. It really was adorable! 

While THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS, wasn't what I was expecting I have no regrets that I read it! If you can get past the religion or enjoy religious diversity, you will enjoy this book!

You can purchase The Summer of No Regrets at the following Retailers:

Katherine Grace Bond is the author of THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS (Sourcebooks, 2012) and of the bestselling LEGEND OF THE VALENTINE (Zondervan, 2002), a story of the civil rights movement. She often finds herself in the woods escaping from giant cats and shadowy figures in cloaks. The creator of TEENWrite acting/writing workshops, where participants come as their characters, she lives with her husband in a dimension populated by younger people, some of whom resemble her.


 4 Winners will receive a Copy of The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond.
1 Winner will receive a Surprise ART Poster and Bookmark by James Vallesteros.
5 Winners will receive a Surprise ART Bookmark by James Vallesteros.
Must be 13+ to Enter
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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Book Blast: Dare Me

When Ben Candido and his friends, Ricky and John, decide to post a YouTube video of themselves surfing on top of a car, they finally feel like the somebodies they are meant to be instead of the social nobodies that they are. Overnight, the video becomes the talk of the school, and the boys are sure that their self-appointed senior year of dares will live in infamy. Every dare brings an increased risk of bodily harm, but Ben cannot deny the thrill and sense of swagger that come with it. The stakes become even more complex when a mysterious donor bankrolls their dares in exchange for a cut in the online revenue the videos generate. But at what point do the risk and the reward come at too high of a price? What does it take to stay true to one’s self in the face of relentless pressure.
1 Winner will get this awesome t-shirt + an ARC of DARE ME by Eric Devine
Dare Me shirt
About The Author:
Eric Devine is the Young Adult fiction author of Dare Me (pub. date 10/8/13), Tap Out and This Side of Normal
He is also a high school English teacher and education consultant.
Eric married his high school sweetheart, and together they are raising two daughters in Upstate, NY.
He is represented by Kate McKean of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.
 Both Dare Me and Tap Out are edited by Lisa Cheng and published by Running Press.
Find Eric Devin on TwitterGoodreadsFacebook and Edelweeiss
Saturday, July 27, 2013

Book Blast: The Immortal Circus Act Two

Vivienne is almost content with her new life in the Cirque des Immortels. She has moved up from selling cotton candy to telling fortunes, she has a gorgeous, magical boyfriend, Kingston…and no one has been murdered since the clash between the otherworldly Courts. Her life under the faerie big top would be perfect, in fact, if not for the nightmares and visions that compel her to seek and confront her half-remembered past. But for Viv, not knowing her past may well be a blessing. There’s a reason she ran away. But can she truly escape herself?.

The second act of the fantastically evocative Cirque des Immortels series, The Immortal Circus: Act Two draws readers further into a world that’s at once wonderful, seductive…and deadly.

Step right up…

About the Author

Alex is many things, but first and foremost, he’s a Sagittarius.

In the past few years he’s taught circus in Amsterdam and Madrid, gotten madly lost in the Scottish wilderness, received his Masters in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, drummed with Norse shamans, and even spent a few months as the assistant to Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.

THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS, book one in his Cirque des Immortels series, is now available from 47North. ACT TWO will be released June 11, 2013.

MARTYR, the first book in his post-apocalyptic YA fantasy series, THE HUNTED, is set to be published October 28, 2014 by Spencer Hill Press.

When he’s not writing or climbing in the rafters, he’s probably outside, staring at the clouds. And seeing as he now resides in Seattle, there are clouds aplenty.

About the Giveaway:

One winner will get Book One in THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS series
2 Signed Bookplates
1 set of trading cards
Must be 13+ To Enter – Shipping in the US Only

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Review: Prisoner B-3087


Title: Prisoner B-3087
Author: Alan Gratz
Pages: 272
Release Date: March 1, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

Survive. At any cost.

10 concentration camps.

10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly.

It's something no one could imagine surviving.

But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face.

As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been snatched brutally from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner -- his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087.

He is forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another, as World War II rages all around him. He encounters evil he could have never imagined, but also sees surprising glimpses of hope amid the horror. He just barely escapes death, only to confront it again seconds later.

Can Yanek make it through the terror without losing his hope, his will -- and, most of all, his sense of who he really is inside?

Based on an astonishing true story.

I waited and waited for this book to release. I mean, a based-on-true-events story about a kid who survives TEN Nazi camps? How could I not want to read it?!

Sadly, this is a typical story about survival during the holocaust, but that is not to devalue this or any other story in any way. Yanek Gruener is just a boy when Germany begins its take over in Poland and somehow he survives a ghetto, TEN concentration camps, and two death marches. All this he survives alone.

The chapters are divided by the different camps and death marches he experienced. It is a very quick read even being at nearly 300 pages. The details throughout the story paint the picture well but does not create the gruesomeness that we can only imagine was prominent.

The thing I loved about this story and found most astonishing was how this young boy survived the entire time pretty much on his own. He was incredibly bright and it shows throughout the course of the story. I loved this book immensely and highly recommend it to all ages.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (36)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the  Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book (opposite of April 30 topic!)

1) Drug Addict/Alcoholic
  • I just can’t. I have no respect for them.
2) Preteens
  • If the characters are younger than seventeen then I won’t pick it up. That’s just too young for me.
3) Gothic
  • I find them too dark.
4) Fairytale Retellings
5) Angels
  • I’m just not interested.
6) Witches/Magic
  • Not my cup of tea.
7) Religious Books
  • I mostly like to read YA books and I personally feel like religion do not belong in them.
8) Classics
  • I have read and own a fair share of classics but they’re not on the top of my list. I find a lot of them hard to read and some of them are just plain boring.
9) Cigarettes
  • Nasty habit.
10) Weak Protagonists
  • I hate weak people.

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