Genre: Sci-Fi

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cover Reveal + ARC Giveaway: Scan by S.E. Fine & Walter Jury

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Officially revealed on Hollywood Crush, I’ve got the new cover of Scan by S.E. Fine & Walter Jury to show you today and you can enter to win an ARC while you’re at it! 🙂 One of the co-authors is a producer of the Divergent movie! Read about that here.
Without further ado:

Cover Reveal + ARC Giveaway: Scan by S.E. Fine & Walter JuryScan by S.E. Fine, Walter Jury
Series: Scan #1
Published by Putnam Children's on May 1st 2014
Genres: Sci-Fi, YA

MacGyver Meets War of the Worlds in this Exhilarating Adventure

Tate and his father don’t exactly get along. As Tate sees it, his father has unreasonably high expectations for Tate to be the best—at everything. Tate finally learns what he’s being prepared for when he steals one of his dad’s odd tech inventions and mercenaries ambush the school, killing his father in the process and sending Tate on the run from aliens who look just like humans.

Even with all he knows like how to defend himself with useful tools made out of bubblegum, Tate fears he’s still inadequate. With the help of his girlfriend and estranged mother, all Tate can really do is keep moving and ensure his father’s invention stays out of the hands of his pursuers and that his father didn’t die in vain. A riveting, fast-paced adventure, Scan is a clever alien thriller with muscle and heart.

About the Authors

S. E. Fine was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast, where she lives with her husband and two children. She’s a clinical child psychologist and the author of the YA fantasy series Guards of the Shadowlands.

Walter Jury was born in London, has a background in the film industry, is a big fan of the New York Giants, and is an enthusiast of Jamba Juice’s Protein Berry Workout smoothie only with soy, never whey. Scan is his first book for teens. Oh, and under his real name, he’s a producer of one of 2014’s biggest blockbusters. Let’s just say he “diverges” in his career from film to literature quite well.



The wonderful people at Penguin/G.P. Putnam’s Sons have offered up one physical ARC of Scan for giveaway

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Review: Blackout by Robison Wells

Review: Blackout by Robison Wells

Posted by on 10/01/2013 • 22 Comments

Hmm.. I didn’t really get the point of this book. It would have helped if we had gotten some world building, surely. Basically we’ve got these kids who have a virus that gives them powers. They get used by the army to try to stop kids with cooler powers. The end.

It’s a shame, really, because until a bit passed the middle – which is when I realized this book wasn’t really going anywhere – I was quite enjoying it. I thought the idea of it all was creative and exciting. the powers ranged from funny, to intriguing, to kind of badass. The characters were also fairly interesting (though the narrative switches were sometimes sloppy). But in the end I still don’t know what this book was trying to be….

Review: 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

Posted by on 09/17/2013 • 21 Comments

For an entertaining thriller, 3:59 does a good job. Some of it is overwhelming or far fetched, and specific parts made me cringe, but it’s an action packed read that’s great for a quick thrill.

With a title like 3:59 you already know that this specific time is important to the story. So from the start, the time stamp shown on every page works to keep us on edge as we know that something is coming – and soon. Then 3:59 hits and something bizarre does happen, but we can’t make sense of it quite yet. All we know is it’s ominous, and it’s likely due to her mother’s experiments – meaning science, and alternate universes.

This is when Jo starts coming into the story. First via dreams,…

All Our Yesterdays Tour Stop: Interview + Giveaway

All Our Yesterdays Tour Stop: Interview + Giveaway

Posted by on 09/12/2013 • 15 Comments

I’m excited to have the All Our Yesterdays tour stop by the blog today. I’ve got Cristin over for an interview and then you can enter to win your very own copy! I read this gem a few weeks back and adored it. You can read my review here if you missed it!

Interview with Cristin Terrill Hi Cristin, I’m so happy to have you on the blog today. All Our Yesterdays is awesome and I’m honored to be part of the tour!

Let’s start with telling us a bit about how you got the idea for All Our Yesterdays.

The initial kernel of the idea for All Our Yesterdays came to me when I was watching The Terminator on cable late one night because I couldn’t sleep….

Waiting on Wednesday (91)

Waiting on Wednesday (91)

Posted by on 08/28/2013 • 35 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week:

I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS! WEEEEEE! The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is an all-time favorite of mine. I also adored Sisterhood Everlasting which was like the “10 years later” book, so as soon as I saw her name on an upcoming series I may have squealed a little. It’s very different from anything she’s written before, but it sounds amazing and I have high hopes for this one!

What are you waiting on?

Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Posted by on 08/16/2013 • 30 Comments

There’s been a slew of time travel books lately and All Our Yesterdays is another one that I can add on the short list of those that impressed me. The time travel concept introduced, while hard to grasp like any and all time travel science, explains how paradoxes fixes itself in a manner that’s utterly fascinating, while giving us a plot that is both thought-provoking and exciting.

All Our Yesterdays has a past/present setting that involves a unique double characterization; even though our main character is a singular person, both her younger and older self form the dual POV of this novel which I found especially interesting. Marina can be hard on herself; even though she admits to turning heads, she doesn’t think she’s pretty or anything special. I didn’t…

Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan

Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan

Posted by on 08/12/2013 • 22 Comments

With a fantastic premise and an overall interesting plot, I can see why The 100 has already been signed on by CW as a TV series. If only it was tightened up with better character development and a stronger dedication to world building instead of establishing the romantic angle, it could have been a real page turner. Nevertheless, it’s interesting enough to warrant a read. I believe its success will lay in the TV series, however.

100 teenagers are to be sent to earth after humans evacuated it 300 years prior due to a nuclear war. After only a brief introduction, we embark on this unnerving trip to a now foreign planet. While I enjoyed this quick drop into the big picture, I was left feeling like I’d missed the…

Review: False Sight by Dan Krokos

Review: False Sight by Dan Krokos

Posted by on 07/29/2013 • 16 Comments

*Spoiler free for the series*

I’m feeling torn on this one. On one hand it was a highly entertaining read, very unique (as expected), and I definitely want to know what happens next, but it was such a different book from the first and I’m not sure how I feel about the direction it went in. Being different is not a bad thing – who wants a repeat of it predecessor? – but I feel like the increased sci-fi-esque of this whole plot became a little… too much for me, maybe?

I was a big fan of False Memory when I read it last year. I remember loving all the excitement and the unknowns – it has an awesome unreliable narrator -, as well as the great overall group…