Release Day Saven Disclosure!

I am excited to announce that today is the release day for Saven Disclosure, the second book in my Saven series. I couldn’t be happier with how this story is developing and I think you’re going to love it! Or at least I hope you will! This one is jam-packed full of pulse-pounding action and adventure, heart-stopping swoony love, multiple alien enemies and intergalactic conflict. Find out where to grab your copy below. And don’t forget the first book in the series, Saven Deception, is still free for a limited time! Scroll down to enter my giveaway where you can win a kindle fire, the entire Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout or signed Saven paperbacks!

Saven DisclosureSaven: Disclosure (The Saven series #2)
by Siobhan Davis

THE TRUTH CAN’T HIDE FOREVER

To protect Logan, I have no choice but to deceive him.
But I’m not the only one hiding the truth.
Will our love survive all the secrets and lies?

Enemy alien ships crowd the skies over Earth while the world waits with bated breath. The Saven have been exposed, and where once they were abhorred, they are now championed as our greatest ally and our only possible savior.

Logan and Sadie have been separated, and the longer he is gone, the more their love is tested by duty, doubts, and deception.

Sadie and Jarod have infiltrated the highest levels of government, but they are playing a dangerous game. Surrounded by people with conflicting agendas—hell-bent on using her for their own aim—Sadie is confused when the lines between good and evil are blurred. It’s impossible to tell friend from foe, and no one can be trusted.

When the full extent of the experiments taking place in Sector Twenty is disclosed, Sadie can no longer sit back and watch as the lower classes face a horrific fate. Racing to save her loved ones and mankind, she risks her own safety and the love she’s waited a lifetime for to do the right thing.

But no one thought to save her from herself.

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Early readers are loving Saven Disclosure!
“Prepare to fall in love with these characters, get caught up in an intergalactic war, and discover new and exciting worlds.” A Leisure Moment

“This skillfully penned story had my heart stalling with its thrilling plot, epic love, and vivid journey to different worlds.” T.J. Loves to read

“Disclosure ROCKED it out – romance, action, plot – Siobhan Davis SHINES in this book. This is the series she was destined to write…” Mandy. Schuyler Central High School Library

“A perfect sequel … exciting and thrilling. The plot has so many twists and turns that kept me engaged throughout.” Dreamy Addictions

“Another can’t put down, can’t stop reading, no sleep book! A truly engrossing story.” I Have A Book Obsession

“Siobhan Davis does it again! A perfect blend of action and romance.” Coxy88

“This book was full of action and twists and turns … couldn’t put it down!” Karen. Goodreads Reviewer

“Wow … Siobhan kept me on the edge of my seat for days.” Wanda. Goodreads Reviewer

“Incredible … I am anxiously awaiting the next in the series.” Dana. Goodreads Reviewer

“If there were more than 5 stars to give, I would give them.” Myndi. Goodreads Reviewer

“I loved the story, the alien history, the action, and the tangled relationships.” Jennifer. Goodreads Reviewer

“O.M.G. I was not expecting this book to go as it did, but I LOVED it.” Tera. Goodreads Reviewer

“Really looking forward to the next gripping instalment.” Lea. Goodreads Reviewer

“A great series … I enjoy the love included in the storyline so it’s not just Sci-fi alien stuff!” Gina. Goodreads Reviewer

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Review: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

WinterTitle: Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Science Fiction/ fairytale retelling
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Blurb:
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

My Review:
This was an excellent conclusion to a superbly crafted series. Boy was this book long! It’s the second long book I’ve read in a row (the other was the sublime Oblivion) and it didn’t disappoint in the slightest. I loved every minute of it.

One of the things I love the most about this series is Marissa’s ability to develop so many different characters and give them all a unique voice. This could have all gone terribly wrong, but it didn’t, and each chapter flowed smoothly even with the POV changes. I read a lot of books narrated from one or two characters perspectives and this was a very refreshing change. She also gave me 4, yes, FOUR, different romances to root for. Pure heaven. All the romances were so sweet and I was praying that all our couples got their HEA.

This book was about so much more than romance, though. It was a race against evil to reinstate Cinder as the rightful Lunar heir, and thwart Queen Levana’s despicable plans. The plot was full of twists and turns and though I knew it was all going to work out fine in the end, I honestly couldn’t have predicted the journey.

The ending was great, even if I did want more! I would love a novella set a few years in the future to show where each of our couples are. Pretty please, Marissa?

This series is such an imaginative take on the classic fairytales we all know and love, and I’m in awe of this author’s ability to develop such a fantastic world with amazingly different, complex characters and put her own unique spin on the classic stories.

I also adore her writing. In my opinion, each book in this series is better than the last. If you haven’t yet checked out this series – you should! I’ve bought the collection for my niece for Christmas and I just know she’s going to love them as much as I have.

Incredible ending to an incredible series. I’m so sad it’s over, but look forward to whatever Marissa produces next.

Blog Tour: The Fallen Prince by Amalie Howard

Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Fallen Prince (The Riven Chronicles #2) by Amalie Howard. Read an exciting excerpt below!

FallenPrince_cover copyTitle: The Fallen Prince
Author: Amalie Howard
Series: The Riven Chronicles #2
Rating: Not reviewed
Genres: Science Fiction
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Blurb:
Riven has fought for a hard-won peace in her world, and has come to shaky terms with who and what she is—a human with cyborg DNA. Now that the rightful ruler of Neospes has been reinstated, Riven is on the hunt for her father in the Otherworld to bring him to justice for his crimes against her people.

But when she receives an unwelcome visit from two former allies, she knows that trouble is brewing once again in Neospes. The army has been decimated and there are precious few left to fight this mysterious new threat.

To muster a first line of defense, her people need help from the one person Riven loathes most—her father. But what he wants in return is her complete surrender.

And now Riven must choose: save Neospes or save herself.

Excerpt:
The flare of blue fire is blinding. Then again, it’s gone so quickly that even if you were staring right at me, you’d blink and it’d vanish. The emissions from the process of eversion—shifting between universes—are unavoidable. However, I try to be careful, everting in concealed areas away from people, and away from the eyes of the Faction and the Guardians. They’re always watching for those who break the law—those who don’t
remain where they belong.
Me, more so than ever.
I belong in Neospes, a domed city in a parallel dimension to the Otherworld. But I’m here in pursuit of a man who everted over a year ago. A man who nearly destroyed my world in his quest for power. A man so consumed with retaliation that to let him loose in either world would be a colossal mistake.
And so I hunt him. I’ve been hunting him—across thirty states and always a step or two behind. He’s clever, brilliant, and a master strategist.
After all, he’s my father. And he’s my creator.
I may look like an ordinary girl, but I’m far from one. It’s something I’m still coming to terms with, ever since I learned the truth. I am a product of genetic experimentation and advanced robotics. I am the girl with nanoplasm for blood—the perfect combination of human and machine, an aberration of nature—and yet, its greatest creation. I am the only one of my kind.
My name is Riven.
And I am a killer.

AmalieAbout the Author:
AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure.
An aspiring writer from a young age, Amalie Howard’s poem “The Candle,” written at age thirteen, was published in a University of Warwick journal. She was also a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society essay award (a global youth writing competition). A Colby College graduate, she completed simultaneous Honors Theses in both French and International Studies, and graduated Summa Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa. At Colby, she was cited for research and criticism in Raffael Scheck’s article, “German Conservatism and Female Political Activism in the Early Weimar Republic,” and his subsequent book, “Mothers of the nation: right-wing women in Weimar Germany.” She also received a distinction in English Literature from the University of Cambridge, A-level Examinations as well as a certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. She is a member of SCBWI.

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Cover Reveal: Unknown by Wendy Higgins

Today is the cover reveal for Unknown by Wendy Higgins. I am so excited to share this cover with you. And Starting Friday, April 8th, Wendy will be uploading unedited chapters of UNKNOWN on my Wattpad account for people to preview! Here is the link to her Wattpad account

UnknownEbookTitle: Unknown
Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: Unknown #1
Genres: Apocalyptic Sci-Fi NA Romance
Release Date: August 16, 2016
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Blurb:
Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technological communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.

WendyHigginsAuthorPicAbout the Author:
Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology The Great Hunt, and her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and doggie Rue.
Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.

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Saven Deception is free for limited time!

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Saven DeceptionSaven: Deception (The Saven Series #1)
By Siobhan Davis

Blurb:
I’ve fallen hard for an alien, but he’s harboring secrets.
Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.
How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?

Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person—herself.

Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government’s new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.

Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn’t all he appears to be.

Confused over Logan’s true intentions and concerned when best friend Jenna starts transforming in front of her eyes, Sadie partners with newcomer Jarod in a bid to uncover the government’s real agenda. The truth is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined.

When Sadie finally understands why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?

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Blog Tour: Reid’s Deliverance (The Song #2) by Nina Crespo

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Reid’s Deliverance (The Song #2) by Nina Crespo. I’ll share my review with you, there’s an excerpt and a tour wide giveaway.

Reids DeliveranceTitle:Reid’s Deliverance
Author: Nina Crespo
Series: The Song #2
Rating: 3.5 stars
Genres: Romance/ sci-fi/ Time Travel/ mystery/ paranormal romance
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Blurb:
Can their bond withstand the test of time?

Lauren isn’t looking for love when she spends a scintillating night with Reid, the sexy keyboardist of Thane’s Redemption. While their passion may be off the charts, her trust issues–and Reid’s secret life as a time-traveling covert agent–makes any chance for a relationship impossible.

When operatives involved in a mysterious project begin dying, Reid defies orders and travels alone into the future to find the cause. But when things go dangerously awry, it takes all of his strength to get himself back to safety–and directly onto Lauren’s doorstep. While neither of them remembers their night of passion, their intense connection leads Lauren to help him. But as Reid’s memories reignite, will he be forced to sacrifice everything to finish his mission–including the woman he loves?

My Review:
When I read the blurb for this book and saw mention of secret time-travelling agents, I knew I had to read it. I used to love the TV series, Quantum Leap, as a teenager and it made me think of that. So, yeah, I really wanted to read it!

I enjoyed the paranormal aspects of the story, even though I was initially a little confused over certain things ( I haven’t read the first book and assume if I had that it wouldn’t have been an issue at all.) Once I got into the meat of the story, it was more transparent and my confusion cleared.

Lauren’s impulsiveness irritated me a little. She has a list she ranks men by yet she seems more than ready to throw it out the window once she meets Reid. There were a few occasions where she would say one thing only to immediately contradict herself, and that grated on me a little. She doesn’t want to go out with a guy in the military because of her daddy issues. I could understand that, but again she only gives that fleeting consideration with Reid, even though he’s ex-military and then she discovers the whole time-travelling complication.

I loved Reid, and I could understand why he kept himself detached. It made more sense than a list. I liked how the guys were all in a band (Thane’s Redemption) and it was a kinda funny mix, but it works.

They both try to avoid the burgeoning chemistry between them but inevitably give into it. The romantic/sex scenes are well written, and I bought into them as a couple.

There is a sub-plot going on in the background with the time-travelling aspect that was decent, but I felt it could have been further developed.

The balance of action and romance was well-paced, the writing was good, and the book flowed well.

Overall, this was a good paranormal romance, and if you like time-travelling stories then you should definitely pick it up.

Actual rating 3.5 stars.

Thanks to Barclay Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Excerpt:
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Reid hustled into his jeans and grabbed the fire poker. Just his luck to have a gun in the loft, but no bullets. He’d take his chances. He wanted this perverted, dysfunctional motherfucker.

The French doors rattled as he flung them open. He took the stairs by twos and threes from the deck. At a flat-out run, he hauled it to the side of the house. The full moon illuminated the night. A shadow popped out from behind the covered woodpile. He swung the poker.

The guy ducked and blocked every swing as if he anticipated it. Then he charged.

Reid connected with an elbow to the head.

His opponent retaliated with a swift punch near the ribs.

Reid’s breath hitched. More punches connected for both of them.

“Damn it, Reid, stop. It’s me.”

This asshole knew his name? “Who are you?” Reid felt the opening, and he went for a headlock.

His opponent slipped out of his hold.

“Thane?” Lauren approached with a flashlight.

The beam momentarily blinded Reid. He blocked it with his hand. “Lauren, go inside.”

“No.” She pointed the light and the gun at Thane. “How do you know Reid?”

As Thane sat up, he gave Reid a quizzical look. Thane spat on the ground. “We were in the same band.”
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In the kitchen, Lauren dabbed at Reid’s bleeding lip with a cloth. “It’s not as bad as I thought. I don’t think you’ll need stitches. What about your ribs? They’re bruised. Are you sure it doesn’t hurt when you breathe?”

“I’m fine. Take a look.” He lifted his shirt. “It looked worse than it really was.” Funny. It didn’t hurt like earlier.
“Looks like you’re a fast healer.” Her gentle swipes grew harder. The sting zipped into him. “I can’t believe you ran out there like that.”

He took the cloth from her hand. “I can’t believe you didn’t do what I told you.” He suppressed the hint of pride welling up. She hadn’t listened to him, but she also hadn’t shown fear.

“You knowing Thane is a weird coincidence. At least he can help you fill in the blanks.” Her gaze drifted to the living room. Thane was on the phone with Celine. “Do you think you two can talk without wailing on each other again?”

“Looks like we have to.” How were Thane and Lauren connected? Why did the two of them in the same room seem wrong? “You mind giving us time alone?”

“Of course not. I need to call Celine after Thane is finished. Just remember to keep it civil. I don’t like seeing you bruised and bloody.”

A frisson of irritation kicked up. “You make it sound like I got my ass kicked.”

She huffed in exasperation. “Give this to Thane.”

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Blurb:
The one night she’ll want to remember, she’ll be forced to forget.

It’s been almost a year since Celine’s fiancé’s death and she’s still struggling to move on. But when she meets Thane, the super hot lead singer of Thane’s Redemption, she finds her desire reawakening, and her heart opening. Soon one kiss leads them straight into a night of heated passion…

Thane’s unexpected connection with Celine only leaves him wanting more of her—but his life makes it impossible. For Thane’s Redemption is just a cover for a deeper secret: A former Army Ranger presumed dead, Thane is really a time-traveling, covert operative charged with saving the world from disaster. Each jump through time forces those around him to forget he ever existed—and Celine would be no exception. But can time work in their favor to give them a second chance at love? Or will a choice Thane makes in the future put Celine in mortal danger?

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Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions—the beach, kickboxing, a good glass of wine, and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a “borrowing spree” in her older sister’s bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel. Curiosity about people and places, including what’s beyond the stars, fuels her writer’s imagination. Indulge in her sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales to feed your own addiction for love, romance, and happily ever after.

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Review: The Almost Girl (The Riven Chronicles #1) by Amalie Howard

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Almost Girl (The Riven Chronicles #1) by Amalie Howard. I’ll share my review with you today and a guest post.

The Almost GirlTitle: The Almost Girl
Author: Amalie Howard
Series: The Riven Chronicles #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Science Fiction/ Dystopia
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Blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Riven comes from a world parallel to Earth, a world that has been ravaged by a devastating android war. As a Legion General, she is the right hand of Prince Cale, the young Prince of Neospes. In her world, she’s had everything: rank, responsibility, and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to rescue his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.

Armed with the mindset of a soldier and racing against time to bring Caden home, Riven must learn how to blend in as a girl in a realm that is the opposite of all she’s ever known. Will she be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?

My Review:
The Almost Girl is a well-written sci-fi romance with interesting worldbuilding and a complex MC. I was gripped from the very start, and with the exception of a small section when the story moved to Neospes, it was fast paced and kept my attention.

The plot was action-packed and full of twists and turns. Though the revelation in relation to her identity wasn’t a major shock, it was still a good twist.

Cade is, ah, swoon ….. a perfect book boyfriend! Smart, funny, sexy, protective and he deals with all the crap coming at him in a very calm, mature manner.

I wished we had more scenes with Cale. What we saw of him didn’t endear me to him at all.

I loved all the sci-fi and technological aspects of this book and I thought the world building was detailed without bogging the reader down in unnecessary descriptive. I have read books with multiple realities/universes before and this one was still original and creative and unique in its own way.

The insta-love was a bit unbelievable at first, like it came out of nowhere, but I was able to overlook it as it developed perfectly and their chemistry was good. I will add, though, that there are certain things one needs to overlook in this book in order to fully enjoy it – one example that sticks out is the manner in which children are raised in Neospes and it’s mentioned that she was engaging in sword fights at age 2. How would that even be physically possible? There were a few other little niggly things like that which are the reason this is a 4-star rather than 5-star review (and I dithered over the rating for a couple of days.) Anyway, I loved the book too much to let little issues like that dent my enjoyment.

I’m really excited to see where the story develops from here and I look forward to reading the next book in due course.

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Character Inspiration & Dream Cast for The Almost Girl

When I was initially doing the character study for Riven (whose name means ripped apart), I knew that I wanted her to be fierce. After all, she becomes a General of an army at fourteen and she comes from a very tough universe, so she has to be the result of that. In Neospes, there’s no room for softness and emotion. Those are the things that can get you killed. As a result, Riven is the perfect product of her environment. She’s a very intense character. I needed her to be powerful, highly skilled, focused, and mature.
My inspiration for Riven’s character came from a few different sources. The first was Max from Dark Angel TV series. I loved the fact that Max was so capable and fierce, but was also so guarded. I wanted my character to be similar—especially as she navigates the new terrain of a parallel universe that is the complete opposite to her own. Like Max, Riven has to learn how to trust and how to love while still being strong and lethal. My second source of inspiration was Leeloo from the movie The Fifth Element, one of my all time favs (and yes, I know I’m a total nerd). I love that scene where Leeloo takes out the Mangalores singlehandedly. She, like Max, is fierce, but in a different way. She’s built to be the Earth’s defender—the fifth element—and she has to learn about who we are as humans before she’s able to do the job she was created to do. I liked her inner fragility when it came to learning about love, and I wanted Riven to have the same sort of feel—hard and unapproachable on the outside, yet soft and curious on the inside. Last but not least, there’s definitely some Ellen Ripley in there, but it’s the Ripley from Alien Resurrection, where she has inherited some of the alien traits. She’s so awesome during that basketball scene in the mess hall on the ship. I loved her innate confidence and unflappable nature. I wanted Riven to have some of those qualities. Highly trained, she knows who she is and what she can do.
Like all of these amazing, multi-faceted heroines, I wanted to create a dynamic character who is forced to question everything she is and everything she knows. A soldier first, Riven is hard on the outside but still vulnerable on the inside—I wanted readers to relate to her struggle throughout the novel to let go of all her rules and be a girl. We build so many walls to keep from being hurt that we don’t allow ourselves to connect with others. As a character, Riven has to dig down deep to embrace her emotions against everything she has been taught. In the end, is she brave enough to learn how to trust her heart? Will she always be the tough, invulnerable soldier? Or will she find a balance between the two?

DREAM CAST
RIVEN – Astrid Berges OR Imogen Poots
CADEN – Brenton Thwaites or Nicholas Hoult
SHAE – Sienna Guillory
AURELA – Charlize Theron
Riven’s Father – Michael Fassbender
Era Taylor – Famke Janssen

PRAISE FOR THE ALMOST GIRL:
“A high-octane thriller. SF and dystopia fans will be right at home with this book and its fierce, capable heroine.” ~ Publishers Weekly

“Amalie Howard writes a fast paced and thrilling story with a kick butt, authentic heroine and a brilliantly crafted world.“ ~ Eve Silver, author of Rush

“The Almost Girl is a feminist tour de force. It is filled with powerful, interesting female characters. Riven is one of my favorite fictional characters ever; she is fierce, passionate, funny and smart. This sexy, fast-paced story is impossible to put down. A must read! Fans of Divergent will love it!“ ~ Kim Purcell, author of Trafficked

“A riveting union of science fiction thriller, romance, family drama, and conspiracy theory, The Almost Girl had me wishing I could crawl inside the pages and join Riven on her epic journey between parallel worlds. Amalie Howard’s writing is sharp and smart. I’m definitely craving the next installment!” ~ Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful & The Cursed

AmalieAbout the Author:
AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island (Trinidad & Tobago) where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

An aspiring writer from a young age, Amalie’s poem “The Candle,” written at age twelve, was published in a University of Warwick journal. At fifteen, she was a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society Essay Award (a global youth writing competition). A Colby College graduate, she completed simultaneous Honors Theses in both French and International Studies, and graduated Summa Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa. At Colby, she was cited for research and criticism in Raffael Scheck’s article, “German Conservatism and Female Political Activism in the Early Weimar Republic,” and his subsequent book, Mothers of the Nation. She also received a distinction in English Literature from the University of Cambridge (A-levels) as well as a certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Traveling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, marketing representative, teen speaker and global sales executive.

She is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.

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Review: Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa Kay

Broken SkiesTitle: Broken Skies
Author: Theresa Kay
Series: Broken Skies #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: science fiction romance/ post apocalyptic
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Blurb:
Thirty years ago, civilization collapsed. Few survived.
Ten years ago, the aliens arrived…and stayed.
One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy.
Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do anything to get him back.

In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell’s world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived.

Until recently, the E’rikon have remained segregated in their city and ignored the few humans who have tried to engage them… but now they have taken Jax’s brother. To rescue him, she forms an uneasy alliance with a teenage E’rikon left stranded in the woods. She agrees to guide him to the city if he sneaks her past the human-proof barrier. Too bad it’s not that simple.

Jax, who cannot stand to be touched, finds that she’s drawn to the alien boy with bright green hair and jewel-like scales on his back. And he’s equally affected by her, the courageous redhead with haunted eyes. But she doesn’t know the alien’s true motives and he has no idea that she is much more than she seems.

With the aliens and the humans at odds, the connection forming between the two teens has consequences. What started off as a rescue mission sets a chain of events in motion which threatens not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but Earth itself.

My Review:
This was an excellent, well-written start to an exciting sci-fi series. The book flowed smoothly from the first page and it hooked me from start to finish. While, in general, the pace is slower in the first half, that didn’t bother me at all as the author gave appropriate time to paint her characters and showcase their personalities. I really felt a connection with Jax and Lir, and that’s so important to me. Too often, authors skimp on characterization, choosing plot as a priority and in a lot of cases, that’s a mistake. So, that’s a long-winded way of saying I like how Theresa structured this book.

Jax struggles with trust issues and she’s dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event. Her brother is her rock, so when he is taken by the aliens, she is more than heart-broken, she is completely lost. Lir seems like the only option to help her rescue her twin so she sets out on foot for the alien city. Their journey is hazardous and long, but they gradually relax around one another, and find comfort and solace in each other. Ah, I loved it!

Lir is a hot alien (my favorite type) and not at all what Jax was expecting, or had been lead to believe of his race.

There are plenty of great revelations in the second half of the book and the ending is fantastic – action packed and heart-wrenching at the same time.

I enjoyed this authors writing style, and it’s an accomplished piece of writing.

Review: Darken the Stars (Kricket #3) by Amy A. Bartol

Darken the StarsTitle: Darken the Stars
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Series: Kricket #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Science Fiction Romance
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Blurb:
Kyon Ensin finally has what he’s always wanted: possession of Kricket Hollowell, the priestess who foresees the future. Together, their combined power will be unrivaled. Kricket, however, doesn’t crave the crown of Ethar—she has an unbreakable desire to live life on her own terms, a life that she desperately wants to share with her love, Trey Allairis.

As conspiracies rage in the war for Ethar, Kricket’s so-called allies want to use her as a spy. Even those held closest cannot be trusted—including Astrid, her sister, and Giffen, a member of a mysterious order with a hidden agenda. But Kricket’s resolve will not allow her to be used as anyone’s pawn, even as the Brotherhood sharpens its plans to cut out her heart.

As the destiny prophesied by her mother approaches, Kricket will backtrack through her fiery future to reshape it. For she knows one thing above all else: the only person she can truly count on is herself.

My Review:
Gosh, that was totes emote. Very unexpected in a lot of ways.

Kricket has been kidnapped by Kyon and taken to his island home. He is his usual controlling, psychotic self from the get-go and Kricket uses every opportunity to plot her escape. However, it becomes clear quite quickly that she’s not getting off that damned island. What also becomes obvious is that Kyon has acted to protect her. She still has considerable enemies who want to take her out of the equation, and Kyon has her back, always. He is a bit of a conundrum of a character. He is everything we have seen of him in the previous two books, but we also see a different side to him here. He secretly loves how she stands up to him and tries to boss him around. It’s easy to see how she’s a true match for him in many ways.

I felt this book started quite slowly and it took me longer to get into it than the first two books. Part of that was because I was missing Trey, Wayra and Jax so much. We hardly see them at all in Darken the Stars and it lacked as a result.

Kricket seemed worn out in this book and I couldn’t really blame her. It must get tiring fighting for your life all the time and having so many different factions gunning for your ass. What I didn’t like is how quickly she gave in to Kyon and how easily she seemed to forget about Trey. It didn’t seem consistent with her character though I could understand how jaded she was of everything.

When the book picked up pace it was action packed and I raced through the second half holding my breath most of the time.

Now onto the ending. Holy Moley. The ending felt very rushed and I don’t feel like I have closure. I’d love a novella showing what happens after the epilogue.

Overall though, this was a brilliant emotionally-charged conclusion to a superb series. Hate that it’s over. I need more.