Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Project Pandora Excerpt!

31450642About the book: 
Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced from home to home, he’s learned that lesson the hard way. Cue world’s tiniest violin. But when strange things start happening—waking up with bloody knuckles and no memory of the night before or the burner phone he can’t let out of his sight— Tyler starts to wonder if he can even trust himself.
Even stranger, the girl he’s falling for has a burner phone just like his. Finding out what’s really happening only leads to more questions…questions that could get them both killed. It’s not like someone’s kidnapping teens lost in the system and brainwashing them to be assassins or anything, right? And what happens to rogue assets who defy control?
In a race against the clock, they’ll have to uncover the truth behind Project Pandora and take it down—before they’re reactivated. Good thing the program spent millions training them to kick ass...

And without further ado, here's the excerpt: 

She trained her eyes in front of her as she hurried down the hall. Even in the large living room, she felt suffocated. She returned the key to her pocket and eased her hands to her side. Slowly, the tension dissipated, and she began to feel calm again. Prepared.
Apollo unzipped his backpack and removed a black ski mask from the main compartment. He passed it to her before retrieving a second one for himself.
She held the mask, twisting the knit fabric between her fingers. She didn’t want to put it on just yet.
His face was expressionless, but as she watched him, his golden tan blanched into a sickly pallor. He took repeated glances at his wristwatch. Twice, he reached into his jacket to touch the gun, as if hoping to comfort himself. Each time, he jerked his hand back with a low, terrified moan, like his fingers had skimmed over a snake’s rattle instead of cool metal.
Even when they made accidental eye contact, neither spoke. Silence was their partner in crime, unseen and unheard, but felt as heaviness in the air that was even more burdensome than gravity.
One minute passed, then two.
She put her ski mask on, and Apollo followed her example. Even with his face hidden, the wideness of his eyes betrayed his tension.
He began to pace, muttering to himself. Shannon could only make out the first two words. The rest had the same syntax and syllable count, though, so she had a feeling he was repeating himself.
“I’m sorry.”
Another lap of the second hand around the clock face, another suppressed twitch of the minute hand. Another circuit around the room. Numerous more harried looks at his watch.
“I’m sorry.”
She pressed her lips together and watched Apollo go. Her hands trembled, but she did not feel sorry. She felt nothing at all.
Four minutes had passed.
“I’m so sorry.”
Without thinking, she reached out to Apollo as he circled toward her again. Through her gloves, she felt the hard muscle of his biceps.
For a moment, he just stared at her with those beautiful, tortured eyes. Then he murmured, “We don’t have to do this.”
A jolt passed through her as his words shattered her calm. This wasn’t the Apollo she knew. The pain and confusion in his soft, lulling voice was all wrong. It didn’t belong.
“Why are we doing this?” he asked. She thought he wanted to say more, but before he could continue, the creak of the front door stole his words.
Footsteps echoed down the hall.
He stared at her, his face hidden, but his gaze filled with despair.
Her throat clenched around a whimper. She wanted to comfort him, and that was wrong. It was against her orders. Unwanted and unneeded.
Violence is necessary, a voice whispered in her head. The future is built on bloodshed.
She must kill.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Such a Suspenseful Read

Title: Such a Good Girl
Author: Amanda K. Morgan
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Source: Netgalley

Riley Stone is just about perfect. (Ask anyone.)
She has a crush on her French teacher, Alex Belrose. (And she suspects he likes her, too.)
Riley has her entire life planned out. (The plan is nonnegotiable.)
She's never had a secret she couldn't keep. (Not ever.)
Riley is sure that her life is on the right track. (And nothing will change that.)
She's nothing like a regular teenager. (But she doesn't have any problem admitting that.)
Riley doesn't usually play games. (But when she does, she always wins.)
She thinks a game is about to start...
But Riley always has a plan...
And she always wins.

What I liked:
-The suspense. This novel was absolutely filled with suspense from start to finish. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time!
-The darkness of the novel. The topics it touched upon were much darker than the average contemporary.
-The plot twist. I honestly didn't see it coming.
-The writing style. There was something so lyrical about it.

What I didn't like:
-Riley! She got on my nerves from the very beginning.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it if you're looking for a different sort of contempary/thriller for the summer months!

Rating: 4/5 stars


About the author:
Amanda K. Morgan is a freelance writer living in Nashville, TN. She covers events and works on freelance projects when she isn't working on her YA novels.

At age 15, Amanda finished her first novel and continued to write in college, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing.

Amanda’s books include After Hours, written as Claire Kennedy, Secrets Lies and Scandals, and Such a Good Girl.

For more information on Amanda's freelance/technical writing, to ask for information on a specific project, or for other questions, contact her.



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Wednesday, June 14, 2017


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Title: Internet Famous
Author: Danika Stone
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads

High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.
Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance-played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog-attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi's real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker's identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most... Laurent included. 

-what i liked-
  • Madi is a blogger! Being a blogger myself, this automatically made her such a great character because I already had something in common with her. Of course, I don't suffer from the problem of having fans trying to destroy my life! I just have a lot of awesome blogging friends. :)
  • There were text messages and Twitter convos! I don't know why, but it's just a lot of fun for me when books incorporate social media into the storytelling. It allows for a break from the big, bulky paragraph reading and allows for a little bit of fun reading. 
  • Laurent! I thought it was so great that Madi thought he was a girl at first and then she was so surprised that she was actually a he. I loved him to death though! He was great. 
  • Madi actually acts like a teenager. Too many YA books don't have protagonists that seem to be young adults, but Madi actually did, which I really appreciated. 
-what i didn't like-
  • I guess I could say I wish the book was longer... I liked Madi too much and would've liked to read more about her!
  • There was a bit of an insta-love situation. When I first began reading YA at around age 14, it didn't bother me much, but now, at 19... I notice it. It wasn't horrible, but Madi did seem to fall for Laurent super quickly. 
If you're looking for a summer read that's not like your normal run-of-the-mill contemporary, then definitely give Internet Famous a read!

About the Author:

Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous) adults (Edge of Wild and Intaglio). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

My Thoughts on the "Eighth" Harry Potter Book

29069989Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Release Date: July 31, 2016

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London's West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

I decided to check out this book because obviously there was so much hype. Here's my thoughts!

what i liked:
-I liked that it largely followed Draco's son, Scorpius, as well as Harry's son, Albus, and the friendship between the two. They were such unique characters!
-I enjoyed revisiting Hogwarts and the rest of the same characters that I remembered and loved so well.
-It was interesting seeing what would happen if a Potter was placed in Slytherin! Plus, it's my house, so I found that even more awesome.
-There was so much suspense! I kept flipping pages because I wanted to know what was going to happen!
-I loved that it was a play! It made for a different kind of reading.

what i didn't like:
-The only thing I don't like is that it's not actually part of the series! It's kind of hard to disconnect this book from the other seven. I have to keep reminding myself that Rowling's story ended already in Deathly Hallows.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Miss Crandall's School For Young Ladies & Little Misses of Color

1100491Title: Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color
Author: Marilyn Nelson, Elizabeth Alexander
Publisher: WordSong
Release Date: September 1, 2007

Two renowned poets tell the story of Prudence Crandall and her black students, who endured the cruelty of prejudice and hateful actions for the sake of their education. Miss Crandall faced legal proceedings for opening her school of African American women. But her young students knew that Miss Crandall had committed no crime. They knew that the real criminals were the rich white residents of Canterbury, Connecticut, who had poisoned the school's water and set fire to the schoolhouse. But hatred could not destroy their patience and compassion. From March of 1833 to September of 1834, when persecution forced the school to close, these African American women learned that they deserved an education. What they needed was the courage to go after it. Poets Elizabeth Alexander and Marilyn Nelson have re-created the remarkable story of Prudence Crandall's school in this ALA Notable Children's Book, using the sonnet form with innovative style. Floyd Cooper's powerful illustrations reveal the strength and vulnerability of Miss Crandall and her students.

I had to read this book for my English class and really didn't go in expecting anything. However, I really enjoyed it! I'm not usually the biggest fan of poetry, though this poetry collection really stuck with me. I mean, I did have to read it a crap ton of times for my essay!

I learned quite a lot about an important part of history and really loved the differing writing styles between the two authors. I'd definitely suggest picking this one up if you are interested!

In addition, the book is outfitted with beautiful illustrations. I loved all of them!