Andersen’s structured life is ruled by the Three S’s: Swim. Study. Succeed. But
all this routine and order leaves little time for what she really wants to do:
SING. Try telling that to her overbearing father, a former rock legend whose
personal demons keep Marina’s extraordinary musical talents behind closed
chance performance at school drops a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—and a
gorgeous young rocker—at Marina’s feet, she’ll have to decide what lengths
she’s willing to go to in pursuit of the one thing that reminds her heart to
navigating the rough seas of managing her father’s expectations and finding her
own voice, will Marina summon the courage to show her dad who she really is
inside before their family is dashed like a galleon in a storm?
you by the hugely popular YouTube series, The Girl Without A Phone, from the
Young Actors Project, in collaboration with YA novelist Jennifer Sommersby,
Fish Out of Water is a timeless, heartwarming tale inspired by the beloved
Little Mermaid. Join Marina—alongside friends Lily and Sierra—in this fresh new
adventure meant to inspire the reader to find their own song.
I enjoyed Fish out of Water, reading it one sitting, start to finish. Marina has a great support network of friends, mentors and extended family to help her navigate her father’s perfectionistic and overbearing control. I love that the author addressed grief and unhealthy dynamics of unresolved issues. I wish we would have seen more in depth interactions between the two love interests. We know they love each other, but it seemed to be wrapped up in a short time frame, with little insight as to why. We had a great opportunity to get a look into their dynamic, but we heard too much about Marina’s swimming career. I would love a follow up or added content which explores a differing point of view and added conversation between the MC and the main love interest. I also sometimes had a hard tome telling Marina’s two best friends apart, feeling like we didn’t have a good grip of their differences. I finished in four hours. I appreciated the clean content and the changes which were beginning to surface in Marina’s relationship with her father. It’s a great, safe teen read.
I am so
excited that SCAVENGE THE STARS by Tara Sim is available now and
that I get to share the news!
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rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have
earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive
for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new
identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of
Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide.
Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole
the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of
deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to
bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she
realizes she must trust no one…
Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped
retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in
an epic YA fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and
was a simple word when spoken out loud, but it was so much bigger, like the
hidden city under the atoll. It was a word of fire and blood, of a knife’s
whisper and the priming of a pistol.
It was a
word that consumed her, filled her entire being until she knew that she could
no longer be Silverfish. Silverfish’s will was to survive, to simply make it to
the next day, and hopefully the day after that. But that was no longer her
Now it was
Zharo. Kamon Mercado. Moray.
Tara Sim is the author of SCAVENGE THE STARS
(Disney-Hyperion) and the TIMEKEEPER trilogy (Sky Pony Press) and writer of all
things magic. She can often be found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California.
When she’s not writing about mischievous boys
in clock towers, Tara spends her time drinking tea, wrangling cats, and
occasionally singing opera. Despite her bio-luminescent skin, she is
half-Indian and eats way too many samosas.
Tara is represented by Victoria Marini at
Irene Goodman Literary Agency.
“Hope was a dangerous thing. It could
consume every dream and make them take flight, becoming wild daydreams in one’s
heart and mind. Or hope could incinerate everything you thought you knew,
burning you down to your core, leaving you raw and exposed for the world.”
Emory Fae has only known one thing—life
at The Academy, a school for those who have special abilities. Following in her
parents’ footsteps, the pressure to uphold their dream falls on her and one of
her best friends—Adair Stratton. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to
break away from the expectations dictating his future. With whispers of dark
magic spreading across Kiero, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it
An unexpected visit ignites new tensions
as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered
Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher, sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating
and wrath, for the first time in years, they demand the Faes listen to their
proposition for a new treaty. Caught in the middle of politics, Adair and
Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis, search for the
one thing that matters the most—the truth.
Their world is tipped upside down as
unlikely alliances are made, and war ravages Kiero. Through the throes of
betrayal, lies, hidden magic, and love, Adair is faced with a life changing
decision. Will he fight or bow to the darkness within?
But, Adair’s decision will change the
course of Kiero forever, setting in motion irreversible destinies for everyone
at The Academy as Emory Fae rises as heir.
Heir of Lies is the first book in the
bestselling Black Dawn series.
The Black Dawn
series is re- releasing and “Heir of Lies” (book one) is coming April 21 2020!
This edition will have an exclusive map and bonus content!
Heir of Darkness is a magical fantasy written from several points of view of students attending the academy for desolates and gifted students. Shapeshifters, fae and royalty form a tight group of friends who become divided by political unrest and familial loyalty. The plot is action packed and picks up from the very beginning. About halfway through it carries a darkness and moderate violence. I enjoyed the richness of the world and the unique abilities of each character, but had a bit of trouble keeping track of each MC since they all have a love interest in the same young lady. Perhaps, if more detail had been introduced about each person would have helped before jumping into their internal dialogue and thoughts. It becomes a bit tricky to juggle what is going on while trying to tease out who is who. Overall, the author held my interest with some world elements similar to Julie Kagawa’s. I’ve always been a fan of fae.
Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.
Today S. N. Jones, GenZ Publishing, & Rockstar Book
Tours are revealing the GORGEOUS cover for her YA Historical fantasy, EXORDIUM
which will release in early 2020! Check out the awesome cover and enter the
This is the
motto of the clan Kongeorn. In their world of harsh battles and harsher winters
our story begins.
a historical fantasy novel that follows the story of Vita, who is thrust into a
position of power and forced to deal with the aftermath of a family
tragedy–and an act of war. Along the way, she must confront her own demons and
learn that everyone is fighting their own war, their own obstacles. She must
learn how to overcome them, to rise higher than ever before. Exordium and its
author, S. N. Jones, were awarded with the 2018 National Civic Expression Award
from the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, funded by the Alliance for
Young Artists and Writers.
“The forest seemed still, as if no creature dared to
move or cry out in my presence. The trees remained static, their branches rigid
and frozen in the cool night air. In the stillness, a burden began to weigh
down upon me, cloaking me like the furs on my shoulders. It sobered me, taking
my attention away from the visions and cynical thoughts, and plopped me right
where I would stay. I could not hide from it, nor—I found—did I want to. My
duty to my people, to my name, bore down on me, and I refused to shake it.”
Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship.
Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.
When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.
This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?
piece-by-piece romance doesn’t need its Christmas theme to sell, but it makes
it glitter all the more.”—Booklist
“In a funny
holiday romance that has Sophie dog-sitting in a hockey rink, watching porn at
a drive-in theater, and playing the Virgin Mary in a middle school Nativity,
Elston cleverly reflects the family members’ personalities through their
choices of dates for Sophie.”—Publishers Weekly
The cover is perfect. Festive, beautiful photography and design. I enjoyed 10 Blind Dates because of the bond Sophie has with her family. They are a large Italian bunch jammed into one home for Christmas, and taking bets on Sophie’s dating life. There were so many healthy dynamics illustrated, including post partum recovery, cousin love and close bonds with parents, grandparents and extended relatives.
Her neighbor Wes is kind, considerate, and takes good care of the main character as she braves a break up as well as a few sketchy blind date situations. A well rounded plot and endearing characters make this a heart warming, light read. I didn’t enjoy her evil cousins or their date activity. I wish the love interest hadn’t been all but settled until a little further into the book, to build suspense. My only two small complaints. Overall, a fun read!
Parental content: underage drinking, mention of pornography and nudity.
I received a copy from the publisher free as part of a blog tour.
Ashley Elston is the author of several
novels, including THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING (a finalist in the Best Young
Adult Novel category of the International Thriller Awards) and THIS IS OUR
STORY. She graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from Louisiana State University
in Shreveport. Ashley worked for many years as a wedding photographer before
turning her hand to writing. Ashley lives in Louisiana with her husband and
Ashley is represented by Sarah Davies at The
Greenhouse Literary Agency.