Queen of Corona book tour and giveaway!

QueenofCorona

Queen of Corona by Esterhazy
Publication date: December 15th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Synopsis:
Roza Esterhazy is a mixed-up kid. Eighteen years old and on the threshold of adulthood, she feels powerless in the face of a world that hasn’t adequately prepared her for adult life. She is riddled with anxiety about the world’s problems, the problems of her classmates at an inner-city high school in Corona, Queens. As an American of multicultural heritage (Polish-Jewish on her mother’s side, Venezuelan on her father’s) she struggles to find her place in society where the odds are stacked against people like her.

At the outset, she is on an airplane heading to Warsaw – the city of her ancestors, a city she’d never been to before. The city her mother had fled from in the 1980s because of an article she’d written that had offended the authorities. Roza’s voyage is a kind of reverse immigration – she’s escaping from America back to Poland because of a student protest that ended in tragedy. She alludes to the protest and its bloody end throughout the novel, with flashbacks tormenting her traumatized mind to the very end. When she arrives in Warsaw, she struggles to come to terms with what happened and what part she played in the tragedy. She grapples with the concept of guilt and blame – were the students to blame for what happened or was it the fault of overzealous police? She weighs how fear quells courage in an oppressive society. She confronts the grey reality of post-war Warsaw and realizes that there’s very little of it that she can identify with. She retraces history’s steps through the Polish capital and the former ghetto of WW2.

Her longing for home is visceral, reflected in the flashbacks of school and relationships that are woven through her daily existence. Flashbacks that reflect the absurdity of the inner-city high school experience, where kids are meant to learn an inimical thread of history that has little to do with their own reality, that places many of them in the position of the conquered and exploited.

Queen of Corona is a look into the inner life of the inner city. A foray into the mind and heart of a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, torn from her destiny because she dared to stand up and speak up for those who don’t have a voice. A glimpse inside the hopeless hallways of New York City’s failing public schools. It is a coming-of-age novel in a tumultuous time. It is a lesson on how fear is the most dangerous aspect of our Trumped-up existence.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36594804-queen-of-corona

Purchase:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Queen-Corona-Esterhazy-ebook/dp/B077Y9MS5M/

AUTHOR BIO:
Esterhazy is a journalist, writer and translator. A native New Yorker, she holds degrees in Comparative Literature from New York University and American Studies from the University of Warsaw. Queen of Corona is her debut novel.

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It should Have Been You book review

It Should Have Been YouIt Should Have Been You by Lynn Slaughter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Page Street Publishing for sending me an ARC .

I really enjoyed this story very much. If you like murder mysteries than this book is right up your alley. I loved watching Castle and Guilt on TV so this book was really like those shows a lot in that you had a lot of individuals who could have been the one who did the murdering. I liked how the main character was written and how for a minute there believed that she murdered her own sister. However, it had twists and turns along the way. I also never saw the ending coming. It will get you because you won’t expect it at the end. I felt like this was an easy read and easy to understand. A good whodunnit book.

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Beneath the Haunting Sea by Joanna Ruth Meyer book review (No Spoilers)

Beneath the Haunting SeaBeneath the Haunting Sea by Joanna Ruth Meyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this story so much! Huge thanks to Page Street Publishing for sending me a ARC of this book.

If you like Lord of The Rings or the Hobbit you will love this book. I like the main character Talia so much. She goes through a lot in this story but comes out brighter and stronger than ever. I loved the myths and tales that were weaved into the story. It was action-packed, had romance, likable characters, and heartbreak. I felt like it was a whirlwind of a ride. At first, I admit I was a bit skeptic that the book was going to be just okay after Talia goes on board of the ship but no I was pleasantly surprised that it was fantastic!! I loved the ending and it gave me all the feels. I won’t say anything else as not to spoil but I loved it. Definitely go out and read this book you won’t regret it. This was my first book read of 2018 and it was a great

This book releases today January 9th 2018! please pick up a copy 🙂

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27 hours by Tristina Wright- book review

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27 Hours
by Tristina Wright

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I loved a lot of things about this story. Things like having a lot of diverse characters of different races and ethnicities was really cool to read. I loved seeing all the same-sex couples in this book. It was a refreshing tale of romance, action, and it was very fast-paced.

I got hooked into this world almost immediately. It was a whirlwind of things going on with the characters, violence, and war. There was never a part of the story where I was bored. The characters in 27 hours are very cool and I liked them all my favorites would be Breaden, Nyx, and Rumor. I thought they were well written. I thought that seeing all the different views from each person would be hard to fall into and understand, but I was wrong. In fact, it made me be able to view things that were going on in the story easier and I was able to see things from many points of view. I enjoyed reading this story so much. I can’t wait for the next book.

Thanks to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this book. I got the e-book from them to read the story but all opinions are mine.

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Starstruck by S.E. Anderson book review!

Starstruck (Starstruck, #1)Starstruck by S.E. Anderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I got this book for free from the Author for my honest review.
I loved this book. It had me hooked from the very beginning. I like the main character Sally Weber because she has issues and anxieties. I felt like that was an important part to add. To make her more human and real. I loved the character of Xander, I mean he was a great person. Or should I say Alien! I loved all the jokes and funny parts in the book. I liked that the events in the story just kept happening. It never stopped for a second and I was never bored. I didn’t really care much for Matt, Sally’s boyfriend but then again I have a thing for Aliens haha. I mean I didn’t hate his character but I was not into him. Overall loved the storyline and can’t wait to read book 2 in the series. I felt like it reminded me a lot of Doctor Who because of the alien storyline and that was fantastic!!

Definitely, recommend.

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Book review- Into the Woods (Twisted Tales from the Jaw #1) No spoilers!

Into the Woods (Twisted Tales from the Jaw, #1)Into the Woods by Melanie McFarlane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

I received an ARC of this book directly from the author. All opinions are my own.

I thoroughly enjoyed these short stories. It was an easy read. I grew up reading Goosebumps and I really got that feeling of eeriness, creepiness from the stories. Some were creepier than others, but my favorite was the one about a plant. I don’t want to give away much but I didn’t see that coming… Anyway, I think these are appropriate for teenagers as well as adults. I think that there not overly scary, but something that gives you chills and makes you think well, that’s a bit creepy! I liked that we didn’t get any finish of the story so much as it left the story open to thinking about what would happen next. Which is why I got the Goosebumps vibe from these tales. I highly recommend. I will say I am pretty much a chicken when comes to scary stuff, but these didn’t scare me all that much just made me spooked. If you’re like me, you will survive reading this I promise! Which is good because otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at all.

 


This book will be releasing on June 27th, 2017. You can pre-order it on Amazon now.

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Review of Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney (very mild spoilers!)

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Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

BOOK DETAILS:
Black Dawn

by Mallory McCartneyPublished by: Clean Reads Publishing

Published by: Clean Reads Publishing
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Young Adult

The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.


I received this book in an ebook format to review from Xpresso Book Tours, so thanks for allowing me to read this book 🙂

Review:

I loved this book so much! It reminded me of The 100 and Divergent. I liked the characters. They were well written. I enjoyed getting to see points of views of different characters for each character similar to the different characters points of views from the 5th Wave series. Where you get to see things happening from different views of what’s occurring.
I thought it had a lot of twists and turns that occurred One moment everything seems okay and then boom something interesting happened. The ending had me shocked, and I honestly want to read the second book in this series right now. I need to know what is going to happen next right now.
I was instantly hooked on this story almost immediately. I thought the whole premise of the story was well thought out and I liked the whole futuristic outlook on the world. The main character, Emory made me go from feeling sorry for her and then at the end going what the heck? Why?..
I like that fact that there were really good friendships being told in the story, but also betrayals happening in this story it made fun and exciting. The powers the characters had were cool and the main bad guy Adair is a person who I would really like to hear more from in the next book. I will be awaiting book two!! please come soon.

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A review of Paramore’s new album After Laughter

I discovered Paramore years ago while I always heard of their songs on the radio and enjoyed them, I officially didn’t become a Paramore fan until they had Decode in the Twilight Saga Twilight soundtrack. After that, I became a huge fan of their music. I bought all of their albums and went on a listening spree. Ever since then I have been listening to them. Through all the shakeups of the band itself.

On to the review….

I absolutely love After Laughter, its a fresh new take on indie pop music and I love it honestly am living for it right now. I love all of the songs. They each tell a story and are beautifully told through this album. My favorites right off the back after listening to it about 5 times over would be Pools which I am obsessed with because of the background  noise of the song, Rose -Colored Boy which is a happy- make- you- want- to- dance song, Fake Happy which starts off as a sad ballad, and the goes into a more happier tone, Told You So is a really catchy song, and of course Hard Times as it was the first single out of their album to have a music video. Honestly, though I really like each song and they each have the band’s heart and soul in them.

Paramore is back and stronger than ever!!

Listen to their entire album on Spotify here:
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/1c9Sx7XdXuMptGyfCB6hHs

Summoner Rising by Melanie McFarlane review {Spoilers!}

First off don’t read this unless you want to be spoiled !!

The book officially comes out tomorrow. March

March 28th 2017 🙂



Summoner Rising
by Melanie McFarlane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I really liked this book so much. I am into paranormal books and this one was just fantastic. I loved the characters of Daciana and Tryan. The story begins with Dacie moving in with her great aunt Katya because Dacie’s mother died. Dacie starts to see shadows moving in her peripheral vision all the time, or so she thinks so. She makes a fast couple of friends. A boy takes a liking to Daciana, but she isn’t really interested. She meets this other boy named Tryan and he seems mysterious. He kind of seems to always watch Daciana when she is not looking. Later in the book, Daciana looks at a painting in a bathroom while out with her friends and she notices that the painting moves. Then pops out a strange looking creature.

Later she discovers that she is a Summoner and their job is to be a pathway for demons. She must use paintings and focus on them to release them and her responsibility is to let the creatures, monsters, etc into this world and then later paint them back into the paintings so they will be trapped in the paintings. She must monitor them and responsibility to put them back.

There is a book of rules for Summoners and everything. Along with rules, there is a senate and people who will punish Summoners who don’t follow through with the laws. Once Daciana turns 17 her Summoner training is supposed to begin, but somehow before her 17 birthday she summons an Ifrit. Dacie has a hard time believing her great aunt about all this and its such a new territory for Dacie. since she knows little about her family from Romania. Her aunt tells her that Summoners also have a Tavros which is supposed to help her in her journey as a Summoner.

Later after discovering that Tryan is a Tavoros, Dacie learns that once a Summoner chooses a Tavros they are bonded for life. Dacie and Tryan become closer and after they hunt a demon down and Tryan gets hurt they discover that they are meant to be bonded and Tryan ends up healing faster because of her being so close to him. Later on, in the book, Daciana ends up letting out a Wendigo and it gets loose and it ends up catching up with Dacie and Tryan. This other summoner comes to town named Liana who came to town because the senate was punishing Tryan for other crimes.

They all end up taking down the Wendigo. Lastly, throughout the book there is mention of a shadow that whispers Daciana’s name and at the end, once she turns 17 she finally can see the shadows form into shapes now and she chases the shadow and it tells her that he killed her mother and now he will kill her. I really loved this book, it was an easy read. I will definitely be reading the next book!

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Oldie but goodie! Number The Stars review

Number the StarsNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I knew I would because I read the Giver by Lois as well and liked her writing style very much. Although this book is very serious Lowry somehow manages to find lighthearted moments and makes them stand out and therefore be very poignant. The book took you through being in 10-year-old Annemarie’s eyes through the whole story. The storyline is easy to follow as this is a children’s book. The characters feel as though they were real people and I think that’s what this book does well.

 

Synopsis:

The story is told from the point of view of 10-year-old Annemarie Johannsen. The Storyline takes place in 1943 Copenhagen, Denmark. It takes place at the time when German troops were starting to relocate the Jewish people in Denmark. Annemarie’s family decides to take in her Jewish friend Ellen Rosen into their home. Through the eyes of Annemarie, we see a story of heroism of people who took in Jewish families to protect them from the Germans and who’s bravery was astounding. This work of fiction is a moving story of courage amongst a time of war.

I had to read this book for one of my education classes. I thought I would share my information from a handout I made as well. 

Grade level:

4th – 6th grade level (10-12 year olds)

Interest level: 4-8(Middle Grades)

Genre: Historical fiction

Year published: 1989

Other awards the book has won:

 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award in 1991 and the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s Literature in 1990.

An interesting fact about the author: is that she loves photography. She used to work as a professional photographer. Some of her photos were used in her own book covers.

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