March 25, 2019

Friendroid Blog Tour: Tens List + Giveaway


Author: M.M. Vaughan
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Hardcover: 384 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1481490656
ISBN-13: 978-1481490658


Stranger Things meets robots in this sweet story about an unlikely friendship between two boys—one human, one android.

Eric Young is an android, but he doesn’t know. He does know that he’s just moved to Ashland, so it’s important to make the right kind of friends—the kind that would be interested in skateboarding and the new Slick sneakers his Uncle Martin sends him.

Danny Lazio doesn’t have any friends, but he doesn’t care. Even if his classmates don’t accept him, he still has Land X, the online role play game that he’s actually really good at. But then Eric takes an interest in Land X, and suddenly Danny thinks he might have found a real friend…if he can figure out the mystery behind Eric’s sudden disappearances and strange lifestyle.

It becomes harder to ignore the weird events that happen only around Eric. But uncovering the secret behind Eric’s identity is an act that might cost them both as powerful forces soon move in around them.

This heartfelt story about friendship and what it means to be human is sure to tug at your soul—or your soul-chip if you’re like Eric.

Praise for FRIENDROID:

"A timely parable for this generation of digital natives." ―Kirkus

"Vaughan presents another noteworthy sf middle-grade offering peppered with mystery." ―Booklist

"For middle-grade readers who are ready to fight the power." ―Publishers Weekly

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Ten Favorite Reads Ever
1. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

2. Secret History, by Donna Tartt

3. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

4. Oedipus, by Sophocles

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling

6. Nineteen Eighty Four, by George Orwell

7. Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham (not as racy as the title suggests!)

8. The Dice Man, by Luke Rhinehart

9. Perfume, by Patrick Süskind

10. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
Photo Content from M.M. Vaughan

The daughter of South American parents, Monica Meira Vaughan grew up in Spain before moving to London at the age of five where she learnt English by watching Sesame Street and reading every Roald Dahl book she could get her hands on. On leaving school, and after a brief stint in public relations, Monica decided to train as a primary school teacher. She spent over ten years working in special needs, mostly with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, before becoming a full time writer.

Monica loves writing after midnight, building cardboard cities and playing Lego with her daughter. She lives in London, UK.

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: A Tale of Two Houses by Susan Harris


A Tale of Two Houses (Defy the Stars #1)
Author: Susan Harris
Genre: YA Fairy Tales/Fantasy

Publication Date: March 25, 2019
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing


Centuries ago, the royal house of witches in Vernanthia split into two factions: House Cambridge and House Montgomery. These two houses warred with each other for an age, causing widespread bloodshed and death. Those without magic—the Nulls—suffered the most. One day, a favored daughter of the Nulls was slain. With her dying breath, she cursed the covens to know no peace until love was possible between the houses.

That curse had long since been forgotten—until now.

Julian Montgomery is the reluctant Prince of House Montgomery and Rowan Cambridge is in no rush to become the Queen of House Cambridge. Both heirs long for freedom from their birthright obligations. When fate throws these two star-crossed lovers together, it sends them on a collision course with destiny that neither could have predicted.

Shakespeare’s classic Romeo & Juliet is reimagined in this compelling drama about two young people drawn by fate into an unwinnable situation. If you think you know how this story ends—think again!

“Go talk to her already.”

I jumped at the sound of Toby’s voice, who was grinning at me so much, I could see the white of his teeth.

“Go talk to her already,” he repeated, inclining his head toward the person I’d been staring at. “You’ve been standing there staring at her for quite a while. It’s starting to get weird.”

“I haven’t been staring,” I said with not much conviction as I took a large gulp of my ale.

“Yes, you have. Now is the perfect opportunity to go and ask her to dance. Considering she’s been eyeballing you when she thinks no one is looking, I do not think she will refuse you. Besides, I’m pretty certain the gorgeous creature beside her is the future queen of the Cambridge coven. You go romance her attack dog. Leave the princess to me.”

There was a hint of menace in his tone, a wolfish smile on his face. I put a hand on Toby’s arm. “We will not insult Ashbridge’s invitation by waging war here. It is horrid enough that we are stealing under his nose. Promise me, Toby. No bloodshed here.”

“Unless provoked, my Prince, there will be no bloodshed.”

I lift my arm from Toby’s as the seriousness fled his features. “Now, go get the girl.”

He pushed me forward and I almost stumbled in the dim light, causing me to glare at him for a moment before I rolled my shoulders and prayed that I don’t make an absolute fool of myself. My heart thundered like a drum as I made my way toward the girl, noticing that her eyes were the same color as her dress. My palms were sweating, and I licked my lips to try and rid myself of the dryness.

I stood a mere breath away from her when she turned in my direction, and I could not find the words to speak. Her companion, the girl Toby thought to be the Cambridge heir, giggled, even as Auggie chuckled, a dash of mischief in his eyes. But I blocked them out, my steely focus on the girl with the green eyes and a smile made of sunshine.

“I was wondering, M’lady, if you would dance with me?” I held out my hand, trying to ignore the tremble.

Susan Harris is a writer from Cork in Ireland.

An avid reader, she quickly grew to love books in the supernatural/fantasy and Dystopian genre. She writes books for young adults and adults alike.

When she is not writing or reading, she loves music, oriental cultures, tattoos, creepy snow globes, DC shoes, stationary, anything Disney, Marvel movies, psychology and far too many TV shows. If she wasn't a writer, she would love to be a FBI profiler or a PA for Dave Grohl or Jared Leto.


March 24, 2019

Sky Without Stars Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Sky Without Stars (System Divine #1)
Author: Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell 
Genre: YA Retellings/Science Fiction
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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A thief. An officer. A guardian. 

Three strangers, one shared destiny...

When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.

Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…

Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.

Marcellus is an officer—and the son of a renowned traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he’s vowed to serve when his father dies and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a girl named Alouette.

Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years…and plunge Laterre into chaos.

All three have a role to play in a dangerous game of revolution—and together they will shape the future of a planet.

Power, romance, and destiny collide in this sweeping reimagining of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Misérables.
I've been waiting to read Sky Without Stars for what seems like ages now. Ever since reading the description mentioning it was a futuristic/science fiction retelling of Les Mis - I knew it was going to be amazing. I have to admit that I went into it with pretty high hopes and expectations and I wasn't let down in the least. I basically adored every single part of the novel - from the world building and setting to the characters and the wonderful plot mixed as a retelling of Les Miserables, it was everything I hoped for and more.

I loved the three main characters - Chatine, Marcellus, and Alouette. They were each realistic with positive traits and flaws, which made each of them easy to identify with in their own way. I loved getting to know each of them separately, as their own character, as well as seeing how their relationships with the other characters began and grew throughout the novel. The plot was intense and the science fiction angle put it on a whole new level that definitely makes it stand out from anything else out there right now. It's wholly original and completely unique - which is hard to find anymore these days. I loved the world building and enjoyed getting to know the history of Laterre, the past including the Last Days, as well as the intricate details of this planet and its people. The authors used fantastic descriptions and vivid imagery to bring this world to life in front of our eyes and made it easy for me to imagine I was there among the main characters while everything was happening during the story. I'm so glad that this is just the beginning to a series because I definitely want - no, need - more. I'm excited to see where the authors and plot will take us next. I very highly recommend this book to fans of YA fiction, science fiction, fantasy, retellings, and re-imaginings.

Jessica Brody is the author of more than 15 books for teens, tweens, and adults including Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, A Week of Mondays, Boys of Summer, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, and the three books in the sci-fi Unremembered trilogy. She’s also the author of the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel original movie, Descendants. Her books have been translated and published in over 23 countries and Unremembered and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father are currently in development as major motion pictures. She lives with her husband and four dogs and splits her time between California and Colorado. 

Visit her online at Follow her on Twitter or Instagram @JessicaBrody
Joanne Rendell is the author of three novels and holds a PhD in English literature. She teaches fiction writing to teens and kids and is a board member for the youth Shakespeare company, New Genesis Productions. With her husband and son, Joanne divides her time between New York City, and New Paltz, New York. Visit Joanne at

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