Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fear the Drowning Deep Blog Tour: Review

Fear the Drowning Deep
Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: October 4, 2016

Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal
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Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.
Fear the Drowning Deep is a wonderful blend of fantasy and historical fiction, and will leave readers wanting more. I was really excited to read this book after seeing the description. I'll admit that I had sort of high hopes, but the novel did not disappoint. Every aspect of the book was fantastic and I ended up devouring the entire story in a matter of a few hours. The plot was unique and intriguing - it had me guessing what was really going on for quite awhile. I love that the author set the story back in the early nineteen-hundreds. I think it gives the book a different feel than a modern-set book would - it adds to the uniqueness of the story.

The characters were all well rounded with their own personalities and traits. The main character, Bridey, was a great lead. She's incredibly realistic and easy to identify with right from the start. She has a lot of positive qualities - she's a loving sister and daughter, determined, and defends what she believes even if others disagree with her or think she's a bit crazy. That takes serious guts, which I also enjoyed about her. Another positive for me was the first person writing style the author uses. I love the first person POV for a lot of different reasons and I really think most stories should be told this way. It gives the reader a chance to connect with the narrator on a personal level, which makes the story even more realistic. This novel was told from Bridey's point of view, so it felt as if I was right beside her while all the craziness was happening. Every other aspect of the writing and the book in general were fantastic and very well done. I definitely recommend this novel for fans of fantasy, paranormal, historical fiction, and even romance.
Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.

When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys watercolor painting, ghost hunting, and pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.

Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued greyhounds, a bird, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallenduology, and several picture books.



Saturday, September 24, 2016

Stalking Jack the Ripper Blog Tour: Review

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Untitled Trilogy #1)
Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Mystery
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
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Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
Stalking Jack the Ripper is a sensational young adult historical thriller that grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let up until you've finished the final words. There are so many elements of this book that I adored - I don't want to leave any out. First, the setting was perfect. It's the nineteenth-century, complete with high society and proper etiquette for a lady - but it also has a darker and macabre side that really sets the mood for the plot. I love that the author chose to integrate the infamous Jack the Ripper case into the novel. It gives the story more authenticity and tons of chills. Our leading lady, Audrey Rose, is a high society lady that's expected to have tea and attend parties - which she does. However, Audrey Rose's secret passion is for forensic science - a field that women are definitely not allowed to explore or participate in. Luckily, her uncle is a forensic scientist and allows her to be his apprentice and study under him. Audrey Rose is determined to show everyone that a woman is just as capable as a man to study the field. She's a great main character - determined, smart, a loving daughter and sister, tenacious, and brave. Her character is well rounded with unique traits and is a fantastic feminist role model. The other major characters were also rounded and had distinct personalities and quirks. I loved getting to know Audrey Rose and the rest of the characters throughout the book. 

The story has a fast pace with lots of attention to detail and vivid imagery. The author really brings the world Audrey Rose lives in to life right before your eyes. I was immediately drawn into the setting and didn't climb back out until I had finished the last word. Another big positive for me was the writing style. The author uses the first person point of view - with Audrey Rose being the narrator. I personally love the first person POV because of the deep personal connection that forms between the reader and the narrator. We get to know them on a much deeper level than any other writing style allows - which allows the reader to feel as though they are right beside the main character during the entire novel. I almost always prefer the first person style, and I loved that the author used it for this book. It wouldn't have had the same effect if it were written in any other form. I'm so glad that this is just the beginning of a trilogy - I can't wait to see where Audrey Rose will take me next. Very highly recommended for fans of mystery, historical fiction, thrillers, and suspense!
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats. Stalking Jack the Ripper is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history, and is the first in a new series of gothic thrillers.

It will be available everywhere September 20, 2016.

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Shadow of a Girl by Shannon Greenland

Shadow of a Girl
Author: Shannon Greenland
Genre: YA Romance
Publication Date: September 19, 2016

Publisher: Entangled Teen


Use cash and keep moving.

After I ran away from home, these were the two rules that dictated my life. Scoring a job as a roadie fit perfectly for what I needed. Traveling, cash, and life out of the spotlight. But when my path collides with West, the lead singer of Bus Stop, I can’t seem to stay out of his spotlight—especially since we’ll be touring together for an entire year.

West is determined to break down my walls. He won’t give up. And little by little they come crumbling. But if he knew what lurked behind them, he wouldn’t be so eager to get rid of them.

The more time we spend together, the more the lines of our friendship become blurred. He makes me dream of things I never thought possible. But while our friendship has been evolving into a romance, my secrets have been closing in. And just when I’ve decided to reveal my past to West, I’m confronted by it. The cost of my freedom could ruin the life of the guy I love…

His hand stills. He doesn’t move. Neither do I, and neither one of us speaks. Then West shifts first, gently pushing me away, and rolls to a sitting position. He rubs his eyes and looks around and finally with a sigh, glances over his shoulder at me where I still lay on the blanket.

“It’s late,” he says, “and you’ve got to be up early for work.”

I nod, completely confused that he’s the one who pulled away.

He gets to his feet and holds out his hand. “Come on, I’ll walk you to your room.”

I let him pull me up, and together we fold the blanket. But as I come toward him with my ends of the blanket, he slides one arm around my back and holds me to him. “Hug me,” he whispers. “Please?”

His words liquefy my insides, and I don’t hesitate as I slip both arms around his waist and lay my face on his chest. With the blanket smooshed between us, I listen to his heartbeat as he pulls me in snug, resting his head on top of mine. Gently, he rocks me, humming a song I don’t recognize, but the tune buzzes through me, and I sink further into the embrace.

We stand this way, gently swaying, as he hums the whole song. I haven’t cried in many years. The last time I did I was in excruciating pain. So when the wetness pools in my eyes, I blink my lids, surprised, realizing they’re tears of happiness.

Exactly what tears should be.


 Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of several novels including the teen spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the YA romance, THE SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN. Her latest teen novel, SHADOW OF A GIRL, is due out 9.19.16. She also writes thrillers under S. E. Green and lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her at


Friday, September 23, 2016

The Replacement Crush Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

The Replacement Crush
Author: Lisa Brown Roberts 
Publication Date: September 6, 2016 
Publisher: Entangled TEEN 


True love can’t be strategized. 

After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart. 

But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission. 

Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.
Best Advice for Aspiring Authors

Here’s years of painful experience all summed up for you: don’t “aspire” for too long. I spent years and years writing in secret, reading tons of craft books, sitting in the very back row at writing conferences, but never submitting my work. I started lots of books that I never finished and squirreled away countless short stories and poems.

At one point, I became so disheartened and discouraged that I burned all my unpublished manuscripts in a fireplace. Very dramatic of me, right? I might have to use that in a book someday.

It’s terrifying to put your work out there, but if you want readers you have to do it. Honestly, it’s not easy. I spent years in a critique group with published authors who pushed me and mentored me to the point of publication. If it hadn’t been for their support, I couldn’t have done it.

I don’t have thick skin but it’s getting thicker. Bad reviews hurt, tough critiques frustrate me, and first pass edit letters from my editor make me want to hide under the covers, but when the criticism is constructive and comes from people I trust, I absolutely listen. This “thick skin” part of being a writer is difficult but necessary.

Find people farther along the path than you are, mentors who are smart, kind, and honest. Learn from them. Then someday when you’re the published author, pay it forward by helping new and aspiring writers.

I guess Yoda said it best: “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”

(And chocolate…make sure to stock up on that, too.)
Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn't recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write YA books about navigating life's painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way. 

Her almost forever home is Colorado, though she occasionally pines for the days when she lived within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Her house is full of books, boys, four-legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter. 
One (1) winner will receive:
A signed copy of The Replacement Crush 
Nerd glasses necklace 
Signed poster  
Spock Funko Pop!