Monthly Archives: February 2014

THE GATEWAY THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME- Cover Reveal & Review

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I have something special for you today…Heather Marie’s cover reveal. For those of you who don’t know her, follow her on Twitter @HeatherMarieYA.

I have been keeping a secret.

I’ve read THE GATEWAY THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME! My review is below, but first–here’s the cover:)

ENJOY!

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To seventeen-year-old Aiden Ortiz, letting the dead walk through his body to reach the other side comes with the territory. Being a Gateway isn’t an easy job, but someone’s gotta send Bleeders where they belong. Heaven. Salvation. Call it whatever you want. Dead is dead. But when his search for Koren Banks––the girl who went mysteriously missing seven months ago––leaves him with more questions than answers, he finds himself involved in something far more sinister and beyond his control.

With the threat of the Dark Priest’s resurrection, and his plan to summon his demon brothers from hell, Aiden is left to discover his identity before the Dark Priest’s curse infecting his blood consumes him, and before the world as he knows it succumbs to the darkness of hell on earth.

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Amy’s Review

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As Heather Marie’s debut, there is no doubt that we have another great YA story teller on our hands.

In GATEWAY, It’s normal for Aiden to see the dead. In fact, he lives to help the Bleeders cross over. There is no question in his mind that he’s doing the right thing, until he find out there’s more to him than he ever knew. He has two best friends, Trevor and Evan, and even they question Aiden’s sanity a few times, but it’s their loyalty/faith that helps to keep him together. Not to mention they’re always there to help him once he passes out from the effort of passing over a Bleeder.

The twist that come after this, one I won’t share with you, is amazing. Just when I thought the plot would be wrapped up tightly into a nice little ball, Heather threw me a curve ball. One that kept me guessing until the very end. And at the end I wanted my hands on the next book!

THE GATEWAY THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME is a fantastic read for those who enjoyed: CROAK by Gina Dimico or SUPERNATURAL.

Monday Madness

If you anything like me, you dread Mondays. I mean, think about it. You’re at home on a Sunday night, trying to get all the laundry finished and get ready for the week. It’s late until you can crash into bed. So when the alarm blares loudly in your ear at 5:30 AM, you’re full of piss and vinegar before your feet even hit the floor.

Tonight is different.

It’s Sunday night and I’m feeling good. I’m ready to being a new week. Why, you ask? Because I FINISHED MY REVISIONS TODAY!

Yup. All done. This means I can finally get back to that the WIP I began a few months ago. My CPs will soon get some new material to read, which I’m sure they’ll be happy about. A new story. One that promises to be bold with a whisper of the macabre.

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Five Minute Friday: DOLL BONES by Holly Black

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Newbery Honor (2014)Carnegie Medal Nominee for Young Adult (2014)

Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice. But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity . . .

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A Note From Amy

Let me just begin by saying I am a HUGE Holly Black fan. I know there are some out there who weren’t in love with THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, but that is my favorite vampire story of all time. When I heard Holly was releasing an MG book–I was skeptical.

I’m so not a huge fan of MG stories. I just think they’re too young for me. But once I saw the creepy cover, I knew I had to just read it. A friend of mine had purchased a copy for her classroom, so I borrowed her copy. I read it in the span of one day. It was that good!

Doll Bones is creepy and heartwarming at the same time. Full of friendship and adventure, Zach, Poppy and Alice learn a little of what it means to grow up and still keep their imagination–kind of like writers do. A perfect book for MG readers!
Newbery Honor (2014)Carnegie Medal Nominee for Young Adult (2014)

My CP’s Cover Reveal: FALLING BY DESIGN by Valia Lind

MY CP’s BOOK HAS A COVER!

Her excitement has totally become my excitement, I mean I can’t even explain just how happy I am to share Valia’s cover with the world. Personally, I think the cover for FALLING BY DESIGN it is so pretty!

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Brooklynn Summers has a plan for her life: graduate from high school, get into a top fashion school, prove to her family that she’s not a failure. She wishes someone in her life understood her need to create because her parents sure don’t support her dreams, her sister hates her, and the deadlines are soon approaching.

Enter Grayson Banks.

There are a few things in life Brooklynn can’t stand: mismatched patterns, cheap polyester, and Grayson. No boy has ever publicly humiliated Brooklynn like Grayson has. When he suddenly moved away in eighth grade, Brooklynn happily wished him good riddance. But on the first day of senior year, Grayson comes back, with his piercing blue eyes and a smile that melts icebergs, he is not exactly the boy Brooklynn remembers. She quickly realizes that Grayson’s intentions have completely shifted, but she’s not sure if she can put their past behind her.

Grayson understands Brooklynn’s creative ambitions and he devises a plan to showcase her work to the world. When the two agree to work together, suddenly, there is more than just fabric paint that’s having a chemical reaction to its environment. Brooklynn cannot help but feel pulled into Grayson’s arms, but memories and misunderstandings surface, putting in danger whatever small comradeship these two childhood enemies have constructed.

Can Brooklynn overcome her own insecurities, finally making her dreams come true? Even a dream she didn’t know she had.

***The official ebook release date for Falling by Design is March 12, 2014.
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