Blog Tour: Torn Away by Jennfier Brown

I know that this post is late, and I feel incredibly guilty about that but I had a test at school that I absolutely had to concentrate on. But here it is!

 Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

 Torn Away

 Publication date: May 6th 2014

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Number of pages: 288

Series: N/A

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: Received in exchange for review as part of the blog tour. This is my honest opinion.


  Goodreads synopsis:

Born and raised in the Midwest, Jersey Cameron knows all about tornadoes. Or so she thinks. When her town is devastated by a twister, Jersey survives — but loses her mother, her young sister, and her home. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she’s sent to live with her only surviving relatives: first her biological father, then her estranged grandparents.

In an unfamiliar place, Jersey faces a reality she’s never considered before — one in which her mother wasn’t perfect, and neither were her grandparents, but they all loved her just the same. Together, they create a new definition of family. And that’s something no tornado can touch.



Beginning Torn Away, I was expecting to be blown away (tornado related pun not intended, actually it totally was). I think it’s safe to say that I was.

This is my second book by Jennifer Brown. I had been wanting to read two others by her for ages, so when a chance arose for me to read her new book, I was climbing over myself to get to it. I read The Hate List, which I really enjoyed, and I have to say that the bar for Torn Away was raised pretty high.

Honestly, the plot didn’t sound as exciting as the others to me but I think it ended up being my favourite book. I never, and still don’t, know much about tornadoes so it was quite a different read for me. I guess I didn’t really think about them at all, let alone the devastating effect they have, because I don’t live in an area that ever has them.

One thing that Jennifer Brown does very, very well, is writing the serious scenes. She makes them scary without being particularly gory. My eyes was inseparable from the screen and even now we have broken up I can’t stop thinking about it. L
There are so many heartbreaking scenes in her books. Her family scenes seem to be the worst. I haven’t cried yet but am wavering dangerously close. I think part of it is how realistic it is.

The characters are so carefully constructed with issues and more real personalities. They each have their own backstory and even I can visualise them. They were…imperfect. But I think that’s partly what made them perfect.

Something that I found curious was that there wasn’t really a love story. It really wasn’t concentrated on at all. There were a few hints towards one though.

Whether you were a fan of Jennifer Brown’s other books or you have yet to read them, I can’t help but recommend Torn Away. It was fantastic and I really, really enjoyed it.

  5/5 comets!
Bye, bye Earth! Out of this world!

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  Goodreads author bio:

Jennifer BrownTwo-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award (2005 & 2006), Jennifer’s weekly humor column appeared in The Kansas City Star for over four years, until she gave it up to be a full-time young adult novelist.

Jennifer’s debut novel, HATE LIST (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009) received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA “Perfect Ten,” and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. HATE LIST also won the Michigan Library Association’s Thumbs Up! Award, the Louisiana Teen Readers Choice award, the 2012 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award, was an honorable mention for the 2011 Arkansas Teen Book Award, is a YALSA 2012 Popular Paperback, received spots on the Texas Library Association’s Taysha’s high school reading list as well as the Missouri Library Association’s Missouri Gateway Awards list, and has been chosen to represent the state of Missouri in the 2012 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Jennifer’s second novel, BITTER END, (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011) received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list and is a 2012 Taysha’s high school reading list pick as well.

Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.


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Luminary by Krista McGee Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Luminary by Krista McGee


Publication date: 7th January 2014

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Number of pages: 320

Series: Anomaly (2#)

Source: Received as part of blog tour. This is my honest opinion.

Date finished reading: 31st December 2013


Goodreads synopsis:

She was an anomaly with a death sentence. Now she’s free. Thalli was scheduled for annihilation. She was considered an anomaly–able to experience emotions that should have been eradicated by genetic modification. The Scientists running the State couldn’t allow her to bring undue chaos to their peaceful, ordered world. But seconds before her death, she is rescued. Now Thalli is above ground in a world she thought was destroyed. A world where not even the air is safe to breathe. She and her three friends must journey across this unknown land, their destination a hidden civilization. It’s their only chance of survival. Broken and exhausted after an arduous journey, they arrive in New Hope, a town that survived the nuclear holocaust. When Thalli meets the people there–people actually “born” to “families”–her small world is blown wide open.

Soon after their arrival to New Hope, the town comes under attack. She has escaped imminent death, but now Thalli is thrust into a new fight–a fight to save her new home. Does she know enough about this world of emotions, this world of chaos, to save not only herself, but the people she has come to love?



Oh . My. Goodness.

This was AMAZING.

No joke.

Where to start…?

There’s the fact that Luminary was a heart-pounding, tear inducing, thrill of a ride.

Well I can honestly say that this was waaaaaaaay better than Anomaly. Books hardly ever make me tear up and this one did. I got so attached to the story and didn’t want it to and it’s even worse reading before publication because it means I have even longer to wait than everyone else before the last book comes out.

Oh the feels. Once again, I hardly ever say that about a book but I was so torn between Alex and Berk (like poor Thalli was) and I still don’t know what I want her to do. There is no easy way out of it for her and I think I know what will happen but really, really hope it won’t. But guess what? I won’t know for aaaaages.

And then the book ended where it did? I was kind of having a noooooo moment then I clicked for a new page on my Kindle and found that…that…there was no more – just acknowledgments! Yeah, that gave me another noooooo moment. It’s ok though because I like cliffhanger endings because usually it gets me excited for the next book.

I think that another reason why this book was so cool was that it was almost like historical fiction because there were two towns (New Hope and Athens) fighting each other and yet at the same time I just knew it couldn’t be, mainly because it was set in the future! So to me, a Luminary was like a historical/dystopian/science fiction/Christian book all wrapped into one. Awesome.

I love, love, love this book and can’t wait to complete this trilogy. I can’t find any fault and I can’t stop thinking about it.

A book that is emotional and beautiful, and yet still full of action and intensity, I loved it.

5/5 stars!


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About Krista McGee:

kristamcgeeKrista writes for teens, teaches teens, and more often than not, acts like a teen. She and her family have lived and ministered in Texas, Costa Rica, and Spain. Her current hometown is Tampa, FL.


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Life A.D. Blog Tour + Giveaway!


Welcome to my stop on the Life A.D. blog tour hosted by Chapter by Chapter! My stop is a review:


Publication date: December 10th 2013

Publisher: Month 9 Books

ISBN: 9780988340916

Source: Review copy provided to me for my stop on the tour. This is my honest opinion.



In Life, A.D. you have two choices: join the program or face the consequences.

Seventeen-year-old Dez Donnelly crashes headlong into fate on the side of a rural highway, her life ending in a violent collision of steel and screaming brakes. The train that delivers her newly departed soul to the crossroads of the afterlife won’t be carrying her to the sweet hereafter until she accepts her abrupt end and learns to let go of the life she’ll never finish.

Her new reality is conduct manuals, propaganda, and unrelenting staff, all part of a system to ease her transition from life to death, while helping her earn her way out of limbo. Atman City, beautiful and enticing, is an ever-present temptation that is strictly off limits to underage souls. The promise of adventure proves too strong, and beneath the city’s sheen of ethereal majesty, Dez discovers a world teeming with danger.

Welcome to Life, A.D. where being dead doesn’t mean you’re safe, and the only thing harder than getting out of limbo is getting through it.



Life A.D was a really good book. no – A REALLY GOOD book. It was just so…great. I will probably find myself repeating that word a lot in this review. I mean it had a GREAT beginning, middle and end. There can’t be much more you could ask for.

I read this way quicker than I anticipated. The GREAT characters definitely made that possible though. I got really attatched to them and keep on thinking about them. Dez was obviously my favourite character but her aside, I really liked Bobby (I think that was his name…). He was so funny and spoke like he was from another time.

There were some new things to the paranormal genre that I really liked and appreciated.

I think Life A.D. holds high potential for a fantastic series. It was GREAT and I really do think that people would really get into it if it became a series.

It was interesting and ,well, GREAT. I would recommend it and am looking forward to finding out what will happen from now on in the series.

4.5/5 stars


About the author:

Michelle E. ReedMichelle E. Reed was born in a small Midwestern town, to which she has returned to raise her own family. Her imagination and love of literature were fueled by a childhood of late nights, hidden under the covers and reading by flashlight. She is a passionate adoption advocate who lives in Wisconsin with her husband, son, and their yellow lab, Sully.

 Connect:  Website | Twitter |  Facebook | Goodreads



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Daughter of Isis by Kelsey Ketch Blog Tour

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I’m happy to be on the Daughter of Isis blog tour hosted  by YA Bound Book Tours!

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Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis, #1)

by Kelsey Ketch

Release Date: 10/26/13

Synopsis (From Goodreads):

“Her mouth parted slightly, waiting for Seth to breathe life into her own body, just like in the story. She wanted him to awaken her senses.”

Their worlds collide in California’s high desert.

The last thing Natara “Natti” Stone wants to do is to start anew at Setemple High School. She wished she had never left London. Yet the brutal murder of her maternal grandmother has made her life very complicated. The only clue related to her murder is an ancient, encrypted necklace Natti discovered after her grandmother’s death. And if trying to adjust to American life is not enough, Natti is being stalked by a mysterious, charming high school senior, Seth O’Keefe, who is annoyingly persistent in his attempts at seduction.

 Seth O’Keefe is secretly a member of the Sons of Set, an order that worships the Egyptian god of chaos. Seth’s blessing from Set, his “charm,” never failed, except with one person: Natti

Stone. Her ability to elude him infatuates and infuriates him, and he becomes obsessed with the chase. But the closer he gets to her, the more his emotions take a dangerous turn, and he risks breaking one of the most valued covenants of his order. The punishment for which is a fate worse than death.

 The adventure this unlikely couple becomes engulfed in could cost them their lives and their souls.

 *Note: Content for Upper YA*


Seth stepped from the cool water of the sunken, purification basin. He was a hundred feet under the town hall and fair grounds, hidden inside the underground temple. The only light came from the burning fire pots in each corner of the room, and the only oxygen supply filtered in from the heavy machinery above. Smoke and incense choked the air around him. And the stone walls, floors, and ceiling added little comfort. It was like being buried alive in a tomb.

He picked up a clean linen towel from the ground and began to dry himself off. The servant girl who had bathed him quickly jumped out of the basin, confused. She looked at him with worried eyes, her pupils were dilated like the eyes of all the other girls living in the temple. Trying to reassure her, he waved her back.

She gulped and bowed. “H-Have I have d-done something w-wrong, my Lord?”

“No,” Seth told her. He stroked her bare skin, spreading a little of his charm. “Everything is fine.”

The girl sighed with relief and bowed again before moving for the shendyt and the ivory belt resting on a long stone slab. Tossing the towel aside, Seth reached for the garment. The girl retreated, scared out of her wits. Seth rolled his eyes, letting her slowly approach and wrap the cloth around his waist. He watched closely, keeping focus on her young face. She had to be about sixteen and no more. Seth shook his head. He wondered what dreams the girl had before she was brought here, what life his father had stolen from her.

The girl tied off the belt perfectly and hurried to a shelf of clay jars, cedar boxes, and perfume bottles. Seth took a seat in a chair carved from stone. The girl brought some black kohl placed inside a smoothed out sea shell. She placed herself in his lap; the short, modest linen around her hip was the only article of clothing separating her skin from his. Seth held completely still while the bone stylus moved across his vision, the kohl weighed heavy on his inner eyelids. The girl checked her work, comparing them to the depictions that adorned the walls. Her dark eyes then settled on his, letting herself be drawn into their gaze. She inched closer to him, her bare chest rubbing against his. The predator growled with delight, and Seth wrapped his hand around the back of her neck, drawing her lips to his mouth. He wanted to taste them, to feel them move with him. Yet when their lips touched, Natti returned to his mind. Her sad eyes had been haunting him since she left the café. The hunger vanished in an instant, and Seth leaned back, pushing the young girl away. She stared at him in shock and fear. Her breathing became rapid, and her body trembled.

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About the author:

Kelsey KetchDuring her high school years, Kelsey Ketch could always be found tucked away in a little corner of the hall or classroom, writing her fantasy worlds and creating illustrations and maps. Today is no different, except now she’s writing in the break room at her office building or at the tables of the Barnes and Noble Café in Cary, North Carolina. She is also an avid reader, a part-time book blogger at Ketch’s Book Nook, and lives with her two orange tabbies and awesome and humorous flat-mate.Daughter of Isis is her debut novel.

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Very Superstitious Anthology Blog Tour (Interview with Jennifer Knight and Giveaway)


Very Supersitious is a anthology created for the charity SPCA International. Here’s a link to the tour schedule:

Here is a list of the authors who contributed:

  • Shannon Delany
  • Jackie Morse Kessler
  • Jennifer Knight
  • Stephanie Kuehnert
  • Mari Mancusi
  • Michelle E. Reed
  • Dianne K. Salerni
  • Pab Sungenis

Below is a mini review of Chupacabra by Jennifer Knight, an interview with Jennifer Knight and a giveaway!


Publication date: October 15th 2013

Publisher: Month9Books, LLC

Number of pages: 200

Series: N/A

Source: For review as part of blog tour. This is my honest review.

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Chupacabra (by Jennifer Knight) Review:

This is probably one of the best short stories I have ever read. I can only think of one other short story that I really liked (Once Upon a Tag by Anna Adams) and this one is pretty great. I haven’t read any other stories in the anthology, so I can’t compare it to them but I know that I would still rate Chupacabra as one of the best. From what I can tell these sound like perfect stories the month of October. I would defiitely recommed checking out this anthology because it’s really great and there’s the added bonus that this was done to benefit a charity.


Interview with Jennifer Knight

  1. What inspired you to write Blood on the Moon? 

 I read Twilight and loved it, but was bummed that Jacob didn’t get the girl. I wanted to write a book where the werewolf was the hero.

2. List five things that not many people know about you…

            1. I own my own online business called Divine Hat Designs where I sell outrageously fashionable mini top hats.

            2. I have three kids five and under.

            3. I spend an inordinate amount of time pinning.

            4. My husband and I met in middle school, where we bonded over our mutual love of Spongebob Squarepants.
3. Do you listen to music while writing? If so, pick a theme song for Blood on the Moon…

Yes, I do! I would probably pick Cardinals by The Republic of Wolves.

4. Dogs or cats?

Cats. I like how they look at you with those sarcastic eyes that quite clearly say “piss off.”

5.  If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?

Unlimited energy. So I could keep up with my kids.

6. Ebooks, paperbacks or hardcovers? 

All of the above. I used to be hard-core against ebooks back in the day. Then I tried them. They are just so dang convenient! Sometimes, though, I just want a real tangible book in my hands. Usually that calls for a hardcover.

7. What advice would you give to inspiring authors? 

Never stop trying!
8. Who would you say has influenced you most as a writer?

My sister. She is also an amazing writer and my unofficial editor. She tells me the truth even when it sucks and helps me grow.

9. Why do you love writing? 

Because it takes you to a place of pure creativity, a dreamland where anything is possible.


About Jennifer Knight:

Jennifer KnightHi. I’m Jen. I am twenty-two years old and live in Miami, Florida with my family. I’m a lifelong lover of books, romance and anything even vaguely supernatural. Except zombies. Zombies scare me. I started writing in college after trying and failing to find a major. It was all I really knew how to do and since school was going nowhere, I threw myself into it. I wrote my first book in a matter of months and watched it go up in flames. Smoldering, but still determined to make this writing thing work, I moved on to something completely different. Werewolves! Love them. Who doesn’t? I wrote the first draft of Blood on the Moon in about two months, during which I locked myself in my room and thought about teeth and moons and kissing. I must have done something right, because Running Press bought my book and now you’re here reading this. I guess that means you liked the book. Yay! If I had a cookie, I’d totally give it to you. You deserve it. Anyway, now that Blood on the Moon is done, I’m writing the sequel. And also some other stuff that hopefully you’ll see one day.



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Garden of Eden Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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This tour is hosted by Itching For Books! Here is the tour link:

 Garden of Eden by Kate Cowan


Publicaton date: October 22nd 2013 (republished)

Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing

Series: The Legend of Eden (1#)

Source: Received for review on blog tour. This is my honest opinion.



It has been four years.
Four years since the day the Catchers found her family.
Four years since she escaped capture.
And four years since the day her mother locked her and Will, a boy she hardly knew, in an attic, ‘for their own protection’. 
Now, Eden White is fifteen, and sick of being a prisoner of parents who all but abandoned her. It was as simple as one walk down a beautiful, foggy beach, but it ended with Eden and Will face to face with Catchers – and this time, there is no escape.
When Eden wakes, she finds herself on an island, surrounded by hundreds of stolen children. Enrolled in the island school, Jordan Hall, Eden quickly learns that the island is not what it seems.
And, in the woods surrounding the school, she discovers a wild, beautiful magic inside of herself – one she has no idea how to control. With three unlikely new friends, Eden begins to realize that the headmistress is hiding much more than the stolen children – and what they learn in the laboratories below the school could cost Eden her life.



WARNING. If you are going to read Garden of Eden, I would strongly advise making sure you are very, very comfortable and not in a hurry, because once you start, you won’t be able to stop.

I wanted to read just a little bit before going off and doing what I had to do. But no. That didn’t happen.

You see the problem was, it was fast paced from the first word. I was really not expecting to be so into the plot from so early on. It’s not often that happens, so it’s a thumbs up from me!

Except no story would be complete without amazing characters. The main character Eden was, without a doubt, my favourite. She was smart, modest, survival savvy and didn’t give up. Basically, if I had written an outline for a character, Eden would pretty much fit it perfectly. Will was the one I had an issue with. I am kind of confused about him. The Will at the beginning is so different than the one at the end. I think I know why, but I am not certain enough to be sure.

The whole school thing was cool. I am super curious to find out why they are, in fact, there. I guess we’ll learn that when we discover more about the “Catchers”.

The cover is so pretty! I’ve never seen anything like it. I love it! Hats off to whoever designed it.

I will certainly be checking out a sequel. I would recommend Garden of Eden to people who like reading books of the paranormal-romance genre.

 4.5/5 stars!

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  About the author:

katecowanKate is an artist, an animation student, a black belt in karate and now, an author. She didn’t discover writing until mid-high school, when she began writing an (unintentionally) hilarious novel involving a teenage girl and a magic necklace. Her current novel series, The Legend of Eden, began as a story of Arthurian magic, but quickly transformed into something much different.

Kate currently lives in Ontario, Canada, in a zoo of a house. When she isn’t writing, she’s drawing, cooking, or browsing the Internet for new music.

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Dawn of the Apocalypse Blog Tour

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Welcome to my stop on the Dawn of the Apocalypse tour hosted by Oops! I Read Again Tours! For my stop I will be posting my review and my two words for part of the Dawn of the Apocalypse scavenger hunt. Missed the other words? No problem! Check out the tour schedule to catch up:

Dawn of the Apocalypse by E. S. P.

Dawn of the Apocalypse

Publication date: August 19th 2013

Publisher: Mind Candy Media

Source: For review as part of the tour. My opinion has not been influenced.



January 1, 2000.
May 21, 2011.
December 21, 2012
These are just a few of the days humans prophesied as bringing catastrophic events that would end the world. We predicted nuclear warfare. Drastic climate change. A call from God.
We were wrong. 
Cue the gargoyle invasion—laboratory bred mutants designed to slaughter humans. When the government goes AWOL and gargoyles are swarming by the hundreds, it’s up to the citizens of the United States to regroup and save themselves. 
Meet Cliff Matthews, a teenage boy separated from his entire family with the exception of his younger sister, whom he is desperate to keep alive. Along the quest to save their lives, he encounters people who aren’t all that they seem. Everyday’s a battle, but if he can’t trust his own species, where does that leave his family? 
And we can’t forget the man who may be willing to sacrifice Cliff’s life, if it means world domination.
In terms of doomsday, no one could’ve seen this coming. The dawn of the apocalypse…


What do you get when you cross fantastic characters with a gargoyle invasion? Don’t know? Lost for words? Well, I can help with that…

You get an AMAZING story. No joke.

When I learnt that Dawn of the Apocalypse was about an apocalypse being brought on by gargoyles (of all things) I was kind of COOOOOOL. But then I was like, hang on a minute, how is this gonna work? But…it did. More YA needs to have something unique that we haven’t seen before (and this my friends, is it), particularly in the post apocalyptic/dystopia area. It was actually a relief that gargoyles brought on the apocalypse in this book (well, I never thought I write that). The gargoyles were actually pretty well done, they weren’t just plain old statues but instead very scary things with bad breath.

I think I probably would have read this book anyway, even if it was the most boring book in existence, just for the main character Cliff’s little sister, Angel. She is so, so cute. She just stole the show, Cliff was a pretty fantastic character as well, brave and determined to keep those around him safe from harm. Cliff, Angel and another prominent character, Hunter, balanced each other out very well. There is the extremely cute little sister, the brave main character and the tough girl. Perfect.

Dawn of the Apocalypse has a different set out to most books. Instead of a chapter, we get a time and day, which in all honestly I found to be pretty cool. Once again, a breath of fresh air. There was just the right amount of background information on each of the characters, except perhaps Hunter. This meant that I feel as if I have a fairly good understanding of the characters and who they are.

Dawn of the Apocalypse (now DOTA for short) was very fast paced. Perfect for lovers of the dystopian genre. Except at times it was a little too fast. Sometimes I was left feeling along the lines of “what just happened?”. My biggest issue with this was towards the ending, I got very confused. At one stage I really didn’t know what was going on.

DOTA is without a doubt a great book. People into dystopian and post apocalyptic books should definitely check this out.

Three_stars and a half stars!

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About E. S. P. –

E.S.P.Being the daughter of an accomplished author, E.S.P. grew up listening to stories and telling her own to classmates. After writing for several years and even publishing some short works, she finally decided to take the plunge to write (plus finish!) a full length novel. Thus, Dawn of the Apocalypse was born. When she’s not writing, she’s either reading books, blogging at, or watching eighties movies

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Here are my two words for the scavenger hunt:

1. Forgive

2. Grudges


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