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Review: To Wake the Dead

Title: To Wake the Dead

Author: Sarah Lampkin

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Goodreads Summary:

Brenna Whit teeters the line between the living and the dead. Now that she’s back for her sophomore year at Nephesburg College, she’s determined to focus on the waking world. But when her own soul is trying to kill her and a new Dead Dreamer is fighting for power, Brenna is dragged back into the world of the dead.

The Gatekeepers are doing everything they can to restore the power they once held over the town of Nephesburg. With a mysterious set of twins arriving in town to help them prepare, Brenna must decide what’s important: continuing to hide her secret or reveal herself and fight for what she believes is right. The decision could end up leading to a permanent death for Brenna so she must choose wisely.

Classes have begun…
The battlefield is set…
Let the fight for the Fade begin.

My Review:

An excellent sequel! If you loved book one, then book two is just as good, if not better! Brenna is still her awesome and blunt self, and Damon is still my boy!

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What I like about this series is it involves college life and these characters feel like real ones. They don’t have their life together yet and are still trying to figure it all out while having to deal with a bit of the paranormal! And I absolutely heart all the paranormal things.

The writing and dialogue was great, and the world building just so cool! Now, if only I could figure out a way to leave my body at night!

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What would you do if you could leave your body when you dreamed?

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New Adult Scavenger Hunt

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Welcome to New Adult Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was inspired as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 96 hours!

Go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt.

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page.

***THE SCAVENGER HUNT***
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my lucky book number. Collect the lucky book numbers of all the authors, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by December 31st, at noon Eastern Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

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Author Interview: M. Dalto

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Two thousand years ago, the Prophecy of Fire and Light foretold the coming of the Queen Empress who would lead the Empire into a time of peace and tranquility. But instead of the coming of a prosperous world, a forbidden love for the Empress waged a war that ravaged the land, creating a chasm between the factions, raising the death toll of innocent lives until the final, bloody battle.

Centuries later, Alexandra, a twenty-two-year-old barista living in Boston, is taken to an unfamiliar realm of mystery and magic where her life is threatened by Reylor, its banished Lord Steward. She crosses paths with Treyan, the arrogant and seductive Crown Prince of the Empire, and together they discover how their lives, and their love, are so intricately intertwined by a Prophecy set in motion so many years ago.

Alex, now the predestined Queen Empress Alexstrayna, whose arrival was foretold by the Annals of the Empire, controls the fate of her new home as war rages between the Crown Prince and Lord Steward. Either choice could tear her world apart as she attempts to keep the Empire’s torrid history from repeating itself. In a realm where betrayal and revenge will be as crucial to her survival as love and honor, Alex must discover whether it is her choice – or her fate – that determines how she survives the Empire’s rising conflicts.

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New Adult Scavenger Hunt

Hello Everyone! Hope you are excited as I am, because we have less than three weeks until the Winter 2018 New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins!

Here is the Winter 2018 #NewASH team:

The New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins at Noon Eastern Time on Wednesday, December 26th and runs through Sunday, December 30th. For more information, visit newadultscavengerhunt.com.

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Are you going to join in on the search?

Review: Two Thousand Years

Title: Two Thousand Years

Author: M. Dalto

Date of Publication: December 11th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Two thousand years ago, the Prophecy of Fire and Light foretold the coming of the Queen Empress who would lead the Empire into a time of peace and tranquility. But instead of the coming of a prosperous world, a forbidden love for the Empress waged a war that ravaged the land, creating a chasm between the factions, raising the death toll of innocent lives until the final, bloody battle.

Centuries later, Alexandra, a twenty-two-year-old barista living in Boston, is taken to an unfamiliar realm of mystery and magic where her life is threatened by Reylor, its banished Lord Steward. She crosses paths with Treyan, the arrogant and seductive Crown Prince of the Empire, and together they discover how their lives, and their love, are so intricately intertwined by a Prophecy set in motion so many years ago.

Alex, now the predestined Queen Empress Alexstrayna, whose arrival was foretold by the Annals of the Empire, controls the fate of her new home as war rages between the Crown Prince and Lord Steward. Either choice could tear her world apart as she attempts to keep the Empire’s torrid history from repeating itself. In a realm where betrayal and revenge will be as crucial to her survival as love and honor, Alex must discover whether it is her choice – or her fate – that determines how she survives the Empire’s rising conflicts.

My Review:

When I first read this blurb, I was like finally an NA book that sounds awesome with a good plot. And let me tell you, the book did live up to the blurb! Plus, yes, plenty of swoon. I mean, swoooooooooooooooooooon!

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Dear, Alex—you were pretty badass and also had to put up with some crazy crap! Dear, Treyan—you have my heart! Dear, Reylor—you are a crazy, crazy thing, but I still like you! Does that make me a bad person? The characters were on point! Plus, I got several things that I wasn’t suspecting, and when that happens, that makes me a super happy camper!

The world building was wonderfully done, the writing was addicting, and the overall plot was superb! Oh, and yes, there is a cliffhanger and my heart will be asunder until I read book 2!

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How would you feel to enter another realm?

Review: To Dream is to Die

Title: To Dream is to Die

Author: Sarah Lampkin

Date of publication: January 1st, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Eighteen-year-old Brenna Whit is entering Nephesburg College as a freshman and starting hoping to meet new
people, but she hides a dark secret: because of an accident that happened three years ago, her spirit wanders the
Fade whenever she falls asleep. It’s something she wants to keep hidden from the world, but when she sees someone
watching her in spirit form, she fears the secret’s out. With the demons and fairies that wander the Fade, Brenna has
enough to worry about. Now that she’s in college, it’s schoolwork, new friends, new enemies, and something under
the surface happening at Nephesburg College. Only time will tell if she will survive her first year…

My Review:

First, finally a NA book that isn’t revolved around men’s abs! I loved the college setting, too. It was like if Buffy were in college with Xander and Willow, but instead of vampires it was a unique spirit type of world!

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Brenna was an awesome MC. She was funny and sarcastic and not annoying! Can I just also say that my favorite character was Damon! I want to keep him in my pocket and carry him around with me along with his awesome personality!

Loved the descriptions, the world, and the writing! I love things that are dark, feel real, and still have a bit of humor and that’s exactly what this book is! I need to know what happens next and I can’t wait to read book two!!

 

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Do you generally have dreams or nightmares?

Review: Sculpt Yourself

Title: Sculpt Yourself

Author: Savy Leiser

Date of Publication: November 2nd, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Lipamorph is the drug that lets you sculpt yourself. It’s how all the female celebrities in the mid-2010s managed to have such large butts while keeping the rest of their bodies thin. Now, Lipamorph has finally been legalized and released to the masses.
24-year-old Amber Stiles–a loud, passionate feminist stuck working in tech support–thinks it’s disgusting: another company trying to sell women an idealized body as determined by men. Especially now that her younger sister, Judie, has become hopelessly addicted to it.
As more and more women indulge in the drug, both taking control of their own bodies, and raising the standard for “beautiful,” Amber’s dissenting voice seems to matter less and less.
Especially since her new girlfriend, Kelly, is a whole new standard of beauty all on her own.

My Review:

What I really liked about Sculpt Yourself was how unique it was, like it’s sort of a thinking novel in a sense. I feel as each year passes by, our society becomes more and more consumed by beauty. What’s the next step? How can I alter myself  more to reflect the perfect version of myself?

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Whatever happened to being happy with the way your are and accept yourself for your flaws? Makeup is great. I love fun eye shadow, but now, even with makeup, it’s gooped and plopped on with so much foundation. In this Texas heat it would melt right off! Plastic surgery? That’s where things have gone too far, and it’s not hard to believe that something like this could happen one day.

Sculpt Yourself has a great cast of characters. It was character driven and they felt real, like people I could know in real life. They all had their flaws, as we all do. Because no one is perfect and no one can be. Whoever came up with the idea of perfect is a moron. Besides thinking about things, there was a twist along the way that was nice! I kind of wished the book had been written in third person since it had three main POVs, but that’s not a big deal. Overall, this book had great diversity, writing, snarkiness, emotion, and all kinds of things to think about, even after finishing! This is the second book I’ve read by the author that needs to be made into a movie!

 

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How do you feel about altering the way you look?