Blog Tour- And I Darken Offical Trailer + Giveaway

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Today I’m sharing with you the official trailer for And I Darken. I was really swept away with this book and how White took the historical figure of Vlad the Impaler and switched his gender to a female for this book. I think this opened up some very interesting avenues for the story to go yet White was able to really keep with the time period and historical elements of his lifetime. You can check out my review here to read more of my thoughts.

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About the Book

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NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

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About the Author

Kiersten White

KIERSTEN WHITE is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy; the dark thrillers Mind Games and Perfect Lies; The Chaos of Stars; and Illusions of Fate. She also coauthored In the Shadows with Jim Di Bartolo. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, which, in spite of its perfection, spurs her to dream of faraway places and even further away times.

Find Kiersten on Goodreads | Website | Twitter

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Giveaway

US only, Prize will be provided by the ever generous Random House

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Tour Stops

Monday, May 30th: Icey Books, Review
Tuesday, May 31st: Bookiemoji, Guest Post (Character Profiles)
Wednesday, June 1st: Seeing Double in Neverland, Review
Thursday, June 2nd: Alexa Loves Books, Playlist Post
Friday, June 3rd: Awesome Book Nut, Review
Monday, June 6th: Jessabella Reads, Review
Tuesday, June 7th: The Eater of Books!, Top Five Roundup
Wednesday, June 8th: Across the Words, Review
Thursday, June 9th: Pandora’s Books, Sneak Peek for Book Two
Friday, June 10th: Tales of the Ravenous Reader, Review
Monday, June 13th: A Midsummer Night’s Read, Review
Tuesday, June 14th: The Irish Banana Review, Top 10 Guest Post
Wednesday, June 15th: Stories & Sweeties, Review
Thursday, June 16th: Jenuine Cupcakes, Author Mystery Guest Post
Friday, June 17th: The Soul Sisters, Review
Monday, June 20th: Winterhaven Books, Review
Tuesday, June 21st: Two Chicks on Books, Q&A (4-6 questions)
Wednesday: June 22nd: The Book Swarm, Review
Thursday, June 23rd: Read. Sleep. Repeat., Top Five Fantasy Books Kiersten Loves to Re-Read
Friday, June 24th: Please Feed The Bookworm, Review
Monday, June 27th: Comfort Books, Review
Tuesday, June 28th: Fitshun, Q&A
Wednesday, June 29th: Addicted Readers,Review
Thursday, June 30th: Lindsay Cummings, Movie Casting Post
Friday, July 1st: Rabid Reads, Review
Monday, July 4th: Reading Teen, Review
Tuesday, July 5th: YA Bibliophile, Guest Post (Trip to Romania)
Wednesday, July 6th: Carina’s Books, Review
Thursday, July 7th: Mundie Moms, Author Mystery Guest Post
Friday, July 8thMy Friends Are Fiction, Surprise Post!

Release Day Launch-Alienated by Melissa Landers + Nook Giveaway

I am so excited to be celebrating the launch of Alienated. I had the pleasure of reading this book already and can tell you it’s highly engaging, fast paced and has some swoony moments. Also, this novel has a  really different and realistic take on an alien-human encounter. Thank you Melissa for including My Friends Are Fiction on the launch.

AlienatednewcvrHey, fiction lovers. I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m thrilled to announce that my debut YA sci-fi romance, ALIENATED, is finally available from Disney-Hyperion! Cue the dancers and toss the confetti, because it’s been a long wait!

In a nutshell, ALIENATED is the story of valedictorian Cara Sweeney, who gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to host the nation’s first intergalactic exchange student, the gorgeous but emotionally-stilted Aelyx (pronounced A-licks) from planet L’eihr. The tone is light and humorous, but I explore some deeper themes as well.

What do reviewers have to say?
“The storyline is out of this world and character development paired with authentic voice is superb. Filled with intrigue and suspense, this book will appeal to both sci-fi and contemporary YA fiction fans.” –VOYA

“Interstellar relations heat up in this start to a new romantic science fiction series. Landers [explores] larger social, ecological, and ethical issues in this tense, fast-paced read.” –Booklist

“The perfect blend of sizzling romance, action, and suspense.” –#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Smart, funny, and epic. I am now awaiting contact from planet L’eihr.” Julie Cross, bestselling author of Tempest.

“Intergalactic exchange students? Yes, please! I fell in love with this story and couldn’t put it down.” Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate.

If you like hot, swoony science fiction as much as I do, I hope you’ll give ALIENATED a try. It’s now available in stores and online.

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Book Depo (free international shipping)
Indie Bound

Alienated Book Trailer

To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a Nook Simple Touch. I’ll even throw in a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble so you can fill your new e-reader with whatever you want!

Now for the fine print: This giveaway is open to US residents only. (Sorry, international friends, but you need a US billing address to buy digital content on the Nook.) Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

Best of luck, and happy reading!
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About the Author:
Melissa1Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information, or just to say hello, visit www.melissa-landers.com.

Trailer Reveal for Pawn by Aimee Carter + Giveaway

I recently read Pawn, Aimee Carter’s newest book and start to a new series The Blackcoat Rebellion. I found it to be a nice take on the dystopian genre with some actual shocking twists and dark segments that I loved. You can read my review here.

I am happy and honored to share the trailer and giveaway for Pawn today on the blog.

About the book:

Pawn (Blackcoat Rebellion #1)
Author: Aimée Carter
Imprint: Harlequin TEEN
Release: December 2013
Price: $17.99 / $19.99
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 978-0-373-21055-8

You can be a VII, if you give up everything. In a not so distant future, America has become a meritocracy. Upon your seventeenth birthday you take a test and are branded with a number signifying your status. For Kitty Doe, her dyslexia leaves her a “III”—part of the working class—and assigned far from her home and boyfriend. She’s ready to become an outlaw, until a chance encounter leads to an amazing opportunity. The niece of the prime minister—America’s leadership is now inherited and members of the ruling family are ranked “VII”—has been killed, and Kitty is asked to impersonate her. Now nestled in the ruling Harte family, Kitty begins to see the truth behind the pretense of equality and options for all.

About the cover:
If you look closely at the cover you can see that there is an eye behind the maze. It’s rather mesmerizing and isn’t noticeable at first glance. If you’re like me you’ve wondered about the entirety of the image. Here it is:

From this I think the paper cover will have the maze and this will be the book cover itself. That will be very cool. Excited to own my hardcover.

Now for the trailer:

Giveaway:
Harlequin Teen is hosting a giveaway for 1 of 3 prize packs:

Book Trailer for Siege and Storm

Siege and Storm (Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo is one of my most anticipated books of 2013. The trailer makes me even more excited, June needs to get here faster.
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Summary (via Goodreads):
Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer Review

Cinder (in paperback)
By: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 3rd 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

My rating:
star

This review is spoiler free

Summary (via jacket copy):
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though:  Cinder’s brain interface has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth. Needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating  Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

The Story:
Cinderella was never a fairy tale I gravitated to, but Marissa Meyer created a version that I adore– by creating a sci-fi Cinderella. Cinder isn’t an exact futuristic replica of the classic but it takes some of the most known aspects (unloved stepdaughter, handsome prince, and a ball) and presents them in an unique way. Meyer gives enough background about the state of Earth and its interactions with the Lunar that you know what is going on but you are never bogged down. Though a lot of the subject matter is unhappy (prejudice, inequality, sickness) the story doesn’t have a dark tone but has a hint of hope throughout. With New Beijing as the stunning backdrop, a future where relations with the Lunar (moon inhabitants) are stressed and cyborgs and androids walk the streets…what’s not to love? I’ll take a dash of Blade Runner with my fairy tale any day. The entire book moves at a fast pace and never failed to keep my attention. I’d set it down for a bit and always end up picking it up even if I didn’t have time to read I was carrying it around everywhere I went, just in case. I have to say I knew where the story was headed but that didn’t stop me from being captivated. As I got closer to the end I found myself anxious and reading faster and faster the fewer pages I had left. I can only imagine Scarlet is going to be even better.

The Characters:
Meyer creates a great cast of characters from Cinder to Iko. Cinder is strong willed and has a great sense of right and wrong. She’s brave even when she’s scared. I found myself getting a tad peeved at her at parts wishing she’d just fess up about certain things but since I had a good understanding of her life situation I could understand her reasoning. That brings us to our Prince, Kai is well rounded and like-able. He’s young and has some lessons to learn but you have faith in who he is as a person and the decisions he’ll make.

Final Thoughts:
I had really high expectations for Cinder because of all the great reviews and buzz I’ve heard and I wasn’t disappointed at all.

Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (official book trailer) from Marissa Meyer on Vimeo.

Get a free sample Cinder: Chapters 1-5

A short prequel  to Cinder called Glitches which you can check out  here.

To buy Cinder (Lunar Chronicles 1) in paperback:
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To buy Cinder (Lunar Chronicles 1) in audiobook:
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You can listen here to the first chapter.

To pre-order Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles 2):
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