Blog Tour: Legacy Strain by Taylor Brooke

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Legacy Strain (The Isolation Series Book #3)
By: Taylor Brooke
Published By: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: June 6, 2017
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Brooklyn Harper’s friends have betrayed her, her heart is broken, and all of humanity is at risk.

After Kirin’s unannounced arrival in Louisiana, Brooklyn finds herself scrambling for a way out of an impossible situation. Kirin is creating the deadly Genesis Cull, and Brooklyn doesn’t know who to turn to for help.

With no other options, she’s forced to trust her nemesis, Juneau Malloy. His support allows the group of Special Omen Operatives to gear up, form a plan of action, and train for the day when they come face-to-face with their worst fear—going to war with their friends.

There is a divide in the once inseparable group of Omens, and their only hope is to put the pieces back together.

Julian Yu Matsumoto agonizes over the difference between right and wrong, love and sacrifice, genocide and revolution. While he struggles with his feelings for Kirin, his moral compass is spinning round and round, his heart is being pulled in different directions, and Julian is desperate to answer questions he never thought he would have to ask.

Is Kirin’s Genesis Cull a revolution or genocide?

Could there be another way to save themselves and humanity as they know it?

Will Julian pay the ultimate price for loving a monster?

Their only hope for redemption is—the Legacy Strain.

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My Thoughts

Welcome to my stop on the tour! I received an ARC of Legacy Strain in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve read every book in this series, so I was very excited to hop on board the Legacy Strain blog tour train. Jumping into this book felt like visiting with familiar faces. Taylor Brooke does a great job jumping into the story and pulling the reader right in. I felt I was there in the middle of the action. I wasn’t just being told a story, I became a part of it.

Everyone has something – Brooklyn is dealing with her ghosts and choices, Gabriel has a severe lack of compassion and runs on impulse, Julien has his need to find the good and also trust the bad, Kirin has something evolving that he doesn’t quite grasp . . . the list just goes on and on for each character. There’s a lot going on in Legacy Strain, but that’s not a bad thing. I was kept on my toes and couldn’t predict what was happening next.

There’s a sense of need throughout this book – a need to understand, to evolve, to persevere, to fix, to lead, to protect, and to live.

Just like the first two books, Legacy Strain kept me at the edge of my seat through the entire read, and I dreaded finding my way to the last page.

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The Final Countdown

Characterization – 4.5/5 Stars
Dialogue– 4/5 Stars
Plot – 4.5/5 Stars
Visual Imagery – 4/5 Stars
Structure/Pacing/Editing – 5/5
Ending – 4/5 Stars

Total: 4.3/5 Stars

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Author Bio:

Taylor Brooke is the author of the sci-fi adventure trilogy The Isolation Series. She started out as a freelance makeup artist, and quickly discovered her love of elves, zombies, mermaids, kaiju, and monsters of all kinds. After receiving eight professional certifications in special effects makeup, working on countless projects, and fleshing out a multitude of fantastical creatures, she turned her imagination back to her one true love — books. Taylor has had a knack for writing since she was a little girl, and received recognition for her skills throughout grade school and junior college. When she’s not nestled in a blanket typing away on her laptop, she can be found haunting the local bookstore with a cup of steaming hot tea in her hands, scanning the shelves for new reads, or hiking one of the many mountains that surround her home in Oregon.

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Blog Tour Review – Captivate Me/Fight For Me by S.J. Pierce

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Captivate Me AND
Fight For Me (Books 1 and 2 of The Captivated Series)
By: S.J. Pierce
Publication Date: 2014/

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Welcome to my stop on the Captivate Me/Fight For Me blog tour. I received a review copy from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. Please note, there is a giveaway down below, along with links to the books. Enjoy!

Captivate Me Synopsis:

“My mom had always told me – when you meet “the one,” you’ll know; they’ll captivate your heart the moment you lay eyes on them. I had always wondered, though, if my mom’s words of wisdom were finite – if they applied to everyone. Maybe those who had found their one great love were the lucky few, and maybe the rest of us would have to settle for less than earth-shattering.”

Seventeen-year-old Kat Walsh is a Gifted – a human with paranormal abilities. With her mom a former Angel and her dad a dream prophet, it’s always been in her genetic make-up to be extraordinary. Unfortunately for her, the world can’t handle the strange or unusual. So when she slips up and uses her powers at her high school in Ireland, the entire student body treats her like a freak – even the ones she thought were her closest friends.

Broken, but hopeful for a fresh start, she allows her parents to enroll her in a boarding school buried deep within the forests of a small Colorado town. At Midland Pines, School for the Gifted, she feels as though she can finally be herself; she makes new friends and even has the attention of the most popular guy in school – Levi. Everything feels normal again… or does it?

Not long after her arrival, weird dreams of an alluring boy whom she’s never met surface during the night, and the eerie, shadowy trees encircling their school seem to call to her. As these disturbing, yet enticing developments intensify, other bizarre occurrences happen – students and staff turn up missing, and mystery visitors leave gifts while she sleeps. With all of these other things vying for her attention, a desperate Levi has to fight even harder to keep her interest. But with the dreams of the attractive boy slowly captivating her heart, Kat has to make a choice – will she settle for ‘great’ Levi, or will she search for her elusive dream visitor, possibly stumbling across ‘amazing?’

From the author of the Alyx Rayer Chronicles, comes a refreshingly different Young Adult series with plenty of love, suspense, and a new take on the Paranormal.

Recommended for readers 16 and up due to mature content.

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My Thoughts

For those of you who have been around for a while, or those who poked around at older reviews, you may have seen that I reviewed the amazing first book in this series in 2014. You can find the link to my review of Captivate Me HERE.

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Fight For Me Synopsis:

A fresh start – something Kat and Gabriel thought they would find when they left their pasts behind at Midland Pines High and moved to a compound for hybrids. Or at least safety from a witch seeking revenge. But now… that’s all changed. Now, thanks to a flirty hybrid hell-bent on winning Gabriel’s attention, the terrifying visions of another prophetic Gifted, and the strange and worrisome behavior of one of their closest friends, Kat finds herself fighting for things that had once come so easily, including her relationship with her soulmate. And now she’s afraid.

Recommended for readers 16 and up due to mature content.

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Fight For Me is a great next installment of The Captivated Series. Continuing forward in the characters’ journeys, the reader is brought into the compound right along beside them. This book moves along at a slower pace, but that did not detract from the otherwise creative story Pierce provides. Kat is growing up, and she is doing so alone. The idea of having to live somewhere without my parents, knowing what she does, would drive me crazy. I enjoyed watching the events in this story unfold up to an ending that had me quickly flipping to the next page. I look forward to seeing what happens next in this series, knowing that S.J. Pierce probably has some fun, climactic cards left to be dealt!

Fight For Me The Final Countdown

Characterization – 3.5/5 Stars
Dialogue– 3.5/5 Stars
Plot – 3.5/5 Stars
Visual Imagery – 3.5/5 Stars
Structure/Pacing/Editing – 3.5/5 Stars
Ending – 4/5 Stars

Total: 3.58 Stars

Links
Captivate Me (Book 1)

Fight For Me (Book 2)

About the author:Pierce

Susan James Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Fantasy, Paranormal and Sci-fi novels.

 

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Blog Tour/Review: Shadow of Deception by Sophia L. Johnson

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By: Sophia L. Johnson
Publication Date: April 9, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

*I received a free ARC of Shadow of Deception from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange of an honest review.

Synopsis

2153, Toronto, United Nation of North America (UNNA)

A horrific plane crash kills all five hundred and forty-two passengers except one. Kazumi emerges from the wreckage physically unscathed but has lost all her memories. Her miraculous survival has the whole city buzzing but all she wants is to go home, wherever home is.

After waiting a month in the hospital with no one to claim her, Kazumi is deemed homeless. She is about to be sent to a nearby teenage shelter when the nurse she grew to trust ushers her down a mysterious path, one that promises safety and maybe even the chance to recover her memories. With no better options available, Kazumi takes her chance and finds herself in the headquarters of the Sarcomeres, a secret society of genetically advanced humans hidden deep inside the Rocky Mountains. The Sarc’s heightened physical abilities and high-tech gadgets are not the only things that fascinate Kazumi. Finnegan O’Riley, a fellow Sarc she meets along the way also gets her heart racing. When Kazumi discovers that she possesses the genetic potential of a Sarcomere, she jumps at the chance to train with them, not knowing the death defying tests that are involved.

Meanwhile, a centuries-old nemesis of the Sarcomeres begins to stir in the dark, setting their dark plans in motion. Just when Kazumi thinks she can help protect her new found home, past memories surface to threaten her new identity. She soon realizes that layers of deception run deep and everyone has a secret agenda, including herself.

Who can she trust when she can’t even trust herself? One wrong decision could bring forth consequences worse than death.

Shadow of Deception is the gold medal winner at the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.

 

Welcome to my stop on the Shadow of Deception Blog Tour! Click the link to read my review, see the rating, find out more about the author, and enter a giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card!

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Review/Giveaway | Chandrea – The Return of the Avatar Queen by Marlene Wynn

Chandrea – The Return of the Avatar Queen
By: Marlene Wynn
Publication Date: December 22, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy

*I received free ARCs of Chandrea – The Return of the Avatar Queen from Xpresso Booktours in exchange of an honest review.

Synopsis

Chandrea Averill thinks she’s just like any other normal young woman. But, on the day of her 23rd birthday, her life changes forever.

Surrounded by magical creatures, dangerous sorcery, and insidious political intrigue, Chandrea desperately wants to return to Earth and the only life she’s ever known. But, the longer she stays, the more she realizes that she may be the only one with the power – both magical and political – to save the people of Lyrunia. Will she find the courage to remain and fight for her home world?

Welcome to my stop on the Chandrea-The Return of the Avatar Queen Blog Tour! Below is my review AND a pretty awesome giveaway! Click on the image at the bottom of the screen for the rafflecopter! I have also included my Facebook page for this blog – go follow me there. 🙂
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The Final Countdown
Characterization
– 4/5 Stars
Each of these characters has their own personality, and I love that. Chandrea is a strong female character who has just been thrown for a crazy life twist. I think she handles it pretty well, all things considered. I found myself enjoying taking part in Chandrea’s story and watching how she handled different challenges. Denae is another female character I really loved reading about; she’s independent, but very caring and loyal. My favorite male character of the bunch is definitely Shawn; he’s valiant and has some great tricks up his sleeves. The other characters in this story were very well-constructed, though I would have loved to know more about Ian and Adelaide. The baddies in this book are definitely pretty bad. They had my toes curling a time or two.

Dialogue – 4/5 Stars
There were so many moments in this story that made me laugh out loud, particularly when Shawn is taking part. For me, most of the dialogue was realistic, all things considered (with it being a Fantasy novel and all.) I enjoyed the scenes that had dialogue the most, as they strengthened the story and kept it moving along. The more sinister characters were clearly identified through their words and speech patterns, which helped enhance their creep-factor.

Plot – 4/5 Stars
I love me a good fantasy storyline.. and, by George, this definitely had it. There were so many twists and turns and fun adventures. At first I was a little thrown by the quick changing of character focus in each character, but as I got the swing of things I found that I couldn’t wait to see what character would be the focus next. As things got more climactic, I had a few audible sighs at the cliffhanger chapters. Luckily, the story always picked up where it left off and gave a bit of closure.

Visual Imagery – 4/5 Stars
I don’t know why, but I always find myself setting the standard for visual imagery in a fantasy novel quite high. Maybe I do that because of the mystical creatures that take part in them or just simply because that’s how most of the best fantasy novels are written. This one was not a disappointment. I loved that everything is described well, but not too much detail. One of my favorite scenes is when Chandrea is in the La Shura Gardens; everything is described to vibrantly that I could almost picture myself there with her.

Ending 4/5 Stars
To say as little as possible, I was not disappointed. 🙂 Without giving anything away, there was a lot going on in this book, which leaves some things left to be seen. I truly can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I don’t read a whole lot of fantasy novels, but this one was a breath of fresh air.

Total: 17/25 Stars

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Marlene Wynn is a Utah native – fondly referred to as “Utonian” by a friend.  She transplanted herself in 1992 from the majestic Rocky Mountains to the beachy shores of sunny Virginia Beach, Virginia and has been there ever since.  Though she has worked in the Benefits field for several years, she finally worked up the courage to chase her dream as an author.

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 9 – Blogging WorkFlow and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 9 – My Blogging Workflow

To be very honest, I don’t really have much of a blogging workflow. I’m still getting into the swing of things. I tend to work with Xpresso Book Tours quite a bit, but otherwise don’t have much of a schedule. I’m a whimsical blogger in the sense that I don’t regiment. When I do have a review scheduled, I tend to try to follow a process. Currently, I try to read a book a few weeks out of a review, take my notes, highlight what stands out, and then put together my review and post. There’s not terribly much to it.

I’m still getting into the swing of this, especially as I keep up with two jobs and school. I anticipate that by January I will have more  of a routine down. I’m excited to see what the new year brings.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 9

I am thankful for music. Music is something that has always been a part of my life. I was in musical theatre, played the flute, took voice lessons, listened to copious amounts of many musical genres, did marching band in college, taught marching band after I graduated… the list goes on and on. I can’t imagine my life without such things. I always notice the soundtrack to a movie before anything else… A Beautiful Mind, The Hunger Games, Star Wars, Harry Potter (all of them), Beetlejuice.. the list just keeps growing.

There are mornings when I roll out of bed and know the day will be rough; then I find myself going into the train station and hearing the familiar sounds of my favorite subway musicians playing and my day brightens. (I’m not sure who they are, but they’re incredible. One plays the violin, the other the bass. They take popular songs and turn them into instrumental heaven.)

Music makes the world make sense. Mine anyway.

Review: Enlightened by A.L. Waddington and My Giveaway Link

Enlightened (The Eve Series #2)
By: A.L. Waddington
Publication Date: April 21, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult, Romance
Format of Book: E-Book

*I received free ARCs of Enlightened from Xpresso Booktours in exchange of an honest review.

Synopsis

Continuing where Essence, Book 1, EVE series ended, the barrier between Jocelyn Timmons consciousness continues to dissolve as she better understands the two lives she lives and enormity of her newly discovered inherited gift of EVE (Essence Voyager Era) which allows her to fall asleep on one plane of existence and awaken on another as her soul travels nightly.

In Enlightened, Book 2, present-day Jocelyn uncovers the vast wonderment of the Victorian era but soon learns that life then was not as grand for women as she has read in the classics. Still, she finds comfort in the support of family and friends; a bolstering contrast to her overly hectic, career-oriented family in the twenty-first century. Her love for Jackson Chandler strengthens across time and becomes the light she so desperately needs as the world she has always known no longer makes sense. Yet, the closer she is drawn to Jackson by their mutual ability, the more strain develops amongst those she loves in 2009.

On the other side of Jocelyn’s consciousness in 1878, she remains ignorant of EVE. Her life is crumbling around her, yet she finds herself anxiously awaiting the images that invade her dreams. Jocelyn longs to be the woman she portrays in that world yet her jealousy is unbearable. Miscommunication, betrayal and hidden agendas make trust near impossible. The clearer the visions become the more she questions motives of her closest confidants and forgoes revealing the images that plague her perception. As her life seems to unravel, Jocelyn’s two worlds collide, and she is enlightened as the pieces start to fall into place. But is she strong enough to survive the truth? Is Jackson really her destiny? And can their love transcend time?

I enjoyed Enlightened quite a bit and did not expect to become so intrigued in the story as I did. I enjoyed that the story remained true to the Young Adult genre and only lightly touched upon more mature subjects. I found this story to be appropriate and entertaining. Please note that this review may contain slight spoilers, especially if you have not read the first book.
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The Final Countdown
Characterization
– 4/5 Stars
Waddington does a great job creating her characters and developes them well. There are quite a few names to keep track of, but the reader very quickly gets to know both eras of Jocelyn’s existence as her worlds begin to collide. Jocelyn is a complex character who is eager to learn and is filled with love. She’s stubborn and often times immature, but this is part of her growth. Jackson is endearing, though something about him frustrated me. Haha. Perhaps that’s the Victorian side of him that pops out every so often. I really liked reading about Jocelyn’s brothers in both time frames, they’re caring and honest, and they help keep the story grounded.

Dialogue – 3.5/5 Stars
The dialogue in this story was fun, though the longer monologues were a bit heavy. I found everything to be realistic, at least as much as it could be with this type of storyline. I like the back and forth between Jocelyn and Ethan.

Plot – 3.5/5 Stars
This is a very intriguing concept, though very hard to keep straight. There were moments in the Victorian era set scenes that I felt they weren’t as authentic time-wise, but that’s alright because the story was great overall. Waddington does a great job keeping all of the characters in order. I thoroughly enjoyed the themes of love, family, and time throughout this story and the first.

Visual Imagery – 3/5 Stars
Some of my favorite moments in this book, as well as the first in the series Essence, were those that included descriptions of the Victorian era clothing. I definitely would have loved more description, though. A story like this could really thrive on the visuals, since there is so much going on. Where this story lacked visually, it definitely held the emotion.

Ending 2.5/5 Stars
The ending of this story was anti-climactic for me. I definitely want to read the next book, but was left feeling unfulfilled with the ending of this one.

 

Total: 16.5/25 Stars

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