Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Birthday Month9Books!

Welcome to Month9Books Birthday Bash! We’re so excited you’re all stopping by!
This is going to be an awesome event with many tour stops featuring our authors! The full schedule is below and make sure to stick around for the EPIC Giveaway taking place!

Here’s a quick note from Georgia McBride, owner of Month9Books!

“Month9Books is turning 2 this year and I could not be happier. We are living proof that if you have a dream to write, create and inspire, you should follow that dream and let nothing keep you from realizing it. Thank you to all the readers, writers, agents, partners and friends who have made this possible. We write for you.

--Georgia McBride, Publisher and Owner of Month9Books”

While all of the posts are from our authors that have books out already we also want to look forward to some of the 2015 titles we can’t wait to share with you!

Here’s a slide show of some our 2015 books!

We have a ton of sequels coming as well as new books from awesome debut authors and we’re so excited to share them all with you! We have something for everyine from every genre from Sci-Fi to Fantasy to Paranormal and Horror!

About the Book
Title: M.I.A. (MISSING IN ATMAN) (Atman City #2)
Author: Michelle E. Reed
Release Date: December 16, 2014
Pages: 300
Publisher: Month9Books
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Dez is finally hitting her afterlife stride. She hasn’t missed a meeting or session in forty-two days, and she’s put the adventures and danger of her first days at Atman behind her. Life after death is becoming tolerable, yet nothing is quite what she’d hoped. Confusion over her feelings for Charlie, residual resentment over losing Hannah, and a continuous stream of unwanted assignments leave Dez restless and argumentative. In a missed encounter with Crosby, her prying gaze lands upon a single entry in the datebook on his unoccupied desk. These few, hastily scribbled words reveal an enormous secret he’s keeping from her. Possessed by a painful sense of betrayal, she once again sneaks off to Atman City, determined to find answers to an unresolved piece of her life. It begins as all their adventures do, but as light falls into darkness, a stop in an unfamiliar neighborhood sets forth a chaotic series of events. Dez will have to fight for her very existence, and will face painful, irreparable loss in an afterlife teeming with demons wielding ancient powers. In M.I.A.: Missing in Atman, the second book in the Atman City series, Michelle E. Reed continues the story of Dez Donnelly, pushing her to her limits and surprising readers at every twist and turn of the vast world that is Atman. Death was only the beginning.

About Michelle:
Michelle 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.

Michelle's Halloween Guest Post!

In the midst of my last minute scramble to find a costume for my six year old—who changed his mind about what he wants to be three times on the way to school yesterday and twice on the way home, all in the midst of a Jingle Bells medley he was belting out—I can't help but think back to my own childhood memories of Halloween and how much things have changed in the [REDACTED] years since I was his age.

My earliest, clear recollection of Halloween was the year I was about to turn seven. It was a time when there were only two Star Wars movies (the second of which had come out that summer. There. Age admitted), and a time when our little town had only two options for Halloween shopping: Kmart and Shopko. I went with my mom to pick out my costume, and made a beeline for the small, seasonal section where I stood in the aisle, gazing in wonder at the target of my obsession.

But none of the other girls are going to be him, a little voice of doubt nagged at the back of my mind.

I ignored it, and snatched the last Yoda from the shelf.

Oh, the excitement! A little plastic mask with a tiny slit for your mouth, pinhole nostrils, and pea-sized openings you were expected to see from. The glorified garbage bag printed in a Yoda robe design completed the ensemble. Sweaty face, suffocation, smashed lips pinched by sharp plastic edges making it nearly impossible to speak...this was the price of life in the 80s.

When Halloween finally arrived, I set out with a boy I vaguely recall named Eli for a night of trick or treating, and this is where the then-versus-now differences really shine. You see, Eli and I went out alone on our quest to stuff our bags to overflowing. We were two six year-olds with no adult supervision, and it was far from unusual. I can't recall seeing any adults as we ran from house to house, except behind the doors, handing out candy. This was a normal Halloween night in small-town Wisconsin.

But don't go thinking there was no irrational parental concern. It just surfaced in a different form. When we came home, unscathed by our unchaperoned fun, our parents would examine our loot before we were allowed to eat anything.

No, really. And, again, this was not an isolated, my-parents-are-kind-of-weird thing. This was Halloween Parenting 101.

NEVER accept apples! we all were warned. Because poison might have been injected via hypodermic needle. Apparently our parents needed to cover all the bases in case we ended  up trick or treating at the Evil Queen's castle with Snow White.

The post-trick-or treat ritual involved dumping our candy on the kitchen/dining room/coffee table so the fun-sized goodies could be thoroughly examined for razor blades and for needle marks on the wrappers. The hospitals would even advertise on the radio in the days leading up to Halloween that they would x-ray candy for free.
Makes me wonder what the next generation's "normal" will be.

Happy Halloween!

Giveaway Details:
(1) New Kindle with touchscreen (US only) loaded with all our Month9Books titles. US Only.
(1) Paperback prize pack of 5 Month9Books Titles. US ONLY.

(2) eBook Prize Packs of 5 Month9Books titles. International

Meet the Authors and amazing host Blogs!

All posts will be live on October 31st!

Jessica Arnold will be hosted by Read for your Future
Vanessa Barger will be hosted by Pretty Little Pages       
Lisa M. Basso will be hosted by In Vogue with Books
Sarah Bromley will be hosted by A Book and A Latte       
Steve Bryant will be hosted by Jump Into Books
Brynn Chapman will be hosted by A Backwards Story     
Nicole Conway will be hosted by Two Chicks on Books
Scott Craven will be hosted by Books and Ashes               
Ty Drago will be hosted by The A P Book Club    
Dorothy Dreyer will be hosted by Her Book Thoughts!
Dorothy Dreyer will be hosted by Oops! I Read A Book Again
Jennifer M. Eaton will be hosted by Book Briefs
Kit Forbes will be hosted by Book Lovers Life   
   Janice Gable Bashman  will be hosted by All Things Urban Fantasy            
Amanda Gray will be hosted by Aspiring Joy        
Nicola Marsh will be hosted by ReadWriteLove28             
Georgia McBride will be hosted by YA Sisterhood
Jen McConnel will be hosted by A Dream Within A Dream            
Jackie Morse Kessler will be hosted by Dark Faerie Tales               
Michelle E. Reed will be hosted by Doodle's Book Reviews           
Pab Sungenis will be hosted by Classy Cat Books               
Rachel Tafoya will be hosted by Jessabella Reads

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Review: THE YOUNG WORLD by Chris Weitz


     Sometimes, you finish a book and you have to sit there for a while afterwards and just think. Let it soak in. Analyze every last piece. And then look over at the person next to you and say "Are you kidding me?" Because the ending was such a CLIFFHANGER that you just don't know what the heck to do, because the next book won't even be out for like an entire year! THE YOUNG WORLD by Chris Weitz is exactly this type of book.
     When a hormone-based sickness wipes adults and children from the world, all that's left are the teenagers. No one lives past the age of eighteen, no babies are born, and  every day is a struggle to survive for the tribes of New York City. Jefferson and Donna-- friends and members of the Washington Square tribe-- will do whatever it takes to take keep themselves and their friends safe, so when the tribe's genius comes to them with the possibility of learning more about the sickness, and an idea that could lead to the cure, they know what they have to do.
     When Jefferson, Donna, and three of their friends set out on a mission to find out what they can about the sickness, things start to get a little hairy. It's then that the group realizes that maybe there's a little bit more to the story than they knew, and it's then that the dangers of their trip start to creep up on them.
     This book honestly blew my mind. It really makes you think, and look at life a different way, and understand how much we take for granted in our lives. If I could make this a mandatory read, I would do so. I give this book a five of five stars, and recommend it to anyone who likes dystopia/post-apocalyptic YA. The last time I finished a book and processed it in my mind and thought about it for so long was months ago. I simply cannot wait for book two, and I hope that you guys will get out there and pick it up! If you do, let me know! Shoot me a comment below, or mention me on Twitter, let's discuss this one and get the word out!

Book Review: Fallout by S.A. Bodeen

     Oh how I've waited for this book. I read Compound years and years ago; ranted and raved about it to my friends and family, read it again for book discussion in school with two of my closest friends. I'm happy to say that neither of them were very fond of reading, but after reading the Compound, one of them found their love of reading. The other... well... I'm still working on him! For that same discussion, my mom had to read the book and lead the talk. She liked the story, but it made her angry that a parent would do such a thing to his family. When I was at Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago, I saw Fallout on the shelf, newly placed, and snatched it up.
     After a grueling, six year wait, I finished Fallout in five hours. 
     Eli Yanakakis just wants life to go back to normal. But of course, things will never be normal for his family- thanks to his dad. On his ninth birthday, Eli's dad, Rex, staged an apocalypse and locked his family in an underground hideout called the Compound. After discovering that the world was just as they'd left it, Eli helped his family escape the Compound- and escape their father. Compound left off with a bit of foreshadowing that maybe Rex didn't die in the explosion that destroyed the Compound, as the Yanakakis had expected, and Fallout is all about the family's readjusting to the real world. They have to stay out of the eye of the public, as press are always trying to get any information they can about "The family who lived underground", and it's not easy being cooped up in a mansion after having been cooped up in the Compound. 
     Things start getting interesting for Eli when he notices that they're being followed, and that there are posts all over social media about people who have supposedly seen the Yanakakis out and about. As Eli tries to figure out who it is that's been following them, and just what they want, his adoptive sister, Lexie decides she wants to find her birth parents, and his twin makes a new friend and decides to blow the family's secret and let the boy know about the family's true identity.
     Most of the action is saved until the last fifteen-or-so chapters, which I will not reveal anything about so as not to spoil it for you. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery, suspense, and books about doomsday. Also to those who have read the Compound, because Fallout gives you the closure that you need about the first book.
     I did enjoy the sequel, though it didn't engulf me as much as some of my other books. I attribute that, though, to the fact that most of the books I read are much thicker with more books in a series and a much more complex plot line. Also there was only a slight hint of romance in this novel. That being said, I enjoyed Fallout, but not as much as I loved the Compound.
     Finish the Compound adventure with Eli, Eddy, Lexie, and the rest of the Yanakakis- you won't regret it.

Seize the Tuesday #1: Reading All Dang Day

Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by myself and the Let's Get Lost Buddies Street Team to share stories about how we've seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we're reading. We'll share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost.

The idea is to share little ways in which you may have embraced Bree's motto of Seizing the Tuesday. To relate it to books, you can talk about what book you're reading, and how you stole some moments from the day to enjoy reading. It doesn't have to be about reading, but we all know that a well-read day is a day seized. The idea is not just to spread the word on LGL, but also to remind people to live fully, even/especially if that means spending a part of your day reading.

Hola, chicos! My first Seize the Tuesday post is going to be super simple, because today has been one of those days where I literally have nothing planned and can read all dang day long if I want to. So I did. I am.

I have recently (Last monday to be exact, so eight days ago) discovered the awesomeness that is Percy Jackson. I know, I know, I'm jumping on the bandwagon a little bit late, but there are just so many books out there that I just NEED to read! After hearing my friends love on Percy, and listening to them say "WHAT YOU HAVEN'T READ PERCY JACKSON?!" I was beginning to think I'd read them soon. And then one of my closest buds convinced me to just do it, so I picked up LIGHTNING THIEF and oops now I'm on SON OF NEPTUNE. Six books in eight days, with an all-day book signing in the middle of it... Don't think I'm doing too shabby!

So yes. Persassy is quite extraordinary. I love him to bits and pieces and someone hand this daughter of Athena a Camp Half-Blood tshirt because I'm ready to go! *Grabs dagger*

The bad thing about reading a series that is well-loved by your friends, and reading it late on a school night, is that there is no one awake-- and when I say "No one" I mean literally-all-of-my-friends-are-in-bed-- to discuss things with. That being said, a few of you are going to wake up with a bunch of text messages... *Cough*Matt *Cough* Wishes.

I am loving the series though, so I'm going to go... you know... see what the heck Nico's doing at Camp Jupiter.

P.S. For those of you who read these books as they came out... Dang, that cliffhanger at the end of LOST HERO must have killed you *Laughs maniacally because I had the ability to go to book two within minutes*

Friday, October 3, 2014

Book Review: Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

     I have this internet friend who got an ARC of LET'S GET LOST, and literally would not stop talking about it. So many of our conversations got roped back to this book, and every time there was a contest or giveaway, he'd tell me about it. Of course I entered them, and when I found out that I'd get to meet the author later this year (See me fangirl about meeting Adi and other authors HERE), I preordered the book. As soon as it arrived, and I finished my current read, I delved into it. Though LGL was not at all what I was expecting, I found it to be pretty fantastic.
      This book is told from four different perspectives-- the four people whose lives Leila changes as she travels across country on a road trip-- and the first is Hudson, a mechanic from a small town who might be wrong about what his future has in store; second is Bree, who ran away from home and doesn't exactly care about breaking rules-- or laws; then there's Elliot, who fell in love with his best friend, only to have his heart broken; lastly is Sonia, who lost a part of herself when her boyfriend died, and who isn't sure if she can ever get that part of her-- the part that loves-- back. As Leila and her crazy red car come into these strangers' lives, they learn things about themselves that maybe they didn't know before, and each of them gain a friend in the process.
     Four teens have their lives impacted, but there are five parts to this book, and the last one is told from Leila's point of view. After she's helped Hudson, Bree, Elliot, and Sonia, can she help herself? Or is it up to someone else to do for her what she did for her new friends?
     This is a great road trip book. If you're going on one soon, I suggest you pack LGL and read it along the way. It's a very inspirational story, and I got quite a bit of enjoyment out of it. I loved it so much, in fact, that I'm part of the street team!  You can get LET'S GET LOST at many many places, including Barnes and Noble, Walmart, Amazon of course, and most bookstores everywhere! I give LGL four stars, and I recommend it to anyone who likes road trip stories and soul searchers. Have you read it yet? I want to know what you think!

Book Review: Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell

     I don't remember how I got started talking to the lovely Bethany Crandell, but somehow I did, so of course I had to read her debut novel. Talk about a summer read! 
     SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS is about seventeen-year-old Cricket Montgomery, a girl who is used to being spoiled and getting out of trouble as soon as she's gotten into it. When her dad ships her off to help out at a summer camp, Cricket is appalled, but she has no idea what she's gotten herself into. This is no ordinary summer camp-- it's a camp for disabled teens-- and Cricket is so not happy to find this out. Though, the hottie counselor who could be on tv for being a Zac Efron look-alike is more than enough reason for her to try and stick it out. After her dad won't let her come home, that is. 
     SOTSB is one of the best books I've ever read simply for this reason: There is no sugarcoating. Kids who have disabilities are made fun of. They're thought of differently than everyone who is "Normal", and Crandell shows this in the most honest way possible. Sure, some of the things said might make you cringe, and they may hit a nerve if you personally know someone who is disabled, but this is nothing you haven't seen or heard or noticed before. If you read this, and you find it offensive, I urge you to reread it, because if thi is the case, then you've missed the spirit of the ENTIRE story. Also, the snark. Who doesn't love a good, snarky character?
     I give SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS a golden five stars. I recommend it to anyone and everyone, especially if you find yourself to be one of those people that is prejudiced against handicapped people. Let this book change the way you think. Take a seat on the Short Bus.

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