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Aug 142014
 

I’m thrilled to be a part of the release day blitz for Dangerous Boys! I adored Dangerous Girls and all its twists and turns, and now the wait is finally over for this highly anticipated thriller!

Out Now!

August 14th, 2014

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Three teens venture into the abandoned lake house one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense?

Or murder?

Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…

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Early Praise

“Dangerous Boys is a taut, compelling thriller balanced on the razor’s edge of suspense. I could not put it down, and could not stop grinning wickedly as I raced through the pages.” — Leah Raeder, USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable

“Abigail Hass is a master at her craft! This is a special book and a special author. This is the kind of storytelling and writing that stick with you no matter how much time passes.” — The Book Geek Blog

“As with Dangerous Girls, the closing left me with a huge, admittedly rather twisted smile on my face. I don’t know how Haas manages to turn me into such a gleefully evil creature.” — Dahlia Adler, blogger.

“Dangerous Boys was an intense, psychological read which was full of suspense and drama,…Abigail Haas has a way of writing books which reel you in and keep you there, hooked and addicted until the very last page.” — Goodreads.com

About Abigail Haas

Abigail Haas has written two adult novels and four young adult contemporary novels under the name Abby McDonald. Dangerous Girls is her first young adult thriller. She grew up in Sussex, England, and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Aug 052014
 

Title: Mortal Danger
Series: Immortal Game #1
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: August 5, 2014
Source: Publisher

Mortal Danger (Immortal Game, #1)

From Goodreads:
Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly… bad things are happening. It’s a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what–she can trust. Not even her own mind…

***

Warning: do NOT read this book before going to bed. Unless you want to have nightmares and/or not be able to fall asleep like me.

Mortal Danger is a unique combo of super scary mixed with cute romance. I don’t know many books that can pull that off, but Ann Aguirre did it with this one. The book starts off on a very heavy note and doesn’t really let up except for the scenes with Edie and Kian, which manage to inject love and hope into an otherwise dark situation. Without that romance, I think the book would be too creepy for me to read.

I love books that make you think, especially ones that have a scary element to them. What if your deepest, darkest wishes actually came true? What if when you said, “I wish you’d suffer,” the person actually did suffer? Edie goes through a lot of this throughout the book and you can’t help but feel sorry for her. Everyone has bad thoughts at one point or another, but to have them actually happen is another story. I know I won’t be thinking negative thoughts for a while…

I will say that there were quite a few terms I didn’t understand that I just skipped over, so I’m hoping I didn’t miss out on something big. I was still able to follow and enjoy the story so I’m guessing no ;)

Haunting and creepy but with an oh-so-sweet romance, Mortal Danger is a great start to a promising series.

Jul 122014
 

Here we are, folks. I’m in shock that I’m celebrating my four-year blogoversary today. I get a little weepy because it’s a time to reflect on what blogging has brought into my life. I say this every year, and I’ll continue to say it in the years to come–I have met the most amazing people through blogging and I will treasure the friendships I’ve made forever. You guys are what make me stick around!

Speaking of…some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as frequently this past year. I never realized working in publishing would have such an affect on my personal reading/blogging time, but boy has it! I’m not complaining because I absolutely love my job, but it’s more of a struggle now to find the free time for this little ol’ blog. I don’t plan on going anywhere, so thank you for continuing to visit Fiction Folio and keeping me motivated to read and review :)

And as tradition dictates: it’s giveaway time! Even though I’ve read fewer books than ever this year, I still have read some ah-mazing stories that I’d love to share with two lucky people. Here are the choices:

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (review)
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (review)
Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis (review)
Torn Away Jennifer Brown (review)
Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter (review)
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (review)
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (review)

I am going to choose two winners, and each winner gets to choose one book from the list. As always for my blogoversary giveaways, this is open internationally. So go forth and enter and good luck!

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Jul 102014
 

Title: Sinner
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication date: July 1, 2014
Source: Publisher

Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3.5)

From Goodreads:
A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?

***

I can’t even tell you how excited I was to jump back into the world of Mercy Falls and explore Cole and Isabel’s relationship in Sinner. It feels like ages ago since I finished Forever on the plane ride home from BEA…I guess maybe it was ages ago because that was in 2011. Three years ago. Wowzers.

Sinner is chock full of the despair and teenage angst that Maggie Stiefvater continuously nails like a champ. You can’t help but feel everything Cole and Isabel are feeling, and boy is that an emotional roller coaster. I felt like I was seventeen again, when everything held so much importance and drama and it made me wonder how I ever made it out of my teenage years alive.

While I felt all the feelings and enjoyed being in the heads of angsty teens, I didn’t get much else out of the story. The actual plot was not very strong to me and I sadly kept asking myself, “What is the point?” The romance is the center of the story, which I loved, but there was very little else happening. I like a little more oomph supporting the romance in YA and I didn’t get it with Sinner.

I will say my new favorite character was Leon, Cole’s driver. He was a highlight of the story for me and I craved more of him to give that extra oomph to the story that I mentioned before. He provided a good balance to Cole’s personality and I found myself loving every scene with Leon in it.

The Wolves of Mercy Falls continues to be a favorite series of mine, and Sinner fits in well but just didn’t wow me as much as the other three books. That’s a tall order to match, so I might be unfairly holding it to a higher standard than the others, but I was hoping for more.

Jul 072014
 

Title: The Kiss of Deception
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication date: July 8, 2014
Source: Publisher

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)

From Goodreads:
In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

***

Whoa.

Holy crap.

Dang.

Wow.

So good.

These are basically the only words I can utter right now after finishing The Kiss of Deception about five minutes ago. This book is a whopper at almost 500 pages and I dedicated a whole day to reading it, determined to take my time and savor the story. I’m so, so glad I did. If you can read this in one sitting, I highly recommend doing so.

The Kiss of Deception is the Throne of Glass series mixed with the Fire and Thorns series with a dash of its own uniqueness. I just can’t even begin to describe this book. The book starts off running, with big things happening in the first chapter, and that pace stuck throughout the rest of the story (except for a few small areas where it dragged a bit). I couldn’t help but be 100% completely immersed in the story, and from every point of view — four, to be exact. Normally I would find four POVs to be a bit much, but the author handled it with such finesse and it really helped tell the story in a more well-rounded way.

I will say this as a bit of a warning: the story revolves around a love triangle. I know, I’m a bit tired of them too, but I have to say that there was an interesting enough twist in this book that it didn’t bother me at all. I won’t go into details about the twist, but I will say that it’s TOTALLY worth investing your time in.

The Kiss of Deception comes out tomorrow, and I can’t encourage you enough to go grab a copy. The wait for book #2, The Heart of Betrayal, is going to be brutal, people. Brutal.

Jun 262014
 

Title: Secrets and Lies
Series: Truth or Dare #2
Author: Jacqueline Green
Publisher: Poppy
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Source: Paper Lantern Lit

Secrets and Lies (Truth or Dare, #2)

Summary:
It’s been a month since the tragic boat crash in the choppy waters of the Atlantic. The local news called the drownings an accident, adding the names to an ever-growing list of teens who have died off the rocky coast of Echo Bay.

Of course, Tenley Reed, Sydney Morgan, and Emerson Cunningham know the truth: these deaths were no accident. Determined to find the killer—the same person who started their twisted game of Truth or Dare—the girls investigate both their enemies and their friends. Everyone is a suspect…because everyone has secrets to hide.

Who’s sending the dares? Who’s behind the deaths? Secrets and Lies, book two in the Truth or Dare trilogy, will have readers furiously flipping the pages from beginning to end.

***

Confession time: I’m a huge fan of the Pretty Little Liars TV series. It’s a ridiculous show and has so many twists and turns I can’t keep up half the time, but something keeps drawing me into the crazy. The Truth or Dare series reminds me of PLL a lot–just pure fun to lose yourself in the drama for a few hours and come out on the other side thinking, “I’m so glad that’s not my life.”

Secrets and Lies picks up one month after Truth or Dare leaves off, and we once again follow Tenley, Sydney, and now Emerson on their wild ride of figuring out who keeps blackmailing/daring them in order to keep their secrets hidden. There are a ton of characters and at times they can be difficult to keep straight, but the excitement and drama the author injects into the story keeps you turning each page faster and faster. I feel like this book was even more dramatic than the first, and I kept incorrectly guessing who the darer was, which made me keep guessing and helped get me really invested in the girls’ stories.

If you’re looking for a fun, dramatic read and you like the crazy as much as I do, the Truth or Dare series is the way to go. Fun characters, lots of drama, and a story that will keep you guessing until the very last page (and maybe even past that).

***

Jacqueline Green grew up in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, where she devoured books the way other kids did candy. She never stopped loving those books she read as a kid, so after receiving her BA from Cornell University, she went on to get her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. She’s since worked in many parts of the children’s publishing field, from marketing to editorial to writing. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and their very small dog, who moonlights as her writing companion.

 

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Jun 242014
 

Title: The Crown of Embers
Series: Fire and Thorns #2
Author: Rae Carson
Publisher: Greenwillow
Publication date: September 18, 2012
Source: Library

The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns, #2)

From Goodreads:
She does not know what awaits her at the enemy’s gate.

Elisa is a hero.

She led her people to victory over a terrifying, sorcerous army. Her place as the country’s ruler should be secure. But it isn’t.

Her enemies come at her like ghosts in a dream, from foreign realms and even from within her own court. And her destiny as the chosen one has not yet been fulfilled.

To conquer the power she bears, once and for all, Elisa must follow a trial of long-forgotten—and forbidden—clues, from the deep, hidden catacombs of her own city to the treacherous seas. With her go a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man whom—despite everything—she is falling in love with.

If she’s lucky, she will return from this journey. But there will be a cost.

***

My love for this series continues to grow after reading The Crown of Embers. I have a feeling I’m going to go on a huge fantasy quick after I finish The Bitter Kingdom.

The second book in the series picks up right where the first book left off. We’re once again thrown into Elisa’s world of power, deception, lies, and most important to me–romance. I was SO pumped to see a certain romance blossom and it was my favorite part of the story. I won’t say who, but I will say this: SWOON.

While the setting and characters were again spot-on, the book did suffer a bit from middle-book syndrome. There were times where the plot was a little slow and I was looking for more action. But, I know that The Crown of Embers was just setting up for what I bet is going to be a ridiculously awesome end to the series.

Fantasy fans, read this series. NOW. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Stay tuned for my review of The Bitter Kingdom soon!

Jun 102014
 

Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Series: Fire and Thorns #1
Author: Rae Carson
Publisher: Greenwillow
Publication date: September 20, 2011
Source: Purchased

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

From Goodreads:
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

***

Why, oh why, did I not read this book sooner?! *kicks self in butt*

I can be pretty picky about my fantasy, so I was a little hesitant going into The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I quickly realized that my hesitation was a complete waste of time. This book deserves the adjective epic.

The book starts off at a fast pace and does not stop until the very end. It had my adrenaline pumping the entire time and made me rush to the library to get the next two books in the series before I even finished it. That, my friends, is a testament to how much I loved the story. Elisa is so strong, admirable, and unique, but she also has her insecurities and doubts. I fell in love with her character immediately and felt her trials and successes right along with her.

World building is key for me in fantasy, and Rae Carson did not disappoint. The settings were so vivid and lifelike that sometimes I had to look up from the book to make sure I wasn’t in the desert with the characters. A few of the city names are pretty similar and I got confused at some points, but other than that the settings were spot-on.

There were just hints of romance in this book, which was the right amount for me. I wanted to learn more about Elisa and her situation, and now I’m looking forward to (hopefully) seeing more romance in books two and three.

Don’t be like me–start this series ASAP!

Jun 022014
 

Who else is absolutely pumped to see The Fault In Our Stars when it releases June 6?!?! I loved the book (read my review here) and can’t wait to see Hazel and Gus come alive on the big screen. I’m sure I’m going to bawl my eyes out, but that’s to be expected, right? While you’re anxiously waiting to see the movie, tide yourself over with all the fun movie-related stuff below and enter to win a fab prize pack! Okay? Okay. :)

About the film
Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them — and us – on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, and Emily Peachey
Directed by Josh Boone
Screenplay by Scott Neustadter, based on the book by John Green
Produced by Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey

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May 282014
 

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HF Virtual Book Tours invites you to follow Vicky Alvear Shecter as she tours the blogosphere for Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii from May 26-June 13.

Curses and SmokePublication Date: May 27, 2014
Arthur A. Levine Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Genre: YA Historical

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When your world blows apart, what will you hold onto?

TAG is a medical slave, doomed to spend his life healing his master’s injured gladiators. But his warrior’s heart yearns to fight in the gladiator ring himself and earn enough money to win his freedom.

LUCIA is the daughter of Tag’s owner, doomed by her father’s greed to marry a much older Roman man. But she loves studying the natural world around her home in Pompeii, and lately she’s been noticing some odd occurrences in the landscape: small lakes disappearing; a sulfurous smell in the air…

When the two childhood friends reconnect, each with their own longings, they fall passionately in love. But as they plot their escape from the city, a patrician fighter reveals his own plans for them — to Lucia’s father, who imprisons Tag as punishment. Then an earthquake shakes Pompeii, in the first sign of the chaos to come. Will they be able to find each other again before the volcano destroys their whole world?

Review

Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii was exactly the book I was looking for! I’ve been craving a good historical fiction book lately, and since I knew I’d love anything by Vicky Alvear Shecter, it was a match made in heaven.

The book follows Lucia and Tag, who are reunited childhood friends, as they begin to fall in love with each other and face the harsh realties of their situation. Lucia’s father owns Tag as a slave, and she is betrothed to a much older man to secure financial stability for her father’s gladiator school. Poses a bit of a problem, right? But against all odds, they find a way to meet in secret and continue to fall hard and fast for each other. I can’t help but love a forbidden romance, and I found myself rooting and cheering for them as the story went on.

The romance was the highlight of the story for me, but the setting came in a very close second. The author did an amazing job of transporting me back to ancient Rome with such detailed descriptions of the clothing, housing, landscape, and weather. One of my biggest reasons for loving historical fiction is the setting, and I can be a bit picky when it comes to the descriptions and making me feel like I’m right there with the characters. Vicky Alvear Shecter delivered and then delivered some more in this regard.

If you’re a fan of historical fiction with lush settings and strong characters, I can’t recommend Vicky Alvear Shecter’s books enough. Both Curses and Smoke and Cleopatra’s Moon are some of my favorite in YA. See the giveaway below to win a copy of Curses and Smoke and see for yourself!

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About the AuthorVicky Alvear Shecter

Vicky Alvear Shecter is the author of the young adult novel, CLEOPATRA’S MOON (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2011), based on the life of Cleopatra’s only daughter. She is also the author of two award-winning biographies for kids on Alexander the Great and Cleopatra. She is a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Antiquities at Emory University in Atlanta.

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Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, May 26
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Review & Giveaway at The Mad Reviewer

Tuesday, May 27
Guest Post & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, May 28
Review & Giveaway at Fiction Folio

Thursday, May 29
Review at Good Books and Good Wine

Friday, May 30
Guest Post at Good Books and Good Wine

Monday, June 2
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Tuesday, June 3
Review at Geek Girl’s Book Blog
Interview & Giveaway at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Wednesday, June 4
Review at Book Drunkard

Thursday, June 5
Review at Book Lovers Paradise

Friday, June 6
Review at The Book Belles
Review at Manga Maniac Cafe

Monday, June 9
Review at Bibliophilia, Please
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Tuesday, June 10
Review & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry

Wednesday, June 11
Interview & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Thursday, June 12
Review at Let Them Read Books
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Friday, June 13
Review at Broken Teepee
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

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