Redemption! - Geek Actually 01x11 Review


Maybe you missed my obsession coverage of ReMade, a YA weekly serial that I gushed over for 15 weeks in the fall/winter. NOT A PROBLEM because we are back today with another amazing serial - Geek Actually!

This might be my favorite episode yet! I'm so not ready for it to be over.

I know some readers will be conflicted with where the Diego "Not All Men" storyline went but for me it represented something different. My husband and I had many intense discussions similar to Taneesha and Diego and I questioned who I even married for a bit. But after attending the Women's March and reading more about the movement and issues online, I'm quite proud of where he landed. Sometimes they really just don't know or understand. So I'm hopeful for them and it helps to see what people can learn.

I'm soooooo glad to see Aditi break up with ****. I really think this is going to change her life and possibly save her.

I missed Elli this week. :( What am I going to do with my Wednesdays when the squad is on break? 

Come back weekly for mini reviews! As always, the first episode is free on audio and ebook - so you can try it out! 

by Melissa Blue
Published: August 16th 2017
Publisher: Serial Box
Source: Publisher

Meet your new best girlfriends. Michelle is a hard-nosed Science Fiction editor who is used to things going her way; Taneesha is a talented video game programmer who is used to being the odd (wo)man out. Aditi is a fantasy writer on the verge of her big break; Christina is a rebel on the sidelines of Hollywood. And Elli is a fan – of anything and everything that keeps are from “proper adulting.” Together they are Rebel Scum (at least in their shared group chat), and best friends through thick and thin. They might live far apart but through the power of the internet and a shared love of all things geek, they are ready to face the world side by side.

This is the 11th episode in the first season of Geek Actually, a 13-episode serial from Serial Box.

Time Travel at Its Finest - Omega by Jus Accardo + Interview & GIVEAWAY


Having read (and loved) Infinity last year, I was so hyped for Omega. All of the things I loved then - the characters, their chemistry, inter-dimensional travel, edge of your seat action - return in full force in Omega.

“All the versions of us have this crazy connection. He wasn’t in love with me—I was never in love with him—but it’s like we couldn’t help ourselves. That’s why he was so vehemently against anything ever happening between us. We were drawn to each other—like we are. But you didn’t have an Ashlyn where you come from, and I had a Noah. He might not have been my perfect Noah, but he was all I got and for as long as I live, I will be thankful for him. Your perfect Ash might be out there somewhere. If you don’t let me help you get your friends back, you’ll never have the chance to find her.”

Told in multiple points of view, Omega tells the story of Ashlyn and Noah while keeping Kori and Cade as secondary characters to the next phase in the Infinity series. Jus pulls back the layers on the onion as the story unveils itself, going deeper and deeper into how truly evil the creator of the Infinity project is. 

If I said good point, then I was a heartless bastard willing to sacrifice an innocent girl to save his friends—and a liar. If I spoke the truth, that I would rather hack each of my toes off with a machete then tap dance through a vat of salt before letting her hand herself over to those bastards, then I was insane. One of those freaks who believed in love at first sight. Which I wasn’t. I was…what the hell was I?

I have to admit, the whole time I was reading, I felt a massive case of whiplash. There was so much going on all the time and I was constantly shocked by how deep some of the history of the project goes. The sci-fi elements work in tandem with the slow burn romance. Jus is a master at the zingers - sentences or short passages that leave you breathless. Again, if you love sci-fi books with character chemistry, I highly recommend this series!

We had the chance to chat with author Jus Accardo about Omega. Check it out!

Omega focuses on a different set of characters, though the main couple from book one are also present. What made you decide to write Omega focused on Ashlyn and Noah versus just continuing the story with the same main characters as Infinity? 

I fell in love with Noah while writing Infinity. I really wanted the chance to dig deeper into his head. I also really wanted the chance to explore Dylan and his love for Ava and the deeper motivations he had for doing everything that he’d done. 

Omega is told in two points of view. What was it like writing within two character's heads? 

I love writing duel POV books. I did it first with my Eternal Balance series (NA) and had so much fun. I think doing it that way, you get a unique perspective. The reader can see and feel more of what’s going on as opposed to having just one voice. It was easy to keep them separate because in my mind, they’re both such different people having come from insanely different backgrounds that shaped who they became.

You include some interesting pop culture references within the different world, such as Al Capone becoming president. Is there a specific would you would NOT want to live in if you were dimension hopping? 

I would absolutely not want to live in a world where coffee didn’t exist. Or, where dogs were extinct. That would be a deal breaker for me.

How did you keep track of the world building rules as you wrote the story? 

For Infinity, it was fairly easy. The story takes place on Kori’s world, which is the one we all live on. Cade and Noah and the cuffs had been burned into my brain for a long time. There was no forgetting any of it. As the series goes on, things do change, and that got a little hairy. For Omega and Alpha, I kept a notebook as I wrote. If anyone were to look at it, it would probably look like disorganized gibberish. But, to me, it’s a bible 

Were there any characters whose actions surprised you? 

I can’t say who it was, but I can say yes. There were several surprises. It was a character in book three. Book three was always a wild card. I knew who it was going to focus on, but the how of it was always up in the air. When I started writing it, things went a totally different way than expected—and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!

OMEGA
by Jus Accardo
Published: August 1st 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Publisher
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The second book in the Infinity time travel series is full of action, romance, and an intricately designed roller coaster plot.

One mistake can change everything. Ashlyn Calvert finds that out the hard way when a bad decision leads to the death of her best friend, Noah Anderson.

Only Noah isn’t really gone. Thanks to his parents’ company, the Infinity Division, there is a version of him skipping from one dimension to another, set on revenge for the death of his sister, Kori. When a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Ash, he’s determined to resist the magnetic pull he’s felt for her time and time again. Because falling for Ash puts his mission—and their lives—in danger.

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The Time To Rise Has Come: CINDERELLA NECROMANCER by F.M. Boughan Interview + Giveaway


Hello and thank you for joining us today for the RockStar Book Tour stop of CINDERELLA NECROMANCER by F.M. Boughan. Once we read about this book we were convinced that we wanted to be a part of the tour and we were happy to have the chance and interview F.M. Boughan and had such a great time that we cannot wait to share that experience with everyone. 

Make sure to check out our interview along with the other upcoming stops on this tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a finished copy of CINDERELLA NECROMANCER at the end of this post. Good Luck!!

Title: CINDERELLA NECROMANCER
Author: F.M. Boughan
Pub. Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
Pages: 324
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: AmazonB&N,  iBooksTBDGoodreads

CINDERELLA,NECROMANCER is CHIME meets ANNA, DRESSED IN BLOOD and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany.



Ellison lost her mother at an early age. But since then, her father has found love again. He’s happy and doesn’t quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her mean daughters.



When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father’s mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her freedom.


Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, including falling prey to her stepmother and stepsisters’ every whim and fancy.

Stumbling into a chance meeting of Prince William during a secret visit to her mother’s grave feels like a trick of fate when her stepmother refuses to allow Ellison to attend a palace festival.

But what if Ellison could see the kind and handsome prince once more? What if she could attend the festival? What if she could have everything she ever wanted and deserved by conjuring spirits to take revenge on her cruel stepmother?

As Ellison’s power grows, she loses control over the evil spirits meant to do her bidding. And as they begin to exert their own power over Ellison, she will have to decide whether it is she or her stepmother who is the true monster.



Tales of the Ravenous Reader Q&A with F.M. Boughan
  1. Your cover is gorgeous! Tell us what it says about the story within and what the different elements represent.
Front and center is Ellison, the main character, actively summoning her power—which I think is fantastic, because it shows how she’s the kind of person who will stand up and act instead of hide and wait to be rescued. She’s scared and she knows that she’s in a dangerous situation, but she’s ready to do what needs to be done to keep her family safe. The purple is representative of the purple-black smoke that appears when she begins calling up spirits, which I was really happy to see.
I’m also kind of obsessed with that pink lipstick they gave her. I didn’t write lipstick into the book (it doesn’t, uh, fit the material), but dang… I need to find that shade! It’s gorgeous! I’m creating head canon that says she wore it to one of the royal balls. Haha.

  1. Cinderella, Necromancer isn't your usual retelling. Tell us how you took the original material and created a unique world and premise.
Basically, I read all the original versions of Cinderella and tried to answer these questions: What if there was no fairy godmother? What if, instead of waiting around to be saved, Cinderella found a way to save herself? I was inspired by the resources I’ll mention in my answer to question #4, and everything kind of snowballed from there.

3. Kiss, Marry, Kill - Give us your choices (and why!) with characters in the book.
Can I do “High Five, Hug, Sucker-Punch” instead? It’s more my speed!
High-Five: Liesl, Ellison’s best friend and a competent young woman in her own right. Liesl is probably my favorite secondary character in the story because she knows her own mind, knows her worth, and chooses her own path. I’d totally hang out with her.
Hug: Gretel, the house cook. I can’t say much for the sake of spoilers, but Gretel has cared for Ellison’s family for quite some time and cares deeply for them. She’s a bit brusque but has a kind heart. I’d give her a hug to say thank you.
Sucker-Punch: Both of Ellison’s step-sisters. I think this one is fairly self-explanatory, but they’re truly awful. Sometimes I re-read the scenes with them and wonder if they might have rewritten themselves to be even more awful while I wasn’t looking. Grrrrr. We hates them, precious.

4. What kind of research goes into a story about a necromancer (and how many FBI watchlists are you on? ;))
Hah! Fewer than you’d think, since most of my research actually used historical texts rather than online resources. Phew! I included a historical note in the back of the novel to offer up some specific detail about what went into writing this story, but the short version is that there were two primary history texts from Richard Kieckhefer, a professor at Northwestern University, which directly inspired the magic and necromancy used by Ellison. I also read some additional texts about ancient forms of necromancy and death magic, and mostly tapped online resources while looking into the fashion and social mores of 15th-century Germany.

5. As a debut, what was your publishing process like? What would you recommend for authors in the debut process?
Expect to do several rounds of edits. Expect to be spending a lot of time waiting for emails. Expect to do a lot of promotion on your own, and expect to doubt yourself at multiple points throughout the process. But above all—and this was advice given to me when I started the journey—keep writing the next book.
And as you go through all of this, find your people. Whether that’s a group of Twitter peeps you feel comfortable exchanging DMs with, an organized debut group, or maybe some critique partners in real life, find people who you trust and whom you can lean on during those moments of doubt and uncertainty. Having those people you can hand a rewritten scene to (for example), knowing they’ll honestly say “you can do better” or “that’s awesome,” makes all the difference in the world.

And hey… try to enjoy the process, the lows as much as the highs. If you’ve gotten to the point of being a debut, you’ve done something amazing that many other people only dream of. You actually made it happen!

About F.M. Boughan:
F.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.


You can follow Faith on Twitter (@FaithBoughan) for plenty of flailing about food (she likes to cook!), TV shows (she watches too many), and world dance (did you know she's been performing & instructing in Bollywood-style dance for over 8 years?).


Or catch her on Facebook where she just might post pictures of her adorable cat & bird... among other things.


F.M. Boughan is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman





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1 winner will receive a finished copy of CINDERELLA NECROMANCER, US Only.


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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
8/21/2017- Tales of the Ravenous ReaderInterview
8/21/2017- Book BriefsReview

8/22/2017- Nadaness In Motion - Excerpt
8/22/2017- Darque Dreamer ReadsReview

8/23/2017- rabid readers book blogExcerpt
8/23/2017- The Desert BibliophileReview

8/24/2017- Up 'Til Dawn Book BlogGuest Post
8/24/2017- Books, Boys, and BlogsReview

8/25/2017- Tara's Book AddictionSpotlight
8/25/2017- Bibliobibuli YAReview

Week Two:
8/28/2017- BookHounds YAGuest Post
8/28/2017- A Dream Within A DreamReview

8/29/2017- Wandering Bark BooksGuest Post
8/29/2017- Portrait of a BookReview

8/30/2017- Morbid RomanticExcerpt
8/30/2017- A Weebish Book BlogReview

8/31/2017- Arvenig.itInterview
8/31/2017- Pandora's Books- Review

9/1/2017- Rainy Day ReviewsGuest Post

9/1/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf- Review




Upcoming Tipsy Book Talk: #SUMMEROFSMUT Continues


Hello everybody!! I hope you're Summer is going along fabulously. I know that for many this may be the last week of freedom before school becomes a part of your regular routine (I can almost hear the wails of despair). Yet, for the rest of us we continue on with our daily grind and hope for a bit of excitement. 

This leads me to tell you about my collaboration with the Joss aka TealReader and a new feature that she is hosting on her YouTube channel called TIPSY BOOK TALK. The inspiration for this feature started when Joss watched a video with two people discussing the attributes of Fifty Shades of Gray while under the influence of some alcohol. Joss loved the video so much she put a call out for anyone that wanted to join her. I immediately said YASSSSS!! and we both agreed that the #PUCKED series by Helena Hunting would be the perfect books to discuss while being under the influence of beer. Before anyone gets riled up. We are adults, we were careful and we DID NOT DRINK & DRIVE.  With that being said. I hope that you will enjoy one of my favorite smutty series and stay tuned for the video that will posting next week.





WhoDunIt with There's Someone in Your House +GIVEAWAY

Queen of contemporary writes Scream meets YA? Y'all aren't sleeping on this one, right? We were lucky enough to get a PARTIAL ARC (which is the most frustrating thing when you are waiting to find out the big reveal - it's like stopping the movie as they pull the mask off!) and are left hanging. While we all wait till the end of September, we thought we'd theorize the who and the what.



WHO IS THE KILLER AND WHY ARE THEY DOING IT?


Here are some of the tropes of killers in books...And our thoughts around which one it MIGHT be.

The least expected - It's totally one of the main characters, right? Right. They're the most impacted so it's like OMG WHAT when it's unveiled. I'd be pretty sad if Makani and Ollie were the culprits...but that would be pretty sneaky on Stephanie's part.

The obvious choice - There's a little hint partially through the book of who it could be. But is it? No, usually this is to throw people off. Or is it...

The random side character you've met once - Wait, who? It's like The Sixth Sense where you go back and read to see what you've missed. This is always the least satisfying for me.

The unnoticed secondary character - They're there but not super in your face. Sometimes it's even one of the murdered, coming back from the dead in some capacity (they were never really dead, etc). 

THERE'S SOMEONE IN YOUR HOUSE
by Stephanie Perkins
Published: September 26th 2017
Publisher: Dutton
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Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

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Let's Get Wrecked: #AMapForWreckedGirls by Jessica Taylor Launch Recap


Hello lovely readers! and thank you for joining us on our tour stop for A MAP FOR WRECKED GIRLS by Jessica Taylor. We are so excited to bring you the details of Jessica's launch event not only because she is a local author but because she is also the sweetest person you will ever meet. We at Tales of the Ravenous Reader are so very excited for her  launch and were made sure to get you all the details you will need to feel as if you were there sharing this moment with Jessica. So, please enjoy the post and make sure to send Jessica some love with some comments. 





Emma has always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two have always been best friends. Until something happens that wrecks them.

I'd trusted Henri more than I'd trusted myself. Wherever she told me to go, I'd follow.

Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in a gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart. To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?

For the first time, I was afraid we'd die on this shore.

I listened to this awesome book on audiobook and here is a snippet available on Penguin Random House Audio on YouTube. Check it out for it is definitely a great listen.





Jessica Taylor adores atmospheric settings, dangerous girls, and characters who sneak out late at night. She lives in Northern California, not far from San Francisco, with a law degree she isn’t using, one dog, and many teetering towers of books.

Jessica displayed her book tailer earlier this week and I think it fits her A Map For Wrecked Girls perfectly. Look at how amazing it is.


Tour Schedule

Week One:
August 7 – Novel Novice – Styled By A Map for Wrecked Girls
August 8 – Twinning for Books
August 9 – ButterMyBooks – Author Guest Post | AMFWG Playlist
August 10 – Swoony Boys Podcast – Author Guest Post | Character Interview
August 11 – A Page With a View – Book Photography

Week Two:
August 14 – BookCrushin
August 15 – The Fandom – Author Guest Post | NEED TOPIC
August 16 – Fiction Fare – Author Q&A
August 17 – Ex Libris
August 18 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – AMFWG Launch Recap!

Week Three:
August 21 – Once Upon a Twilight – Author Guest Post | AMFWG in 10 GIFs or Less
August 22 – The Book’s Buzz – Author Q&A
August 23 – Here’s to Happy Endings – A Map for Wrecked Girls Recipe
August 24 – Lost in Lit
August 25 – YA Wednesdays – Traveler’s Guide to Being Marooned

Now for the best part. You have seen how awesome the book launch was with all the colorful props and tasty goodies that Jessica made herself. The book is beyond great and you seriously need to add it to your bookshelf like NOW!! So, make sure to enter in the giveaway below for your chance at this opportunity.


Enter for a chance to be one (1) of three (3) winners to receive a hardcover copy of A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor. (ARV: $17.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on August 7, 2017 and 12:00 AM on August 28, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about August 30, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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911 Level Of Hotness Cover Reveal: CUFFED by K. Bromberg

WE ARE EXCITED TO BRING YOU THE COVER FOR CUFFED BY NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR K.BROMBERG RELEASING ON OCTOBER 23!       

Design: Helen Williams
Photographer: Wander Aguiar
     


From the New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg, comes a new series about three brothers, the job that calls them, and the women who challenge them. “I hate you. I never want to see you again.” Grant Malone is not the reason I moved back to Sunnyville—at least that’s what I tell myself. Yet, those parting words I said to him back in third grade, ring in my ears every time a townsperson brings up one of the Malone boys. I thought time had healed my wounds. I was wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I finally saw him again. Twenty years does a lot to turn a boy into a man. One who hits all my buttons—sexy, funny, attractive, and a police officer. But Grant is off limits because he knows too much about my past. But I’m drawn to him. That damn uniform of his doesn’t hurt either. It’ll be my downfall. I know it. What’s one night of sex going to hurt . . . right? *** I’ve always loved Emmy Reeves. That’s why I’m shocked to see her all these years later. The shy girl I once knew is all grown up. Adventurous and full of life, she owns my heart now, just as much as she did back then. Convincing her of that is a whole different story. I’ll give her the one night she asks for—like that’s a hardship—but when it comes to letting her walk away after, she has another thing coming. There’s no way in hell I’m letting her go this time without a fight. 

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New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love. A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow. Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times. In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written. She loves to hear from her readers so make sure you check her out on social media or sign up for her newsletter to stay up to date on all her latest releases and sales HERE 


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