The Ravenous Readers Read ReMade: Patch Job (s02e01) + Signal to Noise - S01E02 (Review +GIVEAWAY)


When it all started we shared the ins and outs of Serial Box and Remade. Last year, we reviewed season 1. Last week, episode one premiered. We are back today to chat the first two episodes episodes!

Patch Job
by Andrea Phillips

A figure from the group’s past reappears, bringing up some serious questions about their remade lives. Is anything they thought they knew true? Can caretakers ever be good? And, most important, who can they trust?

One moment proved fateful for a group of teenagers—and not just because it’s the moment they all happened to die. At the moment of their deaths, they were snatched forward into the future and remade in a world they hardly recognize. Now, after facing murderous robots and an unpredictable environment, the teens have begun to find their footing. But can they survive long enough to figure out why they were remade? And will they ever be able to stop running?

Patch Job (s02e01) - Review

SQUEEEEE #ReMade is BACK and it wouldn’t be the dystopian sci-fi we love if it didn’t leave me with more questions than answers. Spoilers below.  

So quick catch up from last season - ReMades are not all on the same page and just when you think it can’t get crazy enough…Previously dead (?) character, Jing Wei, waltzed back on the scene, leaving us all like WHAT HOW. This season opened up and showed us what she’s been up to since she died in the ReMade world and was apparently brought back? We still don’t know how but we may know why - she has the ability to fix things (robots) from the most random of parts. We also got a glimpse into her previous life through reflection. 

The serialized nature of the story allows us to have these personal moments with the characters, something I enjoy as a person who enjoys a character driven story. I can already tell this season is going to be full of twists and turns. What the heck are the caretakers up to?

Signal to Noise
by Matthew Cody

Upon arriving at Sanctuary, the group is faced with two clearly malicious and dangerous caretakers. But they’ve come this far, and are determined to get inside. The only thing to do is stand and fight—whatever that may take. 

One moment proved fateful for a group of teenagers—and not just because it’s the moment they all happened to die. At the moment of their deaths, they were snatched forward into the future and remade in a world they hardly recognize. Now, after facing murderous robots and an unpredictable environment, the teens have begun to find their footing. But can they survive long enough to figure out why they were remade? And will they ever be able to stop running?

Signal to Noise (s02e02) - Review

It's no secret that HOLDEN is my favorite. I was thrilled that we got a Holden-centered episode so early in the season. 


We've always known the intent of (some) of the ReMades was to make it to sanctuary. To get some answers. To get some peace. To make the best of this new life. So here we are, at the door to the next phase in the ReMade world. Nothing like a few caretakers to ruin that experience.

Episode two also gave us a bit more insight into Umta and the life she lead before becoming a ReMade. It's clear she's an outsider amongst the outsiders so learning a little more helps to cement her place in the team. It was great to see Cole, too. His story just makes me so sad.

I can't wait to see what happens next week! Now is the perfect time to jump in, with season 1 free on podcast and two episodes into this season. 

REMADE
by Matthew Cody, Andrea Phillips, Gwenda Bond, E. C. Myers, and Amy Rose Capetta
Pub. Date: November 15, 2017
Publisher: Serial Box
Formats: eBook & audiobook

Serial fiction startup Serial Box has been featured from coast to coast including stories on NPR, Wired, BuzzFeed and i09. Serial Box was called “a godsend for a niche market of readers” by The Chicago Tribune.

ReMade is one of Serial Box’s first attempts at YA dystopian fiction, and it’s already making splashes.

In one moment the lives of twenty-three teenagers are forever changed, and it’s not just because they all happen to die. “ReMade” in a world they barely recognize – one with robots, space elevators, and unchecked jungle – they must work together to survive. They came from different places, backgrounds, and families, and now they might be the last people on earth. Lost meets The Maze Runner in exciting serial adventure. Season 2 finds the ReMades in search of the last of humanity on a perilous journey away from what’s left of the caretakers and Arcadia.

In true Serial Box fashion of trying to cross over many mediums, season 1 of ReMade has also been turned into a podcast available for free on all major podcast platforms (and one week early on TuneIn’s First Play program). The release of the podcast is meant to coincide with season 2. The podcast will release the final episode of season 1 on the same day as episode 1 of season 2 is released on the Serial Box platforms and wherever ebooks are sold.

Team-written by some of today’s most exciting authors, ReMade season 2 is brought to you by Matthew Cody (Super), Andrea Phillips (Revision), Gwenda Bond (Girl on a Wire), E. C. Myers (The Silence of Six), and Amy Rose Capetta (Echo After Echo).

About Seral Box:

A new kind of publishing company for a new age.

While technology has rapidly evolved, the way publishers and writers bring books to readers really hasn't. Storytelling in TV has become more sophisticated and multilayered, podcasts have risen to mainstream media status—but ebooks are just books on digital devices, not easier, more fun, or more social than they were before.

Serial Box is here to change all of that: artfully blending together the best of series television and the convenience of ebooks and audiobooks to bring readers a new form of story telling. Releasing fiction serials over the course of 10-16 week seasons, Serial Box is about delivering addictive episodes straight to the user’s digital device to be read or listened to anytime, anywhere.

Taking a few pages from the world of television, Serial Box hires a team of a talented and award-winning writers to collaborate on each serial, pulling the best ideas to develop great characters and craft a narrative that captivates readers over the course of the season. A new ensemble of writers works on each series, so each will vary in genre and length, but they'll always be entertaining page-turners that keep you wondering what will happen in next week's episode.



FOLLOW THE TOUR

Week One:

11/13/2017- Hooked To Books- Excerpt
11/13/2017- Under the Book Cover- Review
11/14/2017- Texan Girl Reads- Pre Made Post
11/14/2017- BookCrushin- Review
11/15/2017- The Cover Contessa- Excerpt
11/15/2017- Adventures Thru Wonderland- Review
11/16/2017- BookishRealmReviews- Pre Made Post
11/16/2017- Book-Keeping- Review
11/17/2017- YA and Wine- Excerpt
11/17/2017- Mom with a Reading Problem- Review

Week Two:

11/20/2017- Books, Boys, and Blogs!- Review
11/20/2017- Novel Novice- Pre Made Post
11/21/2017- BookHounds YA- Review
11/21/2017- Pooled Ink- Spotlight
11/22/2017- Smada's Book Smack- Spotlight
11/22/2017- Hauntedbybooks13- Review
11/23/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Review
11/23/2017- Twirling Book Princess- Spotlight
11/24/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Excerpt

GIVEAWAY

When Friends Become Lovers: SAVING IT by Monica Murphy, Interview + GIVEAWAY!










Saving It by Monica Murphy
Publication Date:  November 6, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen Crush


Eden: Josh Evans and I have been best friends forever. He knows all my secrets, and I know all of his. So when he randomly asks me to help him lose his virginity, I sort of flip out. That’s a question that sends your mind to places you’ve seriously never considered before. Like, you know. Having sex. With your best friend. Except Josh doesn’t want to have sex with me—he wants me to help him find a girl. A nice girl who’s funny and smart and cute. Except he already knows a girl just like that…


Josh: Eden Sumner is my best friend. So of course she’d be the person to help me find my perfect match, so I can drop my V card before I head off to college. Except the more we search, the more I realize that maybe the right girl has been by my side all along. I don’t need Eden’s help in finding me a girl to love. I’m pretty sure I’m already in love with Eden. But now she thinks I’m only after one thing…with anyone but her.


Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book is what happens when American Pie meets Friends with Benefits. It contains two best friends, plenty of angst, and lots and lots of sex talk. Reading this might have you looking at your best friend in a different light!


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Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Interviews Monica Murphy


1. Saving It Has been described as American Pie meets Friends With Benefits? What inspired you to write this BFF turned lovers romance?

My Entangled editor put out a submission call a few years ago for a story like the movie American Pie. I told her, “I would love to write this,” and never did, because I was so super swamped with deadlines coming out of my ears.

Last year, she put the call out again, saying, “I really, really want this.” And I had the first chapter of Josh and Eden so I sent it to her and she was like, “I’ll take it.” And that’s how SAVING IT was born.

2.  Typically this sort of scenario happens with the female trying to lose her virginity. What made you decide on the male lead instead?

I don’t know, from the moment I considered the idea for this book, I knew the guy was the one who wanted to lose his virginity. In Josh and Eden’s case, she’s willing to wait until it feels right for her to have sex. Where Josh thinks he needs to get rid of it like it’s a burden or something.

3.  I liked how Eden and Josh took their time in figuring out their feelings for one another and I also admired how realistic the portrayal of their first time was. Since you are a romance author of adult titles what makes sex scene between young adults engaging?

I like writing adult romance, it’s how I started out my career and I especially like writing new adult romance still because I love all of those firsts, and the uneasiness and challenges of becoming an adult.

But I need to change it up or I get bored, so I love to write YA romances too! I wasn’t so focused on the actual sex scene between Josh and Eden, though I needed that to come out just right considering it was their first time together, but more the build up to the realization that hey, these two are perfect for each other. That’s what I focused on more than anything.

Writing realistic sex between teens doing it for the first time should include fumbling, awkwardness and a genuine awe of the entire moment because let’s be real—it’s a pretty big moment. And it’s not always perfect either. That’s what I was striving for.

4.  Saving It is a cute romance novel with lots of frustration but an oh so perfect ending. Sweet and addictive with the right amount of humor. You seem to know the genre quite well. Are you considering on writing more of these delightful books?

I definitely want to write more YA books! I am surrounded by my own young adults right now (my two children are teens and all of their friends) and they give me constant inspiration. You wouldn’t believe the things they tell me.

5. And on that note, what are you working on now? And what can you tell us about it?

I have a new book coming out in January. It’s a YA thriller called PRETTY DEAD GIRLS and it’s about a clique of snobby girls, a weird yet hot boy and a serial killer on the loose at a private high school. Can’t wait for people to read it!

6. I’m sure you have loads of fans, what is the best way for them to find out more about you and your books?


And I’m all over social media:





ABOUT THE AUTHOR




Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson. She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere, along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.





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Music, Romance and Fake Girlfriends: WHEN IT'S REAL by Erin Watt Review



2017 was a year of discovery for me. A year in which I went back to listening to my heart, exploring those reads that made my heart race and realizing that romance is they key to my happy place. That being said, I discovered a plethora of authors that I had never read before and one of them was the dynamic duo of Erin Watt. I was introduced to them through their angsty mature YA series, The Royals. Holy cheese on a cracker can these authors pen a story that had me nail biting it completely throughout the entire series while making my toes curl with angsty romance and discovering a whole new crew of memorable characters that I want to see portrayed on the big screen. 

So, when I read that this duo was coming out with a Rockstar-Needs-A-Fake-Girlfriend romance I was like YES! YES! YES!" The premise of this story is about a former rockstar, Oakley Ford who wants to return to the music scene but his public image needs to be revamped  and that's where a Vaughn Bennett comes to the rescue. Doesn't that just tick all the boxes in your perfect read list? I know it did for me and I consumed it in one sitting. 

I must say that the premise for WHEN IT'S REAL had me salivating right from the very beginning and so I delved into this novel with reckless abandon and I was not disappointed. The circumstances for these characters being together were less than ideal but it made the story work. I never questioned the validity of it and was glad that I could follow along and enjoy the story. Oakley and Vaughn had that perfect sparring chemistry that made me laugh and  it engaged my romance radar enough to keep me waiting in breathless anticipation as to what would happen next between them. Their romance was a slow building on and yes pardon my pun, real. 

Not only did I enjoy this romantic pair and their moments together I also enjoyed the supporting cast of characters and how they all gave the story it's life and unique edge. It was a great bit of book candy, the type of read that has you wholly engaged for a few hours and leave you feeling a bit happier for reading it. It's not to say that you won't be put through the emotional ringer because it wouldn't be an Erin Watt novel if they didn't make you angsty as they are known to do. Just sit back, buckle up and be ready for the romantic rollercoaster ride of the year. 



WHEN IT'S REAL by Erin Watt
Contemporary Romance/YA Mature
May 30, 2017Harlequin Teen

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend.
Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley's team decides it's time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he's settled down.
Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal." Under ordinary circumstances she'd never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn't have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley's team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley's a shallow, self-centered jerk? It's not like they're going to fall for each other in real life…right?


Let's Talk About Sex: SEX, NOT LOVE by Vi Keeland Reveal


We are thrilled to bring you the next standalone novel from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Vi Keeland. SEX, NOT LOVE will release on January 15th, 2018

     
Model: Fabian Castro
Photographer: Rafael Catala
Cover designer: Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative
   

My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards. We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction. I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me. We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number. I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby. Our attraction hadn't dulled one bit. After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home. I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems. Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose? Nothing, I thought. It’s just sex, not love. But you know what they say about the best laid plans…   ADD TO GOODREADS    

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in nineteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six. 


       

Additional Books by Vi Keeland :

Life on Stage Series (2 standalone books)

Beat (Book 2)
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Throb (Book 1)
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MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books) :

Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter Series, Book One)
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Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter Series, Book Two)
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Worth Forgiving (MMA Fighter Series, Book Three)
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The Cole Series (2 book serial) :

Belong to You (Cole Series, Book One)
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Made for You (Cole Series, Book Two)
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Standalone Novels :

Beautiful Mistake
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Egomaniac
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Bossman

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The Baller 
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Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)

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First Thing I See
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Co-Written Novels

Dear Bridget, I Want You

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Mister Moneybags

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Playboy Pilot: 
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Stuck-Up Suit: 
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Cocky Bastard: 
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All Those Who Wander Are Not Lost: WANDERLUST by Lauren Blakely, Cover Reveal


   

Available exclusively in audio for the first six weeks - and through the Audible Romance Package - from #1 New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely comes a breathtaking new romance that will sweep you away!

   
Cover Photography by Rafa Catala with model Christian Balic.
Cover Design by Helen Williams.

About WANDERLUST (Coming 2/6/2018):

They say Paris is always a good idea...

You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can't even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let's not even mention how I'll ever make it through a day at my new office.

Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he's charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me. Soon, I can order a croque monsieur hold the ham, discuss perfume with my co-workers, and barter at the outdoor market. I can also tell the sexy Brit by my side how much I want him to kiss me under the streetlamps.

Except there's a catch - Paris might be all we have.

***

One more assignment before I can take off on my big adventure...

And it's a good farewell gig too since my newest client is a fetching American who loves to explore the cafes and cobbled streets while I teach her the language of love. We fall into a fast and flirty friendship, but Paris has a way of making lovers out of friends, and soon we're spending our nights together too - très risqué. The trouble is, my wanderlust is calling to me, and soon I'll be traveling the globe to fulfill a promise I made long ago.

What could possibly go wrong with falling in love in Paris? Nothing...unless one of you is leaving.

   

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About Lauren Blakely: A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 85 times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In December she'll release THE V CARD, a sinfully sexy standalone romantic comedy co-written with Lili Valente. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter   

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All That Is Married and Bright: A VERY MARRIED CHRISTMAS by Samantha Chase Release Blitz

We are so excited to be bringing you the release blitz for Samantha Chase's A VERY MARRIED CHRISTMAS! This is the perfect romantic read to get you in the holiday spirit - be sure to grab your copy today!

About A VERY MARRIED CHRISTMAS

She’s ready to deck the halls…
But not with wedding decorations.


For the most part, Melanie Harper has made her peace with her negative feelings toward Christmas. Thanks to her fiancé, she’s even learned to enjoy the holiday. But that doesn’t mean she wants to share it with her wedding day!


He’s dreaming of a white Christmas…
Complete with a wedding!


Ever since they first met, Josiah Stone has done his best to show Melanie how magical Christmas can be.   He’s gotten her to participate in parades, decorate trees and even celebrate the holiday, but asking her to marry him on Christmas Eve just might be more than she’s ready for.


Will this be a very Merry or very Married Christmas?


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“What?” she cried.


Josiah knew he was taking a big risk in presenting this to her—after all, Melanie had grown up hating Christmas. Hell, he’d only gotten her to have some good feelings toward the holiday in the last two years! But he knew if she’d just give him a chance, he’d be able to prove to her how a Christmas wedding would be amazing.


Jumping to his feet, he looked down at her shocked expression and did his best to keep his tone light and encouraging.


“Just…hear me out, okay?”


The look on her face said she would, but she certainly wasn’t happy about it.


“What could be better than getting married during such a festive time of the year?” he began but didn’t give her a chance to reply. “Think about it—everything, everywhere is already beautifully decorated. Any place we go won’t require much from us because it will already be decorated! The Poinsettias, Christmas trees, the lights…all that work will be done for us.”


“Josiah…”


“And everyone will be in town already so there won’t be a need for them to make a separate trip.”


“Who’s everyone? My dad is already here; he’s the only family I have and your family doesn’t live that far away. It’s hardly like they’d be making a huge sacrifice to come to town,” she countered.


“But all of our friends will be here too. You know how most people we know tend to travel either before Christmas or after the new year because they love all the festivities here in town Christmas week.”


Melanie let out a small sigh. “Look, I get what you’re saying. I really do. But…you know my feelings on Christmas.”


He immediately sat back down at her side. “And we’ve come such a long way, Mel! When we first met, you hated the holidays and everything about them. But after that first Christmas here, you changed. You saw how it all wasn’t so bad and—admit it—you even enjoyed it.”


She gave him a sour look. “I know that first Christmas was amazing but only because you made it that way for me. You went out of your way to make up for every single crappy Christmas I’d had since I was five!”


“And what about last year?” he prodded.


Another sigh. “You proposed last Christmas so of course that’s going to make for a great memory.”


“So you see…”


“But,” she quickly interrupted, “that doesn’t mean I want to get married during the month of December or anywhere near Christmas!”


He silently admitted to himself that he knew there were going to be some challenges in getting Melanie to see his way of thinking, but he was kind of hopeful that she wouldn’t be quite this hostile toward the idea. How was he supposed to convince her that this could be good for them? Great, even? What could he possibly do to show her how wonderful a Christmas wedding could be?









About SAMANTHA CHASE:

Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt! When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.