Hello, and thank you for stopping by on our tour stop for the RECREATED Blog Tour for Colleen Houck. We are big fans of Colleen's books and when we were asked to host a stop of this tour we were more than excited. RECREATED is the sequel novel to REAWAKENED and if you enjoyed reading it then you will enjoy this most amazing follow up novel and you will only want to read more.  Since RECREATED doesn't come out for a bit we thought that you would appreciated a little excerpt to feed the book love.



From Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Curse, comes Recreated, the second book in the epic Egyptian-inspired Reawakened series, in which a seventeen-year-old must literally go to hell to save the love of her life.
Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.
When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity.
Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering.
For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes. 

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When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.
And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.
But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.
From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.



Recreated Sneak Peek #2




As she sipped her tea and rocked, her twinkling eyes studied me in the dim room. “What’s bothering you, Lilypad?” she asked.

A stream of words crossed my tongue but melted away like chocolate over a flame. “I…it’s hard to talk about,” I said finally.

“Is it your parents? College?”

“No.”

“Ah…it’s a young man then.” I grimaced and then nodded once. “Tell me about him,” she encouraged.

Could I? If anyone would understand or believe me, it would be her. Anubis hadn’t said I couldn’t tell anyone. He probably just assumed that no one would accept what I said anyway and it wasn’t like sharing my story could change anything.

“Did he have a strong chin?” she asked, interrupting my thoughts.

“A…a what?” I replied.

“A strong chin. You can always tell a good man by the cut of his chin.”

I couldn’t help it. I laughed. “Nana, what are you talking about?”

“No, I mean it. A weak chinned man is a man you walk away from.” She slashed her hand in front of her as if karate chopping the weak man down.

“Are you sure you aren’t talking about horses or cows?” I teased.

Grandma leaned forward, “Your grandpa, rest his soul, had a rugged chin. He was a strong man. A good one. Never seen the like of him since.”

I folded my arms across my chest and regarded her with a smile. “Is that how you picked him? Based on his chin?”

“Well, there was that and the steamed windows.”

“Steamed windows?”

“Every time we got to kissing we steamed up the windows.”

I choked on my tea and set down the cup. “I did not need to know that about grandpa.”



ABOUT COLLEEN

New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.


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738 DAYS
by Stacey Kade
Published: June 7th 2016
Publisher: Forge Books
Source: Audible
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

At fifteen, Amanda Grace was abducted on her way home from school. 738 days later, she escaped. Her 20/20 interview is what everyone remembers—Amanda describing the room where she was kept, the torn poster of TV heartthrob Chase Henry on the wall. It reminded her of home and gave her the strength to keep fighting.

Now, years later, Amanda is struggling to live normally. Her friends have gone on to college, while she battles PTSD. She’s not getting any better, and she fears that if something doesn’t change soon she never will.

Six years ago, Chase Henry defied astronomical odds, won a coveted role on a new TV show, and was elevated to super-stardom. With it, came drugs, alcohol, arrests, and crazy spending sprees. Now he's sober and a Hollywood pariah, washed up at twenty-four.

To revamp his image, Chase’s publicist comes up with a plan: surprise Amanda Grace with the chance to meet her hero, followed by a visit to the set of Chase’s new movie. The meeting is a disaster, but out of mutual desperation, Amanda and Chase strike a deal. What starts as a simple arrangement, though, rapidly becomes more complicated when they realize they need each other in more ways than one. But when the past resurfaces in a new threat, will they stand together or fall apart?

Our Thoughts

We listened to 738 Days together and basically consumed this 14 hour audiobook in less than two days. Since you all don't need two reviews, we decided that Christy would interview Nancy on her thoughts!

Describe 738 Days in 7 words.

Broken girl, recovering boy, together find love.

Ok, give it to us straight. Why is this book getting rave reviews on Goodreads? 


Not only is 738 days a dark contemporary that supports a fantastic cast of characters that deal with some very tough issues. It also showcases an endearing couple that you respect and admire and that you want to see them succeed in all their endeavors. 

Tell us about the characters, Amanda and Chase. Who would their book besties be?
Amanda is a young woman recovering from an abduction that she endured years ago. Every day is a struggle, a fight to survive, but she is a fierce warrior. Amanda has decided that she no longer wants to be a victim and she takes her life back. Chase is an actor, once famous and untouchable. Then his guilt and addiction got the better of him and he fell from grace. On the road to redemption his path intersects with Amanda's and in an odd twist of fate, they become each other's life line's, friends and lovers. Their book besties would be Nastya and Josh from The Sea of Tranquility.

*Side note: The Sea of Tranquility made Nancy's top 10 best books she read, top 10 best book boyfriends, and top 10 books that made her ugly cry in 2014. So, there you go.

738 Days features pretty heavy subjects - child abduction and sexual assault. How did the author portray the abduction and Amanda's journey after?

I think Stacey Kade did a fantastic job of portraying Amanda and her abduction and her recovery. It was a fine line that she danced on providing enough pertinent information without making the story too dark and oppressing. I liked how we got to see how her abduction and recovery affected her entire family and in very different ways. I was able to find understanding in all their perspectives but what I liked most is that Amanda was a work in progress and trust she continued with therapy and was willing to move forward and make that change in her life. She had an increased support system.

What do you think the author was trying to convey through the story? Was she successful?

I think Stacey Kade was trying to write a story about redemption and self forgiveness and that with love all things are possible.

Finish this sentence:

If you liked The Sea of Tranquility, you'll love 738 Days.

THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO UNREQUITED LOVE 
by 
Published: June 14th 2016
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Purchased (Thanks, Cole, for the awesome bday present)
Rating: ♥♥♥♥

John Hughes meets Comic Con in this hilarious, unabashedly romantic, coming-of-age novel about a teenager who is trying to get his best friend to fall in love with him from the author ofThree Day Summer.

Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy...
Archie and Veronica...
Althena and Noth...
...Graham and Roxy?

Graham met his best friend, Roxana, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago, and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since.

But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever—moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books.

When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Chronicles of Althena, is making a rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be...even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones.


My Thoughts:

SDCC is in full swing this weekend and The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love is a love letter to all things con! As someone who attends many many cons and met their husband at a con(cert but let's be real, a music festival is basically a con for music lovers), this book stole my heart the way one steals glances at their favorite celebrities walking through the crowd. 


Every geek has a price...

Our two main characters are Graham and Roxy, two high school juniors who are self described "all-arounders" aka nerds that are equally into comics, books, movies, video games, and tv. They're both invested in their academics and their nerdy extracurriculars, which includes writing/inking a comic together. Graham is a redheaded stepchild (no, really, he lost his mom and his dad has remarried. His stepfamily is lovely, though, and everyone respects each other! He's also literally a redhead.) and Roxy is his BFF who is originally from Iran and helped him through the loss of his mom. Both characters are easily likable and stay that way through the book, as do all of the supporting characters (parents, friends, and others along the way). He's in love with her, she's in love with inking (that's part of the comic book process, for those of you who are new to comics), and together they're in love with John Hughes movies, a canceled comic series from the 90s (The Chronicles of Althena), and New York Comic Con (NYCC), which is where most of the book takes place.

Sarvenaz created a teen rom-com set within the boundaries of the NYCC, a four day con focused on fandoms of all sorts. This allows her to explore the characters and their interactions within a familiar setting, designed to enhance the parts about themselves that they most love. This is arguably Graham's "80's movie" story of "will the nerd get the girl?", and the NYCC setting is just too perfect. I'm envisioning the movie now - Is Graham Roxy's Duckie or will be her Blaine? He's doing his best to tell her he loves her, first thwarted by crowds stampeding into a ticketed event (where he had planned to get Roxy tickets to see a long hermited writer of Althena), then by the suave (and also geeky) Devin who begins to tag along and catches Roxy's eye, and then again by some bad karaoke that turns a bad day into the worst night. Graham is not easily discouraged and continues his plight throughout the book. While exploring the world of cons and fandoms, Sarvenaz also explores how a friendship could develop into a romance, and why that might be a bad idea. Or a good idea. Or maybe just an idea period. 

This book is filled with quotable lines and passages that make you want to tab or highlight them. Anyone who has done a con the "hard core" way (waiting overnight for a panel, being the ticket RIGHT AFTER the last one is given out, or wearing an obscure costume and being thrilled when someone recognizes you) will appreciate the things that happen in the story. If I had to describe the experience, it is definitely relatable. I'm a fan of contemporaries set in familiar situations (much as You Know Me Well is set during Pride Week), so this appealed to me even more. All in all, this is an adorable homage to 80s rom-coms, fandoms, and fans of anything and everything adorable. 

Nancy and I also wanted to share with you some of our favorite geeky reads to kick off SDCC weekend.

Geek Reads to Get Your Con On by Slidely Photo Gallery


I encourage you to add this to your TBR and tell us in the comments what your favorite geeky reads are!


DID YOU GUYS SEE THE NEWS! How exciting for Victoria! Visit our review here and check out the full release below.

From Hollywood Reporter

The novel — set in a dark dystopian urban world where monsters are real — debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times' YA best-seller list.

Sony Pictures has picked up film rights to the New York Times best-selling YA novel This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.

The book is a dark urban fantasy set in a city so overrun with crime and violence that the violence has begun to breed actual monsters who feed on people. Leads Kate and August come from opposite sides — Kate's father extorts the innocent for protection from the monsters, August's father tries to protect the innocent. After a failed assassination attempt, the pair are thrown together and must flee for their lives, whereupon Kate discovers August’s secret: He’s a monster, and a powerful one who can steal souls with a song.

Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell of Safe House Pictures will produce, along with Palak Patel and Aimee Rivera, who will oversee for Sony.

This Savage Song, which published July 5 on the HarperCollins imprint Greenwillow, debuted at No. 1 on theNew York Times YA best-seller list. The story has been described as in the vein of Maggie Stiefvater and Lani Taylor's work. A sequel, Our Dark Duet, is scheduled for summer 2017.

Schwab also is the author of YA novels The Near Witch and The Archived and adult fantasy series A Darker Shade of Magic.

Schwab is repped by CAA and Holly Root of Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.

A SEASON FOR FIREFLIES
by Rebecca Maizel
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: June 28th 2016
Source: Publisher
Rating: ♥♥♥


A year ago, Penny Berne was the star of her high school’s theater department, surrounded by a group of misfit friends and falling in love for the first time. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, her new best friend is the most popular girl in school, and her first love, Wes, ignores her. Penny is revered and hated. Then, in a flash, a near-fatal lightning strike leaves Penny with no memory of the past year—or how she went from drama nerd to queen bee.

As a record number of fireflies light up her town and her life, Penny realizes she may be able to make things right again—and that even if she can’t change the past, she can learn to see the magic where she never could before.

This captivating new novel about first love, second chances, and the power of memory is perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall and Katie Cotugno’s How to Love.

My Thoughts: 

I picked up A Season for Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel because I am always a fan of second chances. It's that tiny bit of me that craves that "do-over" moment that I wish I could change but since I cannot I get to enjoy it in this book. 

As the book began I got to know Penny Berne and her group of friends. It was all kinds of drama geek fun, with a potential romance that was sweet. Penny seemed to enjoy school and her friends, then as her home life came into focus it was clear that she had a parent that had a very serious problem. Yet, instead of talking to her friends and confiding to them about her family she decides to shun them out, deserting them when they needed her most, and begins a new friendship that blossoms from an unexpected encounter. 

Then begins the second phase of Penny Berne of which I found interesting but tried to understand. She is now popular and well liked by the cool kids and hated by her old friends but she is ok with that.  At least that is what we are lead to believe until a near fatal event causes her to forget the past year of her life (new BFF and all) and all she can remember is her old friends before she deserted them. Now, she can't understand why none of her old friends are coming to visit and while she has another friend that she never talked to before. It's all too confusing and she cannot fathom what has happened in the past year but she is determined to fix it and this is when things get really interesting.

I must say that I was most intrigued about this second chance challenge that Penny faced. Especially since she could not seem to remember anything leading up to the events that created the rift, but I was glad to witness that she was brave enough to talk to those people that she cared about and was willing to make an effort and mend those broken friendships. It takes guts to be that better person especially when you are the douche wagon that created the situation to begin with. This is what I liked most about this book, Penny was a regular girl facing a difficult situation and she made some decisions that totally bombed but that I could understand. It was good to see Penny evolve and become a better human, to recognize that she was a good person and that it was ok to let people into her life and not remain a closed book. Better to let others read your pages then keep you on the shelf.

What I did have a bit of an issue was the issue with her mother and her addiction. I really disliked how her mother would blame her for her falls off the wagon but how those hurtful statements weren't better addressed. Why did her mom feel that way? Where did that come from? and why didn't her dad do more to help? These were all questions that came and went without ever being answered and I felt that if they were brought to light then there would be some resolution or at least an effort to find out the why of things? Another issue for me was the new BFF that seemed to get pushed to the side as Penny valiantly tried to win her old friendships back. I felt better about it towards the end but I felt so sorry for her that it was almost painful at times to read. That person did nothing but be a friend

To round it all out. I liked the idea of the book like I said I am a fan of second chances and I like how things eventually turned out. There is a moral to the story. Hold your friends close and be truthful with them. If they love you it won't matter what is going on they will always have your back. Remember that. 
 

 
 

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

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Books Inc. in San Francisco
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Kepler's in Menlo Park

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