[Review] Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief – Rosie Somers [Blog Tour]

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What better way to start off a Monday morning than with a YA blog tour? And, while I will devour many different genres, YA is not only moving to the front but increasing its lead with each amazing new book I read! So let’s talk about this one!

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Most sixteen-year-olds shouldn’t know where museums keep their rarest jewels (the basement) and they really shouldn’t know that vans make the worst getaway cars. But for Marisol Flores, a life of jewel thievery is a birthright handed down from generation to generation, even if she didn’t ask for it. So when a rival thief targets Mari and her mother, Mari’s more than happy to flee to the anonymity of bustling New York City. 

Blending in is a dream come true for Mari, but keeping her former thieving ways a secret gets way more complicated when handsome Will Campbell sets his sights on her. She can’t help but like his terrible puns and charming grin . . . but when her past catches up with her, it’s not only her life – and her anonymity – that’s at stake. 

Will could be the next target.

Doesn’t this book sound amazing? As if that blurb wasn’t enough, we even have a little teaser for you!

When his tongue darts out to wet his lips, I unconsciously mirror the action, and he sucks in a deep breath in response. A little thrill shoots through me at the realization that he’s reacting to me that way because he wants to kiss me. And if I’m honest with myself, I want to kiss him. I can almost feel his lips pressing against mine. Every fiber of my being is caught in his gravitational pull, aching to be near him. 

What can I say, I’m a true romantic at heart 🙂 And that is one reason why I enjoyed this book. Even though I was hoping for a bit more jewel thievery, I loved the romance aspect of it. Will and Mari definitely made a great couple. That being said, I did want to see more of Mari’s jewel-thief life, other than just the botched heist at the beginning where Petrov (the bad guy) finds them and then the blip at the end. The real meat of the story focused on Mari and her mom hiding from Petrov in NYC, trying to have normal lives.

Of course, I loved the ending (no, I’m not going to tell you what it is!) because I thought it wrapped everything up perfectly.

The pacing of this book was spot on, as well. I didn’t notice any lulls and I actually flew through it. I read this in only a couple days (with two small kids, that’s sometimes a challenge) and, especially toward the end, I had a hard time putting it down. The one thing I would like to see, however, is a companion novella that maybe shows what Mari’s life was like before New York? But that’s just my inability to let characters go. I always want more 🙂

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Happy Monday!
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[Book Blitz] The Woodlands Series – Lauren Nicolle Taylor

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“It seems so rare these days to find a dystopian with an original vein in it. The Woodlands succeeds.” -Author Pauline Creeden

“This book was fantastic! Spectacular! It had everything I look for in a book: action, adventure, and even romance!” -Reviewer Jocelyn Sanchez

Do you dare enter the Woodlands? 

As the last livable spot on Earth, it’s the only home Rosa and Joseph have ever known. But now they need to escape, or Rosa will be trapped forever in a horrific government program. A dystopian page-turner with over 750 five-star ratings on Goodreads. The Woodlands Series is perfect for fans of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth, and The Jewel Series by Amy Ewing. 

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Lauren Nicolle Taylor lives in the lush Adelaide Hills. The daughter of a Malaysian nuclear physicist and an Australian scientist, she was expected to follow a science career path, attending Adelaide University and completing a Heath Science degree with Honours in obstetrics and gynaecology.

She then worked in health research for a short time before having her first child. Due to their extensive health issues, Lauren spent her twenties as a full-time mother/carer to her three children. When her family settled down, she turned to writing.

She is a 2014 Kindle Book Awards semi-finalist and a USA Best Book Awards finalist.

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That’s all for now! Hopefully you’ve just found another book to add to your TBR pile! Happy Wednesday!
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[Review] Legacy -Jesikah Sundin

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A sensible young nobleman, Leaf Watson, and his sister, Willow Oak, live a rustic medieval life rich in traditions and chivalry. Sealed inside an experimental biodome since infancy, they have been groomed by The Code to build a sustainable community devoid of Outsider interference. 

They are unwitting pioneers on a path toward confined interplanetary homesteading. 

Life within their walled garden is predictable and peaceful until the unthinkable happens. With his dying breath, Leaf and Willow’s noble father bequeaths a family secret, placing an invisible crown of power on Leaf’s head. Grief-stricken and afraid for their lives, the siblings defy their upbringing by connecting with Fillion Nichols, a punk hacker who, unbeknownst to them, is linked to their lives in shocking ways. Their encounter launches Fillion into a battle with his turbulent past as he urgently decodes the many secrets that bind them together, a necessity for each to survive.

Youth cultures clash when the high technology of the Anime Tech Movement collides with the Middle Ages in a quest for truth, unfolding a story rich in mystery, betrayal and love. 

This book started out with a very medieval/historical fantasy feel to it and then, once you meet Fillion Nichols, it switches to a clearly gamer/dystopian feel. Leaf and his sister, Willow (Oaklee) are so proper, like royalty. And then you switch to Fillion and his world is more reminiscent of our own . . . actually, very eerily similar. His world is one of instant gratification, technology that does everything for you, and where drugs, games and virtual reality have replaced real human interaction and socializing. I guess that’s what fascinates us about dystopians . . . how easily they could be real. I just wasn’t sure how the two worlds were going to fit in the same story. But they do. Really well.

The first half of this book seemed to take forever for me to read because there is so much to absorb. The world-building was amazing. I could envision what Fillion’s world looked like, and even the world inside the biodome. And then, as soon as I hit the halfway point, I couldn’t seem to turn the pages fast enough. If the first half was the uphill part of the roller coaster ride, the second half of the book is definitely the thrilling rush back down to the ground. I loved all the twists and turns in this book. You think you have everything figured out and then, bam! you’re thrown yet another curveball!

There are two characters I have mixed feelings about. First, there’s Fillion. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about him. In the beginning, I really didn’t like him. He was just this angry hacker who hates his life and he was not a positive character at all. And the way he interacts with Leaf and Oaklee just wasn’t to my liking. But . . . I’m not really sure now. He has changed as a character and, with a third of the story being in his perspective, you kind-of get to know him better and he might not be all that bad.

And then there’s Coal. I wasn’t fond of him in the beginning, either. Too pushy. He’s constantly trying to get Oaklee to marry him and it’s just very off-putting. I completely took Oaklee’s side as far as he was concerned. And then, the last maybe 15% of the book, everything flips. Maybe not such a bad character after all. I am definitely interested to see what happens with his character in the second book. I have my theories.

One of the things I really enjoyed was all the extra add-ons at the end of the book. There are translations (because the characters speak in French and Japanese – I think – quite a bit), definitions of the hacker terms and anime references. And then there’s this little jewel if you keep flipping the pages. A music playlist for the book! Very intriguing to see what type of songs the author thought would best fit her book (not to mention, I absolutely love Lindsey Stirling and The Piano Guys so I was thrilled to see them on the list!)

Elements” by Lindsey Stirling
Map of the Problematique” by Muse
The Race” by 30 Seconds to Mars
Numb” by Linkin Park
Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day
Crystallize by Lindsey Stirling
Comfort Zone” by General Fuzz
Fortune Days” by The Glitch Mob
Breakdown” by Seether
Moonlight” by The Piano Guys
Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day
Lying From You” by Linkin Park
Madness” by Muse

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Start the Biodome Chronicles today – head over to Amazon and pick up your copy of Legacy! It’s such an exciting ride – you won’t be disappointed! “Let the revolution begin.”

Happy Wednesday!
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[Review] Cauldron Bubble – Wendy Knight

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I have to say that the only thing I didn’t like about this book was that it came to an end. Biggest plus? Twins for main characters! I did have a hard time deciding who my favorite character was in this book, however. I liked Fate, her spunky attitude and just generally who she is. Also, I read this along with listening to the Audible version (I will review that later), and I really liked how the narrator portrayed Fate.

In the end, I think Destiny came out on top as my favorite character. I related more to her. She’s quieter and usually more down-to-earth than her sister. I loved the way the twins interacted with each other, too . . . in a way that you only see with twins.

This book definitely deserves all five stars! Interested in checking it out? Not only can you find Cauldron Bubble on Amazon, but also it’s sequel (Fire Burn) and conclusion (Toil & Trouble). Why not binge-read them? Once you pick them up, it’s going to be hard to put them down!

Happy Tuesday!

[Author Interview] Melissa Chambers

author interview graphicI am practically bouncing out of my seat with excitement here! This is Ginger Mom’s first author interview (since the blog switch, that is)! And of course, I have gotten myself completely hooked on this amazing woman’s books!

Who am I talking about? Melissa Chambers, author of The Summer Before Forever (you can find my review here) and Falling For Forever (which I just finished reading and will be gushing about very shortly).
Melissa_croppedHow about that interview, huh?

Megan: The first question I always ask (and it’s really my favorite) is have you always wanted to write? And if not, what did you want to be “when you grow up”?
Melissa: I did NOT always know I wanted to write! I guess you can call me a late bloomer. To be honest, I was looking for a passion for a long time. One day I decided to write down a scene I had in my head, and I never stopped! It really is like an addiction.

Megan: Why contemporary YA?
Melissa: Because I never grew up, to be honest! I do read across all genres, and I’ve written several contemporary adult novels, but I always come back to Contemporary YA. There’s something about being a teenager and experiencing first love that is magical in a way that can’t be recreated in adult novels. I just like getting to be a teenager again, even if it’s only in my head.

Megan: Of course, authors read, too. So, do you have a favorite author? 
Melissa: Too many to choose! I always say Sophie Kinsella. Her stand-alone novels are my go-to when I need a laugh. I also love anything by Liane Moriarty and Jane Green in adult fiction, and in YA, I love Jenny Han, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Kasie West, and all the Sara(h)’s (Ockler, Dessen, Zarr…).

Megan: Okay, so here I am tweaking the question Jenna asks Miles in Falling For Forever . . . if you were stranded on a deserted island, what three books would you bring with?
Melissa: Oh, man! Okay . . . Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

Megan: If you could branch out into a new genre, which would you most like to try?
Melissa: Women’s fiction, because I love reading it so much. But I’m not sure I’m adult enough for it!

Megan: Okay, last question! Do you have any tips for aspiring authors (like me, someday)?
Melissa: Just start writing! People say to me all the time, “I always wanted to write a book.” I can’t understand why they don’t just do it. I think it seems overwhelming. People think they have to come up with a plot or an outline and it gets too daunting. I think the best thing is to just sit down and start writing . . . see where your story goes. Write the book exactly like you want to write it. Don’t worry about structure and all that the first go around. You can get to all that business later. But for your first draft of your first book . . . just enjoy writing, and I promise you’ll be hooked!

Melissa, thank you so much for doing this interview! I adore your books and can’t wait to read more from the Before Forever Universe (is that the right word? Oh well, we’re going with it!).

You can find Melissa on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and her website! Stop by and say hello!

Until next time (and perpetually searching for the next great book),
Megan

[Review] The Watchers of Eden – T.C. Edge

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First off, I love these covers! What initially attracted me to this book was the cover, then of course the description. I am always looking for new dystopian reads. That being said, this book reminded me a lot of Divergent by Veronica Roth. Not saying that’s a bad thing. And this book wasn’t an exact copy. But the main themes were definitely very similar. Whether the rest of the series is going to follow the Divergent series or not, I don’t know.

As for the book, I really enjoyed the premise. Where there are similarities to Divergent, this book is also very different. The characters follow their own paths and I liked the way it went. I thought it was just a bit slow in the beginning because it’s the first book in this new dystopian world. So, naturally, a lot of ground had to be laid. I won’t say it was boring. I didn’t struggle through this book at all. 396 pages seemed to fly by like nothing. And it definitely satisfied my dystopian craving.

The characters worked really well together. I felt like there was a good balance between them. Relationships came naturally. They didn’t seem forced. They weren’t always good relationships but they all seemed to make sense. In that part, I really liked the idea of the Pairing (each School Leaver being paired – basically an arranged marriage – with another School Leaver). That part, of course, reminded me of Matched by Ally Condie.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. If you’re looking for a great dystopian read, I would definitely recommend it. I’m intrigued to see where the series leads. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, check it out on Amazon! I’m off to start book 2!

[Review] The Summer Before Forever – Melissa Chambers

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Last summer, I got to review this book for a tour. On July 3rd, the second book of this series is coming out so, I thought we would share this review again.

I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it when they first started getting into the romance part because, well, they’re going to be brother and sister by the end of the book. Not blood related but still. So I found myself reading along, intrigued to see how the author was going to solve that problem. And along the way, I fell for Landon, too. He’s sweet and considerate and he stands up for Chloe, protecting her not only like a brother but also like a really amazing boyfriend. The more the book went on and I expected to be weirded out, I really wasn’t. And Chloe! She’s this shy girl in the beginning. She’s been through some rough stuff and so her best friend, Jenna (not my favorite character but a pretty loyal best friend), comes up with this bucket list of things for Chloe to do to build up her confidence. So you get to watch shy Chloe, who’s never really been in love before, go through these amazing changes as she works to be a stronger person. And it was a great love story, too. Definitely a great summery read!

If you’re waiting for Falling For Forever (Jenna’s story), which releases on July 3rd (just in time for the Fourth of July holiday!), head on over to Amazon and grab a copy of The Summer Before Forever so you’re ready to go for book 2! You won’t be disappointed!

Happy Thursday 🙂
-Megan