April 24, 2015

The Remedy Blog Tour Stop + Giveaway!

About the Author

Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order.

Suzanne is the author of THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT, THE REMEDY, and HOTEL RUBY. She was also on an episode of House Hunters where she talked about her love of grass and trees (while living in the desert).

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About the Book

Can one girl take on so many identities without losing her own? Find out in this riveting companion to The Program and the New York Times bestselling The Treatment.

In a world before The Program.

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill she can become anyone.

Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She's not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can't get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she's portrayed. When she's given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl's boyfriend. But that's only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina's death. And the epidemic it could start.

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☆ Mindy's Review ☆

My rating

THE REMEDY is a prequel to Suzanne Young’s bestselling duology THE PROGRAM and THE TREATMENT. To me, THE REMEDY is more like a spin-off. It takes place in the same setting, but with different characters and a little bit of a twist to the story elements.

Story Elements

THE PROGRAM duology is a dystopian genre but in an urban setting. In the series, the government has discovered what they think is a solution to a teen suicide epidemic. This solution involves closely monitoring every teen’s behavior to see if they exhibit any signs they may be depressed. If they do, they are forced into The Program which is designed to prevent teen suicide.

THE REMEDY takes place in this same urban setting, but there is another system in place that can help people through their grief while they deal with the death of a loved one. Quinlan (protagonist) is what they call a closer. Closers are hired to act the role of a loved one that has died, and it’s the closer’s job to help the grieving family find closure.

Writing style

Suzanne Young is an extremely compelling writer. While reading her stories, I feel that her writing easily keeps me engaged in the story, and she continuously keeps the story progressing so you feel the desire to keep reading. She’s absolutely marvelous at character development; I wouldn’t be surprised if she has a degree in psychology. Suzanne is amazing at being able to connect me to each character’s first person POV, and she has me completely understanding their actions. She also does really well at building the side characters and helping me understand their actions and motivations.

CharactersNote: I wrote the majority of these character traits before I had finished THE REMEDY because I didn’t want the ending of the story to influence my opinion about a character and to avoid anything that might be spoilery.

Part of what makes this story so interesting is trying to learn Quinlan’s true character traits even while seeing from her “closer” point of view. She has played the role of other people so many times that she seems to keep losing herself in the roles she plays. My heart breaks for this character. It’s interesting how deeply she would mentally get into these roles. She even went as far as mentally putting herself in each deceased person’s role by presenting the deceased girl’s family and friends as “my sister, my brother, my mother, my father, my friend or my boyfriend.” While playing these roles, Quinlan experiences what it feels like to be loved by other people. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have anyone in her own personal life who shows they care and love for her, so she’s only getting that affection through these false roles.

Deacon is Quinlan’s ex that she is regularly on and off with. She finds him to be the one person she can be most comfortable with, but he tends to break her heart pretty frequently so they have decided to just be friends. Even though he seems a little like a DB, I actually really like the guy.

When Quinlan plays the role of Catalina, there are several new characters introduced into the story and it’s interesting to follow how these new characters react to this girl playing the role of Catalina.

Final thought

This book was flipping FANTASTIC! While reading, I was feeling extremely scared that I knew the direction this story was headed, and I didn’t like where I thought it was heading. Surprisingly, I was completely wrong! Nearing the end, something extremely insane happened, and it had me really freaked out! Then, shortly thereafter, there was a major curve ball thrown in and I was utterly shocked! I’m extremely thrilled that Suzanne Young introduced us to this freaky premise to her insane series. I loved it! This morning I checked online to see if the storyline developed from The Remedy was going to continue, but I couldn’t find anything . . . and I really hope that I get a chance to read more about what happens in that storyline!

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1 winner will receive a signed set of The Program, The Treatment, and The Remedy.
1 winner will receive a signed ARC of Hotel Ruby.

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☆ The Tour ☆

Week One:
4/13/2015- Once Upon a Twilight- Interview
4/14/2015- Books and Swoons- Review
4/15/2015- Fictitious Delicious- Guest Post
4/16/2015- My Reading Room- Review
4/17/2015- Fiktshun- Interview

Week Two:
4/20/2015- Me, My Shelf and I- Review
4/21/2015- Bad Bird Reads- Guest Post
4/22/2015- Novel Novice- Review
4/23/2015- Adventures of a Book Junkie- Interview
4/24/2015-Magical Urban Fantasy Reads-Review

April 21, 2015

Hunted Blog Tour Stop + Giveaway!

About the Authors

Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.

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About the Book

It’s been three months since the revolt against the Commander’s fifty-year-old regime failed.

Under a new ruler, things were supposed to change. Get better.

Now, Wilson is in charge. But, can he really be trusted? Can anyone?

Lexi and Cole soon find out, as life takes an unexpected turn for the worse.

In this ever-changing world, you must hunt or be hunted.

Many more lives will be lost.

Many more dreams will be crushed.

Many more fears will be realized.

When Cole is once again faced with losing Lexi at the hands of a monster, one capture will change everything.


HUNTED is the electrifying sequel to the bestselling debut BRANDED, A Sinners Series, by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki.

What readers are saying about BRANDED…

"Branded was a riveting and exciting dystopian read that will have you at the edge of your seat. I could not put it down and was entranced by this dark and unique world!" -Ben Alderson, Booktuber at BenjaminofTomes

"Fast paced and fun, BRANDED has something everyone will love. Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki have created a unique dystopian romance that's sure to stand out in today's market!" -Lindsay Cummings, Author of The Murder Complex

"Branded is a fast paced, heart pounding and swoon worthy read that will make you fall in love with this dark and twisted world." -Sasha Alsberg, Booktuber at ABookUtopia

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Top 10 literary heroes and villains and why

Hazel, from TFIOS. She was a strong character and very relatable. Hazel was able to make the most of her life, even when dealing with a terminal illness.

Katniss, from THG. She protected her sister and volunteered to take her place in the games. She not only survived, but she played the games in a way no one had done before. She was smart and caring. She never wanted to kill anyone, and each death she was responsible for she felt guilty about it.

President Snow, from THG. Manipulative, smart, fearful and truly believed that his system with the 12 districts was the only way of living.

Gus, from TFIOS. He made us laugh constantly and you couldn’t help but love him.

Claire, from Outlander. At first she’s a hard character to like, but as the story goes on you grow to love her as she grows and changes.

Jamie, from Outlander. The most amazing man to ever walk Scotland. Not only is he sexy, he’s brace, honorable and loyal to his family. He’s protective of Claire; yet he’s so tender and loving at the same time. He takes his marriage vows seriously and how can you not admire a man like that.

Eddard Stark from The Game of Thrones. He was loyal and remained that way, even when death knocked on his door.

Susan Dobson Chilmark from The Last Silk Dress. In the beginning of the book, she’s young and na├»ve, but as the story progresses she is forced to make tough decisions. It is great to see her character mature and become solid.

Liesel from The Book Thief. Young but mature beyond her years, she is willing to sacrifice her safety to save books from being burned in Nazi occupied Germany. A true hero!

A great villain is the Prophet in Station Eleven. Slightly “off his rocker” with skewed beliefs on religion, family, and past history, he’s willing to stalk the main female character over a long distance. I don’t think there’s anything much creepier than that.

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☆ The Tour ☆

4/20/2015- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post
4/20/2015- A Reader’s Legacy- Video Review
4/21/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads- Guest Post
4/22/2015- Reading Teen- Review
4/23/2015- Novels on The Run- Review
4/24/2015- A Life Bound By Books- Interview
4/24/2015- Mollie The Reader- Review
4/25/2015- Tales of A Ravenous Reader- Interview
4/26/2015- Good Choice Reading- Guest Post
4/27/2015- Chapter by Chapter- Interview
4/27/2015- Addicted Readers- Review
4/28/2015- Benjaminoftomes- Launch Day Live Show
4/28/2015- Page Turners- Interview
4/29/2015- Once Upon A Twilight- Guest Post
4/30/2015- Mundie Moms- Review
5/1/2015- Paranormal Book Club- Interview

March 6, 2015

When My Heart Was Wicked Blog Tour Stop + Giveaway!

About the Author

I am a writer. I am also a mother, daughter, wife, sometimes crafter, and voracious reader. I'm outdoorsy and kind of shy. As a child, I was kicked out of girlscouts. I love cheese and bread. I love Anthopologie and Mary Margaret's apartment in Once Upon a Time. I'm a sloppy dogloving person, but I admire the sleek cool of cats. My favorite writers include Alice Hoffman, Janet Fitch, Donna Tarte, and Aimee Bender. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were also good.

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About the Book

"I used to be one of those girls. The kind who loved to deliver bad news. When I colored my hair, I imagined it seeping into my scalp, black dye pooling into my veins.

But that was the old Lacy. Now, when I cast spells, they are always for good."

16-year-old Lacy believes that magic and science can work side by side. She's a botanist who knows how to harness the healing power of plants. So when her father dies, Lacy tries to stay with her step-mother in Chico, where her magic is good and healing. She fears the darkness that her real mother, Cheyenne, brings out, stripping away everything that is light and kind.

Yet Cheyenne never stays away for long. Beautiful, bewitching, unstable Cheyenne who will stop at nothing, not even black magic, to keep control of her daughter's heart. She forces Lacy to accompany her to Sacramento, and before long, the "old" Lacy starts to resurface.

But when Lacy survives a traumatic encounter, she finds herself faced with a choice. Will she use her powers to exact revenge and spiral into the darkness forever? Or will she find the strength to embrace the light?

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Favorite YA books and why!

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson —this was the first book I read when my writer’s group told me I was writing YA. (I actually hadn’t realized it before they told me, even though all the main characters in my long pieces have been teens.) I was struck by the honest language, the humor amidst the tragedy, and the story itself. Just beautiful.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson —grittier than Speak, in a way I love. Some of the best writing I can think of.

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger —always a classic. Funny, touching, and absolutely fascinating.

Green Witch by Alice Hoffman —just so gorgeously written.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart —I don’t know what it was about this book, but I finished it and immediately flipped back to the beginning and started over. I wasn’t yet ready to leave this world of mystery and young love, privileged kids with holes in their stories, secrets and sarcasm. Ooh, now I want to read it again!

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini —clever and honest, a really good read.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak —one of the best books I’ve ever read in any genre. The characters are unforgettable. The narrator, Death, spins a tale of beauty and friendship during a time of absolute horror.

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5 Finished Copies of WHEN MY HEART WAS WICKED. US Only

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☆ The Tour ☆

Week One:
2/23/2015- Moonlight Gleam Reviews- Review
2/24/2015- Novel Ink- Review
2/25/2015- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Interview
2/26/2015- Bookish- Interview
2/27/2015- Once Upon a Twilight- Review

Week Two:
3/2/2015- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post
3/3/2015- MEReadALot- Review
3/4/2015- Paranormal Book Club (PBC)- Interview
3/5/2015- Bittersweet Enchantment- Review
3/6/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads - Guest Post

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