Cover Reveal: Corruption by Taylor Hondos

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Hi, bookworms! Today I’m coming out of my hiatus – that was unannounced, I know – to do a cover reveal for one of my favorite ladies on Twitter. Not only is she an author, but she’s one of the first that I met on Twitter and she’s such a sweet friend, 🙂

Taylor is releasing her final installment of the Antidote trilogy, and she reached out to me to do a cover reveal. Of course I want to support Taylor in any way I can! I am absolutely in love with this cover! I’ve loved all of the covers in the series, but there’s something about this one!

I’m super stoked about reading Corruption, too. I’ve read the entire series so far, and I’ve been anticipating the conclusion. With that said – read on for more information about Corruption, and the Antidote trilogy. Then read an excerpt, 😀


About the Book


Title: Corruption
Series: Antidote, #3
Author: Taylor Hondos
Pub. Date: August 2017

Description:

A last hope; lost. A girl with all the answers; destroyed. An antidote hidden from the world. An army of robots.

The epic showdown is finally here. Dr. Ravana and his army of robots are planning to wipe out the entire world for their own gain; Lena included. No one appears to be who they seem to be, and lines are blurring between good and evil.

Holland and Jared stand alone in attempting to save the word, but Jared can’t let go of Lena, the love of his life. The only thing they know for sure is that they will take back their world, once and for all.


About the Antidote trilogy

Antidote (book #1)

Life sucks, and then you rot. No one knows how Dermadecatis is contracted, but its existence has changed everything for 18-year-old Lena, in this riveting debut from Taylor Hondos.

No contact with other people.

Masks must be worn in public at all times.

Four months ago men, women and children alike began to rot from the inside out, and the world as we know it changed forever. Life goes on, but now everything revolves around the need to survive and find a cure for Dermadecatis, the disease that Lena Alona’s father discovered.

Unfortunately for Lena and everyone else who is desperate to survive, her father’s secrets died when he did.

Prospect (book #2)

She’s back, and stronger than ever before.

Lena lives on and although she can’t remember a thing, she has woken up with powers she could only dream of. Lena has been taken over by Dr. Ravana and received the number one target on her first night in the compound.

And then she saw him and everything changes.

Lena can’t help but fight the connection she feels for Jared. Jared attempts to unlock the truth of the cure while attempting to help Lena remember the past.

If only Lena doesn’t have to kill him first.


About the Author

Taylor Hondos obtained an English degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2017. In high school, she began writing “Antidote” and finished writing it by the end of her freshman year of college. “Corruption” is the third and final book in the Antidote trilogy. She plans to release many books in 2018. She lives with her family and adorable Miniature Schnauzer in North Carolina.

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The Excerpt

THERE WAS NO one around for miles; a desolate place where there were no survivors. I landed with a thud, and looked around to see if anyone heard. I squinted my eyes trying to grasp an image in the dark. Finally as my eyes adjusted, I could see him. His eyes watched me from afar. I waited. When I saw he wasn’t moving an inch from his place, I sighed deeply. He is going to make me walk the whole way to him, I thought anxiously.

I trudged forward slowly, milking it. Each clunk underneath me felt like a hammer slamming down on my back. Ha, Going to make you wait for me. If he wanted me to walk this whole way, then he was going to wait up on me.

She was heavy in my arms. Dead weight. Her eyes were closed and her mouth was slightly ajar. The rotting on her forehead was disgusting, and I wondered how Jared ever got so close to her. Her head slumped over to the side. I held her as best as I could until I reached him.

“I see you brought the girl with you.” He spoke through the silence. He turned away from me and began walking in the other direction. I rolled my eyes. Seriously? Do I have to carry her the whole damn way? I should throw her on the ground; maybe then he would pick her up.

“How’d you pull that off?” he said calmly. I smirked, but it was followed by a grunt as I tripped over my own feet. Idiot.

Excerpt: The Exo Project by Andrew DeYoung

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Hello, bookworms! I was lucky enough to read The Exo Project earlier in the year and it’s such a great book. You can read my review that I posted awhile back. I wanted to do some type of spotlight on the book closer to release date, so I jumped at the opportunity to do an excerpt! 🙂 Read about the book, a little about Andrew, and the excerpt for The Exo Project. And be sure to check out Andrew’s website for a Q&A!


About the Book


Title: The Exo Project
Author: Andrew DeYoung
Pub. Date: April 2017
Pages: 455
Format: Hardcover/Kindle

Description:

On a future, dying Earth, seventeen-year-old Matthew has a choice: live out his days on a doomed planet or leave his family forever to join the Exo Project and journey one hundred years into space to find a new home for humankind.

One hundred light-years away, a teenage girl named Kiva is preparing to lead her people. But she is troubled by a vision of a ship hurtling through space, bringing a strange boy who seems to see her, too.

When they finally meet, Matthew and Kiva discover an emotional connection that neither expected, a connection both powerful and dangerous. Now each must make an impossible decision: Stay loyal to the bonds that tie them together, but risk the loss of their communities. Or protect their own worlds at all costs—even at the expense of each other.


About Andrew DeYoung

Andrew DeYoung is a writer and editor who has dreamed of being an author ever since his ninth-grade English teacher made him write down his biggest life goal for a class assignment. He studied literature in college and graduate school, writing a thesis on the history of Victorian detective fiction before making the jump from academia to publishing. These days, he lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he edits children’s books and lives with his wife, daughter, and a feline companion named June Carter Cat. Andrew’s taste in science fiction leans more Star Trek than Star Wars—though only barely. The Exo Project is his debut novel.

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The Excerpt

Matthew

They called it the Exo Project.

It had been almost a year ago now that the announcement had come in over the web. Matthew had been sitting in his bedroom at the time, doing homework and wondering what to make for dinner for himself and his little sister, when his tablet buzzed with an incoming transmission.

Matthew glanced at it. A blue crest flickered onto the screen: the logo of OmniCore, the global Earth government. Matthew snatched the tablet from the desktop, his back going straight.

An official announcement. Everybody on the planet was probably watching it.

There was a silent moment—then the OmniCore logo faded from the screen, replaced by an image of the sun burning hot in the sky. The music in the background was ominous, threatening. Over the music came a man’s voice.

“Earth is dying,” the voice said, “burning up. Crops are failing, fresh water is becoming harder to find, and the future of the human race is at risk.”

The camera panned down from the sun to a vast desert. Antlike humans staggered across the dunes in radiation suits.

“But there’s a new hope for humanity: The Exo Project.”

The screen filled with images of scientists hunched over lab tables, engineers drawing up 3-D blueprints with their fingertips in holographic computer environments, half-constructed spaceships in hangars, surrounded by scaffolding and showers of sparks.

“Exoplanets are worlds outside our solar system, and scientists have identified thousands of them that might sustain life. Now, with new innovations in cryogenics and lightspeed travel, these planets are within our reach, ready to be explored. There’s just one thing missing. You.”

Now the music swelled, and the next image that came on the screen was a close-up of a person’s face: a young woman looking off-camera, hopeful and determined, the faintest trace of a smile on her lips. Slowly, the camera pulled back to reveal that she was marching across a flat expanse of concrete, carrying an OmniCore flag that flapped in the wind above her head. She wasn’t alone. One by one, other people joined her, men and women of all ages, races, and ethnicities, smiling and nodding to each other as they came to march at her shoulder. Soon, the camera had pulled back far enough to reveal hundreds of people, maybe thousands, and the image panned around to reveal what they were marching toward: a spaceport with thousands of ships lined up on the tarmac.

“The Exo Project is seeking volunteers now. The future of the human race lies in your hands.”

And with that, the announcement was over. The tablet screen blinked back to the normal view. In the lower left-hand corner, Matthew saw that he had a new message. He tapped it open with his fingertip. It was a message from the Exo Project. It must have come through with the announcement. Matthew scrolled past a photograph of a young man gazing boldly toward the skies, past the banner commanding him to “Sign Up Now!”, and squinted at the fine print at the bottom of the message.

Exo Project participants will be chosen by lottery, Matthew read. The volunteers selected for participation will be cryogenically frozen for the lightspeed expedition. There is no means of return to Earth. Participants who find habitable planets will be refrozen until the first settlers arrive. Those who do not will take mission-termination pills.

Matthew’s skin felt cold. He wasn’t certain what “mission termination pills” referred to, but he had an idea.

The Exo Project was a suicide mission.

Then Matthew’s eyes fell on the last line of the fine print.

The families of Exo Project participants will receive a reward of one million units.

Matthew’s stomach dropped.

He had to volunteer. He had to put his name in the lottery.

So he did. And months later, Matthew learned that he’d been chosen randomly from millions of applicants to be part of the Exo Project.

He was going. He was leaving Earth, never to return.

Kiva

Kiva went out from the village to watch the Great Mother set in a blaze of red on the horizon, then wait for the Three Sisters to blink on in the night sky. This was her tradition, her private ritual. She allowed no one to see her, no one to follow her as she slipped away from her father’s hut on the edge of the village. As she came over the rise, a lip of rock separating the village from the surrounding plain, she paused to watch the wind ripple over the grass, a sudden tessellation of lines dancing in shifting patterns across the prairie before disappearing once more as the air went still. She walked down into the low, flat expanse, her fingers trailing in the purple and brown grasses, clutching at the tips. She lay down in her favorite spot, against the cleft swell of a small hillock, and waited.

Waited for the time that was neither night nor day. A thin cusp between the light and the darkness.

This was her favorite time—a secret she kept with herself. It was hers and hers alone.

As the Great Mother inched toward the horizon, Kiva felt the stirrings of something she couldn’t quite name welling up inside her. It began in the back of her mind as a sort of itch, a tickle, the ghost of something she once knew but had long since forgotten. Then it—whatever it was—began to gain strength, like a light breeze growing to a mighty wind. Slowly, an image began to take shape in her mind: a blue orb, cloud-dappled, suspended in deep blackness.

And then, at the moment that the last red-rimmed sliver of sun fell below the curve of the planet Gle’ah, a sharp agony seized Kiva at the root of her torso. Her body convulsed with the force of the pain; her stomach and back clenched tight, and her heels ground deep into the grass.

Kiva’s eyes clamped shut as, above, the Three Sisters—the moons of Gle’ah—began to glow in the darkening sky. In the far distance, Vale and Dalia, the Twins, had entered into the part of their orbit where they appeared to dance together, their two white orbs seeming to merge into a single elongated mass. Ao, the third moon of Gle’ah, passed by on a closer orbit, near enough to the planet that, had her eyes been open, Kiva could have traced the moon’s path with her finger as it spun across the sky.

As it was, Kiva merely felt her hair float next to her ears in the pull of Ao’s gravity as the moon passed overhead—and when the pale white sphere was directly above her, nearly lifting her entire body off the ground, the pain sharpened to an agonizing point in her chest as images fluoresced on her eyelids.

An explosion of light and fire.

A sea of stars elongating and whizzing past in the blackness.

A huge bird made of polished stone, coming through the clouds to land on the prairie.

And three dark silhouettes standing shoulder to shoulder on the horizon.

Then the moon spun on, releasing Kiva’s body from its grip.

The strands of her hair fell and pooled again on the ground. When Ao had disappeared over the horizon, the images on Kiva’s eyelids faded, and the pain loosed its hold on her body. Her eyes snapped open, her lungs gasping for air. In the now-dark sky, the Twins went wobbly in her vision as tears brimmed at the edges of her eyes. She blinked away a single tear; it ran down her cheek and dripped in her ear.

Strangers.

The word came to her unbidden.

They’re coming.

RoseBlood Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

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Hello, bookworms! I am beyond excited for RoseBlood by A.G. Howard. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy and pre-ordered a copy almost immediately because I loved it so much! If you haven’t heard about RoseBlood yet – no worries! That’s what I’m here for!  🙂 It’s a Phantom of the Opera inspired re-telling, but just keep reading for more information!

This blitz includes a giveaway for a signed RoseBlood poster and a mask courtesy of A.G. and Rockstar Book Tours. For a chance to win, be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post!


About the Book


Title: RoseBlood
Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: January 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover/Paperback/eBook
Find: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

Book Trailer


About A.G. Howard

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

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The Giveaway

One (1) winner will receive a signed RoseBlood poster and mask. US only. Ends on January 17, 2017.

Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway to enter, and good luck! 🙂

Cover Reveal: One Wish Away by Ingrid Seymour

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Hi, bookworms! Today I bring to you a cover reveal for one of my favorite new authors, Ingrid Seymour. I have read all of her young adult books – she has written a few romance novels, also – so it goes without saying that I love promoting Ingrid in any way I can,  🙂

I absolutely loved the Ignite the Shadows series, and has become one of my favorite series, and the Morphid Chronicles was just as good. While waiting for the third books in both of those series, there’s a new series to fall in love with!


About the Book


Title: One Wish Away
Series: Djinn Empire, #1
Author: Ingrid Seymour
Pub. Date: February 2017

Description:

Can one love destroy the world?

Marielle Iris used to believe her grandpa when he said she’d inherit his wish-granting Djinn.

That was a while ago, though, when she was little, naïve and happy. Now she believes in completely different things like lousy ex-boyfriends, dead mothers, and alcoholic fathers who abandon you.

But everything changes when Grandpa dies and her mourning tears conjure Faris Nasser, a sensual creature she’s been warned never to trust. She’s desperate to dismiss the fiend but agonizes over the right wishes. Meanwhile, he tries to prolong his freedom by seducing her with his magic and sexy looks. However, she knows better than to trust romantic advances, much less from arrogant mythical beings. What she doesn’t know is that she’s become part of a mortal conflict between two spell-bound Djinn, each seeking to regain freedom by breaking their curse. Though Zet, Faris’s Djinn brother, also wants revenge, which involves killing Marielle.

Determined to stay alive, she devises a plan to defeat Zet. But when Zet kidnaps her best friend, she’s faced with the difficult choice: save Faris from eternal imprisonment or save her best friend from certain death.


About the Author

Ingrid Seymour is the author of the Ignite The Shadows and Morphid Chronicles series. When she’s not writing books, she spends her time working as a software engineer, cooking exotic recipes, hanging out with her family and working out. She writes young adult and new adult fiction in a variety of genres, including sci-fi, urban fantasy, romance, paranormal and horror.

Her favorite outings involve a trip to the library or bookstore where she immediately gravitates toward the YA section. She’s an avid reader and fangirl of many amazing books. She is a dreamer and a fighter who believes perseverance and hard work can make dreams come true.

She lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband, two kids and a cat named Mimi.

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The Giveaway

Ingrid is running a giveaway for one paperback ARC of One Wish Away! Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway to enter.

Blog Tour: Spells & Sorcery by S. Usher Evans

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Hello, bookworms! Welcome to my stop of the Spells & Sorcery blog tour! I read and reviewed the book back in August for #ARCAugust and enjoyed it, and I love promoting authors and their books in any way that I can!  🙂 My stop of the tour is an author interview. Learn more about the book, the author, and the inspiration behind the main character Lexie. Don’t forget to check out the giveaway!


About the Book


Title: Spells & Sorcery
Series: The Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, #1
Author: S. Usher Evans
Pub. Date: October 2016
Pages: 230

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Description:

Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb–she’s magical.

Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he’ll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her.


About the Author

S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.

Evans is the author of the Razia series, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath, published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.

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Author Interview

I love doing author interviews! There are times where I really struggle with the questions to ask, but it definitely helps when you know a little bit of the author and can relate to them or their books. I absolutely loved this interview with Sush, so without further ado – on with the interview!  🙂

If you could have one magical power, what would it be?

The ability to retrieve objects from wherever. I would never leave the couch—or lose anything—again.

When I first saw the cover for Spells & Sorcery, I immediately got the Wizards of Waverly Place song stuck in my head. If you could give Lexie a theme song – what would some of the lyrics be?

Oh man, that’s hard. I’m not a song-writer. Probably something like “All I wanna do is study American history, but now I gotta figure out this mystery. Why is everyone acting so weird, is my past worse than I fear?”

Credit to the Rhyming Dictionary.

I also got a lot of vibe from other television shows – Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Charmed, for the sister’s and female cast element; Buffy the Vampire Slayer, strangely, for the “coming into the gift” element – but what was some of your inspiration for Lexie and having a cast of predominately all female characters? Was this intended, and does it lead into further books in the series?

I came up with Lexie when I was thirteen, and I was into Harry Potter and anime. I write female protagonists because I am female, and that was my default for a number of years (creatively, I’m starting to branch out into the dudebros and people unlike me). I always wanted sisters, so that’s why Lexie got sisters, and I’ve always thought that magic more readily associated with females.

I tend to write stories about people and relationships first, then perhaps deal with the world around them. For Lexie, she’s going through that strange period in her life where nobody really understands the deep well of activity happening beneath the surface, and she lacks the ability to effectively communicate what that is. Hence the secrecy, the fighting, and the clinging to someone who even remotely acts like he gets her. I’ve noticed that it resonates with a lot of teenagers, which was my target audience.

You were an IT consultant – that’s awesome! I’m a web developer, and it seems that a lot of authors come from the technology field. I know you left that world behind to start writing, but do you think if you weren’t a writer, you’d still be doing technology related job(s)?

If I weren’t a writer, I’d be dead. That sounds dramatic, but I denied my creative side for a long time because it wasn’t the “right” thing to do. Now I fight tooth and nail to retain that identity because it took so long to grab hold of.

That being said, I do utilize my IT and project management background to manage my website and business. Having the skills to be able to do *almost* everything is key to being a successful self-publisher.

If you could give words of advice to new writers, what advice would you give?

Recently, my favorite bit of advice is to love your voice. It’s such a simple concept, and something that tripped me up for a long time. Love the way you tell stories, and you’ll be able to move past the general ick factor and into the real problems of the manuscript.

You were recently at DragonCon. Do you ever go to cons just for yourself, and if so – what is your favorite that you’ve attended?

I do a LOT of conventions for the books, but to be honest, I don’t really like the scene. I’m not much for big crowds and walking around and buying things I don’t need (related: I’m mentally sixty). My preference are outdoor concerts where I can sit on the beach and drink a beer and enjoy life.


The Giveaway

There are two giveaways for this tour! Both open internationally:

– This is an individual blog giveaway. I will choose a winner no later than November 11 and prize will be sent out after November 15. An active email is required.

All About Indies & Ninja Book Box (+ Giveaway)

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You know what? I don’t shop indie bookstores as much as I should. I’m slightly ashamed to admit that I do shop “big box sellers,” 🙁

I live on the east coast, in Maryland, where there are beaches all around in the tri-state area (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) and there’s only one indie store that I know of within reasonable distance to me and that’s Bethany Beach Books in Bethany Beach, DE.

I’ve never physically been there*, but I was a part of their monthly book subscription box – The Book Drop – for a while before a few things came up, and I had to cancel it for the time being. I loved receiving books from a smaller independent shop because you could see the thought and care they put into the box . . . similar to Owlcrate or Uppercase, but just felt more personal.

And of course the books chosen weren’t the highly anticipated titles that everyone is looking forward to. They weren’t exactly backlist (although I did get a couple that were <2014) but they were books that you might not have heard of or that were overlooked because of other popular books, etc. I’m not keen on who all the independent authors are, so they may have also been indie authors.

After the new year, I definitely plan on subscribing back to The Book Drop because the books and the items included in the Teenage Dream (YA) box was completely worth it. I was originally subscribed during the summer, and received a lot of summer/beach reads . . . they’re definitely not really my thing, so I’d be interested in knowing if during the winter they’ll be different,  🙂

*I plan on making a trip this week,  😀

While I might not shop indie as much as I should, I do support indies when and where I can. I also support self-published authors or small publishers as much as I can. I have the philosophy that “we all start from somewhere.” The best part? Some of the best books I’ve ever read have been by self published authors or books published by smaller publishers.

Now, with that said . . . I met Bex at An Armchair by the Sea when I very first joined Twitter and the book community back in May 2016. Roughly around that time, she was putting together a mini book swap (Ninja Book Swap) that I participated in – so much fun!  😀 – so I’ve known her for awhile and when I found out about the Ninja Book Box subscription that she’s got started . . . I just knew I had to help promote it. Check it out!


About Ninja Book Box

Ninja Book Box is a new quarterly box shipping worldwide from the UK and featuring books published by independent publishers. We aim to introduce excellent books (both backlist and new releases) particularly those which our team & the publishers we work with feel haven’t received the recognition they deserve, and help you find favourites in genres you wouldn’t necessarily pick up for yourselves. Supporting primarily UK based small businesses, each box will contain a book (often signed by the author & with additional material) plus at least two gift items, and lots of other fun extras and will take its theme from the book. We want to support excellence and promote exploration and discovery in all aspects of the box. Subscribers will also gain access to lots of additional community perks. For more information sign up to our newsletter, or check out our website for details of how to get the first box!


The Giveaway

Enter to win the first ever Ninja Book Box! This giveaway is a Rafflecopter giveaway.

Blog Tour: Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana

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Hello, my bookworms!

Welcome to my stop of the Wake the Hollow blog tour! This is a book I have been eyeballing for some time, and I was happy when I got accepted for the tour!  🙂 I love stories like these, even though I don’t read them all that often. Much more ghost story than mystery/thriller, but a great combination of both!

Check out my review for Wake the Hollow, read the first chapter for yourself, and enter the giveaway for custom Halloween bracelets made by the author! Until then, just remember, “spooky things just come with the territory.”  👻



Title: Wake the Hollow
Author: Gaby Triana
Pub. Date: August 2016
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Description:

Forget the ghosts, Mica. It’s real, live people you should fear.

Tragedy has brought Micaela Burgos back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow. It’s been six years since she chose to live with her father in Miami instead of her eccentric mother. And now her mother is dead.

This town will suck you in and not let go.

Sleepy Hollow may be famous for its fabled headless horseman, but the town is real. So are its prejudices and hatred, targeting Mica’s family as outsiders. But ghostly voices carry on the wind, whispering that her mother’s death was based on hate…not an accident at all. With the help of two very different guys — who pull at her heart in very different ways — Micaela must awaken the hidden secret of Sleepy Hollow…before she meets her mother’s fate.

Find the answers.

Unless, of course, the answers find you first.


I don’t usually give out five star reviews all that often. However, Wake the Hollow touched me just the right way and is completely deserving of five stars! It kept my attention since the first page, and kept me wanting to read more. The ending warmed my heart in just the right way, too.

It was a mystery/thriller, but not with the typical plot in most mysteries. Even with a who-done-it element, it didn’t really feel like one. Mica was on a mission to find answers about her mother and what her mother – in addition to another woman – was trying to tell her, but it didn’t revolve around Mica hunting down clues on how her mother died.

Believe it or not, I have never read nor seen any Sleepy Hollow adaptations. As far as all of the references and what-not go, I went into this book completely blind. Thankfully, everything was descriptive and full of details that I wasn’t reading and needing much explanation elsewhere on things.

There were some things that were a little predictable, but it didn’t ruin the plot for me because there were still enough twists and turns along the way that made up for anything that was predictable. Some of the scenes had me sitting on edge waiting to see what would happen.

Mica’s character annoyed me a little bit. I know she had just lost her mom and she moved back to Sleepy Hollow to take care of the loose ends, and her father is a little missing in action and she doesn’t have anyone in town other than Bram – so she’s a little emotional and under a lot of stress. Just something irritated me . . . felt like she cried over every little thing. Her character was portrayed (read as) a strong and semi-independent young woman, but some of her actions were everything but.

The little “love triangle” of sorts between Mica, Bram, and Dane was actually pretty interesting to read. I have no idea why, but I like petty things like that. Bram’s dedication to Mica was so innocent and childhood love, that I was kind of leaning toward them. However, Dane was always there for her when she needed him.

The Hallow Eve scene was probably my favorite scene, and the other scene’s with the Headless Horseman were some of my favorites also. Sleepy Hollow is definitely a town that has a lot of history and past, unspoken words and stories. It actually makes me really want to visit! Just to feel that chilly vibe that I got from the book but in real life!

Definitely a fast paced book with some chills and thrills, twists and turns, and a hidden truth worth digging up.


Excerpt

Follow me, please. The woman’s smoky silhouette hovers over me again.

Leave me alone. I cover my eyes, though I can still see her swirling shape through my fingers.

She floats closer, wringing her misty hands. You mustn’t ignore me, Micaela. You must come with me.

Stop, I won’t go with you! I hate that I can never see her face clearly. Why won’t she leave me alone? Wake up!

A long screech rips me from the hazy dream. My eyes fly open, and my hands grip the first thing ahead of me for balance. Seats. Plastic. Brakes hiss to a stop. A drunk old man asleep in a window seat opposite mine stirs. Where am I? The Metro-North train…that’s right. We’ve pulled into Tarrytown station. 11:28 p.m. I almost slept through my stop.

For the full excerpt of the first chapter, visit Entangled Teen.


About the Author

Gaby Triana is the award-winning author of six YA novels — Wake the Hollow (Aug. 2016, Entangled), Summer of Yesterday, Riding the Universe, The Temptress Four, Cubanita, and Backstage Pass, as well as thirteen ghostwritten novels for best-selling authors. Originally a 4th grade teacher with a Master of Science in Elementary Education and ten years teaching experience, Gaby earned Teacher of the Year in 2000, wrote her first novel, Freddie and the Biltmore Ghost, then left teaching to launch a full-time writing career. She went on to publish young adult novels with HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, win an IRA Teen Choice Award, ALA Best Paperback Award, and Hispanic Magazine’s Good Reads of 2008. She spends her time obsessing about Halloween, Christmas, and Disney World, as well as hosting parties, designing mugs, making whimsical cakes, and winning costume contests. When she’s not writing, she might also be watching Jurassic Park movies with her boys, posting excessive food pics on social media, or helping run the Florida region of the SCBWI. Gaby lives in Miami with her three sons, Michael, Noah, and Murphy. She has one dog, Chloe, and two cats—Miss Daisy, and the reformed thug, shooting survivor, Bowie.

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