Blog Tour: Residue by Laury Falter {Review}

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Welcome to my stop of Residue Blog Tour! This Blog Tour is hosted by AToMR Tours. 

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When Jocelyn Weatherford is whisked away from a preparatory academy in upstate New York to live with her extended family in New Orleans, she is unprepared to encounter the dangers awaiting her. Yet even as she is thrust into an unfamiliar world of witches and voodoo magic, the greatest threat of all may be the boy she has fallen for.

While handsome and charming, he is also a Caldwell… a member of the family the Weatherford’s have been feuding with for centuries. As their forbidden love grows it becomes the volatile spark that forever changes their world and everyone in it.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Release Date: 13th April 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo 

Review:

I still can’t believe that this book would be good. After three chapters in, I suddenly thought “this is a Romeo and Juliet retelling”. I was, I admit, disappointed when I come into that conclusion. Let me explain as to WHY. 

First, I am NOT a fan of Romeo and Juliet love story. Second, their families are so RIDICULOUS. Third, the way they die is so ABSURD. I hate it. >:( Ugh. BUT, after reading this Residue book, I came to like it. Although at some point, I just want to smack the Weatherfords and Caldwells myself for being so unreasonable and stupid too. Oh yeah, I get this instinct, that it’s not really their fault. The families I mean. Well. The answer about… *zips mouth* it’s for me to know and you to find out. 

The writing style of Falter, is pretty good. She keep me going. Keep me reading the book until the end. She proved to my mind that there’s something else. Something bigger than the feud between the families. There is something MORE to the story. That’s why I came to like it. Her characters are great too even though it’s insta-love. I’ve been searching for another kind of love story because these days I get bored with the way the love story was told. But here, it’s not that great, not that bad, so in between that two. That’s STILL saying something in my opinion. 

It still stirred something in me. I didn’t get bored though sure I wish they see the bigger picture already. I think that this is better than that of the original Romeo and Juliet. In terms of the story, characters, conflict, climax. Hmmm… I’m not saying Shakespeare is a bad author. >.< He’s just not a favorite. Also because he let ALL OF HIS characters DIE. I don’t like tragic stories. 

Overall, liked the book and I recommend it to all Young Adult readers out there! :)

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Author PhotoLaury Falter is the author of the bestselling Guardian Trilogy. She 

writes young adult paranormal romances and urban fantasy when she’s not taking 

her stray dogs for a walk or enjoying a date night with her husband.

 

 

Laury has released two series, the Guardian Trilogy and the Residue Series (a 

spinoff of the Guardian Trilogy books), and is currently releasing her third series, 

the Apocalypse Chronicles.

 

To learn more about Laury and her novels, visit her at:

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook

 

Blog Tour: The Keeper’s Curse by Diana Harrison {Review & Author Spotlight}

BannerWelcome to my stop of The Keeper’s Curse Blog Tour! This Blog Tour is hosted by Sel of Bookcase to Heaven. This is my first ever Blog Tour Stop so I am excited! :)

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After fifteen-year-old Emmy Rathers unintentionally summons a strange glowing cloud during a break-in, her mother rips her from her home, her father, and her world, forever.

When she lands in the rustic, militant land of Methelwood, she is told she’s a crafter – a person who can perform magic by conjuring souls of the dead. But starting life over normally in the midst of grieving for the life she has left behind, while at the same time attempting to fit in in her new war-obsessed school, becomes impossible when she begins to hear a voice in her head. Complicating the matter further is the fact that the voice belongs to a boy at school named Breckin, who just also happens to be the most powerful crafter in the world, and the future ruler of Methelwood.

But that’s not the worst part – suddenly Breckin’s most hostile adversary is coming out of the shadows and trying to kill her. With no other choice, Emmy must travel deeper into this bizarre, dark world she is so unfamiliar with to find out why this is happening to her, and more importantly, how to stay alive.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Release Date: 29th November 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Review:

I already admit this a lot of times now… First, I love the cover. That’s the reason why I looked it up in the first place. I am a cover slut. So I mostly picked books based on pretty covers. Although I try not to judge the books by its cover. Second, I saw Diana’s – the author herself – review about it. Since she put pretty pictures and what you will get if you read it, she had me at that.

I must say that this book is a page-turner. I wanted to know what would happen as soon as I read the next dialogue. I even cheated accidentally, I mean I was reading this part and then my eyes wandered to the next part where there’s this interesting dialogues. LOL. So I hurried to finish the part I am reading so I could move onto the next one.

Just to be clear, I am not the type of reviewer that tackles about how it was written. I mostly review what I feel about it. It might be biased or something, but that what I am comfortable with. Anyway, I love how the story progress, how Emmy need to go to the Methelwood, try to blend in and go to school, then she still hear voices and then knowing it was Breckin Crawford. Then knowing what it’s all about, knowing Cyrus Crow, and all that. It’s a good plot, great execution of story.

I’m not a big fan of Emmy since sometimes she irritates me like that when she was first brought in Methelwood where she blamed her mother, hated her even. I mean, sure you feel angry about it cause your Mom keep a secret. But she didn’t take her time to think about the WHY. Or maybe she did, but she let her anger and hate surfaced more as to being reasonable.

There’s this bit of a love triangle. I don’t like love triangle BUT I hated it when the female MC can’t decide who she wants and the two guys both love her. In this book, it’s not like that. From the first time Cyrus came in Methelwood and when he and Emmy was together, I like him more than Breckin. Maybe it’s because Cyrus is a bit of a jerk and a bad boy reputation or something, but I definitely LOVE Cyrus. I want him to be with Emmy rather than Breckin. But who am I to say that they’ll really end up together and not Breckin, anyway? LOL.

I love how it ends but I am craving for more. I want Emmy to explore more of the Methelwood and it’s orbs and citezens and what ability does she have.

But regardless of that, I really liked it and I enjoyed reading it. I am excited to read the second book now! Omg. I hope Diana’s doing the second installment now. Wonder when will it be published? :) Grab your copy now!

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

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Diana Harrison, author of The Keeper’s Curse

Diana Harrison is a proud Canadian, currently studying English literature at the University of Calgary. With a passion for books, magic, and teens, as well as being a chronic daydreamer, it is only logical that she is a young-adult fantasy writer as well.

You can friend her on Goodreads.

Her debut novel, THE KEEPER’S CURSE, releases in November 2012.

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Check out the next stop of the tour tomorrow at A Dream Within A Dream

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5 ebook copies of THE KEEPER’S CURSE. International.

Open until the 25th of December 2012.

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Blog Tour: The Keeper’s Curse

I was one of those people who got lucky to participate on The Keeper’s Curse Blog Tour for Diana Harrison. The tour would stop at my blog on 17th of December 2012. The blog tour will start on 11th December to 24th December 2012. 

You could read more about the Blog Tour here.

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After fifteen-year-old Emmy Rathers unintentionally summons a strange glowing cloud during a break-in, her mother rips her from her home, her father, and her world, forever.

When she lands in the rustic, militant land of Methelwood, she is told she’s a crafter – a person who can perform magic by conjuring souls of the dead. But starting life over normally in the midst of grieving for the life she has left behind, while at the same time attempting to fit in in her new war-obsessed school, becomes impossible when she begins to hear a voice in her head. Complicating the matter further is the fact that the voice belongs to a boy at school named Breckin, who just also happens to be the most powerful crafter in the world, and the future ruler of Methelwood.

But that’s not the worst part – suddenly Breckin’s most hostile adversary is coming out of the shadows and trying to kill her. With no other choice, Emmy must travel deeper into this bizarre, dark world she is so unfamiliar with to find out why this is happening to her, and more importantly, how to stay alive.

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I know I am a total dork for posting it early. But I am just way excited when I got the email about it and received the tour schedules, the book, and all that things I needed for this blog tour! This would be my first time in joining a blog tour, I haven’t done it even in my blogger.

So I am that excited. :) I’ve been meaning to join a blog tour since forever and I was just scared to try it out back then. But I gathered enough courage and my big girl panties on me so here I am, my blog is one of those stops! :)

There would be also an international giveaway for this book so better tune in and happy reading! :)