Blog Tour & Giveaway! OF DREAMS AND RUST by Sarah Fine

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I was so excited to be invited to participate in the blog tour for Sarah Fine’s latest book, Of Dreams and Rust, the conclusion to the Of Metal and Wishes duology!

In case you weren’t aware, this duology is a retelling/reimagining of The Phantom of the Opera set (in the first book) in a slaughterhouse, and (in the second book)… well, beyond (spoilers!). And yes, this series is as amazing as it sounds. I hugely enjoyed Of Metal and Wishes (THE PAIN—wait, what?), and after that ending, I was absolutely dying to find out what happened next. And true to form, Sarah Fine delivered a heart-wrenching, gut-twisting, and (of course) incredibly satisfying conclusion to the story of Wen, Bo, and Melik.

If you haven’t read Of Metal and Wishes yet, I highly encourage you to pick up this duology! It’s so good, and so different than anything out there right now. If you have read Of Metal and Wishes, you absolutely need this sequel. Check out the excerpt below, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post!

Blog Tour & Giveaway! OF DREAMS AND RUST by Sarah Fine
Of Dreams and Rust
Of Metal and Wishes #2

Written by: Sarah Fine
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: August 4th 2015
Genres: Gothic, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Source: Publisher
Buy: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: Fractured, Of Metal and Wishes

** Slight spoilers for Of Metal and Wishes in this synopsis! **

In the year since the collapse of the slaughterhouse where Wen worked as her father’s medical assistant, she’s held all her secrets close. She works in the clinic at the weapons factory and sneaks away to nurse Bo, once the Ghost, now a boy determined to transform himself into a living machine. Their strange, fragile friendship soothes some of the ache of missing Melik, the strong-willed Noor who walked away from Wen all those months ago—but it can’t quell her fears for him.

The Noor are waging a rebellion in the west. When she overhears plans to crush Melik’s people with the powerful war machines created at the factory, Wen makes the painful decision to leave behind all she has known—including Bo—to warn them. But the farther she journeys into the warzone, the more confusing things become. A year of brutality seems to have changed Melik, and Wen has a decision to make about him and his people: How much is she willing to sacrifice to save them from complete annihilation?

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LION HEART Blog Tour! Ten Places A.C. Gaughen Wants to Visit

Lion Heart Blog Tour!

Hi, all! It’s officially the end of my short work- and BEA-induced hiatus, and I am so excited to be jumping back into the blogging game with a stop on the Lion Heart blog tour!

If you follow me on Twitter, you might remember that I basically binged A.C. Gaughen’s entire Scarlet series recently, and it absolutely destroyed me — in the best way possible. I really cannot say enough good things about it, and I’m so happy that I’m getting yet another chance to push it on you, because yes, it is that good.

Here’s the book’s info again, in case you need it:

LION HEART Blog Tour! Ten Places A.C. Gaughen Wants to Visit
Lion Heart
Scarlet #3

Written by: A.C. Gaughen
Published by: Bloomsbury
Release date: May 19th 2015
Genres: Historical Fiction, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 348
Buy: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: Scarlet, Lady Thief, Lion Heart

* Some spoilers for earlier books in this synopsis! *

Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.

Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?


So! What will you find in this post?

Oh, just a super fun list of 10 places A.C. Gaughen wants to visit (GORGEOUS places, including a small tidbit about her next project…!), and an amazing giveaway — 3 complete sets of the Scarlet trilogy! :D

So without further ado, let’s turn this post over to Annie…

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SimonVs Blog Tour: Review! Giveaway! OREOS!!!

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I’m so, so excited to be a part of the blog tour for this amazing book, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda! So let’s get this show on the road: I’ve got a short review for you (aka, my flails), a bit about how I eat my Oreos, PLUS info for two giveaways (including an Oreo giveaway), so be sure to read till the bottom of the post!

(And, FYI: Simon loves Oreos. Thus, all the Oreo love surrounding this book. Not that there needs to be an excuse for Oreos. Because OREOS. …Just sayin’.)

SimonVs Blog Tour: Review! Giveaway! OREOS!!!
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Written by: Becky Albertalli
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Release date: April 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: Edelweiss
Buy: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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People really are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.

Guys, what can I even say about this book?? I sat down to start writing this review immediately upon finishing Simon, because I don’t want to lose this feeling – this floaty, can’t-stop-smiling, everything-is-right-with-the-world feeling… Ugh!! I’m so ridiculously happy, it’s disgusting. I can’t even.

Simon is one of those books that is just immediately good. You start reading, and you go, Yes, I love this character’s voice! How many pages have I read… 20? I already love these characters! This is the best!! And it just. Never. Stops.

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Excerpt Tour (Part 3)! Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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I’m so excited to be part of this short excerpt tour for Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda! I’ll be posting my full review within the next couple of weeks, but for now, just know — you need this book. Read more about it, below, and be sure to follow the tour from the beginning before reading my excerpt!

Excerpt Tour (Part 3)! Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Written by: Becky Albertalli
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Release date: April 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Buy: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

And now, the excerpt!

So, you’ve read part 1 and part 2, right? Well, if you haven’t, here’s a little background: This excerpt is part of an email exchange between our hero, “Jacques” (aka Simon), and the mysterious “Blue”, which continues throughout Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. These emails are one of my favorite things about the book — they’re endearing and hilarious and I’m really excited that you all get to read part of these exchanges thanks to this tour. ^_^

So, yeah — you should definitely check out the previous two stops on the excerpt tour (part 1 and part 2) to read this exchange from the beginning! And then continue on…

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Blog Tour: A Darker Shade of Magic + Giveaway!

A Darker Shade of Magic Blog Tour

Welcome to White London…

…and to my stop on V.E. Schwab’s Digital Londons blog tour! I’m so excited to be involved in this tour, and to have Victoria on the blog today to share a little bit about her INCREDIBLE new book, A Darker Shade of Magic!

TWBI-quoteIf you follow me on Twitter, you know I haven’t been able to stop talking about this book since I read it, and for good reason. It contains everything I want from a great fantasy book — excellent worldbuilding, an amazing magic system, incredible characters… and a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the final page.

And if that’s not enough for you, it’s also got a wannabe pirate, a magic boy with a magical many-sided coat, and multiple Londons… Yes, Londons. If you want to learn more about them, click around on Darker-Shade.com, or take this super fun quiz to find out which London you belong in! I am apparently from Red London, FYI — so I’m assuming, since this blog-tour stop happens to be in White London, that I must have the ability travel between them…? I’m gonna go with yes. ;)

Anyway, there’s tons more fun on this tour stop, below — Victoria shares a little bit about her worldbuilding process (so cool!!) and there’s also an international giveaway! So stick around!

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Book Review: THE UNBOUND by Victoria Schwab

Exactly one year ago today, I started reading The Archived for the first time. It was one of my very first reviews on TWBI, and it has remained one of my all-time favorites since then. And today, one year after reading The Archived, I am so excited to be a part of Victoria Schwab’s blog tour for its sequel, The Unbound♥ I could not be more excited, and not just because of that lovely coincidence, but also because this book delivered on so many levels.

If you haven’t read The Archived, don’t worry — there are no major spoilers in this review! And there’s an extra-special giveaway at the end! So check it out…

Book Review: THE UNBOUND by Victoria Schwab
The Unbound
The Archived #2

Written by: Victoria Schwab
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Release date: January 28th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 368
Source: Author
Buy: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads


Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she's struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn't easy -- not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she's really safe.

Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She's sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she'll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

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There is something about Victoria Schwab’s Archived series that moves me on so many levels. The Archived and The Unbound are both incredibly, beautifully written, and they effortlessly pull on your emotions. They’re exciting, heart-wrenching, intense, and completely un-put-down-able, and they will give you feels like crazy. They’re just… utterly wonderful.

In this latest installment, Our Heroine, Mackenzie Bishop, is desperately trying to recover from the events that took place at the end of The Archived, but she’s suffering from horrible nightmares about the History she faced. This leads to long periods of time without sleep, which lead to blackouts… and worse. Mackenzie feels like her reality is starting to unravel. Add to that, the fact that people around her are disappearing, and Mac isn’t sure if she’s making connections where there are none, if she’s somehow the causes of these disappearances, of if there’s actually something sinister going on… and that people at the Archive may be responsible.

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