Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne

future leadersFuture Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne was released March 2017 by Ylva Publishing. This is the first book that I have read from author Emily O’Beirne. I find her writing style to be different than most young adult authors because it as a real naturalness or freshness. This book is really relatable and has a warm, loving overall feel. I found myself laughing a lot as I read this book. O’Beirne does an outstanding job in creating the setting and story line for this novel. She has created a group of characters that you can relate to or they remind you of someone you know. I found this book to be a very good read and well written. This book does have diversity and shows how teens deal with such issues. I look forward to reading more of Emily O’Beirne’s works in the future. **I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** If you would like to read this amazing book, you can get a copy HERE.

Synopsis: Finn’s solid. Not in body, but in being. She’s gravity and kindness and all those good things that anchor. Willa’s confusing. Sometimes she’s this sweet, sensitive soul. Other times she’s like a flaming arrow you hope isn’t coming for you. Finn and Willa have been picked as team leaders in the future leader camp game. The usually confident Finn doesn’t know what’s throwing her more, the fact she’s leading a team of highly unenthusiastic overachievers or coming up against fierce, competitive Willa. And Willa doesn’t know which is harder, leaving her responsibilities behind to pursue her goals or opening up to someone. Soon they both realize that the hardest thing of all is balancing their clashing ideals with their unexpected connection. And finding a way to win, of course.

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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

carve the markCarve the Mark by Veronica Roth was released January 2017 and after reading the Divergent Series I knew I wanted to read more from the author. I really like Roth’s writing style. Carve the Mark is a science-fiction novel told from Akos and Cyra points of view. Akos from Thuvhe, the ruling half of the planet and Cyra is from Shotet, the half that has not been recognized. When the children on this planet each a certain age they gain abilities. While Cyra’s ability is to harness the current, her counter balance is in Akos because his ability is to disrupt the current. Akos can touch Cyra without hurting himself and his touch seems to lessen the pain on Cyra. This creates a problem because even though they are from the same planet, they were raised differently. However, this does not stop them from being curious and kind to each other. While I found that it took me a few chapters to truly understand what Roth was creating, I started to get drawn in wanting to know more. I highly recommend this to any reader who loves science fiction books. This is definitely a journey worth taking with the characters, they will always make you wonder what will happen next. It is another great series for Veronica Roth and I can’t wait to see where she takes us. You can keep you copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world? Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows. Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

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Unnoticed by Amanda Deed

unnoticedUnnoticed by Amanda Deed is a completely different take on the classic Cinderella story. This story is based in Australia and makes the story take on a different charm. I really like how Deed creates a unique plot line, settings, and character list that takes this Cinderella type story to the next level. We all have read that classic story and know how she always get her prince. However, this story is based in the Aussie outback with wildlife and interesting characters that help make this a really great love story. The prince does not have a castle and a royal court, instead he is the town dentist and barber.  Little does the town know that the family he left in America owns a major railroad empire. If you love a happy ending, this is the book for you. **I received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. ** If you want to read this love story, you can get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Plain Jane O’Reilly is good at being unnoticed. Detested by her stepmother and teased by her stepsisters, Jane has learned the art of avoiding attention. That is until Price Moreland, an American with big dreams, arrives in her small town.
Does she dare to hope someone might notice her? However, Price Moreland may not be the prince that the whole town thinks him to be. Was his desire to be a missionary a God-given call, or just a good excuse to run from his past? Complete with an evil stepmother, a missing shoe and a grand ball, Unnoticed takes the time-old Cinderella fairy tale and gives it an Australian twist.

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The Last Valentine (A Labyrinth of Love Letters) by Felix Alexander

The Last ValentineThe Last Valentine: A Labyrinth of Love Letters by Felix Alexander was released February 2017 and has received a lot of praise. After reading this book, I must admit that it was written for a true romantic. Now if you love the romantic love stories then this is the book for you, because Felix Alexander does a very lovely job a creating an amazing plot line, list of characters, and setting. Alexander does have a very poetic style of writing. I read this book within two sittings because I really found it hard to put down. The characters are easy to relate to and you can become attached to them wanting to know what happens next. The author makes you feel the way that the characters feel both joy and pain. I found this book an overall incredible read. **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can your copy HERE.

Synopsis: When Olivia Villalobos finds a bloodstained love letter she endeavors to deliver it before Chief Inspector Sedeño finds it in her possession. A city along the southern coast of Puerto Rico emerges in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War. Olivia, daughter of a drunkard police investigator who never knew the truth behind her mother’s disappearance, finds a bloodstained love letter in the hidden compartment of her father’s coat. Convinced it belonged to the man recently found dead she sets out to deliver it to the Labyrinth of Love Letters. A mysterious place believed to be an urban legend where the transients of forbidden love leave missives for one another. She enlists the help of Isaac Quintero to find the Labyrinth and they soon realize their quest has opened the door into Old Sienna’s darkest secrets—the perils, madness and depth of tragic love.

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Sacred Signs and Symbols: Awaken to the Messages and Synchronicities That Surround You by Sherrie Dillard

signadn symbolsSacred Signs and Symbols: Awaken to the Messages and Synchronicities That Surround you by Sherrie Dillard is scheduled to release in June 2017. I was really curious when I saw this book and knew that I had to read it. I found this book to be very interesting. I feel that it really made me think about my life and some of the things I see or find on a daily basis. I feel this book is a great read for anyone who is looking to go outside their normal thinking and explore the signs that you come across daily. **I received an ARC of this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

Synopsis: Everyone receives sacred signs, message, and synchronicities, but we don’t always know how to notice and understand them. With Sacred Signs & Symbols, you’ll develop intuitive awareness and discover how to interpret and invoke the messages and symbols that spirit sends your way. Throughout time, sacred signs have influenced us and provided guidance and insight. This book provides easy access to those symbols and messages and helps you build a personal oracle for invoking them in daily life. Explore common signs and their meanings, connect with helpers and loved ones in the spirit realm, and expand your perception of the world

 

Under The Lights (Field Party Series) by Abbi Glines

under the lightsUnder The Lights by Abbi Glines is the second book in The Field Party Series. I read Until Friday Night awhile ago and when I saw this book I knew I had to read it as well. I must say I am a huge fan of Abbi Glines and love all of her books. So, it did not surprise me that I love this one just as much. This book picks up from where the other one left off but from two different characters and a new plot line for them. It all starts when Willa Ames moves back to town and in with her Nonna. Ms. Ames is the housekeeper for Gunner’s family and has been his whole life. That is where Gunner and Brady meet Willa for the first time. They where a lot younger then. Willa was in Gunner’s treehouse playing with his army men when they caught her. After that day the three of them where always together. That is until Willa’s mom sent for her and she moved away. Now, six years later she is back. Both Gunner and Brady are well aware of the fact that she has changed and not sure what as happened to make her come back. This reunion starts another case of them both fighting for her attention. This book struggles with adult issues that most teenagers don’t often have to face. Glines does an amazing job with the plot line and characters in this book. I will not spoil the ending even though it was a big surprise for me. You will have to read it yourself to find out. Get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night—which bestselling author Kami Garcia called “tender, honest, and achingly real”—three teens from a small southern town are stuck in a dramatic love triangle. Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her. High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know. Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can. As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.

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Book of the Month April Selections

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Book of the Month Club is a monthly book club that gives you the option of picking one of five books selected for the month. If you like more then one book you can add the other books for $9.99 each. I really like this book club because you get hardback books and the price is amazing. The following are the selections for April 2017.

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak – Judge Tyler Coates (culture editor at GQ)

Startup by Doree Shafrir – Judge Glory Edim (Owner of popular blog Well Read Black Girl)

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Graan – Judge Sarah Weinman

American War by Omar El Akkad – Judge Maris Kreizman

One Day We’ll All Be Dead by Scaachi Koul (Exclusive to BOTM) – Judge Kevin Nguyen

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