Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cover Reveal: My Junior Year of Loathing by Jennifer DiGiovanni

My Junior Year of Loathing
Jennifer DiGiovanni

Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: September 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Junior year is supposed to be tough. Exams, term papers, homework, college tours, and participation in extra-curricular activities can all add up to non-stop stress. But Melinda Banner has goals to achieve and dreams to make real. This year, she’ll be unstoppable. But even over achievers need a break.
While walking in the woods to take a break from the stress of it all, Melinda meets a boy named Connor. After a few more run-ins, the two settle into an uneasy friendship, if you can even call it that.
But Connor’s closed and mysterious. Whenever Melinda asks too many questions, he suddenly has to go or is no longer interested in talking. When they’re together, she’s torn between wanting him to open up and running away as fast as she can. Still she can’t seem to shake her budding interest in him.
Connor has his own way of looking at the world, and his views often conflict with Melinda’s practical nature. Can you like someone and loathe them at the same time? Is he even worth the emotional tug on her heartstrings or distraction from all things Junior year?
And, as if she needs another project right now, Melinda starts to obsess over the abandoned estate she passes on the way to school each day. Between Connor and the old estate, Melinda’s beginning to think she’s taking on too much.
But Melinda’s smart. She finds a way to indulge her interest in the estate and fulfill her obligations. She will uncover the truth behind the aging edifice for an epic article in the school newspaper.
But when her investigation reveals a connection between Connor and a tragedy long-since forgotten, Melinda has a choice: put off her junior year achievements to save a local landmark and a boy who constantly pushes her away or put them both out of her mind for good and focus on making the grade.





Author Bio:
Jennifer DiGiovanni is the author of the School Dayz Series. When she’s not writing or reading, she likes to try new sports and activities from archery to ballroom dancing, with varying degrees of success.









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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cover Reveal: All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher




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Let us know what you think of the cover for All Laced Up (Breakaway #1) by Erin Fletcher, which releases October 10, 2016!


This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN!

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About All Laced Up:

Everyone loves hockey superstar Pierce Miller. Everyone except Lia Bailey.

When the two are forced to teach a skating class to save the rink, Lia’s not sure she’ll survive the pressure of Nationals and Pierce’s ego. Not only can’t he remember her name, he signed her bottle of water like she was one of his groupies. Ugh.

But if there’s one thing Lia knows better than figure skating, it’s hockey. Hoping to take his ego down a notch—or seven—she logs into his team website under an anonymous name to give him pointers on his less-than-stellar playing.

Turns out, Pierce isn’t arrogant at all. And they have a lot in common. Too bad he’s falling for the anonymous girl online. No matter how much fun they’re starting to have in real life, she’s afraid he’s going to choose fake-Lia over the real one…

Disclaimer: This book contains a swoony hockey player (and his equally swoony friends!), one-too-many social media accounts, kisses that’ll melt ice, and a secret identity that might not be so secret after all…

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of All Laced Up today!

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About Erin Fletcher:

Erin is a young adult author from North Carolina. She is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise, while drinking excessive quantities of coffee. She believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor's degree in mathematics, which is almost never useful when writing books.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake


Three Dark Crowns

Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Three Dark Crowns #1
Pages: Hardcover, 398 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: September 20th 2016



Summary:

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.




Review:

Three Dark Crowns had much promise, but alas it didn't quite work for me.
And if I should point out why exactly I draw a bit of a short answer.
Basically the idea of this is simply brilliant.
The world building is awesome. I love the world Blake created. It's dark and imaginative, yet beautiful and interesting. AND I wish that this would be enough for me. Alas aparently it isn't
I love Blake's prose. I think she is an incredibly talented and imaginative writer. And there are beautiful moments here, again the idea behind this is fabulous.
But ... sadly there is a but.
The plot was exceedly slow. There is all this build up there are all these detail and I kept expecting... something... anything..MORE. But while all of the this is rather clever I could see all the twists and turns coming from a mile, in fact I kept waiting for them to happen, for so long, that when they did happen I felt more like FINALLY, than any surprise or even interest.
Then, and this is probably my biggest problem with the novel, there is the character building. Look in theory, again this is solid. The characters are well thought through, well crafted. But I couldn't bring myself to care.
And here is my biggest surprise as well, because I can't really fault Blake for the character building or the plot. I can't even point out exactly why it all didn't work, but it simply didn't.
I really really wish I would have liked it better. I kept wondering why it felt rather like a chore to read this, than fun. I kept thinking maybe it's my mood, set the book aside, reading other books in between. I struggled through Three Dark Crowns. And at the end, I like this IN THEORY. In practise however, I have to admit if this wouldn't have been an ARC, I would have DNFed around 50%. And now thinking about it for an entire day after finishing, I am still not quite sure why that is the case. I think maybe it feels too much crafted rather than organic?
Will I read the next book? Possibly. I love Blake and I still have lots of hope that this will get way better. The series has huge potential. But at this point I am frankly in no rush to read the next installment.
Should you read it? Yes. Because I honestly think this is well written, the world building is brilliant and the idea is fabulous, and while this hasn't worked for me, many of my GR friends have loved it.



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Monday, September 19, 2016

Cover Reveal: Cherished by Christina Bauer

Cherished 
Christina Bauer

Publication date: May 30th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
For Elea, there’s never been a better time to turn away from witch life. The Tsar is in exile. The Vicomte is dead. And Rowan? Falling for him only broke her heart. Instead of casting spells, Elea spends her days running Braddock Farm and enjoying the flirtations of the very handsome and non-magical Philippe. Everything is going perfectly, except for one problem.
Someone’s trying to kill her.
Shujaa is a Changed One, a Creation Caster mage whose mutated form makes him invincible in battle. Now that the Tsar and Vicomte are gone, Shujaa wants to rise and rule. To do so, he must eliminate all those powerful enough to oppose him, and Elea is top on his list. Anyone who offers her aid quickly ends up dead.
In the end, there’s only one person who can keep Elea safe while helping her defeat Shujaa: Rowan. Like it or not, Elea must team up with her old love. With Philippe along for the ride, Elea plans to team with Rowan without losing her heart this time. But that’s when all her plans fall apart…



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Author Bio:
Christina graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School with BA's in English as well as Television, Radio, and Film Production. Her day job is in marketing for companies like Microsoft, Cisco, and Zerto. Back in the go-go 90′s, she founded her own software start-up, Mindful Technologies. Christina believes that, upon close examination of Tolkien's text, it's entirely possible that the Balrog was wearing fuzzy bunny slippers.






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Read-along: Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn


Entangled Teen is hosting a Forget Tomorrow read-a-long on Goodreads, and you’re invited!

Join here.

We decided to join the read-a-long and will post updates of it on here. Join us?
We will read Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn in anticipation of the release of book two, Remember Yesterday, which will be available on October 4, 2016!
Reading Schedule:
Discussion questions for chapters 1-14 will be added on 9/23.
Discussion questions for chapters 15-29 will be added on 9/30.
Discussion questions for chapters 30-44 will be added on 10/7.


We ask that you please refrain from discussing chapters before their assigned discussion date. We wouldn’t want to spoil the story before someone has the chance to catch up!




Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.
It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.
Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.
In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.
But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all.
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