Blog Tour, ARC Review and Excerpt: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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Welcome to my stop on the Renegades Blog Tour! I am so thrilled to share my thoughts and a little teaser from the book with you. If you are a fan of Marissa Meyer, Renegades will surely be one that you are going to love.

Renegades-Marissa-MeyerTitle: Renegades
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Stars: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

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REVIEW

I have been dying for Renegades ever since I first heard the news that it was being written. Marissa Meyer is one of my favourite authors, and she did not disappoint in her latest work. The book tells the story of heroes vs. villains, but has a focus on the villains’ side. The main character is likeable, even though she is a villain, and the writing is so suspenseful. Renegades is so entertaining to read, and I can’t wait to get my hands on book two!

This is not your typical superhero book. It tells the story of two sides: the Renegades (the heroes) and the Anarchists (the villains). The main character of the book, Nova, is an anarchist, and poses as a Renegade to gain inside information so that she can get her revenge against them. I loved how not only Nova leads a double life, but Adrian, who is a Renegade, has a secret of his own. Renegades is incredibly complex, and I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved it. There is spying, suspense, and plenty of action in this book, making it a unique take on the good vs. evil trope.

I adored the main character in Renegades. Nova is a villain, which I don’t see very much of in books, and for once, I was actually rooting for the villainous side. What I really enjoyed about Nova is the fact that she genuinely believes that her plan to overthrow the Renegades is the right thing to do, and she has valid reasons for hating them. Nova is also intelligent and sneaky, which makes her the perfect villain.

As always in Marissa Meyer’s books, the writing is phenomenal. The fight scenes are all so well-written, and she really knows how to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. I enjoyed how the world and the powers are all logical, and everything is so developed. My only complaint is that I would have liked to see more badass powers, but the characters’ abilities are still interesting.

Renegades is an original book about a villain posing as a hero. The main character is clever, and she has a complex backstory. I loved the writing, as always with Marissa Meyer, and I would definitely recommend this book to everyone—superhero fan or not.

Excerpt

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If you are interested in learning even more about Renegades, be sure to check out the official fan site!

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff

My New Crush Gave to Me
Shani Petroff
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

This sweet, funny holiday romance from the author of Romeo And What’s Her Name features cute boys, plenty of rom-com mishaps, and a determined heroine readers are certain to fall for.

Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s a star athlete, a National Honor Society member, and the most popular guy in school. Plus he contributes to the school paper, where Charlie is a co-editor. Basically, he’s exactly the type of guy Charlie’s looking for. The only problem is—he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie has a plan: rig the paper’s Secret Santa and win his heart with the perfect gift. The catch? She has no idea what to get him. Enter J.D. Ortiz–Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, disorganized, and spontaneous—the exact opposite

of Charlie (and Teo). But he knows what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.

Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

Shani Petroff’s newest young adult comedy of errors, My New Crush Gave to Me, is the perfect read for those searching for some love and laughter along with their holiday spirit.

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Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster

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I am so excited about my stop on the LAST STAR BURNING by Caitlin Sangster blog tour, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! I recently read and reviewed this amazing fantasy novel and I can’t wait for you to read it as well. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post.

LastStarBurning (2)Title: LAST STAR BURNING
Author: Caitlin Sangster
Pub. Date: October 10, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.

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CaitlinCaitlin Sangster grew up in the back woods of California and would rather go hiking, running, swimming, or general outdoorsing than just about anything else. If there aren’t any mountains, it doesn’t count as a real place. At eighteen, she moved to XinJiang, and at twenty-one it was Taiwan. She did eventually buckle down and graduate from Brigham Young University with a BA in Asian Studies and is now that person you avoid at parties because she’ll probably start talking about Shang dynasty oracle bones.

Caitlin has been writing since middle school. She always thought of it as a silly sort of compulsive habit until she realized that people like reading stories and she liked writing them and there wasn’t much silly about that.

She currently lives in Utah with her husband and four children.

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Excerpt

The picture window I remember so clearly overlooks the staircase, stopping me as a mix of longing and revulsion fights its way up my throat. The jewel cast of the light as it filters through the paper-thin cuts of stone folds down around the rows and rows of books, their colors so familiar. A beautiful maiden is pieced together in the jade, her curls tumbling from a bed of sleep.

Mother always told the story with a dramatic sigh, as if the princess pricking her finger on the spindle and falling asleep wasn’t the tragic end to the story, just an unfortunate pause that passed her fate on to the imagination of the listener. Aya and I would make them up together, hiding under our covers, whispering back and forth until Father came with threats of no sweet bao for dessert the next day if we didn’t go to sleep. Aya would say the evil fairy would be sorry and wake her up, then become her servant as penance. Or that little birds cheeped in her ears until she woke up, and the princess threw water on her royal parents to bring them back from the spell. My favorite idea, though Aya always stuck her tongue out and wrinkled her nose whenever I told it, was that a prince would kiss her awake in true fairy-tale fashion, and the whole kingdom would open their eyes along with her, the evil fairy’s spell broken.

But that isn’t how the story ends. The princess pricks her finger, falls down as if dead, and her family and the whole kingdom rot away around her bit by bit until it’s a place of the dead, a place for ghosts and monsters. She’s the one who sought out the evil fairy, and those are the consequences. She deserves her fate.

I look up at the window. It’s a relic from Before, when we mixed books and tales with people from far away. Before the world was us against Kamar, the Outsiders who poisoned our air with SS. The picture changes every few hours, all the tiny pieces somehow rattling to a new spot like a kaleidoscope of trained butterflies.

My hand reaches toward the picture window before I can control myself, brushing the woman’s long curls. She doesn’t look like Mother, but her eyes are closed just the same. Asleep. Dead to the world, and yet still stuck here because of her crimes.

Giveaway

3 winners will receive an ARC of LAST STAR BURNING, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/2/2017- YA and Wine– Interview
10/3/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland– Review
10/4/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Guest Post
10/5/2017- Take Me Away To A Great Read– Review
10/6/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

Week Two:

10/9/2017- Omg Books and More Books – Review
10/10/2017- The Candid Cover– Excerpt
10/11/2017- Nerdophiles- Review
10/12/2017- YA Book Madness Interview