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


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.


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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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.


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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

Blog Tour, ARC Review, Playlist, Dream Cast & Giveaway: 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough


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13 Minutes
by Sarah Pinborough
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: October 3rd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Fiction


“Mean Girls for the Instagram age.” –The Times (London)

The New York Times bestselling author known for her thrilling twists is back: 

They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you’re a teenage girl, it’s hard to tell them apart.

Natasha doesn’t remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this–it wasn’t an accident, and she wasn’t suicidal. Her two closest friends are acting strangely, and Natasha turns to Becca, the best friend she dumped years before when she got popular, to help her figure out what happened.

Natasha’s sure that her friends love her. But does that mean they didn’t try to kill her?

13 Minutes is a psychological thriller with a killer twist from the #1 internationally bestselling author Sarah Pinborough.

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UnknownSarah Pinborough is a critically acclaimed adult and YA author based in London.

Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story and also the 2010 and 2014 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella, and she has four times been short-listed for Best Novel. She is also a screenwriter who has written for the BBC and has several original television projects in development.

Her next novel, Behind Her Eyes, coming for HarperFiction in the UK and Flatiron in the US (January 2017) has sold in nearly 20 territories worldwide and is a dark thriller about relationships with a kicker of a twist.

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If you love a fast-paced, shocking thriller, then 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough is sure to fit the bill. The storytelling is perfect for this type of novel and keeps the reader involved right up until the end. What makes this book particularly exciting, however, are the characters who are relatable and all too recognizable in your typical high school.

When a book moves quickly, it is usually hard to set down, making it the perfect nail-biter. 13 Minutes is definitely one that will keep you page-fipping as the story moves in different directions. Pinborough definitely knows how to engage a reader and keep the plot moving.

The way in which the book is laid out is essentially what turns a suspenseful book into something that the reader can feel involved in. 13 Minutes is told in multiple POVs, journal entries, and newspaper clippings. It feels as though the reader is helping to piece the puzzle together along with the characters.

The realistic nature of this thriller is what will absolutely send shivers up your spine. The cliques, the mean girls, the bullies, and the victims are all present and accounted for in this high school murder mystery. Natasha is one of those dislikable mean girls, while Becca is an old cast-away friend of Natasha’s. Pinborough seems to get into the mindset of these girls, making their actions even more chilling with their relatability.

Fans of the thriller genre are sure to enjoy 13 Minutes. Although it is a YA novel, some of the content is definitely geared to a more mature audience. I would recommend it to those who enjoy an edgy high school thriller that will keep you on your toes.






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Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: Love is Both Wave and Particle by Paul Cody


Welcome to my stop on the tour for Paul Cody’s Love is Both Wave and Particle hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club! I am really excited for this contemporary that has just been published by Roaring Brook Press. Be sure to read the guest post written by Paul’s wife, Elizabeth Holmes. It is a witty and interesting look into what it’s like living with an author.


Love is Both Wave and Particle
by Paul Cody
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: Young Adult,  Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis: This achingly beautiful novel considers how to measure love when it has the power to both save and destroy.

Levon Grady and Samantha Vash are both students at an alternative high school for high-achieving but troubled teens. They have been chosen for a year-long project where they write their life stories and collect interviews from people who know them. The only rule is 100% confidentiality—they will share their work only with each other. What happens will transform their lives.

Told from the perspectives of Levon, Sam, and all the people who know them best, this is a love story infused with science and the exploration of identity. Love Is Both Wave and Particle looks at how love behaves in different situations, and how it can shed light on even the darkest heart.

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Unknown-1Paul Cody earned an MFA at Cornell University, and has published several novels and a memoir for adults. He lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife, the poet Elizabeth Holmes, and their two sons. Love Is Both Wave and Particle is his first novel for teenagers.

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by Elizabeth Holmes (wife of Paul Cody)

I come home from the gym, early in the morning before work, and when I open the front door the first thing I see is my husband, Paul Cody, across the room. He’s sitting at one end of the sofa, hunched over his laptop, typing. He’s a big man, tall, and the laptop looks too small for him. Shoulders up to his ears, elbows pressed in, wrists bent and fingers curled over the keys, he looks like an oversized owl crouched over its prey.

He might look up and say hello, or he might not.

That spot on the couch is HQ, command central, home base, and crow’s nest. The end table beside it is crowded with little things he might possibly want during the long hours he spends there—a cup of coffee, nail clippers, bookmarks, cell phone, the prescription nicotine cartridges he puffs on instead of smoking. He can reach them all without getting up. Two floor lamps, one to light the room and one that bends to shine precisely on the keyboard, or a book.

Oh yes, books. In the small space between the wall and the arm of the sofa are three stacks of them, each about three feet high. Novels, history, memoirs, biographies. Books are stacked on the end table, they fill up its single shelf right to the tabletop. They spill over to the floor beyond the end table. Some sit on the back of the sofa, leaning against the wall next to a box of tissues.

Our sons begin calling the two stacks on the end table the Twin Towers. They point out the Empire State Building (the tallest stack beside the sofa), the Bronx high-rises (the bookcases on the far side of the room).

Reading and writing are Paul’s mission, lifeline, and purpose. His world. He reads for hours and hours every day, fascinated by the words and all they evoke in his mind. I’ve never seen anyone who could read so long without getting restless and moving on to something else.

When he’s writing a book—and he has written many over the years I’ve known him—the process is tightly structured. There may be a brief period of trying out an idea, a couple of false starts, but then he’s off and running. He sets up a schedule and sticks to it. After a writing session he sometimes says it was like pulling teeth—but he always does it. Other times he emerges elated, thrilled and surprised by what he’s done.

Each time he announces how many words he added to the novel that day—seven hundred, a thousand, twelve hundred. He may not know how the book will end, but he knows how long it will be. “Crossed 35,000 words today,” he’ll say. “Halfway there.”

Some days he knows he’s a star, he’s brilliant, his work is up there with the novels of his heroes, James Joyce, Henry James, Don DeLillo. Other days it’s all crap, nobody would want to read this, and it’s stupid.

He has put his heart into writing books that he completed but wasn’t able to sell, and into books that were published with considerable success. But he always puts his heart in it.

He likes to quote James: “We give what we have. We work in the dark.” In other words, when you start a book, you don’t know if you’ll succeed or fail—artistically or in the marketplace. You just do it. And if you’re Paul, you love doing it.


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