Blog Tour: Wish For Me – A. Star

24301457Series: The Djinn Order – Book One
Release Date: April 27th 2015
Publisher: Self – Published
Pages: 155
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon. 



When the snarky Glory St. Pierre discovers the gold mechanical vase in her deceased grandmother’s basement, she has no idea that she has uncovered a priceless treasure: a genie lamp. With a real genie inside. A very sexy genie with a not-so-sexy grudge against the entire human race.

Irving Amir hates being called a genie. He’s a Djinn, and he is none too happy to be in the service of Glory, who is as intolerable, and beautiful, as humans come. Now he owes her his gratitude for freeing him and three wishes. Damn his luck.

But an arrow through the shoulder alerts Irving to the fact that he is being hunted, and after a truce dinner with Glory ends with them both almost being killed, hating each other goes right out the window. As feelings change and love starts to develop, they must dig through the secrets and lies to find the truth…a truth neither of them will ever see coming.


This was such an interesting and fun book. As soon as I read the synopsis I was intrigued, a genie who grants wishes and then falls in love with a human? Straight away that sounded like something I wanted to read. Genies aren’t something I’ve read a lot about, but after this I definitely want to read more!

I really liked Glory as a character. She’s really likeable and I enjoyed seeing where her story went. There’s lots of witty dialogue between her and Irving that outright made me laugh, and I definitely enjoyed seeing their relationship come together. Glory is no meek character, she bites back and gives as good as she gets. It was really great to see her and Irving go up against each other, especially given his dislike for humans.

There were a few moments in the book that were a little predictable, but overall I really enjoyed the story and it kept me captivated till the end. As with all books I seem to read recently, there is a massive cliffhanger, but hopefully there won’t be too long a wait for book two.

Wish for Me is definitely not for children, and a word of warning for graphic sex and bad language. If however you’re looking for a light and fun read, this is definitely the book for you. It’s well written, exciting and has some wonderful characters that you’re definitely going to want to see again.

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Blog Tour: Queen of Tomorrow – Sherry D. Ficklin

23006830Series: Stolen Empire – Book Two
Release Date: July 14th 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Pages: 278
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.


Book two of the Stolen Empire series will have you on the edge of your seat.

Sophie—now Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia—had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Married at sixteen to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne, and settled in their own palace, things are finally looking up. As a new day dawns, she thinks only of securing her future, and the future of their country, during one of the greatest political upheavals of her time. Fighting desperately against forces trying to depose the Empress Elizabeth and put the young Prince Ivan on her throne, Sophie soon finds herself in the middle of a war brewing between her beloved Prussia, and her new empire. But even as she navigates the fragile political landscape, she quickly realizes that she has only begun to discover the tangled web of deceit and infidelity woven over the lavish court of Oranienbaum Palace.

When a strange and delicate alliance forms between the young couple, she glimpses a future of happiness, only to see it lost in a moment at the hands of those who still seek to end her life—and prevent her reign. Out of favor with the empress and running out of options, Sophie will have to sacrifice her own innocence on the altar of Russia if she is to save the nation, and herself. To survive, she will have to do the unthinkable, betray those closest to her and become something greater and more dangerous than she ever imagined she could be… a queen.

I absolutely love this series. There’s something about YA historical fiction that makes me want to instantly pick up the book. And this series is definitely one to read. Filled with romance, mystery, politics and drama, there’s never a dull moment with this book. Picking up right where Queen of Someday ends, you’ll be addicted to this book from page one.

Catherine is a fabulous protagonist. There’s so much character growth with her, she completely changes from being the innocent young girl of Queen of Someday to a more grown up, determined woman who will someday rule Imperial Russia. The baddies in the book are also very well explored and realistic – from the outset I disliked Peter and Elizavetta and I think such a strong reaction shows how interesting and complex the characters in this book are.

The setting is such an interesting one too, and Ficklin puts a great amount of detail into the book. Queen of Tomorrow is not the most fast-paced story in the world, but it does deliver a world that is intense, exciting and easy to immerse yourself in. Ficklin’s writing is wonderful, full of wonderful, interesting descriptions, as well as flowing exceptionally well.

If you haven’t tried the Stolen Empire series yet, it’s definitely one for all you young adult fans out there. My one caution would be to start this book on a weekend, because you are going to be avoiding people and abandoning pretty much everything to reach the dramatic ending of this story. And if like me you’re now patiently waiting the release of Queen of Always, take comfort in the fact that you only have a few short months to wait for the September release date.

As part of this tour Sherry is also giving away an Amazon Gift card and some goodies, which you can win by entering here!


Blog Tour: The Blue Effect – Rose Shababy

Series: Renegade Heroes – Book One
Release Date: September 8th 2014
Publisher: Smashwords
Pages: 296
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.


Meet your new favourite heroine. Blue Brennan is witty, kick ass and you’re going to love her.

Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter despite her pinup girl looks and quick wit. Night after night, she scours the Seattle club scene looking for someone or something to fill the emptiness inside.

When she meets the mysterious Kasey, her world stops… literally. He claims she has the ability to control time and stuns her even further when he reveals his own gifts.

Blue is inexplicably drawn to Kasey and reluctantly enters his world filled with a new breed of humanity. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences from the rest of society.
Then the group discovers a nameless, faceless sociopath with nightmarish powers; and he’s coming for Blue. She’s left reeling when they discover her gifts are the key to defeating his terrible evil and saving them all.

Now she must race against the clock to harness her own powers and save her new friends. Can she be more than a renegade? Can she be a hero too?

This book is fantastic. It has tons of action, it had my gripping my kindle for dear life on more than one occasion. I found this book a really different one to read, it’s urban fantasy but that also doesn’t feel like a complete fit. It mixes science fiction, adult lit and a few other things in between.

The cover is also a lovely one, and one I feel fits the book really well. Despite the fact that the story is about people with supernatural abilities, the whole book feels very realistic and believable. I really liked the characters and enjoyed getting to know them. I don’t want to give too much away, but they’re all very interesting and complex. Blue is probably one of my new favourite heroines. She’s quite witted and stubborn and a really fascinating character.

The Blue Effect is an exciting start to what I’m sure is going to be a fantastic series. If you’re a fan of young adult/urban fantasy, you’re definitely going to want to add this to your wish list.  Your only problem will be waiting for the release of book two.

Can’t wait to get reading The Blue Effect? Scroll down for an excerpt from the book!

“How do you do that?” I asked, finding my voice. I looked around the dance floor, at all the people frozen like 3D photographs. It didn’t make sense that I wasn’t scared by the situation at hand, but fear didn’t factor into my emotional state at all. I also wondered what it would be like to walk through the crowd and note all their bodily contortions and facial expressions, but I held back. At the moment I was more interested in hearing what this man had to say. “How did you make everything stop?”

“As to how I do what I do, I can only tell you that I do it. I know someone that can explain the how better than I. As to this,” he waggled a finger toward the still figures in the room, “this is all you. I can only help you … amplify what you had inside you to begin with.”

It was my turn to laugh, but it was humorless and harsh. “What are you talking about?”

“You have felt different all your life, no?”

“Sure. But doesn’t everybody?” I answered with an eye roll and looked around the room again. “Look at these morons. They’re all playing dress up, hiding their real selves from each other. But the truth is they’re desperate to find someone to love them. Hoping they’ll be important to someone, anyone, because they sure as hell don’t feel important to themselves. Hoping they’ll actually matter. Hoping that someone can take away the emptiness they feel every time they look in the mirror.”

He shook his head. “You are talking about yourself, not them. And they are not all like that. They are not the lifeless paper dolls you think they are, not even the ones trying so hard to stand out. And neither are you.”

His words confused me, and I felt myself growing angry. “Who are you?” I didn’t like the things he made me feel anymore, and I longed for the simplicity of the liquored-up daze I’d enjoyed earlier. I wanted to run away from him, but in the same moment I realized that nothing could have made me turn away from this strange man.

“My name is Kasimir Korsak. My friends call my Kasey. I would very much like to include you in that group.”

I shook my head. “If you know so much about me, you would know that I don’t have friends.” I put as much disdain into the last word as I could. I might want to find out more about the things that were happening, but that didn’t mean I trusted him. “Besides, what possible reason do I have to believe anything you say?”

His eyes were still steady on mine when he spoke. “You already trust me, Blue. You do not want to admit it because I am a stranger, but deep down you

believe me because you hear truth in my words. You look around the room and see truth. You are different. Special.” He held out his hands, palms up in a gesture of openness. “You are like me, only you have not learned how to use your abilities yet.”

Abilities? I gaped at him. What the hell does that mean?

We stood in the strange, echoless silence, neither of us taking our eyes off the other. I wanted his words to be true. I wanted the differentness I’d always felt to be something special, wanted it with an urgency that pierced through the numbness. In the few moments I’d spent with this man I’d felt more emotions than I’d felt in years.

The realization finally brought forth fear, but it also brought excitement, and I wanted more. If his words were true, and he and I were alike, maybe that meant I actually belonged somewhere.

“I can show you if you let me.” He smiled again and as we stared at one another, thoughts that weren’t mine raced through my head.

Give me a chance to show you. There are others like us. You do not have to be alone anymore.

“Why should I?”

“What are your options?” He smiled. “Someone once said, ‘I may never be what I want to be, what I ought to be, but how will I know unless I try?’ That is all I am asking you to do, try.”

“Who said that?”

He grinned wider. “A superhero.”

I rolled my eyes. “You’re kidding, right? This isn’t a fucking comic book.”

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Blog Tour: Synthetica – Rachel Pattinson

Series: Synthetica – Book One
Release Date: April 1st 2015
Publisher: Smashwords
Pages: 299
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon. 


The debut novel from Rachel Pattinson is an action packed ride.

This city is falling.

Seventeen-year-old Anais Finch lives in a world where everyone is born beautiful, where every dream is a possibility – and where their every move and every piece of personal information is recorded by an ID picochip inserted behind their right ear. When technology giant, Civitas, finally announces the launch of their highly anticipated Scholarly Learning Programs, which allow people to download and learn any subject instantly, Anais can hardly wait.

But not everyone is pleased with society’s progress, and not everyone wants to fit in. When Anais witnesses a brutal murder on an innocent citizen and is implicated in the crime, she becomes determined to uncover the truth, especially when others like it begin to occur all over the city. But it may already be too late for Anais to stop the man who calls himself ‘the Hacker’ before he commits his most appalling crime yet.

This is such a fun and exciting read. As soon as I read the plot I was hooked. Straight away it sounded like a Young Adult/Science Fiction/1984/technology taking over mash up of entertainment, and it completely is. Synthetica will have you caught up straight away, and leave you eagerly anticipating the sequel.

The other thing that completely caught my eye was the cover. It’s such a stunning one and incredibly well designed. It peaked my attention straight away. I would definitely add this one to my favourite covers of 2015. The premise is also a really interesting one. Anais witnesses a brutal murder, but instead of being killed also, she is implicated as the criminal. As she continues to be brought to the attention of the police, she has to fight to uncover the true murderer. I recently read Darkhaven, which also focuses on an innocent person being blamed for a crime, so I really enjoyed reading this so soon after Darkhaven, as it follows a vaguely similar idea, but takes it in a completely different direction.

The characters have plenty of depth in them and are believable, if a little cliché with the overly inquisitive teenage girl. I did really like Anais though, and while there could have been more character growth, I enjoyed reading about her and Xander. There is some romance tangled up in all the action going on, which definitely adds another layer to this exciting read.

I loved the world building and all the technological improvements. Pattinson put a great amount of detail into building a world of the future and it was really interesting to see someone’s interpretation of that. The idea that a job can be chosen for you and you will have it for the rest of your life is a pretty scary one, especially if it ended up something you hated. This adds another layer to a really enjoyable, action packed read that fans of Young Adult Sci-fi will just love!

As part of this tour run by YA Bound Book Tours, Rachel is kindly giving away a $10 Amazon Giftcard, open internationally click here to enter!


Feature: Interview with Daniel José Older author of Shadowshaper


Pub. Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic)
Pages: 304
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

Cassandra Clare meets Caribbean legend in SHADOWSHAPER, an action-packed urban fantasy from a bold new talent.

Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “No importa” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep…. Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order’s secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick’s supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family’s past, present, and future.

Shadowshaper sounds like such a fascinating book, now read an interview with the author!

1. For those who haven’t read Shadowshaper yet, can you sum it up for us?

When a creepy dead guy shows up at the first party of the summer, Sierra Santiago is forced to unravel a mystery that reaches deep into her own family’s magical legacy and the heart of Brooklyn itself.

2. The idea that spirits can be contacted through paintings and music is a very unusual one, what inspired the idea?

I think there’s a connection between art and spirituality in that both are grasping for things we can’t fully confine with a description. We’re always translating – translating experience to canvas or page, translating emotion to notes and sounds – and in some ways never quite reaching what we want to say, but there’s beauty in the reach, even in the failure. Spirituality is similar – it’s beyond description. We talk a lot about history being present, but what that does that really mean? In Shadowshaper, history is physicalized in the form of these towering shadows, and then even more so when they enter a work of art.

3. With Shadowshaper about to be released in a few weeks, what are you planning to work on next?

Currently amidst a few essays, which always feel like a good way to cleanse my pallet after writing a novel. Then I’ll be jumping back into the third book in the Bone Street Rumba series, which I put down at exactly the halfway point to handle a few other projects.

4. You write predominantly in the urban fantasy genre, what’s your favourite thing about it?

I grew up in a city (Boston) and have lived here in Brooklyn for over ten years and to me, cities come to life, pulse with complexity and history and stories. Especially old cities. So much has happened here, so much is happening now. I love thinking about what new mythologies can speak to this new time.

5. Of all the characters you have ever written, who is your favourite and why?

Goodness what a tough question! Characters can be like children in a way – you hear parents say, I love you all in different ways – I kinda feel like that. Sierra is very close to my heart; I put a lot of myself in her and like me, she loves to draw. Kia Summers is a character I first wrote in Half-Resurrection Blues as a very peripheral part of Carlos, the main character’s world, but she instantly took over the page and I ended up making her a main point of view character in the sequel Midnight Taxi Tango. She’s such a raw and deeply human character to write, it barely feels like writing, just transcribing really. Her and Sierra probably share the top rank.

6. What was the process like for writing Shadowshaper, did it take you long to complete?

This has been the longest, most complex writing process I’ve ever been through. It has been amazing and I’ve learned so much. Shadowshaper is actually my first book; I started it in 2009, before I’d written anything from the Bone Street Rumba series. It went through many edits, got torn apart and put back together many times, was splayed across my office wall in a kind of post-it note collage storyboard for a few years and finally came together into the book it is now. It’s been an amazing journey.

7. What is your favourite book so far of 2015?

The best book I’ve read this year is Kai Ashante Wilson’s The Sorcerer at Wildeeps, a novella coming out soon from If Shakespeare, James Baldwin, George Martin, and Ghostface Killah were to have a baby, it’d be this book. Get it.

8. Thank you so much for taking part in this interview, is there anything you’d like to add to finish us off?

I’m thrilled to have Shadowshaper come out in this exciting time in the YA/MG world. Great authors like Kekla Magoon, Sherri Smith, Jason Reynolds, Tracey Baptiste, Sarah McCarry, Adam Silvera, Sofia Quintero, and many more are pushing the boundaries of the field in ways we haven’t seen before. ¡Pa’lante!

About Daniel:

danieljoseolder1Daniel José Older is the author of the upcoming Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015) and the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, which begins in January 2015 with Half-Resurrection Blues from Penguin’s Roc imprint. Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre” after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History and guest edited the music issue of Crossed Genres. His short stories and essays have appeared in, Salon, BuzzFeed, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond. Daniel’s band Ghost Star gigs regularly around New York and he facilitates workshops on storytelling from an anti-oppressive power analysis. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music at and @djolder on twitter.

As part of this tour run by Rockstar Book Tours, Daniel is kindly giving away three finished copies of Shadowshaper (US only.) Click here to enter! Thank you for checking out my post on the tour and be sure to click the banner below to check out the other tour stops!


Blog Tour: Spotlight on The Sephra’s Tear – Robyn Bachar

25689256Series: Just One Spell – Book One
Release Date: June 6th 2015
Publisher: Self – Published
Pages: 318
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

Just one spell will change their fates…

Cordelia is a pawn of House Dorchada–a notorious noble family comprised of thieves, assassins and dark wizards. Desperate to avoid their poisonous politics, Cordelia plotted her escape for years, but her carefully laid plans are jeopardized when her father commands her to marry an aged lord of Frostever.

With only a few short months left before her wedding, Cordelia’s salvation hinges on creating a Sephra’s Tear–a forbidden amulet that causes overwhelming lust in its victim. A black market buyer promises a life-changing amount of coin as payment for the Tear, but being caught creating it carries a death sentence.

Two wizards are needed to produce the passion to fuel the erotic spell, so Cordelia recruits the aid of peasant wizard Nathaniel Ravenwood. Nathaniel has long denied his desire for the beautiful Cordelia. As a noblewoman and a Dorchada she is as dangerous to Nathaniel as a viper, but the fortune she offers is a temptation he can’t refuse.

Dealing in dark magic comes with a price, and Cordelia and Nathaniel risk losing their freedom–and their hearts. Their fates depend on the one spell that will free them, or destroy them.

Doesn’t it sound amazing? Now read an excerpt from The Sephra’s Tear below!

Nathaniel’s study was located in the lower levels of the stronghold, carved out of the stone the city was built upon, where the wizards of limited financial means lived and trained. The décor changed with each floor she descended, the layers of artistry and comfort stripped away until the walls and floor were bare gray stone. Like everything in White Harbor, the lines dividing the wealthy and the poor were clear. Cordelia enjoyed the tangible privileges of noble birth, but she knew she wouldn’t have them for much longer. She’d gladly give up silk and perfume for the freedom that wool and sweat would bring her.

When she arrived at Nathaniel’s door she paused and inhaled a deep breath. Cordelia had committed many small larcenies, and a Sephra’s Tear would be the boldest sin she had ever attempted. Cordelia’s hand trembled as she raised it, and she knocked and opened the door when she heard him bid her enter.

Seated at the aged desk dominating the room, Nathaniel glanced up from the book he had been reading. Surprise flickered across his face for a moment before he rose.

“Lady Dorchada. I won’t have your money until the first of next month.”

“Yes, I know.”

“Then to what do I owe this honor?” Though the question was phrased respectfully, his tone was suspicious. She couldn’t blame him—a Dorchada at one’s door was never a harbinger of good news.

Cordelia stepped into the tiny room and let the door shut behind her. He had a desk, a small alchemy table and a stove for heat. There was one other chair, but it was occupied by a tall stack of books. She glanced at it and gave Nathaniel a pointed look. Rounding his desk, he cleared the books away and waved his guest to take a seat.

“Thank you.” The stiff chair was uncomfortable, but Cordelia sat in it primly. “I apologize for the interruption. I will try not to keep you long. I have a new business proposition.”

“You have my attention.” Nathaniel returned to his seat and watched her with a neutral expression. She hesitated as the well-rehearsed speech vanished from her thoughts. Cordelia cleared her throat and tried to phrase her request as politely as possible.

“I need assistance with casting a somewhat difficult spell, and I hope that you may be able to aid me.”

“What sort of spell?” Nathaniel tended to be brusque, and his straightforwardness added to the anxiety tying her stomach into knots.

“One that would require discretion, should you choose to be involved.”

Nathaniel sat back and folded his hands in his lap. “All of our dealings require discretion, my lady. Thus far I’ve been impressed by your caution.”

Cordelia nodded. “Thank you. It is a Sephra’s Tear. A potent Tear.”

The wizard’s dark eyebrows rose to nearly his hairline. He raised his folded hands, covering his mouth to hide his expression. She admired his composure in response to such an unusual request—he probably didn’t often have women arriving unannounced at his door to ask that he make love to them until they both collapsed. Then again, he just might, considering how attractive he was. Nathaniel was older than Cordelia, but not by much. Unbound, his long black hair fell past his shoulders. As with most wizards Nathaniel’s hands were slender, hinting at dexterity instead of strength, and he had high, sharp cheekbones that most of the noble ladies in White Harbor would kill to be graced with. His plain, charcoal robes were well made, but were durable instead of fashionable. Cordelia found his eyes to be his most interesting feature; pale, crystalline blue, Nathaniel’s eyes were mesmerizing, though they were usually filled with suspicion when looking at her.

The Sephra’s Tear is available now, and as part of this tour Robyn is giving away a $25 gift card, which you can enter by clicking here!

Book Review: Darkhaven – A. F. E. Smith

Release Date: July 2nd 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: 400
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.


How do you prove you’re innocent when the whole city thinks your guilty?

Ayla’s father is the ruler of Darkhaven. Her brother Myrren should be the heir to the Darkhaven throne but he has not inherited the family abilities and so Ayla must take his place. But When Ayla’s father is brutally murdered, all evidence points to her. Now she must fight to clear her name and reclaim the throne she never wanted.

There are so many things I loved about this book that I’m not sure where to start describing it. First off the cover is glorious. As soon as I saw it I was so intrigued. The premise instantly had me hooked as well. Ayla is the only other changer in the city. If she didn’t kill her father, who did? That burning question kept me going the whole way through the book. I think it can be quite hard not to give the answer away, but Smith managed to keep me guessing right up until the last second.

I also loved the characters. Ayla and Myrren are such huge disappointments to their father, but they’re both such different characters. Myrren is quite accepting of his fate, but Ayla is much more stubborn and determined. Both are very complex and intense characters, and Smith does a fantastic job of blending the action and the depth of the characters.

The world building in this story is also fantastic. Darkhaven feels very real and vibrant, with lots of different characters and customs and styles. Smith has put a great amount of detail into this and it adds another layer to the story and makes it an absolute pleasure to read. I love the idea that the Nightshade family have this creature they can turn into, an extension of their personality. It was a really interesting idea to explore and I loved the depictions of the different changers.

I also enjoyed that the book contained different point of view characters, namely Ayla and Myrren but also Serenna and Tomas Caraway. It was interesting to explore the same murder from different perspectives, and it also really made Arkannen come alive.

The story is a dark and twisted one, and there’s plenty of deception and fighting going on. As well as magic, mystery and a fight to survive. Smith perfectly merges all these elements together into a fantastic read, one that will definitely be on my top picks of 2015. If you’re looking for something magical, exciting and full of action, Darkhaven should definitely be your next read.