The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster – Blog Tour

Hello everyone! So today I get to be part of a blog tour for The Rift Uprising* by Amy S. Foster and, for it, I am doing a review! I’ll try to be as non-spoilery as possible but I make no total promises. Before I get into the review, though, let me share with you some book details:

The Rift Uprisingrift_finalcover* by Amy S. Foster
Release Date: October 4, 2016

 Normal seventeen-year-old girls go to high school, binge watch TV shows all weekend, and flirt with everyone on the face of the Earth. But Ryn Whitaker is trying to save it.

Ryn is a Citadel. A soldier. A liar. Ryn and her fellow Citadels were specially chosen and trained to guard a Rift—one of fourteen unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths. Unbeknownst to her family, Ryn leaves for school each day and then reports for duty as an elite, cybernetically-altered soldier who can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which comes in handy when she’s not sure if axe-wielding Vikings or any number of other terrified and often dangerous beings come through the Rift. A fine-tuned weapon, Ryn is a picture-perfect Citadel. But that’s all about to change.

When a young man named Ezra is pulled through the Rift, Ryn finds herself immediately drawn to him, despite her training. What starts as a physical attraction quickly grows deeper, and Ezra’s curiosity throws Ryn off balance when he starts questioning the Rifts, the mysterious organization that oversees them, and the Citadels themselves—questions that lead Ryn to wonder if the lies she’s been telling her family are just the surface of a much bigger lie told to her. As Ryn and Ezra desperately try to get to that truth, they discover that each revelation blurs the line between the villains and the heroes even more. 

LINKS: Amazon | B&N

Sounds interesting right? It really is….let me tell you why: 

  • Characters: okay so main character was Ryn and can we pls discuss how 1) I imagined her as the Viner Lele Pons and 2) SHE’S FREAKING AWESOME like sure she has her flaws and she is built to be AMAZING but dude she thinks like a normal person and I was like, if I was Ryn, my thought processes would be literally the same. I also reallllllly like how the other characters were described and portrayed and how their relationship is with Ryn and it was just wonderful character wise
  • Description/Dialogue: so remember back like 5 seconds ago when I said Ryn’s thought processes were like a normal person’s? SAME WITH THE DESCRIPTION AND DIALOGUE! I don’t know what it is – were books not really like this before?! – but this was very refreshing! I love the realness factor to it! I might love it more than others do because I’m trying to figure out how to bring that same realness to my own book but I LOVED IT!!! TBH I just loved this entire book! Like enough that I read through the remaining 200 pages (leftover from after I read during dinner) in like an hour and a half no kidding (I timed myself)(literally started reading again at 10:30 pm and then finished at 12 am)(I might just be a Citadel myself)(okay I’ll stop now)

Okay I should probably put an end to the (….)s LOL but ya, I LOVED The Rift Uprising* and I found it incredibly different! It makes me love SciFi a lot more than I thought and I’m actually realllllllly excited to read more in the trilogy!!! Oh and guess what? THERE’S A GIVEAWAY FOR YOU GUYS!!! You can win (3) finished copies of THE RIFT UPRISING (US Only)! To enter the Rafflecopter, click here!

Good luck to all in the giveaway! In the meantime, check out the author below, follow her on social media and then check out the tour hosts!

amy-s-foster-author-photo-headshotABOUT AMY S. FOSTER
Amy S. Foster is a celebrated songwriter, best known as Michael Bublé’s writing partner. You might recognize her work in his four hit singles, including “Home” and “Haven’t Met You Yet.” She has also collaborated with Destiny’s Child, Diana Krall, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and a host of other artists. She is also the author of the novel When Autumn Leaves. When she’s not in a studio in Nashville, Amy lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Amy is the daughter of singer B.J. Cook and the legendary music producer, David Foster. Fun fact about Amy: Her extended family tree includes Bella and Gigi Hadid, Sara and Erin Foster and Brody and Brandon Jenner, and Clay Aiken! The Rift Uprising, her YA debut, will be released on October 4, 2016.

LINKS: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

And that’s all! Thank you to Hannah from Irish Banana and Amy for organizing this blog tour and letting me review the book! And thank you for reading the post! Before you leave though, follow the rest of the tour! Have a great day/night and tata for now!

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Iron Cast by Destiny Soria – #PiqueWeek Review

Hello everyone!! So today I get to be part of the awesome #PiqueWeek blog tour with a review of Iron Cast* by Destiny Soria! Before I get into the awesomeness that is IC, let me tell you a little more about Iron Cast and Pique Week!

About Pique Week:

abramsAbrams Books’ launched a new YA website called Pique Beyond! Pique is all about going beyond the book. Not only do they highlight exclusive excerpts and quotes from new and upcoming books, but they peel back the cover and show us the behind-the-scenes stuff: how books are made, what the authors were thinking, and how it all comes together. This week, they’re highlighting all of their newest titles, and honest to God, it looks AWESOME! You can visit the site at or follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @piquebeyond!

About Iron Cast: 

Iron Castic* by Destiny Soria
Release Date: October 11, 2016

It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, she realizes how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn. An ideal next read for fans of Libba Bray’s The Diviners.

LINKS: Amazon* | Goodreads

Sounds interesting right? Well, it is and let me tell you…..

IT’S SO FREAKING GOOD OHMYGOD literally flawless!!!!!! Okay let me list the reasons but seriously read this book PLEASE!

  • Ada, Corinne and the other awesome characters in the book are written so well and so interestingly! Their interactions, different “powers”, chemistry, personalities, different relationships, and actions are just so real and on pointe with how the character would act through the entire book!
  • THE SETTINGS OMG literally awesome and so well described and it felt like I was actually there and had a mini movie in my head that could be playing IRL for all I know but YESSSSSSS
  • the COVER! Ok I know, “don’t judge a book by its cover” but that’s so wrong. Judge this one; it’s as beautiful and wonderful on the outside as it is inside and I just want all formats of this and all the swag and just *heart eyes*

*straightens outfit and hair* Ok I think that’s all for the review. Totally didn’t (not) flail once or yell at all (HA). LOL anyways, seriously, this book was good. Like from the beginning good which is a bit hard to do. Sometimes, the book only picks up after a couple chapters in but this one really started and ended with a bang and it was GOOD. Please please pleaseeeeee buy it (it’s only $10* for the HC on Amazon! OMG), read it and then flail with me afterwards because this book is one of my faves of the YEAR now! So good! *dramatic faint at the awesomeness*

Thank you to Nicole from Pique Beyond/Abrams Books and Destiny for organizing this blog tour and letting me review Iron Cast! And thank you to YOU for reading the post! Before you leave though, follow the rest of the tour! Have a great day/night and tata for now!



Hello everyone! So today is a bit of an insanity post because this is a HUGE topic right now. It’s one that I’ve lightly touched on before but has never been discussed much further. To save space, I’ll say this quick thing:

I used to use websites that offered free books. I wasn’t allowed to buy books and I was relatively young and, more importantly, I was on my own in my book love. I had only started blogging (on Weebly) when I found the websites and I thought it was great! I thought it was like a mini library except this time I could keep the books as long as I wanted. As I grew older and wiser, I realized how wrong I was and what those free book websites did for authors, publishers and other people involved in the literary industry. I stopped using the websites and have since discouraged people from using them.

Now why am I talking about this today? Because last night there was a wonderful discussion on the topic. I don’t know how it started but I saw it and I liked it. I especially liked it when I saw that there were some people who weren’t placing blame on anyone for why people were downloading free books. Rather they were suggesting alternatives. I thought this particularly interesting because I never saw an alternative; I was so new to the online literary world that I didn’t see anything else. Thus I thought to share my thoughts and the alternatives with you! Let’s begin!


Here’s the thing, both of those are MAJOR factors in how people read books and which ones they read. There are some people who don’t have the money to buy books, there are others who have no accessibility to libraries or book shops close by. For example, I lived in a small town where the biggest thing in town was that we had Subway (so good btw!). We had a library but it was extremely small and after previously living in a place where I could practically get any book I wanted, it was extremely limiting to find that I didn’t have any choices. Not to mention I was young and unfamiliar with the fact that I could ask my library to purchase books for me to read though it didn’t help much when I eventually found that out. Oh and I wasn’t allowed to buy any books unless they were like $3 or less. So ya, everyone’s situation is different both in the physical sense (accessibility and money) and the mental sense (feeling alone/unfamiliar with things). Thankfully, there are alternatives but before I get into that, I thought I’d discuss (college) textbooks….


Okay so someone in the discussion quickly mentioned college textbooks as something to consider. I thought it would be interesting to cover this as they’re very expensive, most of the time unnecessarily…. here’re my thoughts on this:

College textbooks are really expensive and sometimes even teachers will say “oh this books is $$ on Amazon but, hey, I found it for free as PDF which you can find [insert link]” I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that’s not right unless it is found for free on popular bookstore sites. For example, most of the classics (literature wise) can be found on Amazon or the Apple store for FREE. So that covers your English class! For STEM, I highly suggest buying your books and not just because it’s not right to pirate books; STEM courses are the base of your degree and each course builds on the one before it and so, personally, I find it best to buy (or at least rent) any STEM textbooks so I can use them as references in later courses. Overall, I don’t really see a situation where it would be okay to pirate books but I believe that if you do, you ought to carefully deliberate over the alternatives, your situation and the consequences.

On the topic of alternatives….



Here is a pretty wonderful list of alternatives that I’ve either found/come up with myself or that the Twitter discussion has helped me find. For the latter, thank you all for your wonderful ideas!

  • Libraries
  • Free Ebooks
    • Apple Store
    • Amazon
  • Read books in the public domain
  • Enter giveaways for gift cards or books! Goodreads is an excellent example of where to find giveaways for books of all genres so definitely check that out!
  • Request/auto download eARCs from NetGalley & Edelweiss and then please review the book afterward!
  • BookBub
  • (Literary) magazines

Someone also suggested some sites with unpublished (but pretty awesome) writing:

  • Figment
  • Wattpad
  • Swoonreads
  • Fictionpress
  • Fanfiction sites


Obviously, you may not be able to access a specific book you want but it’s also quite fun to find new books to read that you might otherwise not have read. When I got an iPod several years ago and found the free ebook section of the Apple store, I downloaded anything remotely interesting and ended up finding a couple faves! I understand it’s a bit hard not to read all the books you’d like but think of it as an opportunity to save money for later and read outside your comfort zone!

And that’s it for today! Thank you to everyone on Twitter for an awesome discussion and for the above alternatives! Now I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts on the issue and your experience(s) with it! Have you ever (unknowingly) pirated a book? If so, what was it that made you stop? Also, what do you think of the alternatives listed? Tell me in the comments below as I’d love to see what you think! Thank you, have a great day/night and tata for now!!

And I Darken by Kiersten White – DNF Review

Hello everyone! So today I’m doing something different in two ways: I’m posting a DNF (did not finish) review AND copying it over from where it was first published on my Goodreads. First off, background info: so here’s the thing, I got an ARC of And I Darken back in May from Kiersten herself to make an art piece out of and to hopefully review. I loved her book The Chaos of Stars and the opportunity of making art sounded fun so I went for it and started reading it…..and then I DNFed it. I’ve had a lot of thoughts on why I DNFed it but because it’s Kiersten and because a lot of people liked this, I’ve been putting off writing my reasons down. But with the second book being announced and all and the cover for it being released, I feel it’s time I told you why I DNFed it and tbh they’re pretty simple/reasonable reasons. Here we go…. (SPOILERS AHEAD)

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Bury The Living by Jodi McIsaac – Blog Tour

Hello peoples! So today I get to be part of a blog tour for Bury The Living* by Jodi McIsaac and, for it, I get to share with you an excerpt! Before I share the excerpt, though, let me share with you some book details:
mcisaac-burytheliving-coverBury The Living* by Jodi McIsaac
Release Date: September 6, 2016

Contemporary fantasy author Jodi McIsaac returns to shelves with her newest historical fiction novel, a poignant time travel tale that will take fans back to Ireland in 1923 in Bury The Living*.

Rebellion has always been in the O’Reilly family’s blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother during Northern Ireland’s infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to fight for her country’s freedom. Now, over a decade later, Nora is haunted by both her past and intense dreams of a man she has never met.

When she is given a relic belonging to Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland, the mystical artifact transports her back to 1923—to the height of Ireland’s brutal civil war in. There she meets the fascinating stranger from her dreams, who has his own secrets—and an agenda. Ripped from her own time, Nora now has the chance to save the ones she loves… and to alter the entire future of Ireland.

And now for the excerpt:

            On Monday morning Nora walked to school with a couple of friends. She tried to nod and laugh in all the right places as they nattered on, but her mind was fixated on the bags of cocaine stuffed deep into her rucksack. She’d decided there was no point in dumping it, not when she could still make a fair sale of it. Then her family wouldn’t have to wait to leave town. She’d sent a message to Ernie Farrell, saying she’d sell him the lot at half price. He’d been Robbie Grady’s only competition in this part of town. There was no way he would say no. Then it would be out of her hands.

At the lunch break she waited in the stacks at the library, just as she’d promised to do in her message. The Irish-history section, which was always empty. She read the titles with interest while she waited. Her school, like many others, preferred to focus on European and world history. Irish history was too controversial, to close to home. But Eamon’s love for it had rubbed off. He was always throwing obscure bits of history into their conversations or telling her about great battles and chieftains who’d lived hundreds of years ago. She’d soaked it all in—a sparkling vision of Ireland that was a sharp contrast to her own bleak reality.

Nora waited the entire lunch hour, but Ernie never came. Had he even been to school that day? She hadn’t seen him. Maybe he was sick. Maybe he’d chickened out after hearing about Robbie.

She left the library and headed back to class. She was late enough that the hallways were empty. Then she heard heavy footsteps behind her. She glanced back and stopped dead in her tracks. Paddy Sullivan was standing in the hallway, grinning at her.

“Hiya, Nora,” he said.

“What the hell are you doing here?”

“Ach, don’t be like that, Nora. We’ve some more questions for you.” He jerked his head toward the front door.

“I’ve answered your questions,” she said, clutching her rucksack close to her stomach. “Youse said you’d leave me alone.”

“Things change. C’mon. Let’s go.”

“I’ve got to get to class. I’m late.”

“We’re on the way to see your brother. Don’t you want to come?”

Nausea swept through her. He was bluffing, sure he was. But what if he means it? “I told youse to leave Eamon out of this! What do youse want him for?”

“Ernie never showed up to your little meeting, did he?”

Nora felt faint. “I just…wanted to talk to him.”

“Uh-huh. Seems you didn’t take our warnings seriously. Now come on. We don’t want to make a scene here in the school, do we?”

Nora felt as though her legs were embedded in the ground. All she could do was stare at Paddy, unable to move, while the world spun around her. She had to ditch the bag, somewhere, somehow.

“I…I just have to…I have to use the bogs first,” she stammered.

“I’m sure you can hold it,” he said. His hand clamped on to her arm, and he marched her out of the side door, where a car was waiting. She shifted her rucksack to one hand and prepared to drop it in the bushes, but he grabbed it.

“For a petty criminal, you’re pretty daft, Nora.”

“Wait, please, you don’t understand— ”

“You’ve got balls, I’ll give you that. Thought you’d just pick up where Robbie left off?”

“No! I was just trying to get rid of it, I swear.” Nora tried to wrestle herself from Paddy’s grip, panic building in her like a smoking volcano. “Don’t take me to Mick. You can have the coke—it’s worth a lot of money.”

“Mick’s interested in something far more useful to him than coke,” Paddy answered as he stuffed her into the back of the car. He got in the front seat, then turned around. “I think he’ll be wanting to make a deal.”

Nora drew back against the upholstered seat, horror spreading across her face. “He’ll not…be wanting…”

Paddy grinned again. “To pimp you out? Is that what you’re afraid of? You’re an attractive girl, Nora, but Mick’s not like that. He’s a decent lad.”

“Then what?”

“You’ll find out.”

And that’s all for the excerpt! Ah! Doesn’t it sound interesting? Well thankfully you could win a copy!  You can win (3) finished copies of BURY THE LIVING* (US Only)! To enter the Rafflecopter, click here!

Good luck to all in the giveaway! In the meantime, check out the author below, follow her on social media and then check out the tour hosts!

jodimcisaac_authorphotoABOUT JODI MCISAAC:

Already an accomplished writer, Jodi McIsaac is the author of several novels, including A Cure for Madness and the Thin Veil Series. She grew up in New Brunswick, and after abandoning her Olympic speed skating dream, she wrote speeches for a politician, earned a graduate degree in global studies, spent a few years as a fundraising and marketing executive with non-profit organizations in Toronto and Vancouver, which then morphed into her own copywriting business.

LINKS: Website | Twitter 

And that’s all! Thank you to Hannah from Irish Banana and Jodi for organizing this blog tour and letting me be part of the tour! And thank you for reading the post! Before you leave though, follow the rest of the tour! Have a great day/night and tata for now!

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