Category Archives: Sci-Fi

Blog Tour: Review – No Good Deed by Kara Connolly

No Good Deed by Kara Connolly

Ellie Hudson is the front-runner on the road to gold for the U.S. Olympic archery team. All she has to do is qualify at the trials in jolly old England. When Ellie makes some kind of crazy wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle—yes, that Nottingham—she ends up in medieval England.

Ellie doesn’t care how she got to the Middle Ages; she just wants to go home before she gets the plague. But people are suffering in Nottingham, and Ellie has the skills to make it better. What’s an ace archer to do while she’s stuck in Sherwood Forest but make like Robin Hood?

Pulled into a past life as an outlaw, Ellie feels her present fading away next to daring do-gooding and a devilishly handsome knight. Only, Ellie is on the brink of rewriting history, and when she picks up her bow and arrow, her next shot could save her past—or doom civilization’s future.

SOURCE:  ARC via publisher for review (Thanks!)

**Thank you to Random House for allowing me to participate in the tour!!**

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Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy

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Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy

An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been called to NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. He knows how to stop the asteroid: his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize–if there’s ever another Nobel prize awarded. But Yuri’s 17, and having a hard time making older, stodgy physicists listen to him. Then he meets Dovie, who lives like a normal teenager, oblivious to the impending doom. Being with her, on the adventures she plans when he’s not at NASA, Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and save a life worth living.

Source:  ARC via publisher for review

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Blog Tour: Learning to Swear in America

LTSIA_TourBannerHappy Release Day!  We are kicking off the Learning to Swear in America blog tour (Thank you to Bloomsbury for including our blog) with an interesting guest post from the lovely Katie Kennedy as she tells us a story of one of her Russian travel adventures!  Let’s see what kind of trouble she got up to. . .

 

RED SQUARE AT MIDNIGHT, OR HOW I ALMOST TURNED THE COLD WAR HOT

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Let’s see what I’m waiting on this week. . .

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Into the Dim by Janet B Taylor

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Into the Dim by Janet B Taylor

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. 

SOURCE:  ARC picked up at ALA

Character Highlights:

Hope – I have opinions on this one and though some are great some are not so much.  I love that she has an eidetic memory and how useful that can be but her phobias are where I had the issue.  I feel like her phobias were only there at times to drive the story when she needed to have a panic attack. When she was kicking ass as part of her team?  YES!  She’s alone for 2 minutes and all of a sudden is panic city?  NO!  By the end of the book she definitely grew on me and I was more comfortable where we left so I feel confident whenever I will go into book two my opinions will shift.

Bran – I’m both surprised and not at Bran.  He keeps you on your toes for a bit but in the end I felt I knew what would happen with him and I was right.  Vindication FTW!  In a time traveling book I think it is a small accomplishment to figure out part of the plan.

Overall Thoughts:

GUYS.  My name is in a book and I don’t mean my first name.  Though the spelling of my first it isn’t as common I mean my last name.  There aren’t many with my name outside of my area of the U.S. so to see it in a book mainly set in another country?  LOVE.  ITD was a fun story to read and kept me very interested while reading because I was able to into a part of history I’m not as familiar with.  The idea to be able to go back and witness some of the greatest events in history is a powerful draw and I look forward to continuing this story further!  I loved how Ms Taylor tied in past innovators and left so much open for the story to continue in any direction that there are so many possibilities.  Also, I’m hopeful and anxious that we will get more of the past story from when her mother traveled as a younger woman.

Though a bit on the larger side for a YA it does read quickly and this is an absolute must for any history and Outlander fans!

 

4/5

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These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekus

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Jane Austen meets X-­Men in this gripping and adventure-­filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.

England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared. (From Goodreads.)

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Lost Stars Blog Tour: Star Wars Inspired Makeup

Today I’m a part of the blog tour for Lost Stars by Claudia Gray hosted by The Irish Banana.

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Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

About LOST STARS:

Star Wars meets Romeo and Juliet in this epic YA novel that follows two best friends who find themselves on opposite sides of the war between the Empire and the Rebellion.

This thrilling YA novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe: from the purge of the Jedi in Episode III, to the beginnings of the rebellion in Star Wars Rebels, and through the fall of the Empire in Episodes IV-IV. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two best friends who grow up in these troubling times, and find themselves on opposite sides of the war.

As with other Journey to Episode VII titles, hints about the upcoming film will be included in the narrative, as well a original, post-Episode VI content that sets up the new film.

DUAL NARRATIVE: Chapters alternate perspectives between our two protagonists – one a Rebel pilot, the other an Imperial officer. By exploring these two different worlds, readers will experience many of the major moments in the original Star Wars trilogy – from the destruction of the Death Star to the battle of Hoth – through these two characters’ eyes.

STAR WARS INSPIRED MAKEUP

When Hannah asked for an original freebie idea my first thought was makeup/eye shadow combos.  I’m a huge eye shadow and lip stick collector and for awhile now I’ve been thinking about different looks that would match with books or characters I’ve read but never actually sat down to work those thoughts out to form a post around them. After thinking about the Star Wars universe here are the out of this world combinations I came up with! (For the record all colors mentioned below are part of the MAC line.)

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