June 07, 2014

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#ReadOn is getting better and better!  Check out these great authors and their books June 7th at 4pm EST. And make sure to enter the giveaway below!  Click Here to Get to the Show! 

Author Jamie Ayres 



Olga Gay Worontzoff thinks her biggest problems are an awful name and not attending prom with Conner, her best friend and secret crush since kindergarten.

Then, Conner is killed in a freak boating accident and Olga feels responsible for his death.

When she downs an entire bottle of pills to deal with the emotional pain, her parents force her into counseling. There, her therapist writes a prescription in the form of a life list titled “18 Things”: eighteen quests to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday.

But there’s more to Olga’s quests than meets the eye and when her therapist reveals a terrifying secret, her world is shaken.

There’s only one thing she knows for certain: her choices won’t just affect her future, but all eternity.
Read my review July 7th 

From the Back Cover



Can eighteen things save a life?

Olga Gay Worontzoff thinks her biggest problems are an awful name and not attending prom with Conner, her best friend and secret crush since kindergarten.

Then, Conner is killed in a freak boating accident and Olga feels responsible for his death. When she downs an entire bottle of pills to deal with the emotional pain, her parents force her into counseling. There, her therapist writes a prescription in the form of a life list titled "18 Things": eighteen quests to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday.

But there's more to Olga's quests than meets the eye and when her therapist reveals a terrifying secret, her world is shaken.

There's only one thing she knows for certain: her choices won't just affect her future, but all eternity.

Author Amy Christine Parker

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Amy Christine Parker
AMY CHRISTINE PARKER writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat. Visit her at amychristineparker.com and follow her on Twitter @amychristinepar.





In the Community, life seems perfect. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pioneer invited Lyla's family to join his group and escape the evil in the world. They were happy to be chosen, happy to move away from New York and start over in such an idyllic gated community. Now seventeen, Lyla knows that Pioneer is more than just their charismatic leader, he is their prophet . . . but his visions have grown dark. 
Lyla is a loyal member of the Community, but a chance encounter with an outsider boy has her questioning Pioneer, the Community--everything. And if there's one thing not allowed in the Community, it's doubt. Her family and friends are certain in their belief. Lyla wishes she could feel the same. As Pioneer begins to manipulate his flock toward disaster, the question remains: Will Lyla follow them over the edge? 
From the outside looking in, it's hard to understand why anyone would join a cult. But "Gated" tells the story of the Community from the inside looking out, and from behind the gates things are not quite so simple. Amy Christine Parker's beautiful writing creates a chilling, utterly unique YA story. Perfect for fans of creepy thrillers and contemporary fiction alike. 
Read my review on July 8th


A tense psychological thriller that will leave you gasping for breath as you race to the very last page.”
—Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten

“An awesome, creepy book that reminds me of my favorite cult films while still being surprising.”
—HelloGiggles.com

Compelling. . . . This absorbing examination of a cult focuses on a teenage girl who begins to doubt their leader.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“I highly recommend Gated to fans of contemporary fiction with a twist. This one has a bit of everything—mystery, intense action, real life issues, and romance.”
My Book Addiction (blog)

“After the last page is turned, the question will linger: ‘Could I ever be deceived like this?’
SLJ

“Highly recommended for fans of YA thrillers and contemporary fiction.”
A Dream Within a Dream (blog)

“Every once in a while a book comes along that leaves you reeling. Speechless. Shocked. Nothing you say will do it justice. Gated is that book. Chilling, horrifying, but beautiful.A MUST read.
—Lilybloombooks.com

“Action-packed and full of suspense. . . . It’s new and fresh, a step away from everything that’s out there right now.”
Me, My Shelf, and I (blog)

“A complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events.”
Publishers Weekly

Mysterious, entrancing and dark, Gated brings in just the right amount of paced storytelling with the edge-of-your-reading-seats sense of suspense.”
—TeenReads.com

“An absolutely enrapturing book . . . I couldn’t put it down.
In Libris Veritas (blog)

An entertaining and unique entry in a sea of generic YA novels.”
Fiction Frenzy (blog)

“If you need a summer thriller read with a smartly woven plot and a lamb-to-lion main character, then this book is for you.”
Great Imaginations (blog)

“An absolutely fascinating read with an original concept and an absolutely brilliant villain! Different with just the right touch of chilling.
Fiction Freak (blog)

“Entertaining throughout.”
—Examiner.com

Author Lindsey Cummings

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Lindsay Cummings
Lindsay Cummings is a 22-year-old author of THE MURDER COMPLEX series coming June 10th, 2014 from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins. THE FEAR TRIALS, a prequel novella, releases May 27th, 2014. Lindsay also has the MG trilogy, THE BALANCE KEEPERS. Book 1, THE FIRES OF CALDERON, releases Fall 2014 from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins.

Why writing?---
When Lindsay graduated from highschool in 2009, she became sick with Chronic Fatigue. She was constantly tired from several surgeries, couldn't get out of bed most days, failed her college classes, and had to drop out. Because of Chronic Fatigue, Lindsay took up writing. At first, it was a hobby and a way to escape. But after a while, Lindsay became obsessed with writing stories...it turned into a career, and she wouldn't have it any other way! Unless she could teach Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts. Then she'd have it that way.

Lindsay loves YA books, especially the dark ones, and wants every girl in the world to know that Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead is HER man, and they should kindly back off :)

Lindsay owns two German shepherds,one wolf cub who isn't very smart, a real live Budweiser draft horse named Dan the Man, and a silly little quarter horse named Clue. Lindsay collects weapons, loves to shoot her guns, eats too many Hot Cheetos, and can't stop dying her hair crazy colors. She's still waiting on her letter from Hogwarts--it was probably just lost in the mail. She loves Jesus Christ and believes all of her success is His doing! She's getting married in October, and she can't freaking wait.

You can follow Lindsay on twitter @lindsaycwrites ! Or keep updated on her books at lindsaycummingsbooks.com

She's always online, and loves to chat!

You can also find Lindsay on YouTube and Facebook and instagram @authorlindsaycummings



An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.
Read my review July 6th 

From the Back Cover


Close your eyes and feel your enemy's weakness.
Mind over body.
Mind over body.
Mind over body.
Breathe.
In.
Out. 
In. 
Out.

Now survive.
Welcome to the Murder Complex.
You cannot see us. You cannot feel us.
But we are here.
And we control your every move.





Author Leila Howland

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Leila Howland
A graduate of Georgetown University, Leila Howland spent five years acting in New York in everything from an MTV public service announcement for safe sex to a John Guare play at Lincoln Center and was a proud company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. Currently, she teaches high school English and English as a second language in downtown Los Angeles and occasionally moonlights as an extra on the Young and the Restless.

Cricket Thompson's lifetime of overachieving has paid off: she's headed to Brown University in the fall, with a spot on the lacrosse team and a scholarship that covers almost everything. Who knew living in the dorm cost money? An Ivy League education seems to mean living at home for the next four years.

When Cricket is offered the chance to earn enough cash to afford a real college experience, she heads back to Nantucket for the summer. But the faraway island challenges Cricket in ways she hadn't anticipated. It's hard to focus on earning money for next year, when she finds her world opening up in entirely new ways-to art, to travel, and, most unexpectedly, to a future completely different from the one she has been working toward her whole life. A friendship blossoms with Ben, the gorgeous surfer and bartender who encourages Cricket to be free, even as she smarts at the pain of seeing Zack, her first love, falling for her worst enemy.

But one night, when Cricket finally lets herself break all her own rules, she realizes she may have ruined her carefully constructed future with one impulsive decision. Cricket must dig deep to fight for her future, discovering that success isn't just about reaching goals, but also about listening to what she's been trying to ignore-her own heart.
Read my full reviews on July 9th and 10th. For both books. 


Gr 9 Up—Senior year has been a rollercoaster for Cricket Thompson. After a summer full of love found and friendship lost, Cricket has navigated her way through her last year of high school and is on her way to an Ivy League college, with one catch—she'll have to live at home. When the teen is offered the chance to earn enough money and have the true college experience living on campus, she boards a ferry back to Nantucket. A year older and with more life experience, the girl readers first met in Howland's Nantucket Blue (Hyperion, 2013) sets out on a path that offers adventure, romance, and the chance to find herself. Nantucket Red is an engaging continuation of Cricket's story, and its pace is perfect for a long weekend or beach read. The protagonist is fully developed as a character, but secondary figures are not as fleshed out. Sure to circulate this summer and throughout the year, libraries will want to purchase this along with the first in the series. Even readers who avoid "chick lit" will find this story multidimensional and enjoyable. For fans of YA romance.—Betsy Davison, Cortland Free Library, NY -

From School Library Journal




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19 comments:

Our Wolves Den said...

Such a fabulous array of titles and genre. I am checking out each, as I add them to my TBR list for this Summer.

Danelle {ourwolvesden@gmail dot com}

emandm said...

I am real :) I really enjoyed your reviews of these books. I am glad that your review of The Murder Complex is consistent to many others that I have read.

Miranda Lewis said...

These all sounds really good definitely adding to the TBR list on goodreads :D

Jen Gray said...

I would love to win these!

Rachael Rivera said...

Great authors today! Sorry again that I was late!

Jen Gray said...

I would love to win these!

thependanttrilogy said...

Great giveaway! Thanks Jessica :D

Lady Rose said...

Loved the chat!! I enjoyed hearing from each of the authors! :D

Chayse Sundt said...

Thanks for this...This was so awesome

Carols Book Barrels said...

These books look amazing!!!

Stephanie said...

I was late to the chat, but I really enjoyed what I was able to watch. And I definitely want to put these books on my TBR list!

Heidi Saidi said...

Enjoyed today's Read On. Got to watch my favorite author and learn about three other new authors (to me). Thanks everyone for a great afternoon!

Lilly Lexington said...

These all sound interesting!

Lilly Lexington said...

They sound interesting! I would love to win!

Sabrina Santellanes said...

Watched the show on spree cast today, it was awesome! Really got to know how the writers' processes worked! This is a sweet giveaway! I pre-ordered The Murder Complex, and just ordered Gated off Amazon! Keep spreading the word of books!!

Sabrina S.

Karen Maldonado said...

This week's show was pretty fun, kind of makes me want to read the Murder complex and Gated.

Ashley Mullins said...

Nantucket Blue & Red look and sound absolutely adorable and would be perfect summer time reads.

Wasnt able to watch the spreecast live but hopefully next weekend.

Ashley

Rachael Rivera said...

Not part of your giveaway on fb. I saw that I won this but I don't think I ever got an email for this cuz I don't own any of these books. lol

Jessica Porter said...

This was a different Rachael.

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