The Agent's Daughter by Ron Corriveau Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

January 28, 2014

Welcome to my stop on The Agent's Daughter blog tour! This books by Ron Corriveau sounds really interesting, like something out of a Spy Kids movie, and I think a lot of people would enjoy it. Scroll on down to check out a fun guest post by the author and an awesome giveaway!

Title: The Agent's Daughter
Author: Ron Corriveau
Publication date: May 18, 2013
Publisher: Greek Parade Books
Genre: YA, Thriller, Romance
Amazon Goodreads | B&N
Melina has been preparing for a future career as a spy.

She just doesn’t know it.

Legendary spy Evan Roberts always knew that his fifteen-year-old daughter Melina also possessed the absolute lack of fear required of an agent. Without telling her his real profession or his intention, he began to guide her toward an eventual career as a spy. However, Melina’s world is shattered after her mom is involved in an accident that leaves her mysteriously unhurt but unresponsive. Her father’s plans on hold, Melina settles into life at a suburban high school, immersing herself in a world of schoolwork, her friends and a budding romance with Alex, the cute new guy in her class.

When Melina and her father uncover shocking new information about her mother’s accident, Melina is pulled deep into her father’s shadowy world. With Alex desperately trying to find her and only hours to go before it will be too late to save her mother, Melina and her father work together using their combined skills to find a way to reach her.

Guest Post
Top Ten Pointers to Being a Spy


Top Ten Worlds I Would Love to Live In


Since there aren't many worlds I dont want to be a part of (you know, get myself in there, rub shoulders with the characters. Just another fangirl :D), I figured it would be a better idea to tweak this week's topic a bit, and change it into this: 

Worlds I Would Love to Live In

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen Tour: Interview + Giveaway

January 27, 2014


Hello, people! Welcome to my stop on the Landry Park tour hosted by Merp Blog Tours! I've seen a ton of great reviews for Landry Park, so I'm really excited to be interviewing the author, Bethany Hagen, here on the blog. Scroll down to check out the review, and keep an eye out for an exciting giveaway too!

Title: Landry Park
Author: Bethany Hagen
Publication date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Dial
Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Dystopia
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Downton Abbey meets The Selection in this dystopian tale of love and betrayal

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won't allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty - her family and the estate she loves dearly - and desire.

Author Interview


Review: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

January 24, 2014

Title: Heartbeat
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Publication date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads
Life. Death. And...Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?
Hearbeat's cover was what first drew me to it. Or, well, the cover-thats-not-really-it's-cover - the teal one that said 'cover to come soon' or something like that. I love that colour - teal, so when I saw it all over the 'cover' I had to investigate. But once I had a look at the blurb, the storyline pulled me in, and I knew I had to read this. I've also heard a lot about Elizabeth Scott's books, and that she's of the likes of Sarah Dessen and Sarah Ockler, one of the classic YA writers, and since I hadn't read any of her previous works, I was really excited when I got approved for Heartbeat.

A word of caution: dont read Heartbeat if you dont like sad books. I do, as a matter of fact, so I was okay with it, but I know some people cant handle a lot of sadness in their books, and Heartbeat has more than the normal dose of it.

UTNS Characters Are Here to Party!

January 21, 2014

Welcome to my stop on the UTNS series farewell party! Today we have the UTNS characters joining us for the party! Veronica Rossi has struck again with her awesomeness and written a post on what they would all bring and do. Scroll down below for a glimpse of your favourite characters as they let their hair down :)

Title: Into The Still Blue (#3, Under The Never Sky)
Author: Veronica Rossi
Publication date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: YA, Sci-fi
Amazon Goodreads | TBD
The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi’s “masterpiece” Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestsellingThrough the Ever Night (Examiner.com).

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

What's Happening at The Party

Thanks so much for throwing this party for the UNDER THE NEVER SKY characters—and the end of the series with the publication of INTO THE STILL BLUE.

Everyone is here with me and very excited for the festivities! Perry brought his new bow—a really beautiful one with a carved handle that he and Talon have been working on. He has agreed to play Shoot the Arrow on the Donkey later—from a distance of 200 yards to make it fair for everyone else.

Aria has brought along some song ideas. She can’t wait to sing—to give a real concert. She has even recruited the Twisted Green Bottles, and, of course, Roar, who will sing a solo later, probably while doing his bedroom-eyes thing. It should be a night of great music. Maybe we should rename this party Aria-chella? Ariapalooza?

For his part, Roar didn’t bring anything, and seems to believe his presence is more than enough. Other people are here as well. Soren is arguing with the caterers about something. Brooke is challenging Perry on the Shoot the Arrow on the Donkey game, claiming she’ll shoot from the same place as him and win—and the Six are laying bets on this. What else? Willow, Cinder, Talon and Clara are getting into the cupcakes. Marron is admiring the books on the shelf, the paintings on the wall, the floorplan, the garden, the food. Reef seems to glare at everything Roar says. Hess and Sable are alone in the corner, scheming, by the looks of it.

Everyone is here, and very grateful to all of you for hosting this party. And we all hope you enjoy the final book.

Thank you so much!

-- Veronica Rossi

How fun is this?! To get to know what Aria and Roar and Perry (and all the others) would be like if they didn't have to fight for their lives! So tell me... who's your favourite character and what do you love the most about them? Sound off in the comments!

I'm Waiting On...

January 15, 2014

I dont usually do Waiting on Wednesday posts, but since I missed yesterday's Top Ten Tuesday, and I have some books that I'm really desperately waiting to read and share with you, this seemed like a good idea. Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the spine, where we spotlight books we're eagerly anticipating.

Under The Never Sky Series Farewell Party

January 12, 2014

Check out today's stop at Blkosiner's Book Blog - Into The Still Blue review
With the release of Into The Still Blue looming over the horizon, the end of the Under The Never Sky series is in sight. For two years now, we've gone crazy about, obsessed over, got the feels and fallen head over heels in love with the series, and now it's time for Aria, Perry, Roar, The Tides, The Horns and The Dwellers to step into the Still Blue.

But we were thinking (I and a few other awesome bloggers)... It just doesn't feel right to let it just end, like, that's all folks, the bus doesn't go any further. Wouldn't that be somewhat anticlimactic (the book is anything but anticlimactic, though!)? So, before they go and leave us bereft for evermore (yeah, I can be melodramatic), we thought we'd do something. Something that makes the series go out with a bang! 

And what better way to make some noise than have a PAAR-TAAAYY!!! 

Nerd girl here, so this makes complete sense to me :D
So that's what we're going to do. We're going to celebrate the completely fantabulous Under The Never Sky series in the week leading up to Into The Still Blue's release!

But, we're not doing this alone. I mean, really, what fun would a party be with a few select people? No fun, that's for sure. So, we're asking you to join us! Consider this your formal invitation:


What does it entail? Well, basically, we're all going to be freaking out about the series all week long. Everything from live chats with the author to lists to letters are going to be there, and it's going to be so much fun!

The Under The Never Sky Series Farewell Party will start on the 20th of January, and end on the 27th, a day before the release of Into The Still Blue. Here are the participating blogs and schedule:

January 27 - Blkosiner's Book Blog - Into the Still Blue Book Review
Jan 28 – Into the Still Blue book available from all ebook and book sellers!

The direct links to the posts will be available here as and when the posts go live. You can access them from the UTNS Farewell Party Link on the navbar too.

So go get your party hats and books (this would make sense only to us bookish people :D) and come join us in the race to the finish!

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Under The Never Sky Farewell Party

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

January 10, 2014

Title: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publication date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Balzer & Bray (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads | TBD
Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.
Since reading Diana Peterfreud's For Darkness Shows The Stars, I've been slightly apprehensive about retellings. I found For Darkness Shows The Stars having WAY too many things similar to Persuasion, which, in my opinion, detracted from the originality of the story (I did find Across The Star Swept Sea to be much better, though), and I was scared that the same would be true with Cruel Beauty.

Fortunately, I was never more wrong about anything.

It's About Time I Had A Blogging Manifesto

January 7, 2014


Well, since I already posted my resolutions for the new year, I obviously cant do that for today as well. But, you're here, so I've obviously thought of something. I decided to put a bit of a twist to this week's topic, and I've come up with this.

I thought it was about time I did, actually :)


I first started blogging because I one, wanted to copy my sister, and two, got an idea for a first post that I just had to share or I'd have burst. After the initial burst of excitement over the novelty of the whole thing, I wrote only sporadically. 

The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard - Guest Post + Giveaway!

January 6, 2014

Hello, and welcome to my stop on The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard Blog Tour! I've had my eye on this book ever since the cover reveal (yeah, I'm drawn to books by their covers), and I'm so glad I did, because The Almost Girl is turning out to be a very exciting read, with plenty of edge-of-the-seat excitement. Amalie Howard is an author who knows how to keep her reader's attention centered on her words, and that's just great for everyone involved :D The book's releasing tomorrow (ever wondered why so many books release on Tuesdays?), and I think a lot of people are going to have fun reading it"

Scroll down to check out the author's inspirations for the book, and for a book-shimmy worthy giveaway! 

Title: The Almost Girl
Author: Amalie Howard
Publication date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Genre: YA, Sci-fi
Amazon Goodreads | TBD
Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. Coming from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, she has to be. There’s no room for softness, no room for emotion, no room for mistakes. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.

Thrown out of her comfort zone but with the mindset of a soldier, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows. Riven isn’t prepared for the beauty of a world that is unlike her own in so many ways. Nor is she prepared to feel something more than indifference for the very target she seeks. Caden is nothing like Cale, but he makes something in her come alive, igniting a spark deep down that goes against every cell in her body. For the first time in her life, Riven isn’t sure about her purpose, about her calling. Torn between duty and desire, she must decide whether Caden is simply a target or whether he is something more.

Faced with hideous reanimated Vector soldiers from her own world with agendas of their own, as well as an unexpected reunion with a sister who despises her, it is a race against time to bring Caden back to Neospes. But things aren’t always as they seem, and Riven will have to search for truth. Family betrayals and royal coups are only the tip of the iceberg. Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?

Praise for The Almost Girl

“A riveting union of science fiction thriller, romance, family drama, and conspiracy theory, The Almost Girl had me wishing I could crawl inside the pages and join Riven on her epic journey between parallel worlds. Amalie Howard¹s writing is sharp and smart. I¹m definitely craving the next installment!”
– Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful and The Cursed

“Amalie Howard writes a fast paced and thrilling story with a kick butt, authentic heroine and a brilliantly crafted world.”
– Eve Silver, author of Rush

“The Almost Girl is a feminist tour de force. It is filled with powerful, interesting female characters. Riven is one of my favorite fictional characters ever; she is fierce, passionate, funny and smart. This sexy, fast-paced story is impossible to put down. A must read! Fans of Divergent will love it!”
– Kim Purcell, author of Trafficked

Introducing Between Bookends: The Phenomenon That is SHERLOCK

January 5, 2014

Remember my blogger resolutions for 2014? Well, I've decided to get on with them, and so today, I introduce to you a new feature here at I Read, Ergo I Write called 'Between Bookends'. (I really, really hope you get the name. Do you? Tell me!) It will contain discussions, musings, or just ramblings on bookish stuff, non-bookish stuff or just anything that strikes my fancy, really. Feel free to to join in!

And for my first post, I've decided to talk about my current obsession, which I just cannot seem to stop thinking about (even the theme music's been stuck in my head all day long)...

Sherlock

For those of you who dont know, where have you been? Sherlock is the contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes short stories which airs on BBC One. You should be knowing this! It's just about the most amazing thing to ever happen to television.

Why I Never Make New Year Resolutions (but am this year)

January 1, 2014

I've never been one to make resolutions at new year. For one, I've never seen the point of making promises and plans only at the beginning of the year, when we can make them at any other time too. I'm the kind of person who does not do well with conventions, so if I want to change something about myself or my life, I just go ahead and do it, instead of making a list and all during new year. For another, studies show that most new year resolutions are unsuccessful. All the more reason not to make any, in my opinion. I do wish for my year to go a certain way, but I never sit and write anything down.

But (yes, there's a but), this year is going to be different. Real life aside, I really want to bring about a change in the way I read and blog, and I couldn't think of any better way for me to stick to them than to write it down and put it out there for the entire world to see. Yeah, there's always a chance that I'll feel obligated to do them, and then start resenting that obligation, and then try to 'rebel' by not doing them, but I'm hoping that chain of events doesn't even start, and that I'll have so much fun putting my resolutions to action that this post will only remain as a reminder. Well, I can hope.