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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Booksparks #PopUpBlogTour: EVERLESS by Sara Holland

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

I know, I know...you've already heard from me today...well TOUGH COOKIES!  I have more to say, or rather to share, and it simply can't wait!  In fact, it's SO SPECTACULAR that the fab folks at Booksparks put together an impromptu celebration in the shape of, you guessed it, a...

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#PopUpBlogTour!

That's right!
A #PopUpBlogTour which means they put out the word about a great MUST READ title, you respond as quick as you can to snag a spot on the roster, read it in a hurry, and post in a flash...EVERYWHERE you can!  Sorta like a flash mob only digital and with books.  Sound fun?  Well, it has been thus far, and if at least a handful of YOU enjoy the book I'm highlighting today, it'll be THAT much better.  So, ready or not, here comes today's #PopUpBlogTour book of choice...



by
Sara Holland
9780062653659
HarperTEEN

About the book...
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.




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A beautiful prison is still a prison...

Everless is not only the title of this wondrous novel, but the name given to the homestead (of sorts) where the Gerling family and their "faithful" servants dwell...and where the Queen calls home when she deems it worthy of her presence.  Before you begin bowing and pledging your allegiance, perhaps you should learn more about the ruling family first.  You see, once upon a time there were two who walked the earth heart in hand, unheeding of time, and careless with their footsteps.  One day those never-ending bliss filled wanders came to a screeching halt.  Their days were all of a sudden numbered, their time no longer their own, and in desperation to escape their captor and return to their former state, blood iron was created.  Problem is once a heart is broken, it's hard to reassemble the pieces as they once were, with the lightness, merriment, and TRUST that once lived...and that mistrust can give birth to darker times still.


Did I mention I LOVED THIS BOOK?  Because I did...really and truly.

The relationship between father and daughter, despite the hard times, seemed loving, though he was definitely protecting her from something...and what a something it was!  But hiding it from her made you question if it was really more than she could handle?  Once revealed, umm, yeah...not more than but perhaps something she wasn't ready for at the time.  Still, having the support of family, no matter how small or distant, would have gone a long way when it was revelation time.  As Jules strives to hold things together, she gets closer and closer to things (and people!) she's been desperately warned away from, but what can I say...our girl is made of STRONG stuff!  (Much stronger than SHE even realizes!)

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In the end, it was AMAZING! So much happened and yet so much more could still. Tell me this is only the first. Tell me there's going to be more. Tell me we won't have to wait forever to find out what will happen to Everless and everyone we hold dear or at arms length?!  You'll get lost in the adventure, caught up in the underlying relationships and romance, and simply carried away with the myths and legends explored while wondering...what if?  I loved how the author kept you in the moment while still weaving days of old throughout.  I loved how she created characters to love, loathe, and fear...while still giving us surprises galore. There's so much to love, it's probably best if you just get your hands on a copy STAT.  ^-^

Highly recommended for Young Adult Fantasy fans of all ages.


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About the author...

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Sara Holland grew up between small-town Minnesota and the countless fictional worlds of books. She graduated from Wesleyan University and worked in a tea shop, a dentist’s office, and a state capitol building before heading to New York to work in publishing. These days, she can be found exploring the city’s bookstores or finding new ways to put caffeine in her bloodstream. Everless is her debut novel. Visit her online at www.sarahollandwrites.com.



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Special thanks to the #PopUpBlogTour Booksparks team for the fabulous chance to participate in this promotion and to HarperTEEN for the ARC for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, or the next big thing from Booksparks, click through the links provided above. This title just released at the beginning of the month, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.


Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


PRE PUB PARTY: Final Girls by Riley Sager

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Today, we're joining the paperback pre pub BUZZ for a title that will have your brain running in circles trying to unravel the horror that lies beneath it all.  Oh yes, there will be danger, death, and blood, but also fears faced, truths uncovered, and a finale you won't see coming.  Before I get completely ahead of myself, let me introduce you properly.  Today's spotlight shines on a soon-to-be-released paperback coming next week via Dutton...



by
Riley Sager
9781101985380
Dutton

About the book...
Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past. 

That is until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit; and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.










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We begin with a jaunt through the forest; the birds are singing, the sun is shining...and the body count is rising.  *-*  Okay, let me RESET the scene...fading sunlight, a cabin in the woods, a planned weekend of merriment, until things turned way beyond a 180.  

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When first we meet Quincy, she's covered in blood and running for her life after whomever she was with (we uncover that part along the way) was killed (because that's pretty much all she can say...they're all dead).  An experience like that is sure to have some lasting affect on the psyche, but years later, she seems to be doing fine or at least as fine as can be expected, and has a decent support system set up between her loving other half, her "savior" from that dreaded night, and a few (sorta) friends.  You might say things could essentially be called "peachy"...until they can't.  When news of Lisa's passing reached Quincy, she's rattled, but when Samantha comes out of the woodwork, she's rocked to the core.  Things begin to shake loose from their carefully concealed hiding places, but when the final brick comes out of Quincy's mental wall, you won't even know where to turn.  

The author makes sure to have readers in his grip from the very start.  With the carefully constructed story, he maintains the air of mystery (deceit?  lies?  half-hatched plans of craziness?) rather well, leaving the final reveal to shock, awe, and otherwise make you rethink so many things that have transpired.  There are things you at first believed innocent that take a walk on the sinister side, while vice versa for the pure villainy we saw with our own eyes.  I was totally suspicious of Sam, but then Quincy also has shades of crazy to her character that kept you second guessing.  In other words, good stuff!

In the end, though I don't read as many novels in this genre nowadays, I was compelled to keep turning pages from start to finish...and I did not see that finale coming. It definitely takes you on a dark journey through random acts of insanity while in its own strange way seeking justice...well, at least some of them were. If you like psychological thrillers, make room on your wish list for this one!



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About the author...

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The Last Time I Lied is the second thriller from Riley Sager, the pseudonym of an author who lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Riley’s first novel, Final Girls, was a national and international bestseller that has been published in more than two-dozen countries.



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Special thanks to Abby at Dutton Publicity for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  The paperback edition arrives on bookstore and virtual shelves January 23rd, 2018 via Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, so mark your calendar or pre order your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


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