Book Spotlight: A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Sarah Bromley

I have been neglecting my blog, but only because I’ve been on a reading frenzy lately. Now that the frenzy is calming down, I thought: what better way to celebrate the awesome books I’ve read so far than to spotlight them online for the world to see? Right? And to leave reviews on Goodreads or Amazon, too. Because we all know that one way to support our fave authors is to share reviews.

So anyway, my first read this year was a YA Gothic Paranormal with Romani siblings (Vayda and Jonah Silver) for protagonists. The atmospheric writing is deliciously creepy, and the incredible (but dangerous) powers of the Silver twins amps up the stakes between life and death. I loved the mystery that surrounds their past–a mystery that has murder in it–and the way it creeps back into their present lives, no matter how hard they try to hide from it.

The story is told in two POVs, one of them from Vayda’s perspective, the other from Ward Ravenscroft, a boy who’s just as lost as the Silver twins–and just as secretive about his past. Ward gets drawn into the Silver family affair, especially with his connection to Vayda, which is much more than physical attraction but something deeper, and possibly something sinister.

Beautifully written, A MURDER OF MAGPIES is a page-turner that will keep you up late into the night. I cannot recommend this highly enough! 

 

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Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.

No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it’s not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.

Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.

Unwanted. That’s all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can’t explain the hold she has on him–inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn’t know what her powers can do. Yet.

Just as Vayda and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn’t so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.

Praise for A MURDER OF MAGPIES:

“Richly written, A MURDER OF MAGPIES isn’t a book to be read, but one to be devoured by the light of a dying fire. Sarah Bromley will pull readers in and have them glancing constantly over their shoulder, where the ghosts of the past await them.”
– New York Times bestselling author Heather Brewer

“A MURDER O MAGPIES is one of those books I couldn’t put down… a little bit mystery, a little bit horror, a little bit love story–there’s something for everyone on these pages. Rich, well-written, and different in a genre desperate for something a little bit different…” Hillary Monahan, author of MARY: THE SUMMONING

A deliciously, dark Gothic tale of lies, manipulation, and forbidden love. A MURDER OF MAGPIES will haunt you long after the last page is read.Cole Gibsen, author of the KATANA trilogy and THE SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERIMENT.

My 2015 Reading Challenge

Hello, hello! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. I can’t believe 2015 is here, but here we are. I was going to do an end of the year post before New Year’s Eve, but it didn’t happen. Instead, I posted about the books I’ve read (and loved) in 2014 on The YA Club blog. If you’re looking for book recs, check it out here.

Speaking of books, I’ve already committed to 70 books I hope to read for the Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge. I was going to aim for 100, but wanted to be realistic. Last year, my challenge was to read 50 books, and I topped it with 20 more. I figured 70 is a good number, and doable (obviously since I finished with 70 reads last year).

Are you participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge, too?

Aside from Goodreads, I’ve also decided to participate in another reading challenge, which has more specific requirements: 

 

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I like this challenge because it forces diversity and variety in my reading. If I’m left to myself, I usually end up reading just YA fare. But the thing is, I do enjoy a variety of genres and categories. I like Classics and Thrillers, Adult Fic, and even Nonfiction and Memoirs. I like Middle Grade books, too. (I even like Poetry, shhh…)

Anyway, 2015 is going to be full of BOOKS! 

Happy New Year, everyone!

Writer Interview-Mary Frame

Check out this fun interview with my gal pal Mary Frame (and super funny/lovely NA Author of books I looove: IMPERFECT CHEMISTRY and IMPERFECTLY LEGAL):

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Tell me about your latest book.  Imperfectly Criminal is a New Adult Romantic Comedy with a dash of murder/mystery. It’s a companion novel to my first book, Imperfect Chemistry.

Freya Morgan thought it would be a great idea to hire the bad boy on campus to beat up her douchebag ex-boyfriend after he cheated on her and treated her like crap. Fast forward a few months, and the bad boy she hired is in trouble and it’s sort of her fault. After all, she started the trend of all the ladies on campus hiring him to do their dirty work. Now, two of the boys he was hired to beat are dead and he’s the prime suspect.

What’s next for you? Good question. If you find out, let me know 😛 actually, I am working (i.e. struggling) on a novella to go along with the two books in the…

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Book Spotlight: THE BODY ELECTRIC by Beth Revis

About the Book: YA Sci-Fi

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Summary from Goodreads:

The future world is at peace.

Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift—the ability to enter people’s dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother—to help others relive their happy memories.

But not all is at it seems.

Ella starts seeing impossible things—images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience—and influence—the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love—even though Ella’s never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing…

Someone’s altered her memory.

Ella’s gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn’t even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella’s head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.

So who can she trust?

About the Author:

Beth Revis wrote her first books as a student in classrooms, when the professors did not hold her interest and she jotted down stories instead of taking notes.

Beth writes science fiction and fantasy novels for teens. Her debut novel, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, was published by Razorbill/Penguin in Spring 2011. She’s also the author of A MILLION SUNS (Across the Universe #2),  and SHADES OF EARTH (Across the Universe #3). Beth is represented by Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House.

Beth also runs a blog on writing (http://bethrevis.blogspot.com) and is a participant of a group blog by debut dystopian authors (http://leaguewriters.blogspot.com).

Website: http://bethrevis.com/

Twitter: @bethrevis

Tumblr: http://bethrevis.tumblr.com/

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I’m a huge fan of Beth Revis’  Across the Universe trilogy, so this one has been in my TBR before its release day (October 6th of this year). This is supposed to be set in Malta, and the story takes place around the same time Amy and Elder (characters from Across the Universe) are in space (I think! Not 100% sure but I seem to have some recollection of Beth Revis talking about this on her tumblr).

Anyway, all good stuff. Right? Check out the ongoing epic giveaway the author has for her readers right here

Epic Giveaway from my fave YA Sci-Fi Author Beth Revis

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So I’m really, really a huge fan of YA Sci-Fi author Beth Revis. I mean, I follow her on Twitter, on FB, on Tumblr, and I get her newsletters in my inbox. I’ve read and adored the Across the Universe trilogy. Now, that she’s got another book out, THE BODY ELECTRIC, I just want to help spread the word. I haven’t read this book yet (a little short on my book budget at the moment, but hey, Christmas is coming, riiiight??? *winks*) but I can tell it’s going to be an awesome read.

What’s even more awesome is that Beth Revis (bless her heart) is donating $1 for every purchase of THE BODY ELECTRIC to a program by World Vision that is about creating beehives in developing nations (it helps the ecosystem by helping bees, and it also helps the community through entrepreneurial opportunities by selling honey). Cool, right?

So yeah, this lady is my hero. And to further prove her awesomeness, she’s doing an epic giveaway with lots and lots of books and swag, oh my! Just click on the image above to get you there. Go enter, buy or read her books, and help spread the word.