Blog Tours, YA Contemporary, YA Fiction, YA Thriller

BLOG TOUR (+ review): Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre

LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS

Thursday already, huh? Well, today, I’m happy to bring to you a new release from just a couple of days ago! I’m super glad I am part of the blog tour for Like Never and Always – I have to say it’s one of those rare thriller reads that made me connect with the characters, instead of just caring about, “So what happens next?? Or who killed who?” So, hopefully, by the end of this post, I have convinced some of you to pick it up and read it – I’d love to chat about it!

Check out the previous stop over at Haunted by Books (how appropriate!!) and please click on banner above to see the full tour schedule.

Oh, and remember to scroll all the way down to enter the giveaway!!

And now… let me tell you more about it!


Synopsis: On a hot summer night, a screech of brakes and shattering glass changes two lives forever. Liv wakes in the hospital, confused when they call her Morgan. She assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity, yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face in the mirror anymore. It’s her best friend Morgan’s. Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life, yet Liv must navigate endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that feels like a betrayal. Torn between the boy she loved as Liv and the boy she’s grown to love as Morgan, Liv still has to survive Morgan’s last request.

Published July 17, 2018 by Tor Teen

Genre: YA Thriller, YA Contemporary, YA Romance

Themes: parenting, identity, supernatural, coming back from the dead, grief, coping with loss, support system, privilege of the wealthy, statutory rape, social status, reputation, true friends, romance, responsibility, mental health, rehabilitation, tragic accident, car accident, siblings, parental figures

Formats: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook

336 pages

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Do monsters always know what they are?

Engrossing and fast-paced – Like Never & Always is just what I’m looking for in a contemporary thriller. Brimming with mystery, suspense, and excitement, it far surpassed my expectations, I enjoyed every moment of it, and the unique and exciting plot does not at all sacrifice great prose. I found myself rereading several sentences over because of their beauty and depth of meaning. Ann Aguirre is a master writer, not only hooking the reader with the plot, but also with her prose. I will definitely be checking out her other works, and will be on the lookout for her future ones!

Liv (trapped in Morgan’s body) is a very compelling narrator – far to be the self-centered and overly dramatic teen we’ve come to expect in YA contemporaries. She is caring and considerate, but also smart and strategic. I enjoyed that she was fierce and brave without being cruel, but she’s not too proud to show vulnerability. I loved how the author expertly wrote the parts when even Liv started to doubt her identity – was she really Liv? Or was she Morgan who was grieving so much about the loss of her best friend she couldn’t tell who she was anymore?

The plot centered on a supernatural soul-switching/body-switching theme achieved a perfect balance between being goosebumps-inducing, fascinating, and singular. Somehow, it managed to stay thrilling and suspenseful without reaching negative levels of creepy.

Speaking of creepy, the ARC I got actually have a much creepier cover – not sure if that made it to another edition of a final cover (I think it might be the Kindle edition cover?), but here, let me show ya!

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To add even more flavor to this already extremely enjoyable read, the romantic aspects of the plot is veeeryy much to my liking. I’m already a fan of the love triangle trope, but the version found in Like Never & Always add lots of spice. Initially, it sounds like the oh-so-common rivalry between brothers, but there’s more where that came from, and pretty soon, you realize there isn’t any chance for the other one at all. Our main love interest is very sexy and is quite the perfect male lead for this kind of story. He’s so swoonworthy, he might even be featured in one of my #SwoonySaturday posts… if only I get to writing those again..

Hmmm, what else do you want to know? I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out yourself!


About the author

Ann

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Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.

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Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you decided to check out Like Never and Always – it’s a really fun and thrilling read this summer!

P.S. Next stop is @ Eli to the nth – UGHHH, I want this blog name. And elisquared.com? Come on. Too cool. I’m such a nerd.

Do you like reading thrillers? What do you usually look for in a thrilling summer read?

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Blog Tours, YA Contemporary, YA Mystery, YA Thriller

BLOG TOUR (+mini review): Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky

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So, I’m pumped to be part of the Dive Smack blog tour – a debut novel, equal parts thriller, suspense, and mystery! Previous stop is Toni’s review @My Book Addiction – please click on the banner above to see the full tour schedule!

Now that the lead-up’s well and over with…

You ready to dive in?

Just remember at the end of the game the king and the pawns go into the same box together, no matter who wins.

Synopsis: Theo Mackey only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that destroyed his home: he lit the match. Sure, it was an accident. But the blaze killed his mom and set his dad on a path to self-destruction. Everything else about that fateful night is full of gaping holes in Theo’s mind, for good reason. Maybe it’s better that way. As captain of the Ellis Hollow Diving Team, with straight A’s and solid friends, he’s only one semester away from securing a scholarship, and leaving his past behind. But when a family history project gets assigned at school, new memories come rushing to the surface, memories that make him question what he really knows about his family, the night of the fire, and if he can trust anyone—including himself. A 2018 JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION.

Published June 19, 2018 by Tor Teen

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Thriller/Suspense/Mystery

Themes: past, future, diving, swimming, hypnosis, trust, tragedy, fire, water

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Who doesn’t love a Big Mack and fries?

Dive Smack

Adapt or perish.


About the Author

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Demetra Brodsky is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned writer. She has a B.F.A. from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design and lives in Southern California with her family of four and two lovable rescue dogs where she is always trying to make more time for the beach. Dive Smack is dedicated to Pumpkin, the monarch butterfly she once saved from the brink of death. Once you read the book, you’ll understand why.

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P.S. Next stop is @Here’s to Happy Endings

And another one bites the dust! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

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ARC REVIEW: Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson (May 2018)

But the truth is so much simpler, and so much more complicated.

Synopsis: Gabe and Elyse have never met. But they both have something to hide. Gabe and Elyse both make the mistake of falling for the wrong person, and falling hard. Told in parallel narratives, this twisty, shocking story shows how one bad choice can lead to a spiral of unforeseen consequences that not everyone will survive.

To be published on May 29, 2018 by Razorbill

Print ARC provided by publisher through BookishFirst

Genres: YA Mystery & Suspense, YA Romance

Themes: abusive relationships, lies, sex with a minor, elopement, running away, regret, starting over, addiction, parenting, acting, Shakespeare

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Simply told – the lies they never told me? Well, it’s that this was going to be more predictable than the little murder-mystery I found while reading an upcoming YA scifi, This Splintered Silence or that mysterious poet in the upcoming YA contemporary romance, Kiss CollectorSo for a thriller’s predictability level, that’s pretty bad.

It was that “shocking ending” promised in the promo and the ARC foreword that set my standards really high. I don’t quite remember the exact wording anymore, but I was super excited going into this.

At the time, I was impressed with myself, when I thought I only guessed part of the twist less than halfway through. But then as the novel approached the climax, I just kept guessing little bits and pieces, found lots of obvious lying around within the text. But yet, I convinced myself – oh, I bet the author is trying to misguide me here only to throw that shocker in the end. So needless to say, until I turned that last page, I was still expecting that so-called “shocking ending” which is only ever THE satisfying solution to a suspenseful read. Alas, I saw all of it coming. EVERYTHING. And I didn’t know who to blame. I don’t even read that much thriller…

…life is messy, and weird, and hard, and no one story is the absolute truth.

On a positive note, I thought it was fun to read the parallel POVs and neither Gabe nor Elyse was particularly irritating, so that’s a plus. Also, I did particularly enjoy the Romeo & Juliet rehearsal scenes – oh to parse Shakespeare’s play and characters, what joy!

Overall, for anyone looking for a thriller that will keep you guessing, I wouldn’t particularly recommend this – instead I’ll suggest you read Bad Girls with Perfect Faces (I didn’t even know I was supposed to be guessing, so I never saw the twist coming, read it in one sitting, too!) or One of Us Is Lying (I guessed this before the big reveal, but it kept me guessing anyway! I was never 100% sure throughout).

The tl;dr version: find something else to read 🙂

Thank you Penguin Publishing Group for my review copy!

Thanks for taking the time to read my review 😉 you’re always appreciated!

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ARC REVIEW: This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson (Nov 2018)

I think most things begin to fracture without anyone realizing it’s even happening, a sort of splintered silence that gives way all at once under too much weight, and without warning.

Synopsis: Lindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first-generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, were killed by a deadly virus. Lindley always assumed she’d captain the Lusca one day, but she never thought that day would come so soon. And she never thought it would be like this—struggling to survive every day, learning how to keep the Lusca running, figuring out how to communicate with Earth, making sure they don’t run out of food. When a member of the surviving second generation dies from symptoms that look just like the deadly virus, though, Lindley feels her world shrinking even smaller. The disease was supposed to be over; the second generation was supposed to be immune. But as more people die, Lindley must face the terrifying reality that either the virus has mutated or something worse is happening: one of their own is a killer.

To be published November 13, 2018 by HarperTeen

e-ARC provided by publisher on Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review

Genre: YA Sci-Fi, YA Action & Adventure

Themes: survival, friendships, relationships, growing up together, evolving bonds, science, technology, space station, leadership, stepping up, grief, trust, asking for help, virus, mutation, murder, contagion, space, stress, pressure

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Nothing quite like what I expected, This Splintered Silence is a surprising mix of familiar and well-loved genres: mostly scifi, somewhat dystopian, a little romance and a healthy amount of mystery, thriller, and suspense. If you liked Kayla’s debut novel, The Sandcastle Empire, this one will come as a pleasant surprise – it’s a sort of evolution, retaining all of the qualities I loved in TSE – strong character development, engaging plot, incredible prose, solid world-building – and then it ups it a few more notches!

I’ve been ruled by fear for far too long now. I refuse to bow down any longer.

Although the plot is certainly engaging, I would say that TSS is more character-driven than anything. Written in Lindley’s POV, the focus is on how she’s reacting more than what’s happening around her. It’s about how Lindley deals with leadership and the pressure and stress that comes with the role, but also with how she decides on what to trust, who to trust. It’s really quite astonishing to get into the mindset of such an intense character like Lindley!

Their words sounded like whispers pricked with a thousand splinters as they fought hard, just to be heard. Until the silence took over and, one by one, the stars went out.

I first fell in love with Kayla’s prose in The Sandcastle Empire, and this only rekindles my love for it. The words fall so naturally together on the page – it seems effortless. I’m not really sure how to describe it, but there’s a distinct trademark in it, quite inexplicable. Maybe it reminds me of a modern Tolstoy – Tolstoy can write countless scenes of groups of people merely sipping tea but never do they seem too dull, but also never overly elaborate. I say this because one of my favorite chapters in the book is just the main character eating chocolate – and it’s forever seared in my memory!

The stars flicker, a hundred thousand fireflies frozen in flight.

But my favorite parts are also the metaphors that aren’t far-fetched at all but are so unique and I’m all admiration! I wish I could come up with half the stuff that she comes up with!

I would have loved some more details about the world, but it’s solid enough to not leave you distracted about it. The entire mood of the novel kept me on my toes – and there was this point in the novel where you can feel the fraught nerves, the intensity of the situation – when things have reached the tipping point.

…we can’t afford to make assumptions. We make assumptions, we die.

For the few of us who appreciate a love triangle, there’s something to be excited about – it’s not at all the focus, but the few scenes dedicated to it are really good – the love interests are totally swoonworthy!

We’ve not done this before, and now that we have, how have we never?

Overall, if you couldn’t tell yet – this was everything I was hoping for and more! I tried to wait it out before I wrote this review to give myself some time to tone down my enthusiasm to a more reasonable proportion. Part of me is so happy I got to read this early, but part of me is regretful because that means I have to wait who-knows-how-long for Kayla’s next novel! I highly recommend it to those who like scifi / mystery / thriller / survival reads!

Thank you to HarperCollins for my review copy!

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