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BOOK BLAST & GIVEAWAY York: The Shadow Cipher by: Laura Ruby

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York The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
Synopsis 
 

It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.

Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.

From National Book Award Finalist Laura Ruby comes a visionary epic set in a New York City at once familiar and wholly unexpected.

MEET THE AUTHOR
Laura Ruby
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Laura Ruby writes fiction for adults, teens and children. She is the author of the newly-released YA novel BONE GAP, as well as the Edgar-nominated children’s mystery LILY’S GHOSTS, the ALA Quick Pick for teens GOOD GIRLS (2006), a collection of interconnected short stories about blended families for adults, I’M NOT JULIA ROBERTS (2007), and the forthcoming middle-grade trilogy YORK. She is on the faculty of Hamline University’s Masters in Writing for Children Program. She makes her home in the Chicago area.

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Brew or Die A Java Jive Mystery by: Caroline Fardig

Brew or Die Publication Date: April 25, 2017

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Perfect by: Cecelia Ahern

Perfect Publication date: April 4, 2017

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Queen of Hearts by:Colleen Oaks

Queen of Hearts  Queen of Hearts Saga #1

 

I love Alice in Wonderland and have found some really great re-tellings.  I was disappointed in this version, however.  It was very drawn out and nothing seemed to happen until the last third of the book.

Since this is a saga, there is obviously more than one book so this story ended on a cliff hanger.  I will not be purchasing the rest of the series but I may borrow it from the library if I am looking to continue on.  I didn’t really stay with me and I don’t know how interested I am in this saga.  The one thing I did like is how the original characters and their names were mixed up in this story.  That was a fun twist to the original.

I gave this book 2 crowns.

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Royally Roma by: Teri Wilson

Royally Roma Publication date March 27, 2017

Synopsis from the Publisher:

Julia Costa is too busy trying to complete her PhD while also holding down a full-time job as a private tour guide in Rome to keep up with celebrity gossip. So when she crosses paths with a real, actual prince, she mistakes him for a client and takes him on a daylong tour of the city.

Intrigued by the idea of spending time with someone who obviously has no idea who he is, and delighted at the prospect of a day free of royal obligations, Niccolo La Torre, Crown Prince of Lazaretto, acts on impulse and assumes the role of Julia’s client. He swears to himself that he’ll return to his royal duties after only half a day…but he’s having the time of his life.

Until Julia presents him with the bill. Since he snuck out of the hotel without so much as a dime, he tries to escape, only to discover that she won’t let him out of her sight until he can pay her back. She’s determined to get her money…and perhaps more from the handsome stranger she’s fallen for.

My Review:

I did not know that this was a modern retelling of Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn, probably because I have never seen that movie.  This was a fast paced, romance story in which the two characters are thickheaded and stubborn.  It is a case of adult insta-love and some of the details annoyed me.  As soon as I read the words “wet wonderland” I wanted to put the book down.

It did get a little bit better and I did finish it but this is not something I would gravitate towards normally.

I give this book 3 crowns.

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Reignited by: Colleen Houck Review and GIVEAWAY

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Synopsis 
 

A sibling rivalry.
A forbidden romance.
A spell that changes everything.

In Heliopolis secrets abound and passions ignite as chaos rises.

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Tiger’s Curse series and Reawakened comes a novella full of celestial marvel, passion, betrayal, and evil that will grow to reign over humanity forever.

Before Lily and Amon met, before the cosmos was in chaos and needed three brave brothers to fight off evil, there were four siblings who helped rule the earth.

Each sibling had a special gift. Osiris, the god of agriculture, helped mortals to grow and thrive in their natural environment. Isis, the goddess of creation, fostered health and wellness. Nephthys, the seer, was able to keep the balance between all living beings and the universe. But Seth, the youngest sibling, was left without any special powers. The Waters of Chaos, which granted each god’s talent, were running dry, and Seth was paying the price.

As time passed, however, Seth’s determination and willfulness resulted in a very special gift, one that should have granted him the ability to enact wondrous change. But Seth’s competitive childhood gave him a heart so cold and vacant that instead, his gift brought about great evil.

Seth was now the god of unmaking, the creator of disorder and destruction. And he was ready to seek his revenge, dominating all who got in his way.

My Review:

I love the Tiger’s Curse series from Colleen Houck and I have book 1 and 2 of this Reawekened series on my TBR shelf.  I was asked to read and review this novella and was so excited.  This is listed as book #0.5 so I picked it up before I could dive into the rest of the series.

This is a story of sibling rivalry between the gods of Egyptian myths.  Of course, a godess is involved.  The details that Colleen uses in her stories transport the reader to that world.  I can picture each scene vividly in my head.  I can’t wait to read more about Seth, Osiris, and Isis and their twisted tales of love.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR  colleen-houck
 

New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

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Driving Heat by: Richard Castle

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This is book 7 in the Nikki Heat series.  I enjoy this series and I loved the show.  These are fun, fast reads.  They always include a bit of drama as well as humor.

I won’t go into detail about this story because it is the 7th in the series.  Just know that all of your favorite characters are in this book!

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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