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{Tour Stop} Fractured (Mirrorland #1) by Majanka Verstraete – Book Feature + Giveaway


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Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: August 1, 2013 by Inkspell Publishing
Series: #1 (Mirrorland)
Length: 210 pages
When Piper discovers an old antique mirror on the attic of her new home, she has no idea what terror she unlocked.

Eerie shadows lurking in the night and estranged voices crying out for help are only the beginning. As Piper’s world comes crumbling down, she realizes everything that she believed was imaginary, might have been real all along.

Something is very wrong with that mirror. And if she doesn’t find out what, the mirror might end up killing her.

With some help of old and new friends, Piper tries to get to the bottom of the mystery. One thing is for certain: the mirror preys on the guilty.  But what exactly is she guilty of?”


Majanka Verstraete is a twenty-two-year old Belgian law school student. Writing is her passion, and has been ever since she learned how to read.

She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in.

Her debut picture book, Valentina and the Haunted Mansion, released on May 20th, 2013. She has four books coming up in September 2013. The first is another picture book in the Valentina’s Spooky Adventures series, titled Valentina and the Whackadoodle Witch. Then there’s the first two books of her debut chapter book series titled Weirdville, The Doll Maker and House of Horrors. Her debut young adult novel, Fractured, the first book in the Mirrorland series, will release in September as well.


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{Tour Stop} The Wild Wood by Julie Anne Nelson – Review + Giveaway

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Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: June 23, 2012 by Young Mountain Publishing
Series: Volume #1
Length: 298 pages
Source: (author) review copy

In the town of Dunlowe, being different can be deadly. No one knows this better than the seven girls born on the exact same day, at the exact same time. From birth, they’ve been feared, judged, and controlled. And yet, still loved by their families. Still hoping for a future. Still believing that acceptance would one day come. As their seventeenth birthday approaches, events occur that leave Cecily Daye and the other girls grasping with the possibility that their oppressors might have been right about them all along. Maybe they are as evil as the town has believed. But without an answer, they must make a choice when the town turns on them: to die or to run to the one place no person would follow – they must enter The Wild Wood.”


The Wild Wood by Julie Anne Nelson was a very interesting read. The story starts off with Cecily who lives in a town where it is believed that the sevens (7 girls who were born on the same day & time) were evil. Cecily is one of them, and as her and the other six’s 17th birthday draws near, the people begins to feel more frightened. I really like how the book started off. It has a cult vibe and while I was reading it, I could picture the scenes like a movie in my head. There’s a place in the book called Wild Wood which intrigued me, and that made me keep on reading.

I really like the characters in this book especially our main character Cecily. I love how she changed from the beginning to the end. She was shy at first and was even nicknamed as “chicken” by her significant other (how nice of him *sarcasm*), but towards the middle to the end of the book, she gained confidence. She acted as a leader to the other six which I did not see coming at all. I like how she got out of her comfort zone. The other character that I liked was Dusty, Cecily’s brother. He also changed from the beginning to the end of the book. For me, he represents the people’s opinions. While a part of him senses that her sister and the others are evil, a part of him also believes that they are not. Throughout the book, we’ll see him constantly changing his mind whether or not he should side with the people or his sister who is known as evil.

Although I enjoyed parts of the book (especially the first half), there were some parts that I did not really enjoyed. I did not like how the first half of the book that had a cult vibe transitioned into a fantasy aspect. I just thought the transition was kind of weird, and it felt like it was a whole new different story.  I wish the supporting characters were given a louder voice; the sisters and other characters were really interesting, but I thought weren’t given a loud and distinct voice. They sounded a bit the same at times. I also wish that the Wild Wood was ‘magical’ or ‘intriguing’ as I thought it would be. When I found out what it was and why it was special, I was like “ohh that’s it?”.

Overall it was an okay/good read! I’m looking forward to read the sequel and would recommend it if you’re up for a book with cults and fantasy elements. If you like a protagonist that changes throughout the book, then I suggest you pick this one up!

3 of 5


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{Tour Stop} Uninvited (South Hills Sidekicks #1) by Leah Spiegel and Meg Summers – Review + Giveaway

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Uninvited (South Hills Sidekicks, #1) Genre: YA Contemporary, Mystery
Published: February 11, 2012
Series: #1 (South Hills Sidekicks)
Length: 302 pages
Source: (author) review copy

When Alley started her senior year at Upper East High in the South Hills area, it was supposed to be the usual drag of hanging out with people who spent more on one outfit than Alley did on her entire wardrobe. That was until Kirsten, a girl in their clique, suddenly goes missing and the only people who seem to care are her friends. All evidence leads to the new comer Shane, a cocky and self-pretentious person in Alley’s opinion, but the police seem uninterested so she and the rest of the girls start a little investigation of their own. But they are nowhere closer to finding Kirsten than when they started and now they had the police’s attention; just not in the way they expected. The girls have to start over and discover that maybe it wasn’t an outsider who took Kirsten, but someone within their own clique who has something to hide; a secret that just might have gotten Kirsten killed.


There are lots of cliques in the school, but there are 2 particular cliques that are always mentioned in the book. There is Val’s clique (Kirsten, Alley, Kayla and Libby) and Taylor’s clique. This book is written in Alley’s perspective and at first, I thought that it was going to be about how Alley struggles being liked by the popular girls. It was mentioned that the only reason why the rest of the girls in Val’s clique hangs out with Alley is that because Val & Alley are best friends. Alley was given “Val’s shadow” as her nickname so I thought this book was definitely going to be about our MC getting bullied. I was wrong and I’m so glad I was!

This book was epic and just hilarious! I love, love, loved it! From start to finish, my nose was glued on the text. The writing style was very good; the pacing was smooth and wasn’t choppy at all. First off, a big round of applause for the authors. I could NOT stop laughing (I literally LOL-ed). The characters were just hilarious especially Val! Oh Val (Valerie) I freaking LOVE her personality and all the silly mistakes she made (she pepper sprayed herself xD ). There’s a lot of characters in this book, but you could all tell them apart. The author did an amazing job on giving their characters their own voice. So if you’re worried you’ll get them mixed up, I’m pretty sure you won’t. All of the characters were just witty which I think is one of the reasons why you’ll keep on reading. They are characters you’ll just instantly click with and love.

There’s a lot of suspense and mystery in this book which I also loved! It made me keep turning the pages till the very last. There’s a bunch of twists which makes the story unpredictable. Overall I definitely enjoyed it & I can’t wait to read the sequel. If you’re up for a read with 4 hilarious high school girls on a journey to solve a mystery, then I suggest you pick this up now! If you’re looking for a light, funny, fast-paced read then this one is definitely for you.

4.5 of 5


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