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{Tour Stop} I Rize by S.T. Anthony – Book Feature + Excerpt

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Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: July 23, 2013
Length: 190 pages

From a poetic point of view, Miss Nora’s classroom is my Garden of Eden. Everything is so perfect and peaceful during those fifty minutes that I am in her class each day.
Then the stupid bell has to ring and ruin everything.
That annoying, ringing bell taints my ears from evil lurking the halls. The ringing of the bell tempts me to take one step out for the next class.
And when I do, all hell breaks loose.
When evil walks the halls of Valley High, Adny’s life is put to the ultimate test. Three weeks before senior graduation, she leaves a series of videos behind for her best friend to relive the days leading up to the moment that would impact everyone who crossed her path.
Adny’s family and close friends search within themselves and the outside world for not only who would hurt her, but why.
The search would be one they won’t regret, but one they’d hope to forget.”

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S.T. Anthony has had a crazy imagination since the old kindergarten days and excited to finally put it down on paper. She is currently in college and loving every moment so far. Her love to pursue medicine and to write is her passion in life. She is also True Blood obsessed and her eyes will be glued to the TV every Sunday. She is ecstatic to be releasing her first self-published book called I RIZE.

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She walked up to the gym doors, peering through to see if anyone was in there. She couldn’t see a soul, so she took a chance by walking in. She walked passed seat forty-nine, and the smell of Jace’s familiar body spray sent tingled through her body.

A familiar voice asked, “Adny, can I finally have your number?”
She jokingly replied, “What if I say no?”
He embraced her, placing a finger up to her mouth. He gently grabbed her hand to place it on his heart. She could feel it beat against his chest at if it were going to jump out at her. “This is how you make me feel every time I see you.”
She smiled as he ran his fingers through the back of her long black hair; a smile lost until that moment. As he reached in to kiss her, she hesitated for a moment, looking at his eyes. His blue-green eyes illuminated against the blinking ceiling lights. Both of his hands were placed around her, comforting her, pulling her against his body. On her tiptoes, she rubbed her fingers through his rough chin hair. Heavy breaths lingered in her ear and made her yearn for more of him.
They came in closer.
She could smell his chocolate scent even more, while he kissed the upper part of her neck. His fingers trickled down her spine as her entire body flinched from pure pleasure. His lips led up from her neck toward her lips.
Their eyes closed instantly.
Their lips touched as if they were magnets, surrendering to the forces of love between them, each unable to relinquish control. She felt his lips soften with each instance of her touch.

{Tour Stop} Solstice High by Ardash Vartparonian – Review

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Solstice High

Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: October 22, 2012 by Strategic Book Group
Length: 360 pages
Source: (author) review copy

It’s the first day of school at prestigious Solstice High. Seniors Matt, Rochelle, Daphne and Jonas each have a big surprise waiting for them. When the four friends undergo a freak accident, they begin to develop superhuman abilities and come to realize that all is not as it seems within the bleak walls of their high school. While dealing with the day-to-day challenges of being teenagers, they must also confront their sinister principal, Mr. Devlin, who seems to have more than just education on his agenda.

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Solstice High was an interesting and nice read. It’s about four high school seniors (Rochelle, Matt, Jonas and Daphne) getting a superhuman power after breathing in a gas in the P.E. office. It’s up to them to figure out what that gas is and why it was stored in their school. I had some ups and downs with the book, but the ups were greater than the downs. What I didn’t like is that it was really hard to tell on who was telling the story. The P.O.V. switched around a lot of times and it was hard to tell on who was telling it because it did not have their name next to the chapter. Usually if the P.O.V. switched, the chapter’s title would be the name of the person telling the story. I’m fine with no names next to the chapter if it’s only two alternating p.o.v., but FOUR PEOPLE? It was also hard because the characters were similar. Daphne and Rochelle were both kick ass heroines and how they talked were similar at times. For Jonas & Matt, at first, I couldn’t tell which one was which, but as the story progressed, it was really easy to tell which one was which. Their voice became distinct which made it easier for me and made me enjoy the book more. What I also did not like is how their parents were very lose with them.

What I like about Solstice High is how realistic the characters were. Rochelle is the ‘queen’ (aka the most popular girl) in her high school and she bullies random students so that they’ll look up on her and respect her. I really like how she changed and that she realized what she was doing was wrong. Daphne’s character was in between nice and mean. She’s kickass but also has a soft spot.  Matt struggled a lot with his powers. There’s something inside of him that is trying to control him and makes him do bad things. I love Jonas’s character the most because he’s the most realistic character out of all the 4. He’s the smart and shy guy, but he won’t back down in fights. I also like how it was easy to picture the scenes & the concept of the story is intruiging. The pacing was smooth and it was interesting to read about the characters’ day-to-day lives, but I wish there was more scenes on how they try to solve the ‘gas’ mystery & more action scenes. Overall it was a very good read and I recommend it to those who loves reading books about characters having super powers.

3.5 of 5

{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.

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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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