Monday, April 21, 2014

Spotlight: "Accused" by Yasmin Shiraz


Happy Monday, book babes!

Today we assist in the spotlight of a spectacular new work "Accused" by author Yasmin Shiraz!

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Displaying ACCUSED 3DBOOK.pngTitle: Accused (A Retaliation novel #2)
Author: Yasmin Shiraz
Genre: YA – real life
An easier and more peaceful life seemed to be destined for Ahmed and Tashera when they left Washington, DC and entered Georgia Atlantic University.  But when Ahmed is accused of a crime that he didn't commit and begins to be tried in the media, his popularity plummets, his self-esteem suffers, and his dreams of playing college basketball disappear.
 Meanwhile, there is a serial rapist on campus who has been attacking freshman girls at record numbers and forcing them to keep silent. As Tashera learns about the girls, she begins to close in on the rapist. But is the attacker too crafty to be caught? Will the state prosecutor ignore key evidence to instead focus on the fame that comes with convicting a high profile basketball star?

Tashera is beyond stressed as she divides her time between trying to find enough evidence to clear Ahmed while at the same time stopping the rapist who roams the campus of Georgia Atlantic.  Ahmed and Tashera's journey into a new life away from home is more challenging than they ever thought that it would be.
An Amazon Top 500 Book Reviewer had this to say about Accused:
"I recommend it for teen readers... Shiraz has a knack for writing in the voice of teen characters without having to resort to obscenities. It's an important and worthwhile YA novel."

Author Bio
yasthreequarterlongYasmin Shiraz is an author and filmmaker. She has written several other books including Retaliation (A YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers,) The Blueprint for My Girls and Exclusive. She is a screenwriter and film director who produced the Can She Be Saved? documentary and the Sources web series. She resides in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

Links
http://www.yasminshiraz.net

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hoppy Easter Giveaway Hop!

Happy Thursday, darlings!

Hoppy Easter Giveaway Hop! Hop around, enter for great prizes, and enjoy!



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4th Annual Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop
April 17th to 24th
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Read Now Sleep Later

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Summer Reading Challenge! Summertime Hop

 
Okay, so it's not summer. Yet. But technically it is for me starting next week! That is... SUMMER BREAK.

Though I will be working somewhere in the 60 hour a week range (job+internship = awesome) I'll have plenty of time to dedicate to the written word, which means SERIOUSLY TACKLING MY TBR SHELF! 

Here's the goal:

30 TBR books and 20 ARC/Author request books in 4 months. 


We all know it's possible *points to the people who read 200 books a year*


So, I totally wasn't planning on this, but I thought it might be fun to ask others if they'd like to join in. I'm turning Mondays in to SRC Recaps for the blog, so I think it would be a great day to link everyone up for a summertime hop.



 



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SUMMER READING CHALLENGE TBR 
Auggie's Goal:

The Book of Lost Things
A Great and Terrible Beauty
Revel Angels
An Apple for Creature
A Wind in the Door
Dragon's Egg
The True Meaning of Cleavage
Scarlet
A Tale of Time City
Dogsbody
Mint Condition
Sisters Red
Spirit of Lost Angels
Initiation
Two Sisters
The Whisering Road
Closed for the Season
The Prophecy of the Stones
Last Scene Alive
A Fool and His Honey
Dead Over Heels
The Julius House
Poppy Done To Death
A Cast-Off Coven
Hexes and Hemlines
Brownies and Broomsticks
The Trouble With Magic
Morgan's Cross
Dance of the Gods
Valley of Silence


Feel free to join in every Monday with links to you SRC updates! You can link up for the next few weeks on this post with a goal post of your own! If you miss the linky sign up on this post, no problem. You can still join by linking up your hop-posts every Monday!


Link your goal posts up in this Linky and we'll add you to our Challenges page!







Enjoy!

Until Next Blog,

Read On! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Contributor Review: "These Broken Stars" byAmie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Good Tuesday, book babes!

Auggie-Talk Team member Tori is bringing us another awesome review!

Remember, if you're interested in becoming a Contributor or an Auggie-Talk Team Member please check out Guest Posting Signup page for the forms! We'd love to feature your fantastic reviews (whether you have a blog or not!).

Today's review: 
THESE BROKEN STARS
Enjoy!
Contributor 
REVIEW

13138635Title: These Broken Stars
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi
Publication: December 10, 2013
Pages:   374

Synopsis:
 

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

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A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.


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            I was surprisingly captivated by "These Broken Stars." I had read snippets of reviews in which this book was hailed as an "intergalactic Titanic." Such a proclamation seemed enticing to a science-fiction geek such as myself. Add a little romance, some sweet iced tea, and I had the makings of a wonderful afternoon in store for myself. 

            Oddly enough, all references to the RMS Titanic seemed to rapidly sink once I got past the first few chapters. The book takes the reader aboard the Icarus, a colossal luxury spaceship passing through dimensional hyperspace and carrying some fifty thousand souls. When the ship is wrenched off track, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux end up thrown together in a single safety pod. Their pod, along with all the wreckage of the Icarus, crashes on an unknown planet leaving the two stranded together.   

            Normally if a book is written from two different viewpoints, I would find myself nearly jarred out of the story every time a new chapter started. But with Lilac and Tarver, I found it to be a nearly seamless transition from one mind to the other. I don't know if that is due to the fact that this book was co-written by Kaufman and Spooner or just that it was written so well. Either way, I very much so enjoyed the tag-along with both characters.

            Lilac is the daughter of the wealthiest man in the entire universe. I was expecting to have to trudge along through the tantrums of a spoiled rich girl. At first, I was correct in my assessment. She was infuriating and difficult for the first few chapters. Once her icy demeanor began to thaw, I was content to watch her evolve throughout the book. I came to find that I admired her resilient attitude and her quick tongue. Tarver is the backbone to the beginning of the book. He keeps the plot from wobbling off track and you know that he is the character that will keep you moving. When Lilac starts hearing chilling whispers and having strange visions, it's her sanity that Tarver is trying to protect. 

            Their romance is the stitching among the chapters that held me firmly rooted to their story. The concept of needing someone takes on a whole new meaning when two people are conceivably alone on a planet together. It made me anxious for every touch. This book is not a fast-paced read. It's a slow journey of survival and a love that society and Lilac's father would condemn.

            At first, I perceived the writing to be a bit dawdling. But it didn't take me long to figure out that therein was the beauty of the piece. You are pulled along through every bit of their exhaustion and desperation. I found paragraphs so beautifully written that I was wrenched down into the dirt right along with them. Blinking back sudden tears and having to widen my gaze to keep from missing a moment of the emotion that was so wrenchingly raw on the page. 

            I give this book 4 quills. I wanted a little more from the ending, which is what kept me from giving it that extra quill. But as this is the first in the Starbound Trilogy, I suppose I can't expect the world. Take the afternoon and meet Lilac and Tarver. You can never quite tell how characters will surprise you.

Happy reading!


           

Monday, April 14, 2014

Reviews You Might Have Missed

Hello, spring beans!

We've decided to do a little review recap today. A bit of a "lookback" at our year up until this point.

There are going to be a LOT of changes coming and all of them are looking spectacular! We're so grateful for all of your support and love and we're excited to be able to offer you even more bookish goodness in the future!


 
Reviews You Might Have Missed: 

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Enjoy!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!