Review: Nexis by A.L. Davroe (+ Giveaway!)

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Today I’m going to be reviewing Nexis by A.L. Davroe as part of the blog tour celebrating the release of the sequel, Redux. Since it’s part of a tour, there’s also some promotional info at the bottom of the post about both books AND there’s a giveaway where you could win a pretty awesome prize pack, so be sure to check it out! Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour, too.

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ARC Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde (+ Giveaway!)

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Published: March 14th, 2017 by Swoon Reads | Series: N/A | Length: 288 pages | Genre: YA contemporary romance, LGBTQIAP | Source: I received an eARC from the publisher/Xpresso Reads for the blog tour. | Possible Triggers: anxiety (including panic attacks), fatphobia (challenged in text), mentions of weight, biphobia (challenged in text), cheating

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Three friends. Two love stories. One convention.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Queens of Geek, an empowering young adult novel by Jen Wilde, is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

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ARC Review: Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach (+ Giveaway!)

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Published: March 7th, 2017 by Entangled Teen | Series: Anastasia Phoenix #1 | Length: 400 pages | Genre: YA, mystery, contemporary | Source: I received an eARC from YA Reads and Entangled Teen via NetGalley as part of the blog tour. | Possible Triggers: Violence, some comments re: sexual harassment/assault (not detailed)

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Summary from Goodreads:

Some secrets are best kept hidden…

Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages.

And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead.

She’s the only one who believes Keira is still alive, and when new evidence surfaces, Anastasia sets out to follow the trail—and lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. Now she isn’t sure who she can trust. At her side is Marcus, the bad boy with a sexy accent who’s as secretive as she is. He may have followed her to Rome to help, but something about him seems too good to be true.

Nothing is as it appears, and when everything she’s ever known is revealed to be a lie, Anastasia has to believe in one impossibility.

She will find her sister.

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Book Blitz: Shattering Truths by Kyrian Lyndon (+ Giveaway!)

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Hi, everyone! Today I have a quick, fun post for you all. I’m participating in the book blitz for Shattering Truths by Kyrian Lyndon which is a new YA suspense that released at the end of January. This book really caught my eye because I’ve been really into suspense books in the past few months and this one is set in my home state, Connecticut! But enough from me. Here’s a little bit about the book.

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Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn: Spotlight and Excerpt | Blog Tour



Some of you may have heard about Corrupt Me since the author, Jillian Quinn, is a fellow book blogger from over at Rant and Rave About Books. Right now there’s a blog tour going (obviously) to help celebrate the release on the 17th and today is my chance to tell you a little bit about the book and share an exclusive excerpt with all of you! I don’t often read romance, but next time I’m in the mood for one, this is probably what I’ll be picking up. It sounds fantastic and the excerpt really has me wanting to read more!

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The Influence of Education on Writing | Guest Post for the Sauvage Domicile Blog Tour

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Hello, everyone! Today is my stop for YAReads Blog Tours’ Sauvage Domicile tour. Full disclosure: I have not yet read the series. BUT these books sound fantastic and I will definitely be picking them up at some point! (You all know I have a weakness for dystopians!) I have a guest post from the author of The Domiciles series, Courtney Ruggles, discussing how her education and experience in sociology and social work has helped her to write some of the gritty issues that make their appearance in the series.

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My education has definitely allowed me to write some of the touchy issues in The Domicile Series. I obtained my Bachelors in Sociology in 2010 where I studied oppression, studied groups, and behaviors. Then I went on to get my Masters in social work. I diagnosed, providing counseling among a slew of other kinds of treatment for people with mental health diagnoses. I loved my work but I knew I always wanted to work on a more macro level, impacting policy and research. So I went on to get my doctorate, which I am finishing now. I am all ABD- All ‘Bout Dissertation!

But in my experiences, I studied cases of oppression, marginalization, and abuse. I counseled and treated people who dealt with these issues every day. I spoke with people who were trapped inside their own minds, their realities twisted like a maze they didn’t see themselves escaping. Though I started writing The Sixth Domicile before I graduated high school, the hard issues entwined in the story were definitely inspired by my education and experiences, such as the abuse Q experiences from Q437A, as well as the oppression and group-think that occurs in the Domicile.

I have a few WIPs and ideas on my backlist in which my education and/or experiences as a social worker has inspired the storylines. I’m excited about them, seeing how this major part of my can fuel my dreams in ways I hadn’t imagined it could until now.

Thanks, Courtney! This was great to read about because I’m a college student studying psychology, sociology, and anthropology and I’ve always wondered how studying these fields may help me in the future to incorporate some of the sensitive issues I’ve learned about into my writing.

About the Author


Courtney’s love for writing started pretty much when she learned to read, which her mother would tell you was a feat in itself back when she was in the first grade. Once she aced those flashcards with vocabulary words, Courtney’s writing took off.  And her love with it.  In school, she was always writing short stories on a word processor (What?? Word processor with floppy disks?). Oh yes, she literally had a card filing case full of floppy disks.

Now getting her Doctorate in social work, she’s used this education to help her write some of the gritty issues entwined in her stories. When Courtney isn’t writing her next book while drinking coffee, you can find her doing homework (drag) with chocolate chip flavored coffee, reading series of books (because school books are only so interesting) while drinking pumpkin flavored coffee, playing with her little boy, or daydreaming of future beach houses while drinking some other scrumptious flavor of coffee.

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About the Book

sauvage domicile courtney ruggles book coverThe Revolution just entered the wild.

Q’s escape from the Vrai Domicile was supposed to be the final spark to ignite the people. But that spark was doused by a sacrifice that threatens to destroy her.

Now Q must forge a new path. Led deep into the woods to find the elusive Transients, she must not only protect those who escaped the Sixth Domicile with her, but also align with Transients who have their own plans of warfare. And their war calls for more death and destruction than Q ever thought possible.

As Q unites both Transient and Domicilian, she quickly realizes that even in the wilderness, no one is free. They must take the fight back to the Domicile. But this war brings with it more secrets, heartbreaking betrayals, and even worse sacrifices, as Q fights to protect her people from Elders who always seem to be one step ahead.

The face of the Revolution has changed. Q has entered the sauvage – a place she isn’t sure she can survive.

Book 3 in the Readers’ Favorite Domicile Series by Courtney Ruggles.

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Blog Tour: ARC Review of All Her Secrets by Kate Avery Ellison (+ Giveaway!)


I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour celebrating the release of All Her Secrets by Kate Avery Ellison! Barclay Publicity is hosting the tour and was nice enough to send over an eARC for me to review. So without further ado… what did I think of this book?

Published: October 18th, 2016, self-published | Series: N/A | Length: ~250 pages (ebook only; estimate from Goodreads) | Genre: YA, psychological thriller | Source: I received an eARC from Barclay Publicity as part of this blog tour.

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Nothing is as it seems in this psychological YA thriller set in a not-too-distant future.


Eighteen-year-old Victoria, the daughter of inventor and visionary-genius Bill Faraday, was almost murdered by a stranger four years ago. She’s been trying to forget the incident ever since.

When Victoria discovers something that might explain why she was brutally attacked, she heads home from college to uncover the truth. Then, she’s kidnapped.


Sam’s just a poor kid from Valley City, but he knows who Victoria is as soon as his cousin Craig drags her from the trees. He doesn’t want anything to do with what appears to be a revenge kidnapping, but Craig has a gun and needs someone to take the fall if things go wrong.


Craig and his buddies imprison Sam and Victoria in an abandoned mountain cabin to await ransom. Putting aside mistrust for tentative friendship, Victoria and Sam conspire to escape together, and the close quarters ignite a startling attraction between them. Then they discover strange tunnels beneath the cabin. And what they find inside the tunnels proves more bizarre.

With a plan in place to escape, freedom seems within reach. But Sam and Victoria are both keeping secrets about their past.

And secrets can be deadly.

My Review


Every once in awhile I get really in the mood for a particular genre, usually one that I haven’t really read or at least haven’t read in a long time. Recently I’ve been going through this with thrillers. So when Barclay Publicity announced that they’d be doing a blog tour for a new YA psychological thriller, I jumped at the chance to join.

There are many things that I liked about All Her Secrets. All of the characters in this story are complex, intriguing, and have you constantly guessing about what to expect from them. Some characters you’re not sure whether you can trust them or what their motives are. Other characters have you thinking that you know about them, but they end up having some secrets and throwing you off. This is typical of thrillers, yes, but it doesn’t mean it’s any less entertaining to read about.

All Her Secrets is told in dual POV, alternating between Sam and Victoria. I really liked both of their perspectives and I think both brought something to the story that was meaningful and interesting and would have been nearly impossible to see without the inclusion of both points of view. I also really enjoyed seeing Sam and Victoria struggling to decide whether or not it was okay to let their guard down around each other and find a support system with each other or whether they needed to keep to themselves. Seeing them sort through the complexities of their situation was incredibly fascinating.


There are some sci-fi elements to this story which, although not the main focus, are a big driving factor behind the plot and quite interesting to read about. Victoria’s dad has invented these incredibly complex and impressive robots and while many people love the inventions, they’ve also caused a lot of controversy and resentment as they become very human-like and begin to replace people in their jobs, leaving many people in the area unemployed.

This book is incredibly suspenseful as well. Obviously, this is what you’d expect from a thriller but hey, just because you’d expect it doesn’t necessarily mean you’d get it. 😉 I was hooked from very early on in the story and found it difficult to ever put this book down. Chapters are very short, only a couple of pages at most and sometimes even only a paragraph or two, but the story never felt choppy or disconnected to me which is a testament to the author’s writing.

The reason I decided to give this four rather than five stars is simply because there were some parts, especially towards the end, that were really kind of cheesy and had me rolling my eyes a bit. But even with those eyeroll-inducing moments, All Her Secrets is still a great read that I’d definitely recommend to anyone looking for a suspenseful, captivating thriller. Even if you’re not one to normally read thrillers, if you like sci-fi, I’d still say to give this a shot because there are some sci-fi elements that may appeal to you. Overall this was a great book and a steal at only a few dollars.


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About Kate Avery Ellison

kateaveryellisonKate Avery Ellison decided she wanted to be an author when she was five years old, and with hard work, determination, and the support of loved ones along the way, her dreams of telling stories for a living came true in 2011 with her first novel, The Curse Girl, and continued with her Amazon bestselling series The Frost Chronicles and numerous other fantasy and science fiction novels. She loves putting a dash of mystery in everything she writes, an ode to her childhood spent reading Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie, and Sherlock Holmes, and she can’t resist adding a good twist in the story wherever she can.

Kate wishes she could live in a place where it’s always October, but until that’s possible, she makes her home in humid Atlanta with her husband, son, and two spoiled cats. When she isn’t dreaming up her next novel or holed up writing it down, Kate can be found binging her favorite shows on Netflix, reading on her Kindle, building intricate train track configurations with her toddler, and playing board games with her husband and friends.

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