#Static Blog Tour: Curtis' Top 5 Favorite Movies + 2 Giveaways!


Hey everyone! Welcome to Day #10 of the #STATIC Blog Tour!
To celebrate the release of #STATIC by Eric Laster (4/19/16), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Eric and 10 chances to win a copy of #STATIC, as well as a chance to win a 6-in- 1 Bluetooth Entertainment Center in the Grand Prize Giveaway found below (I WANT).

For my stop of the tour, I'm sharing the main character's top 5 favorite movies (some are my favorites too btw), but first, take a peek to learn more about this book!
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Static
by  Eric Laster
YA Mystery/ April 12th, 2016

Summary:
When Curtis Brooks starts receiving phone calls from his older brother Wilt, who’s been dead a week, he’s sure it’s to help him find evidence that will lead to a murderer’s arrest. But Wilt claims he wasn’t murdered; his calling, meant to help him adjust, is standard protocol for newly deceased at the Aftermart—a kind of inescapable, ever-expanding Walmart filled with discontinued products.

Wilt’s death ruled a homicide, Curtis embarks on a dangerous plan to find the killer, which soon has him scheming against a billionaire and floundering toward love with his brother’s ex-girlfriend Suzy, all while struggling through high school and his single mom’s poor choices.

Why does Wilt help Curtis win over Suzy, even as he organizes a rebellion at the Aftermart? Who’d wanted him dead? Curtis risks his life to answer these questions, in the process forging a bond with his brother unlike any they’ve ever had.

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Curtis's Top 5 Favorite Movies by Eric Laster



While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.


A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again.


Run Lola Run (1998)
After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.


Babe (1995)
Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.


The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims.

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Today is the last day of the tour! Check out the other stops for more chances to win!

Blog Tour Schedule:
April 18th – The Book Cellar
April 19th – Once Upon a Twilight
April 20th – Fall Into Books
April 21st – Twenty Three Pages
April 22nd – The Fandom
April 25th — Book Briefs
April 26th – Shooting Stars Mag
April 27th – Pretty Little Memoirs
April 28th – A Belle’s Tales
April 29th – The Reader and the Chef

About Eric Laster

A New Yorker by birth, Eric Laster lives in Los Angeles. After a successful stint as a best-selling ghostwriter, Eric re-launched under his own name with the middle- grade novel Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveyor, World Savior. Whenever he’s not scribing, he records punk rock and presses it to vinyl.


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One (1) winner will receive a 6-in- 1 Bluetooth Entertainment Center ($99.99), some vinyl records pressed and recorded by Eric Laster, and a finished copy of Static!
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 Ends 5/6 at midnight ET! Good luck. ♥


Cover Reveal: The Chasm by S. Usher Evans + Giveaway!

Hey guys! Today I'm super glad to share with you the awesome cover of The Chasm, the second book in the Madion War Trilogy by S. Usher Evans. I am loving this series and I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. But before you check out the cover, here's a bit about The Island to freshen up your memory. So good and it just released yesterday!
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The Island (Madion War Trilogy #1)
by  S. Usher Evans
YA Fantasy/ April 26, 2016
Sun's Golden Day Publishing

Summary:
Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.

Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country's independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.

When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian's medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo's survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.

Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?

The Island is the first in a new romance trilogy by S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series and Empath. 

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So, without further ado, I give you:

THE CHASM COVER!

The Chasm (Madion War Trilogy #2)
by  S. Usher Evans
Fantasy/ July 12, 2016
Sun's Golden Day Publishing

Summary:

They survived The Island, but can they cross The Chasm?
Four months after Prince Galian was discovered alive on a remote island, he's adjusting slowly to life at the hospital under the Kylaen media's glare. His promises to Theo remain unfulfilled as fear of his father keeps him from taking concrete action. And the more he learns about the machinations in Kylae, the less sure he is that it's possible to make a difference.

Across the great Madion Sea, Major Theo Kallistrate struggles to navigate the tricky political waters of Rave's presidential staff. To make positive change for her people, she must remain relevant and interesting to the Raven media and to the president. When he asks her to deliver a speech on her supposed two-month imprisonment at Mael, she's not sure she can stomach the lies.

The Chasm is S. Usher Evans' breathtaking, fast-paced follow-up to The Island, which readers say is "not to be missed."
SGR-Pub Paperback / Hardcover
Barnes and Noble Paperback / Hardcover
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Isn't it awesome? Now check out the awesome book trailer and a sneak peak below!


LOVE IT. AND THE SONG! THE FEEEELS ♥


Sneak Peek
"Fellow Ravens, my countrymen, my 'neechais and 'nichais. The fifty years since we reclaimed our independence from the Kylaens has been a struggle to keep our great nation alive. Great sacrifices have been asked of every Raven man, woman, and child, and we, as a nation, continue to rise to the occasion."
"Sacrifices, of course, being the conscription of twelve-year-old children," the Kylaen announcer said, cutting off the rest of the speech. "It's just sickening how Tedwin Bayard continues to be heralded as a savior when he's responsible for tens of thousands of deaths a year—"
I tuned out the rest of the conversation, too tired to get my blood pressure up at either Bayard or the announcer. As far as I was concerned, both were liars. Like most of Kylae, I couldn't give a rat's ass about the so-called president of our disputed colony and would've completely ignored the minute-long segment…
…if not for the beautiful Raven woman sitting just behind Bayard.
Her eyes were locked on some unseen point beyond the cameras. When I was marooned with her on an island in the northern Madion Sea, she'd been fiery, full of life and passion. But there wasn't even a spark in her now. Compared to Bayard, who swayed and gestured on the podium in front of her, she looked like a wax doll.
I ran a hand over my face. The Kylaen news had moved on to another story—the trade agreement with Jervan—and I was left with my guilt and a half-eaten sandwich. It was midday, and I'd finally been able to spare a few minutes out of my busy shift at the hospital to eat lunch. Seeing Theo had stolen my appetite.
I couldn't blame it all on the news report as I'd already been in a foul mood. After working the late shift two nights ago, I was now on an early shift. The back-and-forth shift-switching had been going on since since I'd returned to my residency, and I could barely tell if it was morning or afternoon anymore.
To make matters worse, my mother had been hounding me to attend some stupid function at the castle for some person who'd done some thing for Kylae—I couldn't care less. Aside from the fact that state functions were my least favorite part of being the third prince of Kylae, I hadn't set foot in the castle in over four months. I'd stormed out of a family dinner and told the king of Kylae to kiss my ass. It was a miracle I wasn't in Mael, our prison to the north.
I glanced at the television again and wished they'd replay the Bayard segment. Days like today, when I was tired and miserable, all I wanted was to talk to her. In the short months we'd spent together, I'd become addicted to her counsel. Hers was the only opinion I cared for anymore, though I was pretty sure I knew how she'd feel about my progress so far.
Theo was home and she was safe, but the larger issues—the war and the Kylaen death camp at Mael—remained nagging issues in the back of my mind. I was no closer to finding a solution to either of them than when I'd started. To make matters worse, the days were passing too quickly for me, and the more time that slipped through my fingers…
"Helmuth, break's over," came a disgruntled voice from behind me.
Dr. Hebendon was my new attending physician. Dr. Maitland had either been asked or forced to take a six-month sabbatical to a hospital in the country of Herin. In his place, they'd sent Hebendon. Like most Herinese, he was tall and pale with jet-black hair that hung in a curtain around his face. I was pretty sure that despite not being Kylaen, he'd been given a royal decree to make my life miserable whenever I set foot in the hospital. Thus my skewed schedule and, of course, the special privilege of having the best cases.
"Janna needs you in room fifteen for another impaction," he said, a twisted grin curling around his thin face.
I forced a tight smile onto my face so he wouldn't know how completely sick I was of pulling shit out of asses.
Hebendon left, and I pushed myself to stand, tossing my sad sandwich in the trash. When I'd been on the island, I would've done anything to eat so much food.
Now I would've done anything to get those half-starved, beautiful days back.

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About S. Usher Evans

S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.

Evans is the author of the Razia series, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath, published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.
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ARC Review: The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander

Title: The Art of Not Breathing
Author: Sarah Alexander
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Published:  April 26th, 2016
Page Count:  288 pages
Format:  eARC
Source: From publisher via Netgalley


Summary:
Since her twin brother, Eddie, drowned five years ago, sixteen-year-old Elsie Main has tried to remember what really happened that fateful day on the beach. One minute Eddie was there, and the next he was gone. Seventeen-year-old Tay McKenzie is a cute and mysterious boy that Elsie meets in her favorite boathouse hangout. When Tay introduces Elsie to the world of freediving, she vows to find the answers she seeks at the bottom of the sea. 
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 3/5 stars

The Art of Not Breathing is a sad story about a girl named Elsie that's trying to come to terms with the death of her twin brother on the beach five years ago. As someone who's not entirely sure of what happened on that day, she still holds a strong connection with Eddie, to the point of feeling him with her. Isolation, a broken family, and a strong fear of moving on  without knowing is what drives Elsie to seek out the answers that everyone is trying hard to keep, and what eventually leads her to discover a new world to love in her deepest fear.

Summary aside, I have to say that I'm quite torn about this book. On the one hand, I liked the main characters (Elsie and her older brother) and I truly felt for their pain, confusion and low self-esteems. They were raw and imperfect. Totally messed up, and understandably why. The pain of losing a brother, a dysfunctional family that has no way of getting better,  plus weight/health problems driven by society standards is enough to make the strongest person lose its shine, so right from the start I felt this need to protect them and hope that by each passing page, they would somehow find closure and a bit of happiness.  

On the other hand, I feel that this story needed better supporting characters. Some of them were just there. They didn't add any real value to what was a good story and I sadly couldn't make myself care for them. Not even the love interest, Tay. He was just too bland. Mysterious, but not really important.

For me, The Art of Not Breathing could have done well on its own without adding a romance into the story. Ignoring that side, I liked reading about the fragile relationship between Elsie and her older brother, Dillon. How they loved each other, and Eddie, and tried to keep face despite how everything was horribly wrong. I would have loved more them time inside the story. 

So on the long run, this book turned out to be an okay read with its ups and downs. It's not really memorable when it comes to settings (I only seem to picture a deserted beach for some reason), but it is with its main characters and the delicate themes it deals with including: bulimia, family conflicts, alcohol abuse, and violence. With that said, I would classify this as upper YA.

Early Review: Water's Wrath by Elise Kova

Title: Water's Wrath
Series: Air Awakens #4
Author: Elise Kova
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Published:  April 26th, 2016
Page Count:  378 pages
Format:  eARC
Source: From author in exchange of an honest review


Summary:
Librarian turned sorcerer. Sorcerer turned hero. Hero turned puppet.

The Solaris Empire found victory in the North and, at the cost of her heart and her innocence, Vhalla Yarl has earned her freedom. But the true fight is only beginning as the secret forces that have been lurking in the shadows, tugging at the strings of Vhalla's fate, finally come to light. Nowhere is safe, and Vhalla must tread carefully or else she'll fall into the waiting arms of her greatest foe. Or former lover. 
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
Ack! Every book just keeps pushing in deeper a dagger into my heart. You'd think I'd be used  to it by now but NO, I am not. I always fall for the false sense of security the book lures you into, and when all is well, another big hit. And this time... ugh. There's no going back, I'm afraid.

Water's Wrath is the fourth installment in the epic Air Awakens series and it doesn't disappoint. I love how Elise Kova has a way of drawing you into the story, making it extremely hard to stop reading. Or sleep. You want to know what's on the next page, and then the next, and the next. A vicious cycle that is so good and so sweet, but ultimately ends up harming you. And weirdly enough, still love it?!


Sounds about right, Ron.

I think what I loved most about Water's Wrath is how almost every character defines where they stand on. Throughout the book, they slowly unveil their true colors and the reader can finally start to see the big picture, their purpose or what they want to get from the final war. Of course, there is lots more to see and discover from each character in the final installment, betrayals and unexpected alliances will form just like in Water's Wrath, and that has me extremely excited. I seriously cannot wait!


We don't get to meet as many new characters, but the few we do are pretty interesting. Like Aldrik's bride-to-be Princess Sehra and her guard, Za. I was prepared to dislike them greatly, mostly because the princess was threatening my love for Aldrik & Vhalla as a couple, but she turned out to be more than just a simple-minded threat. Actually, I was expecting her to be a weak, girly character (I DON'T KNOW WHY) but nope, she's actually super smart... and dangerous. A ruler in her own right trying to protect her people. 

But the character I loved the most in Water's Wrath was Vhalla. This girl is amazing. There has been times where I have shaken my head and disagreed with her poor choices, but they have no way affected my admiration for her. In Water's Wrath, Vhalla is stronger and even more determined than ever. Feelings aside, she is ready to do whatever it takes to bring peace once and for all to the empire, even if it means seeing her beloved marry someone else. That is true sacrifice right there.


The romantic in me was a teensy bit upset with the lack of romance in most of the book, but I guess I understand WHY. It goes with how Vhalla and Aldrik were trying to do what needed to be done for the empire to have "peace". However, the few small scenes we get were indeed precious and I still love Aldrik oh so very much. I was glad to have some of his brooding self back because ♥♥♥♥. And yet he was still incredibly sweet and, this time, 100% himself.


So all things considered, Water's Wrath turned out to be one more epic addition to the Air Awakens series and it totally lived up to my expectations. Things I wanted to happen did, some I didn't want to also did (whyyyyyyy?*cries*) and like true Elise Kova fashion, this book left me in a wonderful state of grief and hope, highly anticipating to read the last book that will surely break us once and for all. 

I'm ready.

Book Review: All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Title: All The Birds In The Sky
Author: Charlie Jane Anders
Publisher: Tor Books
Published: January 26th 2016
Page count: 504 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Giveaway win

Goodreads | Amazon

Book Summary:
Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families.

But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world's ever-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together--to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.


 *The Chef's Review*
     My rating: 5/5 stars

I love this book. Magic + science = awesomeness. Those two are my favorite to read subjects and it gets better when you add up romance, humor and a touch of weirdness. It also covered some contemporary problems such as family issues and mother nature catastrophes that face humanity and it makes yourself conscious about them. Sometimes you are stuck in every day life that you sort of forget about them.

The story started in the childhood of main characters, Patricia and Laurence. Both of them suffer from misunderstanding and lack of parenting which brings them together in the comfort of friendship they find with each other. Later on they go their separate ways, Patricia to a secret magic school and Laurence pursues his dream as a high-tech prodigy. Both of them very gifted in each of their fields. They get to see each other in a random party after some years, were they start to pick up their friendship again.

I really liked the characters. They are not at all perfect. However, they have a certain spark to them. I found it very interesting that they are so different from each other and yet they still they managed to bond. Patricia being a more spiritual/magical person and Laurence a scientific/ technological one.

I love the way the author combined magic with science. I find it amazing that in a contemporary world where there is so much gadgets, there is still room for magic. I wish I could have read more about this magical world the author build, not at all what I would have imagined, but then again, Harry Potter fan talking here.

I also enjoy reading books that happen in cities or places that I've visited. It makes it easier to have a clearer image of the setting in my mind. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities and I love the Rockies of Colorado. 

All in all, this was a stupendous read and I recommend it for all the science fiction/fantasy lover readers out there <3<3<3

Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens #5) Cover Reveal + Giveaway


This is it, guys. The final cover reveal for a book in the Air Awakens series. Let's take a quick moment to let that sink in...


The Air Awakens series has been a surprisingly short journey between each book's cover reveals and releases, but they sure have taken me into one of the coolest and most epic rides of my reading life. I have laughed, cried, loved, and swooned book after book. And thus, I am honored to share with you all today the cover of Crystal Crowned, the most-awaited conclusion of the Air Awakens series.

But before that, to freshen up your mind, here are the amazing covers in this series:



Air AwakensAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Fire FallingAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 

Earth's EndAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 

Water's Wrath (preorder)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 


All the covers in this series are AMAZING. Each one fits perfectly with the storyline, but honestly, now that I've seen the cover of Crystal Crowned, I can say that this one is by far my favorite of the series. 

IT IS GORGEOUS. A masterpiece!

And you'll definitely agree with me. So without further ado...





I present to you...




My favorite book cover of 2016 (so far!)







CRYSTAL CROWNED





LOOK AT IT!!!!!!! 

I have been staring at it since it was delivered to my inbox. It's now my phone's screensaver and I am one happy fan. The cover is out of this world! ♥♥♥♥
I was already extremely excited for the release of this book, but now I JUST NEED IT NOW. Why does it have to come out on July?!

But anyway, once again, huge thanks to the cover artist, Merilliza Chan, for doing a PERFECT job.  And to Elise Kova as well! You two sure know how to deliver.

Here's the official blurb:


Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova
Air Awakens #5
July 12th, 2016
Long live Solaris.


One bloodthirsty ruler has been overthrown by another, casting the shadow of death over the Solaris Empire. Vhalla Yarl stands upon the stage of fate, prepared to do battle one final time. Fragile alliances will be tested and new bonds will be formed as the world is reshaped. She fights as the champion of peace, but when the night is darkest will she be able to pay the price of a new dawn?
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This is part of the back cover and I LOVE HOW ALDRIK LOOKS. Just perfect.♥♥

About the Author


Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.

Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 
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Giveaway!

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