{30 Days of Daemon Blog Tour} Dear Daemon!

I’m *super* excited to be a part of the 30 Days of Daemon blog tour! Today, I have a special post for you all. It’s a Dear Daemon post. Yes, really. Because honestly, what better way to celebrate the awesomeness that is the Lux series than to receive advice from Daemon Black? 😉

[1]Dear Daemon, What advice do you have to give about a friend who has turned her back to me because of my attitude? She’s known me for years now and now she has a problem with how I act. Should I apologize to her for being how I am? It’s been a month now.

Dear Attitude,

Why do you have an attitude? Did she do something? If so, then you probably have a reason to get an attitude. But if you just have a bad attitude than you need to apologize and make things right. Trust me, that sucks. I have a bad attitude. And I’ve had to apologize. Many times.

Yours Truly,
Daemon

[2] Has any girl turned you down?

Dear LOL,

What do you think?

Yours truly,
Daemon

[3] Dear Daemon, Every time I see the guy I like at my office I can’t do much more than stutter, blush and occasionally knock him over. Is this a bad thing? Is there anything I can do?

Dear Shy and Cute,

The blushing and stuttering is cute. That strokes a guy’s ego. I’m not ashamed to admit that, but knocking him over? I’m a little concerned about that part. To fix this problem, stop knocking him over.

Yours truly,
Daemon

[4] Dear Daemon, What was going through your mind when you found out that you and Katy were connected? And what would Ash’s reaction be?

Dear Touchy Subject,

My first thought was holy crap on a cracker. Ash’s reaction will probably be murderous, but she won’t do anything. She knows there’s nothing for her to do.

Yours truly,
Daemon

Make sure to follow along with the rest of the tour:

May 15:

Mundie Moms – Launch post + giveaway

May 16:

Pure Imagination – Dear Daemon post
Stuck in YA Books – Dear Daemon post

May 17:

Two Chicks On Books – Obsidian scene from Daemon’s POV
Book Kitty Blog – Obsidian Dream Cast

May 18:

Tater’s Tall Tails – Favourite Daemon Moments/Quotes
Book Loving Mom – Love Letter to Daemon

May 19:

Fiktshun – Daemon Interview
The Reading Geek – Music that reminds me of Daemon

May 20:

Basia’s Bookshelf – Dear Daemon post
J.A Belfield’s Blog – How To Tell You’re Dating An Alien
Geek Girl’s Blog – Obsidian Review

May 21:

Eleusinian Mysteries – Couples Questions post 1
Fairytale Nerd – Favourite Daemon Moments/Quotes

May 22:

Avery’s Book Nook – Couples Questions post 2
Miss Vain’s Paranormal Fantasy – Love Letter to Daemon

May 23:

Books Complete Me – Couples Questions post 3
Audacious Reader – Favourite Daemon Moments/Quotes

May 24:

The Irish Banana – Couples Questions post 4
Crazed Bookie – Favourite Daemon Moments/Quotes

May 25:

Chapter by Chapter – Dear Daemon Post
Winterhaven Books – Music that reminds me of Daemon

May 26:

Novel Addiction – Dear Daemon
Nick’s Book Blog – Reasons Why I Love Daemon
Confessions Of A Twenty Something Fiction Writer – Obsidian Review

May 27:

Refracted Light Reviews – Interview with Dee and Katy on Daemon
Fictional Distraction – Favourite Daemon Moments/Quotes

May 28:

YA-Sisterhood – Three Truths and a Lie with Daemon Black
Fable Faerie – Love Letter to Daemon

May 29:

The Book Goddess – Review of Obsidian
Electrifying Reviews – Onyx Teaser

May 30:

Goldilox and the Three Weres – Favourite Daemon Moments/Quotes
A Tale of Many Reviews – Dear Daemon Post
Collections – Aliens in TV/Movies

May 31:

Books Over Boys – Reverse Interview with Daemon Black
Nicole’s YA Haven – Dear Daemon Post

June 1:

Kindle and Me – Reasons Why I Love Daemon Black
The Lady Critic’s Library – Reasons Why I Love Daemon Black

June 2:

A Life Bound By Books – Top 5 with Daemon
Paper Cuts – Favourite Daemon Moments/Quotes

June 3:

Hooked to Books – Dear Daemon Post
Putting Pen to Page – Obsidian Review + Favourite Daemon Moments/Quotes

June 4:

Nightmares Dreams and Summer – Favourite Daemon Moments/Quotes
Stuck in Books – Interview with Daemon and Seth from the Covenant Series

June 5:

Book Passion For Life – Onyx Teaser
Juliana Haygert – Reasons to Love Daemon

June 6:

Zoey’s Uncreatively Titled Blog – Dear Daemon Post
The Book Sisterhood – Obsidian Review

June 7:

Narratively Speaking – Dear Daemon Post
Creative Reads – Daemon Profile

June 8:

Planet Print – Onyx Teaser
Nicole’s Library – Obsidian Review
Firestar Books – Music than Reminds Me of Daemon

June 9:

We All Make Mistakes – Daemon Profile
K-Books – Favourite Daemon Moments/Quotes

June 10:

Realm of Fiction – Dear Daemon Post
Books to Brighten Your Mood – Favourite Daemon Moments/Quotes

June 11:

Romancing the Book – Onyx Teaser
Follow the Melody – Obsidian Review + Favourite Daemon Moments/Quotes

June 12:

Love of Books – Dear Daemon Post
D For Darla’s Definite Reads – Favourite Daemon Moments/Quotes

June 13:

Confessions of a Bookaholic Onyx Review
Once Upon a Twilight – Onyx Giveaway

Don’t forget to stop by http://booksoverboys.blogspot.com/ today, where they will be hosting an interview with Daemon Black!

Surprise giveaway!

And because I adore you guys, I have some random swag to giveaway (including signed bookmarks). You have until 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time today (5/31) to tweet me (@NicsYABookHaven) the following: “I’ve fallen into Daemon Black!”. Simple as that. I’ll randomly pick two people to send out swag to. US only (I’m planning an international giveaway for the last week the blog is open). And per usual, you MUST be 13 years old or older.

For those who are unaware, Jennifer will be hitting the road this June to promote the Lux series. Oh, and the best part? The cover models for the series will be touring with her! Interested in seeing her? This is where she’ll be headed:

Daemon Invasion Signing and Event Schedule
June 8th
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA
3:00pm
June 10th
Barnes and Noble
St Johns Town Center
Jacksonville, FL
3:00pm
June 13th
Barnes and Noble
Waterford Lakes Town Center
Orlando, FL
3:00pm

June 14th
Barnes and Noble
The Palladium at City Place
West Palm Beach, FL
4:00pm

Make sure to check Jennifer’s site for the most up to date information concerning the tour: http://jenniferarmentrout.blogspot.com/

I’ll end this by saying that I’m currently reading Onyx, and holy smokes. If you haven’t already done so, pre-order this one guys!  I loved Jennifer’s Covenant series (who doesn’t love Seth? or Alex?), but this series. Holy. Smokes. #TotalJenniferFanGirlUpInHere

Cover Reveals You May Have Missed Post (Take #18)

I have a bunch of amazing covers to show you today! There will be a “Cover Reveals You May Have Missed” post every Sunday! 🙂

Misfit by Jon Skovron

Paperback, 384 pages

Expected publication: September 1st 2012 by Amulet Books

Description from Goodreads:

Jael Thompson has never really fit in. She’s changed schools too many times to count. The only family she’s ever known is her father, a bitter ex-priest who never lets her date and insists she attend the strictest Catholic school in Seattle. And her mother—well, she was a five thousand year old demon. That doesn’t exactly help.

But on her sixteenth birthday, her father gives her a present that brings about some unexpected changes. Some of the changes, like strange and wonderful powers and the cute skater boy with a knack for science, are awesome. But others, like the homicidal demon seeking revenge on her family? Not so much.

Steeped in mythology, this is an epic tale of a heroine who balances old world with new, science with magic, and the terrifying depths of the underworld with the ordinary halls of high school.

Dearly, Beloved (Gone With the Respiration #2) by Lia Habel

Expected publication: September 25th 2012 by Del Rey Books

Description from Goodreads: Not available.

The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul #2) by Leanna Renee Hieber

Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: November 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
Description from Goodreads:
Natalie Stewart and Lord Denbury return in another account, only to be faced with new and present dangers, a deadly charade and more unspeakable magic.
The Dead And Buried by Kim Harrington
Expected publication: January 1st 2013 by Scholastic Point
Description from Goodreads:
Jade loves the house she’s just moved into with her family. She doesn’t even mind being the new girl at the high school: It’s a fresh start, and there’s that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade’s little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade’s jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn’t.

Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who’s seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade’s school — until her untimely death last year. It’s up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer?

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
Expected publication: 2013 by Harper Children’s
Description from Goodreads:
The girl with no past, and no future, may be the only one who can save their lives.

Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.

Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls’ deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls—but her own life.

Leif (Existence #2.5) by Abbi Glines
Expected publication: Summer 2012
Description from Goodreads: Not yet on Goodreads.
Dualed (Dualed #1) by Elsie Chapman
Expected publication: February 26th 2013 by Random House
Description from Goodreads:
Would you live through the ultimate test of survival?

The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Expected publication: 2013 by St Martin’s Press
Description from Goodreads:
If you give boys what they want, they give you what you need. Right?

Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom’s gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, the next stepfather. And Anna has learned a new way to make sense of the world. A way to fill her empty afternoons, her empty house. Anna discovers that boys – from Desmond to Joey, from Todd to Sam – can make you feel less alone.

Everyone at school has heard about Anna and the boys; everyone calls her a slut. Anna’s only friend, Toy, is a girl like her. Toy is a master at using boys, who seems to get everything she wants from them. Anna longs to be Toy, to have Toy’s romantic life, because even when Anna gives boys what they want, she still fails to get what she needs.

When Anna loses Sam, a boy who is more than just useful, a boy so perfect that even Toy could be jealous, she discovers the truth about Toy’s stories – and a truth about herself. That no matter what she barters or gives away, she still has to confront herself – the child inside that’s spent her life yearning for family, belonging and affection. Now, with so much of what she thought true proven to be a lie, Anna finally takes a new look at herself and her life. Could there be a different way of seeing boys? And could she, for the first time, find the strength to take her destiny in her own hands?

Which is your favorite cover?

Cover Revealed:Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor

I was going to wait and just include this in the cover post on Sunday, but it’s far too pretty to sneak into a post full of covers:

Entertainment Weekly just unveiled the cover for Days of Blood and Starlight over on their Shelf Life page (link to the post). I absolutely love this cover. I still have yet to read the first book (I know, I know), but I wasn’t a huge fan of the cover. It was nice, don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t love it. This one I love, though.

More information on Days of Blood and Starlight:

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: November 6th 2012 by Little, Brown & Company
Description from Goodreads:
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed “Daughter of Smoke and Bone,” Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone was declared a “must read” by Entertainment Weekly, was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, and The New York Times called it “a breath-catching romantic fantasy.”

Hopefully now that I’ve replaced my Kindle (my old one broke a little over a month ago), I can find time to actually read the first book. 😛

Author Interview with Lisa Orchard (+ Giveaway)!

Today, I have an interview with Lisa Orchard, the author of The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer. Lisa was also kind enough to offer up TWO eBook copies of  The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer for two lucky readers, so keep reading for instructions on how to enter. 🙂

1)    When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I started reading books pretty early and by fifth grade I was writing my own mysteries. I guess you could say Nancy Drew inspired me. Anyway, I knew I wanted to be a writer in fifth grade. J

2)    How did you come up with the story “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer”?

The story is based on some of my own teenage exploits. However, these exploits are greatly embellished in the story. I wanted to be a detective when I was young and my friends and I developed our own detective squad.

3)    What do you hope readers will take away from “The Super Spies and the   Cat Lady Killer”?

Hmmm…good question. What I hope readers take away from the story is that old adage, “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” I wanted the reader to learn right along with the characters that there are reasons why people act the way they do and not to be too quick to judge someone who’s different too harshly.

4)    If there is one piece of advice that you could give aspiring writers, what would it be?

Keep writing.  Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done, because it can be.

5)    What can we expect from you in the future? Is there anything in particular that you’re working on?

I just signed the contract for the second book in the “Super Spies” series, it is tentatively scheduled for release sometime this summer. It’s titled “The Super Spies and the High School Bomber”, and my beta readers really enjoyed it!

6)    Describe “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer” in three words.

Spine-tingling suspense 🙂

Where you can find Lisa online:

About “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer”:

ebook, 277 pages

Published March 13th 2012 by astraea press

Back cover blurb:

This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission.  The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…

Purchase links (only $2.99): Amazon Barnes & Noble

Interested in winning one of two eBook copies? All you need to do is comment below with a valid e-mail address and which format you’d prefer. Again, this is for an eBook copy.

Of course, the usual rules follow:

  • Must be 13 years old or older.
  • Must provide a valid email address.
  • Giveaway runs from 5/23/12 until 5/27/12.

Waiting on Wednesday #44: Every Day by David Levithan

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting the release of:

Every Day

by David Levithan

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: August 28th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Description from Goodreads:

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

Add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.
What book are you waiting on?

Winners!

I’m late with these. Sorry! Anyways, here are the winners for Obsidian and Streamline. 🙂

The winner of Obsidian is:

Alyssa S.

I’ll send you an e-mail in a bit to confirm your address.

The winner of Streamline is:

Sarah Elizabeth

Sarah, you should be receiving your eBook copy soon (if you haven’t already).

I actually submitted your e-mail to the tour host over the weekend.

 

 

Cover Reveals You May Have Missed Post (Take #17)

I have a bunch of amazing covers to show you today! There will be a “Cover Reveals You May Have Missed” post every Sunday! 🙂

The Program (Program #1) by Suzanne Young

Expected publication: April 2013 by Simon Pulse

Description from Goodreads:

SLOANE KNOWS BETTER THAN TO CRY IN FRONT OF ANYONE.

With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in.

AND THE PROGRAM IS COMING FOR THEM.

Suffocate (The Breathless Novelette series) by S.R. Johannes

ebook, 30 pages
Expected publication: May 21st 2012 by Coleman & Stott
Description from Goodreads:
Suffocate is the first novelette in THE BREATHLESS series. It is a 15,000 word young adult thriller that combines the dystopic and science fiction genres.For centuries, the world outside the Biome has been unlivable. Today, marks the first time anyone will attempt to leave the suffocating ecosphere. Eria is not worried because her scientist father has successfully tested the new Bio-Suit many times. It’s a celebratory day until something goes horribly wrong. In the midst of tragedy, Eria uncovers a deep conspiracy that affects the very air she breathes.If those responsible find out what she knows, they won’t stop hunting her until she takes her last breath.

The 2nd novelette in the series, CHOKE, is scheduled for Fall 2012. The 3rd, EXHALE, is scheduled for Winter 2013.

Tributary (River of Time #4) by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Expected publication: June 2012 by David C. Cook

Description from Goodreads: Not available.

Demons (Seers #2) by Heather Frost

Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: September 11th 2012 by Cedar Fort Books
Description from Goodreads:
Kate’s life is far from normal. She can see auras, her boyfriend is immortal, and her powers make her a target. But now that the Demon Lord is hunting her, things are about to go from dangerous to truly deadly. Packed with action, mind-blowing plot twists, and characters you can’t get enough of, this is a fast-paced, heart-pounding read from cover to cover.
Fall to Pieces by Vahini Naidoo
Expected publication: October 2nd 2012 by Marshall Cavendish
Description from Goodreads:
When your best friend dies, you’re supposed to know what happened. You’re supposed to know why.

But Ella has no idea what happened the night Amy jumped to her death. She has no idea why Amy would want to die.

Ella’s other friends, Mark and Petal, are hiding something. Ella thinks they know exactly what happened that terrible night. But they’re not talking. Instead, Ella, Mark, and Petal play Pick Me Ups—a game in which they jump from dangerous heights. And every time Ella falls, she begins to remember pieces of that night. . .

It’s still not enough. So Ella brings a mysterious new guy into the group, hoping he will help shake things up and unearth the truth. But Ella’s “Explosive Boy” has secrets of his own.

And there may be some secrets that Ella doesn’t want to face. The truth – the real truth – about Amy’s death might just be more than she can handle.

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
Expected publication: 2013 by Bloomsbury
Description from Goodreads:
The cure for a broken heart? Go vintage and live like it’s 1962!
Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, isn’t just cheating on her. He’s cheating with an online girlfriend. So Mallory decides to swear off boys and modern technology. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory decides to “go vintage” and return to a simpler time. She sets out to complete grandma’s list: run for pep club secretary, host a dinner party, sew a homecoming dress, find a steady, do something dangerous.
The list proves to be trickier than it looks. Obviously finding a steady is out . . . no matter how intriguing she finds Oliver (er, Jeremy’s cousin). But with the help of her sister, Mallory will finish the list and find peace. Somehow.
GOING VINTAGE is the story of a girl figuring out the truths and illusions of life and love, both in the nostalgic past and in the very real now.
Expected publication: September 11th 2012 by Entangled Publishing
Description from Goodreads:
On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

Note: This is a brand new cover for My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. I actually prefer this one to the old cover, what about you?

Which is your favorite cover?

Checking In.

My posts have been sporadic over the past month or two, and for that I’m honestly sorry. I have been online (on Tumblr and on my personal Twitter account), but I haven’t been in the mood to blog. My grandmother is going downhill fast, and it’s looking like she’s nearing the last month or two. I have posts scheduled (author interviews, blog tours, etc) that’ll be posted up until the 16th of June, when this blog officially closes.

I’m not trying to be a crappy blogger, I swear. It’s just hard to force myself to commit to blogging when my mind is elsewhere.

Waiting on Wednesday #43: Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting the release of:

Lovely, Dark and Deep

Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: November 13th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Description from Goodreads:

About a high-school senior, who, in the aftermath of a car accident that kills her boyfriend and throws her carefully planned future into complete upheaval, retreats to the deep woods of Maine to live with the artist father she barely knows and meets a boy who threatens to pull her from her safe, hard-won exile.

Add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.
What book are you waiting on?

{Blog Tour} Review: Swipe (Swipe #1) by Evan Angler

SwipeSwipe by Evan Angler

Paperback, 275 pages
Published: May 8th, 2012 by Thomas Nelson
Review Copy: Received as part of the blog tour.
Purchase: Amazon Barnes & Noble
Description from Goodreads:

Everyone gets the Mark. It gives all the benefits of citizenship. Yet if getting the Mark is such a good thing, then why does it feel so wrong?

Set in a future North America that is struggling to recover after famine and global war, Swipe follows the lives of three kids caught in the middle of a conflict they didn’t even know existed. United under a charismatic leader, every citizen of the American Union is required to get the Mark on their 13th birthday in order to gain the benefits of citizenship.

The Mark is a tattoo that must be swiped by special scanners for everything from employment to transportation to shopping. It’s almost Logan Langly’s 13th birthday and he knows he should be excited about getting the Mark, but he hasn’t been able to shake the feeling he’s being watched. Not since his sister went to get her Mark five years ago . . . and never came back.

When Logan and his friends discover the truth behind the Mark, will they ever be able to go back to being normal teenagers? Find out in the first book of this exciting series that is Left Behind meets Matched for middle-grade readers.

My Review:

Actual rating: 3.5 Stars
In all honesty, I’m not even sure where to begin this review. I wasn’t sure what to expect from “Swipe”. It sounded promising, which is why I jumped at the chance to join the blog tour, but I can’t say that I loved it. I liked it, I did. But I guess I just expected/wanted more? This isn’t to say that “Swipe” isn’t a wonderful middle grade read, because honestly, I do think it’ll be a hit amongst younger readers. I just didn’t fall in love with the story like I hoped.

Dystopia is the “in” thing right now. The YA market is full of dystopians right now, and it is getting incredibly hard to find a unique dystopian. The concept behind “Swipe”, while not entirely original, does manage to stand out. In “Swipe”, once you reach the age of thirteen, you are Marked and considered to be an adult. The Mark is a special tattoo that is used “for everything from employment to transportation to shopping”. But this wouldn’t be a story worth reading if the teenagers accepted their Marks; there are those that are Unmarked, such as the Dust, who add a bit of welcome mystery to the story. Ultimately through, for me, the biggest reason as to why “Swipe” stands out is because one of the main characters is a young boy, Logan.

In the end:
“Swipe” is an exciting middle grade read that will easily appeal to both middle grade boys and girls.

View all my reviews

Make sure to follow the blog tour:

Psstt: the * denotes paperback giveaways, so if you’re interested in reading this one, keep your eyes open. 🙂

Schedule:
http://themagicatticreads.com/ : May 14 – Spotlight*
http://adiaryofabookaddict.blogspot.com/  : May 15 – Why We Differ? Guest Post
www.goodchoicereading.com : May 16 – Swipe Playlist
bookmarkbelles.blogspot.com : May 16 – Reviews*
http://cecesreviews.blogspot.com : May – 16 – Review
www.readandrepeat.co.uk : May 16 – Review
bookbriefs.blogspot.com : May 16 – Review
http://www.blookgirl.com : May 17 – Review*
http://www.thebooklife.com : May 18 – Review*
Books With Marshmallows : May 18 – review
www.novelsontherun.blogspot.com : May 19 – Review*
www.thehauntedrose.blogspot.com : May 19 – Review*
http://wefancybooks.blogspot.com : May 19 – Author’s Top Ten
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