Cover Reveal: Minutes Before Sunset

If some of you remember, I had reviewed The Timely Death trilogy some time last year written by the very talented Shannon A Thompson. The beginning of this year marked  change of events for her resulting in the upcoming release of Minutes Before Sunset novel, the first in her trilogy. I’m extremely happy that she asked me to help with the cover reveal. I’ve never done a cover reveal before but hey, it seems important 😉

With that, I present to you the new cover for Minutes Before Sunset.

Minutes Before Sunset

Awarded Goodreads’ Book of the Month in July 2012

 

I think that looks absolutely cool! Don’t you? I’d pick up this one (also because I’ve read it and know its really awesome).

Minutes Before Sunset is set to release on July 28, 2015.

Summary

Two destines. One death.

“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

About the Author

Shannon A Thompson

Shannon A. Thompson is a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely 16 when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads Book of the Month. She is currently represented by Clean Teen Publishing, and Minutes Before Sunset releases on July 28, 2015.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.

Visit her blog for writers and readers at http://www.ShannonAThompson.com.

Reviews

* “A magical, if slightly dark, tale.” – The Reader’s Review

* “Wonderfully unnerving.” – Coffee Shop Reader

* “This is a story of forbidden love, hidden love, and a war of love.” – Endless Reading

* “This book was brilliant, original and romantic. This is a timeless love story with incredible character growth, action and twists of fate.” – Note to Selph Book Reviews

* “Miss. Thompson twisted the concept of Light and Dark, reversing the well-known roles, changing the time-old dance and making it her own. Brilliant and true, “Minutes Before Sunset” is thought-provoking, bringing real-life lessons and morals from a world of the supernatural.” – Live. Laugh. Read

Join the Dark

Join the Dark: Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/series/121294-the-timely-death-trilogy
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Timely-Death-Trilogy/227663240691565
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/AuthorShannonT/the-timely-death-trilogy/
Extras – http://shannonathompson.com/novels/a-timely-death-trilogy/extras/
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Shannon-A.-Thompson/e/B00AXANG76/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

There you go! I’m loving the new cover and I already know the novel itself is awesome.  The premise is absolutely fantastic.  If you are unsure and still want to check out my review, I guess I should add a shameless plug HERE for it 😉

Happy Wednesday!

 

The Color of Happiness by K.P Gazelle

Let’s get back onto our next book review.

Thank you to Radiant Books for reaching out to me to review The Color of Happiness in exchange for an honest review!

Its been an exciting journey checking out some new authors which vary in many different categories.  I’m hoping it will continue 🙂 The Color of Happiness was just released in March 2015 so its absolutely new.  You can find all the author info and websites at the end.

The Color of Happiness

by K.P. Gazelle

The Color of Happiness

Faith Lane is the girl who has everything.  At least, that’s what everyone thinks when they see her rocking a killer dress while laughing with her best friend, Tiffany.  But Faith’s life is far from flawless.  Her peers torment her relentlessly, and her parents expect her to be the epitome of perfection.  Criticized and pressured at school and home, Faith retreats into silent acceptance and finds an escape in her passion of dancing.  Then she meets Alex – quirky, forever with a pass, and concealing a mysterious secret of his own.  And through his encouragement, Faith starts believing in her gift for dance and gains courage to stand up for herself.  But will she be able to keep her footing when the events of one night consume her with the need to jump off the rocky cliffs near her coastal home?  And what has pushed her to the edge of reason? – Sent to me by Radiant Books

 The Color of Happiness is a Young Adult novel that brushes through being different in high school.  On one hand, I could understand what our main character Faith Lane was going through: not dressing like the popular kids, having strict parents, not really sure where to find encouragement but having a solid best friend that is always there when you need her.  I remember high school well enough.  Maybe not to her extremity.  While, there were some rather sweet, or should I say sappy parts in this, there was a lot of it that didn’t really work with me.  This puts it in somewhat of “a enjoyable but could have been better” reading experience.

How about we start with the positives? The main positive is in the character of Alex, that charming boyfriend who would do anything for her.  I don’t know, high school boys were never like that or maybe I just was in a pretty crappy public school? Regardless, I bought Alex’s character and he should have been more because those sappy moments were as sweet as the book could be.  If anything, I connected with his character more than Faith’s.  Those moments reminded me a little of the 80s high school world with hints of those amazing high school boys like Jake Ryan or Lloyd Dobler.  That was a pretty nice feeling to have during my reading.

Aside from that, everything wasn’t quite done as well.  If the novel had chopped off all the unnecessary details of clothing choices over and over again, it would have cut off a few pages.  I love details because it can bring a scene alive but when overdone, after a while, it just feels like it was dragging.  Plus, the writing style made me feel like I was peeking into a high school girl’s diary.  I’m not saying the vocabulary or writing but the way the events were given felt like I was shamelessly eavesdropping. At times, that worked for me but a lot more times, it didn’t.  Why? All comes down to how I had a hard time connecting to Faith.

This leads me to my last point: Faith’s character.  When a novel is in first person narration, I guess the most important growth would be in that character itself.  Faith’s character developed as she met more people and experienced good and bad events.  That’s absolutely a good thing but at the same time, her character’s development felt a little too reliant on others than herself finding the inner strength.  So, this comes to the point: did she really grow?

Overall, The Color of Happiness was an average reading experience.  While I enjoyed the scenes with  the boy Alex and Faith bringing back some 80s high school movies and that epic sappy and sweet feeling, my lack for connecting to the main character and some of the overly detailed scenes dragged the story along frequently to make me realize it.  I’m a little on the fence with this one even after having finished reading it a few days.  I gave it 3/5 in Goodreads and I think that reflects how I feel the novel in general.

However, if you do like this sort of realistic Young Adult novel, I do urge you to give it a chance.

If you’d like to check out the author info and where you can find her, check it out below:

Author Bio:
 
K.P Gazelle has been connected with young adults in some way for as long as she can remember.  She’s obsessed with coffee, books, and big dreams.
Author Websites:

The Girl In Between by Laekan Zea Kemp

This month, you should be seeing a good bit of book reviews.  I’m well behind on my reading challenge in Goodreads but thats all going to change 🙂

This next review is for a book by one of own bloggers and indie writer called Laekan Zea Kemp.  You can find her right HERE. She’s written a few other books before this one I’m reviewing called The Girl in Between. I’m definitely going to make time to give those a read as well.

A huge thanks to her for reaching out to me and  sending me a copy of her book to review.  I really appreciate this a lot.

THE GIRL IN BETWEEN (The Girl in Between #1)

by: Laekan Zea Kemp

the girl in between

Bryn has a rare disease called Klein-Levin Syndrome (KLS) that causes her to fall into a deep slumber for unknown periods of time.  During these periods, she enters into another world built by her memories.  That is until one day she finds a boy washed up on the shore unconscious and saves him.  He has no memories of why he’s here and she has never met him either so would he just be a figment of her imagination?  As time goes by, her symptoms gets worse and her body is deteriorating. A German experiment lead by Dr. Banz leads her to discover a little more about KLS and it makes her determined find out who this boy in her dreams is and to track him down before its too late.

First of all, I adore stories with multiple narration.  The Girl In Between fluctuates between the thoughts of Bryn and the strange boy.  Of course, I know the name of the boy but you have to read it to know what it is.  Its considered spoilers unfortunately.  One stuck in real world searching for the mysteries while the other stuck in dream state, unsure whether he is even real.  When an author uses this method, we get to know the characters a little better on both sides and I think that makes the story stronger.

The premise of The Girl in Between is rather original. Because its using the concept of being in another world and this world holds its own dangers as well.  Its a mystery what these dangers are and it makes us wonder if something paranormal is also in there along with the memories.  Although its about both Bryn and the boy, in her real life, we get a good look at her own personal struggles of losing weeks and months and even though she is just a teenager, it brings us to understand how she wants to try to be normal: go to college, have a  boyfriend, etc.

I always talk about pacing of a novel because its really important.  One of the reasons I fell behind in my reading challenge was starting a book that I just couldn’t get into and eventually I had to give it up because it just murdered me.  The Girl in Between is NOT one of those books.  It starts off really strong because it makes us want to understand Bryn and her situation and as we get more narratives of the boy trapped in her dreams, we also learn a little more about both of them.  As things worsen, it climaxes and then ends in somewhat of a cliffhanger.  I’m not a huge fan of those sorts of endings but somehow, I don’t really mind because guess what, the second book is available also.  I’m going to be picking up a copy of that one really soon.

Yes, I definitely recommend The Girl in Between.  Its an awesome book: premise is captivating, the characters are engaging and developing well, and the narration for both of the main characters is done very well. I had a lot of fun reading this one and I sure hope you give it a chance.

You can check out The Girl in Between and all of Laekan’s other novels and where they are available right HERE. The Girl in Between is currently available for FREE. Isn’t that awesome? I think it is! 🙂

These are all the links where you can find The Girl in Between and get yourself a copy:

Book Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

I should’ve finished Ender’s Game before November but I wasn’t able to between work overload and the resulting fatigue. So when NaNoWriMo ended, the first thing I did was slip the novel back into my messenger bag for my reading.  I’m sure people on the bus appreciated it too since I didn’t go on a writing spree standing or sitting and taking up lots of space, while the wondered who the hell writes in colorful pens. They probably don’t care but still, thats done and Ender’s Game is done, reading at least. I’m still planning to see the flick which is only available in one theatre now and praying that it doesn’t exit before I plan out time to see it. Hopefully it’ll be next week! First, lets check out the novel!

ender's game coverEnder Wiggins is the Third in the family.  His older brother, Peter and sister, Valentine have both been rejected from the program.  Kids are essentially born because of their use to the world government to battle in the  impending bugger’s war.  Buggers once attacked Earth before and the government are now choosing potential kids to train early to defeat them when the time comes and before the time runs out hopefully.  Luckily (or not), Ender is chosen for his ruthless, cunning and natural survival instincts and sent off to space for training.  There, his potential leaderss Colonel Graff and Major Anderson to hatch secret plans to place in complete solitude in order to grow into the leader that they would like him to become. For training, the kids are all engaged into Battle games to improve their strategy.  But, is  Battle School really just a game?

I hate writing synopsis for novels.  I think I might just start taking the back of the book to do it.  Either way, the movie was released so maybe you saw the trailer and already know the whole concept of the novel.

Ender’s Game is a sci-fi fantasy young adult novel and the first in five books.  I read a lot of young adult and Ender’s Game falls in the category of slow build-up to let us understand how Ender Wiggin started.  The most intriguing part is how they start off each chapter with the plots of the upper level for his training.  It does a bit of the behind of the scenes of why certain things happened and what may happen.

However, after it builds up to the whole Battle School segment, it gets really amazing.  It draws the audience in because Ender thinks differently and he acts and is treated differently. The potential of his actions and how he struggles between what is right and wrong really makes it good.  The character development of Ender is a huge focus and I think that it really makes this novel a success.  Despite all the genius of his strategical and tactical abilities are shown, it also reveals bit by bit his inner struggles because no matter what, he is still a kid and he still is growing up, its just he is thrown into becomng an adult and have bigger responsibilities before he’s supposed to.

Overall, a pretty good read.  I realized I’m not so much into sci-fi and it takes a bit to get me into it and I’m not much into battles and strategy.  For example, I hate RPG strategy games like Final Fantasy Tactics, so the fact that this impressed me means that its actually pretty awesome in itself.  Give it a shot! I’m sure once you push through the beginning, you won’t want to put the book down.

I’ll definitely seek out the other ones slowly.  I just wonder what approach they’ll use afterwards.

I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll still get the chance to see this in theatres 🙂

Have a great weekend!