Release Day Blitz & Review: Somebody Else’s Sky by Jessica Hawkins!

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Title: Somebody Else’s Sky

Series: Something in the Way #2

Author: Jessica Hawkins

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 22, 2017 


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Book two in the Something in the Way series, an epic, 3-book saga of forbidden love…

If I closed my eyes, I could still see them—all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.

A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on. 

Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine—even if it would be for somebody else. 

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MY REVIEW:

 *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
“… I was in love with someone who might never be mine.”
As soon as I found out that ARC’s were being sent out for this book, I kept refreshing and refreshing the content on my Kindle for mine to show up. I couldn’t contain my excitement of finally knowing how my poor Lake was faring after the MAJOR cliffhanger that was SITW. . So the moment I saw this ARC pop up in my Kindle, I dropped everything and immediately started reading it, which is what always happens when Jessica comes out with a new book.
This was my most anticipated sequel for Something in the Way and I’m beyond wary of what I have to do in order to continue with this review… I have to put myself back into the vulnerable state that I was in as I was reading it and it won’t be pretty. Only for you, Jessica, do I torture myself like this.
This sequel starts over a year after SITW and if you’ve read my review for that one, then you already know how personal this trilogy is to me. I won’t go into much detail but let’s just say that I completely relate to Lake’s situation because I went through something 97.9% similar at an even younger age than hers. Not only can I sympathize with Lake as a character but I also see myself in her, and as much as I hated it, Jessica reopened old wounds that were better left well alone. Not only did she reopen them but she also added fresh ones and didn’t let me forget about it. Of course, I already knew this would happen. I mean, how can it not, when the main character is going through THE SAME situation I went through that completely changed who I was, and not necessarily in the best way either.
Anyway, all of this didn’t deter me from inhaling Jessica’s words either way. Another book is coming our way from this series and I am not ready. I can only hope that my reopened wounds are healed enough to take on the torturous beating that I KNOW MTS (Move the Stars) has in store for me.
My heart and soul went out to Lake and I just wish I could jump into books so I could be a shoulder for her to cry and rely on. It was something I desperately needed, but never got, and I would hate for her to go through that as well. Her character development was amazing to witness. I was able to see what a year had done to her maturity level but I loved how she still has ways to go; it felt real. It wasn’t instantaneous and I can’t wait to see as she grows up even more inside. Her pain and suffering tore me up inside and opened up a flood gate out of me.
Which is more than I can say for Manning. Don’t get me wrong, I love that man with all of my heart, and I want to chase his fears away the more we dig into his past, but this book has made me double think my fierce want of him ending up with Lake. He did and said so many things that have shattered all of my hope for a reconciliation. Whatever happens after this, my heart won’t be into it. Like I said before, this is personal to me, and what I read with my own eyes was something that I wouldn’t accept for myself so I don’t expect Lake to do so either. She deserves so much better and I only care about HER happiness at this point. Just kidding, I care about Manning’s as well. Let’s just say I want them to be happy in the end, but as individuals, not as a couple. We’ll see what happens but either way, I will treasure this trilogy forever.
Also, my deep hatred for Tiffany the Hag has only multiplied a thousand times from book 1 and again, I won’t go into detail because she doesn’t deserve it.
Every single word out of Jessica’s hands felt like dagger after dagger was being thrown precisely at every part of me until I was covered in irreparable damage. I kept asking myself why I kept on reading and torturing myself but I couldn’t make myself look away. I had to stop at constant intervals because I would absolutely lose it in the middle of a sentence; I couldn’t read/take anymore until I had cried myself dry enough to be able to see clearly again. This happened at every turn of the page and it left me an exhausted hollow shell at the end of it all. I cried myself to sleep after finishing it and I couldn’t stop crying for days after. I closed myself up as I was forced to relive my own mistakes and heartbreak along with Lake’s. I had to watch my life fall apart all over again and I just hope Lake’s ending is better than mine.
Only an author of Jessica’s grand caliber is able to bring that out of her readers and I continue to be amazed by her ability to do so with such flair. I am her pawn and I just hope she knows how much pain she’s responsible for inflicting because I can’t even begin to explain it all.
….Also, is it October yet?
“She was taking forever from me.”

6.5/5 stars.


AUTHOR BIO

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Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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Blog Tour/ Read-a-long + Giveaway: The Alchemists of Loom ‘Bonus Content’ by Elise Kova!

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I’ve been waiting for my stop on this read-a-long for what feels like weeks now because I have a special treat for all of you! As you all know, Elise Kova is my Queen and I can’t- won’t- stop talking about her for the rest of my days. She is a woman of many, many, many, talents, and among them is her absolutely incredible ability to build a world out of scratch and make it seem as if it has always existed. In her Loom series, we are introduced to the Dragon lands (Nova) and ‘Earth’ which is Loom. In the process of world building, Elise had to come up with a calendar year and this is what her process looked like:


From Elise:

Believe it or not, the calendar of Loom and Nova was actually quite difficult to come up with given the logistics of the two worlds developing completely independent of each other.

Loom is located on the earth and Nova is in the sky with a layer of clouds constantly separating them. Days and nights were simple enough, the sky would brighten and darken. Even the number of days in a given month could be explained simply: the moon. Those on Loom would experience nights of darkness, new moons, that would signify the beginning and end of a month.

So I knew Loom and Nova, without any communication, could reasonably develop a similar number of days in the month, and number of hours in the day… But what about years?

For the sake of developing a more simple timeline, I wanted to have their years be the same number of months. But how would two cultures decide something so arbitrary identically?

To answer that, I ended up speaking with a PhD candidate in astrophysics and we worked out a few hypotheticals. Eventually, we came to the possibility of an orbiting celestial body that would cross the sky once per year and light up an entire 24 hours. Doing this, gave a beginning and end for the year calendars that could be seen on Nova and experienced (via the light filtering) on Loom.

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One year is composed of 20 months, with 30 days in one month. On Loom, the months are numbered simply. On Nova each month is assigned a divine patron from the Dragon Pantheon. Dates are written as: Day.Month.Year

Therefore, “1.10.1400” is the first day of the tenth month, year one-thousand four-hundred.


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Blog Tour: Dominion by J. Kowallis- Would You Rather Game!

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I want to wish a very Happy Release Day to one of my favorite women of all time, J. Kowallis!!! I have had the pleasure of devouring her book from the very beginning and I can’t wait to continue with Dominion. I have yet to read it but I know it will be the end of me as we know it haha. So much can go wrong, and I know it will, that I hope I’m ready for.


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Without further ado, I decided to do something a little different for this interview and turned it into a Would You Rather game. Some are my own questions and some came from other sources, they will be linked on top of their question:

Book related questions:
From Jacqueline E. Smith on Facebook:
-Would you rather have coffee with your main character or have your favorite author read your book?
Duh! Sit down with my main character!
From Manon over on Instagram:
-Would you rather only write sci-fi for the rest of your life or fantasy?
Interestingly enough, I’d pick fantasy. 
From Lindsey over on Instagram:
-Would you rather have a book be a best-seller or meet and co-write a book with your favorite author?
I’d rather have a best-seller:)
-Would you rather never be able to reread your own books but be able to read other new books or never be able to read new books but be able to reread your books?
As tough as it would be, I’d rather read new books! I mean, my books are fun and awesome and I love them, but I need the new stuff!
-Would you rather write a spin-off or a novella?
Oooo. That’s a toughie. Probably a spin off!
-Would you rather never be able to torture the hell out of your readers, but be able to meet them, or never be able to meet them but be able to torture them?
Meet them. No, torture them. Meet them. NO! I want…i want to look in their eyes and torture them with my stories! 
-Would you rather only read 1 book a month and be able to memorize it word for word or be able to read more than one, but immediately forget about them?
Oh no! That last option made me gasp. Um, so I’d totally choose one book that I memorize.
 
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About her books: 
-Would you rather be able to duplicate or control minds?
Oooooo……duplicate. Totally.
-Would you rather have to fight Roy or Nate?
Roy. And then I’d tackle him… and then maybe his pants come down a little bit. #FRIENDSquote
(I DIED)
-Would you rather be able to control fire or be able to see visions?
Visions. I feel that would help displace a lit of self-inflicted anxiety:)
-Would you rather be raised in a lab or in the fighting rink?
Fighting ring. For sure!
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Personal questions:
From Lindsey over on Instagram:
-Would you rather have cake or ice cream?
Cake! 
-Would you rather never post on Facebook or on Instagram?
Oh, easy. Facebook!
-Would you rather watch one show for the rest of your life or only eat one meal for the rest of your life?
Eeek! I hate this! Okay, um…one show!
-Would you rather live in a different state every other year or be able to live in a different city every other month?
Different state every other year:) I’ve gotta have a little stability. 
-Would you rather only own a never-ending shoe closet or a never-ending closet of clothes?
Clothes closet!!!!!! 

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If you haven’t read any of her works, please do so immediately! Her world and characters are to die for!

About the author:

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J. Kowallis grew up in northern Utah, graduated from Weber State University’s creative writing program, and lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).

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Review: The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord!

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*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
“… I hope for strength. Because as much as I want to be the one crying, I want to be the kind of person someone can hold onto.”
This was my first Lord novel and I can’t wait to read more from her. This book takes place over the course of 5 months, as Lucy is dealing with cancer in her family and a breakup. I won’t go into further detail than that. I’ll just let you make the decision of how deep to dig before going in.
Lucy’s dynamic with her parents was one I very much admired throughout it all. She knew just how precious the moments she spent with them were so she never let them go to waste. I loved how mature she could be for her age meanwhile still falling victim to it as well. She was cute/adorable at times but there were a few in there where I wanted to make her see reason. We see a more modern take on Christianity through her eyes and I enjoyed being witness to it. We also follow her as life starts to make her doubt everything, including her faith. We also get to be by her side as she learns who the right people are that should be in her life, and those who shouldn’t. I was super empathetic to her situation and I am super proud of how far she’s gotten since page 1.
I really loved the clean romance in this book. I won’t mention any names but seeing Lucy with HIM always brought tears to my eyes because how perfect they were for each other. They deserve more than all the happiness in the world together.
The reason why I didn’t give this 5 stars was because it took me almost half the book to from an actual attachment to Lucy. I didn’t even notice until that last page hit me in the face. I didn’t want to let go. I wanted, needed, more! I won’t go into detail about the why, but let’s just say that I wasn’t satisfied with that ending!!

4.5 stars!

Cover Reveal & ARC Giveaway: The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova!

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Today Elise Kova and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for THE DRAGONS OF NOVA, which releases July 11, 2017! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win assigned ARC of the book!!


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Just look at this gorgeous brutality of a cover!!! *swoon*

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Title: THE DRAGONS OF NOVA (Loom Saga #2)

Author: Elise Kova

Pub. Date: July 11, 2017

Publisher: Keymaster Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 488

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SYNOPSIS:

Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills — and quick-shooting accuracy — makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.

Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.


EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:

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“They’re coming from the front!” Nora screamed over the crescendo of the engine gaining speed. On cue, the train lurched as an endwig was splattered to a bloody mess on the point of the engine’s pilot.

“Bloody cogs,” Florence cursed. The Vicar Alchemist had sent her to protect the mission as the Revolver, but one of her wasn’t going to be enough. “I’m going to the engine.”

“What are we going to do?” The usually self-sure Nora had the face of a cornered hare.

“You’re going to fight.” Florence passed her a weapon.

“I’ve never shot a gun before.”

“Now is a great time to learn.”

“I’m an Alchemist!”

Seriously, Florence was a breath away from shooting the woman herself. “You’re dead if you don’t adapt! There’s three more bombs exactly like the ones you just used, right there. Just fend them off until the train gets up to speed. But don’t use any other disks.”

Florence had no more time to waste as the train lurched again. They just had to survive until the train reached full speed. For all the endwig were, they certainly couldn’t keep up with a locomotive.

She hoped.

The wind whipped her hair around her face as she stuck her head from the train car. Florence reached out for the ladder to the right of the door, scaling up before another endwig could emerge. She swung up just in time as an explosion nearly blew her foot clean off.

“By the five guilds, you two only had three bombs!” she screamed over the wind, not knowing if they could hear. “Ration them a bit!”

Standing, Florence looked in horror at the tracks ahead. Dozens of endwig lined the path, running eagerly to meet the train. She loaded six canisters at once.

Jumping to the tender, Florence lost her footing atop the moving train car. A nail snapped clean off as she sought a grip that would prevent her from being thrown to certain death. If she fell now, she would never get back on the vessel. She’d be torn limb from limb.

Gritting her teeth, Florence rose to her knees, shooting two endwig in the process. She wedged herself between two grooves on the top of the tender. Blood pooled around her shins as she dug them into the metal for a grip where there was none, but she was stable enough to take aim, and that meant she could open fire.

Five shots down, and Florence reloaded her gun. Endwig came relentlessly like a never-ending nightmare. But the train didn’t gain any more speed. She repeated the process, waiting for the vessel to be like her bullets, whizzing through the night at deadly speeds.

“Anders, now would be a great time to open her up!” she screamed.

There was no reply.

“Anders, Rotus, we need speed, get us out of here faster!”

Five long claws curled around the door of the engine in answer. Florence watched in horror as the white silhouette of an endwig, dotted in the black blood of a Chimera, pulled itself from the engine room. Florence swallowed hard.

They were without Rivet and Raven, stumbling through the darkness, enemies at all sides. She raised her gun slowly, looking fearlessly at the face of death itself. Her revolver was steady over the rocking of the train.

“You think I’m not used to this?” Her mouth curled into a mad grin. “I’ve been fighting my way out of the darkness my whole life. And you’re not going to stop me now.”

Gunshots echoed through the forest.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).

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