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Blog Tour & Contest – LUMINOSITY by Stephanie Thomas

Posted November 5, 2012 By Jennifer

Words & Music Monday will be back next week. Today, we’ve got a review and author spotlight for our stop on Stephanie Thomas‘ LUMINOSITY Blog Tour! LUMINOSITY is the first book in The Raven Chronicles, and is set to release on November 13th.

My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.

Publisher: Entangled teen

Stephanie Thomas has been writing ever since she could put letters together to form words. When she was a small child, she would present her mother and father with self-made newspapers filled up with make believe stories and pictures. Her love for writing followed her all throughout her schooling, where she entered and won writing contests of all sorts. Stephanie decided to become an English teacher and completed her B.A. at The Pennsylvania State University. While teaching, she later went on to get her Master’s in writing from The Johns Hopkins University. She completed her very first manuscript during her graduate studies, and by the end of the program, she had completed two more.

Stephanie is quick to tell anyone that she’s a born and raised Philadelphian, and her heart will always belong there. She moved to Baltimore with her husband, and they’ve been living there for the last five years with their doggie, Sailor, and their rabbit, Buns (aka “T Sizzle).
Official site: www.stephaniethomasbooks.com
twitter: http://www.twitter.com/stephthomasbook

Sarah, from The Book Life, was kind enough to step in to do a guest review for LUMINOSITY. You can read her thoughts HERE.

Stephanie is running a couple of awesome contests to celebrate the release of the ebook (available now) and the print book (available on the 13th. Be sure to check out her site HERE for the ebook contest. You can use the Rafflecopter link below to enter to win a *signed* print copy of LUMINOSITY.

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Good Luck, everyone!!

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LUMINOSITY (Raven Chronicles, #1) by Stephanie Thomas

Posted November 5, 2012 By Jennifer

Author: Stephanie Thomas
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio
Pages: 400
ISBN #: 9781620611272
FTC Disclaimer: eARC copy was received from publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

**Guest Review by Sarah, from The Book Life…. THANKS SARAH!!**

Since I was young, I’ve often thought of how cool it would be to be psychic. Being psychic is a lot different than being a Seer, but it made joining Bea for her story, all the more appealing for me. Being a Seer is a very important part of Bea’s world and it has determined a lot about the way her life has gone. Children born with Sight are sent to live in the Institution when they are very young. I absolutely love the dynamic of characters thrown together in a small, and sometimes very controlled, atmosphere.

Bea is the best of the Seer’s at the Institution and because of a recent vision, she may have saved her people from an invasion by the Dreamcatchers. Her vision allowed the Keeper to catch one of them that had managed to get into their city and isolate the threat. They think the warning they received from the Dreamcatcher is a blessing and will help them better prepare for the rest of them that are said to be coming. What they don’t know is that Bea has a secret. Another Dreamcatcher has been visiting her in her dreams and they may already be too late.

Other Seers at the Institution start having visions that hint at betrayal, so Bea must keep everything to herself, because she doesn’t want to get labeled a danger to everyone. She feels safe with the Dreamcatcher in her dreams, but with the impending threats of them coming to kill her and her people, she must figure out a way to stop them. She also begins questioning the Keeper, but going against her is not really a possibility and is starts to become obvious that Keeper is keeping secrets from the rest of the Institution.

I think this was such a unique story. Visions and Seers are always such a fascinating topic to read about and I thoroughly enjoyed the history behind who they were and that of their enemies. Little things, like the color of the Seer children’s eyes all being the identifying feature, were fun and added to the mythology of the story. I guess it can be clichéd to have a leader who isn’t exactly what they seem, and could even be an enemy in their own right, but I like the way it was done in this story and I feel like it opens up a lot of potential for Bea’s character in future books. This one ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, so I will anxiously await the next book in the series.

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Fall In Love Blog Hop

Posted November 5, 2012 By Jennifer

Howdy everyone!!

I’m so happy to be joining Readers Confession blog and author Toni Aleo in this cool blog hop to help showcase something new I’ve fallen in love with this year. (I’m joining a couple days late… sorry guys!!)

I’ve been eyeballing Kimberly Frost’s Southern Witch series for a while now, but just recently had the chance to actually read them. They’re every bit as good as I thought they would be!!! They’re a fun, easy, paranormal read t0 fit in between all the intense urban fantasy that I’ve had come my way lately. (Don’t get me wrong, I love those, too… but balance is good.) That being said, there ARE conflicts and ne’er-do-wells in the story, bad things happen, and there are some dire straits. BUT, the overall feel of the books is lighthearted and I have REALLY enjoyed them. What makes me even happier, is that what we *thought* was going to be a trilogy, is now being continued with the publisher’s blessing! So… MORE fun with Tammy Jo and her crazy, lovable crew to come!!!

To help share the love… one lucky person is going to win a copy (print or ebook) of book 1 in the series, WOULD-BE WITCH. All you need to do to enter is comment below with the name of one “new to you” book or author that YOU’VE fallen in love with this year. (You know we’re ALL always on the lookout for awesome new books!!)

Contest lasts until the 9th, when the blog hop ends. Winner will be chosen randomly on the 10th and notified by email.

Be sure to check out all the other blogs participating, especially the host blogs!! (**there are some REALLY nice prizes up for grabs out there… so don’t miss anyone!!**)

1. Readers Confession (HOST) 21. My Reading Obsession
2. Toni Aleo (HOST) 22. Goldilox and the Three Weres
3. Tabby @Insightful Minds 23. Book Lover’s Hideaway (Int)
4. Kendal @ Kinx’s Book 24. Kait Ballenger @ Nocturnal Readings
5. Hesperia Loves Books (INT) 25. Wendy @ Minding Spot (USA)
6. The Revolving Bookcase (INT) 26. Kindred Dreamheart
7. Tess @ My Pathway to Books (INT) 27. Books Make Me Happy
8. Carmen @ Book Me! 28. Viviana, Enchantress of Books
9. Kate SeRine 29. Witch Avenue Series/Watchers Trilogy (Int)
10. Reginamayross’s Blog 30. Atmika@ I Talk Books!
11. Michelle @ Concise Book Reviews 31. DC Juris (INT)
12. Ali @ GingerRead 32. Ellie Potts
13. Melody Steiner 33. Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust (US)
14. Ramblings From This Chick (US) 34. Kelly Walker
15. Ariel Avalon 35. Tempting Reads
16. Talk Supe 36. Reviews By Molly(US)
17. Mimmi 37. Seductive Musings
18. Not Now…Mommy’s Reading (INT) 38. Booking It With Hayley G
19. Addicted 2 Heroines 39. Tanya @Kindlehooked (INT)
20. Keepin up with the Joneses in the Book World 40. Mystifying Paranormal Reviews (US)
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