Summary: On our sixteenth birthdays, our kind is gifted with awesome powers. Except no, not really, because this isn’t Narnia, or Hogwarts, or whatever other mythical realm where witches supposed live. This is Elizabethtown, Illinois, and much to the chagrin of the local chapter of Susie-Homemakers, we live here.
All witches understand that the universe is a scary sort of powerful on a good day. On a bad day? Well, that’s when The Tower card shows its face during a reading. As summer draws to a close before the beginning of junior year, Rowyn Black is tired of seeing that card stare up at her from the table. Rowyn, Reed, and Rosalyn have made it through just about every dramatic storm their sarcasm could weather during their seventeen year friendship, and it would be nice to have a quiet semester. Rowyn hopes that the only thing The Tower foretells is the frightening sight of the school parking lot come the first day- full of more jacked-up trucks and cut off shorts than a Luke Bryan video. True to its nature, however, the universe doesn’t care much for hopes and wishes, and when the promise of The Tower comes crashing down, they might fall right along with it.
I am a whole day late with this review. My deepest apologies to Jenny Moyer and the lovely tour hosts! No excuses other than not planning and scheduling this post on time, then being swept away by life so I couldn’t do it the day of. Without further ado, I present my tour stop on the Flashfall Book Tour. Check out the absolutely amazing trailer first!
- Original Tittle: Omari and the People by Stephen Whitfield
- Narrator: Curt Simmons
- Length: 11h 17m
- Publisher: June 20th, 2016 by Shirley Castle Press
- Links: Goodreads, Audible, Amazon
- Rating: 4 out of 5
Synopsis: In a squalid ancient city on the edge of a desert (based in part on the African Sahara’s Empty Quarter) a weary, thrill-seeking thief named Omari sets his home afire to start anew and to cover his many crimes. When the entire city is unintentionally destroyed by the flames, the cornered thief tells the displaced people a lie about a better place which only he can lead them to, across the desert. With the help of an aged, mysterious woman who knows a better place actually does exist, they set out. The desperate people must come together to fight their way through bandits, storms, epidemics, and more. As a result of Omari’s involvement with Saba, a fiercely independent woman who is out to break him in the pay of a merchant whom he has offended, his ability to lead is jeopardized.
I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of Iron Cast from the publisher via Netgalley in association with The Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review.
- Original Title: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
- Edition: e-ARC, 384 pages
- Published: October 11th, 2016 by Amulet Books
- Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iTunes |Book Depository | Kobo
- Key Characters: Ada Navarro, Corrine Wells
- Rating: 4 out of 5
Synopsis: It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.
I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of Going Geek from the publisher in association with The Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review.
- Original Title: Going Geek by Charlotte Huang
- Edition: Advance Reader’s Copy, 292 pages
- Published: September 13, 2016 by Delacorte Press
- Characters: Skylar Hoffman
- Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Synopsis: A girl forced out of her comfort zone finds that being true to herself is the best way to live her life, in this second novel from the author of For the Record.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Skylar Hoffman’s senior year at her preppy East Coast boarding school should have been perfect:
- amazing boyfriend
- the coolest friends
- the most desirable dorm
But it’s far from it. To her dismay, Skylar’s not going to rule senior year because she’s stuck in Abbot House, a tiny dorm known for, well, nothing. Living with a group of strangers everyone thinks is lame is bad enough. Worse is that Skylar wasn’t exactly truthful about how she spent summer break in Los Angeles—and her little white lie is causing her once rock-solid romance to crumble fast. And when it turns out that Skylar’s best friend is the one responsible for having her booted from Lincoln? It’s an all-out war.
Stepping out of her comfort zone never felt so scary—or necessary. But everything is different now. Including, maybe, Skylar herself . . .