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{Cover Reveal} Take Them By Storm by Marie Landry

November 11, 2014 Cover Reveal 0

I’m very excited to take part yet again in a cover reveal for one of my favourite Canadian and self-published authors, Marie Landry! Take Them by Storm is the third and final book in the Angel Island series (but it can be read as a standalone), and so now I’ll have helped reveal all of this series covers. Read on to view the wonderful cover, and see my 5 reasons why you should read this book or the entire series.


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cover for Take Them by Storm (Angel Island #3) by Marie Landry - features a girl in black lace stockings, purple converse shoes and dress sitting on old suitcases against a purple backdrop.

Take Them By Storm by Marie Landry
Series: Angel Island #3
Published by Self-Published on January 6, 2015
Genres: New Adult
Format: eBook
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This book is a standalone companion novel to Waiting for the Storm and After the Storm. The books do not need to be read together or in order, but please note that this synopsis contains mild spoilers for After the Storm.

Sadie Fitzgerald has always been different, and not just because she makes her own clothes and would rather stay home watching Doctor Who than party with kids her age. When it’s time to leave Angel Island for college, Sadie is eager to put her old life behind her. Small-minded people and rumors have plagued her for years, but with the love of her adoptive family, the O’Dells, Sadie has learned to embrace who she is. Now she’s not afraid to admit the rumors about her are true: she’s gay.

For the first time in her life, Sadie feels free to be herself. She dives into college life and begins volunteering at the local LGBT center, where she discovers her small-town upbringing left holes in her education about life outside Angel Island.

The world is a bigger and more accepting place than Sadie ever imagined. She’s finally found where she belongs, but with the reappearance of someone from her past, an unexpected new friendship, and a chance at love, Sadie soon realizes she still has a lot to learn about life, friendship, and love.

5 Reasons You Should Read Take Them by Storm & the Angel Island series

  1. Sadie is my all-time favourite character from the series and this is HER book. This girl is FIERCE and dances to the beat of her own drum, but she isn’t some manic pixie dream girl. She’s got a cool sense of style, stands up for her friends, and also identifies as a lesbian. I’m looking forward to seeing a relationship unfold for Sadie as Landry does romance so well (see point #5).
  2. Like books that will make you cry? I’ve cried reading every book in this series! Both happy and sad tears have been shed.
  3. Numerous swoon worthy book boyfriends. That are all respectful and caring. No asshats here! Or love triangles (not that I’m entirely against love triangles, but let’s admit, it can be a tad overdone).
  4. Each book features great depictions of family dynamics, and friendships – both the good and the bad. All different kinds of love are covered, and romantic love isn’t praised as the only kind of love or the most important.
  5. I used to say I’m not a fan of romance books and that I don’t read them, but Marie Landry’s books, and in particular, this series, have made me reevaluate my feelings against the genre. I’m a convert! So even if you don’t think you like contemporary romance, I still urge you to give these books a try!
Not convinced?

Check out my reviews of the previous two books (which can also be read as standalones) below by clicking on the covers.

 waiting for the storm   after the storm


About Marie Landry


Marie has always been a daydreamer; since early childhood she's had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, watching copious amounts of TV on DVD, or having grand adventures with her nephews and niece. She's a hopeless romantic, an unapologetic eavesdropper (occupational hazard), an equally unapologetic squeeing fangirl, and a lover of swoonworthy book and TV characters.

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{Cover Reveal} Bethany Griffin’s THE FALL!

February 13, 2014 Cover Reveal, Giveaways 2

Wooooow, this week is just FULL of cover reveal goodness, isn’t it? At least revelling at all these amazing covers will help us deal with those dreadful February blues, am I right?!

Today we have a very spooky cover to share with you. Last year I read all of Bethany Griffin’s Edgar Allen Poe-inspired series, the Masque of the Red Death and really enjoyed them. There’s just something fascinating about Poe (and if you haven’t yet seen the awesome A Tell Tale Vlog series, get on that – they are hilarious!) When I heard that Griffin is returning with another reimagining of one of Poe’s stories, I jumped at the chance to learn more and help reveal the cover for The Fall! Read on to see the cover, read more about the book, and enter a giveaway!


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The Fall by Bethany Griffin cover

The Fall by Bethany Griffin
Published by Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins on October 7, 2014
Genres: Horror, Young Adult
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Madeline Usher is doomed.

 She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

 In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, re-imagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.


To celebrate her cover reveal, author Bethany Griffin is hosting a giveaway for bloggers and readers! Up for grabs? A complete leather-bound volume of Poe’s stories, and a Poe-themed travel candle from the Paddywick Library collection (it smells of cardamom, absinthe, and sandalwood!).

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To enter, e-mail the answer to the following question:

As the narrator of Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, enters the house, he meets an unsavory seeming character on the stairs. What is the profession of this cunning fellow?

Hint: you can read (and thus, find the answer!) The Fall of the House of Usher online for free!

This giveaway is run by the author, ends February 20th, 2014 and is only open to residents of the US and Canada. 


What do you think of the cover for The Fall? Are you adding it to your TBR list? Have you read Griffin’s other books? Fan of Edgar Allen Poe? What is your favourite Poe story?


{Cover Reveal} Marie Landry’s AFTER THE STORM

February 11, 2014 Cover Reveal, Giveaways 1

I’m very excited to be sharing some exciting bookish news from one of my favourite Canadian authors, Marie Landry (who I had the opportunity to meet at the Ontario Book Blogger Meet Up and she is as lovely in person as she is online!) today! One of my favourite books last year was Landry’s Waiting for the Stormwhich really stuck with me. When Marie let me in on the secret that she was writing a companion novel, this time from Charlotte’s sister Ella’s point-of-view I kind of squealed, no lie! I’m so happy to be part of the cover reveal for her latest literary endeavor and I can’t wait to return to Angel Island once again! Enough of me rambling, are you ready to see the cover, which Marie designed herself?

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After the Storm by Marie Landry cover


Isn’t it beautiful? I especially love the similarities and contrast it has to Waiting for the Storm!


After the Storm by Marie Landry
Published by Self-Published on April 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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For most people, starting senior year at a new high school would be a nightmare, but for Ella O’Dell it’s the new beginning she desperately needs. Two months after her mother’s death, she’s ready to leave behind the rebellious, unhappy person she became when she found out her mom was dying.

When Ella meets River Maracle and Sadie Fitzgerald, she begins to learn it’s okay to be herself, even if that means being different. River and Sadie aren't ashamed of their misfit status—River grew up on a reservation, and his mother is the school counselor; Sadie stands out with her funky homemade clothes, and is a master at ignoring the whispered rumors that have plagued her since the beginning of high school.

Ella finds a kindred spirit in Sadie, and something more in River. After almost a year of pretending to be someone she’s not, she finally embraces life and allows herself to have fun without constant guilt. But despite her budding happiness, something is off with her new life. She doesn't want to dwell on the past, but Angel Island is a small place, and she soon realizes her demons are harder to outrun than she thought…

About Marie Landry


Marie has always been a daydreamer; since early childhood she's had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, watching copious amounts of TV on DVD, or having grand adventures with her nephews and niece. She's a hopeless romantic, an unapologetic eavesdropper (occupational hazard), an equally unapologetic squeeing fangirl, and a lover of swoonworthy book and TV characters.


I’ve never seen a storm like this. Lightning flashes across the sky like a strobe light, leaving white-hot imprints burned into my eyes whenever I blink. The thunder is low and insistent, rumbling like an angry jungle cat.

Charlotte stands by the sliding glass doors, her arms wrapped around herself as she watches Mother Nature’s lightshow outside. Every time the thunder booms, rattling the glass and vibrating through the floor, her shoulders jerk a little bit, but she still stands there, watching.


This time she really jumps, whirling around and clutching at her chest. A small laugh escapes her when she sees me, and she beckons me closer to stand with her. I expect her to speak, but she remains silent, staring out at the dark sky and the churning water of the lake. It’s been raining nonstop for the last three days, and I’ve found her countless times watching it from her room or from this spot in the living room.

“I’m sorry your party was ruined,” I say, breaking the silence, which makes me uncomfortable even though I know it shouldn’t. The last year has been hell for us, partly because I’ve made it that way. Now that we’re finally finding our way back to each other I feel like I need to fill all the silences, just like I need to fill the cracks in our relationship.

Charlotte looks at me, her bright blue eyes a mirror image of my own. Mom’s eyes. The lone physical trait we share. “It’s not your fault. Not like you control the weather.” She smiles, and I relax slightly. Sometimes I wonder how she forgave me so easily for the way I treated her. I was awful to her, pushed her away at every turn, made her feel like I didn’t care about her or our family.

I wonder how she looks at me and doesn’t see the person I was even just a few weeks ago—that girl who was so full of resentment. But she has forgiven me. I can see it in her eyes, feel it when she embraces me, know it in the way she tells me things and confides in me.

She’s a bigger person than I am. A better one, too.

“Still.” I bump her hip with mine. “You and Ezra made such a big deal about my birthday a few days ago, I wanted to do something special for you.”

Her smile softens and I have a sudden urge to hug her. We’re just a few days shy of being a year apart—Irish twins, as our mom always used to say. Apparently I was supposed to be born on Charlotte’s first birthday, but I guess I had other ideas, because I was three days early. Despite the miniscule age difference, Charlotte’s so mature that sometimes it feels like she’s much older. There are times, like now, when she looks at me with Mom’s face, and I just want to curl into her arms and be the baby sister.

My phone chimes in my pocket, and I glance at the screen, trying to keep my face blank. “We’re still going to Ezra’s for dinner, right?”

“Mmhmm. Just waiting for a break in the storm.” She’s looking outside again; she appears mesmerized, the way she stares almost unblinkingly. I want to ask what she’s thinking, but I’m pretty sure I already know. We’ve talked about Mom in the last few weeks, but it’s still a bit of a touchy subject. I know that talking about her makes Charlotte feel better and because I feel like I owe it to her I try my hardest to open up or at least listen. It hurts though. For so many reasons.

My phone chimes again but I don’t need to look at it to know who it is. I clear my throat and shift from foot to foot. “It doesn’t look like it’s going to let up anytime soon. Maybe we should just go.”

Charlotte wrinkles her nose. “I guess you’re right.” She grabs a giant umbrella from the stand by the door. “This’ll probably blow inside out the second we get outside, but it’s worth a shot.”

I reach past her to open the sliding glass doors, and I’m immediately hit in the face with a cold spray of rain. I sputter as I shove Charlotte forward, knowing she won’t open the umbrella until she’s outside the house—she’s not superstitious about much, but Mom always told us never to open an umbrella inside, so Charlotte won’t. The umbrella goes up and she pulls me close to her side, wrapping an arm around my waist as we run down the stairs and across the small strip of sand to Ezra’s back deck. The rain doesn’t fall on our heads, but the wind whips it into our faces and soaks our clothes.

Charlotte lets out a little shriek and is almost wrenched away from me when a gust of wind yanks at the umbrella, forcing it inside out. I tighten my grip on her waist, and when I feel her shaking I look at her face and realize she’s laughing.

“Stupid piece of crap!” She throws the umbrella onto Ezra’s deck and kicks it. I can barely hear her over the competing roar of the thunder and the lake as the waves crash against the sand. She doesn’t bother to knock on the back door, she just opens it and pushes me through. We stumble into Ezra’s house, laughing uncontrollably as we drip everywhere.


Charlotte screams, and even though I knew it was coming, I jump a little. Charlotte dissolves into embarrassed giggles as everyone surrounds her, wishing her a happy birthday and telling her they’ll hug her once she’s dried off. I meet Ezra’s eyes over everyone else’s heads and he winks at me.


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What do you think of the cover? Have you read Waiting for the Storm? Is After the Storm on your TBR list?


{Cover Reveal} Gretchen McNeil’s GET EVEN

February 10, 2014 Cover Reveal, Giveaways 0

Today we have a cover reveal for you! Last year I read McNeil’s contemporary mystery TEN and it surprised me how much I loved it! So I’m really looking forward to her latest YA book, GET EVEN. Read on to see the cover, find out more about the book, and enter an amazing giveaway!

Get Even by Gretchen McNeil cover


Get Even by Gretchen McNeil
Published by Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins on September 16, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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Follows the secretive exploits of four high school juniors - Kitty, Olivia, Margot and Bree - at an exclusive Catholic prep school.

To all outward appearances, the girls barely know each other. At best, they don't move in the same social circles; at worst, they're overtly hostile.

Margot Mejia – academically ranked number two in her class, Margot is a focused overachiever bound for the Ivy League.

Kitty Li – captain of the California state and national champion varsity girls' volleyball team, she's been recruited by a dozen colleges and has dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal.

Olivia Hayes – popular star of the drama program, she's been voted "most eligible bachelorette" two years running in the high school yearbook and has an almost lethal combination of beauty and charm.

Bree Deringer – outcast, misfit and the kind of girl you don't want to meet in a dark alley, the stop sign red-haired punk is a constant thorn in the side of teachers and school administrators alike.

Different goals, different friends, different lives, but the girls share a secret no one would ever guess. They are members of Don't Get Mad, a society specializing in seeking revenge for fellow students who have been silently victimized by their peers. Each girl has her own reason for joining the group, her own set of demons to assuage by evening the score for someone else. And though school administration is desperate to find out who is behind the DGM "events", the girls have managed to keep their secret well hidden.

That is until one of their targets – a douchebag senior who took advantage of a drunk underclassman during a house party, videotaped it on his phone, and posted it on YouTube – turns up dead, and DGM is implicated in the murder.

Now the girls don't know who to trust, and as their tenuous alliance begins to crumble, the secrets they've hidden for so long might be their ultimate undoing.

About Gretchen McNeil

Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4's Code Monkeys and she currently sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. She is a founding member of vlog group the YARebels where she can be seen as "Monday," and she is an active member of both The Enchanted Inkpot, a group blog of YA and middle grade fantasy writers, and The Apocalypsies, a group blog of 2012 children's debut authors.


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{Cover Reveal} Born of Deception by Teri Brown

October 11, 2013 Cover Reveal 3


I’m so excited to share the cover for the second Born of Illusion book, Born of Deception. While I’m sad that Rasputin won’t be making an appearance (that was the original plan Terri had in her query letter, but the story has taken on a life of it’s own) I am looking forward to continuing Anna’s story, this time in London. And when I saw the cover? I honestly just stared at it for a few minutes. I love the covers for this series, don’t you?


Title: Born of Deception (Born of Illusion #2)
Author: Teri Brown
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Genres: YA — historical fiction, paranormal

Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.

But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?
As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic









I’m not sure who to tell you about here because I’m actually two people rolled into one. As a responsible mother of teens, I show one persona to the world. That person is driven, conservative and level headed. But the other part of me just never grew up. She is rebellious, impulsive and curious.

It’s hard being both these people. They’re often at odds.

The mother part of me knows I should put a cap on how many animals we take in. The teen part of me wants to save them all. We have five cats and two dogs. Who do you think is winning?

Even now. The mother part wants to make a meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and a tossed salad. The teen part wants to order a pizza, work on my website and check my Facebook.

Luckily, though my two halves don’t always agree, both of us live happily in Portland, Oregon, with a husband and too many animals. And we both love to write and write and write..






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