Friday, August 9, 2013

Review: Over The Rainbow by Brian Rowe

Over the Rainbow 

Book: Over The Rainbow
Author: Brian Rowe
Publisher: Brian Rowe
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-arc review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Zippy Green never meant to fall in love with a girl, but when she does, her ultra-conservative father tries to send her to anti-gay camp. At the Kansas City airport, however, she hides inside a giant suitcase and sneaks onto an airplane headed not to the camp, but to Seattle, where her online love Mira lives. Halfway through the flight, the plane barrels out of control and crashes into the ground, knocking her unconscious.

When Zippy awakens, she finds that most of the passengers have vanished. She doesn’t know what’s happened, but she’s determined to find out. She begins a quest on foot toward Seattle, and along the way, she meets a teenager with a concussion, a homeless man with a heart condition, a child without a shred of bravery, and a terrier named Judy. Together the group discovers that more than two-thirds of the world's population have mysteriously disappeared. But that's only the beginning...

All Zippy wants is to find her Mira, but before she can she has to contend with two outside forces. The first is her homophobic father, who does everything in his power to keep her from the girl she loves. And the second is extinct creatures of all shapes and sizes, including living, breathing dinosaurs, which have replaced the missing population.

My Review:
Over the Rainbow was not what I expected but now that I think about it I'm not sure what I really expected. I was not disappointed though. Brian Rowe is an amazing, brilliant author in my opinion. He brings these crazy themes, ideas and characters to life and always writes a story that I just can't put down.

The story is set in 1999 but has flashbacks to when Zippy was younger. She is a lesbian teenage girl who falls in love online with a girl named Mira. Zippy's father is a homophobic man who does everything he can throughout the book to make Zippy straight. When her father takes her to the airport to send her to an anti-gay camp, Zippy has other ideas. She finds a way to zip herself in another passengers large suitcase and ships herself to Seattle in hopes of meeting Mira. Along the way The Rapture happens, or does it? Most of the world has just disappeared and the only passenger still alive and on the plane with Zippy is Frankie. There is also a little dog named Judy that they take with them. Together they set out to find a way to survive and get to Seattle. Not long after they meet up with another stranger, Mr. Balm and then towards the end a little girl named Elle. They all have a reason to want to get there. Together they endure a crazy, funny, wild adventure to make it to Seattle. They have to dodge cars whose passengers have disappeared, crazy creatures and very large dinosaurs. Lots and lots of them.

This story is about friendship, love and overcoming obstacles. The last part of the book is really good. Just when you think they have dodged the dinosaurs and Zippy's father, someone or something turns up or something crazy happens again. I really liked how it ended but I am hoping there is going to be more to this story in a sequel. I want to read more about Zippy and her friends. All in all a great read.

This e-arc was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Join S.R. Johannes Street Team

S.R. Johannes Street Team

I just joined S.R. Johannes street team and want to tell you all about it so you can join in the fun if you want!  I personally have not had a chance to read her books yet have heard they are good!  I have had her as a guest here on the blog in the past.  Scroll down to read about S.R. Johannes and Untraceable!

What is a street team?
A team of fans and/or supporters who rally behind an artist or author and receive perks. They help to spread the word about an artist and their works.  They help spread the word about the authors and their books. 

Why would you want to join the Street Team?
To help support an author and get the word out.  Oh yeah and here's some nice perks!

  • A special welcome pack - which includes a "cool" badge for your blog along with bookmark, pen, signed bookplates, press kit on the book, and more.
  • Help S.R. Johnannes choose the street team name.
  • A free ebook of your choice with a chance to win more ebooks.
  • Receive 1 ebook and swag pack a year for a giveaways on your blog.
  • A Facebook members-only group to use for open discussions on the books, inside scoop, writing, indie publishing, or marketing.
  • If you have a blog, you will get first dibs in her blog tours/giveaways/special events.
  • A monthly mission - Every month there will be missions. A monthly drawing for members only if you complete the special mission. The prizes will include book gift cards, books, ARCs, query critiques, and other fun stuff.
  • Inside scoop on her books, the writing process, and publishing.
  • Coffee talks - If you are in a town where she will be speaking or signing. You can come visit her at her appearances and you will get to hang out for coffee afterwards.
  • Access to exclusive content in her newsletter– such as character dossiers, character diaries, and more.
  • Free quarterly chats where she will answer any question you have (unless it is about a spoiler). :)
  • And other fun surprises!

Want to join?  Here' how:

 You can find all the details and sign up on S.R. Johannes blog

Join the Street Team on Facebook  

About Untraceable:

Title: Untraceable
Series: The Nature of Grace, Book One
Genre/Keywords: Contemporary Thriller
Length: 315 pages Extras: Blog Tour
Release date: Print: November 29, 2011 – ebook: November 15, 2011
ebook ISBN: 978-0-9847991-0-7
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9847991-2-1
Order signed copies directly from the author
You can have your local indie bookstore order it (available through Ingram and Baker & Taylor)
Barnes and Noble paperback and ebook
Amazon paperback and ebook
Summary: Grace grew up in the woods. When her forest ranger dad disappears on patrol, she fights town authorities, tribal officials, & nature to prove he’s alive. Torn between a hot boy and cute ex, she heads into the wilderness to find her dad. Soon, Grace is caught in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. It will take more than a compass and motorcycle for this tough heroine to save all she loves.
 Praise for Untraceable:

“This thrilling story is a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance. The action flows like a brisk mountain stream interspersed with rapids, holding suspense to last page.” Kirkus Reviews
“Johannes has done a marvelous job of creating a suspense-filled mystery with surprises that keep you guessing all the way to the end. Untraceable is a thoroughly engrossing and riveting page-turner.” IndieReader
“This story is action-packed and very funny in some parts. There is even a bit of young romance…There is a strong message of wildlife conservation, so it is somewhat educational in that aspect.” Readers Favorite
“Grace is a spunky, independent, nature girl who doesn’t need a boy to save her. With wilderness survival, a juicy love triangle, and more twists and turns than a roller coaster, this fast-paced novel had me holding my breath until the very last page—and still begging for more!” -Kimberly Derting, author of Body Finder series (Harper Teen)

About the author:
S.R. Johannes is the author of Untraceable (a teen wilderness thriller) and On The Bright Side ( a tween paranormal). 
She started out writing for her local school paper, winning a state Nutrition essay contest for “Be a Smart Cookie”, and singing in a local Jazz band. Somewhere along the way, she earned an MBA in Marketing and embarked on an 18-year marketing career in Corporate America working as a marketing and communications consultant.
In 2000, S.R. traded in her expensive suits, way-too high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She started her own marketing & communications business,, and continues creating materials for a variety of large profit and nonprofit clients, including Spanx, Goody Hair Products, Chick Filet, Delta, CARE, and the Boys & Girls Club of America.
S.R.’s dream is to publish children’s books and magically imprint the imaginations of kids. In addition to juggling nap schedules while attending client meetings, Shelli focuses on her writing. She is a frequent marketing speaker at SCBWI conferences across the U.S and runs a popular marketing blog, Market My Words ( where she provides marketing advice for authors in the hopes of helping them better market their words.
In her spare time (yeah right!) and if the kids allow (yeah right!), Shelli obsesses over movies, reads children’s books (over and over), wishes she could squeeze in Bikram Yoga sessions, and dreams of sleeping in on the weekends.
She currently lives in Atlanta with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess that someday will change the world.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Review: Descendants (The Descendants Saga #1) by R. Lynn

Descendants (The Descendants Saga, #1) 

Book: Descendants (The Descendants Saga #1)
Author: R. Lynn
Publisher: R. Lynn
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
The only thing that mattered to Sollara was escaping the Deep Kingdom and exploring the world she had only ever dared to dream about. When her dreams clash with her reality, she finds herself thrown into an unknown world filled with monsters and magic. Not knowing who her enemies or allies are, she turns to those she was raised to despise for help.

My Review: 
Descendants is a really good book. I loved the mythical, magic, world and characters of this story.

Sollara lives in the Deep Kingdom, a place deep under ground where people who have pretty much been kicked out of Atlanticus live. She finds out her "parents" are not her real parents but took her after her real parents were killed. The only person she is close to is her maid who turns out to be someone else. You'll be surprised to read who she really is.

On her eighteenth birthday Sollara convinces her "dad" to take her to the surface, a place she has never seen. She is only there a couple minutes when she sees this stunning guy, Kai. Her "dad" immediately takes her back to the Deep Kingdom after seeing her reaction. The story really takes off from here. Her maid overhears her "parents" talking and knows she only has one chance to get Sollara out of the Deep Kingdom and to the surface. Once Sollara and Kai get to the surface they meet up with some others who are to help them. I'm not going to say how Sollara and Kai are in the Deep Kingdom together, don't want to give away anything. They meet the other two Elementals and some dark ones. Dark ones are some type of vampire creature. Sollara starts to learn what powers she has and what her prophecy with Kai is. I loved all the different things she is able to do as a Elemental.

Without giving away any spoilers I'm going to stop right here with saying any more about the plot. I'll just say that this a really good book. It is well written, I loved the world and the characters really brought the book to life. The ending is something else. I was like wait, what? No, this can't be happening but it does. I so want to read the next book to see what is going on. I will be reading more from this author in the future.

This e-book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Purchase the book: Amazon  

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Over the RainbowMy Teasers:  I've faced a few of these creatures already, and I've been in lots of dangerous situations before.  I guarantee you, if you want to survive this, whatever this is, you need to follow my directions.  Understand?

42% on Kindle ~ Over The Rainbow by Brian Rowe

Monday, August 5, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


I recently finished reading: Descendants (The Descendants Saga #1) by R. Lynn

Descendants (The Descendants Saga, #1) 

I'm currently reading: Over The Rainbow by Brian Rowe

 Over the Rainbow 

Next I'm going to read: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Spells (Mystic Cafe Series #1) by Rose Pressey

 No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells (Mystic Cafe, #1)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

In My Mailbox

Over the Rainbow 

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren

These are the books that I have gotten over the last couple weeks:

Received for review: 
Over The Rainbow by Brian Rowe
Fire Star (The Last Dragon Chronicles #3) by Chris D'Lacey
Wicked: Witch & Curse  (Wicked #1-2) by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
Empire of Night (Vampirates #5) by Justin Somper
The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1) by Michael Scott
The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) by Rick Riordan
The Thorn of Fire (Kane Chronicles #2) by Rick Riordan

What did you get this week?