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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Anyone? by Angela Scott

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we've exploring a post-apocalyptic Young Adult title that is sure to keep you turning pages (or flicking screens, as was the case for me) right up til the end.  It stars a young lady not unlike many of you put in an unexpected situation where her choices are brought down to the most basic levels....survive or die trying.  Have I got your undivided attention yet?  GOOD!  Ladies and gents, prepare to devote the next few hours to today's ebook of choice...


by
Angela Scott
9781622538638
Evolved Publishing

About the book...
​The end of the world? That’s the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters and deep philosophical exercises in school. No need to sweat it. So when sixteen-year-old Tess’s doomsday-dad builds a bomb shelter in their suburban backyard, everyone thinks he’s gone crazy….until fire rains down from the sky, sinking whole cities into colossal craters and setting much of the world ablaze.

Tess’s dad gives her a few short minutes to gather her emergency bag and her freaked-out kitten, then leads her outside and into the underground shelter. Terrified, the last thing she expects is for him to leave her there all alone, but he has no choice—he must find her missing brother.

Before leaving, he makes Tess promise to keep the hatch door shut, not to open it for anyone but him, and to stay put until he returns.  But he forgot to tell her one thing: What is she supposed to do if he never comes back?






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This was one of those sleeper reads that really sneaks up on a girl.  I went in expecting a decent read.  After all, it had received good feedback already and the premise sounded interesting enough.  What I got was a WHOLE lot more.

Tess is just an ordinary girl thrust into an extraordinary situation.  I mean, really...even those that plan for the end-of-the-world-disaster-type-stuff don't honestly think they'll see it come to pass (well, most anyway).  Here, dear old Dad gets to say a big I TOLD YOU SO...that is if he were there to say anything at all.  After tossing Tess in the bunker, he skips town to save her brother with his word he'll return and a promise from her to stay put. Yeah....right.  Tess is the dutiful child and does as told but when things start to breakdown and the hours turn to days turn to weeks, what's she expected to do?  Simply sit there while who knows what happens out there and wilt away by her lonesome?  Eh, WRONG!  She has too much hutzpah for that but perhaps more importantly a desire to LIVE.

Tess' journey is as expected....long, arduous, fraught with peril, but certainly not lonely.  Ah, caught your interest there did I?  Well, don't be fooled for a moment...the world is no longer teeming with people but she does have her cat as a constant companion and two gents who may or may not exist.  I'll let you ponder that one on your own but suffice it to say, you'll be left trying to paint the bigger picture as black or white right through the last sentence. 



Personally, I loved Tess' character, even if she was conflicted, indecisive, and whiny at times; she's a teenager for crying out loud.  There is also that end of the world thing, so who wouldn't be?  She toughs out the hard times and holds on to hope when most would have fallen flat.  Her boundaries are tested in more ways than one but in the end, she's admirable and I love her for her genuine nature.  Now, as for the others, or should I simply narrow it down to Cole...he is a quandary.  I must admit I wondered if there was something more to him after the tattoo was discovered...and then of course when he visits her in the area that's entry-by-permission-only but I never questioned his existence per se.  (Again, not answering your questions as to why you might question it....just gonna let you hang.  You're welcome!)  He was strange but a good egg as they say and I'd definitely rather have his odd snarky self with me on a trip through the aftermath than be on my own.

In conclusion, a WONDERFUL read that I'd recommend to Young Adult fans of all ages without a doubt.  There's a little something for everyone no matter your interests, or tastes.  Crave action, gore, and horror (to some degree)?  It's there.  Love the potential for romance in any form?  It's there.  Just looking for a good story about something that's unlikely but hey, it could happen?  It's there.  Like I said, just add it to your "to read" list and save yourself the trouble of one day wondering WHY you didn't get to know this author's work once upon a time.




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Special thanks to Cami at Reading Addiction Blog Tours for the review copy as well as the chance to bring this promotion to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on the title, author, or blog tour team, be sure to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now in both print and ebook formats via Evolved Publishing, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time...happy reading!



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Taste Testing Tuesdays!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're taking part in TEASER TUESDAYS with our own version, Taste Testing Tuesdays.  Same principle, different name.  Anywho...today's tasty tease comes to us from my current-almost-finished-if-I-could-only-read-faster book in progress, The Publicist, Book 3:  Climax by Christina George.  Now, I'm reading the print ARC version and there are no page numbers so I'm guestimating on the exact location, but bear with me.  Ready, set, TEASE!




Yes, when it came to confessing, Delia was the first person she thought of not telling.  Although she was in fact probably one of the most talented literary agents, telling Delia a secret was like taking out a front page ad in the New York Times.


-- about 80% through





Ah, yes.
I remember this part.  Delia is DEFINITELY not the person to confide anything in especially the secret that Kate is currently under the stress of.  Poor Kate...

Look for my review coming next week as the blog tour swings through!


So, what are YOU reading this Tuesday?
Do tell!

^_^



Monday, January 26, 2015

Waiting for the Voo by Dean Ammerman

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're taking a walk on the wildly weird side of things and if you think I'm simply being mean by calling names with that statement, I'm about to prove you wrong.  This time around, we've got a title from an author whose work I've read previously that's gracing the Middle Grade arena with his writing once again (my words, not his ^_^).  We've come a long way from Anteater-Boy, a tale whose story was fiction but grounded in reality, to meet the feature of the day that's certainly....OUT THERE.  Ready, set, here it comes!  Today's book of choice is....



by
Dean Ammerman
9780984682232
Kabloona

About the book...
Waiting for the Voo is a story about 13-year-old Wilkin Delgado (who’s from almost the exact center of Minnesota) and a tug-o-war champion, gray-haired, exiled 14-year-old tattooed Missouri girl by the name of Alice Jane Zelinski who join forces with an intergalactic flip-flop wearing plumber named Cardamon Webb to fix a nasty sewage problem that threatens to destroy the universe.

Along the way the three—and one or two others—must deal with smelly, spiky monsters, a ch-duck, an ancient book, a rat, a pair of ostriches and
the mysterious Voo.



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Where do I even begin?
First off, the book is labeled as Middle Grade or Young Adult.  In analyzing what I read, I'd have to say the imagination and creativity used would push me towards the former audience, but the vocabulary and word play steers me towards the latter.  A conundrum to be sure.  Let's split the difference and say a great read for the OLDER Middle Grade reader....okay?  Okay.  Now...

Story wise, this is one CRAZY read.  I mean we have two kids helping an intergalactic plumber to essentially re-plug the universe before all the nasty, smelly, weirdness that resides within can escape into our reality.  If that wasn't odd enough, the time has passed for easy fixes so the trio (and growing) must look for the (strangest) signs as well as the three miracles in order to set things right.  I won't even begin to explain either aspect of that to you because to do so without actually reading the book would probably either A) give you a headache or B) require me writing a book to supplement his.  Just take me at my word and leave it at that.




Character wise, you can't help but feel for both leads in one way or another.  They interact like siblings, pushing and pulling against each other the entire time, yet despite their obvious dislike for one another, deep down neither is going to let the big bad get them without having a BIG say in it first.  Touching....yes, but still awkward.  As for Cardamon, he's a foolish lad for getting stuck with that name but a genius for trusting two kids with the fate of the universe.  No, really!  Considering how everything turns out, total genius title belongs to him.  As for how they turn out, I shan't say but things get a bit hairy, uncertain and otherwise murky right up to the very end.  If you like the edge of your seat than the last few chapters will be your new best friend.

In conclusion, I enjoyed my time within the pages but I'm not exactly certain I can say why without sounding like a wackadoo myself.  It's not an earth-shattering read nor my top for the year, but it was fun nonetheless and by all means memorable.  Recommended as previously stated for the older Middle Grade set or anyone that likes a curious end of the world story with a dash of heart and a big whomping ch-duck.  (Don't ask.)


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Review copy received courtesy of author Dean Ammerman.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title or the mind behind the work, please feel free to click through the links above.  This title celebrated its public debut September 2014 via Kabloona, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time...happy reading!


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