Blog Tour: The Girl Who Saved Ghosts

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Hello readers! Welcome back to my book blog where today’s post is for the blog tour currently running on a YA Paranormal read: The Girl Who Saved Ghosts. This is the second book in The Unbelievables series which you do need to read the first book: The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts before reading this one. I have a spoiler-free review for this book which you can read here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2162380203 and I gave 4.5 out of 5 stars too. This post will include a giveaway, my thoughts on The Girl Who Saved Ghosts and more about the author, so let’s go!

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Book details:

The Girl Who Saved Ghosts
by K.C. Tansley
Publication date: October 17th 2017
Genres: Mystery, Time-Travel, Young Adult

Synopsis:
She tried to ignore them. Now she might risk everything to save them.

After a summer spent in a haunted castle—a summer in which she traveled through time to solve a murder mystery—Kat is looking forward to a totally normal senior year at McTernan Academy. Then the ghost of a little girl appears and begs Kat for help, and more unquiet apparitions follow. All of them are terrified by the Dark One, and it soon becomes clear that that this evil force wants Kat dead.

Searching for help, Kat leaves school for the ancestral home she’s only just discovered. Her friend Evan, whose family is joined to her own by an arcane history, accompanies her. With the assistance of her eccentric great aunts and a loyal family ghost, Kat soon learns that she and Evan can only fix the present by traveling into the past.

As Kat and Evan make their way through nineteenth-century Vienna, the Dark One stalks them, and Kat must decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to save a ghost.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34619522-the-girl-who-saved-ghosts?ac=1&from_search=true

Purchase:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Saved-Ghosts-Unbelievables-Book-ebook/dp/B0742JZ7D1/
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-kc-tansley/1126604900?ean=2940154417829
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts/id1249714435
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts

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AUTHOR BIO:
K.C. Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, and two quirky golden retrievers on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.

Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is her award-winning and bestselling first novel in The Unbelievables series.

As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.

You can find out more about her at: http://kctansley.com

Author links:
http://kourtneyheintz.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13530245.K_C_Tansley
https://www.facebook.com/kourtneyheintzwriter

Review: The Girl Who Saved Ghosts was a great follow-on read, the main character Kat is back and with more mysteries to solve. When the bloodstained ghost of a young girl visits her, this brings her back into contact with relatives from her past that she has never met including the father who left her seventeen years ago. Arriving in Dumbarton, Kat and Evan must work together against the dangers of the “Dark One” and time-travel back in Vienna in 1831 to rescue a dagger which went missing that year. Their actions, spells and words could alter their lives forever.

What I really love about this series is how visual it is, I found it very easy to immerse myself within the story. The time-travel aspect has kept my interest as well as the developing relationship between Kat and Evan. Personally, there was a tear in my eye when Kat sees her family for the first time, the ending did feel a little rushed again as in the first book (The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts) hence the 4.5 stars. The ancestral connect between all of the characters and their interesting histories also bring a sense of atmosphere into the series.

This is a series that you need to read in chronological order, I’m super excited for book 3 when it is released (I don’t know when that will be) but out of all of the time-travel novels I’ve ever read, The Girl Who Saved Ghosts is most definitely one of the better ones!

Giveaway: Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
3x signed copy + swag + personal note from author

To be in with a chance to win, then click on this link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232088/ The giveaway is international and closes for entries on November 2nd 2017

That concludes this post, a big thank you to the author Kourtney and Xpresso for letting me be a part of the tour. Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs that are participating and read their posts. See you all soon!

Alice x

 

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I read Six Spooky Books!- #Spookathon Wrap-Up Post

Hello readers!

It’s now my half-term from College, I’ve been off since Saturday and don’t go back until Halloween so until then, I’m going to be working on assignments as well as doing some writing and reading! Between the 16th and 22nd of October, I participated in a reading challenge called Spookathon which was run by three other Twitter users and booktubers/bloggers and had a list of challenges to complete but… I kind of rebelled and only read books that were horror themed and needed to be read ASAP.

I read a grand total of six books which considering this readathon was running on the last week of my first term, that’s pretty good and something to be proud of. Here are the six books I read:

 

I have spoiler-free reviews for all of these books except for The Taste Of Blue Light which is only available to read on this blog since the post length is quite long. To see what I thought about any of the books in the image above, add me on Goodreads: http://www.Goodreads.com/Marriedtobooks44

Out of the six read, my favourite read was Fir by Sharon Gosling, it was creepy, mysterious and very very chilling.

I really enjoyed being a part of this reading experience and connecting (particularly on Twitter) with other participants and seeing what they were reading. If you are looking for something fun that is related to books, consider giving a reading challenge a go!

Add me on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/MarriedToBooks3

Other news!:

So, I reached 3000 followers on my Goodreads last night which is honestly so incredible, never even predicted that it would happen to me but it did and I’m blown away just by how one simple idea on an August day two years ago has turned into a dream that I simply don’t want to leave. A big thank you to all who follow me there, I love you very much ❤

I have a ton of new posts coming up including two blog tour posts, one tomorrow and one next Monday as well as my Nanowrimo project reveal which will be this Sunday and somewhat of a soppy post featuring my boyfriend 😉

That’s all to come but in the meantime, thanks so much for reading and see you soon with a new post!

Alice x 

The Taste Of Blue Light (Full Review+Discussion Post)

Note: All my thoughts in this post will be spoiler-free and will not affect you if you haven’t read the book yet!

Hello readers! It’s Alice from Married To Books and currently participating in a readathon on Twitter. It’s now halfway through and so far, I’ve managed to read six books including the one that I’m going to be discussing my thoughts on in this post today: The Taste Of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles. I am part of a YA Book Group at my local library which meets once a month and all of the group members received the opportunity to read and review this from the publishers Hachette. We were provided with ARCs of the book as well as a list of discussion questions which I am going to be responding to on this post! Let’s talk about The Taste Of Blue Light itself first.

This YA novel has the main character Lux Langley who is an Artist, she aspires to be creative but that all changes when she goes to a house party and then wakes up in hospital, having no idea why she’s there or what happened at the party. Her dreams are invaded by the colour of red (the ARC edition above is in red) and she only has a limited amount of time to work out exactly why she’s getting the headaches before she ends up being sent away from her boarding school that she attends. The pain that Lux goes through as well as the attempts to avoid speaking to parents, showed that she is struggling emotionally to keep her life in balance. I liked the whole aspect behind colours, dreams, art which I do have an interest in Art History and the setting of the school that Lux attends. It does touch on mental health issues which as someone with an anxiety disorder, I do respect and am keen to see how a character is portrayed in a story if they also have anxiety for example. There was a paragraph on self-harm which was emotionally challenging to read, the last quarter of the book was what really made me stop and think, taking real-world events and writing about them is very difficult to accomplish but with The Taste Of Blue Light, it actually felt more realistic to read even though the events themselves were horrific. I like to read stories that transport me away from reality BUT also have little reminders about the land that we live on today. There are also references to drug-taking and sex which I feel does make this book an upper YA novel. At my local library, there’s a YA section and a YA+ section with books suitable for age 16+. I say The Taste Of Blue Light is 16+ due to the content.

Overall, this was generally not what I was expecting to read and enjoy but pleasantly enough, I was left very surprised about how much The Taste Of Blue Light spoke to me. Lux’s struggles, her relationships with her friends and parents, going out into the real world after some difficult times, this book will be the splash of red into your daily lives.

Rating: 4/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Discussion time!

As part of the opportunity to read and review The Taste Of Blue Light, we were also given this list of questions. So, I decided to answer them with my honest thoughts but not giving away what happens in the story. The following questions are:

 

Question 1: How is colour used in the book- does it help tell the story and/or develop Lux’s character?

The colour red means nightmares, danger, fear. In one of the early chapters in the book, Lux is in the hospital and she is asked to match up numbers with a colour, taste and smell that she associates with it, this is part of the testing that the nurses did to try and come to a conclusion as to why Lux lost her memory. The term ‘Blue Light’ I feel symbolises the colour Blue being depressing, Lux herself mentions that if you feel blue, take yourself and your life and paint it with a different colour.

Question 2: Do you think creating things can help people understand themselves and each other?

I feel that each and every of us are artists just like Lux and want to use their imagination to create a beautiful portrait painting for example. Keeping a reflective journal has helped me to know more about myself and how I used to behave in the ways I did (fourteen year old me, I’m ashamed of you) but I feel that being creative and not following any set rules can bring others together in discussion and enable understanding of who we are and how we live.

Question 3: What clues does the author give regarding the truth about Lux’s blackout?

There’s one clue that stood out to me a lot and that was when Lux found in a notebook a list of words in a collection such as Articulate and Nyctophilia. During a conversation she has with Cal, he mentions a word Basorexia which means a passionate desire to kiss someone. From this, Lux remembers from her life before the hospital incident, a girl that she used to know but feels that her mind is playing tricks on her. This memory however plays a role later on in the book.

Question 4: Did you find the book funny and why is humour important to the story?

I have to be honest here and say that I read the entirety of The Taste Of Blue Light with a completely emotionless face, not laughing, instead more focused on the action  between Cal and Lux and also Lux with Dr Baystone who she sees for talking therapy groups and 1 to 1 discussions. One conversation between Cal and Lux however was amusing, when they interviewed each other and Lux said her favourite flavour was piano when she actually meant to say pistachio. Humour is important I feel in the story because of the overall story subject content, it makes the reading experience more comfortable and also makes the characters (mainly Lux, Cal, Mei and Olivia) more realistic since they are all teenagers who are up for a laugh and ready to explore the world, letting their hair down, if neither of the characters joked or were happy, I would have found it to be quite difficult to read.

Question 5: How vital is setting to the story?

As a visual learner and reader, setting and worldbuilding mean a great deal to me, I love to be in the same world as the characters and seeing firsthand what they get up to. I found the setting of Richdeane Arts School to be a mix of Hogwarts (from Harry Potter) and Whyteleafe (from Enid Blyton’s The Naughtiest Girl In The School series) by students not doing traditional subjects but rather have the freedom to go into various studios and express their creativity however they wish. There are rules in the School but the overall picture is not a lot of bad events or naughty students getting into trouble happen. There were descriptions about some of the classes that the students attended which was interesting to read more about.

Question 6: Do you consider Lux a heroine? 

This is the hardest question out of the list for me to answer but I actually don’t consider Lux a heroine, I say Mei is more of the heroine in The Taste Of Blue Light as she is the person that is looking out for Lux the most. Whenever Lux is unwell or having difficulty with things, Mei is there to watch over and make sure that she is OK. That for me personally is someone being a hero and not letting the confusing mystery of Lux’s headaches and loss of memory get in the way.

Question 7: What will you remember most about The Taste Of Blue Light?

I will remember a few things; That for Lux, it took time to finally be herself again which in life, it does take time to find the routes that you want to travel down. Also, the power of not giving up, using creative methods to find your voice and the colour red that features predominantly and creates fear for Lux herself. The aspect of the colours as a whole made the storyline interesting and created suspense for when Lux tries to remember a fragment from her past.

That wraps up this post! It was a long one but I really hope that you enjoyed reading it, a big thank you to the YA Book Group and Hachette for the amazing opportunity, I look forward to Lydia’s next novel. Leave a comment in the comment section below if you have read or are planning to read The Taste Of Blue Light. See you all soon with a new post!

Alice x

Two Years on Twitter: A Lookback

In a couple of weeks time, it will be two years since I joined Twitter with the aim of connecting with other bloggers, authors and publishers and I have to credit the app for enabling me to do just that. As a 17 year old newbie on the social media scene, I wasn’t really sure what to expect and was very tempted after the first month to deactivate my account but I’m super glad that I didn’t do that.

My profile MarriedToBooks3 has seen a lot of things happen within the last two years, the exploring of trending hashtags, entering in giveaways to win some free books and sometimes winning them and meeting some people that have since become really close friends. One of the main things that I’ve noticed is how my blog traffic and audience comments have increased subsequently because of using Twitter on a daily basis.

Last night, I took part in a Twitter chat called #ukteenchat focusing on a book award and getting to ask one of the organisers some questions about the judging process and what trends were appearing in this year’s entries. It was a lovely use of one hour, it was free and I didn’t have to leave my bed or my bedroom to participate. At the end, I tweeted about how much that I had learnt in the hour chat about the publishing industry and hopefully one day being a judge for a book award.

A lot of users through Twitter have followed my other social medias such as my Instagram and Goodreads which have all tied together nicely with my blogging and writing. After two years on Twitter, my goal for the next two years is to keep networking and be an active participant in online chats and not be afraid to speak up if I have a question.

Do you use Twitter and if you do/don’t, has this helped you gain an audience?

If you would like to support my vision for the next two years then please follow my Twitter: www.Twitter.com/MarriedToBooks3

See you all soon!

Alice x

Blog Tour: Monsters and Angels

Hello readers! It’s Alice from Married To Books and back with another blog tour post, this time for the book Monsters and Angels, a New-Adult Paranormal Romance by Anne Marie Andrus. This post will contain more about the author, details on how to purchase a copy of the book as well as a giveaway opportunity at the end. Let’s begin!


Book details:

Monsters & Angels
by Anne Marie Andrus

Publication date: October 11th 2017

Genres: Historical, New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:

Fledgling nurse Sorcha Alden knew she had the skills to save lives, but she never dreamed that her own life would be the one in danger.

Driven by tragedy to honor her family name, Sorcha embarks on a journey that takes her from the bleak but familiar streets of New York, through the sultry and seductive city of New Orleans, and into the brutal jungles of Nepal. Forging friendships and carrying on her mother’s mission of healing was her dream. Plunging into a love affair with the mysterious Dr. Ashayle could have been a fairytale.

Being murdered and waking up as a blood-thirsty monster—became her living nightmare.

Torn away from a life that had just begun, Sorcha returns to New Orleans as a newborn vampire, forced to start over in a cutthroat underworld of devilry and decadence. Complicated politics, bitter rivals and jealous ancestors stand between her and the promises she’s still determined to keep.

In a realm where the boundary between good and evil is as murky as the Mississippi River and immortal does not mean invincible, will Sorcha ever risk her shattered heart and love again? Can the magical harmony of the Crescent City give her enough courage to fulfill her eternal destiny?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35384891-monsters-angels

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1t7MHYYyhE&sns=em

Purchase:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Monsters-Angels-Anne-Marie-Andrus-ebook/dp/B074LW7K1C/

AUTHOR BIO:
Anne Marie has been an equestrienne, chorale singer, candy-striper, EMT, and baseball fan. Roaming the back roads of New Jersey with her family, she found great respect for antiques, historical locations and the stories they hold. Her current list of favorite pastimes include coffee, bourbon, and Les Miserables–which requires more bourbon. She has been known to attend sporting events just for the flyover. The boat she and her husband christened Glory Days, is her escape from the chaos of everyday life.

The inspiration for Anne Marie’s debut novel, Monsters & Angels, is her fascination with vampires and her passion for everything New Orleans. When she isn’t writing, she can be found working nights with the critical care team in a busy trauma center.

Author Links:
https://www.instagram.com/anne_marie_andrus_nj/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16935197.Anne_Marie_Andrus
http://www.annemarieandrus.com/
https://monstersnangels.com/

https://www.facebook.com/AnneMarieAndrusAuthor/

Review: Going into reading Monsters and Angels, I knew that this was the right time of year to be sitting back and reading a spooky story with plenty of paranormal elements. For me, Monsters and Angels features vampires which I personally don’t read a lot of bookwise since my feelings surround that particular genre are mixed but what really stood out to me with this book was the setting and visual elements when New Orleans came into the storyline, I personally love all things New Orleans as well and knowing that the author has a passion for that as well, clearly stood out in the story.

The main character Sorcha is a nurse originally from New York but it is in Nepal that she gets murdered and then reborn as a vampire. Mixing with the new faces in her life as well as old acquaintances such as Vir who Sorcha falls in love with. 

It was the cover that orginally compelled me to give this story a go. If you love vampire novels and want to be spooked, this is the book to go too. I read an ePub version which was long in length BUT had short chapters making the story easy to read. The ending however… Dun dun dun is all I can say XD

There is a big International giveaway running as part of the tour! The prizes on offer are-

3x bracelets

10x signed copies of Monsters & Angels 

5x ebook copies of Monsters & Angels 

To be in with a chance to win, head over to this link and enter! Entries are open internationally and will close on October 26th 2017: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232074/

That’s all for this post, a big thank you to the Xpresso Blog Tours team as well as the author Anne for letting me be a part of the tour. Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs participating and have a great day!

Alice x

New YA Book I Won!

Disclaimer: This blog post is not sponsored in any way, only posting this because I would love to share my excitement about new and upcoming releases with you all!

Hello readers, It’s Alice from Married To Books and the end of week 6 of my College course is finally here. After 6 hours of classes back to back, truth be told, I’m absolutely drained but when I arrived home, there was book mail waiting for me. Just the one package but still a very exciting one.

If you guys know me by now just from following my Twitter (www.Twitter.com/MarriedToBooks3) then you will witness me entering book giveaways for signed books or advance readers copies of new releases or even releases from a few years ago, but honestly, I couldn’t contain my excitement when a couple of days ago, I received a DM on my Twitter to say I had won a book! I follow horoscopes as well and mine generally said for this week that I would win something in a giveaway and that is what happened to me this week, how creepy.

Released on October 19th 2017 in the UK, this is the author Cally Taylor’s YA debut published by HarperCollins YA division HQ Young Adult. Cally has previously written novels for adults including one of my favourites The Missing which I started reading last year and loved how mysterious and haunting the story was as well as The Lie and The Accident. She writes thrillers and also chicklits which are another one of my favourite kinds of books to read particularly around the start of winter or the middle of summer.

The copy in the photo is a finished edition of The Treatment and not an ARC. Below this paragraph is the story blurb that I took from the book description on Amazon:

“You have to help me. We’re not being reformed. We’re being brainwashed.”

All sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She’s not interested in spending time with her mum and stepdad and when her disruptive fifteen year old brother Mason is expelled from school for the third time and sent to a residential reform academy she’s almost relieved.
Everything changes when she’s followed home from school by the mysterious Dr Cobey, who claims to have a message from Mason. There is something sinister about the ‘treatment’ he is undergoing. The school is changing people.
Determined to help her brother, Drew must infiltrate the Academy and unearth its deepest, darkest secrets.
Before it’s too late.

Personal reaction: How gripping does this sound? Personally, the whole aspect just speaks out because of this mysterious treatment that is mentioned and the setting of a school as well? Ah, I’m super excited to read this.

Thanks again to the team at HQ Young Adult for selecting me as a giveaway winner and Cally for the opportunity to read this before publication. If you want to hear my full thoughts on The Treatment once I’ve read it, subscribe to this blog, follow my Twitter and add my Goodreads at http://www.Goodreads.com/Marriedtobooks44

Support Cally here: http://www.Twitter.com/callytaylor 

Follow HQ Young Adult on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/HQYoungAdult

If you purchase The Treatment, don’t forget to snap a photo and upload to Instagram, spread the word!: http://www.Instagram.com/HQYoungAdult

Thanks so much for reading, let me know in the comments section below if you are going to be picking up a copy on release day or if you received an ARC for review. See you all soon!

Alice x 

YA Books I Want To Read Before The End of 2017!

Hello readers!

It’s Alice from Married To Books, I have to confess right now that I am currently going through a phase with my blog where I am absolutely loving writing and posting regularly with lots of bookish related posts. Today’s one is the YA books that I want to read before the end of the year and with now just over two months left, I hope this pile can be read but with me being such a mood reader, we will have to wait and see!

The five books I have are:

Replica by Lauren Oliver which I purchased when I was last in Oxford almost a year to the day and knowing that the sequel is coming out very soon, I would love to get round to this dual POV novel. I plan to read one chapter by the first main character then flip the book over and read the chapter from the other main character and alternate between the two. Hoping that makes reading it a bit easier for me.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu which I was SOLD by the story premise about a young girl who creates this feminist zine which she gives to her classmates. Hoping this book will be the feel-good read I’m dying to read!

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera in which recently I purchased his latest book They Both Die At The End but hoping to get to HIAYLM first because it’s short in length and also has a male main character which I love to read and also write male main characters.

Simon VS The Homo Sapians Agenda by Becky Albertalli which is being made into a movie! This book has been recommended to me so many times on Goodreads and Twitter so I’m looking forward to giving my copy a nice read.

And finally Wonder by RJ Palacio which has just been released as a film (I think) but it’s about a young boy who only has one eye and has to start public school for the first time. I can already tell that my heart is going to break just from reading about the storyline.

What books are you hoping to read before the end of the year? Let me know in the comments section below, see you all soon with a new post!

Alice x