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New release & Review – Path of Thieves by Sunniva Dee @sunnivad @xpressotours

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Path of Thieves by Sunniva Dee
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Path of ThievesSynopsis:

Football hero by day and thief by night, Charles “Cugs” McConnely leads a double life in the small town of Newbark, Florida. At sundown, the seventeen-year-old turns burglar, forced into the business by the man who should be teaching him the difference between right and wrong: his father.

Cugs is a pro at both games, but only one can secure him a college scholarship. It should be an easy decision, a no-brainer—if Newbark hadn’t proffered the only life he knows.

After run-ins with Nadine Paganelli, his accidental victim and the sole person to have caught him in the act, Cugs starts to realize that hearts can be stolen too.

When his long-lost sister makes contact, lies are uncovered and truths revealed. Suddenly, Cugs finds himself questioning both plans and loyalties. Because sometimes the only way to move forward is by pulling the bottom out of the past.

review

Now, if you have read anything from this author before, you know that she has a very distinctive narrative voice and this is what makes her work stand out.  I was interested to see that voice translated into a YA story.

And, whilst the effect is to dilute the intensity a little, this is, nevertheless, a wonderful story.

Cugs and Nadine are characters that individually resonate from the page, but as a couple, reading about their relationship is like watching a flower bloom.

And yet, as I have come to expect from Ms Dee, this is so much more than a simple love story.  Complex familial relationships, obligations and betrayals are explored, with an element of familiarity that just drew this one together for me.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.

Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece–Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.

Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it’s contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon’s Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).

This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.

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Cover Reveal & #giveaway – Path of Thieves by Sunniva Dee @sunnivad @xpressotours

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BOOK DETAILS:

Path of Thieves by Sunniva Dee
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Path of ThievesSynopsis:

Football hero by day and thief by night, Charles “Cugs” McConnely leads a double life in the small town of Newbark, Florida. At sundown, the seventeen-year-old turns burglar, forced into the business by the man who should be teaching him the difference between right and wrong: his father.

Cugs is a pro at both games, but only one can secure him a college scholarship. It should be an easy decision, a no-brainer—if Newbark hadn’t proffered the only life he knows.

After run-ins with Nadine Paganelli, his accidental victim and the sole person to have caught him in the act, Cugs starts to realize that hearts can be stolen too.
When his long-lost sister makes contact, lies are uncovered and truths revealed. Suddenly, Cugs finds himself questioning both plans and loyalties. Because sometimes the only way to move forward is by pulling the bottom out of the past.

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excerpt

It’s been nine years since the last time I was caught. But here I am staring into wide eyes again. It’s the craziest thing—such a wild, wild flashback to when I stood exactly like this on the threshold of Nadine’s bedroom.

These eyes are as round as Nadine’s back then, and brown locks frame these features too. I don’t know what to say, so I open my hands, palms up, in an I’m so sorry.

“Are you robbing my house?” she whispers. My heart does a flip.

“Maybe.”

“What are you after?” Her throat is long, and it bobs in the middle where she swallows her panic. I hate how it makes me feel.

“Apple products.”

“Are… you going to hurt me?” Her fingers are as white as her neck. Suddenly, I can’t stand trembling girl hands. I want them calm and unafraid if they’re to cover her mouth the way they do now.

On instinct, I pull my bandana down and leave it crinkled around my neck. “No, I’d never hurt anyone.” I let my eyes flick toward the stairs.

“There are more of you, huh?” She’s still not raising her voice. Backing into her room, she fumbles behind her and finds a blanket to throw over her nightgown.

My déjà vu is so big. This girl is older, wiser, but the color of her irises I’ve seen before, and they match the hair folding around her cheeks.

“Yes, it’s me and my—”

“Father?”

I suck in a breath, arms heavy at my sides. “Yes, my father. I never meant to scare you, Nadine. Not once, and definitely not again.”

“Does he still carry a knife?”

“Worse.” It wouldn’t be fair to keep it from her.

“A gun?”

“Sort of.”

“No, it’s not ‘sort of.’ Either he carries or he doesn’t carry a gun.”

About the author

Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.

Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece–Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.

Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it’s contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon’s Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).

This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.

author links
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Review & #giveaway – Phoebe Pope Series by Nya Jade @TheNyaJade @xpressotours

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Book details:

The Year of Four by Nya Jade
(Phoebe Pope, #1)
Publication date: October 28th 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

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The students of Green Lane Academy roam their halls unaware that below their manicured campus exists a prestigious school of an entirely different kind . .

Sixteen-year-old Phoebe Pope has enrolled at the Campus Below: a spy academy for shape-shifters hidden deep beneath the grounds of a boarding school whose humans unknowingly protect it. There, thanks to a carefully planned schedule, she leads a double life: spy trainee Below and normal teenager Above.

As if two course loads, concealing a secret power she alone wields, and coping with her father’s recent death weren’t enough, Phoebe finds herself developing major feelings for actor and teen heartthrob Colten Chase, who attends the Campus Above and appears to be majoring in winning Phoebe’s heart. But when officials learn that Phoebe may be at the center of a startling prophecy, she becomes the target of shape-shifting assassins who will stop at nothing to suppress the truth.

Now Phoebe’s lessons about Shaper’s enemies and spycraft take on great importance as a menace stalks the campus, with Phoebe as its target. Meanwhile, what began as an unlikely relationship with Colten, quickly morphs into heartache when she suspects that something sinister lurks beneath this movie star’s glitter and fame. Suddenly, Phoebe’s caught in a mesh of lies, betrayals, and danger where she doesn’t know who to trust, and needs to rely on herself—and her secret power—to get to the truth and to stay alive.

review

This is a half decent opener to a series, if perhaps told in a little bit younger tone than I was expecting.

The author has created a world which, whilst clearly drawing inspiration from other books in this genre, nevertheless has a voice and identity which is refreshing to read.

The characters have depth and an element of realism in their interactions, despite the paranormal element to the activities, and that, coupled with a reasonable storyline, turned this into an enjoyable novel.

I voluntarily reviewed a reviewer copy of this book.

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The Blood of Kings
by Nya Jade
(Phoebe Pope, #2)
Publication date: April 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

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According to the press, Phoebe Pope and teen movie star Colten Chase are no longer an item—which is just how the happy new couple like it. And yet there’s trouble in paradise . . .

Phoebe is haunted by dreams that show her things she can’t possibly know about—including a pact between Colten and a wanted assassin. In the daylight, she struggles to keep a newly emerging power hidden, even as her hands itch to wield it.

Meanwhile, in the wake of their escape from a Vigo crèche, Phoebe and her fellow Hyphas study under lock and key at the Campus Below. As the foursome wait to see who among them will fulfill the prophecy, someone dear to Phoebe is kidnapped by a powerful Vigo determined to use her to spy on the Shaper royalty. When the Hyphas are called to the Royal Court, Phoebe refuses to heed warnings of imminent danger for she will do whatever it takes to rescue her loved one.

But once at court, nothing is as it first appears. A sinister force controls some royals, while others whisper behind closed doors about forbidden alliances. And as Phoebe draws on her courage to complete the task set by her enemy, she makes a startling discovery—one that upends her father’s memory.

With dangerous conspiracies surfacing, Phoebe must uncover what the Royal Shapers really want from her, and decide whether there’s room for Colten in her unraveling life.

review

This is, to my mind at least, a much better developed book than book 1.  The characters are more mature, the storyline darker and the narrative voice more adult.

I felt, as I was reading this, almost as if it were written by a different author, as the difference in the strength of the writing was so stark in places.  I guess that it to be expected, given the time span between the two releases.

I will say that as the writer’s confidence in her ability appears to have grown, so has the complexity of the story and the number of key characters to keep a track of.  My head was spinning at times, with so much intrigue and mystery crammed within these pages.

The sheer amount of detail was almost to the point of distraction at times, but ultimately, the threads were drawn together to a finale which let me wanting more.

I’m not sure how long we’re going to have to wait for book 3 in the series – I can only hope it’s not too long!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Nya Jade has enjoyed a fun career as a singer-songwriter. Her music videos have aired on the Vh1, BET and MTV networks and she’s opened for some of the biggest names in music. Nya’s music has also received recognition in major publications, including USA Today and the LA Times. She took a break from writing and performing music to write The Year of Four, her first YA novel. When she isn’t writing, Nya can be found hanging out with family and friends, reading or bargain hunting for her next pair of funky shoes. Nya lives with her family in California.

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