Friday, August 3, 2018

Book Review: The Windfall App by Teresa Richards + Giveaway!




I love me a good contemporary young adult romance. Throw in some mystery and music and you've got me hooked! I'm so excited I got to read this book by Teresa Richards.



So here's the low-down:

Title: The Windfall App
Author: Teresa Richards
Date: August 2018
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Summary: Marina Berghman is a classical piano prodigy, with parents who’ve had her life mapped out since she was in diapers. But their plan leaves no room for her secret love of alternative rock, or Sean, the edgy guitarist who recently moved to town. 

When Marina buys a lottery ticket on her eighteenth birthday via the new Windfall app, she expects it to be nothing more than a rite of passage. But she wins—the grand prize of five thousand dollars a day for life. Suddenly given the means to break free from a life she never felt in control of, she’s quick to cut her family ties and turn her back on everything she knows.
But her lottery win was no lucky break. Her prize comes with strings attached, and Marina soon finds herself at the center of someone else’s life or death game. When she discovers evidence linking her dad to the intrigue, she turns to Sean for help. But he’s harboring secrets of his own.
Now Marina must sort out who to trust and who’s pulling the strings, before her prize turns into a noose.


Maybe because I love music or maybe because I love her writing, Teresa's book was the perfect summer read for me. I think that teens will LOVE it and adults will want to read it in one sitting (which is basically what I did!).

You can get the ebook on Amazon right now and the print version should be available soon (I'll add a link once it's up). But don't forget to signup for this awesome giveaway:

Also, if you're looking for some other fast and fun young adult reads by Teresa Richards, check out my post on her other books, Emerald Bound and Topaz Reign.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

30 OF THE BEST COMPLETED YA BOOK SERIES


This is for those of you who have no patience like me.
You know what the worst feeling in the world is? Finishing a book and then finding out the next one in the series won’t be out until next year. Don’t get me wrong. I love all the release parties and the hype that comes with a new book’s launch, but I hate the wait!
Lucky for you, I’ve done away with the wait. I’ve scoured the interwebs, listened to the reading community, and asked everyone at LitJoy. This list has all best young adult books put out in recent years (most in the last decade) that are complete. They are finished! The last book is available! Though there is always a chance for an author to put out another book or novella in a series, as far as I can tell, the last book in each series will be the final one. That means no more waiting. If you finish book two, you can go right on to book three. YAY!
Obviously, we can’t include every series out there, but we included all of our favorites and added some of yours. Each of these books have four stars or higher on Goodreads for the first book and many of them are much higher, especially if you average all books in the series. Many of these are fantasy, some are suspense, some paranormal. We even have a few thrillers, dystopian, and sci-fi to keep you on your toes.
Check out my article on LitJoy Crate to see more details about each book!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

20 Mother’s Day Gifts for Book Lovers

I love my mom. You love your mom. Who doesn't have a book lover in your life? I put together this list of LitJoy Crate (click on the link to see each gift and where to buy it). If I don't already have it, I WANT it.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Best Board Books for Babies and Toddlers (Ages 0-2)

I love board books, especially ones that have a good story and kids love too. I put together this list for LitJoy Crate. You can check out this link if you want to read about each specific book.



Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Best Fantasy Books for Middle Graders (Ages 8-13)

I put together this post for LitJoy Crate and it was so popular that I wanted to share it on my author page.


I'm putting together one soon focusing on female lead in the middle grade genre. Do you have any favorites?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Marie Lu Brings Batman to Life

Review by author Robin M. King

(Cue theme music) Duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh. Duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh. Batman! Come on. You have to know the original cartoon theme song to Batman, right? Well, if you didn’t, I won’t judge you and your lack of knowledge of everything DC Icons. But, no worries. Because Batman is back and in young adult form. That is, novel form.


Batman:Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Batman: Nightwalker is a tale of a teenage Bruce Wayne before he become the infamous Batman. With a compelling and unique take on young Bruce, Marie Lu tells of Bruce’s need to solve the mystery gripping the city after a group calling themselves the Nightwalkers target Gotham City’s rich and elite. After meeting with Madeleine, a very intelligent young woman who happens to be an inmate at Arkham Asylum and a central figure in the Nightwalkers, Bruce has to decide if he has what it takes to save the city and himself.

Review by Robin M. King


I don’t know about you guys, but this is the first time I have read anything following a younger version of Batman/Bruce Wayne. I think knowing his story as he was younger gives his character so much more depth and makes me want to go watch every movie I have seen of Batman to see how their stories work together.


If you love heroes and amazing writing as much as I do, you can get a copy of Batman: Nightwalker in the January LitJoy Crate. And the book is SIGNED by Marie Lu!!! Plus, Marie helped to pick all the items that come with the box to make your super hero dreams come true.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Book Review: Topaz Reign by Teresa Richards

Book cover of Topaz Reign, a twisted fairy tale

I love fairy tales but I'm always on the search for something slightly different. If a book can pull me in like a classic fairy tale and yet still leave me guessing, then I love it even more. Topaz Reign in one of those books. When I found out it takes the classic story of Thumbelina, but gives it a twist, I knew it was going to be something unique and fun.

Before you jump in to Topaz Reign, you should probably read Emerald Bound first (check out my review here). Both books are in the Altered Stones series by Teresa Richards. Emerald Bound follows the story of The Princess and the Pea.

Topaz Reign continues the story of Maggie and Lindy, but with new problems, more romance, and a bit of time travel. I was sad at the end of Emerald Bound when present-day Maggie stays in our world and Lindy returns to her tiny Scandinavian country over 400 years before because I wanted them to stay friends! But, in Topaz Reign, they meet up again because during some of Maggie's research on Lindy's country, she discovers that history is changing. That leads her to realize that the curse she broke of the Emerald Necklace had consequences. Now she must find a way to get things back to where they are supposed to be, all while Lindy has to deal with her country being overtaken by an imposter. 

My favorite part about these books is how they take Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales and turn them into something a little darker (like all the original Grimm stories), but then they still give you that happily-ever-after feeling too. I think the combination of our contemporary world and the historical fantasy part put together give these novels a uniqueness I haven't seen in any young adult books. They are definitely worth the read for teens and adults who love to keep their youth alive.

Emerald Bound and Topaz Reign Teresa Richards

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