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Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom


(review is based on an uncorrected proof)
When her father is abducted, 17-year-old Gwendolyn Bloom must methodically search the underbelly of the European crime world and face off against the ruthless men who rule there. Over the course of the novel, this once middle-class teen’s metamorphosis into the hard edge of cruelty she will need to become in order to save her father and herself is both fascinating and magnificent to observe. Gwendolyn becomes powerful, strong, a chiseled weapon of muscle and determination—watching her become a dark hero able to out-think and outgun the most vicious of bad guys feels like vindication. Bergstrom's plot is tight and fantastically executed, sure to please readers longing for a high-octane young adult thriller unlike anything else currently out there. However, I do have a warning. Upon finishing this book female readers may experience an overwhelming compulsion to sign up for lessons in Krav Maga. 


To say that I enjoyed this book tremendously is an understatement. 


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Goodreads Giveaway: Affective Needs

Enter my Goodreads Giveaway to win one of five signed copies of my latest YA contemporary, AFFECTIVE NEEDS! (Open International!)

Ninety-two days. That’s all that’s left. Just ninety-two days and Ruth Robinson, calculus genius, will stand with her arms raised in a triumphant V as the valedictorian of Roosevelt High. With her early admit to Princeton’s Neuroscience program burning a hole in her pocket, Ruth can hardly wait to show her fellow teenage troglodytes that while she didn’t have followers, friends, or “times” in basements, she was the one ending up on top.

All she needs to do is white knuckle her way through this waiting place last semester and then, finally, she’ll be on her way. Except, the first day back from winter break, Porter Creed shows up. Porter is a special education transfer—Affective Needs. And just like all the other desk flippers and chair throwers in the affective needs classroom, Porter has some major emotional problems. But when Porter strolls onto Ruth’s home turf, Advanced Calculus, and disrupts her axis by being both gorgeous and the only person better at math than her—Ruth begins to realize that maybe life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.



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Affective Needs by Rebecca  Taylor

Affective Needs

by Rebecca Taylor

Giveaway ends September 17, 2016.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Ascendant: Library Journal Self-e Select Pick

In news I missed while traveling:

The first book in my Ascendant series has been chosen by Library Journal to be a part of their new curated collection of self-published books handpicked for nationwide library exposure. This is a nationwide module available on BiblioBoard Library at any local library subscribed to BiblioBoard and participating in the SELF-e program. 

I am thrilled to have Ascendant included in their collection! 



Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Affective Needs Book Launch Giveaway!

The release date for Affective Needs is just around the corner, August 11, 2016. In celebration, I'm running a giveaway from now until July 31st! You can enter for your chance to win:

  • 1 of 5 signed paperback copies of Affective Needs
  • 1 of 20 ebook copies of Affective Needs
  • 1 of 2 $25.00 Amazon gift cards

It's going to be epic!

Ninety-two days. That’s all that’s left. Just ninety-two days and Ruth Robinson, calculus genius, will stand with her arms raised in a triumphant V as the valedictorian of Roosevelt High. With her early admit to Princeton’s Neuroscience program burning a hole in her pocket, Ruth can hardly wait to show her fellow teenage troglodytes that while she didn’t have followers, friends, or “times” in basements, she was the one ending up on top.

All she needs to do is white knuckle her way through this waiting place last semester and then, finally, she’ll be on her way. Except, the first day back from winter break, Porter Creed shows up. Porter is a special education transfer—Affective Needs. And just like all the other desk flippers and chair throwers in the affective needs classroom, Porter has some major emotional problems. But when Porter strolls onto Ruth’s home turf, Advanced Calculus, and disrupts her axis by being both gorgeous and the only person better at math than her—Ruth begins to realize that maybe life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Release Day! Night Speed by Chris Howard

http://www.amazon.com/Night-Speed-Chris-Howard/dp/0062415344/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8




Today is the release day for fellow Colorado YA author Chris Howard's new thriller, Night Speed (Katherine Tegen Books).

An addictive new drug fuels superhuman strength and speed in this action-packed sci-fi thriller that will have fans of Scott Westerfeld and Marie Lu on the edge of their seats . . .

Only those young enough can survive tetra, a dangerous drug that creates a pulse-pounding rush of enormous strength and incredible speed. Seventeen-year-old Alana West has been trained to use tetra so she can pursue the young criminals who abuse its power--criminals like the one who nearly killed her kid brother.

On tetra, Alana is unstoppable--an explosive blur as she surges through New York City. But with the clock ticking down to her eighteenth birthday, Alana will soon be too old for the rush . . . when just one more dose will prove deadly.

Supported only by her steady handler, Tucker, Alana goes undercover, infiltrating an elite gang of breaknecks to stop their supply of the drug. But when Alana gets trapped on the wrong side of the law, she learns the breaknecks are not quite what they seem--especially Ethan, the boy who seems to see the truth inside her. With her dependency on tetra increasing, Alana must decide where her loyalties lie, before the rush ends. Forever.

Here is what I have to say:

"Howard has created a suspenseful, fast-paced young adult thriller. A real page turner with a great concept, it's sure to keep you up late."


Friday, April 29, 2016

Kirkus Review of Ascendant



"An emotionally robust, intellectually vibrant start to a new YA trilogy."

KIRKUS REVIEW


Taylor’s new YA trilogy begins when a teen investigates her mother’s disappearance while visiting the family’s ancestral home in England.
Sixteen-year-old Charlotte Stevens of Venice Beach, California, has just been caught plagiarizing. She downloaded and turned in a college essay for her Richard II assignment in English class. More embarrassing, her father is the bestselling mystery writer Simon Stevens. When the vice principal meets him, however, she finds him falling-down drunk. Simon acknowledges that he and his daughter haven’t been doing well since his wife, Elizabeth, vanished four years ago. He decides to dry out in a clinic and sends Charlotte to Somerset, England, to stay with Elizabeth’s brother, Nigel. Before meeting her uncle, Charlotte encounters Caleb and Sophie, the teen offspring of Nigel’s housekeeper. They help situate her at the sumptuous Gaersum Aern estate, which has an ouroboros carved above the entrance. She also learns that wealthy scion Hayden Wriothesley, cousin to the royal family, has been tasked with her entertainment. Later, while staying in her mother’s old bedroom, Charlotte discovers a puzzle box and a diary. Inside the box is a pentagram and cryptic note from her mother, and the diary reveals that Elizabeth had been infatuated with Hayden’s father, Emerick, as a girl. Taylor (Tick Tock: Seven Tales of Time, 2016, etc.) unspools a posh, literary mystery. As elements like Shakespeare’s true identity and Francis Bacon’s lofty ideals enter the fray, Charlotte is torn between the bookish Caleb and the magnetic Hayden, whose Aston Martin “felt like an energy chamber, both exciting and sickening.” Taylor’s insight into the teen mind is as pointed as it is hilarious; the youngsters often act as though “being sixteen were a disease they needed to hide.” As journals are explored and graves are uncovered, the central mystery gains traction. Meanwhile, romance takes full flight, and Taylor’s superb characterizations leave readers guessing who’s right for Charlotte (until one of them says, “I will be your first...then I’ll be your only”). Some truly risqué moments gear this volume toward older readers.
An emotionally robust, intellectually vibrant start to a new YA trilogy.