Blog Tour for The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted


I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted! I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this book and let me tell you, it’s such a fun read! The characters were full of life and the plot was really unique. If you like X Men and Percy Jackson, this would be the perfect booK for you! Check out the synopsis below!

The ancient Reaper War is coming to an end. But a greater darkness is rising…

New York Times bestselling author Conor Grennan’s new middle-grade fantasy novel The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted (Thomas Nelson) follows a boy’s unlikely journey to save humanity as he unravels his true identity and the responsibility it comes with. For ages 10 and up, The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted is a dystopian fantasy novel that explores themes of sacrifice, darkness, and the power of friendship.

This action-packed novel features a riveting plot, relatable characters, and humorous dialogue that will captivate young readers. The diverse cast of characters will appeal to a wide audience, including those who sometimes wonder what their gifts might be. Each of the short chapters opens with a line drawing illustration.Jack Carlson is suffering through another awkward school day when he suddenly finds himself transported to the Hadley Academy, a secret institution that tracks teens with unlikely gifts and trains them to protect the world from a secret squad of killers. Despite indications that he is the one prophesied to end the ancient Reaper War, Jack appears to have no extraordinary abilities. Can Hadley’s rawest recruits push past personal struggles and enormous doubts, develop their dormant powers, and stop the spreading evil?

Fans of the Hunger Games, the Chronicles of Narnia, Divergent, Maze Runner, and Rick Riordan’s books will find themselves at home in the battle for good at the Hadley Academy.

ABOUT CONOR GRENNAN:

Conor Grennan is the author of the New York Times bestselling and #1 international bestselling memoir, Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal. The memoir shares Grennan’s humanitarian work as the founder of Next Generation Nepal (NGN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to reconnecting trafficked children with their families in Nepal. Little Princes has been shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, was the winner of the Goodreads 2011 Best Travel and Outdoors Award, and has been translated into 15 languages. Following publication, Grennan spoke about the book across North America and particularly enjoyed sharing his story with young people at secondary schools and colleges.

For his work with the trafficked children of Nepal, Grennan was recognized by The Huffington Post as a 2011 Game Changer of the Year. In 2014, he was also named a recipient of the Unsung Heroes of Compassion, which was awarded to him by the Dalai Lama. Grennan is the Dean of MBA Students at the NYU Stern School of Business. He currently resides in New Canaan, Connecticut with his wife, Liz, and his two children, Finn and Lucy.

The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted is Grennan’s debut work of fiction, and will be available everywhere books are sold on October 8, 2019. 

Find Conor Grennan on InstagramFacebookTwitterYouTube, and at www.conorgrennan.com.

 

 

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Review of The Nobody People by Bob Proehl

Rating: 3/5

Recommend: Probably

Review:

I’m a huge fan of books involving superpowers and secret groups. So I was super excited to start The Nobody People. A lot of people have been comparing it to X Men, and I 100% see the similarities between the two. This was a really interesting and fun book. The pacing seemed a bit uneven, but overall, I had a great time reading this book!

One of my struggles with this book was that sometimes it felt like things were dragging super slow, and then other times the story moved so fast I had to reread bits because I wasn’t sure what exactly had happened. I really enjoyed the plot and reading about these characters, but it was hard to stay focused and engaged when the pacing was a bit all over the place. The ending in particular felt a bit rushed. Although part of my feelings might have been due to the fact that I didn’t realize this was part of at first.

The characters were what really saved this for me. Because this book spans over a bit of a long period of time, you could really see these characters grow and develop. I loved getting to know these people and see how they think/react to things. I particularly enjoyed getting the perspectives of people who weren’t the “heroes” but still desperately wanted to help. There were a lot of really strong characters in this book!

This was a really interesting book and I think Proehl did a great job making a theme like superhuman powers feel fresher and not as overdone. I’m interested to see where he takes the story next. If you like science fiction and/or fantasy books with superpowers and lots of emotion, you should give this book a read!

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Review of A Jewel Bright Sea by Claire O’Dell

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Rating: 4.5/5

Recommend: Yes!

Review:

This was a really fun read! I loved the characters and the world Claire O’Dell created. It was a fast-paced book that kept me interested from start to finish. I didn’t know what to expect when I started, but I’m so glad I gave this book a chance. It did not disappoint!

I really appreciated each character stayed true to their own personality and motivations. When they changed their minds or did something different, I feel like I understood why they made that choice. It didn’t feel like a random action to keep the story going. And they all had such great personalities!

I’m really intrigued by the world O’Dell built! There is still so much more I want to learn, but I feel like I have a pretty solid grasp of how things work and what this world looks like.

If you like action-packed fantasy books with strong characters, I would highly suggest giving this book a read! I’m excited to see where this story goes next.

Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wishes Bleed by Casey L Bond Cover Reveal

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I’m so excited to share the official cover for When Wishes Bleed by Casey L. Bond! This book sounds so fantastic! Check out the blurb below and then scroll down for the cover reveal!

One Prince. One Witch. One Fate.

The upheaval in my life began the moment a prince stumbled into my house and asked me to read his fortune. Any other night, I might have made an excuse to get him to leave, but this was no normal visit. My fingers prickled to touch him. So, I granted his request by handing him a single wishbone. When he snapped it, the wish … bled.

Hearing me suck in a shocked breath, he asked what it meant. Such an ominous omen could only mean one thing: his death was imminent. Fate revealed that he wouldn’t die of natural causes. Someone wanted him dead. Stunned by the revelation, the man I now knew as Prince Tauren disappeared into a night I feared he wouldn’t survive. The following day, I received an invitation to the castle. While it seemed the prince believed I could intervene and uncover who was plotting his death, his motives didn’t stop there. I was being summoned to join twelve other women in vying for the opportunity to be his wife and future queen.

Going could mean jeopardizing my plans to reclaim my heritage and resurrect the House of Fate. But staying would guarantee Tauren’s death, and the blood of his wish would be on my hands.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48119314-when-wishes-bleed

AND HERE IS THE COVER:

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Author Bio:
Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She likes goats and yoga, but hasn’t tried goat yoga because the family goat is so big he might break her back. Seriously, he’s the size of a pony. Her favorite books are the ones that contain magical worlds and flawed characters she would want to hang out with. Most days of the week, she writes young adult fantasy books, letting her imaginary friends spill onto the blank page.

Casey is the award-winning author of When Wishes Bleed, the Frenzy series, and fairy tale retellings such as Riches to Rags, Savage Beauty, Unlocked and Brutal Curse. Learn more about her work at http://www.authorcaseybond.com.

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Review of The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham

The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham

 

Rating: 3/5

Recommend: Possibly

Review:

I’m a huge Science Fiction fan and particularly love books that take place in space or on different planets. Throw in a dangerous enemy and some strong characters, and you’ve created a book tat is right up  my alley. At least in theory. I did enjoy The Cruel Stars and there were plenty of parts I thought were great, but overall, I was a little disappointed in this one.

One thing that threw me off right away was the fact that there were quite a few different perspectives, but no real connection between them. Of course, later it all came together and made sense. But at first, I had a hard time feeling invested in each character’s situation because it all seemed so disconnected and some of the situations weren’t particularly interesting for me. There were a few perspectives I immediately enjoyed, however, so that gave me the push I needed to keep reading until the dots began to connect. Even then, there were some characters I didn’t feel as invested in. But at least once I understood the plot better, I could see why they were present.

But one thing I really appreciated the world building in this book. I was so impressed with Birmingham’s ability to create a unique and well-developed universe with such a rich history. I would have liked a few more details about some things, but for the most part I thought the worlds and people created were filled with such rich details. I feel like I could step right into this world.

Overall, I enjoyed The Cruel Stars, but not as much as  I was hoping. I still think it’s worth reading though, especially if you love action-packed space operas. There is a lot to love about this book.

Thank you to Del Ray and NetGalley for the chance to read and review this book!

Pricked Release Blitz

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Do you love fairy tales and fun fantasy stories? Then you’ll definitely want to check out Pricked by Scott Mooney! I know I can’t wait to give this one a read!

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Blurb:
Briar Pryce has the power to change the emotions of others by handing them a rose. It is a talent that has done surprisingly little for her, besides landing her a dead-end enchantment delivery job and killing any chance she had with her childhood-crush-turned-roommate. Worst of all, her ability might be responsible for getting her best friend transformed into a cat via a cursed muffin basket. Needless to say, Briar is nowhere near happily-ever-after. But that’s just life as a twenty something in the Poisoned Apple, New York City’s lost borough of fairy-tale wonder and rent-controlled magic.

When Briar reluctantly agrees to help find a princess’s kidnapped boyfriend in exchange for reversing the curse on her friend, she gets the heroic quest she never really wanted. Unfortunately, the life of a noble heroine is not all it’s cracked up­­ to be – the hours blow, and Briar suspects that the Royal family employing her might be evil, Republican, or both. To complete the suckage, a killer smoke magician is stalking Briar as she searches both the Poisoned Apple and Manhattan for the missing boy. As tensions between the Poisoned Apple royalty ignite and civil war looms, Briar must figure out how to write her own happy ending–or she’ll just be ending.

 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40494865-pricked

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Author Bio:

Scott Mooney is a writer, improviser, and director from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Even before he could hold a pencil, he dictated stories to his parents. He currently lives in Chicago after time in New York, Los Angeles, England, and a dozen fantasy worlds of his own creation. His debut novel, Pricked, was written during his studies at Cornell University and Oxford University.

Author Links:
Web: https://scottmooneywriter.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottmooneywriter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/scottmoonshine

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19198864.Scott_Mooney

Universal Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/4NQQMz

 

Review of Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch

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Rating: 4/5

Recommend: Yes

Review:

This was a fun, fast read! I’ve been hearing about this series for years and so I finally decided to give it a try. The world is really interesting and the characters are, for the most part, quite engaging. While there were a few things I wasn’t as fond of, overall I had a great time reading this!

I loved the world that Raasch created, although I wish there would have been a few more details. The idea of having different countries representing the different seasons was really cool. I’m hoping we learn more about this world in the next books!

The characters were all pretty well-developed and entertaining. I appreciated that they all had their own histories and personalities. I felt like I really knew them all. There were a few character interactions that I didn’t like as much (there is a small love triangle), but overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked these characters.

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book. It came with a lot of hype, and I’m always leery of books like that. But, I’m really glad I read Snow Like Ashes! If you like Young Adult fantasies with strong female leads, I would definitely recommend giving this a read!