Thursday, October 6, 2016

THE RIFT UPRISING by Amy S. Foster | Release Blitz

Today I am partnering with Irish Banana Blog Tours to help promote THE RIFT UPRISING by Amy S. Foster! 

THE RIFT UPRISING was just released on Tuesday (October 4th 2016), and I thought it would be the perfect book to share with all of you. I've included some information on the book below, along with some information on Amy S. Foster! 

Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publish Date: October 4th 2016
Page Amount: 400 Pages
Price: $18.99 Hardback
ISBN: 0062443127 (ISBN13: 9780062443120)

Normal seventeen-year-old girls go to high school, binge watch TV shows all weekend, and flirt with everyone on the face of the Earth. But Ryn Whitaker is trying to save it.

Ryn is a Citadel. A soldier. A liar. Ryn and her fellow Citadels were specially chosen and trained to guard a Rift—one of fourteen unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths. Unbeknownst to her family, Ryn leaves for school each day and then reports for duty as an elite, cybernetically-altered soldier who can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which comes in handy when she’s not sure if axe-wielding Vikings or any number of other terrified and often dangerous beings come through the Rift. A fine-tuned weapon, Ryn is a picture-perfect Citadel. But that’s all about to change.

When a young man named Ezra is pulled through the Rift, Ryn finds herself immediately drawn to him, despite her training. What starts as a physical attraction quickly grows deeper, and Ezra’s curiosity throws Ryn off balance when he starts questioning the Rifts, the mysterious organization that oversees them, and the Citadels themselves—questions that lead Ryn to wonder if the lies she’s been telling her family are just the surface of a much bigger lie told to her. As Ryn and Ezra desperately try to get to that truth, they discover that each revelation blurs the line between the villains and the heroes even more.

Just from reading the synopsis, I can tell that this book will take readers on a high-stakes action adventure. I am so excited to add this book to my TBR! I'm so excited to see the world-building in this book and see how everything fits together.

Amy S. Foster is a celebrated songwriter, best known as Michael BublĂ©’s writing partner. You might recognize her work in his four hit singles, including "Home" and "Haven't Met You Yet.” She has also collaborated with Destiny’s Child, Diana Krall, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and a host of other artists. She is also the author of the novel When Autumn Leaves. When she's not in a studio in Nashville, Amy lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Amy is the daughter of singer B.J. Cook and the legendary music producer, David Foster. Fun fact about Amy: Her extended family tree includes Bella and Gigi Hadid, Sara and Erin Foster and Brody and Brandon Jenner, and Clay Aiken! The Rift Uprising, her YA debut, will be released on October 4, 2016.   

I can't wait to read THE RIFT UPRISING, and I hope you feel the same way!

Let me know in the comments down below what you think of THE RIFT RISING!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

THE BFG by Roald Dahl | Roald Dahl 100th Birthday Blog Tour Celebration & Giveaway!

I am extremely excited to be a part of the ROALD DAHL 100TH BIRTHDAY BLOG TOUR CELEBRATION! For those of you that don't know, I was actually first introduced to Roald Dahl and his books in primary school. Because of this, Roald Dahl and his books helped to shape who I am as a reader and as an individual. Many of his books hold personal significance for me, and I thought that as a part of the official ROALD DAHL BLOG TOUR, now was the perfect time to share one of those stories with all of you. 

I've also included a review of THE BFG in my blog post, along with information on the book itself and on Roald Dahl. I hope that you take the time to read through this entire post and enter the giveaway in this post as well! Roald Dahl and his books mean a lot to me, and I hope that these books will make an impact on you as well! 

AUTHOR: Roald Dahl
ISBN: 0141365420 (ISBN13: 9780141365428)

Purchase the book here!

Now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg! Starring Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Bill Hader, and Adam Godley.

The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

From the bestselling author of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and MATILDA!

Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and beloved storytellers. He was born in Wales of Norwegian parents and spent much of his childhood in England. After establishing himself as a writer for adults with short story collections such as KISS KISS and TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED, Roald Dahl began writing children's stories in 1960 while living with his family in both the U.S. and in England. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl’s first children’s story, THE GREMLINS, was a story about little creatures that were responsible for the various mechanical failures on airplanes. THE GREMLINS came to the attention of both First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who loved to read the story to her grandchildren, and Walt Disney, with whom Roald Dahl had discussions about the production of a movie.

Roald Dahl was inspired by American culture and by many of the most quintessential American landmarks to write some of his most memorable passages, such as the thrilling final scenes in JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH - when the peach lands on the Empire State Building! Upon the publication of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, Roald Dahl began work on the story that would later be published as CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, have sold more than 200 million copies.

Roald Dahl also enjoyed great success for the screenplays he wrote for both the James Bond film You Only Live Twice in 1967 and for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, released one year later, which went on to become a beloved family film. Roald Dahl’s popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, FANTASTIC MR. FOX, MATILDA, THE BFG, and CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Two charities have been founded in Roald Dahl’s memory: the first charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, created in 1991, focuses on making life better for seriously ill children through the funding of specialist nurses, innovative medical training, hospitals, and individual families across the UK.

The second charity, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – a unique cultural, literary and education hub – opened in June 2005 in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works. 10% of income from Roald Dahl books and adaptations are donated to the two Roald Dahl charities.

On September 13, 2006, the first national Roald Dahl Day was celebrated, on what would have been the author’s 90th birthday. The event proved such a success that Roald Dahl Day is now marked annually all over the world. September 13, 2016 is Roald Dahl 100, marking 100 years since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.


THE BFG is a classic book. It may not be a classic in the sense of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE or HUCKLEBERRY FINN, but, for any person that is my age, I can guarantee you that we all have read it, or at least heard of it, in our primary school years.

While I know this post on the tour is supposed to be a review stop, the post would feel incomplete without explaining my connection to Roald Dahl, and the books that he has published, especially THE BFG. 

In second grade, I was fortunate enough to be placed into a split-grade classroom with an amazing teacher. For those of you that are not familiar with a split-grade classroom, this basically means that two grade levels share the classroom space and the teacher, each student working on their own tasks that are suitable for their grade level. My classroom was a 2nd and 3rd grade split-room, which meant that when the 3rd graders were working on their worksheets, the 2nd graders would sit in a circle on the floor, reading a book.

I can't recall whether or not THE BFG was, in fact, one of the books that we read as a "class", but I do recall how THE BFG book came into my life. You see, reading books was and still remains my way of connecting with the world, my way of discovering who I am, and my way of escaping the boundaries of reality. Reading books has and always will hold a place in my heart.

My second grade teacher was one of those amazing teachers, the ones who support you, no matter what. I can guarantee that there were moments when tears were shed in that classroom, either about something on the playground, friends, or just, 2nd grade life in general. It seems pretty silly now that I think about it, to have been worrying about the small things, but yet, there I was.

Most days, when I decided not to go out to recess, I would pick a book from the classroom library, sit in my desk, and read. It wasn't something that I minded, I didn't know what I was missing outside. I was immersed in the world of my book and that was all that mattered to me. Like I said, books were my lifeline.

At the end of the year, my second grade teacher pulled out boxes worth of books and placed them on one of our tiny tables, allowing each student to pick one book to take home. Each of the students in my class, went through, one by one, picking out a book that spoke to them, or that had a pretty cover, or the story just pulled them in. As if the book wasn't enough, my teacher spent time "autographing" each student's book, writing a personal inscription that matched exactly who they are, as people.

By the time I reached the table, I think most of the books were picked over, only a few books left here and there. One of them was THE BFG. My teacher saw how I was struggling to pick a book, and I believe that she pitched this one to me. Reading the summary of the book was enough of a hook for me, but seeing the length of a "big-kid book" definitely made me feel that this book was one that I needed to read, especially if my teacher believed in me, too.

I don't want to share the inscription -- it's a bit personal, and, even though it is from second grade of all years, it still holds a place in my heart and I think it's something that I'd like to keep to myself. But I do believe that I was introduced to THE BFG for a reason, and the way that I was introduced to it just makes it feel that much more important.

I still remember what happens in the book. Of course, I don't know it like the back of my hand, but I still do recall some of the scenes and even some of the descriptions of the characters. I read a ton of books each year, and the fact that one book from second grade still stands out in my memory, means that it is expertly crafted. Not only that, but it means that THE BFG is innovative, imaginative, and important.

I can't fully credit THE BFG for completely kickstarting my interest in books, reading, and even becoming an author myself, but I can credit THE BFG and Roald Dahl for being one of those books and one of those very special authors for inspiring me.

While this may not be a typical book "review" that you would find on my blog, I do know that THE BFG speaks for itself in terms of it's literary merit, and it's not just because of how I discovered this book that it is significant to me. As a child, I fell in love with the elements of the story. An outcast giant befriending a small, petite girl spoke to me, in a time where I really needed friends. THE BFG speaks about differences, about appreciating others, and about loving yourself, for who you are. People appreciate you, for who you are, too.

It isn't often that you find a book like THE BFG, or any other book that Roald Dahl has written. CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and MATILDA, for example, remain some of my favorites too (and you can read about those on the other stops of the tour!). I loved how THE BFG takes such an interesting concept of a story and still manages to teach some very important lessons along the way.

As for me, I'm just happy that my second-grade self was able to find such an amazing book.

And now, for an amazing GIVEAWAY! One winner can pick (5) books from the Roald Dahl collection! You can enter this massive giveaway by using the RaffleCopter below!

I apologize to my international readers, but this giveaway is US ONLY. If you need some ideas for some titles, I've included a list of them below, along with links to all of the other blogs that are participating on the tour! I highly recommend that you read their posts -- everyone has an amazing story to share when it comes to Roald Dahl! 


DateBlog Name:BookBlog URL:
9/12Fiction FareRoald Dahl's Revolting
9/13Nicole's Novel ReadsThe Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets
9/14Rants and Raves of a BibliophileSkin and Other
9/15Intellectual RecreationLove From Boy
9/16KellyVisionMore About
9/17One Night Book StandRevolting Rhymes
9/18The Quiet ConcertThe Minpins
9/19Reads All the BooksDirty Beasts
9/20Here's to Happy EndingsThe Enormous Crocodile
9/21He Said Books or MeD is for
9/22Dizneeee's World of BooksThe Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More
9/23The Innocent SmileyThe Vicar of
9/25Emily Reads EverythingDanny, The Champion of the
9/26Writing My Own Fairy TaleGeorge's Marvelous MedicineHttp://
9/27Rebelle ReadsFantastic Mr.
9/28Quest ReviewsGoing Solo
9/29Mundie KidsCharlie and the Chocolate Factory
9/30Stuck In BooksCharlie and the Great Glass Elevator
10/1No BS Book ReviewsMatilda
10/2NovelgossipThe Twits
10/3Forever BookishBoy: Tales of
10/4Miranda's Book BlogThe Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
10/5I Turn the PagesThe
10/6The Irish Banana ReviewThe Witches
10/7Actin' Up with BooksThe Magic Finger
10/8Swoony Boys PodcastJames and the Giant Peach