Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Descendent Blog Tour - Excerpt #3 & Giveaway

Descendant blog tour excerpt 3 -


Seventeen-year-old Abigail Johnson is Gifted.

Blessed-or cursed-with Sight and Healing, Abby lives an unsettled life, moving from place to place and staying one step ahead of the darkness that hunts her. When she arrives in Jackson, Wyoming, she is desperate to maintain the illusion of normalcy, but she is plagued with visions of past lives mixed with frightening glimpses of her future. Then she meets Kye, a mysterious boy who seems so achingly familiar that Abby is drawn to him like he's a missing piece of her own soul.

Before Abby can discover the reason for her feelings toward Kye, the darkness catches up to her and she is forced to flee again. But this time she's not just running. She is fighting back with Kye at her side, and it's not only Abby's life at stake.

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Praise for DESCENDANT: "A hot new spin on paranormal, Descendant is refreshingly imaginative and powerful. I can't decide which was best -- piecing together Abby's sinister past or keeping up with her heartbreaking future. If you like your YA laced with melt-my-heart romance and a good helping of heart-pounding suspense, you'll love this book!" -- Michelle Davidson Argyle, author of The Breakaway

"Nichole Giles has crafted a story that breathes from the pages. Her characters are authentic, the action intense, with powerful emotions that will keep Descendant on your mind long after the book ends. Open your eyes to another facet of our world in Descendant and you'll be sucked into an adventure with Abby and Kye, that will explore the power of gifts, courage, and love. With top-notch writing, Giles has crafted a story that breathes from the pages." --Rachelle J. Christensen, award-winning author of Wrong Number and Caller ID

"Nichole Giles brings a fresh new voice and flawless writing technique to the world of Young Adult fiction. I was swept away to another place and never wanted to come back." --Tristi Pinkston, author of Turning Pages and the Secret Sisters mystery series

"This debut novel delivers in all the right ways, with heart-pounding action and a delicious romance that sweeps centuries. I loved it!" --Elana Johnson, author of Possession and Surrender

About Nichole Giles: Nichole Giles was born in Nevada, and moved with her parents to a number of cities in and around the West. Writing is her passion, but she also loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.   

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Book Review: Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

GorgeousGorgeous by Paul Rudnick
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publish Date: April 30, 2013
Hardcover, 327 pages
ISBN: 9780545464260
Young Adult

My Review:
I wasn't sure what I was going to think of Gorgeous going in, but I was fascinated by the premise. In the end and through the journey of the book I am really glad I read it. It's a fast-paced read that presents an interesting look at beauty and love in our society today.

The book starts off with Becky's Mom's death and moves quickly to Becky accepting the plane ticket to New York to meet Tom Kelly and start off her year of becoming the most beautiful woman in the world. Becky is really unsure how this will work, but miraculously it does with Tom Kelly at her side. I like how Becky's feelings about things while not explained all at once, are revealed through the whole book, truly developing her as a character especially as she grows and changes. She was a fascinating character who goes through some tough trials and tribulations after some really big highs so to become who she does it is really a testament to her character and I like that. And the fun part is Rocher, her best friend who can always inject some sarcasm, reality and wit is right there with her most of the time. Rocher is an amazing addition to the book. She doesn't take away from Becky but really adds that right amount of realistic best friend.

The plot moves quickly through Rebecca's year and then the time after, but I felt things were covered well and my interest level was kept high once I got into the book. Character development really moved the book forward but there are several key events that make the plot. There are life lessons to be learned and even more as I think about it as I write up this review just a few days after finishing the book. There is a lot of pop culture and even references to stars/popular people that while they have different names you will immediately associate them with someone important. I enjoyed that aspect of the book and the people that Mr. Rudnick intentionally (or unintentionally) references are iconic and timeless so whether you read this book now or ten years from now I feel these people will still be relevant.

I think Gorgeous was an amazing book. One word of warning to parents, there is strong language in the book, but other than that, I think the meaning of the book outweighs the language. The meaning that comes through is really amazing when you sit and ruminate on it. The thoughts about beauty being only part of the equation, not really doing anything to get the limelight (just being gorgeous) and possibly doing more once you get the limelight really resonated with me. I think if more people were like Becky the world could be a better place, even ordinary people who don't have the ears of politicians, royals or movie stars. Kudos to Mr. Rudnick for an entertaining and thought-provoking book!

About the Book:
Inner beauty wants out.

When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle’s mother dies, she’s summoned from her Missouri trailer park to meet Tom Kelly, the world’s top designer. He makes her an impossible offer: He’ll create three dresses to transform Becky from a nothing special girl into the most beautiful woman who ever lived.

Becky thinks Tom is a lunatic, or that he’s producing a hidden camera show called World’s Most Gullible Poor People. But she accepts, and she’s remade as Rebecca. When Becky looks in the mirror, she sees herself – an awkward mess of split ends and cankles. But when anyone else looks at Becky, they see pure five-alarm hotness.

Soon Rebecca is on the cover of Vogue, the new Hollywood darling, and dating celebrities. Then Becky meets Prince Gregory, heir to the British throne, and everything starts to crumble. Because Rebecca aside, Becky loves him. But to love her back, Gregory would have to look past the blinding Rebecca to see the real girl inside. And Becky knows there’s not enough magic in the world.

A screamingly defiant, hugely naughty, and impossibly fun free fall past the cat walks, the red carpets, and even the halls of Buckingham Palace, Gorgeous does the impossible: It makes you see yourself clearly for the first time.

About the Author (from
Paul M. Rudnick is an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist. His plays include I Hate Hamlet, Jeffrey, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Valhalla and The New Century. He also wrote for Premiere magazine under the pseudonym Libby Gelman-Waxner. He is openly gay.

***I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free.  ***