Blog Tour: Tarnished (Perfected #2) by Kate Jarvik Birch






Tarnished (Perfected #2)
by kate Jarvik Birch
Release Date: 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Audience: YA


Freedom comes at a cost... 

Ella was genetically engineered to be the perfect pet-- graceful, demure... and kept. In a daring move, she escaped her captivity and took refuge in Canada. But while she can think and act as she pleases, the life of a liberated pet is just as confining as the Congressman's gilded cage. Her escape started a revolution, but she's trapped, unable to get back to Penn-- the boy she  loves-- or help the girls who need her. 

Back in the United States, pets are turning up dead. With help from a very unexpected source, Ella slips deep into the dangerous black market, posing as a tarnished pet available to buy or sell. If she's lucky, she'll be able to rescue Penn and expose the truth about the breeding program. If she fails, Ella will pay not only with her life, but the lives of everyone she's tried to save... 

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Praise for Perfected:
“Compelling, imaginative, and unique. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!”
— Mary Lindsey, author of Shattered Souls



About the Author:

Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist, author, playwright, daydreamer, and professional procrastinator. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be either a unicorn or mermaid. Luckily, being a writer turned out to be just as magical. Her essays and short stories have been published in literary journals including Indiana Review and Saint Ann’s Review. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and three kids. To learn more visit www.katejarvikbirch.com

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Review: Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin


Tabula Rasa
The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this heart-pounding debut. 
Sixteen-year-old Sarah has a rare chance at a new life. Or so the doctors tell her. She's been undergoing a cutting-edge procedure that will render her a tabula rasa-- a blank slate. Memory by memory her troubled past is being taken away.
But when her final surgery is interrupted and a team of elite soldiers invade the isolated hospital under cover of a massive blizzard, her fresh start could be her end. 
Navigating familiar halls that have become a dangerous maze with the help of a teen computer hacker who's trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, Sarah starts to piece together who she is and why someone would want her erased. And she won't be silenced again. A high-stakes thriller featuring a non-stop race for survival and a smart heroine who will risk everything, Tabula Rasa is, in short, unforgettable.  





If you are a fan of sci-fi and adventure, this book is perfect for you.

I found that it had elements of intrigue and end-of-the-world chaos that would appeal to Divergent fans. But would I consider this a dystopian? No.

I found Tabula Rasa to be an extremely quick read-- I finished it in a few hours. From the start, it was a page turner and that helped keep me reading. There were several twists along the way that I enjoyed, too.

My only complaints are fairly minor. First,, the author delivers the perfect outcome, which I find to be annoying. I feel there are some books that need to have the unconventional ending to be whole, and this is one of them. Also, I am not too keen on stretching concepts to use at a later point just so the plot can wrap up smoothly. I felt that Tabula Rasa did this on several occasions, which disappointed me.

The concept was interesting and I felt original. The plot felt a bit abrupt at places, which enhanced the iffy-ness I have about the love relationship between the two characters. I just can't say I bought into it. Because of the abrupt nature and piecing together of seemingly unimportant elements, there were a lot of unanswered questions about who/why Angel gets help. The author tried to fill the reader in, but that attempt turned into a massive info dump.


Overall, I can see Tabula Rasa appealing to a certain type of reader. I'm a bit picky when I read outside of my preferred genre, so it was okay for me, but not one that I'm going to praise for years to come. 


Book Blitz: Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat


Between the Notes
Release Date: 06/16/15
Harper Teen
382 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.

And it isn’t pretty.

Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.

As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.

Debut author Sharon Huss Roat crafts a charming and timely story of what happens when life as you know it flips completely upside down.


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About the Author
Sharon Huss Roat lives in Delaware with her husband and two kids. When not writing books for young adults, you might find her reading (YA of course), planting vegetables in her backyard garden, or sewing costumes for a school musical. BETWEEN THE NOTES is her first novel.



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Unquotables from BETWEEN THE NOTES by Sharon Huss Roat

I love books you can open to almost any page and find beautiful quotes that transcend the story. You know, the kind that get printed on a background of clouds or sunsets as inspirational quote graphics? BETWEEN THE NOTES has a few such utterings. Probably. But I prefer the strange, awkward quotes that are sometimes even more humorous when taken out of context. For today’s book blitz post, I flipped to some random pages and found these gems:

Standing in a puddle is always a nice place to discover your footwear isn’t waterproof.




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