Blog Tour & Giveaway: Amber Sky by Amy Braun



Title: Amber Sky (Dark Sky .25)
Author: Amy Braun
Publication date: October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopia, Steampunk

About Amber Sky (A Dark Sky Novella):

Press-ganged into servitude by a ruthless band of marauders who survived the devastating Storm, Nash has grown tired of his career– the young, undefeated champion of the Stray Dog fighting pits. All he longs for is a place to live where his family is not his enemy.

When his captain gives him an assignment to embed him deeper into the crew, Nash attempts to refuse, until the life of his friend is threatened. Determined to save her, Nash embarks on the mission to subjugate and control a supplier. But the supplier has other clients, one of which could be the son of the most feared pirate captain in all of Westraven.

And if Nash plays his cards right, the key to his deeply desired freedom, if he can live with the consequences of his choice…

Set two years before the events of CRIMSON SKY, this prequel novella tells the story of how Nash and Sawyer crossed paths– and fists. While best enjoyed before reading CRIMSON SKY, this bonus story can be read at any time or enjoyed as a standalone.

LINKSKindle | Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble/Nook

My Rants and Raves of Amber Sky

For a novella, Amber Sky is full-blown, action packed. From the very beginning, we are thrown into a bruising and bloody fighting pit that is used to appease the masses with entertainment. As a first-person narrator, Nash, the main character and a strong fighter, sets up a story that is raw and gritty. The details of his life as a fighter are brutal but engaging.

I liked Nash as a character, because his motives are unselfish. He comprehends that his strength is a useful tool to help those around him. He tries to displace himself from his hard past, survive the present, and hope for a better future for himself and the others that he cares about. Throughout the novella, he is always questioning himself and those around him, but in the end I think he makes the best, rational choices. 

Amber Sky is about hope, strength, compassion, and surviving. I often found elements of humor shadowed in the plot line’s dusty path. And as a short read, I liked that this humor is very reminiscent of one of my favorite shows, Firefly. I have not read any of the other Dark Sky books, but this prequel is a great introduction into its dirty, grimy, and ruthless, apocalyptic world. 

4 star rating

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars



Enter Giveaway: 


The Entertainer Blogger Award



A big thank you to Zainab at and Ronyell at for tagging me and the nomination!!! 

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring, and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

The Questions:

Q1. Why did you start a blog in the first place?

In 2011, I started this blog to talk about books and my geocaching adventures. However, at the beginning of this year, I revamped my site and dedicated my blog to anything and everything book related.  

Q2. What is your favorite book?

Well, I have a few…Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy, Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Trilogy, and Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

Q3. What do you dislike the most?

In the book community, I would have to say people/readers that do not treat authors as real people. 

Q4. What is your favorite food item from the mall?

Warm pretzels. 

Q5. What is your favorite pastime?

Hmmm…other than reading and blogging, I love playing with my dog, writing, and binge watching amazing shows.


Brittany at Ginger Night Owl

Adri the Bookworm

Megan at BookSlayerReads

Suzanne at The Bookish Libra

Mariam and Ashley at Flying Through Fiction

Alex at The Shadow Girl’s Blog

Alicia at A Kernel of Nonsense

Beth at Hello Beautiful Book Blog

Caitlin and Cynthia at Shelfie Podcast

Madeline at The SFF Bookshelf

W…W…W…Wednesday: 10/19/2016



W…W…W…Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?








What does your own W…W…W…Wednesday look like? 

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Character Names for Pets

HOSTED by The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is…

Ten Character Names I’d Use to Name a Dog, Cat, and/or other Pets


  1. My furbaby, Josephine, was named after one of my favorite characters, Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. 


2. Penelope/Poppet from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

3. Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse trilogy


4. Wilhelmina (a.k.a. Mina) from Dracula by Bram Stoker

5. Gemma from A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

6. Stark in reference to the family in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

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7. Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

8. Ichabod from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving

9. Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

10. Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

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What are some character names that you would use to name your pets?

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Kiss Cam by Kiara London

Title: Kiss Cam
Author: Kiara London
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

In Kiss Cam, teen author Kiara London asks, what’s a little harmless kissing between friends?

Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge “shippers” who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.

Juniper and Jasper’s relationship begins to shift. But as fan requests for different “Kiss Cam” segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn’t mean anything. After all, it’s just kissing… right?

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / iBooks

My Rants and Raves of Kiss Cam

Kiss Cam is definitely a contemporary book that brings the YouTube (vlogging) generation to the pages of bookish community. I devoured this book in one sitting, and let’s just say I experienced laughs, mouth-dropping-moments, swoons, and the occasional shouting of “I KNEW IT!” 

All of the characters, including their emotions, are realistic and relatable. Friendships that transition into relationships are more complicated than we actually like to admit, because often times we are in denial or lack brave communication skills, hahaha. And I like that the characters don’t shy away from portraying the vulnerability that often results from the blurred lines between friendships and relationships. 

I also enjoyed that the characters are able to blend their vlogging world into their actual real life, while also experiencing the obstacles that reality throws at them. It is not too hard to put two and two together to understand that when kissing your best friend becomes a game of dares on the internet, friendships often morph into something new. Although I found the novel predictable, contemporary readers will fall in love with the friendships and relationships that blossom in Kiss Cam, because they are heartwarming and cute. And even though, Kiss Cam is a fluffy, straight-forward love story, it is also a feel good love story that I think many readers can kick back, read, and swoon over.

Oh, and as a true salute and spin-off of the book…you guys, “I’m blogging here.”

4 star rating

My Rating; 4 out of 5 Stars

Author Bio:

Kiara London is the internet savvy, hopelessly romantic alter ego of Bethany Novak-Tveten, who in real life is part of the US Air Force. She started writing on the online writing site Booksie when she was thirteen and then transferred to Wattpad where her debut novel Kiss Cam was originally posted. She spends most of her time scrolling down Tumblr, attempting to read everything she can get her hands on, and drooling over fictional men.

Wattpad / Goodreads / Twitter



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Kiss Cam’s Blog Tour Dates

October 10th
The Cover Contessa >> Guest post
Loves Great Reads >> Interview
Living In Our Own Story >> Review
With Love for Books >> Review

October 11th
Girls With Books >> Excerpt
A Writer’s Tales >> Excerpt
To Be Read >> Review
The Crafty Engineer’s Bookshelf >> Review
The Heart of a Book Blogger >> Review

October 12th
Hello Beautiful Book Blog >> Guest post
between books >> Review
Bookish Escapes >> Review
Rolling with the Moments >> Review
The Bookworm Central >> Review

October 13th
Dani Reviews Things >> Guest post
Book Wish >> Review
Book Stacks Amber >> Review
Truth About Books >> Review

October 14th
A Dream Within A Dream >> Excerpt
Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile >> Review
Lisa Loves Literature >> Interview
Romantic Fanatic >> Review
Books Direct >> Review

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W…W…W…Wednesday: 10/12/2016



W…W…W…Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?



I love books about witches, and so far I am currently loving How to Hang a Witch. More importantly, this book is set in Salem, Massachusetts and I am a huge Salem Witch Trials fanatic!!!


17333174I love this series, and I hate that I devour the newest releases in less than a day, because afterwards, I always want more Kate and Curran. 



To keep up with Fall reads, I am going to reread Practical Magic and then a rewatch of the movie soon. 

What does your own W…W…W…Wednesday look like? 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read Based On Recommendations

HOSTED by The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is…

Ten (well…eight) Books I Read Based On Recommendations



I saw Uprooted mentioned in a Barnes & Noble article, and I knew I had to read it.



When you tell your BFF that you are in the mood for a cute contemporary read recommendation, this is the answer I got. And I loved it!


Oh Twitter, you always give me the best recommendations. But sadly this recommendation did not live up to the hype for me. I liked it, but I didn’t love it.


This is another book that came highly recommended through Twitter and the blogging community, and I felt bad for not liking it.😦



During the month of August, I was trying to read a lot of New Adult books. This was a book that came highly recommended by Books are my Fandom


One of my best friends is a Rainbow Rowell fanatic, and I’m so glad she recommended Fangirl–it’s a book I wish I would have read as a Freshman in college.


I can’t remember who recommended this book to me, but I know they recommended it through Goodreads. Whoever you are, THANK YOU. I loved it.


I know someone recommended this book to me through my blog, but I can’t remember who. Whoever you are, thank you for one of the best book I read this year.

So through this post, I realized, I have a terrible memory…hahaha. But I always take recommendations through my blog, Twitter, Goodreads, book club, and friends. In the future, I’m just going to have to write down who recommended it to me.