Blog Tour: To Catch A Killer [Guest Post & Giveaway!]

Posted February 24, 2017 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Guest Post / 0 Comments

Blog Tour: To Catch A Killer [Guest Post & Giveaway!]To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough
Published by Tor Teen on February 7th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 320
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Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father's identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother's best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.
Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother's killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she's secretly doing on her own.
Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she's close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it's too late.

Guest Post

What are your writing must haves?

Well, writing for me begins with a computer or an iPad with add-on keyboard. I wouldn’t even attempt to write anything worthwhile in long-hand. I’m a Virgo so I can’t stand messy pages—neatly typed all the way.

Then there’s coffee. By coffee I mean a good, freshly brewed double latte, which is known in my house as “cup of joy.”

I try to keep snacking to a minimum. But I do keep a bowl of fruit in my office, specifically apples and tangerines. Also, almonds and beef jerky.

And a cat. The cat is definitely a must have. I have two cats, but only one is a writer-cat. He escorts me downstairs to the basement office every morning and stays down with me all day. Then he escorts me back upstairs. Gizmo is a big, yellow tabby who knows all my secrets and loves me anyway.

About the Author

SHERYL SCARBOROUGH is an award-winning writer for children’s television, having written for shows such as Kim Possible, Doug, Tiny Toon Adventures and Punky Brewster, among many other credits. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, lives in Washington state, and has always had an obsession with forensics. When she was twelve, her home was the target of a Peeping Tom. Sheryl diligently photographed his footprints and collected the candy wrappers he left behind. Unfortunately, he was never caught. But the desire to use evidence to solve a great mystery was sparked inside Scarborough all the same. To Catch a Killer is her debut.

Giveaway

1 Copy of TO CATCH A KILLER [US Only!]
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Tour Schedule

Mon 20-Feb That Artsy Reader Girl 
Tues 21-Feb A Perfection Called Books 
Weds 22-Feb Folded Pages Distillery
Thurs 23-Feb Pandora’s Books
Fri 24-Feb In Wonderland

Let’s talk about it!

Thanks so much Sheryl for stopping by In Wonderland! Leave her some love and go check out her book!

Stephanie
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The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch [Review]

Posted February 23, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch [Review]The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Vol. 1: At the Edge of Empire by Daniel Kraus
Series: The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 27th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical
Pages: 656
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

May 7, 1896. Dusk. A swaggering seventeen-year-old gangster named Zebulon Finch is gunned down on the shores of Lake Michigan. But after mere minutes in the void, he is mysteriously resurrected.
His second life will be nothing like his first.
Zebulon’s new existence begins as a sideshow attraction in a traveling medicine show. From there, he will be poked and prodded by a scientist obsessed with mastering the secrets of death. He will fight in the trenches of World War I. He will run from his nightmares—and from poverty—in Depression-era New York City. And he will become the companion of the most beautiful woman in Hollywood.
Love, hate, hope, and horror—Zebulon finds them. But will he ever find redemption?
Ambitious and heartbreaking, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One: At the Edge of Empire is the epic saga of what it means to be human in a world so often lacking in humanity.

My Thoughts

You guys this book hit me in the feels so hard I am actually having a hard time making a joke about it right now. I’m not even sure where to begin talking about it! I guess I will go with the basics. As per usual, books I love get a review that’s short and sweet. So:

Zebulon is a HILARIOUS narrator. Kraus is a phenomenal author, his wit and charm seriously jump off the page. I exclusively bounced between smiling and crying while reading, no in between. Zebulon is also incredibly complex, he’s funny and smart, stupid and crass, hopeless romantic and so freaking deep it hurts. I am adding him to the top of my favorite characters of all times list, because seriously wow. How are more people not talking about this?!

This is not a short book by any means. ~600 pages of some serious time hopping. Kraus takes you on quite the historical ride, it makes the whole book feel more like a collection of related novellas than one big story, and I kind of loved it. This way you got to see a true evolution of Zebulon. All the people he meets and all the trouble he seems to keep finding himself in are so well laid out, it’s impossible for them not to feel like watching a movie of someone’s life.

Have I said it enough? This book was amazing. I’m giving my heart a break and waiting a little before I read the conclusion sequel to this series, but I am so looking forward to it. If you’re looking for something a little different, some good laughs and a serious cry – something with heart: go pick this up.

 

five-stars
Lizzie
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WoW [97]

WoW [97]

Posted February 22, 2017 by Lizzie in Meme / 1 Comment

Waiting on Wednesday (aka: WoW) is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we are waiting for eagerly. This Week’s Victim Pick…. My Thoughts Set in the 1930s “dream school of the future”? YES. I’ve never read anything by Ms. Johnson (correct me if I’m wrong but I believe she’s mostly known […]

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Top Ten Tuesday [121]

Top Ten Tuesday [121]

Posted February 21, 2017 by Stephanie in Meme / 1 Comment

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there is a different bookish top ten list. Join in on the fun! Top Ten Seven Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would (all time) **Book Covers are linked to the Goodreads pages and the written out titles are […]

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The Queen of the Tearling [Review]

The Queen of the Tearling [Review]

Posted February 16, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

My Thoughts Holy crap: the political intrigue of this book! I must admit, I tried to read it years ago when it first came out and just couldn’t seem to get into it. Then, this month (after binge watching House of Cards on Netflix) I just really wanted moremoremore politics. Looking around my shelves, I […]

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WoW [96]

WoW [96]

Posted February 15, 2017 by Lizzie in Meme / 1 Comment

Waiting on Wednesday (aka: WoW) is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we are waiting for eagerly. This Week’s Victim Pick…. My Thoughts I’m going to repeat this now just so we can let this sink in: “from fierce Celtic princess to legendary gladiator and darling of the Roman empire.” YES, […]

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Top Ten Tuesday [120]

Top Ten Tuesday [120]

Posted February 14, 2017 by Stephanie in Meme / 2 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there is a different bookish top ten list. Join in on the fun! Top Ten Favorite Hate-To-Love Romances **Book Covers are linked to the Goodreads pages and the written out titles are linked to the review from In Wonderland** Ella […]

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WoW [95]

Posted February 8, 2017 by Stephanie in Meme / 1 Comment

Waiting on Wednesday (aka: WoW) is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we are waiting for eagerly. This Week’s Victim Pick…. My Thoughts Okay, first things first… LOOK AT THAT BEAUTIFUL COVER! I love that cover WAY more than the cover they had for it before! Second thing, this just sounds […]

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Top Ten Tuesday [119]

Top Ten Tuesday [119]

Posted February 7, 2017 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there is a different bookish top ten list. Join in on the fun! Top Ten Books We Wish Had Less Miscommunication In Them! **Book Covers are linked to the Goodreads pages and the written out titles are linked to the […]

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