Thursday, September 21, 2017

BLOG TOUR: When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter


Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Sarah Porter's When I Cast Your Shadow! Just released, September 12th, we celebrate this release with this tour spotlighting various reviews and other posts from participating blogs! Plus we have a tour-wide giveaway to share as well! So... Follow the tour, HERE! Check it out and grab your copy today!

Genre:
Young Adult
Paranormal/Fantasy
Publish Date:
September 12, 2017
Publisher:
Tor Teen

Synopsis:
A teenage girl calls her beloved older brother back from the grave with disastrous consequences.

Dashiell Bohnacker was hell on his family while he was alive. But it's even worse now that he's dead....

After her troubled older brother, Dashiell, dies of an overdose, sixteen-year-old Ruby is overcome by grief and longing. What she doesn't know is that Dashiell's ghost is using her nightly dreams of him as a way to possess her body and to persuade her twin brother, Everett, to submit to possession as well.

Dashiell tells Everett that he's returned from the Land of the Dead to tie up loose ends, but he's actually on the run from forces crueler and more powerful than anything the Bohnacker twins have ever imagined....


       

*Excerpt*
There’s always an eye to be kept on the darkness that loosed me: an eye for movement, an ear tuned to the chance of footsteps or breath. Distractions abound in my current environs: at the moment fingers are lathering her hair and bubbles skid down her wrists. On her pale thigh liquid fireworks burst, fantastically brilliant after my long stretch of sensory deprivation. I could forget to pay attention to what’s back there, drugged by the sensual intricacy of being so alive in my dear sister’s skin. Warmth, saliva, drumming blood.
And then there’s the thrill when she feels me: my thought sliding over her thoughts, mind whispering on her mind. The living have their lovers, their children, but they never have anyone the way I have her now. She stops washing her hair; she leans against the tiles and closes her eyes.
“Dashiell?” A long hesitation. “Are you there?
Soon enough, Ruby-Ru. Soon enough I’ll answer the question. Be patient for now, sweet one.
Because out there in the shadowy places someone is coming. I can feel the vibrations of someone still alive, straying on the margin where death overlaps dreams. Where do they come from, I used to wonder, those strangers we glimpse in the deepest alleys of our sleep? Now I know.
But out there now it’s your twin brother’s footsteps, Miss Slippers. He’s already storming toward the same scaffold where he fell before, stomping as he goes, refusing to let himself so much as glance to the side. Coming to save you, he tells himself, but the truth is that he’s raging with jealousy that you will never love him as you love me. Coming to save you from me, when you are so utterly mine that the idea of extricating you is beyond absurdity.
“Dashiell? You died, I know you died. So why do I keep feeling—”
Hush, Ruby-Ru, Ruby-Ru. Don’t cry.
There’s something I have to attend to now. But I’ll be back with you very soon.

Copyright © 2017 by Sarah Porter

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What Others Are Saying about When I Cast Your Shadow

"Tragic and engrossing, filled with nightmarish dreamscapes and menacing villains, it also treads the tender terrain of family, and the strange and sometimes dysfunctional ties between siblings. Highly recommended!" ―Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns

"You'll never think of your nightmares the same way again. Darkly seductive. Sarah Porter’s writing glitters and her storytelling stuns in this twisted tale of siblings, love, and death." ―Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

"Porter offers a poignant consideration of how far we will go for the people we love." ―School Library Journal, starred review

"A wildly innovative, whip-smart, and utterly spellbinding testament to family, memory, and love―and the messes and miracles of each―poised to possess legions of readers." ―Booklist, starred review

"A haunting tale of possession that explores the ghostly landscape of dreams and nightmares―but more importantly, the particular dynamics among siblings, both oppressive and redemptive." ―Kirkus Reviews

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**About the Author**
Sarah Porter is the author of the Lost Voices Trilogy (Lost Voices, Waking Storms, The Twice Lost) in addition to Vassa in the Nightall for the teen audience. For over ten years she has taught creative writing workshops in New York City public schools to students in grades K-10. Porter also works as a VJ, both solo and with the art collective Fort/Da; she has played venues including Roseland, Galapagos, Tonic Joe's Pub, The Hammerstein Ballroom, The Nokia Theater, and the Burning Man festival.

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two cats.

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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter was a ghost story with very little twists on the insight of life after life. As mundane as that sounds, I enjoyed this book that delved into the emotions and thoughts of its characters not matter how annoying they may have seemed. Each chapter was not given a number. Instead, the title was the name of each character who was currently speaking. The story itself was strikingly realistic because it is a family in distress. Dash fell off his high horse, Ruby wasn’t the perfect child her father thought she was, Everett was an insecure little dork with pent up anger, and side characters showed how unimportant they really were. The story developed slowly and revealed more about Dashiell after every chapter until it reached its tepid ending.

Each character had their inner demons, insecurities, but most of them dealt with the loss of Dashiell Bohnacker. I think I liked Everett the most out of Porter’s characters, many of the others were annoying and two dimensional like Paige Kittering and Elena. Everett Bohnacker was the typical middle child, overlooked, feeling overshadowed by his siblings, and probably the most sensible child of the three Bohnacker siblings. He was an insecure teenage boy that saw his brother for the drug addict that he was, he knew how hopelessly devout Ruby was to him, and he was perceptive to his family’s emotional states. Sarah Porter wanted to write a chapter as a naïve, innocent teenage girl and that is what I got. Ruby Bohnacker is an adolescent, grief stricken, and a sickeningly blind follower of her beloved older brother, Dashiell Bohnacker. Sometimes she was too unbelievably sweet and devout to Dash but strangely, I could see that kind of devotion in a contemporary teenage girl’s head.

Overall, I will take a star away for a predictable ending, useless side characters, transparent antagonists, and half a star away for laughable death threats that wouldn’t scare a child. Without giving up all the minute details of the story, I would say When I Cast Your Shadow was a good night time story but not one I would read again. Everett was probably the high light character if Dashiell and his problems were not pushing the story forward.

My rating:

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***The Giveaway***

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COVER REVEAL: The Sacred Knights by Mary Ting


We are absolutely thrilled to share with you this Cover Reveal for Mary Ting's The Sacred Knights, the third title in the Secret Knights series! This is a Crossroads Saga spin-off series! Take a look at that beautiful cover!!! Isn't it gorgeous!?! Seriously... What do you think?!? Anyways, check it out and don't miss the previous titles in this series!

Genre:
Young Adult
Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Series:
Secret Knights, #3
(spin-off from the Crossroads Saga)
Publish Date:
October 12, 2017

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Synopsis:
(Spin-Off to Crossroads Saga)

The Chosen Knights think they’ve found all the clues, but the last one leads them to yet another destination. They astral travel back to the massive destruction of the Knights Templar and find a missing element. As they decipher the final puzzle piece, Cyrus continues to grow his army. 

A powerful volcano in Hawaii erupts, and inhabitants are forced to stay and fight the demons or flee. Many people once believed to be dead rise to help defeat Cyrus, and Venators arrive from Crossroads to help. Time is running out, and the Chosen Knights must decide to finish what they started or leave the battle to find the Snow Queen, who some believe is the only one who can defeat Cyrus.



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Don't miss the previous titles in the Secret Knights series!
  
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**About the Author**
International bestselling author Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl.

When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Hence, Mary's pen name, M. Clarke? She tours with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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COVER REVEAL: Being Alpha by Aileen Erin


It is time to reveal the cover to Aileen Erin's Being Alpha, the seventh book in the Alpha Girl series! What do you think of the cover?!?! Beautiful... Isn't it?!? Well, just check it out and pre-order your copy now!

Genre:
Young Adult
Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Series:
Alpha Girl, #7
Publish Date:
February 13, 2018
Publisher:
Ink Monster LLC

Synopsis:
For the first time since Tessa met Dastien, life is quiet. The evil witch, Luciana, is six glorious feet under, St. Ailbe’s is closed due to human trespassers, and people are finally getting used to the fact that supernaturals exist in the world. It seems like the perfect time for a honeymoon.

Tessa and Dastien’s trip to the Caribbean is turning out to be the honeymoon that fantasies are made of—sunset cruises, long walks on the beach, and every romantic cliché you can imagine. She couldn’t be happier. So, when a local man turns up inexplicably dead on the beach, Tessa brushes it off. Not every bad thing that happens in the world is a supernatural mystery to be solved. And when Sebastian—one of the Council of Seven Alphas who rule all the werewolves—appears on the island, she thinks it must be a coincidence. Everyone needs a break now and then. Even council members. Right? Besides, Tessa is beyond determined to not let anything get in the way of her romantic vacation.

But when Dastien goes missing, the honeymoon is most definitely over. Tessa can’t ignore the signs anymore. Something huge is going on. And whoever messed with Tessa’s mate is in for a rude awakening. Because if there’s one thing fighting rogue witches and werewolves has taught her, it’s how to be Alpha.


      

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Don't miss the previous titles in the Alpha Girl series!
   
  
(covers link to Goodreads)

       

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**About the Author**
Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd–from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.

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