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Diverse Book Tours Presents the Review of Brit Brinson’s Dia of the Dead

Dia Of The Dead

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ISBN: 978-0-9907401-0-0

Publisher: Big Moon Press

Pages: 276

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

Plot Summary of Dia of the Dead:

Protecting Romero High from all things supernaturally spooky as Dia Muerto is a tough gig for sixteen-year-old actress Dia Summers, but it’s nothing compared to protecting the ones she loves from real, live—well, formerly alive—zombies. Unlike the zombies that shambled around on set, the real deal don’t follow a script.

At the majorly important birthday party of her boss’ daughter, Dia experiences a series of potentially career-ruining social disasters. Before the night is over, she soon discovers that the possible cancellation of her show isn’t her biggest worry.

Armed with what they can find around Bixby Studios, Dia and her friends band together to find out why everyone they know has begun popping up as gray-skinned, black-eyed, limb-nomming zombies. With the ailment spreading, time is running out before Dia is swept up in Hollywood’s latest trend.

Buy the Book! 

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1s7wMej

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23117815-dia-of-the-dead

Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Dia-Dead-Brit-Brinson/9780990740100

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My Review of Dia of the Dead by Brit Brinson 

A fun, easy read and I really enjoyed it! especially since I’m a huge zombie fan! Dia of the Dead was great from start to finish.  The titular Dia was a likable character and to the author’s credit maintained that likeable personality throughout the book even when faced with some terrible situations. Which may sound like small potatoes but I assure you, is quite important and increasingly rare. The very clear origins of the zombies only lends to the solid world that was built.

How the zombie virus spreads is also more imaginative than most YA novels are especially because the author explains how it happens. All of the characters are very well developed and the plot is very exciting and surprising. The author doesn’t go the easy route in developing her story and you will be surprised at who gets zombified and who doesn’t.

No spoilers but the action scenes and the development of Dia’s character were the best parts of the story. Dia of the Dead is a zombie story that stays true to its audience without dumbing things down and I can’t tell Brit Brinson how grateful I am for that, but Thank you, Dear Author nonetheless!!  If you love The Walking Dead and my personal favorite Z-Nation then this is the book for you!!

Buy the Book by clicking the link! 

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1s7wMej

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23117815-dia-of-the-dead

Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Dia-Dead-Brit-Brinson/9780990740100

About the Author Brit Brinson 

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Author Biography

Brit Brinson was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. After time away to attend college and graduate school, she returned home. When she’s not writing, she enjoys doing nerdy stuff with her friends. She lives for all things horror, paranormal, and sci-fi.

Dia of the Dead is her first novel.

Author Links

Website: www.britbrinson.com

Twitter: @britbrinson

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8507189.Brit_Brinson

Website: www.britbrinson.com

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Diverse Book Tours presents a review of Niko by Kayti Nika Raet

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My review of Niko-

A pragmatic heroine in a harsh world is a surefire way to get my attention, and Niko is a great example of a no nonsense, hard boiled survivor in a world where that’s the norm. Though the character is presented with many emotional obstacles that would trip up your everyday YA main character, Niko wins my adoration by the simple and elusive ability to compartmentalize. There is no reason to be eaten by monsters because you saw your crush pinned to the wall by ‘so and so’, and Niko never allowed this.

Another plus was that  it was reminiscent of Hunger Games with a firmer, realistically sound foundation/background.

So if you’re still on a Hunger Games/Catching Fire/ Mockingjay high and you need something like it or dare I say, even better than it? then Niko by Kayti Nika Raet is definitely the way to go!

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Niko by Kayti Nika Raet

ISBN: 9781301255191

Publisher: Kayti Nika Raet

Pages: 188

Format: Ebook

Genre: YA, Post-Apocalyptic, Thriller, Romance

Plot Summary:

One can live for several weeks without food but only a few days without water, a fact seventeen year old Niko is only too aware of as she struggles to provide for her two younger brothers in a post apocalyptic landscape where the rain burns like acid, food grows increasingly scarce and any Slither that crosses her path is laid low before it can sink its teeth into her.

Then one night everything she’d ever worked for and loved is consumed by a raging fire, leaving her with one brother missing, the other dead and herself gravely injured.

She’s rescued by the Rose Circle, a rogue group of Slither hunters. They sneak her into Amaryllis City, a decadent metropolis where those able to pay the exorbitant entrance fee live a life of relative ease.

But for Niko, Amaryllis City is not the haven she grew up believing it would be and her unique abilities as a Slither hunter make her a particularly visible target to a city with hopes of experimentation, replication and other nasty bits.

All Niko ever wanted to do was find her baby brother, but that’s proving to be harder than expected.

Book Links

Amazon: Purchase Link

Goodreads: Connect about it on Goodreads!

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Author Biography

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Kayti Nika Raet moved down South when she was 11, where she was bitten by the writing bug, as well as other, less friendly insects.

She is the author of the Outsider Chronicles, a five book series starting with NIKO and set in a world where the rain burns like acid and flesh eating monsters roam.

She’s also a reviewer for Readers’ Favorite and has her own Youtube Channel: Kayti Edition.
When she is not hard at work on her fourth book she has fun reading, listening to K-pop, and photography.
Kayti lives in Milledgeville, Georgia.

Author Links

Website: http://kaytinikaraet.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kayti.nikaraet

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KNRwrites

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7070888.Kayti_Nika_Raet

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Diverse Book Tours presents Claudia Guadalupe’s Pig Park…10 Things About Pig Park edition

 

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10 Random Thing about Pig Park

  1. I first set out to write a play about a mom and pop bakery fighting for survival, needless to say it went a different direction.
  2. The protagonist’s name was Tomasina until–much like an old fashioned skirt–I shortened it.
  3. Pig Park’s working title was MasaAmerica–a play on the Spanish word for dough (masa) and Meso-America.
  4. I imagined the delicious marranitos (ginger pigs) from Bowie Bakery in my hometown of El Paso every time I sat and wrote about the marranitos at Burciaga’s.
  5. The marranito on the book’s cover is not from Bowie Bakery, rather from Gussie’s across town. 
  6. Skinny pigs, sugar-free ginger pigs, are a made up delicacy
  7. There was no pyramid in the initial draft of the novel.
  8. The pyramid was inspired by a man who walked into the community organization I worked at looking for sponsors to build exactly that. 
  9. The real life pyramid was going to be a wood frame topped by thousands of candles.
  10. Although I might not want to admit this, I’m most like the mom character in the novel. Yep, I’m a totally a mom

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Plot Summary:

It’s crazy! Fifteen-year-old Masi Burciaga hauls bricks to help build a giant pyramid in her neighborhood park. Her neighborhood is becoming more of a ghost town each day since the lard company moved away. Even her school closed down. Her family’s bakery and the other surviving businesses may soon follow. As a last resort, the neighborhood grown-ups enlist all the remaining able-bodied boys and girls into this scheme in hopes of luring visitors. Maybe their neighbors will come back too. But something’s not right about the entrepreneur behind it all. And then there’s the new boy who came to help. The one with the softest of lips. Pig Park is a contemporary Faustian tale that forces us to look at the desperate lengths people will go to in the name of community–and maybe love.

Book Links

Amazon: Purchase Link

Barnes & Noble: Purchase Link

Goodreads: Connect about it on Goodreads!

Book Depository: Pick up internationally!

Claudia GM Author Photo (2) About the author Claudia Guadalupe Martinez

Claudia is the author of The Smell of Old Lady Perfume (Cinco Puntos, 2008) and Pig Park (Cinco Puntos, 2014). She grew up in sunny El Paso, Texas where she learned that letters form words from reading the subtitles of old westerns with her father. She now lives and writes in Chicago.

Author Links
Website: http://www.claudiaguadalupemartinez.com/
Facebook:https: www.facebook.com/pages/Claudia-Guadalupe-Martinez/107095645999600
Twitter:https://twitter.com/maquilagorilla
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1010472.Claudia_Guadalupe_Martinez

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Diverse Book Tours : The Girl (The Sanctum Book #1) by Madhuri Blaylock

Book One of the Sanctum Trilogy: The Girl by Madhuri Blaylock is both my first book to review as a Diverse Book Tour Host (definitely check their site out to learn more about the wonderful work their doing) and the first book YA novel that I’ve read starring a multicultural protagonist.  Talk about an eye opening experience!!sanctum book 1 banner
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‘The Girl’ is a YA Paranormal fantasy novel filled with magic, vampires, warriors, lots of juicy action, revenge and even political intrigue. It dares to poke holes in the mindset that many governments have where teenagers can join the military (The Sanctum in this instance) to fight and kill for them but they’re still not allowed to drink alcohol or make up their own mind. Due to this many soldiers find themselves fighting for the side they assumed was good but turned out that war or being the ruling class is not so black and white.

Which is exactly where we meet Ryker, Wyatt and his sister, Jools. All extremely talented warriors for the Sanctum and not a one older than 21. They make hard life or death choices for countless supernatural creatures that the Sanctum deem dangerous and yet they’re kept in the dark about so many other shady Sanctum dealings. One such nasty case leads them in the path of The Girl, Dev. She’s half angel, half demon and all badass, She’s also public enemy number 1 according to the Sanctum.

I’ll stop right there so I don’t give the whole book away but I urge you to read The Girl. It’s well written, evenly paced, thrilling AND intriguing. It’s a real page turner because you want to know MORE. You want the Sanctum to get whats coming to them. You want Dev and the gang to be the ones to take them down. And you really, really want to read this book!! And there’s good news too, THERE’S A SEQUEL called The Boy. Find the links below  for both and check it out! don’t forget to leave a review!!

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Madhuri Blaylock

ISBN: 9780991203406

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Pages: 408

Format: eBook (also available in paperback)

Genre: Paranormal

Release Date: November 2013

 Plot Summary:

The Sanctum, an all-powerful governing body founded by ten families, entrusted to maintain the peace amongst Magicals and ensure the ignorance of humans, has been corrupted by greed and savagery for generations, but is all Wyatt Clayworth has ever known.

A descendant of one of the Founding Families and Class A Warrior, Wyatt has always believed in the ways of The Sanctum, having grown up in the system and thrived under their leadership. A golden boy, renowned for his prowess and skill in battle, Wyatt has never questioned a mission or kill order until the night he crosses paths with a brutally injured and mysterious girl.

Scouring Central Park with his best friend and fellow Class A Warrior, Ryker Morrison, for the hybrid demon prophesied to bring an end to The Sanctum and destroy the world for Magicals and humans alike, Wyatt instead finds Dev and his whole life turns upside down. Told he was hunting a killing machine, hellbent on wreaking havoc and destruction upon all it encounters, Wyatt instead sees nothing more than a broken girl with haunted eyes and a bit of a death wish.

All Dev wants is for Wyatt to either kill her or leave her alone. When he refuses to do either, she finds herself being pulled into his life while being hunted by warriors everywhere she turns. Drawn to one another for reasons they cannot begin to explain to themselves, much less anyone else, Wyatt is determined to protect Dev and help her realize her mission to avenge the deaths of her family at the hands of The Sanctum. His abdication of his duties and his outright rejection of his responsibilities to The Sanctum create a maelstrom of events beyond anyone’s imagination.

Book Links

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Book-One-Girl-Sanctum-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00GLGOP2G/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20503009-the-girl

Author ImageThe Author, Madhuri Blaylock

Author Links

Blog www.madhuriblaylock.wordpress.com
Facebook www.facebook.com/thesanctumtrilogy
Twitter https://twitter.com/MadhuriBlaylock
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7323620.Madhuri_Blaylock
Tumblr http://mblaylock4.tumblr.com/

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