Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway: School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino!

YA Bound Book Tours is organizing a Blog Tour for: School of Deaths by Christopher ManninoThis tour will run from April 20th to May 1st.  

School of Deaths
Release Date: 05/02/14
270 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Thrust into a world of men, can a timid girl find bravery as the first female Death?

Thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio always believed the Grim Reaper was a fairy tale image of a skeleton with a scythe. Now, forced to enter the College of Deaths, she finds herself training to bring souls from the Living World to the Hereafter. The task is demanding enough, but as the only female in the all-male College, she quickly becomes a target. Attacked by both classmates and strangers, Suzie is alone in a world where even her teachers want her to fail.

Scythes hungry for souls, Deaths who subjugate a race of mysterious magicians, and echoes of an ancient war with Dragons.

As her year progresses, Suzie suspects her presence isn't an accident. She uncovers a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths. Now she must also discover the reason she's been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.


Need To Read: April 2015

We've waited for these books, drooled over their covers, and added them to our TBR lists. Now, they're here. Need To Read is a monthly meme, posted on the first Tuesday of each month, to highlight the books that we just need to read and can because they release this month! Want to join us? Grab the button, post your Need To Read list, and leave the link in the comments.

Here are my Need To Read books of April 2015:

Thirteen powerful voices in young adult fiction invite you to journey into startling new Wonderlands in this nod to the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s timeless character, ALICE.

Mystery. Madness. Mayhem. Each story in this collection will intrigue, bewitch, and enchant. Through rich historicals, castles and keeps, wild wormholes, secret workshops, deadly plagues, and gritty urban explorations, we present new tales of Alice and her white rabbit.

Whether an intrepid reporter, a would-be car thief, or the last human in a world ruled by machines, at the heart of each story Alice is a girl discovering who she really is in worlds that never fail to surprise.

What wonders await, oh curious reader? Leap down the rabbit hole and discover the truth...

(I'm not going to lie. I actually was one of the editors who worked on this anthology for Leap Books, and that's why it made my list. It's that good!)

Expected publication date: April 14 (Leap Books, Surge)

Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out—her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn't even think to question when Darian, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it.

Then Darian shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped from the Terrorscape—a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants—and needs Desiree's help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she's ever been told. With this new information, will Desiree and Darian be able to escape the Protectorate before it's too late?

(Okay, I beta read part of this book years ago when Shannon was first drafting it, and it was incredible. I need to get my hands on a finished copy.)

Expected publication date: April 7 (Entangled Teen)

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

(I can't stop staring at this cover, so I'm definitely checking out the book.)

Expected publication date: April 28 (Delacorte Press)

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

(Another cover I'm totally in love with! And reading the blurb, I know this is a book I wouldn't be able to put down.)

Expected publication date: April 21 (Balzer & Bray)

What do you Need To Read this month?


Swoon Thursday (173): Works in Progress

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From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

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Hey, y'all! Ashley here.  I know, it's been a while.  All of us have been swamped lately, between sicknesses, writing, editing, jobs, etc. so we decided to cut back to doing Swoon Thursday posts once or twice a month.

Now, I hope you're excited for the title this week, because it probably means exactly what you think it does...we're all sharing teasers from our works in progress!  I hope you enjoy them all!

Happy Thursday, y'all!

ASHLEY:  My swoon is a long one, from my WIP, currently titled I COULD WRITE A BOOK (although, it's already gone through three name changes, and might change again): :-D

Everywhere he touches me, I feel like I’ve been burned, but in the most delicious way; like when your skin first starts turning pink from being kissed by the sun. And his hands are everywhere, moving up and down my spine.
Asher’s tongue lightly runs along the length of my lips, and I only hesitate for a millisecond before letting him in. I move my hands down to his shoulders, then slowly run them down his arms. His hands move under my swim suit cover up, and as his hands touch my bare skin, I let out a delicious sigh. He breaks our kiss, but only to move his lips to my jaw, and then he kisses his way to my neck. But as amazing as this feels…
“Yes?” he replies in between kisses.
“I am thoroughly enjoying this, but I think we need to stop.”
He freezes, then pulls away, just far enough for me to see his widened eyes. “I’m so sorry Becca, I didn’t think—”
“Asher. There’s nothing for you to be sorry for! It’s just, I made a promise, as you know, and if I don’t cool off, it will be extremely difficult for me to stop.”
He lets out a sigh of relief, and a small smile forms. “Don’t forget, I made that same promise too. See?” He leans his torso away from me, and pulls his t-shirt off. Around his neck is a silver chain, and his purity ring is hanging on it in the middle of his chest. “And speaking of cooling off…” Asher puts one of his arms under my knees, and the other around my back, standing up with me in his arms.
“Asher what are you—”
“Bazinga!” he shouts, as he jumps off the side of the pontoon into the water, with me in his arms.
Well, that’s one way to cool off.

He plants his lips on mine. I’m stunned, but I kiss him back, my hands finding his waist. He continues to hold my face like he’s afraid I’ll pull away. I have no intention of doing that. I wrap my arms around him, pulling him closer, and his hands finally lower. His lips leave mine and trail down my neck. He brushes my hair aside, giving himself full access to my bare skin. I bite my lip to keep from moaning and squeeze his T-shirt in my fists.    


I can feel Quinn’s hesitation in his stiff posture, the tension straining his muscles. Then, with too much caution the UNSUB would never possess, Quinn wraps his arm tighter around my neck and flattens his other hand against stomach.

“He would only sexually degrade her after he felt stripped himself,” Quinn says, his voice low and testing. Sliding his palm slowly downward, his fingers splay over my hip, then being to inch the tight material of my dress up.

The shock of cold air hitting my skin sends a buzz to my head, the room bleeding away at the corners. As his hand roams lower, inching my thighs apart, my breathing intensifies. I can feel his own labored breaths against my back, his thick want along the crease of my backside.


“Why save me?” I ask, disappointed now that he did. Seriously, it was probably our one chance to be free of Marissa. “You should’ve let me drown.”
His muscles tense, and a dark, humorless chuckle rumbled from his chest. “Don’t think I didn’t contemplate it. But if I’m going to suffer on this God damn island, I’m not going to suffer alone. I can make your life as much of a living hell as you’ve made mine.”
The coldness of his words makes my skin unravel with goose bumps, my limbs quake, and my heart shatter. Honestly, what did I expect him to say? Because he loves me? Because he feels the same connection I feel whenever he touches me or I look into his eyes? He thinks I’m Marissa, for crying out loud, and I let him believe that.
I go limp, so defeated that I wish the sea had killed me. “Are you going to let go of me, now? Or are we going to cuddle in the sand for the rest of the day?”
Actually, my suggestion doesn’t sound half bad. Even Cole hesitates, intriguing him in some way or another. I can feel his true desire pushing up against my thigh. Every part of him is so stiff, part of me is afraid what action to take next. Seducing Cole isn’t exactly the first thing on my mind, and it’s completely out of the question.


He brushed his thumb across my jaw. “Instead of giving up in the hospital, like most people would’ve done, you walked away optimistic. Grateful even. I’m in awe of you.” Justin looked deep into my eyes and said, “Peyton, you make me want to be a better guy. I want to deserve those sweet smiles of yours. I—”
I leaned forward and kissed him.
Words wouldn’t express what he did to me. My heart felt heavy, so overflowing with love for this wounded, insecure boy that I couldn’t contain it all. So I put it in my lips. In my mouth and in my tongue and in my small gasp of surprise when Justin yanked my body flush against his.
I gave myself over to emotion, threading my fingers through his thick, dark hair. Deepening the kiss and tangling my tongue with his. Dizzying desire whipped through my body, fogging my head with want, and settling in a warm pool of tingles in my belly. Goose bumps danced across my skin as the cool, crisp taste of mint exploded on my tongue.
Wow. The word set off a flame in my blood. It was a claiming, every bit as much as his lips as they ravaged my mouth, taking over control, possessing me. And I wanted to be his. Completely, in every way I possibly could. 

Delicious Repeats:

JESSICA:  Swooning over WICKED by Jennifer L. Armentrout : 

Ren cupped my cheek, his hand gentle as he tilted my head back, and before my heart could take another beat, he kissed me.  
It was no slow or seductive kiss.  
He claimed my lips as if he were laying claim to my body, to my soul, and every part of me. His mouth was demanding as he tilted his head, his lips moving over mine, his tongue tracing the seam of my lips, willing them to part, and I...I opened for him. My lips parted, and he made this sound, this deep animalistic groan that sent flames lapping over my skin. The kiss deepened, and his tongue slid over mine, along the roof of my mouth. He took me with his mouth, tasted me and claimed me.  
When he lifted his head, he was breathing deeply as he stared into my eyes. They swirled in a multitude of greens as he dragged his thumb along my lower lip.

HEATHER:  Swooning over LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins:

I kiss him like I've never kissed anyone before.
He doesn't move. His lips aren't moving.
My head jerks back in alarm. I've acted rashly, I've pushed him too quickly---
He collapses to his knees and yanks me back to his lips. 
His kiss isn't even remotely innocent. There's passion, but there's also an urgency verging on panic. He pulls me close, as close as my dress and chair will allow, and he's gripping me so tightly that I feel his fingers press through the back of my stays.

NEREYDA:  Swooning (TWICE!) over THE HOOKUP by Kristen Callahan:
"I want to kiss you, Anna."
My breath hitches.  I'm all the way under the covers now, in a dark heated world.  And there's nothing but his voice.  "I think about it all the time.  How soft your lips will be?  What will they taste like?  Will you make those sweet little noises like you do when we make love?"


“Why won’t you let me kiss you, Anna?”
I can’t breathe.
“Why, Anna?”
“It’s too much,” I rasp.
“Not when I want everything.” He says it so deep and strong, a staking of a claim. “And I want everything with you, Anna.”

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