Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Induction Day (Butterman Time Travel Inc. 2) by P K Hrezo Blog Tour and Giveaway



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I can't tell you how excited I am to review this second book in the Butterman Time Travel Inc. Series. I loved the first novel as you can tell by my review HERE. There is a great giveaway associated with this tour (don't forget to hashtag) and no Rafflecopter forms to fill out! I hope you check out some of the other stops on this tour with excerpts of the book. It's really a can't miss for Time Travel lovers!


Induction Day

Induction Day (Butterman {Time} Travel, Inc #2) 
Ages: 16+
Pages: 247
The year 2069 is coming to a close, and eighteen-year-old Bianca Butterman's time-craft license is finally official. She's ready for the Induction Day she’s waited for since she was a kid—the one that will secure her name on the Butterman family tree of time travelers. But ever since the media discovered Bianca is pop superstar Tristan Helms’ latest new honey, everything Bianca does or says becomes a target of criticism. Having her professional credibility topping the gossip sites across social media is an open invitation for the government to step in and regulate Bianca’s Induction. Now she will have to ask herself if saving 1500 people from drowning is worth losing everything she’s ever worked for, including the Butterman family biz.

Welcome to Butterman Travel, Incorporated; a full service agency designed to meet all your exclusive time travel needs. We’re a family owned and operated business with one hundred years of experience. A place where you can rest assured, safety and reliability always come first.

Anxious to attend some special event from the past? Or for a glimpse of what the future holds?

You’ve come to the right place. We’re a fully accredited operation, offering an array of services; including, but not limited to: customized travel plans, professionally piloted operations, and personal trip guides. *Terms and conditions do apply

Use our Web conferencing to contact our frontline reservation specialist, Bianca Butterman, who will handle all your inquiries in a professional and efficient manner, offering a tentative itinerary and free fare quote, so you can make the most of your time trip.

We look forward to serving you at Butterman Travel, Inc., where time is always in your hands.

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 Review

This novel starts out just a few weeks after the last novel ended. It took me just a little bit of time to remember what had happened at the end of the last book and to get me going in this book. I couldn't remember if there had been a cliffhanger or what. But apparently not as there is no big save in the beginning. A sweet romance is brewing between Tristan and Brianna, continued from the last novel but it has it troubles. And it is NOT a love triangle.

Butterman Travel, in fact all time travel agencies, are being hounded by D
OT. They pay enormous amounts of taxes and other fees that make time travel accessible only to the very rich. Butterman Travel wants all the people to have access to time travel but can't seem to get out from under the DOT's thumb. Particularly a woman named Graves who pretends, in this novel, to only want what's best for Butterman. So when some bad publicity hits Butterman Travel due to Bianca and Tristan's relationship and certain allusions to some past infractions that may or may not have happened in Bianca's and Tristan's last time trip (Butterman (Time) Travel Inc. Book 1, DOT, via Graves, believes that Bianca's Induction Day should be broadcast for the world to see.

I have to say that Bianca, who has been in the business, learning it since the age of ten is a lot more comfortable with that idea than I would be. I don't want anyone watching me even make a post, but driving what sounds like a miniature space shuttle into a time chute with precision and accuracy onto the Titanic just hours before it sinks sounds like a great way to die. Or a horrific way to die. I know a lot of people are Titanic fans, wanting to know more and more about it, but I tend the other way. I know what happens and I don't want to read about it. I'll let you find out if you get to experience anything from the Titanic.

The best thing about Bianca's Induction Day was going to be that she saved the Titanic. She was going to create a parallel universe so that all of the people survived and she would erase her trail so the DOT would never know. But with the whole world watching and DOT scrutinizing her every move, she can't do it. So all her years of planning and scientific equations and memorizing dates and times, it's all for nothing. Or at least that's what she believes as she starts out on her Induction Day journey. Oh, and one more little monkey wrench, the DOT thinks it would be a good idea if Tristan went with Bianca. Just to show how safe of a pilot Bianca is at 18.

The ending is frustrating, not as in cliffie or anything like that, but you feel the characters' feeling of damned if you do and damned if you don't. Their hands were tied at the outset of Bianca's Induction Day, she couldn't refuse them and what DOT does at the end is so unfair, yet not unexpected. But the revelations that come from Ms. Graves, those shake the foundations of Butterman Travel and I have to wonder if and what will happen to Butterman travel now.

This is an incredibly fast book to read. But this is the second book in the series, so do make sure to read the first book in the series. These need to be read in order. The time travel will not have you confused as an actual time travel vehicle is used to travel through time and space. It's an easy concept to grasp. There is a little bit of sex in it but it's almost off the page. There is also talk of drug use and a little bit of swearing. I believe 13-14 and up should be able to handle it.

Thanks to the author for a review copy of this novel for the purposes of the tour. I was in no way influenced in my review.

  Information on Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc 




Description:
Welcome to Butterman Travel, IncorporatedWe are a full service agency designed to meet all your exclusive time travel needs. Family-owned and operated, we offer clients one hundred years of time travel experience. A place where you can rest assured, safety and reliability always come first.Anxious to attend a special event from the past? Or for a glimpse of what the future holds?You’ve come to the right place. We’re a fully accredited operation, offering an array of services; including, but not limited to: customized travel plans, professionally piloted operations, and personal trip guides. *Terms and conditions do applyConference us directly from our Website. Our frontline reservation specialist, Bianca Butterman, will handle all your inquiries in a professional and efficient manner, offering a tentative itinerary and free fare quote, so you can make the most of your time trip.We look forward to serving you at Butterman Travel, Inc., where time is always in your hands.


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About the author:
PK Hrezo
PK Hrezo is a native Floridian rarely found without her flip flops on. She shares her home with her firefighter husband, their two children, and big dog named Ripley. When not creating characters and their worlds, PK can be found at her other job of rearranging passenger’s itineraries for a major international airline. The only hobbies she loves more than traveling are reading, writing, and music, and when the four are combined she exists in total bliss.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Available Now
Harlequin Teen 
YA Historical Fiction/LGBT
Hardback 384 pages
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Goodreads- In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town's most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept separate but equal.

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.

REVIEW


This may be a fiction book, but it feels like anything but that.  Robin Talley did her homework and in a book that is so charged with not only race issues but also sexuality issues, it really paid off. Reading this novel, I found out how truly ignorant I am of what it's like to be any color other than white in America. I thought I was reading diverse books and trying to be enlightened, but this book will cut you down to your knees and make you ashamed that you didn't know how integration really was before now. I mean, I was born after the first integration started, when this book was set, but I remember when a couple of busloads of African American students had to get up early and ride a bus to "my side" of town when I was elementary school to desegregate the schools. I don't remember picket lines or riots. But when I moved to NC  fourteen years ago, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System was still talking about desegregation. This book was based on first person accounts taken from the late 1950's. I went to school in the 1970's. And in 2000, it is still a word that is being discussed. Really?

So, the book. It will make you see, really see how ugly integration was. How brave the students were that had to integrate. And how hateful the schools were that they integrated into, the teachers, the students, the parents, the administration. But this is a very intimate look at the lives of ten students that integrated into a small town all white high school in Virginia in 1959. It is very raw and realistic. No sugar coated words and the small minded thinking of the white people, especially Linda, will make you yell at the book more times than you can count. I'd have to put the book down for a few hours and take a walk  because I had so much pent up anger and no way to release it.  The main narrator, Sarah, is so stalwart as she gets spit on and called names I still won't even write out. The fact that she also believes there is something wrong with her because she has feelings for girls instead of boys adds one more layer to the story. Sarah's life is hard enough with the day to day struggle of going to Jefferson, but then with her feelings that she believes are unnatural her life is just miserable. She prays for strength and protection and a cure and the safety of the other African American students, including her little sister. She's actually very selfless but she's believable. She argues with Linda very happily and eloquently in the back room of a diner when she, Linda and another girl, Judy, have to work on a project together. She starts out as this scared girl walking through the crowd of shouting white people afraid of every shout and word and touch but she ends up much stronger and braver for having endured the months that she attended school there.

Still, reading all the things she and the other nine students went through, I often got mad at their parents. I know why they wanted their kids to go to Jefferson. They had every right to go there. They should go there. They were making a point. But the parents weren't there, day after day to know what the kids went through. And this is the ultimate in bullying. No one is trying to hide it at all. No one needs Facebook or a cell phone, they just shout right into their faces. Spit on their clothes. Trip them in the halls. Spit spitballs into their hair.

It's a shocking story, the hatred and the violence. It's very addictive. Despite my fits of anger, I found myself grabbing it again and again wanting to know if Sarah and her sister and the other students made it through the school year alive. I wanted to know if Linda's father ever talked to her or looked at her. Did she really get married or did she go on to college? Did she ever think before she spoke to Sarah? Did she really believe the words she was saying?  The narration style is great because it goes back and forth between Sarah, the 12th grade African American at Jefferson and Linda, a popular 12th grade white girl at Jefferson. They were such a contrast in thought and content. Sarah is worried about living and surviving, while Linda is worried about how the "integrationist" are ruining her year. At least that's how it starts.

I very much recommend this novel. I would say this isn't my normal fare at all. I wouldn't have picked it up on my own at all. What made me grab it was that the author is from my husband's home town. I am so glad I read it though. It's an issue I tend to avoid, but now, I want to know more. I'm planning to look up some of the first person accounts the author cites and finding my own to read. It is fascinating and horrifying. I can and yet can't believe that we can treat each other so horribly.

There is a lot of violence and language in this novel. It reflects the times that this book was written in, 1959 and the words and attitudes of whites about African Americans. I do not condone that language but it could hardly be realistic without using the vernacular of the times. 

And since I loved it so much and I was given a copy from Casey at MM Publicity for my review and I also get to give a copy away. US Only!



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