Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Essence Blog Tour

Today on my blog I have the Essence Blog Tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, 7 Favorite Books, and giveaway.

Autumn escaped a cult, but now she realizes she’s fallen into another.
Growing up in San Francisco’s Centrist Movement, sixteen year-old Autumn Grace has always believed emotions—adrenaline, endorphins, even happiness—drain your Essence and lead to an early death. But her younger brother’s passing and a run-in with a group of Outsiders casts her faith into question.

Ryder Stone, the sexy, rebellious leader of the Outsiders, claims Essence drain is nothing more than a Centrist scare tactic — and he can prove it.
Autumn follows Ryder to his Community of adrenaline junkies and free spirits in Yosemite National Park, and they introduce her to a life of adventure, romance, sex, drugs and freedom. But as she discovers dark secrets beneath the Community’s perfect exterior, she realizes the more she risks in search of the perfect rush, the further she has to fall.

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Lisa Ann O’Kane is a young adult author and former vagabond who once camped out in Yosemite National Park for an entire summer, an experience that inspired her debut novel ESSENCE.

Her background is in zookeeping and environmental education, and she has been kicked, cornered, bitten and chased by nearly every animal she has ever loved. She currently resides in Florida, and she is now a huge fan of shooting stars, indoor plumbing and keeping both her feet planted firmly on the trail. 

7 Favorite Books:

The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson

Could there possibly be a more perfect book out there? The Sky is Everywhere was so inspiring and beautiful and heartbreaking and hilarious that I couldn't put it down. I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone--especially readers with siblings. I absolutely adored it.

Splintered, by A.G. Howard

Wow. I just can't get over the imaginative, lush and complex world of A.G. Howard's Splintered. Every single character was three-dimensional and unique, and every single detail was perfectly aligned with the rest to create a story that feels more like an amusement park ride than a young adult novel.

Wanderlove, by Kirsten Hubbard

Love, love, love this book. Beautiful and perfect and wonderful, with lush settings, three-dimensional characters and the sort of authenticity only a legit backpacker could muster. Wanderlove makes me want to dust off my backpack and hit the road again.

The Name of the Star, by Maureen Johnson

Such a refreshing and unique take on young adult fiction. I had no idea how this book was going to end until it ended, and I absolutely loved Johnson's evocative writing and her ability to give her readers such a unique sense of place. Rory was likable and unique, and I can't wait to read the sequel!

Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins

Wow. I am not generally a terribly gushy person, but I just want to GUSH, GUSH, GUSH about this novel. I absolutely could not put it down. It made me laugh and cry, and it made me remember those beautiful and terrible times when we've all fallen for a guy who can't be ours. Holy cow, what a beautiful and gut-wrenching story. I will truly miss Anna and Etienne.

Rouge, by Leigh Talbert Moore

I spent two entire days glued to my Kindle and the lush, rich world of Hale, Teeny, Beau, Roland and all the rest. Moore has an impeccable way of immersing her readers in her characters' lives, and her sense of place is spot-on. The romance was STEAMY, the action was heart-pounding, and the sequel cannot come fast enough. What a brave ending... I am speechless!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor

I FLEW through this book. Beautiful and suspenseful and so creative. And what a love story! The way Akiva looked at Karou made me weak in the knees, and the ending was absolutely marvelous. I can’t wait to get to know this world even better in the sequel! 

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Thank You for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Lisa for your guest post and say Thank You to Book Nerd Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.


  1. You are amazing! Thank you so much, Lisa! All the best with ESSENCE!!! <3 <3