Blog Tour – Excerpt Mind Games by Shana Silver


Hi everyone and welcome to my Blog Tour Stop for MIND GAMES by Shana Silver hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Today, I’ll be sharing an excerpt with you. Don’t forget to follow the rest of the tour!




Mind Games
Shana Silver
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 27th 2019
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

A teen programmer at a school for geniuses must join forces with a boy she can’t remember to stop a hacker from deleting their memories in Shana Silver’s action-packed YA debut, Mind Games.

Arden sells memories. Whether it’s becoming homecoming queen or studying for that all important test, Arden can hack into a classmate’s memories and upload the experience for you just as if you’d lived it yourself. Business is great, right up until the day Arden whites out, losing fifteen minutes of her life and all her memories of the boy across the school yard. The boy her friends assure her she’s had a crush on for years.

Arden realizes that her own memories have been hacked, but they haven’t just been stolen and shared… they’ve been removed. And she’s not the only one: her mysterious crush, Sebastian, has lost ALL of his memories. But how can they find someone who has the power to make them forget everything they’ve learned?




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The diagnostic scan of my catalogued memories from today unfolds in short headers thanks to HiveMind’s automatic tagging feature. The contents display like the sidebar on YouTube with little thumbnail previews that automatically play back the video and automatic tags beside each video memory. No sound plays in the previews, just the images. To hear the sounds from the scene and the recorded inner monologue, I’d have to drag the memory from the archive into the live folder, which is essentially the same as dropping it directly into my mind. Our brains are synced so thoroughly with HiveMind that there’s no clear indication where one ends and one begins.

Get ready/Breakfast/Drive to school—HiveMind automatically lumps the boring stuff together.

Courtyard business—the thumbnail is of Sebastian walking toward us, as if HiveMind knows this was the most important part of my day.

Visit IT—HiveMind catches me sneaking the SSD drive into the computer via the thumbnail.

Test in Kimmel’s class—a 1021 MB dose of smack-me-in-the-face reality.

Try to fix HiveMind in Business and Project Management class—Why couldn’t I have forgotten this unnecessary form of torture?

Bathroom break—Nothing to see here, move along.

The catalogue continues up through the cafeteria. Everything seems to be in order. But then my eye catches movement on one of the file’s data details. My lips part in a gasp that sends Zoey swiveling toward me.

The file from when Sebastian and I discussed our joint project in Mr. Kimmel’s empty classroom is rapidly reducing in file size. The hair at the back of my neck stands at attention. What the hell?

1007 MB

983 K

875 K

I jerk my arm on the track pad to click on the file and knock my elbow into my water bottle in the process. The bottle careens to the table like a soccer player who just got his feet swept out from under him. Water splashes on my arm and across the corner of the keys. I yank the laptop and hop to a standing position. Zoey screams and throws a napkin on the puddle of water while Sebastian sets my water bottle upright. My heart rams.

459 K

“Arden? You okay?” Zoey shakes out her sopped notebook. I hold up a finger to them and balance the laptop on my forearm, gritting my teeth as I click on the file.

327 K

The preview expands to full screen, showing my perspective as I smack right into Sebastian after taking our test. Did something come after the test? I rack my brain but I can’t even remember walking out of class even though the next file in the list shows my view as I chat with Sebastian in an empty classroom. Why did I think this file contained something about talking to Mr. Kimmel when I haven’t spoken to him after class in months? Something important happened after that test. I know it. Or at least I knew it a second ago.

My eyes lock on Veronica’s, but she’s laughing and smiling with her friends, no tech devices in front of her. Teddy’s making his rounds to his adoring fangirls. Simon’s MIA. I sweep my vision from one person to the next, noting all the open laptops, tablets, phones. All the items that could give someone the opportunity to delete my memory while also having a solid alibi. Though theoretically, someone could have set in motion a deletion script that takes a while to run—they wouldn’t need to be on their laptop right now if they executed it within the last hour. That means it could be anyone.

201 K

I hit the CTRL+S for save, but the file size keeps decreasing. The ESC button mocks me without obeying my command. My pulse races.

113 K

After class? “Hey, did we talk to Kimmel after class today?”

Sebastian’s mouth parts and he fixes a grave expression on me. “I have no idea.”

Zoey lifts her head as she mops up the water with her napkin. “Oh my God. You’re forgetting more?”

The file blinks once before graying out like an expired link with a file size of 0 K. My stomach lurches. When I click on it, an error pops up. This file does not exist.

And just to prove itself right, the file itself disappears from the list completely.

I slump into the nearest dry seat and press my palm to my forehead. I’m forgetting something. What is it? And more important, what memory will I lose next?



Rachel Shane (writing as Shana Silver) studied creative writing at Syracuse University. She’s been a computer animator, an e-book creator for a major publisher, and now works as a Project Manager in digital and TV advertising where she enjoys telling people what to do. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, young daughter, and the characters she dreams up.


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Blog Tour Review – Eclipse the Skies by Maura Milan


Hello bookish friends and welcome to my Blog Tour Stop for Eclipse the Skies by Maura Milan hosted by Shealea @ CAFFEINE BOOK TOURS. If you love sci-fi stories, lovable heroes, and all the feels, then I highly recommend you add this book and series on your TBR. Be sure the follow the rest of the tour and check out the other amazing tour hosts!

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Eclipse the Skies (2019)


Published: September 3, 2019

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

Genre(s): Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Format: Hardcover, 400 Pages





Ia Cōcha never thought she’d be working for the Olympus Commonwealth. But that was before she found out her trusted brother Einn was trying to tear apart the universe. Now, Ia, the Blood Wolf of the Skies, has agreed to help the Royal Star Force on one condition: when she finds him, she gets to kill Einn herself. 

Brinn Tarver has just come to terms with her Tawny identity when the public lashes out against her people, crushing her family. At her breaking point, she starts to question everything she believes in—including Ia. 

After the death of his mentor, Knives Adams is doing his best to live up to a role he didn’t ask for as Aphelion’s new headmaster. Still, with each new step deeper into war, he feels torn between his duties and the pull of Ia’s radical—sometimes criminal—ideas. 

As they fight to keep darkness from eclipsing the skies, their unpredictable choices launch this breathtaking sequel to explosive new heights



A Surprising, Twisty and Utterly Exhilarating Finale

Surprising, twisty, and utterly exhilarating, Eclipse the Skies is a fantastic and emotionally moving finale that left me broken and in tears, but I loved every moment.

So, there’s a monster black hole in my heart and I’m an emotional wreck right now. Everything aches so much and I have this uneasy heaviness on my chest that just won’t go away… I don’t feel like that’s the end and I really don’t want it to be because as bittersweet and kind of fitting as it is, that’s not the conclusion I pictured for this amazing series. Just… I can’t accept that it’s over. But, alas it is and I have to say goodbye to these complex, flawed, but incredible space heroes I’ve come to admire and love.

In this thrilling conclusion, loyalties will be tested, allegiances will shift, secrets will be unraveled, and something sinister and dark might just destroy and end everything. Can Ia, Brinn, and Knives find a way to save the universe and the people they love?

I have to admit, there are some parts of this book that I don’t particularly like. I also really missed the humor and playful bantering between the characters in the first installment and wanted something a little bit more in the romance aspect of the book. Some parts are also a bit rushed and even a little disconnected. That being said, I still really enjoyed a huge chunk of this novel and I can honestly say that I had a blast racing through the finish line and watching everything unfold. The plot is filled with plenty of action, drama, tension, and twists and turns that will either break or warm your heart. The ending is something I hate and love at the same time and that’s all I’m going to say about that… definitely prepare yourself for the FEELS cause there’s so many emotions in this book and those last few pages really got to me.

My absolute favorite part of this novel is seeing the characters go on their separate journeys, learn something about themselves, and fight for what they believe in. Ia, Brinn and Knives have definitely been through so much, done terrible and amazing things, and evolved into the kind of heroes I love. They’re also very likable, relatable, and I rooted for them the entire time. I’m quite sad to say goodbye to them, but I feel so proud of Ia, Brinn and Knives and everything they’ve accomplished individually and together.

Maura Milan’s vivid storytelling is absolutely gorgeous, alluring, and impressive. Eclipse the Skies delivers a wonderfully emotional and absolutely unforgettable sci-fi adventure with all the feels I love. But this story isn’t just about fun and thrills… it’s also incredibly thought-provoking — an examination of humanity at its core, a reminder to never lose hope in the face of darkness, having the courage to stand up for justice and ultimately remembering the good and happy moments that are worth fighting and living for.

This is such a stunning and thoroughly satisfying series and I really wish there’s more.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.




Author (Maura Milan)

Maura Milan currently resides in Los Angeles, where she can be found hanging out in cafes and drinking matcha lattes. In her free time, Maura enjoys watching Korean dramas and hanging out with her schipperke, Thor, who she believes should become a professional comedian. 

To this day, Gilbert Blythe is her ultimate boy crush.


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