Jul 12, 2018

Sky in the Deep

Sky in the Deep
by Adrienne Young

Book:Stand Alone
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Pub Date: April, 2018
Genre: Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield — her brother, fighting with the enemy — the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

My Review: Meh....I'm not too sure what happened with this book. It sounded amazing, folks were raving about this book and when I got the ARC, I jumped on this.

However, I didn't really like it. It didn't grab my attention and hold it. Eelyn, is an okay character. We start with her in the mountains when she is called back home earlier than expected. So off she goes making her way back with some people to accompany her. They never expected to be under attack. Eelyn should have run and hide like she was told, and maybe should have been able to escape. Instead she's caught and puts up a  good fight. Unfortunately they over power her and she is forced to go with this enemy.

I gave it about a few more chapters after that scene. And then I just gave up on the book. I wasn't feeling it. The character's weren't screaming amazing at me. The story seemed to be moving along slowly. I ended up putting the book down at that point.




My Rating:
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Jul 10, 2018

Shadow of the Fox

Shadow of the Fox
by Julie Kagawa

Book: Shadow of the Fox #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: October 2, 2018
Genre: Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Once Every Thousand Years...

Every millennium, one age ends and another age dawns...and whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers holds the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish. The time is near...and the missing pieces of the scroll will be sought throughout the land of Iwagoto. The holder of the first piece is a humble, unknown peasant girl with a dangerous secret.

Demons have burned the temple Yumeko was raised in to the ground, killing everyone within, including the master who trained her to both use and hide her kitsune shapeshifting powers. Yumeko escapes with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll. Fate thrusts her into the path of a mysterious samurai, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan. Yumeko knows he seeks what she has...and is under orders to kill anything and anyone who stands between him and the scroll.

A wish will be granted and a new age will dawn. 

My Review: LOVE THIS!!!! 

I started with Julie's Iron Fey books and since then I have been hooked and never found a book I disliked from her. 

Anyway.... The great Kami Dragon has the power to grant any one wish a person could desire. In order for that to happen, one must have the scroll of a Thousand Prayers. Luckily the scroll is not complete and the dragon can't be summoned. But someone is looking to complete the scroll and summon the dragon and will stop at nothing to get it.

Yumeko is a fun character who grows to be tougher than she thought. She likes to spend her time practicing her fox abilities, even though it doesn't really please those in the temple. When talk about binding her abilities away, Yumeko freaks out and runs to a woman who has been around a long time and also has fox abilities. The woman is a little odd, but she does try to help Yumeko and give her advice/opinion. 

When a fire threatens all she knows things are going to move fast.  She will have to take the piece of the scroll and go to another temple. Protect the scroll at any cost and never let it get into the wrong hands. Yumeko will set off on this mission and it won't be easy.

I couldn't finish this book fast enough! I loved this and can't wait for the next book to be released already!!! 



My Rating:
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Jul 5, 2018

Brave

Brave
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book: Wicked Trilogy #3
Publisher: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pub Date: December 2017
Genre: New Adult
Format: Print
Source: Bought
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Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars. 

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens. 

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. 

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. 

Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself. 

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

My Review: I refuse to believe that this series is over. Nope, nope, let the denial process happen. Yes this series is just THAT AMAZE BALLS. (Yes, I did just say that).

Ren and Ivy have been through so much, but mostly Ivy so to speak.  She went from killing Fae, to being a halfling, kidnapped by the Prince to have a kid, escaped, helped by good Fae and work with them. Oh and then she was stabbed by those who were to keep her safe and now her skin is shimmery and ears pointy. I'd say she's had a lot happen.....

Ren  has had to deal with ignoring Ivy when she really needed him, being kidnapped as well, nearly losing Ivy and becoming friend with Tink. 

Together they've been through a lot. But, together they will find a way to end this and send the evil Fae back to their world or kill them. They are working for their tomorrow and start to a somewhat normal life together. On top of that, I loved how Tink grew and pulled off some great surprises and was always there for Ivy. 

As the book progressed, the emotions just grew until you realized that you just finished the book. Together Ren, Ivy and Tink work together with the good Fae, Summer Fae Prince to reveal a surprising twist, and evil Queen. In the end it was enough, everyone made it out alive. They now have the chance for a normal life, at least for a few years.

One of the best series I've read in a long time. Jennifer's writing never fails to amaze me and her take on the Fae was top notch! 

  

My Rating:
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Jul 3, 2018

Reign the Earth

Reign the Earth
by A.C. Gaughen

Book: The Elementae #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pub Date: January 30, 2018
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound. 

My Review: LOVE LOVE THIS! This is a great new series by A.C.  and I'm ready for the next book!

Shalia is making a great sacrifice. To marry a King she does not know, so that her people can have peace and she will become the new Queen. Her family gives her gifts and they party the night away. The next day she and her husband will head over to the Bonelands to begin their new life. Shalia won't be going alone, her brother will be going with them to the Bonelands and that will mean a lot to her.

They have been under attacked and met some some loyal folks all on the way to their home. Once they finally arrive Shalia is going to realize just what she signed up for wasn't exactly as she thought. Shalia will see a side of Calix that makes her blood boil. He is not so kind, doesn't think before ordering a kill, and once he even hit Shalia and that was way out of line. Right off the bat I could not stand Calix. 

As the ending came near, the intensity grew to on the edge of your seat kind of reading.  Shalia has done nothing but try and be the best Queen and wife she could be despite her secret of being an Elementae. She gave her people hope, more work to help feed and care for their families. Strong and elegant she is determined to make the kingdom even better. But now, Calix turns on his wife and is determined to kill her. He took away her family. Shalia will not back down without a fight, she and the resistance will stand against Calix until he is stopped and change and peace can begin. But until then there a long way to go before this war is over.
 




My Rating:
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Jun 29, 2018

Savage Beauty



Title: Savage Beauty
Author: Casey L. Bond
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling
Editor: Stacy Sanford/ The Girl with the Red Pen
Cover Designer: Melissa Stevens/ The Illustrated Author Design Services
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR


Once upon a time, a beautiful queen was cursed by a dark faery. That curse, inherited by twin princesses, Aura and Luna, binds their lives in the strangest of ways. At an early age, the girls were more than sisters. They were the strongest of allies until a combination of jealousy, anger and dark magic tore their relationship to shreds.

Aura took everything from Luna: her home, her family, and her love by murdering the prince who’d chosen her instead of Aura.

Luna wants revenge, but she’s running out of time. She must sever the magical bond tying her life to Aura’s before their eighteenth birthday or be bound to her forever. In desperation, she seeks help from a dark fae prince, but the price is steep – a piece of her soul.

Fate is a real witch. Luna was willing to give up anything to stop her sister, until Prince Phillip of Grithim, the brother of the only man she’s ever loved, falls into her life. Neither of them can fight their attraction, despite their guilt.

With Aura hell-bent on destroying everything she holds dear, Luna must decide whether she wants revenge or Phillip. She can’t have both, and in the end, this may be a battle both sisters lose.

**Savage Beauty is a fairy tale retelling of Sleeping Beauty... with fae witches. :)



Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.

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Deep in the Hollow





Title: Deep in the Hollow
Author: Brandy Nacole
Genre: YA Paranormal Suspense
Cover Designer: Cover Me Darling
Editor: John Cameron McClain
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After tragedy strikes 17-year-old Jo Moss’s life, she becomes plagued by panic attacks and anxiety. Not even sleep is safe for her. She thought losing her boyfriend in a freak accident at The Lights, a local overlook hangout where mysterious lights dance among the trees, was the worst thing she would have to endure. She never expected to become the one everyone blamed for his death.

Plagued by more nightmares of the lights, Jo is starting to think there is more to their mysterious appearance than meets the eye. Lucky for her, she discovers she’s not the only curious one in town. Cooper, the new guy in town, and his sister Jada have been seen asking strange questions around town. They also hold a secret that could help Jo figure out what’s truly going on in her small town.

The more they uncover about her town, it’s history, and some of its current residents, people whom Jo has known her whole life, the more she begins to think there are those who would rather keep the evil lurking around their town a secret, even if it means more will die.



Whenever she’s not reading or writing, Brandy is spending time with her family and friends, throwing around crazy ideas, teaching, and singing like a rock star at a concert for no one else but herself. She loves plants, but unfortunately is a killer of anything that requires water but can’t voice (scream) their needs.

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Jun 28, 2018

Warning Part Three




Title: Warning Part Three
Author: A.D. Justice
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Editor: Silently Correcting Your Grammar
Cover Designer: Designs by Dana
Publication Date: June 28th, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR

Just when I thought I had everything figured out, life blew up in my face without warning. The missing pieces of the puzzle weren’t clear, and the stakes were too high to merely hope for the best.

Absolute facts I’d believed my entire life turned out to be lies and the truth was harder to accept than the family ever realized. Protecting my loved ones was my only priority. Any threat had to be eliminated—no matter the consequences.

How deep did the treachery go? Only one way to find out.



A.D. Justice is the USA Today bestselling author of the Steele Security Series (Wicked Games, Wicked Ties, Wicked Nights, Wicked Intentions, Wicked Shadows), the Crazy Series (Crazy Maybe, Crazy Baby), the Dominic Powers series (Her Dom, Her Dom’s Lesson), the Immortal Obsessions series (Immortal Envy) and a few stand-alone romance novels, such as Completely Captivated, Just One Summer, Envy, and Intent.

When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with her own alpha male character in their North Georgia mountain home. She is also an avid reader of romance novels, a master at procrastination, a chocolate sommelier, a twister of words, and speaks fluent sarcasm. An avid animal lover, A.D. Justice has three horses, one dog, and two cats.

While the primary focus of her books has been romantic suspense, she has expanded into different sub-genres of romance. Stay tuned to read what she has in store for you!

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Jun 26, 2018

Shatter

Shatter
By Aprilynne Pike  

Book: Glitter #2
Publisher: Random House
Pub Date: February 13, 2018
Genre: Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Danica planned to use beauty, blackmail, and a glittering drug to control her own fate. Her escape from the twisted world of the Palace of Versailles was perfectly orchestrated and paid for. Or so she thought.

Betrayed by the man who had promised her freedom, Dani is now married to the murderous King. It's a terrifying position to be in...and yet it's oddly intoxicating. Power may be an even stronger drug than Glitter--a drug Dani can't resist, in the form of secrets, manipulation, and sabotage.

In her new position at the head of the court, Dani must ask herself who she really is. Can she use her newfound power to secure her real love, Saber's freedom and a chance at a life together outside the palace? Or is being Queen too addictive to give up? 

My Review: Being Queen could grow on Dani. Only a few chapters in and she is using her power well. Getting the freedom for the one she loves by blackmailing to use her votes on another. The King will have to keep his eye on Dani, she is quite brilliant and is learning just what being Queen really entails.

Dani and Saber can have their time together with meaning while she's out there faking her love with the King for all others to see. As long as things go smoothly, there should be nothing to stop her from having her way.

Overall I'm excited for how this book turned out. I wasn't a fan of the first book, but since I'm a fan of the author's other books, I decided to give this one more shot and it was worth it! 





My Rating:
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Moonlight Seduction

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The de Vincent brothers are back—and so is the intrigue that surrounds them—in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s sizzling new novel . . .

Nicolette Bresson never thought she’d return to the de Vincents’ bayou compound. It’s where her parents work, where Nikki grew up . . . and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki’s time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected—especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki’s space as much as possible.

Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He’d wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he’s known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman . . . one who’s being stalked from the shadows.

Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become a passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.


Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was an Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that feature over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more. She is also the creator and sole financier of the annual Write Your Way To RT Book Convention, a contest that gives aspiring authors a chance to win a fully paid trip to RT Book Reviews.


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Jun 21, 2018

ONLY A BREATH APART






Would you dare to defy destiny? Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people's opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?


“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love” (Wendy Higgins), ONLY A BREATH APART is a young adult contemporary novel from critically acclaimed Katie McGarry. “Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful” (Tammara Webber), ONLY A BREATH APART will be available on all retailers on January 22, 2019!




About ONLY A BREATH APART:

Jesse dreams of working the land that’s been in his family forever. But he’s cursed to lose everything he loves most.

Scarlett is desperate to escape her “charmed” life. But leaving a small town is easier said than done.

Despite their history of heartbreak, when Jesse sees a way they can work together to each get what they want, Scarlett can’t say no.Each midnight meeting between Jesse and Scarlett will push them to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other.




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Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.”
―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series


 

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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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