Saturday, May 25, 2019

Book Trailer Saturday (21) Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles #1)

Some people believe you can fall in love at first sight. When it comes to books I believe those people. Book trailers are an excellent way to fall in love at first sight. I hope to feature a book trailer here every Saturday to help you fall in love at first sigh...

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie. 

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

Friday, May 24, 2019

The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

Sometimes it is just fun to tag a book, let folks get a snippet of what you love to read and maybe even check out a book or two that they didn't realize was out. I of course got this one from Jessica's blog a GREAT read, who saw this tag over at Fiction No Chaser who saw it over at Romance Book Binge.

GREED: what is your most inexpensive book? expensive book?

Cheapest would be $0.99 which is what I try to keep my books at. It helps that I buy most via Kindle.

This one was $19.99 and my nine year old wanted it something fierce. I bought it, she finished it in a day. She does re-read but man did I want to roll my eyes at the cost.

WRATH: what author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

I loved this series until the end. I felt betrayed, and ever since then every time I pick up Crave the Mark, I have to put it back down. I want to read it but I don't think I can.

GLUTTONY: what book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

This really is my go to book for when I am in a horrible mood. Jessa is a strong female character and Braxton is just the right kinda alpha male.

SLOTH: what book have you neglected to read due to laziness?

Lord of Shadows brought with it all the feels, and I so looked forward to reading this when it was released. Releasing during and end of the semester, then the holidays made it difficult to sit down and read it. More books got released and I was too lazy to scroll back to it.

PRIDE: what book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

Most people know I read fiction and supernatural/paranormal romance/urban fantasy is my jam. I have no shame about the fact that I don't like to read serious books or books that will make me cry.  Adulting is hard enough.  I take pride in the fact that my book choice tends to be very diverse- shifters, witches, vampires, fae. Hopefully you get the picture.

I do love Pride and Prejudice and most people think that it is for intellectual readers. They don't realize that it is a romance novel. They also don't realize I like the movie just as much as the book. I even liked Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

LUST: what attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?

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Protective, Snarky, Moody Alpha Male- think Mr. Darcy (I married my own Mr. Darcy).

Strong, Sassy Female who don't spend too much time crying.

ENVY:what book would you most like to receive as a gift?

Hardback copy of this one would rock my world. I loved reading it on my kindle but I honestly think it would be just that much better when I can see and feel the pages.

If you're feeling the urge to talk 7 deadly sins with books, consider yourself tagged!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Review: Supernatural Academy

Author Jaymin Eve 
Format e-book 
Print Length 363 pages 
Publisher self 
Published May 7, 2019 

Maddison James is about to discover some truths about the world. 
Firstly … supernaturals exist. 

Secondly … she is one, even though no one seems to know exactly what kind. 
Double WTF. 

Thirdly … she’s about to go back to school. 
Well, things just got a little more interesting. 

The Supernatural Academy is where shifters, vampires, magic users, and fey are educated. Where they are taught about their abilities, and how to function in the human world. Maddison already has the human part down, but this supernatural thing is an entirely new dangerous game. 

Example one: mean girls who can actually turn you into a frog. 

Example two: Asher Locke, a god at the Academy. Not literally … well, who knows for sure. He certainly acts the part, as do all of his minions who worship him. 

Asher drives her crazy, because apparently gorgeous and arrogant is her thing. Sparks fly between them, and the more they’re thrown together, the more Asher is determined to figure out what’s been blocking her abilities. 

Until the moment the truth is revealed, and they find out nothing in this supernatural world is what they thought. 

Including each other. 

My Opinion 

Haters are going to hate, and right now there is some hate out there for this book. My response is this: read the blurb! If you did you would realize that this is about a normal girl find out that she is not so normal, and being introduced to the supernatural world. You would also know that even if it has a RV vibe, it was not RV. The author clearly spells it out. It is stinking hard to find an academy book these days that is not reverse harem. I get that there is a huge demand for them right now but some of us just don’t like them. I happen to be one of them and so I got super excited that not only was Jaymin Eve writing an academy book, but that it was set in the Supernatural Prison world where there were true mates. I knew that the guys were going to be close, pack mates were in this world. I also knew that since this was a spin-off of an original series, the author didn’t need to take as much time world building as she did in the original series. 

Maddi takes to finding out about the supernatural world pretty well. She is not a girl who is going to crying in her tea over something like this. She is more of a roll with the punches kinda girl. She does get frustrated when she at times with her lack of power (hers is blocked) in this whole new world. She adapts and is able to develop some strong girl power relationships with Ilia, the mage that is a tracker, and Larissa a vampire- whose daddy runs the academy. Their friendship builds naturally and soon becomes like sisters. She is excited to learn all that she can about the supernatural world she is now a part of. I love how her friends support her at every turn-which is at times is hard to find in books and in real life. 

The Atlantean race is dwindling in numbers, their blood weakening. Asher is one intense Atlantean, he has to be as there is a lot of responsibility that falls on his shoulders. He keeps it together with his “brothers”, the other Atlanteans that are at the academy. He knows his strengths and allows his brothers to help when it is needed. Asher’s knowledge of the water element is pretty darn sexy as well. The chemistry between these two is boiling hot, when they aren’t avoiding each other. It is obvious that there is something there even if they ignore it for a while. 

The mystery of Maddi’s blocked powers, who is after her and why they need her causes this one to be faster paced than I thought it would be going in. I should have known better though, instead of taking a couple of days to read- I looked up and it was 3 in the morning. I could not put it down. Asher reminds me a lot of Brace from the Walker Saga. The secondary characters make it all the better and I cannot wait to find out what happens with Larissa and a certain Atlantean. The year of purple is going to rock our socks off. 

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars 

Favorite Quote “I can’t resist you any longer.” 

Other People 

Ilia- mage, tracker 
Larissa- vampire 
Jesse- Atlantean, lion shifter 
Axl- Atlantean, mage 
Rone- Atlantean, vampire 
Calen- Atlantean, mage

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (21) Parental Guidance

Hey y'all, thanks so much for stopping by my WoW! 

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinewhich spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating

All I want is to play hockey on the Ice Knights, instead, I’m in a viral video for all the wrong reasons and my mom—yes, my mom—has taken over my dating apps. Then, when I think it can’t get any worse, the fates deliver Zara Ambrose, a five-feet-nothing redhead with more freckles than inches and who’d rather be anywhere other than on a date with me. 

Now a bet with her friends and my PR nightmare have us both stuck in this go-on-five-dates-with-the-same-person hell situation. But if we band together, we can get the whole thing over with and go on with our lives. It’s perfect! No feelings. No future. No fuc— *ahem* fun. No naked fun.

What could go wrong? Nothing—as long as I remember the rules. Don’t notice the way she looks in a dress. Don’t react when she does that little shivery sigh thing whenever we touch. Don’t think about the fact that she’s never had a toe-curling orgasm that wasn’t self-delivered and just how badly I want to change that.

Five dates—that’s it—and then we go our separate ways. At least, that was the plan..

Why am I waiting?

There was a preview chapter of this in Tomboy, which had me go pre-order it. I am very excited about this one.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Teaser Tuesday (21) The Coven: Box Set

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

Teaser One

“I understand your family had a different plan on how to bring your nieces into our world, and I respect that. But we no longer have that freedom. By the time the twins get here, we’ll have lost a week. We have to bring them in as soon as possible.”

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Tennessee telling Cooper that his sisters need to be brought into the mix sooner rather than later is heartbreaking. I wonder why they need the twins so badly.

Teaser Two

"I'm telling you this because I don't want you to be scared about what's happening to you. You can't be with him right now, and I know firsthand how hard it is to be separated from your soulmate. It’s absolute hell. I wanted you to know that he feels the same way you do. He is yours, even if you can’t have him yet.”

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When your momma has to give you some hard truths, sometimes all you can do is cry. Devon handled it well, but I am sure Tegan is still going to hold on to some hurt feelings.

Teaser Three

“I was as shocked as you are, trust me. But when it showed, I knew I had to come here, to take my place in The Coven. I imagine this will be hard for you guys, and I really am sorry. about _________. I didn't choose to replace_____."

The Devil in white.

Interesting. That wildness in his smile made so much more sense now.

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I have a feeling that Deacon is going to shake things up a little bit. More so than the twins did, if that is possible.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Book Trailer Saturday (20) We Hunt the Flame

Some people believe you can fall in love at first sight. When it comes to books I believe those people. Book trailers are an excellent way to fall in love at first sight. I hope to feature a book trailer here every Saturday to help you fall in love at first sigh...

People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. 

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Wanderlust Book Tag

I am kinda digging Book Tags right now, and I of course saw this one up on Jessica's blog a GREAT read, who saw this tag over at Fiction No Chaser who saw it over at Reading by Starlight! I kept the same image as Jessica, who I think found it on Fiction No Chaser.

SECRETS AND LIES: a book set in a sleepy small town


SALT AND SAND: a book with a beach-side community


HERE THERE BE DRAGONS: a book with a voyage on the high seas


TREAD LIGHTLY: a book set down a murky river or jungle


London has a murky river, doesn't it?

FROZEN WASTES: a book with frostbitten atmosphere


THE BOONIES: a book with ruff or isolated terrain


HINTERLANDS AND COWBOYS: a book with a western-esque setting


LOOK LIVELY: a book set across sweeping desert sands


WILD AND UNTAMED: a book set at the heart of the woods


WILDEST DREAMS: a whimsical book shrouded in magic


These are more like fate of the world rest on your shoulders books but there is a lot of magic in them.

If you're feeling the Wanderlust, consider yourself tagged for this one!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Review: American Witch

Author Thea Harrison 
Format e-ARC 
Print Length 420 pages 
Publisher Self
Published April 29, 2019 

Power can change a person…

For months Molly Sullivan endures the inexplicable: electrical surges, car breakdowns, visions. She even wonders if she might be the cause… and wonders if she might be crazy. Then she discovers her husband has cheated on her. Again. Now Molly realizes she is a newly awakening witch and a woman pushed over the edge.

Revenge can shape a person…

Josiah Mason is a Powerful witch and the leader of a secret coven with a shared goal: to destroy an ancient enemy who has ruined many lives. Josiah lost years to this man, and his sole focus is revenge. He’s prepared for every contingency—except encountering a beautiful new witch who understands nothing of the immense Power building within her or the attraction she wields over him.

Danger can bring them together…

When divorcing her husband, Molly uncovers a dangerous secret he’s willing to kill to protect. She turns to Josiah for help, and they discover a connection between Molly’s husband and Josiah’s enemy.

As they work together, a spark ignites between them that threatens to become an inferno. But Molly is done compromising herself for any man, and Josiah’s mission is his top priority. And the enemy is cunning, cruel, and drawing ever closer.

As the danger escalates, so does the tension between them. Is a lasting relationship possible? Will either of them live long enough to try? 

My Opinion 

The perfect trophy wife, the best hostess, the perfect daughter-Molly. That is until she discovers that her husband has cheated, the same day that they are hosting an important gathering for the law firm he works at. She was busy making the house perfect when she found the evidence. Shellshocked, she leaves only to come back in the middle of the dinner party. She sure does make an entrance. As she leaves her cheating husband she is smart enough to clean out the safe and the bank account. Josiah, the recently elected District Attorney is there and witnesses her entrance, declaration, and escape. 

Molly is interesting in that she starts off as a woman scorned again, yet she doesn’t rain down balefire on her cheating husband. Instead as cool as a cucumber she walked away, with everything. She is calm, cool and collective. Her only debating with her inner self comes when they concern Josiah. Which makes sense, he is the one that tells her about her powers. She stumbled upon the illegal activities of her husband’s firm and is in danger. She could have gotten into the fetal position to rock back and forth, nah she puts on her big girl panties and decides to use it to her advantage. Molly is not naïve, or a doormat. She calls Josiah out when he needs to be. 

Josiah has an agenda, it isn’t hidden from Molly. He embraces his need for revenge and allows it to rule who he is. He and his coven plan on taking down a big baddie- a plan that has been years in the making. He is not above using his magic to get what he wants. Too bad Molly is way to powerful to be manipulated. He does not treat Molly as if her marriage of 20 some odd years just crumbled before his eyes. He knows she is hot and he is shocked when he starts to feel things for her. 

The chemistry between these Josiah and Molly runs hot sometimes and then cold. Both of them have a lot of baggage when it comes to previous relationships, so I understood the need for them to pull back. The tension between them though was pulled as tight as it could be pulled without breaking. 

I liked this story and am looking forward to more in the series. The action and romance was balanced, the pacing good. I have no clue who the next couple will be, other people may have figured it out but I am hoping that Richard falls next. 

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars 

Favorite Quote “I don’t like confusion in any state, not mentally or emotionally, and certainly not physically.” 

Other People 

Sarah- Molly’s mentor 
Anson- member of Josiah’s coven 
Henry- member of Josiah’s coven 
Richard- member of Josiah’s coven 
Maria- member of Josiah’s coven

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (20) Shadow and Flame

Hey y'all, thanks so much for stopping by my WoW! 

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

From acclaimed author Mindee Arnett comes the thrilling conclusion of the stunningly epic, action-packed, and romantic fantasy adventure about a powerful girl possessed of strange magic, the outcast prince she loves, and the kingdom that has torn them apart.

Kate and Corwin are on the run, desperate for allies in a new world of war among the kingdoms of Rime. As the book opens, Kate suffers a massive loss, one that will shape the struggle for freedom of all wilders and magic folk—that is, if Kate can learn to control her own power. 

Why am I waiting?

I loved Onxy and Ivory the first book in the series. I loved that even without a cliffhanger, I wanted to discover more about Kate and Corwin.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Teaser Tuesday (20) Supernatural Academy

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

Teaser One

“That would be the first time,” she said, trying to breathe, talk, and laugh at the same time, “that any girl has run from them. You’re going to shake up this school, I can already tell.”

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Running away from those five may just make you even more intriguing to them.  I hope you know what you are doing Maddi.

Teaser Two

“Rone seems to think you’re a spy or assassin, sent here to take us out. This has piqued Asher’s interest because he likes to know everything that’s going on, stay in control of situations. He wants to talk directly to you … I just beat him to it."

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Jesse sure is talkative.  I wonder if he has a motive?  Or if he really is just this nice.

Teaser Three

“I’m starting to get a complex.” His low voice came from just behind me, causing me to jump and spin around.

"Uh, what?" I said, giving him my full attention.  "A complex?"

He shook his head. “You keep running away from me, and I’m almost certain you haven’t listened to a single word I’ve said since we stepped onto the sand.”

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The most sought after guy at the Academy and she is giving him a complex.  I think he is flirting without flirting.

Teaser Four

“He watches you, you know, when you’re not paying attention. And the look on his face … not friends. Very much not friends. It’s intense and hot. If he holds back, it’s because he thinks he has a good reason to do so.”

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Thank goodness someone else besides me thinks that he LIKES her.  Larissa is on point, now if they could just find her soulmate as well.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Book Trailer Saturday (19) Broken Throne

Some people believe you can fall in love at first sight. When it comes to books I believe those people. Book trailers are an excellent way to fall in love at first sight. I hope to feature a book trailer here every Saturday to help you fall in love at first sigh...

Return once more to the deadly and dazzling world of Red Queen in Broken Throne, a beautifully designed, must-have companion to the chart-topping series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Aveyard.

The perfect addition to the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series, this gorgeously designed package features three brand-new novellas, two previously published novellas, Steel Scars and Queen Song, and never-before-seen maps, flags, bonus scenes, journal entries, and much more exclusive content.

Fans will be delighted to catch up with beloved characters after the drama of War Storm and be excited to hear from brand-new voices as well. This stunning collection is not to be missed!

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Netflix Book Tag

Found this tag posted on Jessica's blog a GREAT Read and of course I wanted to play. I have to admit though, I am not very good at binge watching tv. I never get that message asking me if I am still watching. Partly because I would rather be reading and I hate reading when there is tv in the background.

RECENTLY WATCHED: The last book you finished reading.

The next on in this series comes out in June, which I am thankful for because I need to know what happens.

TOP PICKS: A book that has been recommended to you based on books you have previously read.

I am so glad that I listened to the recommended reading for this one. I really like the series, books two and three are already out. They are all really good.

RECENTLY ADDED: The last book you bought.

This was a pre-order that downloaded on the day that I wrote this post. I am excited to start it, holding off until Friday though.

POPULAR ON NETFLIX: Books that everyone knows about (2 you’ve read and 2 you haven’t read or have no interest in reading.)

Two I have read!

I really liked these two books that are considered "popular" so much so that I got several of my students to read both series as well.

Two I have not read!

I thought I would, I really want to....want to read them but nope, no desire. Why? I have no clue.

COMEDIES: A funny book.

I am still laughing at scenes from this one. What a fun series!

DRAMAS: A character who is a drama queen/king.

Stevie MacKilligan and Taran Wird

Drama on two different levels, but fun drama not malicious drama. These are the books that they star in, yet they are introduced in their older siblings books first.

ANIMATED: A book with cartoons on the cover.

This series is fun all the way down to the covers!

WATCH IT AGAIN: A book or series that you want to re-read.

I love all of these and have re-read one of them multiple times already!

DOCUMENTARIES: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone.

I had to read this for one of classes in order to get my specialist degree in education. This is about the only non-fiction book I have ever read that has stuck with me. Most I forget right away.

ACTION AND ADVENTURE: An action packed book.

This one renewed my faith in fantasy/action books and I am enjoying the series completely.

NEW RELEASES: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read.

I am really excited about this spin-off series of Hidden Legacy. I cannot wait to read Catalina's story.

I loved doing this tag! It was fun to see which of my books/series that I enjoyed made the cut. Several did not, just like each month when Netflix has to cut several shows/movies.