Saturday, January 18, 2020

Book Trailer Saturday (3) Lady Smoke


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...




The sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that was "made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir" ( Bustle ), Lady Smoke is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.

The Kaiser murdered Theodosia's mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo's country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess--a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn't realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.


Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage--Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser's rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.

To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.

Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Review: Fury Frayed (Of Fates and Furies)



Author Melissa Haag 
Format e-book 
Print Length 308 pages 
Publisher Shattered Glass Publishing LLC 
Published Jan. 23, 2018 





Megan’s temper lands her in Girderon Academy, an exclusive school founded in a town of misfit supernatural creatures. It’s the one place she should be able to fit in, but she can’t. Instead, she itches to punch the smug sheriff in his face, pull the hair from a pack of territorial blondes, and kiss the smile off the shy boy’s face. Unfortunately, she can’t do any of that, either, because humans are dying and all clues point to her.

With Megan’s temper flaring, time to find the real killer and clear her name is running out. As much as she wants to return to her own life, she needs to embrace who and what she is. It’s the only way to find and punish the creature responsible. 



My Opinion 


Every once in a while you come across a new author with a book cover that looks interesting. Then you click on it to read the blurb. Maybe you even read a few reviews just in case you are still interested. Then you click on the look inside button-if you haven’t figured it out yet, I am looking at them on amazon. You start reading and when you get to the end of the sneak peek chapter/chapters you have to one-click to find out what happens next. This is one of those cases. 

Megan grew up in the human world, where she was constantly getting into fights. She gets suspended again and her momma decides that it is time to move. They drive through the night, to Uttira, the town seems normal and the new house needs a little work but she has seen worse. When she wakes up her momma is gone- having down all the responsible parenting stuff that ones does before leaving their only child to fend for themselves. 

Things get weird, her first day of school showing her just how out of her comfort zone she truly is. Megan is a fun character to watch- she never does what is expected. She is okay with being a loner, she is in touch with her inner self and she actually likes herself. Unusual for a YA book, but there you have it. She embraces life and even if she gets suckered punched she still handles it well. 

At the beginning there looks to be two love interest for her, Fenris and Oanen. Both shifters, one a wolf and the other a griffin. Both hot, both alpha males but one gets friend zone fairly early on. One comes with a lot of overbearing protective vibes the other with a harem of gals vying for his attention. 

As this is a new book in a new series, there is a lot of details about the world that we are stepping in. Sometimes those details overshadow the mystery of who the killer is or character development. Regardless, I liked the details and the world came to life for me. 

This one was a fun paranormal romance to read. Megan can hold her own and in the end there was no love triangle “praise the author for this decision.” It does not end in a cliffhanger- which is another fabulous surprise. Overall, I enjoyed reading it and since the next book in the series was already out I could continue with Megan’s journal of paranormal discoveries. 

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars 


Favorite Quote “You’re adorable, and that is my favorite rejection, by far.” 


Other People 

Fenris- shifter 
Oanen- shifter 
Eliana- succubus, Megan’s new bestie 
Aubrey- shifter, mean girl

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday (3) Zodiac Academy 5: Cursed Fates




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






After the devastating events at Zodiac Academy, we have to deal with this darker world we're faced with.
Lionel seeks to hurt us, the Nymphs seek to hurt the entire Fae race, and between all of it, we just have to try and survive each day as it comes.
I'm afraid of everything falling apart, but it looks like it already has.


Why am I waiting?

So I realize that book four came out on Monday. That ending though! How does a book end with two cliffhangers? I need answers!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Teaser Tuesday (2) Fury Frayed

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 

“My issues have issues. I’m more likely to spontaneously hit you than kiss you. Hanging out like this, although really awesome for me, is just going to cause you more trouble.”

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I am not too sure Fenris will care about the trouble. Just saying Megan is pretty awesome.


Teaser Two

“Your ignorance is a gift. By not knowing what you are, you don’t have to conform. You don’t need to be what everyone thinks you should be. You decide for yourself who you want to be. So stop whining about what you don’t know and focus on what you do.”

Fury Frayed page 131

When someone lectures you and all you want to do is throat punch them.


Teaser Three

Oanen’s hands slid up to my shoulders until his fingertips brushed my collarbones, and his thumbs rested on each side of my spine. The heat of his touch bled into my skin, and I shivered subtly.

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Man that is one way to get outta a fight. Oanen sure does care if Megan gets hurt...wonder why?

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Book Trailer Saturday (2) City of Ghost


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...



Cassidy Blake's parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn't sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn't belong in her world. Cassidy's powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday (2) The Uptown Witch



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






Run an entire school for magic. No pressure, right?

Wrong.

It’s all pressure. Nothing but pressure.

The rest of my Coven got to go home and relax. All I want to do after the last few months is to sit on my couch, eat a whole box of cookies, and binge watch mindless feel-good movies. But apparently that is not on my to-do list.

To top it all off…it’s Christmas season. In Manhattan. And I get to host the Yule Ball for all of Eden. Every witch and shifter in the world has been invited...to show off our new School of Magical Arts. Now I just have to make sure we're ready for the world.

But right...no pressure. NBD.

Why am I waiting?


Ummm this is one of my all time favorite series- the fact that it is broken up into sifferent season is amazing and if you read the Christmas Epilogue at the end of The Secret Witch then you know the questions I have....They need answers man, they need answers.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Teaser Tuesday (1) The Secret Witch

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

“Just don’t call him.” 

“What? Why not?” 

“The dude is already gonna be flying down the highway, but if he knew it was you?” Cooper shook his head. “We want him to actually arrive here.”

The Secret Witch Kindle Location 159

Copper giving good advice!  See how well he is handling this...

Teaser Two

And I was pretty sure I knew those answers. Except I couldn’t prove it. I just had a hunch and little clues. Puzzle pieces. Until I had undeniable proof, I couldn’t tell him.

The Secret Witch Kindle Location 

It is so heartbreaking to know something- truly know you are right but not be able to prove it.

Teaser Three

“They need you. Go. Fire and ice got this.”

The Secret Witch Kindle Location 2074

Had to, brought to mind my favorite poem of all time. 

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Book Trailer Saturday (1) The Dreadful tale of Prosper Readding

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...







33785202I would say it's a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness.

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn't exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor's control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there's a lot Alastor isn't telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

2019 End of the Year Survey


**2019 READING STATS** 



Number Of Books You Read:163
Number of Re-Reads:13
Genre You Read The Most From: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance 


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1. Best Book You Read In 2019? 


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2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? 



This one has all the elements of a great series. The book starts off solid. The love interest, well that is where is fell short for me. I hated the love interest, he attempted to be all protective alpha male but something was off for me. I hope he does not continue to be the love interest in the next book. I would love for him to well fall off the face of the Earth, but I doubt that will happen. 



3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 





4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? 





5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019? 

Best Series 


I realize my favorite book of 2019 is a sequel however, this one does need to be mentioned… 

 Best Sequel 


Best Series Ender 




6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019? 



This one is hard to decide, so I am just not going to choose. Instead I will highlight both authors. 
Chandelle LaVaun- The Coven: Elemental Mage, Academy Magic and School of Magical Arts Series. 
Megan Montero- The Royals: Witches Court and Warlock Court. 


7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? 




8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? 


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9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year? 



10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019? 

11. Most memorable character of 2019? 


Bettina from Academy Magic 

 Telly from the Warlock Court a close second 


12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019? 

Breath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles, #2)

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019? 

Tend to avoid those kinda reads.... If I had to pick than...


14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read? 


Ocean Light by Nalini Singh

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019? 


“What…the…hell…kind…of”—I swung my fire opal blade at the tentacle around my foot—“…Middle-…earth…bullshit…is…this!” The Wild Witch

"You don’t begrudge me my dirty hottie. He’s like Lucky Charms sinfully delicious.” Wicked Wish

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019? 





17. Book That Shocked You The Most 





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18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) 



Bettina and Jackson from The Coven: Academy Magic Series 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year 

In a Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston
In a Badger Way is hilariously over the top, shifting craziness with the MacKilligan sisters front and center. I laughed so loudly reading this one. Their sisterly love is shining brightly in this one which makes it just that much better. 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously 


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21. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.: 

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The Royals: Witches Court- heard about them from the facebook group for Chandelle LaVaun.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019? 



Jackson, The Coven: Academy Magic Series 
Logan, The Royals: Warlock Court Series 


23. Best 2019 debut you read? 

Umm...I never pay attention to this.  Opps!


24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? 



25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? 

In a Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019? 


27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? 

Supernatural Academy: Year One (Supernatural Academy, #1)
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? 
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29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019? 

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30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? 



Trap (Origin, #5)
I was so annoyed with this one that I didn’t even review it. I may not continue the series as this book made me so angry. It didn’t even feel like it belonged in this series. 

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1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019? 

Wicked Scribes but she left the blogging world in Oct.

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2019? 


Fandom Friday (1) Pride and Prejudice

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019:? 


I didn't...Yikes!

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)? 


No events this year, hopefully some next year.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019? 

In Wicked Omen there is a character that sounds and looks like me. She of course is with Logan and yeah… it made my year 2019 and probably 2020. 

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? 

Having five kids, with four in extracurriculars as well as one being a toddler. The girls school work now requires a computer for half of all assignments when previously they did not. So my computer is being used half of the time by them. 

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? 

Review of Heart on Fire 


8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? 

Fandom Friday (1) Pride and Prejudice 

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? 

Facebook groups sponsored by the authors of series. Seriously, my absolute favorite discovery of all of 2019. 

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? 

I finished the Goodreads challenge- I started off with challenging myself to 100 books, after I suprassed that I went ahead and upped it to 150. I finished the year out with 167. So yeah, pretty proud of myself. 
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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020? 

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Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard. It came out in Feb. and I pre-ordered it but then it got lost in books I had to review. Then life happened and well I never got around to it. 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)? 

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Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews. This is the second book in the Catalina stories of Hidden Legacy. A series that I have been following since 2014 with Burn for Me- it took three years to convince Avon to continue the series. A long three years where I read everything that Ilona Andrews released hoping to get a glimpse at Mad Rogan and Nevada. Now it’s Catalina’s turn and the first book Sapphire Flames was epic. 


3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? 

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I don’t really pay attention to that kinda stuff. Kinda looking forward to HOOD by Jenny Elder Moke. I think it is a debut. 


4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020? 

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Crush The King by Jennifer Estep. The Crown of Shards series is one of my favorites by her and this one is promising to be an epic battle between good and evil. Right and wrong. 


5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020? 

Be more consistent with reviews in 2020. With five kids, life kinda took over this year and their activities prevented me from reviewing as much as I wanted to. Since this is the first year that this has happened I am hoping that it is the only year that it happens. It broke my heart when I realized my last review was in October! 


6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable): 

I haven’t yet- Megan Montero moved up her release date for Wicked Wish to Dec. 31, 2019. This was going to be my 2020 release that I have already read. Still no regrets it was fabulous!