Saturday, April 30, 2016
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.
And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter
will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love... or be killed himself.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear... the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Print Length 157 pages
Published April 19, 2016
My Rating 3 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote “As long as we exist, you survive”
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Why am I waiting?
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
My Rating 3 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote “Never underestimate your own worth.”
Sunday, April 24, 2016
My Rating 3 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote “They are far greater than the sum of their parts together, but are equally as dangerous to each other’s existence.”
Saturday, April 23, 2016
How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour.
But Apollo has many enemies - gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Format e-bookPrint Length 229 pages
Publisher Lexia Press, LLC
Published March 15, 2016
Witches, potions, and magical spells—that all made sense, but men turning into animal-like monsters in the middle of the night? That had to be fiction, right? Wrong. Cassandra Booth thought her world of witches would be complete when she joined her coven. Fate didn’t plan to let that be the case for her. Joining the coven brings new knowledge, like mates and men as animals, all things Cassie would rather not know. As her plans unravel she must find a way to join the coven without committing her life to a guy she once was friends with and now hates.
Cassie has grown-up an outsider in her hometown. Partly because no one knows who her daddy is. Partly because she was raised by her eccentric aunt and grumpy uncle. And finally because her powers scare the begeebees out of people. She believes that if she takes and passes the test to become a witchling apprentice early she will finally find her place. Instead she finds more questions and a mate that she doesn’t want. How to get rid of him and still take her place in the coven is her main concern. Instead she honestly should be worried about things that go bump in the night.
Cassie is an interesting gal. She accepts all the changes that come with being in a coven with an open mind. All but one- the mating parting. I honestly don’t get why she can accept night and day humans but not he paring of the two. I felt that she was protesting too much.
Nate is a good mate. He is kind and understanding of what Cassie is going thorough. Okay, so for the last 8 years he had to stay away from Cassie but that was due to his alpha. He is not only understanding, he protects her- from evil and from herself. Cassie makes some mistakes. Things happen and she gets kidnapped not once but twice by two different groups. Nate is there both times, to save the day. Cassie isn’t always the nicest to him. I get her resentment but like the song goes- let it go.
The Witchling Apprentice is an intriguing start to a spin-off series. You do not have to read the original story to understand what is going on in the tale. I didn’t and had no trouble following the plot. It does make you want to go back and read the original series if you go t the time. Here is hoping that some questions will be answered in the next book.
My Rating 3 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote "He was her protector, and she could feel it even more strongly now."
Other PeopleWhitney- girl bestie, keeps failing all witch classes
Owen- guy bestie
Jack- Cassie’s cousin
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Why am I waiting?
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
Print Length 201 pagesPublisher self
Published December 15, 2015
8 hrs and 30 mins
Are you an Ash?
*Lack of appetite
*Beauty & Strength
Call the hotline if these symptoms come on suddenly!
Turns out Charlie Bennet was all of those things except the last. Don’t let the name fool you, Charlie was all woman and she wanted nothing to do with the ash … until the day she found out she was one.
It all started when infected bats bit a small group of humans and created what are now called vampires. Then, the male vampires knocked up some female humans and the result was a gorgeous race of all male ash. Superhuman freaks that had looks to kill.
Charlie is the first female ash, aka unicorn of the Hive – the gated compound in Portland that the humans have designated to isolate vampires and ash from society.
Problem? The Hive is full and only a select few will be allowed to live there. To live at all, really. If Charlie wants to earn the right to become a citizen of the Hive, she will have to survive the culling – a series of fights to the death. And guess what? Just because she’s a girl doesn’t mean she’ll get special treatment.
Good thing there’s Ryder, the mysterious lead ash enforcer, who seems to always have her back. But when secrets bubble to the surface, it will take more than one guy to save her.
While all the gals around her are swooning over the Ash, in their class, in the clubs, on the street. Charlie sees them for what they really are- monsters. That is until she finds out she is one. Talk about a Holy heck moment. Not only is she an Ash, she is the only female one at all. So, she is uprooted from her life and thrown into the Hive. Sort of like residential housing for the Ash, except there are only a few accepted every year- to weed out the weak they do a thing called the culling. A fight to the death.
Charlie starts out a level headed college student, and ends up a college drop-out that isn’t so level headed. Being declared an Ash guarantees her dropping out of college and taking part of the culling promises some mental issues. Honestly she isn’t supposed to survive the culling (that is pretty much what the elders are banking on) but she does. Her trainer Ryder, doesn’t focus too much on what she can’t do, or doesn’t have. He relies instead on her strengths which is a nice change. Ryder tries to protect Charlie at a distance. You find out later what his issue is but the at a distance part puts a hampering on the romance/ chemistry part of the story.
I liked Charlie, I did. That being said there are things about her that got to be a tad bit annoying. Example- does she ever stop thinking about Ryder? I mean gal gots it bad for a guy that is purposely keeping his distance. She also seems to be keeping secrets- from her family, her friends, her vampire sponsor, her supporters. She is bitter about all things Ash and Hive related. I get it I do, it’s just dang gal talk about biting the hand that feeds you- literally. Plus, she whines a little…okay a lot. It took some getting use to since whining is a no no in my world.
Ryder has issues. He is the main guy interest, although I found Lucas had more appeal to me. Lucas is Charlie’s vamp sponsor. Why he is interested in her no one knows but I bet it is for nefarious ends. Back to Ryder, he is the leader of the enforcers. Who’s man job is to protect the humans for the rouge vamp/ash. He had it rough when he became an Ash and so holds people at a distance. I am hoping in the next book, we are shown more of his personality.
Ash is a good start to a series with great potential. It entertained me enough to make me wonder about the direction that story is going in.
My Rating 3 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote “Ain’t no one stealing our unicorn on our watch.”
Other PeopleTess- Charlie’s bff, ash-crazy
Jayden- Charlie’s roomie, Ash
Lucas- Charlie’s vampy sponsor
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Print Length 352 pages
Published April 26, 2016 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert continues her smoking-hot series about the O'Malleys—wealthy, powerful, and full of scandalous family secrets.
Carrigan O'Malley has always known her arranged marriage would be more about power and prestige than passion. But after one taste of the hard-bodied, whiskey-voiced James Halloran, she's ruined for anyone else. Too bad James and his family are enemy number 1.
Hallorans vs. O'Malleys—that's how it's always been. James should be thinking more about how to expand his family's empire instead of how silky Carrigan's skin is against his and how he can next get her into his bed. Those are dangerous thoughts. But not nearly as dangerous as he'll be if he can't get what he wants: Carrigan by his side for the rest of their lives.
Carrigan and James first met in The Marriage Contract, and at times stole the show away from the two main characters of that tale- Teague and Callista. Their chemistry and interactions were explosive. Needless to say I have been waiting for what seemed like forever to get their story. The Wedding Pact did not disappoint.
These two come from two opposing mobster families. For the last several years, Carrigan has played the role of the dutiful catholic daughter. One who may have aspirations for the church, only a few know that it is a ruse to keep her daddy from marrying her off to another family for more power. As the oldest daughter, he can’t marry off the youngest two before her. That way Sloan and Keira are safe, at least that is what Carrigan has been telling herself. Her daddy has had enough- she must decide between her suitors before her birthday. Which is a month away- what the what? That is not enough time, but he has been waiting for several years.
James is the second son, he should not have inherited the Hallorans family business or the troubles that come with it. Yet, fate intervened and now it is his. Not only is the head of the Halloran family, he can’t get the O’Malley daughter out of his head. One night was all it took for her to consume him, and for him to make a mistake that could cost him a chance at love.
Carrigan is strong-willed, smart and a tad bit conniving. The death of her beloved brother has taken its toll on her and everyone in her family. She knows what she has to do- marry for power. But it doesn’t stop her from having a little fun before hand.
James is tough, yet patient. He is trying his hardest to turn his family around- away from the life of crime and into more legitimate enterprises. His daddy is in jail, his older brother dead it should be easy. He didn’t bank on his little brother or the fact that others may want to move into his neighborhood now that leadership is changing hands. He sees the spark in Carrigan and he wants to watch is burn. He knows they are not for each other but that doesn’t stop him.
The Wedding Pact is burning hot. Just as flame worthy as The Marriage Contract. This is the first mobster series that I have liked. I cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out. Hopefully the author will have one planned for Carrigan’s body guard Liam cause dang is he hot.
My Rating 5 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote “You’re mine and mine alone.”
Other PeopleRicky- James little brother, hate him
Dmitri- one of Carrigan’s suitors
Cillian- one Carrigan’s brothers
Liam- Carrigan’s body guard
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016
Format e-ARCPrint Length 297 pages
Publisher Spencer Hill Press
Published April 5, 2016
One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who's forever owned his heart.
Justin Carter has a secret. He's not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy...and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she'd ever forgive him.
Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she's done everything she can to get over Justin, and graduation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she'll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first.
For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate's given him a shot at redemption, he's determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton...well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.
The Natural History of Us is my new favorite YA contemporary! It is told in dual points of view in two different periods of time (present day and three years ago). The switch-a-roo was a bit much in the beginning but eventually I fell into the pattern. Who the characters are then are not who they are today.
Justin is the star catcher of the high school baseball team. Peyton, a former rodeo princess who had a medical set back. Three years ago they were secretly madly in love with each other. It was a secret due to number of factors, like her daddy being the head baseball coach. They ended up breaking up- Justin goes on to be a player, and Peyton the sweet girl next door type. Neither truly get over the other, both still hurting from a love gone wrong. Their FACs teacher pairs them for a final project- the progression of relationships (dating, wedding, honeymoon, starting a family). Peyton doesn’t want to be paired with Justin- he did break her heart. Justin is hopeful that this will allow him to win her back.
Justin is one of those characters that even when he is jerk you end up hoping he gets his happily ever after. From past to present Justin, you get to see his character growth. He hasn’t had the easiest home life, although you wouldn’t know that standing on the outside. It took him a long time to overcome the damage caused by his parents. He use to base his decisions on his upbringing, yet as a senior so close to graduation that he could taste it, he decided to base a decision or two on his heart. He is confident, when he makes a mistake he owns up to it. He tries really tries to do his best by Peyton.
Peyton, from the past, is self-assured. She embraced life and all that it has to hand her. Then the break-up happened. Justin was her first, her only love. When he broke her heart, she folded within herself. She becomes cautious, afraid even of hurting again. This dictates some of her decisions in the present. While it made me sad, I understand where she is coming from. I want her to get her spunk back, I want her to be daring again. Mostly I just wanted her to get back together with Justin.
The Natural History of Us is about young love, relationship mistakes and teenagers growing up. Sometimes it is hard to let go of your first love. Sometimes it is harder to stay with them. Mostly it is hardest to forgive them.
My Rating 4 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote “You’re not my dream… you’re my everything.”
Other PeopleCarlos- Justin’s bestie
Lauren- mean gal
Cade- Peyton’s current boyfriend
Faith- Peyton’s bestie
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Why am I waiting?
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
Print Length 174 pages
Publisher Entangled Publishing, LLC Embrace
Published March 28, 2016
Jax Flynn’s life just went from bad to worse. He was already sharing his body with a demon named Azirak, but after killing its mate… Well, shit got real. Now the demon has taken control of Jax’s body and everything he cares for is at stake, including Samantha, the girl he loves. Yeah, that’s not going to happen. It’s time Jax showed everyone what he was really made of.
I wanted to read this book, yet I didn’t want to read it. I loved Ruined, Embraced not so much. I enjoyed to book but I so wanted the happy in love butterfly feel that loving Ruined got me. For Embraced it wasn’t there. Hence apprehension when starting Released, unwarranted apprehension.
Released is the final book in The Eternal Balance series. It starts right were Embraced left off. Azirak is now in charge of Jax’s body (he is trapped inside) and Sam is mad as all get out. Not at Jax, but at Azirak. She also doesn’t trust him so she is sticking around like white on rice until she can find a way to get Azirak out of Jax. That is her main goal, her only goal. Heckle wants Jax and Sam to track down a stone that once belonged to Azirak, a magical stone (Brim Stone) that can through things out of balance. They have to find it before Chase, Jax evil twin, gets it.
So off Jax/Azirak go with Sam in tow to find the Brim Stone. It isn’t an easy task, as Chase will do anything to find the Brim Stone as well. Along they way they find a powerful witch, Van. Van can help them, yet Trackers (hell hounds) are after her- Azirak saves her. Turns out her sister was Azirak’s mate, yeah talk about eerie.
Sam has shown us already that she is tough, loyal and determined. Azirak, taking over the body of the man she loves has to mess with her mind. Yet, she is holding it together. She is developing plans. She is trying to save Jax. You gotta like her spunk, her drive, and her love for all things Jax.
Jax is the only human to break away from their demon. He is also the only one to live as longs as he and his brother have. He fights for control, he fights for intervention, mostly he fights for Sam. Theirs is an epic love, one of mutual respect.
On a totally unrelated topic check out the cover. It is kinds hot and kinda spooky at the same time.
Released was a fantastic conclusion to a good series. Everything I loved about Ruined was back in full force. The story had me gasping in angst, laughing in humor, and pretty much just cheering the couple on. I really hope that there is a spin-off story about Van, she rocked it pretty hard in this book. Yeah, she was new but still. If not a spin-off about Van how about one about Heckle? That would be a fabulous tale.
My Rating 4 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote She was mine and I was hers. Always have been- and always would be.
Other PeopleAzirak- Jax’s demon
Chase/Zenak- Jax’s twin
Heckle- Abel- seeks balance
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Friday, April 8, 2016
Print Length 352 pagesPublisher Entangled: Teen
Published March 7, 2016
Nobody said senior year was going to be easy, but I wasn’t expecting pure hell, either. That’s right. HELL.
Demons attacking. Cheerleaders screaming. Vampires and werewolves asking where the bathroom is. Just another day here at St. Michael’s Guardian Training Academy. It wouldn’t be so bad if the administration would let me get back to my demon-slaying duties like every other angelblood on campus. But with my bondmate Jack promoted to head trainer, my annoying fiancé Luc trying to start a political uprising, and that pesky prophecy still floating around predicting I’m going to kill everyone I love...well, let’s just say “complicated” took on a whole new meaning.
But things are looking up.
If I can survive Luc’s deadly Sovereign Trials and keep my evil twin sister from starting a war, Jack and I might actually have a chance of saving the world. If not, at least I won't have to worry about what to wear to prom.
Conspiracy Boy starts off pretty much where Prophecy girl left off, Ami is still killing demons. Jackson is still running in to save the day, which makes sense they are dating and he is her bondmate. There are two difference- no bestie, and apparently she is Luc’s fledgling (Jackson’s vamp cousin). They have to go through the Immortal Sovereign Trial but before that can happen Ami must find out who sent an assassin after her. She also has to figure out how to fulfill Gabriel’s prophecy without killing Jackson. They thought that they had won that battle at the end of Prophecy Girl, but the truth is- it had just begun.
Ami is still the sassy, butt-kicking Guardian that we know and love. She has snarky down to a science, and can take on a demon with the best of them. She isn’t perfect, she gets jealous, she argues, she back talks. She is also extremely loyal, and ever hopeful. She is impulsive and reactive. I like her.
Jackson is ever the self-sacrificing Watcher. He is the logical one of their pairing, the plotter- the mastermind. Everything he does he does to protect her and their bond.
Luc gets well… more interesting in this book than in the previous one. He is still protective of his inner circle. His character develops strongly in this book, with several scenes where he dominates. I like that he is in charge of the Society. It gives him purpose, something to do, and a way to help.
The big baddie, I wasn’t expecting. I should have been but I felt blindsided. I thought it was a different person, one who actually was trying to help. That makes for a good book. One that keeps you guessing, especially one where your guess is wrong yet you are still happy.
Conspiracry Boy is a worthy follow-up to Prophecy Girl. While it didn’t wow me as much as the first one did, it kept me entertained. In the long run, that is what matters.
My Rating 4 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote “Hope is for people with choices.”
Other PeoplePetra- assassin sent to get Ami
Dean- werewolf, Jackson’s bestie
Annabella- Luc’s minion (think she is into him)
Lori- Advance wards instructor, Jackson’s ex
Arianna- Luc’s momma
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Apocalyptic Sci-Fi NA Romance
Coming August 16, 2016
Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.
When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technological communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.
In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.
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Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology The Great Hunt, and her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and doggie Rue.
Wendy earned a bachelor's in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Why I am waiting?
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The other day I got a chance to sit down with Chris Cannon, author to one of my favorite dragon series~Going Down in Flames. Hopefully our chat will leave you as excited as it did me. Afterwards there is short excerpt from Trail by Fire, which released yesterday.