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Rebel Spring Review

Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms, #2)

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

Published Dec 3rd, 2013

By Razorbill

Audio book on Hoopla App

Narrated by Fred Berman

Synopsis

The road to power… is paved with blood and magic.

Cleo is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people.
Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia.
Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms.
Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius.

After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over…

At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas’s hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia’s, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus’s, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.

When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius’s road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.

My Thoughts

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Yep that sums it up pretty well!

This second installment of the Falling Kingdoms series was a roller coaster ride. So many ups and downs, twists and turns. I really am enjoying them on audio book but there is only the first two on my Hoopla app. That’s ok though because I have the next two sitting on my shelf.

There are a lot of people that didn’t like this second book and I can see where they are coming from. It does seem to drag a little bit more than the first but I loved it. The character developments are chugging right along and the plot just keeps getting juicier. We are introduced to new characters in this book, my favorite being Lysandra. She joins the rebel cause after her village is attacked by the king’s guards.

Jonas is still on his mission to find Aron and kill him. Now he is the leader of the rebels fighting against the building of the King’s Road because they are using his people to build it. Lucia has been in a coma since she used her magic to blow up the castle door. Now her father is going to use her magic to make him even more unstoppable. I like her character a lot. She was very innocent and just a princess in the first book but now that her powers have grown exponentially she is becoming more of a badass. She just needs to find a way to control them better and Cleo maybe the key.

Cleo and Magnus are still my favorite two characters and the things that they both face in this book are crazy, especially Cleo. She is such a great character and I root for her with every page. For someone who is only 16 and now the rightful queen in her own country, to have to face the things that she does is just so amazing and very brave. Magnus is still dealing with his inner demons but his shell seems to be breaking down a little.

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So many plot twists happen that this is usually how my brain feels after reading them.

Morgan Rhodes is an amazing writer and I love the way she is able to capture you from the first page. I am going to continue this series!

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November TBR

Hey guys I am back with my November TBR. I am only going to put 4 books on this list because my little man is due any day. I didn’t want to go crazy with the stack. So I decided to go with a theme that I know I will enjoy reading…ready…

 

 

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I love a good fairy tale retelling especially if it is one of my favorite stories. So I went down to my local library and picked up 3 books by the same author because I knew that’s what she writes. Also Bekah Awesomebooknut on Youtube suggested these books in several of her videos especially the first book. If you haven’t seen her videos where have you been. She is one of my favorite booktubers to watch and I believe I have seen every one of them. Bekah is also very sweet and is an awesome mom so I can relate better with her than some of the others. Ok enough fangirling….on to the books.

 

RoseBlood

I received a digital copy of this book through Netgalley and I have already started it. It is a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. This book does not come out until Jan 10, 2017.

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Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

I loved Graceling and Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite fairy tale. I started reading this book as soon as I got back in my car from the library. This is the first book in the Cruel Beauty Universe.

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Crimson Bound

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

 I am absolutely in love with this cover!!

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Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (Untitled, #1)

This is the one that captured my eye at the library. Omgosh these covers!!! I didn’t want to read the synopsis of this one but on the back all I saw was the name Juliet and I had to get it because it is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet!!!!

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I hope you enjoyed my little TBR pile for the month. I know when the baby gets here I am not going to want to do anything but snuggle him.

Don’t forget to check out Bekah’s YouTube page and also her blog. Links down below!!!

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Bekah The Awesome Book Nut

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New Cover Reveal!!

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Hey guys! I want to show you guys this amazing new cover from a dear friend of mine. This is the second book to her series. There are no words to express how beautiful this book is. Just look…..

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I mean come on!!! I love the light on the water and the snake skin on the spine!!!

Here is the synopsis:

For Zara Moss life was an escape.

 But breaking an ancient Aztec tradition and denying the Underworld god, Mictlan, the very life he is owed is forbidden . . . and punishment will be two-fold.

 With no rules left to follow, and the Celestial gods unquestioning Mictlan’s ability to conjure history’s worst human massacre, Executioners find a way to deliver the key to his success—Zara—to Mictlan. The Castillo family has saved Zara once but this time she must save herself beyond the neon shore.

 As she faces her undead future she discovers that her guard, Tototl, is doing something Mictlan wouldn’t approve of. And that she, too, has the choice to choose her own fate—should she be brave enough to follow.

 Yet, in the midst of the bloody games of Tlatchi, a ghastly menagerie, and deadly layers of the Underworld, true friendship thrives with the most unlikely pair of friends.

 

Thank you Dela for sharing your work with me and I can not wait to read it!!

About the Author

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Dela is the debut author of THE 52ND saga, a multicultural paranormal for young adults. Before tracing the minds of Aztec gods, Dela worked as a paralegal and could be found snowboarding at Brianhead, Utah. She currently lives in Las Vegas with her husband, three kids, and exceptionally fat Chihuahua.

Her website is http://www.delaauthor.com

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Elementals Book 4 Review

Elementals 4: The Portal to Kerberos by [Madow, Michelle]

Elementals Book 4

The Portal to Kerberos

 

Synopsis

She will venture into hell to save the one she loves.

After being betrayed by one of their own, Nicole watches helplessly as Blake is snatched into the prison world of Kerberos—along with Medusa’s head, which is the one item they need to stop the Titans from rising again. Now Nicole and the other Elementals must enter the portal, find Blake, and bring him and Medusa’s head back to Earth before the deadly monster Typhon returns and wreaks havoc on the world. But there’s one catch—their elemental powers don’t work in Kerberos. In a dimension designed to make those within it lose touch with reality, and that’s filled with dangerous creatures who want to stop them from completing their task, will they make it out alive?

In this penultimate book of Nicole’s story, join the Elementals as they journey through hell to save the world… before it’s too late.

 

My Thoughts

I was so excited to be able to continue this adventure with book 4. It had me on the edge of my seat the whole time just like the other 3 and then just pitches me off a cliff at the end. Michelle Madow likes to use cliff hangers. AHHH!!!! So now I am a mess drooling for book 5.

I really enjoyed this book for the fact that you get to explore the world of Kerberos. The main characters that are left have to face different  obstacles in order to reach the top of the mountain to save Blake. From Nemean lions guarding the easy way up the mountain, to a forest where you can’t see a thing and can get lost forever in a dense fog, a harsh desert and a river that makes you have the most terrible dreams imaginable.

Ms. Madow has a great way about how to paint the picture of her story and this was no exception. I do enjoy the speed in which the action makes the story move along. I didn’t read it as fast as the others but that was just me. I can not wait to read book 5 and see what happens.

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Elementals- The Head of Medusa ~Book Review

*E-book received for an honest review*

Synopsis

When Nicole Cassidy moved to a new town, she discovered that she was a witch descended from gods. But that was nothing compared to learning that it was up to her and four others with mysterious elemental powers to help save the world from the Titans, who would soon return to Earth.

Now her relationship with Blake — the fire Elemental — is finally heating up. But she must remain focused, because Typhon, one of the deadliest creatures in history, has escaped from the weakening prison world. Only one object can destroy him — the head of Medusa herself. (Amazon.com)

 

My Thoughts

This series has to be one of the most addicting and fastest reads of mine yet. I am flying through them and I can’t seem to get enough. I literally read each one with in a day of receiving it.

This third book, The Head of Medusa, is no different. The 5 heroes have to travel to Antarctica to retrieve the Golden Sword of Athena to kill Medusa. I loved the pop culture reference of Chione being what Disney based their version of Elsa on. That was funny. Then having defeated Chione and taking the sword to fight Medusa was very intense. They need Medusa’s head to turn Typhoon ( worst baddie of the Titans) into stone before his soul can meet up with his body. They are able to finish their quest but with gut wrenching results.

This book is so far the most intense and heartbreaking yet. I get so into these books and so far always shocked by the cliff hanger endings. Which makes me drooling for the next one!!

 

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Go get your free copy of the first book!!!

http://www.michellemadow.com

The Runaway Wife ~ Book Review

The Runaway Wife

Published July 12, 2016

* I received an ARC of this book for review*

Synopsis

Three beautiful French sisters entrust an American hiker with the mission of rescuing their mother high in the Alps.

But what if she doesn’t want to be found?

Recently fired from his high-power finance job and dumped by his fiancée, Jim Olsen has come to the Swiss Alps to clear his head. At the charming Cabane des Audannes, he meets Clio, Thalia and Helene Castellane, who are on a quest of their own: their mother, Calliope, has fled to these mountains to escape her philandering politician husband’s most recent scandal. As snow threatens to descend upon the Alps, the women have come to bring their mother home.

But the sisters are at the point of surrender; it is time for them to return to Paris. Buoyed by wine and inspired by their beauty, Jim impetuously volunteers to assume their search, but soon realizes that he is in over his head. The Alps are filled with beauty and danger, not the least of which is Calliope’s desire to stay hidden. And all the while Jim finds himself haunted by the memory of her daughters and conflicted in his desire for them.(GR)

My Thoughts

I was contacted by Harper Collins to review this book back in July. Due to this pregnancy my biggest reading slump of 2016 was in full swing. I finally managed to finish it and I have to say that it wasn’t my favorite book this year.

I liked the way the author described everything in the book. I could imagine seeing the Alps for myself and would love to go there now. I just couldn’t really connect with any of the characters. I was sad that  Calliope had to leave her getaway up in the mountains to return to her abusive husband. I am happy that Jim seemed to find love again.

This book to me is about finding your true self and to find happiness with your life. It did give me hope that everyone should strive for each in their own lives. Not to conform or give up your own happiness just to make others happy.

 

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Elementals Book 4 Cover Reveal!

I started reading this series two weeks ago and I am totally hooked. Turns out one of my reading niches is anything that has to do with Greek Mythology. This series has that plus witches using elemental powers. Its action packed and fast paced. I am now reading book 3 and can’t get enough of it.

Being part of the Street Team for this series though I want to bring you guys the cover reveal for book 4, The Portal to Kerberos

I mean the covers of these books are so amazing and what’s really cool is that each book cover is one of the main characters of the books!  So if you are looking for an exciting new read I highly recommend this series and right now you can start by reading the first book for FREE!!!! Just go to Michelle Madow’s website and get your copy now.

 

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Shadows of Jane Review

Shadows of Jane (The Shadows Trilogy, #1)

Published June 12th 2015

*E-Book received for an honest review*

Synopsis

Colt Henderson is a man who lives for the moment. His past has taught him that life is unpredictable and often disappointing. A confirmed bachelor, he believes that love only exists in fairy tales.

She’s lost, scared, and can’t remember a thing about her past or her identity. She senses all is not as it should be, but without her memory, how does she know what to fear and what to trust? Because of her status as a Jane Doe, she names herself Jane and works to put her life back together. In the process she learns that she possesses unique abilities that certain people will kill for.

Fate throws Colt and Jane together, but they both have a lot to learn about forgiveness and acceptance. Colt’s determination and Jane’s remarkable gifts will send them on a journey they never expected. To survive they will need each other, but sometimes facts are scarier than fiction, and the truth is better left unknown.

 

My Thoughts

I saw this book on Instagram and fell in love with the cover. I did not want to know what it was about I just knew I needed to read it. Sometimes I find books more exciting if you don’t know what its about and just dive in. I had no idea where it was going but I could not stop reading.

At first we meet this girl that collapses at the doorway of our main male protagonist’s, Colt, cabin. He has no idea who she is but he is instantly drawn to her. Colt has major mommy issues, in that she left when he was younger and it has made him not be able to really get close to any woman. Through out this novel he grows to open his heart to this one woman that appeared in his life one night.

This mysterious girl has no idea who she is or how she got to Colt’s door. The hospital label her a Jane Doe and the name sticks. As Jane recovers from her injuries she can’t remember anything from her past except for the occasional dream/vision of a little girl asking her for help. Things start to happen and get crazy from there. Turns out that Jane has powers that she can’t quite control and seem to be in tune with her emotions.

I loved both of these characters and how they both grew in the story. Jane finds out more about who she actually is and Colt finally gets to the point that he knows that he can’t live with out Jane in his life. It has its intense parts and I did find myself laughing in some parts. I loved that Colt never stopped trying to protect Jane and the fact that Jane needed him until she came into her own. Ah such a great book!!!

Like I said I had no idea what this was about and I am so happy I didn’t. Thank you Amy Hale for sending me your book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to start the next one!!

I am giving it a 4 1/2 stars and I highly recommend it to anyone that likes paranormal- romance, Ya novels.

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Amy  Hale

Amy Hale is a best selling author, mother, and wife living in Illinois. Her husband and kids are the center of her universe, although her cat believes otherwise. She also loves reading, music, and photography.

Amy started her writing career in 2003 with non-fiction and educational pieces, but decided to take the leap to fiction in 2014. Her whiteboard is full of crazy ideas and she’s always plotting new projects. She’s a hopeless romantic and adores all the various ways a love story can be told. Amy also loves mystery, humor, suspense, and other action filled stories, so her goal is to blend the action with romance and keep you on your toes. (GR)

Go check out her website and other links!!!!

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Dust~ Book Review

Dust

Published October 12th 2004 by Laurel Leaf

Synopsis

SEVEN-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW DISAPPEARS one day on a walk into Horshoe, a dust bowl farm town in Depression-era Saskatchewan. Other children go missing just as a strange man named Abram Harsich appears in town. He dazzles the townspeople with the promises of a rainmaking machine. Only Matthew’s older brother Robert seems to be able to resist Abram’s spell, and to discover what happened to Matthew and the others.

 

My Thoughts

I have been seeing a lot of free books on my Facebook feed that pop up here and there. This was one of them. So I filled out the little form and joined the author’s newsletter. They sent me a free audiobook through Audible. It wasn’t a long audiobook either which I was very pleased about. Not that I have anything against long audiobooks.

I found this book to be quite enjoyable. I wasn’t to sure what it was about but I liked it. It reminded me a lot of The Golden Compass with the Dust being what it actually is. I knew when Abram entered the picture with his rainmaking machine with promises to make it rain during a drought,  I knew something just wasn’t right.

It has good character development and the story did have a creepy edge to it. Which kept me intrigued. Overall its a fast read or listen.

 

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