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Mail Drop!

Happy Sunday! I wanted to write up a quick post about some recent BookMail I received yesterday!

OwlHallowPress was gracious enough to send me an ARC of Anna Undreaming by Thomas Welsh.

Expected to be released on March 20th, 2018

Anna is a student surviving the city, and she lives by a simple credo, “Never play their game; their game is always rigged.” For every man she has ever known, it’s a saying that has served her well.

Especially when Anna becomes lost to the dark heart of the city. She finds herself hunted by Dreamers—artists, both good and evil, who construct new worlds—within a complex community that threatens to undermine reality itself. When Anna learns that she’s an Undreamer with powers she cannot yet comprehend, she must travel through their strange and treacherous creations to discover that there’s as much beauty in life as there is darkness. As her existence spirals into wonder and danger, Anna must look deep within herself and face the horrors of her own past, to save her old world as well as her new one.

Then OHP surprised me with a second book. I had no idea they were going to send me this book but I am so happy they did. I can’t wait to read it.

Published November 17th, 2017

Daughter4254 used to think life in a community where art, music and names are outlawed would suffocate her creative spirit. Now that she’s rotting in a prison cell, she’s not sure her dying mother made the right choice when she entrusted her with the secrets of rebellion. Prison has given her plenty of time to relive every mistake and lose all hope.

Then she meets Thomas, a fellow inmate, who tells her stories of the mythical mountain colonies where people have names and the arts thrive. Together they plot an escape, knowing if they fail, they will die. Or worse, their consciousness will be taken by the MindWipe, leaving their bodies free for the government to use. When nothing goes as planned, Daughter4254 must choose between using her mother’s secret to better the world she hates, or following Thomas to the quiet life of freedom she has always craved.

Don’t they both sound great! I am adding them to my TBR list for February! Give both of these awesome authors a follow over on their Instagram accounts and show them some love!

Thomas Welsh @calmdowntom_com

Leigh Statham @leighstatham

Owl Hollow Press

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I won an IG giveaway!

I am so flipping excited! My amazing friend, Cassandra Caprio or as some of you may know her as @TheBookishCrypt over on Instagram. She was holding an amazing giveaway over on her account last week and she picked my name!!
I first heard of this book from some Booktubers and when I heard what the books was like, Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner with inspiration of Norse Mythology. Ummmm…..yes please. I have a soft spot for anything that has to do with any type of mythology, Norse, Greek, Egyptian, etc.
For those of you who’s haven’t heard about this novel here is the synopsis:
When the fate of the world is at stake
Loyalties will be tested
As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk―to the world and her heart.
Thank you so much Cassandra, Macmillan Publishing for sending it to me, and Amanda Hocking for writing this gorgeous book. I can not wait to devour this book and write up my review!

Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things Review’

Published August 31,2015

510 pages

I received this book for review back in the beginning of 2016 and I was so excited to read it. Life seemed to have a different plan for me that year and all of my reading stopped. Now that my son is 1 and more independent I am able to get back to another love of mine, reading. Starting my YA year off is Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things by Martina McAtee.

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her father dies, Ember learns her whole life has been a lie. Standing in the cemetery that’s been her sanctuary, she’s threatened by the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she’s special and that she has a supernatural gift like them. They just don’t know exactly what it is.

They take her to a small Florida town where Ember’s life takes a turn for the weird. She’s living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember’s powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. She has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious, magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful, dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death.

As Ember’s talents are revealed, so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friends’ lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together. (www.martinamcatee.com)

My Thoughts

That synopsis was what grabbed my attention first! Holy cow doesn’t that sound like an amazing ride and such a colorful mix of different paranormal races! I have to admit one of the reasons I didn’t pick it up was because of the size of the book. It’s a little over 500 pages but once I read the first chapter I knew it was going to fly by. Since I do have kids and business to run it took me longer than I planned to read it, a week to completion. That’s ok though.

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So let’s chat about what I loved about this first novel. The characters, the setting, and the pace of this book was so engaging and rich. I grew to know all of these different people and I feel like I am already apart of the pack myself. I laughed throughout the book and even cried at the loss of a loved one. The main setting is their town of Belle Haven and it’s a town that is guarded against the outside world. It is run by the supernatural community and I love that. The shops and school are all creatures of this world. So cool!

There is action, suspense, and even romance through out this book. Oh my gosh😍the angst is done so well and kept me turning the pages quickly. There is also a LGBT element to this book and I have yet to read a book with diversity in it. So that was a very pleasant surprise and made it that much more enjoyable because it felt real. The author, in my opinion, wrote those parts well. Like I said before the only thing that was challenging was that it does have over 500 pages. I did fly through it when I got a moment to sit down and read it.

I am so pumped and ready for book 2. Thank you so much Martina for sending me your books and I hope you all enjoyed my review! Head over to her website and take a look around!

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

Amazon ~ Goodreads

 

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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