Month: October 2015

Oct 08
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Here They Lie by D’Ann Burrow @DKBurrow

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Here They Lie by D’Ann Burrow @DKBurrow

Here They Lie by D’Ann Burrow is a new adult southern gothic romance. I love these kinds of reads during this time of year. I have a confession to make. Normally I am not a seasonal reader. I will read a “beach read” romance every single day of the year, and same goes for sci fi, fantasy and paranormal. But for some reason, the exception to this is during fall, and more particularly during the month of October. October brings out a desire in me to read creepy, horror books. But my favorite of all are southern Gothic paranormal/magic romances. I want to light a candle and curl up in a warm sweater (with cool weather, please!) and read books just like Here They Lie. The cover practically screams fall/Halloween to me. And the story was great too. The description of Here They Lie initially reminded me of the Heirs of Watson Island series, with the mention of the three families and a secret that bound them together, plus the… Read more »

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Oct 07
{Review} The Shadow Behind the Stars by @RebeccaHahnbook

{Review} The Shadow Behind the Stars by @RebeccaHahnbook

The Shadow Behind the Stars by Rebecca Hahn is a young adult mythology book unlike any other mythology story I have read in the young adult world. It read more like a traditional Greek tale. A fictionalized play of a Greek tragedy, and there was just something about that the academic and history nerd inside of me ate right up. I loved that this story was set in ancient Greece and that it had all the sorrowful tragic elements of traditional Greek myths. Of course, that meant for a more violent and slower pace of story telling, which to me equates to a more mature target audience. I think adults will love this story perhaps more than young adults. The Shadow Behind the Stars is told from the point of view of the Fates. I have not read too many books from the three fate sisters point of view, so that was really interesting to me. It was a kinder and gentler fate than I was used to from tales…. Read more »

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Oct 06
{Review+Giveaway} Rare Form by Jen Crane @JenCraneBooks

{Review+Giveaway} Rare Form by Jen Crane @JenCraneBooks

Rare Form is the first book in the new adult paranormal series, called Descended from Dragons. I love not only the cover, but also the fact that I know this book will deal with dragon shifters in some way. I don’t get to read too many books about dragon shifters, and after reading Rare Form- I want more! And I have to let you in on a little secret. (half secret really, because I don’t want to spoil anything.) but there is a secret surrounding the main character, Stella’s shifter form. Mainly that she didn’t know what she was going to turn into since she was new to this whole world. And I know you may be thinking that is a silly thing for me to say because…hello look at the cover and series name. But trust me, it was my favorite aspect of the story. Jen Crane, I applaud you. Like is the case in many paranormal books that I have read over the years, Stella has a mysterious… Read more »

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Oct 05
{Excerpt+Series Giveaway} #DarkTide & The Waterfire Saga by Jennifer Donnelly

{Excerpt+Series Giveaway} #DarkTide & The Waterfire Saga by Jennifer Donnelly

  Because I love sharing the bookish love, I have an awesome MERMAID series giveaway for you. The third book in the bestselling WATERFIRE SAGA series by Jennifer Donnelly, DARK TIDE releases October 13th. So I have a copy of the first book, Deep Blue for one lucky winner so they can catch up and get ready for the second book. If you have not read this series yet, YOU NEED TO. It is awesome, and it reminds me just why I loved mermaid stories so much as a kid. ——————— Check out the series, in case you are new to it. Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga #1) by Jennifer Donnelly The first in a series of four epic tales set in the depths of the ocean, where six mermaids seek to protect and save their hidden world. Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe. When Serafina, a mermaid… Read more »

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Oct 04
{Guest Post+Review+Giveaway} First & Then by Emma Mills @MacKidsBooks @elmify

{Guest Post+Review+Giveaway} First & Then by Emma Mills @MacKidsBooks @elmify

First & Then is one of my favorite high school reads of 2015. I loved the premise of First & Then because I think that First & Then will mean many different things to different readers. For me it was all about finding yourself in high school. It is such an important time in your life, and such a scary time if you have no idea what you want to do next. There is so much pressure to have your whole life planned out when you are 16 years old, that I totally got the main character Devon. She is surrounded by people that have obvious talents, and passions and she didn’t think that hers was quite as obvious. She didn’t know what she wanted to do next. And I just wanted to hug her and tell her that was ok. But that was the beauty in her journey in First & Then. First & Then is full of classic high school moments that took me down my own memory… Read more »

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Oct 03
{Interview+Giveaway} The Key of Amatahns by Elisabeth Wheatley

{Interview+Giveaway} The Key of Amatahns by Elisabeth Wheatley

In a land where those with magic are esteemed and revered, Janir guards a secret that would send her to the headsman’s block at a word. As one of the reviled Argetallams, she has the power to destroy enchantments and steal others’ magic—an ability that has caused bloodshed for generations. Raised as the illegitimate daughter of an influential lord, she was determined to turn her back on her heritage, but when her power manifests, leaving a nobleman dead, she has no choice but to flee her adoptive home. In exile with the help of a fearless young enchanter and an elf sworn to protect her, she finds herself entangled in a quest to hide an ancient artifact from the kingdom’s enemies. But they are not the only ones after the relic and soon their paths cross with a rival from Janir’s distant childhood. With no hope of help or rescue, the fate of nations will depend on a fifteen year old girl and her mastery of powers she doesn’t understand…. Read more »

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Oct 02
{Giveaway}#Books That Need More Attention #Giveaway

{Giveaway}#Books That Need More Attention #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the books that need more attention giveaway hop! This giveaway is international! So what books do I think need more attention? The top pick winner is an easy one for me: Cage of Deceit was so freaking good. I have been recommending it to everyone that I can! It is a young adult fantasy and it just gives me shivers it is so good. Other books that need more attention are: All of the book covers link to my review If either of the winners are international, they can pick an ebook of any of the above mentioned books that I have been stuck in If the winner is US they can either choose any of the above books (1) to get in ebook format, or they can choose two (2) of the below hardcover/paperback/ARC books. To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below to win an ebook of your choice from the books listed above in the Stuck in this year part of the post,… Read more »

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Oct 02
{Review+Giveaway} This Book Will Change Your Life by Amanda Weaver @AWeaverWrites

{Review+Giveaway} This Book Will Change Your Life by Amanda Weaver @AWeaverWrites

This Book Will Change Your Life is a really cute contemporary romance that straddles the line between Young Adult and New Adult. I loved the book store setting in the story and I really enjoyed the rollercoaster romance between Ben and Hannah. The title was worked into the book in a really cute way, and I think the interactions that centered around this were my favorite aspect of the Ben and Hannah’s story. Hannah is a college freshman who has worked her whole life to be a chemistry major. Only problem is, she is flunking her honors chem course. Hannah is struggling with something so many new college students struggle with…what do they really want to do. She finds herself in a bookstore to escape the rain and she meets Ben. I loved watching Ben try and pick out a book for non-reader Hannah. A book that would “change her life”. Hannah and Ben’s friendship formed around the books that Ben would pick for Hannah and then they would talk… Read more »

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Oct 01
{Review} Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David D. Hammons @CuriosityQuills

{Review} Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David D. Hammons @CuriosityQuills

Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David Hammons is a young adult fairy tale mash up, that will remind fans of a younger version of Once Upon a Time. I have a love for all things Wonderlandian, so it is no wonder that I was immediately drawn to Alice Takes Back Wonderland. The book starts out when Alice is about 7 and is somehow in Wonderland. But she is not the Alice from the story, she is an American Alice from the Midwest. Her first trip in Wonderland is short, but it left a lasting impression on her. Fast forward 10 years, and she Alice has almost convinced herself that it was just a dream. But then the Rabbit shows up at her door and takes her back to a very different wonderland. Although I found the start of the story a bit slow, I really did love the set up. I loved that this was not the Alice from the story, and I loved the idea that the Villain in… Read more »

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