Month: December 2015

Dec 28
{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} With Every Breath by @LiaRileyWrites @ForeverRomance

{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} With Every Breath by @LiaRileyWrites @ForeverRomance

With Every Breath is first book in the new adult series, called the Wanderlust series. It takes place at the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile. I love to hike, so a hiking romance novel is right up my alley. With Every Breath is the story of Auden and Rhys. I absolutely loved the romance and the setting of this story. I could not put this book down. In fact, it was one of my favorite reads of the year. Auden and Rhys each have different reasons for their hike in Patagonia. Auden just landed a writing internship with an outdoors magazine and she wants to interview hikers to upgrade her internship to a paying job. Rhys has a big secret that has been haunting him. More and more of his story unfolds as With Every Breath unfolds and his story really gripped my heart. I felt for him so much, because his past was consuming him. Auden sees him and sees what his past is doing to who… Read more »

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Dec 26
{ARC Review} Romancing the Running Back by Jeanette Murray @KJMurrayBooks

{ARC Review} Romancing the Running Back by Jeanette Murray @KJMurrayBooks

  Romancing the Running Back is the fourth book in the Santa Fe Bobcats series. The Santa Fe Bobcats series is an adult sports romance series about a professional football team. I have not read the first three books in the series, but I thought this one was the perfect one for me to jump into the series with, because it was the wedding (planning) for the couple from the first book, Cassie and Trey. We get to see the couple from the first three stories, and it let me decide which ones I wanted to read, but the main focus was on Josiah and Anya, making it totally seamless for a new fan to the series to be able to jump right in and start with their story. I loved how opposite, at first glance, Josiah and Anya seemed. He is an eco friendly to the extreme conservationist, and she is a purely aesthetic (at least on the surface) person. There is a lot more to Anya, but we… Read more »

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Dec 22
{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Marriage Contract by @katee_robert @Barclay_PR

{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Marriage Contract by @katee_robert @Barclay_PR

The Marriage Contract is the first in a new contemporary romance series, called The O’Malleys by author Katee Robert. I have read one of Katee’s books in the past and really enjoyed the steamy romance, so I couldn’t wait to try out her new series. I enjoyed getting to know some of the O’Malleys, and this is a series that I will be keeping my eye on. This series follows the three powerful Boston families- the O’Malleys, the Hallorans, and the Sheridans. Politics is a main focus on the story in The O’Malleys book one- The Marriage Contract. And as you can guess, when politics are involved, things can get a little intense. And they certainly did in this book. But the intensity was paired really well with a kick ass romance, so no complaints here. The Marriage Contract focuses on a couple from two of the three families. Callie Sheridan and Teague O’Malley. And as you might have guessed, this powerful “marriage” leaves the third family out in the… Read more »

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Dec 21
House Aquarius Weapon: Wandering Star by Romina Russell #ZodiacBooks

House Aquarius Weapon: Wandering Star by Romina Russell #ZodiacBooks

Hi Everyone and welcome to my stop on the Wandering Star blog tour! I am super excited to be representing House Aquarius today. (In real life I am a member of House Libra) Romina wanted to share each of the houses weapons with you, as a fin extra to enhance the reading of Zodiac and Wandering Star. I loved the idea so much that I created a pinterest board to represent House Aquarius. Check it out to see what kind of weapon the house members will kick butt with! Are you guys ready for the weapon of House Aquarius??! HOUSE AQUARIUS, philosophy The Elders of House Aquarius are always unassumingly armed with their Barer: a devastating multi-weapon made of a series of connected rings fitted perfectly to the wearer’s dominant hand, making it a very quick draw. When an Elder makes a fist, metals in the rings convert energy from the atmosphere, emitting brilliant aqua arcs of electricity. The wearer can then either use the Barer as a sword, or mold the… Read more »

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Dec 21
{Giveaway} MIDWINTER’S EVE GIVEAWAY HOP!

{Giveaway} MIDWINTER’S EVE GIVEAWAY HOP!

Welcome to my stop on the Midwinter’s Eve giveaway hop! This giveaway is international!  Here are some really great standouts this year for me are… 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 I’m grateful I read are: All of the book covers link to my review If the winner is international, they can pick an ebook of my top pick- Cage of Deceit If the winner is US they can either choose an ebook of my top pick- Cage of Deceit, or they can choose two (2) of the below hardcover/paperback/ARC books. In addition to the books in the picture above, I also have a couple hardcovers of two books in the Morganville Vampires series up for grabs (Bitter Blood and Black Dawn- they have a clear library cover over them, but… Read more »

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Dec 18
{Reasons to Read+Giveaway} Annabeth Neverending by Leyla Kader Dahm @annabeth_egypt

{Reasons to Read+Giveaway} Annabeth Neverending by Leyla Kader Dahm @annabeth_egypt

Annabeth Neverending is a debut young adult novel by Leyla Kader Dahm. This book really hit all the right points with me. I love books that focus on different historical societies, and Egypt is one of my favorite. Instead of a traditional review, I am going to give you a list of reasons why I enjoyed this book. If you are like me, and these are selling points for you, check out Annabeth Neverending. Egypt setting– As I just said, I love all things Egypt. I loved how the author Leyla Kader Dahm integrated historically accurate facts into her story. I thought it added a layer of depth to a great young adult romance. Reincarnation– I don’t get to read too many young adult books that focus on the concept of reincarnation. (In fact, I think the last book I read about the subject was Michelle Madow’s Remembrance)The main character is the reincarnation of an Egyptian Princess and the two guys I am going to mention in my next reason,… Read more »

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Dec 17
{Review+Giveaway} Come Back to Me by Mila Gray @MilaGrayBooks

{Review+Giveaway} Come Back to Me by Mila Gray @MilaGrayBooks

Come Back to Me is the first in a new adult contemporary romance series, called (you guessed it)-Come Back to Me by Mila Gray. Mila Gray is the pen name for Sarah Alderson’s new adult and adult books. I have read and really enjoyed some of Sarah’s other books and I have to say this author is immensely talented. I have read a side splitting-funny book (The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (not Croft)) as well as a mystery/thriller (The Sound). And now she brings us a heart wrenching love story in Come Back To Me. I love how talented and versatile both Mila and Sarah are. 😉 Even though all of her books are very very different, they are each so wonderfully well done. When I first found Come Back to Me, I read the summary and filed it away in my brain as a tear jerker, and to only read when I was in the right mindset. (Is that strange that I like to be prepared for potentially… Read more »

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Dec 16
{Review} The Keeper by David Baldacci

{Review} The Keeper by David Baldacci

The Keeper is the second book in the Vega Jane series by David Baldacci. I’m going to be honest, I had no idea that David Baldacci even wrote young adult books. I have read, and really enjoyed a few of his adult action thrillers, so I was pretty pumped when I saw there was a new young adult series out. The Keeper is the second book in the series, but it is promoted as being able to stand on its’ own. And I think it does. That being said, I do still wish that I had read the first book, The Finisher, first. I wasn’t really lost at all while reading the keeper, but I think I would have gotten a fuller picture of the characters had I read the books in their intended order. The Finisher and the Keeper both follow the same main character- a girl named Vega Jane. I loved the atmosphere of the story. It was very intense, and had me flipping pages quickly. There is… Read more »

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Dec 15
{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Violinist of Venice by Alyssa Palombo @AlyssinWnderlnd

{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Violinist of Venice by Alyssa Palombo @AlyssinWnderlnd

Today I have Alyssa Palombo here to talk about her first passion in life- music. I really enjoyed this guest post and I hope you do too. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below to win a copy of Alyssa’s book- The Violinist of Venice. 🙂 The music of my life By Alyssa Palombo  Given that I wrote a book called The Violinist of Venice, and that that book is largely about music and its effect on a life, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that music is and has been a big part of my own life. I heard lots of great music growing up thanks to my parents: Led Zeppelin and The Who and Fleetwood Mac and Jimi Hendrix and B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughn and Sarah McLachlan – the list goes on. Another really formative musical experience for me was going to see the movie Nightmare Before Christmas when I was four years old. To this day it’s still my favorite movie and soundtrack/score of… Read more »

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Dec 14
{Review} The Last Faerie Queen by @Chelsea_Pitcher @fluxbooks

{Review} The Last Faerie Queen by @Chelsea_Pitcher @fluxbooks

The Last Faerie Queen by Chelsea Pitcher, is the sequel to The Last Changeling. In fact, I believe that this is a duology, which means it is the sequel and conclusion to the Last Changeling series. I believe the series name for this one has changed. Last year I had the series marked down as The Faerie Revolution, but now when I check goodreads it comes up as The Last Changeling series. I absolutely loved The Last Changeling, so I was super super excited for The Last Faerie Queen to come out. I loved The Last Changeling a little more, but it was a close battle. The Last Faerie Queen picks up with where the last book leaves off and you absolutely must read them together. I,. myself was a little lost because a year had been between my reading of books 1 and 2. If possible, read these two book back to back for maximum enjoyment. 😉 Chelsea Pitcher certainly kept me on the edge of my seat while… Read more »

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