Month: February 2016

Feb 29
{Mini Review Monday}  #Passenger by @alexbracken & Da Vinci’s Tiger by @L_M_Elliott

{Mini Review Monday} #Passenger by @alexbracken & Da Vinci’s Tiger by @L_M_Elliott

Passenger is such a cool book. It is a young adult time travel fantasy, and it is the first book in the Passenger series by Alexandra Bracken. What I liked most about passenger, was that it was such an interesting book. And I know interesting is a way too overused word in reviews, but it really fits here. I am often times wary of over-hyped books, but Passenger totally lived up to the hype in my opinion. Passenger is a time traveling adventure that will have you flipping pages so fast. I could not put this book down. I loved the writing and the story. I loved how Alexandra takes you so many different places and to so many different times. It was such a fun story, and really beautifully done. If you are looking for a new adventure, pick up Passenger. But beware of the cliffhanger ending. Da Vinci’s Tiger is a beautiful story, full of rich historical details that left me breathless for more. Da Vinci’s Tiger takes… Read more »

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Feb 25
{Review+Giveaway} The Black Lotus by Claire Warner @clairewarner5

{Review+Giveaway} The Black Lotus by Claire Warner @clairewarner5

The Black Lotus is the first book in the Night Flower series by Claire Warner. The night flower series is what I would classify as new adult historical romance. (with a paranormal twist, as the summary puts it.) The story takes place in the eighteen century, and this is one humdinger of a book, coming in at well over 500 pages. I enjoyed The Black Lotus. It has been quite some time since I have read a book that was simply too long for me to finish in a day. In fact, this book took me three nights to completely read, which is pretty long for me. I also love the cover for The Black Lotus, I think it simply beautiful. I loved the way the story started out. We are in the middle of the story, and we see the main character waking up. We don’t know much about what is going on other than the fact there is some kind of curse referenced. Then the story flashes back… Read more »

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Feb 24
{Review+Giveaway} How Willa Got Her Groove Back by @Emily_Mc_Kay @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} How Willa Got Her Groove Back by @Emily_Mc_Kay @EntangledTeen

How Willa Got Her Groove Back is the second book in the young adult, Creative HeArts series. The Creative HeArts series in unique in the fact that each of the books is written by a different author. Tera Lynn Childs wrote the first book, Ten Things Sloane Hates about Tru, which is the first book in a Sloane and Tru trilogy. However, How Willa Got Her Groove Back is about completely different characters and it is by Emily McKay. The feature that ties all of the books together is that they are all high school contemporary romances, and they all center around couples in the arts in some way, shape or fashion. It is an interesting concept. I have not read the first book in the series, so I don’t know if the books are going to rotate with the characters. For example, I know books 1-3 are each centered around a different couple, but I don’t know if book 4 will continue this trend or if it will cycle… Read more »

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Feb 23
{Review+Giveaway} Obsidian by @KimberlyLoth

{Review+Giveaway} Obsidian by @KimberlyLoth

Obsidian is the first in a new, young adult series called The Dragon kings by Kimberly Loth. I loved Obsidian. I find Dragons to be fascinating creatures, and I loved that this was a fantasy and magical realism book. It takes place in our world, but with one major difference…dragons are real and can be spotted all over the place. That sounds both amazing and terrifying. Obsidian is told in dual narrative between Obsidian (or Sid) the dragon king, and Aspen. Each dragon king is made to spend 10 years as a human before he can take the throne. In that time he has to complete a whole set of tasks, left from all of the dragons before him. I really liked that each dragon added an item or two to the list. (it will be really interesting to see what Obsidian decides to add at the end of his 10 year, as a side note.)  Obsidian waits until he is about 500 years old to start his 10 years… Read more »

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Feb 22
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Bryce by Natalie Decker @AuthorNatDecker @SwoonRomance

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Bryce by Natalie Decker @AuthorNatDecker @SwoonRomance

Bryce is the first book in the new adult, Scandalous Boys series by Natalie Decker. This is the first book that I have read by Natalie and I really enjoyed it. I loved contemporary romance books and I always enjoy a good, opposites attract story so this was right up my alley. Although I will say, that if you are feeling a bit burned out on new adult contemporary romances at the moment, I might give this one a pass . I really liked it, but I can see that it is much like a lot of the books in the genre. That doesn’t get old for me, but I do acknowledge that it might for some people. So if that is you, wait and see what the next book in the series is like before you pick this one up. Bryce is told in dual narrative between Bryce and Madison. They start the book out hating each other. Madison is Bryce’s neighbor and she is always hanging around…because she… Read more »

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Feb 21
{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Sugarspear Chronicles by @NicoleArlyn

{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Sugarspear Chronicles by @NicoleArlyn

Today I am happy to have author Nicole Arlyn here to tell us somethings she didn’t know about while writing The Sugarspear Chronicles. I didn’t know… -How much I would love spending aaaalll my time writing. When I wrote The Sugarspear Chronicles I stowed myself away in a flat in Southern England and wrote seven days a week, 18 hours a day until my body gave out, never my mind, and I never realized how truly much I felt most myself, most in my life’s purpose. I could spend all my time there, writing in solitude, with long walks in between. -I didn’t know I was so good at many languages. Living in Italy I quickly picked up the Italian language, on the streets really. I never studied. Although I need to now! -I also learned French quickly while in school in Paris, although that I studied. But now I must brush up as Italian has taken over. -Another thing is my passion for creating languages. There are are two… Read more »

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Feb 20
{Guest Post+Giveaway} The #RuleofMirrors by @CaraghMOBrien

{Guest Post+Giveaway} The #RuleofMirrors by @CaraghMOBrien

I LOVED The Vault of Dreamers (you can check out my review of book 1 HERE) when I read it last year, and I have been anxiously awaiting the release of book 2- The Rule of Mirrors. My review of book 2 is coming up soon, but today I have author Caragh O’Brien here for a guest post! ——————————– On Cliffhangers and Why We Love Them by Caragh M. O’Brien Our trusty character stumbles through the dark, stormy night, blinded by rain and struggling against the wind. Her cape whips about her but she presses on, desperate to escape the evil forces that chase behind her. All of the sudden, she loses her step and stumbles. She skids, flails, and barely catches herself on a ledge of rock. She’s clinging by her fingernails and scrambling for footing when a wild flash of lightning reveals a deep chasm beneath her. She screams in terror! She’s hanging on a cliff, suspended over a void of certain doom! At this point, the author… Read more »

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Feb 19
{Review} A Friendly Flirtation by Christine Warner @ChristinesWords @EntangledPub

{Review} A Friendly Flirtation by Christine Warner @ChristinesWords @EntangledPub

A Friendly Flirtation is the third book in Friends First series by Christine Warner. I had no idea even while I was reading A Friendly Flirtation that it was the third book in a series, so I am can confidently say that each book reads 100% as a standalone. I really enjoyed A Friendly Flirtation; it was well written, had great characters and was a trope that I have really been enjoying lately. In fact, I want to read more best friend’s sister stories. (so leave me recommendations of your favorites in the comments below.) The first two books in the series are about Jared’s brothers. They each do make a guest appearance in the story in one scene, but other than that they don’t really play any type of role. A Friendly Flirtation is told in dual narrative between Alison and Jared, although there were more chapters from Allison’s point of view. I really enjoyed that this story didn’t start off on a completely predictable foot. We start the… Read more »

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Feb 18
{Review} Never Never by Brianna Shrum

{Review} Never Never by Brianna Shrum

Never Never is a Peter Pan retelling told from Captain Hook’s perspective. This standalone novel is Brianna Shrum’s debut book and I thought she did a really good job with it. I loved that it was Hook’s story. It was reminiscent of the kind of hook and pan from Once Upon a Time, so if you love Hook in that show as much as I do, this is a book you will want to check out. It features an evil Pan, and a more nuanced, but very much bent on revenge Hook. This Hook doesn’t hold a candle to Storybrook’s Hook, but it did come much closer than I expected it to. Never Never follows Hook throughout his life, starting out when he was a small boy. This was his first run in with Peter Pan, and it was clear that as soon as Peter tricked Hook that his hatred started. And it only grew throughout the story. Hook is a very different person than many of Peter’s lost boys…. Read more »

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Feb 17
{Discussion+Giveaway} Book Blogger Reputation

{Discussion+Giveaway} Book Blogger Reputation

In a world where metal and magic clash with deadly consequences, Amani finds herself becoming a myth in the making, legendary for her sharp-shooting skills, more gunpowder than girl. So, inspired by Amani’s legendary skills and growing reputation, I have been tasked with giving myself my own reputation in the Book Blogger world, highlighting skills, behaviors, designs, or habits that you would be famous for in the blogosphere. Normally, reputations comes from other people, so I am going to share what I think I would be known for. (if I am even known at all?? haha) and then I want you guys to tell me what you think my reputation actually is. Or what you think yours would be. Or make your own post and link me to it! I think that would be a lot of fun. I think my book blogger reputation is… The Blogger that reads ALL THE BOOKS! AKA The Speed Reader If I had to pull the most reoccurring comment that I get (other than… Read more »

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