Posts By: Michelle @ Book Briefs

Jan 11
{Series Spotlight+ARC Review+Giveaway} Smooth: A Love Story by @Tracy_Ewens

{Series Spotlight+ARC Review+Giveaway} Smooth: A Love Story by @Tracy_Ewens

Today we’re spotlighting ten contemporary romance novels from Tracy Ewens! Each Love Story is a standalone, though there are some shared characters throughout the books. Smooth is the latest in the collection and comes out January 23rd! Check out these love stories:   Premiere – A Love Story Website | Amazon | iBooks | BN | Kobo | Indiebound | Goodreads | Playlist Candidate – A Love Story Website | Amazon | iBooks | BN | Kobo | Indiebound | Goodreads | Playlist Taste – A Love Story Website | Amazon | iBooks |BN | Kobo | Indiebound | Goodreads | Playlist Reserved – A Love Story Website | Amazon | iBooks | BN | Kobo | Indiebound | Goodreads | Playlist Stirred – A Love Story Website | Amazon | iBooks | BN | Kobo | Indiebound | Goodreads | Playlist Vacancy – A Love Story Website | Amazon | iBooks | BN | Kobo | Indiebound | Goodreads | Playlist Playbook – A Love Story Website | Amazon | iBooks |… Read more »

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Jan 10
{Review+Giveaway} Death Island by @kelseyketch

{Review+Giveaway} Death Island by @kelseyketch

Death Island is a new adult fantasy by author Kelsey Ketch. Death Island is a pirate adventure that is filled with intrigue and mythology. I enjoyed this novel overall. It was a lot of fun. I love a quest style adventure. I love pirates and I love mythology, so those elements of the story were right up my alley. I believe Death Island is slated to be a standalone, but the ending did leave open the possibility for some more exploration in this world that Kelsey Ketch has created. There were a lot of things I really enjoyed about Death Island and a few things that held me back from totally falling in love with the story, but let’s start with all the elements that I really enjoyed. First, I loved the main character, Meriden. She is spunky and fiery and a great adventure heroine. She was always up for whatever was thrown her way, which was evidenced by the fact that right in her first chapter she went from waking… Read more »

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Jan 09
{Review} Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn @AuthorMegQuinn ‏

{Review} Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn @AuthorMegQuinn ‏

Three Blind Dates is the first in a new series by the fabulous Meghan Quinn. I love Meghan’s books, and Three Blinds Dates is right up there as one of my favorites. This book was so, so good you guys. It is quoted as a a modern twist on You’ve Got Mail which combined dating apps and blind dates, and I ate all of it up. I seriously loved this book. It had sass, romance and plenty of heart. not to mention it will keep you guessing until the very end. It is the first book in the Dating by Numbers series, and I already know the whole series is going to be a big favorite of mine. Three Blind Dates is kind of a hard book to review without ruining the magic. But I will try my best anyway. In Three Blind Dates we follow our main character Noley as she searches for love. She joins this new dating restaurant in town, which has a really cool premise by… Read more »

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Jan 08
{Review+Giveaway} Between the Blade and the Heart by @Amanda_Hocking @wednesdayBooks

{Review+Giveaway} Between the Blade and the Heart by @Amanda_Hocking @wednesdayBooks

Between the Blade and the Heart is the first book in a new young adult norse mythology duology by Amanda Hocking. It is called the Valkyrie duology and the second part is due out in April of this year, which is super nice because you don’t have to wait very long in between the two books. This is perfect for me because I am already itching to find out what is going to happen next. Between the Blade and the Heart was a great read. It is the kind of book that kept getting better and better. It took me about 50 pages or so to get into the story, but after that point I was totally hooked. Between the Blade and the Heart follows our main character, Malin, who is a Valkyrie in training. But right as she nears the end of her training, she finds out a secret that kind of shakes everything she believes in. This secret sets her off on a quest with the help of her ex,… Read more »

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Jan 06
{Mini Review+Interview} We are Party People by @LeslieMargolis ‏

{Mini Review+Interview} We are Party People by @LeslieMargolis ‏

I am so excited to have Leslie Margolis here to chat parties and party people. Thank you for being here today Leslie! 1. Describe We Are Party People in a tweet (140 characters or less) One shy, quiet kid + mandatory mermaid costume = Catastrophe or triumph?  Read on. 2. Can you describe your perfect party for me? (What are we celebrating? How many people are there? Where is it?) My perfect party is small and casual, with no occasion necessary.  It is filled with artists and philosophers and activists. Everyone has outrageous stories to tell.  There’s scintillating conversation, scrumptious food and drink and beautiful music. 3. What was the most fun part of writing We Are Party People? The best part of writing any novel is coming up with the initial idea and characters. Then, thinking about what could go wrong—and making it happen.  I like my characters to suffer!  Big-time nightmare scenarios are so much fun to read about.  Don’t you think? 4. Tell us something we didn’t… Read more »

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Jan 04
{Review+Giveaway} Mad Magic by Nicole Conway @ANConway @Month9Books

{Review+Giveaway} Mad Magic by Nicole Conway @ANConway @Month9Books

Mad Magic is the first book in the Mad Magic saga by author Nicole Conway. Nicole Conway is a new to me author, but after devouring Mad Magic in one night, I can’t wait for more from her. Mad Magic and I got off to a bit of a slow start, but once I fell into the world we became kind of obsessed with each other. I really loved this book, and I am so beyond excited that there will be more in this saga. Mad Magic is the story of Josie. Josie’s parents passed away earlier in her life and she was kind of taken in by a mysterious benefactor. I say kind of because she doesn’t seem to actually see very much of Ben, but he does pay her bills. She lives on her own. But Josie is plagued by invisible demons. I have to be honest. I was a little bored by the start of the story. It felt kind of formulaic; like a story I had… Read more »

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Dec 20
{Giveaway} Midwinter’s Eve #Giveaway Hop!

{Giveaway} Midwinter’s Eve #Giveaway Hop!

This hop is hosted by BookHounds You can find out more information about the giveaway HERE ——————– Happy winter everyone! I’ve got a few other giveaways going on right now, so be sure to check them out and enter! You can find them by clicking on the pictures on my right sidebar –> Do you guys like to be surprised with your presents or do you like to know exactly what they are? The winner of this giveaway gets to pick between two different prizes, centered around a surprise or no surprise. —————————- If you like to know exactly what you are getting for the holidays, you can: Pick a book of your choice! (Up to $10 US) (open INT)   OR A SUPER SPECIAL MYSTERY BOX OF BOOKS (US only)  If you are like me and you love surprises (with gifts anyway) I have planned a super special mystery box of books. The box will contain between 5-8 books, and it will include some highly anticipated releases in it. Which would… Read more »

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Dec 19
{ARC Review+Giveaway} By a Charm and a Curse by @JaimeQuestell @EntangledTeen

{ARC Review+Giveaway} By a Charm and a Curse by @JaimeQuestell @EntangledTeen

By A Charm and a Curse is a standalone young adult fantasy by debut author Jaime Questell. I love a book in a carnival setting, and one featuring magic even more, so I knew By a Charm and a Curse would be right up my alley. And it was. I really enjoyed this book. The name of the book says it all. There is a charm and there is a curse and they are tied closely together. I really loved the plot of this book. I might have even enjoyed the story more than the characters, but I did also enjoy the whole cast of carnies. By A Charm and a Curse follows our main character Em, or Emmaline as she visits a traveling carnival with her friend. By A Charm and a Curse is told from multiple perspectives, and as we shift through some of the characters point of view we get to know a couple of the carnival performers and we learn about the charm. I’m going to tell you… Read more »

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Dec 15
{Review+Giveaway} Grudging by Michelle Hauck @Michelle4Laughs @HarperVoyagerUS

{Review+Giveaway} Grudging by Michelle Hauck @Michelle4Laughs @HarperVoyagerUS

Today the Steadfast blog tour takes a stop at Book Briefs. Steadfast is the third book in the birth of saints trilogy. Because I am new to the trilogy, I decided to start at the beginning, which I thought would be a good place to start. And it was a really good idea, because author Michelle Hauck has created a very rich and detailed world, and now that all of the books in the trilogy are out, this series is the perfect binge read when you are looking for some adventure steeped in magic and witchcraft. Grudging felt like magic meets the crusades. It was really interesting and unlike anything I have read lately. I’m not sure how I missed this book when it came out in 2015, but boy am I glad I found it now. Grudging is the first book in the birth of saints trilogy. This is a trilogy that must be read in order. Grudging follows seventeen year old Ramiro and Claire. The atmosphere that Grudging… Read more »

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Dec 14
{Interview+Giveaway} The Rising Series by Holly Kelly

{Interview+Giveaway} The Rising Series by Holly Kelly

1)   Why Mermaids/Mermen? I’ve always had a love for the ocean and had a fascination of the creatures that live within its depths. However, this book didn’t start with a lot of forethought. I was surfing online and came across—quite by accident—a picture of a mermaid with a flesh-colored tail. The thought hit me: what if a mermaid was born on land and she didn’t know she was a mermaid? She simply thought she was born horribly deformed. I started writing that same day. 2)   What kind of research did you have to do? I didn’t start out with any research under my belt. I would simply write until I came to a part where needed to know more about the mythological world. I then would do a search on the internet and find out what I needed to know. After the rough draft was written, I did read an in-depth book about Greek Mythology and made necessary changes. One thing I found in my research—Greek Mythology is filled with… Read more »

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