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Oct 30
{ #Review } The Sea of Tranquility by @KatjaMillay @AtriaBooks

{ #Review } The Sea of Tranquility by @KatjaMillay @AtriaBooks

HOLY SMOKES! What a moving, powerful book. How did this one elude my grasp for so long??  The Sea of Tranquility has been classified both as Young Adult and New Adult. I could see it going either way, but I think it is closer to upper Young Adult. Especially since both of the main characters are in high school. Even though they are each wise beyond their years. I really don’t know how to write a review that does this book justice. I have read a lot of really fantastic books, but the Sea of Tranquility will always stick out in my mind because of how much it moved me. This is a powerful book. It reminded me of the raw emotional power like in the books Lost and Found by Nadia Simonenko. And anyone that knows me, or has read my reviews of those new adult books, know just how high of praise that is. The Sea of Tranquility starts off feeling very mysterious. It took me a couple… Read more »

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Oct 20
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Embers by @KarenAnnHopkins

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Embers by @KarenAnnHopkins

I had heard such amazing things about Karen Ann Hopkins before and I have always wanted to try one of her books, but I didn’t think I should start with the Amish series Temptation because I wasn’t sure that would be my thing. As soon as I saw Embers though, I knew I had to get in on that book. The cover grabbed my eye instantly, and the fact that Embers was said to be a dark and gritty paranormal was more than enough to make me super excited about it. And now I can say that I know what everyone was talking about. Not only was Embers a great story, but Karen Ann Hopkins is a phenomenal writer. Her writing really makes a story, and especially the character jump right off the page. Embers is first and foremost a story about Angels. But I am super happy to report that Karen’s angels are her own. This was unlike other angel books that I have tried. The line between good… Read more »

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Sep 12
{Review+Giveaway} Blood Beyond Darkness by Stacey Marie Brown @S_MarieBrown

{Review+Giveaway} Blood Beyond Darkness by Stacey Marie Brown @S_MarieBrown

Blood Beyond Darkness is the 4th and final book in the New Adult Paranormal, Darkness Series by Stacey Marie Brown. I can’t believe that this series is done. I am still hoping that the author will come out with some novellas about the characters. I absolutely love this series. It is one of my favorites, so Blood Beyond Darkness was bittersweet for me.  In some ways I didn’t want to read it because I didn’t want to be done with the series. Endings are hard for me. I don’t like saying goodbye to characters that I have grown to love. The Darkness series is excellent. The attention to detail and world building is great and there is non stop action. Blood Beyond Darkness was basically all action from the first page until the last. We left off in the third book on the edge of a great war that threatened both the Seelie and Unseelie court as well as the earth realm. Blood Beyond Darkness is all about this war…. Read more »

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Aug 15
{Interview+Excerpt+Giveaway} Beyond The Pale: Dark YA Fantasy Anthology @Nimpentoad

{Interview+Excerpt+Giveaway} Beyond The Pale: Dark YA Fantasy Anthology @Nimpentoad

Today I have Henry Herz, the editor of Beyond the Pale here with us on Book Briefs. Welcome Henry! 1. Describe Beyond the Pale in a Tweet (140 characters or less) BEYOND THE PALE is an anthology of dark/urban fantasy & paranormal stories by master authors like Beagle, Butcher, Brewer, Garcia & Yolen.  2. What are some of challenges of putting together an Anthology? You have to select a theme. Then you have to decide which authors to invite. Then you have to convince them to participate. Then you have to see if they have a story that both matches the theme AND is available for use. Then you have to negotiate contracts. Then you have to acquire, edit, and format the stories. Then you have to coordinate the authors’ PR teams in promoting the book. “Herding cats” is the short version. Lots of work, but lots of fun.   3. What makes Beyond the Pale unique? Without question, my favorite aspect of BEYOND THE PALE is the stellar cast… Read more »

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Feb 21
{Review+Giveaway} The Breakaway by Michelle Davidson Argyle

{Review+Giveaway} The Breakaway by Michelle Davidson Argyle

Welcome to my stop on The Breakaway and Pieces blog tour Be sure to check out the rest of the tour   The Breakaway by Michelle Davidson Argyle Paperback, 303 pages Published May 1st 2012 by Rhemalda Publishing Age group: YA/NA Series: The Breakaway #1 Source: ecopy from Author   Summary:  When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she’s missing. Escape isn’t high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she’s part of a family—even if it is a family of criminals. But she’s still a captive. In a desperate attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she’s falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi isn’t sure she wants to take it.   Wow…. Read more »

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