Friday, February 28, 2014

{Blog Tour} Semblance by Logan Patricks {Excerpt + Giveaway}

So at the end of last year I read this little book that not only captured my heart, but my imagination as well. This book completely blew me out of the water and the story still has its clutches in me today. What's the story you ask? Semblance by Logan Patricks. Since I reviewed the book last year today I am going to share a little excerpt with you. But I want you all to know that this book should be at the top of your to be read list!!! Want to see my raving review? Check it out here. And now on with the post!

Book Blurb~
Whoever said money couldn't buy happiness has never starved a day in their lives.

 My name is Aria Valencia, a third year classical music student at the university, and I was down to my last dollar. Some nights, I seriously considered working at the rippers just to make ends meet, but the thought of my dad's spirit--God rest his soul--scowling at me while I danced up on some drooling degenerate was enough to turn me off the idea completely.

 And then one night, chance came knocking on my door under the guise of the Midnight Society, a secret cabal comprised of the most wealthy and influential souls this side of the Universe. Their leader was a man named Shadow, who was equally enigmatic as he was gorgeous and, for some mystifying reason, had his dark brooding eyes focused on me.

 Seduced by the promises of fame and fortune in exchange for a seemingly innocent request, I soon found myself drawn into a provocative world filled with both vast riches and unending lies and it didn't take long for me to realize what being a part of the Midnight Society actually entailed: shiny things, sensual romance, and dead bodies.

 Being with Shadow came with a terrible price, one that I wasn't willing to pay. There's a dark side to every love story, and this one was mine.

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His presence cast a hush throughout the gardens. Shadow strolled towards the three women on their knees, stalking them with an animalistic grace.

He was ominous, yet electrifying and I found myself trembling just standing in the same vicinity as he was.

“Your bride awaits you Shadow,” Calisto said to her brother.

I glanced around and noticed that everyone had their head bowed in reverence of this man.

It was disconcerting and this made me panic.

This had to be a cult; there was no other logical explanation in my mind. Any second now, this Shadow fellow was going to pass out the Kool-Aid and we were all going to drink it and die.

There was still time for me to flee. I could pretend to use the bathroom and then sneak out the window or something. I had no idea where on the map this estate was, but that didn’t matter. I needed to escape and I could figure the rest out later.

I looked around to see if anyone else was watching me.

Damn it, indeed someone was. Calisto’s eyes were deadlocked onto me.

I panicked and almost let loose a scream, but managed to contain myself. Thank God for the mask I was wearing, which hid the expressions on my face.

Calisto smiled and winked at me, which I thought was a bizarre thing to do. I had no idea what was happening or what to expect, but I desperately wanted to be away from here.   
Now this is just one reason you seriously need to read this freaking book already!! And to help with that make sure you enter the giveaway!

About the Author~
Logan discovered both love and heartbreak at the tender age of seven, when the pretty little blue-eyed girl next door stole his Kit-Kat bar and shared it with the bad boy from across the street. Devastated, Logan found solace by escaping into imaginary worlds he forged with words, creating kingdoms where the chivalrous knight always got the princess. Twenty three years later Logan spends his days in a suit and tie, working for the government on matters of network security. However his thoughts never strayed too far from the incendiary nature of love — the passionate fire that’s both scintillating and dangerous. Obsessed with exploring the steamy and mysterious side of human nature, Logan continues to create worlds filled with thrills, mystery, and of course, sex.
Find Him: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon Page

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Catch by Michelle Congdon {Cover Reveal}

Broken # 1.5
By- Michelle Congdon
Genre- New Adult Contemporary

***Recommended for ages 18+ due to mature situations, sexual content and language***

Even the best fall down sometimes…

Ryan Fox thought he had it all: money, women, fast cars, and a stellar baseball career. He also thought he could hide the memories of his dark past behind the witty charm and the devilish smile. Truth is, he had almost everyone, including himself, fooled. But the past cannot be ignored forever and eventually it finds a way of catching up.

When it all came crashing down, one girl was there to mend the broken pieces. Evangeline Montgomery. Not only did the troubled heiress turn Ryan’s world upside down but she helped him to see what’s most important: It’s not the past that defines you.

In Slide, we heard from Evangeline. It’s now Ryan’s turn to share his story about the girl who stole his heart and changed his life forever.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Contradictions by Tiffany King {Cover Reveal}

Hello everyone and happy Monday! I know Monday's aren't usually all that happy, but today I have a reason for you to all be happy! The great author Tiffany King is coming out with a new book!!! Eep! And I have the cover reveal for it, now that is a reason to be happy it's a Monday! Every book I have read by Tiffany King has been amazing and has left me a hot mess, sounds like Contradictions will too! Check this one out!

Coming December 2014
From The Berkley Publishing Group/Penguin Group (USA) LLC

I can already tell by looking at this cover that it is going to be emotional. Just look at the emotion of her face! This cover is already tugging on my heart strings.

Book Blurb~

When everything starts spinning out of control…  
Three years into college, Tressa Oliver’s life is a nonstop party. She’s skating by in her classes, and there’s no shortage of drinking, dancing and general hell-raising. The only aspect that hasn’t been much fun: she can’t shake the toxic jerks that always seem to gravitate toward her.
It will take someone totally wrong…  
Trent Lawson is the classic anti-bad boy: smart, boring, and way too serious. To a wild girl like Tressa, there’s no way in hell they’re compatible—especially since Trent seems to see straight through her defenses.
To set her right.  
When a college prank goes terribly wrong, Tressa starts to suspect that her partying ways are leading nowhere fast. Now, she has to turn to the last person she ever thought she’d ask for help—and quickly discovers that there’s more to Trent than meets the eye…

 Praise for the novels of Tiffany King

“A MUST-READ for New Adult contemporary romance fans.”
New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young

“Sweet and sexy! Great characters and an intriguing romance…So good!”
New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack

About the Author~
USA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask. 

Find Her: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Friday, February 21, 2014

RecruitZ by Karic Bolton {Blitz}

RecruitZ by Karice Bolton
(Afterworld #1)
Publication date: December 27th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic

Scientists are the new rock stars. The infection has been contained for nearly three months, and the world is celebrating. But humans are still dying. Rebekah Taylor has seen it firsthand. Her husband was killed right in front of her by the very creatures that humans were told they no longer had to fear.

Rebekah is determined to find out who is responsible for the death of her husband and the obvious cover-up. Fueled with revenge, she begins to find answers that lead to one frightening conclusion. The apocalypse might be over, but the battles are just beginning.

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Excerpt #2

I gripped the console as I watched the twitches and spasms of the zombies’ movements closing in on us. They were everywhere…the grass, the sidewalk, the driveway. There was no mistaking the rotting, grey flesh that exposed the muscle and bone of the undead. They were something I’d run from countless times, but this time we had nowhere to run. The undead had us trapped. They would rip us to shreds in an instant.
“I think some of ‘em are new,” I said, turning my attention back to Gavin.
There were some clean-looking zombies staggering toward us, their flesh mostly intact. That made no sense. The outbreak had been contained for months. There should be no freshly infected roaming around. Everyone had been vaccinated. The only stragglers evading capture had been around awhile, so their bodies were beat up badly by the time they were caught. Not these.
“Let’s hope not,” he murmured, not bothering to look out the window to confirm nor deny my suspicions.
“We can’t run. They’d totally get us before we got away,” I said, hoping he’d correct me, tell me that we had a chance.
He didn’t.
He slammed his fist into the steering wheel and looked over at me. When the outbreak happened, we never looked back. We were always on the move, running from the disease that took our families and friends. That was the key to survival. Never stay in one place. Always stay on the move. Now we had nowhere to move. I glanced over at Gavin and saw the fear in his eyes. Even with everything we’d encountered, his eyes had never held this amount of terror.
“Babe, whatever happens…”
“Knock it off,” I said.
“We have nothing to fight them with, and a horde this size needs a distraction.”
“Don’t you dare,” I hissed, shaking my head. The fear was pulsing through me at an unstoppable rate. “We didn’t live through the outbreak to die now.”

**Sounds good doesn't it, and guess what? It's only 99c!!! I grabbed my copy, go grab yours!

About the Author~
Karice Bolton lives in the Pacific Northwest and is a writer of Young Adult and New Adult books. She loves to read anything and everything. She also enjoys baking, skiing, and spending time with her wonderful husband and two English bulldogs.

Books currently available:
*Beyond Love Series: Beyond Control (Book 1) Beyond Doubt (Book 2) Beyond Reason (Book 3) – Feb. 28th
*Afterworld Series: RecruitZ (Book 1)
*The Witch Avenue Series: Lonely Souls (Book 1), Altered Souls (Book 2), Released Souls (Book 3) Shattered Souls (Book 4)
*The Watchers Trilogy: Awakening (Book 1), Legions (Book 2), Cataclysm (Book 3), Taken Novella (Watchers Prequel)
*The Camp

Karice would love if you stopped by her blog or FB page to find out the latest news on giveaways and upcoming releases, or you can just send her an email. She loves hearing from her readers and responds as soon as she can.

Find Her: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Everlasting by Candace Knoebel {Release Blitz}

Happy book birthday to the wonderful Candace Knoebel and her latest novel, Everlasting! Go out and grab this one!


Book Blurb~
What if your destiny lay on the other side of death?

The annual Culling ceremony is a day every coming-of-age novice looks forward to within the Primeval Coven. It’s the start to being initiated into the Night Watchmen, humankind’s protectors, and it’s the long-awaited day when novices discover if they’re a Hunter or a Witch. But this day is not a happy one for Faye Middleton. Not when she’s known her whole life that she’s a Defect and is about to face banishment in front of her fellow novices. She’s forced to attend the Culling with little hope for her future, but what she discovers about herself is far worse than she could’ve imagined. And far more dangerous. Thrown into training and separated from her friends, Faye must learn to adjust. She struggles to find her place within the Coven, and with Jaxen Gramm, the darkly handsome and extremely unnerving man assigned to watch and protect her. Emotions run high, and when she discovers a deadly secret about him, her struggles deepen. As corruption within the Coven begins to unravel, Faye pieces together her role in saving the future of her people, and within Jaxen’s life...but will the truth save her, or be her undoing?

GENRE: Paranormal Romance

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“This way,” Nathaniel says from the side of the stage. We’re like cows being herded into individual pens to await sacrifice. There are closed-in cubicles constructed backstage, and each of us is placed in one without a word of guidance or encouragement. “Wait a second,” I say as I try to scan down the row one last time for Katie, but I’m shoved into my cubicle and the door shuts, enclosing me in between four confining walls with only the light of a lamp. I drag my hands down the fabric of the walls until I fall down into my seat. I tug on my braid again and again and again. Calm down. Breathe. Calm down. I chant this over and over again, imagining that Katie’s the one who’s coaching me. I shut my eyes and am back in her room. The scent of her perfume overwhelms the small space, but instead of making me sneeze, it comforts me. It makes my imagined state more real. I hear loud clapping coming from off the stage and know someone must’ve just gone. They obviously weren’t a Defect. No one wants a Defect at their ceremony. A voice shouts, “Let’s go, Todd Jenson. It’s time to meet your partner.” I wonder if it was Katie on stage. I wonder if he’s her partner. I wonder this through eighteen more times worth of clapping and cheering and name calling. Anytime now, they’ll open my door and force me to stand before the crowd, force me to touch the quartz, force me to face my peers in shame. If they deem me a Defect, I’ll be the first this Culling, and most likely the only. I twist my hands into knots and think about my parents. They have to be out there by now. I’m going to walk out there and they’re going to be in the front row smiling. I open my eyes. Four walls. They’re closing in on me. They’re suffocating me. I have to get out. “Faye Middleton?” The door opens and air rushes in. I draw sharply on it as the cheering continues. Another novice and her new partner walk off stage. It’s the girl with black hair. She’s coyly looking at him from under her lashes. He looks pissed. Nathaniel guides me forward, and I want to yank my arm from him. I want to tell him I left my courage back in that cubicle, but I don’t. I can’t. My lips are glued shut by fear. My knees have turned into two extremities of doubt, and I know I’m going to fall. I’m going to forget how to speak. Steel blue eyes find mine from across the stage. Elder Maddock. He bows ever so slightly in my direction, his eyes seeking past my outer appearance. I wonder if he knows who I am. He has to. I stop right before him and feel like a bird trapped in a cage. I can’t escape the thousands of eyes studying me. I can’t escape the hundreds of assumptions building me into something I’m not. “Faye Middleton,” he says, his voice eager and curious. There’s a friendly lightness in his voice I don’t expect, a sound that makes me feel safe and comfortable under his gaze. He has thick, golden brown hair combed neatly over to the side and back, showing off the squared planes of his face. He looks much younger than he should, but older than my father. “Are you ready to begin?” I turn to the crowd and scan desperately for my parents. Eyes. There are so many eyes. Too many. They form together, creating an awful monster that wants to swallow me whole. I can’t find them. The eyes have hidden them from me. I’m all alone. I try to swallow, but my mouth is so dry. I bite the inside of my cheek, curbing the need to release tears. The Witch standing next to him says, “Faye, he asked you a question.” I take in a tight breath and force myself to look away and back at Maddock. “I’m sorry,” I whisper, my stomach twisting a little tighter. He pretends not to notice the panic I’m sure my face is masked in and offers me the kindest, most patient smile. “Everyone is nervous on the day of the Culling,” he says knowingly. “I was a wreck the day of mine.” Polite laughter comes from the audience, and I feel myself relax just enough so that I can breathe again. He offers me a small wink…a knowing sort of wink, and says, “Your parents will be proud.” He says these words carefully, evenly, and I know he’s trying to tell me something. They’re okay? He’s aware of who I am. “So are you ready to begin?”


About the Author~
Candace Knoebel is the award-winning author of Born in Flames-a young adult fantasy trilogy.

Published by 48fourteen in 2012, Born in Flames went on to win Turning the Pages Book of the Year award in February of 2013. Embracing the Flames, the second in the trilogy, is scheduled for release in the summer of 2013. Candace Knoebel discovered through lunch breaks and late nights after putting her kids to bed, a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. Since then, she crawled out of Purgatory and has devoted her time to writing and sometimes heelying.

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Candace Knoebel is having a huge giveaway in honor of Everlasting's release! Make sure you check out the rafflecopter link and go enter! Everlasting Giveaway

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

RUINED by Jus Accardo {Sale Blast + Giveaway}

Last month I fell madly and deeply in love with another fabulous book written by Jus Accardo and her incredibly dark, fierce, and sexy as hell lead character Jax! And now that awesomely insane book is only 99 freaking pennies on all platforms!!! That's right RUINED is only 99c!!! 

Need more of an incentive? Here’s what some award winning and bestselling authors have to say about RUINED!

"RUINED rocked my socks! Fans of Kresley Cole and Jeaniene Frost will love this paranormal new adult, with its battle of Bad versus Badder, a hot-as-hell hero--and a heroine who more than holds her own. Delicious fun from page one!" -Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of SHADE and WICKED GAME

"Steamy romance and a unique premise, RUINED knocks it out the park with this fresh new adult romance with a paranormal twist." - #1 USA Today & NYT Bestselling author, Jennifer L Armentrout

"A wildly original concept coupled with a hot romance. This is what new adult and paranormal has been waiting for." - K.A. Tucker, author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series

Also Jus Accardo is having a giveaway to celebrate the sale! Make sure to go to her Facebook page for a chance to win an Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card! 

Author: Jus Accardo
Pub. Date: December 30, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Embrace 
Pages: 325 

Hell is looking for a way to break loose…

Jax lost the genetic lottery. Descended from Cain, the world's first murderer, he's plagued by a curse that demands violence in exchange for his happiness. He left everything behind, including the girl he loved, but thriving on the pain of others is lonely… And it's killing him.

After a series of heartbreaking losses, Samantha put rubber to pavement and headed for college as fast as her clunker could carry her. But she can't outrun her problems. When an attack at school drives her back home, she's thrown into the path of a past—and a guy—she's been trying to forget.

Sam strains Jax's control over his darkness, but running isn't an option this time. Someone—or, something—followed her home from school: a ruthless monster with a twisted plan centuries in the making. Forced together to survive, and fighting an attraction that could destroy them both, Jax and Sam must stop a killer bent on revenge.

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About Jus Accardo
JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing. Jus is the bestselling author the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing and is currently working on the first book in a new adult series due out summer 2013. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

Find Her: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Monday, February 17, 2014

Wings of Arian by Devri Walls {Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway}

Hello lovely people, welcome to Tuesday and my stop on the Wings of Arian Blog Tour! I am really happy to have you all here today, because today I finally get to share all my love of the final book in this series!!! Seriously you all have no idea how long I have been waiting to scream this review from the rooftops! I have some mad love for this series and it was my honor to host a Blog Tour for such an incredible series and author! So stay put and see my review of book 4 and enter to win the GORGEOUS silver wing bracelet at the bottom of the page! :)

Book Info~
Title: Wings of Arian (Solus #1)
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Blurb~
Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie.

With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life.  She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar. 

However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation. 

And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.

Book Info~
Title: Wings of Tavea (Solus #2)
Publication Date: December 11, 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Blurb~
Kiora is rapidly learning that evil and lies come in shades of black and white and swirling greys, but nothing could have prepared her for the shock of leaving Meros.
 Kiora and her protector Emane step through the pass into a world they never knew existed but were always meant to save, only to find it far worse than they could have ever imagined. Good has been forced into hiding for its own survival, while the rest of the land bows to the Shadow, a force that pushes any remaining thoughts of Dralazar from Kiora’s mind. This land is full of new creatures, each more dangerous than the last. Her visions have taken on a deadly twist, and magic, or what comes of it, was never so real. And then there is Alcander: a Tavean, their guide, and an entirely different kind of trouble. 

Book Info~
Book Title: Wings of Nestor (Solus #3)
Publication Date: June 24, 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Blurb~
Kiora needs answers. Who is the Shadow? Who is Jasmine? Are they connected? And even more pressing—how can she stop the Shadow from using her dreams as a map to find them? They have escaped three times, but are living on borrowed time—and everybody knows it. 

Kiora’s search will push her closer to Alcander, send her to the dragon mountain of Toopai, and lead straight back to Meros—where magic will finally return to the land of no magic. Answers will be uncovered and plans unearthed that have been waiting for thousands of years. 

But with the Shadow’s forces gathering, the rebels are hurtling toward one outcome: war. Armed with knowledge and hope, Kiora is determined to change that path, but will fate allow it? Or will it teach her a hard lesson about following her own destiny?

Book Info~
Title: Wings of Lomay (Solus #4)
Publication Date: February 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Blurb~
In defense of the small remaining group of rebels, Kiora has to cross lines she never thought she would, making her redefine not only herself, but what’s right and wrong. Outnumbered and out of time, Kiora turns to the only two groups that could help; the Shifters and the Dragons. But will either of them come to their aid?

As they prepare for a war against the evil army, Kiora must lead the rebels and find the strength within herself to defeat Jasmine.
Kiora’s the Solace. She’s their only hope.

*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

My Review

Kiora is in the fight of her life, she will have to use all the power that she possesses in order to fight the darkness that threatens to swallow Meros. She will have to learn that this is war and that in war bad things happen and people die. Sacrifices will be made, lives will be lost, as all hope of freedom is put on the shoulders of the Solus. 

In Wings of Lomay we follow Kiora, Emane and Alcander as they make preparations for their final stand. As the Solus leadership sort of falls on Kiora's shoulders as everyone looks to her for guidance. This is not a role that Kiora is particularly comfortable playing, but she has grown tremendously since first learning of her destiny. She was once afraid of her own powers, her own strength, but now she is a force to be reckoned with. She is strong, confidant and a natural leader. She falls into her role as the Solus with trepidation, but flourishes under the guidance of her allies. 

Every character in this series has grown tremendously since Wings of Arian. Each character has come into their own in this series, accepting the role they play in the quest to rid Meros of it's darkness. This is especially true of Prince Emane. When Prince Emane first graces the pages of the series he is cocky, arrogant, timid, fearful, and not ready for his role in the future. But as time passes Emane grows, matures, and by the end of Wings of Lomay Prince Emane is selfless, fierce, cocky, loyal, thoughtful, and deep. Of all the characters in this series, Emane is by far my favorite. I think Emane the witow, was stronger than any of the characters with magic, to me he is the true hero of this story. He is the underdog. The person that is always there to help the hero through their quest. He is the strength and heart of this tale. Oh sure, the story is about Kiora, but the hero of Lord of the Rings was supposed to be Frodo when we all know that Sam was the real hero. Well Emane is Sam, Kiora is Frodo. Without Emane Kiora would have failed a long time ago. It is because of his strength that she was able to make a final stand in Wings of Lomay. And in a world full of magic, he stood tall, proud and fearless. 

I guess there is no secret where my loyalties lie! For me it has always been about Emane. Not Alcander, the powerful, beautiful Tavean. Oh I like him too, he's just not Emane. 

I have mad love for this series, I have been in love with it since the beginning and it saddened, terrified and excited me to finally get my hands on Wings of Lomay. I have known where this story was going since book 2, Wings of Tavea. I saw the writing on the wall, I saw the clues that Devri Walls left on the pages, the crumbs that I knew would eventually mean the end of my heart. This entire series we have been building up to this huge battle, where the Solus was going to either succeed or fail. And in Wings of Lomay we finally get it. We finally get to see what all this struggle was about. What it was all for. We finally get closure. 

Wings of Lomay was a wonderful ending to an incredible journey. All the story lines were tied in neat little bows. But it was gut wrenching and it brought me to my knees in pain and anguish. Devri Walls completely shattered my heart and put a hole in my soul with her perfect telling of Wings of Lomay.  Nothing prepared me for what I found in the pages. Nothing. But I take my hat off to Devri Walls and applaud her ability to turn my sorrow and pain into something beautiful, something worth it, she made it shine brighter than the stars. 

Wings of Lomay is what a series ending should be like, powerful, raw, emotional, and satisfying. This was my favorite book of the series, it will leave you breathless, somber, blissful and a total hot mess. Even now, looking back over the story I cry. Devri Walls and Wings of Lomay broke me and you totally need to read it!

About the Author~
Devri Walls lives in Kuna ID with her husband, two kids and one very bouncy lab. After suffering from an abundance of creativity with not enough places to put it, she turned to writing. Which in the end, turned out to be exactly where she should have been putting it all along. 

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sweet Requiem by Bailey Ardisone {Review}

*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

***This is categorized as a New Adult novel, with some mild adult content***
Returning to Kennebunkport, Maine, isn't all that it's cracked up to be for Nari and Rydan. Barely escaping one evil by the skin of their teeth, running head first into the next was the last thing they were expecting. With Nari's best friend Zaylie held hostage by the leader of the Black Eagles, Nari's number one priority is getting Zaylie, along with everyone else she cares about, out of Nikolai's clutches safe and sound. Only, the worst thing that could possibly happen has happened- Death.

Before Nari can even comprehend her worst nightmare coming true, she is pulled back into the very place she had thought she escaped. But the nightmare doesn't end there. Just as she sees a silver-lining to her otherwise gloomy cloud, she discovers heart-wrenching news and has to yet again escape an untimely death.

With the hope of undoing what would normally be permanent, Nari, with the help of the two brothers she loves most in the world, sets her mind on a mission that will ultimately mean her downfall. Is the end result worth the sacrifice?
Naminé is left in the Earthly realm to tend to an injured Ender and Fëa. She must learn to cope with the new human elements thrown her way, but in the process, discovers something may be terribly wrong with her family back home - the one place she can no longer get to.

Continue the journey that started it all. Mycah, Rydan, Nari, and Naminé are determined to take back the throne. Except, that which starts sweet, ends bitter...

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My Review

Life for Namine has always been a battle. But her battles are only beginning. Where she once battled family, she now battles for a world that is bigger than she is. For a cause that is bigger than she is. But this battle is more than just a battle of strength. It is a battle of wills and a battle of the heart. So much is on the line for Namine, Rydan, Mycah and Nari, will their combined strength be enough to deliver them safely through this next struggle?

Throughout the Sweet Series we have followed the story of Nari, Mycah, Rydan and Namine, watching as they all come to terms with what has been set before them. There has been a ton of struggle, heartbreak, scars, and none of their lives will be the same. Throughout the series there is one thing you can count on; Mycah's desire to take back his kingdom. You know that's where this story is going, that's part of what this story is about. With every book we get closer to the ending, which I am sure will be explosive. But along the way we get to see these characters falter and grow. We get to see them become truly remarkable people. We see them make sacrifices for each other, their kingdom and the greater good. We see them grow stronger as they take a stand and fight for the future they all so strongly desire. Nari becomes stronger and more confidant as she accepts the truth of where she truly belongs. The same with Rydan. As he finally accepts the truth about his life we see him morph into an incredible warrior who is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Of course Mycah is his own special creature. We have always known that he was fierce and loyal, but now we get to discover just how deep his loyalty goes. We get a glimpse at more than just the warrior elf, we get a glimpse into what it's really like to have the weight of the kingdom on your shoulders. 

To finally learn some of what Mycah has gone through absolutely killed what little resolve I had before I began Sweet Requiem. He has always been the strong, rock that everyone could depend on. But in Sweet Requiem we are given a brief glimpse at a very broken Mycah. As his hurt and pain unfolded on the page so did my tears. His pain, deep and real made what was left of my heart crumble at my feet. If I didn't love Mycah before this book, I would certainly love him now. Since I already love him, this book just made me love him that much more. Mycah's love knows no bounds, he loves deep, hard and with his entire being, he loves so much it hurts. And it is just WOW!

Sweet Requiem was a beautifully orchestrated piece, that played my emotions like a fiddle. Every time hope swelled in my heart something was there to smash it down into utter darkness. I cried so many times throughout this book I thought all my tears had surely dried up, but nope Bailey Ardisone proved that even with all those shed tears I could still cry. Especially when my heart is torn out of my chest and dropped off a cliff. (Bailey Ardisone did that, she ripped my heart out and dropped it off a ciff with the ending of this book!) This book was one giant emotional roller coaster. I was ready for heartbreak, but I think I cried a river with this one.

But despite the tears and the wet kindle, Sweet Requiem was a magical story that was full of moments that were sheer poetry. With words so eloquent and beautiful they just flowed off the page and sang to my soul. I felt every emotion deep as if it were my own. I lived this story. Felt this story as I curled up on my couch and sat there transfixed until I had devoured every single word. I was left an emotional wreck, but Sweet Requiem was worth every. Single. Tear.

There are so many magical, and beautiful moments in this book and each one makes me swoon or cry. But I think it is safe to share this little tid-bit with you.
"Even if it meant walking through the fires of Hell, I would give up Heaven for you." (kindle, loc. 1588)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Path of Bones by Steven Montano {Review + Giveaway}

Well hello everybody, and welcome to the last day of the Path of Bones Blog Tour! I have some serious mad love for all of Steven Montano's work. And when I say serious mad love, I mean that in the strongest way possible. And I was honored that someone as awesome as Steven Montano let me host a blog tour for him. That is just, wow, really! And now I will stop rambling and get on with why you all came here, The Tour!!!

*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Return to the world of Malzaria in the highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling epic fantasy adventure City of Scars.

Hunted by Empires and crime lords alike, Ijanna Taivorkan and the young warrior Kath Cardrezhej make their north through the dire Bonelands, a twisted wastelands populated by unnatural terrors. Hoping to find the answers to her dark destiny and driven by a need to escape her fate, Ijanna won't rest until she locates the last of the Skullborn.

Azander Dane, fallen Dawn Knight, pursues Ijanna in order to help her as a way for making amends for the crimes of his past. Aided by an exiled giant and gripped by a magical disease that is slowly driving him mad, Dane must brave the dangers of the Phage-controlled city of Kaldrak Iyresin order to reach the Dream Witch in time.

Beset at every turn by evil magic, powerful assassins and dark revelations, Dane and Ijanna will ultimately find themselves in the ruined city of Corinth, where ancient artifacts may hold the key to the world's salavation...or to its untimely doom.

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My Review

Dane is still running from his past, determined to make up for some of his wrong doings and maybe wipe the slate a little clean. He is in search for the Dream Witch, originally hired to deliver her to her enemy, Dane has seen the light and has decided to place the rest of his humanity on her, now all he has to do is find her. With his unlikely traveling partner things get more than a little complicated, things get down right rough. But things aren't all roses and peaches for Ijanna either. Where Dane is running from his past, Ijanna is running from her future. Determined to change a destiny that more than frightens her. Her battle to change the future is not easy and it is one that very well could kill her. 

In Path of Bones we follow the paths of Azander Dane, the fallen Dawn Knight. (Which if you ask me is a good thing). Kruje, Dane's new traveling companion, a Voss who is hated by every human on earth. Ijanna the hunted Dream Witch and her protector Kath, the sweet gentle soul that is in for the ride of his life. We also dive into the minds of the enemy; Empress Azaean and Kala. Their paths are all winding, slippery, and sloping. No one in this book has an easy life. 

Everyone suffers some sort of struggle, definitely some more than others. Of course Dane, Kruje, Ijanna and Kath are right up there on the crap list (hit list), you know how they say crap rolls down hill? Well it is definitely like that for them. If there is something bad to find, you can pretty much guarantee it will cross their paths. And when I say bad, I mean big, REALLY big and REALLY bad. Think about the darkest and most twisted creatures you can imagine and times that by ten. Yea that pretty much sums up the crap this lot get's themselves into. One of my favorite creatures in this series is the Razorcats! 
    "A giant hunter cat with smoking skin, a lashing tail and disproportionately huge claws and teeth. Diamond black eyes.... a tongue lined with dark spines... and oversized jaws." 

Now that is a wicked cat, definitely not something I would ever like to meet, day or night. All of Steven Montano's creatures are like that. Wicked. Twisted. And just down right vicious. His creatures aren't for the faint of heart and are definitely not meant to be cuddled. 

The same can be said for his worlds. They are not all rays and sunshine, no his worlds are bleak, dark and lonely. His worlds are just as dangerous as the creatures that live there. But no matter how bleak, dreary and dark things get, there is always that one small splatter of hope. It's that hope that drives his characters to fight the darkness, to stay strong and carry on. It is that hope that keeps us readers reading and coming back for more, time and time again.

As always Steven Montano paints an incredible picture, creating beautiful imagery of the world that he creates. His characters are on point and he really gives you an insight as to who they are and why they behave the way they do. You can't help but feel connected to them, all of them, even the wicked ones.

Steven Montano is a master at weaving some very complicated stories. He is the master of taking multiple stories, or paths, and blending them together into one seamless, explosive story. It's like all the streams that feed into a river. All the individual stories have their own current and flow and when they converge, it's BAM, major explosions. There is so much going on in Path of Bones, but it isn't too much. The story is never overwhelming. Instead it's maddening, because you can see things falling into place. Like pieces of the puzzle you begin to see how the story all fits together and you know that spells some very bad things, but you can't help but continue to read and watch those pieces fall. Hoping that those pieces create something other than what you expect. 

In Path of Bones you are taken to the edge of your seat. Delivers you to the hands of darkness and brings you back just far enough to give you hope. But I have to warn you, the ending leaves you right on the edge of a cliff. Your hope swells, but your fear grows as the story ends and we are left waiting for the next installment. Path of Bones is a great story, one that will keep you wanting more. One that will give you hope and take you on many paths.

City of Scars (Skullborn Trilogy #1) 

Book Blurb~

It’s been three decades since the Blood Queen led her legions on a brutal campaign of conquest and destruction, and the Empires are still struggling to rebuild. Now, in the distant aftermath of the war, the real battle is about to begin.

Haunted by the crimes of his past, fallen knight Azander Dane ekes out a mercenary existence as he drifts from one city to the next. His latest job is to hunt down Ijanna Taivorkan, a powerful outlaw witch desperate to escape her destiny. 

Dane and Ijanna find themselves in Ebonmark, the City of Scars, where deadly crime guilds and shadowy agents of the White Dragon Empire prepare for a brutal confrontation. Pursued by apocalypse cults, mad alchemists, exiled giants and werewolf gangs, Dane and Ijanna soon learn a deadly lesson – in Ebonmark, only the cruelest and most cunning can survive. 

City of Scars is the first volume of The Skullborn Trilogy, an all new epic fantasy adventure from the author of BloodSkies .

About the Author~
Steven Montano is an author, accountant, and blogger, part human and part...well, we’re not entirely sure, but he sure does write a lot of books.   Steven is the author of the Skullborn novels (City of Scars, Path of Bones), the Blood Skies series (Blood Skies, Black Scars, Soulrazor, Crown of Ash, The Witch’s Eye and Chain of Shadows), Tales of a Blood Earth 1 and 2, Crucifix Point, and something black….  He’s currently hard at work on Blood Angel Rising, a paranormal action/horror/thriller; Vampire Down, the next installment of the Blood Skies series; and The Black Tower, the conclusion to The Skullborn trilogy.
   He and his family live in Michigan, where even zombies fear to tread.

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