Sneak Peek ;)

A little sneak peek quote from my second latest project, also the longest book I’ve ever written 🙂 Super excited about this one!

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REVIEW: DAUGHTER OF THE RED DAWN BY ALICIA MICHAELS

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Synopsis:

These are dark times in the land of Fallada, and I fear that they will only continue to grow darker. Only the return of those we’ve lost will even the score.
It will begin with first line of the prophecy, which foretells of a red sun over the desert sky…
–Adrah, Queen of the Fae

On the outside, seventeen year-old Selena McKinley is like any other teenage girl. Yet Selena has always felt as if she doesn’t belong and is counting the days to graduation and her freedom from the small town that makes her feel so out of place, when the arrival of a stranger turns her world upside down. Selena will learn just how different she is and the truth of where she comes from.
A lost princess, they call her, the catalyst for a war involving a world that Selena was taken from as a child. An evil queen obsessed with her own beauty with a plan to enslave the human race.…the notion seems so silly, yet Selena knows in her heart that it is true. Then there is Titus, the shape shifter whose blue eyes and claims of destiny hold her heart captive. Can Selena find the strength to do what she must while following her heart?

REVIEW

Selena is a young girl from a small town with only one ambition: to escape Twin Oaks, Texas. Never having fit in with any of the cliché cliques at school, Selena always felt like an outsider, never having belonged anywhere. That is until one day she meets a boy in a field with the most beautiful blue eyes, and everything changes.

Thrust into a world that is a hundred percent crazy and a thousand percent magical, Selena finds that for the first time in her life, she may actually belong. And who knew her once seemingly useless existence could bring about such a revolution?

Okay, so this was a surprisingly good book for me. It had been a while since I read a good fantasy YA, and this just hit the spot. I loved the vibrant descriptions the author used to describe the fantastical world Selena was thrown into. And I was really impressed with the originality of the plot along with how it was beautifully executed. You could connect with the characters on a personal level, which gave a sense of reality to an otherwise insane storyline.

My only complaint with this book were the amazing amount of editing errors. Names were changed 3/4 quarters of the way through, and there were missing letters to words, and sometimes missing periods at the end of a sentence. Despite how awkward that was to read through, I didn’t find that it took away from the story. It’s just something I’m a stickler about.

Overall I was very impressed with this first installment of ‘The Lost Kingdom of Fallada’ series, and I look forward to reading more from this author.

Daughter of the Red Dawn by Alicia Michaels = 4 faerie stars

AUTHOR INFO

Alicia Michaels

WEBSITE: http://www.fantasybyalicia.com/

Mother of 3 and Army wife. Lover of coffee, chocolate and good books. Writer of YA Fantasy that stretches the imagination. When not writing, I can usually be found reading.

REVIEW: ASH (HIVE TRILOGY #1) BY JAYMIN EVE AND LEIA STONE

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Synopsis:

Are you an Ash?

*Increased stamina
*Lack of appetite
*Anger outbursts
*Insatiable thirst
*Beauty & Strength
*Male

Call the hotline if these symptoms come on suddenly!

Turns out Charlie Bennet was all of those things except the last. Don’t let the name fool you, Charlie was all woman and she wanted nothing to do with the ash … until the day she found out she was one.

It all started when infected bats bit a small group of humans and created what are now called vampires. Then, the male vampires knocked up some female humans and the result was a gorgeous race of all male ash. Superhuman freaks that had looks to kill.

Charlie is the first female ash, aka unicorn of the Hive – the gated compound in Portland that the humans have designated to isolate vampires and ash from society.

Problem? The Hive is full and only a select few will be allowed to live there. To live at all, really. If Charlie wants to earn the right to become a citizen of the Hive, she will have to survive the culling – a series of fights to the death. And guess what? Just because she’s a girl doesn’t mean she’ll get special treatment.

Good thing there’s Ryder, the mysterious lead ash enforcer, who seems to always have her back. But when secrets bubble to the surface, it will take more than one guy to save her.

REVIEW

Wow…this was…wow. It was like Divergent meets The Covenant series meets vampires in a clash of awesome lol. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually liked this read. It was interesting, funny as hell, and it had the Sexy Six, which are a bunch of kickass alpha males that make you wish that this book wasn’t a work of fiction. Needless to say I was a fan.

Charlie is sassy, headstrong, and a girl you would be happy to call a friend. When life throws her a curve ball, she steps up to the plate with a Louisville slugger in tow. So when she discovers she’s an ash, something that was thought to be impossible until now, she owns up to it and treats it like any other obstacle life has thrown at her. All she has to do is survive the culling: a heinous, medieval like tradition to eliminate the weak from the pack and allow newly turned ash the chance to live.

Along the way she meets a totally awesome roommate/best friend. A bunch of hardcore enforcers that somehow become her family, and even a hot as hell super ash who decides to train Charlie personally for the culling – the likes of which has a few demons of his own.

Plot twists galore, I thought this was a fantastic start to the series. We get enough information to understand the world of the Hive, but at the same time we’re not overwhelmed with details. It was the perfect mix of paranormal, romance, and action. My hat goes off to Leia and Jaymin for writing this one 😉

ASH BY JAYMIN EVE AND LEIA STONE = 5 STARS

AUTHOR INFO:

Jaymin Eve

Jaymin Eve has a passion for reading, writing and arithmetic … okay maybe not the last one but definitely the first two. She loves surrounding herself with the best things in life: her two girls, a good book and chocolate.

Living on the beautiful Gold Coast, in Australia, the family loves spending lots of time on the beach. And travelling as frequently as possible.

When Jaymin isn’t trying to wrangle two daughters, a puppy and her husband, you will find her hiding in a corner trying desperately to write her stories (without little fingers pressing random keys). She asks forgiveness if you notice the occasional sskkkkssjs appearing in her book, her children are proud of their contribution.

She’d love it if you contacted her, giving feedback or just to have a chat.

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And check out her blog at:

http://jaymineve.blogspot.com.au/

Leia Stone

Leia Stone lives in Portland, OR with her husband, two kids and her dog. When she is not chasing around her twin son and daughter, or writing, she has her nose shoved in a book. She wrote her first book when she was 23 years old. Keep reading, live with purpose. Freeworld!

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REVIEW: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

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Synopsis:

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down

REVIEW

So I finally, FINALLY finished this thing. I got some time yesterday to sit down and devour the last 30%, and I’m so glad I did. Because for one, this was a beautiful read from a writer’s point of view. The details Sarah creates with her words is truly amazing, making the world building in this exquisite. I felt like I was there, living in a faerie court alongside Feyre. For me that made this a class-A read in itself.

From a creative POV, I was really impressed with the originality of the story. It’s not easy to weave a tale about the Fey that readers haven’t already seen before. I thought the author did a fantastic job keeping you guessing about where the journey was going to take us.

On a less amazing note, I did feel like in the middle of the story things got a little slow, and I kind of lost interest for a few chapters. Also, Feyre made some pretty stupid decisions, and ignored quite a few peoples’ advice, putting her in situations I felt she was smart enough to stay out of in the first place. Of course I know that the author has to add some conflict to make things interesting and make the story move along, but I felt like some of the things Feyre got herself into were kind of stupid, and she could act rather childish at times.

To sum it all up, I was happy with the story and its outcome. I think the sequel will be interesting to read, if only to see how life after the big ending comes about. Fans of faeries and tales of the mischievous Fey are sure to be pleased if they pick up this read.

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J. MAAS = 4 STARS

AUTHOR INFO

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

WEBSITE: http://sarahjmaas.com/

TWITTER: @SJMaas

Today’s Re-Read: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Nothing like a good book/series to go back to time and time again 😉 My love for this series never gets old.

(P.S. I made the bookmark myself with some leftover watercolor paper and a Sharpie. LOL, not sold in stores.)

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REVIEW: Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Synopsis:

Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

REVIEW

So if you’ve been following my blog for a while now you already know I am a huge fan of Ms. Armentrout’s work. She has a way of weaving a story that makes it an unforgettable read. Every Last Breath was no different. Being the third and final book in the Dark Elements series, I was rather anxious to read this one. Normally, I never finish reading an entire series. Matter of fact I can count on one hand how many I’ve actually finished in their entirety. I don’t know what it is, but I hate seeing a series I loved dearly end, and I also hate when I do happen to finish it, that it may not end the way I had hoped. For those reasons, I usually stay away from the last book, as weird as that sounds. But with this series, I just HAD to see what happened to Layla, and who she picked.

Zayne or Roth.

I felt like this ‘choosing sides’ thing was almost like a Team Jacob or Team Edward kind of deal lol. I’m sure the fandom was tied at first, but alas, the tribe has spoken and the winner was…

Ha ha. Did you really think I was going to spoil it for you? Nope, you’ll just have to read to find out for yourself. Like I did.

Regardless of which side you were on, I don’t think there will be a single fan disappointed with the outcome to the end of this series. It was a fun read/journey and I’m incredibly happy that I decided to complete this saga. It will definitely be a series I go back to in the future to read time and time again, just like with the rest of Armentrout’s work.

Romantic, witty, endearing, and heartbreakingly sweet, I give Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout 5 stars.

REVIEW: Ruined (The Seraphim Series Book 1) by Sophia Stafford

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Synopsis:

For centuries, Azrael’s sole purpose was to find her—and kill her.

And now he has her, just down the hall to be exact! So beautiful and fragile, she is so close he can almost hear her precious blood pumping through her veins. Blood he has been hunting for since the day he fell.

His mind is screaming, “Kill her. Stick to the plan, drain her blood, and ascend to Heaven.” But every fibre of his soul refuses to harm her.

If he won’t kill her, what will he do with the beautiful Lilliah Daniels?

He smirks. He might be an Angel, but he’s never claimed to be a saint.

REVIEW

What can I say about Ruined…it was a rather interesting ride, to say the least. Filled with action (LOTS OF IT), romance, and sweet moments between friends and brother, it’s sure to fit many people’s liking one way or another. Well paced with an interesting plot, I was happily surprised with this read. When I read the blurb I figured the whole angel thing would be something I’ve read before, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. This author tastefully created a story filled with originality and surprising plot twists that left me impressed and wanting more. The only point I could really deduct is that the female main character had her moments of being rather naïve or immature. But then again she’s only seventeen years old, so I guess some of that is to be expected 😉 Overall I was really happy with this book and look forward to seeing what this author does in the future!

P.S. I would make this review longer but I don’t want to give too much of the plot away! Needless to say though, the guy is swoon worthy and that’s all you really need to know lol.

Ruined by Sophia Stafford = 4 stars