Spoiler Review: "Kingdom of Ash" (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas. The EPIC ending to an EPIC series!


Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

summary from GoodReads

Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . .

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.
 



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THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS! PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

This may be the only time I am going to break from my NO-SPOILERS policy and write this review. Ok, I will not spoil EVERYTHING, but there were some parts in this monster of 998 PAGES that I want to mention.

Our book begins with my Rowan searching Aelin along with Elide, Lorcan, and Gavriel through the known world trying to find out where Queen Bitch Maeve has imprisoned her. Desperation and lots of emotions thicken every page as the struggle becomes real and the danger which has surrounded the whole of Erilea is devastating.

At the same time we have three different settings; Manon, the Thirteen and Dorian search for the other witches and the final Wyrdkey. Chaol with Yrene and the royal family of the Khaganate arrive in Erilea and finally, Aedion, Lyssandra, and the Bane fight their way in order to keep Terrasen alive.

The plots don't let anything go smoothly. You can see the tensions between everyone, how Dorian struggles with his humanity and identity crisis, how Manon has to reconcile with the fact that she is half Ironteeth-half Crochan witch and also that they are both so stubborn that...it turns them on. I enjoyed very much some scenes where Dorian has acquired shifter magic and turns himself into a woman.

And he thinks of going to masturbate in order to see how everything works... LOL

On the other hand, Chaol and Yrene along with Sartaq and Nesryn arrive at Anielle, Chaol's home hoping to make their landing successful and cross to Terrasen. Yrene is a joy; a wonderful character whom I loved from the moment I read about her in Tower of Dawn. She has humor, empathy, lots of patience and her love for Chaol is precious. Both she and Chaol were a delight to read. The same goes too for Sartaq and Nesryn. I loved the ruks, the giant eagles (I WANT ONE TOO!) and the fighting scenes were movie-worthy.

Now Aedion and Lyssandra? Here I had some objections. While through the whole book the other characters did progress and fought their way towards Terrasen, Aedion, Lyssandra, Evangeline EVEN FLEETFOOT, were stuck in the north where winter was brutal and the fighting even more. I didn't like Aedion's behavior towards Lyssandra. He was stupid and broke his promise he had made to her in Empire of Storms. Why did he have to see her fighting in THAT SCENE in order to realize that he still loved her?

As for the Rowan gang; that part of the story was also a rollercoaster of emotions. From Rowan who was trying to sense his mate to Lorcan and Elide. From all the couples I enjoyed most in this book, apart from Chaol and Yrene, Lorcan and Elide were my favorite. Because not only do they try to forgive each other, but also come in terms with the fact that Elide will grow old and die one day while Lorcan will still be alive.

When they finally save Aelin and Fenrys, who both suffer from MAJOR PTSD, they will also try to find their way to Terrasen. Honestly, the torture which is described is brutal and the worst part is that Maeve and Cairn made Aelin forget everything. She'd wake not remembering what exactly had happened or she felt like she had gone through a nightmare.

Also, the battle of Anniele was one of the best in the book, especially those pages with Elide riding through the battlefield. THAT WAS AMAZING AND MY POOR HEART COULDN'T TAKE IT!

By the time the second part of the book comes, I have suffered through farewells, steamy scenes, witty humor and so much fighting I am crying by that point.



Dorian begins his lonely journey heading to storm the castle. I had many LOTR flashbacks by this point, which made me scared for him. He truly was like Sam going to save Frodo all on his own.



If Sam had magic and a tiny alpha-streak that is....
Those chapters were terrifying and the part where he brings everything down? EPIC!!!



And while the book moved between Manon, Aelin and Lyssandra, I came to appreciate the Crochan witches, how amazing Abraxos was and the fighting between the witches. Asterin was amazing as always.

Two more points toward the end I have to mention. When the time for Lock came and Yrene's battle.
For the Lock, I'll just say that those gods deserved what they got because they were pricks. Also about what followed next allow me to rave a little:

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*pterodactyl screaming*

I honestly spent twenty minutes staring at the void, smiling like a lunatic because my fandom/canon self was SO HAPPY!

*deep breaths*


The final scenes of the book were glorious albeit with a hint of desperation. I didn't like what happened, those who died and how close came for Aedion and Lyssandra to die too. The final battle was epic with Yrene mostly in the center as she fought too. Honestly, by this point of the book, I was rooting more for everyone else to survive, knowing that Rowan and Aelin would make it.

The ending was bittersweet, funny and heart-breaking. Because despite everything, this was a series that made me love YA. From 2014 when I first began reading the books, I was swept away from the characters and the world. Also, knowing that there will be a companion, World of Throne of Glass, coming out in 2019 will rekindle my love for the series. In a way, most of these amazing characters got their HEA, with the struggle, tears and blood that came with it.



I will always love this series, no matter what happens in the upcoming tv-series.



About the author:

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.

Release Day Blitz+Excerpt+Giveaway: "Desperate" (Cunningham Security #3) by A.K. Evans

Today we have the release blitz for A.K. Evans upcoming romance, Desperate. 

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Title: Desperate

Author: A.K. Evans

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Desperate:

Ekko Rose is no stranger to struggle. Even though she’s experienced more than her fair share of hardship, she has dreams she wants to fulfill. But when another stroke of bad luck leaves her homeless, Ekko's only option is to focus on survival. Dominick ‘Dom’ Moore has had his eyes on Ekko ever since he saved her life several months ago. He kept his distance then because she was attached to another man. Now, seeing her living out of her car, Dom resolves to help her get back on her feet. When Dom approaches Ekko, she wrestles with knowing her rightful place in the world and desperately wanting to latch onto something better. Just as the pair fall hard for one another, Ekko’s streak of misfortune delivers one more blow. With their relationship thrown into a pit of despair and hopeless desire, Dom must crack the case he’s been trying to solve for weeks. Because if he can’t, Ekko might be lost to him forever.  

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“You can’t sleep out here tonight.” “I’ll be fine,” she assured me. “I won’t.” “What?” “Ekko, follow me and you can stay at my place as long as you need.” She shook her head and vehemently refused. “I can’t do that. You’ve already been generous enough and you don’t even know me.” I narrowed my eyes a bit before I teased, “I think I can protect myself if you try to harm me.” She let out a laugh but quickly stopped herself. “That’s not what I meant.” I barely heard her words because I was so intrigued by the sound of her laughter. It was captivating. “I know,” I confessed. “I also know that you’ve fallen on some hard times and you need some help. There’s nothing wrong with that. I can help you.” “Okay, but I don’t really know you.” “I rescued you from an attempted abduction and we just had dessert together. You know I work for a private investigation company and that the local police know who I am because of the work I do. Do you really think I’d hurt you?” She shook her head and responded, “No.” “So you’ll stay with me then?” “I don’t think I should.” She held firm in her decision. “Fine,” I declared. “Then let me get you a hotel room for a few nights while you get your living arrangements sorted. There’s no deadline.” “You would do that?” There was no denying the surprise in her voice. “Yes.” “Why?” I grinned at her before I answered honestly, “Because you need help right now and I’ve got the means to give you that help.” Her lips parted, and my eyes dropped to them. “What’s it going to be, sugar?” “You’ve already given me so much,” she argued. “I can’t accept any more money from you.” “Looks like you’re staying at my place then,” I noted as I crossed my arms over my chest and cocked an eyebrow. I couldn’t miss the heat that flashed in her eyes. A moment later when I thought she was going to give in, she said, “I’ll get myself a hotel room.” I held my hand out to her car door and said, “Lead the way.” “What?” “I’m going to make sure you have a safe, clean place to stay tonight.” She sighed and got in her car. Once she started it up, I got in my truck and followed her out of the lot. Not much later, I pulled in behind her at what had to be the dumpiest, most unsafe motel in the entire city. I hopped out of the truck, marched up to her door, and opened it. “Not a chance in hell you’re staying here,” I warned her. She looked at the motel and back at me. “Why not?” “I’m not convinced they even have beds here. Besides, if you moved out of your boyfriend’s place because you don’t want to be around drugs, then you shouldn’t be staying here.” “Dom, this is all I can afford,” she croaked. “Let. Me. Help. You.” I enunciated each word so she’d understand just how serious I was. “I can’t.” “Why not?” “Because you’re you.” “Yes, I am me. That’s not really a good reason.” “I have no business being anywhere near someone like you.” What the fuck did that mean? “Someone like me?” “You’re going to make me say it out loud?” she worried. Even though I had a feeling I knew what she was getting at, I returned, “Ekko, I have no idea what you are talking about. If you don’t want to tell me what that means then tell me that you’ll come with me back to my place where I’ll give you a safe, clean, comfortable place to stay for a few days while you get your stuff sorted.” She closed her eyes and let out a sigh. Finally, she gave in. “Alright, it’s not like my luck could possibly get any worse. If you kill me, you’ll really just be helping me out of a very difficult situation.” I didn’t like hearing her say that. “Nobody is killing you,” I asserted. “I’m just saying...it wouldn’t be the worst thing that’s happened.”

                                          

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A.K. Evans is a married mother of two boys residing in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. After graduating from Lafayette College in 2004 with two degrees (one in English and one in Economics & Business), she pursued a career in the insurance and financial services industry. Not long after, Evans realized the career was not for her. She went on to manage her husband’s performance automotive business and drive the shop race cars for the next thirteen years. While the business afforded her freedoms she wouldn’t necessarily have had in a typical 9-5 job, after eleven years she was no longer receiving personal fulfillment from her chosen career path. Following many discussions, lots of thought, and tons of encouragement, Andrea decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. Between her day job, writing, and homeschooling her two boys, Evans is left with very little free time. When she finds scraps of spare time, she enjoys reading, doing yoga, watching NY Rangers hockey, dancing, and vacationing with her family. Andrea, her husband, and her children are currently working on taking road trips to visit all 50 states (though, Alaska and Hawaii might require flights).  

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ARC Review: "Fireworks" (True North #6) by Sarina Bowen


Fireworks by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Skye Copeland is on paid leave from her broadcasting job after accidentally drawing a pecker on the traffic map.

Let that sink in. Like it’s her fault the traffic pattern created a perfect schlong? 

Skye isn’t laughing. She needs this job. And that’s the only reason she’s willing to chase down a story in her least favorite place—that hell on earth known as Vermont.

A quick trip. In and out. Much like - never mind. She can sneak into the town that once tried to break her, get the story and slide back into the good graces of her producer. Easy peasy.

But things go sideways the moment she steps over the county line. Her stepsister is running from a violent drug dealer. And the cop on the case is none other than Benito Rossi, the man who broke Skye’s teenage heart.

His dark brown eyes still tear her apart. And even as she steels herself to finally tell him off after twelve years, the old fireworks are still there.

Things are about to go boom






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Skye and Benito, Benito and Skye....le sigh!

This was a couple I loved reading about. No matter how life seperated they found their way back to each other and fell in love again! I enjoyed this book of the series and still wishes to read even more! True North has become one of my favorite NA series and Sarina Bowen is a master on making you heart beat fast and have all the feels for her characters!





About the author:

Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of many things, including: the True North series, Him/Us and the WAGs series with Elle Kennedy, The Ivy Years series and the Brooklyn BruisersAnd more!
Are you looking for a friends-to-lovers story or maybe even a secret baby book? You can read a list of Sarina's books broken out by trope and style.
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Cover Reveal+Excerpt: "Tipping on a Halo" by Alessandra Torre

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A minivan with a duct-taped front bumper slowed to a stop next to me, the hot pink logo glowing at me. I heaved to my feet and pulled open the back door. The woman behind the wheel nodded at me. DzJust crawl over the carseat.dz
I followed her instructions, finding a spot by the window on a cloth backseat that smelled slightly of baby wipes. She pulled away, turning up the volume on the radio. DzI’m in the middle of an audiobook,dz she called out. DzSorry.dz
DzThat’s fine.dz I pulled the seatbelt across my shoulder and settled into the seat. Finding my phone, I confirmed the pickup, then texted Ansley.
Nevermind. Found ride. Thank God I didn’t die.
I added a wide-eyed emoji for emphasis, then a gif of a psychopathic clown with a knife, stabbing the air.
Loud moaning caught my attention and I lifted my head, tuning in to theaudiobook, which was diving into what appeared to be a very explicit sex scene between Joel the plumber and Bethany the lonely divorcee. The male voice spoke, deep and rough, his voice cracking as he urged the woman to open her legs wider and take his—I flushed, sinking deeper in my seat and resisted the urge to plug my ears with my finger.
A detailed accounting began, so raw and unfiltered that I felt I was there, in bed with the couple, watching the man’s thick erection myself. I pulled at the neck of my dress and pinned my knees together, willing the woman to drive faster and get me home already.
DzUmmm....dzI said tentatively. DzCould you—dz
DzShhh!dz the woman said excitedly, her hands gripping the wheel, shoulders hunched forward, as if she was about to crawl into the speakers and join in. DzIt’s getting to the good part!dz
Getting to the good part? Oh no. Talk about sustained erotic torture. I bet this is what Sergey Tuganov’s two women felt like. The twenty-eight-year-old mechanic bet them $4300 that he could have nonstop sex with them fortwelve hours. TWELVE HOURS. And he did. Got his $4300 in winnings, which was such a specifically random number, then had a heart attack and died. Doctors deduced his heart attack was due to the entire bottle of Viagra that he popped just before his twelve-hour session.
I can do this, I decided. If they could last twelve hours, I could surely last the ten minutes or so that this painfully sexual ride would entail. I closed my eyes and tried to concentrate on something other than the sordid description of her pleasure, which really did sound quite enviable. I tried to remember if I ever plugged in and recharged my vibrator. I hoped so. There was nothing worse than approaching the peak only to have it sputter to a stop.
My phone, which had been cradled between my thighs, started to ring, a sound paired with a delightful vibration that only added to my torture. I groaned and picked up the phone. DzWhat?dz
DzJeez. Just making sure you had made it home. I just woke up to pee andsaw your texts.dz She hesitated, the pause coming at a terrible moment, the woman beginning to cry out the announcement of her orgasm. DzUmmm... where are you?dz
DzIn a Lyft, sitting next to a car seat and in the middle of some finger-banging. It’s a long story. I’ll tell you about it tomorrow.dz
She was silent, and I wondered how many explicit details of the man’s cunnilingus were audible through the phone. DzRiiiight. I’m going to let you get back to that.dz
DzThanks,dz I said flatly. DzSuch a dear.dz
She laughed, then hung up the phone. I closed my eyes and, for the next four minutes, tried to block out the image of Joel the Plumber’s thick, pulsating member. It was hard. Literally and figuratively speaking.
The ravenous sex scene ended just as the minivan rolled to a stop at the end of my cul-de-sac. DzWhew!dz The driver said. DzGood timing, right?dz
I didn’t respond. I couldn’t. I had a blinding need to get inside, strip naked, and satisfy every craving that Bethany and Joel had just unleashed. I squirmed my way over the car seat, tossed her a tip, and practically shimmied my way across the lawn and up the front steps. I had my hand in my purse, swipingaround for the keys, when a dark shape moved off my swing and toward me.

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

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Cover Reveal+Pre-Order Giveaway: "Vortex Visions" (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #1) by Elise Kova





Synopsis: 

A desperate princess, a magical traveler, and a watch that binds them together with the fate of a dying world.

Vi Solaris is the heir to an Empire she’s barely seen. Her parents sacrificed a life with her to quell a rebellion and secure peace with a political alliance. Now, three years past when her wardship should’ve ended, Vi will do anything to be reunited with her family.

The Empire is faltering beneath the burden of political infighting and a deadly plague. Yet, Vi can’t help but wonder if her inability to control her magic is the true reason her parents haven’t brought her home. Suspicion becomes reality when she unleashes powers she’s not supposed to have.

Powers that might well cost her the throne.

As Vi fights to get her magic under control, a mysterious stranger appears from across the world. He holds the keys to unlocking her full potential, but the knowledge has an unspeakable price — some truths, once seen, cannot be ignored.

All eyes are on her and Vi must make the hardest choice of her life: Play by the rules and claim her throne. Or, break them and save the world.

  • Pre-Order link: http://viewbook.at/VortexVisions
  • Release date: Feb 4, 2019
  • There is a pre-order giveaway. People who pre-order can forward proof of purchase + their full name + their mailing address to ElisePreOrder[at]Gmail[dot]com to get a free signed postcard (while supplies last) and be entered to win a special swag box including a signed hardcover. Open internationally.





About the author:

Elise Kova is the USA Today bestselling author of fantasy stories filled with magic and romance.

In her past lives, she has graduated from an MBA program, lived in Japan for a bit, and worked for a Fortune 500 technology company. However, she finds herself much happier in her current reincarnation as full-time author. When not writing, she can usually be found playing video games, drawing, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She's happy to call Saint Petersburg, Florida, her home, but is always looking forward to her next trip.

Her debut series was Air Awakens. Since then she's penned the dark fantasy, the Loom Saga. As well as a co-authored paranormal romance, the Wish Quartet.

Cover Reveal: "Repeat" by Kylie Scott

                                       
From Audie Award winning, New York Times best-selling author Kylie Scott comes an irresistible new romance— available in audio first!
When a vicious attack leaves 25-year-old Clementine Johns with no memory, she’s forced to start over. Now she has figure out who she was and why she made the choices she did – which includes leaving the supposed love of her life, tattoo artist Ed Larsen, only a month before.
Ed can hardly believe it when his ex shows up at his tattoo parlor with no memory of their past, asking about the breakup that nearly destroyed him. The last thing he needs is more heartache, but he can’t seem to let her go again. Should they walk away for good, or does their love deserve a repeat performance?

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kyliescottimage        Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.






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Blog Tour+ARC Review: "Royally Yours" (Royally #4) by Emma Chase

 

                                                     

Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco. It’s a big deal. When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning. What she isn’t…is married. It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want. Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty. Even Queens. Especially them. 
** Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home. And a sacred promise keeps him there. To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure. ** 
Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever. Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story. This is theirs.    

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 I received an E-ARC on exchange for an honest review.

I seriously enjoyed cthis book. It was far more emotional than the previous in the series and I know now what Lenora has truly been through.


Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine. WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | NEWSLETTER | TWITTER | GOODREADS | READER FAN GROUP  

Double ARC Review: "Storm of Locusts" (The Sixth World #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse & "Paper Girl" by Cindy R. Wilson


Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

I haven’t left my house in over a year. My doctor says it’s social anxiety, but I know the only things that are safe are made of paper. My room is paper. My world is paper. Everything outside is fire. All it would take is one spark for me to burst into flames. So I stay inside. Where nothing can touch me.

Then my mom hires a tutor. Jackson. This boy I had a crush on before the world became too terrifying to live in. Jackson’s life is the complete opposite of mine, and I can tell he’s got secrets of his own. But he makes me feel things. Makes me want to try again. Makes me want to be brave. I can almost taste the outside world. But so many things could go wrong, and all it takes is one spark for everything I love to disappear…






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Zoe lives in her family's penthouse...and hasn't left it for a year. Making galaxies from paper and enjoying her online winning as a chess master, and having one online friend, she tries to gain back her self-confidence, because she wants to go to her sister's graduation and because she wants to become a better person.

Then there's Jackson; homeless, but nobody knows it, who becomes Zoe's math and Physics tutor as also something more.

This book feels like it doesn't get the attention it deserves. The cover first caught my eye and then the summary. Only one another similar book made me so emotional and that was *Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall*. Both characters have their own struggles but you can't miss the humor, the emotions and the tender moments. Also, Zoe's family tries to be supportive in every way and also help her through her own fight.

Also, Jackson was a sweetie with his smiles and support. And the beauty of this book is that both protagonists deal with their families and try to work through their own past.
Truly a beautiful book!



About the author:

Cindy R. Wilson is a YA speculative and contemporary author whose own struggles with anxiety disorder inspired her to write a story with a real-life topic readers can relate to.

She lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and loves using Colorado towns and cities as settings for her stories. She’s the mother of three girls who provide plenty of fodder for her YA novels.

When she’s not writing, you can find her hiking some of Colorado’s tallest peaks, reading, or listening to playlists she’s created for her next story idea.











Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Kai and Caleb Goodacre have been kidnapped just as rumors of a cult sweeping across the reservation leads Maggie and Hastiin to investigate an outpost, and what they find there will challenge everything they’ve come to know in this action-packed sequel to Trail of Lightning.

It’s been four weeks since the bloody showdown at Black Mesa, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she’s lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she’s somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power.

Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie’s door with the news that Kai and the youngest Goodacre, Caleb, have fallen in with a mysterious cult, led by a figure out of Navajo legend called the White Locust. The Goodacres are convinced that Kai’s a true believer, but Maggie suspects there’s more to Kai’s new faith than meets the eye. She vows to track down the White Locust, then rescue Kai and make things right between them.

Her search leads her beyond the Walls of Dinétah and straight into the horrors of the Big Water world outside. With the aid of a motley collection of allies, Maggie must battle body harvesters, newborn casino gods and, ultimately, the White Locust himself. But the cult leader is nothing like she suspected, and Kai might not need rescuing after all. When the full scope of the White Locust’s plans are revealed, Maggie’s burgeoning trust in her friends, and herself, will be pushed to the breaking point, and not everyone will survive.





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I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Brace yourselves ladies and gentleman for THIS WAS AN AMAZING RIDE!

Trail of Lightning was a big surprise for me this year. I always loved mythology, especially the stories from both the Native Americans and the civilizations in South America. And the first book of the series swept me away in a world where the Tribes have built a Wall after THE apocalypse with the help of their gods and medicine men and where a young woman Maggie becomes entangled with tricksters and heroes and one silver-eyed man.

(by the way, Kai deserves hugs and love! My beautiful, genius man!)

In the second book, a series of disturbing events, involving locusts (ugh), lead Maggie, Rissa and Ben, a new character to join forces in order to bring down, a lunatic cult leader, save Dinetah and also Kai. Also, the ladies on the book's cover? I realized from where the scene is inspired from and you really are going to agree with me when you read THAT chapter. It's a testament that humanity can become deranged after everything is lost and every human life has a literal price.

The beauty of this book was not only the amazing action, the expanded world building or even the gods. It was Maggie and how she grew as a character, making friends and having allies and trying to lean into them as they helped each other. She matures and becomes far better than the closed-off character she was in the first book.

And that made her even more lovable to me. At the same time, every scene with those bugs had me crawling and shivering and wishing I had insect repellant with me every time!

There's no doubt that this book is going to be amazing when it will be released next April. It was only I, the mad blogger, who wanted to know the sequel and now has to wait maybe until 2020 until the third book is released! *laughs with tears*


About the author:

Rebecca Roanhorse is a Nebula, Hugo, and Campbell Award-winning speculative fiction writer. Her debut novel TRAIL OF LIGHTNING is Book #1 in the SIXTH WORLD SERIES (Saga Press). Book #2 STORM OF LOCUSTS will follow in 2019. She also has a middle grade novel coming in the Autumn of 2019 from Rick Riordan Presents, titled RACE TO THE SUN. And in 2020, a Mesa Verde-inspired fantasy titled BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY (Saga Press). Her short fiction includes the award-winning WELCOME TO YOUR AUTHENTIC INDIAN EXPERIENCE(TM). She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and pug.

Release Day Blitz: "Royally Yours" (Royally Yours #4) by Emma Chase

                                                      

Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco. It’s a big deal. When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning. What she isn’t…is married. It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want. Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty. Even Queens. Especially them. 
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Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home. And a sacred promise keeps him there. To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure. 
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Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever. Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story. This is theirs.    

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Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.


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Cover Reveal: "Be the Girl" by K.A. Tucker



BE THE GIRL Description:


From the national bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series and The Simple Wild comes a poignant story about a girl trying to change her future while evading her past.

Almost-sixteen-year-old Aria Jones is starting over. New postal code, new last name, new rules. But she doesn’t mind, because it means she can leave her painful regrets behind. In the bustling town of Eastmonte, she can become someone else. Someone better.

With the Hartford family living next door, it seems she will succeed. Sure, Cassie Hartford may be the epitome of social awkwardness thanks to her autism, but she also offers an innocent and sincere friendship that Aria learns to appreciate. And Cassie’s older brother, Emmett—a popular Junior A hockey player with a bright future—well … Aria wishes that friendship could lead to something more. If he didn’t already have a girlfriend, maybe it would.

But Aria soon finds herself in a dicey moral predicament that could derail her attempt at a fresh start. It is her loyalty to Cassie and her growing crush on Emmett that leads her to make a risky move, one that earns her a vindictive enemy who is determined to splinter her happy new world.

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Releasing January 21st, 2019. 
Preorder today! 
BE THE GIRL will be available for a special preorder price of only $2.99 for the ebook. 
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Author Bio:

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the USA Today bestselling author of 17 books, including the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, and The Simple Wild. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publisher's Weekly. Ten Tiny Breaths was a finalist in the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her family.




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Blog Tour+Excerpt+ARC Review: "Fall" (VIP #3) by Kristen Callihan

 



                                                   


The first time I met Jax Blackwood things went a little sideways. 
In my defense, I didn’t know he was Jax Blackwood—who expects a legendary rock star to be shopping for groceries? More importantly, a blizzard was coming and he was about to grab the last carton of mint-chocolate chip. Still, I might have walked away, but then he smugly dared me to try and take the coveted ice cream. 
So I kissed him. 
And distracted that mint-chip right out of his hands. Okay, it was a dirty move, but desperate times and all that. Besides, I never expected he’d be my new neighbor. An annoying neighbor who takes great pleasure in reminding me that I owe him ice cream but would happily accept more kisses as payment. An irresistible neighbor who keeps me up while playing guitar naked–spectacularly naked–in his living room. Clearly, avoidance is key. 
Except nothing about Jax is easy to ignore—not the way he makes me laugh, or that his particular brand of darkness matches mine, or how one look from him melts me faster than butter under a hot sun. Neither of us believes in love or forever. Yet we’re quickly becoming each other’s addiction. But we could be more. We could be everything. All we have to do is trust enough to fall.      

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The air between us shifts. I’m filled with a strange giddiness, wanting to laugh for the fun of it, but I’m also too warm, my limbs oddly heavy as if simple movements might be too much for me. His tone turns soft and cajoling, teasing the truth out of me.
“Are you going to tell me what you do?” When I say nothing, the corners of his eyes crinkle. “I see. You’re going to torture me a bit.” The warm, fuzzy feeling grows as I shrug. “Torture feels apropos in this scenario.” He hums again, taking another step toward me. “What makes you think I won’t like being tortured by you?” The heat of his body and the scent of his skin makes my head light and my pulse pound. How did it get to this point where the highlight of my day is flirting with Jax Blackwood? Despite the thrill, I know I’m in over my head. I haven’t gone out on a date in months because I form attachments, I get emotional, and then I hurt when they inevitably leave. And this man will leave. He is as bright and fleeting as a camera flash. I’ll be left with the image of him seared into my memory and nothing more. I tell myself all of this, the voice in my head as stern as possible. But it doesn’t make me back away. It doesn’t stop my body from somehow straining toward his without even moving. Because it might be stupid of me, but I want to feel something that isn’t planned. Something, for however briefly, that’s real.
He’s too attuned to me not to notice. John’s lids lower as his attention slides down my body before easing back up to my face. Slowly, he rests his forearm on the wall beside my head. “Tell me, Stella,” he murmurs. “No,” I whisper back, flirting, even though I shouldn’t. His biceps bunch as he leans in, a smile dancing on his lips. “Tell.” My breasts graze his chest, and I feel it in my toes. “You’re crowding me.” I hate how breathy I sound. “Can’t help it.” His voice is a rumble, the heat of his breath playing over my skin. He ducks his head, drawing close until our lips nearly brush, and when he speaks again, his tone is almost conversational, except for the husky quality that touches deep within my core. “You smell like strawberries. Fucking delicious.” My lids flutter, and I swallow hard. “Ordinarily, I’d call you out on that cliché but since I’ve been eating strawberries, you aren’t exactly wrong.” His chuckle is slow and easy, as he eases back and his gaze slowly travels over my face. “Were they sweet, Stella Button?”
He’s looking at my mouth like he might try to find out. My lips tremble in response, and John tracks the movement, his breathing getting deeper, faster. “You have two freckles on your lips. One on the top lip and one on the bottom corner.” Those damn freckles. They were the bane of my adolescence. I hid them with lipstick and silently cursed whenever someone mentioned them. Freckles don’t have any feelings, but I swear it’s as if he’s touching them. “You’re just noticing this?” I try to make it sound like a joke, but it comes out weak and thready. His own lips quirk. “Oh, I noticed. It’s distracting as hell. They’re like two little dots of butter toffee. Makes me want to lick them, get a taste.” Oh, God. Lick them, please.
I can almost feel it. I want to feel it. No. Bad Stella. Behave. John’s lips part a fraction like he just might take that taste. “Back off,” I whisper. And yet somehow my traitorous hands find their way to his sides, running over the waistband of his jeans, holding him there. John makes a sound deep in his throat and tilts his hips, pressing them against mine. A distinctly thick bulge nudges my belly. Both of us lose a breath, and then he’s closer, his cheek touching my temple.
“You’ll have to let me go first.” My thumbs slide under the edge of his shirt and find smooth, taut skin. A tremor goes through his body. I try to think, search for what the hell we’ve been talking about. His lips brush the crest of my cheek as he murmurs against my skin. “Tell me what you do, Stella. You know you want to.” My smile feels illicit. Somehow the action is directly tied to all my happy parts, making them draw hot and tight. “I don’t think I do.”
Another hum. “Liar. You’re dying to.”

                                


REVIEW

I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

One of my most anticipated NA contemporary books has finally been released! I was glad this was the story of Jax and how he dealt with depression and everything in between.

His story, told by his own POV and also the second POV of Stella was heartbreaking, sweet and every bit of emotion I wanted to read in a Kristen Callihan book. How hard the struggle was and how understanding and love can mend even the most broken people.

Also Stella was an amazing character! Sweet very funny and smart I liked her voice and how her own story made her as lonely as Jax was. The cameo appearances of Scott and the other members of the group were a great addition! I can't wait for the next book to come out! I think is Rye's turn now. ;)





  Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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Blog Tour+ARC Review: "Shadow and Ice" (Gods of War #1) by Gena Showalter


The Queen of Paranormal Romance, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter, stuns with SHADOW AND ICE, the first title in her scorching new paranormal romance Gods of War Series. Check out the tour stop below and get your copy of SHADOW AND ICE today!

                                     

Gena Showalter, the New York Times bestselling author who brought you the Lords of the Underworld, introduces a scorching new paranormal romance series… Gods of War.

Knox of Iviland has spent his life competing in the All Wars, where vicious warriors with supernatural powers fight to the death to claim new realms. One winner takes everything—and all losers die. Enslaved as a child for his ability to control shadows, the most ruthless champion in history will stop at nothing to kill his king. But first he must win the battle for Earth. When a fearsome weapon imprisons every combatant in ice, centuries pass without progress…until she walks in.

Vale London craves a fun arctic getaway with her foster sister before settling down to open a bakery. Street-tough but vulnerable, she is unprepared to find ancient gods escaping a frozen cave—merciless beings who target her when she inadvertently enters their war.

Though Vale is now his enemy, Knox is consumed with lust and a fierce need to protect her. But only one combatant can prove victorious, and he will have to choose: live for freedom, or die for love.


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“I love this world…this is Gena Showalter at her best!”—J.R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“The Gods of War series is my new obsession.”—Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times bestselling author

REVIEW

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Ah, how great is to combine a far deadlier Hunger Games-style war and immortals! And worlds beyond your imagination which are not exactly sci-fi but not completely Paranormal either!

Vale and her sister, N0la are snow-stranded in the wilderness and they find shelter in a cave where they find their way into a long-standing war.
The All-War.

From there both sisters become entangled with battles, immortals who are hell-bent into destroying each other in order to win for their rulers.

And as Vale partners with Knox in order both to fight together, save Vale's sister and discover what powers Vale has, everything will become even more complicated.
What I loved on this book was the pure action. It felt like a movie you couldn't stop watching as everyone fought with every imaginable weapon! Knox was an amazing fighter as also Vale despite her need to train.

At the same time, I also enjoyed the refreshing plot and the vast possibilities of how this series can evolve. I kept counting in my mind how many books there might be here and the number even went up to 20.

Also, the heated level of swoon-ness here is scorching. While I still have my qualms into how Knox and Vale came to become a couple, and also how both became idiotic over each other (thus the missing star), I enjoyed their banter and the way they slowly opened up to each other. Knox's background story was tragic too.

One last part I am anxiously waiting over will surely be the second book where Bane, Zion and Nola will be featured. And while Zion has a brotherly role in the book, he may be hiding more than he shows.

                               



    About Gena Showalter: Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series--Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles--and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader's Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she's appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black--if you ask her about it, she'll talk for hours…hours! Her books have been translated in multiple languages. She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfans

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Gena Showalter’s SHADOW AND ICE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
October 22nd
All Things Dark & Dirty – Review & Excerpt
Beneath The Covers – Review & Excerpt
Diane's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Evermore Books – Review & Excerpt
NallaReads – Review & Excerpt
Read more sleep less – Review & Excerpt
October 23rd
Book Reader Chronicles – Review & Excerpt
Ceres Books World – Review
Declarations of a Fangirl – Review & Excerpt
Little Shop of Readers – Review & Excerpt
Moonlight Rendezvous – Review & Excerpt
October 24th
@reads_romance – Review
Bout-a-Book blog – Review
Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Lo’s Lo-Down on Books – Review & Excerpt
Milky Way of Books – Review
Romancing the Laser Pistol – Review & Excerpt
Somewhere Lost in Books – Review & Excerpt
October 25th
Bambi Unbridled – Review
Caitlin's World – Review & Excerpt
Feel the Book – Excerpt
Kay Daniels Romance – Review & Excerpt
Reading in Pajamas – Review & Excerpt
Reese's Reviews – Excerpt
October 26th
Feeling Fictional – Review & Excerpt
Incidental Inspiration – Review & Excerpt
My Book Filled Life – Review & Excerpt
Sip Read Love – Review
The Ink Spell – Review
October 27th
Another Book Hangover – Excerpt
Booknerd1107 – Review
The Reading Cafe – Review & Excerpt
October 28th
Jax's Book Magic – Excerpt
Ginreads – Review & Excerpt
Mother/Gamer/Writer – Review & Excerpt
NC 2 DC – Review & Excerpt
Red's Midnight Readers – Review & Excerpt
October 29th
3 degrees of fiction – Review & Excerpt
Avephoenix Naughty Readings – Review & Excerpt
Books 2 Blog – Review & Excerpt
Sharing Inspired Kreations – Review & Excerpt
The Book Dutchesses – Review & Excerpt
October 30th
Dirty Girl Romance – Review
Nerdy Dirty & flirty – Review & Excerpt
Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt
Sassy Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt
Total Book Geek – Excerpt
Writes Forward – Review
October 31st
Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt
KDRBCK – Review & Excerpt
Mean Girls Luv Books – Review & Excerpt
Reviews from the Heart – Review & Excerpt
Shameless Book Club – Review & Excerpt
November 1st
Book Nook Nuts – Review & Excerpt
Busy Bumble Bee Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Dreamer's Book Blog – Excerpt
Jeri's Book Attic – Review
Romance Schmomance – Review & Excerpt
Up All Night w/ Books Blog – Review & Excerpt
November 2nd
Book Addict – Excerpt
Fundinmental – Review
Ruby's Books – Excerpt
The Book Maven – Review & Excerpt