Thursday, January 28, 2016

Review: " The Impostor Queen" (The Impostor Queen, #1) by Sarah Fine

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads


Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.



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REVIEW

I became a fan of Sarah's writing by luck! I had read the reviews of her firsr series "Shadowlands" and after that I followed her on every book. When she had announced the publication of a high fantasy series I was quite excited, since she was going to write on a different genre.

The world of "The Impostor Queen" (there's also a map!) is divided in the lands of the Kupari and the north where other clans want to conquer them. The strongest 'weapon' the Kupari Elders have to defent the Kupari is the Valtia, a female witch who has the perfect balance between ice and fire and she is powerful.



Now, Elli is the succesor to the Valtia and lives in the Temple training to her new role. When a series of events leads her outside the city walls, she will discover more than she ever imagined.

Honestly, at first I didn't like Elli. She was too trusting, too docile even to the point of letting others harm her. And all because she wanted to be what others wanted to. But after chapter 5 mostly I did began to sympathize with her especially as slowly the truth came out. Towards the end she becomes strong enough to lead everyone.

The idea of family, even not by blood, in the book was a great addition. I liked Oskar, despite being described as a 'bear-man' and his reasons behind his attitude were to a point true. Mostly, there is good world-building, although I'd want more action through all the book and not mostly towards the final chapters.

Overall this is a nice read, especially if you're a fan of Sarah Fine's writing. Fitting too for the high fantasy readers. :)





About the author:

When I'm not writing, I'm psychologizing (really, I even get a paycheck for it). Sometimes I do both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

ARC Review: "The Power" (Titan #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 Summary from GoodReads 


With any great change, there is always strife, and the Covenant University has become the frontline between pure-bloods who want the Breed Order reinstated and the half-bloods who want the right to control their own destinies.

Fate has other plans.

 The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Hyperion may be out of commission, but Josie and Seth know they have only earned a reprieve.  Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do.

 But the gods are sensing a greater threat. 

 Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Seth’s style.

 The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future.

 Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back.


 And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation.

 


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REVIEW

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

There is no doubt that Jennifer Armentrout is one of the top authors I read, especially since 2016 is one of her most productive year! On "The Power" we get to have more Seth moments we all adore and want to see, not to mention the thickening mystery behind the demigods, the gods and Titans.

The book picks after the events of "The Return", with Josie trying to learn about her new powers and Seth...trying to keep his hands off her. Althought many readers of the COVENANT series had known Seth as the "bad guy" who in the last minute did something heroic (you need to read the series for that), in this book through his POV we get to know more about his inner world.

And I am not talking about his abs. Or his eyes. Or the arms. *brain failure*



So, through the double POV, Josie's and Seth's, we have their reaction to the arrival of two old characters. If you're a follower of the author, you'll know which pair I mean. Add in the magic man known as Deacon, Luke, Solos and a demigod who is know for his twelve labors and you have quite the hot team.

I liked the use of the Greek words as also the mythological mentions. No sugarcoatting some facts but there was a nice twist on a certain character's behavior. :)

There was also lots of "Supernatural" too!



The only drawback of this book is the plot. There is not much done in this part of the story, since the burden of the plot is given to the characters' development. Josie finds some clues about the demigods and how to defeat the Titans and she gets stronger, despite the emotional rollercoaster Seth puts her in. The ending of the book is not exactly a cliffhanger but it can also leave you in a book slump if you don't have another book next to you to pull you though.

I enjoyed it very much and the wait for the sequel is going to be loooong.













Author Photo    About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

 # 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance.

She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

ARC Review: "Firstlife" (Everlife, #1) by Gena Showalter

Firstlife by Gena Showalter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

 ONE CHOICE.

TWO REALMS.

NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…



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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchnage for an honest review.
I think this is the first time I have rated a book by Gena Showalter under 4 stars. Don't get me wrong; the idea behind the novel was great. There is afterlife and there are two realms which fight each other, not only to claim the souls of those who live here on Earth but also to get more soldiers.

All begins with Tenley who is a prisoner inside a reforming Asylum since her parents want her to sign with Myriad, one of the two afterlife realms. Ten is an Unsigned, meaning she hasn't decided in which realm she wants to go after she dies.



When both Troika and Myriad send their own spies/super soldiers, in order to claim her soul, an all scale war will break with the future of the realms hanging on Ten's shoulders.

Although the premise of the book was great and Gena portayed a realm of forgiveness and love (Troika) and a realm consisted mostly of wealth and greed (Myriad), I couldn't help but notice how undeveloped the characters were. Ten in the whole book was undecided and only towards the end because of the circumstances, she made her decision. She is a strong heroine but in some parts her actions led to horrible outcomes. On the other hand, I really liked Killian and Archer. They both wanted Ten for themselves and despite my fear for a love triangle, it didn't happen!



The ending was a cliffhanger, which I hope to resolve on the next book. Overall it was a good book, but I wanted more world building and character development.


About the author:

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books "sizzling page-turners" and "utterly spellbinding stories", while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”. 


 
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

My Blogger Reputation+Giveaway: "Rebel of the Sands"(Rebel of Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton‏

Hello and welcome to a special post!The publicists at Penguin have offered a chance to 5 winners on my blog to get a very special prize as we draw closer to the release of "Rebel of the Sands" by Alwyn Hamilton!






Summary from GoodReads

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.



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                                                     MY REPUTATION

Although I am still new to the blogsphere (only two years) in comparison to others, I have often found in the comments of my reviews many of my readers mentioning how I like the way I use gifs. Ture I love having a nice gif either making me laugh, or cry so allow me to stroke my humble ego by self-proclaiming myself as


                                            "The Gif Overlord"




                                              (Yeah even Jackie runs away...)

I know this book gets so far amazing reviews and I can't wait to get my grabby hands on it! Although I wish I could be as awesome as the book's heroine, I might decide to hone my Jedai abilities!









So, what is the reason you're known for? Do you have any reputation to uphold? Let me know and don't forget to enter the giveaway!




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About the author:

 Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her childhood bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She grew up in a small town there, which might have compelled her to burst randomly into the opening song from Beauty and the Beast were it not for her total tone-deafness.
She instead attempted to read and write her way to new places and developed a weakness for fantasy and cross-dressing heroines. She left France for Cambridge University to study History of Art at King’s College, and then to London where she became indentured to an auction house.
She has a bad habit of acquiring more hardcovers than is smart for someone who moves house quite so often.


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Monday, January 18, 2016

Review: "Truthwitch" (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.



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I've been seeing and reading the hype about "Truthwitch" since the day its cover was revealed. True, the summary was great, the cover gorgeous but I was hesitant. Not because of the author (I like Susan very much, she gives great advice on her newsletter) but because I did get excited about another book (see "Red Queen") and in the end I was disappointed.



So I began reading cautiously and I after Merik's POV, the subcategories of the Witches AND the mythology behind the world's beginning I was convinced that I had a book in my hands, equally worth the works of Sarah J. Maas, Marie Rutkoski and Mary E. Pearson.



Safiya and Iseult are Threadsisters, bonded with threads of friendship to the point of considering each other family. Safi can tell truth from lie while Iseult can see the threads of all people around her; from fear and lust to hate and love. I noted especailly the Heartthreads because there was a great mention in the story which made me feel for Ryder.
Also the use of the threads can relate to the japanese version of the "threads of destiny" which are red and connect each person with another. That shows how well researched the author is.



Merik is a Windwitch and also a Prince who has to find a way to save his people. He is strong, yet in some occassions he could be pretty annoying. Yet I realised that there were other reasons behind his animosity. He is swoon-worthy, that's for sure, and despite his years he carries himself as an adult.

Now, the Bloodwitch is a part of nightmares. He has his own agenda but I couldn't help to think that towards the ending of the book he might-kind of develop feelings for Iseult. Sure, Safi and Merik are their own ship, but it was Iseult and the Bloodwitch who made me root for them.



There was one scene which made me read faster than usual and it involved a certain creature. Let me tell you that it pretty much reminded me of Pirates of Carribean and I'll leave it there.



But above everything, we have TWO strong heroines who want to shape their world, depend on each other and are brave, faithful and with knowledge. I liked that very much and I really want the next book!

If you like the authors, mentioned above then this book is for you!





About the author:

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. With a masters degree in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.

She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series (from HarperTeen) as well as the forthcoming Witchlands Series (Tor, 2015). When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, exploring tidal pools, or earning bruises at the dojo.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Promo Post+Giveaway: "TITANS" by Victoria Scott



Welcome fellow jokeys! Do you like horses, even the mechanic ones? Do you like strong heroines and the thrill you get from a horse riding competition?



Then you'll love this upcoming title by Victoria Scott! The author of "Dante Walker" and "Fire and Blood" series strikes again with a new story about horses and a girl who will do anything to save her family.





Summary from GoodReads

From Victoria Scott, author of FIRE & FLOOD, comes a thrilling story of impossible odds.

Ever since the Titans first appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan’s world has revolved around the mechanical horses. She and her best friend have spent countless hours watching them and their jockeys practice on the track. It’s not just the thrill of the race. It’s the engineering of the horses and the way they’re programmed to seem so lifelike. The Titans are everything that fascinates Astrid, and nothing she’ll ever touch.

She hates them a little, too. Her dad lost everything betting on the Titans. And the races are a reminder of the gap between the rich jockeys who can afford the expensive machines to ride, and the working class friends and neighbors of Astrid’s who wager on them.

But when Astrid’s offered a chance to enter an early model Titan in this year’s derby, well, she decides to risk it all. Because for a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, it’s more than a chance at fame or money. Betting on herself is the only way she can see to hang on to everyone in the world she cares about.



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About the author:


Victoria Scott is the author of TITANS (Spring 2016), VIOLET GRENADE (Summer 2017), the FIRE & FLOOD duology, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy. She is published by Scholastic and Entangled Teen, and is represented by Sara Crowe. 

Two of her novels, SALT & STONE and TITANS, have received starred review, and FIRE & FLOOD was nominated as a YALSA Teens' Top 10 book, and was a Silver Falchion Award nominee. Victoria's novels have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets. The author lives in Dallas, and loves hearing from readers.


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Monday, January 11, 2016

ARC Review: "He will be my Ruin" by K. A. Tucker

He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

 The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her suspense debut with this sexy, heartpounding story of a young woman determined to find justice after her best friend’s death, a story pulsing with the “intense, hot, emotional” (Colleen Hoover) writing that exhilarates her legions of fans.

Twenty-eight-year-old Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a bottle of Xanax and a handle of vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers secrets in the childhood lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man who Celine herself claimed would be her ruin.

On the hunt for answers that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.



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I received and ARC rom Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

When K. A. Tucker announced that she was going to write a thriller I was anxious and giddy about it. I have read all of her books and I love both her writting style and how she always dive into her characters' inner world. "He will be my Ruin" was a rollercoaster of mystery, sexy moments and plot twists that made me gape at the book, thinking "OMYGODWTF?"



*ahem*

Let's take it from the beginning. Maggie is a gazillion rich CEO who also spends her fortune in charity and work in Africa. But when she learns of the death of her childhood friend, Celine, she rushes to New York in order to settle her funeral. When she begins discovering diaries and secrets locked in many places, Maggie will have to rethink her feelings about her best friend. Who is "J"? And why the sexy super in the buiding is so damn cute?

I was heads on into the plot, which from a point had chinese art mixed in. That made my inner historian purr in delight as also worry about what would happen in the end. There isn't much action, only speculation about what will happen and I assure you, this is not a book you want to miss. I liked Maggie; she is strong, fierce and her parents' money do not corrupt her. Instead, she wants to save the world in many ways.



Mostly, the mystery keeps you in endge wondering what will happen and sincerely this was one of the few times, I really enjoyed a book of the mystery/thriller genre. I recommend it both to Tucker's fans and the ones who seek a good book. ;)



About the author:

orn in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons.

She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures. 



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Friday, January 8, 2016

ARC Review: "Beyond the Red" by Ava Jae

Beyond the Red by Ava Jae
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.



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 When Ava had first revealed the cover of her new book I was excited. Sci-fi with romance? Sign me in!



On "Beyond the Red" I realised how easily discrimination can exist in a planet that is NOT Earth and the humans are second (or even thrid) rate citizens.

Cora is one of the alien queens in this planet. Everyone is ruled by a higher royal family while other royal failies obey the later. Forced to the throne and with a brother who has other plans Cora has a lot of burden to carry.

Eros is a half-blood. Half Human-half alien, his kind is killed in birth, yet when he is taken as a slave to Cora's castle, he will realise that the Queen is not the only one he should be wary of.

Let's take first the world-building. I liked how cared the descriptions were. From the castle and the city to the fabrics and foods. Not only Ava wants to deliver a well made 'other' world, but she also builds a society which deals with many 21st century issues, like religion and sexuality. I liked a lot how she described the aliens. With glowing tattoos and tall bodies, they were quite amazing to my mind.



As for our main characters, I liked Eros more than Cora. He is strong and cares for his tribe and family, even when everyone else shuns him. He is a survivor who also becomes the center of attention without wanting it. As for Cora; although she began with the promise of a strong heroine she quickly became meek to the point of letting others lead her around. Not something you'd expect from a queen.

Also there were some parts in the book which became to me quite obvious quickly and I didn't like the love triangle. Despite the ending, I didn't even like the loss of some characters.

I don't like characters dying. Period.

The romance was nice. There was the touch of forbidden, yet to me it needed more development. Surely there will be a sequel, even if there is no information about it on GoodReads.

This was an enjoyable read and I sincerely hope to have news for a sequel. Recommened to those who like a nice start on the sci-fi genre for 2016. :)






About the author:

YA writer. Author of BEYOND THE RED (Sky Pony Press, 3/1/16). Insatiable reader. Entangled Assistant Editor. Rep'd by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Release Week Blitz+Excrept+Giveaway: "BUILT" (Saints of Denver #1) by Jay Crownover

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for BUILT by Jay Crownover. BUILT is a Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 1st full-length novel in The Saints of Denver Series, a spinoff of her New York Times bestselling Marked Men Series


This amazing book is out now so grab your copy today! And be sure to check out the awesome sweepstakes! Info and links below!

 

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  About BUILT: From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes an electrifying new spin-off series,Saints of Denver, featuring all the characters fans have been dying to read about. Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller couldn’t be more different. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and sawdust. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands.


She’s French silk, he’s all denim and flannel. Zeb’s wanted the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her. It doesn't matter how many smooth moves he makes, the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest—either that or she doesn't return it. Sayer is certain the rough, hard, hot-as-hell Zeb could never want someone as closed off and restrained as she is, which is a shame because something tells her he might be the guy to finally melt her icy exterior.

 But just as things start to heat up, Zeb is blindsided by a life altering moment from his past. He needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. He can’t risk what’s at stake just because his attraction to Sayer feels all consuming. But as these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, battling together to save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide can no longer be ignored.



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EXCREPT

It was late.
I was really tired.
I had a full day at work tomorrow and I needed to be up early enough so I could swing by the gym before I went into my office.
I had also agreed to have drinks with a fellow attorney after my final court appearance of the day. It was a semidate I had already rescheduled twice, so I couldn’t reasonably back out again without looking like a complete jerk. Doing any of that on a few hours of sleep was less than ideal, but I was getting used to running on fumes lately. I, too, was having dreams that woke me up in the middle of the night, that left me shaken, heated, and too wound up to stay in bed.
Only my dreams weren’t terror inducing—they were good. Oh, so fucking good. They were better than good. They were the best dreams I had ever had. Hell, the dreams were better than any kind of actual sexual experience I had ever had while wide-awake. They were the kind of dreams that had me jerking up from a dead sleep while I panted and sweated. I woke up twisting in my sheets and touching myself because the man that starred in each and every single one of them was nowhere around.
Control was everything to me, and Zeb Fuller made me want to lose it even when he was sound asleep in his own bed all the way across Denver.
       

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Jay Crownover - author pic    About Jay Crownover: Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men and The Point series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.  





      

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Blog Tour Review+Giveaway: "Thicker Than Water" by Brigid Kemmerer




Thicker Than Water
by Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: December 29th 2015
Kensington Books

Summary from Goodreads:


On his own

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years. 

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…



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REVIEW

I received an ecopy in exchange for an honest review. 

I was quite surprised by the twists in this book! If you count out the cover, which is simple yet stunning, we have a well completed story with a beginning and an ending as also the slight chance for a sequel. I never felt bored from the plot. Told by dual POV Charlotte and Tom work together in order to slove mysteries, an old murder and fight a whole city in which evryone think that Tom is guilty.

While Tom had quite the sarcasm and was emotional too, not like the alpha males who don't even cry, Charlotte felt more protected to the point of annoying me. Yes, her family loves her and the big brothers want to feel like the gorilla protectors, but in times it felt suffocating, especially for her.

All in all this is quite an interesting book with great doses of mystery and romance, humor and a nice ending!




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About the Author:

Brigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years. (Though sometimes that just makes her sound nuts.)

Brigid writes anywhere she can find a place to sit down (and she’s embarrassed to say a great many pages of The Elemental Series were written while sitting on the floor in the basement of a hotel while she was attending a writers’ conference). Most writers enjoy peace and quiet while writing, but Brigid prefers pandemonium. A good thing, considering she has three boys in the house, ranging in age from an infant to a teenager.

While writing STORM, it’s ironic to note that Brigid’s personal life was plagued by water problems: her basement flooded three times, her roof leaked, her kitchen faucet broke, causing the cabinet underneath to be destroyed by water, the wall in her son’s room had to be torn down because water had crept into the wall, and her bedroom wall recently developed a minor leak. Considering SPARK, book 2 in the series, is about the brother who controls fire, Brigid is currently making sure all the smoke detectors in her house have batteries.

Brigid loves hearing from people, and she probably won’t refer to herself in the third person like this if you actually correspond with her. She has a smartphone surgically attached to her person nearby at all times, and email is the best way to reach her. Her email address is brigidmary@gmail.com.
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