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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Release Day Blitz: "Forevermore" (Darkest London #7) by Kristen Callihan

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SUMMARY

Isolated and alone, Sin Evernight is one of the most powerful supernatural creatures in heaven and on earth. As an angel of vengeance, he hunts down the darkest evil, but when his long-lost friend, Layla Starling, needs him, he vows to become her protector. Even though she will be horrified by the man he has become.

Now a famous singer and the toast of London, Layla believes that Sin is only here to guard her from rabid fans and ardent suitors. However, the truth is far more sinister. Desperate to avoid losing Layla a second time, Sin will face a test of all his powers to defeat an unstoppable foe—and win an eternity with the woman he loves.

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And don't miss the rest books of the series! (all links will take you to Book Depository)


1) Firelight (this one is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast too!)


Aout the author:


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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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Release Day Blitz+Giveaway: "Eternal Sacrifice" (Mortal Enchantment #4) by Stacey O'Neale


Hello everyone and welcome to the release Day Blitz for "Eternal Sarcifice", the 4th and last book of the Mortal Enchantment series! Stacey O'Neale was kind enough to invite me for this day and I couldn't say no! There is also a giveaway with the prize of a 100$ Amazon Gift Card.

If you are not familiar with the series then I advise you to read the books! They have action, adventure and romance!







Summary from GoodReads

The explosive conclusion to Stacey O'Neale's award-winning Mortal Enchantment series reveals the secrets of the fantasy world!

Valac has stolen two of the sacred objects. In a bid to rule all four courts, he has threatened to use Excalibur to cut the mist that protects Avalon--ultimately ending the lives of thousands of elementals. As the Akasha, Kalin has the power to stop him. And she refuses to lose anyone else she loves. Will she have to sacrifice herself to save them?

Desperate to save Kalin's life, Rowan searches for the long-lost creator of the mist.

But what he finds is the very last thing he expected. Everything he thought he knew about his past is turned upside down, and he questions whether he's meant to be the savior or the elemental that destroys them all.

Told from Kalin, Rowan, and Marcus's perspective, the final installment to the series follows their journey of courage, duty, sacrifice, and love.


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About the author:

Award-winning author, Stacey O'Neale, lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult fantasy and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing. Stacey loves hearing from readers.

Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Goodreads. You can also visit her blog at staceyoneale.com/.



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Monday, June 27, 2016

Review: "Ruined" (Ruined #1) by Amy Tintera


Ruined by Amy Tintera
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.



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REVIEW

While many pitched this book in comparison with other books I haven't read, I simply dove into this story because it was Amy Tintera. I had loved her "Reboot" duology, which was dystopian and was surprised to learn that she would also write fantasy. Her writing is unique with a livid voice.

So, Emelina Flores, daughter of the most fierce Queen of the Ruined, has lost everything. Her powerful sister, her homeland and also she has no powers. Armed with her wit, deception and a crazy plan, she posts as the fiance to Prince Casimir who she marries hoping to take her revenge.

I liked how the world was built. There is discrimination against the Ruined, people who have abilities similar to that of elementals, a wide gap between poor and rich as also politics and secrets. I liked how badass Em was. Determined, despite the scrutiny she gets from her own people, because she doesn't have any Ruined powers, she marches into enemy territory knowing that she might die.

Casimir may be a weak character, who later finds the courage to stand up against his parents and find an ally to Em. The romance is slow burning and I prefered that to the insta-romance I've seen lately. The ending was kind of a cliffhanger which left me with the need to read more!

If you love a good fantasy this is recommended. ;)






About the author:

Hi! I'm Amy Tintera, young adult author. REBOOT and REBEL (HarperTeen) are out now. My new YA fantasy series, RUINED, comes out Summer 2016, also with HarperTeen.


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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Cover Reveal: "The Alchemists of Loom" by Elise Kova



Hello and welcome to yet another cover reveal! This one was unexpected, yet I couldn't help but come up quickly with a post in order to welcome the new addition on my TBR list and I hope yours too!

Make sure to read the synopsis and pre-order now! Just look at this beauty!






Synopsis


Her vengeance. His vision.
Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.
Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.
When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.
He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.


Early Praise for The Alchemists of Loom

“A heart-stopping adventure! Elise Kova reaches new heights with this fast-paced triumph of steampunk, fantasy, and a touch of romance. The Alchemists of Loom is a must-read!”
– DANIELLE L. JENSEN, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Malediction Trilogy

“Elise Kova has done it again. Created another story and set of fantastic characters to be COMPLETELY obsessed with.”
– BENJAMINOFTOMES

“Prepare to have your mind blown. THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM is the perfect mashup of genres, with a killer heroine, fiery romance, and friendships that run as deep as blood.”
– LINDSAY CUMMINGS, author of The Murder Complex

“A new favorite. Kova has created a world of contrasts that I can assure you, is like none you have read before.”
– MEG MCGORRY, N3rdbomber


PREORDER

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About the author:

Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she s not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).


Friday, June 24, 2016

Cover Reveal: "Archangel's Heart" (Guild Hunter #9) by Nalini Singh




Hello and welcome to the cover reveal for the new novel of the Guild Hunter series! I am so excited for this new novel since it's been a year since the last one!




 
Archangel’s Heart is the 9th book in the

Guild Hunter series


Archangel’s Heart releases November 1st!

Now Available for Pre-order HERE: http://bit.ly/28P4Qel

or

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Blurb

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…

Nothing will ever be the same again.




About the author:



 
Nalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing.



If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts and free short stories on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. The Rock Kiss books are all stand alone and can be read in any order.





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Feature & Follow #17



THE FUTURE & FOLLOW IS HOSTED BY TWO HOSTS, PARAJUNKEE OF PARAJUNKEE'S VIEW AND ALISON OF ALISON CAN READ. EACH HOST WILL HAVE THEIR OWN FEATURE BLOG AND THIS WAY IT’LL ALLOW US TO SHOW OFF MORE NEW BLOGS.


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  • The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followersYou create your own post using the post prompt. You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt. Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment. If you see a post that just hit it to the moon, or just want to show appreciation to a fellow blogger friend, like their name on the linky list to show some appreciation.
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    Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.

    If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followedFollow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”

    Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”


    THE POST PROMPT: 

    Name one or more standalone books that you wish was a series

    MY ANSWER:

    To be honest the only title that comes to my mind is "Uprooted" by Naomi Novik.It was one of my most favorite books in 2015 because it was also pitched as "Howl's Moving Catle" meeteing Polish folklore. Read my review and make sure to get a copy because this lovely will also become a movie!



    Summary from GoodReads


    “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

    Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

    Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

    The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

    But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.



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    Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Cover Reveal: "Torn" (Wicked Saga #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

       

    The highly anticipated second book in #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout's Wicked Trilogy has a cover! 

    The amazing TORN cover was created by Sarah Hansen from Okay Creations with photography by Kelsey Kukal-Keeton from K Keeton designs. Check it out below! 

    TORN is set to release July 19th. Be sure to grab the first book in the series, WICKED, which is on sale for $.99 for a limited time!



                                            TORN - cover

    TORN Synopsis:

    Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

    Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

    Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

    But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

     

    Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans…

    Don’t miss the first title in the series, WICKED, now just $.99 for a limited time only!

    WICKED - cover

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    Author Photo--JLA_J. Lynn    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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    Saturday, June 18, 2016

    Cover Reveal: "Rock Wedding" (Rock Kiss #4) by Nalini Singh


    Welcome to the cover reveal of the new title for the ROCK KISS series by Nalini Singh! I am very excited for this one as also to share with you the cover! Just look at this perfection!

    Nalini Singh is one of my most loved authors with her amazing couples and happy endings! I am sure this one will be yet another perfection by her!







    ROCK WEDDING by Nalini Singh
    Releasing: July 19th

    New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness…

    After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.

    Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love...even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.

    But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?





    About the author:

    I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.


    I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

    So far, I've worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer's mill.

    http://nalinisingh.com/books/rock-kiss-series/

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    Feature & Follow #16



    THE FUTURE & FOLLOW IS HOSTED BY TWO HOSTS, PARAJUNKEE OF PARAJUNKEE'S VIEW AND ALISON OF ALISON CAN READ. EACH HOST WILL HAVE THEIR OWN FEATURE BLOG AND THIS WAY IT’LL ALLOW US TO SHOW OFF MORE NEW BLOGS.


    HOW DOES THE #FF WORK?






  • The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followersYou create your own post using the post prompt. You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt. Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment.
    If you see a post that just hit it to the moon, or just want to show appreciation to a fellow blogger friend, like their name on the linky list to show some appreciation.
    The person with the most likes gets chosen as the next Feature (you can be chosen every 90 days unless we are in need of features)
    It is required that if you participate that you have to follow the FEATURE. It is a big no-no to participate and ignore the feature. They are the special snowflake in this little blizzard.
    As a participant it is up to your discretion on how you want people to follow. Please post RSS, GFC etc if you have a follow of choice.


    Specific RULES
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    Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.

    If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followedFollow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”

    Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”


    THE POST PROMPT: 

    5 Websites you love to lurk around that are not shopping sites

    MY ANSWER:

    Well that's an easy one. So here we go:

    1) Wattpad, where I also post my stories.

    2) Tumblr, where I also like to follow authors and find special fanart and comics.

    3) Pinterest, as an inspiration site for my upcoming works

    4) GoodReads of course, just like any dedicated blogger.

    5)Spotify, since Sarah J. Maas has made an amazing music list of her books!


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    Release Day Blitz+Giveaway: "Abducted" (Alien Mate Index #1) by Evangeline Anderson


     

    Abducted
    Evangeline Anderson
    (Alien Mate Index #1)
    Publication date: June 11th 2016
    Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
    My name is Zoe McKinley. I have a boring life, an awful job, and a boss that throws staplers at my head. What could be worse?
    How about being abducted by Aliens?
    Being dragged through a mirror, naked and screaming, onto an extraterrestrial ship was bad. Finding out I had been sold to a huge alien male who looks like the Devil was worse. But learning he wanted to trade me to an intergalactic petting zoo was the worst of all!
    Now I’m whizzing through the galaxy with a robot butler, a trio of nib-nibs (they’re like tiny green monkeys) and one huge, muscular, and very grumpy alien. The clothing they gave me shows all my lady-bits, the food-sim makes banana cream pie that tastes like sauerkraut, and Sarden, my captor, is too hot to stay mad at, even if he is a jerk.
    In fact, I think I might be falling for him.
    What’s a girl to do? It’s all in a day’s work when you’ve been…Abducted.


    EXCERPT:

    The alien face looked at me speculatively. It was male—that much was clear. Strong features and gold eyes with vertical pupils like a cat’s stared back at me. He had cheekbones sharp enough to cut yourself on and a nose that looked like it had been broken at least once. A neatly clipped mustache and goatee framed sensual lips that looked cruelly amused. He had dark red skin—almost maroon—I could see a lot of that because he appeared to be wearing a black, wife-beater type t-shirt that left his muscular arms bare.
    Actually, except for the cat eyes and red skin, he looked strangely human. Well, except for the horns.
    Did I mention he had freaking horns?
    Because he did—little short, sharp pointed ones, growing out either side of his forehead—right at his temples.
    I stared at them, dumbfounded, unable to speak for a moment. And that’s unusual for me because I’m almost always shooting off my mouth.
    All I could think was, the Devil. Oh my God, the freaking Devil was staring at me from the mirror of the handicapped bathroom at Lauder, Lauder and Associates and I had no idea what to do.
    My mind started going over all the things I’d done wrong recently. Okay, I might have fudged a little on my taxes. Using my laptop to check reports while I lay on the couch watching Sherlock reruns on Netflix counts as having a home office—right? And then there was the time I accidentally shoplifted a pair of socks. I forgot I had them in my hand and walked right out of the store with them. And then I was too embarrassed to bring them back so I guess I basically stole them but I didn’t mean to so—
    Suddenly, the Devil spoke, ending my train of thought as thoroughly as though it had run into the side of a mountain.
    “Yes,” he said in a deep, growling voice. “She is the one.”
    The one for what? The one to drag straight down to Hell and poke in the ass with a fiery pitchfork? Oh my God, was cheating on my taxes and shoplifting socks that bad?
    “I…I’m sorry,” I stuttered but just then another voice—a piping, high voice like a Disney animal—answered him.
    “If you are certain this female is the one Your Eminence requires, than I shall begin the transport at once.”
    Transport? What Transport? Instinctively, I began backing away from the haunted mirror to Hell but then the swirling started again. And this time there was a wind that went with it.
    A sucking, howling wind that dragged at me, pulling me towards the mirror.
    “Help!” I screamed, or tried to scream, anyway. My voice was lost in the vortex as I was pulled closer and closer to the mirror.
    My feet left the floor and I put out my hands, trying to stop my forward momentum. My phone clattered into the sink and I could hear Leah and Charlotte shouting on the other end of it but their voices seemed tiny and distant.
    My hand connected to the mirror…and sank into it. I gasped in fear as I saw first my hand and then my whole arm swallowed up in the swirling psychedelic colors. My other hand and arm followed and suddenly the mirror was right in front of my face.
    And then I felt myself getting sucked in completely. Lauder, Lauder and Associates disappeared and the last thing I heard was my two best friends frantically screaming my name.
    Then…nothing.
    Who knew the gateway to Hell was located in the employees’ bathroom?


    “Who said anything about your talent affecting you, Zoe- It’s the way in which you affect others that makes you so damn special.-




    Author Bio:
    Evangeline Anderson is the USA Today and NYT Best Selling Author of the Brides of the Kindred, Alien Mate Index, and Born to Darkness series. She is thirty-something and lives in Florida with a husband, a son, and two cats. She had been writing erotic fiction for her own gratification for a number of years before it occurred to her to try and get paid for it. To her delight, she found that it was actually possible to get money for having a dirty mind and she has been writing paranormal and Sci-fi erotica steadily ever since.
    You can find her online at her website www.evangelineanderson.com
    Come visit for some free reads. Or, to be the first to find out about new books, join her newsletter--you can find a link at her website.

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    Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Ending a series with conflicting feelings. Reviews for "Golden Son" & "Morning Star" (Red Rising #2 #3) by Pierce Brown




    So I was finally able to finish the Red Rising series. It was one of the best sci-fi books in the world building aspect but still I couldn't help but feel a little off about the two sequels after the first book. My review for the first one was generous since I had a copy but not the courage to read it, so the following reviews will be as honest as I can make them.



    Golden Son by Pierce Brown
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Summary from GoodReads

    With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation.

    Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

    A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.




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    RED RISING

    GOLDEN SON

    MORNING STAR


    Following the events of "Red Rising", Darrow enters the House of his archenemy, the man who killed his wife, and so he begins his game of destroying the Gold society system from the inside.
    Truthfully, I began enjoying the book close to its middle. Darrow even in a society full of enemies, still manages to outshine them, to the point of feeling...well a little too shiny. It felt as if he was the ONLY ONE who could kill the bad guys, make the plans, outsmart everything and everyone.

    The supporting characters of Mustang and Sevro are still present and I loved every banter and discussion Darrow had with Sevro. I think I kind of like the guy. He is horrible in a disturbingly cute way?

    LOL, someone hit me now!

    The book has also non-stop action. I never felt bored with the scenes of battle and how easily it was for me, a person who prefers History to Math, to understand every related to astronomy and space fighting. All the scenes were Star Wars/ Star Trek worthy.



    We also get to meet some new characters, like the giant Obsidian warrior Ragnar, and the scarred proud woman Victra. The ending of the second book, had me screaming to the pages. After a sweet scene between Darrow and Mustang, everything happened too fast and I didn't even had the chance to feel anything. Rage, sadness, horror? I don't know but I felt conflicted.



     Morning Star by Pierce Brown
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars


    On "Morning Star" I can tell with certainty that Pierce Brown managed to explore more his characters. He does not stay only into Darrow, who also undergoes a horrible experience and tries to resurface as the main character, but though Darrow's POV we get to see more of his allies. Kavax and his fox, Mustang, Roque and Sevro with Victra.

    I would note especially the last two because I loved every mention to them. There is also a chapter that is kind of dedicated to them? Sevro has lost so much I was quite glad to see the guy smiling.

    I would even hug him, if he didn't threaten me with poisonous mushrooms.

    There is also a good map on the beginning of the book, showing the Solar System. Knowing something about astronomy I found it quite amazing how Pierce showed the evolution of the human colonization on the whole system. From Hermes to Pluto. (yes for me Pluto will ALWAYS BE A PLANET!)

    Was I surprised about some events? Yes. I didn't expect Ragnar and his family to be so...lovey-dovey (insert irony here please). Also, I didn't like how the Golds treated Scandinavian mythology. True, the mythology is pessimistic and not so sunny, but there was no reason to alter a whole planet, terraform it into an icy hell and make them treat each other like savages. But again, with fear you can rule everything (the golden rule of dystopian novels you see).

    The ending was good with a sprinkle of surprise. I like the fact the everything was left uncertain since we will get a new trilogy of the series and I would to see more of Servo. All and all it was very satisfying.








    As always don't miss the amazing fanart created by @PhantomRin who posts her art on Tumblr. Here's some fine examples:

                                                                        Mustang




                                                                        Sevro


                                                                             Victra


                                                 Darrow and the Color social pyramid




     About the author:
    Pierce Brown's first novel, RED RISING (Del Rey Books), debuts January 28, 2014. It is the first installment in The Red Rising Trilogy.

    Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for his cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate Campaign.

    Now he lives in Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.

    Note to the reader: Always feel free to contact him via his website, twitter, or facebook. He likes people. Except if you're a trollish person. Then he merely puts up with you for the sake of manners and propriety.


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