Release Day Blitz+Excerpt+ARC Review+Giveaway: "B & E Ever After" (Fairy Tale Quartet, #3) by Linda Kage


B & E Ever After
Linda Kage
(Fairy Tale Quartet, #3)
Publication date: September 16th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Retelling, Romance
A contemporary Hansel and Gretel Romance.
Gretel, er, I mean, Gabriella Salazar finds temptation and desperation to be too great and breaks into a wicked witch’s—uh, that is—a pretentious, rich woman’s condo, only to discover she’s not the only one with a B & E fetish. The twist is that the mysterious, handsome Hansel to her Gretel who has also stolen into the same apartment is anything but brotherly, and the two strangers find themselves lip-locked before the evening is over. Now Gabby and her new, aggravating accomplice must get crafty and work together to free themselves and everyone they hold dear from a mad woman’s clutches.
But breaking and entering never ends with a happily ever after…right?



EXCERPT:

From the front of the apartment, the distinct sound of a door unlocking echoed down the hall.
Wide brown eyes gaped at me, letting me know she heard it too.
“Shit!” I surged to my feet beside her, squeezing her hand tight. “She’s home.”
“Wait. What do you mean shit?” Eyes going wide, she gasped. “Oh my God, you’re not supposed to be here, either. Are you? I thought you looked way too sneaky, backing into the apartment the way you did.” Expression going murderous, she smacked me hard on the side of my shoulder. “You fucking hypocrite! Treating me like a burglar when you broke in too.”
“Shut up,” I hissed as the sound of the front door swung open. Slipping my wallet from my jacket, I flipped it around with one hand in order to flash my keycard, waving it in front of her face as I whispered, “At least I have a key and I know who lives here.”
She opened her mouth, looking pissed, but I set a finger over her mouth to quiet her. We could argue later. Right now, I had to come up with a plan to save us both from the wrath of Lana, who I could hear tossing her car keys on a side table in the front room.
“Just so you know,” I murmured as quietly as possible, pocketing my wallet as I stepped closer. “I’m doing this for your own damn good.”
Her eyes flared with worry. “Wait. Doing what?”
In answer, I wrapped a hand around the back of her neck, hauled her up against me, and slanted my mouth across hers.




REVIEW

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

It's been a while since I enjoyed a good Linda Kage book! And she always delivers amazing characters, romance and humor all wrapped in one perfect bundle! This sequel to her contemporary retellings of fairytales has a Hansel and Gretel twist. I loved the humor and the banter between Hayden and Gabby as also the cameo appearances of the other characters from the previous books.

Not to mention that there was also suspense and mystery because Lana is a hell of an evil character; it makes it even worse the fact that there are people like that in the world. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I can't wait for the next book!






Author Bio:
Linda writes romance fiction from YA to adult, contemporary to fantasy. Most Kage stories lean more toward the lighter, sillier side with a couple meaningful moments thrown in. Focuses more on entertainment value and emotional impact.
Published since 2010. Went through a 2-year writing correspondence class in children's literature from The Institute of Children's Literature. Then graduated with a Bachelors in Arts, English with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State University.
Now she lives with hubby, two daughters, cat Holly, and nine cuckoo clocks in southeast Kansas, USA. Farm girl. Parents were dairy farmers. Was youngest of eight. Big family. Day job as a cataloging library assistant.
Harry Potter House Gryffindor, Patronus White Stallion, character match Hagrid. Supernatural Team Dean. Game of Thrones Team Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister. The Walking Dead Team Daryl. Outlander Team Jamie Fraser. Teen Wolf Team Stiles. Avenger Team Thor...or Hulk (can't decide). Justice League Team Flash. Arrow Team Stephen Amell. Stranger Things obsessed. Heard Laurel, not Yanny.
Started out reading with the Baby-Sitters Club. Then moved to Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, and LaVyrle Spencer in high school. Now all over the place with her romance reading tastes.





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Blog Tour+ARC Review+Giveaway: "Stormrise" by Jillian Boehme




BOOK INFORMATION
Stormrise
by Jillian Boehme
Publisher: Tor Teen

Release Date: September 10th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dragons

Synopsis:

A combat warrior will risk everything to awaken the dragons and save her kingdom in Jillian Boehme's epic YA Fantasy debut, Stormrise, inspired by Twelfth Night and perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce.

If Rain weren’t a girl, she would be respected as a Neshu combat master. Instead, her gender dooms her to a colorless future. When an army of nomads invades her kingdom, and a draft forces every household to send one man to fight, Rain takes her chance to seize the life she wants.

Knowing she’ll be killed if she’s discovered, Rain purchases powder made from dragon magic that enables her to disguise herself as a boy. Then she hurries to the war camps, where she excels in her training—and wrestles with the voice that has taken shape inside her head. The voice of a dragon she never truly believed existed.

As war looms and Rain is enlisted into an elite, secret unit tasked with rescuing the High King, she begins to realize this dragon tincture may hold the key to her kingdom’s victory. For the dragons that once guarded her land have slumbered for centuries . . . and someone must awaken them to fight once more.

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REVIEW

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

A book with dragons?
Check.
Mulan inspired? Yup check.
Also forbidden romance? Triple check!

Stormrise caught me from the moment the cover was revealed. It caught the ferocity of the dragons and the ferocity, combined with bravery, a girl takes as war looms closer and closer.

Rain and her twin brother Storm live in a village where, tales of old dragon magic make people fearsome and others, trying to exploit them. There's old lore about the time of the dragons but there are none alive. Training to become a Neshu fighter, despite not being allowed to be one due to her gender, Rain doesn't have time for marriage proposals.

Knowing that her brother won't make it, she disguises herself as a boy by also taking a mix of dragon powder in order to sound like one. And from there training begins friends and alliances.

The book was more a military YA fantasy than a dragon-centered one. I enjoyed seeing Rain become stronger and discovering her potential along with the lore of the old dragons. I also loved the romance and how sweet it was with its moments and stumbles.

A stand-alone YA fantasy worth the read!



AUTHOR INFORMATION

JILLIAN BOEHME is known to the online writing community as Authoress, hostess of Miss Snark's First Victim, a blog for aspiring authors. In real life, she holds a degree in Music Education, sings with the Nashville Symphony Chorus, and homeschools her remaining youngster-at-home. She's still crazy in love with her husband of more than thirty years and is happy to be surrounded by family and friends amid the rolling knolls of Middle Tennessee.





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ARC Review: "The Skylark's Sacrifice" (The Skylark Saga #2) by J.M. Frey


The Skylark's Sacrifice by J.M. Frey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Robin Arianhod is on the run. Trapped behind enemy lines, her only choice is to lose herself in the sprawling capital of Klonn. But hiding in the shadows is a disservice to the rocket pack she escaped with, and to the man she once considered foe. Instead, she’ll enact his plan, harness the incredible power of the pack, and stop the war from the inside.

Wanted posters stalk her every move as rumor fuels the Skylark’s rise, and her attempts at vigilantism attract the attention of more than just the city guards. Robin finds herself embroiled in the machinations of a mysterious underground rebellion—Klonnish citizens as tired of the war as she is.

But are they really her allies, or are they using the Skylark as bait? And can she really trust that her former archnemesis turned his coat? Or will the secret of his true identity lead Robin, and her newfound friends, to their deaths?

Rife with high-flying action, subterfuge, and deception, The Skylark’s Sacrifice is the explosive conclusion to the saga of war-torn Saskwya, and the one pilot who can change it all.




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REVIEW

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

I had high hopes for the sequel and J.M. Frey didn't disappoint! In the sequel of her new duology Frey explores character development in a war-torn world with enemies in every corner, battles and forbidden romance.

As Robin tries to gain new allies, she will discover that despite the cultural differences, people on the both sides don't wish for the war anymore. I surely didn't expect THAT surprise after the middle of the book. It had me gasping and wondering what would happen...and WHY COULD THAT HAVE HAPPENED?!

The ending of the duology was great, albeit a bittersweet one. Frey proves once more her talent of hopping between genres and delivering amazing characters and unforgettable worlds!


Don't miss the first book of the series!





About the author:

Frey is an author and professional smartypants, spent three years as the entertainment contributor on AMI Radio's Live From Studio 5 morning show, and was an occasional talking head on the SPACE Channel's premier chat show InnerSPACE. She has appeared in documentaries, lived in Japan, and lent costumes to the Ontario Science Centre. She holds a BA in Dramatic Literature and an MA in Communications Culture, and has lectured at the Pop Culture Association of America's Annual Conference (San Francisco), at the University of Cardiff's 'Whoniversal Appeal' Conference, and the Technology and Pedagogy Conference at York University. Frey loves community theatre, and her dream is to one day sing a duet with John Barrowman.

ARC Review: "A Heart So Fierce and Broken" (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer


A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

In the sequel to New York Times bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer returns to the world of Emberfall in a lush fantasy where friends become foes and love blooms in the darkest of places.

Find the heir, win the crown.
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom.
Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen--until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.




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REVIEW

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

Well, this was a wild ride! After the Beauty and the Beast-inspired "A Curse so Dark and Lonely" I was very happy for the chance to read the e-ARC...and have no one to vent my feeling to after finishing the book!

The story focuses now on Grey, the trusted guard of Rhen who after a revelation that can shake the foundations of the kingdom, escapes, hoping to be considered dead and also keep his friends safe. On the other hand, the enemy Queen of Emberfall, Karis Luran, sends her daughters in the hopes of marrying one to Prince Rhen. Lia Mara, the eldest and not the heir, believes that peace can be achieved without war.

Through a twisted game of chance and luck both Grey and Lia Mara join forces as the truth is revealed and they travel through Emberfall, seeking sanctuary and the chance for an alliance.

What I did like here was the heavy character development; both Grey and Lia Mara have difficult obstacles to overcome and the romance that develops between them was slow and sweet. Despite the feeling that Rhen was villanized in the sequel, either by Lia Mara and sometimes Grey thought the same, the final chapter of the book revealed the truth!



I so didn't expect this plot twist and much was explained with the final words! Brigid Kemmerer succeeds in creating a sequel worthy of its predecessor with the characters we all love having to face more trials and overcome them.



And don't miss the first book of the series, an imaginative twist on Beauty and the Beast!






About the author:


Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of dark and alluring Young Adult novels like A Curse So Dark and Lonely, More Than We Can Tell, and Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA stories like The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water (Kensington). A full time writer, Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband, her boys, her dog, and her cat. When she’s not writing or being a mommy, you can usually find her with her hands wrapped around a barbell.

Waiting on Wednesday: "Supernova" (Renegades #3) by Marissa Meyer


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.




Summary from GoodReads

All's fair in love and anarchy...

The epic conclusion to Marissa Meyer's thrilling Renegades Trilogy finds Nova and Adrian struggling to keep their secret identities concealed while the battle rages on between their alter egos, their allies, and their greatest fears come to life. Secrets, lies, and betrayals are revealed as anarchy once again threatens to reclaim Gatlon City.

ARC Review: "The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan" by Sherry Thomas


The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan by Sherry Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

CHINA, 484 A.D.

A Warrior in Disguise

All her life, Mulan has trained for one purpose: to win the duel that every generation in her family must fight. If she prevails, she can reunite a pair of priceless heirloom swords separated decades earlier, and avenge her father, who was paralyzed in his own duel.

Then a messenger from the Emperor arrives, demanding that all families send one soldier to fight the Rouran invaders in the north. Mulan’s father cannot go. Her brother is just a child. So she ties up her hair, takes up her sword, and joins the army as a man.

A War for a Dynasty

Thanks to her martial arts skills, Mulan is chosen for an elite team under the command of the princeling—the royal duke’s son, who is also the handsomest man she’s ever seen. But the princeling has secrets of his own, which explode into Mulan’s life and shake up everything she knows. As they cross the Great Wall to face the enemy beyond, Mulan and the princeling must find a way to unwind their past, unmask a traitor, and uncover the plans for the Rouran invasion . . . before it’s too late.




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REVIEW

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

Let's take a moment and appreciate the fact that the author researched THE HELL OUT of this! As someone who has done research and cross-referenced to ancient history, diving into the huge and vibrant and vast history of China left me satisfied and very enamored with this version of Mulan. I grew up with the Disney movie, then read the real life of the heroine and then proceeded to read every retelling of the story...which weren't as good as I want to admit.

In Magnolia sword, Mulan is registered as male, training for the day she will bring honor to her family, by defeating the son of the rival family and earn two majestic swords. But when war arrives, Mulan will join the army, doing anything to survive and also guard the princeling, cousin to the Emperor.

I like this Mulan; she is pragmatic, realistic and let's admit she has guts and is an amazing fighter. The story in its core satisfies the demanding readers and brings pride, especially to the American-Chinese readers (and yes I have some from Twitter and I am happy for them!)

The fighting scenes were Hollywood worthy, the romance subtle and the family drama seemed to be taken out of a Chinese drama plot. Despite not adding anything new to what you already know, the story is far more detailed, historically correct and immersive than any other Mulan book I have read until now.




About the author:

Because actual world domination is too much trouble, USA Today-bestselling author Sherry Thomas decided that her goal is life is to write every kind of book she enjoys reading. Thus far she has published romance, fantasy, mystery, and a wuxia-inspired duology. Her books regularly receive starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications, including such outlets as the New York Times and National Public Radio. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award.

And by the way, English is her second language.

Waiting on Wednesday: "The World of Throne of Glass" (Throne of Glass series) by Sarah J. Maas


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.



Summary from GoodReads

The official guide to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series complete with characters, creatures, new artwork, and more!

Everyone knows the story of the assassin queen. But now, fans of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series will be immersed in her journey like never before. From Adarlan’s dark past to Terrasen’s bright future, this comprehensive guide will bring the people, creatures, settings, magic, gods, and world of Aelin’s epic journey to life in stunning illustrations and descriptive portrayals. Complete with an expansive vocabulary and timeline of events, this is the must-have official companion to the Throne of Glass series.



It feels like forever since we had news?! Supposedly it will be published in October, yet there's no cover reveal or any news.

Review: "The Glass Butterfly" (Haunted Hearts Legacy #3) by A.G. Howard


The Glass Butterfly by A.G. Howard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

For close to a decade, twenty-five-year-old Felicity Lonsdale has masqueraded as a dowager almost twice her age—selling caterpillars to butterfly consortiums—enabling her to hide an ill-fated past while raising her late brother’s daughters. Together, the three live on an isolated Irish estate bequeathed by a dying earl. When the earl’s estranged son arrives to claim his inheritance by threatening to expose Felicity’s true identity, she longs to pack up her nieces and run. But a ghostly secret within the castle’s turret holds her captive. 

Nick Thornton—a Roma viscount’s heir—is also captive. After a tryst with an investor’s wife nearly destroyed his family’s holiday resort, Nick forsook everything to elope with her. However, a tragic mistake at his hand led to her and his baby’s deaths. Refusing to turn to the family he shamed, Nick travels to seek the countess who once co-wrote a romance with his sister. There’s rumor of a special butterfly in her keep—a transparent-winged species with ties to the afterlife. Nick hopes to contact his dead wife and child, for only their forgiveness can free him. 

Upon his arrival to Felicity’s estate, Nick offers to help her defeat the earl’s son, on the condition she allow Nick to investigate her glass butterflies. Felicity agrees, though fears the closer he gets to the ghosts of his past, the closer he’ll come to uncovering her own. As Nick spends time with Felicity and her nieces, he realizes the mystery enshrouding this fragile countess and her castle is more intriguing than the ghosts he originally came to find. And perhaps putting his dead to rest and helping her do the same will be his true path to redemption.





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REVIEW



There is always beauty in A.G. Howard's writing. Her Haunted Hearts series is filled with stunning descriptions, vivid imagery, and beautiful romance. The third book of the series follows Nick Thornton as he searches for a mystical butterfly which has a power he needs. The search takes him to an Irish mansion...and Felicity Lonsdale.

As Felicity tries to hide her own secrets and Nick has to face his own grief and pain, love will bloom between them...as also the growing danger of discovery.

I loved the sequel; it may be slow sometimes but the beauty of the descriptions, the characters' development, and the romance make this read so worth it! Especially the mystical mention to the butterflies and their properties.

I can't wait for the next book of the series as this family has so much legacy and beauty to learn from!





And don't miss the rest books of the series!








About the author:

#1 New York Times and International bestselling Author of Gothic / Fantasy & Paranormal tales. Mystical & romantic with a side of horror. YA, Adult, and Literary Romance. Repped by Jenny Bent.

A.G. was inspired to write the Splintered Series, her tribute to Carroll's Wonderland, while working at a school library. Her pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

Waiting on Wednesday: "The Darkest King" (Lords of the Underworld #15) by Gena Showalter


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.


Summary from GoodReads


A merciless prince feared by all…

Cursed by a vengeful witch, William of the Dark will die if he ever falls in love—murdered by the woman who steals his heart. His lone shot at redemption is a book filled with indecipherable code. Break the code, break the curse. Now, centuries later, he’s condemned to a string of one-night stands…until he finds the only woman in the worlds able to set him free.

A rare creature of myth and power…

One of the last living unicorn shifters, Sunday “Sunny” Lane works from the shadows as a cryptanalyst, on the run from assassins and poachers. Then the darkly seductive William abducts her, holding her captive in Hell. The closer they get, the more she hungers for his touch…and the stronger a mystical desire to kill him becomes…

Both forever doomed?

At war with his brother, Lucifer, and determined to become a king of the underworld at long last, William must resist the irreverent beauty who threatens his future. But every day Sunny tempts him more, his hunger for her unmatched. Will he risk his heart—and his life—or will the curse ensure his end?

Summer ARC Reviews: "Serpent & Dove" (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin, "A Madness of Sunshine" by Nalini Singh, "The Burning Shadow" (Origin #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout & "Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters" by Emily Roberson


Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

For her sixteenth birthday, Louise le Blanc’s mother gave her three things: a sacrificial altar, a ritual knife, and a wicked scar.

Lou’s death would have ended the ancient war between the Church and witches, but Lou refuses to become a martyr. Forsaking her coven, she escapes to the gloomy city of Cesarine and hides her magic as a thief in the criminal underworld. But life in Cesarine has its own dangers. Huntsmen roam the city revered as holy men. Witches burn without trial. And the Archbishop, the Church’s austere patriarch, revels in violence.

As a huntsman, Reid Diggory lives by one verse: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. 

He's devoted his entire life to eradicating the occult and making his surrogate father, the Archbishop, proud. Finally given the chance to capture a witch of his own, Reid is devastated when a foul-mouthed thief thwarts him—and doubly devastated when she too disappears. Hell-bent on bringing her to justice, Reid vows she won't escape again. But when Lou tricks him into public scandal trying to avoid capture, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.

Marriage to a huntsman could provide real protection from the witches—if Lou can convince Reid she isn’t one herself. The secret proves difficult to keep as Lou begins practicing magic in secret within the heart of the Church, determined to prepare for her mother’s inevitable return. As time passes, however, Lou discovers yet another danger lurking: her own growing feelings for her husband. But Reid is still dangerous. He’s just as likely to tie her to the stake as defend her if he learns her true identity. With enemies closing in—and more than her own life at stake—Lou must decide who she can trust before it's too late…and she's not the only one with a secret.




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REVIEW

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

Ah, how I missed a refreshing YA with witches, hunters, forbidden romance and lots of cursing! (well technically it's funny and not that bad).

Serpent and the Dove transport us into an Empire that reminds you the French empire of the 18th century but filled with different kinds of witches, zealot hunters who are hell-bent on destroying them and a plot that could destroy the whole world.

Lou is one witch in hiding, due to some really bad circumstances, and when one misunderstanding leads her on marrying Reid one of the best Hunters, her secrets are threatened. I liked how slowly both came to love each other. Arranged marriages in YA were usually for royal couples and I loved seeing something fresh and new.

The history of the world was quite interesting and I could let the book go. When action picked up my heart broke with the revelations. I seriously can't wait for the next book!




About the author:

Shelby Mahurin grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana, where sticks became wands and cows became dragons. Her rampant imagination didn't fade with age, so she continues to play make-believe every day—with words now instead of cows. When not writing, Shelby watches the Office and obsesses over her Twitter feed. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband, semi-feral toddlers, two dogs, and one cat. 

Shelby's favorite books include A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and, of course, Harry Potter.

Her debut novel, SERPENT & DOVE, will release from Harper Teen in Fall 2019, with a sequel to come the following year. She is represented by Sarah Landis of Sterling Lord Literistic.





A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh welcomes you to a remote town on the edge of the world where even the blinding brightness of the sun can’t mask the darkness that lies deep within a killer…
On the rugged West Coast of New Zealand, Golden Cove is more than just a town where people live. The adults are more than neighbors; the children, more than schoolmates.
 
That is until one fateful summer—and several vanished bodies—shatters the trust holding Golden Cove together. All that’s left are whispers behind closed doors, broken friendships, and a silent agreement not to look back. But they can’t run from the past forever.
 
Eight years later, a beautiful young woman disappears without a trace, and the residents of Golden Cove wonder if their home shelters something far more dangerous than an unforgiving landscape. 
 
It’s not long before the dark past collides with the haunting present and deadly secrets come to light.





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REVIEW

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

I love Nalini Singh and her books. I've devoured every one of them and listened to the audiobooks. So I was quite surprised when she announced her debut in the suspense/thriller genre. A Madness of Sunshine takes place in New Zealand, where there is beauty and wilderness and monsters lurk in the dark.

It's in the Golden Cove, a small town, where Anahera returns after the death of her husband. The first line hooks you from the beginning and as the mystery progress with lots of suspects and hidden secrets, you realize that nobody is safe. The romance took second place in the book and I liked the outcome quite much.

The surprise of the true murderer left me astonished! I didn't expect this and it was a very satisfying feeling to have a book that kept me on my toes and surprised me.

I don't know if Nalini will write anymore in this genre but I wouldn't mind her if she did! She is an amazing author.



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.







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

Summary from GoodReads

#1 New York TimesUSA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with The Burning Shadow, the steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux―only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is―and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.
 





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REVIEW

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

Well, you have to give credit to Jennifer for always keeping me on my toes and having my heart being torn open! WOWOWOWOW!

What happened? How did we go from a mystery about the true enemy back to a conspiracy and tragedy!? I have to admit that despite the slow pacing, the book dropped hints about everything and as Luc, Evie and gang tried to solve everything they realized that the enemy is everywhere.

I liked the second book; I can honestly admit that I never suffer from SBS (Second Book Syndrome) while reading Jennifer's books. The romance progressed in a hot, swoony way, there was action, wild action with fighting and both winning and losing and Evie was the one who had to discover everything in the hardest way. The ending was also a cliffhanger so I guess 2020 can't come fast enough?




About the author:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, 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, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

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 Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.
 





Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Sixteen-year-old Ariadne’s whole life is curated and shared with the world. Her royal family’s entertainment empire is beloved by the tabloids, all over social media, and the hottest thing on television. The biggest moneymaker? The Labyrinth Contest, a TV extravaganza in which Ariadne leads fourteen teens into a maze to kill a monster. To win means endless glory; to lose means death. In ten seasons, no one has ever won.

When the gorgeous, mysterious Theseus arrives at the competition and asks Ariadne to help him to victory, she doesn’t expect to fall for him. He might be acting interested in her just to boost ratings. Their chemistry is undeniable, though, and she can help him survive. If he wins, the contest would end for good. But if she helps him, she doesn’t just endanger her family’s empire―the monster would have to die. And for Ariadne, his life might be the only one worth saving.

Ariadne’s every move is watched by the public and predestined by the gods, so how can she find a way to forge her own destiny and save the people she loves?





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REVIEW


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

The ever knowing myth of the Minotaur gets a new, mote twisted and yet amazing, version in Emily Roberson's book. Think about what would happen if the Minoan antiquity met with the Kardashians, Greek Mythology and also had a splash of The Hunger Games.

Terrifying right?

Ariadne lives a life in the cameras. Despite desperately trying to avoid attention her life is filled with them. King Minos, Daedalus, and Icarus use the Labirynth and the Minotaur as a game of death where every year 14 youths from Athens have to compete. Whoever kills the Minotaur becomes as rich as Hades and yet no one has ever won. When young Theseus arrives and he meets Ariadne the clock will start ticking for all and deadly secrets will rise.

First of all, I have to say that there is mention to bestiality here. If you know the myth then you know how Minotaur was born. Another interesting aspect is the absence of the gods. Everyone claims that they act as the gods want and yet truly everyone succumbs to their own vices and hurtful choices. This was well pointed in the book.

Ariadne's family is the worst role model you will ever have. Well, truthfully few families in the mythological chronology were actually good role models but this one gets the award of the worst. Emily Roberson has researched about the mythological royal family and it shows. Ariadne's sisters live a life in the cameras, to the point of pimping themselves, Minos is the man behind everything, a true channel owner/mafia king and Pasiphae, the queen is the worst mother, who encourages her daughters to act the way they do. All in the name of revenge.

The ending was satisfying; it may have felt a little rushed and I would have wanted a different ending, but I think that above all, Ariadne was the one who found her true peace; she became free.




About the author:


Emily Roberson has been a bookseller in Little Rock, a newspaper reporter in Vicksburg, a marketing manager in Boston, and a writer in Chapel Hill and Dallas. She is an Arkansas native who graduated from Brown University and has a masters in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and three sons.

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