Release Day Blitz: "Summer Seduction" (Summer Heat #2) by Rachel van Dyken

Summer Seduction by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Cruel Summer #2
Publication Date: August 30, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
I wanted revenge.
And I got it in the best way possible.
Ray has always driven me insane, now that we're older, all I want is to make her feel the pain she put me through for four years.
And then suddenly, everything shifts and I realize I just want her,
It's bad enough that I'm the camp director — her boss.
Our love is equal to our hate for one another and the burning tension between us refuses to relent. If anything it's gotten worse.
I push her.
She pushes back.
Passion, whether it be born of love or hate — is a powerful beast, one I'm refusing to tame.
Marlo and Ray's story continues…
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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
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Review: "Seafire" (Seafire #1) by Natalie C. Parker

Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric's armed and armored fleet.
But when Caledonia's best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all...or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?



Do you remember the movie Waterworld? With Kevin Costner, the pirate boats and the endless adventure? Well, take out the excessive leather, put in a crew of amazing girls in arms and filled with loyalty and sisterhood, give it a far more amazing world building and you have Seafire.

Caledonia and Pisces along with their crew at Mors Navis are the epitome of finding your strength in family, in never giving up even if everything around you collapses and having friendships, which transpire blood ties. And the beauty of the book? The romance is a subplot, which adds the sweet taste to the story but doesn't encompass it.

Instead, you have amazing battles, worthy of Pirates of Carribean, characters who may seem strong but they are human and try to make the right choices and even a hate to love relationship. Seafire empowers, gives the readers a thrilling ride and it will not be easily forgotten after THAT ending!

About the author:

Natalie C. Parker is the author of the Beware the Wild duology, the Seafire trilogy, and the editor of Three Sides of a Heart. She earned her BA in English literature from the University of Southern Mississippi and her MA in gender studies from the University of Cincinnati. She grew up in a Navy family finding home in coastal cities from Virginia to Japan. Now, she lives surprisingly far from any ocean on the Kansas prairie where she runs Madcap Retreats with her wife.

Blog Tour+ARC Review+Giveaway: "What the Flower Says of Death" by Danielle Koste

Title: What The Flower Says of Death
Author: Danielle Koste
Demographic: Young Adult
Genres and themes: paranormal, romance, death and suicide, family and relationships

Release Date: September 25th 2018

Violet Holt has already met Death once.

After a failed suicide attempt, she finds herself dumped by her callous mother on the doorstep of her family’s desolate oceanside estate. With only the company of her estranged grandmother, comatose grandfather, and the monsters in her head, at least there was no one to interfere with her plans to try again on her eighteenth birthday.

No one, except maybe Jack: a skeleton of a boy who says he’s there to rake her grandmother’s leaves, yet seems more experienced at stalking than grounds-keeping. She knows he’s keeping a secret behind his gentle smiles and aloofness, but it’s difficult for Violet to be put off by his untimely thin-air appearances when figuring out the mystery of his true identity makes for such a good distraction.

Violet’s trauma is deeper than the wound on her wrist though, and it cannot be simply whisked away in a whirlwind of guessing games and pleasant gestures. She struggles to reconnect with her grandmother, find forgiveness for her mother, and closure with her grandfather’s dire condition, all while battling the strain of it all on her family. Even with a flicker of something hopeful blossoming within herself, Violet knows her birthday plans must be inevitable.

Death wouldn’t be there for her if it wasn’t.

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Violet is sent away by her mother to her grandparents' estate after her failed suicide attempt. With her grandfather sick and he relationship with both her mother and grandmother estranged, Violet feels that everything is hopeless...until Jack.

Mysterious Jack who mostly prefers to stalk her and seems to know more about her than Violet thinks. And while she thinks more and more about the abyss, there is also a hope for more. The book is quite dark and deals with depression. Yet, there is a beauty in the dark writing and the thoughts of Violet who just wants understanding and feels lonely.

There are some things I didn't expect to read and surprised me, so I won't spoil for you. But Jack gave me vibes like Brad Pitt in the movie "Meet Joe Black". And honestly, I cried very much.

About the author:

Danielle Koste is a born and raised Canadian, but currently lives with her significant other in the equally snowy and cold Stockholm, Sweden. While working a day job and learning the language of the locals, she spends her free time honing the craft she's always had a passion for.

When procrastinating, Danielle likes to enjoy other forms of rich story-telling, besides the obvious abundance of novels filling up her apartment and Kindle. Movies, music, and video games are among her favorite time-wasters.

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Blog Tour+ARC Review+Giveaway: "Mirage" by Somaiya Daud

Mirage (Book #1 in the Mirage series)
by Somaiya Daud
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release date: August 28, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction


In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection...because one wrong move could lead to her death.



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Amani lives in a world conquered, stripped of its heritage and thrown into famine and tyranny. She tries to survive along with her family, but when her village is attacked in her majority night and she is taken to the capital, she will learn that her life is more at stake than she thinks.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It's rich, blending in Moroccan culture and sci-fi with a cast of characters who are all scarred, fear for their lives and have lots at stake to lose. I liked that Amani tried to come to terms with her circumstances in order to survive and escape, how despite her fear she slowly becomes braver and realizes that not all around her are evil.

I also loved Idris. That boy deserves lots of hugs! And the ending? It gutted me, made me cry and anticipating to read the next book eagerly!



Somaiya Daud was born in a Midwestern city, and spent a large part of her childhood and adolescence moving around. Like most writers, she started when she was young and never really stopped. Her love of all things books propelled her to get a degree in English literature (specializing in the medieval and early modern), and while she worked on her Master’s degree she doubled as a bookseller at Politics and Prose in their children’s department. Determined to remain in school for as long as possible, she packed her bags in 2014 and moved the west coast to pursue a doctoral degree in English literature. Now she’s preparing to write a dissertation on Victorians, rocks, race, and the environment. Mirage is her debut, and is due from Flatiron Books in 8/28/2018.


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Books I'm Dying to Read in January 2019! And a Journal!

If you know me through GoodReads you may notice that there are ARCs which have been read and reviewed WAY before their release date! If you peek on my TBR Lists you'll see that I've created lists up to 2022!

And since summer is almost gone and before we realize it Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here, I decided to make a post with my most anticipated books which I really, REALLY want to read on January 2019!

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black: The ending of the first book left me in a cliffhanger and the best hate to 'possible' love relationship in YA! I adore the fanart, the quotes, the funny anecdotes I see around the blogsphere and Twitter and for those who have already the ARC? I hate you but with love!

King os Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo: I mean, OF COURSE, I wanted a book! Ever since the end of the end of the first trilogy of the Grishaverse, and with his cameo appearance in Crooked Kingdom I wanted Nikolai's story! He is sassy, funny and very scared. I' m also still trying to decode this majestic cover!

The Severed Moon: A Year-Long Journal of Magic by Leigh Bardugo: I was very surprised to see this! I am planning to pre-order and even begin writing in a journal again! I can't wait to see what beauties this tiny one will reveal!

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer: If you haven't read Brigid's contemporary books, then you live under a rock. This book has Beauty and the Beast elements but with a twist. Also, the main heroine has cerebral palsy, something you don't usually see in YA. I read anything that has Beauty and the Beast inside it and this cover with its darkness and shard thorns and edges adds to the aesthetic.

Stain by A.G. Howard: Kitten savior, an amazing author, and a gorgeous storyteller! I have devoured all her books both YA and NA and this dark retelling of "The Princess and the Pea" will be also one more favorite. All her covers have this similar aesthetic where you guess what will happen and I've seen pictures where this cover has also golden foil!

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi: I smell a heist here with the gorgeous background of the final years of the 19th century Paris where secrets will be revealed.

Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen: The first book of the series was one of the best upper YA I've ever read. Not only did it feature a spectacular worldbuilding but also touched subjects of relationship abuse and a cast of amazing characters. It deserves more attention. Plus, the main character can MAKE HER SHIP FLY!

Moonlight Scandals (The De Vincent #3) by J.L. Armentrout: If you lived under a rock and don't know this series, then I'm washing my hands off you. This is the third and final book in the series and it will feature the most secretive and cold character, Dev! Who also has to face the sassiest heroine I've seen in Jennifer's books!

Nightchaser (Endeavor #1) by Amanda Bouchet: I loved the debut series of Amanda's based on Greek mythology! And she jumped straight into sci-fi! I am very excited about this new series and the summary is quite promising!

Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry: Gorgeous cover, amazing summary and of course I am going to cry.

What are your most anticipated books of this month? Let me know in the comments so I can add more! ;)

Blog Tour+ Excerpt: "The Prince" (Wicked #3.5) by Jenniffer L. Armentrout

From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, comes THE PRINCE, a new novella in her Wicked Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!


From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new story in her Wicked series…

She’s everything he wants….

Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….

But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She’s everything he’d die for….

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I opened my eyes, but I didn’t see the sun. I saw a form… a shape of a man. The features blurred, but I knew the man. It was him.
The Prince….
But that also didn’t make sense. None of this made sense. Confusion crept into the fuzz crowding my thoughts. Something was off. I tried to lift my hand, but my arm felt like it was weighted down. Something was wrong, very badly wrong, and I needed to remember—
The desire to slip away hit me hard and fast, obliterating the confusion and consciousness, and I slept. I slept for what felt like years and then I heard a steady beeping. It intruded on wherever I was, becoming so loud, so obnoxious to me, that I had to pay attention to it. A part of my consciousness zeroed in on the sound, clung to it, and I followed it back, tethering myself to the rhythm. With each passing second, my surroundings became clearer. Footsteps. I heard footsteps. Whispers. There was the sound of hushed voices. I dragged in a deep breath, and a shock hit my system. The breath hurt. Like my chest and ribs were too tight and a simple deep breath was too much to take—
I saw her in my mind, as clear as day.
I saw her lying on her back in the darkness, her eyes wide and fixed on mine. There was nothing behind those eyes. No life. Nothing.
The beeping sound sped up.
The horrifying image of my mom faded like smoke, replaced by luminous skin and bloody smiles and taunts and…
Pools of blood. Actual pools of it. The ruby-red liquid spilled across stone, forming rivulets that ran between the spacing in the pavers. Why had there been so much blood? A vague feeling of wet warmth bubbling up my throat and choking me swept through me.
“Bri? Are you awake? Brighton?”



  About Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout 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, working out, 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. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Literary Dust – Review & Excerpt
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