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Stolas by Randi Cooley Wilson Cover Reveal

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Stolas by Randi Cooley Wilson
(Dark Soul Series, #1)
Publication date: Fall 2016
Genres: 18+ New Adult, Paranormal
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Synopsis:

An ancient legend draws them together. His dark soul will tear them apart.

Sometimes, the only fairy tales that exist…are the dark ones.

For the past two years, Hope Annandale has fought to hold onto her sanity. Plagued by voices and visions, she struggles to understand what’s real, and what’s an illusion. As the lines between reality and hallucination blur, Hope discovers things that shouldn’t be real, exist.

When Hope’s world falls apart, figuring out the secrets of her past becomes a matter of life and death. And the only one who can save her is the dangerously attractive demon prince, who is bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

The fate Stone has fought to escape is here. With destiny on one side, and desire on the other, Stone must protect Hope from the one thing he can’t hide from…his birthright.

What if the one person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

AUTHOR BIO:
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Randi Cooley Wilson is an author of paranormal, urban fantasy and contemporary romance books. Randi makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of coffee, prefers champagne, and has a slight addiction to bracelets. She currently resides in Massachusetts with her daughter and husband. For more information visit: http://randicooleywilson.com

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Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads

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The Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.
This week is Top Ten Beach Reads:  Here are mine

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Give me a chair, some sand, the sound of the ocean, and these amazing words from these books, and I will be good.

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What is your ultimate beach read?

Under A Million Stars by Rita Branches Cover Reveal and GIVEAWAY

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Under A Million Stars by Rita Branches
Publication date: August 8th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Can a beating heart bleed from the shattered pieces?

Her heart cracked when her best friend walked away; it completely shattered when she lost her family in a tragic accident.

Now orphaned at seventeen, Charlotte Peterson is forced to live with her former best friend, Jacob Parker. Charlie, a talented pianist, desperately wants their loving friendship back, but something is holding Jake back. The more she spirals into the darkness of depression, the more she needs him.

Jacob vowed to stay away from her—no matter how much he still loved her. Armed with secrets that would have destroyed both of their families, he chose to end their friendship and walk away, which nearly killed him. As he watches the girl he once knew begin to fade away, however, he realizes that their relationship is more important than the truth he’s hiding.

Now it’s up to Jacob to put the pieces of Charlie’s broken heart back together—even if it means revealing the secrets he so desperately wants to protect her from.

Will Jacob find a way to bring back the carefree, talented girl he once knew, or is it too late for both of them?

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AUTHOR BIO:

Rita Branches is an independent YA (young adult) author who enjoys spending every free moment (when she´s not reading) writing emotional stories. Visit: http://ritabranches.wordpress.com/

Author links:
http://www.ritabranches.com/

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Review: The Crown’s Game

Title: The Crown’s Game

Author: Evelyn Skye

Date of Publication: May 17, 2016

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Goodread’s Summary:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

My Review:

So first off I was pretty excited about this book.  I think I got a little too excited because although it was okay it wasn’t the great masterpiece I was expecting it to be.  There were aspects of The Night Circus which I preferred over The Crown’s Game. The Crown’s Game was also told in multiple point of views and at times I felt like most were pointless. The only character I really liked was a side character named Aizhana, and she was likeable to me even though I don’t know if she was meant to be?

Basically the book begins with one of the main characters Vika training and practicing her magic with her father Sergei. They didn’t know that another enchanter Nikolai existed, so when the King needs an Imperial Enchanter Nikolai and Vika discover each other. There can only be one, so they must duel it out to the death.

Now my issue was I was expecting something dark maybe Hunger Games like, but I didn’t receive that.  Instead I got some fluffy magic and an odd sort of love triangle which both of these guys Nikolai and the emperor’s son Pasha fall in love with Vika with pretty much no real conversations with the character throughout the book.  I found myself feeling like I had ADD even though I don’t have it, so I would constantly go and do laundry, come back to the book, go vacuum, come back to the book… etc… etc…

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I felt like nothing was really explained.  The “romance” between Nikolai and Vika not only being underdeveloped, but it seemed like Nikolai should have been romantically linked to his friend Renata because I felt more of a connection between them than what the author wants you to feel between him and Vika.

There were a lot of things that happened in this books and deaths that I didn’t know if I was supposed to feel emotional about it, but I didn’t really feel anything.

There was a lot of magic in the book which I did enjoy, but again I was looking for that “WOW” factor.  Evelyn Skye had great world building, and I am no Russian expert, but I felt like she knew her Russian stuff really well.  It kind of makes me want to go visit Russia tomorrow.  And the food… Oh my goodness the food there was so much talk about food!  Maybe it is because I love food, but I really liked it.

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In the end it did actually get pretty good with the final duel, and although there is a cliffhanger I didn’t think it was a terrible one, and instead it seemed hopeful to me.

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Have you read this book yet or not?  Do you know of any other Russian inspired books?

BEDMATES by Nichole Chase Cover Reveal

 

About BEDMATES
Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.
Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.
When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.

 

About Nichole Chase

Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal and Recklessly Royal. She lives in Georgia with her husband, toddler, superhero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you can find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

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“Waiting on” Wednesday: The Vanishing Throne

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine, that discusses upcoming releases that we are super excited about!

 

The Vanishing Throne

By: Elizabeth May

Publication date: June 7, 2016

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Summary from Goodreads:

My name is Lady Aileana Kameron.

First the fae murdered my mother. Then they destroyed my world.

Now I’m fighting for more than revenge.

Aileana took a stand against the Wild Hunt, and she lost everything: her home, her family and her friends. Held captive by her enemy, and tormenting herself over her failure, escape seems like only the faintest possibility. But when she gets her chance, she seizes it . . . to rejoin a world devastated by war.

The future is bleak. Hunted by the fae, running for her life, Aileana has only a few options left. Trying to become part of a society scarred by – and hiding from – the Wild Hunt; trusting that a fragile alliance with the fae will save her; or walking the most dangerous path at all: coming in to her own powers as the last of the Falconers . .

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I have been waiting so long for this book to come out I literally am bouncing around waiting for it.  Aileana is such an amazing and awesome mc.  If you haven’t started book 1 then start now!
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What about you guys?  What book are you waiting on?

Top Ten Books We Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

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The lovely ladies from Broke and the Bookish do a weekly meme called Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s prompt is:  Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed (less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference, thought it was great in a genre until you became more well read in that genre etc.)

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The SEAL Next Door by Makenna Jameison + GIVEAWAY!

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Title: The SEAL Next Door

Series: Alpha SEALS #5 (Standalone)

Author: Makenna Jameison

Published: March 29th, 2016

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Content Warning: Sexual Content

Recommended Age: 18+

Synopsis: The girl next door is all grown up, and she’s ready to play…. Brianna Miller’s life isn’t going as planned. She’s moonlighting as a cocktail waitress after getting laid off  from her marketing job, her older brother was injured in Afghanistan, and the man she’s pined for since she was a teenager is back in her life, hotter than hell and more Navy SEAL Matthew “Gator” Murphy has only one goal when he returns to Pensacola, Florida
for a long weekend—to welcome his best friend home and then get the hell out of there. There’s no way he can face life with his buddy in a wheelchair, not when he was the one who convinced him to enlist in the first place.
When a gorgeous blonde waitress catches his eye, the last woman he expects to see is Brianna, his best friend’s younger sister. The chemistry between them sizzles as Matthew tries to stay away from temptation, but sometimes a raging inferno begins with only a spark.

The SEAL Next Door, a stand-alone novel, is book five in the new Alpha SEALs series.

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Bestselling Author Makenna Jameison writes stories with hot alpha males, steamy romance, and happily-ever- afters. She loves reading, writing, coffee, the beach, and traveling to new places. Makenna lives in Washington DC with her husband and daughter. Makenna loves to hear from her fans! Contact her or join her mailing list by sending an email to info@makennajameison.com.

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There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

 $10 Amazon Gift Card.

Giveaway is International. Ends May 29th at 11:59 PM EDT

 

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Motion Picture Monday: Top 5 Foreign Films

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What are your top 5 foreign films?

1. Amelie (2001)

This is one of those movies that I can watch a million times and never get bored of it.  It is fun, quirky, romantic, awkward in a good way, and funny!

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2. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

By looking at the cover of this one you may think that it is a friendly family film, but it isn’t at all.  It is dark yet hauntingly beautiful with creatures that are so magnificent and scary that they will stay with you for a lifetime.

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3. Let the Right One In (2008)

Yes there is a U.S. version, but the foreign one is way better even though the U.S. one is good too.  The relationship between the boy and the “girl” is very interesting, and it is one of the better vampire movies. (This one also has a book)

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4. The Orphanage  (2007)

This film I thought was just going to be the same old ghost story type of movie, but it is not.  It gave me emotions and made my chest pound with grief.

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5. Priceless (2006)

I am one that doesn’t like most comedies because for one most of them seem to try too hard, but I found this one to be really funny and the odd circumstances that the leads find each other in are hilarious.

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What is your favorite foreign film?  If you don’t have one what is one that you would like to see?

Review: The Problem With Forever

Title: The Problem With Forever

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Date of Publication: May 17, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

My Review: 

So I love love loveeeeeeeeeeee Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books.  I have been mainly a fan of her YA paranormal books, but I do really like the new adult contemporary books as well, so when I saw that there was going to be a YA contemporary book I just knew I had to get it.

First and foremost I don’t know what it is like to grow up in the system, but I sure can sympathize with them.  Mallory (Mouse) and Rider are the main characters, and it is told in first point of view through Mallory.  Mallory was a very likable character even though sometimes I just wanted to scream at her that she could do it!  She had a hard time speaking to people based on how she grew up.  Now Rider is the one that gave me the most feels, and I just wanted to jump through the book and give him a hug.

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So Mallory is out of the system with a loving family who has raised her for the past four years, and it has been four years since she has seen Rider who she grew up with in the system and was always there as her protector.  She is starting public school for the first time where she again runs into Rider who also has a girlfriend. He is awe struck to see Mallory again because he thought he would never see her again after she was taken away and they were separated.

The journey that they go through together in this book is both emotional and so beautiful. There are struggles, friendships, devastation, and happiness.  This is my absolute favorite Jennifer book to date.  After reading it I had no clue what to do with myself!

Mouse and Rider were both very realistic characters, and I continued to root for them the entire time.

There are great side characters in this book that I felt just as strong emotional attachments to as I did with Mallory and Rider.  Whether it was Mallory’s best friend Ainsley who was so funny, Hector and Jayden who were part of the family that Rider lived with, and Carl and Rosa who I did want to strangle at times, but I understand why they would be so protective of Mallory after what she has gone through.

I could read this book over and over again which is very rare for me.

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Do you know anyone personally that has grown up in the system or if not what would you do to help them?