Archive | December 2018

New Adult Scavenger Hunt

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Welcome to New Adult Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was inspired as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 96 hours!

Go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt.

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page.

***THE SCAVENGER HUNT***
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my lucky book number. Collect the lucky book numbers of all the authors, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by December 31st, at noon Eastern Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

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Review: Ragnarok Unwound

Title: Ragnarok Unwound

Author: Kristin Jacques

Date of Publication: January 8th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Prophecies don’t untangle themselves.

Just ask Ikepela Ives, whose estranged mother left her with the power to unravel the binding threads of fate. Stuck with immortal power in a mortal body, Ives has turned her back on the duty she never wanted.

But it turns out she can’t run from her fate forever, not now that Ragnarok has been set in motion and the god at the center of that tangled mess has gone missing. With a ragtag group of companions—including a brownie, a Valkyrie, and the goddess of death herself—Ives embarks on her first official mission as Fate Cipher—to save the world from doomsday.

Nothing she can’t handle. Right?

My Review:

This is the second book I’ve read by Jacques, and her writing is so much fun! When I saw there would be a brownie, Valkyrie, and more, I was in!

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This book was very character driven, and I loved it! Ives was a smart and awesome character who felt like a real person, a person I’d want to be my friend! Where can I find some cool people like her at?

The descriptions were vivid, plenty of action, and so much quirk that this is another book that this is another one that I wish were a movie. Plus I think you’ll be familiar with a certain character in this book! Need another book in this world!

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What would you do if you had immortal power?

 

Review: The Beholder

Title: The Beholder

Author: Anna Bright

Date of Publication: June 4th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.

My Review:

Me: Never judge a book by its cover!

Me: I totally just did and want it now!

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Seriously when I saw this cover, I knew I had to have it! Then I read the blurb and was like, ohhhh I have to have it even more! I mean, The Odyssey meets Cinderella? Heck to the freaking yeah!

Enjoyed the story here! The writing sucked me right in and I couldn’t let go. Selah was a great character when it came to speaking up and being strong, doing what she believed in. Loved that! Now, when it came to boys she was a little weakling. Boys! Boys! Boys! There were THREE boys she was infatuated in this book. Count them! One! Two! Three! I can’t handle it! I will say it wasn’t all at one time, though. I will also say that I loved them all, but still wished the book had only had one! But Torden, you are mine!

There were some very nice twists in here. Two I did not see coming, so dear author, kudos to you! I really liked Selah’s crew on the ship and the side characters there were very well developed. Lang and crew were just so awesome! The world building with the pit stops they made on there journey gave me perfect visualization. But with the freaking ending, I can’t wait for book two! Need ittttttttttttttttt!

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Would you like to sail across the sea?

Review: Second to Surrender

Title: Second to Surrender

Author: Alexa Whitewolf

Date of Publication: December 21st, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Tristan

I swore I was done with love, after my last failed relationship. Being a soldier means making the tough decisions, all for the good of the pack. So when a little miss full of attitude waltzes in, dragging a shitload of trouble with her, I want nothing more than to make that tough decision and kick her the hell out. But then she turns those big, helpless eyes on me, and my wolf roars otherwise. Shit-of-fuck but now I’m screwed…. And her family seriously has a screw loose. To make it worse? We have history.

Daniela

You’d think running away from a psycho family would swear me off relationships for good. Guess what? So did I. In fact, I specifically searched Tristan out because he’s the type I’d never be with. Too much of everything, if you get my gist – attitude included. So why is it when he starts acting all protector, I can’t help but swoon? His dark secrets don’t scare me as much as this sudden tornado within me. This was not in the plans… And I might just have to make a run for it. But will he let me?

My Review:

I absolutely loved the first book, First to Fall, so I was super excited to get into Tristan’s head for this round! And I was not disappointed! My boy has a lot going on in that little brain of his!

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Let me say I absolutely fell in love with Dani! She was a great MC who stood her ground and plus, yeah, she has a wolf, too! The chemistry between Tristan and Dani was so good! On fire!

But don’t worry, you get action, other cool fantasy characters, and loads of fun, too. I just love the world that Whitewolf has created here. I’m seriously intrigued to see the next wolf’s book!!

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What’s your favorite werewolf book or movie?

Review: The Madman’s Daughter

Title: The Madman’s Daughter

Author: Megan Shepherd

Date of Publication: January 29th, 2013

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Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

My Review:

I’ve never read the book the Island of Dr. Moreau, but I freaking loved the movie! Yet in this Island of Dr. Moreau inspired book, the atmosphere was so awesome, the creatures fantastical, and the writing lovely.

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But Dear Juliet, what a fickle creature you are! Enter Montgomery, which any name that has more than three letters needs to be scrapped or given a nickname in a book. So we’ll just call him Monty! Monty was cute and sweet and perfect and had interesting secrets. Then shut the front door, because here comes Edward… Edward Cullen? No… Edward Prince who needs to go away! The love declarations he made were too quick and ridiculous. Then Juliet was like, “Monty, I want Monty, but wait, because some of me wants Edward!” I HATE funky love triangles and fickle pickles!

Push that garbage aside and the book was great and fun with a crazy creep of a father. Some of us in life may have daddy issues, but Juliet really has some with an insane father who does some wild things on this island. This island is definitely no Blue Lagoon! And oh how I’m super interested to see what book 2 will bring!

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Have you read or seen The Island of Dr. Moreau?

Favorite Books of 2018

Ten of my favorite YA books! 

Favorite Horror (Since horror is awesome, it gets its own category)

Favorite NA/Adult

 

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What’s your favorite book of the year?

Review: Hunter’s Truce

Title: Hunter’s Truce

Author: Elle Beaumont

Date of Publication: December 18th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

The Big Bad Wolf never killed for fun—he was on a mission.

Little pig, little pig, let me come in. I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in. We’re tired of death, of prejudice and more, if you don’t make some changes I’ll kick down your door.

When Niklaus von Brandt’s mother is murdered by a poacher it moves him to make a change in the kingdom of Abendrot. Once a kingdom founded by werewolves, it is now ruled by humans who have one goal: eradicate the werewolves. In order to protect what is left of his family, he must make an important decision, one that leads him to become an assassin, and the shadow the kingdom murmurs about.

Too bad the royal family has a secret—a secret that Niklaus plans on using to his advantage, and in the meantime he has given King Ansgar three chances before he comes huffing and puffing.

My Review:

I’ve been really liking novellas and short stories lately! I can read through them quickly and feel satisfied! Also, a Three Little Pigs retelling? Heck yeah!

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This is the second story I’ve read by Elle Beaumont and both have been equally amazing! Even though this is a novella, it was just as developed as a full length book! The writing and world building were on complete point!

Now, I love pretty much anything werewolf, and Niklaus, oh Niklaus, I did thoroughly enjoy being inside your head! There was some action, some romance, some struggles, and a whole lot of fun!

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Do you like the story of the Three Little Pigs?

Review: Moonlight Scandals

Title: Moonlight Scandals

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Date of Publication: January 29th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Even a ghost hunter like Rosie Herpin couldn’t have foreseen the fateful meeting between two mourners that has brought her so intimately close to the notorious and seductive Devlin de Vincent. Everyone in New Orleans knows he’s heir to a dark family curse that both frightens and enthralls. To the locals, Devlin is the devil. To Rosie, he’s a man who’s stoking her wildest fantasies. When a brutal attack on her friend is linked to the de Vincents, he becomes a mystery she may be risking her life to solve.

Devlin knows what he wants from this sexy and adventurous woman. But what does Rosie want from him? It’s a question that becomes more pressing—and more dangerous—when he suspects her of prying into the shadows of his past.

Now, the legends surrounding the de Vincents may not be myths at all. But if she’s to discover the truth, she must follow them straight into the arms of the man she can’t resist—the handsome devil himself.

My Review:

This series has been so much fun, and these men are just crazy and awesome! Oh, and my favorite part to this one was that Rosie likes to do paranormal ghost hunting stuff. I would be all over a chance to do that.

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I’ve been waiting since book one—literally—to get inside Devlin’s head. And good ol’ Dev’s head did not disappoint! He’s very dimensional and has a whole lot of baggage that we uncover as the book progresses, like anxiously waiting to unwrap a Christmas present! Rosie was a great character, too! We learn about her backstory and it’s a very sad one but she doesn’t let it destroy her.

There are some twist and turns that I didn’t guess, and there was one where I was like how is that possible? And may have been a tad over the top, but that’s okay. I also feel like I still need answers!! I’ll say it again, I hate ab covers, but that didn’t keep me away from this fun and addicting story! Seriously, I’ll read anything Armentrout writes!

 

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Do you believe in ghosts?

Fantasy & Fairy Tale Book Fair + $100 Giveaway!

Add Clouded by Envy to Goodreads

Clouded by Envy, as well as many awesome others, is part of the Fantasy & Fairy Tale Book Fair! Take a look at all the pretty covers here!

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Which cover was your favorite from the book fair?

Review: The Replacement

Title: The Replacement

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Date of Publication: September 21st, 2010

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Goodreads Summary:

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

My Review:

I love weird, and I love horror vibes with romance thrown in! So this was all of my cups of tea! Peppermint included! The whole idea of a weirdly, sick, creature baby getting switched with a human one was pretty freaking awesome!

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Mackie may just be one of my favorite MCs ever! He was sweet and relatable. At first he didn’t want to get involved with things. And to be truthful, I wouldn’t either! Especially when there is all kinds of craziness going on below ground! Seriously loved all the side characters, especially Roswell! And I can’t forget about Emma, Tate, or the twins!

Yovanoff has wonderful descriptions that aren’t bordering anywhere near tiring. I could feel and see everything she described. Seriously loved this story! And I just threw my money out the window to order the rest of her books!

 

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