Review: Dare

Title: Dare

Author: Natalia Jaster

Date of Publication: July 25th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A Hotheaded Prisoner

They say she’s mad—made of madness, made of fire. In a cage by the sea, Flare dreams of escape. She yearns for the day when she’ll flee to a place only she knows, a hidden world of mystical waters and gilded sands.

The island is calling to her. And she she won’t let anyone keep her from it.

Especially not him.

A Coldhearted Prince

They say he’s cruel—crowned of cruelty, as cold as ice. A prince whose gaze cuts like the incisions he administers within his lab. Jeryn has sailed beyond his kingdom for the Trade, to bargain for those wild, imprisoned fools that make his skin crawl.

By law, they’re subjects meant for experimentation. And easy to despise.

One in particular. A girl seething at him from behind bars, with burning eyes and ready fists.

A Mythical Shipwreck

But on the cusp of transport, the tide rages. That uncharted island awaits, a dark tangle of foliage where creatures slither in the mist and poisons lurk in the flora.

Stranded, the prince and prisoner must fight to survive. In this mysterious rainforest, they must band together . . . if they don’t slay one another first. Or become something more to each other.

Something just as dangerous.

My Review:

So, Trick is one of my favorite books ever and I was so pumped when I saw there was this book new book titled, Dare, in the same realm!

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Dare is told in dual point of views between Flare and Jeryn. Jeryn starts out as a pretty intense character, but I never found myself disliking him, and I was rooting for him every step of the way. Jeryn and Flare get shipwrecked on an island, and it started giving me all types of Blue Lagoon vibes. Might I add I hate that movie! Buttttt this is what the movie should have been! The chemistry between the characters was on point!

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There was a whole lot of being inside of their heads, and I could really feel what they were feeling. It was pretty emotional at time, and I feel like this is Natalia’s deepest book she has written. The one thing I wanted more of was dialogue. I know… I know… Flare is mute, but they can still converse because Jeryn can read her lips. When there was conversation, it was perfect! And the romance, ahhhhh it was so swoony!

As for other characters, Little Knight almost stole the show for me!! Loved that little guy. Then we get to the big cameo, and I literally screamed! My boy Poet, Briar, and Nicu! Poet from Trick has to be one of the greatest characters written! The ending was perfect, and I can’t wait to see what Jaster has up her sleeve next!

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Review: Furever Home Friends

Title: Princess Allee & Smile, Chewie

Author: Savy Leiser

Date of Publication: August 11th, 2017

 

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Goodreads Summary for Princess Allee:

While living at the shelter, Allee, a black lab puppy, dreams of being a princess. When a stylish young woman comes to adopt her, Allee thinks her dream is about to come true! But Allee soon learns that her new suburban life doesn’t include castles or crowns. It includes two dog brothers that she has to learn to get along with! Can Allee learn to feel like royalty even when living the average life?

My Review:

I loved loved the artwork in this book! If you have kids or love reading picture books, then check this one out! This book is a great learning tool for kids or adults that want a pet. Maybe you should think about getting one from a shelter because there are so many pets there that deserve to be in a home rather than a cage.

This book isn’t just seriousness though, it’s cute and has playful scenes and can help kids to think about things. It also shows that when you adopt a dog, it takes them a little bit to get used to their new home. Definitely a win for a picture book!

 

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Goodreads Summary for Smile, Chewie:

Despite Chewie’s friendly personality, he’s too shy to let the shelter volunteers take his picture! See, Chewie is stuck with scars on his face after the abuse he suffered as a puppy, from a man who was prejudiced against pit bulls. Can Chewie find the confidence to stand up to these awful pit bull stereotypes, and smile for the camera?

My Review:

Smile, Chewie I feel like is an excellent book for kids because it shows real life aspects done in a way that they can understand. When you adopt an animal from a shelter, they need to realize not all the animals come from the best of places. This does not mean that they are a bad animal, it means that this is a second chance for them to get a good home.

There are some sad parts, but there are some happy parts, too. This is a book about second chances, and the pictures inside are amazing and match perfectly with the sentences. A perfect read for kids that love dogs!

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Review: Stealing Snow

Title: Stealing Snow

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: September 20th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

Review:

So, for some reason this book has a ton of low ratings. I know a lot of people have complained about the Love Square, but even Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow & Bone series has a weird love square, but 5’s get thrown at that left and right (I do really like that series as well, though). Anyway, I felt this book had a ton of awesomeness! First, snow power!!!!!

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I did feel like the best parts of this book was the first 50% and the last 5%. Our character, Snow, begins in a mental institute where she was placed by her mother. I absolutely loved all the scenes there, and her first kiss with Bale (Romancer #1), Wow, catastrophe occurred!

A mysterious boy shows up (Enter Romancer #2), and Snow finds herself in a new world searching for her beloved Bale. Romancer #2 AKA Jagger gets separated from her, and enter Romancer #3 AKA Kai. These were my favorite parts of the story because the training was all kinds of awesome! And I loved the character Gerde!!!!!

Then somehow we meet back up with Romancer #2, and this is where heist/robbery comes into play. These parts were just okay for me, and I really missed the other characters even though Jagger is all kinds of fun. But the crap hits the fan toward the end of the book, and this is where I need book 2 in my life! If you shut out all the boydom, this story is amazing, but you have to also remember Snow is a teen and she has been locked away in a mental institution for a while, maybe she can’t get her mind straight! Excellent writing, and spot on descriptions and world building!

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Review: The Hummingbird Heart

Title: The Hummingbird Heart

Author: A.G. Howard

Date of Publication: August 15th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Set 19 years after The Architect of Song.

Shortly after escaping a circus tragedy, young Italian orphan, Willow Antoniette, seeks refuge at The Manor of Diversions—a holiday resort in England born of a ghost story. For eleven years, she’s raised alongside the children of the resort’s owners: Julian, his twin brother, Nick, and their younger sister Emilia. Now that Willow is of marriable age, she’s determined to escape finishing school along with everyone’s efforts to make her a proper lady. The only man she wants to spend her life with is Julian, after all. Yet how can she tell him, when he thinks of her as nothing but a friend?

As a machinist and engineer, Julian Thornton prefers a governable life. He can’t allow his ever-deepening attraction for Willow to distract from his amusement park plans to lure a younger, wealthier clientele to their family’s resort. In hopes to escape Willow and find investors, Julian sets off on a transatlantic ocean liner headed for the St. Louis World’s Fair, unaware Willow has secretly stowed away on the same ship.

A tiny, mute orphan named Newton and a pair of haunted Italian shoes bring Willow and Julian face to face on deck. Forced to work together to solve the mystery of Newton and his vindictive, ghostly companion, Julian and Willow can no longer fight their untapped passions. However, time to admit their true feelings is running out, for the ghost and her murderer have enlisted them as unsuspecting pawns in a karmic game of cat-and-mouse that could cost all of them their lives.

My Review:

I have really liked all of A.G. Howard’s books. Morpheus is one of my all time favorite characters from her Splintered series. I also really loved The Architect of Song which was the first book in this series.

I love that each book can be read as a stand alone, but I think you should read each one because the first book connects to the second book, and it’s quite nice seeing characters from The Architect of Song. One of my favorite aspects about this book was the setting. I love the whole gothic atmosphere type vibe, and then the stuff about aerialists/acrobats had me entranced.

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The Hummingbird Heart has the perfect amount of swoon and sensual scenes where it isn’t over the top and mixes perfectly with the well thought out story. Julian and Willow were awesome characters, and I felt like they complimented each other and helped make each other better. There were some scenes that had me smiling and giggling. Anddddd I normally do not giggle!

This book was loaded with mystery, action, romance and addiction. I couldn’t put it down and kept wanting to know what was going to happen in different areas, with the romance, the mystery, all of it! I need to know what is going to happen in the next character’s book as well! I highly recommend this gorgeously written series!

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Writer Interview & Review

I normally do not read non-fiction stuff at all, but I was very interested in reading a few sample chapters from Sarah Mueller, who is a blogger I have followed for a while! She is one to look out for with the book she is working on!

Honestly, I don’t know much about Eleanor of Aquitaine, but what I read was incredibly interesting! I just can’t get past girls getting married back then at ages 12 and 13… I just think about how immature kids that age are today, but it must have been much different back then.

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I have always wanted to live way back in the day, but maybe not that far back after hearing about all the history, but Eleanor was an amazing woman!! Also, she had eight kids with Henry ii!!!!! That’s a lot of kids! I love that she was an intelligent woman that women today should look up to instead of celebrities that really don’t do anything!!

What I liked best about Sarah’s writing was the flow. It was history, but it still felt like I was reading a story along with facts!

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The Last Dragon Rider: Excerpt + Giveaway

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Genre: Fantasy/ Adventure/ Romance

Novella Release Date: August 9, 2017

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Blurb

Trained as an elite warrior from childhood, the elven crown prince Flintathriël fights to bring a stop to a war that began before he was born. With the aid of his betrothed Sairalindë, a skilled mage and dragon rider in her own right, they must find the Book of Souls – an ancient and mysterious tome rumored to have belonged to the god Hath’Raal.

When the missing book turns up in the hands of Mnuvae, the bastard child of the dead king, Flintathriël finds himself fighting to not only save his people from this new threat but also trying to keep Sairalindë safe when Mnuvae takes over the dragons in her attempt to win back the kingdom she believes is rightfully hers.

The love Flintathriël and Sairalindë share shines pure and true, but when the smoke of the battle clears, will their hearts survive the aftermath of war or will their love become a casualty that cannot be revived?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35090656-the-last-dragon-rider?ac=1&from_search=true

 

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Author Bio

Errin Krystal is a fantasy romance writer who has been writing since she was a small child. Her head has always been full of stories. She began work on her first novel when she was sixteen.

She lives with her family in regional Victoria, Australia, and works as a chef. In her quieter moments, she loves to indulge her passion for storytelling, basking in the joy that comes from creating vibrant characters, fantastical worlds and all manner of magical creatures. Dragons and elves, mages and warriors, troubled princes and beautiful princesses, romance, magic, and adventure can all be found in her writing.

Excerpt

She began wrapping the cloth tightly about her, binding her breasts firmly, criss-crossing the gauzy fabric around her torso and across her stomach, tying it off at her hip. She shimmied into a pair of leather leggings and reached for her foot wraps. To other races—like the dwarves and humans—the elves lack of footwear was strange. The elven people had strong ties to the lands, their magic and mystique were inexplicably linked. Even those who did not practice magic felt the connection to nature, and the elven people had maintained the practice throughout their long history.

After binding her feet and leaving only her toes exposed, she tossed an olive green tunic over her head before quickly weaving her tresses into a thick braid.

Sivath was waiting, and Flintathriël was late. Again.

She was reaching for her leather jerkin when he finally appeared in her doorway.

Arms akimbo, he slouched against the frame, all lean muscle and sharp angles beneath his leathers. Silver-white hair fell across his forehead, hiding the dark arches of his brows as he gazed at her with silvery blue eyes. The mop of hair barely touching his shoulders. His coloring typical of the royal family.

Her gaze traced his tattoos. Sweeping vines encompassed runic symbols, curling downward from his bottom lip, winding and weaving their way down his chin and neck. She knew every line that twisted and spread across his shoulders, and across his back. Etchings that disappeared beneath his tunic and reappeared along his arms. She still remembered the day he received the markings, branding him Nuvian. The day she first gave herself to him, the day she truly became his.

Links

Website: http://errinkrystal.weebly.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErrinKrystal/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErrinKrystal

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/errin.krystal.bookishwriter/?hl=en

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16828644.Errin_Krystal

Blog: https://errinkrystal.wordpress.com/

Facebook Launch Party: https://www.facebook.com/events/1208794462583723/

Amazon pre-order link:

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1?ie=UTF8&text=Errin+Krystal&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=Errin+Krystal&sort=relevancerank

 

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Characters gone wild: How the comic relief became the hero

It’s funny how wildly out of control things can get. I mean, you start out with the intention of simply writing a short 2,000 word character study to help push through the writer’s block you have been struggling with. Short, concise, maybe spend a day or so on it. Just something fresh and new to get the creativity flowing again you know?

That’s not what happened.

What happened was I set aside my novel and spent six months on writing a 30,000 word novella featuring a character who originally only had a small bit part… until I fell in love with him and created a more in depth history.

In his simplest incarnation, Flintathriël, (now the full-fledged hero of The Last Dragon Rider), was basically created to offer snarky and sarcastic comments to the hero and flirt with his love interest. That was pretty much his entire purpose in the beginning. Someone light and fun, someone to stir the proverbial pot.

Until one day his entire past just came crashing through, demanding to be written. So I started jotting down some notes for a short story… It was never meant to be anything serious…

I had this amazing idea, set against the backdrop of an ancient war with love, betrayal, dragons and elves and all those good things. But I only wanted it to be short.

I was determined to finish my other novel in 2015…

I wrote a novella instead…

But Flintathriël was destined to be more than a flat caricature and all too soon he had taken over telling his own story. He wanted more from life so I obliged, turning him into a fully fleshed out character as he demanded, creating something magical in the process.

In getting distracted with my novella, it has enabled me to fill in a few gaps in my novel (which is now book 2). Several characters appear in both stories and writing this novella has allowed me to flesh out those characters and add more depth to a specific story arc.

So while he still maintains that cocky arrogance I originally intended, Flintathriël is now burdened with a few more obstacles and responsibilities (as well as a kick ass love interest), making the transition from comic relief to tortured hero.

 

Giveaway Details:

5 digital copies of the book (Giveaway runs from July 31st to Aug. 9th)

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The Last Dragon Rider Blog Tour Schedule

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Help Me With My Thunderclap Campaign!

So, I’m doing a Thunderclap campaign for my next book The Bride of Glass which is the sequel/final book to Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault. Apparently, I need a 100 supporters for this message to go out. Right now, I need 32 more, so if you could please sign up with your Twitter, Facebook or both, I’ll owe you one!

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/60247-the-bride-of-glass-release-day

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