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Making Faces: Review + Giveaway

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About the Book:

Title: Making Faces

Author: Amy Harmon

Release Date: February 21, 2017

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

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Synopsis: The Spencer Hill Press release will have Bonus Content never before available.

Ambrose Young was beautiful. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have . . . until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

My Review:

I really liked this book! The book starts around 2001 when 9/11 occurred. I already felt connected because that is exactly where I was when it happened. I was at school and the teacher turned on the TV, and that is when we saw the planes crashing into the twin towers.

Making Faces is a gripping and emotional ride that still has its cute and funny moments. First off I loved Bailey! I loved how he wasn’t depressed about his condition of being confined to a wheelchair and not being able to lift his arms all the way up. He was the heart of this story.

Fern and Ambrose were really cute. They both had their own inner battles that they had to get through when dealing with their outer shell.

This book will leave you with all kinds of different emotions, but the thing is it felt real. Especially all the things with the army situation and what happens there. I definitely recommend picking this one up to read.

 

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30027407-making-faces

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About the Author:

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Amy Harmon is a New York TimesWall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels. Her books are now being published in 13 languages around the globe.

She knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story.

Author Social Media Links:

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Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5829056.Amy_Harmon

 

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Review: Kingdom of Ashes

Title: Kingdom of Ashes

Author: Elena May

Date of Publication: October 30th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Myra never witnessed the Nightfall. She has only heard stories from the eldest among them; tales of the Old World and of the scientists who invented the WeatherWizard—a technological innovation that controls the weather. Unfortunately, the device also gave an ambitious vampire prince the means to cover the world in impenetrable clouds, allowing his armies to crawl out of their caves and conquer all.

Vampires rule over the New World, breeding humans for food. After fifty years of guerrilla warfare, the Resistance is fading, its supplies dwindling. They must rally and succeed—and soon—or all hope of restoring human civilization will be lost.

When Myra goes on a desperate mission to help the Resistance, she ends up a captive in the vampires’ palace. With time running out, she must find a way to stop Prince Vladimir, and every wrong step leads to the death of innocents. Her battle abilities prove useless, but Myra discovers she has another skill that can give her an edge over her captors. Now, Myra must defeat the vampire leader at a power game he has been playing for almost two millennia.

My Review:

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I don’t read a lot of vampire books unless they sound really good. This one was an interesting read because it was a dystopian set future with vampires. The beginning had my attention right away with this particular human group that does not go outside, with the exception of when a few go out to do a mission. The world is dying in most parts, and with the sun not out, vamps have control of it all.

The term WeatherWizard was odd, I felt it should have been called something different, but I can ignore the strange terminology. The lead character, Myra, I did like. There were times where she was kind of scatter brained. Like you have all this stuff going on in the world, but you are more concerned with writing while out on a mission???? Who would do that?

Once the vamps come into play, things get interesting. There were some slow parts and there was pretty much no romance, but I was intrigued where the story was headed when I was reading. The Prince is a character that I want to know more about! If you like dystopian or vampire books, you should check this one out.

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Review: Till Death

Title: Till Death

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Date of Publication: February 28th, 2017

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In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . .

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

My Review:

I tend to stay away from suspense novels because I am disappointed most of the time, but since it was Jennifer Armentrout, I knew I had to read it! I liked the whole idea of the Groom, and how he would creepily kidnap women and then leave their bodies behind in a wedding gown.

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As with any of Jen’s books, there is plenty of romance, and the romance is excellent. Cole is an awesome guy. Sometimes in the beginning Sasha did get on my nerves, but after all she had been through I can understand why she would be the way she is.

Loved the suspense, and there is plenty of creepiness with weird things getting left behind for Sasha. I did guessed a lot of the stuff right, but there were still a few parts that surprised me. Definitely a good read if you like serial killers with romance!

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Review: Unrest

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Today we have the blog tour stop for UNREST by Wendy Higgins! Check it out and grab your copy today!!

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Title: Unrest

Author: Wendy Higgins

Release Day: February 14th

About Unrest:

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

 

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities…lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can’t escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

 

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy’s identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

My Review:

This was an excellent follow up to the first book! There was no middle man lag here. It starts off pretty much where book one left off. More doors are opened up in Unrest as we learn more about the unknown enemy, and there are some interesting facts that we learn!

I really liked Amber in this book. I feel like she is a strong and centered character, except when it comes to her feelings for Rylen. I wanted to shake her and tell her to just let him know how you feel!!! It had me on the edge of my seat! Rylen is the perfect love interest, and I loved him! Swoon! When the romance came, I was literally pumping my fist double time.

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The Dystopian aspects in this book feel more real to me than any of the dystopian books I have read, and I am not sure if that is scary or awesome! I am going to go with awesome, but I hope it never happens!

The side characters I liked as well. It was hard and real seeing Tater go through his emotional state, and I hope in the next book things get sorted out for him.When the group gets to the bunker, I loved all those scenes! Overall this book was sooooo good! I need book three!

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About Wendy Higgins:

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Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.

 

Reach Wendy Online:

Email: wendyhigginswrites@gmail.com

Website: www.wendyhigginswrites.com

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Review: As Red As Blood

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Review: The Valiant

Title: The Valiant

Author: Lesley Livingston

Date of Publication: February 14th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The youngest daughter of a proud Celtic king, Fallon has always lived in the shadow of her older sister Sorcha’s legendary reputation as a warrior. But when Fallon was a young child, the armies of Julius Caesar invaded the island of Britain and her beloved older sister was killed in battle.

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her rightful place in her father’s royal war band. But she never gets the chance. Instead, Fallon is captured by a band of ruthless brigands who sell her to an exclusive training school for female gladiators—and its most influential patron is none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, Fallon’s worst enemy, the man who destroyed her family, might be her only hope of survival.

Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, chilling threats and the dangerous attention of Caesar himself to survive the deadly fights that take place both in and out of the arena—and claim her place in history among the Valiant.

My Review:

Have you ever seen the movie Gladiator, but were like man I wish there were some girls in the pit? Well, here you go! This book starts off action packed, and after Fallon becomes captured, there are a lot of interesting reveals.

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I liked Fallon most of the time. There were a few times when I was like, I get it, you are a warrior! The romance between Cai and Fallon felt forced and a little too sudden. I loved their chemistry, but the romance part moved too fast!

Overall this book was a pretty awesome read. I haven’t read anything on female gladiators, so this was a new ballgame for me, and there was excellent female friendship throughout the book! Plus, there are a few scenes with Cleopatra and Julius Caesar!

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Cashmere: Review + Giveaway

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About the Book:

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Title: CASHMERE

Author: Temple West

Release Date: February 14, 2017

Publisher: In Medias Res Publications

Pages: 460

Find it:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

Synopsis:

This high-stakes sequel to Velvet proves that when you’re the only human caught in a paranormal war, high school can get a little tricky. With Adrian’s brother trapped in hell, the Praetorian Guard has made Stony Creek their base-of-operations, but Caitlin has a bad feeling they’re more interested in her than in finding Lucian. Caught in a sea of conspiracies and lies, Caitlin and Adrian perform a risky magical procedure in an attempt to protect Caitlin from compulsion.

Relieved that her nightmares have ended, Caitlin is disturbed to find that something even stranger has taken their place.

Determined to get on with her life, even amid a crazy paranormal manhunt, she applies for a competitive summer fashion internship in New York. Searching desperately for answers about what Caitlin might be, how Adrian’s father is involved, and where Lucian has been kidnapped to, Caitlin and Adrian must rely on each other to survive. But when the truth finally comes to light, the consequences are unimaginable.

And the question still haunts them both: even if they survive, how will they deal with the fact that Adrian is immortal and Caitlin is not?

My Review:

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I have been waiting for almost two years for this book, and I was jumping for joy to read an ARC! Lucian is still missing! My little, cute, crazy vampire!

My favorite part in Cashmere is the bond between Caitlin and Adrian. There isn’t the bickering and arguing that can get out of control and annoying. These two cool cats are a team, and a nerdy awesome team at that! The romance was soooooo good!

The action and vampire stuff is in the background for a while, but Caitlin begins to have these strange episodes that happen at night when she is asleep. As time goes on, the dreams get stranger as she tries to figure out what is going on.

Just like in book one, Caitlin is still all about designing and there is a lot of that going on when she goes away for the summer. It gave me major Project Runway vibes!

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Things start to really pick up towards the end, and my head is still spinning from what the heck just happened? Seriously? Can book three just come out this year because I have to knowwwwwwwww what happens next!

Also, if you haven’t read the first book Velvet yet, then definitely check it out!

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About Temple West:

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Temple West, debut author of the YA paranormal romance Velvet, is as nerdy in real life as she is on the Twitter. Armed with a very shiny English degree, she spent four months in Oxford holed up at the Radcliffe Camera amongst the hush of ancient books and the rich musk of academia. Returning to Los Angeles, she acquired a concurrent degree in film, mostly as an excuse to write essays about The Princess Bride and Hook. She can sew (poorly), drive stick (please fasten your seatbelt), and mostly lift her feet off the ground while stuttering into first gear on a very small motorcycle. She currently lives in Seattle and is the proud mother to a one-year-old laptop and a vintage Remington typewriter.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will received signed copies of Velvet and Cashmere, International.  Temple is supplying the giveaway and her rules are here.  Giveaway ends 2/22/17.

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Tour Schedule:

February 7 — The Book Hookup — Character Interview

February 8 — Literary Dust — Review

February 9 — DanaSquare — Quirky Q&A

February 10 — BookCatPin — Book Excerpt / Quotes

February 11 —  The Book Academy — Video Interview

February 12 — And Then There Were Books — Review

February 13 — Zara’s Scribblings — Excerpt

February 14 — A Page With a View — Interview

February 15 — Crossroads Reviews — Review

February 16 —  Adventures of a  Book Junkie — Interview

February 17 — Bumblebee Books — Spotlight

February 18 — Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile — Book Excerpt / Quotes

February 19 — A Perfection Called Books — Quirky Q&A

February 20 — A Leisure Moment — Quirky Q&A

February 21 — Living Within Fiction — Interview

 

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