Friday, November 16, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Book Written During the 2000's

50/50 Friday is hosted here on this blog and over at Blue Eye Books.


What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Book Written During the 2000's

Least Favorite 
DANICA SHARDAE IS an avian shapeshifter, and the golden hawk’s form in which she takes to the sky is as natural to her as the human one that graces her on land. The only thing more familiar to her is war: It has raged between her people and the serpiente for so long, no one can remember how the fighting began. As heir to the avian throne, she’ll do anything in her power to stop this war—even accept Zane Cobriana, the terrifying leader of her kind’s greatest enemy, as her pair bond and make the two royal families one.

Trust. It is all Zane asks of Danica—and all they ask of their people—but it may be more than she can give.
I read this years ago and something about just wasn't for me. There's nothing wrong with it, just not my cup of tea. 

Favorite 
About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn't know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.
I've gone back and forth so much with this book, when my friend first told me about them, I hated the idea, vampires that sparkled and had no fangs?! No thanks! But I ran out of things to read and they were on sale at Wal-Mart, I got my parents to buy them for me and read them all within three days. I was hooked, I even cried when the story was over because they were nothing else left to read. It was heartbreaking. 

But I've gone through times where I kind of don't like this series as much and then I love it again. Right now, I'm loving this series, the movies are helping me through NaNoWriMo this month. 


Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Book with Food on the Cover






Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Never Touched Blitz + Giveaway!



Never Touched
Laney Wylde
Published by: Crimson Tree Publishing
Publication date: November 12th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
What if you woke up from your worst nightmare, only to find the world watching it? On repeat. With relish.


What if those viewers found you? Cornered you until you performed the nightmare live?


Would you run? Fight?


Or charge admittance?

This is Sawyer’s reality. She’s a survivor—gritty and determined—but the struggle to put it all behind her is something that’s with her every second of every day. Her abuser is in jail now, but he’ll never truly let her go. When she tries to shelter in something good, the darkness inevitably follows. The effects of the abuse flow through her life like ripples of pain in this raw, at times darkly comedic, coming-of-age saga that explores what it means to survive the unthinkable—and find the courage to rise up and keep fighting.

Sure to satisfy fans of SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK and 13 REASONS WHY, Never Touched is a New Adult contemporary drama by breakout author Laney Wylde. Richly written with complex characters and a compelling storyline, it’s perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover’s HOPELESS, Rebecca Donovan’s REASON TO BREATHE, and Jessica Sorensen’s THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE & KAYDEN.

Please Note: Story contains graphic sexual content, including mentions of abuse. Strong language throughout.





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EXCERPT:

He shook his head. “You’re an idiot.”

I pushed his arm off my thighs. “You’re an ass.”

“Yep,” he said with a nod. I pressed my lips together to keep from smiling at the pride he found in his flawed personality. Wrapping his arms around his bent knees, he stared at me, like he was gathering information for his next move. I held my ground—no smiling—though barely. After a long minute, he finally said, “You’re cold.”

I glanced down at my hands, which were a pale shade of violet and reflexively quivering against each other to get warm. My body flinched when Jake took them between his, pressing them together and then making a hollow between his palms. He brought our hands to his lips and exhaled softly into the space between his thumbs, creating a small cave of warmth for my fingers. I swallowed past my suddenly dry throat at the cozy shivers racing up my arms.

Jake’s dark eyes raised to mine, making me suddenly aware of the terror that was probably plain on my face. Parted lips, wide eyes, and my breath that had halted some time ago. Why was he touching me? What did he want from me?

Why did I feel good when he touched me?

It wasn’t supposed to feel good, right? I shouldn’t like the feel of his skin on mine. Men only touched to hurt. I shouldn’t want that.

But when he said, “You might be warmer if we sat together,” I nodded and stood, moving so he could take my chair, so I could curl up in his lap.

Huddling my arms against my chest, I rested my head on his shoulder. My eyes shut cautiously so I could take in the scent of his skin. He wrapped his coat over my back before relaxing his cheek into my hair. I kept my eyes closed, half from fear, half from the desperate need to feel what it was like to just be held.

I had felt nothing like it before.






Author Bio:

Laney Wylde is enamored with all things southern California--the traffic, smog, surprise earthquakes, and nonindigenous palm trees. Consequently, it's the landscape her strong and sometimes lovable female leads paint their stories on. Her New Adult novels Never Touched and the After Twelve series are bright with provocative themes, steamy romance, and inappropriately timed humor.


When Laney isn't writing, she's singing Taylor Swift with her little boy or asking her husband not to tell her about his work as a surgical resident while she's eating. She daydreams about using her math degree to get into law school, then realizes that would be too much work and that she should just play pretend court on paper instead. While she loves a good book, nothing beats 30 Rock with a bag of popcorn and M&Ms.





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Monday, November 12, 2018

Celestia 4 Blitz + Giveaway



Celestia
Yumoyori Wilson
(Unicorn Blessed Chronicles #4)
Publication date: November 11th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
The Darkness is always portrayed as evil, but what if the Darkness simply wants to be accepted like any other element? To be…good and save humans and shifters alike?

Celestia Rainbow goes from the lands of the living to another realm far darker and more depressing than she’d ever imagined. Not only does she have to accept the darkness inside her, she must now change her perspective and realize that there are two sides to every tale.

Without her men and family to assist, it’s time for Odion to help Celestia find the real truth of who she is – or inevitably, who they all were in the past. A journey into the Dark World opens a door of memories and delivers all the answers she needs to be the unicorn shifter she was destined to be.

Time is running out as dimensions across the galaxies are being overtaken by the Darkness. It’s up to Aslan’s Elite Unicorn Shifter to use everything she’s discovered, reunite with her lovers, family, and trusty familiar, and save the world as they know it before it’s engulfed in black.

Will she be able to find her rainbow crown and fulfill the true prophecy she was destined to achieve? Only one way to find out.

CELESTIA 4 is a new REVERSE HAREM, paranormal series. Recommended for 18+ audiences, containing mature sexual content, violence and strong language.

Friday, November 09, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Book Written Before 2000

50/50 Friday is hosted here on this blog and over at Blue Eye Books.


What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Book Written Before 2000

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

The Witch's Altar - ARC Review

From prehistoric times to the modern day, the altar has been a pivotal tool for ritual and magick. The Witch's Altar is an in-depth exploration of altars for covens and solo practitioners. From building and maintaining your altar to exploring the use of mobile and hidden altars, this book offers advice, techniques, and fun for Witches of all ages and skill levels.

Learn about the altar's role in history and mythology. Personalize your altar with candles, crystals, sacred tools, magickal objects, statues, pentacles, and symbols. Explore how different altar locations may affect your practice, and discover new ideas for elemental, seasonal, and outdoor altars, as well as altars for the dead. Filled with spells, recipes, and tips, this book provides everything you need to help you create the altar of your magickal dreams.






Mini Book Breakdown 

*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

So let's say you're getting into witchcraft and how have no idea how to set up an Altar, well, this book is for you! Not only does it go over altars but it also gives a little bit more in depth about altars. Some of the altars in here I'd never even heard of! Like Digital ones, a dashboard alter. Very creative and fitting for those that are more modern in their craft. 

The writing is direct and easy to understand, the authors never once talk down to the reader but always like they just talking to you. I love when authors do that, makes the book read so much better.

If you are looking for a new type of alter, this is also a good book, they talk about Voodoo alters and even their own, which I thought was a great personal touch. So really, this book has just about everything you need to know about alters, even a blessing ritual. I love that these two very different voices were able to make sure a great book, I can't wait to add this to my bookshelf for reference.


Tuesday, November 06, 2018

The Boss (Volume 1) - Review




"The hot and heavy story of Aria and Zayden. One of best romance books I've read this year." - Extremely Hot Romance Books

My name is Aria and I'm just a normal girl. I go to college and work as a bank teller. My only problem is that my mother has racked up sixty thousand dollars worth of medical bills. She doesn't have a job so any extra money I make goes to her bills. When my boss, Zayden, gives me a proposition that if I agree to be his girlfriend for six months then he'll give me the money for my mom's bills I can't turn him down. The only problem is that he wants me to be more than just his girlfriend. Will I be able to stop his seduction?






Book Breakdown

This is a very short read, I didn't even know how short as I saw it on one of those free kindle book emails I get everyday. It sounded pretty good, I've been reading lots of romance lately. But that cliff hanger had me nearly throwing my kindle into the wall in rage. I don't mind cliff hangers, I'm not that bitchy but this one.... no! You don't just end after THAT. I've come to see that these kind of books are the ones where the beginning is aways free and then the rest of the series is all paid but I'm not going to pay $.99 cents just for more cliff hangers. 

I did enjoy what story I did get, I just kept hoping they'd get together. There are feminist talking points, so if that's something you like or hate, now you know either way. There is also a few minor errors that me rereading like two sentences to figure out what just happened. But it's free and where I used to read fan-faction back in the day, it's not much and shouldn't really be a problem for the reader. 

Overall, I will not be continuing with this series. It just wasn't for me.


Friday, November 02, 2018

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Read in October

50/50 Friday is hosted here on this blog and over at Blue Eye Books.


What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!

Topic for the Week
Best/Worst Read in October

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Slave to Sensation - Mini Book Breakdown

Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind-and none of the heart.

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of "rehabilitation" - the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was...

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion - and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities - or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation.



Mini Book Breakdown 

Sascha is a Psy, which values being emotionless but Sascha is broken, she feels everything and she's been hiding it for years but things start to tumble out of control when she meets Lucus, a sexy changeling but he's got a reason for trying to seduce our fair Psy and an all out war between their people is one of the biggest. 

I've been trying to find good paranormal (mainly shifter) romances and stumbled upon this, so I gave it a shot, and I loved it! I could not put it down! I read it so fast that I was left feeling sad that is was over. The character development is wonderful, the romance is perfectly sexy and steamy without just being sexy with very little plot. 

Honestly, I hate that I didn't know this series was a thing sooner, now I'm going to play catch up because it's worth it!


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

October 2018 Wrap Up!



I read eight books during the month of October. Which doesn't seem like a lot for me but I've been writing lots, getting ready for NaNoWriMo and just living life during one of the best times of the year.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Cursed Rebel - Review





Never trust a pretty face. My grandma taught me that. She warned me about the Fair Folk but I never believed her...until I was kidnapped by one. And damn, he is pretty.
But Fin was sent to bring me to his King, and if I want to survive the Otherworld, I have no choice but to trust him - for now.
Oh, and did I mention my sexy best friend is hunting me? I should've listened to Gran.










Mini Book Breakdown 

All her life, Lucy had been told that the Fae her bad, evil and she should stay away from them. All that changes when Fin shows up and kidnaps her, taking her to the land of the Fae...

This is the first thing I've by this author and let me say, it won't be the last. I really liked the world building and the characters. Fin especially was great. I do think it should've been longer, the end just felt off to me. I think expanding on this novel would be amazing, it's pretty short anyway, I read it all in one afternoon. 

I liked the flow of the writing once we got a few chapters in, it was action packed and never boring but the beginning was very rushed, like the author was just wanting to get to all the good parts. My favorite part was the romance, I thought it was well done and I wanted more of them. Honestly, I just wanted more of this story. 

If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read this book for free!

+I received this book in exchange for an honest review+


The Haunting of Hill House - Netflix Review

I've been watching more movies and TV shows lately, because I've been editing my novel and stuck on this novel that I want to finish reading but I'm not enjoying it, I've been pushing myself through it. 

So anyway, since my blog is kind of.... sparse as of late, why not talk about these amazing stories that I've been watching? Plus, it's October, what better for a horror series?

Here we go.... follow me into the Hill House.

Friday, October 26, 2018

50/50 Friday - Scary Book & Movie You Want to Read/Watch

50/50 Friday is hosted here on this blog and over at Blue Eye Books.


What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!

Topic for the Week
Scary Book & Movie You Want to Read/Watch

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Pisces Hooks Taurus Blog Tour + Giveaway

It’s a time for searching, and a time for finding, Pisces: keep casting your line and you will hook what you’re looking for.

Zane has it all planned out: land the perfect Meet Cute, fall in love, and live happily ever after. 
Should be simple enough if he put his mind to it. A little creativity and some thinking outside of the box, and voila, he’d be married to the woman of his dreams.

It would be perfect. 

And it would be before his visa ran out.