Saturday, June 30, 2018

King's Rising - Review

Damianos of Akielos has returned.

His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.

On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor’s forces are massing. In the north, the Regent’s armies are mobilising for war. Damen’s only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.

Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen’s identity—can it stand against the Regent's final, deadly play for the throne?



Book Breakdown

Wow! I can't even over how amazing this book was. We finally get to see Damen be his true self and Laurent dealing with it. There was a little something in here that I didn't see coming that I really loved. We see them work together and damn, they are such a great team! They work so perfectly together. Brains and muscles all rolled into a winning duo. I just loved the mind games and watching the two fall in love.

I really enjoyed the plot. It kept me on the edge of my seat and had my brain working overtime trying to keep up with every little detail and trying to work through everything. I read this one in a few hours because I just couldn't stop. My eyes were so blurry and burned afterward but it was so worth it! 

If you're looking for some amazing storytelling, amazing writing, some great LGBT rep, and just something to lose yourself in; I fully recommend this series! There is graphic sex scenes in the series and some darker stuff that sensitive people will probably be triggered by, so be aware of that, but for those that can handle it, read it now! It's great! You'll thank me later, I swear.

Friday, June 29, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Genre

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 (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!


Topic for the Week
 Favorite/Least Favorite Genre

This is so easy for me. I didn't even have to think about this one and I'm sure you guys feel the same way, we all have a genre we love and then we have one that we usually stay away from. Well, here's mine.

Least Favorite 
Erotica



Favorite 
Paranormal Romance 



Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Read in June





Thursday, June 28, 2018

Incognito - ARC Review


A troubled Popstar forced into hiding… A sweet small-town girl overcoming tragedy… And the kind of love that only happens once in a lifetime.

Dakota’s dreams of attending Juilliard were shattered the night tragedy struck her family. It’s one year later, and she’s now enrolled at a local university trying to piece her life back together.

Shawn is one of the world’s most famous faces, having lived under a spotlight since his star exploded when he was fourteen. Now jaded by an industry forcing him to perform music he no longer enjoys, he craves normalcy and the opportunity to rediscover his muse. When a crazy stalker gets too close, and death threats start mounting, Shawn’s management team comes up with a plan—one which will allow him to work on his latest album while staying incognito on a college campus.

Romance is the last thing on Dakota’s mind, but after she crosses paths with a hot, prickly cutie with rock-hard abs and smoldering good looks, she can’t shake him from her thoughts.

Shawn can’t afford to bring any girl into his fucked-up life, but the gorgeous blonde with the sad blue eyes captivates him in a way no girl ever has, and he finds himself falling hard and fast. 

But outside forces are conspiring against them. 

When danger draws closer, and secrets are revealed, will their love survive?




ARC Book Breakdown 
Release Date: June 30, 2018

I feel so lucky to have gotten an ARC of this book. It sounded so good and sadly, I'd never heard of this author, now I plan to binge read as much of her stuff as I can. This story was that good. Dakota has been through a lot in her short life and it's changed her and not really for the best, she's now trying to become her sister, just to make her family happy. 

Enter Shawn, a famous pop star hiding out from a stalker that's tried to kill him and even broke into his house trying to find him. They end up at the same college, the same major. They are drawn to each other rather quickly but they start this cat and mouse game where they keep pushing each other away and then pulling each other close. But once all the secrets come out and Kota finds out who Shawn really is, will it be a happily ever after? 

I really enjoyed this book, it had me laughing out loud at Tabs and her blunt mouth, crying at the way her father treated her, and then smiling like a loser during the sweet romantic moments. This book gave me all the feels and it's now become one of my favorites. The only thing that keeps me from a full five star rating is the ending.... it ended perfectly but there was something right before the end that just didn't sit well with me. I will just say that Kota is too forgiving of someone she shouldn't have ever forgiven. That's just my personal opinion and it no way really affects the story at all. 

The writing is fun, witty, and modern. The characters are all great and I do feel they are all flushed out nicely, the humor in this best reminds me a lot of JLA novels, which I love. All in all, this book is great and I love it so much.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Meeting Eternity - Review

Would you risk your life for love?

Rose Clyde lost her girlfriend six months ago in a tragic accident. Since then, she simply goes through the motions, knowing she might be doomed to spend the rest of her life grieving. But when her best friend calls with a strange job offer—working the front desk of an old hotel up the Maine coastline—it’s an offer Rose can’t refuse. And a chance to restart her life.

But Rose isn’t prepared for Kane Sullivan, her new boss. This enigmatic, captivating woman, from their very first meeting, has Rose spellbound. There’s something about Kane that seems so familiar…why does Rose feel as if she’s seen this lovely, powerful woman before?

As the strange old Sullivan Hotel begins to reveal its dark secrets, Rose’s life hangs in the balance. But an even greater danger looms: She’s falling in love with a vampire.

“Meeting Eternity” is the first volume in the Sullivan Vampires series. It contains the full first three novellas in the series: Eternal Hotel, Eternal Kiss and Eternal Thief. The Sullivan Vampires is a beautiful, romantic epic that follows the clan of Sullivan vampires and the women who love them. Advance praise has hailed this hallmark series as “Twilight for women who love women” and “a lesbian romance that takes vampires seriously! Two thumbs up!” It is approximately 60,000 words (several days worth of reading or so).


Book Breakdown 

I wanted to love this book so much, I've been trying to find some good LGBT paranormal fiction but it's hard. Most of it is too cheesy or just lots of smut and that's not my taste. This one sounded promising, I mean lesbian vampires?! Hell yeah! Though it had the one trope that I just can't handle; insta-love. I mean our main girl has been mourning her ex for half a freaking year! HALF A YEAR! Then as soon as she meets Kane.... bam! She's already in love and moving on from her dead girlfriend like she never existed.

I pushed on because I did enjoy the writing and everything else about the story, I really loved Kane. I liked all the other characters too. I just can't get over how fast Rose jumps into the deep end so damn fast. I get it, Kane is freaking hot but you can't love someone just from looking at them.... lust, oh yeah.

Anyway, if you're looking for a paranormal LGBT romance and don't mind insta-love, then you'll like this one. It's also on Kindle Unlimited as of writing this, so really, can't lose. So go for it.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Prince's Gambit - Review



With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master, Prince Laurent, must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.

Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow . . . 







Book Breakdown

This one is so much better than the first one! There's also less rape and beatings. Laurent actually is shown to have a heart. I found myself really loving his character more and more through this installment. 

This one picks up almost where the first left off with the two princes heading off to the boarder. Laurent's still playing the game with his uncle for the throne, but will he open up to Damen and help him? Can they help each other? Will this be the end of them both? More importantly, will they ever get together?!

I loved watching this cat and mouse game with our two leads and those around them. The plot kept me reading way past my bedtime. It felt very high stakes and people I liked did die. As sad as that is, it really made the story feel so damn real and had me worrying that my two princes could in fact die and that would've broken my heart!

The writing is so unique and something I've never encountered before and the best way I can think to describe is... kind of poetic in a weird way... I don't really know but I do love it. It's still very easy to follow and paints such a wonderfully vivid picture of the story and I felt like I was right there watching this all take place. 

Overall, such a wonderful read! I've not loved a series this much in such a long time! 

Friday, June 22, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Title

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 (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!


Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Title

This is one that really doesn't bother me so much. I care more about book covers and less about the title. That being said, there are a few titles that just don't mesh with me and some that I like more than other's. I thought about putting the one book title that really bugs me but decided I didn't want the hate so I've chosen a much different one. Here we go! 


Least Favorite Book Title 
Cum for Bigfoot
Yeah... I don't even know why this is a thing but the title is as bad as I assume the book is. If any of you have read this book, please tell me your thoughts. 


Favorite Book Title
Something Wicked This Way Comes
I've never read this one but I just love the title. It's perfectly wicked. 


Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Genre





Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Bed of Flowers - ARC Review + Excerpt + Giveaway

Bonny Reed is beautiful, inside and out.

A loyal friend and loving daughter, she's newly engaged to her small town's most eligible bachelor. She's happy for herself--but mostly for her family, who need the security her marriage will bring.

An old enemy shatters her illusions.

First Baron Loel cost Bonny's family her fortune. Now he's insisting that her fiancé has hidden flaws, secrets so dark that--if she believed him--she'd have to call off the wedding.

How will she choose?

When the truth comes out, Bonny will have to choose between doing what's right and what's easy. Between her family and her best friend. And hardest of all--between her honor and the love of a man who everyone wants her to hate.


Excerpt

“So,” said Iris, as they began their circuit. “I want to hear all about your walk with Mr. Gavin.”

Bonny chewed her lip. She suspected that she wasn’t supposed to discuss intimate matters with an unmarried friend. But she’d never hid anything important from Iris and valued her friend’s advice.

“He kissed me,” she admitted.

“Was it marvelous?”

“It was…” Bonny paused. “Iris, it was awful.”

“Awful?”

Bonny struggled to continue. It was hard to speak the truth aloud, even to her dearest friend. “I didn’t like the way he held me, like he wanted to make sure I couldn’t escape. It didn’t feel good.”

Iris stopped in the middle of the road. Her eyes flashed dangerously, but her voice was mild as lukewarm porridge. “Call off the engagement.”

“I can’t!”

Bonny checked for eavesdroppers but they’d reached on the outskirts of town, where crumbling cottages occupied generous plots of land. The only creature paying them any mind was an old plowhorse, poking its head over a weathered paddock fence.

“What if it was my fault?” Bonny said.

“How could it be your fault? You’ve never kissed a man before.”

“Exactly. Maybe I did it wrong. Maybe I was a terrible disappointment.”

Iris, a woman of supreme fairness and decency, actually considered this argument. “Why don’t you have a talk with Mr. Gavin? Surely he wants you to find pleasure in his affections.”

Bonny shuddered. “He would be furious.”

“Then it doesn’t matter whose fault it was,” said Iris. “If you can’t talk to your fiancé about something which is, by all accounts, a necessary component of any marriage, then you’ve chosen the wrong fiancé.”

“My family needs this connection. You know that.”

“Tell your family what he did and find out if they still want the match. They might surprise you.”

Bonny wasn’t going to describe kissing Mr. Gavin to her parents. Heaven forbid. And besides, she’d feel awful if they released her from the engagement. Like a petulant child.

“None of the other young men in New Quay have courted me. Everyone says that beautiful women can take their pick of men, but…” Bonny shrugged. “Perhaps I’m not beautiful enough.”

“Bonny, if you’re not beautiful enough, then no one is.”

“Don’t be ridiculous.” Bonny silenced her friend with an abrupt wave. “Besides, it’s years too late to change my mind.”

“Let us be exact.” Iris’s voice sharpened on the last word. “It’s too late for you to change your mind without upsetting anyone. It’s too late for a change of mind to be easy or painless. But”—Iris narrowed her eyes—“it is not too late.”

Bonny groaned. “You don’t understand.”

“You find a man’s touch repulsive. Once you marry him, he’ll be able to touch you as often as he wants, whether you like it or not.” Iris slid her gaze to the horizon, her expression bland. “Quite a puzzle.”

“No marriage is perfect,” Bonny said weakly.

“Is that the lesson here?”

Bonny kicked glumly at the gravel road.

“Really?” Iris pressed.

“Can we talk about something else?”



Book Breakdown 

***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review***

I've been looking into period romances for a while and when I had the chance to review this Victorian romance, I had to take it! I'm so glad I did! Sadly, I would never have heard of this book had it not been for the publisher reaching out to me and I hate that! This is such a good book that I wish it was known more! 

The author said that this story has some beauty and the beast feels and it really does! The love interest hides away in his house and our heroine is stunning and loves to read. She's also very strong willed and I love that about her. This story is so adorable and fun! I hope everyone will read it. 

The writing is flawless, gives the perfect amount of details and the character development is superb! I don't really know what else to say other than this book is a must read!


Monday, June 18, 2018

Music Monday - Sam Smith

This meme is hosted over at Always Me


So we are continuing our Pride Month theme and using another LGBT artist. He's not one of my favorites as I've not really liked many of his songs. They're okay, just not my taste, these two songs, I do happen to like though. So here we go!





Saturday, June 16, 2018

2 Mini NetGalley Reviews - Traditional Wicca & Blood and Absinthe


So I'm almost all caught up on my NetGalley reviews, which makes me insanely happy and gives me one less thing to stress about. Yay! 

One of those reviews is about Wicca and finding a coven. The other is about vampires. Let's let's just jump right into it.


“A masterful gem of insight and wisdom, Traditional Wicca: A Seeker’s Guide reveals the time-honored practices of initiatory Wicca, thought all but lost by many, but hidden like so many occult secrets in plain sight. Drawing a clear and respectful distinction between eclectic Wicca and its older more traditional sibling, Thorn Mooney takes us on a personal journey exploring the powers and the pitfalls of the initiatory inner court, revealing the persistence of a thriving and dynamic Craft.”—Storm Faerywolf, author of Betwixt and Between

“Traditional Wicca is a unique and important book. It’s amazing to me that in over 70 years of publishing on the subject of Wicca, nothing like this book has ever been written! . . . The chapter on initiation is, by itself, worth the cover price. If you want to understand what people mean by ‘traditional Wicca,’ whether or not you’re seeking it, this is the one book you must read.”—Deborah Lipp, Wiccan high priestess and author of Tarot Interactions

“Thorn writes with obvious sincerity, with feeling, and from experience. Her book covers everything from defining Witchcraft, through the workings of a coven, to actual initiation and beyond. She warns that Wicca is not for everyone and--I am personally delighted to see--includes a chapter on recognizing ‘red flags’ when first contacting others . . . especially those who might claim to be more than they actually are. This book is the quintessential guide for the true, sincere seeker.”—Raymond Buckland, author of Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft


Mini Book Breakdown

The writing is wonderful, the author never talks down to the reader and instead feels like they're right there talking to you. I enjoyed this book even though it was not quite what I was expecting. It really focuses on covens more than anything else and I have no desire to be with a coven, tried once and it was not for me. So if you're looking into a coven, wondering how to go about it, how to even find one in the first place: this book is for you. Otherwise... there really isn't much more here. 




Blood and Absinthe: Books 1 – 3

Book 1 – Taming the Vampire (a novella)

Demon hunter Liz Marlowe and vampire Jack Morgan have hated each other from the moment they met. But when a powerful enemy threatens their beloved city of Boston, they form a reluctant alliance. It's supposed to be temporary - just one night, in fact. But as the tension between them builds to the breaking point, neither is prepared for what happens next.

Book 2 – Bound by the Vampire (a novella)

Celia Albright, an eighth-blood Fae and a spellcaster, is having a very bad day. She's being targeted by an unknown assassin, and she goes to the only person in Boston who might be powerful enough to help her: vampire Evan Grant. Soon, Celia and Evan find themselves caught up in an adventure neither of them expected - and an attraction neither of them is ready for.

Book 3 – Claiming the Vampire (a novel)

Fae princess Jessica Greenwood has never questioned that her duty to her people comes before her own wishes. To avert a war between dimensions, she agrees to an arranged marriage with a stranger - the Dark Fae prince. Then she meets the mysterious vampire Hawk, who challenges all her beliefs and tempts her with a longing she’s never even imagined. Now Jessica is caught between duty and desire. With the fate of two worlds hanging in the balance, how will she choose?



Mini Book Breakdown 

Wow! I didn't think these books would take that turn but I guess the cover should've clued me in. These books are hot! Like so hot I thought my e-reader would catch fire in my hands. I loved the vampire aspect but it did start to feel a little like vampire erotica after a while. I don't mind sex scenes, I like them in the books I read because it feels more natural and real, I mean, people have sex, duh. But I don't like when the sex over shadows the plot and I felt that sometimes, this is what happened. So while, yes, I did enjoy these stories and am so glad that NetGalley approved me, I think they could've been better if they'd focused a little more on plot and a little less on the sexy times.

Friday, June 15, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Book with a Short/Long Title

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 (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!


Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Book with a Short/Long Title

So for this I will do my favorite book with a long title and short title. You can do both if you wish or just however you want to do it. I just want to spread some positivity around this week.


Favorite Book with a Long Title 
A Court of Mist and Fury
If you've spent any time on my blog then this will be no surprise for you at all. I love this novel. It's amazing! 

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.




Favorite Book with a Short Title 
Unrest (Unknown #2) 
I think I just saw a weird trend where I like the second book of a series/trilogy a lot. Huh, now I want to look more into that. 

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.



Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Title





Wednesday, June 13, 2018

2 Amazing NetGalley Reviews (Sweet Black Waves & You Are Psychic)

Not you without me, not me without you.

Two proud kingdoms stand on opposite shores, with only a bloody history between them.

As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what's right, even as her powers grow beyond her control, will set Branwen against both her best friend and the only man she's ever loved.

Inspired by the star-crossed tale of Tristan and Eseult, this is the story of the legend’s true heroine: Branwen. For fans of Graceling and The Mists of Avalon, this is the first book of a lush fantasy trilogy about warring countries, family secrets, and forbidden romance.



ARC Breakdown 

Holy mother of God.... I admit, I did not expect this book to blow me away. It sounded really good but I've been bitten on the butt a lot lately when it comes to YA novels but this one.... it's bloody amazing!!! It's got some wonderful Celtic vibes and the romance was cute. It did feel a little like... early YA but for this story and the world, I will let it slide. I'm not kidding when I saw I want to crawl into this book and just live in this world, never coming back. 

The writing is great and the characters are flushed out well. The pacing is kind of weird at some times but again, nothing too bad. The ending.... I will say that I recommend waiting to read this one until the next one is out because the ending will rip your heart out and throw into the roaring flames of the bonfire.... yeah. Overall, it's a wonderful debut and I can't wait to read more from this author, I feel so lucky to have gotten an ARC from NetGalley, so thanks to them. Now, go out and get this book! You'll love it.





Join bestselling author Sherrie Dillard as she guides you in discovering when and how your intuition works. Filled with easy-to-follow exercises, guided meditations, and illuminating stories from Sherrie's years of teaching, You Are Psychic shares the secrets of the four psychic types and shows you how to identify your spiritual strengths while overcoming the doubts or fears that may be standing in your way. 

Learning to trust the elusive energy of psychic awareness can be an important step in your life's journey. This book helps you interpret the intuitive information you receive, opening the gateway to support, guidance, and love from the realm of spirit. Whether you desire to improve your relationships, career, health, or finances, You Are Psychic helps you move beyond the five senses and embrace your deep inner wisdom.



Mini ARC Book Breakdown 

I love this book! I'm pretty much a newbie when it comes to psychic stuff and honing your skills and all that jazz. This really helped me an dI loved how easily it worked. The exercises are simple but effective and that's something I loved. It made me feel like I could do this even though I knew hardly anything. This is wonderful for beginners, you'll get something out of it for sure! The writing is easy to follow and the author really seems to know their stuff so if this subject interests you: get this book! You won't regret it! 


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

May 2018 Wrap Up!

I read 27 books this month. Which is amazing because for the first part of the month I was doing training for another job. Although after all that training the boss was a jerk and told me my car wasn't good enough... even after I'd found out that someone else working there had a car like mine. I guess she didn't like my face, because she sure as hell didn't know me. 

Anyway, moving on, I'm now working towards being a teacher's aid. Hopefully that will be easier on me. They don't care what kind of car I have! 

I found a few new bands to listen to: As It Is and Spiral Dance.

But you're here to see how what books I read. So let's jump into it!


Manga
















Wiccan/New Age



Review


Romance 
Review



Paranormal Romance 

Review Coming Soon!



YA Books
Review


Review

LGBT Reads
Review Coming Soon!


Review to Come!

Working on Review!


Review to Come!

Paranormal 




I hope that next month is just as good as this one! What all did you read in May? Let me know below! Until next time, have a wonderful day and happy reading!