Cover Reveal: Amid Wind and Stone-Nicole Luiken

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Release Date: March 7, 2016

Book 2 in the Otherselves series 


There is one True World, and then there are the four Mirror Worlds: Fire, Water, Air, and Stone.

Audrey and Dorotea are “otherselves”—twin copies of each other who live on different Mirror Worlds.

On Air, Audrey has the ability to communicate with wind spirits. As war looms, she’s torn between loyalty to her country and her feelings for a roguish phantom who may be a dangerous spy.

Blackouts and earthquakes threaten the few remaining humans on Stone, who have been forced to live underground. To save her injured sister, Dorotea breaks taboo and releases an imprisoned gargoyle. Brooding, sensitive Jasper makes her wonder if gargoyles aretruly traitors, as she’s always been told.

Unbeknownst to them, they both face the same enemy—an evil sorceress bent on shattering all the Mirror Worlds.


Nicole Luiken wrote her first book at age 13 and never stopped.

She is the author of nine published books for young adults, including Violet Eyes and its sequels Silver Eyes and Angels Eyes, Frost, Unlocking the Doors, The Catalyst, Escape to the Overworld, Dreamfire and the sequel Dreamline. Through Fire & Sea, book one of Otherselves, and Amid Wind & Stone, book two of Otherselves, are her most recent releases. She also has an adult thriller, Running on Instinct, under the name N.M. Luiken and a fantasy romance series, Gate to Kandrith and Soul of Kandrith.

Nicole lives with her family in Edmonton, AB. It is physically impossible for her to go more than three days in a row without writing.

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Review: Good-bye, with Love-Niquel



Have you ever wished you could have something so bad, even though you knew it was forbidden?

Jonathan Gates was just that—forbidden. He was everything I could ever want in a man: charming, a great listener, open-minded, and funny. It also didn’t hurt that he was easy on the eyes.

We’d been through a lot together: breakups, makeups, firsts, lasts, and anything else you can imagine. I was once told he was my soul mate, but I refused to believe that.

I didn’t want to love him. I didn’t want to fall for him because…he was my best friend!
But I did, and I fell for him hard. I was in love with my best friend, and it was time he knew how I really felt.

review3/5 Stars

***I received this ebook as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author

+++Contains triggers: Assault, abuse, violence

Good-bye, with Love is an emotionally charged contemporary coming of age story. A crossover from YA to New Adult, the book grows with the characters and as their love goes through a spiral of drama and ups and downs, thoughts of first love and the one that got away overwhelm. 


  • You’re looking for a complicated friends to lovers story
  • Love that blossoms from middle school to college
  • You adore alternating POVs and diary entries


  • Johnny Gates. A total, devoted, wonderful male specimen. He’s the perfect boyfriend until life complicates things. He’s attentive, compassionate, full of love and friendship. When they’re younger, he’s a sweetheart. Some scenes are hard to read because they’re heartbreaking yet beautiful. It’s a bittersweet and terrifying beauty. When Mickey is sick from chemo and scared, Johnny’s is the hand she holds and the shoulder she leans on. Older Johnny is something else entirely. Gorgeous, determined, brooding, aggressive but still only has eyes for one girl.
  • Mickey is complicated. She adores Johnny but is scared to move beyond friendship. She’s quirky, caring, and a genuine person. Mickey sometimes gets lost in moments and doesn’t consider what’s going on around her. She’s dreamy. As she gets older, she’s more jaded. Her heart has been trampled on and it’s painful to see how she’s changed. BUT there’s hope, always. 
  • The diary entries are insightful, confessions of Mickey’s true feelings, where she gushes about everything. They’re a nice change of pace. 
  • The change from best friends to more is heart-warming and lovely. It starts as an instant connection and evolves into love.


  • Some of the phrases and word choice when they were in middle school were a little off. While a few of the contemporary culture references were spot on, the colloquialisms not as much. It was bizarre to me that these kids were going on full-fledged dates at 12. 
  • A handful of scenes were cliché and awkward, especially those that were so sexually aggressive. The shift from romance to hit it and quit it was rocky. There’s a sexual assault scene that was graphic and repulsive (as expected, which is an accurate portrayal with all the emotions and fear) but the “after” is what irked me. How do you dust that off and move on so quickly? How do you get over that trauma like it was nothing? Emotions like love and betrayal are poignant and mulled over extensively but the others are skipped. Processing, yeah not so much. There’s a particularly gory scene after years of build up and then SHRUG. SHRUG??? I guess I was just expecting more.
  • The pacing was sporadic and slow. More than half of the book is when they were in middle school or freshmen year and then it abruptly jumps years. The transition left the story feeling unbalanced and random at times. 

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ARC Review: Revenge and the Wild-Michelle Modesto

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“With each touch of his lips, her dead heart was galvanized as though being woken from centuries of black sleep. His kiss was alchemy, for she felt golden, illuminated. Her once cold heart flared like the sun, and she could feel its beat in every part of her.”


The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.

This thrilling novel is a remarkable tale of danger and discovery, from debut author Michelle Modesto.

review3.5 /5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via Edelweiss & Balzer + Bray 

+++Contains mature situations 


  • You love genre-bending books
  • You’re searching for adventure, romance, and paranormal
  • Cannibals don’t terrify you

Revenge and the Wild is incredibly unique. A Western meets science fiction meets supernatural adventure, there’s a little bit of everything. 


  • The writing style is amazing-a powerful voice. 
  • Westie is an unconventional heroine. She’s vulgar, without being the typical trollop, she calls peoples bluffs, sees through the flowers and roses and has hardly any filter. The girl is a sassy little thing with mad skills. A weaponized parasol, bone crushing arm, and far from ladylike, she’ll keep you laughing and flipping pages. Westie also has a vulnerable side. Her mechanical arm sometimes makes her feel a bit insecure but it’s fleeting, she owns her body. She’s confused about love, who isn’t? And her past haunts her. But does that stop her? No. Westie is a girl on a mission and you can’t help but enthusiastically follow along.
  • The plot twist. Did not expect that. 
  • World building = stellar
  • The romance. This is not a triangle. It’s more of a square. Which will totally throw you off but at the same time holy chemistry overload. There’s love, romance, sexual tension, that scene in the vampire brothel…no words. Alistair (Ally) is the best friend that has always been there that you suddenly start to notice (in this case, Westie has noticed him all along but feels rejected by his cold shoulder when they were younger). He’s devoted, compassionate; he’s got insecurities and fears-he’s complex. His scars and mechanical (Bane-style) mask make him terrifying for a lot of people but somehow, his wounds are endearing and beautiful, especially knowing his past. The feels. All of them. When they go on that wild scavenger hunt for clues…LOVE LOVE LOVE. 
  • The cannibals are beyond creepy. Olive takes those sing-songy little demons in horror films to a new level of terrifying.


  • There are so many subplots and chaotic things going on that the focus is hazy. What you think is the main story arc becomes secondary and doesn’t really get back to it until the end. The premise is genius but falls prey to this bombardment of creatures and issues. The back story is tossed in off-hand and if there had been a stronger establishment of the past might have made the present story work better. 
  • Westie’s sleuthing is terrible. While she does make discoveries, none of them were surprising and she was slow on the uptake. I wanted to shout the answers at her. 
  • Some characters were a washout that I would have LOVED to see more of. The pet chupacabra, Nigel, the sexy as sin vampire Costin and the Wintu tribe, all intriguing but with minimal plot time. Isabelle was the WORST. 

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Review: Breaking Sky-Cori McCarthy

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synIn this high-flying, adrenaline-fueled debut thriller, America’s best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy

Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx,” is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental “Streaker” jets at the junior Air Force Academy in the year 2048. She’s tough and impulsive with lightning-fast reactions, but few know the pain and loneliness of her past or the dark secret about her father. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.

But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There’s a third Streaker jet, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. Chase doesn’t play well with others, but to save her country she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.

review4.5/5  Stars

***I received this ebook as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Sourcebooks Fire


  • You like ballsy heroines with a devil may care attitude
  • You love rollercoaster rides, ups, downs, adrenaline rushes. Total exhilaration
  • You’re looking for a book about so much more than a love triangle, that actually features the triangular things

I love this book. LOVE. I can’t remember the last time-no wait, I totally can-that I felt such a strong connection to the protagonist. There are hundreds of reasons why this will likely be one of the best books I’ll read all year but here are a few: 

Chase (call sign Nyx) is an inspiration and way easy to identify with. She’s confident, fierce, a risk taker, caught up in her goals, and a bit of a free spirit. People look up to her, want to know her, but she’s driven by the need to be the best at what she does. She knows what’s at stake, i.e. the world, and doesn’t have time for pesky things like emotions. Now you may be thinking, isn’t that a bad thing, shouldn’t we look down on Chase (Nyx) for that?

A big resounding no. I’ve never seen a character so free with her choices. She has casual relationships and is in it for enjoyment without taking it to the next level. Chase likes to have fun, she digs making out and she shouldn’t be shamed for it. However, deep inside, Chase (Nyx) is confused and hurt. When it comes to love, she has put up walls and is uncertain of how much she has left to give of her heart. She’s closed herself off from almost everyone, except her commander and best friend, Pippin <3 and runs when things get too intimate. She’s not about the feels. Of course this has to do with her past and the horrible rejection she felt from her father throughout her childhood. Chase sometimes comes off as self-absorbed and cold, but really she’s oblivious to others because she’s had to rely on herself. 

Chase does what no one else will. She makes rash decisions; she fights for the truth, and pushes herself to the limit, taking the Air Force tech to new levels. Chase is spunky, courageous, and sarcastic. 

Friendships aren’t always easy. Sometimes, the people you think you know best turn out to be strangers or too scared to express themselves to the people that matter the most. Pippin and Chase are wonderful, real, and while sometimes their cold shoulders were a little annoying, the love is out of this world.

That one scene. Rip my heart into tiny pieces, throw so gasoline on it, toss a match and roast some marshmallows over it, why don’t you?

Tristan and Chase. Finally, finally a couple that isn’t ONLY about sexual tension. While there’s a ton of that don’t get me wrong, holy hotness, but Chase and Tristan trust each other. They go to each other when they need to vent and can say things to one another that help them grow as people. They share and they appreciate the other person whole-heartedly. And they aren’t afraid to call each other out on their b.s. 

Each character, no matter how small, has a back-story and distinct personality. All of them are complex. 

The story is a rush. The flying, the fear, the chase. Every second in the air will fill you with anxiety and excitement. 

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Release Blitz, #Sale & Giveaway: The Recovery of Catherine Brodie-Grace Harper

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“…’Do you love me yet?’ Alex said, hoping the answer was yes…”

The Recovery of Catherine Brodie starts four years after Erin’s confrontation in the cellar of Green’s. Alexander Devlin wants his band to perform at Green’s and writes a begging email. Erin relents and says yes, even though it goes against all her rules.

Erin continues to put her past behind her, but like every bad penny, they always turn up.

Erin Brodie has made a success of her music venue and it’s the most sought after place in the country for non-signed artists to perform. Alexander Devlin is the guitarist from the rock band Fragile, they are at the top of their game and are just about to release their final album.

Erin drops her guard and so her courtship with Alex begins, but it comes at a price. Erin has enemies and, this time, they have upped their game. This time, her life is in jeopardy and it takes all of her friends to race to find her.

This time, they might just be too late…

The Recovery of Catherine Brodie is the second book in the Catherine Brodie Chronicles.

A romantic suspense story chronicling Catherine’s life after she made a fatal mistake. The four books span a decade telling the story of how she comes to terms with her new life. The friends and enemies she makes along the way. Will she ever find absolution?

Book 1, The Disappearance of Catherine Brodie is at half price until 17th February, so if you want to start the series, now’s a good time. It’s available on all platforms.

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Catherine Brodie has a happy life in Brighton, she has friends, a secret boyfriend and almost at the end of her law degree.

However, everything changes when she reaches her twentieth birthday.

She tells a white lie to get out of a family dinner to celebrate her birthday and sneaks off to a party. The repercussions upend her secure and stable life. Two weeks later, she attends the funeral of her brother and parents. Each birthday following sends Catherine into turmoil with more heartache and misery. There are those that wish her harm.

Alexander Devlin was there the night of her birthday and by coincidence, he crosses paths with her every year. Catherine dismisses the coincidence, but her best friend Tara Adkins is convinced fate is throwing them together.

The first novel of a new quartet that tells the story of Catherine Brodie and her struggle to come to terms with what she did that had far-reaching consequences. It is an epic tale of love, passion, and revenge.

Devastated with her loss, Catherine carves out a new life and starting her own business. The group of friends she picks up along the way helps her hide from those who wish her harm. It doesn’t take long for her harasser to find her and make her life a misery once more.

The question is, will Alexander Devlin be there in time to save her?


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Grace Harper is a British author who loves to write about strong women and the friends and lovers who make them stronger. She adores writing steamy scenes of first encounters and there is always a little twist along the way.

When Grace is not writing, she can be found mooching about in stationery stores, dreaming up tattoo designs or teasing her friends until everyone is in fits of giggles. Grace might have a Maltesers addiction but is not ready to stand up and own that just yet.

If you want to get in touch, please do, Grace is pretty laid back and friendly.

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Blog Tour and Interview: Enthrall-M.R. Reed


After years of being a helpless witness to his alcoholic father’s abuse towards his family, seventeen-year-old Miles Boswell has just about reached his breaking point. He dreams of the day where he can leave everything behind and begin a new life on his own — that is, until he discovers that he has the ability to control people’s minds. Suddenly, the odds are overwhelmingly in his favor.

But what begins as the answer to all of his problems soon causes him to question his every thought when he captures the attention of August Sylvan, who seems to be the girl of his dreams. As someone who has limited experience with girls, Miles can’t help but wonder — where do his powers end, and where does reality begin?

At the same time, he finds himself at constant odds with his morals and his potentially warped sense of justice…and soon discovers that nothing is as simple as it seems

***This book contains strong language, violent scenes, and some sexual content.


  1. Enthrall deals with the heavy subjects of alcohol and abuse, was it challenging to write those scenes?

            It wasn’t challenging so much as the fact that it needed to come out. I grew up in a household with an alcoholic mom, and a dad who beat my mom, and it was due time for me to write about it as a way to cope with it myself.

  1. Miles struggles with morality. Sometimes the lines of right and wrong, good and bad can blur, how does this affect Miles’ character?

            It affects Miles’ character immensely! He’s faced with the reality that he can do anything he wants, with no potential repercussions. I think it’s something that anybody would struggle with, because even though –most of us– are taught right from wrong, the lure of getting away with doing immoral things is always going to be there. And his battle with that seduction to the dark side is what begins to distance him from those whom he loves the most.

  1. What do you want the reader to take away from Enthrall?

            Most importantly, I want readers to see that not all relationships run a perfect course. Sometimes people in a relationship mess up, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. I hate seeing guys being horrible to girls in books/movies, and then the girl pouts a little bit and she’s over it. That’s so insulting to the girl involved, and to anyone who may think that it’s acceptable or normal! So…respect yourself! If you don’t like the way that someone is treating you or the things that they’re doing, don’t be afraid to walk away.

  1. What are some important themes in the book?

            Absolute power corrupts absolutely, for starters. I think it’s a great lesson in what happens when you let your demons take over. The premise may be fictional, but we all have our problems that can take control over us if we allow them. And then there’s the idea that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. I really love Miles and August, but what’s interesting about a story where nothing ever goes wrong? :) I also really like how August learns to value her family and understand how important they can be in a person’s life.

  1. Do you have a favorite line?

            I have many, but this one definitely stands out: “[It was]One of the most fulfilling and gratifying unions I had ever experienced, teetering on a wire dividing common sense and devotion.”

  1. What are some of the things you love about Miles and August?

            For Miles, one of the things that I love about him is the fact that he thinks he knows everything, but he’s so hopelessly clueless. I find that adorable, for some reason. I also love that he’s so devoted to the people he loves, even if he doesn’t always like to admit it. For August, she’s everything I wish I could have been as a teenager in many ways. She’s not flawless, but the fact that she cares so little about what others think about her is a trait to be desired, especially for a sixteen-year-old. I also admire that she knows the difference between right and wrong — an instinct in which Miles is sorely lacking — and she tries to instill that in him. And even if she’s unsuccessful, she doesn’t stray from what she knows is the right thing to do.

Our formative years are the ones that stick with us the most–you know, those tirelessly frustrating yet unforgettably magical moments that shape us into the people that we will become. The music that I liked as a teenager, the books that I read, the relationships that I created (and destroyed)…those are the things that I think truly formed the adult that I am today. I still love those things. I still think about those things. I still harbor a lot of anger in relation to the events that I experienced as a teenager, and it does nothing but fuel my creative spirit.
And that’s what I like to write about: Teenagers, and all of their idiosyncrasies, and concerns, and that whole unintentionally egocentric view that they have about their worlds. I find it fascinating. I’m thankful every day that I’m no longer a teenager, but I have to admit that it’s a interesting time to look back on.
Miles and August encompass a lot of me, and my experiences, and my observations. The music, books, and beliefs that I held at that time inspired me to write about the events that take place in Enthrall. My intense hope is that somebody reads it and is able to relate, or get through a difficult time, and just know that somebody understands what he/she is going through (at least a little bit.) That’s what music and books did for me. I hope to pay it forward.
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Review & Giveaway: Revolution-Jessica Frances

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synI was raised in a world where humans no longer rule.

In the past, we made a terrible mistake by creating a new species we thought would serve us as our army, which led to our downfall.

There was a war, we lost, and many lives were massacred. It was the end of life as we knew it and the beginning of a hell we were now trapped in. We became enslaved to what we now called Superiors, becoming pets to them, simply there to entertain.

In a world so miserable, I managed to do the unthinkable: I fell in love. But even that was doomed, because to love a Superior was forbidden.

What the rest of the Superiors didn’t know was how deeply a human could love or how resilient we became when we were hurt.

The Superiors never could have imagined an uprising, which was why they never saw it coming.

Humans deserved to be free, and I would stop at nothing to deliver that promise.

My name is Tilly, and I am still alive with one sole purpose: to begin a revolution.


I had been raised to believe humans were worthless. We owned them and controlled them, and when we were done with them, we threw them away. Therefore, I never thought I would ever feel more for Tilly than disinterest. I never expected to want to save her.

It was forbidden for a Superior to love a human. No one had ever crossed that line, but I did. I fell madly in love with her, so it was no surprise how we ended up.

I was raised to be a soldier, and that was what I was always going to be. However, I was not a soldier for the Superiors, not anymore.

I became a soldier for humans, and I would stop at nothing to help them. They deserved to be free, and I would die protecting them.

My name is Johnny, and I am here with one sole purpose: to finish a revolution.


***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review and participation in this tour

Revolution is a twist on dystopia, where the monster (humans without genetic or physical flaws) was created by humans for slavery only to have the reverse happen. Full of horrible atrocities, violence, and close-calls, Revolution will have you holding your breath scene after scene. Hope, love and determination are like balm to these wounds and spark a stunning Revolution.


  • The organization was clever and romantic. Told from two POVs, Tilly and Johnny, Tilly’s part is in the present and Johnny’s is the past (from his childhood and when Tilly came into his life). 
  • Superiors are vile, vicious beings. They’re the despicable and disgusting part of humanity that we see everyday in traffickers, rapists, abusers, etc. Keeping humans as pets, slaves, and breeders, only to rob them of their children is appalling and nightmarish. The trauma is heartbreaking and will make you rage. The Superior world is fairly simple but doesn’t take away from its sickening impact on the humans. 
  • Tilly is brave and heartbroken but determined to end the suffering of mankind. She’s imperfect, she struggles and fights, all the while feeling like a piece of herself is missing. Confused and scared, Tilly is protagonist you can get behind because she hasn’t figured everything out and that’s okay, but she won’t stop until she can make the world better.
  • Johnny is…dreamy sigh. His sections are open and honest, full of rage and longing. Johnny does everything to please his father, to make him proud and somehow always falls short. That hurt and disappointment rained on him by his father will feel like a physical blow. As Johnny gets older, he shifts his perspective and it’s like a light bulb shining in the darkness of his quest to please his father-Tilly. ALL THE SWOONS. 
  • Charlotte is intriguing because she’s obsessed with history and books and through these and her love for Tilly, becomes a powerful activist for humans, even though she’s a Superior. Her fire and passion shift Tilly in the right direction.


  • Pacing was off. Some scenes dragged for a while cutting into what could have been an anxiety-ridden, adrenaline rush of a moment, fell a little flat because it was too space out. 
  • The prologue/insert before Chapter 1 was hard for me to get into. It was a bit repetitive, more like a speech than anything else and while it set the stage for what was to come, much like the title does, had the story began with Chapter 1, the impact of the slavery and injustices by Superiors would have been stronger. The prologue tells you what happened, the Chapter shows you. 

Excerpt“Johnny?” Tilly whispers.

I try to tell her I’m sorry. I try to apologize for failing her, needing to tell her one last time that I love her, but my voice is trapped inside me.

Rough hands pull me away from her. I fear it is only to get a clear shot at Tilly, but the hands keep dragging me until I’m crying in pain from the jolts that each knock of the stairs give me. Then we finally make it outside where Joseph leans over me.

“You are willing to die for this human?”

I can’t answer him, but I manage to nod my head.

“Then so be it. Just know that your death has meant nothing. She will suffer because of this; I will make sure of it. Every strike, every whip, and every kick will remind her of what you have done to her and that this is your doing. She will hate you before I kill her. And mark my words, she will die. So, I hope that was worth your life.”

Adrenaline pumps through my body, but I am too weak to fight, too wrecked to do anything except keep bleeding out over the ground.

This is my fault.

Please forgive me, Tilly.

authJessica Frances is an avid reader and writer, spending most of her free time doing both. She loves delving into the paranormal world and taking a break from real life as much as possible.


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