ARC Review: Carved in Cherry-Elizabeth Kirke

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***I received this book in exchange for an honest review via Elizabeth Kirke.

cooltext1544204149 copyOne thing set Lydia Shaw and her store apart from the other antique shops in town… 

Lydia’s collection was plagued by curses, and it was her duty to break them.

Rachel, Angie, and Jo knew nothing about their aunt’s secret life. In fact, they didn’t even know she owned an antique shop, until they inherited it. Unfortunately for them, Lydia passed down more than just her store. The sisters are the proud new owners of countless deadly curses, buried under centuries of dust.

Lydia also left behind her apprentice, Peter. He does everything he can to protect the girls, as they explore their new store, unaware of the dangers it hides. In spite of his efforts, Rachel finds herself obsessed with opening a strange trunk, Angie has vivid dreams, haunted by a man who claims he needs her help, and Jo’s imagination starts to run wild.

When one of them falls victim to a curse, it’s up to Peter and her sisters to save her. But, if Peter can’t teach them to wield a magic, that he barely understands himself, she’ll be the first one to die.

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4/5 Stars

Carved in Cherry is Nancy Drew meets Warehouse 13 with a hint of Supernatural. Between the small town setting, good, old-fashioned sleuthing, and the magical mystery of the runes, Carved in Cherry will have your mind racing, trying to piece all of the clues together in time to save their lives.

PROS:

  • Each cursed item in unique and has an imaginative back story that is never simple or easily resolved. The subplots in this book are meticulously plotted and add subtle foreshadowing to the overall story arch. 
  • The role of the runes, the use of colors, symbolism, and how they combine to form counter spells to combat curses is pretty epic. Not only does it take a knack for reading and interpreting the symbols but it takes ingenuity and quick thinking to face the nasty effects of these curses head on. 
  • Rachel and Peter are smoking hot together. The chemistry is fan yourself, off the pages heat. 
  • Rachel, Jo, and Angie all have vastly different personalities yet are undeniably sisters. The way they banter back and forth and lash out at each other is do well written it’s fun to read and you really get their feelings towards each other clearly.
  • There’s a strong sense of foreboding, mystery, and suspense as the dreams and hallucinations (visions) increase. It’s hard to distinguish between reality and nightmare and this only adds to the terror and anticipation of the curses. 
  • I loved the community that Lydia’s shop is set up in. It’s quaint and antiquated but full of such character. 
  • The tension between Angie and the man she sees in the mirror is frightening and heated. What happened to him, is he alive, is he a curse? This substory sprouts several questions that up the danger and put Angie’s life on the line. Her surety that she’s going crazy is understandable because we as the readers don’t know the truth either. Their interactions are full of fiery insult and angst.
  • What is going on with Lydia? What is she hiding? Is she alive? So many things were left unresolved and wondering where the story will go in the next book.
  • I adored Peter’s sections. His mistrust and feelings of betrayal from Lydia after she kept so much from him are very honest and frankly, he probably should have been more angry. Peter is secretive but determined, he keeps himself focused on protecting the girls and the sword scene was hilarious. Peter is like a big nerd but he has so much power. He’s a trainee in rune casting but it’s not hard to imagine him quickly mastering his skills with a little practice. The way Peter looks at Rachel is very swoony. The attraction is undeniable and the fact that it’s not only sexual, that he talks to her and learns her quirks makes the romance even better. 

CONS:

  • The opening sections of the story lagged and were really slow. It was hard to decipher where exactly the story was going and how each sister fit into the practice of breaking curses. 

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Cover Reveal: The Trouble with Faking-Rachel Morgan

The-Trouble-with-Faking-Rachel-MorganTHE TROUBLE WITH FAKING
RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 27, 2014

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cooltext1712921505 copyAfter a stupid miscommunication, everyone in Andi’s new res thinks she’s secretly dating Damien, boyfriend of resident queen bee Charlotte. Since the rumor’s already out there and refuses to be squashed, Andi and Damien decide to keep up the facade in the hopes of snagging the attention of the people they really want to be with. What could possibly go wrong?

***This is the 3rd book in The Trouble series.

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Spotlight on Melody Grace: Beachwood Bay Series

Beachwood Bay Series by Melody Grace

Beachwood Bay #3.5

You can be anyone for a night…

Alicia isn’t the kind of girl to kiss a total stranger up against the wall — no matter how devastatingly sexy he is. But reeling from a broken heart, she runs straight into the arms of Dex Callahan: rock star, bad boy, and the most seductive man she’s ever known.

Dex is looking for distraction, at any price. The innocent redhead is just what he needs to keep his demons at bay — but one taste of her sweetness isn’t enough. He needs to possess her, body and soul.

Two searching hearts. One night to discover the passion of a lifetime. Dex is determined to show Alicia the pleasure she’s been denied, but can she let go of her heartache and take a risk on the unknown? Find out in the sizzling new novella from USA Today bestselling author, Melody Grace!

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Book-lover and author of USA Today & international bestselling Beachwood Bay series. UNCONDITIONAL out March 18th! I’m 28, a SoCal transplant, and sexy new adult romance junkie 😉

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Cover Reveal: Inspire-Cora Carmack

We are thrilled to bring you the cover for Cora Carmack’s INSPIRE! INSPIRE is a New Adult Paranormal Romance novel and is due to be released on December 15, 2014! 

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cooltext1544204149 copyKalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Rebellion-J.A. Souders

Today J.A. Souders and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for REBELLION, book 3 in the Elysium Chronicles releasing in June 9, 2015! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win the books!

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Title: REBELLION
Author: J.A. Souders
Publisher: TOR Teen
Pub. Date: June 9, 2015
Find it: Goodreads

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J.A. SOUDERS is the author of the Elysium Chronicles and lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and two children where she spends her time writing about the monsters under the bed, day dreaming about living in an underwater colony, and failing miserably at playing video games.
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Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive physical copies of RENEGADE AND REVELATIONS plus the e-novellas as well as ASK AGAIN LATER by Liz Czukas.. If you have J.A.s books already, she will do an Amazon or Book Depository gift card of the same value. International.

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