Promo: Dalysian Hope by Jamie Summer

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One night that changed everything.

Sophie Evans is sure about one thing: she’s a normal teenage girl. Until one night her life is turned upside down.

Attacked in her own apartment and saved by two handsome strangers, she’s thrown into a whole new world. Suddenly dealing with powers she knows nothing about and having half-truths thrown at her from every direction, she realizes that the definition of normal might not fit her after all.

When Sophie is told that she has to fight in a matter of life and death, she’s left wondering what chance does she really have? And how can she be the only hope of a race she never even knew existed?

Can Sophie fight the odds stacked against her, or will she lose herself in the process?

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Magical reading, 

Jordan

Cover Reveal: An Average Curse by Rue

Release: June 20th, 2016
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 On an island hidden from the rest of the world, Flynn Hawthorn, the ninth daughter of the ninth daughter, lives under a curse.
 
Her birth fulfills an ancient prophecy. She is destined to inherit the wand of the High Priestess and save her people by reuniting the separated halves of The Book of Shadow and Light.
 
But in a land filled with magick, Flynn is forced to live her life as a Watcher—born into magick, but unable to wield it.
 
As the threat from the Shadow Coven of Southeil grows, Flynn must pretend—with the help of her best friend, Hazel—that she actually has magick. Hazel would do anything for Flynn, but the game they are playing may cost them their lives…
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Rue is a 2015 & 2016 IPPY Award Winner; 2016 National Indie Excellence Finalist and in her limited spare time, she reads voraciously. Her love of the written word led to the pursuit of a B.A. in Journalism from Pepperdine University in California and a lifelong passion for writing. Her respect for indigenous cultures, oral traditions, and the seasonal magick of nature inevitably brought her work to the world of fantasy. The story of Flynn Hawthorn has been part of her heart and imagination for nearly a decade.
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Magical reading, 
Jordan

 

Release Day Blitz: Insta-Hate by C.L. Bond

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           When Alexandria Ray’s romance series becomes an overnight sensation, the world and its demands close in on her. After years of struggling to maintain the pace her publisher, agent and the world expects, she needs a break. Enrolling as a student at Columbia University is step one to finding herself again. Finding Arsen Daniel was not on her list.
           Arsen Daniel, along with his best friend, built an empire in the form of an exclusive, psychology-based dating service. When an old friend invites him to teach a course at Columbia, he accepts. The course? The Psychology of Love.  Sounds simple enough and the publicity alone will make it worth his time. 
          Arsen didn’t expect to meet his match in the form of a sarcastic blonde, hell bent on holding to her belief that true love doesn’t actually exist. After all, what woman, especially a world-renowned romance writer, doesn’t believe in happily ever after? 
          Something in Alexandria’s eyes tortures him. She reminds him of someone from his past and that is a very bad thing.

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Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.

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“Do you want to grab a seat for a few minutes?” he asked.
I looked around and the place was mostly deserted. “Sure.” We settled in two comfortable padded chairs. “For the record, I don’t want to do any of the things Jillian has planned.”
He smiled. “How else do you plan to prove your point?”
“My point will be easily proven. Love doesn’t exist.” I stared at his lips. The bottom was slightly plumper than the top. His blue dress shirt was rolled to the elbows. And his forearms were toned. Damn it. Why should men have forearms like that? Why? They flexed when he raised his cup to his lips, and then flexed again when he sat it back onto the table.
“Why would any woman want that to be true?” he challenged, one brow arching up.
“I don’t want it to be true, it just is.”
His eyes narrowed and he crossed his arms over his chest. “How do you know? Forget the assignment, forget proving a hypothesis and this damn paper. How do you know? Why do you think that?”
I swallowed. “Because if I’ve ever felt it, I don’t remember it.” His brows furrowed and he parted his lips to say something, but never did. What could anyone say to that? 

Romantic reading, 
Jordan

ARC Review: Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black

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Release Date: May 17, 2016

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“Devil-at-the-crossroads” folklore finds its way to YA via this moody, magical tale

Blue Riley has wrestled with her own demons ever since the loss of her mother to cancer. But when she encounters a beautiful devil at her town crossroads, it’s her runaway sister’s soul she fights to save. The devil steals Blue’s voice—inherited from her musically gifted mother—in exchange for a single shot at finding Cass.

Armed with her mother’s guitar, a knapsack of cherished mementos, and a pair of magical boots, Blue journeys west in search of her sister. When the devil changes the terms of their deal, Blue must reevaluate her understanding of good and evil and open herself to finding family in unexpected places.

In Devil and the Bluebird, Jennifer Mason-Black delivers a heart-wrenching depiction of loss and hope.

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3.5/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Amulet Books 

PROS:

  • The supernatural moments were sultry, devious, and insanely creepy. The kind of stuff that makes your skin crawl. I was crazy impressed with how terrifying these small scenes were. Chills. The devil is seductive, manipulative, playful, and yet, doesn’t seem inherently evil. She’s complex (I wish there was more of her and these teeny scary scenes).
  • This blend of folk legend and cross-country journey of self discovery is pervasive and grips you immediately. Blue’s quest to find her sister to hold on to some semblance of the life she used to know is poetic, beautiful, and cathartic. There’s a smokey air of supernatural and uncertainty that keeps the story fresh despite the slow pace.
  • Secondary characters are something else. They each have strong, unique voices and carry their own pain. No matter how fleeting their time in the story, they add a sharp “realness” that contrasts strongly with the paranormal. Diversity is a powerful component. There are people from all walks of life, trans, homeless, extremely religious, wanderers, dreamers, musicians. They’re all there, bursting into life with each moment on the page. There are a lot of dangers on the road as well. From thieves, to traffickers, to serial killers, you never know what’s coming.
  • This story is really about finding yourself when everything spins out of control and all stability is lost. When so much of who you are is based on your relation to others and how they perceive you, what do you have left when they’re gone? Blue struggles to learn who she is, who she wants to be, and to find her voice after it was robbed from her by the devil. Ironically, Blue’s voice, her individuality was gone well before that and only through her deal with the devil does she realize how much she wasn’t living.

CONS:

  • The pacing was overall pretty slow. The story dragged a bit, especially when there wasn’t something supernatural happening (granted hitchhiking across the country is not the fastest). The constant wandering got monotonous at times, partially because Blue’s voice wavered. Occasionally it was strong and passionate; she was finding herself along the way, but other times it is diminutive and she reverts back to the little sister constantly being cast in the shadow of everyone else’s talent. 
  • The romance was light and felt randomly inserted. Unnecessary is a better word. It jumps from attraction to instalove and it shifted the focus of the story, not in a good way. 
  • Blue’s relationship with her sister wasn’t built up enough. What little we know of Cass makes her extremely unlikable and you sort of wonder why Blue is putting so much effort into finding someone who is ungrateful and clearly doesn’t want to be found. She totally abandoned her sister in her time of need. Not cool.

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Spooky reading, 

Jordan

ARC Review: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen

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Release Date: June 7, 2016

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Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.

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3.5/5 Stars

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is a feel good romance with tons of laughs and flirty banter. The comedy got me from the very first page, but the chemistry kept me engaged. 

PROS:

  • Taylor has a powerful voice. She knows exactly who she is and is confident in herself. That’s so refreshing. Taylor doesn’t let nicknames like the Ice Queen get to her, she thinks outside of the box and makes the most out of every situation. She’s smart, snarky, passionate, and oh so nerdy. 
  • Evan is popular, gorgeous, and totally at easy with his sexual prowess. Nothing really gets under his skin. He’s a genuinely kind-hearted, nice guy. His only problem is not processing his feelings and lashing out. He’s complicated and it’s the guy beneath the playboy exterior that draws you in. 
  • This story is hilarious. There are so many cute, laugh out loud moments that it’s easy to fall for this story and their sweet romance. Even though it’s a game, it feels real and right. 
  • Taylor and Evan are adorable together. They compliment each other so well, it’s pretty undeniable how right they are for each other. They’re witty, their flirty banter, and soft touches, everything is fun and full of life. They make each other’s world brighter just by being a part of it. 

CONS:

  • The cover. This is a playful romance. The cover looks like a sultry new adult romance or something. It just doesn’t fit. 
  • Secondary characters faded in and out. What there was of them was vibrant. The “other woman” was highlighted much more than the friendships with the main characters. While this added drama, it didn’t add much to the story.
  • The ending felt rushed and cut off abruptly. 

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Happy reading, 

Jordan

Cover Reveal: Ballistic by Aria Michaels

TIME TO CELEBRATE!!! The gorgeous new cover of Ballistic (Icarus Series, Book Two) is officially LIVE!! Cover artist L.J. Stock has outdone herself once again with this epic and enthralling design. It’s raw and honest, and truly embodies the force of nature that is this epic dystopian thrill-ride. Be sure to grab your copy today on Pre-order for the June 1st release and see why critics and readers alike are raving about the Icarus Series. ballisticPre-Order Amazon

Release Date: June 1, 2016

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It’s been three days since Solar Storm Icarus silenced the world…three days since the GRS virus wiped out most of humanity and started changing the few who remained. Liv and the others made it through the initial wave, but they’ve lost a lot along the way and the journey to Salvation is far from over. A rogue military organization has taken hold of the area and they possess a weapon that could change everything. 

When Liv finds out her brother and the other refugees are being held captive at Camp Seco, she will risk everything to get him back. As the group embarks upon a dangerous rescue mission, a rival band of survivors threatens their safety and a new storm gathers overhead. The virus has spread and the infected are being drawn together. What’s worse, the beast that lurks inside of Liv is growing stronger and more difficult to control. But Liv has a promise to keep–and her little brother is running out of time.

Will Liv be able to harness her strength to save her brother and the hundreds of other innocents beyond the walls of Camp Seco, or will she let the monster out and put them all at risk?teaserballballisballist

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Exciting reading, 

Jordan

ARC Review: With Malice by Eileen Cook

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Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be. She comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy three days previous but was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & HMH Books for Young Readers

PROS:

  • That nagging need to know the truth make you push through to the bitter end. 
  • Jill is easy to relate too. Her struggles to remember, her sense of feeling helpless are extremely authentic and will have you sympathizing with her. Jill is likable, her voice is strong, and she’s passionate. Jill is a genuinely good person and her unwavering devotion to Simone makes you respect her. Jill’s fear is full force. When she learns some of the stuff that happened to her in Italy, it’s like her world is crumbling and she doesn’t know who she is anymore. 
  • The relationships are complicated, there’s a ton of drama, back stories are left just bare enough to make you wonder what is truly going on. 

CONS:

  • The twist was predictable. 
  • Even though Jill lost her memory and had a bunch of (granted circumstantial) evidence pitted against her, never once did I EVER think Jill was capable. Sure, reasonable doubt was there and yeah, even Jill questions, but that uncertainty for the reader? There wasn’t enough of Jill’s character (per Jill) prior to the accident (even though she had pretty clear memories of her friendship with Simone since 4th grade, other than Italy) to see her as something other than a confused, injured, and pretty demure victim. I think, had there been a little more of their past blended in, more of Simone’s issues, Jill’s insecurities, anything like that, it would have made the story seem more complex and really make you doubt everything you thought you knew about the characters. 
  • This story if full of multiple bits of evidence in addition to Jill’s POV. From police interviews, to hate blogs, to psychologist reports, and news specials, most of these fit in, but there were sections from an Italy travel guide that, while they applied to the book, didn’t really fit and were more of a distraction than anything. The narrative was skewed and all this extra stuff really dragged down the pace, making it much slower and less engaging than it should have been.

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Interesting reading, 

Jordan