Promo & Giveaway: Riot of Storm and Smoke-Jennifer Ellision

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Bree and her friends have escaped the clutches of the Egrian King, but their troubles are far from over. Still reeling from the secrets that drew new breath when her father took his last, Bree sets off for the safety of Nereidium– the kingdom she’s just learned is hers.

But with the King’s ire at its peak and war a certainty, Nereidium is no longer safe. As Prince Caden rallies the Egrian people against his tyrant father, Bree, Princess Aleta, and Tregle race to the Nereid shore to warn them of the incoming danger—and to put the Nereid Princess on the throne.

The only trouble there: Bree can’t bring herself to reveal that the Princess is her.

It’s not a dilemma she can waste time pondering. With a new weapon in his arsenal, the King’s strikes are sure to be bolder than ever before. And Bree may not be ready to wear a crown… but she won’t let her kingdom down without a fight.
cooltext1921345213 copyI bounce into the room. “You didn’t wake me. Keep up that attitude and they’ll start to call you layabout—” He looks up at me and the expression in his brown eyes is so bleak it stops me. “Liam,” I finish lamely. I clear my throat. “What’s happened?”

His mouth tightens as he looks from me to the piece of paper in front of him, and something cold gathers itself in my chest. “Liam.”

Sighing, he passes the paper to me. “I’m sorry,” he says.

Lips parting, I look at him questioningly. I’m not sure I want to read this letter. My throat is dry, and I swallow, turning it over in my hands.

“It’s a report,” Liam says gently. “About His Highness.”

No. Liam’s expression hadn’t been a happy one. I take a breath to steady myself, my heart somewhere in the vicinity of my ankles.

A few words leap out at me instantly.

Ruin’s Reaping.

Rescue and search efforts barred by fire.

No sign since.

Presumed missing or dead.

Missing.

Or dead.

Dead.

There’s more to the letter. A wax seal with the Underground’s symbol. Worries over how to proceed with the revolution without a figurehead and other such practicalities that make my stomach roil right now. Like it may burn me, I put the letter down and step cautiously away from it.

“They’re looking for him?” I ask. My voice sounds high.

He hesitates. “No. We haven’t the time.”

I whip my head around. “Haven’t the time? Funny, it seemed just a short while ago that everyone cared a great deal about what Prince Caden could do for them.”

Liam regards me like an unpredictable force of nature. “If we unseat King Langdon, things would have been a degree easier with Prince Caden available to assume the throne, it’s true. But we must forge on without him now.”

“Forge on without—” A sea bucks inside of me. Makers, what I would give to be able… I storm up to Liam and put a threatening finger beneath his chin. “You didn’t—you don’t know him,” I say lowly.

“I did not,” Liam agrees.

“Caden is… He’s just good,” I say around a lump in my throat. It warbles uncertainly, and I have to pause before I go on. “He believes in people. He encourages them. He makes me…makes those around him smile and he…he loves logic.” His gray eyes crinkle in my mind’s eye.

I shake my head. “And he hid under his father’s nose for years, convincing him of his loyalty, until my da and I blew it all to shreds. That’s just what he’s doing now. Running. Hiding. He’s not dead,” I say resolutely. I wipe at my nose to mask a sniffle and turn away from Liam.

“He’s not dead.”

I almost believe it this time.

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Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She resides in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit.

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ARC Review: Threats of Sky and Sea-Jennifer Ellision

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3.5/5 Stars

Threats of Sky and Sea (Threats of Sky and Sea, #1)-Jennifer Ellision

***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley and Jennifer Ellision

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“It isn’t water but fire in my blood at Caden’s touch. Flames race through me, burning me with their insistent need to be fed more. More of him, more of his lips. My arms wind themselves around his neck as my toes curl inside my shoes. His hands are in my hair, at my hips, caressing my cheeks. They’re everywhere at once, but it’s not enough.” 

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Sixteen year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father’s past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian King’s army. Until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and Bree’s father is thrown in jail-along with the secrets from his last mission as the King’s assassin. Secrets that could help the King win a war. Secrets he refuses to share.

Desperate to escape before the King’s capricious whims prove her and her father’s downfall, Bree bargains with him: information for their lives. It’s a good trade. And she has the faith she’ll get them both out of the King’s grasp with time. 

But that was before the discovery that she’s the weapon the King’s been waiting for in his war.

Now, time is running out. To save her father’s life and understand her own, Bree must unravel the knot of her father’s past before the King takes his life-and uses her to bring a nation to its knees.

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PROS:

  • Threats of Sky and Sea reads like high fantasy. It’s almost medieval and in the vein of R.A. Salvatore or Robert Jordan. There’s an old-fashioned, village atmosphere that feels bawdy, rustic, and full of merry drunk people. Threats of Sky and Sea transports you to another time, one that’s much simpler but full of just as much danger. Here there are people who wield forces of nature and kill on a whim, corrupt rulers, and deadly games of conquest. 
  • The cover is beautiful. It’s whimsical and vibrant, the way the water wraps around her, the shooting star, it’s wonderfully magical.
  • Breena is strong, she doesn’t let anything beat her. No matter how betrayed she feels, how alone, and hurt she picks herself back up and plans for escape. Breena’s internal dialogue is authentic, that of a teenage girl conflicted about her dad, the lies he’s told, and her new role in a society she’s never dreamed of. Breena is a fierce girl, she fights, speaks her mind, and is unafraid of conflict. Breena is intelligent, calculated, and embraces her identity, not allowing anyone to change despite severe pressure.
  • Aleta is a badass, fierce girl who holds her head high and knows how to play her part well. She’s brutally honest, snappy, and holds a grudge like nobody’s business.
  • Caden is sweet, caring, and playful, the way he looks at Bree is enough to make any girl melt. Their interactions are so casual and right that there’s no doubt they’re perfect for each other. Caden has so much on his shoulders, and under the gaze of his father it’s remarkable that he’s brave enough and smart enough to hope for a brighter future surrounded by so much greed.
  • The villains are ruthless, evil, and merciless in their taunts, they have absolutely no regard for human life and Kat especially is a dangerous, deadly foe. Her violent, volatile temper increases the tension.
  • Jennifer Ellision is a MASTER of surprise. You will never see the truth coming. Just wow.

CONS:

  • There’s a substantial section when they’re wandering through the woods that drags and slows the plot.
  • The overall mythology of the Earth and recycling the world to one without corruption and giving the power to Elementals was incredibly interesting and inventive but not as detailed or explained as it should have been. More of this back story would have enhanced the plot and really clarified the significance of Elemental power. 
  • The super secret gift from her father seems to have huge importance but is ignored for most of the plot and even as the story ends, it’s still a mystery. 
  • Breena’s father is cocky, confident and infuriatingly smug. His little smirks and refusal to speak to Bree, the way he ignores her, his mannerisms, everything about him just rubbed me the wrong way and really made me angry. However, it increased sympathy for Bree, when you see the kind of mocking arrogance of her father it’s easy to understand and appreciate her confusion towards her father. 

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Upcoming Reviews

I know it’s been an extremely long time since I’ve done one of these posts and I’m still a little behind on reviews but since I can never keep track of when I receive books to participate in Stacking the Shelves, this is the next best thing. I’ve decided to do color as theme. This week is blue 🙂 There will probably be more than just these four but for now…

Coming up:

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Between the Layers by SaraJean Panek

Most fifteen year old girls are trying to figure out who they are; I’m trying to stay alive long enough to figure out what.

I’ve always been on the run. From my guilt about the things I couldn’t change, and from the voice in my head that won’t let me be normal.But yesterday Tommy and I were in a car accident on the way home from school. When I woke up, Tommy was gone, and so was the world I grew up in. Now I’m running less in a metaphorical way, and more in a “pick up the pace if you don’t want to die” way. Why? Because my eyes are blue, and I’m lost in a fantasy world where that means I’m different. It means I might not be human. It means I should already be extinct, and someone called “The Regent” is determined to make me that way.

I need to find the way home, and before I do that, I need to find Tommy. He’s only in this mess because of me. I can’t do it on my own, but it’s hard to know who to trust when everyone keeps trying to kill me.

The Silver Tower by Colee Firman

At eighteen-years-old, Sophie Hayden’s entire life has already been planned out for her. Just like her parents, she’s on the fast track to becoming a Guide for The Silver Tower. In three weeks, she’ll graduate from Slatemore Academy and move away from home—away from her controlling father and spoiled siblings.

When Sophie heads out to do fieldwork required for graduation, she hardly expects to cross paths with students from her school—much less witness them using an ancient relic that’s not supposed to leave the grounds of Slatemore.

Sophie’s decision to find out exactly what they’re up to nearly costs her everything. It seems like a miracle when Leo Emerik swoops in and saves her from disaster. Sophie’s ready to thank him and move on. He has other plans for her.

The minute Leo set his sights on Sophie she knew she was in trouble. Just being in the same room as him has her perfect world ready to spin off its axis. Getting mixed up with Leo is the last thing she needs, and suddenly the only thing she wants.

A catastrophe with Sophie’s name on it seems to be waiting around every corner since meeting Leo. Somehow, he’s always there to bail her out.

Everyone else can see the one thing she can’t—her bad fortune may all lead back to him.

*WARNING* CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE. MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR YOUNGER AND/OR SENSITIVE READERS.

Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision

Sixteen year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father’s past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian King’s army. Until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and Bree’s father is thrown in jail—along with the secrets from his last mission as the King’s assassin. Secrets that could help the King win a war. Secrets he refuses to share.

Desperate to escape before the King’s capricious whims prove her and her father’s downfall, Bree bargains with him: information for their lives. It’s a good trade. And she has faith she’ll get them both out of the King’s grasp with time.

But that was before the discovery that she’s the weapon the King’s been waiting for in his war.

Now, time is running out. To save her father’s life and understand her own, Bree must unravel the knot of her father’s past before the King takes his life– and uses her to bring a nation to its knees.

Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

Perfection comes at a price.

As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.

Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows…and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.

But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving…and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.

For fans of Kiera Cass’ Selection series and Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, and a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.

If you have a color you’d like to see for the following week, feel free to comment. As always, if you’ve read any of these and would like to discuss them or really would like to nominate another blue book comment as well 🙂 

Pleasant reading, 

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