Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (3) Assassin of Truth

Hey y'all, thanks so much for stopping by my WoW!

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The gateways linking the great libraries of the world don’t require a library card, but they do harbor incredible dangers.

And it’s not your normal bump-in-the-night kind. The threats Gia Kearns faces are the kind with sharp teeth and knifelike claws. Not to mention there’s an evil wizard trying to use his magical abilities to take her down. Because she has the keys to end his devious plan. That is, once she figures out what to do with them. 

With the handsome, cocky, and maybe-perfect-for-her Bastien by her side, Gia travels through the beautiful wizard havens and Mystik covens to gather the answers she seeks. The journey is harrowing, and it pits Gia against someone she loves. But there’s only one way to destroy her enemies—if she can uncover it before they catch up to her.

Because sometimes facing our demons is the only way out. 

Why am I waiting?

Bastien and Gia together again. Super excited to jump back into this series and see how they end the evil wizard’s plans.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Teaser Tuesday (3) Lure of Oblivion

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“Why would you think that?” 

“He barely paid any attention to Julie. That’s not normal.” 

Marlon’s expression softened. “Aw, sweetie, not all guys want to use you to get to Julie.”

Lure of Oblivion page 83

I absolutely love this moment between Gwen and her foster brother Marlon. He seems to be taken aback with how Gwen perceives Zander's attention.

“That mark tells others that you’re taken. Not by someone who considers you a simple possession—shifters won’t mark people they don’t respect, and they don’t do it on a whim or for sh*ts and giggles. The mark says you’re taken by someone who respects, protects, and values you."
Lure of Oblivion page 94

Zander trying to explain how things are to Gwen. She isn't buying it though.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: The Perfectly Imperfect Match

Kendra C. Highley
Format e-ARC
Print Length 252 pages
Publisher July 10, 2017
Published Entangled Teen (Crush)

Pitcher Dylan Dennings has his future all mapped out: make the minors straight out of high school, work his way up the farm system, and get called up to the majors by the time he’s twenty-three. The Plan has been his sole focus for years, and if making his dreams come true means instituting a strict “no girls” policy, so be it. 

Lucy Foster, needlepoint ninja, big sister to an aspiring pitcher, and chicken advocate, likes a little mayhem. So what if she gets lost taking her brother to baseball camp…at her own high school? The pitching coach, some hotshot high school player, obviously thinks she’s a hot mess. Too bad he’s cute, because he’s so not her type. 

Problem is, they keep running into each other, and every interaction sparks hotter than the last. But with Dylan’s future on the line, he has to decide whether some rules are made to be broken…

Disclaimer: This book contains a crazy night of moonlit skinny-dipping, a combustible crush, and kisses swoony enough to unwind even the most Type A athlete.

My Opinion

The high school baseball coach is making his players coach the elementary school kids. Otis is one of the kids on Dylan’s team and pretty much Dylan is his hero. Dylan wants to fast his way to the pros by starting in the minors and not going to college. His parents are against this plan but he thinks it is for the best. He has it all laid out. Lucy is Otis’ big sister, she teaches needlepointing and wants to help her bestie save her chicken farm. Neither have time for the other and yet time and time again they are paired together.

If you love stories where opposites attract this is the story for you. Dylan and Lucy could not have been more different. Him a Type A personality, her Type B. Both of them have stress on them, yet it is how they handle things differ vastly. Dylan straight-laced and no nonsense, Lucy feisty and a bit of a pistol. She is not however flakey as she does have a lot of responsibility on her plate.

My favorite thing about this story is that the parents were not absent. They were very much involved in both of their children’s lives. Dylan’s parents hoping for a plan B, as they understand that being a major league baseball player may not work out for him. Lucy’s parents being supportive of her, even with her dad being deployed. Regardless of their parents involvements they were still able to make their own decisions.

It takes a while for the chemistry to build between these two, although there were sparks right away. I like that they spare Otis the heartache of his coach dating his sister. I like even more when they decided to give it a go.  There is some heart ached mixed in when the these two have communication issues.

Cute, fast read that will leave you sighing and thinking that love just may be real after all.

My Rating
3 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote

Other People

Otis- Lucy’s brother
Serena- Lucy’s bestie
Tristan- Dylan’s bestie

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Book Trailer Saturday (2) Everless

Some people believe you can fall in love at first sight. When it comes to books I believe those people. Book trailers are an excellent way to fall in love at first sight. I hope to feature a book trailer here every Saturday to help you fall in love at first sight...

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Review: Spartan Heart

Jennifer Estep
Format e-book
Print Length 279 pages
Publisher self
Published December 5, 2017

New school year, same old problems . . . 

At Mythos Academy, everyone knows exactly who I am: Rory Forseti, Spartan girl and the daughter of Reapers. 

Even though I fought alongside my cousin Gwen Frost to save the mythological world from Loki and his evil Reapers of Chaos, I’m still the most hated girl at the academy because of all the horrible things my parents did. I had hoped that this school year would be different, but the other kids just won’t let me forget about my parents. 

But something strange is going on at the Colorado Academy. First, I run into a Viking guy who dislikes me more than most. Then I notice some odd artifacts in the Library of Antiquities. And worst of all, I start hearing rumors about a new group of Reapers who can summon mythological monsters. 

I might be the most hated girl at Mythos Academy, but I’m also the only one who can save it . . . 

My Opinion

***Spoiler Alert***This review contains some spoilers for the original series***

I was so excited when I found out that Jennifer Estep was writing a spin-off to the Mythos Academy series. I laughed in delight when we found out that it was going to be about Rory, Gwen’s cousin. Then I not so patiently waited for the release date. If you have not read the original series, I would suggest that you do before starting this one. The first book was Touch of Frost, it was fabulous and will give you the back ground information that you would be missing going into Spartan Heart.

Spartan Heart begins about a year after the events in Killer Frost the sixth and final book in the original Mythos Academy series. The book follows Rory Forseti, Gwen’s Spartan cousin who parents happen to be Reaper Assassins. She didn’t know until the final battle and she fought against them. As assassins, they had killed a lot of good people. The betrayal cut deep, and the wounds are still bleeding. This could be due to the other students harboring some serious hate for Rory even though she fought on the good side.

Rory is definitely the most hated girl on campus which she knows and handles pretty well. She has the support of her Aunt Rachel and that helps her for the most part. She even has a plan concentrate on her schoolwork, and prove she is not like her parents. Only hanging out at the library to do your schoolwork could be extremely dangerous when Reapers show up and bring with them chimeras. So Rory does what Spartans do best, she fights them. After a quick visit with Linus Quinn, the head of the Protectorate, Rory is put on the case of the missing artifacts with a team of other students lead by a Samurai.

There is a quesi-love interest. Not sure if it will turn out to be anything as the sparks that were there with Logan and Gwen were missing with Rory and Ian. I think this will be solved in the second book, once they spend more time together.

There are some parallels between this book and the first series- the library being the focal point, reapers, talking swords, Goddess quest, an animal sidekick. This book is still fresh and exciting in its own right. 

A great start to a spin-off series, and I was excited to be back in the world where Romans, Vikings, Valkyrie, Spartans and Samurai’s all intermingle.

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote “I wanted to do something important. Something that mattered. Something that would aid other people.”

Other People

Lance- Roman warrior, school golden boy
Professor Takada- Samurai, mentor to Ian
Aunt Rachel- Rory’s Aunt
Zoe- Valkyrie

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Swoon Thursday (2) Trick

The fabulous girls over at The fabulous girls over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme. Here's how it works:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON.

What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! I want to know & so do the gals at YABound.A Bound created this super HOT meme.

I rested my head back against his shoulder.  "Beauty, huh?"

"Oh, yes."  His hands rubbed slowly against my body, a curling flame firing ow in my gut.  "You're the beauty to my beast."

My lips twitched.  "I've read that fairy tale."

"I imagine you have.  After all, that was the only hobby you listed on your Marriage Match application."

Trick Kindle Location 862

The minute Alaric mentioned Faith's love of books I was sold.  He gets way swoonier but this is my favorite moment so far.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (2) The Bastard’s Bargain

Hey y'all, thanks so much for stopping by my WoW!

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

When Keira O’Malley was a child, she used to picture her perfect wedding. The flowers. The dress. Her husband. But nothing could have prepared her for saying “I do” to Dmitri Romanov—cold, domineering and always one step ahead of everyone else in the ever-shifting power plays of New York City. She agreed to his bargain to secure peace for her family, and she may want the bastard more than she’d ever admit, but she’ll be damned if she’ll make this marriage easy for him.

Dmitri knows better than to underestimate Keira for one second. Molten desire smolders between them, a dangerous addiction neither can resist. But his enemies are already on the move, and he needs every ounce of his legendary focus and control to keep them alive. Keira could just be his secret weapon—if she doesn’t bring him to his knees first.

Why am I waiting?

I hate Dmitri and Keira is not much better. How they get together I do not know but I want to know. I also want to know if their romance can redeem either of them in my eyes because these are two characters I love to hate.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Teaser Tuesday (2) Midnight Jewel

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

31574894Each girl was powerful in her own way, one always burning with drive and the other so light and playful that she practically danced through her days. Me? I was the mediator, the one who kept those extremes balanced.
~Midnight Jewel

Sometimes it sucks being the mediator, the balance Mira is handling it well but one can't help but wonder what she is hiding.

“With your prompting! Don’t drag her into your reckless lifestyle. Don’t make her like you! She has a good chance here. A chance for stability and happiness, maybe even love.”
~Midnight Jewel

Grant sure is getting yelled out here, wonder if he really is going to ruin Mira's chance at love.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: Ruining Mr. Perfect

Author Marie Harte
Format e-book
Print Length 337 pages
Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published Oct. 7, 2014

It's Not Easy Being Right...

Vanessa Campbell is a CPA by day and a perfectionist by night. She's fit, successful...and decidedly lonely. She can't stop thinking about the youngest McCauley brother, Cameron. He's just like her: smart, attractive, and usually right—except when dealing with her.

...But Someone's Got To Do It.

Cameron McCauley likes Vanessa a little too well. She's a blond goddess with a razor-sharp tongue. She hates to be wrong, just like him. But she can hold a grudge and is stubborn to a fault—also like him.

A past misunderstanding has them rubbing each other the wrong way. Cam is dying to shake Vanessa up—get her to let loose. But if he succeeds, can his heart handle it?

My Opinion

I read this series in order, which definitely helps as I knew the other characters and had some sense of what was going on. Plus, I knew who all the side characters were. There may be some spoilers in this review for the first two books.

Cam’s dad and brothers are all blue collar workers, Cam being the exception. Instead of working with his hands he is much more of a mathematics kinda guy. Sometimes this puts him at odds with his pop and the boys and other times they go right to him for help. I do hate how it puts him at odds with his daddy more often than not. At times I felt that Cam was a little bit too sensitive.

Vanessa lives next door to Cam’s widowed brother and nephew. Vanessa is the tough one outta of the group of girls living in his parent’s old home (his childhood home). She can kinda be a witch and she most definitely has a resting face. I liked it when she was wrong since she is almost always right. She has a corporate job, a planner and a plan. Her plan does not include Cam or a serious relationship. Too bad for her, his plans do include her and a happily ever after.

There are a lot of subplots going on here with Del and Mike then Cam’s parents. I think that took away from Cam and Vanessa’s story a bit. I also think that they may both be a little too uppity to actually workout, maybe even a little too much alike.

My Rating 3 stars out of 5

Favorite Quote “It means, princess, that if you touch me again, I’ll give you the kiss you’ve been begging for since day one.”

Other People

Beth- Cam’s mom
James- Cam’s dad
Mike- Cam’s brother
Del- automatic

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Books I am excited about in 2018!!!

Here are some books I am really excited about that will come out sometime this year!  There are a lot more that I am excited for but they have no covers as of yet so I left them off the snapshot below.  What books are you excited for?

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Book Trailer Saturday (1) Moonlight Sins

Some people believe you can fall in love at first sight. When it comes to books I believe those people. Book trailers are an excellent way to fall in love at first sight. I hope to feature a book trailer here every Saturday to help you fall in love at first sight...


35068738New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout delivers the unforgettable story of a woman whose new life has just begun—but may end in murder... 
Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent... her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.

Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.

The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia...

Friday, January 5, 2018

Review: Of Flame and Fate

Author Cecy Robson
Format e-ARC
Print Length 332 pages
Publisher self-published
Published September 26 2017

Taran Wird, who commands the power to wield fire and lightning, is an oddity in the supernatural world. But neither Taran nor her unique sisters compare to the bizarre entity known as Destiny. And Taran is assigned to protect her.

Born of two witches, Destiny is revered among the supernatural elite for her acute ability to predict the future. Her biggest prophecy involves Taran’s sister, Celia, whom Destiny decreed will bear children strong enough to take on the evil that’s rising. Yet Destiny is not alone in her predictions, or individuality.

When Johnny Fate, a rock star among humans and a male version of Destiny is discovered, his powers and Destiny’s clash, triggering the start of Destiny’s demise and altering the fate of Celia’s unborn children.

Taran, her werewolf lover Gemini, and their allies must determine if it’s Fate who will decide what will become of Celia’s children, or if their lives and the world will perish with Destiny.

My Opinion

***Review contains spoilers from Of Fire and Light***

With Gemini and Taran back together, the council can of course outsource both of their special skill sets. Gemini to being Beta to Aric’s Alpha and Taran to being a body guard. Doesn’t sound bad, I mean after all how much trouble can the supernatural seer actually get into do? Turns out a lot! Destiny accidently runs across Fate and this causes her prophecy to well go a little up in smokes. It also causes her to become dangerously ill. Only the Weird Girls can save her but is fighting fate good or bad?

I love seeing Gemini and Taran together- it is like seeing caution and impulse get married. Gemini is so protective of her and Taran is so reckless that at times it causes some tension. The good kinda of tension that means each care about and understands the other person. How they resolve their conflicts are pretty intensely HOT.

I loved how Destiny and Fate are connected in this story. When they co-exist in the same time period an imbalance is created, one that must be dealt with. How this is resolved is interesting and will engage the reader for the remaining portion of the story. If I was Destiny I would seriously consider no longer working for the council after their display of love in this book. I may even take my mate and say adios completely. 

We get to see snippets of the other sisters and how they are getting along with their mates or lack there of. Poor Emme! I honestly hope that Bren is her mate but he is not, then I hope that she knocks him out. She is too gentle to punch him in the nose but a reader can hope can’t they?

It was fabulous being back in the Weird Girls world. I felt like I was on an epic rollercoaster ride to save everybody that I have grown to love (except for one grouchy neighbor). I cannot wait to read the next one, and will willingly shout the world that I am checking the authors social media sites on the regular hoping for snippets, cover reveals or release dates.

My Rating 5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote
“Together is how they belong.”

Other People

Aric- Alpha of Gemini’s pack
Celia- Taran’s oldest sister, shifter
Emme- Taran’s youngest sister, healer
Shayna- Taran’s younger sister, metal manipulator