Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Audiobook Tour: The Water Legacy (Hidden Legends: Academy of Magical Creatures #2) by Megan Linski & Alicia Rades

Audiobook Tour: The Water Legacy by Megan Linski & Alicia Rades

Authors: Megan Linski & Alicia Rades

Narrators: Jennifer Jill Araya & Graham Halstead

Length: 16 hours and 1 minutes

Series: Academy of Magical Creatures, Book 2

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Released: Sep. 10, 2019

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Fire and water are forbidden.

Sophia:

Liam and I survived the Elemental Cup, but the tournament was only the beginning. The Koigni Elders were impressed by my performance and believe I can help them take over the entire tribe.

But they're asking me to fight for a cause I don't believe in, and forcing me to use my magic in ways that feel wrong. I must learn how to use my powers to contact the ancestors - or I'll lose everyone I love.

Liam:

Sophia Henley's now my girlfriend. And, oh yeah, I'm supposed to kill her.

The water council has promised they'll bring my familiar back from the dead - my literal soul - if I take Sophia's life. But I love her more than I love myself. How can I make such an impossible decision? Even worse, how could I possibly live without her?

But this isn't about us anymore. If don't fulfill my mission, thousands will die...and Sophia and I are both keeping secrets that will change everything.

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World. Mystery, New Adult, Romance, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Suspense, Urban Fantasy--

This was the Supernatural Romeo and Juliet I was looking for! I really enjoyed the first book in the series but The Water Legacy upped the ante for me. I was 100% there for all the magic, all the cute random animals (more kitsune please!), the drama and the romance! I ended up listening to all 16 hours of this book in 1 day (keep in min I listened on 2x the speed since the narrators were just about perfect when I sped the book up so it was technically less than 16 hours) because I found myself sucked back into this world so easily. It took no time for me to be fully immersed in all the conflicts (and boy are there many!) and wanting to know more. That being said, I am going to need the 4 other books in the series to be put on audio asap so I can binge the series to my hearts contentment.

Let me just take a minute to reflect on how steamy this story was- as well as how awkward! The characters are away at college in a committed relationship and decide to escalate to a more physical relationship- keep in mind there is no actual sex, but boy did some of the encounters get hot anyway. Also, surprisingly and probably very realistically, the encounters at times were SO INCREDIBLY AWKWARD! There was fumbling, gagging, unwanted messes... The author made it seem so very true to first love that I was so uncomfortable and cringing for the characters while reading the sections as well as impressed by the realism of this very non-real fantastical story.

And yes, I just spent a paragraph talking about sex, but there was so much more to the story than that! There was all kinds of drama- be it family, friends, school, or romance, some new mystical animals showed up that I can't wait to see again, a very detailed prophecy and potential war looming on the horizon and the action that I thought I would not see after the first book. This had everything I want in a story, as well as 2 wonderful narrators- one for each of the main characters, that helped bring everything to life. I am a big time fan of this world, and even though the ending totally broke my heart, I will be continuing on in this series as soon as I can!

I recommend this for anyone who like paranormal romances, forbidden love, urban fantasy and fantastical academy stories.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Megan Linski. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Megan Linski and Alicia Rades are two best friends and the authors of the Academy of Magical Creatures series. Both are USA TODAY Bestselling Authors and award-winning novelists for teens and young adults. Megan Linski is a disabled author who loves laughter, adventure, and fantasy worlds. She is a proud member of Koigni House. Alicia Rades is a mother who enjoys exploring paranormal realms and trying new recipes. She is a champion from Toaqua House. Both girls love nature, animals, sexy romances, and eating cheese.
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Narrator Bio

Jennifer Jill Araya has been listening to audiobooks since she was a young child, and the fact that she now gets to narrate audiobooks for a living is a dream come true. Jennifer’s training as an opera singer and orchestral cellist lend a musicality and depth of understanding to her narration that help bring her authors’ stories to life. She loves nothing more than giving life and breath to the printed word. When she’s not narrating, Jennifer can be found hiking, biking, running, or generally exploring her home city of Cincinnati with her husband Arturo (aka “Partner in Crime”) and their two children.

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Two-time Audie Award winner and recipient of five AudioFile Earphones Awards, Graham Halstead has narrated 180+ titles for Audible, Recorded Books, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Hachette, Harper Collins and many more.
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Monday, January 20, 2020

Blog Blitz & Giveaway: Pixieland Diaries by Christina Bauer

Pixieland Diaries
Christina Bauer
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: March 31st 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

WARNING

If you don’t like pixies, don’t read this diary.

If you don’t like loud-mouthed pixies who are really cool but sometimes get told they’re immature (for no reason), then definitely stop reading.

Oh, and if you’re His Awfulness The Elf Prince ‘Dare’ Darius, then you can kiss my butt. My hatred for you burns with the fire of a thousand suns. Thanks for getting me kicked out of Pixieland and exiled to attend some rando human high school on Earth. You’re the worst, even if you have a cute smile. And nice eyes. Your hair looks okay sometimes, too. But you’re still a creep and I loathe you.

And to everyone else: if you’ve read this far, then you better finish my entire diary.

My story is supernatural, wacked-out, and overall awesome.

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DAY ONE OF THE NEW ME

Dear Diary,

Goodbye, old me! This journal will track my transformation into an all-new Calla. Not on the physical side, mind you. I’ll still be a fifteen-year-old pixie, five feet tall with pink hair and violet eyes. Instead, what will change about me is this: as of today, I shall never play another prank for as long as I live.

Definitely.

Maybe.

Hopefully.

Okay, having a diary means being totally honest. It’s true that I’ve made this no-prank promise before. But today the Elven High Council gave me another super-long lecture on my so-called silly attitude. What a bunch of grumps. All their panties were in a twist, too. Why? I just cast one little enchantment that transformed the council’s shampoo into hair remover.

Which was awesome, by the way. The council are way too snooty and into their looks. Plus without their hair, the council rocks an alien vibe. And their silken tresses will all be back to normal after a spell or two. I think. Prince Darius says my magic is too powerful for my own good. He’s too cute for his, so we’re even.

Anyway, back to the council’s lecture. They reviewed this crazy-long list of how I should act going forward. I wrote it all down super carefully:

Act mysterious – always

Be frivolous – never

There was more on their list but what can I say? I got bored. The council also waah waah waah-ed that if I didn’t change my personality and soon, then this was my last warning. One more infraction and I would be kicked out of Pixieland, my home within Faerie.

Exile would be the worst, so I’m putting together a New Me plan.

Next steps to the New Me: swap out my gossamer wings for a bat look … Only answer questions with a long and mysterious ‘maaaaaaybe’ … And no pranks.

For real, this time.

-The New Calla

Author Bio:

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Cursed Key (The Cursed Key Trilogy #1) by Miranda Brock & Rebecca Hamilton

The Cursed Key
Miranda Brock & Rebecca Hamilton
(The Cursed Key Trilogy #1)
Published by: Evershade Publishing
Publication date: January 14th 2020
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy

A forgotten past, a dark mage, and an unyielding curse.

Another team beat free-spirited archaeologist Olivia Perez to the dig of a lifetime, and now she’s left with the choice to wait for scraps or brave a dangerous, dusty tomb in hopes of finding other priceless artifacts. Her reward? A mysterious key she has no idea is cursed. Soon, Olivia realizes she’s brought home more than just an ancient rarity.

Malevolent visions begin to plague her. Unnerved by what they reveal, she casts away the key…unknowingly placing it into the waiting hands of a dark mage bent on destruction. Only when a shifter agent from the Paranormal Intelligence and Tracking Organization arrives searching for the key does Olivia realize what a huge mistake she’s made. 

Forced to team up with the ill-tempered shifter, her journey to reclaim the cursed key leads down a twisting path of dark histories, dangerous magic, and deadly obstacles. But Olivia’s efforts to take back the ancient relic before the dark mage can destroy the lives of humans, shifters, witches, and fae alike are thwarted by her own dark past…and a price steeper than what she’s willing to pay.

Fans of Tomb Raider and Ilona Andrews will love the blend of urban fantasy, magical adventure, and paranormal romance in THE CURSED KEY from Miranda Brock and New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Hamilton!

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Faeries, Mystery, Supernatural, Suspense, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves, Witches--

Olivia is on a archaeological mission in the Amazon when she finds herself in the possession of an old key. What she never could have guessed was that the key is being sought after by many interested parties for many different reasons. Olivia now finds herself on a dangerous quest with a moody partner for answers since her actions may have caused massive destruction.

I don't want to give anything away for this story since I love how everything unfolded so this will be a pretty short review for me. Cursed Key was such an exciting, easy to read story- I could have easily read it in a day if I hadn't been pacing myself so I could enjoy the story longer! Picking it up was thrilling for me because I knew that when I did I would be transported to somewhere else, a place full of action and danger, magic and surprise, a perfect dose of escapism to get lost in. I had been waiting for months to get my hands on this story, I pre-ordered it as soon as it was available because I had a total case of cover love and the plot sounded right up my alley with an urban fantasy feel to it. I think the best way to describe this story would Indiana Jones meeting an urban fantasy world filled with magic, shapeshfters, witches, fey, and who knows what else I have not had the chance to encounter yet! I had very, very high expectations for this book and Cursed Key fit them perfectly.

And no, this is not a standalone, but instead the first in a series, with an ending that showed the mess is just getting started for Olivia- and I have no idea how I can wait for the next book! This is the perfect read for anyone who loves the movies Indiana Jones or the Tomb Raider, and fans of action and adventure stories with a whole heaping of magic! I also hope that the next book includes a possible love match with a certain moody kitty...

Author Bio:

New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Hamilton writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Harlequin, Baste Lübbe, and Evershade. A book addict, registered bone marrow donor, and indian food enthusiast, she often takes to fictional worlds to see what perilous situations her characters will find themselves in next.

Represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA, Rebecca has been published internationally, in three languages: English, German, and Hungarian.

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From an early age Miranda Brock has always loved fantasy and adventure everything. Since she doesn't live in a world of enchanting powers, mythical beasts, and things unbelievable she has decided to write about them. (Although, if you happen to see a dragon flying around, do tell her.) Born in southern Illinois, where she still resides with her husband and two children, she grew up running through the woods, playing in creeks, and riding horses. What started out as writing poetry grew into short stories and eventually led to her first novel, Souls Discovered. Miranda lives in the country where she finds inspiration in the simplicity and beauty around her. With the help of a ridiculous amount of coffee and some good music she writes whenever she gets a chance.

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Cover Reveal: Pixieland Diaries by Christina Bauer

Pixieland Diaries
Christina Bauer
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: March 31st 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

WARNING

If you don’t like pixies, don’t read this diary.

If you don’t like loud-mouthed pixies who are really cool but sometimes get told they’re immature (for no reason), then definitely stop reading.

Oh, and if you’re His Awfulness The Elf Prince ‘Dare’ Darius, then you can kiss my butt. My hatred for you burns with the fire of a thousand suns. Thanks for getting me kicked out of Pixieland and exiled to attend some rando human high school on Earth. You’re the worst, even if you have a cute smile. And nice eyes. Your hair looks okay sometimes, too. But you’re still a creep and I loathe you.

And to everyone else: if you’ve read this far, then you better finish my entire diary.

My story is supernatural, wacked-out, and overall awesome.

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Author Bio:

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press. 

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Finding Mr. Better-Than-You by Shani Petroff

Finding Mr. Better-Than-You
Shani Petroff
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 14th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

A heartbroken teen, with the help of her best friends, goes on a quest to find the perfect boyfriend, and in the end learns that some things are more important than boys in Shani Petroff’s fun YA contemporary novel Finding Mr. Better-Than-You.

Camryn Roth has it all planned out: a perfect senior year with her friends and then it’s off to Columbia with her boyfriend, Marc. But the first week of school, everything falls apart. Not only does she not have enough extracurriculars for her dream school, her relationship falls to pieces when Marc publically dumps her!

With the help of her two best friends, Camryn is determined to pull her life back together. Step one, more extracurriculars. Step two, get over Marc and find someone better.

Shani Petroff’s newest rom-com is a love letter to friendship: to those who help you find your true self, stand by you no matter what, and support your plans even when they know they’re doomed.

Praise for Shani Petroff:

“Fans of holiday movies, rom-coms, and ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ will enjoy My New Crush Gave to Me . . . Petroff’s festive story will have readers baking gingerbread cookies and buñuelos at any time of year.” —VOYA, on My New Crush Gave to Me

“A worthwhile read. Flirty and fun.” —Booklist, on Romeo & What’s Her Name

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She tossed me a heart-shaped stress ball from a container near her. “You’ll thank me later. You need to learn how to do this. Talking to people is a skill.” Ugh. Dropping that persuasive-speaking class was definitely a mistake.

Terri paused, stared at me, and then nodded. “It might be easier if you’re alone. We’ll wait in the next row. Just go walk up to them and start up a conversation.”

I bugged my eyes out at her.

“Literally, all you have to do is say hi,” she said.


“And what if they say hi back!?”


“Then you have a conversation.” Terri spoke each word slowly, as if she were talking to a toddler.

“When did you get so shy?” Grace asked. “You gave those soccer boys hell for the past three years. They’re like the hottest guys in school and you were always joking around with them, putting them in their place, and having fun.”

“That was different.” They were my friends; they were Marc’s friends. I was one of the group, one of the guys. They welcomed me.

“It’s really not any different,” she said. “Just pretend the two over there are old friends, too, or, even better, people you don’t care about.

You can do this.”

I squeezed the stress-ball heart and walked toward the guys. I could do this. It was for my future, and I was not going to be a wuss—not when it came to finding love.

I slowed down when I approached them.

“Hi.”

The word came out of my mouth. It was me who had spoken it, yet this particular hi was a sound I’d never heard before; a frightening, high-pitched squeak that somehow got stuck in my throat, causing a sort of hiccup. I wasn’t quite sure it was human. I had a feeling the guys didn’t, either. They both turned and looked at me. I didn’t stick around and wait for their reactions. I made a beeline for my friends, who were waiting for me in the next aisle.

“What are you doing here? Go back and talk to them,” Terri whispered.

“Are you kidding me? Did you not hear what happened?”

Grace mimicked my squeal: “What do you mean?”

She and Terri laughed as I covered my face with my hands.

Terri pulled my arms down. “This is how you learn. Go back and start a conversation.”

“I sounded like a mouse high on helium who also got stuck in a trap. I’m not going back there.”

“You have to.”


“Do it, do it, do it,” Grace started softly chanting.


“You’ve got to be kidding,” I said.

“I dare you,” Terri challenged.

Grace let out a whistle. “Ooooohhhhhh.”

They knew I couldn’t resist a good dare. Still . . . this was asking for humiliation.

“You can’t give up now,” Grace said. “What would Bridget Jones do?”


I groaned. It was not fair to use Bridget on me. Bridget Jones’s Diary, while an oldie, was one of my very favorites. I loved Bridget and the ridiculous situations she got herself in, but that didn’t mean I wanted to re-create them.

Grace pointed her finger at me and donned a serious expression. “Do you want to be a disgrace to rom-com lovers everywhere? I don’t think so. Now go back and finish what you started.”

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Author Bio:

Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. Please visit her website at www.ShaniPetroff.com.

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