Thursday, July 18, 2019

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Midnight's End (The Fae Games #5) by Jill Ramsower

Midnight’s End
Jill Ramsower
(The Fae Games, #5)
Publication date: July 2nd 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Sorceress, enchantress, deceiver, murderer—I’ve been called all those and more, some that might make you blush. Lucky for me, I couldn’t care less what people think about me. I’ve had my sights set on one thing for the last thousand years, and that’s all that matters. I’ll do whatever it takes to find the cauldron, even if it means taking on a partner. They call him a knight in shining armor. For me, he’s my golden ticket. He fell into my lap, quite literally, and now he’s going to help me get what I want.

I don’t play particularly well with others, but he’s the best shot I’ve got, so I’ll hop on that train and hope it gets me where I need to go. He thinks he’s going to crack my shell and see what’s on the inside, like maybe there’s a warm gooey center to make up for the hard exterior. He’s in for a world of disappointment. Everything soft and delicate about me became rough and hardened a long time ago. I’m Morgan Le Fay, and I’m the villain in this story.

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Faeries, Mystery, Romance, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Suspense--

I feel like Midnight's End was 100% different from any of the previous Fae Games books- and I mean that in the best way. This was an epic adventure story, filled with quests and challenges, scary foe and deadly environment as well as mental challenges and magic. There was non stop action, basically the entire book took place over just a few days with so much crammed in the pages I had to read it in one sitting to see what would happen next. There was also a werewolf paranormal vibe to the story, which just so happens to be one of my favorite genres to read! And while this was the best kind of questing adventure, true to the series, Midnight's End was also very much so a romance with a few stolen steamy moments thrown in- nothing helps show you are still alive like some quality sexy time. When I mention romance, I mean the HEA,completely swoony and wonderful kind of romance, just so you know.

I was a little hesitant when I started this book because I had no idea how I was going to like a story that was about the villain I have come to dislike over the series. Morgan was the epitome of death, destruction and mayhem in the previous books so how was I suppose to cheer her on or connect to her as the main character? Well, very easily, actually. Jill made her into a real character with flaws and a messed up history but she totally owns it. Right from the beginning she was strong and spunky, jaded but willing to forge on and I loved her and her determination. Talk about overcoming the past, I forgave her and wanted her to reach her (incredibly surprising) goal, which was so unexpected from where I was emotionally when I picked up the book.

I liked alone time as much as the next girl, but after a month alone, I was about to start talking to the birds like some kind of fucked up Disney princess. There’s a reason prisoners are punished with solitary confinement. It sucks.

I actually think this is my favorite book in the series (maybe tied with the first book Shadow Play but a whole lot less depressing which instantly bumps it up in my love). I thought the story was interesting and I enjoyed it, but once I was at like 75% (as per my ereader)the plot took a huge shocking twist I never saw coming and I loved every minute! Wow the ending was so good, just what I was wanting without knowing it. Well done Jill, you threw me for a loop and I really hope there will be more books set in the series. I also loved seeing the gang from all the previous books show up- but keep in mind I think Midnight's End could be read as a standalone story since the romance and conflict aspect here was unique to this book.

This was another great Fae story and I am so glad that I discovered this dark, dangerous and romantic fae world.

Author Bio:

Jill is a Texan, born and raised. She manages the hectic social calendars for her three active children and occasionally spends an evening with her dashing husband. Aside from being an author and a mom, she’s an attorney, travel junkie, and voracious reader.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Stranger Rituals by Kali Rose Schmidt

Stranger Rituals
Kali Rose Schmidt
Publication date: July 9th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult

A fighter with a venomous grudge.
A monster with an immortal curse.
A girl with a terrible gift.

All three out for blood in a land torn apart by harsh gods and holy wars. Each entwined with the other, on their own quests for vengeance, and yet held together by strange links to sinister pasts. As their fates unravel, a dangerous romance blooms, and violent darkness beckons.

At turns both darkly humorous and utterly morbid, STRANGER RITUALS is the startling first novel in Kali Rose Schmidt’s dark new series.

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I’m Kali Rose Schmidt and I’m the author of Stranger Rituals, a dark adult fantasy combining blood magic, religion, and holy wars, to create one ridiculously bloody book.

Here are 10 Random Facts About Me that will help you remember I’m a human being and not a mad villain when you’re done reading my book!

1. I have two kids and three step kids! There’s a lot going on at my house.

2. I’m covered in tattoos, including one inspired by a character from Stranger Rituals. (Hint: he has horns)

3. I always, always, always listen to music when I write. Mainly Zeal & Ardor, but sometimes other death metal bands (dark music is great for dark books).

4. I’m originally from North Carolina but currently live in Canada.

5. People always ask if I’m from Australia when I speak. I think this is the combination of my Southern accent and Canadian accent blending together, but it never fails when I meet someone new. I’ve never been to Australia but hope to change that soon.

6. I had a goth phase as a teenager that never really went away. 9 times out of 10, you can find me in black.

7. This is totally random (but that’s the point, right?) but I had two home births with my kids. One was born over my toilet. Yes. I went there.

8. I’m obsessed with all things elves and Fae. There are Fae mentioned in Stranger Rituals, but I’m working on a strictly elven novel right now, so look for that in the future.

9. I have a vampire tattoo of a little boy that I got before my first child, and when I’m out in public with my son, many people think it’s him (kind of spooky).

10. I listen to classical music when I read because I can’t listen to music with words while reading.

Thank you for having me here and I hope my random facts didn’t scare you away!

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Author Bio:

Kali Rose Schmidt is an author, mother, and villain lover. She likes bloody tales of monsters, yoga with the lights off, and anything that goes bump in the night.

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Review: Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand

Book Blurb:

The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire's heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Heart-Wrenching, Romance, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen--

Told in alternating points of view, hundreds of years apart, the lives of Eliana and Rielle unfold. Eliana is a hired assassin, taking on morally despicable tasks for her ruler in order to keep her brother and mother safe. But when the Wolf comes looking for her, her world implodes. Rielle has spent her life hiding what she is really capable of, the power uncontrollable and dangerous until it was unleashed and all knew of her powers. Through trials and danger, the two women battle for what is theirs, with a connection between the two no one could expect.

This was a hard complicated book book to get through, super dense and heavy. I would personally classify Furyborn as adult Fantasy, not YA, the only reason it might even be YA is due to the characters being older teens/young 20s. All of the concepts were more adult and the characters were incredibly mature, plotting their own destinies. AND there was at least one pretty detailed sex scene that does not belong in anything I would ever call YA.

I have no idea how to describe the book except it was very epic and I will continue on in the series no doubt. I had a hard time getting into the story in general, I was about 50% through before I was fully invested in the book. I really liked Eliana, I thought she was cool and intense, almost like a Celaena Sardothien type character and I loved her chapters. Rielle was harder for me to connect to since she seemed like a selfish character who made some stupid impulsive choices that cost so many, but by the end of the book I needed to know what would happen to both the women. And boy, was this a twist, dangerous, dark ride that I never saw coming, with the scariest of Angels! By the end of the book I was so into this world and messed up plot that I can't wait to jump into the next book.

Review: Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Book Blurb:

When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship...

This captivating, heartfelt novel asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Heart-Wrenching, Romance, Teen--

I was so distracted by the emotions and sorrow that came off the pages that I did not even realize that this was a contemporary retelling of Robin Hood until I heard the author speak about it at a book event. But of course it is, the book even makes direct references to the classic tale! The main character "Rob" has taken it upon himself to take money or items from his wealthy classmates in order to help the needy in his class, first being Owen who was personally hurt by Rob's father's actions. There were a lot of lessons about morality and actions here that are missing in the Disney version of Robin Hood, and I love the twists and reasoning used to justify actions.

This was such a hard read, filled with the entire spectrum of emotions and a lot of questionable topics such as theft, morally gray areas, teen pregnancy, cheating, bullying, disabilities, abandonment, poverty and suicide all thrown together in a blender to create Call It What You Will. I feel a little like my insides (aka my heart) was being squeezed while I was reading the book and the first good breath I got was once I reached the end. And even in the face of such potentially dark topics that I usually avoid, Brigid makes me emotionally connect to her characters and root for some sort of positive outcome in such a bad situation.

I am a sucker for Brigid books and I love that this was a standalone, making this the perfect emotional, devastating yet heart-breakingly wonderful romance read. The relationship dynamics between Rob and Owen, Rob and Meagan, and Meagan and Stephanie were the highlights of the story. I highly recommend this as well as any of her other books for anyone looking for great characters, sweet stolen moments and a long lasting impact on your heart.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Just My Luck by Jennifer Honeybourn

Just My Luck
Jennifer Honeybourn
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 16th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Marty has terrible luck and she knows exactly why. While working as a housekeeper at the ritzy Grand Palms hotel in Maui, Marty made it a habit to steal small items from the guests. What better way to stick it to the rich snobs they have to clean up after? Marty knows how to turn her luck around — she just has to return all of the items she stole.

When Marty meets Will, a new guest who is staying for the summer, she does the one thing she always promised herself she’d never do — fall for an out-of-towner. But Will’s special, different from the other guests at the hotel. Maybe Marty’s luck is finally turning around.

After a string of misunderstandings and accidents threaten Will and Marty’s relationship, Marty has to find a way to fix her luck for good — or say goodbye to Will forever.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Romance, Teen--

Marty has been unlucky recently and it just seems to be getting worse. She is pretty sure her luck is due to the cheap knickknacks she stole from the rooms of hotel guests while she was cleaning rooms at work but she has no idea how to change her luck back. Add on a heaping of family drama and life angst, and Marty is overwhelming. But maybe her new assignment at work can help change her fate- if she can stay professional and not be charmed by the cute brooding guy she has been tasked with showing around the island.

I found Just My Luck to be incredibly adorable and easy to read. It was a fairly short book at 220 pages and the quick chapters and engaging main character made the book just fly by. I feel like this is the best possible timing for this book to come out also since it is summer and the story is set in the most summer of locations- Hawaii (Maui to be more specific). Jennifer really made Maui come alive for me, I felt like I was experiencing the food or seeing the sunset and the turtles right along with Marty. I have no idea how Jennifer was able to make a story so vivid and encompassing in so few pages but I loved everything about this story. This was the perfect mix of light tone and scenic setting to put some serious growing up issues into play.

And yes, there was a love story here (because let's be real, how can a YA contemporary not have at least a little romance) but that was not the focus of the book- and the amazing fact that it was not a HEA, it was an enjoy the moment kind of love that I think YA needs more of and I fully appreciated. Just My Luck was about so many things, like being true to yourself, being able to live for yourself and not others, that everyone makes mistakes but it is ok to forgive, always try to make things right, and the most important lesson- watch out for Karma because she will be looking for you!

This is my second read by Jennifer and I love the flawed, totally relatable characters that she brings to life. I think this is the perfect read for anyone who loves YA contemporary, the beach life style, coming of age stories and summer fun. Pick this book up on your next trip to the beach (or pool, just saying).

Author Bio:

Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. Wesley James Ruined My Life is her first novel.

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