27 Feb 2019

The Blood Prince | Blog tour

Title: The Blood Prince
Series: Sovereign #3
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Release date: 20 February 2019

Synopsis

The price of freedom is always paid in blood.

The sovereigns of the Silver have awakened, but the Queen is a fractured shell of the woman Cam remembers. He hopes to put her back together by finding her son, the missing prince. At least, that’s what he tells his friends when he leaves for the Red.

Back in the Blue, Julia’s old tormentor Rufus is hounding her at every turn. She’s sick of feeling powerless, but she has a plan that will bring the Nobles to their knees.

All she needs is blood.


 

Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Josie Jaffrey!

The Blood Prince is the third and final book in the Sovereign series and tells the story of Julia, Cam and their friends.

The Blood Prince was yet again another amazing Paranormal book by Josie Jaffrey. I loved all the books in the Solis Invicti series and the first two books in the Sovereign series, so it wasn’t a surprise that I was going to love The Blood Prince.

I think that Josie Jaffrey’s created an amazing and original world with fantastic characters and I couldn’t get enough of it. I read this book in two days because it was just that fast paced and well written. I had to know what was going to happen to the characters and how this book was going to end.

The characters are so lovable. I really love Julia and Lucas, and after finishing this book I wish there was like an extra novella about them because I’d love to read more about them. I also loved that Josie Jaffrey used characters from the Solis Invicti series such as Emmy and Sol. And then you have Cam and Felix… They’re so cute together and they deserve their happily ever after!

I’m sad that this series is over but I cannot wait to discover Josie Jaffrey’s next series.



Freebies
1. Living Underground, a very short standalone vampire romance, is currently FREE to download (until 17th Feb). Download here.
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Excerpt

Julia sipped at her tea, relishing the warmth as it spread into her chest.
‘I just thought he was going to change things,’ she said. ‘I thought the Queen was supposed to come back, wake up the King and bring us a cure for the contamination.’
‘But you know what the contamination really is now. We both know what it really is.’
The Weeper vaccine. The Silver cure. 
Julia had told Livia the truth the moment she’d returned from the Red.
‘I know,’ said Julia, ‘but still, shouldn’t something have changed? All the lives lost and battles fought and still things are happening exactly as they used to. The Candidates are still being cast, the Attendants are still bleeding, the Servers are still slaving, and above it all the Nobles are still taking exactly what they want from us. How is that fair?’
Livia settled back in her seat. ‘Well, now, that depends on what you’re asking. If you’re asking how it’s fair that they’ve used us for this long, then the answer is it’s not. It’s never been fair, and there’s no wiping that blame away from them. But if you’re asking how it’s fair that they’re still allowed to use us when you know very well what has the power to make them stop… Well, that’s a different question, isn’t it?’
Julia put her tea aside, no longer thirsty.
‘What are you saying?’ she said. ‘You know what’s in the blood of them outside the Blue. The way I see it, you’ve got a choice: either you accept things as they are, or you do something about it.’
Julia couldn’t believe what she was hearing. Yes, she’d resolved to change the way that things were in the Blue, and yes, the thing that had motivated her was the knowledge that the contamination could be used as a weapon against the Nobles, but she hadn’t quite put the two together into a course of action. The thought of actually using that weapon felt too extreme to contemplate.
But it was the logical end point, one Julia knew she’d have to accept.  

About the author 
I have always written stories, but it wasn't until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it's amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I'm going to write!).

I love to hear from readers with their comments and feedback on the books, so please do get in touch through my website or via Twitter.


The Blood Prince | Review

Title: The Blood Prince
Series: Sovereign #3
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Pages: 301 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

The price of freedom is always paid in blood.

The sovereigns of the Silver have awakened, but the Queen is a fractured shell of the woman Cam remembers. He hopes to put her back together by finding her son, the missing prince. At least, that’s what he tells his friends when he leaves for the Red.

Back in the Blue, Julia’s old tormentor Rufus is hounding her at every turn. She’s sick of feeling powerless, but she has a plan that will bring the Nobles to their knees. All she needs is blood.

The Blood Prince is the final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race.


Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Josie Jaffrey!

The Blood Prince is the third and final book in the Sovereign series and tells the story of Julia, Cam and their friends.

The Blood Prince was yet again another amazing Paranormal book by Josie Jaffrey. I loved all the books in the Solis Invicti series and the first two books in the Sovereign series, so it wasn’t a surprise that I was going to love The Blood Prince.

I think that Josie Jaffrey’s created an amazing and original world with fantastic characters and I couldn’t get enough of it. I read this book in two days because it was just that fast paced and well written. I had to know what was going to happen to the characters and how this book was going to end.

The characters are so lovable. I really love Julia and Lucas, and after finishing this book I wish there was like an extra novella about them because I’d love to read more about them. I also loved that Josie Jaffrey used characters from the Solis Invicti series such as Emmy and Sol. And then you have Cam and Felix… They’re so cute together and they deserve their happily ever after!

I’m sad that this series is over but I cannot wait to discover Josie Jaffrey’s next series.

25 Feb 2019

Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon | Review

Title: Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon
Author: Mary Fan
Pages: 384 pages
Version: Paperback (ARC)
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release date: 11 June 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

When a powerful viceroy arrives with a fleet of mechanical dragons and stops an attack on Anlei’s village, the villagers see him as a godsend. They agree to give him their sacred, enchanted River Pearl in exchange for permanent protection—if he’ll marry one of the village girls to solidify the alliance. Anlei is appalled when the viceroy selects her as a bride, but with the fate of her people at stake, she sees no choice but to consent. Anlei’s noble plans are sent into a tailspin, however, when a young thief steals the River Pearl for himself.

Knowing the viceroy won’t protect her village without the jewel, she takes matters into her own hands. But once she catches the thief, she discovers he needs the pearl just as much as she does. The two embark on an epic quest across the land and into the Courts of Hell, taking Anlei on a journey that reveals more is at stake than she could have ever imagined.

With incredibly vivid world building and fast-paced storytelling, Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon is great for readers who are looking for something fresh in epic fantasy.  


Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Mary Fan! 

Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon tells the story of Anlei and Tai who are both trying to save their people.

Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon is my first ever Steampunk book and I’m so glad that I gave it a try. The story was so well written, and it was so easy to read. I finished this book in a few days because I really liked the story not just because it was really original but also because it was so fast paced. I really wanted to know what was going to happen to Anlei and Tai and I wanted to discover Tai’s secrets.

The world Mary Fan’s created is really interesting and I really like the culture. I haven’t read that many books based on Asian culture, so it was really fascinating. I also really liked the characters. Anlei is so badass and I wasn’t surprised because Mary Fan’s female characters are always badass (which is something I really like). Tai was an interesting character because he had so many secrets and I really wanted to know why he was so secretive. I kind of suspected the big reveal at the end of the book, but it was still shocking!

I also want to say that I really love the cover, I mean, it’s so beautiful and the book has some beautiful illustrations. The chapters always have a little dragon and between paragraphs you have these little gears. This also something typical for Mary Fan, she always decorates her books and that’s something I really love.

Like is mentioned before, Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon was an amazing Steampunk book and I cannot wait to read more books by Mary Fan!

22 Feb 2019

The Quiet You Carry | Review

Title: The Quiet You Carry
Author: Nikki Barthelmans
Pages: 272 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Flux
Release date: 5 March 2019
Rating: ★★★★
*3.5/5*

Synopsis

Victoria Parker knew her dad's behavior toward her was a little unusual, but she convinced herself everything was fine—until she found herself locked out of the house at 3:00 a.m., surrounded by flashing police lights.

Now, dumped into a crowded, chaotic foster home, Victoria has to tiptoe around her domineering foster mother, get through senior year at a new school, and somehow salvage her college dreams . . . all while keeping her past hidden.

But some secrets won't stay buried—especially when unwanted memories make Victoria freeze up at random moments and nightmares disrupt her sleep. Even worse, she can't stop worrying about her stepsister Sarah, left behind with her father. All she wants is to move forward, but how do you focus on the future when the past won't leave you alone?


Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Flux and Netgalley!

The Quiet You Carry is a Young Adult book about Victoria who’s dumped into a foster home, in a different city just because her dad didn’t want her home anymore. But is that the only reason?

The Quit You Carry was such an interesting book. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Victoria and what really happened between Victoria and her father. I read this book in two days just because I wanted to know the ending. I think that this book has a strong message and you also get to know more about foster care.

We have our main character Victoria who suffered a lot at home and is now in a foster home. In the beginning, I really wanted to like her because she is the main character, but she was really annoying. She kept whining and I get that her situation wasn’t ideal, but I think that the whining wasn’t necessary…

Besides the main character, I enjoyed reading this book. The Quiet You Carry is fast paced, confronting and interesting!

21 Feb 2019

Wolf Hunted | Review

Title: Wolf Hunted
Series: The Last Shifter #1
Author: Sadie Moss
Pages: 234 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 21 February 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

***Paranormal Reverse Harem*** 

Four renegade wolf shifters. An innocent young woman trapped in a web of lies. When their fates collide, sparks will fly… 

Diagnosed with a rare terminal illness, I’ve spent over half my life in the Strand Corporation’s state-of-the-art treatment facility. I keep my chin up and do everything the doctors order, praying one day I’ll walk out of here in perfect health.

But when that day finally arrives, it’s nothing like I hoped it would be. Instead, it comes in a hail of gunfire, along with four distractingly handsome men who say they’re here to rescue me.

On the run with these mysterious men and hunted by the very people I believed were my caretakers, I begin to realize nothing is what I thought it was.

Turns out, I’m not really sick.

I’m not completely human either…

Wolf Hunted is the first book in The Last Shifter series, a slow-burn reverse harem story. If you love heroines with guts, hot alpha men, whychoose romance, and edge-of-your-seat action, dive into this thrilling new series today!  


Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Sadie Moss!

Wolf Hunted is the first book in The Last Shifter series and tells the story of Alexis and her pack, Jackson, Noah, Rhys and West.

I requested this book because I wanted to try and read another paranormal book again. I’ve been reading so many Romance, New Adult, Contemporary books and I wanted to read another genre again. I was a bit afraid that I wasn’t going to enjoy this book because I hadn’t read that many paranormal books lately, but I loved Wolf Hunted and I couldn’t get enough of it.

Wolf Hunted was my first Reverse Harem Romance book and I loved it. A Reverse Harem means that a girl is followed by a few handsome men who are all in love with her. In the beginning I didn’t know what a Reverse Harem was, so I looked it up before I started this book and it made Wolf Hunted more interesting.

I really enjoyed the slow-burn Romance and to be honest, I don’t really have a favourite guy. I love all of them because they each have something unique and something that makes me love them. I also thought that I wasn’t really going to like the Reverse Harem because I hate a girl that’s indecisive, but I didn’t really bother me at all.

The characters are so lovable. I cannot get enough of all the guys, obviously, and I really like Alexis. She doesn’t really want to bother the pack, she doesn’t want to be their problem, and I really liked that.

Wolf Hunted ends with a major cliffhanger, so I really need to sequel, thank you Sadie!

20 Feb 2019

Breaking the Sinner | Blog tour

Title: Breaking the Sinner
Series: Breaking the Rules #4
Author: Ember Leigh
Genre: Sports Romance
Release date: 19 February 2019

Synopsis
She picked the name Gen.
As an evangelical exile who fled her community only to land in LA, Genevieve couldn’t be greener. Armed with a list of experiences she’s eager to live, it serves as her compass in the choppy waters of normal society. Until she meets Cobra. There’s nothing normal about the resident gym bad boy who struts around like he could undress her with his eyes alone.

And he goes by Cobra.
Cobra knows better than to believe in blessings. Snagging this stable job at Holt Body Fitness is the only break of luck he’s had since his life took a nosedive as a teen, but it’s just a matter of time before this goes downhill too. Which is why when ultra-innocent Gen stumbles onto his bleak path, he’s eager for the distraction provided by the oblivious bombshell. He can help her live her list—but only so far. Because Cobra’s only good at being temporary.

They both have lives they left far behind them.
Setting three months to wade through Gen’s list of sins, the two of them plunge headfirst into something equals parts sizzling and intense. As Cobra inches nearer to securing his permanent spot at the gym, he comes even closer to a scary new reality. One that might be too good to be true. One that will force him to choose between the only family he’s ever known, and the one thing he swore to never need: love.



Catch up with the rest of the Breaking the Rules series.
Free in Kindle Unlimited!




Giveaway

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Review
This book was provided by the author through InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Ember Leigh and InkSlinger PR!

Breaking the Sinner is the fourth book in the Breaking the Rules series and tells the story of Gen and Cobra. Breaking the Sinner is the fourth book in the Breaking the Rules series but can be read as a standalone.

When I started reading Breaking the Sinner, I couldn’t remember whether I loved or didn’t love the third book, so I didn’t have expectations. But after reading the first chapter, I immediately knew that I was going to love this story. I was hooked from the first page!

I really enjoyed reading Breaking the Sinner because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Gen and Cobra because they both have been through a lot. I really liked both characters only Cobra was a bit annoying because he couldn’t see that Gen really cared about him. I loved that this was kind of a ‘bad boy meets good girl’ story because I’m such a sucker for that.

I couldn’t get enough of Breaking the Sinner because it was such a good story, so fast paced and well written. I cannot wait to read the other books in the Breaking the Rules series!

About the author
 Ember Leigh has been writing erotic romance novels since she was far too young. A native of northern Ohio, she currently resides near Lake Erie with her Argentinean husband, where they run an Argentinian-American food truck. In addition to romance novels, Ember also writes travel memoirs and occasionally updates a couple of blogs. In her free time, she practices Ashtanga yoga, hops around the world, and eats lots of vegetables.

Breaking the Sinner | Review

Title: Breaking the Sinner
Series: Breaking the Rules #4
Author: Ember Leigh
Pages: 347 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

She picked the name Gen.
As an evangelical exile who fled her community only to land in LA, Genevieve couldn’t be greener. Armed with a list of experiences she’s eager to live, it serves as her compass in the choppy waters of normal society. Until she meets Cobra. There’s nothing normal about the resident gym bad boy who struts around like he could undress her with his eyes alone.

And he goes by Cobra.
Cobra knows better than to believe in blessings. Snagging this stable job at Holt Body Fitness is the only break of luck he’s had since his life took a nosedive as a teen, but it’s just a matter of time before this goes downhill too. Which is why when ultra-innocent Gen stumbles onto his bleak path, he’s eager for the distraction provided by the oblivious bombshell. He can help her live her list—but only so far. Because Cobra’s only good at being temporary.

They both have lives they left far behind them.
Setting three months to wade through Gen’s list of sins, the two of them plunge headfirst into something equals parts sizzling and intense. As Cobra inches nearer to securing his permanent spot at the gym, he comes even closer to a scary new reality. One that might be too good to be true. One that will force him to choose between the only family he’s ever known, and the one thing he swore to never need: love.


Review

This book was provided by the author through InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Ember Leigh and InkSlinger PR!

Breaking the Sinner is the fourth book in the Breaking the Rules series and tells the story of Gen and Cobra. Breaking the Sinner is the fourth book in the Breaking the Rules series but can be read as a standalone.

When I started reading Breaking the Sinner, I couldn’t remember whether I loved or didn’t love the third book, so I didn’t have expectations. But after reading the first chapter, I immediately knew that I was going to love this story. I was hooked from the first page!

I really enjoyed reading Breaking the Sinner because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Gen and Cobra because they both have been through a lot. I really liked both characters only Cobra was a bit annoying because he couldn’t see that Gen really cared about him. I loved that this was kind of a ‘bad boy meets good girl’ story because I’m such a sucker for that.

I couldn’t get enough of Breaking the Sinner because it was such a good story, so fast paced and well written. I cannot wait to read the other books in the Breaking the Rules series!

19 Feb 2019

Breaking the Sinner | Release day blitz

Title: Breaking the Sinner
Series: Breaking the Rules #4
Author: Ember Leigh
Genre: Sports Romance
Release date: 19 February 2019

Synopsis
She picked the name Gen.
As an evangelical exile who fled her community only to land in LA, Genevieve couldn’t be greener. Armed with a list of experiences she’s eager to live, it serves as her compass in the choppy waters of normal society. Until she meets Cobra. There’s nothing normal about the resident gym bad boy who struts around like he could undress her with his eyes alone.

And he goes by Cobra.
Cobra knows better than to believe in blessings. Snagging this stable job at Holt Body Fitness is the only break of luck he’s had since his life took a nosedive as a teen, but it’s just a matter of time before this goes downhill too. Which is why when ultra-innocent Gen stumbles onto his bleak path, he’s eager for the distraction provided by the oblivious bombshell. He can help her live her list—but only so far. Because Cobra’s only good at being temporary.

They both have lives they left far behind them.
Setting three months to wade through Gen’s list of sins, the two of them plunge headfirst into something equals parts sizzling and intense. As Cobra inches nearer to securing his permanent spot at the gym, he comes even closer to a scary new reality. One that might be too good to be true. One that will force him to choose between the only family he’s ever known, and the one thing he swore to never need: love.



Catch up with the rest of the Breaking the Rules series.
Free in Kindle Unlimited!




Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway
About the author
 Ember Leigh has been writing erotic romance novels since she was far too young. A native of northern Ohio, she currently resides near Lake Erie with her Argentinean husband, where they run an Argentinian-American food truck. In addition to romance novels, Ember also writes travel memoirs and occasionally updates a couple of blogs. In her free time, she practices Ashtanga yoga, hops around the world, and eats lots of vegetables.

18 Feb 2019

The Crush Collision | Blog tour

Title: The Crush Collision
Series: Southern Charmed #2
Author: Danielle Ellison
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Release date: 18 February 2019
Tour schedule: http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/blog-tour-the-crush-collision-southern-charmed-2-by-danielle-ellison/

Synopsis
Haley Howell has had a hopeless crush on her brother’s best friend, Jake Lexington, for as long as she can remember. Too bad to him, she’ll forever be off-limits. But with senior year and acceptance to a college outside their tiny southern town of Culler, South Carolina, comes new confidence. Haley’s ready to get Jake to notice her—whatever it takes.

No one in Culler notices the real Jake anymore—to them, he’s nothing more than the star football player or the kid with the family tragedy. When one mistake lands him in community service, he’s shocked to find his best friend’s little sister there, too, looking cute as hell and threatening all his no-friends-with-benefits rules. But Jake isn’t ready to take a chance, no matter how crafty Haley’s willing to get to prove him otherwise…  


Review
This book was provided by the publisher through Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled: Crush and Chapter by Chapter!

The Crush Collision is the second book in the Southern Charmed series and tells the story of Haley and Jake. Even though The Crush Collision is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone.

Every time I see that Entangled Teen is coming out with another Contemporary, I have to read it. So when Chapter by Chapter was hosting a blog tour, I immediately signed up! I love every Entangled book, so I was so excited to read The Crush Collision, and it was an amazing read!

I really loved the story in general, and I really liked the characters. Haley and Jake are both going through stuff and I think that every teenager can relate to some of the problems they are going through.

I also love the ‘falling for your brother’s friend’, it’s one of the many tropes that I really love and Danielle Ellison did an amazing job! The Crush Collision was well written and fast paced!

I cannot wait to read the first book in the Southern Charmed series, The Sweetheart Sham!  

About the author
Danielle Ellison is a nomad, always on the lookout for an adventure and the next story. In addition to writing, she’s the founder and coordinator of the NoVa TEEN Book Festival. When she’s not busy with books, she’s probably watching her favorite shows, drinking coffee, or fighting her nomadic urges. She is newly settled in Oklahoma (for now) with her cat, Simon, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.

The Crush Collision | Review

Title: The Crush Collision
Series: Southern Charmed #2
Author: Danielle Ellison
Pages: 278 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Release date: 18 February 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Haley Howell has had a hopeless crush on her brother’s best friend, Jake Lexington, for as long as she can remember. Too bad to him, she’ll forever be off-limits. But with senior year and acceptance to a college outside their tiny southern town of Culler, South Carolina, comes new confidence. Haley’s ready to get Jake to notice her—whatever it takes.

No one in Culler notices the real Jake anymore—to them, he’s nothing more than the star football player or the kid with the family tragedy. When one mistake lands him in community service, he’s shocked to find his best friend’s little sister there, too, looking cute as hell and threatening all his no-friends-with-benefits rules. But Jake isn’t ready to take a chance, no matter how crafty Haley’s willing to get to prove him otherwise…  


Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled: Crush and Chapter by Chapter!

The Crush Collision is the second book in the Southern Charmed series and tells the story of Haley and Jake. Even though The Crush Collision is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone.

Every time I see that Entangled Teen is coming out with another Contemporary, I have to read it. So when Chapter by Chapter was hosting a blog tour, I immediately signed up! I love every Entangled book, so I was so excited to read The Crush Collision, and it was an amazing read!

I really loved the story in general, and I really liked the characters. Haley and Jake are both going through stuff and I think that every teenager can relate to some of the problems they are going through.

I also love the ‘falling for your brother’s friend’, it’s one of the many tropes that I really love and Danielle Ellison did an amazing job! The Crush Collision was well written and fast paced!

I cannot wait to read the first book in the Southern Charmed series, The Sweetheart Sham!

15 Feb 2019

Until I Found You | Blog tour

Title: Until I Found You
Series: Heart's Compass #3
Author: Brooke O'Brien
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release date: 15 February 2019
Goodreads

Synopsis
Five years ago, Halle Keegan had consumed my whole world. Until one night when our lives changed forever. My existence was torn apart.

I've let my demons get the best of me, pushing away the people I love most to protect them. I swore I'd never come back home to Arbor Creek.

They say the truth will set you free. 

When the truth is revealed, I'm forced to look my demons dead in the eye. I don't deserve her or her forgiveness, but I'd give up my life if it meant keeping her safe.

This time around, she may be the only one who can save me. 

Author's Note: This is Book Three in the Heart's Compass series. It can be read as a standalone and has a HEA. Due to strong sexual content, coarse language and mature subject matter, this book is not suitable for under the age of 18.



Review
This book was provided by the author through Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Brooke O’Brien and Enticing Journey Book Promotions!

Until I Found You is the third book in the Heart’s Compass series and tells the story of Halle and Graham. Until I Found You is the third book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone.

I’ve never heard of this series or author before but a blogger, Melissa from Melissa’s Fandom World, mentioned this author on her Instagram stories, so I had to check Brooke O’Brien out. I’m glad I discovered Brooke O’Brien because her writing is amazing and I think that Brooke can be one of my favourite authors.

Until I found her, I never knew what loving someone meant. Now I need to prove to her that I'll never let her go again.

Until I Found You was such a good second chance Romance story. Lately I’ve been loving Romance and New Adult and Until I Found You is definitely one of my favourite Romance/New Adult books that I read in February. It was so hard not to read this book, I kept on reading until 1:30 AM just because I wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters.

I also love that Until I Found You isn’t just a Romance. Don’t get me wrong, I love ‘simple’ Romance books, but I also love Romance books with ‘real’ problems or struggles. This book and author really reminded me of some of my favourite authors such as Colleen Hoover, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Annie Anderson, … They all write Romance with real aspects of life, real struggles, … and that’s definitely something I love to read about.

This is what it's all about. Family, friends, and the love of my life. Until I found Halle, I didn't know what true happiness was. Now, that I've found it, I won't ever let her go.

I really loved Until I Found You, and I cannot wait to read the other books in the series because I have to! I have to know what happened to the other characters and just enjoy Brooke’s writing.


Giveaway
$20 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway over on Brooke’s Facebook Page!
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All the books in the Heart's Compass series
Where I Found You (#1) - Available for FREE (2/10-2/24)
Available at all major bookstores: bit.ly/WhereIFoundYouWIDE 

Lost Before You (#2) - Available for 99¢ (2/10-2/17)
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Gxrbzg
Amazon International: http://mybook.to/lby

Now That I Found You (#3) - PreOrder > Releasing March 15, 2019
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2UWZ4NA 


About the author
Brooke O'Brien is the Author of the Heart's Compass series and the recently published Tattered Heart duet.

Growing up Brooke always had a love of writing; she started out writing poetry when she was young and began journaling her thoughts as she grew older. Diving headfirst into a good book has always been therapeutic for her. Now her two passions have collided.

Brooke believes you can cure any bad day with chocolate or by going on a long drive with the windows down and the music turned up! She's found that's when her characters talk to her the most! If she's not reading or writing, you'll probably find her spending time with her family and friends, watching Hawkeye football or NBA basketball, going to the movies, or collecting signed paperbacks.

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Until I Found You | Review

Title: Until I Found You
Series: Heart's Compass #3
Author: Brooke O'Brien
Pages: 182 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 15 February 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Five years ago, Halle Keegan had consumed my whole world. Until one night when our lives changed forever. My existence was torn apart.

I've let my demons get the best of me, pushing away the people I love most to protect them. I swore I'd never come back home to Arbor Creek.

They say the truth will set you free. 

When the truth is revealed, I'm forced to look my demons dead in the eye. I don't deserve her or her forgiveness, but I'd give up my life if it meant keeping her safe.

This time around, she may be the only one who can save me. 

Author's Note: This is Book Three in the Heart's Compass series. It can be read as a standalone and has a HEA. Due to strong sexual content, coarse language and mature subject matter, this book is not suitable for under the age of 18.


Review

This book was provided by the author through Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Brooke O’Brien and Enticing Journey Book Promotions!

Until I Found You is the third book in the Heart’s Compass series and tells the story of Halle and Graham. Until I Found You is the third book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone.

I’ve never heard of this series or author before but a blogger, Melissa from Melissa’s Fandom World, mentioned this author on her Instagram stories, so I had to check Brooke O’Brien out. I’m glad I discovered Brooke O’Brien because her writing is amazing and I think that Brooke can be one of my favourite authors.

Until I found her, I never knew what loving someone meant. Now I need to prove to her that I'll never let her go again.

Until I Found You was such a good second chance Romance story. Lately I’ve been loving Romance and New Adult and Until I Found You is definitely one of my favourite Romance/New Adult books that I read in February. It was so hard not to read this book, I kept on reading until 1:30 AM just because I wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters.

I also love that Until I Found You isn’t just a Romance. Don’t get me wrong, I love ‘simple’ Romance books, but I also love Romance books with ‘real’ problems or struggles. This book and author really reminded me of some of my favourite authors such as Colleen Hoover, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Annie Anderson, … They all write Romance with real aspects of life, real struggles, … and that’s definitely something I love to read about.

This is what it's all about. Family, friends, and the love of my life. Until I found Halle, I didn't know what true happiness was. Now, that I've found it, I won't ever let her go.

I really loved Until I Found You, and I cannot wait to read the other books in the series because I have to! I have to know what happened to the other characters and just enjoy Brooke’s writing.

14 Feb 2019

Braid of Sand | Review

Title: Braid of Sand
Author: Alicia Gaile
Pages: 308 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

In the shade of a tower hidden in the Realm of the Gods grows a sacred tree tied to all life in Phalyra. Entrusted with its protection, Raziela—the last surviving priestess of the Great Mother, Naiara—spends her days honing herself into a weapon worthy to serve the goddess.

Meanwhile, mankind is turning from the old ways. Now the tree is dying and time is running out. Hoping to save it by rekindling the people’s faith, a desperate Raziela commits an act of sacrilege to perform a miracle.

But when the disillusioned Phalyrians receive a gift from the gods, they send their most ruthless mercenary to hunt down its source. His arrival forces Raziela to question everything she knows. As the two execute a careful dance of secrets and hard truths, they pit the fate of humanity against the wrath of the goddess.


Review

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Snowy Wings Publishing!

Braid of Sand is a Rapunzel retelling about a badass girl called Raziela, and Castien.

I’ve never read a Rapunzel retelling, so I was really intrigued by the world Alicia Gaile had created. I’ve never read a book like Braid of Sand, which made the story really original. Besides the originality, I really liked the characters as well. Raziela is really badass, and she and Castien are both unique characters.

The only negative thing I have to say is that the beginning was really slow and it was hard to get into the story. The first few chapters were hard to read because I wasn’t into the story. It took me a while to get through those chapters, but when I was finally in the story, I really liked it!

I cannot wait to discover more books by Alicia Gaile and more Rapunzel retellings!

13 Feb 2019

Fake friends

I saw this quote on Instagram, and I couldn’t relate to it more. I’ve been feeling pretty low the past couple of months and it felt like no one cared at all. I don’t really want to write a negative post, but I have to write down these feelings.

https://instagram.com/p/BXyhnKTl8UP/

I’ve always been someone to question someone’s feelings towards me. I suffer from anxiety and social anxiety, so I always have negative thoughts inside of my head and I keep overthinking things. It’s hard for me to talk to strangers, and even to people I’ve known for so many years. And when I finally let someone in, it seems that I’m always let down.

But let’s start with the beginning. When I was around fourteen/fifteen, I had a ‘best friend’ and we always wrote letters to each other because we weren’t always together in class and we didn’t always have the time to talk about our problems and feelings during lunch break. So we came up with the idea of writing letters so we could express how we were feeling and what was going on in our lives. I really loved writing those letters and receiving them, and I thought my friend felt the same way… Well, that wasn’t the case for my friend. One of our mutual friends told me that that one friend hated writing those letters and thought they were annoying, while she always told me that she liked writing them. She’d say that in my face or she’d write that in one of her letters. She never said that she hated writing them and she just talked behind my back…

When I was fifteen, I had another friend that I was close to and I told her that I was in love with a guy (now my boyfriend) and we looked him up on Facebook and we talked to him. At that moment, my boyfriend was dating someone else so he told us that he was with another girl. I remember my friend telling me that I didn’t have to think about that girl because I was really fun and soon he’d realise that. Then one time, I don’t recall when, a mutual friend told me that my friend told others that I would never be in a relationship with him. Hate to break it to you girl, but he’s my boyfriend now and we’ve been together for almost five years.

It really bothered me that every time I let someone in, they’d always talk behind my back. I’ve had many other friends in high school that were like these two and I think it really affected my mental health and the way I think of friendships. Now, it’s so hard for me to leave a room because I always think that once I’m gone, my friends’d talk behind my back or laugh about something I’ve said. It’s so hard not to think that people are only being nice to me just because I help them. Something I also struggle with is trying to figure out whether people are their true selves when they’re talking to me when I’m standing in front of them. I’ve had a few moments when I think that someone is just faking it, faking that he/she cares, faking that he/she thinks I’m funny, …

These thoughts flow through my head non-stop, and sometimes it’s just too hard to deal with these thoughts. Sometimes I just want to be normal and not feel like this. And I know that there are other people who feel the same way, and that’s why I wanted to write this post.

You’re not alone, I know what you’re going through and I’m here for you!

12 Feb 2019

You Are Here | Review

Title: You Are Here
Author: Dawn Lanuza
Pages: 272 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release date: 12 February 2019
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

Growth and change—two powerful anthems resonate throughout this collection of poetry and prose that will leave you feeling emboldened and empowered.

You Are Here is Dawn Lanuza’s newest collection of contemporary poetry that lends itself to the idea of giving ourselves second chances. These self-healing poems and words draw on central themes of self-love, self-discovery, and empowerment. In order to survive the vicissitudes of life, You Are Here boldly reminds readers to always choose themselves, and in times where it seems impossible, to find the courage and strength to start anew.


Review 

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing and Netgalley!


And the boy who wanted her to stay
was one of the first ones who went away 

You Are Here is a beautiful poetry collection about love, relationships, self-reflection, … This is the second poetry collection I’ve read by Dawn Lanuza.


You’re the only one missing out,
not them. 

I think that You Are Here is such a good poetry collection and I really liked reading about different topics. I think that these poems are really well written and some of them are really beautiful and relatable.

And isn’t it sad
to be sad
and not be able to say it 

Favourite poems:
  • how to love in the dark
  • all this wanting
  • sad girl
  • the mechanic
  • bad kisser
  • passing through
  • self-medicate
  • falling in love with your words
  • she wins
  • this is your lullaby
  • true nightmare
  • role-playing
  • you’ve got standards, so what?
  • vessel
  • grow
  • rise
  • y/n

11 Feb 2019

Kingdom Cold | Review

Title: Kingdom Cold
Author: Brittni Chenelle
Pages: 278 pages
Version: Paperback (ARC)
Release date: 14 February 2018
Rating: ★★★★★
4.5/5*

Synopsis

Attempted murder, that's how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte's engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.

When her kingdom's attacked, Charlotte's parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom's future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart?

One must fall.


Review 

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Brittni Chenelle!

Kingdom Cold is a Young Adult novel about Charlotte and Young. Charlotte, a princess that has to marry another prince in order to save her kingdom.

When I received this, I didn’t really have any expectations because I’d never heard of this author or book before, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Kingdom Cold or not. But I wanted to give this book a chance because the author herself contacted me and because the synopsis sounded really promising.

I’m glad that I did pick up this book because I finished it in one day. The story was so fast paced and well written, I couldn’t get enough of it. The chapters were also on the short side, which made it really easy to fly through this book. I also really enjoyed the multiple POVs so you really got to know the characters.

The writing is rather simple, but in a positive way. You don’t get distracted because you can understand everything. English isn’t my mother language so sometimes I struggle with difficult words that I’ve never heard before and in a physical copy you cannot tap the word and the dictionary will give a definition (like with ebooks). So as I mentioned before, the simple writing is something positive, you can easily read this book in a few hours.

I also really liked the characters, especially our main character, Charlotte. At the beginning she’s kind of a brat and she doesn’t want to understand that this marriage is necessary for the survival of her kingdom. But at the end of the book, you could definitely tell that Charlotte’s grown into a woman.

I really liked Kingdom Cold and I secretly hope for a sequel about Minseo!

8 Feb 2019

A Love for the Pages | Review

Title: A Love for the Pages
Author: Joy Penny
Pages: 225 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

Kiss. Marry. Kill. Nineteen-year-old June Eyermann has always known exactly which of her favorite Byronic heroes goes where. She’d kiss moody and possessive Rochester from Jane Eyre and marry prideful but repentant Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, leaving obsessive and spiteful Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights to be chucked off a cliff—but no. She couldn’t leave any of her heroes behind. She lives for her favorite fictional worlds.

But June is about to get a serious wake up call when she returns home for the summer after her college freshman year. Stuck somewhere between feeling like a kid again under her parents’ roof and being forced to start acting like an adult with worries about her future career, June looks at the library volunteer position offered to her as a way to keep her sanity for the next few months before she can go back to school.

What June doesn’t expect to find at the library is her favorite romantic heroes brought to life—all in the same man. Obstinate, prideful and even a bit rude, Everett Rockford shouldn’t exactly be ‘dating material,’ even if June’s heart rate accelerates whenever she’s near him. But after discovering his enigmatic past and witnessing a few fiery moments of tenderness, June can’t help but see Rochester, Darcy and even Heathcliff in Everett. If she’s going to make it through the summer without becoming a tragic heroine in her own story, she has to separate the man from the ideals of fiction in her head. Because if there’s one thing she knows about Byronic love stories, it’s that they don’t always end happily ever after.


Review

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Snowy Wings Publishing!  

A Love for the Pages tells the story of college girl June and her summer vacation.

This is the first book I read by Joy Penny and I really liked reading A Love for the Pages. The story was really fast paced and easy to read, I finished this book really fast.

I really liked that June was such a bookworm. I could easily relate to her feelings and ‘problems’ because I’m a book nerd myself. Everett was a bit mysterious and I really liked his niece, Abby. I’m also really interested in Sinjin (so I cannot wait to read A Love for the Mistletoe, June and Sinjin’s story).

Something I also liked in this book was the ‘failed’ friendship between June and Deana. It’s something that happens when you go to college and I really liked that Joy Penny used that in her story. It made the story seem real.

It often felt like June and Everett’s relationship was a bit rushed, but I liked their story nonetheless. I cannot wait to read more books by Joy Penny and I definitely cannot wait to read A Love for the Mistletoe!