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{Review} Immortal: Guardian of Monsters by Kristin Ping


38192948Immortal: Guardian of Monsters by Kristin Ping

Kindle Edition, 302 pages

Published April 15th 2018 by Fire Quill Publishing

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~Rating: 4/5 stars~

Natasha’s life begins the night she is turned. With the ability to channel fire, a gift that only belongs to the witches, she becomes a terror—not only to the packs, but all the supernatural breeds. She’s known as Blaze. The deadliest vampire out there. But Blaze has a secret. She didn’t want to become a vampire, she needed to become a vampire, and her reasoning is lost. It died the night her human life did. Her conscience activates when two Varcolacs visit the covenant, looking for allies for the Great War.

What was it about the Varcolacs that made her grow a conscience? And will she be able to outrun it to keep the title of terror?

~Review~

*ARC provided by NetGalley*

First of all, this cover is amazing!! It’s dark and beautiful just like this book!

I was hooked from the first page and didn’t even expect to be. This is a dark, sexy, fantasy with multiple supernatural beings; vampires, witches,werewolves. It’s a very fast paced novel and I enjoy that but if you’re into slow burn this might not be for you as it is action packed.

Immortal: Guardian of Monster is book one in her series. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I have to say that I really enjoyed this book.
I highly recommend it! I cant wait to read the rest of the series when it’s out!

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~Author Bio~

Kristin resides in South Africa with her husband, two beautiful girls and two bulldogs that tries to eat her house.
She has been writing for the past eight years and her first debut novel, Hinder: A Bender’s novel will be published 2018 by Fire Quill Publishing.

When she isn’t writing, she is spending her time with her family, or trying to teach her two bulldogs to not eat her house.

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{Review} The Watcher of the Night Sky by Rachel Pudsey


40365776The Watcher of the Night Sky by Rachel Pudsey

Kindle Edition, 352 pages

Published May 24th 2015 by Pronoun (first published December 28th 2014)

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~Rating: 4/5 stars~

Fifteen-year-old Abigail Crumble was never much for talking about love and marriage and other such nonsense – no matter how often her boy obsessed best friend pestered her to do so. Or so she so adamantly proclaimed.

Yet on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Abigail makes the biggest, most contradictory mistake of her life. She wishes on the stars for love, or even the smallest amount of attention, without knowing the full impact of such a feat.

Abigail soon finds her simple life in chaos as princes, men and mysterious creatures come to her door, each adamantly in love with her and refusing to leave her side.

Mixing fantasy and romance, The Watcher of the Night Sky begins the tale of one girl’s quest to rid herself of a curse that was definitely far more than she wished for.

Revised edition: This edition of The Watcher of the Night Sky includes editorial revisions.

~Review~

*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

Mhmm.. An interesting take on ‘when you wish upon a star’ and all the chaos that can happen. The beginning starts off kinda weird and slow… took me a while to get into…

The basic plot of this book is actually really interesting; great concept! It’s a love story—overwhelming love—and dark magic, family secrets, and of course teenage angst.

Abigail was a good character,  I was intrigued by her not being so typical of heroines.  The characters are all full of life and plenty of humor with Abigail serving us the serious side of things. We watch her grow as she struggles with the problems that arise in this story which demonstrates some of the great character development in this book.

Abigail decides to make a wish for her sixteenth birthday, she decides she wants love and attention but she gets so much more than what she bargained for. She finds herself being wooed by Princes, that just show up at her doorstep professing their endless love for her. But she doesn’t just get love and attention, Abigail becomes an obsession. Desperate to get away from the overwhelming romance, she decides to try to cancel the sudden wish…. this is where the real story begins! I don’t want to give too much away. But there are lots of twists & turns!

The Watcher of the Night Sky is definitely not your average YA/romance. I actually enjoyed it very much. I recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Rachel was born and raised in Scotland. A graduate of psychology, she now resides in South Korea. She has dabbled in teaching children, but after a few blessed years has succumbed to teaching business English to adults in Seoul.

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Blog Tour ~ The Right Fit by Daphne Dubois: Review + Giveaway!


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The Right Fit by Daphne Dubois

Publication date: April 12th 2017

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

She’s sworn off love, he’s sworn off sex, but together they’ll score the goal of a lifetime.

When Maxine Nicholls discovers her fiancé is cheating, she turns to fast food and nighttime soap operas, but her sister has a plan—unbridled rebound sex with a stranger.

As one of Toronto’s hottest players, Antony Laurent tallies scores on and off the ice, but when the chiseled defense man hits a slump, rumors of a trade to the minor league send him to ambush a managers meeting at a posh club.

That night a chance encounter ends up as an unforgettable evening of passion. But Maxine and Antony are about to discover a game of casual hook ups can lead to something neither one of them thought they deserved—the right fit.

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~Review~

Huh. Well this was something. It took me a while to get into the book, but I’m glad I finished it!

The Right Fit is a sports romance story, which I don’t usually enjoy but this one was different.

Maxine struggles to get her life back on track and heal her broken heart after she caught her fiance cheating on her. I really enjoyed Maxine’s character, she felt very real. But after a night out she bumps into Antony, they have no idea what is in store for them.  But things take a turn, in a good direction. Antony Laurent is a NHL star player.  The chemistry between them ignites into a blaze of passion which neither expected. It’s funny though, she has no idea who he really is… and he doesn’t tell her… until things between them get really serious, until it’s almost too late. 

I really enjoyed this book. Antony makes a great leading character and Maxine is a fun character. She’s a bit of a klutz but not in a cringeworthy way.

A sweet, sexy, funny read! I highly recommend it! Can’t wait to read more from this author!

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~Author Bio~

Daphne Dubois writes contemporary romance and believes the right book at the right time can make all the difference. When she’s not putting her characters in compromising positions (ahem), she works as a registered nurse. A member of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia, she lives in Eastern Canada, the most romantic place in the world.

You can also find her writing for teens as B.R. Myers.

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~Giveaway~

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

Print copy of The Right Fit + $25 Amazon gift card
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{Review} Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis


16081758Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

Hardcover, 387 pages

Published June 17th 2014 by Amulet Books

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~Rating: 4/5 stars~

Amara is never alone. Not when she’s protecting the cursed princess she unwillingly serves. Not when they’re fleeing across dunes and islands and seas to stay alive. Not when she’s punished, ordered around, or neglected.

She can’t be alone, because a boy from another world experiences all that alongside her, looking through her eyes.

Nolan longs for a life uninterrupted. Every time he blinks, he’s yanked from his Arizona town into Amara’s mind, a world away, which makes even simple things like hobbies and homework impossible. He’s spent years as a powerless observer of Amara’s life. Amara has no idea . . . until he learns to control her, and they communicate for the first time. Amara is terrified. Then, she’s furious.

All Amara and Nolan want is to be free of each other. But Nolan’s breakthrough has dangerous consequences. Now, they’ll have to work together to survive–and discover the truth about their connection.

~Review~

It took me a little while to get into this, but once the plot started picking up, I was thoroughly engaged. Otherbound is a mixture of contemporary and fantasy, with incredible world building and diversity.

This book has two very diverse protagonists who have to deal with a lot of hardships in their lives. They are connected in some inconceivable way, which is very disruptive for their lives. They want nothing more but to be rid of this link. But when they try to do it, something goes wrong.

Nolan, suffers from seizures each time he blinks. But behind his eyes he holds the secret of another world, a world diagnosed by doctors as merely hallucinations. From the tender age of only five years old, Nolan was drawn into Amara’s world through his dreams, which now occurs when he closes his eyes. Amara is a servant who was torn away from her home to protect a cursed princess. She can heal her own injuries, making her valuable as long as she is able to serve her purpose. Even without Nolan, her life has always belonged to someone else. Amara communicates with the use of sign language, her tongue cut out by her owner has left her virtually mute. Two very distinct worlds, where one body is shared.

This book is engaging and fresh and I really liked it! I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Corinne DuyvisA lifelong Amsterdammer, Corinne Duyvis spends her days writing speculative MG and YA novels. She enjoys brutal martial arts and gets her geek on whenever possible.

She also sleeps an inordinate amount.

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{Review} Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods


26109094Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods 

Hardcover, 352 pages

Published May 10th 2016 by Crown Books for Young Readers

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~Rating: 4/5 stars~

As the daughter of an expert astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows that truth lies within the stars. So when she discovers a planetary alignment that won’t repeat for a decade, she’s forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House—relationships and love. But Wil must decide whether to trust her heart or her chart when she falls for a sensitive guitar player whose zodiac sign points to cosmic disaster.

If Wil’s fate is truly written in the stars, then this summer is about to go supernova . . .

~Review~

I absolutely LOVED this book! This book was one of the cutest contemporary novels I have read in a long time. I love contemporary books and this book made me realise why I love them so much.

Summer of Supernovas is a fun and flirty romantic comedy that will have you laughing on one page and tearing up on the next. 

Wilamena Carlisle or Wil who is an avid astrology buff. Wil believes she must find her true love in the next month…or else the stars will doom her to ten years of loneliness. The story opened up with Wilamena being confused for someone about to commit suicide. Her savior, Grant, and her later developed an interesting connection, but due to Wilamena’s insistence on finding the perfect guy with the right zodiac sign, and mistaking Grant for the sign that she was told to avoid, she ends up pushing aside her true feelings and gets involved with another, Seth.

Grant and Seth were brothers, and certain things could have been avoided had she been honest and not accept Seth’s advances in the beginning based on his sign.

Grant had me from the moment he overlooked his fear of heights to try and save Wilamena. That was very selfless of him. And more than anything I loved that he was a musician. Creative guys in books always wins me over. Seth however, I couldn’t warm up to him. When he and Wilamena met for the first time, it just seemed like he was trying to win over his brother or something. He just didn’t seem very genuine. I didn’t like how he was for the rest of the story. And when he revealed that to Wilamena in the end, I wasn’t even surprised. Seth seemed like that kind of guy.

Funny, sweet, fast paced, and packed full of awesome amazing characters this is a love story that is both realistic and sweet with a guy that every girl will want and will definitely make many peoples top ten list this year. I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Darcy WoodsYoung adult author Darcy Woods had three big loves in grade school: Reading, writing, and pizza day. Some things never change. She lives in Michigan with her madly supportive husband, two tuxedo cats (who overdress for everything) and a closet full of neatly organized shoes.

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{Review} Shades of Darkness by A.R. Kahler


Shades of Darkness (Ravenborn #1)Shades of Darkness by A.R. Kahler

Hardcover, 294 pages

Published March 8th 2016 by Simon Pulse

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~Rating: 4/5 stars~

Islington Arts Academy is not an average high school. Nestled in the forests of Michigan, surrounded by trees and nature and virtually no evidence of civilization, it is an oasis for those looking to get away. Perfect for a student like Kaira Winters, who wants nothing more than to put her past behind her and focus on the present…and her looming graduation, just a few months away.

But the past has a way of returning when least expected.

Kaira knows that what happened before, at her old school, wasn’t normal. She knows that what happened to her ex-boyfriend wasn’t natural. But she refuses to believe that the recent death on campus, the one that left everyone on edge, has anything to do with her. She refuses to believe that she could be at fault again.

But just as the past always returns, the truth can never stay hidden for long.

Even if Kaira didn’t cause the first death at Islington, or the second, or the third, she has the ability to find out who did. She has the obligation to stop whatever is coming to campus. To end the darkness that is falling with the same snow that once blanketed the woods in beauty.

But to embrace this power—to relinquish herself to the ancient entity that has been lurking in the corners of her mind–is to let go of her humanity…and Kaira doesn’t know how far she can go before she loses herself completely.

~Review~

Though this novel does begin a little slow, and drags a bit in the beginning, it ends with one hell of a surprise and bang. The characters are amazing and seem all to real.

Kaira sends herself to an art academy due to some supernatural events that happened during her freshman year of high school. Kaira is about to graduate and all the seniors are finishing up their art thesis’. The night before the first two thesis’ are due a student commits suicide. Kaira and her friends are shocked by the student’s death and Kaira realizes there’s more to what happened. A battle between the gods has started and several of the students are instrumental to the gods war.

This book will keep you flipping pages long into the night and the big reveal does not disappoint! You’ll never look at crows the same way again. I can’t wait to read book two! 

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~Author Bio~

Alex is many things, but first and foremost he’s a Sagittarius.

Originally from small-town Iowa, he sent himself to arts boarding school to study writing at age sixteen. This school may or may not resemble Islington. He hasn’t stopped moving since. In the past few years he’s taught circus training in Amsterdam and Madrid, gotten madly lost in the Scottish wilderness, drummed with Norse shamans, roughed it in the foothills of New England, and received his masters in creative writing from Glasgow University. And that’s the abbreviated list.

When Alex isn’t writing or climbing things or studying some esoteric lore, he’s probably outside with a coffee in hand, trying to find a new adventure. As he currently lives in Seattle, there is coffee (and adventure) aplenty.

*Author bio taken from the book cover*

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{Review} Everything He Wants: Lies by Jenna Fox


38732484Everything He Wants: Lies by Jenna Fox

ebook, Published June 6th 2018

~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~

Me. He’d chosen me.
Not a rich girl. Or a pretty girl.
But me…
A girl with a bleak future. A girl with a tragic past.
Sloane Rothchild, New York City’s most eligible billionaire bachelor, could’ve picked a beautiful and educated girl to be his new assistant. But he wanted me. And all I had to do was show him I could obey.
Be a good girl. Be his dirty girl. But if I didn’t obey… I’d get the whip. Spankings. Chains…
Oh, why did the dirty and forbidden things he wanted to do to me send tingles through all the right places?
So, I fell hard and fast for him. I bared my body to him. My heart. My soul.
But there was another side of Mr. Rothchild—a side he didn’t warn me about. A side I had to find out about on my own… His other half. His dark and mysterious twin, Cain.
Cain was like me—scarred and damaged. We immediately connected. He understood my needs. But after all, shouldn’t my heart belong to the man who’d given me the opportunity of a lifetime?
Each brother had taken a piece of me. One man had torn my heart out, and the other had used my body. But only one truly owned me. And only one man had swept me up in a current of lust and need…
Only one had tangled me in his web of lies and deceit.
Megan and Sloane’s “relationship” continues to hit new lows. Between Sloane’s love for alcohol (seriously, it reads like he could rival any alcoholic in unit intake), Megan’s insecurity and their shared trust issues, you got the perfect recipe for disaster. Luckily, Sloane’s identical twin brother, Cain, is waiting around every corner in the hopes that Megan will choose him, so they can skip off into the sunset together.Nobody told me there would be danger. Nobody told me I might fear for my life.

~Review~

*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

You’ll definitely have to read the first book to understand this one. I read both books back-to-back, this one was just… not as exciting for me… Definitely didn’t like it as much as the first one. Honestly both ‘books’ could have been combined.

This book starts off where the first one ends, and Megan and Sloane’s “relationship” continues to hit new lows.

Sloane’s twin bother, Cain, set’s Megan up, when a business meeting goes as wrong as possible, and Megan’s consent for use of Sloane’s signature finds its way to a dotted line it really shouldn’t be on. And from there everything goes south. Sloane kicks Megan out. Out of the company. Out of his bed. Out of the house. Megan tries to claim her innocence, but her drunken boss and lover won’t hear of it. So, what does Megan do? She leaves with Cain, who seems to think he has her ‘best interests’ in mind.  Megan is very naive and Cain is quite persuasive. And they end up having sex…. I mean, nothing says healthy mind like having rebound/revenge sex with your ex’s identical twin.

Theses two books were VERY short, and I really wish they were combined … and the plot, the characters lacks depth, emotion and development… It was still a really good two-part book . It’s such a bumpy, intense, story and I absolutely loved it! I will definitely be reading more of Jenna Fox’s books

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~Author Bio~

Jenna FoxJenna Fox is an award winning, #1 bestselling author residing in the United States. Stories always feature a mysterious alpha male with unexpected twists to shock the reader. She believes in HFN and HEA endings, although not always in a romantic or conventional way.

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