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Blog Tour ~ Awakened by Dot Caffrey: Review + Giveaway!


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Awakened by Dot Caffrey

(The Power Trilogy, #1)

Published by: Acorn Publishing

Publication date: August 31st 2018

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Power and Prophecy!

Seventeen-year-old Regnaryn grew up in an idyllic land among mythical beings. She believes she is the last surviving human.

Her world begins to shatter when Evil invades her dreams, demanding she relinquish unknown powers foretold by her long-deceased mother. When Graeden, a young human male, arrives, he further disrupts her once-orderly life. Her emotions in chaos, Regnaryn flees the only home she’s ever known, only to be captured by the servants of Evil from her dreams. Now she must take a stand, confronting her late mother’s prophecy while also attempting to survive and protect those she loves.

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~Review~

Oooo. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d like it but, this was something alright. Definitely an Interesting start to a series.The story is well-paced, and keeps the reader’s interest as the protagonist embarks on a quest to uncover the central mystery.

This is the first book in The Power Trilogy, it follows Regnaryn who grows up in an area that is completely separate from the rest of the world and she believes she’s the only human left. When she starts having nightmares about some unknown evil taking her powers, she’s not only confused but also scared. When Graeden gets into a fight with his brother he leaves home and when he decides to turn back he finds an unknown force calling him to keep going forward. When he’s captured and tortured he feels a presence in his mind that is giving him the courage to go on. Graeden and Regnaryn find each other and while Regnaryn feels confused and hurt (since she spent her whole life thinking she was the lone human) Graeden feels drawn to Regnaryn like he’s known her his whole life. We learn of an ancient force that has tied the two of them together since before they were born.

I absolutely love each character and cannot wait to see what happens with each of them in the next book. I highly recommend reading this one!

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~Author Bio~


I was born and raised in New York, mostly on Long Island not “The City”. After high school, I moved to California and then did a three-year stint in the Navy before going to college and getting a Microbiology/Medical Technologist degree.

According to my Dad, I’ve been a storyteller from the time I began talking (which was at a very young age). But, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided to take my passion

for writing and my love for all things magical or mythical seriously and set out to write fantasy novels.

When I’m not at my day job or writing, I enjoy creating and wearing costumes (cosplay), playing video games (though, I’m not very good at it) and watching NHL hockey and assorted other things many of which are merely time wasters. Of course, hanging out with my friends and my cats also pleasantly fills my time.

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{Review} Conjure by Lea Nolan


40947736Conjure by Lea Nolan

Kindle Edition, 400 pages

Published October 8th 2012 by Entangled: Teen

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~Rating: 4.5/5 stars~

Be careful what you search for…

Sixteen-year-old twins Emma and Jack Guthrie hope for a little summer adventure when they find an eighteenth-century message in a bottle revealing a hidden pirate treasure. With their best friend—and Emma’s secret crush—Cooper Beaumont, they discover the treasure, and accidentally unleash an ancient Gullah Hoodoo curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching eighteenth birthday.

Determined to save the two people she loves the most, Emma apprentices herself to an elderly sea island hoodoo root doctor who agrees to teach her the magic to undo the hex while she works to unravel the riddle of the pirate’s message. With the clock ticking down to Cooper’s birthday and Jack turning into a walking skeleton, Emma must hone her new skills to conjure visions of the past to discover the curse’s origins, steal an antique ruby, battle a horde of terrifying demon dogs, and summon ancient spirits who can help set things right before it’s too late..

~Review~

*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

Conjure intrigued me beyond my expectations. I enjoyed it. Conjure is a unique read that you won’t want to miss. It’s enchanting and entertaining with history weaving its way through the curses. The cover is beautiful and this book is fun, adventure, and magic all rolled up into one!

Conjure is the first book in The Hoodoo Apprentice series by Lea Nolan. This is a very adventurous book told from Emma’s point of view. Her, and her twin brother Jack, are staying with their dad in South Carolina for the summer. Their friend Cooper lives here, and together the 3 of them find an ancient bottle that leads to horrendous curses. Emma must learn hoodoo magic to save her brother’s life, and the soul of Cooper – her crush.

There were a lot of twists and turns and the mystery was written in a way that kept me guessing up until the end. I’m looking forward to the sequel, especially since it ended on a cliffhanger. I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Lea NolanLea Nolan couldn’t read until the third grade. After a lot of hard work she finally got the hang of it and quickly learned the best way to get out of doing chores was to tell her parents she was reading. Soon she was hooked, devouring books by Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien, and graduated to those by V.C. Andrews, Stephen King, and Anne Rice. Books provided a portal to enchanted lands where anything was possible and characters relied on their wits to wiggle out of sticky situations.

Today, Lea Nolan writes books for young adults featuring bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She also pens smart, witty contemporary stories for adults filled with head-swooning, heart-throbbing, sweep-you-off your feet romance.

With a master’s degree in women’s studies and public policy, and an undergraduate degree in history, she spent twenty years as a health policy analyst and researcher, writing hundreds of fascinating reports and articles tens of people enjoyed. Today, she teaches graduate courses in health policy, law, and financing, and takes on the occasional consulting gig.

Born and raised on Long Island, New York, she loves the water far too much to live inland. With her heroically supportive husband and three clever children, she resides in Maryland where she scarfs down crab cakes and bakes very ugly birthday cakes. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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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

Goodreads

~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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Posted by on August 15, 2018 in Ana's Bookshelf, ARC

 

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{Review} Wolf Games by Caroline Peckham


40899185Wolf Games by Caroline Peckham

(The V Games Trilogy #4)

Kindle Edition
Published August 3rd 2018

Goodreads

~Rating: 4.5/5 stars~

After the trials of the V Games have come to an end, peace has fallen over The Sanctuary for Immortal beings. But for Jameson and Cass, their troubles are only just beginning. On the verge of their happily ever after, their world is torn apart, forcing the two lovers on separate paths. And with both of their hearts broken in the process, they have to find a way to live on without one another. Whilst Jameson sets off on a quest to save his Werewolf pack members from a madman, Cass is thrust into the arms of a new and dangerous enemy. An enemy who seeks not only her cooperation in his plans, but also, her heart…

In the explosive new season of The Vampire Games, Wolf Games follows Jameson and Cass on a journey of death, romance, betrayal, and a dark force more fearful than the enemies of their past. Can they overcome the trials that are set to befall them, or is it time they accepted their inevitable fates?

~Review~

*a copy was provided by the author*

Wow! I’m just blown away~ I loved the first three in the series, but I think this is my favourite so far. But seriously this serious just gets better and better, I’m soo excited for the next book!

Wolf Games is the fourth book in The Vampire Games series and continues the story of Jameson and Cass. At this point, The V Games are over and now they are living in The Sanctuary until some thing happens that Jameson has to leave with Ulvic. And Cass was captured by IDAHO. I dont want to give too much away! But omg, so many plot twists, that will make you want to not stop reading. 

I loved the alternating POVs. Jameson is so much fun and has such a big ego, in a funny way. Cass one of my favourite characters,  she is so strong-willed but at the same time she is so broken; she has a great personality. Jamesons and Cass are literally perfect for each other; hehe they’re adorable.

I loved the introduction of new characters and creatures that are complicated, and complex. Ah I want more already….I won’t be sleeping any time soon until I know what is going to happen next.

This one has just about everything you could hope for in a book, action, adventure, romance, vampires, werewolves. Caroline Peckham is brilliant. Such a well written and fast-paced series! I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Caroline PeckhamCaroline Peckham is the author of The Rise of Isaac Series and upcoming V Games Trilogy.

Caroline lives in the south-east of London with her best friend and a little rescue cat. When she’s not writing, she’s binging Netflix shows, going to the gym or at the pub pretending to be cool.

She adores her fans and loves to hear from them personally. She’d love for you to reach out to her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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Posted by on August 12, 2018 in Ana's Bookshelf, ARC

 

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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)

Goodreads

~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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Posted by on August 11, 2018 in Ana's Bookshelf, ARC

 

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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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Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

Print copy of The Right Fit + $25 Amazon gift card
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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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