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{Review} Something of Substance by Tia Souders


38397420Something of Substance by Tia Souders

Paperback, 301 pages
Expected publication: March 28th 2018

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~Rating: 3/5 stars~

Seventeen-year-old Grace Michaels is determined to be thin, even if she dies trying.

Part of the in-crowd at Providence High, she is steps away from being asked out by the most desired guy at school, winning a prom queen nomination, and her parents’ approval. If she can just get skinny enough, be pretty enough, and popular enough.

But Grace is thin on the outside and fat on the inside. No amount of weight-loss ever seems enough. Convinced the melting pounds will solve her problems, every pound lost brings her closer to her goals. But flesh and bone can only hide the weight of her secret for so long.

Fans of the emotional and thought-provoking contemporary YA fiction, such as Before I Fall, Tell Me Three Things, and All The Bright Places will fall in love with Souder’s heart-wrenching novel, SOMETHING OF SUBSTANCE.

~Review~

Hmmm.. I don’t know what to say…. First off, I didn’t really finish this book, I took me about a month to read 15% of it… and I struggled to read 80% of it…. The first couple of chapters I had to push myself to continue. So much was focused on the food and calorie count, almost a droning on of her inner dialogue…..sooo on that note.

Something of Substance by Tia Souders is a novel that tells the story of a young girl who suffers from anorexia nervosa. Therefore, let me start off by saying that some people who read this book might be triggered to take up the habits and goals that the main character shares in order to lose weight. If this pertains to you, I would not recommend reading this novel and I would also recommend talking to someone you trust about getting help. However, let me also preface this review by saying that the consequences of Grace’s eating disorder are also very clearly spelled out in this book. She faces life-threatening consequences of anorexia which provide a real look at what happens to your body when you’re suffering from this disease.

Anywasy, like I said, this book follows the story of Grace, a seventeen-year-old high schooler that was heavier last year, but after a summer ‘fat’-camp is now finally at her goal weight, and part of the in-crowd at school. She is convinced that she needs to up her game to be more popular, catch the eye of the hot guy in school, and finally get the attention she so craves from her parents, she decides losing more weight is the way to go. The more she loses, the more in control she feels. Sadly, she loses sight of how out of control everything around her is falling.

I struggled reading Grace’s story, even shedding a tear somewhere in there, but I felt compelled to power on and see where this book would take me.

On the romance side of this book, very early on in I figured out who the real hero and love interest would be. And he is AMAZING! It just comes to show how important it is to love someone that is your closest friend. Jake is so admirable and he has all the traits a girl could possibly want in a guy. After all those years of her rejecting him, he STILL was loyal to Grace. Or should I say “Gracie?”…

Anyways….

I’ll be sure to look out for more by Miss Souders.

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~Author Bio~

Tia SoudersTia Souders is the author of bestselling women’s fiction novel, Waiting On Hope and the upcoming award-winning young adult novel Better Than This (formerly titled Freedom Road). When she isn’t writing, she’s likely renovating their century home. She’s a wine-loving, coffeeholic, with a sweet tooth and resides on a farm in rural Ohio with her husband and children.

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Blog Tour ~ Tainted Rose by Yumoyori Wilson: Review + Giveaway!


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Tainted Rose by Yumoyori Wilson

(Starlight Gods #2)

Publication date: November 10th 2017

Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

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I failed…

My name is Ryder Carter, future heir of Realm Five, Minato.

I was destined to do great things, to walk alongside my fellow star knights, as we desperately searched for the woman who would lead our galaxy to salvation.

My spirit and I had failed her once, unable to prevent the chain of events and challenges she’d faced for sixteen cycles. Then, we finally found her – alive.

Within two rotations, she’d blossomed into a beautiful rose – such delicate petals, filled with purity and life. My mission was to guide her home, to where she truly belonged, as our Princess and saviour from the approaching darkness. She was more than just our Princess; I loved her with all my heart.

But…I failed. My once perfect rose, damaged by my failures. Would she ever forgive me, her star knight who’d sworn to protect her? Will I ever get the chance to tell her how much she means to me…to us?

Only the Starlight gods can tell. Please…bring my Firefly home.

~In Stars We Trust~

Tainted Rose is Book Two in the new, paranormal reverse harem series.

Recommended for 18+ audience, containing mature sexual content and strong language.

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~Review~

I am so in love with this series!! This book delves deeper into some of the internal struggles of every character. I loved that Yumoyori really explored the depths of these characters in Tainted Rose. I think it gave the book just that little bit extra to push it over the edge into fantastic amazing-ness.

Tainted Rose is the second book in the Starlight Gods series, and picks up where Dark Wish left off. We’ve got Mako in a coma, Eli/Elias is riddled with poison and the rest of the Knights are feeling very lost without the glue that Mako creates. Without giving much away in this review, this second book is all about the boys. Each of the knights and their spirits are given a chance to shine and the reader to learn more about them. The reader also meets Kai – which is awesome! I know there are many POVs but they were necessary, we get to look through Makoto’s knight’s minds, and their spirits minds and it really adds to each characters development. I absolutely love everyone’s perspective, I love when authors do this, I love hearing all the characters thoughts.

Once again, this is an amazing story that completely gripped from the first word to the last. Mako is just as quirky as she was in the first book. I love how we see the different spirits to each of them, plus how the Knights all have their own very individual characters, and their own histories too. We read more about Daniel and Elias’ past. I really enjoyed seeing Marcus’ dragon come out to play! Oh and don’t even get me start on Kai and his phoenix. . . omggg. Yumoyori just keeps on bringing on the hotness with these men and I seriously can’t handle it! I really feel for Elias and I really hope that he can open up to Mako soon and let her in. I would also love to get more of Azriel, I loved the dynamic between him and Stryker, and the silly little tiff that they have going on. . . I giggle every time at it. It seemed very natural to have a demon and angel bang heads and not want to admit that they actually are besties hahaha. . .

Tainted Rose had just about everything that I was looking for in this book, it was funny, creative, suspenseful, melt your panties sexy and just down right good. So much more is revealed in this book than I first anticipated. I really cannot wait to read the next book in this series! I highly recommend reading this series!

Also, Leo is back haha and just as annoying as before!! ANDDD, a freaking CLIFFHANGER!!!! Ahhhaha

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~Author Bio~

Yumoyori Wilson is from Toronto, Ontario. She loves to sleep and write her days away. She works at night as a registered nurse. She has a little addiction to bubble tea and coffee but loves to workout. She has big plans for the writing world and can’t wait to share them with everyone.

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~Giveaway~

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

$10 Amazon gift card
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Blog Tour ~ Dark Wish by Yumoyori Wilson: Review + Giveaway!


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Dark Wish by Yumoyori Wilson

Publication date: September 8th 2017

Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

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What do you get when you add free and dumb?

FREEDOM

My name is Makoto Heart and I’ve always wished for a chance at freedom. Every day, I prayed before the Starlight gods, asking for their divine assistance in accomplishing such a difficult task.

Being an experiment for as long as I can remember, my hopes of obtaining freedom have diminished, drastically. The disappointment haunted me, as myself and my spirits struggled to survive. I had no hope left, believing my final plea fell upon deaf ears, yet again.

But what happens when my prayers are finally answered? I’m thrust into fulfilling a destiny, with the help of six star knights. Suddenly, I am no longer experiment 555, but the stolen princess of Heila.

Freedom, how you have teased my troubled soul. May the Starlight gods guide me and my knights, on this path towards the unknown.

~In Stars We Trust~

Dark Wish is an extraordinary new paranormal reverse harem series.

Recommended for 18+ audience, containing mature sexual content and strong language.

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~Review~

I don’t even know where to start!

Okayy, first off, I LOVE the cover~

This book is incredible! The characters, plot, world building is so amazing, unique and unlike anything I’ve read before. Dark Wish will hook you form the start, and you won’t want to stop reading. I absolutely, thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I loved the description, but wasn’t sure if I’d like it because I thought, “oh no! Is this going to be similar to The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer??”… I mean, the whole “missing princess” but I was proven wrong! Similar in that way only, because Cinder wasn’t kidnapped as a child, like Makoto (Princess Rosalind of Helia).

Dark Wish follows Makoto, the adorable but slightly ‘crazy’ main character. Makoto, kidnapped at a very young age, is a prisoner/slave/experiment to ‘the Owner’ (Blair Aspen). Honestly, this beginning part is perfect insight into how long she’s been living this life of trials and torment and how she’s the Owners’ favourite.

She does get rescued by 4 of her knights; Ryder, Elias, Daniel, Marcus, there is a 5th Knight, Kai, but he’s back in Helia.  But yeah, she gets rescued, and things finally change for her, in a good way, in a way that she never thought would happen; she gets to live in the ‘real’ world, a world outside of the facility.
Makoto strives to be normal but normal is hard when she was born to be different, and stand out. There is a prophecy about her that the Starlight Gods will bless her with 4 spirits (which is VERY rare, and no one ever has coped with that many spirits). But Makoto is such a strong character, that she can in fact cope with all of them!  Also, having all these spirits makes Makoto soo powerful. She wields power unlike any ever seen before, which is why the “Owner” favoured her. We also get to know and love her 4 spirits; Rose, Lexi, Lilly, Hope and a ‘split personality’, Midnight. (There’s a reason I quoted “split personality” which I can’t say because of spoilers for the second book, which I just recently finished.) She converses with these spirits/powers in her mind. And it is hilarious!  I absolutely loved Makoto and her shifter inhabitants. It’s one of my favourite things about this book! I love how it affected Makoto. It seemed perfectly reasonable that she would be a little too inside her head… orrrrr not, sometimes taking her internal conversations public without even realizing it, which was amazing btw! And the reactions from the people around her are great!

OMg Chapter 9 “operation badass bitch” was my favourite!! Makoto is such a strong character, and I thought this chapter really showed it!

This book had some of everything; action, romance, suspense, humor. It really was a fantastic read. I still can’t get over how creative this author is! The world building and back story are exceptional. The characters are multi-layered, and very intricate. THE CLIFFHANGER THOUGH!!!  Brutal and shocking. It made me want to get the second book sooo bad! haha… but in my opinion the ending felt really sudden…maybe a little tooo sudden… and I’m kinda disappointed with it.

I can’t wait to read more from this author!! I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Yumoyori Wilson is from Toronto, Ontario. She loves to sleep and write her days away. She works at night as a registered nurse. She has a little addiction to bubble tea and coffee but loves to workout. She has big plans for the writing world and can’t wait to share them with everyone.

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~Giveaway~

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

-$10 Amazon gift card
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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{Review} Off Limits by Clare Connelly


35903234Off Limits by Clare Connelly

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 182 pages

Publication: February 1st 2018 by Harlequin Dare

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

Goodreads

“I want to taste you tonight.”

With chemistry this hot, it’s worth getting burned… 

Billionaire Jack Grant is totally off-limits to Gemma Picton. He’s wild, deliciously dangerous…and her boss. When working late turns X-rated, it’s better than her wildest imaginings—and Gemma’s imagined a lot! But Jack has major emotional baggage, so when Gemma starts wanting to heal his heart as well as enjoy his body, she knows she’s in big trouble…

~Review~

*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

Oh my, Oh my! I don’t even know what to say, but this was one hot read! A forbidden work romance that was sweet, funny, and sexy.

Off Limits is a book about Gemma and Jack. Jack is Gemma’s boss and that’s why there cannot be a sexual relationship between them, even though they both want it. One day Jack’s crossed the line and since that day, they are addicted to each other. But will it last?

This is is a great example of an unconventional relationship portrayed the right way, it works because neither Gemma nor Jack WANT a conventional sort of relationship and with a happy ending that was totally believable for the two characters in question.

I loved this book. Jack was the perfect emotionally damaged Alphahole boss who was arrogant and aggressive in his pursuit of Gemma. And good Lord did he pursue her. The sexytimes in this novel were SCORCHING hot, they are graphic and they start early on. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but you could probably have guessed that from the cover..

And Gemma was the perfect sassy counterpart to him. I absolutely loved Gemma’s fierce, determined approach to life, her absolute refusal to compromise her principles for anyone. She gave as good as she got and didn’t let him walk all over her. She was fantastic and honestly this short book has been more enjoyable than longer novels I’ve read recently. And her relationship with her grandmother the duchess was fabulous; I could have read a whole novel on the two of them alone. 

I loved this book but I feel like it was missing something in the build up of their relationship. And the last few chapters seemed rushed. Nonetheless, I still loved how it ended, they were perfect in the end. 

This is my first book by this author and it won’t be my last. I will now devour anything by this author! I highly recommend it! 

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~Author Bio~

Clare ConnellyClare Connelly grew up in a small country town in Australia. Surrounded by rainforests, and

rickety old timber houses, magic was thick in the air, and stories and storytelling were a huge part of her childhood.

From early on in life, Clare realised her favourite books were romance stories, and read voraciously. Anything from Jane Austen to Georgette Heyer, to Mills & Boon and (more recently) 50 Shades, Clare is a romance devotee. She first turned her hand to penning a novel at fifteen (if memory serves, it was something about a glamorous fashion model who fell foul of a high-end designer. Sparks flew, clothes flew faster, and love was born.)

Clare has a small family and a bungalow near the sea. When she isn’t chasing after energetic little toddlers, or wiping fingerprints off furniture, she’s writing, thinking about writing, or wishing she were writing.

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{Review} Chasing Darien by J.M.Stoneback


36403834Chasing Darien by J.M. Stoneback

eBook, 240 pages

~Rating: 4.5/5 stars~

Goodreads

ALANA
Broken, shattered, downright destroyed.
But I’ll be damned if I’m going to let my cheating ex-husband win.
I’m determined to get back in the game, put myself back out there,
And risk it all over again.

And Darien Casey is exactly the distraction I need.
Sexy, cocky, rude, and irresistible.
He’s everything I need,
And everything I shouldn’t want.

DARIEN
Hell, I’m no knight in shining armor,
Nobody’s prince charming.
I can’t fix her broken heart.

She’s sassy, nerdy, and undeniably irresistible.
I don’t know what it is,
But everything about Alana Underwood makes me want her more.
She’s a pain in the ass,
And I can’t get enough.

~Review~

*a copy was provided by the author*

OH my! Once I started this book I couldn’t put it down~ 

This book was full of emotion. I fell in love with Alana and Darien. Alana has just broken up with her cheating husband and hads no desire to love again, until she met her brother’s friend Darien at the club she works at. They both have broken hearts from past marriages. The connection they have is soo incredible, characters were great and watching their relationships grow was very, very hawt. haha  

Passion, desire, love, hatred. This book was full of emotion and such a good romance that has its hotness and a bit of drama. This is the fist book I’v read from J.M. Stoneback and it wont be the last! I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

I am an indie author. I write contemporary romance, new adult romance, paranormal romance. Love to read and write, enjoy playing video games and watching anime.

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

 

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{Review} Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich


36572385Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich

Paperback, 374 pages

Expected publication: May 10th 2018 by Write Plan

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

Goodreads

You may live as a soldier or face death. Choose wisely.

Solanine Lucille wants her little sister back. Eight years ago, the government kidnapped her sister Ember, stole her memories, and transformed her into a soldier. But Solanine refuses to give up. Now that she and her fiancé have located the leader of a rebel group, she believes she can finally bring Ember home. But then the soldiers raid the rebels, killing her fiancé and leaving Solanine alone with her demons and all the weapons needed for revenge.

After raiding a rebel camp, sixteen-year-old Ember doesn’t understand why killing some boy bothers her. She’s a soldier—she has killed hundreds of people without remorse. But after she fails a mission, the rebels hold her hostage and restore her memories. Ember recognizes her sister among the rebels and realizes the boy she killed was Solanine’s fiancé.

Ember knows she can’t hide the truth forever, but Solanine has secrets too.

As their worlds clash, the two sisters must decide if their relationship is worth fighting for. And one wrong move could destroy everything—and everyone—in their path.

~Review~

*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

I’m sooo excited to review this! Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich is such an amazing, unique book! It is a fun but dark read. So prepare for angst and a lot of emotion. The book moves fast. From the first chapter on, there are surprises that you don’t see coming mixed with themes of dealing with depression, loss and self blame while learning on how to deal with all of those.
I literally devoured this book in one day. My only regret is that it’s over!!

This book grips you from the moment you read that first page. The world building is crazy; it’s dark and twisted and dangerous and incredibly imaginative with the technological advances the author has thought up.

It’s the year 2065 and a virus called the Devil’s Dream has wiped out almost the whole human race. No one particularity knows the source of the virus, because it spread so incredibly fast. Those affected by the virus are soldiers. These soldiers search the Earth for human survivors and give them the Choice to take part in the new society and live or die. Ember,. one of the main characters, is one of these soldiers, while her sister Solanine still roams the Earth freely. Solanine’s ultimate goal is save and free her sister from the soldiers, in order to do this Solanine joins Nightshade and her rebels in their war against evil.

The sisters are both still teens, but instead of being whiney and way too perfect girls, these two have real issues and real struggles that actually fit within the storyline. Their story is filled with death and destruction and their mental health, naturally, shows it. These characters are some of the most complex I’ve read. They often make difficult choices and the author does a great job of making you understand why they make those choices and what they must learn as a result. They are all on a path to healing in some way and the author creates their arcs in a way that feels real and satisfying by the end of the story.

I wish some of the side characters were expanded more upon and some of the battles were more elaborate. There’s advanced technology being used, which is great, but no explanation as to how it is possible that this technology is available less than 50 years from now after the world has succumbed to a very deathly virus. There’s also an element of mind control but it’s not clear if this is all advanced technology or something else.

But overall, this book is a unique, roller-coaster dystopian. A must read! I highly recommend it!

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Haley Sulich~Author Bio~

Haley Sulich lives in Minnesota. Growing up, she hated to read or write books and would rather play video games. However, towards the end of junior high, she began to develop a passion for reading and writing while she was struggling with severe depression. All of her story ideas stem from her past and mental illness, which create darker themes in her books. Since then, she has written multiple sci-fi novels and short horror stories, become a Wattpad Featured Author, and founded the Write Plan book editing and publishing company.

When Sulich isn’t writing, she likes watching horror movies, paintballing, knife throwing, photography, and eating ice cream (which is half of her diet).

She also blogs about books at bookshelfbliss.com.

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Happy Reading!

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

 

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{Review} Madd Ink by Dani René


Madd InkMadd Ink by Dani René

Kindle Edition, 62 pages

Expected publication: February 1st 2018 by Carina Press

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

Goodreads

The Dirty Bits from Carina Press give you what you want, when you want it. Designed to be read in an hour or two, these sex-filled micro-romances are guaranteed to pack a punch and deliver a happily ever after.

Detective Slade Maddox doesn’t let the same woman warm his bed twice. Get it in and then get out.

But Ryn Callan is something else. The way her breath catches in her throat, the way she stares at his chest, and not just because of his ink. The goose bumps on her skin when he leans in close.

Her incredible response to his every touch.

Ryn’s meant to be his, and Slade wants nothing more than to spend the rest of his life showing her just how satisfying it can be to let go.

~Review~

*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

Wow, Wow!  I loved reading this book! This was a short, fast paced, steamy erotic romance!

I really wish it was longer, I feel like this book has so much potential to be more than a 62 paged novella…

This is the first book I’ve read of author Dani René and it wont be the last! Can’t wait to read more by her! I recommend it!

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Dani René~Author Bio~

A proud member of the Romance Writer’s Organization of South Africa.

Dani is a fan of dark romance that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. It’s from this passion that her writing has evolved from sweet and romantic, to dark and delicious. It’s in this world she’s found her calling, growing from strength to strength and hitting her stride.

On a daily basis she has a few hundred characters, storylines, and ideas floating around in her head. From the feisty heroines she delivers, to the dark, dominant alphas that grace the pages of her books, she promises light in a world filled with danger and darkness.

She has a healthy addiction to reading, TV series, music, tattoos, chocolate, and ice cream.

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Posted by on January 30, 2018 in Ana's Bookshelf, ARC

 

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