Thursday, July 28, 2016

Acca by Christina Bauer Cover Reveal!!





Hello there guys!

The blog and I are taking a little break for the summer hot days, but I'm still reading and loving books, so hopefully we'll be back to a more regular schedule soon!

BUT today I have a cover reveal for you all!!



Acca by Christina Bauer
(Angelbound Origins, #3)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: December 13th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
In just one week, supernatural warrior Myla Lewis must discover enough evidence to send the evil House of Acca to prison… or she’ll end up in jail herself, along with her fiancĂ©, Prince Lincoln. No pressure.

To gather proof, Myla and Lincoln go undercover at an all-girl’s high school on Earth. Lincoln acts as the new gym teacher; Myla becomes the school’s least popular transfer student ever. To stop them from getting the goods, Acca releases Hell on Earth. Literally. Good thing Myla and Lincoln aren’t afraid of a tough fight. This one promises to be the hardest yet. After all, who ever said high school wasn’t hell?





https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30152126-acca



Previous books in the series:
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About the author:

Christina graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School with BA's in English as well as Television, Radio, and Film Production. Her day job is in marketing for companies like Microsoft, Cisco, and Zerto. Back in the go-go 90′s, she founded her own software start-up, Mindful Technologies. Christina believes that, upon close examination of Tolkien's text, it's entirely possible that the Balrog was wearing fuzzy bunny slippers.







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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Girl In The Shadows by Gwenda Bond Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway!!





Hello there guys!!

Today I'm super excited to be part of the Blog Tour for Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond! I adored Girl on a Wire and I've loved every Gwenda Bond I've read and this one was no exception!

I need more Cirque Americana books and soon!



Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond
(Girl on a Wire #2)
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: July 5th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Eighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.
When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.

But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased at Moira’s presence, all while the Cirque’s cocky and intriguing knife thrower, Dez, seems to have it out for her. As tensions mount and Moira’s abilities come into question, she must decide what’s real and what’s an illusion. If she doesn’t sort it out in time, she may forever remain a girl in the shadows.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26828513-girl-in-the-shadows




REVIEW

Girl in the Shadows is the second book in the Cirque American and both builds on what we knew about the Cirque and the characters we met in Girl on a Wire and takes it in a new direction with a new plot and new main characters.

When we meet Moira she's ready to prove herself but it doesn't go as she wanted, and she ends up defying her father in a rather spectacular way and joins the Cirque!

I liked Moira a lot because she's brave and extremely motivated, she loves what she does but she is not ruthless or backstabbing with competition. She's secretive and that's not always very good for friendships or other relationships, but for the most part, she had a point when secret keeping.

I loved her work with magic and escapism and her drive and love for magic reminded me of Jules' love for walking the wire in book 1. She had quite a few unexpected surprises and revelations and she managed to handle them all pretty well, given what a shocker some of them were!

The moment we met Dez and Moira used the word "rakish" for his smile and attitude... well, I was 100% sold on him! I liked that there was quite a lot more to him that we might have thought at first, and he might not have been entirely trustworthy, but for different reasons than one might suspect upon first meeting. I called it pretty soon with his allegiance but it didn't bother me that Moira didn't suspect as I did, since she was too close and with too many things to worry about.

I loved that we see the relationship between Jules & Remy progress once established, even if it's more in the background, and I loved that Nan and Dita and the rest of the Cirque crew that I loved from the first book still were relevant and part of the story and very much on the forefront of the story at times.

Moira's story has quite a finale and the climax was as satisfying as slightly unexpected (which is usually best) and although it closes her story well enough, there's also enough of an open door to get more stories from the Cirque and hopefully to check on her on those stories too!

If you love the circus, magic, rakish boys, fearless girls and a captivating story, look no further! Very much deserved 4.5 stars to Girl in the Shadows!



Author Bio:

Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels Lois Lane: Fallout and Girl on a Wire, among others. Lois Lane: Double Down and Girl in the Shadows, a companion
novel to Girl on a Wire set in the Cirque American, are next up in 2016. She’s also hard at work on some secret projects you don’t know about yet.

Her nonfiction writing has appeared in Publishers Weekly, Locus Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. She has an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe. There are rumors she escaped from a screwball comedy, and she might have a journalism degree because of her childhood love of Lois Lane. Visit her online at www.gwendabond.com or @gwenda on Twitter.





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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Wings of War by Karen Ann Hopkins Book Blitz!!





Embers by Karen Ann Hopkins
(Wings of War #1)
Publication date: March 15th 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal, Young Adult
There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them.
Embers is an epic paranormal adventure/romance about a seventeen year old girl who discovers that she’s immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt’s boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember’s exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she learns that she’s a Watcher, a descendant of angels.

While Ember is instructed about her heritage and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two teenagers who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the young men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it’s cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil, and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She may be one of the few champions willing to make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.

Embers is the first novel in the dark and gritty YA paranormal romance series, The Wings of War.

The complete series:
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https://www.goodreads.com/series/135612-the-wings-of-war



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EMBERS EXCERPT:

Sawyer sobered quickly. The obvious hurt on his face made me regret my words.

“You’re right. I’m a monster. I won’t argue on that account. But your kind isn’t squeaky clean either. Just because your ancestors were arch angels doesn’t give you the right to police the world.” His eyes narrowed. “Do you know how many humans have died from wars that Watchers caused?”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” I lied.

I was already suspicious about Watchers. Ila scared the crap out of me sometimes with her demeanor and righteous words.

But Sawyer didn’t need to know that I questioned the Watchers myself. His opinion didn’t count.

When I turned back to him, ready to change the subject, I wasn’t prepared for the darkening of his already almost black eyes. He leaned in closer and our breaths mingled. In and out I breathed, allowing his familiar woodsy scent to fill my nose. I know Sawyer. Oh, I know him.

Don’t do it, Ember.

But I couldn’t stop.

When he kissed me, my lips parted automatically.

Deep down, I wanted him, desired him madly, and had from the first time I’d seen him in my dreams.

In that instant, I didn’t care that he was a Demon.



Author Bio:

You can visit Karen Ann Hopkins at her website: www.karenannhopkins.com.

Karen Ann Hopkins resides in northern Kentucky with her family on a farm that boasts a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats. Karen's main job is home schooling the kids, but she finds time to give riding lessons, coach a youth equestrian drill team, and of course, write. She was inspired to create her first book, Temptation, by the Amish community she lived in. The experiential knowledge she gained through her interactions with her neighbors drove her to create the story of the star-crossed lovers, Rose and Noah.

Karen grew up about a mile from Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. She was bitten by the horse bug at the age of five, and after diligently taking riding lessons for several
years, was rewarded with her first horse at the age of eleven. The feisty horse's name was Lady, a Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred cross, who became Karen's steadfast companion. Through the years, the constant force in her life was horses. Eventually, she found her place as a riding instructor herself. Before accepting her fate in the barnyard, she worked a short stint as a paralegal, traveled abroad, and guided tourists on horseback riding tours in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

Karen is currently working on her Amish mystery series, Serenity's Plain Secrets, along with the YA paranormal/fantasy series, The Wings of War, and the continuation of the Temptation series. Karen is also excited to announce the Temptation series has been optioned for TV by Pilgrim Studios and is available on Audible.

"I loved joining Rose and Noah during their journey in the Temptation series by Karen Hopkins."-Katie McGarry, acclaimed YA author






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ARC August is HERE again!!



My beloved friends Octavia & Shelly from Read Sleep Repeat are once again organizing ARC August!! The month to stop and catch up with all your various ARCs before they get too out of control!

The good thing about ARC August is that both physical and digitals ARCs count, so I can finally allow myself to tackle my ARCs from BEA as well as focus on some backlogged Netgalley ARCs that will also count towards my Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge!




My goal for ARC August is to tackle all the September ARCs I got from BEA (that'd be a total of 7, if I don't read any from that pile during July) and then 3 or 4 backlogged eARC from NetGalley.

My tentative list:

BEA ARCs

- Stalking Jack the Ripper
- Three Dark Crowns
- Metaltown
- The Female of the Species
- A Shadow Bright & Burning
- Vassa in the Night
- The Forgetting

And eARCs:

- Warrior Witch
- Wild Swans
- Tell The Wind & Fire
- Unicorn Tracks



Wish me luck guys! I hope I will do better than my major fail this past ARC April!!

Monday, July 4, 2016

30 Days of Yoga Challenge Completed!! #FWFG30days

Hello there guys!!

Happy Independence Day to all my US friends! I hope you guys had an awesome weekend of celebrating safely!

Today I have a non-bookish post because I want to a) continue keeping me accountable b) celebrate my accomplishments!

Yesterday I completed my 30 Days of Yoga Challenge!!


I have finished a lil late, not on June 30th as I should have, but I am pretty happy because even during my trip to Rome, I didn't do the challenge videos assigned for those days BUT I did manage to still do Sun Salutations every day while on vacation, and I have done all the videos even if I completed day 30th on July 3rd!

Now I'm gonna continue working on my Yoga everyday because I've turned it into a routine that I rely on to energize my morning and it's my main self care point!

My plan is to follow the July #FWFGworkshop schedule loosely, changing days around to fit better with my work schedule, shorter videos for days when I work and saving the longer ones for my days off.

My first video for tomorrow is gonna be a long (and looks like tough) one but it's a day off so it's a long video day!





Wish me luck as I continue with my Yoga journey! Hopefully by this time next year, I'll be doing a proper crow and side plank! So far after 2 months & a half I can plant my heels on the floor on downward facing dog!



Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday Reads: Series Enders - Forest of Ruin & Until The Beginning!!

Hello there guys!

For this week's Friday Reads I'm gonna have a pair of mini reviews for books that are series enders and I hope to keep reading more and finishing more series along the summer!





Forest of Ruin (Age of Legends, #3)Forest of Ruin by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A very intriguing and satisfying final book for a great trilogy! YA fantasy at its finest! I might have had a reservation or two about the way certain developments came about, but overall loved it!

After the big dual cliffhangers on the last book, I was quite happy to finally dive into this one! I loved the journeys that each one of the sisters went on, and how much growth both of them had on this book. There's been a lot of growth for both of them over the series, but even more in this one!

Being apart for so long has strengthen their relationship, given them a better understanding of their own weaknesses & strenghts and an even understanding of the strenghts and character of the other. Pulling a lil bit of a "What Would Ashyn/Moria Do?" now and then still being true to who they are.

I loved how the relationships progressed and built. Not just talking about the romantic ones, although I really loved how the sisters found someone that would support and love them, even if Moira had that one a lil bit more easy than Ashyn did. But I love how Ashyn decided to take charge in her own way and not let anyone's doubts to guide her actions. There were a few lack of communication moments, but not enough to irritate me enough. Family is important here and some of the familial relationships were complex and twisted and very well written, even if they weren't always positive.

A few unexpected revelations happened, thankfully we MEET THE DRAGONS!! And although there's the awaited conflict that we've been preparing for in the previous books, we don't really come to all out war. Some of my reservations have to do with some events in the big climax but still quite satisfied with the book ending. I guess I'd love to get a bit of an epilogue to check on the characters further on (hello, future vision??) but all in all, very much deserved 4 stars to this one!



Until the Beginning (After the End #2)Until the Beginning by Amy Plum

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A fantastic second and final book in this duology! I love Amy's writing and I love how she can craft intriguing and fully complex characters!

The book picks up right in the rather cliffhanger-y ending of book 1, After the End, and thankfully making progress and not stalling making us worry and wail.

Juneau and Miles have a wonderful relationship and partnership. It keeps growing and progressing through the book, as both of them grow and adapt to their new realities. Both have introduced the other to things they didn't know where they and they make each other better and stronger.

There's a lot more information revealed to Juneau about herself, her past and even the Yara, and although that creates quite a bit of conflict for her and her relationships with her clan and her father in particular. But I love how she decides to face everything with love, with strenght and with allowing herself to give herself time and space to figure things out while never losing sight of the urgent matters at hand.

The climax was not exactly as I was expecting at first, but it was very much the right thing to happen in the right way, even with a few surprise foes to come at the last minute, but nothing that doesn't fit with the storyline and the plot. I love when I get surprises that I should have expected to happen!

Although the ending has a bit of an open ending, it is one that I welcome and not resent, because it's more about the next big adventure but the big conflict is over and behind us.

Very much deserved 4 stars!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thursday Thoughts: Re-reading The Winner's Curse Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski!!!

Hiya there guys!

Trying to stay on top of the blog juggling extra shifts at work, trying to have some family & social life as well as everything else can be a bit of a job, but I think I'm hanging there alright, even if I might not post every day!

For this week's Thursday Thoughts I'm continuing with the re-reading reviews of a series I've done this year. I must say I'm pretty proud of the amount of re-reading I'm allowed myself to do, enjoying books I've loved and preparing for the next or final book in said series!

And this week it's all about The Winner's Curse trilogy and ALL THE FEELS!!



The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I adored this one the first time I read it, and I adored it this second time. I love the writing, I love how although I knew the plot and what was beneath and unknown and untold until the revolution happens and I could see the hints and bits scattered throughout the narrative much more clearly.

I loved Krestel a lil bit more this time, even, and I'm alway been rooting for her. She's a wonderful female character that wants to be true to herself and what she wants, and even if she has to play by the rules of the society she lives in, she finds a way to try and bend those rules in her own way.

As far as Arin goes, I feel like I could understand him a lil bit better, his doubts, his anger, his plotting... all the times he snapped at Kestrel, and how he keeps on being torn between personal feelings and his fight for his freedom and his country.

The world building I adored as I did the first time. I call this series historical fantasy, because it kept reminding me of the Roman Empire culture (with a bit of Greek and even Minoan too) but it had its own flavour too. I loved how we got lil details like stories about the gods, cultural differences, traditions... all of it woven into the story.

And the relationship between Kestrel and Arin gave me ALL THE FEELS again! I also felt like Kestrel is loved by her friends and father but it's already seen as not entirely unconditionally, she's loved as the Kestrel she allows to be seen, and not entirely her whole real self.



The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The first time I read this book it was an insane rollercoaster for my feelings and it wasn't any different on this re-read. To be completely honest the amount of emotional distress this book caused me was kind of insane! Damn these two, I already knew what was going to happen but the anxiety and distress and the tears kept on coming! *shakes fist at book*

After Kestrel's bold (and heartbreaking) move at the end of Curse, we see how she has to deal with the consequences, and how she might have bitten a bit more than she can chew. We see her using all her (considerable) strategist ability to navigate the Imperial court life, and if things seemed complicated at first, once she decides to do what is right and NOT what is expected of her as a Valorian.

The mistrust and secrets are hard to keep and even harder when it comes to having Arin in front of her, breaking her heart and risking her life.

The stakes are higher, the world building expands because we see more of the Empire and Arin journeys away to find support and allies for the Herrani cause, and we meet another country and another culture (this time I was reminded of both the Egyptians and the Persians) and nagivates another complicated set of intrigue and politics. We meet some new and complex character that add some more diversity to the game.

The ending is absolute torture and so full of emotional anguish that I was so very relieved to at least this time have the next and final book on hand to dive into right away!


The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Feelings overload and a wonderful feeling of contentment, even when dreading working the morning shift on 3 hours of sleep because I couldn't put down this most wonderful book... And now I'm suffering a massive book hangover and needing a nap (badly!).

After the horrible ending of Winner's Crime and suffering through it all over again on my re-read, I dived into this one straight away. Seeing Kestrel desperate but never really giving up on her fight might have been tough, but when she loses the will to continue fighting? That broken my heart like nobody's business!

I'm afraid to spoil something by talking about all that happened in the book, so just in case, consider yourself forewarned!

Seeing Arin work as a leader and navigating the seas of political intrigue and alliances and getting ready to fight a war that can be considered lost before it even begun with a stronger foe? He might not have Kestrel's brain for strategy, but he's quite the clever man himself! When caught between a rock and hard place he keeps fighting to find the way to escape with as few scrapes as possible.

I was so very worried about these two and their relationship for half the book and then I was even more worried on the second half, because whatever progress that was made could be wiped away if the fight and the war went awry, as it might very well could!

Kestrel demonstrates a strenght on her mind and on who she is and what she thinks it's right that makes her a character to love even more, and she comes to terms with finding some peace about those who couldn't love her as she is.

Arin grows so very much in this book, working hard to become the leader he needs to be and learning to trust again and to let that trust strenghten love. He also works hard to make sure the bargains he needs to make don't come back to bite him in the arse.

I simply adored this one and I feel like it was the perfect conclusion to this trilogy! Very much deserved 5 (and then some) stars!!


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

100 Hours by Rachel Vincent Cover Reveal!!





Hello there guys!

 Today I am so excited to take part on the cover reveal for the awesome cover for 100 HOURS, the first book in a new trilogy by New York Times best-selling author Rachel Vincent, which releases on March 28, 2017 from Katherine Tegen Books, along with a note from the author about her upcoming novel and an amazing giveaway.


Scroll down to take check out the gorgeous cover, read what Rachel Vincent has to say about 100 HOURS, and enter for a chance to win. And be sure to share your thoughts about the cover in the comments!




The Cover Revealed





 100 HOURS  by Rachel Vincent
Release date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 368
Formats available to pre-order: Hardcover

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30653906-100-hours?ac=1&from_search=true


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Description:

Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends.

While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens.

But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.

Now, as the hours count down, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t set aside their personal problems, no one will make it out alive.



A Note from Rachel Vincent


In my upcoming YA suspense 100 HOURS, Genesis and her cousin Maddie come from opposite ends of the privilege spectrum, but when they wind up kidnapped for ransom during spring break in Colombia and have no one else to count on, they discover they have more in common than either of them thought.

If you’ve read any of my previous releases, 100 HOURS probably seems like a departure for a Rachel Vincent book. And that’s what I thought, back when it was just me and an idea. But as I wrote the story and got to know the characters, I realized that even though this book is set in the Colombian jungle and these characters have no supernatural abilities, 100 HOURS is very much a book about the themes that draw me in over and over. Survival. Family friction and loyalty. High-stakes pulse-racing action. Twists, turns, secrets, and revelations. Girls who can fend for themselves—and for anyone else who needs help.








About the author:


Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy—but social media is a close second.

Photo credit: Kim Haynes Photography






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