Saturday, August 18, 2018

Blog Tour Review with Excerpt: The Prince (Wicked Series #3.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout @InkSlingerPR, @1001DarkNights @JLArmentrout

 

From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, comes THE PRINCE, a new novella in her Wicked Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new story in her Wicked series…

Book info:
TitleThe Prince
Author:  Jennifer L. Armentrout
SeriesWicked #3.5
Genre:  New Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date:  August 14th, 2018
Source:  E-galley from InkSlinger PR
My rating:  5 stars

 Synopsis:

She’s everything he wants….

Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….

But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She’s everything he’d die for….

 

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My Review:
I devoured this novella basically in one night. Staying up later than I should have with work the next day. I love the Wicked trilogy, and getting to have more characters' stories told was like Christmas and my birthday all wrapped up in one. The Prince was a character we hated in the Wicked series, so at the end of that one, when you knew more about him, it left an opening for more story with him. Brighton was a character that we saw around in the stories before, mainly with her mom who was a little out there due to some earlier issues. In this story, the Prince is annoying, as many times the hot guy is, but it is an attraction that grows on you, just like it does for Brighton. So that's why the way this ends is so much of a heartbreaking cliffhanger! Armentrout is really going to have to write more with these characters for us. I'm not sure how long I can wait, or if I can wait, if there is no plans for more. 

Of course one thing I really, really enjoyed was that even though our main characters weren't Ren and Ivy from the original trilogy, we still got lots and lots of Tink! I love Tink so much, and he was still so much fun in this story! I'll probably read any story that's got him in it, but even more now, I need to know about the King!!! 

       

Excerpt:
I opened my eyes, but I didn’t see the sun. I saw a form… a shape of a man. The features blurred, but I knew the man. It was him.

The Prince….

But that also didn’t make sense. None of this made sense. Confusion crept into the fuzz crowding my thoughts. Something was off. I tried to lift my hand, but my arm felt like it was weighted down. Something was wrong, very badly wrong, and I needed to remember—

Sleep.

The desire to slip away hit me hard and fast, obliterating the confusion and consciousness, and I slept. I slept for what felt like years and then I heard a steady beeping. It intruded on wherever I was, becoming so loud, so obnoxious to me, that I had to pay attention to it. A part of my consciousness zeroed in on the sound, clung to it, and I followed it back, tethering myself to the rhythm. With each passing second, my surroundings became clearer. Footsteps. I heard footsteps. Whispers. There was the sound of hushed voices. I dragged in a deep breath, and a shock hit my system. The breath hurt. Like my chest and ribs were too tight and a simple deep breath was too much to take—

Mom.

I saw her in my mind, as clear as day.

I saw her lying on her back in the darkness, her eyes wide and fixed on mine. There was nothing behind those eyes. No life. Nothing.

The beeping sound sped up.

The horrifying image of my mom faded like smoke, replaced by luminous skin and bloody smiles and taunts and…

Pools of blood. Actual pools of it. The ruby-red liquid spilled across stone, forming rivulets that ran between the spacing in the pavers. Why had there been so much blood? A vague feeling of wet warmth bubbling up my throat and choking me swept through me.
“Bri? Are you awake? Brighton?”
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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:
# 1 New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

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Jennifer L. Armentrout’s THE PRINCE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
August 15th
Besties, Books & Sunshine – Review & Excerpt
TheReadingRealtor – Review & Excerpt
Crazy Love 4 Books – Review & Excerpt
Garden of REden – Review
JordansBookReviews – Excerpt
Literaria – Review
Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt
Stuck In Books – Review & Excerpt
What's Your Story Reviews – Review & Excerpt
The Cover Contessa – Excerpt

August 16th
ClaryNathanWill – Review & Excerpt
East Coast Book Chicks – Review & Excerpt
I Smell Sheep – Excerpt
Krystal Loves Books – Review & Excerpt
Perpetual Fangirl – Review & Excerpt
Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt
Zili In The Sky – Review

August 17th
Ali’s Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt
Books are My Life – Review & Excerpt
K-Books – Review
Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt
Then There Were Books – Excerpt
Words are Life – Excerpt
Cocktails and Books – Review & Excerpt

August 18th
a GREAT read – Review & Excerpt
Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt
Greyland Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Lisa Loves Literature – Review & Excerpt
Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt
Simply Crystal – Excerpt
The Fancy Nerds – Review & Excerpt

August 19th
Alphas Do It Better Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt
Declarations of a Fangirl – Review & Excerpt
Kiss and Tell Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Literary Misfit – Excerpt
Reese's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Saga Lux Spain – Review & Excerpt
Vera is Reading – Excerpt

August 20th
A Chick, Her A Dog and A Blog – Review & Excerpt
Books 2 Blog – Review & Excerpt
FOUR CHICKS FLIPPING PAGES – Review & Excerpt
Ginreads – Review
Incidental Inspiration – Review & Excerpt
JOJO THE BOOKAHOLIC – Review & Excerpt
The Blonde Book Lover – Review & Excerpt
Wicked Reads – Review & Excerpt
YA FANTASY WORLDS – Review & Excerpt

August 21st
A Fortress of Books – Review & Excerpt
Book Bite Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Kalli's Book Nook – Review & Excerpt
Milky Way of Books – Excerpt
Nerdy Soul – Review & Excerpt
Onceupon_a_bookdream – Review & Excerpt
Ruby's Books – Excerpt

August 22nd
3 degrees of fiction – Excerpt
All Things Dark & Dirty – Review & Excerpt
Jax's Book Magic – Excerpt
The Bo0ki3 – Excerpt
The Heathers' Blog – Review & Excerpt
Travels N Reads – Excerpt
What's Beyond Forks? – Review & Excerpt

August 23rd
Book Crook Reviews – Excerpt
Book Enticer – Review & Excerpt
Dark Faerie Tales – Review & Excerpt
Literary Dust – Review & Excerpt
Mama Reads Blog – Review & Excerpt
Pages to Explore – Excerpt
The Book Dutchesses – Review & Excerpt

August 24th
Book Mania – Review & Excerpt
Buttercup’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Cupcakesandbookshelves – Review & Excerpt
Fictionally Sam – Review & Excerpt
Never Sleep Book Blog – Excerpt
Romance Schmomance – Review & Excerpt
SA Clayton – Excerpt
The Lux Fangirl – Review & Excerpt

Friday, August 17, 2018

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Echoes by Alice Reeds @AliceReeds @EntangledTeen

Book info:
TitleEchoes
Author:  Alice Reeds
Genre:  YA Thriller
Release Date:  August 7th, 2018
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

Synopsis

"Fast-paced and thrilling. ECHOES is a heart-pounding and addictive love story." —Mia Siegert, author of Jerkbait

They wake on a deserted island. Fiona and Miles, high school enemies now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold on to.

Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most chilling discovery: something else is on the island with them.

Something that won't let them leave alive.

Echoes is a thrilling adventure about confronting the impossible, discovering love in the most unexpected places, and, above all, finding hope in the face of the unknown.






Get yourself a copy HERE!
 
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Alice Reeds was born in a small town in Germany but spent her first eight years in Florida, USA. Later on, she moved back to Europe, where her family moved around a lot. She was raised trilingual and has a basic understanding of Russian, read and spoken. After getting her International Baccalaureate Diploma, Alice is studying English Language and Literature at University. In her free time Alice mostly writes, reads, figure and/or roller skates, or watches countless let's plays and figure skating videos.



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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: Surviving Adam Meade by Shannon Klare


Book info:
Title:  Surviving Adam Meade
Author:  Shannon Klare
Series:  Surviving Adam Meade #1
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 14th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source:  E-galley from Xpresso Book Tours which did not influence my opinion
My ratiing:  4 stars
Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Claire Collins has a plan: get into college and leave North Carolina behind. What she doesn’t have is an idea for how to get rid of the local football star and womanizer extraordinaire—Adam Meade, who she can’t even avoid (despite many efforts), because Claire’s dad is the high school football coach.
Seventeen-year-old Adam Meade never fails. He always gets what he wants… until he meets Claire, the new girl who leaves him unnerved, pissed off, and confused. But there’s something about her that he just can’t resist…
With the bite of lemon meringue pie and the sugar of sweet tea, Surviving Adam Meade is a sexy and compelling young adult novel about two strong-willed people who think they know what they want but have no idea what they need.

My Review:
This book started off with some sarcastic family banter, which grabbed me right away.  It was definitely an easy read, kept me turning pages, which was good because I got started on it later than planned to try to get it done in time for this review.  Now Claire was a bit annoying, of course part of that is just some of the normal teenager in her, being heartbroken over an ex-boyfriend that she'd had to move away from.  Part was annoying because she was totally whiny to Adam at times.  She got to be a bit of a clinger, and even after he'd tell her that he didn't want more, she'd still do that.  To be fair, there were times that Adam was totally embodying the whole "Hot and Cold" song by Katy Perry though.  Definitely a bit of whiplash, a-la Edward and Bella in Twilight.  But his honesty was actually somewhat refreshing for a teenage boy, to me at least.  Loved his grandma for sure, and how great she was.  Even with Claire's grumpy teen self, she had a great family that you had to love.  Including her brother Case.  Almost kind of rooted for him to get Riley, although she was with Tate, and it was hard not to like those two as a couple as well.  All in all this was a satisfying teen contemporary romance, not a lot out of the ordinary, so an easy read as well.
Author Bio:
Shannon Klare is a southern housewife, born and raised in Texas. When she isn’t writing or daydreaming new plots, Shannon is a reality TV fanatic and movie connoisseur. Surviving Adam Meade is her debut novel.

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Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: The Glass Butterfly (Haunted Hearts Legacy #3) by A.G. Howard


Book info:
TitleThe Glass Butterfly 
Author:  A.G. Howard
SeriesHaunted Hearts Legacy #3 
Genre:  New Adult, Paranormal, Historical Romance
Publisher:  Golden Orb Press
Release Date:  August 15th, 2018
Source:  E-galley from author which did not influence my review
My rating:  4 stars

Synopsis:

For close to a decade, twenty-five-year-old Felicity Lonsdale has masqueraded as a dowager almost twice her age—selling caterpillars to butterfly consortiums—enabling her to hide an ill-fated past while raising her late brother’s daughters. Together, the three live on an isolated Irish estate bequeathed by a dying earl. When the earl’s estranged son arrives to claim his inheritance by threatening to expose Felicity’s true identity, she longs to pack up her nieces and run. But a ghostly secret within the castle’s turret holds her captive. 


Nick Thornton—a Roma viscount’s heir—is also captive. After a tryst with an investor’s wife nearly destroyed his family’s holiday resort, Nick forsook everything to elope with her. However, a tragic mistake at his hand led to her and his baby’s deaths. Refusing to turn to the family he shamed, Nick travels to seek the countess who once co-wrote a romance with his sister. There’s rumor of a special butterfly in her keep—a transparent-winged species with ties to the afterlife. Nick hopes to contact his dead wife and child, for only their forgiveness can free him. 


Upon his arrival to Felicity’s estate, Nick offers to help her defeat the earl’s son, on the condition she allow Nick to investigate her glass butterflies. Felicity agrees, though fears the closer he gets to the ghosts of his past, the closer he’ll come to uncovering her own. As Nick spends time with Felicity and her nieces, he realizes the mystery enshrouding this fragile countess and her castle is more intriguing than the ghosts he originally came to find. And perhaps putting his dead to rest and helping her do the same will be his true path to redemption.

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon

My Review:
If you have followed me for awhile, you know that I am a big fan of this author, and I loved the first two books in this series:  The Architect of Song and The Hummingbird Heart.   This is a series, but it follows a family, and spans years between books.  The first book's main couple are the parents of the main characters in the second and third books.  In this third book we have the son who feels as if he has done nothing but disappoint his family.  That he disgraced them to the point they'd be happiest if he never returned.  Nick is not only running from that, but also searching for a way to reach his dead wife and ask her for forgiveness.  He intends to once again behave poorly by stealing what he thinks he needs, a rare type of butterfly, that will help him be able to reach those beyond the grave.

The other half of the couple in this one is Felicity.  She is the woman with the long white hair you see on the cover.  Only she is not as old as she seems to be. She is hiding from her own past, and trying to keep her nieces safe from being separated with their own parents lost, just like she and her brother were separated when they were children.  She will do whatever it takes to keep these girls from having to go through what she went through.

The connection between the two is based on a past event that was intense, emotional, and life-changing.  Once again this author has created a beautiful world, that she describes with such vivid language that you feel as if you are there as you read.  I  loved the idea of the butterflies, and also the little bit of science thrown in with old tales and quotes from classics, in this case, Shakespeare.  The attraction between Felicity and Nick is also done well.  You can feel the sexual tension between them, both in the way they can barely resist each other, as well as the humorous banter that pops up from the first meeting we read in the book.  The characters are all well developed, and I really loved the youngest niece, she was quite amusing in her set ways of a young girl, and the questions she asked and the comments she made about what she saw going on around her.  The mystery of what happened with the girls' father, as well as what he'd discovered that had led Nick to their door was drawn out in such a way that I was on the edge of my seat, trying to figure it out as I read.  But in the end I was still pleasantly surprised at the creativity of how the author handled the whole situation, and the magical spin she put on it.  I also love how a real family can be one that overlooks things, that is there for each other in the end, and how a bad guy might even have a slight bit of redemption, making every character truly human.

Another great story from A.G. Howard.  And I look forward to the fourth book in the series which will be sister Emilia's story.  I have a bit of an inkling where it just might go.  I can't wait to find out if I have guessed correctly, or if the author will lead me on another merry tale of romance and ghostly intrigue. 
 

 
About the Author:
A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would've happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she's not writing, A.G.'s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

 

 
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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
8/6/2018- A Dream Within A DreamReview
8/7/2018- Smada's Book SmackReview
8/8/2018- YA SH3LFReview
8/9/2018- Book-KeepingReview
8/10/2018- Omg Books and More BooksReview

Week Two:
8/13/2018- Literary DustReview
8/15/2018- Lisa Loves LiteratureReview
8/16/2018- Pandora's BooksReview
8/17/2018- BookHounds YAReview
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Cover Reveal: The Left Side of Perfect and The Right Side of Forever by Meghan Quinn

   

The Left Side Of Perfect – Release Day – August 30

For better or for worse,'til death do us part . . .

The better captured me; she's who stole my heart.

And made me realize I couldn’t live without this woman.

The worse of her took my breath away--kicked me when I was down and twisted me into a million knots.

 When I first met her, I thought she was someone I would never see again.

The second time I ran into her, it was a random coincidence.

The third?

I didn’t know it at the time, but she was the girl I was going to marry.

 But life isn’t always perfect. You have to take the better and the worse--even if it means giving her up, having her slip between your fingers, and letting her walk away.

 I’m getting married.

This is forever, 'til death do us part.

       

The Right Side Of Forever – Release Day August 31

In sickness and in health, to love and to cherish . . .

It sounds so simple, to love someone unconditionally.

To give them your heart.

So why is she slowly eating away at my soul with every unanswered phone call, every unread text, and every door left unopened?

 She said yes, and yet, in order for her to be with me . . . I need to let her go.

     

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. 

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!