Review: Thrax by Christina Bauer || Blog Tour || Combination of kickass and awesome

Welcome to my tour stop of Thrax by Christina Bauer hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can find the full tour schedule here.


Title: Thrax
Author: Christina Bauer
Series: Angelbound Origins, book 4
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 300 pages, Ebook
Published: June 27th, 2017 by Monster House Books
Source: I received an eARC of this book for this blog tour via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

*Beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the previous books in this series.*

Myla Lewis has married Prince Lincoln, and now they’re expecting! All the after-realms rejoice. Myla should be happy too, but she has a serious problem. The day after their honeymoon ended, Myla’s real husband disappeared.

The man who’s sharing her bed is an imposter.

Myla tries explaining about “Evil Lincoln,” but no one will listen. The reason? People think that Myla’s supernatural pregnancy is making her cray cray. Mostly because that’s what Evil Lincoln is telling everyone, and that man’s a great liar. What a creep.

There’s no way Myla will take this lying down, though. She’s going to rescue her man, and she has a pretty good idea where he’s being held. With her best friend, Cissy, along to help, Myla sneaks off to Earth. All she has to do is blend in with the humans, avoid Evil Lincoln, and find her real man before the baby arrives. How hard can it be?


Like the previous books in this series, Thrax was a compelling and a fun read. I was hooked from the very start and this book did not fail to surprise me. I enjoyed the ride pretty much throughout the book!

After going through so much together, Myla and Lincoln are finally married and they are expecting. But something goes horribly wrong after their honeymoon. Lincoln is there but he is not her Lincoln. It doesn’t take her much time to understand her real husband is somewhere else and she has to face yet another evil ploy. With the help of her best friend, will Myla be able to rescue Lincoln before it’s too late?

What I love the most about this series is, it’s such a fun and fast read. Another thing that I liked about the writing was that the action sequences were the most fun to read, usually they not my most favourites but in this book it definitely was.  Once you start the book, it’s pretty impossible to put it down, I ended up finishing it in two sittings. Thrax started off with Lincoln and Myla’s honeymoon which is soon disrupted after a particular incident where real Lincoln is replaced by “Evil Lincoln”. It was pretty easy to tell he was not the real guy because the real Lincoln would never behave or treat Myla like Evil Lincoln did.

Myla is a kickass heroine, she is not someone who is willing to just sit and watch. She believes action speaks better than empty words and so she set sail for an adventure. Of course, Cissy is there to help her, she’s the best! I love how she believed her about Lincoln when nobody else would. Myla’s experience on Earth is different and the enemy is more powerful which brings forth a new challenge for Myla. I loved her character growth throughout the book. She really turned from the Great Scala to a Queen. She didn’t back down even though too much was at stake, even her unborn baby but she fought back for what was right. And as always, I loved Lincoln, he was there beside Myla in whatever decision he took, I loved his unconditional love and support towards her.

The only thing I found a little unrealistic is that Myla is kinda perfect in every way even though she evolved a lot in this book. Also, I thought after everything Lincoln went through he would be weak but it seemed nothing could weaken him a bit because he fought side by side after his rescue. Anyway, I still loved these characters to bits!! Evil Lincoln was seriously irritating and so was Ethan. That guy! Seriously, I didn’t expect him to go to that extent but oh well. He definitely got what he deserved!

Overall, Thrax was an engaging read. I loved how the plot was executed and the characters kept me interested throughout the book. I enjoyed the action and the adventure. The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast-paced throughout the book. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series!

Recommend it?

Yes!


Author Bio:

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best-selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult bestseller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Review: Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock || Blog Tour || Where my heart struggled to be only friends

Welcome to my tour stop of Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Title: Just Friends
Author: Tiffany Pitcock
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Page Count and Format: 320 pages, Ebook
Published: August 1st 2017 by Swoon Reads
Source: I received an eARC of this book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

A new spin on the classic smart-girl-and-bad-boy setup, this witty contemporary romance shows how easily a friendship – even one built on an elaborate lie – can become so much more.

Jenny meets Chance for the very first time when she is assigned as his partner in their Junior Oral Communications class. But after they rescue a doomed assignment with one clever lie, the whole school is suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A’s and the most scandalous heartbreaker in school have been best friends forever. It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow―especially when you really, really want it to be the truth.

With Jenny, Chance can live the normal life he’s always kind of wanted. And with Chance, Jenny can have the exciting teen experiences that TV shows and movies have always promised. Through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are “just friends.” But that might be the biggest lie of all.

Debut author Tiffany Pitcock delivers a spot-on depiction of first love and the high school rumor mill in Just Friends, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads.


Just Friends was one of my most anticipated books for this year. Although I was terrified at the first 5% and thought it wouldn’t meet my expectations but surprisingly in the end it did. I ended up falling in love with this book and Chance and Jenny’s story.

When a class assignment brings Chance and Jenny together, they are both surprised how they are able to create a fake story about both of them in minutes to ace that class. And with the fake story starts their fake friendship which doesn’t take much time to turn into something more. But Chance doesn’t do relationships and Jenny is altogether new to these growing feelings. When fake starts to turn real, what will they do?

The story starts off with Chance and Jenny paired off in a class assignment where they quickly take a different turn and surprisingly their fake story comes out flawlessly. The plot although slightly clichéd was definitely enjoyable. Though I have to admit I did not quite enjoy the first 5-10% of the story because I didn’t like how their friendship started with a fake past when in reality that was the first day they actually talked to each other. But soon enough I found myself falling in love with their story. Their fake friendship slowly turns into a real and strong one which I adored so much. It was clear how much they cared for each other. But the thing that felt off was how everybody believed their fake story so easily, I mean those two characters interact all of a sudden and they tell everybody they have been bffs for life and nobody even bats an eyelash, it was damn unrealistic.

Anyway, both Chance and Jenny were genuine characters but not devoid of flaws. I seriously loooved Chance so freaking much. He went through a lot at home, his parents were constantly fighting and his big brother left him in their mercy. But he didn’t show that part of his life to anyone except Jenny. I loved how much he trusted her to show her that vulnerable part of his life and I loved how Jenny welcomed him to hers. I loved how their story started off as best friends before that feeling turned into something much more. I loved their chemistry together and I sooo wish they would have confessed their actually feelings instead of going round and round about it. Some parts were seriously hilarious and I enjoyed it so much!

But there were a few things I didn’t like about Jenny, she was a great character but sometimes her decision were simply too bad. Somewhere deep down in her heart she knew having a relationship with Drake wasn’t something she wanted but she still went for it when she heard Chance didn’t do relationships. I especially hated the moment when she realised she was in love Chance but instead of talking it out with him, she decided to do the deed the very next moment with Drake (who I didn’t like for a single moment) to get over it. I mean seriously?!! And another thing was how she completely forgot about her actual best friend, Kelsey who had been there for her for years. Kelsey knew how much reserved Jenny was and although she didn’t mind much, I hated the fact that she stopped hanging out with her since Drake and Chance stepped into her life. I seriously loved Kelsey, she was such a great friend and defended Jenny when the whole thing blew up, I seriously need a book about her!

Overall, Just Friends was a great read. The plot was executed neatly and although there were ups and downs in the story, I fell in love with it. I loved Chance and Jenny together so much. But the ending felt rushed, another chapter or an epilogue would definitely had been a great addition. Nonetheless, the writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the whole book. I am definitely looking forward to read more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

23. Writer. Reader. Sarcastic.

I was born and raised in Arkansas, which isn’t terribly exciting. I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I used to sit in class and write stories in my notebooks, thinking that everyone did. It turns out, everyone didn’t. I love writing because it means I’m putting my thoughts, feelings, and soul out there for someone else to read – for someone else to feel. The fact that someone can read my words, and empathize with my characters – characters that wouldn’t exist with out me, that I created from my mind – is such a wonderful concept to me. I could happily write for the rest of my life as long as there was one person out there who was affected by my words.

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Spotlight Tour: The Truth About Happily Ever by Karole Cozzo

Welcome to my tour stop of The Truth About Happily Ever by Karole Cozzo hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can find the full tour schedule here.


Title: The Truth About Happily Ever After
Author: Karole Cozzo
Standalone
Expected Publication: May 16th, 2017 by Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Chin up, Princess, or the crown will slip.

A theme park princess must put her life back together after her happily ever after falls apart in The Truth About Happily Ever After, a contemporary YA romance from Karole Cozzo, author of How to Keep Rolling After a Fall and How to Say I Love You Out Loud.

Everything was supposed to be perfect. Alyssa has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park; a fantastic group of friends; and a boyfriend who will no longer be long distance. But as the summer progresses, her prince becomes less charming and more distant, and Alyssa’s perfect summer falls apart.

Forced to acknowledge that life is not always a fairy tale, Alyssa starts working to pull her herself back together. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her friend Miller’s support, she’s determined to prove that she’s more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she’s finally ready for something better than dreams. Maybe she’s ready for something real.


Excerpt:

Before I can fully process my thoughts, Rose is whirling me around to reveal the finished product in the full-length mirror behind me.

         “Holy crap!” I almost fall off the stool. “How did you create that in fifteen minutes?” I ask, leaning forward as I touch my face, because I’m not really sure it’s mine anymore. It’s practically three-dimensional.

         I’m the Jackal. I have his hollow cheekbones, his dark, haunting eyes, his signature scar marring his right cheek. But with the proper shading and lipstick and contouring, Rose has made the look sexy and alluring, like some kind of predator of man.

         “Wow . . . ,” I murmur. I can’t stop staring.

         Behind me, she shrugs, but I can tell she’s struggling to stay humble. “Just a little bit of this, little bit of that,” she says.

         She pulls out her phone and instructs me to turn around so she can take a picture to help her remember what she did. Then she glances at her phone again. “Do you think you have time for me to try one more thing? After looking at the costumes, I really want to see what I can come up with for the Sea Snake.”

         “I have time,” I assure her, hopping off the stool. “You’re so quick.”

         “Here.” Rose hands me a clean cloth and some kind of heavy-duty makeup remover. “You’re going to need both of these. And probably the regular face wash, too.” She giggles. “Maybe, like, three times. Again . . . many thanks.”

         “Yeah, sure,” I mumble, walking away, feeling distracted.

         Something is still nagging at me, and until I can figure out what it is . . . I’m going to be preoccupied.

         I lock the bathroom door behind me, turning on the light and staring at my reflection.

         Her words keep turning over on themselves in my brain.

         Internalize the illusion . . . internalize the illusion . . .

         I pour some of the makeup remover onto the cloth and swipe it over to the left side of my face. The sexy Jackal disappears at once. She vanishes like that; she was never real. There’s no trace left behind.

         And that’s the thing about illusions.

         I put the cloth down, figuring out why her words got to me.

         Sometimes internalizing an illusion is a good thing.

         And sometimes it’s not.

         Today marks four weeks since Jake broke up with me. But the truth is, our relationship was over a lot longer than that. Because our relationship was an illusion, one that I wanted to believe in, one that I had internalized, because I so badly wanted it to be the real thing.

         I loved the idea of Jake. I loved that we started out as a fairy tale, and that my fairy-tale prince was good looking and stable and on his way to an honorable career. I loved the illusion.

         Beyond it . . . I stare down at the sink, feeling particularly foolish. Beyond it . . . I’m hard pressed to remember the last time Jake had made me feel more happy than nervous in his presence, the last time he gave me a sense of security rather than a fear of loss. The last time we felt like pleasure rather than work.

         So I guess . . . sometimes . . . Rose is right. An illusion can be empowering. But sometimes an illusion can be debilitating.

         You stare at an illusion for too long, you stop looking for something real. Maybe you stop even remembering what it feels like.


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Author Bio:

Karole lives outside of Philadelphia, PA with her loving husband, exuberant little girl, and smiley little boy. She adores YA Romance, because it would be awesome if life in general had a requisite feel-good happy ending rule. Vices include obscene Haribo gummy consumption, addiction to Starbucks NF vanilla lattes, and tendency to hoard Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles.

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Review: Angelbound by Christina Bauer || Blog Tour || My first audio book experience!


Welcome to my tour stop of Angelbound by Christina Bauer hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can find the full tour schedule here.


Title: Angelbound
Author: Christina Bauer
Series: Angelbound Origins, book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Time and Format: 14 hours 48 mins, Audiobook (Audible)
Published: November 12th, 2013 by Monster House Books
Source: I received an eARC of this book for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Eighteen-year-old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your every day quasi-demon, half-demon and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she hasn’t lost a battle yet.

But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights aren’t enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it’s not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and doesn’t like the answers she finds. What happened seventeen years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is? Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what’s a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla’s not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla’s going to shake up Purgatory.

***Angelbound is now an audiobook read by the author, Christina Bauer***


Sooo, this was my first audiobook experience and I have to say, I had a blast! I didn’t know I was going to enjoy Angelbound this much, it was a pretty great ride.

Myla Lewis lives in the Purgatory along with her mother which is ruled by the ghouls. She is a quasi-demon who enjoys fighting in the arena more than studying in Purgatory High. But when the demons start acting weird and Armageddon, the king of Hell shows up at their own school, she begins to suspect that something far more dangerous is going on. Things couldn’t get more complicated when she begins to fall for Lincoln who is a demon hunter. Along with that, she finds out all these troubles might be related to her very own heritage. Now it’s up to Myla to figure out everything before it’s too late.

The plot was gripping. I was on the edge from the very start and there was never a dull moment in this book. Myla is a resident of Purgatory. I loved her from the beginning. She was sassy, brave and was not afraid to break the rules. Her mother has never disclosed about anything about her father and how many times she tries to ask her mother, she gets nothing. I liked her curiosity and the fact that she didn’t give up easily. She meets Lincoln, the high prince of the Thrax who is also demon hunters in the library while searching information about her heritage. At first, Lincoln came off as rude and judgemental but then we really got to know him, and damn he was not only swoon-worthy but an awesome guy as well, the perfect partner in crime that Myla always wanted. The chemistry between was cracking and I shipped them sooo much! The little bit of forbidden element also added some spice to their relationship.

The world building was amazing. I loved learning more how everything functioned in Purgatory. Among all the ghouls, I only loved Walker who was like Myla’s big brother, the rest were simply loath-worthy. One of the best things about this book was the back story of Myla’s heritage and the war that took place hundreds of years ago which she learns with the help of the Queen of the Angels, Verus. It was really interesting to how everything went down and the important role Myla’s mother played in it. Along with Myla, my perspective of her mother changed as the story proceeded. Cissy, Mila’s best friend, and Zeke were nice additions in this story and I definitely enjoyed their characters as well.

The plot twist was really great. At first, when Mila thought what her heritage was, I didn’t think that would be it and when the real thing is revealed, I knew it was coming but it didn’t lessen my surprise in any way. I really, really hated Armageddon. He was not satisfied being the king the of hell, he wanted more power and control. The feeling of deja-vu hit me when I understood how exactly things were happening. I enjoyed learning about the various kinds of demons Myla fought along with the fighting and the adventure in this story. I can’t wait to read the second book and see what happens next!

The audiobook is narrated by the author herself, and I couldn’t be more happy with my first audiobook experience. It was pretty time-consuming but so worth it. Each character had a different and unique voice and I enjoyed the narration so much. The whole world of Myla and her friends came alive through the narration.

Overall, Angelbound was a fantastic read. The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. I loved the romance between Myla and Lincoln and the narration made everything more fun. I am definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes!


Author Bio:

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best-selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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  • Angel Wing Bobby Pins
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Review: The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

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Welcome to my tour stop of The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Title: The Alchemists of Loom

Author: Elise Kova

Series: Loom Saga, book 1

Genre: Fantasy, [Young-Adulr]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 376 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: January 10th 2017 by Keymaster Press

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 3 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.


My Thoughts

This book was enjoyable but not as much as I wanted it to. Although the action and the adventure were quite something which kept my steady attention to this book.

After the dragons seized over Arianna’s lands, she lost everything. Now she finally has a new hope to usurp the Dragons with the help of a dragon himself, Cvareh who has a motive of his own. Both of them want the same thing but can two mortal enemies trust each other to reach their destiny?

I enjoyed the plot of this book. Although the starting was pretty slow and confusing, everything started to weave together as the chapters proceeded. Ari is one of the most feared personas in the Loom, but only two of the people know her identity as the White Wraith. I liked how everything was executed. I enjoyed the worldbuilding and learning about all the different races and the magic.

All the characters were pretty interesting but it felt difficult to connect with them, especially Ari. Nonetheless, she was skilled in her art and her perseverance was noteworthy. I loved Florence, she was a mixture of a lot of qualities that I really enjoyed. And then we have Cvareh, he was quite an interesting character that I want to know more of. Lastly, the plot twist was quite epic! I definitely liked it and I sooo want to know what happens after this.

Overall, The Alchemists of Loom was an enjoyable read. I liked the plot and the characters though I would have liked it more if everything was a bit more explained at the beginning. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the action part of this book very much. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I definitely look forward to reading the next book in this series.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).

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Review: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane || Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Welcome to my tour stop of There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Title: There Once Were Stars

Author: Melanie McFarlane

Standalone

Genre: Dystopia, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 331 pages, Ebook

Published: April 26th 2016 by Month9Books, LLC

Source: I received a digital copy of this book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of her dome. Now Nat wants answers. What else might her government be hiding from the good and loyal people of Dome 1618?


USEEEEEEEEE

Natalia or Nat is a resident under the Dome. The Dome separates their community from the rest of the world which is supposed to be unfit for living until an outsider shows up. Nat can’t seem to figure out Evan but both of them can’t stay away from each other either. After she is suddenly assigned on a mission, she discovers a whole new truth about her parents research that might threaten their whole existence. Will Nat be able to find out more about it or will she get caught in the process?

I enjoyed the plot. It was a short and fun read but it was a bit predictable. Nat has not been the one to follow rules but after she is called to the main building of the Axis to work as a scientist instead of getting punishment because she was almost caught last time, she begins to question things. In comes the outsider, Evan who is made a part of the expedition team along with other scientists to find out if the outside world is fit for living. Slowly Nat discovers, it’s not only Evan but there are others who are harbouring secrets as well. I liked how everything was neatly executed, though I had a few problems here and there but overall, I enjoyed the adventurous ride.

I liked Nat as a main protagonist. I felt so bad after learning what happened to her parents but I liked how she did everything to help the cause. Evan was a mysterious guy, but I liked him. And I felt it was right when Nat questioned his trust. Nonetheless, I liked these two together. I had mixed feelings about Jak but I could understand where he was coming from and I was glad when he decided to stand up to what was right. There was a kind of love triangle between these three but it was clear from the very first who Nat was going to be with.

Overall, There Were Once Stars was a nice read. The characters were interesting and the pace was fast throughout the book. I liked the romance between Evan and Nat. The writing was smooth and easy to read. I easily finished this book in two sittings. In the end, I was satisfied how this book ended.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

unnamedMelanie McFarlane is a passionate writer of other-wordly adventures, a little excitable, and a little quirky. Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, she jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie focuses her powers on writing young adult stories to keep the rest of the world up reading all night.
She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Land of Living Skies.

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Review: Say Something by T.A. Roth

Title: Say Something

Author: T.A. Roth

Series: The Speak series, book 1

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Pretty warm

Page Count and Format: 267 pages, Ebook

Published: March 25th 2015 by T.A. Roth

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Twenty–two-year-old Ari Munoz prefers to keep men at an arms’ length. So when her best friend Vonne guilts her into going to a frat party, she couldn’t think of a worse way to spend her night. That’s until she sparks the interest of love’em and leave’em Ben Rodriguez. She knows she shouldn’t trust him, but the electricity she feels when they lock eyes is something she’s never felt before.

Twenty-two-year-old Ben Rodriguez has it all, and his senior year marks the beginning of even bigger things to come. He’s a football star, fraternity president, and his endless pick of beauties makes him the envy of all of his frat brothers. So why is a pair of long legs and hazel eyes making him want to throw out his rules?

Ari has her secrets.

Ben has his rules.

What happens when both your pasts threaten your future?

Say Something…

*This novel contains adult themes and language. 18+ please. This is book one in a series and contains a cliffhanger.*


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Say Something was your typical NA read where the guy is popular and a jock but falls for the quite and shy girl. But I can’t say that I didn’t like it because I sure did.

Ben is in his final year of college, he is a football star, and the head of his fraternity. He doesn’t do relationships either but something changes when he sees Ari for the first time in a party. They both can’t stay away from each other. Although they are both scared of this new feelings but nonetheless they decide to give them a shot and but will happen when Ari’s past resurfaces?

Well… that’s my question as well because this book ended in a huge cliffhanger, though I was already warned in the blurb but still it felt huge! Okay, let’s come back to the beginning before we talk about the end, shall we? So, the book started off pretty good, although the plot was predictable but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Ben has never been in an actual relationship but with Ari, he starts wanting more. For both of them, it’s a complete new territory but they both decide to give it a try. I really loved these two together, they had perfect chemistry and the romance was pretty hawt!

I basically loved all the characters in this book. Ari was a great character, she was sweet and caring and I loved her with Ben. I most definitely enjoyed the family aspect of this book as well, yes.. although it was not much but I loved every bit of what I got. Ari had a past that she never told anyone but she finally confessed to Ben after he witnessed her repeated nightmares about how she was abused by her piano teacher when she was just 7 years old. That was… just heartbreaking. She never told anyone because that asshole teacher told her everybody would hate her and she was just a child, she got easily manipulated. BUT… this past resurfaces in the last chapter right before this book ends!! God… I really need the second book… like right now!

Overall, Say Something was a great read. Although the plot was predictable but I enjoyed reading it, the characters were pretty great as well. I loved the romance between Ari and Ben and I can’t wait to see more of it. Nonetheless, the writing was great and pretty smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. This book left me in a lot of suspense and that won’t be solved unless and until I read book 2. Hopefully, I can read it soon.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: All the Feels by Danika Stone || Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my tour stop of All the Feels by Danika Stone hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Title: All the Feels

Author: Danika Stone

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Genre: Contemporary, [Young Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 304 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: June 7th 2016 by Swoon Reads

Source: I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.


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This was a fun book to read and it was definitely a bit different but I liked it. The characters were pretty good which kept me interested from the start.

Liv loves Starviel. Those movies are her life. She loves talking about them, reading fanfics about them and vidding her favourite characters. But when her favourite character dies at the end of the fifth movie, she along with the whole fandom is devastated. She comes up with a crazy plan of bringing her favourite character back  and launches an online campaign under the hastag #SpartanSurvived but she decides to anonymous. But her actual life is mess. Will she be able to handle all at once? What will happens when her secret comes out?

I liked the plot! We all are invested in some kind of fandoms and similarly when somebody else comes up and tells us we are wasting our time, we do not take that likely nor we do stay okay when our favourite character dies. Liv was pretty similar like that, so it was easy  to connect with her character. I liked that she was passionate about her fandom and she enjoyed making vids about them. She was just like one of us.

Xander, Liv’s best friend was pretty fun too and he was a bisexual so yay for diversity! I loved his character, he was supporting and caring and even listened to Liv’s continuous blabbering when he didn’t like Starviel much but one thing about him really irritated me- he called Liv  “dearest” all the time, it was just… sounded weird. Other than this fact I loved their friendship. Another aspect of the book which I liked was the text and chat conversations throughout the book which was really fun to read.

Overall,  All the Feels is a good and quick read. The plot was interesting, although the pace was a bit slow at first and I enjoyed the 2nd part of the book a lot more than the first part. The writing was smooth and easy to read and I enjoyed the ride.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

DanikaDanika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both adults (The Intaglio Series and Ctrl Z) and teens (Icarus and All the Feels). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

The first book in Danika’s upcoming Tathagata series (Edge of Wild) was selected as a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel of the Year Award (2013). Edge of Wild (Stonehouse CA) will be released March 2016. Danika’s YA novel, All the Feels (Macmillan US), will be released June 2016.

Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

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Review: The Divide by E.J. Mellow – Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my tour stop of The Divide by E.J. Mellow hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Author: E.J. Mellow

Tittle: The Divide

Series: The Dreamland trilogy, book 2

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Slightly warm

Page Count and Format: 246 pages, Ebook

Published: October 15th 2015

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558321867


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Molly finally uncovers the truth about the strange dreams that plagued her sanity for weeks. Now destined to accept a clandestine role, Molly must find the strength and courage buried deep to push forward and succeed.

With the help of Dev, the roguish blue-eyed man of her dreams—whose dark past resurfaces to haunt him—Molly prepares to test the limits of her newly awakened powers and set right a world on the edge of being consumed by nightmares.

But when an unknown shadow stalks her every step and a shocking revelation about her ancestry comes to light, Molly may find herself forced to make a decision that could leave her alone in the dark and standing on the wrong side of a divide.


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You can read my review for book 1, The Dreamerhere.

*A little spoilery if you haven’t read book 1.*

Now this is what I call mind blowing! But that cliffhanger! Omg! I can’t wait to know what’s going to happen next, specially the way things ended. I really, really need the next book right now!

Molly finally knows that Terra Somniorum is real as it can be and she has accepted her role even though it’s a dangerous one. She’s training hard to fulfill her role as the Dreamer. But when a secret comes out she’s torn between two decesions but when a figure from the past resurfaces it makes things far more complicated and leaves Molly with no choice at all.

This book was literally epic! The plot and the action gripped me from the very first page and it continued to do so throughout the book. I didn’t know what to expect from this book but it didn’t dissapoint at all. I was so happy that the love triangle was solved as well. I would’ve been more glad if Molly had actually made that decesion instead of Jared but I’m glad she finally admitted the truth. The romance was between Dev and Molly was mind blowing! The angst build up perfectly and when they finally confronted each other, that moment was literally perfect and hot! The action was more than the first book and I enjoyed that aspect a lot and Molly’s powers were pretty interesting to read.

I really liked Molly more in this book. I think it’s because she finally chose with who she wanted to be with. And I loved how much she cared about Terra and the people there. Dev was as charming as ever! I loved him. The chemistry between these two were undeniable and I loved each and every moment they were together. I also enjoyed the friendly banters between Molly and Rae. The plot twist was a bit shocking, I definitely wasn’t expecting that but the ending totally changed the game, though the epilogue gave me some amount of hope but still I can’t wait to find out how they solve everything.

Overall, The Divide was a great read, I enjoyed each and every moment of it. It was pretty fast paced and the writing was smooth and beautiful. This book was filled with a perfect combination of action, suspense and romance which was pretty awsome. I will be waiting eagerly for the next book in this series!

Recommend it?

YES!


Author Bio:

EJMellowI’m the author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series. When I’m not busy moonlighting in the realm of make-believe, I can be found doodling, buried in a book (usually this one), or playing video games.

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Signed copies of The Dreamer + The Divide, Dreamer tote bag + $15 Amazon Gift Card

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Review: The Dreamer by E.J. Mellow

Author: E.J. Mellow

Tittle: The Dreamer

Series: Dreamland trilogy, book 1

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Slightly warm

Page Count and Format: 212 pages, Ebook

Published: May 15th 2015 by Four Eyed Owl

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

It’s night. Always night. Dreams guard against the evil forged by nightmares. Infinite shooting stars illuminate a moonless sky. A city stands alone, surrounded by a darkened field. On its fringes, a man watches one star separate from the masses and fall. What survives the crash will unveil a secret centuries long hidden.

Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.

There she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people— the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams.

But Molly must ask herself— does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?

Faced with the threat of losing everything— her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity— Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination..


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The Dreamer was an interesting book. While I didn’t like all its aspect but it was quite enjoyable and an entertaining read and I’m dying to know what happens next!

Molly doesn’t usually dream. But on her twenty-fourth birthday she gets struck by lighting from which she manages to come out almost unscathed. But from that day onwards she begins to dream of a place which seems too real to be a dream. There she meets a guy named Dev and together they discover she can do much more than a normal human being. Then she learns the actual secret of her being there which is a profecy of thousand years. Will she believe she’s crazy and conjuring this up or will she believe all of it and risk losing her life?

Whenever Molly dreams, she arrives in Terra Somniorum, which means Lands of Dreams. The duty of the people there is to monitor dreams and keep the nightmares away. The concept was pretty great but it was familiar because I had read something like this but nonetheless the plot was executed well. Nothing actually happened in the first fifty percent of the book, the pace was slow as well but when we reached the second half, the plot finally started moving as well as the pace. From the second half, everything was pretty interesting, I enjoyed the action, I loved when Molly discovered what she could do with her strange new powers and the world building was great.

Molly was an interesting character, I liked her sense of humour. And I absolutely loved Dev. Though he did a few things which enraged me a bit at first but then he charms you so easily, you can’t help but love him. But I absolutely hated the loved triangle. I still don’t understand how this thing works. When she was with Dev, she didn’t think twice before taking the big step, even though it didn’t exactly happen but still. And then she has Jared, her boyfriend. Whenever she’s with him, she’s thinking she can’t be with Dev and all that but the situation is reversing whenever she’s with either of them. This was so frustrating to read because she was kinda cheating on both the guys, how can one person think like this! I was like make your damn decesion with who you want to be with! Although Jared’s an okay guy but I’m team Dev. Oh! And I absolutely adored Becca, she’s Molly’s best friend, she’s so caring and a pretty awsome person.

Overall, The Dreamer was a good read, the plot was neatly executed and the characters were interesting, I enjoyed the romance between Dev and Molly but I hated the love triangle which was frustrating to read. The writing was simple and smooth and I enjoyed the story. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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