Review: Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz

Sanctuary BayTitle: Sanctuary Bay
Author: Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz
Series: standalone
Rating: 3.5 stars
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy
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Blurb:
Will Sarah Merson’s shiny new prep school change her life forever or bring it to a dark and sinister end?

When Sarah Merson receives the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the most elite prep school in the country-Sanctuary Bay Academy-it seems almost too good to be true. But, after years of bouncing from foster home to foster home, escaping to its tranquil setting, nestled deep in Swans Island, couldn’t sound more appealing. Swiftly thrown into a world of privilege and secrets, Sarah quickly realizes finding herself noticed by class charmer, Nate, as well as her roommate’s dangerously attentive boyfriend, Ethan, are the least of her worries. When her roommate suddenly goes missing, she finds herself in a race against time, not only to find her, but to save herself and discover the dark truth behind Sanctuary Bay’s glossy reputation.

My Review:
Actual Rating 3.5 Stars

I was so looking forward to reading this book as the blurb and cover are gorgeous, and I discovered that this book was written by the author of the Roswell series (which I loved when I was younger.)

Now that I’ve read it, I’m kinda struggling to sort my thoughts out. It was good, it was creative and imaginative, and I definitely became invested in the story, but there were things that I didn’t like as well which is why my rating isn’t higher.

Initially, I found it very difficult to connect with this story , and I actually put it down to read another book, unsure if I would come back to it. I did, and once I got beyond the 30 percent mark, I began to enjoy it. Now, it was extremely weird and confusing at times, and I didn’t like the cult aspect or the wolf-howling scenes (total cheese-fest.)

The second half of this book is a total rollercoaster read – so much is crammed in there that I had to stop and take stock a few times, but it was fast-paced and thrilling and full of mystery and suspense. Awesome.

Our MC, Sarah, was very weak at the start and quite insipid. By the end of the book I had warmed to her but her development wasn’t really logical or explicable. Ethan Steere was my favorite character and I felt the only one who had true depth. Now, when you realize what’s actually going on it explains some of the other characters strange behaviour and stiff dialogue, so I can forgive that as it works with the plot. Believable.

The revelations about what was really going on in Sanctuary Bay were fantastic, if a little underdeveloped at times. I thought the world building and writing were good.

The ending felt very rushed to me. It had a conclusion, and an epilogue, but to me there is another story in this and a few loose threads that weren’t developed. If a second book is released I would read it to see what happens next for Sarah and Ethan.

I’d like to thank St. Martins Press and Netgalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt

Paper PrincessTitle: Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

My Review:
Oh, good, God, I’ve just finished and I think I might be having a coronary – I need the next book so badly I can scarcely breathe.

Quite simply, that was magnificent. I adored every word. I started last night and stayed up until 4am and the only reason I didn’t finish it straight away today was because I had to work.

Those Royal boys are super-hot brats but I can’t help loving them, especially Easton and Reed. They are naughty, naughty, boys but I love that brash, cocky, over-protective type. Right up my alley.

Ella was a great MC, tough, gutsy, with a wicked cool mouth – she was well able for Reed & Co. She did have a vulnerable side though and my heart ached for her at the end.

The high school setting was great and I either loved or hated all the secondary characters.

There are a few things that were a bit ew – like their Dad and that slut having sex in front of them all. It didn’t seem to fit his character, but it was such a minor issue that it in no way dented my overall enjoyment.

I have read many of Elle’s books, although I haven’t read Jen Frederick before, but I have to say the writing was flawless and full of all the things I love about Elle’s books in general – the witty banter, hysterical scenes, lots of kissing and sexy scenes, plenty of angst and drama etc.

This was more sexually explicit than your normal YA read but they have put a 17+recommended reading age on it which addresses that issue.

Now, that ending – holy moly – it was sheer brilliance. Honestly, my heart is pounding in my chest. How the heck am I expected to read another book after that ending?! I can’t – my heart is in the shredder. (Giving myself a pep talk – must calm down before said suspected coronary becomes a real one.) I had a feeling I knew what was coming but I was only partly right. I guessed the person involved (never trusted her from the start) and I suspected she was going to walk in on something like that, but it was still completely unexpected! (Being vague on purpose as I don’t want to give away spoilers)

Awesome! I love cliffhanger endings (I love torturing myself.)

Cannot wait for part 2 – I’m actually really glad I waited until now to read this so I only have a couple of days to wait. I’ll be on a countdown.

I received a copy of this book from the author’s publicist in exchange for my honest review. Thank you so much, Nina!

Blog Tour: Hitched (Imperfect Love #2) by Kendall Ryan

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Hitched: Volume Two (Imperfect Love #2) by Kendall Ryan. I share my review of this book with you today. And you can also find the book trailer and an excerpt of the book in this post.

Hitched 2Title: Hitched: Volume Two
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Imperfect Love #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Arranged marriage? Check.

Cocky new husband? Check.

It’s a marriage of convenience—one I’m determined to keep strictly professional. I can’t be stupid enough to fall for this sexy playboy’s charm or advances. I have to be strong, even if he is my husband.

Except he has a huge cock with an even bigger ego, and his main goal in life seems to be getting me to stroke both. The arrogant bastard is like sweet, sugary candy for my libido. I know he’s bad for me.

But I want to devour every wicked inch of him.

With his sexual prowess and experience, I know he’ll be explosive in the bedroom. And since we’re stuck together for the foreseeable future—keeping up this marriage charade long enough to turn the company profitable again—I deserve something to look forward to at the end of a long workday, right?

What could one little taste hurt?

My Review:
4 Hot for Noah stars.

The second installment in Kendall’s new series picks up pretty much exactly where it left off in Volume 1. Our couple is growing closer but Olivia doesn’t realize that Noah is keeping secrets -both professional and personal- from her, and you just now it’s going to explode in his face at some point.

Noah continues to be the star of this show for me. His concern and support for Olivia are so heartwarming even if some of it is misguided. Olivia is learning to let go of her inner control freak and she is growing as the depth of the feelings she has for Noah develop. However, the shocking cliffhanger at the end is going to set them back. There is no way Noah is going to be able to convince her that his actions were genuine and not because of the contract. Even though it was obvious where this was leading, it was still a tremendous place to end. Great job Ms. Ryan.

We have more sexy times in this installment and I love the chemistry between our couple. I am totally rooting for them. Big style.

The banter was witty, with plenty of sparks flying, except for a cringy scene where Noah is referencing intimate bodily parts using crude juvenile speak that was completely unnatural for a grown man to use.

The last installment left us at a great point in the story but I was a little dismayed that it was dismissed so quickly and easily in this volume. This could have been fleshed out to add greater tension and conflict. As it currently stands it was a blatant plot device to add maximum shock-factor without any real depth.

This book focuses mainly on the burgeoning relationship between Olivia and Noah and less on the corporate situation.

I’m finding it more and more difficult to suspend my disbelief as this series progresses. The overriding premise of this story just isn’t believable. I worked in corporate management for almost twenty years and you cannot convince me that any board would be swayed by co-CEO’s getting married and having a baby. I really can’t fathom how them having a baby has anything to do with stabilizing the ship or that the board would be less inclined to look for potential buyers if they announce a pregnancy. Strong performance and strong financials is the only measure that would count, in my opinion.

I worked in an alpha-male corporate environment where it was frowned upon when female employees became pregnant, and all kinds of sexist remarks would be bandied about. (It was totally disgusting and there was little I could do to change that aspect of the corporate culture.) Basically, female employees, no matter how strong a performer they were, were pretty much written off after pregnancy. Now, perhaps this fictional world is intended to be different, but I don’t think so given how some of the male employees have been portrayed thus far. So, to me, announcing Olivia’s pregnancy will send a death knell, not have the opposite effect. Unless it turns out that the fathers, in all their scheming, actually care more for their children than the company and that’s really what’s going on. I could buy that more readily even though that wouldn’t really make much sense either. But it’s the easier pill to swallow.

The other issue that niggles at me is blatant lapses in editing in relation to aspects of the timeline and some of the scenes. I spotted three glaring errors in the first couple of chapters alone. Not enough to dent my enjoyment but enough to frustrate me a little.

Reading back over this review it might come across like I didn’t enjoy the book which isn’t’ the case at all. It was still an engrossing read. The last one was a 5-star read but this one is rated lower because of the aforementioned issues. However, that doesn’t detract from the fact that it’s hugely entertaining and I am enjoying the characters and very invested in reading the conclusion to their story.

Thanks to Inkslinger PR and the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

EXCERPT
“What’s wrong?” I ask.
“Just a little tight, is all.”
I inhale through my nose. I have to shove the pregnancy stuff to the back corner of my brain. We’re a long way off from Olivia letting me pump her full of my semen anyhow, so why am I stressing about it now? The first step is showing her how compatible we can be.
And that starts now.
I smile at her. “Sit tight. I’ll be right back.”
I grab a bottle of massage oil from the hall closet and return to the living room. The soft jazz music seems to float in the air, creating a pleasant buzz in the atmosphere.
Olivia’s eyes widen when I rejoin her on the couch, but she doesn’t question me.
“I’ll give you a massage,” I suggest. “Take off your sweatshirt.”
Olivia flinches, chewing on her lip while she watches me. “But I’m not wearing anything underneath.”
That’s the idea. “I promise not to look.”
She hesitates for another second, then turns her back to me and pulls her shirt over her head, dropping it to the floor. The creamy canvas in front of me is one to be admired. The twin dimples in her lower back near the band of her leggings would make lesser men weep.
I warm a few drops of oil between my palms and rest my hands on her stiff shoulders.
“Relax. Okay?”

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Kendall Ryan Headshot 1 picAbout the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Release Day Blitz: Hitched (Imperfect Love #2) by Kendall Ryan

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Today is the release day for Hitched: Volume Two (Imperfect Love #2) by Kendall Ryan. There’s a trailer and excerpt for this book in this post.

Hitched 2Title: Hitched: Volume Two
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Imperfect Love #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Arranged marriage? Check.

Cocky new husband? Check.

It’s a marriage of convenience—one I’m determined to keep strictly professional. I can’t be stupid enough to fall for this sexy playboy’s charm or advances. I have to be strong, even if he is my husband.

Except he has a huge cock with an even bigger ego, and his main goal in life seems to be getting me to stroke both. The arrogant bastard is like sweet, sugary candy for my libido. I know he’s bad for me.

But I want to devour every wicked inch of him.

With his sexual prowess and experience, I know he’ll be explosive in the bedroom. And since we’re stuck together for the foreseeable future—keeping up this marriage charade long enough to turn the company profitable again—I deserve something to look forward to at the end of a long workday, right?

What could one little taste hurt?

EXCERPT
“What’s wrong?” I ask.
“Just a little tight, is all.”
I inhale through my nose. I have to shove the pregnancy stuff to the back corner of my brain. We’re a long way off from Olivia letting me pump her full of my semen anyhow, so why am I stressing about it now? The first step is showing her how compatible we can be.
And that starts now.
I smile at her. “Sit tight. I’ll be right back.”
I grab a bottle of massage oil from the hall closet and return to the living room. The soft jazz music seems to float in the air, creating a pleasant buzz in the atmosphere.
Olivia’s eyes widen when I rejoin her on the couch, but she doesn’t question me.
“I’ll give you a massage,” I suggest. “Take off your sweatshirt.”
Olivia flinches, chewing on her lip while she watches me. “But I’m not wearing anything underneath.”
That’s the idea. “I promise not to look.”
She hesitates for another second, then turns her back to me and pulls her shirt over her head, dropping it to the floor. The creamy canvas in front of me is one to be admired. The twin dimples in her lower back near the band of her leggings would make lesser men weep.
I warm a few drops of oil between my palms and rest my hands on her stiff shoulders.
“Relax. Okay?”

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Kendall Ryan Headshot 1 picAbout the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Release Day Launch: Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Today is my stop during the release day launch for Torn, the second book in Jennifer L Armentrout her Wicked Saga. I’ll share my review of the book with you today, an excerpt of the book and some teaser images.

Torn AmazonTitle: Torn
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: A Wicked Saga #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

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My Review:
So, I’m a bit torn over this book (pun intended) because although I did enjoy it (it’s JLA, so come on like) and there were loads of things I loved about it (Ren and Tink anyone?) there were a few niggly issues which stopped me engaging in my usual gush-fest; things that prevented me from rating this a five-star read.

But I’ll start with the good stuff. I loved how Ivy behaved in this book. She gets on with things, refusing to be seen as altered or injured or weak, and she never indulges in self-pity. She wants to take control and deal with things head-on. Rock-on Ivy.

Ren is still a hot, sexy, sweet guy and I totally ship him with Ivy. Yes, he lost his way a little but I forgave him because he recovered spectacularly. I enjoyed the romantic scenes between our couple even if they were a bit scant overall.

TINK!!! Omg, I loved Tink in Wicked but he’s even better in this. And that revelation – ha, ha! Genius. The scene where he is “outed” is hysterically funny and I was chuckling away to myself.

The latter scenes involving the Prince were awesome. Creepy, a bit debauched and depraved, but awesome all the same. And I want to help Ivy string that Breena (Breana??) one up.

What I love the most about this book – and this is classic JLA – is the witty banter between Ivy and Ren, Ivy and Tink, and Tink and Ren. Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

The writing is superb as usual, the characters are well developed, and the world building was decent.

Probably the biggest issue I had was with the actual storyline. It was too predictable and there wasn’t enough happening to drive the plot forward. Certain aspects of the story lacked depth, in my opinion, and I wonder how well they would hold up to more detailed scrutiny. I could be specific but I don’t want to give away any spoilers so I’ll say no more. I also felt the pacing was off which I was most surprised at because Jennifer’s books are almost always perfectly paced with a mix of action and romance that flows consistently. I actually struggled to get into the first twenty percent of this book and I was starting to get bored. Thankfully, it picked up after that and it became a non-issue thereafter.

Overall, Torn was still a very good read – it just didn’t blow my mind in the way most of Jen’s books do. But I’m still very invested in this series because I love Ivy, Ren, and Tink, and I want to find out how the story concludes. If you enjoyed Wicked, and you are a fan of Jennifer’s, then you’ll most likely enjoy it.

This review will appear on my blog in due course: http://myyanabookobsession.com

Thanks to Jennifer and her publicist, Kelly Simmon, for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Excerpt:
I lifted my right hand, reaching for my iron stake out of instinct, even though I knew it would do no good against the prince.
“You shouldn’t do that.” His voice was deep with what reminded me of an English accent. “I know you want to, but it would be very, very unwise of you, Ivy.”
My hand twitched.
Creepy Prince smiled slightly. “Your friend has been very helpful.”
That got my hackles up. I slid my sunglasses onto my forehead and forced my tone to stay calm and level. “I’m sure she has. Speaking of Val, happen to know where I can find her?”
His lips curled in a semblance of a smile as he stepped closer. The prince was tall, taller than Ren, who was pushing six foot two. My entire back stiffened as I forced myself to hold my ground, even though every instinct demanded that I run and run super fast, because he had almost killed me once before. Correction. He would have definitely killed me if he hadn’t realized what I was and had, I guessed, healed me.
“I’ve been waiting for you,” he said, instead of answering my question, his pale blue eyes fixed on mine.
My hand curled into a useless fist. “That is extremely creepy to hear.”
That cold smile returned. “Why don’t we talk? There are seats across the way.”
“Yeah, that’s not going to happen.”
The slow smile increased but never reached his eyes. “Oh, I know it is.”
Fine hairs rose on my arms.
“What exactly can you do right now?” he said in the same coldly polite voice. “Refuse me?” Creepy Prince laughed, and it wasn’t a bad sound. Again, it was something that was just cold, as if he were mimicking what a human would do. “You can’t.”
“I can.” My palm itched to grab the thorn stake secured under my pant leg, but I held still. I might be reckless, but I wasn’t stupid.
“Really? I will have to beg to differ on that. You see, humans surround us. So many of them, and I have an extraordinary appetite.” His eyes appeared to glimmer as his gaze slithered from the top of my curly head down to my toes. “A rather impressive appetite for many, many things.”
“Okay. First off, ew.” My lip curled. “Secondly, I don’t want to hear about any of your appetites.”
One dark eyebrow rose. “Oh, but you should know that I could kill twenty of these humans in less than five seconds and feed on the rest, leaving them to believe that it was this little red-headed girl who murdered these innocent people.” His voice dropped even lower as he leaned in and icy air brushed my cheek. “You deny me this, those lives will be on your hands, little bird.”
Anger flushed hotly as my eyes met his. There wasn’t a single part of me that doubted anything he said. He had me. God, I hated to admit it, but he had me.

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JLA_Author-photoAbout the Author:
#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer 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, 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. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Review: Never Never: Part Two (Never Never #2) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never Never part twoTitle: Never Never: Part Two
Author: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Series: Never Never #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
“Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of them.
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.”

Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can’t imagine, beckons to be found.

“Where are you, Charlie?”

My Review:
I really love Silas and Charlie and some things are starting to make sense though it’s still very mysterious. My only complaint is regarding the length, it was way too short, and why is it taking so long to release the next installment? I really feel if you are going to serialize a story in this way then you should release a new installment every month. Still excellent though and I’m anxiously awaiting the next one.

Review: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's bladeTitle: The Assassin’s Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Fantasy
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Blurb:
Contains all five novellas.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

My Review:
This was a fantastic read, and it definitely adds a lot to the series. I actually wish I’d read these novellas before book 1 as I think I’d have enjoyed reading that more going into it with a full understanding of the backstory.

1st novella – The Assassin and the Pirate Lord: Really enjoyed this story. Man, Celaena is so arrogant and full of herself. I think Rolfe is right in his assessment, and I suspect he may be the one to betray her. She seems to have made a formidable enemy. Loved Sam, and he was definitely the more mature, voice of reason. Can’t wait to see their romance develop. 5 stars.

2nd novella – The Assassin and the Healer. Loved it. Celaena has a good heart. Girl Power. 5 stars.

3rd novella – The Assassin and the Desert. My favourite read so far. Celaena has a good sense of right wrong. She should have kissed Ilias though! 5 stars

4th novella – The Assassin and the Underworld. Now we are getting to the good stuff. Arobynn is a slippery snake. Love Sam, and so happy they are finally free and together, but it’s bittersweet knowing what’s around the corner. 5 stars

5th novella – The Assassin and the Empire. Absolutely heart-breaking. I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried. Poor Sam. Poor Celaena. I hope she gets her revenge on Farran and Arobynn. I knew he wouldn’t be happy that she picked Sam. Totally rotten to the core. Hate him.

Overall, I absolutely loved these prequel novellas, and they have hooked me on this series more so than Book 1 did. I definitely feel like I have a greater understanding of what makes Celaena tick now, and it will be easier to relate to her as the series progresses. Dying to finish it now.

Release Day Blitz: Keep (Seaside Pictures #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

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Today is the surprise release day for Keep (Seaside Pictures #2) by Rachel Van Dyken! I share some information about this book and a teaser!

keepTitle: Keep
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Seaside Pictures #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
My name’s shouted on rooftops.
It’s written on bras, bathroom stalls, hell my name is everywhere. To say my name is to experience an orgasm without ever leaving your house.
My name?
Zane “Saint” Andrews.
I’m sex.
I’m a rock god.
I’m also a virgin.
What they don’t know won’t kill them right? Give the people what they want. And what they want is the idea of me; the pleasure they gain at listening to my song and knowing without a doubt I’m talking about them and only them.
It worked for a while.
Until a nerdy girl with glasses falls at my feet, literally, and suddenly I don’t want to be Saint anymore, what I want? What I really need?
Is to be kept.
By her.

RachelAuthorheadshotAbout the Author:
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.

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Blog Tour: The Head of Medusa (Elementals #3) by Michelle Madow

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Head of Medusa (Elementals #3) by Michelle Madow. Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals 3: The Head of Medusa is the latest installment in Michelle Madow’s exciting Elementals series. Follow Nicole and her fellow Elementals as they journey to the end of the world, unsure of who to trust, and facing choices that will put their lives and the entire world at risk. Will they all survive the mission? And if they don’t, will the ones who do be able to find the strength to continue?

I’ll review the book today and there are some teasers, an excerpt and a tour wide giveaway!

MichelleMadow_TheHeadofMedusa_HRTitle: The Head of Medusa
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: Elementals #3
Genres: Fantasy/ mythology
Rating: 3.5 stars
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
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The adventure began in the first book in the series, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows. Visit www.michellemadow.com to get the first Elementals book for FREE!

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Blurb:
The epic story of witches, gods, and monsters that USA Today called a “must read” continues in the third book of the Elementals series!

When Nicole Cassidy moved to a new town, she discovered that she was a witch descended from gods. But that was nothing compared to learning that it was up to her and four others with mysterious elemental powers to help save the world from the Titans, who would soon return to Earth.

Now her relationship with Blake — the fire Elemental — is finally heating up. But she must remain focused, because Typhon, one of the deadliest creatures in history, has escaped from the weakening prison world. Only one object can destroy him — the head of Medusa herself.

Follow the Elementals as they journey to the end of the Earth, facing choices that will put their lives and the entire world at risk. Will they all survive the mission? Find out in the riveting third book in the Elementals series, The Head of Medusa.

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My Review:
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

The third installment in the Elementals series sees our gang setting out on another adventure, this time to Antartica to claim a sword they need to claim the Head of Medusa. This is all in an effort to stop the Titans from opening the portal from Kerberos and unleashing their special brand of hell on Earth.

Their adventures take them to movie star Flynn in LA where things really start to hit the fan!

The last third of this book was engrossing and that ending was awesome, even if I did predict who the traitor was and guessed that something was going to happen to X (no spoilers here!) from a reference made at the start of the book. The earlier twist involving one of the elementals came out of nowhere and it was a good surprise, but to be honest, I’m not overly connected to that character and I’m not hugely concerned over what happens to Y.

I loved that we had more romance in this one as I’ve felt it was lacking in the first two books. Nicole and Blake are so sweet together and I adored all the romantic moments and seeing their relationship develop. Blake is totally swoon-worthy. I did feel that the plot took a bit of a backseat in this one and not a hell of a lot happens until the fast-paced last portion.

Another thing I really like about this series is the greek mythology and how creatively Michelle has woven the mythology into the plot.

All in all, this was a decent continuation of the series. While I think this is a good series, I can’t say I’m blown away by it, but I’m definitely invested enough to want to continue. Particularly after that spectacular ending!

Thanks to the author and Barclay PR for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Excerpt:
“What we’re about to do is scary. Terrifying, even. But we’ve been through things that were just as challenging. We slayed our first monster together in that cave, we escaped the Land of the Lotus Eaters when everyone there was trying to kill us, we blew up one of Scylla’s heads, we slayed the hydra, and we stole the Golden Sword of Athena from a goddess’s ice palace. No matter what challenges we face, we’ve always come out on top. Tonight won’t be any different. We’re the Elementals. We train together, we fight together, and we win together. And don’t any of you ever forget it.”

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About the Author:
Michelle Madow writes fast-paced YA (young adult) fiction that will leave you turning the pages wanting more!

She grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, traveling, pizza, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle went on a cross-country road trip from Florida to California and back to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

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Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of FireTitle: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Fantasy
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Blurb:
She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

My Review:
I found the first half of this book very slow-paced and bogged down with unnecessary scenes. I also didn’t enjoy the witches point of view, and I feel that this element of the plot could have been relayed in far fewer chapters. I tended to skim much of them.

When I reached the 60% mark this book drastically improved. Finally, some action and the plot moved forward. The second half was full of action and suspense and I loved it.

Celaena is very depressed for a lot of this book, and her demons threaten to consume her. She refuses to face up to her reality, and she wants nothing to do with her legacy. Her relationship with Rowan was expertly written, and I really enjoyed watching them butt heads, tentatively growing closer, and gradually forming a bond.

I really felt Chaol’s pain and torment in this book, and he was so conflicted, but he still did the honorable thing. I hated that Dorian and Chaol were no longer friends, and glad that Dorian found comfort in Sorscha. I knew she was hiding secrets though I didn’t predict that end.

There was no romance in this book and that was disappointing. It’s all up in the air and I’m wondering where it’s leading.

I was wondering when the King was going to show his true colors, and when Celaena was going to go after Arobynn because neither of these subplots was explored in the last book.

In summary, I was a little disappointed in the first part of this book but the second half more than made up for it. I can’t wait to see how it all ends now.