Blog Tour: The Fallen Prince (The Riven Chronicles #2) by Amalie Howard

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Fallen Prince (The Riven Chronicles #2) by Amalie Howard. I share my review with you today, I really enjoyed this book. And there are two teaser images, an excerpt and a giveaway in this post as well.

Title: The Fallen Prince
Author: Amalie Howard
Series: The Riven Chronicles #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Science Fiction
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Blurb:
Riven has fought for a hard-won peace in her world, and has come to shaky terms with who and what she is—a human with cyborg DNA. Now that the rightful ruler of Neospes has been reinstated, Riven is on the hunt for her father in the Otherworld to bring him to justice for his crimes against her people.

But when she receives an unwelcome visit from two former allies, she knows that trouble is brewing once again in Neospes. The army has been decimated and there are precious few left to fight this mysterious new threat.

To muster a first line of defense, her people need help from the one person Riven loathes most—her father. But what he wants in return is her complete surrender.

And now Riven must choose: save Neospes or save herself.

Praise for THE FALLEN PRINCE:
“[P]acked with action . . . Imagery is the highlight of this book.”—VOYA

“A parallel-dimension–jumping cyborg soldier must make questionable alliances to save her country from an existential threat in this sequel to The Almost Girl. [O]ffers a solid conclusion.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This sequel to The Almost Girl was everything I wanted: non-stop action, smart science, new and intriguing characters, and a satisfying romance. I couldn’t put it down!” —Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful and the Cursed

“[T]he next step in a dark, clever and thrilling scorched-earth, world-hopping adventure.” —Jet Black Ink

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My Review:
This was a great read, and I’m sorry to see this series ending.

This book picks up about a year after book 1. General Riven is back in the Otherworld trying to track down her errant father before he can get up to more mischief and mayhem. Caden is on the throne back in Neospes so our couple is separated by loyalty and duty. However, old foes have arisen from the ashes and are attempting to destroy everything the king has been painstakingly rebuilding.

One of the things I enjoy most about this series is the superb tech – it’s creative, well developed and consistently built and described in a way that makes it understandable and credible. It’s more tech-heavy than most other books in this genre but I think that helps make it stand-out from the crowd. The worldbuilding, in general, is imaginative, well-thought-out, and well written.

I adore General Riven. She is one bad-ass ninjata-swinging cyborg warrior! She kicks some serious butt in this book and I loved all the action and fight scenes. Having indulged her human side in book 1, and fallen for Caden, she struggles at times to keep her emotions in check. Especially when she finds out what Caden has agreed with a neighboring nation in return for their help in defeating their enemies. I don’t think I would have liked Riven as a character if she didn’t have this softer, more emotional, more human side. She was well-rounded.

Caden is just, ah, swoon, a great guy! I love his confidence and his sacrifice and how much he loved Riven when she turned gung-ho. Rather than feeling inferior, as a lot of guys might, he thought it was hot!

It’s easy to tell from the title who the main villain is, so it was no surprise when he showed up seeking vengeance. Parts of the plot were predictable in that regard, however, as the story progressed more tension and suspense was added and it soon became difficult to tell who could be trusted.

The pacing was off at the start of the book and it was slow and dragged in parts. But the second half more than made up for that, and the action ramped up a notch or two. The last third was nailbiting and chock-full of ‘edge of the seat’ suspense and intrigue. Awesome!

I enjoyed the writing and it was well edited.

I was a little surprised when I got to the end to see that it appears to have concluded. I definitely think there was enough mileage to stretch to another book. I’m actually sad to say goodbye to Riven and Caden as I enjoyed their characters immensely. I would recommend this book to fans of sci-fi/dystopia/paranormal romance.

Thanks to the publicist and publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Excerpt:
As the last two people disappear behind Caden and his two Faction guards in a blue haze, I take a breath and hit the coordinates on the keypad.
Era’s eyes meet mine. Even in a wheelchair she still looks fierce. “Remember your promise.”
I’m not sure whether she means my promise to not get in the way or my promise to defend Neospes with my life. Maybe they’re one and the same. “I remember.”
I hit ENTER.
The wind sucks at my gut, pulling me in toward my belly-button as if every part of my body is dissolving and coalescing into that one point. I keep my eyes open for as long as possible, watching time elongate on all sides before the wormhole breaks me into a million pieces. The nanobes harden around my cells, making them impervious to the gravitational changes in pressure. For a second, I feel invincible.
Unbreakable.
At the midpoint of the transition, all is silent, like being in the center of a storm before things start picking up. I’m snapped back together again, disparate cells rushing together toward the whole. As I exit the jump, everything explodes into motion at once.
Voices are coming at me from every direction—screaming and yelling. My ninjatas are out of their harness and in my hands before I can blink. The hot glint of metal reflects o the bodies surrounding us, the sour scent of rotting flesh filling the air. Reptiles—hundreds of them.

Amalie HeadshotAbout the Author:
AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national silver IPPY medalist. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.

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Release Day Saven Disclosure!

I am excited to announce that today is the release day for Saven Disclosure, the second book in my Saven series. I couldn’t be happier with how this story is developing and I think you’re going to love it! Or at least I hope you will! This one is jam-packed full of pulse-pounding action and adventure, heart-stopping swoony love, multiple alien enemies and intergalactic conflict. Find out where to grab your copy below. And don’t forget the first book in the series, Saven Deception, is still free for a limited time! Scroll down to enter my giveaway where you can win a kindle fire, the entire Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout or signed Saven paperbacks!

Saven DisclosureSaven: Disclosure (The Saven series #2)
by Siobhan Davis

THE TRUTH CAN’T HIDE FOREVER

To protect Logan, I have no choice but to deceive him.
But I’m not the only one hiding the truth.
Will our love survive all the secrets and lies?

Enemy alien ships crowd the skies over Earth while the world waits with bated breath. The Saven have been exposed, and where once they were abhorred, they are now championed as our greatest ally and our only possible savior.

Logan and Sadie have been separated, and the longer he is gone, the more their love is tested by duty, doubts, and deception.

Sadie and Jarod have infiltrated the highest levels of government, but they are playing a dangerous game. Surrounded by people with conflicting agendas—hell-bent on using her for their own aim—Sadie is confused when the lines between good and evil are blurred. It’s impossible to tell friend from foe, and no one can be trusted.

When the full extent of the experiments taking place in Sector Twenty is disclosed, Sadie can no longer sit back and watch as the lower classes face a horrific fate. Racing to save her loved ones and mankind, she risks her own safety and the love she’s waited a lifetime for to do the right thing.

But no one thought to save her from herself.

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Early readers are loving Saven Disclosure!
“Prepare to fall in love with these characters, get caught up in an intergalactic war, and discover new and exciting worlds.” A Leisure Moment

“This skillfully penned story had my heart stalling with its thrilling plot, epic love, and vivid journey to different worlds.” T.J. Loves to read

“Disclosure ROCKED it out – romance, action, plot – Siobhan Davis SHINES in this book. This is the series she was destined to write…” Mandy. Schuyler Central High School Library

“A perfect sequel … exciting and thrilling. The plot has so many twists and turns that kept me engaged throughout.” Dreamy Addictions

“Another can’t put down, can’t stop reading, no sleep book! A truly engrossing story.” I Have A Book Obsession

“Siobhan Davis does it again! A perfect blend of action and romance.” Coxy88

“This book was full of action and twists and turns … couldn’t put it down!” Karen. Goodreads Reviewer

“Wow … Siobhan kept me on the edge of my seat for days.” Wanda. Goodreads Reviewer

“Incredible … I am anxiously awaiting the next in the series.” Dana. Goodreads Reviewer

“If there were more than 5 stars to give, I would give them.” Myndi. Goodreads Reviewer

“I loved the story, the alien history, the action, and the tangled relationships.” Jennifer. Goodreads Reviewer

“O.M.G. I was not expecting this book to go as it did, but I LOVED it.” Tera. Goodreads Reviewer

“Really looking forward to the next gripping instalment.” Lea. Goodreads Reviewer

“A great series … I enjoy the love included in the storyline so it’s not just Sci-fi alien stuff!” Gina. Goodreads Reviewer

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Review: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

WinterTitle: Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Science Fiction/ fairytale retelling
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Blurb:
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

My Review:
This was an excellent conclusion to a superbly crafted series. Boy was this book long! It’s the second long book I’ve read in a row (the other was the sublime Oblivion) and it didn’t disappoint in the slightest. I loved every minute of it.

One of the things I love the most about this series is Marissa’s ability to develop so many different characters and give them all a unique voice. This could have all gone terribly wrong, but it didn’t, and each chapter flowed smoothly even with the POV changes. I read a lot of books narrated from one or two characters perspectives and this was a very refreshing change. She also gave me 4, yes, FOUR, different romances to root for. Pure heaven. All the romances were so sweet and I was praying that all our couples got their HEA.

This book was about so much more than romance, though. It was a race against evil to reinstate Cinder as the rightful Lunar heir, and thwart Queen Levana’s despicable plans. The plot was full of twists and turns and though I knew it was all going to work out fine in the end, I honestly couldn’t have predicted the journey.

The ending was great, even if I did want more! I would love a novella set a few years in the future to show where each of our couples are. Pretty please, Marissa?

This series is such an imaginative take on the classic fairytales we all know and love, and I’m in awe of this author’s ability to develop such a fantastic world with amazingly different, complex characters and put her own unique spin on the classic stories.

I also adore her writing. In my opinion, each book in this series is better than the last. If you haven’t yet checked out this series – you should! I’ve bought the collection for my niece for Christmas and I just know she’s going to love them as much as I have.

Incredible ending to an incredible series. I’m so sad it’s over, but look forward to whatever Marissa produces next.

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Release Day: Beloved Enemy by Hywela Lyn

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Today is the release day of Beloved Enemy by Hywela Lyn! I share excerpt from the book.

B E COVERTitle: Beloved Enemy
Author: Hywela Lyn
Series: The Destiny series #3
Genres: Science Fiction Romance
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Blurb:
Cat Kincaid is obsessed with killing the man she believes is responsible for the torture and death of her sister, but when she eventually catches up with him, survival becomes a greater priority than revenge.

Kerry Marchant, haunted by memories, regret and self-blame, shields himself from the pain of the past by committing himself totally to the starship, Destiny, of which he is part owner. However, the beautiful, red haired woman who reminds him of his lost love, and who he suspects is working for a corrupt regime, represents a possible threat not only to the ship, but to his heart.

Marooned on an inhospitable planet, they need to work together to stay alive, fighting not only unknown assailants, but their growing attraction. But how can they learn to trust each other when he has vowed never to get close to a woman again, and she made a solemn pledge to destroy him?

Excerpt:
His expression froze as his gaze homed in on the insignia on her breast pocket, his eyes like chips of blue ice. “You work for the Union.”
“I work for myself.”

“Then why are you wearing the insignia of the Global Union of Earth And Allied Planets?”
“I have a license to requisition any enemy ship trespassing in the sectors of space over which they hold dominion.”

“A licensed pirate in the pay of the Global Union.,” Kerry’s eyes showed outright contempt. She almost preferred the icy coolness.
“I prefer to think of myself as a freelancer—doing a service.”

His expression did not change, although he did change tack. “You could have left me to die—or just shot me. Why didn’t you?”
“Call it a personality flaw. I don’t like abandoning someone who’s wounded, even to save my own skin. And I don’t kill in cold blood. If I have to shoot someone, I’d rather they were facing me, with their eyes open.” Even if I did swear to leave their dead body for the Union to use in their hideous experiments. Keep it casual. Don’t let him guess what’s really in your mind.

To her amazement, he smiled, the most devastating smile she’d ever seen, and made even more remarkable because he didn’t look as if he did it very often.
“My own philosophy as it happens. It seems almost a pity we are on opposite sides.”
“Opposite sides?”
“I have no love for the Union. That puts us on opposite sides, even if you are just a pirate, doing their dirty work for them.”

She gave him her best withering look. “Fine. And just because I decided to save your hide, don’t get any ideas. We don’t have to like each other.”

About the Author:
For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed reading and writing Westerns, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adventure stories – always with a strong romantic element. I have published several short stories,including a Western romance about Wyatt Earp’, which was short listed in the Lady Short Story competition and subsequently published in that magazine. I was also shortlisted for a ‘Writers News’ short story contest.

Although most of my stories tend to be futuristic, the worlds I create are usually untainted by crowded cities and technology, embracing the beauty and wildness of nature. My characters often have to fight the elements and the terrain itself. My heroes are strong and courageous, but chivalrous and honourable – and of course, handsome and hunky. My heroines are also strong and courageous, but retain their femininity and charm. My tales are set in other times and worlds, but one thing remains constant. The power of love. Love, not only between my hero and heroine, but between friends and siblings, and for their home and the creatures that share it.

My first novel, ‘Starquest’, a futuristic romance was published by The Wild Rose Press, followed by a sequel, ‘Children of the Mist’. A third story in what has become ‘The Destiny trilogy’ ‘Beloved Enemy’, is contracted with the same publisherand will be published on March 11th 2016. and my novella about the Greek Muse, Terpsichore, originally published by them, is also available, from Smashwords or my website.

I love all animals, especially horses and enjoy Western riding. I live with my long suffering husband, Dave, in a small village in England although I hope eventually to return to my native rural Wales. I have two horses, a ferrel cat and an adopted terrier called Choccy. I usually manage to sneak some sort of horse or unicorn into my stories. (Oh, and in case you’re wondering, ‘Hywela’ is Welsh and is my first name. Since I’ve always been called by my second name, Lyn, I thought I’d combine the two and use Hywela Lyn as my pen name)

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Review: The Almost Girl (The Riven Chronicles #1) by Amalie Howard

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Almost Girl (The Riven Chronicles #1) by Amalie Howard. I’ll share my review with you today and a guest post.

The Almost GirlTitle: The Almost Girl
Author: Amalie Howard
Series: The Riven Chronicles #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Science Fiction/ Dystopia
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Blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Riven comes from a world parallel to Earth, a world that has been ravaged by a devastating android war. As a Legion General, she is the right hand of Prince Cale, the young Prince of Neospes. In her world, she’s had everything: rank, responsibility, and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to rescue his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.

Armed with the mindset of a soldier and racing against time to bring Caden home, Riven must learn how to blend in as a girl in a realm that is the opposite of all she’s ever known. Will she be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?

My Review:
The Almost Girl is a well-written sci-fi romance with interesting worldbuilding and a complex MC. I was gripped from the very start, and with the exception of a small section when the story moved to Neospes, it was fast paced and kept my attention.

The plot was action-packed and full of twists and turns. Though the revelation in relation to her identity wasn’t a major shock, it was still a good twist.

Cade is, ah, swoon ….. a perfect book boyfriend! Smart, funny, sexy, protective and he deals with all the crap coming at him in a very calm, mature manner.

I wished we had more scenes with Cale. What we saw of him didn’t endear me to him at all.

I loved all the sci-fi and technological aspects of this book and I thought the world building was detailed without bogging the reader down in unnecessary descriptive. I have read books with multiple realities/universes before and this one was still original and creative and unique in its own way.

The insta-love was a bit unbelievable at first, like it came out of nowhere, but I was able to overlook it as it developed perfectly and their chemistry was good. I will add, though, that there are certain things one needs to overlook in this book in order to fully enjoy it – one example that sticks out is the manner in which children are raised in Neospes and it’s mentioned that she was engaging in sword fights at age 2. How would that even be physically possible? There were a few other little niggly things like that which are the reason this is a 4-star rather than 5-star review (and I dithered over the rating for a couple of days.) Anyway, I loved the book too much to let little issues like that dent my enjoyment.

I’m really excited to see where the story develops from here and I look forward to reading the next book in due course.

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Character Inspiration & Dream Cast for The Almost Girl

When I was initially doing the character study for Riven (whose name means ripped apart), I knew that I wanted her to be fierce. After all, she becomes a General of an army at fourteen and she comes from a very tough universe, so she has to be the result of that. In Neospes, there’s no room for softness and emotion. Those are the things that can get you killed. As a result, Riven is the perfect product of her environment. She’s a very intense character. I needed her to be powerful, highly skilled, focused, and mature.
My inspiration for Riven’s character came from a few different sources. The first was Max from Dark Angel TV series. I loved the fact that Max was so capable and fierce, but was also so guarded. I wanted my character to be similar—especially as she navigates the new terrain of a parallel universe that is the complete opposite to her own. Like Max, Riven has to learn how to trust and how to love while still being strong and lethal. My second source of inspiration was Leeloo from the movie The Fifth Element, one of my all time favs (and yes, I know I’m a total nerd). I love that scene where Leeloo takes out the Mangalores singlehandedly. She, like Max, is fierce, but in a different way. She’s built to be the Earth’s defender—the fifth element—and she has to learn about who we are as humans before she’s able to do the job she was created to do. I liked her inner fragility when it came to learning about love, and I wanted Riven to have the same sort of feel—hard and unapproachable on the outside, yet soft and curious on the inside. Last but not least, there’s definitely some Ellen Ripley in there, but it’s the Ripley from Alien Resurrection, where she has inherited some of the alien traits. She’s so awesome during that basketball scene in the mess hall on the ship. I loved her innate confidence and unflappable nature. I wanted Riven to have some of those qualities. Highly trained, she knows who she is and what she can do.
Like all of these amazing, multi-faceted heroines, I wanted to create a dynamic character who is forced to question everything she is and everything she knows. A soldier first, Riven is hard on the outside but still vulnerable on the inside—I wanted readers to relate to her struggle throughout the novel to let go of all her rules and be a girl. We build so many walls to keep from being hurt that we don’t allow ourselves to connect with others. As a character, Riven has to dig down deep to embrace her emotions against everything she has been taught. In the end, is she brave enough to learn how to trust her heart? Will she always be the tough, invulnerable soldier? Or will she find a balance between the two?

DREAM CAST
RIVEN – Astrid Berges OR Imogen Poots
CADEN – Brenton Thwaites or Nicholas Hoult
SHAE – Sienna Guillory
AURELA – Charlize Theron
Riven’s Father – Michael Fassbender
Era Taylor – Famke Janssen

PRAISE FOR THE ALMOST GIRL:
“A high-octane thriller. SF and dystopia fans will be right at home with this book and its fierce, capable heroine.” ~ Publishers Weekly

“Amalie Howard writes a fast paced and thrilling story with a kick butt, authentic heroine and a brilliantly crafted world.“ ~ Eve Silver, author of Rush

“The Almost Girl is a feminist tour de force. It is filled with powerful, interesting female characters. Riven is one of my favorite fictional characters ever; she is fierce, passionate, funny and smart. This sexy, fast-paced story is impossible to put down. A must read! Fans of Divergent will love it!“ ~ Kim Purcell, author of Trafficked

“A riveting union of science fiction thriller, romance, family drama, and conspiracy theory, The Almost Girl had me wishing I could crawl inside the pages and join Riven on her epic journey between parallel worlds. Amalie Howard’s writing is sharp and smart. I’m definitely craving the next installment!” ~ Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful & The Cursed

AmalieAbout the Author:
AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island (Trinidad & Tobago) where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

An aspiring writer from a young age, Amalie’s poem “The Candle,” written at age twelve, was published in a University of Warwick journal. At fifteen, she was a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society Essay Award (a global youth writing competition). A Colby College graduate, she completed simultaneous Honors Theses in both French and International Studies, and graduated Summa Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa. At Colby, she was cited for research and criticism in Raffael Scheck’s article, “German Conservatism and Female Political Activism in the Early Weimar Republic,” and his subsequent book, Mothers of the Nation. She also received a distinction in English Literature from the University of Cambridge (A-levels) as well as a certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Traveling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, marketing representative, teen speaker and global sales executive.

She is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.

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Review: Claimed (Outlaws #1) by Elle Kennedy

ClaimedTitle: Claimed
Author: Elle Kennedy
Series: Outlaws #1
Rating: 3.75 stars
Genres: science fiction dystopia romance
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Blurb:
The bestselling author of the Killer Instincts novels “knows how to write scorching sexual tension” (USA Today). Now she really sets it on fire in a new series about men and women living on the edge of violence, sex, and life and death.

After a devastating war decimated most of the world, Hudson Lane has only known the oppressive life under her own father’s tyranny. She finally escapes, branding herself an outlaw and hunted by the Enforcers. Her best chance at survival is Connor Mackenzie, an aggressively sensual fugitive who opens her eyes to the wicked possibilities of a world without rules.

As the leader of a band of outlaw fighters, Connor can’t resist the beautiful stranger who asks for his protection. Despite his reservations, he agrees to introduce her to a whole new way of life. But when Connor discovers Hudson’s connection to the enemies of liberty, he wonders how far he can trust the woman who has abandoned all inhibitions to challenge every forbidden desire.

My Review:
When I first heard that Elle Kennedy was bringing out a new series that mixed dystopian with erotic romance, I was super-excited, and I’ve been hugely anticipating this book. While I definitely enjoyed it, and I will continue the series, I was a little disappointed in Claimed.

The book opened well, introducing us to the main characters and the world in a gripping manner. Hudson is a great protagonist, she’s sassy and gutsy,tough yet vulnerable. I loved how she bossed Con around when everyone else (excepting Pike) was afraid to. She had an interesting backstory and you just know the secret she is holding close to her chest is going to backfire on her at some point.

Connor is a controlling mutha-fucka. I know he’s hot, and he exudes this heated sexuality, and the sparks majorly fly, but he was such a jerk at the start. Now, I did warm to him over the course of the book as I started to understand his past and how it had impacted him, but it took a while. The other characters that make up the pack are great, and complex. I really liked Rylan and I hope the next book is his and Reese’s story.

The biggest issue I had with this book was the middle portion. The plot and worldbuilding were non-existent and it was literally just sex scene after sex scene to the point where I felt it was dragging. And boy is it steamy, with a capital S. I think I actually blushed reading parts of it. Lol.

Thankfully, it picked up after that. It was more exciting, and there was a bit of action to liven it up, but not as much as I would have liked. It was also fairly predictable – no major shockers or surprises.

Overall though, as a dystopian, it fell short of the mark in terms of worldbuilding, and the plot definitely needed beefing up

I can’t fault Elle’s writing style as she’s amazingly talented and it was delivered in her usual exemplary fashion. I’m a massive fan of her Off Campus series – those books are FANTASTIC – but this one is not up to her usual standard.

It’s still a very decent read and I would recommend it, probably more so to fans of erotic romance than dystopian fans.

Actual Rating: 3.75 stars

Cover Reveal: Saven Disclosure!

Today is the cover reveal for Saven: Disclosure by Siobhan Davis. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.
I am excited to share the cover for Saven Disclosure, the second book in my Saven series with you today! There’s also a giveaway to win an amazon gift card or e-copies of both Saven Deception and Saven Disclosure. I hope you all like the cover as much as I do!

Saven DisclosureSaven: Disclosure (Saven #2)
By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: April 21, 2016

Blurb:
THE TRUTH WON’T STAY HIDDEN FOREVER

To protect Logan, I’ve no choice but to betray his trust.
The stakes are high, and there are no guarantees.
But I’m not the only one hiding the truth.
Will our love survive all the secrets and lies?

Enemy alien ships crowd the skies over Earth while the world waits with bated breath. The Saven have been exposed, and where once they were abhorred, they are now championed as our greatest ally and our only possible savior.

Logan and Sadie have been separated, and the longer he is gone, the more their love is tested by duty, doubts, and deception.

Sadie and Jarod have infiltrated the highest levels of government, but they are playing a dangerous game. Surrounded by people with conflicting agendas–hell-bent on using her for their own aim–Sadie is confused when the lines between good and evil are blurred. It’s impossible to tell friend from foe, and no one can be trusted.

When the full extent of the experiments taking place in Sector Twenty is disclosed, Sadie can no longer sit back and watch as the lower classes face a horrific fate. Racing to save her loved ones and mankind, she risks her own safety and the love she’s waited a lifetime for to do the right thing.

But no one thought to save her from herself.

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Excerpt from Saven Disclosure:
I pad into the kitchen and hoist myself up onto a stool at the counter. Haydn slides two muffins and a home-made smoothie across to me. “You trying to fatten me up?” I inquire
“You need to eat more when you’re training.”
“I’m sure I read somewhere that you should eat more protein when in training. I doubt you’re supposed to be indulging in calorie-laden treats.”
“Watch your mouth!” Haydn swats me with a dish towel. “Those muffins are made with bran, yoghurt, honey, and fruit. All natural. And totally healthy. Now shut up and eat.”
“Ooh, get you! All right!” I hold my hands up in defeat. “But I doubt I’ll manage two.”
“You can give one to Jarod in work,” he suggests.
I snort. “As if he’d eat anything you prepared! I’d have to lie and tell him I baked it myself.”
Jarod isn’t over his aversion to aliens. And that’s putting it mildly. He absolutely refuses to go anywhere with me outside of work if any of my Saven friends is involved, and he hasn’t ever stepped foot in this apartment. It’s a constant source of tension between us; the cause of more than a few arguments. I understand he’s pissed over the whole memory-erase situation, and the fact that enemy alien ships still hover in our skies doesn’t do much to ease any human’s apprehension, but I’ve tried explaining, time and time again, that we have nothing to fear from Logan and Co., but he won’t hear a word of it.
While I’m grateful that Jarod managed to make it out of Thalassic City safely, and I’m thrilled to be working in the same building as him, sometimes I could happily bash his head against the wall.

Note from the author: This is from the unedited draft and the final version is subject to change.

Praise for Saven Deception (Saven #1):
“The heir to the Lux series.” Natasha Anne. Dreamland Teenage Fantasy.

“The worldbuilding and characters leap off the page and come alive with flawless writing and a plot that had me engrossed and on the edge of my seat.” Dali. TJ Loves to Read.

“Gripping Read. From the start I was drawn into the world and felt like I was experiencing everything right next to Sadie.” Patricia Hamill. Author-Blogger Pure Textuality.

“This book had me hooked from the first chapter. An exhilarating ride with many twists and turns. Awesome.” Karla. Goodreads Reviewer.

“Siobhan Davis has created yet another world of characters I became very invested in. The premise is an intriguing one … and it’s different enough to stand out from other YA books.” Deirdre. Goodreads Reviewer.

“I am beyond excited for this series. Saven Deception was AMAZING and I couldn’t put it down. Ms. Davis created an incredible world and I cannot wait to read the next installment.” Michelle. Adventure in Bookland.

“Saven Deception was a freaking awesome read! The worldbuilding was fantastic and the romance between Logan and Sadie felt amazingly perfect to me.” Poulami, Daydreaming Books.

“Another hidden gem from the treasure trove in Siobhan Davis’ mind.” Dianne. Tome Tender.

“If you like Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books then you’ll love Saven Deception.” Amazon UK Reviewer.

SiobhanAbout the Author:
Siobhan Davis writes young adult science fiction fantasy romance books, and she is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling series. The first book in her new Saven series was released in December 2015.

A self-professed teenager forever–at least when it comes to books, music, and films, Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. She loves baking, shoes, bags, makeup, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).

Before pursuing a full-time writing career, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in Human Resources over the last twenty years. She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

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Blog Tour: Strings by David Estes

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Strings by David Estes!

Strings CoverTitle: Strings
Author: David Estes
Series: standalone
Genres: Science Fiction/ Fairytale Retelling
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Blurb:
“A wonderful retelling of the Pinocchio story…
I simply couldn’t put this book down.”
Rysa Walker, bestselling author of TIMEBOUND

Sometimes the strings that tie us down are the same strings that set us free.

Sixteen-year-old Pia has always lived in a mysterious facility where mechanical strings control her existence. She plays apprentice to her father, Gio, in performing nanotech designs for the Company, and she soon suspects there are diabolical human forces behind the manufactured reality of her world.

Though her childhood memories and the origins of the strings remain strangely elusive, she begins to find solace with the introduction of two unlikely friends: daring, irrational Sofia, and calm, tender Marco.

As the truths of the past and present unravel together, Pia must find a way to free herself from her strings and escape the facility before facing the wrath of the unstable head of security, Mr. Davis. But to gain her freedom, she must navigate the dangers posed by Davis and by her suspicious new friends to find the real identity of the puppeteer.

If Pia can succeed in revealing the secrets of the Company, she may very well find the independence she so desperately seeks. But in her controlled world nothing is as it seems, and the closer she gets to the truth, the graver the consequences.

Author PhotoAbout the Author:
David Estes is the author of more than 20 science fiction and fantasy novels that have received hundreds of thousands of downloads worldwide, including The Moon Dwellers, Fire Country, Slip, Brew, and his new SciFi Pinocchio retelling, Strings. He lives in Hawaii with his inspiring Aussie wife, Adele, rambunctious son, Beau, and naughty cat, Bailey. When he’s not writing, you’ll likely find him at the beach swimming, snorkeling, or reading under an umbrella.

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Review: Fractured Suns (Broken Skies #2) by Theresa Kay

Fractured SunsTitle: Fractured Suns
Author: Theresa Kay
Series: Broken Skies #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Science Fiction Romance
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Blurb:
We came in peace. Lie.
We had no role in the Collapse. Lie.
I have always been honest. Lie.
I never lied to her. Truth.

Reunited with her brother, and surrounded by Flint, Peter and her new-found grandfather, Jax Mitchell has still never felt more alone. The choice to follow Rym back to the city to find answers and see Lir is an easy one, but their reunion is cut short and Jax is forced to leave Lir behind. She finds herself traveling with some unexpected companions and heading back toward a place she’d hoped to never see again.

After being imprisoned—and tortured—on the orders of his uncle, Lir hasn’t seen daylight or linked to anyone in weeks. After a lifetime of connection, the pain and loneliness is almost too much to bear. Elated that Jax actually came, Lir finds renewed hope and the strength to continue fighting his uncle’s influence over the E’rikon, even when things look hopeless and Lir’s been branded a traitor by the very people he’s trying to save.

While Jax and Lir fight separate battles, their missions have more in common than they realize. It’s a race against time to stop men driven only by greed and power. But the ones they trust the most might be the very people working against them—and “family” doesn’t mean what it used to. Will they recognize their friends from their enemies in time to save the people they love or will they lose each other in the process?

My Review:
This was a fantastic follow-up to Broken Skies, and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Jax and Lir have been separated and their connection is broken at the start of this novel. Jax is confused over her feelings for him and feels totally betrayed. But she can’t get him out of her head. When Rym appears, requesting to take her to him, she goes without question. When she uncovers the truth, she feels bad for ever doubting him. Everything he has done has been done to protect her.

Being in Jax’ head is difficult at times. She is dealing with a lot and her gifts are manifesting in non-transparent ways, so she’s hugely confused, and struggling. At times, I felt it was a little overdone and could have been toned down.

Not a huge amount happens in the first third of the book and I did find myself skimming parts, however, it picked up pace then and it was choc-a-block full of action, revelations, twists and turns from that point on.

Trust issues play a huge part again in this plot. I felt for Jax. It was challenging trying to identify who was genuine and who was a snake in the grass. I love books that weave intrigue and suspicion so expertly into the plot and Theresa delivered in spades here.

I was always naturally wary of Jastren so that plot twist didn’t hugely surprise me. But that shocker at the end. Holy Moly. That blew me away. I came close to crying as I loved his character (being vague on purpose)

Jax and Lir are separated for much of this book so the romance is a little light. Not a happy bunny. I hope we get more in the next one and I’m so looking forward to seeing where Theresa takes the hybrid-alien-human plot in Book 3.

All in all, another great read from Ms. Kay and I look forward to continuing this series.