Monday, January 25, 2016

All About That Cover {Outlander by Diana Gabaldon}

"All About That Cover" is a weekly event hosted here that focuses on the differences between various book covers of the same book, such as cover changes, covers from different countries as well as special editions. 

All the Covers all around the World

U.S. Editions...
Mass Market PB
20th Anniversary
Updated PB

Orig. UK Edition
Wow, that's a LOT of covers!! Can you believe that this isn't all of them?!? When I decided to write this post I knew that there would be lots of covers, but I never imagined as many as I discovered! Which one is your favorite? I really like Finland, Lithuania, Portugal, Russia, and Taiwan! Notice how different the Taiwan cover is from the rest? I'm not sure how they came up with the horse but it's pretty!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

♥Cover Reveal ♥ Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra + Signed Paperback Giveaway!!

Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, 
Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra 
is the second novel in Michelle Madow’s Elementals series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!

«SQUEE... I'm so excited for the next book in this magical series!!»

Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra
AuthorMichelle Madow
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: April 18th 2016
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Series: Elementals #2
Format: eBook and paperback
ISBN: 9781311296788

A Demigod who can kill with a touch. It's an ability that must be kept secret from everyone, even from those trusted most.

Finding out that her new school had her in a special homeroom for witches was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. It’s a secret she needs to keep not only from the Head Elders, but from the super-sexy witch Blake, who she’s had undeniable chemistry with even before he broke up with his long-term girlfriend, the vengeful witch Danielle.

Now Nicole and the four others gifted with powers over the elements, including Blake and Danielle, must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. Three magical items are needed, including the blood of the slain hydra – ingredients that they must journey to the dangerous, mystical islands in Greece to retrieve.

The monsters they face on this journey will be more threatening than anything they’ve encountered yet. But with the fate of the world on their shoulders, it’s up to the Elementals to return home victorious. Will they find the ingredients they need? Can Nicole and her friends pull off this mission while the tension between her, Blake, and Danielle threatens to ruin everything? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in front of everyone, revealing the true darkness of her powers?

Find out in The Blood of the Hydra, and join the Elementals on their next journey in their quest to save the world – or die trying.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday - The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine , that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Check them out for links to more blogs! :)

This week's pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is...
About the book...

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

I had mixed feelings about the first book The Wrath & the Dawn. But the way it ended made me really excited to read this one! I love comments so feel free to let me know in the comments below what you think!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Review: Bound By Spells by Stormy Smith

Series: Bound
Source: Amazon Kindle Store
Publisher: Perfect Storm Publishing, LLC
Format: Kindle ebook
Pages: 472
Genre: NA urban fantasy (clean)
Rating: 5 Stars
Aidan Montgomery hadn’t been prepared for Amelia Bradbury to walk in and then out of his life. He also hadn’t expected to find the powerful magic hidden deep within him for the last nineteen years, but he’s embracing it — finding more control and more answers every day. Now, with the help of Amelia’s best friend, Bethany, Aidan is on a quest to understand his destiny and find Amelia.

Amelia decided to stand by her duty, which meant walking away from her first chance at love. Trapped in Cresthaven at the Queen’s mercy, she spends her days with Micah — an ally she still holds at arm’s length — struggling to manage her heartbreak while keeping her mind focused on the task at hand. As she continues to unlock the secrets of the Keeper power, Queen Julia’s true motives reveal themselves, forcing Amelia to decide, yet again, how much she’s willing to sacrifice.

Will Aidan get to Amelia before it's too late, or will the very power that sustains them keep them apart?

My review of Bound By Spells...

This is the second book in The Bound series and it was equally as magical and suspenseful as the first one! The plot was absolutely amazing, then low and behold a whole new twist gets thrown into the mix! I honestly didn't think the plot could get any better, then BAM I'm blown away! 

In the past I haven't been a big fan of alternate POV, but I think it may be my new favorite thanks to the author Stormy Smith! Each POV was perfectly balanced, I felt like I got to spend equal time with Amelia and Aidan which I loved. 

The ease in which I connected with the characters was awesome! This book picks up right after book one, and introduces some new characters! But let me just say (and I know I said this in regards to book 1 as well) but I just adored Bethany! That girl can make anyone smile, even in the toughest of times! Stormy, if you are reading this can we please have a novella in Bethany's POV? Hey even a short story will do! 

I am going to end with saying that I cannot wait to dig into book three Bound By Prophecy! If you haven't read this series yet you can check out my review HERE and the amazon link HERE. Within the pages of this book there is tons of awesome magic and Amelia kicks some serious ass! I loved watching both her and Aidan's powers grow stronger throughout the book!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn't

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn't

Hello everyone! 2015 was a great year for me. I started blogging and absolutely fell in love with the book community! Unfortunately I did not finish my Goodreads reading goal. Here are the books I meant to get to in 2015. 

Feel free to click on the covers for the Goodreads page! 

Monday, January 11, 2016

All About That Cover {Dreamology + The Siren}

"All About That Cover" is a weekly event hosted here that focuses on the differences between various book covers of the same book, such as cover changes, covers from different countries as well as special editions. 

Dreamology = U.S vs German Vs French Edition 

The Siren = U.S/UK vs Russian Edition
U.S. Edition
German Edition
French Edition
*The German edition means  "Two in a Dream"

U.S. & UK Edition
Russian Edition
So What do you think? I like all three covers of Dreamology and the Russian cover of The Siren. I love talking books, so please let me know in the comments below! 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Review: Never Never part 1 by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Series: Never Never (3 parts)
Source: Free on Amazon Kindle Store
Genre: YA contemporary/mystery/paranormal
Rating: 4 Stars

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He'll do anything to remember. She'll do anything to forget.

“How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you've never met. ” 
My review of Never Never part one...
I've been meaning to read another Colleen Hoover book lately. When I picked up this book I knew I'd like it so I didn't even bother reading the summary before diving in. 

Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher deliver a book which is overflowing with mystery, intrigue and romance! Imagine a mixture of I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Notebook. The genre was really hard for me to define, this book is almost a mash up of multiple genres. But the romance, ahh it was magnificent!!

"I consider telling him the truth. That if I were dead like Snow White and he kissed me like that, surely my heart would kick back to life. That I'd be the one to slay dragons for that kiss."

Let's talk about the dual POV. Starting this book I was really intrigued to find out that it's written in two POVs, male and female. Now if your like me you are wondering which author wrote which POV. I was trying to figure it out throughout the whole book!

Oh and the witty humor! I won't try to describe how great it was, see for yourself.

“God,” she groans. “Shut up and eat your damn burger.” I eat it. I eat the entire thing with a shit-eating grin.” 

I just love love loved the mystery, romance and there's a HUGE cliffhanger at the end of this book. I will be diving into part 2 very soon to find out what happens. I highly recommend this one!

Monday, January 4, 2016

All About That Cover {Glass Sword}

"All About That Cover" is a weekly event hosted here that focuses on the differences between various book covers of the same book, such as cover changes, covers from different countries as well as special editions. 

U.S vs UK vs German Editions

Glass Sword + The Girl From Everywhere
U.S. Edition
U.K. Edition
German Edition
U.S. Edition
UK Edition
What do you think? Personally I like the UK edition of The Girl From Everywhere. I prefer the tag line "A journey through time. A journey to love." Sounds much more romantic! 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Review: The Reluctant Duchess by Sharon Cullen

Release: November 10th 2015
Series: n/a
Publisher: Loveswept
Source: From Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Regency Romance (Historical)
Rating: 1 Star

Lady Sara Emerson was jolted out of her dull provincial life by her cousin’s murder. Now that the killer seems to be targeting her, Sara seeks help from the man who was once her cousin’s fiancĂ©, Gabriel Ferguson, Duke of Rossmoyne. With his towering frame and fiery personality, Ross cuts an intimidating figure. Living under his protection, however, has its own hazards—like the sudden urge Sara feels to take their relationship in new, exquisitely inappropriate directions.
Dazzled by the social graces of his betrothed, Ross never noticed her shy, blushing cousin. Looking at Sara now, though, he’s drawn to her lovely eyes and calm disposition. Funny how a year away from the hustle and bustle of the ton changes a man. But Ross has no intention of allowing a woman to interfere with his plan to return overseas. He will simply capture the murderer and set sail once again. The problem is, with her beguiling lips and heavenly touch, Sara makes him never want to leave home—or his bed—again.

My take on this regency romance...
Regency romance is and has been my go-to genre whenever I'm stuck in a book rut so-to-speak. There is just something about that era that is fascinating to me. chivalry is definitely not dead in the regency time period and I love it! 

This book on the other hand was a DNF. I made it to roughly 45% then unfortunately had to put it down. I really really wanted to love this book. The plot is there, tons of mystery. Sara is trying to find out who murdered her cousin Meredith. The writing just fell flat and uninteresting.

As much as I wanted to I just could not immerse myself into this story. Everything was there but flat, emotionless. Have you ever been really hungry and tried to eat a satisfying meal while you have a cold, then the food ends up being tasteless and bland? Well that was this book for me. One thing I think this book was missing was humor. Ahh, I wanted to care for the characters but just couldn't! 

I really cannot recommend this one. But I'm sure there are readers out there that will love this book. The Goodreads rating for this one is a 3.95 which is pretty good. 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Mini Review: Nearer Still by Melissa MacVicar

Nearer Still
Author: Melissa MacVicar
Release: May 28th 2014
Series: Secret Affinity
Publisher: Self published
Source: Amazon Kindle Store
Genre: Historical YA
Rating: 3 Stars
Website: Goodreads Page

Expanding on the world of Melissa MacVicar's debut novel EVER NEAR, this digital-only short story explores the background of Jade’s grandmother, Winnie Ferguson, growing up as a black teenager and a budding clairvoyant in the early 1960s.

When Stanley Irving gets arrested during a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter, he makes the front page of the Baltimore newspaper. Eighteen-year-old Winnie Ferguson’s father is furious with his daughter's boyfriend and tries to break up the young couple. Will Winnie stand up to her father, or will the pair be ripped apart by the tension surrounding the Civil Rights movement?

My review of this short-story 
Nearer Still is a short story prequel set in the 1960's. There are two full length novels in this series.The first two books in this series are set in present day. Ever Near is the first book, Ever Lost is the second. Both of those books follow Jade Irving through her journey of self discovery both as a person and as a medium. Nearer Still follows Jade's grandmother, Winnie as a teen. We get to see the personal struggles she faces in a time of segregation and civil rights. 

I really enjoyed getting to journey back in time and see things through Winnie's POV. Nearer Still is such a high contrast from Ever Near and Ever Lost. This short story was more of an historical novel about life in the 1960s rather than about mediums and ghosts. 

If you enjoyed both Ever Near and Ever Lost then I highly recommend reading this short story. Even though it doesn't feel the same as the full length books it helped me understand Jade's family much more. We all have our roots and history and a bit of the Irving families is uncovered in Nearer Still.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year + My Year In Books {2015 Edition}

Just wanted to wish each and every one of you a very 
Happy New Year! 
I hope 2016 brings you lots of great books!

My Year In Books {2015 Edition}
Inspired by Carla @ Lipstick and Mocha

It's the first day of 2016! I wanted to take a moment and reflect back on the books I read in 2015. 

I set my reading goal at 50 books for 2015. Unfortunately I only made it to 45. I was definitely busier than I had planned. This coming year I plan on being a bit more realistic on my reading goals, but also managing my time better.

Here are my 2015 reading stats: