Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday:
by Rita Stradling

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

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

Release Date: May 23rd
A Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast
Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.
Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.
To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.
Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

Why I'm Waiting...

Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale and I love the twist on this one! I also really like how it's a NA, that'll be different! 

What are you waiting for this week?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

{Bookish Discussion}
Dream Author Panel

Have you ever imagined some of your favorite authors in a room together discussing their books or a certain genre? Recently I was inspired by Eventbrite's Conference Page to imagine my dream author panel and I couldn't be more thrilled to compose and share with you why I'd love for these authors to have a panel together!

I'd absolutely love for some of my favorite romance authors to discuss what makes great romance and also their opinions on subgenres. For this reason, I've paired the following authors together:

Julia Quinn
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Karen Marie Moning
All three of these authors have written some of my absolute favorite romance, however in very different genres! Julia Quinn writes Regency Romance, Jennifer L. Armentrout writes YA, NA and Adult Romance and Karen Marie Moning wrote my all-time favorite Highlander Paranormal romance series! 

I think it'd be fun to see these authors exchange ideas and maybe even write a short-story together just for the panel! 

Do you have any authors you'd love to pair together for a panel? Let me know in the comments section below! 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Book Review:
Den of Wolves (The Shifter Prophecy #2)
by Megan Linski
"If you love fast-paced plots then you'll

What if your worst enemy is your true love?
Exiled from her coven and torn from the arms of her lover, werewolf prince Lisar, vampire princess Lysandra Romanova-Dracula is lost in the woods of Romania, searching for the elusive location of the mysterious den of wolves. After being separated from Lisar, Lysandra made a pact; find him, and his pack, or die trying.
But she doesn’t find the wolves. The wolves find her. After Lisar pleads for her life, the Alpha makes Lysandra a fragile bargain. If she becomes one of them, she will be allowed to live with her beloved Lisar in peace. Fail to do so, and her execution is imminent.
When shifters are found murdered within pack boundaries, shredded to pieces by a monster hiding in the shadows, Lysandra becomes a prime suspect. Caught in a dangerous game where one misstep could become fatal, Lysandra has to prove her innocence, and solve the mystery of who has betrayed the pack without becoming a victim herself.
Will Lysandra peer through the darkness to see the traitor in plain sight? Or is her love story with Lisar due for a tragic end?
A retelling of the legend of Princess Anastasia, Den of Wolves combines action, adventure and romance into one thrilling read that speeds to an end you’ll never see coming. This heartbreaking paranormal young adult romance is sure to have readers falling for the next installment in bestselling author Megan Linski’s Shifter Prophecy series.

Series: The Shifter Prophecy #2
Source: Sent by the author
Format: ebook
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Publisher: Gryfyn Publishing
Release Date: April 2nd, 2017

My Review...

If I had to choose one word to review this book, Den of Wolves I'd have to choose FUN! There was a lot that happened in this book; good stuff, bad stuff, but no matter the situation I had a blast the entire way through the story! I give credit to Megan's writing skills, they are incredibly enchanting!

I was eager to immerse myself in Lyssa's story again. My favorite thing is Lyssa & Lisar's relationship, they are perfect together! Their relationship progressed beautifully and the ending was perfect! I absolutely cannot wait to see what happens in the next book!

I was a bit worried that Lyssa wouldn't be able to find her place among the wolves, boy was I wrong! Sure, she has MAJOR setbacks and challenges but considering those challenges, she manages to find a way to make it work. I enjoyed learning about the wolves so much that this book is my favorite of the series so far!

Now, let's get to my most important element to a story...the pacing! Oh my, I couldn't have asked for anything better! I seriously want to buy ALL OF MEGAN'S BOOKS! If you love fast-paced plots then you'll LOVE THIS ONE!

One more thing: This is a retelling of the legend of Princess Anastasia. It's written beautifully and, well if you love retellings then this one is one you will want to check out!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday:
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
by Matthew J. Sullivan

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

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

Release Date: June 13th
When a bookshop patron commits suicide, it’s his favorite store clerk who must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer.
Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves.
But when Joey McGinty, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s back room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?
As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left. Bedazzling, addictive, and wildly clever, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a heart-pounding mystery that perfectly captures the intellect and eccentricity of the bookstore milieu and will keep you guessing until the very last page.​

Why I'm Waiting...

It's been awhile since I've immersed myself in a good murder mystery. This one sounds right up my alley; cozy, quirky and of course mysterious!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Book Review:
Singing Fire
by T.L. Martin
"An original take on magic!"

Constant chills, panic attacks, and now paranoia – there’s a reason seventeen-year-old Charlie keeps to herself.
Life is looking up when she gets a job at a whimsical tea shop and gains a few new friends, but little does Charlie know there are secrets lurking beyond its door.
It only takes one night for her perspective on her small town to change forever. As if witches, vampires, and demons weren’t enough, she soon realizes she’s being hunted for a power she didn’t know she possessed.
Singing Fire takes Charlie through an unexpected journey of self-discovery, betrayal, and forbidden love all while the clock is ticking for her to defeat the dark souls pursuing her – before anyone else dear to her has to die. 
Series: Singing Fire #1
Source: Sent by the author
Format: ebook
Pages: 296
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy + Paranormal Romance
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Publisher: Author
Release Date: 28th November 2016

My Review...

Worldbuilding- It was fun diving into the world of Singing Fire. I liked the fact that the modern day world as we know it and the fantasy element of the story intermingled seamlessly. Of course, the Tea Shop was my favorite place of all. I loved how the story opened with Charlie discovering the little shop and the end of the story seemed to end there as well.

Characters- All of the characters were fleshed out beautifully, and I must say I even enjoyed the villains in this story! You have characters from human, witch, vampire, and demon and I loved all of them! If I were to pick a favorite character it would have to be Desmond. There’s a second book coming this summer for this duology and I’d love for there to be some Desmond POV!

Plot- The plot was interesting. I did catch some similarities to another well-known vampire YA book but I still enjoyed it.

Pacing- It took me roughly two weeks to finish this book. My average reading time for a novel is ten days so not too entirely bad. I think what could have helped me would have been shorter chapters. WARNING: Extra Long Chapters!!

I’d compare it to: Think if the entire Twilight saga and the entire Lux series got together and had a baby. You’d get a plot with Twilight elements mixed with romance similar to what’d you’d find between Daemon & Katy.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Monthly Recap {March 2017}

Hello, everyone! I hope y'all had a lovely March! I can't believe it's already over! 

I've decided to modify my Monthly TBR Goals into a Monthly Recap. I'm a moody reader and my reading counts vary from month to month, sometimes quite drastically depending on my schedule. So without further ado here goes!

Books I read in March...
I only managed to read two books in the month of March. Traveler took me nineteen days to trudge through!

Rating: ⭐⭐
Check out my review HERE.
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Check out my review HERE.
Books I received for review...

Book News...
Okay, here I go showing y'all how old I am, my teen years were chock full of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. It had everything no other TV show had back then; paranormal elements, romance and ways to overcome challenges in life that no other show displayed at the time. 

Well, a few days ago it was announced that there will be NEW Buffy books! Kiersten White will write a spin-off series based on a brand new Slayer!

April Book Releases I'm Excited For...

Last But Not Least...
Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a $25.00 Gift card going on until the 15th HERE