CHARGED by Jay Crownover Review + Excerpt Tour **Giveaway**

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From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes CHARGED, the latest in her sexy The Saints of Denver Series, releasing May 24th! Known for her strong heroines and alpha males, you won’t know what hit you as you read Avett and Quaid’s story. Keep reading for more about the Leagle Eagle and Avett and order your copy today.

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[ARC] Book Review: THE ROSE SOCIETY by Marie Lu

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Pages: 416

Released on: October 13th, 2015

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From New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu comes the second book in the exhilarating Young Elites series

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

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[ARC] Book Review: 99 DAYS by Katie Cotugno

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 384

Released on: April 21st, 2015

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Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

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[ARC] Book Review: AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Pages: 464

Release date: April 2015

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Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

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BLOG TOUR: Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander – REVIEW + Giveaway!

Hello, lovelies!

First and foremost I have to apologize to you and all those involved with the RELUCTANT PRINCE Blog Tour, and especially Dani-Lyn. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I was not able to post my review post for Reluctant Prince on the day I was scheduled. Family emergencies are no joke, and literally blind-sided my entire family. Regardless, I have a duty to post what I signed on for. Hopefully you all can understand.

All that aside, I am very honored to be discussing Dani-Lyn’s RELUCTANT PRINCE today!

* I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review! *

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 252

Released on: November 3rd, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:

Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.

Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.

Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.

Advance Praise for Reluctant Prince

“A gorgeously wrought fantasy realm with a heroine who will make you cheer!”

~Wendy Higgins, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.

My Review: 

The plot of this book was very intriguing from the description and, honestly, it had been a while since I picked up a book where the main character is acting as the “chosen one” and it all falls to this one ordinary girl. We all know that trope right? Of course. But I had a hard time really connecting with this book. And I feel it has a lot to do with the fact that this is the first book in a series. First books tend to set everything up, help build the stakes, and then book two is where the real conflict and character development starts to take shape.

However.

I’ve read first series books where the author can do just that in book one, not only book two. That’s not the case here though.

For that reason I had a hard time connecting to the characters because they felt one dimensional. The “romance” between our two mains is sweet and I can definitely see it growing beautifully in book two. But as far as book one goes, it’s a good starting point. I really appreciated the fact that the author didn’t push the two together. Instead she pointed them toward each other and let the characters do the rest. That was nice.

I would have liked to see more from Ryleigh as far as main protagonists go. I felt like I only saw one side of her and half the time she was just soaking in all the information like a sponge but never really acting on it. I did, however, appreciate that she always clung onto the duty of big sister. That was kind of like her fall back when everything got weird, or confusing, or just plain scary. That says a lot about her character. However, that’s all we saw in book one. I would have liked to have seen more or at least hint to other aspects of her character. Her sister, Mia, was a confusing one. She’s fourteen but doesn’t act fourteen? Sometimes she acts younger (like she’s eight or nine) but then she turns around and says something really profound and mature (like she’s 30 or something). So that threw me off. I think the story would have benefited more if Mia were younger. Whenever she has those younger moments, she’s actually more tolerable for me. The young, innocent, kind of confused about what’s happening act is a good one for her.

Jackson was probably the one character I appreciated the most in the story. He’s got his mission but also his doubts that make him question what’s really true and what traditions need changing. Right there is already more character development than I’ve seen from any of the other characters in this book.

That also being said, I wish there were more side characters! Especially for first books like this, the side characters can help so so much with shinning some light on your main character’s personality. Who they make quick friends with, who they dislike, who they seem drawn to, where they get their information, even the best friends – they all bring out a different side to main characters.

In this book though, Ryleigh doesn’t have anyone. It’s just her, Mia, and Jackson. That’s it. I was disappointed by that.

The actual plot itself though has a lot of potential that I can see taking more shape in book two. We barely scratch the surface of the plot and conflict in book one so it’s hard to really say I disliked or liked it. I can just say that “I want to know more!”

I will, however, say that it was incredibly predictable. Of course the one guy trying to get the prince killed for treason is the one we should be looking at. I knew from the first encounter with this character that he was the bad guy. My only other question then becomes, who is he working with? So, that’ll be something that gets answered in book two (hopefully). There’s also a part of me that hopes the author is just being sneaky. Like, “yes, obviously it’s this guy… but he’s not the real mastermind behind all this… muahahaha!”

I hope that’s Dani-Lyn behind her laptop screen.

Other than that, i found the book to be a fast read. I just wish there was more of pretty much everything. More character traits, more character development, more story line, more world building, more description on fight sequences – just more, please.

MY RATING: 3/5

Dani Lyn Alexander Bio:

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Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.

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[ARC] Book Review: BEWARE THE WILD by Natalie C. Parker

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Pages: 336

Released on: October 21st, 2014

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It’s an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp — the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn’t return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp’s done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance — and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her. This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.

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TBR Tuesday: September 2014

Hey readers and bloggers alike!

No review up today. I’ve been super busy preparing for school & I’ve been attending a lot of book events that I haven’t had a lot of down time to read. So instead, I figured I’d list off a few September ‘to-reads’ I have in this months pile.

September TBR:

1. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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I recieved an ARC of this at Comic Con this year and finally started it a few days ago. So far I absolutely love it. There’s a specific, gory part in the beginning that hooked me and from that point I knew this book would be amazing. I hope to finish this book sometime this week and have a review up by next week!

2. Deception by C.J. Redwine

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I have been meaning to get this book for a looooong time now but I wanted to wait till it came out in paperback (because I’m a broke college student). And when I met the author at Comic Con, I knew I had to buy it to get it signed. Unfortunately, they ran out of copies when I reached the front of the line. So, C.J. was so sweet and said she’d send me a signed copy in the mail. Finally, it arrived! I also recieved an ARC of the last book at comic con as well so I need to start this. The last book in the series is already out!

3. Between the Lines by Tammara Webber

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If you guys have kept track of my ‘Currently Reading’ tab then you know that this book was there for a hot second and then came down. I absolutely love this author and was recommeded this book so I started it. Then I set it down because I got entrapped in another book, not because I wasn’t enjoying it or didn’t like it, it’s just another book caught my interest. But I DO want to finish this book this month. There definitely WILL be a review for this up sometime this month.

4. Take Me Tomorrow by Shannon A. Thompson

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I was asked to read and review this book which I am so excited to do and it has been added to my TBR list. As much as I would love to start reading it right now, I need to make sure my other ARC reads get read and reviewed before their release dates. But this sounds like such a good read, you guys. If you haven’t heard of it before you should check it out. It’s a cool, edgy dystopian novel about a clairvoyant drug. I am so sold. Can’t wait to read this!

5. Stay With Me by J. Lynn

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I’m a huge huge HUGE fan of anything Jennifer Armentrout writes and by the end of September (September 23rd), this wonderful book will be out and I will devous every last word of it. I’m fairly confident that I can have this read and reviewed before the month of September closes, which is why it is the last on my TBR list.

I think I have a nice blend of paranormal and romance novels lined up for September, and I know it may seem like I’m not reading a lot of books this month, and you would be correct. This month has a lot in store for me, you guys. I’m starting college soon, I’m moving in to my apartment, and just trying to establish a balance of blog time  vs school time. I hope you all will understand why my school work (and own personal writing) take precendence for the time being. That does not mean I don’t love and appreciate my blog, because I do. It’s a new born. It still needs love, care, and nourishment which I’m all about giving. However, I need to find that balanace that I’m sure all bloggers learn to find when juggling their own lives and blogging lives. So to compensate, I will be posting a lot of reviews I had already written from my goodreads account and accompanying it with new reviews of books I have currently read.

Thank you so much for understanding!

Feel free to let me know if you have read any of the books on my TBR list, and also let me know which books you are reading this month! Which books are you most excited for? I’d love to hear from ya’ll.

Be well,

Alex