Thursday, March 30, 2017

Blog Tour: Aequus (Royal Protector Academy #2)


We're giving you a two-fer today! 2 amazing books came out this week and both deserve a lot of love!! Without further ado, here's another AMAZING story that you need to read right away :)

About the Book:
Title: Aequus (Royal Protector Academy #2)
Author: Randi Cooley Wilson
Pub. Date: March 30, 2017
Publisher: Secret Garden Productions
Pages: 268
Rating: 5/5 stars

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Synopsis:

Serenity is being with the one you love.
Despair is being kept apart.
After the rain comes the war.

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours? For Serena St. Michael and Tristan Gallagher, this is reality. Tristan has accepted his impending nuptials. He’s returned to his realm and his betrothed. Their unification will create peace. Serena is still struggling with her protector’s choice. With a firm resolve, she will forsake her own future in order to save him. Their love will trigger an ancient war. Can Serena and Tristan rewrite their destinies? Or will the Vergina Sun prophecy be fulfilled, and the lovers fall to fate? Welcome back to the Royal Protector Academy.

Aequus is the second novel in the Royal Protector Academy series. This dangerously exciting and darkly romantic tale will take your breath away. It can be read as a stand-alone trilogy, or after the bestselling Revelation series. Intended for mature readers 18+ due to language, mild violence, and sexual situations.

The Royal Protector Academy novels are a serial trilogy meant to be read in order:
VERNAL (Book #1)
AEQUUS (Book #2)
NOX (Book #3)

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Randi Cooley Wilson is an author of paranormal, urban fantasy and contemporary romance books. Randi makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of coffee, prefers champagne, and has a slight addiction to bracelets. She currently resides in Massachusetts with her daughter and husband. For more information visit: http://randicooleywilson.com






Review:


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That is how a book is written people! Stop everything right now and read this book. I don't care what you're doing, you just need to put everything down and take a couple hours and read this gorgeous, gutting book. Everything about it is perfection, and you will be blown away (once again) by Randi's amazing writing! Honestly, this book is unputdownable...and yes I made up a word specifically for this story because these are the types of things that Randi's stories do to me. With edge-of-your-seat suspense and thrilling plot twists (and boy are there a lot of them), you will not regret picking up Aequus

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The story picks up right where we left off...Tristan has left and Serena is left with her heart shattered. My heart absolutely broke for Serena during these first couple of moments, and honestly I should have known from the get go that this entire book would play with my heartstrings. Randi weaves such a beautiful tale of love, revenge, and romance. There is just something about her writing that sweeps me away instantly and allows me to truly escape for the entire time I'm reading her gorgeous prose. The pacing is something that really stood out for me in this novel because the story flows perfectly. There is never a dull moment, and you are instantly transported into the amazing world that Randi has so flawlessly created. We get to explore new places and just when you think you can't learn any more new info, we find out so much more! It's exciting to say the least!!

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But you want to know my absolute favorite thing about this book (and Randi's books in general)? The characters. Randi has crafted truly amazing characters that you instantly connect with. They're relatable and easily gain a special place in your heart. Tristan and Serena are magnificent characters and their development throughout the story is remarkable. Both Tristan and Serena are willing to fight for each other until their dying breaths (is this a hint? I'll never tell...because I'm evil like that). I love being able to read from both of their POVs because it adds so much more to the story. Tristan is just as much of a mess as Serena is after being forced to take the throne next to Freya (aka evil girl trying to break up Tristan and Serena). I loved how vulnerable he was around Serena and it's clear that Serena truly makes him a better person. Their love for each knows no bounds and their banter is classic. Serena is willing to do anything and everything to get back the person she loves. And when they finally come together, their love is electric and sparks fly everywhere. The love they have for each other is palpable. You want to believe with everything in you that Tristan and Serena will have a HEA, but the ultimate question is...will they? 

The one character I do want to mention in particular though is Zander because he was seriously hilarious in this book! I loved him when he was introduced in the first novel, Vernal, but in this book his humor and sass is on point! He had me laughing hysterically and there was a nice fourth-wall type thing in one scene that all fans of Randi will appreciate. 

There are some very shocking moments in this book that you will never see coming, and there was one death in particular that had me crying and had my heart breaking. I actually dropped my Kindle because I didn't think I read the scene correctly, but alas I did. And the story is now short one character that no on will expect to die. This was my face:

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But most importantly the entire ending will leave you begging to have Nox in your hands as soon as possible. I didn't want to believe that Randi would end the book that way, but who was I kidding...she loves to torture us! I don't know how I'm going to make it until November.

Do not miss out on this amazing book! With plenty of twists and turns, a heart-pounding and explosive romance, and characters that incredibly well written, Aqeuus has it all, and is sure to be a hit! You will not be disappointed with a story this epic! 

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~Cassie

Blog Tour: A Crown of Wishes (Star Touched Queen #2)




A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)About the Book:
Title: A Crown of Wishes (Star Touched Queen #2)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pub. Date: March 28, 2017
Pages: 352
Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis:
Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.


Review:

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Roshani Chokshi has written another winner with A Crown of Wishes! She blew me away with her first novel, The Star-Touched Queen, but with this "companion" novel, Ms. Chokshi truly surpassed my expectations (and they were pretty high). I will admit that I was a bit hesitant to read this one because I was afraid it wouldn't live up to my love of the first story, but 2 chapters in and I was hooked! While this is a companion novel, and you certainly don't need to read the first book in order to understand what is going on. I would highly encourage you to read the first one though because 1) it's AMAZING, and 2) I liked the continuity and the subtle ties into the first story that ultimately led to a conclusion of sorts for the series in general. 


“I donned my armor, lining my eyes with kohl until they were dark as death and patting crushed rose petals on my lips until they were scarlet as blood.” 

Ms. Chokshi has an utterly mind-blowing writing style, one that instantly transports you to a far away location that you never want to leave. Everything is richly described and the scenes truly come alive with every sentence she writes. Her characters are extremely well developed and their characterization is on point throughout the entire story. She even makes you fall in love with the secondary characters as they play bigger roles than you originally think. Ms. Chokshi seamlessly weaves action, adventure, heart-pounding thrills, and romance into her story, and it is perfectly done. The mythology is absolutely fantastic and is easily one of my most favorite parts of the story and series in general! Suffice to say, she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!


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Gauri and Vikram as perfect as our two leads for this story. I will tell you that this is a very different story than in The Star-Touched Queen. So I would urge you to check this one out even if you weren't a fan of Maya's story. Gauri has a unique personality, one that is vastly different than Maya, and it made for an interesting story. Together, Gauri and Vikram as the ultimate love/hate relationship and I loved watching them having to work together and slowly fall for each other. I'm always a sucker for those types of relationships, and theirs is excellently written! They have a hilarious banter, and I seriously loved every single second of it. 


“He turned to me, mischief glinting in his eyes. “How

do they celebrate good fortune in Bharata? In Ujijain, we kiss.”
“Look elsewhere.”
“Are you sure? You spend an awful amount of time looking at my
lips.”
“That’s only because I’m horrified at the sheer idiocy of the words
leaping out of them.” 

I will say that some of the more heart-pounding moments where their lives were "in danger" were thrilling, but at the same time I never actually thought something was going to happen. Maybe that was just me being hopeful, but I also knew that there was no way something could happen. But the few times this happened, the scenes were brief, so it didn't take away anything from the story for me. I did like the pace of the relationship between Gauri and Vikram, however, it did seem kind of quick when they realized they actually cared for each other (it seemed to be one of those 1 second they hate each other and then the next they love each other). I was shipping them hard though from the get go, so personally I didn't mind it that much. 


“I never dared to hope for someone who challenged and respected me, knew me at my worst and still coaxed out my best. And yet I had found that in the unlikeliest of places and most inconvenient of people. Wasn’t that enough to fight for? Could I live with knowing that I’d left him standing in the shadows . . . waiting for me? I couldn’t. And that was all the answer I needed.” 

The plot is an exciting competition, and really drove the story forward. I was excited to see just how everything would play out and what "wishes" they would receive. There was one secondary characters (Aasha) that I would love to read more about! I feel like her story needs to be told, so I'm really hoping that Ms. Chokshi decides to write another book set in this world. As I said, the mythology is expertly done and it some of the best I have ever read (especially since it's so well developed...and understandable...only by the second book). 


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I would highly recommend checking out this new novel by Roshani Chokshi as it is one that is not to be missed! There is so much to love, from well crafted mythology to perfectly written characters to a thrilling adventure. Add this to your TBR now because it will easily become one of your favorites for 2017!



Happy reading :)

~Cassie

Special thank you to St. Martin's Griffin for letting Novels & Necklaces participate in the Crown of Wishes Tour!! 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #92

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Cassie's Waiting On: 
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Synopsis:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
 


Come on guys, there isn't a WoW from me without a Sarah J. Maas book on it! Words cannot even describe how excited I am for this installment in the Court of Thorns and Roses series.  I'm bursting...I don't know how I'm going to wait until May!! All I know is I can't wait to get my hands on all 648 pages of this book!


Jocelyn's Waiting On: 

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord 
Publication Date: May 16th, 2017 


Synopsis:


Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?



I absolutely can't wait for this! I fell in love with her characters in When We Collided, which was published last spring - it was a real tear-jerker!! I have no doubts that this one will make me shed some tears as well. Ms. Lord is a contemporary genius!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Book Blitz: Waking the Dead

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About the Book:
Title: WAKING THE DEAD
Author: D.B. SIEDERS
Series: Soul Broker # 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Suspense
Publisher: City Owl Press
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Synopsis:

The road to hell begins when the reaper darkens her door.
A chance encounter with a dying stranger opens an empathic connection between down-on-her-luck caregiver Vivian Bedford and the world of spirits. Lazarus Darkmore, a grim reaper in a charming and seductive package, seeks to recruit her as a soul broker. Guardian spirit Ezra and his new apprentice Zeke offer protection from the reaper--so long as she works on their side of afterlife management. But these guardians are no angels, and their methods leave Vivian fearing the price of their protection.
Her ability to channel conscious energy from the living, something no guardian or reaper can do, could be a game changer. If she can control it, she can use this power as leverage. And she needs a bargaining chip, especially when she discovers that incapacitated living mortals can supply energy for the spirit realm, making her disabled sister Mae a prime target for guardian and reaper alike.
Can she move from pawn to major player in order to save Mae, and herself, from a horrific fate beyond the simple and fleeting terrors of death?
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One $25 Amazon Gift Card
Three (3) free eBook copies of Lorelei's Lyric (Southern Elemental Guardians # 1)
Contest runs from March 28 - 30, 2017.
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About the Author
I was born and raised in East Tennessee and spent my childhood hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, wading barefoot in creeks, chasing salamanders, fish, and frogs. We loved to tell stories while sitting around the campfire.
Those days of frog chasing sparked my interest in biology. I am a working scientist by day, but I never lost my love of telling stories.
I write contemporary fantasy, fantasy romance, and contemporary romance. My stories feature unlikely heroes and heroines who face a healthy dose of angst as they strive for redemption and a happily ever after, which everyone deserves. I live in Nashville, Tennessee with my husband, two children, three cats, and my very active imagination.
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~Cassie

ARC Review: Bang

About The Book:

  Title: Bang
  Author: Barry Lyga 
  Pub. Date: April 18th, 2017
  Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 
  Pages: 304
  Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary 
  Rate: 4/5 stars 




Synopsis :

A chunk of old memory, adrift in a pool of blood.

Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one--not even Sebastian himself--can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father's gun.

Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend--Aneesa--to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past. 

It took a gun to get him into this.

Now he needs a gun to get out.

Review:

"I never ask people about their families or their pasts. 
Because then they would ask me about mine."

It takes a true visionary to take such an important and sensitive topic and tackle it in such a polished way. That's exactly what Mr. Lyga does in his new novel. Bang follows 4-year-old Sebastian while he pointed a gun at his 4-month-old sister and shot her at point-blank range, killing her instantly. Ten years later, Sebastian is ready to end the suffering he caused by shooting himself with a handgun. When Sebastian meets a new neighbor who is around the same age as him that he is attracted to, he doesn't change his mind, but instead decides to put his suicide off for a little while longer. Until when? He doesn't know, but the voice in his head will let him know when it's time.

"- The voice says nothing, but its silence tells me everything."

My heart ached so profoundly for Sebastian. I felt pangs of guilt reading his thoughts. Carrying that burden since four years of age, Sebastian was tormented by himself, by his classmates, and maybe most importantly - the split of his parents. Sebastian is an extremely strong character. He might not be handling his pain the best way, but how does a 14-year-old handle that kind of suffering? As an almost School Psychologist, it seems like Sebastian definitely suffers from PTSD. It is clear during times when the shooting is brought up. While he is usually calm on the outside, just the mention sometimes makes him shutdown or verbally act out. He definitely does not like to talk about it. When his best friend goes to camp for the summer, Sebastian believes it is almost time to kill himself. However, when he meets Aneesa, his plans change. Whether it's just hanging out or making pizza - Sebastian suddenly has things he is looking forward to in his life. He finds himself telling Aneesa things he's never told anyone before. Being a Muslim girl in a predominantly white neighborhood, Aneesa is dealing with conflicts of her own right now, but she is emotionally there for Sebastian in all the ways that are important. Sebastian starts having feelings for Aneesa, but what kind of feelings are they? And does she feel the same way? Aneesa is a beautiful character inside and out, as is Sebastian. Mr. Lyga crafts their dynamic in such a great way, they are characters that will truly be remembered!

This is a strong book about family, grief, loss, and hope. With blunt and beautiful writing, Bang easily became one of my favorite novels of 2017. This is the first novel I have ever read by Mr. Lyga, and I can assure you that it won't be my last. If you like books about important topics, add this one to your TBR! Sebastian will be a character that stays with you long after you finish the last page, trust me.


Thank you to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for providing
this book in exchange for my honest review. 

- Jocelyn

Monday, March 27, 2017

Book Review - Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)

About The Book:

  Title: Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)
  Author: Elly Blake 
  Pub. Date: January 10th, 2017 
  Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 
  Pages: 376
  Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance 
  Rate: 3/5 stars 




Synopsis :

The frost king will burn.

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.
 

Review:

"Affairs between fire and frost rarely end well." 

At first glance, this looks eerily similar to any YA fantasy that you may have read in the past few years. And the reality is, the first half of the book is very much like your cookie-cutter YA fantasy. You have a love triangle, you have rebellion, and you have your character who is different yet very very important to the entire kingdom. Your outcast is Ruby, a teenage girl who is similar to other YA heroines except she has the power to wield fire. Ruby lives in a kingdom that is ruled by frost, so when the kingdom raids her village looking for firebloods, her mother is killed and she is taken to prison. There she is broken out by rebel frostbloods, wanting her help at destroying the throne.

A big gripe that I have with this book is that I feel like the description totally ruins the climax of this story. She doesn't get captured until close to the middle of the book, and you already know it's coming based on the description. As I was reading I kept wondering "when is this going to happen". I think that if that was omitted from the description I would have been enjoying the present in the story rather than expecting something to happen. For me the beginning was boring, because I kept waiting for her to get captured and fight in this tournament. I feel like the tournament could have been a great part of the book, but it was hastily described and it felt like it was passed over carelessly.

I must admit, there were a few shocking turns in this book that I did not see coming. The farther the book progressed, the more this book seemed to hold its own in the fantasy world. It was becoming more and more unique by the page, and I really liked that. The romance Ruby finds herself in is swoonworthy. Arcus developed from your common brooding male protagonist into a distinctive persona. I think I'll continue with this series because of how much better it got towards the end. This book is obviously for fans of books like Red Queen and the Throne of Glass Series because it embodies them so much. Have you read Frostblood yet? What are your thoughts?!



- Jocelyn

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Book Blitz: Back to You

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Book CoverAbout the Book:
Title: BACK TO YOU
Author: CJ MIRANDA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Publication Date: March 25, 2017
Synopsis:

Four years after the most confusing summer of her life, recent college graduate Iris Tilley is moving back home with no idea of the repercussions waiting to greet her. Going home means reconnecting with her dad, facing her motherless home, and confronting her gorgeous neighbor, Weston Alcorn.
And all of this, unfortunately, has to be done in a small southern town where gossip is a prized currency.
As the summer forges on, Iris struggles to find her place in a town that’s changed as much as it’s stayed the same, and it doesn’t help that Weston doesn’t seem to know how to treat her. Through awkward encounters, tense conversations, and heartbreaking revelations, neither Weston nor Iris can ignore the spark they ignited four years prior. But as Iris's past and the prospect of her future violently clash, it's no longer a question of can they ignore it, but will they have the chance?
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About CJ Miranda

CJ Miranda is a twenty-four year old LSU graduate with a romantic side she's never shown to the people in her life. Having grown up quiet, shy, and incredibly sarcastic in a small town she never felt a part of, CJ spent her spare time writing multiple romance novels that she posted for free online. Having done that since she was thirteen, she now feels that it's time to pursue what has always been her dream. 

When she's not writing or reading, she's either working at her day job or drinking wine with her best friend/roommate and laughing at whatever their diva dogs are doing.

Official website: http://www.authorcjmiranda.com
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~Cassie

Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Blitz: The Mortal Falls (Undercover Elementals #1)

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About the Book:
Title: THE MORTAL FALLS
Author: ANNA DURAND
Series: Undercover Elementals, Book 1
Publisher: Jacobsville Books
Publication Date: March 24, 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:

A pragmatic human thrown into a world of magic...
Lindsey Porter fled from her traumatic past, determined to lay low, but now someone has framed her for murder. The quest for answers leads her into a parallel realm where magic reigns, and with a hostile sheriff and a shapeshifting assassin on her trail, she must place her life in the hands of a seductive, supernatural man who tempts her like no one else.
An immortal sylph enslaved by magic...
Nevan is trapped by a desperate bargain struck a century earlier, yet the beautiful, spirited Lindsey has enticed him to abandon his magically enforced duty. As forbidden passion flares between them, they'll risk everything to uncover the truth and find what they both need the most—redemption.
When two worlds collide...
The fates of the elemental and mortal realms depend on the star-crossed lovers. As dark secrets from their pasts threaten to shatter the fragile trust between Lindsey and Nevan, a shocking revelation holds the power to deliver salvation or destruction.

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Anna Durand is an award-winning, bestselling author of sizzling romances, including the Hot Scots series. She loves writing about spunky heroines and hunky heroes, in settings as diverse as modern Chicago and the fairy realm. Making use of her master's in library science, she owns a cataloging services company that caters to indie authors and publishers. In her free time, you'll find her binge-listening to audiobooks, playing with puppies, or crafting jewelry.
Official website: https://annadurand.com/
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~Cassie

Cover Reveal: Claimed By Power

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About the Book:
Title: Claimed By Power
Author: Zoey Ellis
Publication date: April 3rd 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis: 
Not all angels are angelic…
Thea Robinson has never needed anyone’s charity. Sure, her impoverished existence isn’t desired by most, but her ability to manipulate people’s emotions helps her to blend into the shadows of an unforgiving city. When hideous creatures threaten her life, a surly but gorgeous stranger shows up revealing a world she didn’t know existed. She refuses to put up with his rude, arrogant attitude, but how do you dismiss a warrior angel? And does she really want to when his stormy gaze sends delicious thrills straight to her core?
Cam is one of the most ruthless Power angels in the fight against evil. His devotion to kill demons has made him a celebrated warrior in the Angel Realm, even though his motivation stems from grief. When he is assigned to train and protect a half-angel just coming into her abilities, his rage is unparalleled. Until he realizes Thea isn’t like any others. She stirs a carnal passion in him that he can’t shake. He never counted on her being so beautiful… so fierce… so most definitely his.
Claimed by Power is the first book in the Empire of Angels series, a paranormal alpha angel romance series. If you’re a fan of alpha heroes, powerful heroines, paranormal worlds and falling in love, Zoey Ellis’ riveting, sexy tale is perfect for you.
About the end: Although this book can be read as a standalone, Cam and Thea’s story does continue over the next two books.
Sexual scenes and strong language included. Not suitable for readers under 18.
EXCERPT:
“What exactly are my powers?” Thea asked
The angel stood up. “Not now. It’s time to go. You have your answers.”
Frustrated, she exhaled loudly. She went to her wardrobe and grabbed a bra, top, and another pair of jeans. The angel turned away, allowing her to dress. She eyed him from behind. So angels were real. And they were handsome and powerful and stern. Nothing like she would have ever imagined them to be. He couldn’t even crack a smile and yet mocked her like a child. Were all angels like that? Maybe he didn’t like humans.
“At least tell me why they sent you,” she said, smoothing down her top. “Why you?”
“Why not me?” he said, almost in a growl. “Who would you prefer?”
“I don’t know,” Thea said, lifting her shoulders. “Someone able to smile once in a while?”
He turned to face her, his plain expression flavored with annoyance. “I’m not here to entertain you. You need someone to train you and help you learn how to control your abilities. I’m the best there is. You should be honored.”
Thea shook her head, annoyed. Trained? Like a puppy? Not happening. Especially not by this man, who’d been abrupt with her from the start, despite his careful treatment of her wounds. “I should be honored? Honored that I was attacked by those creatures? Honored that I almost got ripped apart? Honored that you had to come and save me, a poor damsel in distress?”
His face hardened with each word she said, but she couldn’t give a fuck.
“I don’t need to be saved by a warrior who can’t stop the horrors happening in this city every day. Or by a God that keeps himself hidden from those he’s supposed to inspire? People are raped and drugged and killed every day; where are you then? Where is He then? I’ve gotten this far without the help of you or God, and I’ll be fine to continue without you.”
The angel’s stance didn’t change. The only indication of his agitation was in the grounding of his jaw. “You’re being irrational. If I was able to find you here, the demons will find you here. You cannot escape them. Pack. Now.”
“No.” She grabbed her phone. “You go. Thanks very much, but I’ll be fine.”
With a low grunt of frustration, the angel grabbed her around the waist quicker than she would have thought possible. He flew up to the ceiling, his rock-like arm digging into her stomach, pressing her against his chest. He swept his free hand over the length of the room. The room began to glow and then burst into flames, smoke eating up the remaining air.
“No!” She struggled to get out of his arms while her home and everything she owned burned.
He leapt out of the window, holding onto her as he flew over the city.


Author Bio:
Zoey Ellis spends her most of her time thinking up stories that explore how love and romance can be tested by the darker side of our personalities and the heart-wrenching challenges that must be overcome for love to win, even if two people belong together.
A lover of the fantastical, Zoey enjoys how intense and vast the challenges can be for couples in the paranormal romance genre. Her goal is to build a body of work depicting thrilling, fantastical romances between demanding alpha heroes and fiery heroines hoping the love they make will scorch ereaders and melt hearts. With a soft spot for angels, dragons and alpha shifters, Zoey blends her love of a Happy Ever After with strangely unique worlds and complex plots.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Review: A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)

About The Book:

  Title: A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)
  Author: Claudia Gray  
  Pub. Date: November 4th, 2014
  Publisher: HarperTeen 
  Pages: 360
  Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance 
  Rate: 4/5 stars 




Synopsis :

Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite's father is murdered, and the killer—her parent's handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul's guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father's death is far more sinister than she expected.

Review:

"I would love you in any shape, in any world, with any past.
Never doubt that."


I've wanted to read this book since it was compared to Orphan Black, one of my FAVORITE TV shows. I'm glad I finally did! There was so much I loved about this first installment in the Firebird trilogy. It's a spectacular tale about time traveling, love, and family. When Marguerite's family discovers her dad was killed, years of research is missing, and Paul Marcov has jumped into another dimension with the device that allows people to travel into different universes, Marguerite is intent on finding him and killing him. Her and another research assistant, who happens to be Paul's best friend, take a Firebird prototype, and hop into the neighboring dimension to find him. When Marguerite finally finds Paul, he leaves her with more questions than answers before jumping to another universe. After she finally gets some answers, she realizes things are really not as they seem.

The characters are amazing. Since they jump into different universes, they are intensely multidimensional. You really get to know the characters on a personal level because while they are ultimately different people in the other dimensions, they are the same at their core. For example, the original dimension's Marguerite loves to paint canvases, however one of the dimensions Marguerite draws intricate sketches. And while they all live in different places at different time periods, it truly seems that their intentions and deepest desires are unchanging. This book will keep you guessing from page one - Is everyone who they seem? What are this dimensions motivations? Not only are the characters wonderful, but the wold building is glorious. Ms. Gray crafts not only one, but several unique worlds into one book. Even if you only get a small taste of a world, I felt like I knew all of the important workings and features of each one.

If you enjoy science fiction novels mixed with some romance, you will love this book. This book was a great mixture of action, swoony romance, and science. I already have the next book in the series, and I'm ready to start it as soon as I finish up with the book I'm reading now. Have you read any of the Firebird trilogy? What are your opinions about it?

"I fell in love with his unchanging soul."




- Jocelyn