Release Day Launch: The Hidden Library (The Collector’s Society #2) by Heather Lyons

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 YAY YAY YAY!!! IT’S HERE!!!

I am dying to jump back down the rabbit hole with Heather Lyons’ THE HIDDEN LIBRARY! THE HIDDEN LIBRARY is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy and the second book in Heather’s The Collectors’ Society Series! Check out the latest fantastic installment in this series that brings you some of the classics with a twist.

 

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Excerpt:

We are about to open the conference room door and enter the hallway when he stops. He turns to me, his lovely eyes achingly sincere. “I want to take you on a date when all of this craziness is over. A real one. We’ve kind of gone about this all backwards, haven’t we?”

One corner of my mouth lifts up. “Are you saying you’d like to court me?”

There is no playfulness to his face, no quirk to his own lips. My heart flutters at his seriousness. “Yes.”

He wants to court me.

Too many emotions rush around in a caucus race throughout my body. I have no doubts of Huckleberry Finn Van Brunt’s feelings toward me. I understood them two minutes ago just as well as I did this morning when I woke up and from the night before and from the day in Wonderland where he said, in not so many words, that he was falling in love with me.

I told him he was my north star, and meant it. He countered we are binaries.

He and I . . . We’ve never said those words, though, not the ones that truly spell out fragile, deep secrets of a heart and soul. Words so easily and yet unfortunately uttered by many, be it to express their appreciation of fried bits of potatoes to sports teams on the television. Words offered so frivolously about a variety of subjects and yet can be the most difficult, most painful, most meaningful, most cherished syllables we gift another person.

I have said these words before, to another man. Another man I still love. One I know, in the deepest confines of my heart, that I will love until the last breath escapes my body. A man who courted me in secret and then publicly in the face of astonishment, disapproval, confusion, and, in the end, prophesies.

I have willingly given the man in front of me my heart, though, whether he knows it or not. He now holds it in his hands, and while I pray he is my future, there is still a part of me that bucks in conflicted confusion and delight by this declaration of his.

He wants to court me.

And yet, as sweet and romantic as such a gesture might be, I require no such formalities. My affections for Finn Van Brunt have already solidified into something real and wonderful and meaningful.

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ABOUT THE HIDDEN LIBRARY:

Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . . .

Alice Reeve and Finn Van Brunt have tumbled into a life of secrets. Some secrets they share, such as their employment by the clandestine organization known as The Collectors’ Society. Other secrets they carry within them, fighting to keep buried the things that could change everything they think they know.

On the hunt for an elusive villain who is hell-bent on destroying legacies, Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Society are desperate to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. But the farther they spiral down this rabbit hole, the deeper they fall into secrets that will test their loyalties and pit them against enemies both new and old.

Secrets, they come to find, can reveal the deadliest of truths.

 

 

Don’t miss the first book in this series, THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY!

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Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

 

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal: Belong to Me by Laura Howard

 

Belong to Me by Laura Howard
(A Moore Crossing Novel)
Publication date: March 31st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Synopsis:

Kate and Noah thought they had the kind of love that could last through anything. Until their world crumbles out from beneath them.

After months of separation, the tragic death of Jack, Kate’s twin and Noah’s best friend, throws them back together. As they try to heal from the horrific loss, will they be able to overcome old wounds or are they destined to live separately forever?

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Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.
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Review: Tro (Elsker Saga #3) by S.T. Bende

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Goodreads Summary:

Sometimes you just have to believe.

Finding her destiny nearly cost her everything. Kristia knows she can handle whatever The Fates throw at her next—including her long-awaited honeymoon with the God of Winter. But as things heat up between Kristia and Ull, a frost settles over Asgard. An unexpected death marks the beginning of the end, much earlier than anyone expected. Kristia’s barely begun to understand what she’s capable of, and controlling her powers seems completely out of her grasp. With her new family fighting for their lives, and Ull fighting for their future, Kristia has to make a devastating choice: preserve the life she loves, or protect the god she can’t live without?

My Review

Ah, it was so good to read the final book to this series, it had been a while since I’d read the first two, and I guess quite a bit was changed during the rerelease of the first two books. Fortunately, I was able to pick up on what had been altered between Endre and Tro and did just fine! Not to mention, S.T. Bende is such a lovely person all around, and I couldn’t have been more pleased to have read her books!

Tro picked up right in the middle of a blissful honeymoon between Krista and Ull the beautiful/sexy/mighty/charming God of Winter! Their honeymoon was oh so steamy, and Ull was drool worthy throughout! However,  when Kristia begins to have foreboding visions, of which she can’t quite seem to recall afterward, she discovers that Ragnarok suddenly might seem closer than they first thought. And it soon becomes apparent that Kristia and Ull will have to face their fate, and maybe the ending of all that they know.

This third and final book was filled with sweet moments equally paired with suspense filled moments, and God/mythological fighting action! Kristia and Ull’s love stayed strong throughout and they shared the most adorable words with each other that would melt any fangirl’s heart! The main conflict/ battle was resolved almost a little too quickly, but it was still definitely exciting to read. The overall conclusion flowed wonderfully into the plot with a twist I did not see coming thrown in right in the knick of time!

I would definitely recommend you continue your journey with The Elsker Saga and read Tro! It’s a perfect conclusion to the story, with all the Norse action you could hope for!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Related Problems I Have

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday Topic is Top Ten Book Related Problems I Have. These are both serious/fun and in no particular order.

1. Keeping track of page numbers/percentages: I tend to look at the page number/percent that I’m on (if I’m reading my Kindle) way too often when reading, and then I’ll go through doing the math until I figure out how many pages I have left. Does this mean I’m OCD? I especially do this if I’m counting down till the book ends, if it’s particularly grueling. Of course when the content is fantastic, then I don’t even realize i’m turning the page/swiping the screen.

2. Reading past my bedtime: What reader doesn’t do this? If that book is good, then of course you’re gonna stay up until you finish it or at least get to a certain point in the story! I especially have a habit of doing this when I’m on break from school!

3. Saying phrases out loud after reading them: Yeah I’m a weirdo, I’ll read the dialogue and the actions that accompany the words and just stand there and say it the way the character does (if I’m alone of course). Sometimes I don’t even realize I’m doing it…

4. Screaming out loud about the character’s stupidity: This happens all the time, because why are characters so stupid sometimes?? I have to release my frustrations somehow.

5. Avoiding reading when I don’t like the book: I do this with almost every book that’s not really cutting it, I’ll think “hmm I should probably read that book, cause I have a deadline, but ugh it’s so slow and unexciting… oh Netflix!”  

6. Jumping words/phrases to finish the book faster: Again, this is something I do when I’m trying to quickly finish the book I’m not too fond of. I just skim over the unnecessary filler words and skip to the dialogue to get through it faster.

7. Hesitating or not reading a book at all if there’s no paranormal/scifi/unrealistic characteristics present in the storyline: I rarely do read contemporary romance because I usually don’t enjoy them nearly as much as I do a book with very fictional aspects instead of too real events. I’m a dreamer, what can I say? Don’t get me wrong, I have read some fantastic contemporaries, but they are usually never my first choice.

8. Forgetting content when going to continue a series: This is why I usually have to reread so many books before I can read the next one in the series. I read too many different books to keep all the facts straight, so when I tell myself I’ll reread the previous books first before I continue, I just end up not finishing the series for quite some time!

9. Reading slower when I’m working out: For some reason I can’t manage to read at the same pace when I’m on a treadmill/ other machine compared to when reading any other time. And no I’m not running, I’m speed walking.

10. Skipping ahead in the pages to see what happens: If I’m really desperate to see what happens, or when the characters come to their senses, I’ll flip pages until I’m satisfied with what’s going to happen and can then feel comfortable to continue to read. I know I’m not the only one that does this!

Well there ya have it folks, my Top Ten Book Related Problems! What problems do you have when it comes to reading/books? I’d love to hear them, I’m sure I can relate!

Release Week Blitz & Giveaway: The Return (A Titan Novel #1) by Jennifer Armentrout

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For everyone out there struggling between Aiden and Seth while reading The Covenant Series, you’re dreams have come true!!

THE RETURN is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Titan Series. Seth is looking to be just as dangerously delicious as we all hoped!!

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THE RETURN Excerpt:

I was a half-blood, but I was also the Apollyon, a child of a pure and a half, a union that had been forbidden for thousands of years because an Apollyon was more powerful than any pure or half could ever hope to be.

And I always got to the traitors’ hideouts before they did, so the Sentinels were usually left with the cleanup, which I was sure absolutely thrilled them.

The first to enter was a female half-blood dressed just as I was. Her black hair was pulled back in a neat little knot at the top of her head. She was older, probably in her mid-thirties. It was pretty rare for a Sentinel to live that long. Her dark skin paled as she stopped just inside the entrance. She clenched titanium daggers in her hands like she expected something vicious to pop out from under the bloody mess.

The female Sentinel tipped her chin up, and the overhead light sliced across her broad cheekbones. She bore a jagged scar under her right eye, the skin lighter in tone. She saw me and froze.

My smile widened.

Behind her, another Sentinel rushed in, almost mowing her over. He saw me and whispered, “Seth.”

He’d said my name like I was the monster under his bed, and I sort of liked that. Then another Sentinel and another rolled in. The fifth took one look at my interior design work and keeled over. Slamming his hands on his knees, he hurled up his dinner.

Nice.

Our society existed completely unknown to the average mortal and had operated under what was known as the Breed Order for thousands of years. The Order had been dismantled, which meant halfs were no longer forced to choose between becoming Sentinels—hunting down violent creatures, protecting pures, enforcing laws, and otherwise usually dying pretty damn quickly on the job—or servants, which was a job that really wasn’t a job, but more like slavery. Since then, many pampered pures had signed on to be Sentinels, making up for the loss of the halfs who’d pretty much said “screw this shit, I’m out.”

This wasn’t necessarily a good thing.

For example, the dumbass puking all over my blood-covered floor was a pure. When he straightened, his face a greenish hue, he backed away, shaking his head. “I can’t,” he gasped out. “I can’t do this.”

Then he turned and hauled ass out the doors.
I sighed. This was why we couldn’t have nice things.

THE RETURN Synopsis:

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

 

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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Review: The Fire Sermon (The Fire Sermon #1) by Francesa Haig

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Goodreads Summary:

The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined first novel in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha—physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega—burdened with deformity, small or large. With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other.

Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side-by-side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.

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My Review

The Fire Sermon is a dystopian novel in which the world has evolved so drastically that now everyone is born in sets of twins, one is an Alpha, perfect and superior, the other is an Omega with some sort of deformity/other illness, then there are the rare Omega’s that are gifted as seers. The twins are so connected that if one of them dies, so does the other. Cass just so happens to be one of those seer Omega’s, whilst her twin and Alpha brother Zach rises to the top, he finds himself increasingly threatened by Cass’ abilities and takes extreme measures to protect himself. Soon Cass befriends an unlikely ally and is on the run from the Alphas in what becomes a plot that could change their society forevermore.

Sounds like a pretty darn interesting premise right? Yeah I thought so too! Only it failed! Okay okay maybe I’m being a little harsh, but the set up for this story can only be described as slow. Once I hit 20% I really started to lose hope, but then there was a sudden spike in the content that had me holding on. Cass saves someone (a boy someone) who becomes a huge part of her life, and suddenly the story got interesting and a little intense, and then it just plateaued right away again! In fact, most of this novel basically flat lined, there were a few peaks yes, but it quickly spiraled into dragged on plot filler with little to no movement in the overall storyline. And by the time some romance stirred up between Cass and the boy she saves (won’t say his name) it was abrupt, slightly out of context, and felt a little underdeveloped. By the time the ending rolled around I discovered that I had in fact  predicted the plot twist from the start, although the part that I did not predict had me dropping my rating of this book even further. Let’s just say there was a death that can not ever be reconciled! Ugh why?!

So yes, I give this book props for it’s ingenuity, but the story itself drew out events for way too long until what was happening was no longer thrilling anymore. There really wasn’t even much of a cliffhanger in the ending either, so I probably won’t be reading book two. Sorry for the negative review guys.

If you’d like to, pre-order The Fire Sermon on Amazon here. It releases on March 10th.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books

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So this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books. Maybe this is in honor of Valentine’s Day? Either way it gives me a chance to simultaneously bash and praise love at the same time! And isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about??  So I decided to split it half and half, I’ll start with the dislikes so as to end on a happy note!

Dislikes:

1. Instalove: If the two main characters fall in love immediately, what’s the fun in that? There’s no entertainment of the buildup, no evolution of characters. Overall it’s just kinda boring.

2. Sacrificing oneself to save the other: This is seriously one of the most annoying things to read! When that character is just so determined to go jumping off a cliff for everyone, especially their lover. It’s just so unbelievably frustrating, especially when you know the plot is going to come full circle and the character is not gonna go through with it anyway. So why waste the time creating a worthless conflict?

3. Purposely keeping secrets from one another: This just leads to so many unnecessary problems between the characters. Eventually they always come back to bite you in the butt. Look at The Divergent series for example, all the secrets Tris keeps from Four created so much annoying conflict that just made the reader bored. Secrets don’t make friends or love!

4.One step forward, two steps back moments: We all know when these moments happen! At last our characters are getting into a relationship and everything is sunshine and daisies, and then BOOM! Out of nowhere, something absolutely ridiculous happens to push the two characters apart again! And they crash and burn, and you (the reader) are cussing and shouting at their stupidity. My words usually sound something like: “Oh just shut up, kiss her, and never let her go!!”

5. Switching romantic interests at the last moment: This is probably one of the things I hate the most in books! Yet sometimes I’m happy they happen! Ugh that’s why I hate this, if the main girl is already involved with one character the entire story, then you as the reader have already fallen in love with their relationship and you’re attached. Then the author decides to throw in another guy, and suddenly: Oh no, my heart! WTF, what do I do with my feelings? I already chose Sexy Man A, but now Sexy Man B is getting in the way, and I don’t know how to handle myself? Do you see what I’m saying?  Or sometimes, the second guy is soo not who you want the girl to be with, which is even worse, cause that’s who she chooses, and now congratulations, the entire book/series has just sufficiently been ruined for all time!

Likes:

1. A Struggle before Love: So this one coincides with my first dislike. I love a good struggle between the romantic interests before it slowly becomes love. I think it’s all the more endearing when the two kinda love-hate one another in the beginning before admitting their true feelings.

2. Witty Banter: It’s always great to see hilarious insults/cocky phrases thrown between the girl and guy. Hence why I love Jennifer Armentrout so much. She never fails to make me laugh at the way the two characters never let the other have the last word!

3. Steamy Action: Who doesn’t love this?? A romance is not a romance unless the two do anything about it! These scenes make or break the quality of the romance!

4. Evenly matched set: The girl’s physical/metaphorical strength should compliment the male’s nicely! She shouldn’t have to hide behind the man while he does all the fighting! When the girl is just as much of a badass as the guy, the pair is so much more hot! I hate wimpy characters, so it’s always fantastic to see the couple fight together against the enemy!

5. Possessiveness/protectiveness: I mostly enjoy this from the male side, but it doesn’t hurt to see some of it from the female lead either, but when the male is one big protective alpha it’s all the more attractive and exciting to read about!