Review: Dead of Winter (Arcana Chronicles #3) by Kresley Cole

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Goodreads Summary:

Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.

Heartbreaking decisions 
Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her—until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, the Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts…and stolen glances from a former love.

Uncertain victory 
Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on the Lovers. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana—or convincing Jack and Death to work together.

Two heroes returned 
There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first…?

My Review

I was more than ready to finally get my hands on this book! The Arcana Chronicles is one of my absolute favorite series! And now that I reread the first two books I was fully prepared to “sink my claws” (pun intended) into this book!!!

Dead of Winter started off just about right where Endless Knight left off! After Evie learns of Jack’s capture she will do anything to get him back even knowing how many times he’s deceived her in the past. She is willing to defy Death to get to him!

This book was nonstop suspense, I mean literally! Danger and imminent doom lurked behind every corner! Kresley Cole’s dark and sinister plot elements were definitely prominent in this third installment, making for an eerie and gut wrenching story! The love triangle between Evie, Jack, and Death, aka Aric was killing me throughout!! So to add to the constant suspense and action, there was the anticipation over which guy she would choose to be by her side for their rest of her uncertain life! After reading Endless Knight my heart began to be torn. I had always been Team Jack, but I definitely had sympathy for Aric! However, as events played out, I made up my mind that Evie should be with Jack regardless! Though I admired Aric’s fierce love and steadfast determination to win her over!

As the story reached it’s peak, I found myself even more riveted by the precarious content that unfolded!! “The Lovers” were beautifully crafted into this blood thirsty enemy that you couldn’t help but despise! I commend Cole for going to such lengths in creating every character in this book, but especially these two, cause they are some pretty sick pups! Their characters made for a totally brutal climax that had me glued to the edge of my seat. I was never able to predict what was coming next!

By the time the ending rolled around, and Evie had to make her final decision, I found myself getting nervous over her choice! I quite honestly was not sure which guy she would choose, but of course I hoped it would be Jack! I won’t give away who she chooses, but I will definitely say that the ending of this book was completely and utterly GUT WRENCHING!! I cannot believe Cole ended the book with such a HUGE cliffhanger!! This was not an easy book to finish at 2:30 in the morning and try to sleep on folks! Of course now I MUST have book four!!! I can’t wait to see what’s next, and I’ll probably be biting my nails the whole time until then in anticipation and in denial of what my eyes beheld on the pages!

If you are a fan of The Arcana Chronicles, I would definitely recommend you continue your journey with the series and read this exquisite book!

Buy Dead of Winter on Amazon here, or anywhere else that sells books!

Cover Tour: River Walk by Al Daltrey & Friends

Title ~ River Walk: Ten Kinky Collaborations
Author ~ Al Daltrey & Friends
Gina Whitney ~ Lena Black ~ Julie Jaret
Melissa Asleson ~ Rosemary Willhide ~ Noelle Bodhaine
Jen Lassalle Edwards ~ Ali Reynolds ~ Tiffany Huegele ~ Jaycee Daltrey
Genre ~ Erotica BDSM
Release ~ June 2015
What is ‘River Walk’ and how did this idea come about?
I was writing a scene in my second novel when I thought uh oh, what if I’m describing this scene the same way that I described a similar scene in my first novel. I needed to ensure I wasn’t repeating myself. Which got me mulling….it would be cool to collaborate with female Authors, because each of them would bring something unique to the party. Immediately I thought of those “Duets” albums. You know, Elton John & Friends, type of thing.
Imagine – ten incredible female writers, working with me, bringing different stories to life.
If I wrote 10 stories in isolation – I bet they’d be somewhat similar, one to the next. But this way, each writer brings her style, her flare, her talent. And yet, each is interpreting a idea that originated from one single male Author. I haven’t seen anything like it. River Walk was born.
The stories are also all tied together, very loosely (intentionally) by the famous River Walk
in San Antonio.
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Ten Kinky Collaborations
The Power of a Woman by Gina Whitney & Al Daltrey
SPANKED! by Lena Black & Al Daltrey
Hostage Situation by Julie Jaret & Al Daltrey
Un-Cashed Cheque by Melissa Asleson & Al Daltrey
The Discover Ring by Rosemary Willhide & Al Daltrey
One Last Cigarette by Noelle Bodhaine & Al Daltrey
Through the Ages by Jen Lassalle Edwards & Al Daltrey
First Journey Second Thoughts by Ali Reynolds and Al Daltrey
Three Wishes by Tiffany Huegele & Al Daltrey
Love’s Notion by Jaycee & Al Daltrey
 

Release Day Blitz: Damaged by Avelyn Paige

 

Saints and Sinners Book Promotions is proud to present a debut novel by debut author Avelyn Paige!!

 
 
 
Evie Carter has faced
trials and tribulations her entire life. Her teenage years have been ripped
away from her as she battles cancer. Just when things can’t get any worse, her
doctor delivers the news that it’s finally time to make a life or death
decision. Her options are limited and come with deadly consequences. The
miracle drug that is meant to save her life changes her on a cellular level.
She might not be damaged anymore, but she might just be damned in her new life.



 
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As I return his gaze, my heart seems to stop
and time slows to a screeching halt. There’s nothing else that he can do to
save me. The only chance I have now is to trust that these researchers in their
government funded laboratories have discovered some miracle drug that might
give me my life back. I lean back into my pillows clutching the black and gold
fleece Purdue blanket my eight year old niece, Shay, made me when my hospital
stays increased to weeks instead of days. Touching the soft fleece helps my
rapid heartbeat slow down and allows my mind to consider the options. I close
my eyes and consider what I have to gain if I could through with the drug
trials. It could help me lead a normal life if it works or it could take away
the quality of life in the time I have left.  I know deep down I want to
live and this trial could mean everything in my battle. After what seems like hours,
even though it was only a few minutes in reality, I open my eyes and look for
my parents. They are both sitting in the blue plastic covered recliners in my
room holding each other’s hands with their foreheads pressed together in what I
am assuming is prayer.  They hear the plastic move on my hospital bed as I
shift trying to make myself as comfortable as I can with all the tubes coming
out of me and they turn their faces towards me. The look on my mother’s face
tells me that they know I’m about to make the decision that will forever change
our family. A decision that I don’t even think they would have the strength to
make on my behalf. I turn my eyes to Dr. Bob, who is still sitting on the edge
of my bed waiting for my decision. It takes me a few seconds to realize that I
hold the keys to my life in what I’m about to say. As I open my lips the tears
finally begin to flow.
I utter quietly as I wipe away my tears, “I
want to do the trial. Where do I sign?”
 
 







 
 
 
 
 
Avelyn Paige is a born and raised Indiana girl. She may be a
Hoosier by birth, but she’s a Boilermaker by choice! Avelyn lives in rural
Indiana with her pastor husband, 2 spoiled cats, and one very odd looking
dog.  She’s an oncology research
scientist by day and a writer and book review blogger by night. She enjoys
reading anything she can get her hands, baking, and spending time with her
friends and family.
 
Never intending on ever writing her own book, the idea behind
the Damaged series came to her on a drive to work early one morning thinking
about her father who’d recently passed away. His strength during his cancer and
rare blood disease battle inspired Avelyn to do something she’s never thought
about before. She’s excited to see where this wild ride takes her. 
 
Find Avelyn on…
 
 
 
 


 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things I’ve Learned in College

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a freebie topic again. I love that The Broke and the Bookish do this every so often because it gives me the opportunity to branch out of the book spectrum for a bit and explore other awesome topics out there! So because I just recently finished my freshman year in college, I thought it was fitting to share a little bit about what knowledge I’ve gained from this crazy wonderful year! So without further adieu here are the Top Ten Things I’ve Learned in College!

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1. You never go to bed quite when you plan to: I can’t tell you how many times I would tell my roommate I was gonna go to bed at a certain time and then wouldn’t go to bed until at least 30 minutes or more after I said I would go to bed. Sleep is quite relative in college and you’ll be surprised on how little sleep one can function on and still do pretty well in class! And if you want to stay out later on a weekday, I promise it will more than likely be worth losing sleep over! Besides sleeping till noon or later is what the weekend is for! ;)

2. It’s all about compromise: I was pretty fortunate in that my roommate was my best friend from high school, but that didn’t mean we had a perfect relationship throughout! The trick to living with anyone (including your best friend) is knowing when to compromise on all things! Living with another person in tight quarters definitely takes some getting used to, but as long as you are considerate of the other person and each pull your own weight whether it’s about cleaning or lights off or “headphones-in-please-I’m-studying” time, I promise your going to have a much easier go of it!

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3. Who you were in high school means nothing at all: This is one of the best things about college!! All those cheerleaders and jocks that were so worshipped in high school suddenly become your average college student and are no more significant than the other 200+ people sitting in your lecture hall! No one cares who you were, what mistakes you made, what clubs you participated in, who your friends were. In college no one judges you for you and it’s pretty damn fantastic! College is all about diversity and acceptance of everyone no matter their background and somehow everybody just kinda gets it and you find friends that you never thought you’d get along with back in high school.

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4. You don’t need nearly as much stuff in your dorm as you think you do: As a girl who loves all things clothes and shoes, trust me when I say that once in college, you begin to realize what all you really use everyday and throughout the week. I definitely brought a little too much to my dorm this year and I learned quickly that the things I brought because I thought I would “maybe use” were the things I never touched. Girls you don’t need that many shoes or tops there, but I mean of course bring what you can fit but not what you can cram. And as a book lover I didn’t need to bring some of the books I did especially since I’m an ebook reader. I could have gone just with my Kindle and have been fine. Fortunately I was still instate so I brought home some things throughout the year.


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5.You need to study even when you think you don’t, but it’s also perfectly ok to go out and have fun: Welcome to college where studying is KEY, even the little things need studying for. I’m talking about that quiz that you think you’ve got down but then you take and go “da fudge?!” as soon as you read the first question! Honestly college is not that ridiculously hard as long as you set aside the necessary study time. Of course I’m not saying to become a shut in and study non-stop! DO NOT do that! Go out! Have fun!! Just plan when you do each! And if you stay out and had fun but still have homework or some studying to do after,  well that’s when the little sleep comes in ;).

6. Take advantage of your resources: If there are special study sessions or review sessions/tutors available before a big upcoming exam, then go to them!! I can’t tell you how many times these saved my ass! They don’t take that long, are super informative and up your overall grade in the class by quite a good percentage! Sometimes (sometimes more often than not) the professors notes just don’t cut it, and you’re gonna need that extra review time in order to understand the material.

7. Avoiding “freshman 15″ is much easier than you would think: Yes there are plenty of unhealthy eating options on campus and in the dining hall, but as long as you know what your eating and what to choose, “freshman 15″ does not have to be in your future. Don’t go back for seconds, choose whole grain and grilled options. It’s totally fine to treat yourself, just don’t do it in heaping portions. Most universities and even private colleges have some kind of gym or facility to exercise in! USE IT!! Go to workout classes at the rec-center with your friends, Zumba is da bomb diggity and even more fun when you go with friends! Not to mention, most of your classes are gonna be spread out and you’ll be forced to walk or bike (depending on preference) to all of your classes every day. For this reason alone, me and a lot of my friends actually lost weight this year!

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8. It’s ok if you get homesick: It’s totally acceptable to get homesick every once in a while. That’s what the lovely thing called Skype and/or FaceTime are for!! I don’t know what I would have done without video-chatting my family this year! And boys and girls, call your mom every once in a while, trust me, she’ll appreciate your call!

9. Being open to new experiences will make a world of difference:  If you aren’t willing to go the extra mile and try new things (not life threatening/stupid things), or branch out and meet new people, then you aren’t going to have nearly as much fun in college as you are hoping for! Everyone there is looking to make friends and are more than willing to start a conversation!

e52a5e0087a187e5862b647a520e501510. Coffee is your new best friend: I had always been a fan of Starbucks, but once I got to college I drank the crap out of that place! I can now say that I for sure need coffee in my life! Coffee really will help wake you up, and even put you in a better mood! Not to mention coffee dates with friends or with your laptop and headphones is always a good idea!

What things did you take away from college? I would love to know! Maybe you have helpful tips for me going into to my sophomore year! Comment below!

Review: Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole

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Goodreads Summary:

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side. 

My Review

Well I said I would reread the first two books in The Arcana Chronicles before reading the third book, and I finally am!! Of course this is way overdue, because I’ve been dying to read book three for months, but when I set my mind to something I gotta follow through! I’m definitely glad I reread it; it was a beautiful refresher, and renewed my love for this series!

Evie is your typical popular blondie, she’s a cheerleader dating the captain of the football team and has the world at her disposal. That is until “The Flash” happens, and suddenly the world is a barren wasteland devoid of most life and crawling with zombielike creatures known as Bagmen. On top of that, Evie’s graphic visions grow worse by the day, and she begins to develop more powers that she can’t explain all the while the voices in her head grow louder. Her only ally in the apocalypse is the gorgeous yet frustrating bad boy Cajun, Jackson Deveaux.

Poison Princess is bound to be unlike any book you’ve ever read before!!! It easily finds a way to be an apocalyptic-supernatural-horror-romance all in one! Kresley Cole really has developed a story of such unique proportions that you will never know what to expect when reading this story! Evie is a badass heroin who is full of surprises, and Jackson is bound to be your next heartthrob. Although, their relationship is super rough throughout the book, behind all the arguing and insults, there are true feelings there that neither can deny. The entire plot is so precarious throughout, there is no easy way of putting this book down to take a break from the content. New information is constantly revealed that will leave you reeling and ready for more! I’m currently rereading book two (my favorite of the two) and can’t wait to finally experience Dead of Winter (#3).  If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I seriously recommend you start!!

Buy Poison Princess on Amazon here or anywhere else that sells books!

Cover Reveal: The Forgotten Mountain (The Collector’s Society #3) By Heather Lyons

I am so unbelievably excited to read the third installment of the wonderful Collector’s Society series!! It is bound to be just as fantastic as the first two books!! Look at this beautiful cover folks!! It’s absolutely stunning!!

Heather Lyons’ THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN is an Adult Fantasy and the third book in her The Collector’s Society Series!

Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels — one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heartwrenching, romance. And this book is absolutely no different! The Collectors’ Society’s adventures continue in ways you would have never imagined on June 25th! Join them as you step into this adult fairytale with some of your favorite characters.

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Heather worked with Victoria Faye from Whit and Ware for the design of this fabulous cover!

Add THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN on Goodreads!!

10838049_1091414357540873_4010807356932947902_o About THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN: After years spent in Wonderland, Alice Reeve learned the impossible was quite possible after all. She thought she left such fantastical realities behind when she finally returned to England.

Now Alice has become a member of the clandestine Collectors’ Society, and the impossible has found her again in the form of an elusive villain set on erasing entire worlds. As she and the rest of the Society race to bring this mysterious murderer to justice, the fight becomes painfully personal.

Lives are being lost. Loved ones are shattered or irrevocably altered. Each step closer Alice gets to the shadowy man she hunts, the more secrets she unravels, only to reveal chilling truths. If she wants to win this war and save millions of lives, Alice must once more embrace the impossible and make the unimaginable, imaginable.

Sometimes, the rabbit hole leads to terrifying places.

Don’t miss the first books in this The Collectors’ Society Series!

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Author PhotoAbout Heather Lyons: 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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Review: Vampire’s Bane (Vampire’s Bane #1) by Suzannah Daniels

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Goodreads Summary:

VAMPIRE’S BANE is a mature young adult paranormal fantasy/romance/action & adventure/post-apocalyptic story.

A lethal sword.

A dangerous mission.

A seventeen-year-old girl finding her way in a world that is nothing like she remembered.

When Maylin Kavanagh’s parents surrendered her to The Program, they swore it was for her protection. After being confined in a small underground cell for nearly two years, she is finally released.

But the world has changed.

Most of the populace has been wiped out by a deadly disease, and the rules of society have regressed. But that’s not the worst of it. When her group is kidnapped by a band of rogue vampires, Maylin realizes the decline of the human population has brought other races to the forefront—races she never knew existed. And now they’re all battling for survival and power.

In his father’s absence, Thane Warwick must lead his people. He has two priorities: find his father and find humans who can supply blood to his tribe. Immediately intrigued by his latest captive, he becomes interested in Maylin for more than just her blood, but he soon discovers that he must make a choice between his father and her.

Despite their attraction, Maylin and Thane each have an agenda, and only one can be the victor.

VAMPIRE’S BANE is the first book in the VAMPIRE’S BANE series. While it does end at a natural turning point in the heroine’s journey, it is an ongoing story, and not all questions will be answered. You will need to read this series in order.

My Review

Vampire’s Bane is unlike any vampire book you’ve read before! Maylin was put into “The Program” two years ago by her parents for reasons not quite known. What she does know, is that since that time a “dark pestilence” has ravaged the earth and she and her friends have been given a particular task as part of The Program to make it to St. Louis to meet with another group like hers. However,while on her way there, her group becomes captured by a rogue group of vampires. This new world they think they have been set free in quickly becomes their new prison as they must face what the apocalypse has wrought.

Maylin was definitley a lead character that I could appreciate! She never backed down from a risky situation, and easily slipped into the role of leader. Her escape into the world throws so much at her, and she easily adapts to it. This book messed with me as to who her romantic interest was, which was frustrating throughout. I couldn’t necessarily tell where her heart lied. Thane was different from any vampire I had read of before, but I enjoyed seeing those differences, cause boy let me tell you, a  supernatural twist gets thrown in that I was sooo not anticipating!! Though I felt like Maylin and Thane’s feelings for each other were a little under developed, I still liked where they were leading.

This book was a fast and easy read, filled with plenty of plot developments to leave me intrigued throughout. The ending was also extremely unexpected and also a little devastating. I can only hope that what happened is going to somehow be resolved and explained! I’m definitely interested to see what’s in store for Maylin and her friends. This was just the beginning of what is clearly going to be an action packed sequel! If you are looking for a new and unique supernatural apocalyptic book, then Vampire’s Bane is the one for you!

Buy it on Amazon here!