Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Vanishing Spark of Dusk by Sara Baysinger

Book Blurb:

The Vanishing Spark of Dusk by Sara Baysinger

Published by Entangled Teen

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Released on January 8th, 2018

Stand up.

When Lark is stolen from Earth to be a slave on the planet Tavdora, she’s determined to find her way back home to her family, no matter the cost. Placed in the household of a notorious slave trader, Lark quickly learns her best assets are her eyes and ears. And if she’s brave enough, her voice.

Be heard.

Kalen is the Tavdorian son of a slave trader and in line to inherit his father’s business. But his growing feelings for Lark, the new house slave who dares to speak of freedom, compel him to reveal his new plan for the slave ships returning to Earth—escape. Together, they just might spark a change that flares across the universe.

Fight back.

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My Review:

3.5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Aliens, Another-World, Dystopian, Romance, Survival, Suspense--

Lark is one of the last free humans left on earth, living in a small community that has not been touched by the alien slave traders. Her life seems simple but she is content with her duty and madly in love. When runaway slaves from the nearby alien plantation seek safety with her people, it causes a divide between those who want to help and those who want to turn them in to protect themselves. But little does Lark know, she is now a bargaining chip, turned over by the one she cared for the most. She was never meant to be a slave, but now she can't escape it.

A dystopian Alien romance, you say? Why yes, yes it is! I am a sucker for dystopian stories all on their own, but then aliens were added to the mix and romance, it was inevitable that I was going to read this book. And look, look at the pretty, eye catching cover! I have a total case of cover love going on. The story is listed as teen but I would not call it teen at all, more a New Adult sci-fi, with the content that goes along with it.

The book was split into 4 parts, showing the phases that Lark goes through from a free native to a slave and then her struggles to be free. I will admit that the start of this book I found to be kind of depressing- yes, I know dystopians are not usually uplifting, but they can be exciting and adventurous, but reading this was hard. Within the first few chapters Lark has 2 ultimate betrayals at the hand of the boy she loves and is intimate with- she claims she would sacrifice her life for him, and well, that ended up being true and totally against her will. It was super painful- and then she blamed herself for a young girls death when it was 100% not her fault- the fault lies with the douche who betrayed her, yet she never sees it. To put it mildly, I was a little concerned with what I had gotten myself involved with here. After the first part, the story did become more interesting and more engaging for me. It seemed like the story became more a forbidden love story the cover hinted at than the sad gritty survival it started out as.

Overall this was a very different read than I anticipated but it had it's own unique charm and ended up being incredibly romantic and swoon-worthy. I feel like the story wrapped up nicely without loose ends making this the perfect stand-alone read for those hoping to avoid starting a series (even though there was potential for growth if Sara wanted to expand her worlds!).

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

Author Bio:

My name is Sara Baysinger and I write books. I was born in the heart of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador where I spent my early life exploring uncharted lands on horseback and raising chickens. I now make my home among the endless cornfields of Indiana with my husband and two children…and I still raise chickens. My dystopian novel BLACK TIGER was self-published in 2016, with books 2 & 3 published in 2017. When not getting lost in a book, I can be found gardening, devouring chocolate, and running off the sugar-high from said chocolate. I’m currently working on an upcoming science fiction romance novel that will release with Entangled Teen, an imprint of Entangled Publishing.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Deadly Sweet (Spellwork Syndicate #1) by Lola Dodge

Deadly Sweet
Lola Dodge
(Spellwork Syndicate #1)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: January 16th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

For fans of Hex Hall, The Magicians, Practical Magic, and Food Wars!

Anise Wise loves three things: baking, potion making, and reading her spellbooks inblissful silence. She might not be the most powerful witch, but enchantment is a rare skill, and her ability to bake with magic is even rarer. Too bad one wants witchcraft on their campus. Anise’s dream of attending pastry school crumbles with rejection letter after rejection letter.

Desperate to escape her dead-end future, Anise contacts the long-lost relative she’snot supposed to know about. Great Aunt Agatha owns the only magic bakery in the US, and she suddenly needs a new apprentice. Anise is so excited she books it to New Mexico without thinking to ask what happened to the last girl.
The Spellwork Syndicate rules the local witches in Taos, but as “accidents” turn into full-out attacks on Anise’s life, their promises to keep her safe are less and less reassuring. Her cranky bodyguard is doing his best, but it’s hard to fight back when she has no idea who’s the enemy. Or why she became their target.
If Anise can’t find and stop whoever wants her dead, she’ll be more toasted than a crème brûlée.

Who knew baking cakes could be so life or death?

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Supernatural, Teen, Urban Fantasy, Witches--

I cracked the lid and gaped at the hodgepodge. There was one bottle of water— brown water—along with bunches of herbs, a tube of crackers, jars and jars of pills, a block of chocolate , plastic bags, wet wipes, gauze, earplugs, and a glass of tiny red toads and grass with holes cut in the lid.

I must’ve interrupted Lonnie’s scavenger hunt. Otherwise, why?

Anise wants nothing more than to go to culinary school to bake delicious treats infused with her brand of kitchen witchery- but all she has gotten is rejections. Fearing that she will be forever forced into hiding her witchiness and working in a grocery store bakery, Anise sends a last chance email to an estranged family member who owns one of the most successful magical bakeries. When she hears nothing back, she accepts a rare offer to hang out with coworkers, her night ends up in epic disaster- but Anise also received an invitation she has waited her whole life for.

​Anise and I had a really rocky start for me predominantly due to her lack of confidence. She was a quiet, shy creature, most likely due to her upbringing and most recent rejections, but I just wanted to shout at her to stand tall and be herself. I was as proud as a momma-bear when she learned her own powers and talents as the book progressed, figuring that she would be herself and others could accept her as is or go away. There, my friend, is some woman power!

To be perfectly honest, Wynn, aka Sleeping Beauty, was my favorite character! No he is not the narrator or particularly a main character, but an incredibly important side character who stole my cold heart. He was mysterious, prickly, judgy, suspicious and ever so protective- such a strong, self assured person, pretty much the opposite of Anise really.

​I highly recommend reading this book with some sort of sugar concoction because I can 100% guarantee that you will​ crave cake, pie, candy...any and all baked goods, really! Lola was able to describe the treats so amazingly that not only could I see how drool worthy they are, but I could practically taste them and feel the sensations they were enchanted with. Seriously, I need some cake, STAT! If Anise was a real person with a real bakery, I would be her best client...and probably weigh 500 pounds.

Just read a snippet of the description and tell me you don's desire this:

There were piles of baklava dripping honey and happiness. Massive meringues puffed up with prosperity spells...

When I managed to suck in little blobs of air they tasted like toffee, mocha, caramel, and fresh strawberry. Every sweet looked like a piece of art, decorated with black gum paste flowers or precision-placed sprinkles
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This is actually my first book by Lola even though I have been eyeballing the Shadow Ravens for a long time and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to jump into her writing with such a fun, yummy adventure! Deadly Sweet is just the start to this world and I am excited for more.

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Author Bio:

Lola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University–and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

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Cover Reveal: Covet by Micalea Smeltzer

Covet
Micalea Smeltzer
(Enchanted #2)
Publication date: TBA
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

On the run from the Iniquitous, Mara feels lost and helpless. Without Theo by her side she’s left bare and vulnerable, but she’s a fighter and, with blood boiling in her veins, she vows to avenge him.

The Iniquitous have already taken so much from her, and she refuses to sit back and let them take anything else. She trains harder, preparing herself physically and mentally to take them on. As her magic grows stronger, so does the voice speaking to her from beyond the grave.

She wants to believe it’s real, to give in to what feels right, but if she does, her mind might be lost forever.

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Author Bio:

Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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Blog Blitz & Giveaway: Heroines & Hellions

Heroines & Hellions: An Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Collection
Publication date: January 2nd 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy,Urban Fantasy

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22 Kickass Heroines.
22 Exclusive, Full-length Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Novels.
0 Damsels in Distress.

Do you like your leading ladies to save the day…or raze it?

No matter which you prefer, this set is brimming with 20 magical stories (many BRAND NEW) told by some of the leading voices of urban fantasy and fantasy in the industry, including several New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors!

If you want strong female leads who strike back against the captivating worlds of vampires, elementals, fiends, and paranormal monsters, then you’re ready to charge into the adventures of HEROINES & HELLIONS, a pure Urban Fantasy/Fantasy collection!

Grab your stake, silver bullets, and your limited edition copy of HEROINES & HELLIONS today!

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Book Blurb:

Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.

In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.

The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she's next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she's never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.

There's something he isn't telling her. But there's something she's not telling him, either.

Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Teen--

Mean girl Gretchen was found murdered, causing her small town to be shocked. But this is just the first in a series of gruesome acts, all unpredictable and devastating. Penelope, a classmate of Gretchen's, is trying to put together the pieces of what happened, of how Gretchen would be a target of murder. But all Penelope has are dead ends-and lots of suspicion...

May I present you with a teen murder mystery with suspense, drama, tension, suspicion, mean girls and a dab of romance- the perfect combination for an engaging afternoon.

The story was narrated predominantly by Penelope, but occasionally there where chapters thrown in that were from the killer's point of view (and a different font was used, I appreciate the small details!) The book actually starts from the killers point of view as they speak with the victim aka Gretchen and based on the tone I had a suspicion as to what kind of person I was dealing with, which helped me to pick a suspect. I liked that there was one character who was set up right from the second chapter where Penelope was narrating to be the killer, but I was doubtful. As the book progressed so many others were shown to possibly be responsible, or at least have some motive and I loved the guessing and second guessing the story caused. I was a little surprised by the actual murderer, but the motivation made me a little bit disappointed, especially when there were so many other excellent options!

​I did have some questions about Penelope and her personality. At times I questioned her personality and found her hard to like. For example, she meanly and totally uncalled for snaps at the Junior Larks- so they remember their place- I guess ruling by fear is more her approach. Also, she says disdainful and bitchy comments to Cass for no real reason, just because he is in her space or she is having a bad moment. But other times she was really insightful and respectful.

I found the writing style to be so effortless, the words flowed so smoothly that I could sit down and lose myself in the story without realizing it. The book was a quick read, perfect snowy day thriller mystery to escape into.​ As per the usual with my reviews of mysteries, no spoilers to ruin the fun, so a nice short and sweet review! I do happen to be a sucker for a good murder mystery full on tension and LOTS of suspects and I found this to be just what I wanted. I would love to check out more from Monica in the future since this was my first book by her.

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Author Bio:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson. She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere, along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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