Sunday, July 30, 2017

Black Dawn by K. Gorman || Cover reveal



Author: K. Gorman
Title: Black Dawn 
Series: The Eurynome Code #1
Will be published: September 1st 2017
Genre: adult, sci-fi
Goodreads link: Black Dawn

Amazon link: Black Dawn

Synopsis: 


Humanity is under attack and she is the only one who can stop it. 

For Karin Makos, the chance to pilot a small-time scrounging vessel to remote corners of space is the dream. After years on the run with her sister and enduring the constant paranoia of living planetside, going off-radar gives her exactly what she wants: freedom.

But, after what seems like a routine mission, that dream is shattered. 

A system-wide attack decimates humanity and leaves the survivors scraping for clues. And Karin might know where to look. 

Digging into her past comes with a whole new set of secrets and consequences, none of which she wants to face. Plagued by strange dreams of her sister and a sense of growing danger, Karin and the crew of the Nemina race desperately across space to find their loved ones—and answers.

Happy reading,

Anie


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Magic of the Gargoyles by Rebecca Chastain

Rating: 💚 💚 💚 💚 💚
Author: Rebecca Chastain
Title: Magic of the Gargoyles
Series: Gargoyle Guardian #1
Published: October 20th 2014
Genre: magic, high fantasy
Number of pages: 96
Goodreads link: Magic of the Gargoyles
Amazon link: Magic of the Gargoyles

First thing I want to say about this book... I wish it was at least 500 pages long. It is sooo good, I just want to keep on reading it...

So, in this world there is elemental magic and people have different "amounts" of it. Our main character is Mika, she is mid level earth elemental and want to work with quartz. She has special affinity for it. She has a day job and works at night, so she can open her own shop one day. 

All that is changes when gargoyle ask her for help. Gargoyles are being full of magic, that can amplify your own magic. She agrees to and stumbles on something quite bad. Everything that happen after, will change her live forever. 

I just love this book. 

Highly recommend it!

Happy reading,

Anie

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Cauldron Stirred by Judith Sterling || Book Blitz



Author: Judith Sterling
Title: The Cauldron Stirred 
Series: Guardians of Erin #1
Published: July 21st 2017
Genres: fantasy, paranormal, ya

Goodreads link: The Cauldron Stirred
Amazon link: The Cauldron Stirred

Synopsis:

Ashling Donoghue never dreamed moving to Ireland would rock her perception of reality and plunge her into a mystery that brings legend to life.
At seventeen, she’s never had a boyfriend, but she feels an immediate connection to Aengus Breasal, the son of the wealthy Irishman who’s invited her family to stay at his Killarney estate. For the first time in her life, a guy she likes seems attracted to her.
But Aengus is secretive, with good reason. He and his family are the Tuatha Dé Danann, ageless, mythical guardians adept at shifting between this reality and the magical dimension known as the Otherworld. Evil forces from that world threaten the Breasals, the Donoghues, and all of Ireland. Ashling must open her heart, face her fears, and embrace a destiny greater than she could ever have imagined.

Excerpt:

The night air was deliciously cool. Moonlight and darkness held equal sway over the backyard thanks to the shifting clouds. I dashed across the lawn and halted in the exact spot where Aengus had stood. Panting, I looked around, willing some kind of clue to materialize.
The ruins in front of me darkened as large, heavy clouds swallowed the moon whole. The wind tugged at my long, loose hair and pajamas. Tiny raindrops spattered on my nose and cheeks. I turned my palms to the sky, and cold rain pelted them.
“Great.” Intending to return to the house, I swiveled around.
I gasped. My right hand flew to my chest. “Aengus?!”
The man himself stood an arm’s length in front of me. “Why are you here?”
“You scared the crap out of me!”
“Whisht!”
“What?”
“Shush!”
Pop!
The strident sound came from the ruins. I whirled around and stared at the dark keep.
Aengus grabbed me from behind. He pulled me to him and wrapped his arms around me. I reveled in the feel of his taut body, of his warm flesh against mine.
Suddenly, everything changed. The rain stopped. The wind died. The entire landscape was bathed in the soft hue of twilight. Breasal Castle looked brand spanking new, just as it had during the bizarre dream in which I brought Aengus to the cottage. But this time, I knew I was awake.
Dumbfounded, I gawked at the medieval magnificence before me. I had no idea what had happened and no desire to pull away from his embrace.
His lips brushed my right ear, sending a shiver down my spine. “This way.”
His right arm released me, and his left slid down to my waist. Maintaining body contact the entire time, he steered me toward the stand of oaks on our right.
Once sheltered by the trees, he turned us around so we faced the castle.
“Are we hiding?” I whispered.
“We are.”
“Why? And what just happened?”
“I can’t say.”
“Can’t or won’t?”
“Both.”
Until that moment, I’d forgotten I wore pajamas. Now I was acutely aware of it. Satin was pleasing to the touch, but something told me my attire had nothing to do with his grip on me.
I looked up at him. “Not that I mind, but why are you holding me so close?”
His hand tightened on my waist. “It’s necessary.”
“I don’t suppose you can explain that, either.”
With his gaze locked on the castle, he shook his head. He pressed his right forefinger against his mouth in a silencing gesture. Then he pointed up at the keep.
High on the battlements, the black-haired woman from my dream—and from Branna’s painting—paced back and forth. Her hair whipped about her pale face and slender frame.
She paused beside a gap in the crenelated wall and glared down at the fairy mound. Her colorless lips curled into a sneer. Then her human form morphed into a dark shadow, which fragmented into what seemed a million black particles. They swarmed into the air and shot across the twilit sky, disappearing into the distance.
I took a deep breath. “So she’s real.”
He nodded. “She’s real, to be sure. Come.” With his arm still hooked around me, he led me out of the woods and toward the fairy mound.


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Happy reading,

Anie

Fallen Flame by J. M. Miller


Rating: 💚 ðŸ’š 💚 💚 💚
Author: J. M. Miller
Title: Fallen Flame
Series: Fallen Flame #1
Published: June 19th 2017
Number of pages: 281
Genre: high fantasy, ya, romance, magic
Goodreads link: Fallen Flame

Received from NetGalley

OMG, this book is amazing! 

Vala was born scorched with magic in a world where magic was long gone. She was special. Trained as a Guard, she was Princes main protector. One night, during her weakly bath, Prince left for Forbidden lake to celebrate. She went after him  and was almost to late. There were assassins and someone else. Someone who fought differently and was like her.

The story is full of twist and turn and surprised me a lot of times. I really like the way it all turned out. 

Vala is interesting character, that really grows from naive girl in strong bad ass women. The friendships and romance is also evolving and not what you think at first.

I really love it.

Happy reading,

Anie

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Witchbreed Series by R. L. Martinez || Book Blitz

Author: R. L. Martinez
Title:In the Blood || Beneath the Skin
Series: The Witchbreed Series 
Published: March 21st 2016 || July 21st 2017 by Lakewater Press
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Goodreads link: The Witchreed Series
Amazon link: The Witchbreed Series

Synopsis:

In the Blood
A snake. A lion. A return.
In a time when magic is feared, Lady Oriabel Dominax has no choice but to conceal her healing powers while she cares for her father’s struggling estate. One touch of the Witch’s Tree shows her visions of witches hung and burned at the very hands of the people for whom she cares, the people who love her. But with the arrival of a new lord, a man hiding secrets of his own, falling in love might be one wrong move too many.

Incarcerated for an unspeakable crime, fearless warrior Lady Ottilde Dominax is plagued by mysterious dreams of her sister’s death. When a hooded figure offers her the chance of escape, although untrusting, she does not hesitate. Racing across nations to reach Oriabel, her journey is cut short by an encounter with a wedowyn, a formidable beast which she has no chance to overpower alone. Though it is not death that greets her, but something far worse.

Blackmail, betrayal, and murder are only the beginning as a darker magic is awakened. And someone has plans for the Dominax twins, plans more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.


Beneath the Skin


Abandoned, betrayed, and wanted for murder, Lady Oriabel Dominax is a witch on the run. The deadly magic now awakened inside her is hungry, and it is all Oriabel can do to control it. With no choice but to trust strangers as her guardians, she quickly discovers not everyone is who they say they are and the very magic she fears might be her only weapon to protect those she loves.

Since rescuing her sister from certain death, Lady Ottilde Dominax’s only goal is to keep Oriabel safe and alive. Not an easy task when both the enemy and their so-called allies are hunting them. Placing all her trust in the very man who held her prisoner, Ottilde must open her heart and mind to a future she could never have predicted, a future guided only by love and survival.

Life, death, and tragedy lie ahead as the Dominax twins set out on a perilous journey to safety. But knowing they are mere pawns in someone else’s game means fighting for family is all they have left.




I sounds really interesting, will definitively read it. :)

Happy reading,

Anie

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mountain by Ursula Pflug

Rating: ðŸ’š ðŸ’š ðŸ’š 
Author: Mountain
Title: Mountain
Published: May 24th 2017 by Inanna Publications
Number of pages: 140
Genre: contemporary, ya
Goodreads link: Mountain

Received from NetGalley

The story sound really good. Girl of very different divorced parents, minor rock star for a dad and mom, who makes electronic stuff (wi-fi, satellite links,...)for outdoors gatherings, like festivals. On one such job, mom leaves her, to come back next day. Only she doesn't returns.

I struggled with writing most of the book, I often felt lost and wasn't sure what the story was really about, what is really shame. It could be really good. 

Happy reading,

Anie

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dragon Rose by Christine Pope

Rating: 💚 💚 💚 💚 💚

Author: Christine Pope
Title: Dragon Rose
Series: Tales of the Latter Kingdoms #2
Published: November 14th 2012
Number of pages: 276
Genre: retelling
Goodreads link: Dragon Rose

My favourite Disney princess is Belle and I love to read stories with Beauty and the Beast revellings.
Dragon Rose is one of the best I've read. 

There is Dragon, living in the castle, who takes a wife every few years. Everyone is afraid of him. The Elders of the town draw names in order to determine, who will marry him. 

Dragon hasn't takes a wife in a long time. Rhianne dream of it beforehand, she has kind of gift for it. 
When the name is drawn, it's her friend, who is engaged to be married soon. Rhianne takes her place and goes to castle willingly. 

The dragon is not what he imagined. He is always dressed in dark cloak, covering his entire body and head. He gives her liberty, to do whatever she likes. She is a painter, her father makes pottery and when his eyesight diminished, she took over the painting of it. In secret of course, because painting is not the job for a women.

In the castle she has access to unlimited supplies and canvases. She keeps dreaming of a guy and start to pain him little by little, not knowing that the painting will change her life.

I love this story, I could not put it down. It is just so pretty :)

Highly recommend it!

Happy reading,

Anie

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats by Carla Rehse

Rating: 💚 💚 💚 💚 💚 
Author: Carla Rehse
Title: Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats
Genre: urban fantasy, magic, romance
Published: July 24th 2017
Number of pages: 268
Goodreads link: Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats

Received from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for honest review.

Gracie Mason is a homecoming queen, daughter of the wealthiest man in town. She has everything, she could ever need. Story start with her trying to break in building, to impress a guy she has a crush on. She lack out and wakes up in her car. She stumbled on witches circle of power. In order to save her, they are now bonded to life.

She is want to break the bond, but it is not that easy. The fact that he is very attractive and charming doesn't help ether. She must go deep in the magical society in order to find a way to break it. But will she want to?

I love that there is more to Gracie than meets the eye. She is caring, extremely resourceful and really bad ass. She takes her money and influence to pull "jobs" with her friends. Love it! Her home love is far from ideal. 

She find true friendship and love on most unusual place. I love they you can see her grow and develop during the story. The book has so many layers. 

Highly recommend it!

Happy reading,

Anie

Monday, July 17, 2017

Witch Sense by Alexis Kade

Rating: 💚 💚 💚 💚
Author: Alexis Kade
Title: Witch sense
Genre: urban fantasy, magic, romance
Published: March 16th 2016
Number of pages: 230
Goodreads link: Witch Sense

Lara is a natural witch, she is good with plants. On the day she tries to break with boyfriend Phillip, he turn into wolf and is unable too turn back. So.. she is kind of stuck with him. No matter what she and her best friend Roxie do, they can no turn him back. Roxie is a ritual magician, she has to relay on ritual and spells to do magic. 

Local Alpha werewolf will help her ex back to human, if she agrees to help him. Something is killing werewolves and no one can find any clues. Stephen need her to see if there is any magical trace left on the crime scenes.

Because Phillip has been wolf for few week, he is starting to lose himself to wolf. Lara has very little time to save him. When FBI start to look into his disappearance thing start to really complicate.

I just love reading Urban Fantasy in this is really good one. I love the way romance takes time to develop, it kind of cute. 

Happy reading,

Anie

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis

Rating: 💚 💚 💚 💚 💚
Title: Cage of Deceit
Author: Jennifer Anne Davis
Series: Reign of Secrets #1
Number of Pages: 303
Published: August 25th 2015
Genre: high-fantasy, ya, fantasy, romance
Goodreads link: Cage of Deceit

This book... it so incredibly good. I was hoked right from the start and couldn't put it down. It is just so amazing and pretty and heart wrenching.

It's high-fantasy story, with Allyssa the main character. She is the princess the Empirion by day and vigilante by night. How amazing is that! 

Very dangerous enemy is threatening the kingdom and in order to protect her people, she has to marry price from neighbouring kingdom, to form alliance and join armies.

Plot is filled with twist and turns, and nothing is was it seems.

I just love it. 

Highly Recommend it!

Happy reading,

Anie

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Turn Back Time by Stacy Claflin

Rating: 💚 💚 💚
Author: Stacy Claflin
Title: Turn Back Time
Series: An Alex Mercer Thriller Book 2
Published: June 28th 2017
Number of Pages: 255
Genre: thriller
Goodreads link: Turn Back Time


One of the scariest books, I've ever read. I was too afraid to leave the room, after reading it. The scariest stories are the ones, that could really happen... to anyone.

There is this spooky and really dangerous cult, that was disbanded, years ago, when leaders went to prison. Now the are out.

Alex Mercer runs blog for missing children. After a relative goes missing, he posts about that to. He has really good detective skills and has a vital part in uncovering what is happening.

Scary good book.

I just regret I didn't read previous books first. It is good book to read as a stand alone, but I wished I knew a bit more about what happened before.

Happy reading,

Anie


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Right Text. Wrong Number. by Natalie Decker

Rating: 💚 ðŸ’š ðŸ’š ðŸ’š ðŸ’š
Author: Natalie Decker
Title: Right Text. Wrong Number.
Series: Offsides #1
Published: July 11 2017 
Genre: ya, romance
Goodreads link: Right Text. Wrong Number.
Amazon link: Right Text. Wrong Number.

Received book for in exchange for honest review.

Lately I'm having really good luck with contemporary novels. I have not read one contemporary novel this summer, that wasn't amazing.

This book is just sooo good. I read it in one sitting. The writing is really light and pace paced.

And the story, it just so swoony... (not sure if that is even a word:) ). So, first narrator is Layla, sophomore, cheerleader, really popular and also dyslexic. She is dating Adam, who I hated from the start, and even more later one. He certainly deserve everything, that happened to him. One night on date, she discovers that he was cheating on her and tries to text the girl, but because if dyslexia she makes mistake and text complete stranger. The text back and forth for long time.

Other narrator is Tyler. He is football player and bit of a class clown, but there is more to him. He is caring, and sweet and doesn't have perfect home life. He and Layla are always at each other throat. But that might change :D.

I just love it. It is really cute story, that pull you in form the first page. Perfect summer book.

Highly recommend it!

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Happy reading,

Anie

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

#5 June favourites

I've read a lot of amazing books in June and these are 5 of my favourites:

1. Twenty-Four Potential Children of Prophecy by Emily Martha Sorensen

Hilarious fantasy book, with no filter lead character, that will made me LOL from the first page. One of the funnies high-fantasy book ever. :)








2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

I finally understand why everyone loves V. E. Schwab. Amazing book full of magic, a classic for sure.







3. The Hunredth Queen by Emily R. King

Lovely high fantasy, really unique story, with interesting mythology.












4. Non-Heir by Rachel E. Carter

I just love everything this Author writes. Non-heir is prequel to First Year, one of the best series with amazing magical system.



5. Dating on the Dork Side by Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance

Fun contemporary, that cure my mid month slump. One of those stories that is just nice to read.











Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin || book blitz


Title: Paintbrush 
Author: Hannah Bucchin
Published: July 11th 2017 by Blaze Publishing
Publication date: July 11th 2017
Genre: romance, ya
Goodreads link: Paintbrush
Amazon link: Paintbrush

Synopsys:

Mitchell Morrison and Josie Sedgwick have spent their whole lives at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village, a commune full of colorful characters tucked in the mountains of North Carolina, and they aren’t particularly close–at least, not anymore. Josie wishes she could spend all of her time at Paintbrush planting tomatoes, hiking the trails, or throwing giant communal birthday parties, while Mitchell can’t wait to escape the bizarre spiritual sharing and noisy community dinners. Luckily for both of them, high school graduation is just around the corner. 

But when Mitchell’s mother makes a scandalous announcement that rocks the close-knit Paintbrush community, and Josie’s younger sister starts to make some dangerously bad decisions, the two find themselves leaning on each other for support – and looking at each other in a whole new light. Their childhood friendship blossoms in to something more as they deal with their insane families, but as graduation approaches, so does life in the real world, forcing Josie and Mitchell to figure out what, exactly, their relationship is – and if it can survive their very different plans for the future.

Sneak Peak:

Mitchell
“Hi.” I tighten my grip on her waist, and she moves her hand from my shoulder, sliding her fingertips slowly, until they rest on the back of my neck. I close my eyes.
When I open them again, she’s staring at me, her face so close I can see the flecks of brown in her green eyes. It would be so easy to kiss her. Just a few inches. It would be the easiest thing in the world.
Josie
“We’re a mess, aren’t we?” He grins at me.
I can’t help it—I lean into him, pressing my shoulder into his, wanting to feel his warmth and his soft sweatshirt, wanting to be a part of that smile.
I shrug. “All the best people are messy.”

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I'm really happy I could be a part of this book blitz, because it sounds really interesting, perfect beach book.  And the cover... so pretty. :)

Happy reading!

Anie


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Dating on the Dork Side by Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance

Rating: 💚 💚 💚 💚💚
Title: Dating on the Dork Side
Author: Charity Tahmaseb and arcy Vance 
Published: November 30th by Collins Mark Books
Genre: ya, contemporary, romance
Number of pages: 334
Goodreads link: Dating on the Dork Side

OMG, I love this book so much. I read just few contemporary books a year, because I prefer fantasy and books with paranormal elements and I am so happy I picked up this one. I love the story, pace, characters, plot line all little twist and turn. It reminded me a bit on Mean Girl, not sure why, because story is not really like that. :)

Camy has a best friend and is a tutor. She sticks to the side lines, because she was betrayed by her then best friend long time ago. One day she stumbles on secret website, setup by guys in her high-school, where they talk trash about girls. She links iit to the queen bee of the school and next thing that happens is ban on dating guys.

It's such a fun book, that touches on really important subjects of friendship, trust and many more.

One of my favourite contemporaries this year.

Highly recommend it!

Happy reading,

Anie

Friday, July 7, 2017

Dark Beam 1-3 || Cover reveal


First little about the books:

Titles: Dark Beam Part 1-3
Author: Adrienne Woods
Genre: fantasy, adult, dark
Goodreads link: Dark Beam part 1

Synopsys:

Everyone in Paegeia knows that only one Rubicon dragon lives at a time.
If more than one, they will destroy Paegeia and eventually the rest of the world as they crave that constant power for dominance.
Blake Leaf is this era's Rubicon, and is destined for grate things if his darkness can be won.
Darkbeam Part 1 follows the story of the Rubicon and how he tries to keep his beast, the darkness, at bay. 


Covers:



The covers look really hunting and I love them. My favourite is the second one.:) 

Happy reading!


Anie

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thread and Spool by Holly Hook

Rating: 💚 💚 💚 
Author: Holly Hook
Title: Thread and Spool
Series: A Twisted Fairytale #1
Number of Pages: 218
Published: May 15th 2016
Genre: fairy tale retelling, fantasy, romance, fiction
Goodreads link: Thread and Spool

I usually love fairy-tale retelling, well fairy-tales in general. And... I have to say, this one didn't convince me. 

So this is a story of Brie, who has a special talent, she can spin gold. Because of that talent, she is often used, making her fell like a bank, by her boyfriend and parents. When strange people come after her, she is saved by Stilt and they escape together to the Fable, that is like realm of magic, where fairy-tales live. 

I have to say, that the plot is interesting. It's about not really mainstream story, and I love that. My trouble was, that I wasn't pulled in to story, I didn't find it gripping enough.

I still like it, just not love it.

Happy reading!

Anie

Dating the Prince by Alina Snow

Rating 💚💚💚 Author Alina Snow Title Dating the Prince Series What If Series #1 Number of pages 326 Genre romance, na Cover 💛💛💛...