Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Pen & Xander by Laekan Zea Kemp || Giveaway

Author Laekan Zea Kemp
Title Pen & Xander
Published October 31st 2017
Genre contemporary, romance
Number of pages 379



Excerpt


The room empties until there’s no one left but a few people snoring. Pen stays put too, standing across from me. Her cheeks are flushed from the alcohol, her expression stoic.

“Should we call it a tie?” I say.
She slides a shot glass over to me. “There’s no such thing.”
“Okay…” I reach for the coin. “Call it.”
She calls heads. She wins.
I try to steady my voice. “Go easy on me.”
“Truth or dare.”
“Truth.” It’s the only game I want to play with her.
“Okay. Where are you from? Originally?”
I sigh, relieved. “Puebla. I moved here when I was twelve.”
“My turn,” she says, not wasting any time.
“Truth or Dare,” I counter.
“Truth.”
The question immediately forms on my tongue—who are you…really?—but it’s too harsh, almost accusatory. I mull over the words again and finally settle on, “Are you really as brave as you seem?”
She doesn’t smile. “Yes. And no. Your turn.”
“Truth,” I say.
“Are you as cool, calm, and collected as you seem?”
I huff out a laugh. “Sometimes.”
“And other times?”
The laugh slips from my lips. “I’m a fucking mess.”
“My turn.” I can’t tell if the abrupt back and forth is driven by her desire to reveal something about me or to be revealed herself. “Ask me another question.”
“Why did you drink before they could say who your brother…you know…?”
Pen glances at the window seat where Chloe is asleep against the sill. She rolls, sensing our eyes, and Pen lures me onto the front porch. The breeze is warm, the night sky hidden behind grey clouds. I expect Pen to explain but instead she’s silent, proving once again that Chloe’s secrets, unlike everyone else’s, are safe with her.
Beneath the light whistle of the wind, crickets chirping, I say, “You’re a good friend.”
She ignores the comment, sitting on the lid of an old paint can. “It’s your turn.”
I sit down next to her. “I’m ready.”
She narrows her eyes. “Okay, for all the marbles this one’s a two-parter. One truth and one dare.” She stares at the street, cheeks burning.
When she faces me again mine are too.
“Truth,” she breathes. “Do you want to kiss me?”
I don’t look away or even blink. “Yes.”
She doesn’t look away either. “Dare.” She swallows, leans in. “Do it.”
My hands move first, trusting that the only way to make them stop shaking is to press them to her skin. My thumbs graze her cheeks, fingers in her hair. It’s soft and she’s warm and for a long time I just look at her, closing the space centimeters at a time while I take in the lashes that are stuck together by mascara, the birthmark buried under her left eyebrow, the small dimple on her chin. I stare, sorting every piece into things that feel good and things that hurt like hell, into things I never want to forget and things I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure I never have to.
But before I have a chance to savor those first few breaths slipping between her lips, they’re pressed against mine, falling and climbing their way back up. I taste her lipstick, her tongue, and it makes me dizzy. Her hands are on my knees, pinning me there, and then they’re on my waist, on my shoulders, both of us gripping each other like we’re clinging to the edge of a cliff. Afraid of falling off. Or hoping that if we do, we’ll fall together.
Suddenly, Pen stops moving.
She stops breathing, my wild heartbeat the only sound.
I open my eyes and she’s not staring back. She’s staring at the street. At the car parked in front of Angel’s house, cigarette smoke slithering up from the open window, flesh and ink viper flexed against Jago’s forearm as he hangs it over the side of the door.
I’m on my feet and so is Pen. She shudders, angry, and unafraid. But I’m terrified. And not just of Jago seeing me here but of Jago seeing her. I don’t know how long he’s been watching us but I can tell by the way his mouth twitches that he knows who she is. To Ignacio Prado. To me.
The engine purrs as the car pulls forward. Just in time for Angel to step outside. For Jago to say hello to him too.
“Get inside, Pen.”
She straightens, shoulders heaving.
“Pen…”
“No.” Her stare sharpens. She charges down the steps. “He’s not gonna fucking do this.”
Angel wrenches her back. “Are you out of your mind?”
My heart races.
“Stay away from us!” Pen shouts, trying to tear herself from Angel’s grasp. “Stay away from the restaurant. Fucking stay away!”
She seethes but the faster her breaths, the more transparent she becomes. Beneath the anger, beneath the shock, her eyes glisten with something like fear. And it’s all my fault.
Jago hangs his head back, a whistle cutting between his smile. He leans on the gas, letting the engine growl, and then he speeds off.
Pen glares until he rounds the corner and then she finally lets Chloe pull her inside. I stay put, afraid of facing Angel. I know Jago’s been following me and because I wasn’t being careful I led him right to Angel Prado’s house. To Pen. Her rage wasn’t directed at me but what she doesn’t know is that it should have been.
“I’m sorry, Angel. I didn’t mean for—”
“It’s not you,” Angel stops me. “It’s…” he shakes his head, “it’s not you.”

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About the Author


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Writing...

Do you ever feel like you are going to burst from all the stories in your mind ?

I haven't been able to write in few days and I feel like pressure cooker. There are so many stories to tell, thought to write, that is all just bubbling out, making me cry at random times. 

The characters are yelling at me, wanting to come out and I am finally ready to make it happen. 

This journey of writing was a long time coming. I was always a reader and secretly hoped to be author one day. I expected it to be hard, but didn't realize that the hardest part is getting over yourself. To tune out self doubt and just let the story flow. Not get discouraged by what other people do and how they make work, just getting it out your own way.

It's getting little bit easier to sit down and write, though. I hope my book will come out one day... 

Until then,

happy writing

Anie

Monday, February 26, 2018

Princess of Draga by Emma Dean & Jillian Ashe

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Authors Emma Dean & Jillian Ashe
Title Princess of Draga
Series Draga Court #1
Published October 2017 by Jillian Ashe
Number of pages 276
Genre high-fantasy, aliens

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Far into the future humans have changed their genetics in different ways and populated many galaxies. Draga Galaxy is ruled by king, queen and their children. We mainly follow Adeline, who is third in the line for a throne.

Society centres around dominance and submission, people being born either way. Adeline is the only royal born submissive. Their is very interesting sub race of courtesans, that can be either submissive or dominant, based on demand. The setting was very interesting, populated galaxies, aliens (who have common ancestor). I wish there was more story about that, who that came to be, technology, who the society works. That could be very interesting to read more of.

There is a lot of characters in the story, it's hard to keep track of sometimes and a LOT of political intrigue, that I love.

It has a very good start and finish, the story drags a bit in the middle. Maybe not the perfect book for me, but I can appreshiate the storyline and writing (it is really good).

Happy reading,

Anie

Friday, February 23, 2018

A Song of Summer Lost by Sarah Negovetich


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Author Sarah Negovetich
Title A Song of Summer Lost
Series The Magh Meall Chorinicles Book 1
Genre fae, romance, ya
Published February 26th 2018
Number of pages 333


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I LOVE anything Fae related, so this book was just the right kind of story for me.


Caolainn is princess of the Summer Court. She has little time, before she is crowned Queen and she dreads it. She spends a lot of time on her piano, alone. She has one chance of little bit of freedom, so she convinces the King to let her go to the human realm. In that short time, she grows into amazing woman, fall in love and forms friendships. All that end when enemy invades her home. She has to do, what is right for her people and maybe not so much for her.

I love reading about her homeland, the way they live, customs, royal life. However I also loved reading about the way they view our (human) way of life and they had to adjust to very different world.

What made the story great, were the characters. Caolainn I didn't like so much in the start, she was a bit... whiny, but as the story progressed, you can see her grow, find herself. I loved her by the end, she was very strong, doing what she had to, in order to protect her people. And I loved her "brother"... it's amazing how they went from hate... to a kind of friendship. And David, totally swoon worthy. The romance was just so ... amazing. :)

One character I didn't like was Mathol, something about him just irked me. :)

Happy reading,

Anie








Thursday, February 22, 2018

Noble Vol. 1: God Shots

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Authors Brandon ThomasRoger RobinsonWill RosadoAndWorld DesignJessica Kholine, Jamal Igle, Robin RiggsSaida TemofonteJuan FernΓ‘ndezSotocolorJosph Phillip IllidgeMarco Turini 
Title Noble Vol. 1
Genre comic book
Number of pages 144

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I love superheroes, especially origin stories. I really liked reading about Noble. 


Asteroid was about to collide with Earth, so group of astronauts went to destroy it. They weren't suppose to survive. David gained super powers from the explosion, but lost all memories. He is helping people all around the world and running from people who helped to create him. His wife is determined o save him, but it might be too late.


The artwork is amazing, and the story like is good too, maybe too confusing at times. It jumps back and forth so much I was lost at times. 


Nonetheless I enjoyed it. :)


Happy reading,


Anie

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Immortal Matchmakers, Inc. by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

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Title Immortal Matchmakers, Inc.
Series Immortal Matchmakers, Inc.
Genre romance, paranormal
Number of pages 306
Published August 24th 2015 by P&S, Inc.

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Immortal Matchmakers is a spin off series of Accidentally Yours series. But, I think you can read it, without reading the original. Never having read it, I didn't feel lost in the story.

Zac, God of Temptation and Cimil, goddess of the Underworld were punished, lost their powers and have now started a matchmaking business for other immortals. First on the list is Andrus a Demigod, who used to be deadly assassin. 

Cimil is very fun character, as fun as she is evil. She hires Sadie, who is an inspiring actress, to turn him into gentleman, before he meets his mate.

It's very light and funny story. I just few through it and grinned the whole way. :) It's definitely one of the guilty-pleasure reads for me. :))

Happy reading,

Anie

Monday, February 19, 2018

Devil's gold by Amanda McKinney

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Author Amanda McKinney
Title Devil’s Gold 
Series Black Rose Mystery #1
Published February 13th 2018
Genre romance, mystery, thriller
Number of pages 121

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Synopsis 

Despite being chronically late, occasionally disheveled and a tad disorganized, Dixie Knight is one of the top private investigators in the country, and when a young woman goes missing in the small, Southern town of Devil’s Den, Dixie takes the case. She expected it to be another ordinary missing person case—until Lizzie Meyers is found naked and beaten to death at a local, seedy motel. 

While visiting relatives on his two-week leave, Marine Liam Cash bumps into Dixie at the local bar, and his attraction to her is immediate. When Liam connects Dixie’s current case to two unsolved murders in his hometown, he steps in to help find the killer, and keep her safe, whether Dixie wants him to or not. 

After another woman is found brutally beaten, Dixie turns the town upside down trying to solve the mystery—could it be the rumored witch that lives in the mountains; the rich, neurotic doctor’s wife; or the perky, blond receptionist at the local medical clinic? 

Time is running out and Dixie knows she has to put the pieces of the puzzle together before another body turns cold in Devil’s Den.

Review

Dixie Knight works with her sibling at Black Rose investigation as a PI (family company). She is very good at what she does. She get hired to find a missing woman. Even though it look like ordinary missing person care, it transforms into something a lot worse.

I love the mystery and PI work she did, she is very good at her job and I loved seeing her search clues. I like the format, the length was just perfect. :) It keep me glues to the page from the start to finish. And I really look forward to read more in the series.

One I didn't like, was the romance, I think it needed more time

It's one of those book that would be perfect for a movie. :)

Happy reading,

Anie 

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Hexcommunicated by Rafael Chandler

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Author Rafael Chandler
Title Hexcommuncated
Published July 7 2012 by Neoplastic Press
Number of pages 302
Genre urban fantasy, sci-fi

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Synopsis


When the sun comes up, the girl of his dreams will murder him.

The name is Tepes. Nicolae Tepes. I'm a federal agent with Hex Division.

When the sun comes up, the girl of my dreams is going to kill me.

My partner's a werewolf, but we get along okay. We were investigating this murder when we stumbled across a conspiracy unlike anything we've ever dealt with before. Ghostmortems, Scarevoyants, all kinds of freaks.

It started bad and got worse quick: a psychic on our team had a vision of the future. At sunrise, I'll die at the hands of the woman I love, and then a psychotic death cult will deploy a supernatural weapon of mass destruction.

We've got eight hours to prevent this prophecy from coming true, but the psychics of Hex Division are never wrong...

Review

Hexcommunicated it's a great book with very interesting world. Government made new kinds of soldiers, with surgeries and implants to make them heroes resembling supernatural beings: vampires, werewolves, Frankensteins,...

Nikolae is vampoule, he has fangs, speed, he can hypnotize people, basically he is super cool :). When investigating crime scene, he and his partner walked into something much worse. 

Stumbling into conspiracy, they discover there much more going on than they realized. They discover  vision of him dying (and they are never wrong), there is a threat of another terrorist attack and on top of all that, they are about to be Hexcommunicated.

Start of the book is a bit slow, there is a lot of world building and info dump (that is totally necessary), but after that the plot really picks up. It's non stop suspense and action. I was on the edge of my seat. :)

My favourite part were definitely reading about all the supernatural and how they work/were maid. 

I love the relationship between him and his partner. I was pulled into the world and I love sci-fi aspect of it. 

It would make an amazing movie. :)


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Happy reading,

Anie

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Web of Frost by Lindsay Smith

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Author Lindsay Smith
Title Web of Frost
Series Saints of Russalka #1
Number of pages 400
Genre ya, fantasy
Published February 13th by Eventide Press

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Synopsis

The saints of Russalka work their blessings in mysterious ways, allowing the royal family to perform miracles for their people. But the young princess Katza fears her powers. She’s seen grave visions of her bloodied hands destroying her family’s empire. When her older brother succumbs to illness, leaving her next in line for the throne, Katza turns to a young rebellious prophet named Ravin who promises to teach her how to control her gift. As unrest grows in Russalka and a foreign monarchy threatens, Ravin understands Katza's fears and helps her find confidence in her gift, and her own heart. Under Ravin’s unorthodox training, Katza learns to hear the saints once more—until revolutionaries claim her father’s life. Reeling and desperate, Katza draws upon darker and darker powers to stop the revolutionaries, the foreign invaders, and the members of her own court who would see her fail. But the more Ravin whispers in her ear, the more Katza questions whether he—and the saints—have her best interests at heart. She must choose between her love of Ravin and her love of Russalka itself—and decide whether her empire might not be better 

Review

Web of Frost is high-fantasy novel with very unique and intriguing setting. Is the world where power/magic is received from Saints, if you are lucky enough to be blessed and highly controlled by the Church. The magic system is very thought out, with good take on religion. You can draw a lot of parallels with history.

Katza is afraid of her powers, because of horrible vision. She doesn't use them. Being second in line for the throne, she didn't though she will have to. After untimely deaths, when she is in charge, she relies heavily on Ravin to guide and teach her. 

I like the way Ravin guided her, not telling her what to do, but encouraging her to listen to herself, empowering her.

I really like his characters, it's very complex and mysterious. 

The start was a bit slow, but after about third of the book, it's get really intense and I couldn't put it down.


I didn't like her at first didn't like her at first, she din't have a spine or opinions. I loved to see her grow, to see her growing a spine, growing into her role and her powers. I love her strength at the end and determination

She went from no voice, to the total opposite of it, and it took a lot to find her own self and the right thing to do.



Happy reading,

Anie

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wicked Soul by Nora Ash

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Author Nora Ash
Title Wicked Soul 
Series Ancient Blood
Published February 10th 2017
Genre paranormal, vampires, witches, magic, romance


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Synopsis

He saved me… And then he blood-bonded me. Now I’m his. 

My first meeting with a Chicago vampire went better than expected. 
Up until that night, all I knew about vampires was limited to a few common facts: they drink blood, they get a mean sunburn and if you find yourself alone with one, you’re dead. 
Except he didn’t kill me. 
Sexy, broody Warin clearly had his own reasons for sparing my life and tying me with his blood, but if he’d known how much trouble I’d attract, I bet he wouldn’t have bothered. When he blood-bonded me, secrets even I didn’t know about myself came to light. 
Secrets that will pull us both deep into the eternal war between vampires and the witches determined to rid the world of their evil. 
We have only one choice now: fight the forces hell-bent on breaking our bond… Or die.


Review

Story starts with Liv getting kidnapped for reading vampire book and thrown into cage with real vampire. Instead of killing and eating her, he saves her life. Few months after that, they meet again and from a friendship. The more Liv gets involved in supernatural world, the more danger there is for her. 

One of my favourite thing about the book is Liv. She is what a strong character should be. She stand up for herself and doesn't let anyone tell her what to do. I love reading the way she talked with Warin.

As you slowly ease into this world, you see the way their friendship evolve. I love that the romance for once in based on friendship and mutual respect (breath of fresh air :)). 

I love the urban setting of it and supernaturals in it.

Highly recommend to anyone who loves good urban fantasy. :)

Happy reading,
Anie

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Baby Girl by C. M. Stunich

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Title Baby Girl 
Author C.M. Stunich
Published January 29th 2018
Genre romance, new adult


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Synopsis

He died that night, alone, in the rain, in the dark, the boy that called me baby girl. 

I was only seventeen; we were going to be together forever. 

On his way to pick me up for prom, he swerved. I’ll never know what made him do it, what killed the boy I’d loved my whole life. With roses clutched in his hand, he bled out in icy wetness all alone.

His best friend is here though, and I’m pretty sure he loves me.
But after the accident, I left for a year and didn’t look back. 
Now I’m back in town and my heart is like shattered glass.
Do I pick up the pieces and risk getting cut? And do I let another boy call me baby girl?

Review

You know the book is written well, if it makes you care for characters and cry within first few pages.

Baby girls is incredibly beautiful and painful story of three best friends. When one dies, the world colapses for both of them and they deal with it in very different ways.

Codrick and Embry were very much in love and engaged by the time they were 17. When he died she ran away, away from her best friends (Phoenix) and her family. She thought she will never be able to love again.

Phoenix stayed. His life was very hard and there is lot going on under surface. When Embry comes back in his life after more than a year, he is determined to get her back. 

The story start on very sad note (I was crying so much...) and end on very happy one. I was amazed at the writing, the characters were very much alive for me, I was rooting for them both from the start. Neither were perfect, with a lot of faults, but there was just something, that made me love them. 

I love the setting of the story, every time Phoenix talked I imagined him sounding like Mama Odie in Princess and the Frog πŸ˜† (that's probably totally wrong:))

It's such a great story, I enjoyed reading it. :)

Happy reading,

Anie




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Monday, February 12, 2018

Romanov by Samaire Provost

Author Samaire Provost
Title Romanov
Published January 24th 2018
Genres na, urban fantasy

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Synopsis

In an abandoned warehouse in Manhattan, two enemies battle to the death, while outside, a malevolent entity watches and waits and plots, eager for blood. On an island in the heart of Seattle, an immortal princess struggles to lead a normal life just as a flood of terrifying creatures starts to pour in through a portal that should not be there. A young man meets a classmate while walking home from the college library, and embarks on the most dangerous adventure he’s ever known – will he survive? A deranged madman hunts the girl he’s lusted after for a century, in a relentless pursuit for vengeance. A prehistoric, mythical beast jealously guards a primeval land, which is leaking into present-day Seattle. A sweet, forbidden passion blossoms between two lovers who steal moments whenever they can, while unbeknownst to them, they’re hunted by a deadly creature.

A royal family threatened at its weakest – yet lethal in its own right – is stalked by an ancient evil that will not rest until they are utterly destroyed: a nightmare incarnate that has waited millions of years for revenge threatens the very existence of the young lovers and their family.

Will they prevail?
Excerpt


Spread out in front of them as they reached the top step was a panorama. Everything was in dark colors, with only backlit midnight blue touches here and there. The banner across the top far wall read, “The Vampire Across the Ages.”
Anna kept her face straight. What were the odds? Did he know? No, he couldn’t. Could he? No …  
“Oh, this is fascinating,” he marveled as he let go of her hand and moved to examine the first piece in the exhibit.
Spread across the spacious top floor, the exhibit showed both the literary figure of the vampire, beginning with the most famous, Count Dracula, throughout the ages; and the historical figure of the vampire. A huge corner was dedicated to Bram Stoker’s novel. Anna moved to study the many artifacts and panels explaining it all.
Eric moved to the next piece, which was a large display of the historical Vlad the Impaler, and the history of his time.
“I had no idea Count Dracula was a real historical hero,” he said, half to himself. Coming up behind him, Anna looked over his shoulder at the presentation.
“Fascinating,” was all she said.
Eric lingered for several minutes reading the background on Vlad the Impaler; the Prince of Wallachia, he learned, was still hailed as a folk hero in Romania and Europe for defending the population against the Ottomans. The exhibit also featured some artifacts from Eastern Europe, including a painting of the prince against the backdrop of the Danube. It was beautiful.
Eric and Anna moved to examine all the artifacts near the front of the exhibit, then they walked to the side to examine depictions of vampires in various cultures. It explained how myth and fact merged, and how both were clouded in the mists of history. One display focused on African legends of creatures called shetani, primitive vampire-like animal spirits whose bodies were pitch black, distorted and shaped in unnatural ways, as if evolution had gone mad.
The back wall of the exhibit was cloaked in shadows. A diorama stretching back to half the length of the building and reaching up over twenty feet high had been set up as a huge European forest. Majestic great horned owls perched on high branches, hunched over, glowering down at the forest floor.
Back in the dark outer reaches of the forest, just visible from behind the trees, wolves and foxes with glowing eyes could be seen. Eric’s steps brought him toe to toe with the edge of the ‘forest’ and he peered into the dark shadows. Several silhouettes were suggestive of vampires lurking deep in the forest, peering out from behind the trees in this almost surreal woodland, which stretched back farther than they could see in the dim light.
A trail had been built, suggesting that patrons walk the winding path through the forest. If they looked hard, the suggestion of a black painted wall could be seen on the edges of the diorama, but otherwise, the illusion of a spooky forest reaching back a hundred miles was convincing. Eric stood at the head of the trail, not wanting to appear nervous, but feeling uncertain nevertheless.


“Do you want to go in?” he asked quietly.

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Dating the Prince by Alina Snow

Rating πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š Author Alina Snow Title Dating the Prince Series What If Series #1 Number of pages 326 Genre romance, na Cover πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›...