1. The Fire Wish by Amber Lough- The Jinni Wars Book 1

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    The Fire Wish by Amber Lough- The Jinni Wars Book 1

    Jinni’s!!! This recent trend is absolutely wonderful and makes me excited! I had a recent feature about Jinni’s with some wonderful images!

    Beautiful and wonderful ancient arabic setting!

    The story of The Jinni Wars is set in Baghdad way in the past, filled with some fantasy elements creates a very unique an magnificent atmosphere. Humans are at war with the Jinni’s and we are following two girls who look very much a like, but one is human and one is a Jinni – both dream of having a different life!

    When the human girl Najwa captures the Jinnie  Zayele, she wishes to trade places and now the must life the others life in fear of being discovered! We get both POV and the story shifts between these two girls and we get glimpses also into both settings, as the Jinni’s have to life underground in a disclosed environment.

    Love finds you whether you want it or not!

    Even though both girls desperately try to hide who they really are, the find love even though they were not prepared to do so! Both romances were sweet and adorable, but Najwa’s romance came with more chemistry and got me more excited. But, one should keep in mind that there are two stories in one that finally have to melt together. Maybe there was just not enough time to invest enough into both relationships.

    Secrets, Political Intrigue and Surprises!

    Apart from the beautiful setting, the sweet romance the story also deals with the ancient war between humans and Jinni’s and is just now about to take a turn. Needless to say our girls will play a crucial role in these events.

    The story started out a little slow, but picked up towards the middle. I absolutely loved the middle east setting, with all the beautiful woman and henna tattoos – and the Jinni’s world was so beautiful and fantastical. It was a great mix of history and fantasy! There are some twists and surprises that added a whole new level of excitement – and especially one twist was played very nicely and caught me by surprise.

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    Bottom Line

    The Fire Wish by Amber Lough was a wonderful Young Adult Fantasy story filled with magic, political intrigue and romance. The setting was magnificent with the magical filled arabic world and the story follows two girls, one human and one Jinni who are caught in the middle of an ancient war!

        

    Do you also love Jinni stories??? I hope there will be more Jinni related stories! 

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  2. The Game Series by Eve Silver - Book 2 Push

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    The Game Series by Eve Silver - Book 2 Push

    This is a series for everyone who loves Video Games, always wished to be in one and who loves SciFi !

    Intrigued?

    The first book RUSH came out last year and I really loved it!

    Rush by Eve Silver was most definitely a rush full of dark, edgy action. Rush was an incredible  fast paced story with vivid characters, which are full of secrets and mysteries! The setting was phenomenal , adding an unique and refreshing addition to YA Sci-Fi stories!

    Needless to say I was excited for this sequel, but also scared at the same time.

    Series Elements to be Excited about

    • Contemporary Setting with SciFi Elements and even Aliens!
    • The Game! The kids are pulled into “The Game” to fight off Aliens, there are have to finish missions in order to survive and ..„ maybe save the world!  and this created a Gaming Like Atmosphere !
    • Kick ass heroine! I love Miki so so much! She’s so strong and kick ass!
    • Complicated Romance, but no Love Triangle! Woooot!
    • Jackson our swoon worthy hero who drives us mad!

    What to expect from Push – Book 2 

    A lot of heartbreak – again! The first book ended with a huge cliff-hanger, which of course no one ever believed was entirely true. Needless to say, we are excited when Jackson is back in the picture, but at the same time he break Miki’s and our hearts! Stubborn Boy! He’s going to drive us crazy!

    A lot of action – again! The kids are again sent on dangerous missions, but this time it seems like “the game” has somehow changed and it’s getting more dangerous!

    A lot of exciting characters – again! I already loved Miki and the crew before, but I feel like Eve Silver spend even more tint flashing out and developing the secondary characters! I love Miki’s friends and they wonderfully add to the story!

    Second Book Syndrome? Unfortunately yes - as much as I enjoyed the book, I felt like we didn’t move much further with the story. Sure there were some new developments, but I was hoping for more! Well, I guess I will have to wait for the next book

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    Favorite Quotes!

    “Back at being an asshole, Jackson?” “I never stopped”

    I don’t get it. Don’t get him. His touch, his kiss, tell me I’m the most important thing in his world. His word tell me I don’t matter at all. 

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    Are you a gamer? Love video Games and … love books with video game elements? Then, have you read RUSH? 
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  3. Epic Into into the Styclar Saga - Lailah by Nikki Kelly - an inspirational post & giveaway

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    Epic Into into the Styclar Saga - Lailah by Nikki Kelly - an inspirational post & giveaway

    Today, Nikki Kelly is taking over the blog with an exciting  picture -walk-through her paranormal YA Debut LAILAH which is coming out in October 2014. You know that I am a big, huge, immense fan of all things paranormal so LAILAH, with its promises of Vampires, Angels and more was super high on my wish list!

    And I am so super excited that Nikki shared a few of her inspirational pictures, which most definitely will make you want to read Lailah RIGHT NOW! At the end, we will have a Giveaway for you too, so … stay and enjoy!

    and here is Nikki Kelly:

    With Lailah’s pub day fast approaching, Danny had a great idea to show some of the images from The Styclar Saga Pintrest board!

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    On Pintrest (www.pintrest.com/styclar) you can find a STYCLAR—Lailah, Gabriel and Jonah mood board and if you follow me, you can request access to the currently locked STYCLAR—Book2 mood board, which I am building as I FINISH UP WRITING THE BOOK!

    STYCLAR—Book One—LAILAH Opening quote

    YA novels that feature Angels, have a tendency to quote the bible or other oldy-worldy text, but not STYCLAR… Oh no.

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    Lailah—The Heroine

    There are a few reasons (no spoilers!) why it’s hard to accurately depict our protagonist, but here is a range of images that show how I imagine Lailah to look, both in present day and in the past. (#whoislailah)

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    Gorgeous Gabriel—Our rogue Angel Descendant

    Well, I don’t think any words from me are needed, except you’re welcome J (#TeamGabriel)

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    Jonah—Our Second Generation Vampire

    In my humble opinion, he’s an all round swoon worthy bad-boy. (#TeamJonah)

    As Jonah came to life on the page, he proved to me that change is possible and sometimes very necessary.

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    The Girl In Shadow—An enigma

    Hell hath no fury like The Girl In Shadow…

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    STYCLAR—LAILAH …

    …….features some great locations.

    I visited all of the main settings a number of times, as I like to experience the places and people for myself before I write about them. Here’s some images including the Pyrenees Mountains, next to the lake where the end of the story unfolds… (This is an actual photo taken in the very spot!)

    And of course we have various important and meaningful objects too, including Lailah’s Calvert chess set and crystal ring.

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    Lailah by Nikki KellyAbout Lailah

    • Publication: October 7th 2014 by Feiwel and Friends
    • Goodreads | Pre-Order: Amazon

     

    The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

    On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

    In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

    Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is

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  4. Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson, Introducing the Freakshow and a Giveaway

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    Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson, Introducing the Freakshow and a Giveaway

    Hey Guys! Happy Monday and I couldn’t be more excited than starting this week with a very special post to kick of the Blog Tour for James Pattersons newest Teen book: Homeroom Diaries.

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    I’m thrilled to have James Patterson on the bog today, introducing the characters who play centre stage in this new book, and I can say that it’s the perfect way to get completely intrigued by this story. When I read the world “cuckoo” I immediately had to think of one of my girl friends who loves to say this word, constantly.. :)

    In addition, the book is accompanied by illustrations, and I have one these below, but for now:

    Introducing the Freakshow –

    Guest Post from James Patterson

    Most people wouldn’t call their friends a Freakshow.

    But Cuckoo Clarke, the main character in my new book, Homeroom Diaries, is not most people.

    She and her friends, a tightknit group of misfits, wanted to call themselves something worse than what the “haters” at their high school could come up with, hence “Freakshow.” Yeah, that’s their sense of humor. Obviously, they each needed corresponding nicknames too.

    First, our narrator, Margaret Clarke, goes by Cuckoo, since she’s been to a mental institution and often acts a little, well, cuckoo. She’s a girl facing problems you don’t always read about in YA books, but that happen to millions of teenagers across the world.

    Her best friend is Katie, or Brainzilla. She’s focused her entire life and self worth on doing well in school—her dream is to go to Yale—and to have a life completely different from her parents.

    Tebow, real name Peter, is Cuckoo’s friend. Or maybe something more? He’s kind, athletic, and a devout Christian – another group I rarely see depicted with any measure of accuracy in books, YA or adult (and movies too).

    Beverly, or Flatso, is warm, kind, strong, and, well, fat – but it’s all muscle. But in high school, people don’t see muscle, they just see someone who looks different.

    Hana picked the name Eggroll, or Eggy, because the haters made fun of her for being Asian. She has what you’d call a “Tiger Mom,” but unlike Brainzilla, she cares more about yo-yos and playing the trumpet than getting into the Ivy League.

    Paul, AKA Zitsy, is – as you’d imagine – covered in zits. And even grosser, he has to help his plumber father with toilets, sewers, and other places you don’t want to think about.

    And now Read an Excerpt

    I’m Cuckoo Clarke.

    This story mostly takes place in a small town outside Portland called North Plains. There’s a gun shop outside town that has an annual Back-to-School Sale. (I’m anti-gun.) Every August, our town hosts the World’s Largest Elephant Garlic Festival. (I’m pro-garlic.) Most people around here wear Nikes, Portland’s proudest. (I prefer Uggs, but I wouldn’t say I’m

    definitely pro- or anti-footwear.)

    And now, welcome to the main setting of this show: NorthPlains High School! It looks the way you’re probably picturing it. The hallways are full of the Usual Suspects: Jocks, Nerds,

    Twinkies, Otaku, Barbies, Goths, Eurotrash, Jailbait, Stoners, Joiners, Glommers, Delusionals, Haters, Wankstas, Thespians, Teachers, Terror Teachers, Zomboids, Robots, Gleeks, United

    Colors of Benettoners, Libertarians, Activists, Juvies, Baristas,Blahs, and—my best friends—the Freakshow.

    That’s right. We call ourselves the Freakshow. My best friend, Brainzilla (Katie), had this idea that we should give our little group a nickname that’s far worse than anything any of the diseased minds in our school could dream up.
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    HomeroomDiariesAbout Homeroom Diaries

    Publication: July 21st 2014 by Little, Brown and Company

    In James Patterson’s first highly illustrated “diary fiction” story for teens, the mega-bestselling author’s most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while. Margaret “Cuckoo” Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she’s turning over a new leaf with her “Happiness Project”. She’s determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favorite literary characters. Cuckoo’s also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves “the Freakshow”) decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and “bring the Nations together”. Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling…until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough.

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    In January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having “transformed book publishing.” Time magazine named him “The Man Who Can’t Miss,” and he is a two-time Children’s Choice Book Award “Author of the Year” nominee, a designation decided on by more than 15,000 children and teen readers. In the past three years, James Patterson has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, James’s books have sold an estimated 260 million copies worldwide. Since 2006, one out of every seventeen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children’s bestsellers lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year—a record-breaking feat he’s accomplished every year since 2005. To date, James Patterson has had nineteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (76 total), which is also a Guinness World Record. From his James Patterson Pageturner Awards (which rewarded groups and individuals for creative and effective ways of spreading the joy of reading) to his website ReadKiddoRead.com (which helps adults find books that kids are sure to love) to his regular donations of thousands of books to troops overseas, Patterson is a lifelong champion of books and reading. His critically acclaimed Maximum Ride series debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list at #1 and remained there for twelve straight weeks. The series has so far made ninety-four cumulative appearances on The New York Times bestsellers lists, proving that kids of all ages love page turners. He captured the attention of boy readers with Daniel X series, and his third series for readers of all ages debuted in December 2009 with Witch & Wizard, which spent five consecutive weeks atop the New York Times bestsellers list. Patterson is the creator of the top-selling new detective series of the past dozen years, featuring Alex Cross and including the Hollywood-adapted “Along Came a Spider” and “Kiss the Girls,” starring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. He is also the creator of the #1 new detective series of the past five years, featuring Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club, from which the ABC television drama series was adapted. He has authored books behind six films on the Hollywood fast-track, including the upcoming Maximum Ride movie forthcoming from Avi Arad, the producer of X-Men and Spiderman. He is the author of novels — from The Thomas Berryman Number (1976) to Honeymoon (2005) — that have won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild’s Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Reader’s Digest Reader’s Choice Award. And, he has won a Children’s Choice Book Council’s Children’s Choice Awards “Author of the Year” award (2010). One of Forbes magazine’s Celebrity 100, James made a guest appearance on the popular FOX TV show “The Simpsons” in March, 2007.

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    Thanks to Little Brown you have the chance to win one of two copies of Homeroom Diaries. US/Can only and entries until Aug 2nd via the Rafflecopter below!

    Now tell me, which of the Freakshop Characters sounds most intriguing? I think I go with Cuckoo, so in love with that name:) 

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  5. The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor

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    The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor

    Issues like Abuse, Family Expectations and true Friendship made sure to create an emotional story!

    Bettina is not having it easy at home. A Father who cares more about family traditions and rules than the person itself makes it hard for Bettina to find her own way. I felt often so horrible during interactions between Bettina and her father. She cannot go out, she cannot date and basically do all the things usually kids her age do.

    For some reasons however he approves of Brady, and even allows her to date him. Finally free to go out, Bettina thinks initially that finally she can life a normal teenage life.

    But when golden boy Brady turns out to be not the wonderful golden boy everyone things him to be, Bettina has no idea how to react.

    Abuse in a very subtle way! When does abuse really starts!

    The abuse was portrayed in a very delicate and quite interesting way which is both a strong point of the book as well as the weak point. It’s clear vey fast that Brady is not good for Bettina, but in the beginning it’s very subtle and small things where he does not treat her right. This makes it even more complicated for Bettina to break up with him and leave him. Who would believe her?

    I think Leslie Connor drew a very fine line here when a relationship turns into something unhealthy and where to make a cut. While I think this was a very smart way to address abuse, I always expected things to escalate which then never happened. Also the end of this relationship (and I don#t think this is a spoiler) was not as strong as I hoped it to be.

    A savior to love and hold on to…

    Interesting was also the addition of Cowboy. An older boy who seems to understand Bettina much more than any of her family members or friends. He sees quid early that she needs someone who takes her seriously, who listens to her and just be there for her. Cowboy is a little older which adds another level of complexity to the story, but also this point could have been just stronger. It was a slowly building relationship based on trust, respect and friendship – just the sparkles were missing for me.

    And.. I am NOT going to talk about the ending which completely left me speechless, sad and also a little mad….

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    Rating 3

    Bottom Line

    The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor was a story about  abuse, family expectations and true friendship, with a lot of emotionally draining events. I just wished for the issues to be more  powerful and a little more dramatic – but I guess that was entirely the intention. As much as I was missing a stronger story development, the ending was as dramatic and shocking as it could come.

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  6. What if your choice creates a new world? - Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke

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    What if your choice creates a new world? - Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke

    The cover has been already around for a quite a while and ever since I was fascinated with the story and the cover.

    Parallel Worlds – a quite interesting concept

    In general I love the concept of parallel worlds and universes and in Dissonance, the idea of “choices” is explored. If you choose differently at some important points in your life, how would that change your life? So which each decision a new world is created and even thinking about the enormity of this completely blows my mind. The challenge with books like these is to deliver and create a world that is still believable and easy enough to grasps without taking away too much from the actual story.

    This worked in Dissonance only to some extent. What I found missing was the enormity of the worlds that could have been created. We much rather got into contact with worlds that were too similar to the “original” one.

    Del walks from world to world to find the boy to fall for!

    Del is a Walker and only Walkers can travel between the worlds. There is even a secret society that makes sure the original world stays intact and does not break down. While Del is extremely talented as a Walker and can quite quickly catch the Dissonance of each world, she’s also a small rebel who is not much about rules. She often finds herself walking through worlds and is especially drawn to a specific one where here long time crush Simon finally realises her. Soon, she meets the different Simons in every world as if they are magnets destined to find each other. While this sounds quite romantic, I didn’t completely feel the romance between them.

    Dangerous Secrets and a World about to crash!

    The romance was not the biggest part of the story and the main focus was on the secrets the Walker community holds and Del is about to uncover. She realises that they are all told many lies, lies that can change everything.

    There are a few supporting characters that I have a love-hate relationship with. First there is Del’s grandpa who is quirky, but I still have a hard time completely understanding his motives. Then there is Del’s sister who I couldn’t stand for most of the book. Del’s best friend actually is my highlight with his loyalty to Del, despite her rebellious behaviour.

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    Rating 3.5

    Bottom Line

    Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke comes with a great and amazing concept of parallel world that are created with each and every decision people make every day and every second. I was missing a little the enormity  of this world as the story mainly resolves around worlds that are super close to ours. The romance was not quite convincing, but the plot thrilling enough to keep me hooked until the last page!

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    Do you love stories with Parallel Universes and Worlds? Which one is your favorite?

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  7. The Kiss of Deception - Seven Ingredients for Swoon Worthy Romance & Giveaway

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    The Kiss of Deception - Seven Ingredients for Swoon Worthy Romance & Giveaway

    I’m sure you already heard about this amazing new Young Adult Fantasy series! Heather already reviewed The Kiss of Deception and said it was “absolutely fabulous” . When I read a few weeks ago, I was completely blown away by how much I loved it!

    Needless to say, we are thrilled to host Mary Pearson today on the blog with her recipe for swoon worthy romance! The romance in The Kiss of Deception was so so freaking amazing!

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    So please welcome Mary E.Pearson with…

    Seven Ingredients I Love Seeing in a Swoon Worthy Romance

    1. Chemistry

    It’s not just about looks, or hormones, or that they both like coconut macaroons.  There has to be a certain magic between the two characters that is irresistible.

    1. Friction

    But of course they can and do tick, annoy, and infuriate each other too. They are not  made from exactly the same mold which is what keeps things interesting.

    1. Near misses

    Timing is everything and sometimes it seems like they are forever ships passing in the night. Come on you two, get it together.

    1. Independence

    They both have their own goals, their own needs, their own lives and motivations. They are interesting on their own without each other, but boy put them together and they are unstoppable.

    1. Obstacles

    It might be friends, family, that “other” person, or entire kingdoms, but rarely is love smooth sailing from the get go. Things get in the way.

    1. Doubt

    They just might not make it. Seriously, it would be a shame. As a reader, I worry that the obstacles might win. They might end up with the wrong person, or alone, or dead, or … so much could go wrong!

    1. The Kiss

    Or many. It make take a while, but the wait is so worth it. Whether it lasts for only a few words, a few sentences, or a few pages, at some point, even if momentary, love wins.

    Thanks for having me at Bewitched Bookworms today, Danny!

    The Kiss of Deception

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    by Mary E. Pearson (WebsiteFacebookTwitter
    Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1 
    Published by Henry Holt and Co.Macmillan on 2014-07-08 
    Genres: Fantasy & MagicLove & RomanceYoung Adult 
    Pages: 496 
    Source: Publisher 
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    5 Stars 

    In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

    In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

    On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

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    So what are your ingredients for a Swoon Worthy Romance? Are you also excited about The Kiss of Deception? 

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  8. Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre - Immortal Game #1

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    Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre - Immortal Game #1

    The stunning cover most definitely drew my attention, then the promise of a paranormal story that sounds unique and I was excited. But what we get is actually so much more!

    Starting with a big gasping moment, Mortal Danger immediately draws you in!

    The story begins with an utterly broken Edie, and I must say that the first chapter already made my heart ache. Edie’s feeling of defeat and despair was nearly palpable through the pages. When beautiful mysterious Kian enters the picture, he makes her a deal she can’t resist. Fight back the bullies and change your life. She gets 3 wishes granted similar to a jinnie – but in return she must promise one big favour she has yet to discover what this will be. But Edie has nothing to lose anymore so she enters the Immortal Game!

    As Edie is in her mind a far cry from being beautiful, her first wish is to be beautiful to finally move along the beautiful and rich people in her prep-school. Those kids that tormented her.

    Bullying – and the true value of beauty and friendship!

    I think Edie’s wish to be beautiful will hit some readers the wrong way. Is being beautiful really helping when you are being bullied? Is that the way around it? While I was a little shocked in the beginning, her wish totally made sense for Edie and if you follow the rest of the story Edie discovers that beauty is not everything, beauty will not change who you are and it will not make you happy! So I urge everyone who might be thrown off by this, please read on – there is so much more to be read between the lines!

    What happened to Edie that it completely broke her, completely make me tear up! How horrible kids can be to each other,  is never something I will understand, but sadly is happening every day at each school. Edie doesn’t tell us right away what happened until the last few chapters, it was only always hinted.

    Edie had such a hard time at her school and never had any friends, so I was happy to see that she finally opened up to some kids and discovered some real and wonderful friendship!

    Playing an Immortal Game with some true shocker and a little romance to ease it up!

    The paranormal element was quite intriguing and unique. The theme of bullying to pack into a paranormal story was a great way to deliver such a heavy topic.  However, I would have liked to understand a little more about The Immortal Game and I wish for a little more explanations than what we got. But as this is a trilogy I have hope for more.

    The story comes with some real and true stocking moments that I didn’t see coming in this full force! There is quite a bit of death, that left me quite uneasy  but added to an overall thrilling storyline even more!

    Kian was a wonderful way to ease down the tension and the shocking moments. He comes with his own barrage and is just a wonderful boy who is quite the anchor for Edie!

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    Bottom Line

    Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre is a very dark and edgy story about bullying, the real value of beauty and friendship packed into a thrilling paranormal story. The story has quite a few shocking moments that left me gasping. The paranormal world building had to take backseat to the bullying theme so that I was a little lost about what really is going on a few times. But, as more books are coming I’m hopeful this comes in the next books!

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    This is a heavy story that maybe not everyone will like, I however truly was amazed by the depth of this story and think that this Mortal Danger most definitely stands out among the “usual” Young adult book!

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  9. Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

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    Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

    I admit, I was drawn in by the cover because I think it’s absolutely fantastically awesome. Then, reading the synopsis I was hooked and I really wanted to know Kyra!

    Epic Fantasy as it’s finest!

    Lately, I’ve been in the mood for Epic Fantasy and Midnight Thief comes with a fantastic setting. A medieval land which is suddenly faced by some mysterious dangerous creatures. Kyra our heroine is an orphan who grew up in the streets and finally realized how talented she is in stealing, but moreover she can climb things with a grace and silentness that no one else has ever seen before. Soon  she attract the assassin guild who want to recruit her to help them fight against the authorities of the city. Of course, they make her believe that she’s fighting for the good of all people. So there is political intrigue, fight for power and some power hungry men that add in the perfect space and backdrop of this story.

    Kyra – our “robin-hood-like” thief with the big heart.

    I loved Kyra as a heroine because she was simply not perfect. Leave alone that she was actually stealing, she still had her heart at the right place and only did “robin hood” like stealing. But, really Kyra wantes to fight for her people, meaning those that no one ever fights for. The poor, the orphaned kids. However, Kyra went into all of this with a little naivety that actually felt perfectly genuine. She is 17 after all and raised by others of her kind. I loved her strength and again, I loved her good heart, despite all the mistakes she made along the way.

    Then there is Tristam- our knight in shining armor!

    Besides Kyra – the other main character who also gives us chapters from his POV is Tristam and he’s the perfect counterpart to Kyra. They both complete each other in so many ways. They open each other ways and make them think more deeply. When they cross path and actually thrown together to fight against the mysterious dangerous creatures, they develop a beautiful slow budding romance, that was quite adorable!

    Slow beginning, fantastical showdown

    Admittedly, the beginning was rather slow and it took me a while to get into the book. I can’t exactly what was missing in the beginning – but soon I was super hooked! Especially when Kyra made her biggest mistake yet and she suddenly has to fight to stay alive the plot thickened, because more intriguing and detailed. And of course I was waiting for a magical element, which I always love to have in a Fantasy story. So after I got over the slow beginning I was completely hooked and in love with Kyra, Tristam and the whole story.

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    Rating 4.5

    Bottom Line

    Midnight Thief is the perfect story for all lovers of fantasy. It has all the elements for a rich story, filled with political intrigue, mysterious creatures and a romance that is adorably cute! I would even go ahead and say if you love Robin Hood themed story, or a fan of the Throne of Glass series than please add this book to your list!

       

    Additional Info

    There is a Pre-quel available for FREE which features the assassin guild leader (who is a quite intriguing character) and is set before the events of Midnight Thief.  It got some great reviews so go ahead and get your copy while it’s still free!

    And? what do you think about this book? Are you excited about Midnight Thief, do you love epic Fantasies? 

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  10. Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass - Cover & Synopsis Reveal plus Giveaway

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    Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass - Cover & Synopsis Reveal plus Giveaway

    Covers, how we love them – don’t we? They let us squeal over them, discuss about them and fall in love with them even before we read the synopsis. So I’m excited to share a super super cute cover with you, but also for the first time the synopsis is revealed!

    It’s a super cute Young Adult Contemporary romance Debut  I know I can’t wait to read!

    Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass

    Add on Goodreads

    and now, onto the cover! 

    You ready? 

    *drum rolls* 

    …..

    *more drum rolls* 

    …. 

    and here it is! 

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    Ah!!! Isn’t this cute!?!?! Love love love it and I love that there are no people on the cover. And what a cute idea, using this heart with all these needles in it! 

    About Love and Other Theories

    coming:  December 31st 2014 by HarperTeen

    If you want more, you have to give less.

    That’s the secret to dating in high school. By giving as little as they expect to get in return, seventeen-year-old Aubrey Housing and her three best friends have made it to the second semester of their senior year heartbreak-free. And it’s all thanks to a few simple rules: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart.

    So when smoking-hot Nathan Diggs transfers to Lincoln High, it shouldn’t be a big deal. At least that’s what Aubrey tells herself. But Nathan’s new-boy charm, his kindness, and his disarming honesty throw Aubrey off her game and put her in danger of breaking the most important rule of all: Don’t fall in love.

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    LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES is available for pre-order:

    Amazon and Barnes & Noble

    and here is a Teaser!

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    About Alexis

    Alexis Bass grew up in Washington, went to college in Arizona, and spent her early twenties in Seattle. She currently lives in Northern California with Dylan McKay, her gorgeous and rambunctious golden retriever. She loves good fashion and good TV as much as a good book, and is a huge advocate of the three C’s: coffee, chocolate, and cheese. LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES is her first novel. Visit her at www.alexisbassbooks.com or on Twitter: @alexisbasswrite

    So I am definitely excited and I am hooked! And Alexis sounds like a my kind of girl: Coffee, Chocolate and Cheese, just the wine is missing!

    And Alexis is having a Giveaway for you guys, so don’t miss your chance, spread the word and enter to win a $50 Gift Card! The winner will be chosen & revealed on Monday, June 30th – so hurry up!!

    Good Luck!

    Now, let me know if you love the cover as much as I do and if you love the sound of the synopsis! 

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  11. The Dark Caravan Cycle - Contests and other exciting things about Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

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    The Dark Caravan Cycle - Contests and other exciting things about Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

    I’m not sure if I told you already how extremely excited I am about this new book from Heather Demetrios: Exquisite Captive

    I love love love this book so so much! It’s one of these books that simply grab you and do not let you go! I feel in love with Nalia and all the characters and the story so hard, it’s not even funny!

    It’s a book about Jinnie’s!! YES the ones in the bottle, but the setting is both Fantasy and Contemporary and I can’t even begin to tell you how exciting this is. Today I’m sharing some amazing contest news with you and some more details, which hopefully will end up with you being as excited as I am about this book!

    Exquisite Captive

    The Dark Caravan Cycle Book 1

    October 7th 2014 by Balzer+Bray

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    Forced to obey her master.
    Compelled to help her enemy.
    Determined to free herself. 

    Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

    Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

    Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light

    Contest of Awesome!

    Here’s The Deal

    From now until the end of June, post a picture of yourself holding a sign that looks like this (all this info. needs to be on your sign, but you can decorate it as you see fit.:

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    How You Win

    Make sure to tag  Heather and use the #my3wishes hashtag. Whoever gets the most likes on their photo wins. Be as sneaky as a jinni about it, if you want, but only one entry per person, yes?

    The Prize

    Winner gets a jinni couture cuff. In fact, it’s the bracelet from the cover!!   ***US and Canada only

    Find out more about The Dark Caravan Cycle

    For the ones that always love to swoon over boys, here is how Heather pictures her two main-male character.. and oh damn holy hotness:

    Malek and Raif

     

    *(Image Malek: nessacontessa.tumblr.com) *(Image Raif: http://ateshsalih.co.uk)

    So and just for you to know – I am so Team Raif – even though Malek is a hell of a guy and I’m not sure yet what to make of him. I guess we are having a love-hate relationship and I’m owing this to Heather’s extreme way of awesome in making me feel so torn about this Slave Master!

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    When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real, which Publisher’s Weekly calls “[An] addictive yet thoughtful debut” about reality TV stardom. She is the author of the upcoming EXQUISITE CAPTIVE, a smoldering fantasy about jinn in Los Angeles (#1 in the DARK CARAVAN CYCLE), as well as I’ll Meet You There. Coming from Macmillan in Winter 2015, I’ll Meet You There is a love story about a young combat veteran and a girl trapped in their small town, both struggling to escape the war at home. Heather is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for youth of limited economic means. She is proud to have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can always find her on Twitter (@HDemetrios), ogling the military dogs she wants to adopt (but can’t because her NYC apartment is way too small). Find out more about Heather and her other books at wwww.heatherdemetrios.com andwww.darkcaravancycle.com

     

    Ok Guys, so really head over and enter the Contest I am sure each one of you is having their own wishes I can’t wait to hear them! Now go and enter!! 

    Link to your instagram picture if you uploaded it, so that I can “like” it and help you win!

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  12. Adorable Best-Friend Romance - On the Fence by Kasie West

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    Adorable Best-Friend Romance - On the Fence by Kasie West

    I’m a huge fan of Kasie West and already when I read the blurb about On The Fence I knew I was going to love it! Secretly in love with your best friend?

    Cute Tomboy with lots of over-protective brothers!

    I absolutely and completely adore the setting. Charlie grew up with men, being alone only with her dad and her brothers made he grew up being a cute tomboy. While that might be all fine and good when growing up, but once you reach this age when you regonize that there are boys out there which might be more than just a friend, things get more complicated.

    Change! Growing up and relationship dynamics!

    And especially when your whole male family is so over protective. I absolutely adored this set up, I love strong family bond and I loved Charlies brothers, as annoying they could be, but you all felt the love between these so much!

    However, not all is just sunshine and happiness. We see Charlie’s dad struggle with finding the right way to raise a daughter and give her the advice and comfort she would need and maybe get from another woman. It was heartwarming to see how hard he tried and struggled .

    It was actually wonderful to see their relationship grow and change and at the same time seeing Charlie grow and develop into a girl. I loved loved loved her development and how she tried to find it and find a place. It was genuinely sweet and earnest. While she might never be the super girly type of girl, she also not “just a Tomboy” either, and it was heartwarming to see her realising who she is and come to terms with it!

    Also, we never know what really happened with their mom and we soon realize that there is more to this story, yet no one says a word. There is hidden drama which will play a huge part and added the perfect amount of angst to this light story.

    Add in the cutest most adorable romance… *sigh*

    Surely a big part was the relationship and romance between Charlie and two boys. No! Wait , don’t go running, it’s NOT a Love Triangle per se, it’s more of picking the wrong guy for the wrong reasons and coming to term with who you are, and you who you want to me!

    Braden is the boy we know would be good for her and Gosh, the romance was so cute and adorable! With Braden being nearly like a brother she had a hard time adjusting from seeing him any different than her brothers. But we quickly feel the tension and chemistry between them. I so badly wanted them to be together, wanted them to see how good they are for each other and for Charlie to see the real Braden. I loved loved loved this cutest of romances!:)

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    Bottom Line

    On the Fence by Kasie West is a light, quick and charming read with an unusual girl, a wonderful family set up and with the most adorable romance! Following Charlies Development and seeing all these relationship dynamics change made this story just a wonderful read I can wholeheartedly recommend to all lovers of Young Adult Contemporary°

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    Don’t you just also love these Best-Friend Romances?? They always warm my heart and they have something genuinely special. Which books are your favorites in this genre?

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  13. Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O’Neale, Blog Tour & Interview

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    Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O’Neale, Blog Tour & Interview

    Young Adult paranormal is still my favorite genre. As much as I do love Contemporary , paranormal stories still catch me the most! Also, Stacey O’Neale is definitely a voice many Book Bloggers knew before she published her own book, so I was eagerly excited to read a book from her, but also dig into this new paranormal world full of “Elementals”.

    Plus, look  at the covers – aren’t they amazing?? I absolutely adore them – plus, I read already the Pre-quel Shadow Prince and I am hooked!!! Totally hooked! (you can download the Pre-Quel for free at amazon! )

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    So Stacey shares today an Interview with us, where she answers lots of questions I know you guys are dying to know! Also, don’t miss the Giveaway at the end of this post!

    Interview with Stacey O’Neale

    • Who or what inspires your writing?

    Life inspires me. I’ve gotten ideas while walking down the street, talking to a friend, watching television, etc. It can come from anywhere at any time. The idea for the MORTAL ENCHANTMENT series actually came when I was researching for another book.

    • Do you read reviews of your books? What do you do when you read a not-so-nice one?

    I read reviews of THE SHADOW PRINCE. I couldn’t help it. This was my first published work and I was dying to hear what readers thought. I was lucky though―most of the reviews were really favorable. The first time I read a bad review I laughed. It was really funny. I don’t get upset when people don’t like my books because everyone has different tastes. I’m just happy the books are being read. J

    • How much of the characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?

    I get asked A LOT if Rowan is a real person in my life. Most of my characters are based on pieces of several different people. It’s small facets of their personalities taken up several notches, and then smashed together to make one character.

    • Do you find it hard to kill off your characters?

    No. I think each writer knows when it’s time for a character to die. I know readers don’t like that, but we have to be true to the story. However, I want you to know it does gut me sometimes to do it. I really don’t look forward to it.

    • Can you share a teaser of MORTAL ENCHANTMENT with our readers?

    The best teaser is the prequel novella, THE SHADOW PRINCE. It’s FREE on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Also, the first chapter of MORTAL ENCHANTMENT is at the end of the novella.

    • What scene was your favorite to write in MORTAL ENCHANTMENT?

    Chapter Twenty. I had that scene in my head even before I knew how the book would end. It’s very swoon-worthy. I think readers will enjoy it. J

    • What was the hardest scene to write in MORTAL ENCHANTMENT?

    It’s difficult to answer this without giving anything away. I will say there’s a scene where a character thinks they are about to uncover something big, but it ends up crashing and burning in their face. It was tough to write because the character feels completely responsible.

    • Who is your literary hero?

    I’m a massive Gena Showalter fan. I’ve read most of her books. I like that she shifts between adult and young adult. I would like to do the same thing. I have fun writing YA, but I also love adult paranormal.

    • What do you normally like to read when not writing?

    On the YA side, I read a TON of paranormal, urban fantasy, and science fiction. When I’m reading adult, I like contemporary, fantasy, and paranormal. Please don’t ask me for a favorite because I don’t think I can choose just one. ;-)

    • Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

    Read a lot. Write a lot. You can’t have one without the other. It sounds simple, but it’s really true. Also, quit making excuses. If you want to be a writer, be one. If you really want it, make the effort. Oh, and never give up!

    About Mortal Enchantment

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    Published May 20th 2014 by Phoenix Reign Publishing

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    “Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.” 
    Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
     

    In Kalin Matthew’s world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she’s built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she’s attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.

    Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.

    To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.

    As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father
    will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more…

    Available Exclusively at Amazon eBook for $2.99 and Paperback for $8.99

    Before you read MORTAL ENCHANTMENT, make sure you check out the FREE prequel novella, THE SHADOW PRINCE!

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    Every sacrifice has consequences.

    Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

    Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

    Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he’s capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

    Available for FREE onAmazon | Barnes & Noble

    Also available in PRINT from Amazon

    About Page Photo ONealeAbout Stacey

    Stacey O’Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

    Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

    Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog.

    So tell me guys, aren’t you also intrigued after this??? Especially the cover of The Shadow Prince totally got me.. and those marks on his back? Still break my heart when I’m thinking about this! 

    The Mortal Enchantement is a promising and exciting story for all fans of the paranormal and who love to unusual! 

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  14. Brazen by Katherine Longshore - Blog Tour with Romance & Review

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    Brazen by Katherine Longshore - Blog Tour with Romance & Review

    A few years ago I read – no – I devoured historical fiction. Actually it was all I ever read. And of course, the Tutor Era was one of my favorite ones to dive in. Sadly, I haven’t read lots of Young Adult historical fiction, so when I got the chance to read Brazen I was excited!

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    Today, I have lots of goodies to share with you! I do have Katherine Longshore here with an absolutely amazing post about romance *swoon* and a short snipped of Brazen that I love so so much! Then, I’ll also share my thoughts about Brazen with you and then finally there will be a Giveaway!

    See? Lot’s of good things for you

    BRAZEN-ly Romantic by Katherine Longshore

     

    I consider myself a hopeless romantic. I have a huge soft spot for rom coms (especially British ones—Four Weddings, anyone?), believe in the power of love and consider my husband a soulmate. But what makes a romance? Sex? Love? Kissing?

    I think it has a lot to do with generosity. Thoughtfulness. Truth.

    When I was in college, my boyfriend sweet-talked my landlord into letting him into my apartment on Valentine’s Day. I came home from work to discover my kitchen completely transformed—streamers and paper hearts festooned with love letters hanging from the ceiling and a single red rose in the center of the table. Probably one of the most romantic gestures I’ve ever encountered.

    But romantic gestures come in all forms, shapes and sizes. My husband will sometimes bring me home one of those super-expensive dark chocolate bars—just because. Or he’ll spend a precious hour in London searching for the exact spot a historical event occurred because he wants to support my obsessive research.

    Because I write historical fiction with strong romantic elements, I think about romance a lot. What makes a gesture, a kiss, a scene unreservedly romantic?

    In BRAZEN, my characters (Mary Howard and Henry FitzRoy) are married at the age of fourteen and then kept separate, not allowed to consummate—or even form—a relationship. Their romance is measured in stolen moments, single kisses and hope. I feel like this forces them to be unabashedly (even brazenly) romantic, in order to make the most of it.

    “I just…want to do what’s expected.” I try not to move my lips. Turn my face to the side so I don’t look at him directly. Because if I do, everyone around us will see how much I want him.

    “Expectations aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.”

    “Oh?” I smile, still pretending to study the far wall of the garden. “And what are the alternatives?”

    “I am the king’s son but not expected to be like him. I am expected to be a scholar, but I am a better athlete. In the end, it doesn’t matter. My intellect will not change the world, and I will never be king, no matter how badly your father wants it.”

    He knows of my father’s desire to have a Howard heir on the throne. My son. I finally look up into the face of the man who would help me make that happen, and a deluge of ice flows through me followed by the ignition of a fireball, thinking of what needs to precede the arrival of said heir.

    “At the end of the day, my accomplishments, my striving to do what everyone else wants, don’t matter,” Fitz continues. “So I might as well just do what I want.”

    “What if you want to break the rules?”

    He no longer blushes like a boy. He looks me right in the eye, one corner of his mouth turned up.

    “I suppose it would depend on which rules I’m breaking.”

    I take a step closer, the tips of our shoes almost touching, and raise my face to his. I can smell the leather of his riding breeches, still horsey and green from the road; the wet, woolen odor of his cloak; the bright, sunny warmth of his linen shirt.

    I can almost taste him.

    His gaze moves to my lips, his head bowed.

    We are in a public place.

    “We shouldn’t be here,” I whisper. But I don’t move.

    “I am right where I want to be,” he says. “It doesn’t matter if there is anyone else around. It doesn’t matter if I can touch you or kiss you or”—he coughs—“put my hands in your hair or on your breast or just hold your hand in mine. It doesn’t matter if the space between us is an inch or the length of the room or nonexistent. I belong with you. Wherever you are, I’m complete.”

    What’s the most brazenly romantic gesture you’ve ever experienced?

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    BRAZEN

    Brazenby Katherine Longshore

    Pub. Date: June 12, 2014 by  Viking Juvenile

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    Mary Howard has always lived in the shadow of her powerful family. But when she’s married off to Henry Fitzroy, King Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, she rockets into the Tudor court’s inner circle.

    Mary and “Fitz” join a tight clique of rebels who test the boundaries of court’s strict rules with their games, dares, and flirtations. The more Mary gets to know Fitz, the harder she falls for him, but is forbidden from seeing him alone. The rules of court were made to be pushed…but pushing them too far means certain death.

    Is true love worth dying for?

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    Katherine Longshore grew up on the northern California coast. At university, she created her own major in Cross-Cultural Studies and Communications, planning to travel and write. Forever. Four years, six continents and countless pairs of shoes later, she went to England for two weeks, stayed five years and discovered history. She now lives in California with her husband, two children and a sun-worshiping dog.

    Where you can find Katherine

    Website | Blog | TwitterFacebook | Goodreads

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    Brazen was absolutely wonderful and perfectly genuine historical fiction, that didn’t try to embellish, but rather earnestly showed how living with the Tutors might have been especially for a woman.

    Mary was an amazing young girl, grown up in a world where woman don’t count for much, where woman are not taken seriously and where her own mother was a rather cruel example of a woman. Being married to the kings bastard son when she’s only 14 years old, she must grow up quite fast.

    But, being 14 in this era means definitely something else than being 14 today and Katherine wonderfully captured this voice and delivered a perfectly believable young girl living in Tutor Era.

    We follow along with the downfall of Anne Boleyn’s quite closely from Mary’s POV, which I honestly found absolutely fascinating. Anne Boleyn is a rather alluring historical figure.

    So here we have Mary, married with 14  alone at a court which will turn out to be a truly explosive and dangerous place to be, but still a girl who dreams of love and romance. Mary and Fitz are forbidden to be truly together, but Mary is determined to get to know the boy she’s married to and even hopes to fall in love for him.

    The romance was wonderful, heart warming and adorable, yet it didn’t completely take over the story. It was a perfect driving force for Mary’s development.

    The focus is more on the girl Mary who tries to find her own voice, and to he her own person and not being owned by the men in her life. I loved the subtle way she rebelled and found her own way, it showed her bravery and yes it also showed how brazen she could be if she must. I fell hard for this girl and I was rooting for her happiness.

    As much as it hurts to say this, but the ending was just right, it made sense and there was no other way o deliver this story. It might not be my perfect ending, but it still was an ending that satisfied me.

    This is a must read for all fans of historical fiction, and if you are a fan of the Tutor era, even more! Brazen left me again with a hunger for historical fiction, so I will definitely go and check the other books in this series from Katherine Longshore

    Bewitched Rating

    Rating 4.5

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    • 1 winner will receive all 3 books signed International.
    • 2 winners will receive signed copies of Brazen US Only

     

    So with this, I want to repeat Katherine’s Question and I#m excited to read your answers! 

    What’s the most brazenly romantic gesture you’ve ever experienced?

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  15. The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

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    The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

    Among all these contemporary books filled with angst, I so often enjoy a good murder mystery – so I picked up The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer in hopes to find an engaging murder mystery that keeps me entertained!

    Strange Edgy Setting & Interesting Characters Relations

    Lily is actually a pretty memorable character, which is not only due to her gothic, edgy attitude and dress code but also the way her family earns their money. She grew up in a family full of female morticians, so she’s surrounded by death and strange female role models but who are all quirky and interesting characters. Needless to say, Lily is the target of the mean and popular girls at school, but Lily tries not to care too much and does her own thing.

    Besides Lily’s family, I also highly enjoyed Matt, the former boyfriend of one of the Queen Bee’s who became a really good friend of Lily’s and who sees her personality rather than the outside. I liked their romance, it was cute but didn’t take centre stage!

    A Thrilling murder with some twists and turns.

    When Erin – Queen Bee and Matt’s former girlfriend is found death, everyone intents to blame Lily and Matt. This and other circumstances leads Lily to find out more about these murders! And Lily is definitely determined to find the murderer even though everyone tries to keep her out of the investigations. But this won’t ever stop Lily. There were some twists which were expected and some turns I thankfully didn’t see coming. Nothing is more boring than a clue figured out to early.

    Yet, despite all the nice words I have for this story, there was something lacking. I didn’t feel completely engaged in the story and also not n the characters. I can’t exactly pinpoint my lack of excitement, yet I remember closing the book and immediately being ready to turn to the next story. It didn’t leave any memorable notion on me.

    Bewitched Rating

    Rating 3

    Bottom Line

    The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer was an engaging murder mystery with a cute romance and some very intriguing characters. Lily was a great unusual heroine and the mystery behind the murders thrilling enough.

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    Additional Info

    I looked up other books from Sarah Strohmeyer because I really enjoyed her writing, the voice and the characters she created. I will definitely read more from her.
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