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Blog Tour, Giveaway & Author Interview: The Most Special Chosen by Rachel de la Fuente!

Blog Tour, Giveaway & Author Interview: The Most Special Chosen by Rachel de la Fuente!

This is my stop during the blog tour for The Most Special Chosen by Rachel de la Fuente. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. Read the whole post to discover more about this book, find some links to some character interviews, some […]

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eARC Review: Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade

eARC Review: Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade

Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive. Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads. […]

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My Favorite Romance Novels

My Favorite Romance Novels

Since we are still in February, let's talk Romance, shall we?

I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of romance in books. That doesn’t come to say that I don’t appreciate a good romance if I come across one! 

If we want to be really honest, then if you get to know me a bit, you’ll find out I’m not really a romantic. You’re a girl, and you aren’t romantic? Nah, not really. I grew up with horses, dirt under my nails, and biceps which could contend with most guys my age.

I think it’s also due to the fact that our society has dumbed-down romance and made it into something meaningless and shallow and I don’t want to read about it! But, that’s a topic for another discussion.

These five books are focused on romance, or dance around the topic, and have become favorites for reasons of their own (which I’ll be sharing). The first two are a TIE–I cannot choose which I prefer more, so a tie will have to suffice. 

pride and prejudice

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

I know I won't be alone here on this one. Where are all my Mr. Darcy fans at? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen has always been, and will always be one of my absolute favorite romances. This book has the perfect combination of wit, complexity, simplicity, irony, and...everything else that makes a novel a good novel. Not to mention, Elizabeth Bennett is one of my favorite female characters, ever!

jane eyre

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

If you like suspense in your romances, then Jane Eyre takes the cake! I remember the first time I read Jane Eyre, and how utterly enthralled with it I became (and still am) afterwards. There's a reason why this is my all-time-favorite book! The dark setting, the cranky and moody Mr. Rochester, Jane's meekness, and the secret makes this book a splendid read.

the girl in the tower

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Published in 2018, The Girl in the Tower is the sequel to The Bird and the Nightingale. This series is based off of Russian folklore, primarily focused around Father Frost. As the plot unfolds over the course of these two books, a steeping paranormal romance buds between Father Frost and Vasilica, the main character. Again, if you are one for amazing atmospheric tales, check this series out!

wings of the wind

Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

The Wings of the Wind is the third and final book in the Out of Egypt series. These are Christian fiction retellings, sprinkled with romance. The story overarching all three books tells of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt, and the years following. In this final installment, a fiery Canaanite woman named Alanah is found after a battle between the Jews and the Canaanites by a Jewish man named Tobiah. Due to customs and other complications, the two are forced together. If you love tales of redemption, healing, and so much more, check out this series!

the queen's rising

The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross

The Queen's Rising is another new release for 2018. I was skeptical when I picked this baby up, but boy, was I blown away by this read! This book is the epitome of forbidden and slow-burning romances. I won't tell you who falls in love for spoiler's sake, but if you like a book that has a solid romance that doesn't take front and center stage, you might want to give this one a try!

That's it for today! Tell me, what are your favorite romance reads? Let me know in the comments below!

eARC Review: Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones

eARC Review: Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones

Released today, February 6, 2018! When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. Partial synopsis […]

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Book Review: Betrothed by Wanda Wiltshire

Book Review: Betrothed by Wanda Wiltshire

When Amy starts having strange dreams, everything changes. Night after night, she becomes trapped in a shroud of black – a void of silence but for a male voice calling for a girl named ‘Marla’. Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads. Book: Betrothed Series: Betrothed #1 […]

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Book Review: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Book Review: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

Book: Wintersong

Series: Wintersong #1

Author: S. Jae-Jones

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Page Count: 436

Format: Hardcover

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retellings

Cover Artist: Anna Gorovoy

My Rating: ★★★★★

Wintersong (Wintersong, #1)Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was not a child of beauty; I was a child of the queer, the strange, and the wild.

Wintersong is not a story that everyone will appreciate. I say that because of the style in which it is written. Its prose are beautifully artistic, but may not resonate with every reader because of the depth of conversation to which it addresses. Instead of a story being handed to the reader on a silver platter–no questions to ask, no thoughts or feelings to decipher, no reflection to behold–it is a story which challenges innermost thoughts with notes, images, feelings–not words. And I loved it.

If there is one word to describe this book, it would be raw. Raw experiences. Raw emotions. Rawness on all accounts.

It hurt. Hearing my music like this, played in the hands of someone who understood me so completely—in a way, not even my brother had known—hurt. My music was elegant, transcendent, ethereal, and I could not bear to behold its beauty. I longed to pull it back beneath my skin, to hide it away in the shadows where it properly belonged, safe where no one could judge it for its flaws.

It has been a while since I have read a character with such developed inner-monologue and outer-dialogue. We travel through the labyrinth of thoughts, wishes, hopes, and dreams Liesl embodies. We see her make difficult decisions, for selfish and selfless purposes. We see her transform from the unremarkable and “plain” girl Leisl, into the woman Elisabeth. We see her understand what it means to sacrifice for another.

I do solemnly swear that I accept your sacrifice, the gift of your life, selflessly and selfishly given.

Leisl, (and Elisabeth’s) relationship with the Goblin King is tumultuous, bewitching, and real; besides the fact that he’s a Goblin King…It glimpses upon the passage from maiden to matronhood and the trials of what marital union call of a person. I love the dark alluring character and mystery of Der Erlkönig and the Goblin King, as they are two halves to a whole.

The Goblin King had his tricks, but I had my stubbornness. We would see who prevailed in the end.

Wintersong had a Phantom Of The Opera feel to it: an enticing and elusive man wants a girl for her music, not to mention her soul. Because of the dark undertones and mature nature of the story, I personally wouldn’t recommend this book for young adults, along with the fact that there are some descriptive sexual scenes. I tend to be more conservative, but I’d say this book is for eighteen and up.

My one and only issue with this book was that it was a bit drawn out in the middle. The book is almost divided into two separate stories, and once the second story took center stage, the pace began to lag. I understand why it was drawn out, because it takes a person time to sort out their feelings, to grow and to understand themselves and others at a deeper level. I think this aspect may turn some people away from the book. However, I found it to be all more realistic and relatable. I appreciated that Jae-Jones didn’t force her characters to miraculously change overnight, and allowed them to change naturally and upon their own accord.

Hands down, 5 stars. This may be a new favorite. I appreciated how much the reader could take away from this story, and it wasn’t strictly written for entertainment purposes. There is a heart behind its words, pulsing and humming with life and thought. I am highly anticipating it’s companion read, to be published in 2018.

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eARC Review: Myths of Mish by Katie Hamstead

eARC Review: Myths of Mish by Katie Hamstead

Release date May 28, 2017! Hansel and Gretel Herrscher survived the witch in the woods, but the experience has made Hansel paranoid for the past ten years. He sees dark magic at every turn. When Gretel has a marriage arranged to a much older man, […]

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Book Review: Princess of Tyrone by Katie Hamstead

Book Review: Princess of Tyrone by Katie Hamstead

Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone. Partial synopsis provided by […]

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