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eARC Mini Review: Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

eARC Mini Review: Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

Release Day, May 1, 2018! In the beginning, there was silence. Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads. Song of Blood & Stone Series: Earthsinger Chronicles #1Author: L. PenelopePublication Date: May 1, 2018Publisher: St. Martin’s PressPage Count: 384Format: eARCGenre: Young Adult, Fantasy, RomanceCover Artist: —My Rating: Since […]

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Blog Tour and Author Interview: Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope

Blog Tour and Author Interview: Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope

Song of Blood & Stone Earthsinger Chronicles: Book One By L. Penelope Synopsis From the very first pages of her debut, L. Penelope delivers as a new force in the fantasy genre. The first book in the historical fantasy Earthsinger series was originally self-published, earning […]

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Audiobook Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

Audiobook Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

THE PLOT THICKENS as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

My Lady Jane

Series: The Lady Janies #1
Authors: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Narrator: Katherine Kellgren
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Listening Length: 13 hours and 48 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Humor
Cover Artist: ---
My Rating: ★★★★★

My Lady JaneMy Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is by far the most enjoyable and entertaining Audiobook that I’ve listened to, to date! Going into it, I didn’t realize My Lady Jane was a historical fiction retelling with a huge side of humor and fantastical twists. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and would recommend it to anyone!

Not only is the story very well written, the narration by Katherine Kellgren absolutely makes this audiobook come to life. Being the only narrator, Katherine does an amazing job at differentiating between several different characters. Her voice is dynamic and mimics the situation naturally and effortlessly.

Because Katherine’s vocal style is so natural, it makes connecting to the characters incredibly easy. Her ability to change accents is effortless and gave me the impression that I was listening to several different narrators depict the characters instead of one!

If you desire a good laugh, a little bit of (distorted) history, and some very likable characters, My Lady Jane is the next pick for you!

Vulgarity: None!
Sexual content: There are some discussions about the topic, but its executed in a way that isn’t awkward for the reader–just funny.
Violence: Minimal.

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Cover Reveals for Wheel Gone Cats & Of Stars and Monsters!

Cover Reveals for Wheel Gone Cats & Of Stars and Monsters!

Wheels Gone Cats PUBLISHER: PARLIAMENT HOUSE PRESS Synopsis In a future where violence is encouraged and duels are required by law, Dathin Long has the answer: devolution. He proposes a medical procedure that will restore humanity to the state of primal bliss—to pure reptilian instinct, before […]

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eARC Review: Bacon Pie by Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo and Author Interview with Candace Robinson!

eARC Review: Bacon Pie by Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo and Author Interview with Candace Robinson!

Release day April 13, 2018! When a showdown between Lia and Kiev lands them in the principal’s office, they’re forced into volunteer work at the cringe-worthy Piggy Palooza Festival, or risk being suspended. Lia and Kiev aren’t thrilled about the situation, especially when it interferes […]

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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!

The Most Special Chosen
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 video teasers and there are two giveaways! The blog tour runs from 5 till 18 March. See the tour schedule here.

The Most Special ChosenThe Most Special Chosen (Exalted Bloodlines #1)
By Rachel de la Fuente
Genre: Paranormal Drama/ Paranormal Romance
Age category: New Adult/ Adult
Release Date: March 3, 2018

Blurb:
Elysabeth Vance is so determined not to be lost in her obsession that she refuses to see what’s right in front of her.

Damien is so afraid of ruining his only chance at happiness that he’s blind to Elysabeth’s obsession.

Once they open their eyes to what they have, nearly incomprehensible secrets will be revealed. After all, fate happens, even if you don’t believe in it.

You can find The Most Special Chosen on Goodreads

You can buy The Most Special Chosen on Amazon

Meet the characters!
The author did some character interviews with her characters on her blog, check them out:
Selene Delanciennes
Shawn Dooley
Damien Delanciennes
Elysabeth Vance

Video Teasers
And check out these two video teasers on YouTube:
Video teaser #1
Video teaser #2

Rachel de la FuenteAbout the Author:
Rachel de la Fuente (meaning of the fountain) lives in Maryland with the love of her life and two furry children that meow. The Most Special Chosen is her first novel, but it’s hardly her first story. She’s been writing since elementary school, and telling stories since she could speak. She is an avid fountain pen enthusiast with a bit of an ink problem, and often writes book notes and sections of stories by hand.

Rachel was born and raised in southern California, but spent many summers with family in Mexico. Her parents loved traveling, so she also spent many vacations in various locations, soaking up foreign cultures and sights. She still loves to travel, and is committed to crossing all of the locations off her bucket list.

Rachel is a proud Slytherin, and when not writing, spends much of her free time reading, cross stitching, and watching documentaries.

You can find and contact Rachel de la Fuente here:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Instagram
YouTube
Newsletter

Giveaways
There are two giveaways during the blog tour for The Most Special Chosen! One of the giveaways is US Only and the other one is open International.

US Giveaway
One winner wins the following prizes:
• A signed copy of The Most Special Chosen
• An eBook copy of The Most Special Chosen
• A sheet of Exalted Bloodlines series round stickers
• An Exalted Bloodlines logo cutout sticker
• An eBook copy of Elysabeth and Shawn, the Prequel Series
• A bookmark with The Most Special Chosen tagline

For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:
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International Giveaway
One winner wins the following Prizes:
• An eBook copy of The Most Special Chosen
• An eBook copy of Elysabeth and Shawn, the Prequel Series

For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:
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1) Tell us a little about yourself!


I never do well with this question. I feel like my brain seizes up whenever someone asks me about myself.
Um…I’m a southern California transplant living in the Washington, DC area and an avid fountain pen enthusiast with a growing ink problem. I’ve got 9 tattoos and 11 piercings. I can geek out with the best of them, and enjoy going to AwesomeCon every year.


2) What got you into writing?


I don’t know. I’ve been writing or telling stories since I was very young. I wrote short stories in elementary school, and just kept writing until I eventually had a novel. And now here I am with all the makings of a series.


3) What was your source (or sources) of inspiration for The Most Special Chosen?


Well, the original source of inspiration was a boyfriend in high school. But several years later, I wrote what is now chapter 14 (I really don’t remember where I got the idea) and it completely changed the course of the story. I’m very happy it did, because the book is infinitely better now.


4) Who would you say are your biggest influences in your writing style?


Well, having re-read Kresly Cole’s A Hunger Like No Other recently, I realized that she definitely had
significant influence on my writing. I imagine that many of the authors I read often have had some kind of effect as well. So Philippa Gregory, Nina Bangs, Jane Austen, and several fan fiction writers have probably all contributed to my writing style.


5) What lessons (if any) are to be learned from the characters in The Most Special Chosen?


Ooh, I’ve never been asked this before. I don’t think I offer any overt lessons, but the importance of friendship is definitely in there. Everyone needs that friend that really understands you. Picking your battles gets some page time. You can’t fight every battle in your life. You have to determine what’s important to you, and sometimes that means letting other things slide.


6) Who is your favorite character in The Most Special Chosen, and why?


I have a particular fondness for Shawn. He’s based on my best friend in high school, and the nostalgia factor is strong. I also really like Damien’s brother Sebastian, and another character that I don’t want to name just yet, but plays an important part in the latter half of The Most Special Chosen.


7) What drew you to write a paranormal romance?


It’s fun. I’ve always had a bit of a thing for vampires and werewolves. Reading paranormal romance over the years has just increased my interest. You can do so much with it. You can invent your own mythologies. I will say that as the series continues, there will be less of an emphasis on the romance part, and more emphasis on drama. That’s not to say the romance will go away, but it won’t be the main focus.


8) What can we look for in the future from you? Do you have any other books planned?


Later this year I have a short story coming out in Crossroads in the Dark IV, a charity anthology from my
publisher. I also have 6 total novels planned for the Exalted Bloodlines series, as well as side stories here and there, probably in anthologies. Otherwise, we’ll see where the writing fairy takes me.

Check out the other stops in this tour!

March 5
Bibliophile Ramblings – Promo only
Bibliophile Ramblings – Review

March 6 
T’s Stuff – Excerpt
Crazy Beautiful Reads – Excerpt
Sylv.net – Promo Only

March 7
The Writer’s Inkwell – Excerpt

March 8
The Young Girl Who Loved books – Interview

March 9 
Comfy Chair Books – Excerpt
FyreSyde Publishing – Guest Post

March 10 
Stacking My Book Shelves! – Excerpt and Top Ten List

March 11 
Just Books – Excerpt and top ten list

March 12 
The Bookworm Lodge – Promo Only

March 13 
She’s Going Book Crazy – Interview

March 14 
Ziggy’s Reading Corner – Promo Only

March 15 
Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang – Promo Only
Writers and Authors – Guest Post

March 16 
Six Tinder Weeks – Review

March 17 
The Cozy Pages – Promo Only
Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog – Excerpt
Shock N Awe Book Blog – Excerpt

March 18 
Teatime and Books – Promo Only
books are love – Excerpt

Review after tour
Shock N Awe Book Blog
FyreSyde Publishing
books are love

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 […]

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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 provided by Goodreads.

Shadowsong

Series: Wintersong #2
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Page Count: 368
Format: ebook
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Retellings
Cover Artist: Anna Gorovoy
My Rating: ★★★★★

Shadowsong: A Novel (Wintersong)Shadowsong: A Novel by S. Jae-Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

1) Wintersong: ★★★★★

For anyone who has read (and loved…or disliked) Wintersong, be prepared, because this sequel is probably not what you are expecting. But trust me, if you allow yourself the opportunity, this book can sweep you away in a storm of folklore, complexity, and utter lyrical beauty all on its own.

Just as I had written in my review for Wintersong, the writing in Shadowsong has a way of making me feel raw. These characters, Liesl, Josef, Kathe, the Goblin King, are utterly stripped of their complexity and bared for the entire world to see their soul. The writing quality has surpassed my expectations in this series and made me appreciate Jae-Jones as an author immensely. What I appreciate most is the risk she took to also bare her own soul within these characters.

Madness is a strange word. It encompasses any sort of behavior or thought pattern that deviates from the norm, not just mental illness. I, like Liesl, am a functioning member of society, but our mental illnesses make us mad. They make us arrogant, moody, selfish, and reckless, They make us destructive, to both ourselves and to those we love. We are not easy to love, Liesl and I, and I did not want to face that ugly truth.

In the author note, she also noted that there is content such as: self-harm, addiction, reckless behavior, and suicide ideation. These traits are shared among several members of the cast.

How can I go on when I am haunted by ghosts? I feel him, Sepp. I feel the Goblin King when I play, when I work on the Wedding Night Sonata. The touch of his hand upon my hair. The press of his lips against my cheek. The sound of his voice, whispering my name. There is madness in our bloodline.

Despite this fact, I think this was a wonderful read. I was utterly surprised by the complexity of this duology. From what I gathered in Wintersong, I did not foresee the path in which this plot would traverse. Shadowsong is a mix of retellings between Goblin Market, the story of Hades and Persephone, and the Wild Hunt. Majority of the time, the plot walks a narrow path, dipping toes in both the fantastical and reality, obscuring which is which. I believe the way in which this book is written is figurative to Liesl’s experience as a character. Her constant battle between living in the “real world,” yet, being enticed by the underground and back to her beloved is palpable.

I who had grown up with my grandmother’s stories, I who had been the Goblin King’s bride and walked away knew better than anyone the consequences of crossing the old laws that governed life and death. What was real and what was false was as unreliable as memory, and I lived in the in-between spaces, between the pretty lie and the ugly truth. But I did not speak of it. Could not speak of it.

Liesl’s fears and deliberations are not without merit. She knows, along with those that still hold to the Old Laws, that there are consequences for each and every action. The Old Laws must be appeased. By thwarting them, the Wild Hunt occurs, seeking souls to balance the scales. As the threat draws nearer, Liesl grows more erratic in her deliberations, trying to protect her sister Kathe, repair her relationship with her brother Josef, and learn to live with herself and accept who she is. Acceptance proves to be a main theme throughout this story. Each character struggles with acceptance of a certain truth in their life, but instead, try to ignore it by

I was so focused on being Elisabeth, alone, I had not thought about what it meant to be Elisabeth, entire. And that meant embracing my past as well as uncertain future. I was so determined to not wallow in my misery that I made myself lonely; I pushed away memories and feelings and connections not only to the Goblin King, but myself. I had mourned, but I had not let myself grieve. I had not let myself feel. Don’t think. Feel.

While I wish there had been more appearances from the Goblin King himself, I’m glad there wasn’t. I think that after Liesl’s experience in the underground required this sort of backlash in her character. Her transformation from the Goblin Queen back to Liesl required addressing. No matter how “romantic” her experience in the underground may have been, (although, it was definitely twisted) Liesl experienced much that required more attention. It is in Shadowsong where Liesl truly becomes a woman and owns each part of herself–whole and broken. That is the beauty of this story–learning to accept that we all have attributes, experiences, memories, and influences that make and break our character. It’s how we deal with those points that define who we are. I couldn’t help but feel forced to look inward and evaluate parts of myself I wished to ignore while traversing these pages. It also forced me to consider others and observing these same qualities that makeup people around me.

“Who are you?” I whisper. He nods at me. You know who I am, Elisabeth. “You are the man with music in his soul,” I tell him. “You are the one who showed me a way to myself when I was lost in the woods. My teacher, my playmate, my friend.” I choke a little on the sobs rising from my throat. “You allowed me to forgive myself for being imperfect. For being a sinner. For being me.” If my brother is my grace, then the Goblin King is my mercy.

As I said in my review of Wintersong, this book may not resonate with everyone. In fact, I’m certain it won’t. It’s not the typical YA/NA fantasy for today’s era, and I’m so glad that it’s not. It has potential to truly challenge its reader and forces them to evaluate more than just a fun, light-hearted plot with a shallow romance. No, Shadowsong has a lot to offer.

Vulgarity: Minimal! I only counted 3 words!
Sexual Content: Unlike Wintersong, there is very little regarding this area in this book. While Liesl does think about her times with the Goblin King, she doesn’t go into explicit detail.
Violence: Moderate. Due to the nature and tone of this book, there are definitely some points (including the content warning listed by the author) that are not light topics for discussion. I still believe this is a New Adult Fantasy, and not quite appropriate for Young Adult readers.

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S. JAE-JONE (called JJ) is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and erstwhile editrix. When not obsessing over books, she can be found jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, co-hosting the Pub(lishing) Crawl podcast, or playing dress-up. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she now lives in North Carolina, as well as many other places on the internet, including Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog.

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 […]

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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, and Hansel discovers he's about to be sent halfway across the galaxy, he knows something sinister is afoot. 

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

Myths of Mish

Series: Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #2

Author: Katie Hamstead

Publication Date: March 28, 2017

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Page Count: 245

Format: eARC

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Retellings, Romance

Cover Artist: Eugene Teplitsky

My Rating: ★★★

Myths of Mish (Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #2)Myths of Mish by Katie Hamstead
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

1) Princess of Tyrone: ★★★★½

“Fear is very powerful, almost as powerful as love.”

Escaping from the woods and the evil witch only proved to be one narrow escape for Hansel and Gretel as they found themselves in another hostile situation once they return home. Their new stepmother is sneaky, tricky, and manipulative. Years go by and her treachery of leading the children into the forest fades from everyone’s mind–except Hansel’s. He knows something is off about the woman.

Wilhelmine, once embarrassingly love-struck with the famous and heroic Hansel, has accidentally classified herself as being dull and airheaded in Hansel’s eyes. The daughter of an important man, she finds herself thrown uncomfortably back into the presence of Hansel, as his younger sister Gretel is betrothed to her father for the sake of political gain. Gretel, being good friends with Minna, becomes the mediator between their awkward relationship. Hansel sees the marriage as a scheme orchestrated by their stepmother to do away with the brother and sister. Deciding before they are split from one another, the two flee before the marriage can take place. Minna, catching them as they escape, joins in their adventure and is taken on a ride that will change her life, and all of their lives, forever.


This is the first retelling I’ve read that hasn’t opened into a scene of insta-love! I didn’t enjoy this retelling as much as its predecessor, Princess of Tyrone. I did like how this book ended and tied back to the prior installment. The first half of the book I had a hard time getting into. Hansel’s bipolar attitude was irritating, and I felt terrible for Wilhelmine. Once the plot got moving, the second half took me by surprise as it made a 180-turn. I was drawn in by the sudden twists and didn’t see them coming one bit. I won’t say further what those were for wanting to keep this review spoiler-free.


Character Breakdown

Wilhelmine (Minna): Poor girl. Talk about emotional and verbal abuse. Hansel put her through the ringer and played with her mind at every turn for years. His reasoning is divulged later on, but it didn’t necessarily justify the extent of his treatment of her. However much she had been through, Minna somehow remained gracious enough to rise above Hansel’s offense.

Hansel: He drove me nuts through the first half of the book. His irrational dislike of Wilhelmine and unjustifiable cruelty was opposite of what I was expecting in a fairy tale retelling. As he spends more time with Minna, he thankfully manages to grow out of his childish demeanor.

Gretel: She is proof that petty jealousy can get you in a bind if one isn’t willing to hear the truth. Her innocence makes her susceptible to believing everything that she sees, rather than investigating further into the story.

Overall, I enjoyed this story. There are lessons for the characters and readers to learn. It wasn’t as captivating as the first book in this series but was entertaining in its own way.

If you enjoy science fiction lite retellings with a side of mythology, this series is for you.

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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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