Tag: Paranormal

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

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

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Book & Audiobook Review: Of Sand and Storm by Amber Argyle

Book & Audiobook Review: Of Sand and Storm by Amber Argyle

By law, any child born in Idara is free, even if that child is born in a slave brothel. But as Cinder grows into a beauty that surpasses even that of her mother and grandmother, she realizes that freedom is only a word. Partial synopsis […]

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

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault Cover Reveal!

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault Cover Reveal!

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault Publisher: Parliament House Press Some see it… Some don’t… People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among […]

Nine While Nine Cover Reveal!

Nine While Nine Cover Reveal!

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Book Review: Finding Jade by Mary Jennifer Payne

Book Review: Finding Jade by Mary Jennifer Payne

The year is 2030, and climate change is making life on Earth more challenging. Fourteen-year-old Jasmine Guzman is struggling to come to terms with the abduction of her twin sister, Jade, and her mother’s illness. Things go from bad to worse when a series of bizarre occurrences make Jasmine wonder if she’s losing her mind.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

Book: Finding Jade

Series: Daughters of Light #1

Author: Mary Jennifer Payne

Publication Date: March 7, 2017

Publisher: Dundurn Group

Page Count: 216

Format: Paperback

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Paranormal

My Review: ★★★

Finding JadeFinding Jade by Mary Jennifer Payne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Dun Durn, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Jasmine has always been different from most kids her age–she was born a twin. She grew up close to her sister until a few years ago when Jade was abducted. Jasmine and her mother have never recovered from the incident, understandably. With no body, or trace of evidence, there was no closure for them.

Life in 2030 was hot, no matter where one lived. After a drastic climate change, much of the world has been changed past the point of inhabitation. The conditions make it difficult for anyone to thrive. Jasmine’s mother, riddled with a debilitating disease, only grew worse when the abduction happened. Jasmine has worked hard ever since to help her mom out in any way possible, alongside her mother’s close friend Lola.

When Jasmine is transferred to a new school, she realizes that something strange is going on. Most of her classmates are made up of twins. Introduced to the world of demons, Jasmine learns that she is a part of a special network of individuals who have access to unusual abilities. There, she meets a boy named Raphael who has a hankering for helping her in the times that matter the most.

Jasmine learns through a series of extraordinary events that her sister is alive, but is stuck in a place called The-Place-in-Between. More sinister than it sounds, Jasmine must quite literally face her demons in order to rescue her long-lost sister from the shadowy realm.


I like it when I go into a book not really knowing what to expect. I like even more when a book takes the reins and leads me down a path that I don’t foresee. Finding Jade had a lot of surprising attributes to it that make it stand out. However, a few of those attributes could ultimately be its downfall, as some are under-developed and without must investigation. Needless to say, I thought this was an interesting take on the paranormal topic of angels and demons. While I didn’t necessarily like parts of the backstory, I appreciated the author’s ingenuity and ability to converge several (seemingly random) paths into one.

Things that I liked:

#1 There is a lot of diversity among the characters. Both Jasmine and Jade are of Chilean descent, and the book is mostly set in Toronto which has a lot of diversity in and of itself.

#2 The concept, while a bit unpolished, was interesting. I did not expect the book to travel in the direction that it headed toward, which made for a surprising read.

#3 I loved the (random) variation of settings, and how they were tied into the plot. The-Place-in-Between, aka a Pergatorish “Hell-like” state where people would become stuck in was original and rather creepy. I felt like I was stepping onto a London street at night knowing that Jack the Ripper was on the loose when reading these scenes.

Things that I didn’t like:

#1 I felt that there were several aspects of this book that were left without much explanation. Granted, this is the first book in a series, but I found that it would have been more beneficial to have more information on specific topics such as Lola’s Ibeja doll, the Seers themselves and what all they are actually capable of, and more on Raphael (but I’m certain more is coming on him in Solomon’s Ring.

The Seers were never painted into a full picture for me.

Seers are genetically connected to this chick called Lilith, who was apparently Adam’s wife before Eve. She’s gotten a bad rap over the centuries because she held supernatural powers and led armies into battle, refusing to be subservient to men. Good for her, right? But because she used her girl power without shame and men could not control her, they made up nasty rumours about her. Rumours that she was a demon, a vampire, and an evil whore. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: not a lot has changed between guys and girls over the years. Kind of depressing. Instead of spreading this stuff on social media, guys back in the day wrote trashy rumours on scrolls and cave walls. Nice.

While we do get some background information, (with some jabs at the male gender – another thing I didn’t care for) I couldn’t seem to grasp the entirety of their capabilities and entire purpose.

#2 SPOILER ALERT!!!


 I found Jasmine’s reaction to finding her sister so…odd. A lot of time was spent in the first portion of this book with her pondering her sister’s disappearance. Yet, when she discovered she was alive and successfully rescued her from The-Place-in-Between, she almost seemed indifferent. No, I don’t expect her to be jumping up and down from that moment on. I just found her to have a lack of engagement with her sister’s return. It was weird.

END OF SPOILER.


#3 While the setting clearly takes place in Toronto, I had a hard time envisioning where the characters were throughout. The proximity of the schools, what they were like, the subway scenes, and The-Place-in-Between settings were only briefly touched upon. Especially seeing how this takes place in a dystopian future, I was looking for more detail on the different locations, as well as the drastic variances between them and the eras in which the characters travel.

Overall, I thought this was a unique read. While I had some issues with underdevelopment of some aspects of the plot, I thought the characters were decently-developed and played into the plot well. I’m curious to see where they will end up in Solomon’s Ring.

Vulgarity: Minimal.
Sexual content: Kissing only.
Violence: Moderate – there were some scenes particularly in The-Place-in-Between that were grotesque, including decapitation of some characters.

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eARC Review: Keeper by Kim Chance

eARC Review: Keeper by Kim Chance

When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother. Partial synopsis provided […]

eARC Review: Descent by Katie O’Sullivan

eARC Review: Descent by Katie O’Sullivan

Shea MacNamara’s life just got complicated. When a freak tornado devastates his Oklahoma farm, fifteen-year-old Shea moves to Cape Cod to live with a grandmother he’s never met. Struggling to make sense of his new surroundings, he meets a girl along the shore who changes […]

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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