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Ferocious by Paula Stokes #Review + #Giveaway

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Ferocious
Vicarious Series
Book #2
Paula Stokes

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Contemporary
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Tor Teen (Macmillian)
ISBN: 978-0765380968
ASIN: B01MUDQD3B
Pages: 352
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Goodreads Rating: 4.3
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:

Paula Stokes returns to the world of Vicarious in this sequel, a high-action psychological thriller with a protagonist out for vengeance.

When Winter Kim finds out that her sister is dead and that she has a brother she never knew about, only two things matter―finding what’s left of her family and killing the man who destroyed her life. Her mission leads her from St. Louis to Los Angeles back to South Korea, where she grew up.

Things get increasingly dangerous once Winter arrives in Seoul. Aided by her friends Jesse and Sebastian, Winter attempts to infiltrate an international corporation to get close to her target, a nefarious businessman named Kyung. But keeping her last remaining loved ones out of the line of fire proves difficult, and when all seems to be lost, Winter must face one last devastating decision: is revenge worth sacrificing everything for? Or can she find a spark of hope in the darkness that threatens to engulf her?

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Praise for VICARIOUS

 

“Combining elements of sci-fi and mystery, Vicarious is an expert blend from an author gifted with the ability to jump genres and stick the landing every time.” ―Paste Magazine

“A total mind-bending thrill ride, with a heroine who’s as smart as she is strong. Readers will love Winter!” ―Lindsay Cummings, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zenith and The Murder Complex

“Reading Vicarious is like tiptoeing across a field of landmines. Blindfolded. Stokes delivers enough adrenaline to make readers beg for mercy.” ―Victoria Scott, author of Titans and Fire & Flood

 

“An action-packed thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end–I couldn’t put it down!” ―Kristi Helvig, author of Burn Out and Strange Skies

“Vicarious by Paula Stokes is a fast-paced thriller that grabs your attention on page one and doesn’t let go. The main character is a fresh take on the usual heroine in YA novels.” ―Julie Bond, Sales &Marketing Manager/YA Specialist, Read Booksellers

“This is the thrill ride you’ve been waiting for all summer.” ―PopCrush

“Pulse-pounding adventures and high-tech blend masterfully with romance, intrigue, and current issues, making this book completely captivating for any audience.” ―VOYA, starred review

“Stokes delivers fans of suspense a story full of twists and turns…The author admirably handles graphic and disturbing material in a subtle way.” ―School Library Journal

“A powerful kick-ass girl caught up in a high-tech, twisty mystery…Buckle up, this thrill ride travels at breakneck speed.” ―Justine Magazine

“Smart twists and turns…smart sci-fi worldbuilding. Complementing the mystery is a slow-burn love story between Winter and Mexican-American Jesse Ramirez, a fellow stunt artist. Their relationship is tender and complicated, with enough tension to sustain itself and enough heat to pop when things pay off.” ―Kirkus Reviews

 

My Take on the Book:

Whoa whoa whoa. I’m a bit late to this party and I’m a bit mad at myself because I honestly can’t believe that it took me this long to find out about Paula Stokes and this duology. I’m shook.

While I normally steer towards the more supernatural, paranormal or even dystopian novels I often enjoy novels that are stepped more in fact than fiction. This set of books does a great job of mering the real with fiction. While the ViSe recording technology that a good portion of these books focus on does not exist in our present day world, they did not seem too unbelievable or far off from reality.

I was particularly fond of the character developments, mainly Winter’s. I think Stokes did a great job portraying this character and shinning a light on the complexities of mental illness while helping to cast aside the stigma that surrounds it. In addition to these thoroughly fleshed out characters, I found myself really enjoying the romance. Most appealing to me was that this was not a instantaneous connection but rather a slow burn romance that started well before we were even introduced to the characters in book 1. It helped to make this story more realistic.

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5 Quills

I can’t wait to get my hands on more books my Paula Stokes because if these two were anything to go by, this author is extremely talented. Loved this duology and I can’t recommend it enough. This series was well worth muddling my already hectic schedule and coming out of hiatus to review. If you like action and mystery these are the books for you. The technology in these books gave me a J.D. Robb type feel but the writing is not like any I’ve encountered before, making this an original and well thought out story!

About the Author Paula Stokes

Paula Stokes is the author of several novels, most recently Vicarious and Girl Against the Universe. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She also loves interacting with readers.

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Blackheath Review + #Giveaway

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Blackheath
Gabriella Lepore

 
Genre: Young Adults Paranormal
Release Date: December 21, 2015
Publisher: Of Tomes Publishing
 
ISBN: 978-1522836254
ASIN: B019PQPVGW
 
Pages: 284
Goodreads Rating: 4.24
My Rating: 5.0
 

Book Description:

 

Seventeen-year-old Maggie Ellmes is dogged by a case of chronic bad luck. She figures that’s just her lot in life—that is, until the psychic at Blackheath’s annual carnival reveals that Maggie’s problems are caused by more than just ordinary misfortune; she’s actually been cursed.

 

Desperate to shake the hex, Maggie has no choice but to seek out the help of Joel Tomlins, a rebellious classmate who’s descended from Blackheath’s most powerful line of witches. After breaking all of his coven’s conventions to help her, Joel discovers that the curse isn’t as bad as Maggie fears. In fact, it’s much, much worse.

 

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My Take on the Book:

 

Eepp! I love this!!!

 

Having read/reviewed a previous novel from this author I knew I’d like this book but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. This was a super quick read for me and I greedily took in every page and scene.

 

In this book you are introduced to some great characters that are easy to like and grow fond of. Another good note is that you do get to have alternating POVs so there aren’t very many gaps in this story in terms of story progression.

 

I can’t say enough about this book and yet I’m fearful of saying too much and ruining the experience for all of you! But I will say that not everything is at it appears and you should read this book with an open mind because chances are, if you’ve guessed how something is going to go, that you are wrong.

 

5 Quills

 

Here’s to hoping that there is a sequel to this book in the works, so I can read more about these characters! There were a lot of unanswered questions and it did finish off as open ended so that’s another reason to hope for a follow up.

 

It’s a solid read that is sure to enthrall and entice you. Kudos to Ms. Lepore for creating such a vivid world with such interesting characters.

 

 

About The Author

 

Gabriella Lepore lives on the coast of Wales in the United Kingdom. She began writing at an early age and grew up with a passion for all things supernatural —especially witches!

 

She currently has six (6) Young Adult books in print: Evanescent, The Blackheath Witches, How I Found You, Secrets In Phoenix, and The Witches of the Glass Castle books 1 & 2.

 

 
 

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Heart in a Box Review + #Giveaway

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Heart in a Box
Catherine Stine

 

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 20, 2015
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
ISBN: 978-1939590633
ASIN: B017VM7250
eBook Pages: 207
Paperback Pages: 270
Goodreads Rating: 4.71
My Rating: 5.0

 

Book Description:

 

Each heartbeat leads Joss closer a shocking truth that will change everything.

Joss Olstad wins the fight to switch from her private school to a public high to “find her pieces” she lost when the Indian artist father she never knew died. There, Joss struggles with a slutty friend, who flirts with her new love; Indian Culture Club girls who press her on her past, as well as her stoner mother’s lies back at home. Armed only with her handmade heart boxes that hold private messages, Joss’s search for identity leads her to a scary industrial section of Queens, and a shocking family secret that changes everything.

 

My Take on the Book:

 

That was so stinking cute, I don’t even know what to do with myself right now!

 

This was a lovely coming of age story that completely exceeded my expectations. It is nothing at all what one expects and the author almost seems to go out of her way to make things go differently than the expected norm.

 

Joss is a great lead, stumbling through life trying to find out who she is all while managing her first real relationship and a new school. Will is also a great smolder-y lead male that perfectly complements Joss and always seems to have the right words to help her make her own way.

 

The dynamics in this story are a lot more complex than they first appear and I find that really refreshing. Honestly none of the characters acted the way I expected and everything I thought would happen didn’t. That alone made this a fresh new read for me because it was literally an unexpected journey.

 

5 Quills

 

I really enjoyed this book and I think it’s a great read for everyone, but I do plan on purchasing 2 copies in the near future. One copy will be for myself and the other for my niece who is just starting to find her place in the world.

 

Give this one a try, I’m almost positive its time well spent and I’ pretty darn sure that you’ll love it as much as I did.

 

 
About The Author

 

               
Catherine Stine writes YA and romance. Her novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. Her YA sci-fi thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award winners. Her YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. She also writes romance as Kitsy Clare. Her Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her as a child, and her love of contemporary fiction comes from being a jubilant realist. Visit her at catherinestine.com and subscribe to her newsletter for news of releases, workshops and appearances.

 

 
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Forbidden Forest Review + #Giveaway (Interview Coming Soon)

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The Legends of Regia

Tenaya Jayne


Genre: Young Adults Romantic Fantasy
Release Date: December 29, 2012
Publisher: Cold Fire Publishing LLC

ISBN: 978-0988275716
ASIN: B009JVTLA6

Pages: 264
Word Count: 77,000
Cover Artist: Erika Doucesse

Goodreads Rating: 3.97
My Rating: 4.0

Book Description:


Born in shame. Cast from society. Shape Shifter/Elf hybrid, Forest must fight for any respect she can get. Targeted in her youth by a vampire noble who placed an illegal slave mark on her, she is forced to obey him, no matter what.


Slipping the grip of her master and abandoning the prejudice of Regia, her native world, Forest takes a job on Earth, guarding the portal, using her skills as a warrior to enforce Regia’s laws. Now, called home for a black ops mission, Forest must put aside her own prejudice to transport the vampire prince, Syrus, through enemy territory in a time of war.

Prince Syrus, mage and master of the Blood Kata, wants Forest more than he’s ever wanted anything. In spite of their mutual mistrust, their attraction cannot be denied. Through the danger of their mission, and the secrets they both keep, it doesn’t matter what they feel. Forest is forbidden.

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My Take on The Book:

 

Wow
That was awesome . At first I was 100 percent sure how that story has characters very strong from the beginning and the story seems to thrust you into a world that already has so much going on . Luckily, the story finds a seamless way to introduce you to past events and what makes all these characters tick.

 

I really enjoyed the new world and all the inner workings of their ‘hierarchy’. The characters are not the kind you can ignore and I couldn’t help but love them. I do admit though that there were plenty of times that said characters pissed me off… they were extremely stubborn after all but for the most part I found them to be really enjoyable and I liked the unconventional romance. I also really liked how different the supernatural beings are in this book.

4 Quills

 

I look forward to reading book 2 ‘Forest Fire’ because this definitely ended with a cliff hanger! But I think this is a solid read that most of you are going to enjoy 🙂
 

About The Author

                     
Nationally Bestselling author Tenaya Jayne has always walked a shaky line between reality and fantasy. A nomad by nature, she’s lived all over the US, and now resides happily in the Midwest, with her husband and sons. She’s an advocate for Autism awareness and women trapped in abusive relationships, and feels everyone has too much pain to not enjoy an escape into a fictional fantasy world.

 

Her passions include reading, independent and foreign films, cooking, and moody music. For more about Tenaya and her books, visit her website.

 

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The Howling Heart Review + #Giveaway

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The Howling Heart
April Bostic

 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 8, 2013
Publisher: Eternal Press
 
ISBN: 978-1629290195
ASIN: B00EDTXEXY
 
eBook Pages: 262
Paperback Pages: 234
 
Goodreads Rating:3.82
My Rating: 4.0
 
Book Description:
 
Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River. 

Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv—wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.

Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.

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My Take:
 

Hmmmm

I’m kinda at a loss for words. While i did fully enjoy this book there was a lot that I didn’t.

I like the originality of the shifter werewolf thing going on in this book, end I like the different route of this romance book but I can’t say I was fully a fan of the main character Paige. There were even a couple of moments where I didn’t even like Riley. Walt they worked well together and made for really nice storybook romance, they both had this naivety to them the made it difficult for me to like them on their own.

I also wasn’t a fan of all the predictability that took place in the story but I did enjoy the refreshing themes. The whole take on this story’s werewolves is a pretty cool one and not something I can honestly say I have ever heard of or read in another book.

4 Quills
 
I think the positives, outnumber the negatives so I definitely recommend this book to somebody who enjoys shifter romances. And while I did have some problems with the story and the flow, I was more interested in seeing how the story played out.

About The Author

 

April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled “A Rose to the Fallen”.

Her first short story, “Right Here, Right Now”, released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled “Eros, My Love”, and a sexy romantic comedy entitled “Love Addiction”.

After five years, she released her second novel, “The Howling Heart” in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April also released her fourth short story in December 2013, a historical paranormal romance entitled “A Dark Scandal”.

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Mystique Review + #Giveaway

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Mystique

Shari Arnold
 
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Release Date: November 17, 2015
 
ISBN: 978-1518757952
ASIN: B016PMLECE
 
Ebook Pages: 279
Paperback Pages: 332
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.67
My Rating: 5.0
 
Book Description:

Only Bauer Grant can pull off gorgeous while dead. But staying dead is another thing entirely. When he wakes up at his own funeral, the town of Mystique calls it a miracle, until it happens again. Something is bringing the residents of Mystique back to life, but what? Presley Caine finds herself caught up in the mystery when Bauer asks her to visit him. Presley can’t figure out why the most popular guy in school is so drawn to her.

And when Bauer is kidnapped soon after, she looks to Bauer’s brooding best friend Sam, whose dad works for the powerful Mystique military base, for answers. In her quest to discover the truth, Presley’s relationship with Sam deepens, her feelings for Bauer are tested, and it becomes clear that her own mysterious past is somehow connected to these strange events.

But is she strong enough to handle the truth when it is finally revealed?

 

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15015612-mystique

 

My Take:

 Wow. Just wow.

 
I was initially intrigued by the synopsis of this book, but I wasn’t sure how everything will pan out. It could have been a great book, or something that’s been to the category of notoriously bad reads. Luckily, this turned out to be a great read.
 
From page 1, the first sentence, I was hooked. It didn’t take long for me
to be invested in Presley or to become way too curious. There were a lot of moments where the characters annoyed me, but it was to be expected. What they had to go through, is not something someone deals with on a day to day basis so their reactions were warranted; I just happened to be a very impatient woman.
 
The progression of these characters relationships was also something very
spot on. It was very realistic and none of this instantaneous I love you nonsense, that while I occasionally adore in a book with a supernatural quality, I was happy to find that the author took note that this was not that kind of story.

 

And while this story, this book did have a legitimate ending, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a little bit sad is that this journey has come to an end.

 

 

5 Quills
 
All good things must come to an end, and this was definitely go so it’s not surprising that it did indeed finish, but I am a little disappointed that there will be no more Presley, no more Sam and no more Bauer. I really grew to love these characters and I admit that I would really like to know more about them and where the story could possibly go. Kudos to the author for writing such a unique and riveting tale.


About The Author
 
Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah but now resides in Connecticut, with her husband and two kids, where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes Young Adult fiction because it’s her favorite. And occasionally she takes photographs.

 

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Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver Review + #Giveaway

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Michele Brouder

 

Genre: Young Adults Paranormal Romance

Release Date: September 20, 2015

 

ISBN: 978-1515080503

ASIN: B015NCLL02

 

Pages: 204

Goodreads Rating: 3.71

My Rating: 4.5

 

Book Description:

 

When seventeen-year-old librarian wannabe Claire Daly is dragged kicking, screaming and cursing from everything she loves—her mam, her cozy Irish village and the dreamy boy next door—to take up arms in the battle of good versus evil, she learns the hard way that sometimes you don’t get to choose your own destiny, destiny chooses you.

 

Claire’s life plan is simple: head off to university to get her degree in library studies, summon up the courage to tell her best friend Chas that she loves him and live happily ever after. She never once entertained the idea that she might possess divine powers, that she might be predestined to battle Hell’s demons, or, to complicate matters further, that another love of many lives past might turn up on her doorstep. But life doesn’t always go as planned, and when a co-worker is viciously attacked by a demon and her own family threatened, Claire must face the truth: she is called to a higher purpose and has no choice but to answer. Claire sets aside her dreams and begins learning how to deal with the Unholy once and for all. Armed with only a crash course in soul saving and her wits, she gears up for the ultimate show down in Hell. But will it be enough?

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My Take:

 

That was amazing!

 

I had high hopes for this book, and to be quite frank I wasn’t sure it was going to pan out when I first started reading this book. It wasn’t that it was bad or the writing was hard to follow but more that Claire seemed to annoy me more than anything. I really wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about a book with a lead I couldn’t stand. Luckily for all involved, Clare kind of grew on me. I’m still not her biggest fan but I do enjoy the story, the history, and the premise. It also doesn’t hurt that I enjoyed the other characters.

 

The storyline is really original and captivating. So while Claire wasn’t my favorite character at first, the story itself was more than enough to keep me hooked. Now if you are wondering why Claire was not my favorite heroine… simple, she was overly childish most times. She also can off as selfish and a wee bit naive.

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4.5 Quills

 

So Claire wasn’t the most likeable, but the storyline was and the author is extremely talented if she can manage to keep me 100% invested even when the lead drives me bat shit crazy. It was that great writing that ultimately made me a ‘reluctant’ (see what I did there) fan of Claire. Because, even with all her faults, Claire does have moxie!

 

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About The Author Michele Brouder

 

I was born in western New York, the oldest of 5. I’ve loved reading since I was very little. From the age of 9, I’ve wanted to be a writer. In high school, I wrote a lot of angst-ridden civil war dramas ala Gone With The Wind, knowing more about the Battle of the Bull Run than a normal teenager should know. I dabbled in writing after that but didn’t get serious about it until 2006, when I decided that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

 

I’ve had many interesting jobs but my passion has always been writing.

 

I lived in Ireland from 2006-2013 with my husband and 2 boys. We moved back to the US and settled in Florida briefly (2 years) before returning back to Ireland in August 2015.

 

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