By Your Side

Once again, Kasie West gives us an unforgettable romance novel. I am a HUGE fan of her work! My all time favorite being The Fill-In Boyfriend, now is tied with By Your Side. 

Well behaved, goody Autumn finds herself locked in the local library with the school bad boy, Dax. West provides humor and romance through out the whole novel. 

One thing that blew me away, the main character, Autumn, experiences anxiety. So rarely do books, especially romance novels, touch upon mental illness. Author Kasie West provided a really accurate look to anxiety disorders. 

I look forward to reading all that Kasie West puts out, she is definitely an insta-buy author for me. I hope everyone takes the time to read this masterpiece. 

The Call

Woah was I pleasantly surprised by this book! It was not at all what I expected. The fae are portrayed as terrifying monsters. The imagery in this book is honestly phenomenal. The author paints a scary picture for the world Nessa and her friends live in. Honestly, I feel like the book ended on a cliff hanger, and I so hope the author plans on writing a sequel. This books storyline is so uniquely creative and action packed, with a touch of romance and a huge dose of horror. It makes me so thankful the call doesn’t exist in our world. 

Caraval

This book is pure magic! It will keep you so engrossed you forget about everything, I forgot about lunch earlier because I was caught up in it. 

Scarlett really evolves as a character throughout the book, along with Julian. Julian seems like a bad-boy influence but I feel like his attitude and outlook was exactly what Scarlett needed to be able to push away all her fears and grow as a person. 

Stephanie Garber weaves a unique and magical story. The mystery of it is toe- curling and the imagery will completely blow you away. And the twist ending 😱 I would honestly LOVE it if this book was appropriately made into a movie.  

Embers in the Sea

 EMBERS IN THE SEA (Fire in The Woods #3)

Author: JenniferM. Eaton

Pub. Date: January 31, 2017

Publisher: Month9Books

Format: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 300

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD

SYNOPSIS: 

Alien scientist David has dealt with disappointment his entire life, but failing to breathe life into the planet Mars is his greatest regret. Out of options and in need of a new home for their people, the alien Caretakers rekindle their plan to inhabit Earth. First they will have to eliminate the human race, including Jess, the only human David holds dear.

 

Humanity has one final chance at survival. David needs to emulate Earth’s precipitation on Mars. But the catalyst to make it rain lies in the fathomless depths of Earth’s ocean.

 

The clock is ticking down to humanity’s last hours as Jess and David face a world more alien than either of them can imagine. The sea hides secrets, but some secrets don’t want to be found.

REVIEW:

I am a part of this blog tour. This is the third book of the Fire In the Wood series. The plan for Davids kind to settle on Mars failed so now his kind seek to overtake the Earth, which means goodbye human race. David and Jess have to find a solution to make Mars rain so the caretakers will settle on Mars and leave Earth alone. I’ve usually had problems reading series straight through but this series is so action packed I couldn’t put it down. If you enjoyed Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux series you are sure to enjoy this series! 

 About Jennifer

Jennifer M. Eaton hails from the eastern shore of the North American Continent on planet Earth. Yes, regrettably, she is human, but please don’t hold that against her. While not traipsing through the galaxy looking for specimens for her space moth collection, she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband and three energetic offspring. (And a poodle who runs the spaceport when she’s not around.)

During infrequent excursions to her home planet of Earth, Jennifer enjoys long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but great adventures are always a short shuttle ride away.

Who knows where we’ll end up next?

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Giveaway Details:

(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only.

(1) winner will receive an Alien Charm Necklace, US Only.

Enter giveaway here!

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/30/2017- Sharon Lee Hughson, Author- Excerpt

1/30/2017- Dani Reviews Things- Review

 

1/31/2017- Hidden Worlds Books- Guest Post

1/31/2017- The Fearless Reader- Review

 

2/1/2017- So Few Books- Interview

2/1/2017- The Starving Bookworm- Review

 

2/2/2017- Lisa’s Loves(Books of Course)- Guest Post

2/2/2017- Don’t Judge, Read- Review

 

2/3/2017- Wishful Endings- Interview

2/3/2017- Bookish Hollow- Review

 

Week Two:

2/6/2017- StephanieCassidyBlog- Interview

2/6/2017- iamnotabookworm- Review

 

2/7/2017- Read Coffee and Teen- Excerpt

2/7/2017- BookCrushin- Review

 

2/8/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

2/8/2017- fallxnrobin- Review

 

2/9/2017- Rockin’ Book Reviews- Excerpt

2/9/2017- Book-Keeping- Review

 

2/10/2017- LILbooKlovers- Interview

2/10/2017- Read, Coffee, and Teen- Review

 

 

Damaged Goods

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Title: DAMAGED GOODS (Blank Slate #2)

Author: Jennifer Bardsley

Pub. Date: January 17, 2017

Publisher: Month9Books

Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 300

Find the book hereGoodReads/Amazon/B&N/TBD

Synopsis-  Blanca has everything she ever wanted, a hot boyfriend named Seth and the loving support of her foster father, Cal. She’s finally escaped the abusive control of her birth father, Barbelo Nemo, and her tortured childhood at Tabula Rasa School.

But the scars of Blanca’s Vestal upbringing run deep, especially when the FBI start asking questions. Blanca feels abandoned by Seth who is hunting for Lilith, Blanca’s only blood relative. The Defectos, a support group of Vestal-Rejects, offer Blanca comfort instead.

While the Vestal order crumbles, Chinese rivals called the Guardians rise to power and wrest control of important Tabula Rasa contacts. Now Blanca’s life is in peril once more, and this time, Blanca struggles to recognize friend from foe.

Review-  Okay so recap of the last book. Blanca finds out her father is none other than the blood-sucking evil incarnate Barbelo and her mother is Lydia. Fortunately for us, the readers, Barbelo meets his well-deserved end. Blanca becomes un-brain washed and realizes technology isn’t evil. In the end, Cal gifts her her own chip watch. In this sequel, you find out about the Guardian Order, the Vestals rivals. Blanca is interrogated by the FBI. One of the Guardians, Keung, has been watching Blanca. What really bothers me about Blanca in this book is she realizes the Vestals were evil and still she is conformed to their ways and sticks up for the cult. If I was in her position once I discovered the truth, I would have cut all ties with anything I was taught by them. All in all, this was seriously a great sequel and I cannot wait for the next installment. Can you say holy cliffhanger, Batman!

About Jennifer-  Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column “I Brake for Moms” for the Sunday edition of The Everett Daily Herald. She also blogs at Teaching My Baby to Read with the mission of sparking a national debate on the important roll parents play in education. Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University and a member of SCBWI. She lives with her husband and two children in Edmonds, WA.
GENESIS GIRL will release in 2016 and is about an 18 year-old girl whose lack of a virtual footprint makes her so valuable that she is auctioned off to the highest bidder, the sequel will come out in 2017. Jennifer is represented by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Literary AgencyLLC.
Follow the Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.
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Giveaway-  (1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only. Rafflecopter

Blog Tour-

Week One:

1/16/2017The Avid Book CollectorExcerpt

1/16/2017– Sammeh Lures Reading- Review

 

1/17/2017Lisa’s Loves(Books of Course)Guest Post

1/17/2017– I am not a bookworm!- Review

 

1/18/2017Sharon Lee Hughson, AuthorInterview

1/18/2017Bookish HollowReview

 

1/19/2017– Hidden Worlds Books- Guest Post

1/19/2017Taylicious ReadsReview

 

1/20/2017Bibliobibuli YAInterview

1/20/2017AbooktropolisReview

Week Two:

1/23/2017Two Chicks on BooksInterview

1/23/2017– Jenn Blogs Books- Review

 

1/24/2017Read Coffee and TeenExcerpt

1/24/2017Michaela DaphneReview

 

1/25/2017So Few BooksInterview

1/25/2017Book Review BeccaReview

 

1/26/2017QuillableGuest Post

1/26/2017Rockin’ Book ReviewsReview

 

1/27/2017LILbooKloversInterview

1/27/2017– The Starving Bookworm- Review

 

 

 

Soulmated

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Title: SOULMATED (Joining of Souls #1)

Author: Shaila Patel

Pub. Date: January 24, 2017

Publisher: Month9Books

Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 300

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD
Two souls. One Fate.

Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.

Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.

When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.

Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?

Review:

The book starts off really interesting with a boy named Liam taking a test along with his cousin, William, to see who will lead the royal empath house of O’connor. Liam, a prince, is appointed. He wins by having strong empath skills. He and his family are looking for something and his father has a vision of Alaska. His fathers visions are frequently changing, so they have been on a wild goose chase searching for an extremely long time.

This book has different POV’s. One being Liam, and the other being Laxshmi. Laxshmi deals with the pressures of her super strict mother on a daily basis. She has to either excel in her studies or she will have to be part of an arranged marriage.

Luck would have it Liam and his family move to the same neighborhood as Laxshmi in North Carolina and is only a couple of houses down. Liam is there searching for his soulmate. So he can have a chance of being an elder one day in his community. Even though Liam has absolutely no interest in politics.

Liam and Laxshmi or “Lucky” as Liam calls her, develop a relationship.

The characters are so likable. The storyline is extremely enthralling. I also really LOVE the diversity in this book! Shaila Patel is a wonderful author. The descriptions are so complex, detailed, and amazing. This is not a book to miss!

About Shaila: img_4471

As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever- after, Shaila’s younger self would finish reading Cinderella and fling her copy across the room because it didn’t mention what happened next. Now she writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she’s a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. She enjoys traveling, craft beer, and teas, and loves reading books—especially in cozy window seats. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light or connecting with other readers online at: http://www.shailapatelauthor.com

Find Shaila:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

Giveaway Details:

(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only.

(10) winners will receive a SOULMATED Swag Pack, US Only.

Enter giveaway here!
Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/23/2017- Dani Reviews Things– Excerpt

1/23/2017- I am not a bookworm!– Review

 

1/24/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

1/24/2017- Book-Keeping– Review

 

1/25/2017- Black Cat Blog– Guest Post

1/25/2017- Omg Books and More Books – Review

 

1/26/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Guest Post

1/26/2017- The Starving Bookworm– Review

 

1/27/2017- Hidden Worlds Books– Guest Post

1/27/2017- Book Review Becca– Review


Week Two:

1/30/2017- Jorie Loves A Story Interview

1/30/2017- Drink Coffee and Read Books– Review

 

1/31/2017- Read Coffee and Teen Interview

1/31/2017- The Bookavid– Review

 

2/1/2017- Lisa’s Loves(Books of Course)– Excerpt

2/1/2017- NovelKnight– Review

 

2/2/2017- YA Guy– Excerpt

2/2/2017- Rockin’ Book Reviews– Review

 

2/3/2017- So Few Books– Interview

2/3/2017- Netherreads– Review

City of Dark Magic

So the premise of the book is extremely interesting and the storyline itself is enjoyable. However, a lot of the sexual innuendos are extremely unnecessary. It seems as if the author tried too hard to add a semblance of romance to the book and just missed the mark. 

The book has a great touch of mystery. Sarah, the main character, seems highly self absorbed which kind of ruined the book for me a bit. Along with the fact that the book will make sense at some points, but then completely goes off point. 

The book redeems itself about 2/3 of the way through. I am actually looking forward to reading the sequel.