Jun 22, 2017

Book Review: Stolas by Randi Cooley Wilson

Title: Stolas
Author: Randi Cooley Wilson
Published by: Secret Garden Productions, LLC
Published Date: May 22,2017
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 300
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An ancient legend draws them together. His dark soul will tear them apart. Sometimes the only fairytales that exist are the dark ones.

For the past two years, Hope Annandale has fought to hold onto her sanity. Plagued by voices and visions, she struggles to understand what’s real, and what’s an illusion. As the lines between reality and hallucination blur, Hope discovers things that shouldn’t be real, suddenly exist. When Hope’s world falls apart, figuring out the secrets of her past becomes a matter of life and death. And the only one who can save her is the dangerously attractive demon prince, who is bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. The fate Stone has fought to escape is here. With destiny on one side, and desire on the other, Stone must protect Hope from the one thing he can’t hide from, his birthright.

What if the one person you were meant to be with could never be yours? Stolas, the first novel in the Dark Soul series is a riveting tale of passion, danger and forbidden love. Intended for mature readers.
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Stolas by Randi Cooley Wilson was an amazing read! There were so much stuff in this book that will make you want more. I didn't want this book to end. The love that was brewing over between Hope and Stone had me going all over the place. I wanted them to date, to be together even though I know they couldn't. Well in Stolas's eyes they couldn't, but there is always a way around it. He just hasn't found it yet.

Stolas is about a girl named Hope and a guy named Stolas. All her life she thought she was mentally ill. She could see things no one else could see. She was put in a place called Shadowbrook, a home for the mentally ill. While there she met a girl named Avi who claimed she was the daughter of Lilith and her roomie Lore. Then she went on to meet Lev and Vassago. She thought they were just as crazy as she was. One night she was out after curfew and was walking outside when she saw this guy sitting there in the cold and snow. He disappeared and reappeared to her in the piano room. There on her whole entire world turned upside down. Stolas is the prince of the Nine Circles, the son of Lucifer. His mission was to bring Hope, who is an oracle to join the dark souls. Well he does just that. But she still doesn't believe him. She still thinks she is mentally ill and that she was kidnapped. It took a while for her to believe. But once she actually did her feelings for Stolas grew and the feelings for Hope grew. But Stolas knew better, she was a human, and he was a demon. There was no being together. But she wants to save him, so she will do everything in her power to be with him.

The book was amazing. The characters were amazing. Stolas was a huge huge ass, but he is a prince of hell and a demon so I can completely understand. There were parts of the book where I was scared for Hope. But she is a strong women and she stuck it out and didn't back down. The bad thing about this book was the ending. I am definitely not going to spoiled that for anyone who wants to read the book. But the ending had me throwing a fit. Still an amazing book and I cannot wait for the second one.

May 25, 2017

Book Blitz: Dark Illusions by D.D. Miers

Dark Illusions
D.D. Miers
(The Relic Keeper, #2)
Publication date: June 20th 2017
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
A war is brewing in the unseen world…are you ready?
Book 2 in the captivating urban fantasy series filled with twists and gripped by a complicated, butterfly-inducing romance. Fans of Shannon Mayer, Ella Summers, Dannika Dark and Rebecca Hamilton will love this series!
Praise for Book One – Dark Summoner
“Mesmerizing. . .had me completely under its spell.”
“Danger, excitement, passion, and turmoil.”
“An exceptional story full of rich characters.”
“This story has one biting her nails and sitting on the edge of her seat while eagerly turning every single page.”
*** FIRST PLACE WINNER *** 2015 International Digital Awards – Paranormal Romance
***Nerdy Girl Book Reviews*** HOT READS FEATURE, RomCon Magazine August 2015 Edition

Author Bio:
D.D. Miers is an ardent book lover, coffee enthusiast, and die-hard romance fan. When she's not writing, she can be found snuggling on the couch with a good book in hand, planning a Harry Potter themed party, or dancing very badly to music. She currently resides in beautiful Southern California with her wonderful husband, a crazy toddler, and the many different characters in her head.


May 23, 2017

Book Blitz: Shift of Shadow and Soul by Hilary Thompson

This is the blog tour for author Hilary Thompson's new YA Epic Fantasy novel, organized by Itching for Books. Check out the awesome teasers and enter to win a hardcopy of the book. 

Title: Shift of Shadow and Soul
Series: Soul Shifter #1
Author: Hilary Thompson
Published by: Star Shadow Books
Published Date: May 22, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | Goodreads

Synopsis via Goodreads:
There are three kinds of magic in the world, and Corentine has the wrong one.

Long ago, the Restless King forced Corentine’s people into hiding as he scoured their blood for the SoulShifter. When Corentine learns she possesses some of the forbidden Shifter magic, she must hide her power or risk the same death her twin suffered.

Raised to trust no-one, she rejects the General’s son Sy, until she realizes his family secrets might be the key to unlocking hers. When his brother turns against them, they are forced to fight family to save what’s left of their home, or accept banishment to find a new future.

If Coren and Sy can’t convince their people to accept the light of Shifter magic, the growing Shadow will ruin everyone’s chance of freedom.

Travel this richly imagined world with a diverse cast that readers have compared to fantasy favorites like Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo.

Sulit Witch
Weshen Shifter
Umbren Shadow

When dark meets light, will all become Shadow?

The boy leaned closer. Coren risked another glance at his face, expecting to find the widened pupils, the swollen lips of desire and anticipation.
But it was worse than that.
He stared at her intently, gray-blue eyes narrowed and full lips slightly upturned in conquest.
Claim them with a kiss. The hunt’s opening speech echoed in her mind.
He pulled her closer, and she stopped moving entirely, going limp. Playing dead. He thought this was a game, like all the others did.
Then she allowed her lips turn up in a grim smile. It certainly was a game. The boy just didn’t realize that her rules were different, and he was about to lose.
Her tongue reached into the cavity of her cheek and retrieved the plump goshen berry hidden there. As his lips neared, Coren broke the berry against her teeth, bracing for the instant burn. Then, tongue searing, she shoved the pulp past his opened lips, preventing the claim.
He burst away, the shock of the acidic berry sending him stumbling backward, swiping drool from his slack jaw.
And she ran, darting around him and ignoring the pain and the blisters that were already bubbling and popping on her tongue and lips. Reaching the cliff, she hazarded a glance over her shoulder. He was tougher than expected, for he was crossing the plain too, moving quickly through the sandy grass.
“Stop!” he yelled hoarsely. Strangely, he was grinning widely, lips blackened with goshen juice and bright blood. Coren had no more ground left, but out of curiosity, she paused to watch as he approached. He walked softly now, as though she were a beast he was cornering. Perhaps he was a real hunter, after all.
Even so, the berries had stopped him, making the kiss forfeit. She could claim he hadn’t actually caught her.
“So…goshen berries?” he asked, wiping away more blood with the hem of his white shirt. “I must be the first hunter ever to receive that treatment.”
Coren’s brain nagged at her to escape, but something in his grin made her ask. “Why the first?”
“Because surely no one has ever caught you before. And I can’t imagine another girl willing to martyr her own lips just to avoid a small kiss.”
He was very close now: not quite near enough to grab her, but mere steps from it. She stepped back carefully, heels nearly hanging off the edge of the cliff.
“Nothing is small when it is against your will.” She watched his eyes widen as he processed the words, and then she bent her knees and pushed away from the earth, arcing back and out into the void, then straight as an arrow toward the water below. His shout was erased by the wind rushing past her ears, and then the water closed over her head with a crash.
Under the surface of the sun-warmed water, Coren somersaulted quickly and reversed directions. She surfaced only to locate the face of the cliff and gulp a breath, and she didn’t dare look up to see if he had spotted her. Ducking back under the waves, she stroked hard against the current, finally feeling rock. Her lungs throbbed as her head bobbed up again, but she was safely inside the hidden sanctuary.

About the Author
Hilary ThompsonHilary used to be such a practical girl. Then she let the stories out.
Now she creates worlds, people, and problems that are grounded in real life, if you accept that real life has magic around every turn.
Hilary was born to parents who made a habit of taking roads less traveled. But she was also a first child, and an independent, willful child, so she's made a habit of taking a few roads on her own.
Now she teaches Creative Writing, English, and AP Literature, writes whenever and wherever she can, and reads as much as her eyes can handle. She plays superheroes and dress up games and reads books in bed with her own independent, willful children, and plays at homesteading and world traveling with her wonderful soulmate of a husband. She tends to ignore laundry and dirty dishes.


May 18, 2017

Book Review and Tour: Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney

Title: Black Dawn
Author: Mallory McCartney
Published by: Clean Reads Publishing
Published Date: Feb 14, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 180
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The end of an Empire, the rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory's arrival she will discover she is the long-lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows

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Black Dawn is the first book tin the series by Mallory McCartney. It was a really good read and with it being a short story so much has happened in the book. It was a really amazing story. I was confused at first during the beginning with the Prologue and then the start of the book but once I understood what was going on I enjoyed it just as much as the next person. My one concern is there were so many different people. I do love all the points of views but I really didn't get to know everyone within that short bit of time during the book. I guess that is why I was so confused at first cause you were throw into multiple perspectives.

Black Dawn is placed in a fantasy world called Kiero. Everyone here has unique abilities. A king named Adair took the throne by force by killing almost everyone in the fae line. "Almost". The last person in the fae line is Emory Fae. She asked her friends Brokk and Memphis to send her away so she doesn't get killed. But thus leaving behind her world and her friends to fight this mad man. Not everyone is to happy about her return, they are upset because she just left them to fend for themselves. Brokk and Memphis on the other hand are glad to see her.

Which this book I don't seem to have a favorite character yet. I do like Nyx because she has that bad ass attitude. I also felt sorry for what she was going through with Memphis. But then she kind of pissed me off because of what she did but I should of known she was going to do it. Emory was another character who I like because even though with everything that was going on she actually didn't try to leave like she said she was going to do in the beginning. She trucked it all out which gave her the "I am in for the long haul" trophy. Brokk was another character that I enjoyed reading about. I also felt sorry for him because of what Memphis did. But learning about his and Emory's story kind of made me sad.

One other thing that had me dislike Memphis is because of what he did to Emory and Brokk. But this love square thingy has to go and I think it did when I found out the story about Brokk and Emory. Now that just makes me mad cause through the whole beginning I was hoping it would be Brokk and Emory. But that went out the door freaking faster that I could say banana. The other thing is I felt like the ending was a bit rushed in my opinion. But with everything that was going on in a short amount of time I can understand. Other than that it was a great read and I cannot wait for the next book.

Author Bio

Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.  


Book Review: Slumber by J.L Weil

Title: Slumber
Author: J.L Weil
Published by: Create Space Independence Publishing Platform
Published Date: Nov 16, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 187
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There is no such thing as happily ever after. Everything Charlotte Winston thought she knew has been thrown out the window. From the moment she opens her eyes, the world she remembered ceases to exist, and in its place is a post-apocalyptic realm filled with unimaginable dangers. And one very smoking hot guy who has an uncanny ability to make her blood sing, then boil in a blink of an eye. Dash Darhk is everything her parents would hate. He's six feet and two inches of dark temptation and a killer smile, that's surely left a stream of broken hearts in his wake. But her parents are nowhere to be found. Charlotte is alone in this new world. Destroyed by a toxic mist, the land isn't the only thing altered, but the inhabitants as well. As Charlotte begins the hunt for her family, gifts she's never fathom awake inside her. And with the gifts come problems. Enormous ones. Charlotte is running out of options and places to hide. If she can't figure out who to trust-and fast-she will lose more than her heart. Fans of Hunger Games, The 100, and Divergent will fall in love with Slumber.

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Slumber is book 1 to hopefully a long series. I have enjoyed ever single book J.L Weil has published. So when I got a chance to get this book and review it I was super excited. Once I started I could not stop. The book was amazing. Everything about it blew me away.

Charlotte wakes up from a long sleep. It was like a sleeping beauty moment. Dash, the handsome young prince who breaks into these facilities that hold all these people during their slumber. Finds her and he couldn't help himself. He had to kiss her which in turns wakes her up from her long slumber. He saves her from being caught by the Night Guard. But while she was running for her life with this man everything she sees, knows and loves is no more. Her whole entire world just gets turned upside down. While Dash ins looking for his family, Charlotte convinces him to take her along so he can help her find her family. They have this connection that they keep denying until Dash confesses something that throws everything out the window.

Charlotte is by far my favorite character. She has all these different powers and she doesn't take crap for crap. She puts her foot down when she needs to and that is what I like about her. Dash is another character I favor. Despite what he told Charlotte he still is a book boyfriend that I would want.

The way it ends and how it ends makes you want to read more. I cannot wait for the second book to come out. Whatever happens in the second book all I got to say someone better save someone or I am going to throw something.

Apr 27, 2017

Book Review: The Black Lotus by Claire Warner

Title: The Black Lotus
Author: Claire Warner
Series: Night Flower #1
Published by: Create Space
Published Date: September 15, 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Historical-Fiction
Pages: 562
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It's 1752 and Melissa meets the man who will change her life forever. At her disastrous debut, Melissa meets the handsome Justin Lestrade and finds herself falling into his world. But Justin has secrets and many enemies. His dark past will not only ensnare her, but damage everything she knows and understands. Join Melissa as she sinks into a world of old feuds and ancient magic.

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This was a very long historical fiction read. But I enjoyed every minute of it. I usually don't read historical fictions. This one by far was the first. Claire Warner did a wonderful job with this book and I hope there is more  to come.

It was indeed different when we talk about immortals. Usually immortals come to be because of like vampire-ism, or being a bad ass warrior or something else like that beyond the sorts. But in this book being an immortal you get it from this beautiful brooch in the shape of a black lotus. But in order to stay healthy and fit, you must put your wounds onto another. You have to make the person look into the lotus and they take on all your wounds.

I love Melissa, she hated how the world ways. She hated the fact her reputation was always on the line. She wished she was born a male so she didn't have all those things to worry about. None the less she was born a female so now she has to deal with it. With her falling for Justin, it is who she wanted to be with. She loved him. But everyone told her otherwise, and she hated every moment of it. You would get lucky if you married to the man you feel in love with. It is all about reputation. If that was me I would feel the same way.

The Black Lotus by Claire Warner is about the lovely Melissa. She steps into the world of seasons to try and find a husband. That will be liked by her family and have a good reputation. But just like other females. She falls for Justin Lestrade, a cad, a womanizer, someone who doesn't care for anything. Until he meets Melissa, both of their worlds change. Justin didn't want to bring her into his world. He didn't want to ruin her reputation. But she wanted him and as did he. After being accused for something he didn't do, he was banished. He was happy in a sense because then he can leave and Melissa can find someone better suit for her and her family to be happy with. It didn't go well, Emily, someone who is just like Justin, brought her into their world anyway. Now she is but like the rest of them. Now Justin has to work extra hard into finding a cure.

Apr 22, 2017

Book Review: Storm by Ednah Walters

Title: Storm
Author: Ednah Walters
Published by:
Published Date: April 25, 2017
Genre: Fantasy,Urban Fantasy
Pages: 187
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Pirates no longer roam the seas. Phantom Islands don’t exist

Nanny to a wealthy family, eighteen-year old Alexandria “Lexi” Greendale sends most of what she earns home to support her disabled brother. She is determined to help him get the surgery he needs to walk again. Her dreams come to an abrupt halt when she rescues a man from drowning.

 How does he repay her? Captain Storm Orath abducts her, claims her as his chosen mate, and takes her to a magical island that is centuries behind times with barbaric customs. For Lexi to make it home to her family, she must fight the lure of the man and the island he controls, and escape, or stay trapped forever.

This is Part I of a 3-Part New Adult UF Serial about a woman and her journey of discovery, adventure, and unforgettable love.

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Storm by Ednah Walters is about a girl named Alexandria or Lexi for short. She had a semi-decent life. Her stepmom became angry after her father had died. Her brother is currently in a wheelchair and her stepmother blames her for it. She is watching the girl named Sienna, a nanny so to speak. They were about to go on a business cruise with Sienna's father. Then he gave her the best news ever, she had to miss going to college to help take care of Sienna and he would pay for her brother's surgery and everything. She wasn't complaining she took the offer.

She meets a guy named Storm Orath and his merry men/women. Then they just up and kidnapped her because of some dude visiting her in the middle of the night. She thought it was Storm at first but they claim it wasn't. So after the whole kidnapping he tells her that she is his mate and she doesn't believe anything he has to say. The whole time with her being on the Island she is planning her escape. 

Lexi was by far amazing. I love how Ednah made her with a bad ass attitude and the fact that she didn't fall for Storm so quickly. She really showed her feelings very well. I could tell she was happy with where she was at. She was scared and pissed off. She wanted to get back home to her brother and to make sure he got that surgery. But if that was me I would want to too. Storm on the other hand love toying with Lexi. He couldn't get enough of her. He was very clingy and happy. He was so happy that he found his mate. Storm wanted her to understand but she just didn't want to, she wanted to go home.

Ednah Walters always knows how to get me to nonstop read in one day. I loved her Runes series of books. This book was another one that I definitely did not want to put down. I was hooked when I read the first couple of paragraphs. I never read a book about Pirates and mates, so it was something new to me and she blew it out of the water for me. I can't wait to read more of her books. I especially can't wait for book two. She never disappoints me.