Review: The City of Veils by S. Usher Evans

Posted January 16, 2019 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Review: The City of Veils by S. Usher EvansThe City of Veils by S. Usher Evans
Series: Princess Vigilante, #1
Published by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing on April 16, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 374
Format: Paperback
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four-half-stars

For the past three years, Brynna has been patrolling the streets of Forcadel as a masked vigilante, protecting the innocent and beating up bad guys. Her current target is Lord Beswick, a slumlord businessman who keeps the townsfolk in a vicious poverty cycle. But one fateful evening, she's captured by Felix, the captain of the king's guard, and told a shocking truth: her father and brother are dead, and she needs to hang up her mask and become queen.

Before long, she negotiates a deal with Felix: attend to her royal duties during the day and continue her vigilante mission to take out Lord Beswick at night---at least until her coronation. But the politics of Forcadel are as volatile as the streets, and Brynna isn't sure whom she can trust in the castle. With two royals dead in less than a month, she must use all her wits to make sure she isn't the third.

This book was such a wild ride. I love books that surprise me, and this one was no different. Brynna was such a single minded character. She was absolutely blinded by her resolve for justice. She couldn’t see anything else in her path. Felix was perfect in every way and I just want to squish his poor, put upon cheeks. He really does his best and it was fun to watch the two of them clash at every turn.

I love Sush’s heroine’s because sometimes they are like watching a train wreck. I can see them running headlong into disaster and I’m helpless to stop them. Much like my own life 😀 It’s so realistic to see them as both the heroine of the story and the architect of their own downfall.

In the same thread, I love her heroes because they are level headed and rational but still completely unable to sway the heroine from her chosen path, no matter how catastrophic. Again, this is something that I see in my own life so it really resonates with me.

Sush’s writing is just getting better and better. I loved her earlier books but this is by far my favorite of all the books I’ve read by her. It’s going to be so hard to wait to find out what happens next!

four-half-stars

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Review: Vortex Visions by Elise Kova

Posted January 14, 2019 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

Review: Vortex Visions by Elise KovaVortex Visions by Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #1, Air Awakens #6
Published by Silver Wing Press on 2/4/19
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: ebook
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four-half-stars

A desperate princess, a magical traveler, and a watch that binds them together with the fate of a dying world.

Vi Solaris is the heir to an Empire she’s barely seen. Her parents sacrificed a life with her to quell a rebellion and secure peace with a political alliance. Now, three years past when her wardship should’ve ended, Vi will do anything to be reunited with her family.

The Empire is faltering beneath the burden of political infighting and a deadly plague. Yet, Vi can’t help but wonder if her inability to control her magic is the true reason her parents haven’t brought her home. Suspicion becomes reality when she unleashes powers she’s not supposed to have. 

Powers that might well cost her the throne.

As Vi fights to get her magic under control, a mysterious stranger appears from across the world. He holds the keys to unlocking her full potential, but the knowledge has an unspeakable price — some truths, once seen, cannot be ignored.

All eyes are on her and Vi must make the hardest choice of her life: Play by the rules and claim her throne. Or, break them and save the world.

If you enjoy epic fantasy stories with sorcery, slow-burn romance, and expansive worlds to adventure in, then you’ll love the Vortex Chronicles. Scroll up and one-click now!

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

It was such a pleasure to return to the world of Solaris. It was like meeting back up with an old friend and we got to talking like no time at all had passed. At first it seemed familiar and homey, just like I had left it. However, I surprised to learn just how much things had changed.

It’s hard going into the next series of books in an extended series. If it’s not done well, it can seem old, overdone, maybe a little boring. After 5 books, I would have thought that I knew everything there was to know about the Air Awakens Universe. I thought that the characters would be mostly new and different but the world would stay as I expected it to be.

The best part of this book for me was how quickly my world turned upside down. I love Vi and the other new characters that have been introduced. It’s fun to see how she fits into the lives of other familiar characters. Still, if this is the very first Elise Kova book that you ever read, you can dive right in. Knowing the world isn’t even a little required. We get more Jax! YES! However, if you don’t know and aren’t in love with Jax, you won’t be lost. (And you get the pleasure of meeting and falling in love with him)

I love the Air Awakens series. However, Vortex Visions blows it out of the water. It’s by far the best book of Elise Kova’s I’ve ever read.

four-half-stars

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Glass and Ashes by OWS Ink, LLC

Glass and Ashes by OWS Ink, LLC

Character spotlight Prince Charming by Rebekah Jonesy While everyone agrees that the prince of their little kingdom lives up to his name, they also agree that it’s a good thing he wasn’t named Prince Wise. Sweet and loveable as a puppy, he’s also about as smart as one. Not the smart kind either. The kind that barks at his own tail and gets beat up by his own toys. That kind of puppy. Why else would a man fall in love with a woman after a few hours? He was told by his father to find a rich young maiden to marry and woo her. But the poor guy just isn’t that smart. He let a pretty face and a fancy gown distract him. Having never been around anyone that wasn’t rich he had no clue how to judge such things. And when she left so abruptly that convinced him that she had to be the one for him. And led him, unwisely, to declare that he would marry the woman that fit the shoe she had left behind. Because not only is he not smart, he’s also really bad at names. And women’s fashion. And thinking things through. All of his shoes were tailor made and he was the only one that could wear them. So it only made sense in his empty head that the same would […]

Posted November 7, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour / 1 Comment
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MTMC: Cover Reveal City of Veils by S. Usher Evans

MTMC: Cover Reveal City of Veils by S. Usher Evans

This is me I’ve been so out of the loop, its ridiculous.  I haven’t been on twitter, I haven’t been posting, I’ve been completely lost to my world. I now have 6 wonderful, infuriating children. They take up the vast majority of my time and I love it. I really miss blogging though. I wish I could find time too read more and share my love. Today, I want to share a book that I’ve been hearing about for MONTHS. I’m excited enough about it that I drug myself out of my hiatus and STAYED UP LATE to share it with you. This book looks awesome and I absolutely love the cover. Don’t believe me? Check it out just after the synopsis! CITY OF VEILS For the past three years, Brynna has been patrolling the streets of Forcadel as a masked vigilante, protecting the innocent and beating up bad guys. Her current target is Lord Beswick, a slumlord businessman who keeps the townsfolk in a vicious poverty cycle. But one fateful evening, she’s captured by Felix, the captain of the king’s guard, and told a shocking truth: her father and brother are dead, and she needs to hang up her mask and become queen. Before long, she negotiates a deal with Felix: attend to her royal duties during the day and continue her vigilante mission to take out Lord […]

Posted September 10, 2018 by Emily in Special Feature / 1 Comment
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The Dark Divide

The Dark Divide

The Dark Divide by Danika Stone Series: Waterton #2 Published by Stonehouse on April 10th 2018 Genres: Thriller, mystery, Adult Pages: 339 Format: Paperback Source: the author Goodreads Waterton is a town with dark secrets, and after a summer of murder and mayhem, American ex-pat, Rich Evans, knows exactly how far people will go to hide them. Jobless after the fiery destruction of the hotel he once managed, Rich is charged with arson. Only one person, local mechanic Louise “Lou” Newman, believes in his innocence. But even Lou’s love and support can’t dispel the darkness that’s spreading through the community. Dead animals appear on porches, strangers threaten the safety of the locals, and a fingerprint from the fire is linked to a decades-old murder. The lonely border town has a new danger: a murderer willing to do anything to protect a web of secrets that links them to the arson. As the risk of jail or death increases, Rich turns to Lou for guidance and she finds herself in an impossible position. Lou has her own secrets! Does she protect the border town where she grew up, or side with the man she loves… even if it means she can never tell him the truth about herself? I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of […]

Posted April 17, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
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Rockstar Review: Shadow Call by AdriAnne Strickland and Michael Miller

Rockstar Review: Shadow Call by AdriAnne Strickland and Michael Miller

Shadow Call by AdriAnne Strickland, Michael Miller Series: Kaitan Chronicles #2 Published by Delacorte Press on April 17th 2018 Genres: Sci Fi, Fantasy Pages: 432 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads His throne. Her rebellion. Their war. Qole is the youngest starship captain in living memory on her homeworld of Alaxak and has spent her life hunting a dangerous energy source called Shadow. Alaxans distrust and evade the galaxy’s royalty as a rule, but Qole is now harboring the exiled Prince Nevarian Dracorte, along with some very conflicting feelings about it—and him. Nev’s feelings are just as complicated, but not towards her. When it comes to Qole, he knows one thing: he’d do anything to stay with her. But when Alaxak is attacked and Nev finds himself framed for murder, he realizes the only way to help Qole and her people is to fight for the throne that should be his. To become the royal she might hate. As for Qole, she would never have imagined herself as the leader of a rebellion. Despite that, she soon realizes that hiding from her power is no longer an option. It’s time to answer the call, even if it kills her. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content […]

Posted April 9, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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Review: Fire and Bone by Rachel A Marks

Review: Fire and Bone by Rachel A Marks

Fire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks Series: Otherborn #1 Published by Skyscape on February 20th 2018 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 414 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley Buy on Amazon Goodreads In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future. Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party—one that turns out to be a trap. Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted—especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld. As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out whom to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing is for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess […]

Posted April 6, 2018 by Emily in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Review Consequence by Rachel Higginson

Review Consequence by Rachel Higginson

Consequence by Rachel Higginson Series: The Confidence Game #2 Published by Reckless Siren Publishing on February 27, 2018 Genres: Adult, Thriller, romance Pages: 254 Format: ebook Source: the author Buy on Amazon Goodreads Consequence, the conclusion to Sayer and Caroline’s epic love story Five years ago, I escaped a dangerous life I had always wanted to leave. I got away. I found freedom. But it cost me the love of my life. For five years I lived in hiding, protecting my most valuable secret while Sayer Wesley sat in prison paying for both our sins. I promised to love him forever. I promised to never leave him.  I broke my promises. Five months ago Sayer found me. Five weeks ago, I was forced to face my past. Five days ago, someone took my daughter. They kidnapped her in order to make Sayer and me suffer. I will do anything to get her back. Even if that means coming clean to Sayer, letting him into my life and introducing him to our daughter. All I wanted was to protect her from this life and now she’s right in the middle of the chaos. Sayer is the only one that can help me. He’s the only one that can get her back. But it might mean losing him again. Fifteen years ago, I fell in love with Sayer Wesley. Now I […]

Posted April 2, 2018 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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SST Interview: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

SST Interview: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young Published by Wednesday Books on April 24th 2018 Genres: Fantasy Pages: 352 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE. Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago. Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family. She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating. Preorder Links: Amazon- US:   https://www.amazon.com/Sky-Deep-Adrienne-Young/dp/1250168457/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1521141342&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=sky+in+th+edeep Barnes and Nobel: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-sky-in-the-deep-adrienne-young/1126974645?ean=9781250168450#/ Interview     Who is your […]

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Feature: Paperless Post

Feature: Paperless Post

I absolutely love to send and receive mail. That’s why I was so excited when Paperless Post asked me to write about their service today. I’ve been really lucky in the past because I’ve had the opportunity to have pen pals in the blogging community. There’s nothing like receiving a pretty letter in the mail! For instance, check out this Pocket Letter from Andi’s ABC’s exchange. Email has always seemed cold and impersonal when it’s compared to a beautiful, handwritten letter. Paperless Post changes all that.  With fun backgrounds, notecards and colors, Paperless Post makes emails just and pretty, fun and personally as a handwritten card.  Check out all these beautiful Thank you card templates! I was provided with credits from Paperless post to try out their service before I shared it with you. I chose Thank you cards because I had received a present from a friend and I really wanted to send her a note to let her know how much I appreciate her. There are so many choices and so many ways to customize your card. The options are endless! I spent way too much time pouring over all the different colors before I finally settled on this beautiful flowered stationary. Even then, I still could change the color of the background. Do you see all the different colors on the left side? That changes the […]

Posted March 30, 2018 by Emily in Events and Features, Special Feature / 0 Comments
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