Category: Special Feature

FFBC: BlackSouls

Posted April 26, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Special Feature / 1 Comment

FFBC: BlackSouls

FFBC: BlackSoulsBlacksouls by Nicole Castroman
Series: Blackhearts #2
Published by Simon Pulse on April 11th 2017
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: ebook
Source: the publisher
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Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.
Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.
Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.
Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for this book since the second I read BlackHearts ending. It’s ending was so heart wrenching that I was torn when I started BlackSouls. One one hand, I was really excited. I NEEDED to know what happened to Teach and Anne. Blackhearts ended with them in such a precarious position. Still, on the other hand, I was almost hesitant to pick it up. I was scared to know what was going to happen to Anne and Teach in this book. Would their love survive???

When I first started BlackHearts, Nicole actually messaged me on twitter to tell me that it wasn’t so much about pirates. I was perfectly OK with that, BlackHearts didn’t need pirates. It wasn’t a pirate book. If that disappointed you though, you will love BlackSouls. It has all the piratical accouterments that you want and that you might have found lacking in the first book, PLUS romance. How can you go wrong? You can’t. Read this book.

For me though, the best part of BlackSouls was the new ensemble cast. There are a bunch of new characters to meet and fall in love with (and you will). I loved the quiet charm of the first book but I also love all the ships and battles and action of the second. I don’t know what the next one will hold, but I can’t wait!

About the Author

Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend…she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.

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April 24

 April 25

Hiver et Cafe – Review
Vicarious Bookworm – Review + Favourite Quotes

 April 26

Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Book Playlist
A Thousand Words A Million Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

April 27

Soph Reads Books – Review

April 28

 Library of a Book Witch – Review + Playlist
BookCrushin – Review + Favourite Quotes

April 29

Never Too Many To Read – Review + Favourite Quotes

April 30

The book Return – Review
Reading for the Stars and Moon – Promotional Post



2017 SerendipiTEA Tour: Shaila Patel

Posted April 17, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 0 Comments

2017 SerendipiTEA Tour: Shaila Patel

2017 SerendipiTEA Tour: Shaila PatelSoulmated by Shaila Patel
Series: Joining of Souls #1
Published by Month9Books on January 24th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, romance, Fantasy
Pages: 300
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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?

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As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever-after, Shaila Patel 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. Her debut, SOULMATED, won the 2015 Chanticleer Book Reviews’ Paranormal Awards for Young Adults, and is part of her Joining of Souls Series. She loves traveling, craft beer, tea, and reading a good book in a cozy window seat—but she’ll read anywhere. You might even find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light, or connecting with other readers online.

To learn more, visit her website at or find her online.

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Description of my tea

My Soulmated inspired tea is a blend of the Assam that’s found in Irish Breakfast Tea and Indian chai spices: cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and whole peppercorn. There’s even a bit of lemongrass thrown in—something my parents used to add to their chai while I was growing up.

A little bit about my book

Liam Whelan, an Irish empath prince, is being forced by his parents to find his empath soul mate. The rare and legendary union would solidify his family’s political standing, but Liam couldn’t care less. When they move to Cary, NC, Liam meets and falls for Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American girl who is not an empath. Now Liam has to decide just what he’ll sacrifice to be with her if he can’t prove she’s The One, and Laxshmi has to decide just what she’ll do to defy her overprotective and traditional mother’s expectations in order to follow her heart.

How my tea fits into my book world

My Irish breakfast tea with chai spices is the perfect representation of my hero and heroine, Liam and Laxshmi.

A little about your tea life

I’m a creature of habit! I have a green tea with chai spices every morning with breakfast, but I also have other favorites like Moroccan Mint (gunpowder tea with spearmint), jasmine, Irish Breakfast (of course!), and my mom’s milky chai with loads of ginger—especially when I’m feeling under the weather. One of my favorite gifts EVER is a plug-in mug warmer that I use while drinking tea and reading (or writing!).

What I’m giving away

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April 1stThe Regal Critiques: JM Sullivan with THE WANDERLAND CHRONICLES

April 2ndOhana Reads: Leah Henderson with ONE SHADOW ON THE WALL

April 3rdYA and Wine: KM Robinson with GOLDEN

April 4thThe Book Traveler: Faith Boughan with CINDERELLA NECROMANCER

April 5thYA Wednesdays: Linsey Miller with A MASK OF SHADOWS

April 6thBibliobibuli YA: Leslie Hauser with CHASING EVELINE

April 7thRattle the Pages: Gwen C. Katz with RATTLE THE STARS

April 9thPirates and Pixie Dust: Amber Duell with FRAGILE CHAOS

April 10thlollipopsbooks: Abby J. Reed with WHEN PLANETS FALL

April 11thSimplyAllyTea: Carrie Ann DiRisio with BROODING YA’S HERO GUIDE

April 12Bookish Fan Girl: Amanda Hanson with SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL

April 13thFor the Sake of Reading: Rosalyn Eves with BLOOD ROSE REBELLION

April 14thRedd’s Reads: Meg Eden with POST HIGH-SCHOOL REALITY QUEST

April 15thTales of the Ravenous Reader: Kristin L. Gray with VILONIA BEEBE TAKES CHARGE

April 16thLittle red bookshelf: Chelsea Sedoti with THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT

April 17thEmily Reads Everything: Shaila Patel with SOULMATED


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Tour Cage of Darkness Review + Giveaway

Tour Cage of Darkness Review + Giveaway

Cage of Darkness by Jennifer Anne Davis Published by Reign Publishing on April 4th, 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 219 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads While traveling to Fren, Allyssa and Odar are hijacked by a ruthless assassin who divulges a stunning secret that changes everything. Trying to come to terms with this newfound revelation, Allyssa is taken to Russek and delivered into the hands of a malicious and twisted royal family. She finds herself an unwilling pawn in a risky political game that will either end with her death or the annihilation of her beloved kingdom. Unsure of where the lies end and the truth begins, she must survive the brutal family and escape the fortified castle, all the while coming to grips with her feelings for Odar. In a kingdom filled with darkness, Allyssa enters a game where one wrong move means death, secrets hide around each corner, and it will take every ounce of cunning she has to survive. 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.I’ve been waiting for this book for over a year. Cage of Deceit ended in a cliff hanger. While it was the perfect ending for the book, it also made for a very […]

Posted April 13, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review, Special Feature / 1 Comment

Cover Reveal: Wildwood by Jadie Jones

Cover Reveal: Wildwood by Jadie Jones

I’m so excited to share this cover with you today! It’s not often that a cover really grabs me. This one I really liked. It also has an intriguing blurb! I’d love to hear about it if this catches your attention. I will be on the lookout for more information about this one in the future. Tanzy Hightower is not crazy. At least that’s what she tells herself. She also tells herself that the shadows stalking her in the woods aren’t living, murderous beings. On the third anniversary of her father’s death, Tanzy revisits the woods and the shadows that took him. She quickly realizes those monsters lurking in the dark now have their sights set on her. Neither Tanzy nor life as she knows it escapes unchanged when she is introduced to a world…unseen. Two strangers seem too willing to help her navigate her new reality: Vanessa Andrews, a doctor’s trophy wife with a southern drawl, and Lucas, a quiet, scarred man with timing that borders on either perfect or suspect. But Tanzy has secrets of her own. Desperate for answers and revenge, Tanzy must put her faith in their hands as her past comes calling and the shadows close in. With wild blood coursing through her veins, will Tanzy’s choices shed light on the shadows of her past, or will they bring forth the darkness within her? Scroll […]

Posted April 11, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features, Special Feature / 0 Comments

First We Were IV

First We Were IV

First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on July 25th 2017 Genres: Thriller, Young Adult Pages: 448 Format: Paperback Source: the author Buy on Amazon Goodreads It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.A secret society – for the four of us. The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that. Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.We wanted revenge.We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to. Our invention ratcheted out of control.What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion. I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fancast This is my first time doing a fancast. It was a challenge for me, but I ended up really enjoying it. I hope you enjoy my picks and I’d love to hear if you agree or disagree! Graham Graham is described as strawberry […]

Posted April 3, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Special Feature / 1 Comment

Rockstar tour Review: Hearts and Other Body Parts

Rockstar tour Review: Hearts and Other Body Parts

Hearts & Other Body Parts by Ira Bloom Published by Scholastic Press on March 28th 2017 Genres: humor, paranormal, Young Adult Pages: 352 Format: hardcover Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads A novel of love and monsters. Sisters Esme, Katy, and Ronnie are smart, talented, and gorgeous, and better yet . . . all three are witches. They have high school wired until the arrival of two new students. The first is Norman, who is almost eight feet tall and appears to be constructed of bolts and mismatched body parts. Despite his intimidating looks, Esme finds herself strangely — almost romantically — drawn to both his oversized brain and oversized heart. The second new arrival is Zack, an impossibly handsome late transfer from the UK who has the girls at school instantly mesmerized. Soon even sensible Esme has forgotten Norman, and all three sisters are in a flat-out hex war to win Zack. But while the magic is flying, only Norman seems to notice that students who wander off alone with Zack end up with crushed bones and memory loss. Or worse, missing entirely. Hearts & Other Body Parts is a wickedly addictive novel about love, monsters, and loyalty. And oh yeah, a Japanese corpse-eating demon cat. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion […]

Posted March 31, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

Rockstar Review: Blood Rose Rebellion

Rockstar Review: Blood Rose Rebellion

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves Series: Blood Rose Rebellion #1 Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 28th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 416 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place. Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary. Her life might well be over. In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t […]

Posted March 29, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments

Organize Your Way and Enjoy it!

Organize Your Way and Enjoy it!

Organize Your Way: Simple Strategies for Every Personality by Katie McMenamin, Kelly McMenamin Published by Sterling on March 14th 2017 Genres: nonfiction Pages: 256 Buy on Amazon Goodreads Stressing over the mess? Discover YOUR personal organizing style—and stay organized forever! Organization isn’t one-size-fits-all. Different people need different solutions. Fortunately, Katie and Kelly McMenamin—the organizing gurus behind PixiesDidIt!®—have found the key to making organization stick, with strategies that work for every personality.   Whether you’re OCD or a little less fastidious, Katie and Kelly will help you discover your organizational style, using unconventional approaches or sticking to what already works. Along with personality-based solutions for every space in your home, they offer advice on solving strife between different “PixieTypes.” So you can keep the stuff you love . . . and the peace! Pixies Did It Website: Pixies Did It Facebook: Pixies Did It Twitter: Book Videos: Book Trailer: I made these tonight and I'm ridiculously proud of them. — Emily (@Emren) March 14, 2017 I posted this on twitter last night. Organization is HUGE in my life. If I wasn’t organized I wouldn’t be able to work 3 jobs, run a small business, volunteer, run a blog and jump start a family. I often fall off the wagon but I always end up coming back to a need to know everything that’s going […]

Posted March 14, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Top 10 / 1 Comment

March ’17 #Bookstgram Roundup

March ’17 #Bookstgram Roundup

February was a disappointing #bookstagram month for me. I didn’t do very well. I have a lot going on in my life right now outside of the book world, but I hope to redeem myself in March. Wish me luck! #beourbookstagrammer hosted by @emileighlatham #grimdragon hosted by @the_infinite_book_dragon and @grimdark_dad #ampersandmarch17 hosted by @commasandampersands #bibliophilespring hosted by @oasisgirlmd and @brumblewumps.books.and.plush #booksofmarch17 hosted by @missgoldblatt #Marchonbooks hosted by @belinda_missen and @hannahplusbooks #springbookishflowers17 hosted by @spinatale, @mo_the_bookish, @tiff_holme, @tarasbookshelf, @charli_the_book_princess #springintobooks17 hosted by @beautybooks, @noplacelikebooks and @plentifulpages #squeakybookishlibrary hosted by @a_tad_bit_bookish, @thesqueakybookcupboard and @ladyofthelibrary #swoonyfictioncolors hosted by @swoonyboys and @JamieArkin #fanaticalbirdmarch hosted by @littleliterarybird and @fanatical.fantasy #UnityinDiversityMarch hosted by @Giota_the_reader, @pikamikareads, @meiiandbooks, @belleslibraryy, & @salzbookden #BookishMusical hosted by @nomilia @storied.adventures @vixenreads @basement_bookcase & @b00kswithmaps #alliwantformarchisabook hosted by @beautyandthebeastlybooks @meiiandbooks @honeydukesbooks & @autumnmaryreads #marchbooksarelit hosted by @mybookinggreatblog @tinybookfort and @stellabookishart #Marchbookstagram hosted by @readwithmikee and @pagewithaview #novelsatnightmar17 Hosted by @avbooklovers

Posted February 28, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features, Special Feature / 0 Comments

Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-Jones

Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones Series: Wintersong #1 Published by Thomas Dunne on February 7th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, romance, Retelling Pages: 448 Format: ebook Buy on Amazon Goodreads Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell. 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. But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts. Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin […]

Posted February 20, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, interview / 3 Comments