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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking!

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SYNOPSIS:

Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.


MY REVIEW:

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*ARC provided by Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review*
“It was a strange, cold thing to realize I was born to be a murderer.”
As soon as I heard about this book, I knew that I had to read it immediately the fact that I love Norse Mythology with all my heart. It took me a bit longer than I care to admit to get through this novel just because it had a bit of a slow start for me. I was struggling to connect to any of the characters in the beginning but what had me overlooking that detail were all the intriguing and amazing creatures that were being introduced.
One of them being my official absolute favorite pet to ever appear in a novel, the Wolpertinger. Research them and I dare you to tell me they aren’t the most adorable creatures you’ve ever seen. Of course, I’m a little bias due to having a pet bunny myself but that’s irrelevant.
Anyway, this book follows Malin as she’s training to become a Valkyrie, following in the footsteps of her mother. Malin is a rule follower, becoming a Valkyrie is all she wants to do in her life since she gets an immense thrill out of it. Unfortunately, her world is turned upside down when she learns something that shatters her belief in people and the path that she chose to follow.
I absolutely loved the diversity in this novel and Amanda’s wonderful way of describing everything in this world, from the food to the scenery. The chapters were short so it turned my initial struggle to dust very quickly. They enabled me to get through the novel quicker than I expected, which turned out to be the last thing that I wanted. I couldn’t stop thinking about this novel whenever I had to put it down due to sleep and my job. I never wanted this novel to end and the only consolation I have is that I don’t have to wait an entire year for more, but a few months.
Of course, the first character I fell in love with was Jude. I honestly wish it were possible to find someone on Earth like him to make him mine. Or at least to drool over from a very near distance. Holy smokes. That man… left me (and is still leaving me) speechless. I couldn’t get enough of him and it saddened me that he didn’t have a more important role in this novel.
Some negative comments I have for this novel were that some fights were won a bit too quickly for my liking. I don’t like dragged out fight scenes but I also don’t like it to end right when I’m getting into them.
Also, I saw the ending coming, in a way, and it only managed to still shock me because I was in deep denial about it. My devastation also got in the way of my appreciation for what happened at the very end. The enormity of it has yet to hit me since I’m still thinking about the thing that drove me to denial right before it.
As you can tell, I still gave this 5 stars and that’s because Amanda played my emotions with an expertise that I always admire in an author. She ripped my heart out almost at every chapter so as you can tell, I ended up deeply attached to these characters. Thank the Gods I had nothing to worry about.
This was a chaotic and emotional roller coaster for me. One page I was screaming in hatred towards certain characters, another page I was smiling like a lunatic at cute scenes, and the next, I was crying in despair. I need the next book right now because I will NOT be in peace until I get to find out what happens next!

5/5 stars!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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AUTHOR BIO:

Amanda Hocking is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.

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GIVEAWAY:

I’ve partnered up with Wednesday Books in order to give away 1 FINISHED PAPERBACK COPY of Between the Blade and the Heart over on my Instagram!

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Giveaway ends on January 12!

Winner will be announced on January 13!

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Review: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia!

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“I want to see stars die.”
I’ve been dying to read this book ever since it started popping up all over Instagram and I am so so glad that all the hype was well deserved, at least in my opinion. Ever since I read the premise, I was instantly hooked and every page I read only enhanced my adoration for the novel and characters.
If you don’t already know what this is about, this story follows Eliza, better as Lady Constellation on the internet for creating one of the world’s most famous web comics, Monstrous Sea. This book follows her as she meets a new guy in school, Wallace, who happens to be a huge fan of her web comic. But the thing is that Eliza is keeping her identity as Lady Constellation a secret from everyone so we follow her as she shoulders the weight of that secret. I refuse to say more of the plot because I don’t really like that a huge spoiler is mentioned on the synopsis. It really took away from my experience (I almost gave this 4.5 stars because of that and other things) so if you haven’t read the synopsis yet, by some miracle, don’t do it! Take my word and read this! Then come back here and let’s talk about it together!
As a reader of web comics myself, it was a beautiful experience to read from Eliza’s perspective. As much as I loved her, some of her thoughts and actions sort of annoyed me since it really showcased how young she was. But I guess I couldn’t really fault her for that… much. I really liked witnessing her dynamic with her siblings and how it developed throughout the story. I was fed up with her parents by the first few pages and my distaste for them only multiplied with each chapter.
I also really loved Eliza and Wallace together. Yes, they had their ups and downs but the world just felt right whenever they were together. It was irrefutable and I couldn’t be bothered with thinking otherwise. I loved them together and as individuals. My heart ached for both of their pasts (and presents) even though Wallace pissed me off to no end at one point in the novel. I got over it after a while since he proved worthy of my forgiveness.
I loved the format of this novel. It included gorgeous illustrations, internet chat conversations, comments, and links to real websites that are mentioned throughout the book. Speaking of chat conversations, some of my favorite parts were when we got to see Rainmaker’s status updates. They were so cute and funny, I about cried from adorable overload.
“Broken people don’t hide from their monsters. Broken people let themselves be eaten.”
(This is officially my favorite quote of all time. I relate to it to no end.)
And then we get into the deeper side of this novel. I do want to include a TRIGGER WARNING in this review because I didn’t see one anywhere. I know I definitely needed that warning, I almost didn’t make it to the end of this book since I was having difficulty stomaching a lot of what Eliza was going through. It may have a cute premise, but it hides a profound punch for any of us that can relate to Eliza’s mental state in a personal level. It hurt my entire being witnessing her struggle with the monsters in her head that closely resembled my own.
This was a gigantic roller-coaster of a ride. I cried, I laughed, I laughed through my tears, I ached… and I ended up with the worst headache of my life. I not only cried over the characters in the novel but for myself as well. This book made me revisit old (and still present) demons I’ve been struggling with for years. It tore me up inside but I can’t recommend it enough.
Francesca has won my heart and I can’t wait to read more from her. Especially the stories that were mentioned in this novel. It felt like it was a novel within a novel and I absolutely adore the fact that we can read material that the character’s discussed in here.
“If you wan the motivation back, you must feed it.”

5/5 stars!

Cover Reveal: Society of Wishes by Elise Kova!

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Title: Society of Wishes (Wish Quartet, #1)

Publication Date: January 29, 2018

Author: Elise Kova

Publisher: Silver Wing Press

Genre(s): New-Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Summary:

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.

With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.

Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom.

Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of her existence itself.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

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Elise Kova is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens series, Loom Saga, and Wish Quartet.

In her past lives, she has graduated from an MBA program, lived in Japan for a bit, and worked for a Fortune 500 technology company. However, she finds herself much happier in her current reincarnation as full-time author. When not writing, she can usually be found playing video games, drawing, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She’s happy to call Saint Petersburg, Florida, her home, but is always looking forward to her next trip.

 [Elise’s Website]


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Lynn Larsh considers herself to be a serial hobby-dabbler. She got a bachelors degree in music (which she used for all of four months), studied aerial acrobatics and classical piano for many years, worked briefly as a stunt woman in a Wild West stunt show (it’s a long story), and eventually settled down into the bar tending business in St. Petersberg, FL. When she’s not acting as a purveyor of fine libations, you can find her diving head first into her newest venture as a New Adult author, or simply writing Voltron fan fiction on Archive of Our Own.

 [Lynn’s Website]


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 [Pre-Order on Amazon]

(NOTE: The book is FREE to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. Readers who don’t have a Kindle can send proof of purchase from Amazon to Elise.Kova.Author@gmail.com to get a “read anywhere” link when the book is out.)

(NOTE 2: There WILL also be a paperback release for SOCIETY OF WISHES, coming later.)

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Cover Reveal: Lake & Manning by Jessica Hawkins


SOMETHING IN THE WAY:

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It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.
I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.

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SOMEBODY ELSE’S SKY:

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If I closed my eyes, I could still see them—all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.
A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.
Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine—even if it would be for somebody else.

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MOVE THE STARS:

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It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. If I’d known then what I do now, would I have kept on walking? Manning was older, darker, experienced—and I’d trusted him when he said the story would only ever be about us. I’d held those words close and challenged fate, but I had lost.
A part of me is still that sixteen-year-old girl squinting up at Manning, but no matter how far I fall or high I soar, I’ll always be a bird without her bear and nothing without him.
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When I close my eyes, I can no longer see her. The decisions I made were to push Lake in the right direction—away from me. But now that she’s gone, would I have made those same choices?
I’d walked away like I was supposed to. I’d kept my distance. I’d bent over backward to keep Lake pure, but she’s no longer that girl, and I don’t know if I can stay away anymore. I only know I don’t want to. She’s still everything I want and nothing I should ever have, but if anyone can move the stars, it’s her great bear in the sky.

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LAKE & MANNING:

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Manning and I have what happily-ever-after is made of . . .
A home he built us on the unshakeable foundation we fought for.
A life of laughter carved out of heartache and betrayal.
A love story to stand the test of time.
But between a trust that can’t be broken, joy that can’t be bridled, and passion that would scorch the sun, the empty spaces are becoming more and more difficult to ignore . . .
Fears that keep Manning up at night as he slips from our bed.
Our complicated relationship with a man he respects and one I don’t know how to forgive.
And a sprawling, beautiful home with one small room I’m afraid I’ll never be able to fill.
Manning and I have what happily-ever-after is made of . . .
But I’ll beg the heavens for just one thing more.

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