Review for My Lea by E. Mellyberry

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*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review.”

I always choose a quote from the books I fall in love with the most but you guys have no idea what a challenge it was with this one. So I didn’t choose, instead I will write an essay that I hope will convey at least a bit of what I went through.

This was my first book by E. and I am… completely and utterly in awe of her. It was painful to read and painful to put down. This book had me laughing uncontrollably from the very start that my cheeks even went numb. The main characters are both Indonesian, Andrew has lived in America longer than Lea, and E. made me fall in love with their banter from the start. It’s rare when I ship two characters this intensely but I was rooting for them since day 1.
The journey these two took me on was one I will never, EVER forget. Their emotions were so loud and heart shattering that I found it difficult not to experience their feelings as my own. The pages and ink disappeared, leaving me helpless as I became Lea… and it was incredibly agonizing. I don’t know how I would’ve handled the things she went through. The way she handled them shows what a tremendously admirable character she is and everyone should learn from her. Even me.
This was a dual POV and I could not have been happier for it… or more angry!!!! I always, always, know if I love a character or not… but that was before I stumbled upon this book. My heart is completely torn and I don’t know what to do with myself. I’ve never felt like this before. Andrew: I hate him. I despise him. I pity him. I’m terrified of him… but I can’t help it, I think I’m in love with him.
I also loved the fact that this referenced V from V for Vendetta. I love that man and his sexy mask!
Like I said before, 5 stars will never, ever be enough. I have no idea what to rate this. This is not a work of a debut author… this was too magnificent. This book struck me profoundly. I had (still do) the worst book hangover even before I was close to finishing this book. It manipulated me and has left me feeling like a rag doll. It threw my heart out the window. It devastated me, broke me, and brought plenty of sorrow to last me a lifetime. But it also made me ecstatic and proud. It goes without saying that I was in tears for the entire thing.
If you’re reading this, and are over the age of 18, I recommend this to you. Be cautious, this is a grenade. Once the pin is off, there’s nothing you can do to prevent the explosion coming your way.

Too many stars to count/5 stars!

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Review for Burning Bridges by Nadege Richards!

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*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
“Greatness lies somewhere between defeat and victory.”

This was the first book I read from Nadege and I couldn’t put it book down from the very first page. It began with a bombshell and I was already in tears not even 20 pages in. Have you ever had a cliffhanger in the BEGINNING of a book? Because this one did that to me and it was emotional. Everything got completely out of hand as the evens unraveled and all I could do was sit and watch it all happen with not chance of helping.
This was… intense, to say the last. It takes place in 2065 and the Princess, a Warrior, is fighting for what she knows in her heart is right. Even if that means engaging in a forbidden romance with a Hunter, an enemy to Warriors.
I absolutely adore the fact that this was a dual POV. Not only did I get the chance to be in the Princess’ (Echo) head but in an amazing man’s (Ayden) as well. Echo and Ayden are such fantastic, strong, and well thought out characters that are worthy of everybody’s respect. Their hearts are always in the right place even if they did execute some of their actions in the wrong way. It was impossible for me not to hurt every time they did. This was a beautiful but brutal journey. It was heartbreaking to read about their challenges and not be able to soothe their hearts. With that said, I absolutely need more!!!
Nadege is now one of my favorite authors!

4.5/5 stars!

Cover Reveal!: Fire Falling by Elise Kova! (Available Nov. 19, 2015)

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Air Awakens Release Date: August 27th, 2015

As many of you saw yesterday, the first book in this series, Air Awakens , was one of the best fantasy books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The plot is riveting, the characters are infinitely complex, and the world-building is spectacular. Everything about this book exceeded my wildest expectations. It was unique all around. So it should come as no surprise that Fire Falling has been a high anticipated release for me since I finished Air Awakens.

(If you missed my full review for Air Awakens, no worries, click HERE)

Pre-order links for Air Awakens: 

-Amazon: http://bit.ly/PreorderAirAwakensToday

-Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Air-Awakens-Book-ebook/dp/B00YFCRM6O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438211562&sr=8-1&keywords=air+awakens

-iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/air-awakens/id1002099234?mt=11

-Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/air-awakens-elise-kova/1122507951?ean=9781932549928

-Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Elise_Kova_Air_Awakens?id=NETACQAAQBAJ&hl=en

-Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/air-awakens

-Elise’s Website: http://j.mp/EliseKova

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Fire Falling Release Date: November 19th, 2015

Fire Falling Synopsis:

Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Immediately continuing after the ending of book one, the only thing Vhalla Yarl can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the monster she never planned on being?

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As you can probably deduce from my Air Awakens review, my favorite character in this story definitely has to be Aldrik. I gave a couple reasons why in my review but you can find his bio below to fully explain why exactly he stole my heart even more than the main character did:

The Crown Prince Aldrik C. Solaris

Air Awakens Age: 24
Height: 188cm (6′ 2″)
Birthday: Late Winter (Time of the Father)
Born in: The West (Norin, Mhashan)
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Black
Skin Color: Pale, gray toned
Build: Lean, narrow hipped
Favorite Food: Candied Lemon Peels
Affinity: Firebearer
Personality: Withdrawn, Witty, Stubborn, Intellectual, Short-Tempered
Childhood: Aldrik’s mother was the youngest of four children in the ruling family of old Mhashan (the West). When the Emperor conquered Mhashan he took Aldrik’s mother for a bride and she was quickly with child. The short period of time between the announcement of pregnancy and the wedding, as well as the pace to which the wedding was conducted, led to rumors of Aldrik being conceived out of wedlock at best, illegitimate at worst. The rumors never quite faded as Aldrik’s mother died during childbirth.

Taken back to the South with his father, Aldrik grew up in the palace in the Southern Capital. During his childhood he made close friends with a Western girl, Larel Neiress, who was also a fellow Firebearer in the Tower of Sorcerers. The prince grew into his reputation as a brooding and harsh man, withdrawing from the world and keeping his thoughts close and his enemies in fear.

When he was twenty-two he marched to war with his father, the Emperor Solaris, for the first time, quickly earning the title of “Fire Lord” for his brutality with flame on the battlefield.

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Now, without further ado, please don’t say I didn’t warn you, the cover is mere seconds away. This cover is a million definitions of EPIC and it might leave you blind, it did to me. I fangirled immensely when I saw it a couple days ago! So much, I immediately set it as my wallpaper on my phone and that’s where it will stay:

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(YES, that’s Aldrik behind Vhalla!!!!!!!!!)

Fire Falling Goodreads page HERE

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About the author:

Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.

Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook. Visit her website, EliseKova.com, for news and extras about her books!

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Review for Air Awakens by Elise Kova!!! (Release date: Aug. 27)

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*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
6/5 stars!!!!

This was my first book from Elise and HOLY GODS!!!!!! It was such a precious find… words can not describe the absolute love, affection, and awe I have for this book (and Elise) and a specific character *ahem*ALDRIK*ahem*. He has safely secured a spot on my top 3 favorite male characters. His withdrawn personality and witty humor had me sighing whenever he spoke. His actions were so unpredictable… I could only roll with the (severe) punches and pretend I was Vhalla. I have experienced character envy in a few rare cases, and this was definitely the case here. Aldrik is smart, badass, and witty. What is there not to like?!

This was the best and worst book I could have read since I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. (Not that I tried) I will forever compare the rest of the books I read, and male characters, to this precious story.
I could not flip the pages fast enough. I hated myself for being that much closer to the last page but I just couldn’t stop for the life of me. I’ve never done this before but I had to physically cover the bottom of the pages so my eyes wouldn’t skip ahead. It was that intriguing.
This book is pure magic. Inside and out. I actually had a migraine before starting this and guess what? It completely disappeared from the very first word. I never had a book do that to me and I loved it even more for it. I freaking love Elise sooooo much. I can not believe the talent her hands possess. This is one of the few worlds I wouldn’t mind to get thrown into, physically.
This story is unique in EVERY. SINGLE. WAY. The characters are intensely complex, the twists are phenomenal (they broke me), the world-building is… difficult to explain, it needs to be experienced. I was kept smiling and sobbing throughout the entire thing.
I didn’t like this book for one reason, and one reason only… that CLIFFHANGER!! My chin was glued to the floor for a couple days.
Every single aspect of this story was compelling, complex, and rich. My life is now a waiting game for the next precious installment.

6/5 stars!!!

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Review for My Tethered Soul by Dorothy Dreyer!

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*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
I missed the characters so much after book one and I was jumping of joy knowing I was able to continue their stories with this one. Hunter is hilarious. I think he was my favorite. He had me crying with laughter at the most random times and I love him so much for it.
I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but Zadie and Gavin are such an adorable couple. They are perfect for each other and I love how they respect their relationship. I also loved the characters Dorothy introduced to us in this book. They all had their part to play and I understand their importance to the plot perfectly.
This is my second book by Dorothy and I loved it even more than the last. The plot thickened and the ride was insane. Insane and intense. This book broke my heart in so many ways… It was gruesome and action-packed.
Is there a third book?!?! I understand why there wouldn’t be but my selfish side doesn’t. I need more of them!!! This book is definitely my favorite out of the two. I loved how it ended but hated that it did.
This woman is definitely one of my favorites!

4.5/5 sad and bittersweet stars…

Reviews for Day & Knight Chronicles by Kay Marie

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This books was a quick an easy read. Sometimes I felt like it was a little bit too quick. I get these are short installments but it still prevented me from forming a connection with the characters when things progress too quickly to keep up. Some of the dialogue was a little… childish. They didn’t seem like something that would come out of an adult’s mouth. Also, I felt some things were too coincidental to be believable. I saw many things coming a mile away.
What I did love about the main character was that she didn’t beat herself up over her curvy body. I give her mad props for that.

3/5 stars.

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I like how this picks up right after book one. The main characters sort of didn’t click with me. She talked to herself a little too much and I was confused since the author decided to put quotation marks on her thoughts and it always led me to believe there was dialogue going on. I would’ve love more detail about everything. Everything is progressing quickly and I am left trying to fill in the blanks. The dialogue, still a little childish. I also saw many things coming and the relationship moved too fast for me. I didn’t believe it’s as deep as it’s meant to be portrayed :/

3/5 stars.

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I have to say, this is my favorite one out of the three so far! It left me speechless! I didn’t see any of this coming at all. The twists were just… wow. And the action, pretty out there but entertaining nonetheless. It started getting a little repetitive, both dialogue and actions. It was a little corny at times but it didn’t throw me off. These books are all intriguing enough to make you want to finish them, that’s me! I need to know what happens after that darned cliffhanger! Seriously… I am dying here.

3.5/5 stars.

Review for Hey Sunshine by Tia Giacalone!

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*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
4.5 stars!!
“I’d be willing to scrub away my shame on his washboard abs.”
I am so glad to have finally had the chance to read this! I saw a friend of mine raving about it and I couldn’t wait to read it. I am so glad to announce that it didn’t disappoint! The plot was intriguing from the start and I fell in love from the flashback with Chase. (He was so adorable pg. 7!) This book had everything and it made me feel so many different emotions… It was hilarious, bittersweet, serious, heartbreaking, terrifying, and everything in between. One second, she had me laughing so hard and gasping for breath from pain the next. I read this in one sitting since I couldn’t tear my eyes away. If I took a quick break, my heart would yearn to crack it open again the second I walked away. Let’s just say I didn’t get much of life done.
I love it when people in a relationship bring something new to my table. Something I haven’t read a couple of doing yet, and this book was it! The characters were unique in their own way and made the best of memories that I never saw coming.
I swear, New Adult is life and Tia made me fall in love with the genre even more!
I can’t forget about FOX!! Fox was… incredible. I admit, I couldn’t get enough of him. I kept yearning for the next glimpse of him, as much as Avery, and when I had it… it just wasn’t enough. This man can do no wrong and I am ecstatic to add him to my favorites list!
I need the next book, right this second! I have a feeling I know what’s in store for us (and from who) and I just can’t wait!!
Tia, you have made an obsessed fangirl out of me… Thank you so much!

4.5/5 stars!