Blog Tour & Review: People Like Us by Dana Mele!

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SYNOPSIS:

Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple.

The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.

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MY REVIEW:

*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDE, BULLYING
“DEATH IS A CHAIN REACTION, A BUTTERFLY EFFECT.”
At first, I was a little hesitant to start this novel only because it was being compared to Pretty Little Liars and I am not a fan of that show/book series. That probably sounds lame but I decided to give it a go since it was also being compared to Thirteen Reasons Why and I actually loved that book.
Boy am I beyond glad to have given this novel a chance because I have fallen deeply in love with Dana’s writing style.
This book follows our main character, Kay, who is in the middle of grieving both her best friend and her brother, but whose life only gets rougher as she and her friends stumble upon a dead body of a fellow classmate. Kay was a breath of fresh air to me when it came to main characters. I rarely get to read novels that follow a character who seems to be so unattached to everything, even their own emotions. I loved seeing her character develop and witnessing what exactly made her tick or close up. I actually found myself deeply terrified for Kay’s well being during this book which is saying a lot since I still don’t know how I feel about her. I don’t hate her but I don’t necessarily like her either. But I ache for her?
I know I make no sense but it’s Dana’s fault. She has rocked my world with this amazing book and my mind is still reeling from it all.
I really liked that this novel had a solid start. It threw us right into the middle of the chaos and the suspense/thrill didn’t let up for one second the entire way. This book is a revenge mission and a ticking time bomb to find whoever is responsible for so much grief and pain before an innocent person pays the price for it.
The main thing I loved about this novel was the fact that EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. that we were introduced to was beyond interesting. I never knew who to trust, if anyone at all, but it didn’t stop me from wanting to devour each of their life stories. If it were up to me, I would have Dana write individual books dedicated to every character I met through Kay. (Especially Greg.)
It’s rare when an author can make me fall hard for more than a couple characters but it’s lesser known when they have me deeply invested in the stories of ALL of their characters. Dana managed to do so here in the most flawless and poetic way. I can’t stress enough how much I loved the way Dana handled this story from beginning to end.
Oh, and did I mention this is a diverse book? Because it is. But not in a painfully obvious way. Like everything else in this novel, Dana executed that aspect quite beautifully.
The final deciding factor when it came to rating this book was Dana’s wonderful skill in manipulation. She made me question myself every step of the way and I loved every second of it. I was 100% sure that I knew who was responsible for Kay’s misery but as it turned out, I was proved way wrong.
This entire novel carried so much weight to it already due to the way it started but the last chapters carried it 6-fold. This was an intricate web of lies and deception that I’ll never forget. I found myself forgoing sleep (multiple times, I have the dark circles to prove it) in order to keep reading since I refused to set it down. My heart missed this book with a passion when it wasn’t in my hands and it was hard to focus on real life. So many secrets bathed the entirety of this novel that I often times found myself not knowing what was reality and what wasn’t.
Dana blew me away with this debut novel and I am itching to see what else she has to offer.

5/5 stars!


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ABOUT DANA MELE:

Dana Mele is a Pushcart-nominated writer and a work at home mother. A graduate of Wellesley College, she is a former actor, lawyer, musician, and briefly, associate producer. She prefers tea to coffee, snow to sand, and stars to sunshine, and she lives in the Catskills with her husband and toddler.

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BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:

WEEK ONE
February 19 – Lindseyybooks – Review
February 20 – Bibliobakes – Review
February 21 – Bookish Bug – Review + Creative Instagram Picture
February 22 – Twinning for Books – Review
February 23 – The Bookish Crypt – Review
 
WEEK TWO
 
February 26 – Brooke Reports – Review
February 27 – Bookish Delights – Review
February 28 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Review + Styleboard
March 1 – Never Too Many To Read – Character/Suspect Profile
March 2 – Dauntless Books and Penguins – Review
 
 
WEEK THREE
 
March 6 – Touch My Spine Book Reviews – Review
March 7 – The Night Owl Book Blog – Review
March 8 – A Simple Taste of Reading – Review
March 9 – Books.Tea.Quotes – Review + Instagram Picture

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Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen!

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Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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I am shamelessly addicted to staying up far too late (it feels like stealing time), diet coke (it burns so good), Scotland (stupid country stole my heart and won’t give it back. Interpol has been ineffective for prosecution) and thieves (so I guess I’m not that mad at Scotland).

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*ARC provided by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review*
“You’re a daughter of the desert, Shalia. You have always had the ability to pierce and sting.”
This was my first book from Gaughen and I am honestly anticipating her next novel with all my being.
One of the things that made this book a slow start for me was that I spent a good chunk of the beginning of this novel confused out of my mind. One of the things I was having problems wrapping my head around was the magic system. I eventually learned to make my way around it but it definitely took me a little while to get there.
We have our main character, Shalia, who must give up her freedom and marry an enemy King in order to bring peace to her people. She is forced to leave the desert, the only home she’s ever had, and into a new world meanwhile hiding a deep secret withing her. She underwent a beautiful character development from cover to cover and I couldn’t have asked for anything less than what it was. She first rubbed me as one of the most naive main characters I’ve ever stumbled upon but she completely stole my heart in the end. I was so over protective of her that I fell apart whenever she was in harm’s way.
As a romance addict, I actually loved the change of pace in this novel. It wasn’t romance heavy at all but it still left me with a satisfying grin on my face. Of course, speaking of romance, I have to say that Galen was my favorite character in this novel. Oh my goodness. I could go on and on and ON about how giddy he made me with just a passing appearance. He never failed to amaze me with hie beautiful heart and I’m in tears just thinking back to his character. I need more of him and I need it now!!!
Anyway, where this novel wasn’t romance heavy, it was definitely family heavy. I was in complete awe over Gaughen’s writing style and she has officially become one my favorite authors. I loved Shalia’s relationship with her brothers. The scenes where she interacted with them were my most favorite. I couldn’t stop myself from rereading them a few times before moving on with the story. Their dynamic was so addicting and it actually reminded me a lot of my close relationship with mine. I couldn’t stop seeing myself in her and it brought my attachment to Shalia to new heights.
I can’t even begin to explain just how breathless this book left me. Gaughen took me on one of the wildest and most savage emotional roller coaster ride ever. I feel like I say this a lot but Gaughen took it to a whole new level and I am still feeling raw over everything she put me through. I didn’t expect this novel to be as brutal on my feelings as it was, but I will always be grateful for the stampede Gaughen set loose on my heart. She made me cry over every little thing that went wrong, always pulling at my heart like the savage author she is.
Gaughen also brought out a strong hatred out of me towards a CERTAIN character, that will remain nameless since they don’t deserve to be named, and I swear my room felt like a thousand degrees because of it. It was the type of hatred that has you shaking uncontrollably, almost at the breaking point of your sanity.
All I have left to say is that I should’ve never doubted this book and the impact it would have on me. There are so many unanswered questions that I can’t even handle the dark voice! This novel was epically insane and I am anxiously awaiting the sequel to this masterpiece!

5/5 stars!



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Honestly, like I mentioned above, Shalia’s relationship with her brothers is something I strongly related to so it comes as no surprise that my answer would be my brother.

I used to make his life hell as a little child since I didn’t know better but I can’t imagine ever being intentionally cruel to him now. It’s hard for me to reach the level of unconditional trust I have with my brother with anybody else I’ve ever met.

There is no other human being who has gone through almost the exact same things I’ve been through and raised the exact same way as I was. We both grew out of the imperfect molds our parents were trying to turn us into so we were able to bond further over that. I think what made it easier for us to stick together from the start was the fact that we actually have incredibly similar likes. We rarely disagree on anything but even if we happen to not like the same things, we don’t really focus on them since we are too busy talking about the stuff we do like. We always bounce recommendations off each other and it almost always ends with both of us finding another similarity to bond over.

It makes me endlessly grateful to have a had a sibling growing up with me almost every step of the way. We are almost a year apart so every time we moved schools (we did this a lot) we had an unspoken rule to hang out with each other during lunchtime until we made friends we could hang out with instead. It made every transition that much easier and it was a huge positive factor on my anxiety.

Most important of all is that he is also always there to lend me his ear when I am ranting or raving over my current reads. I didn’t have book-loving friends  growing up, not until a few years ago, so he helped me out whenever I needed to let my feelings out before they drove me crazy.

He also has helped me A TON with my writing. He is always there to tell me when I’m being unrealistic (even for fantasy) and when I’m actually on to something; Or just to help me come up with a solution to a problem I’m having, in and out of writing. We tell it like it is without any hard feelings and that’s just one of the reasons I will always go to him for advice over anybody else. He was the first to ever draw fanart of the characters the entire world has yet to meet and it makes me appreciate our relationship that much more.

We always have people commenting on the fact that they aren’t on such friendly terms with their own siblings and it always saddens me to hear it. I know our relationship isn’t common among many siblings but I don’t know how I would have remained sane without my brother by my side. He is the only person I can completely and unapologetically be myself with. It’s not that I’m shy or scared to open myself up to anyone, I’m just always wary of everyone else.

Anyway, all we know is that no other member of my family has ever, or will ever, accept us the way we accept each other.

So if you had to ask me who I would Reign the Earth with every single day of my life, my answer would always be my brother.

Now that my sappy moment is over,

WHO WOULD YOU REIGN THE EARTH WITH?



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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!

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Blog Tour & Review: Us Kids Know by JJ Strong

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

 

We all knew about Cullen Hickson.

Siblings Bri and Ray O’Dell are lost. Anxious. Restless. Ray—bullied at his Catholic school for being small and timid—wants to be someone people respect or, even better, someone people fear. Meanwhile, Bri knows that something is off about her friendship with the shiny, happy, sophisticated blond girls on her field hockey team. They don’t really understand Bri, and if Bri is being totally honest, she doesn’t really understand them either.

When storied delinquent Cullen Hickson enters the orbit of the O’Dell siblings, though, everything changes. Bri and Ray find an alluring, addictive outlet in Cullen, who opens their eyes to a world they didn’t know existed. For Ray, that means experiencing the singular thrill of crime—from breaking and entering to grand theft auto—while Bri quickly dives into an all-consuming romance with the enigmatic upperclassman.

As Bri and Ray become more and more entwined with Cullen’s antics, and their once-thrilling experiences grow increasingly dangerous, a series of life-changing events threatens to lead the teens down a dark path—one that could forever alter the course of their lives.


MY REVIEW:
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*ARC provided by Razorbill in exchange for an honest review*
“Ours was a story that wouldn’t stand for the commonplace.”
This was Strong’s debut novel and it’s a story about how one guy, Cullen, changes the lives of two siblings, Bri and Ray, forever.
Ray gets bullied mercilessly at his school and finds a way to get out of it by ‘hiring’ Cullen in order to help him experience the true thrill of crime in every way. Then we have Bri, who is part of the ‘popular’ group of girls at her school but she knows she doesn’t belong, and at times, doesn’t even know how she got there. She find herself attracted to Cullen and we get to witness how that fact alone ultimately changes the course of her stature in school.
Cullen captivated me from the very beginning. I think I dove into this book as hard as I did because he was the first POV we read about and his mind was a hilarious place. There were a lot of times where he had me laughing uncontrollably at the stuff that went through his head and he did.
I felt like Cullen and Bri got intimate WAY too fast for my liking. I was just starting to see a flicker of flame when all of a sudden it became a forest fire… I didn’t really like it but I just shrugged it off or else I would’ve never enjoyed the romance factor in this.
This book was divided into two parts and the second part brought the seriousness to a whole new level. I was reeling from the way part one ended since I wasn’t expecting it all; I was dreading it, to be honest, and I shed a few tears.
One reason why this isn’t a complete 4 star read was because I was in the mindset that this would just be a book about a group of kids messing around but it’s so much more than that and it caught me by surprise. It deals with heavier and harder topics than I was expecting. That isn’t a bad thing at all, but at the moment, I wasn’t in the right mood for it, I guess. I’ll definitely try and reread this someday in the future and try to see if my rating changes.
The other reason was because I didn’t form a connection to any of the characters. I really, really tried, but even though it dealt with different forms of depression, they were completely different from mine so I couldn’t relate to them as much as I wanted.
This book is perfect for any adrenaline junkies out there.
It had a somber undertone throughout it and the foreshadowing got a bit heartbreaking. I really liked how I had no idea or guesses to where the characters would end up. It kept me guessing at every turn and it made me hesitant to reach the finish line. I had a strong uneasy feeling in my stomach from the start since these characters were playing with fire and I felt like they would only end up being burned beyond recognition.
I will say, that this might be triggering for some readers out there, so fair warning; It almost was for me. Can’t wait to see what Strong comes out with next!
 
3.7 stars.

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JJ Strong received a creative writing degree from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in English from Georgetown University. His writing has appeared in Fifth Wednesday, the Santa Monica Review, and LA Weekly. He taught for many years in the undergraduate writing program at USC, before moving to the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and son.
 

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SCHEDULE:
 
Week One:
October 23 – The Royal Polar Bear 
October 24 – ButterMyBooks 
October 25 – The Lovely Books 
October 26 – The Bookish Crypt
October 27 – YA and Wine 
 
Week Two:
October 30 – Here’s to Happy Endings 
October 31 – YA Book Central 
November 2 – The Crazy Bookworm 
November 3 – Gladiator Glory 

Blog Tour/ Read-a-long + Giveaway: The Alchemists of Loom ‘Bonus Content’ by Elise Kova!

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I’ve been waiting for my stop on this read-a-long for what feels like weeks now because I have a special treat for all of you! As you all know, Elise Kova is my Queen and I can’t- won’t- stop talking about her for the rest of my days. She is a woman of many, many, many, talents, and among them is her absolutely incredible ability to build a world out of scratch and make it seem as if it has always existed. In her Loom series, we are introduced to the Dragon lands (Nova) and ‘Earth’ which is Loom. In the process of world building, Elise had to come up with a calendar year and this is what her process looked like:


From Elise:

Believe it or not, the calendar of Loom and Nova was actually quite difficult to come up with given the logistics of the two worlds developing completely independent of each other.

Loom is located on the earth and Nova is in the sky with a layer of clouds constantly separating them. Days and nights were simple enough, the sky would brighten and darken. Even the number of days in a given month could be explained simply: the moon. Those on Loom would experience nights of darkness, new moons, that would signify the beginning and end of a month.

So I knew Loom and Nova, without any communication, could reasonably develop a similar number of days in the month, and number of hours in the day… But what about years?

For the sake of developing a more simple timeline, I wanted to have their years be the same number of months. But how would two cultures decide something so arbitrary identically?

To answer that, I ended up speaking with a PhD candidate in astrophysics and we worked out a few hypotheticals. Eventually, we came to the possibility of an orbiting celestial body that would cross the sky once per year and light up an entire 24 hours. Doing this, gave a beginning and end for the year calendars that could be seen on Nova and experienced (via the light filtering) on Loom.

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One year is composed of 20 months, with 30 days in one month. On Loom, the months are numbered simply. On Nova each month is assigned a divine patron from the Dragon Pantheon. Dates are written as: Day.Month.Year

Therefore, “1.10.1400” is the first day of the tenth month, year one-thousand four-hundred.


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Blog Tour: Dominion by J. Kowallis- Would You Rather Game!

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I want to wish a very Happy Release Day to one of my favorite women of all time, J. Kowallis!!! I have had the pleasure of devouring her book from the very beginning and I can’t wait to continue with Dominion. I have yet to read it but I know it will be the end of me as we know it haha. So much can go wrong, and I know it will, that I hope I’m ready for.


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Without further ado, I decided to do something a little different for this interview and turned it into a Would You Rather game. Some are my own questions and some came from other sources, they will be linked on top of their question:

Book related questions:
From Jacqueline E. Smith on Facebook:
-Would you rather have coffee with your main character or have your favorite author read your book?
Duh! Sit down with my main character!
From Manon over on Instagram:
-Would you rather only write sci-fi for the rest of your life or fantasy?
Interestingly enough, I’d pick fantasy. 
From Lindsey over on Instagram:
-Would you rather have a book be a best-seller or meet and co-write a book with your favorite author?
I’d rather have a best-seller:)
-Would you rather never be able to reread your own books but be able to read other new books or never be able to read new books but be able to reread your books?
As tough as it would be, I’d rather read new books! I mean, my books are fun and awesome and I love them, but I need the new stuff!
-Would you rather write a spin-off or a novella?
Oooo. That’s a toughie. Probably a spin off!
-Would you rather never be able to torture the hell out of your readers, but be able to meet them, or never be able to meet them but be able to torture them?
Meet them. No, torture them. Meet them. NO! I want…i want to look in their eyes and torture them with my stories! 
-Would you rather only read 1 book a month and be able to memorize it word for word or be able to read more than one, but immediately forget about them?
Oh no! That last option made me gasp. Um, so I’d totally choose one book that I memorize.
 
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About her books: 
-Would you rather be able to duplicate or control minds?
Oooooo……duplicate. Totally.
-Would you rather have to fight Roy or Nate?
Roy. And then I’d tackle him… and then maybe his pants come down a little bit. #FRIENDSquote
(I DIED)
-Would you rather be able to control fire or be able to see visions?
Visions. I feel that would help displace a lit of self-inflicted anxiety:)
-Would you rather be raised in a lab or in the fighting rink?
Fighting ring. For sure!
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Personal questions:
From Lindsey over on Instagram:
-Would you rather have cake or ice cream?
Cake! 
-Would you rather never post on Facebook or on Instagram?
Oh, easy. Facebook!
-Would you rather watch one show for the rest of your life or only eat one meal for the rest of your life?
Eeek! I hate this! Okay, um…one show!
-Would you rather live in a different state every other year or be able to live in a different city every other month?
Different state every other year:) I’ve gotta have a little stability. 
-Would you rather only own a never-ending shoe closet or a never-ending closet of clothes?
Clothes closet!!!!!! 

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If you haven’t read any of her works, please do so immediately! Her world and characters are to die for!

About the author:

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J. Kowallis grew up in northern Utah, graduated from Weber State University’s creative writing program, and lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Outlaw by Katana Collins!

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BEFORE YOU READ OUTLAW, READ EX-CON!

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Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Volume One of a three-part volume by Katana Collins.

Ex-convict Shane McGill is as rugged and wild as they come. Bad to the bone and back on the streets, he’ll do anything and say anything to survive. Even if that something means joining the one car club he had worked so hard to avoid. But there’s one person out there who can match him toe-to-toe…the hot mechanic pin-up doll of a woman with the body of a goddess and tomboy attitude would even give him a chance.

Volume Two of a three-part volume by Katana Collins.

Charlize “Charlie” Wakeman fixes cars and doesn’t suffer fools. But when the hot as hell ex-convict Shane McGill enters her mechanic shop, she can’t resist one wild night with him. It was just meant to be a fling…the wildest, most thrilling fling of her life. But Shane’s too ruthless, too bad to ignore, and Charlie can’t stop herself from coming back for more.

Volume Three of a three-part volume by Katana Collins.

Shane McGill learned one thing from prison—if you get a second chance, don’t screw it up. Shane doesn’t regret a single second of his life once he’s found Charlie. She’s the happiest, hottest, most important thing to happen to him. But as tensions rise in the Harrison Street Crew, his relationship with Charlie takes on a new level of heat, and danger…

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MY REVIEW FOR EX-CON:

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“The moon can’t glow without the darkness. Let me be your darkness- take that darkness from you so that you can shine.”
These were my second set of novels that I read by Katana and I can’t get enough of her writing.
This story is a dual POV and it follows Shane, an ex-con who was just released from prison and Charlie, the new-ish mechanic in his town. They are both dealing with some unsavory demons from their pasts and it was bittersweet to see them come to light as they found reassurance in each other.
This serial made me tear up so much and the things these two told each other were like salt to an open wound, yet I wanted more. These were just the right amount of angsty and sexy.

I’m so in awe of Katana, her plot twists were spectacular and that ending was groundbreaking. I felt like I was bathed in adrenaline and didn’t know what to do with it so instead, I jumped right into read the next serial, Outlaw, to find out more about these characters.

4/5 stars!


AND THE STORY CONTINUES:

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Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Volume One: Released March 7
Patrick Flanagan lives outside the law. The cops don’t like him. The law doesn’t trust him. He may come at you with a charm and a handsome smile, but make no mistake—he’s as reckless and bad as they come. But when a total bombshell with stilettos and a power suit comes blazing into his life, this bad boy is about to be so, so good…

Volume Two: Released March 14
Ambitious lawyer Michelle Chiccarini vowed like hell she is going to do her best to prosecute as many criminals as she could. Even if that means trying to put away Patrick Flanagan, a man who can make her pulse quicken and fill her head with dirty, wicked thoughts just by looking at him. She’s got to put him behind bars. But how can she do that, when she can’t even resist his touch?

Volume Three: Releases March 21
Patrick Flanagan won’t go to jail. Not when he’s got a woman as gorgeous as Michelle aching for his every touch and pushing his lust for her past the boiling point. Even though she’s a lawyer tasked with putting him in prison, he can’t stay away from her. Michelle is falling fast and hard for Patrick, but is he guilty? Or is he innocent? She wants to trust her bad boy from the streets, but is he telling the truth?

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MY REVIEW FOR OUTLAW:

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These were my third set of novels that I have read by Katana and now I’m even more obsessed with her. I don’t know how that could’ve been possible, but it has happened, and I don’t mind one bit.
This serial follows a different duo of characters that we met in Ex-Con. It follows Michelle, Charlie’s bff, and Patrick, Shane’s best friend and club brother. Michelle is an ADA on the hunt to sever all gang activity from her town and Patrick is the worst guy that she could possibly be interested in, considering her position. Not only is he part of a ‘gang’ but he’s the Vice President of it. The sexual tension between these two was incredible and suffocating, even for me. And it didn’t help matters that my crush for Patrick reached insane proportions from that very first chapter. It was badass, intense, and it had my heart palpitating a million miles per hour. It was one of the most memorable intros to a book that I’ve ever read.
If I thought, Ex-Con was good, this serial was outstanding!! Out of the two sets of characters, Michelle/Patrick are my absolute favorite so far!! The intensity basically quadrupled as we dug further into the plot. Katana manged to throw in some of the most amazing humor in the midst of all the chaos, which I appreciated so very much. I cried so many times throughout this serial, for different reasons, that I lost track of the times I didn’t have tears in my eyes.
My heart went out to these two characters completely, their pasts shattered my soul and I wanted to mend everything, especially for Patrick. It sucked seeing him in his true form and I couldn’t even reach into the pages to make it all better. Even though Michelle was my competition for his attention, I loved her so much. She was absolutely hilarious and I respected her iron backbone. The things that were happening to her also made my heart ache. Nobody deserves to witness and go through what she’s going through. I seriously can’t wait to see what else Katana has in store for us.
My emotions were all over the place in this serial, if you haven’t noticed yet. The entire time I was internally screaming: ‘WHAT IS HAPPENING?!’ ‘WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HURTING MY BELOVEDS?.’ Katana is weaving one of the most heart-pounding novels I’ve come across and I’m like an addict; I read this in one sitting since I couldn’t be bothered with real life. Also, as if I didn’t cry enough, that ending completely shattered what was left of my restraint and had the floodgates rampaging out of my system. All I will say is that PAT IS SO PERFECT, I can’t wait to see more of him in the next serial!!!
I leave with one more important question: Where can I find my very own Pat?

5/5 stars!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Katana Collins grew up in a lot of different places. She has called PA, NC, GA, FL and NY all her home. Pretty much in that order, too. Her dream was to always be an author. A photographer. A teacher. A veterinarian. A dolphin trainer. A ballerina. And an actress. She’s proud to say that a few of these even came true.

Katana attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where she took only one writing class–but it was the class that changed the course of her life forever. One amazing professor and one semester later, she emerged with a new set of skills and was finally able to develop what was always a passion into that of a career. Or in Katana’s case, one of many careers. She showed up her first day of undergrad in overalls and flip flops…and graduated in a strapless silk dress and a pair of Manolos. She has never since worn overalls. Though, she does admit to the occasional flip flop.

Katana’s “double life” entails photographing portraits (boudoir and glamour portraits, pet portraits and baby/kids/family photographs). Katana currently lives in Brooklyn, NY as a newlywed with her husband and two rescue dogs…one mastiff and one chihuahua.

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