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:

*ARC PROVIDED BY PUBLISHER IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*
“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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BLOG TOUR: (Review & Giveaway) Freeks by Amanda Hocking!

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SYNOPSIS:

Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act…

Mara has always longed for a normal life in a normal town where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. Instead, she roams from place to place, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night.

When the struggling sideshow is miraculously offered the money they need if they set up camp in Caudry, Louisiana, Mara meets local-boy Gabe…and a normal life has never been more appealing.

But before long, performers begin disappearing and bodes are found mauled by an invisible beast. Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence lurking in the town with its sights set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks. In order to unravel the truth before the attacker kills everyone Mara holds dear, she has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she was capable of—one that could change her future forever.

Bestselling author Amanda Hocking draws readers inside the dark and mysterious world of Freeks.


MY REVIEW:

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*ARC provided by St. Matrin’s Griffin in exchange for an honest review*
I’ve been a fan of Amanda’s since I read her Trylle series and I’ve been dying to read more by her for quite a while. As soon as I found out about this release, I couldn’t request it fast enough and was stalking my mailman for weeks straight. Anything that has to do with traveling sideshows, or a circus, has me sold on it right off the bat. Freeks has been one of my top anticipated releases of 2016 and this world was a beautiful breath of fresh air.
This book takes place in the 1980’s over the course of 10 days and it tore my heart out in the first 100 pages. There was some brutality and darkness that I was not expecting but I most definitely enjoyed.
This story follows Mara, whose mother can speak to the dead and they both work at a traveling sideshow. As soon as they make it to Louisiana, bad things start to happen to the performers and it causes friction between them and the local town. She soon meets a local guy, Gabe, and she learns to juggle romance while trying to figure out what was going on around them. I wasn’t really on board with their romance until after halfway in. I thought Mara jumped to conclusions too quickly for her own good and their relationship felt too insta love for my taste. They both eventually won me over and I couldn’t wait to see where they would end up.
I was kept guessing most of the time but figured out some things before they were revealed. I thought the bad guy was defeated much too easily and it left a lot to be desired. Sadly, it was not believable.
Other than that, I had a bad feeling in my stomach with every turn of the page due to the dark atmosphere of the story. I was unquestionably enthralled and I loved seeing the gorgeous tarot card illustrations throughout the pages. But one of the most disappointing aspects of this world was that it was a standalone. I need more of these characters, especially since the way it ended!! That ending was the most perfect thing I could ask for and I really hope Amanda answers my wishes!!

4/5 stars!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with Batman and Jim Henson. In between watching cooking shows, taking care of her menagerie of pets, and drinking too much Red Bull Zero, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Several of her books have made the New York Times Bestsellers list, including the Trylle trilogy and Kanin Chronicles.  Her zombie series, The Hollows, has been adapted into a graphic novel by Dynamite. She has published over fifteen novels, including the Watersong quartet and My Blood Approves series. Frostfire, Ice Kissed, and Crystal Kingdom  – all three books in her latest trilogy, The Kanin Chronicles – are out now.

Her next book will be Swear, the final book in the My Blood Approves series, and it will be out November 9, 2016. After that, her next book is Freeks – a standalone YA paranormal romance novel set in the 1980s that follows a travelling sideshow. It will be out sometime in early 2017, with the St. Martin’s Griffin.

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Question:

If you could own your own circus/sideshow, what would you name it?

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BLOG TOUR: (Interview & Giveaway) The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova!

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Book & Author Details:
The Alchemists of Loom 
by Elise Kova
(Loom Saga #1)
Publication Date: January 10th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Synopsis:

Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

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INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:

Q: Which character of yours, from any of your worlds, are you dying to cosplay as?

A: I’d love to cosplay as Arianna or Petra! Arianna has her winchbox and harness, which would be a really awesome and intricate prop to conceive. Petra I imagine myself to look the most like (though she’s taller, and blue). But I’ve never done a full body paint cosplay, so that’d be something.

Q: What has been your favorite memory, as an author, so far?

A: This is so hard!! I collect amazing memories near daily, it feels like. Every time a reader, tweets, emails, messages me just to say they like my work. it’s really special. If I had to pick one memory so far… it would be the day I quit my corporate job and began writing full-time.

Q: Do you have a go-to writing quirk when you’re in the writing cave?

A: To no one’s surprise- tea and music. Tea is usually hot and black. Music is usually one song on repeat, interestingly enough.

Q:  What is your favorite childhood book/story?

A: I really have to go with Harry Potter. But a less cliche answer… Dave Duncan’s A Man of His Word series. 

Q: How did you choose Ari(anna), Cvareh, Flor(ence), and Leona’s names? Do they hold a special meaning to you? Or the story?

A: Arianna was just a name that appeared in my head. I think it’s a popular name right now, I’ve seen other books coming with Ari/ Ariannas as the leads. So maybe there’s something in the author water. 

Cvareh was a toss up between his name and Cephas. But I went with Cvareh because I hate how names that end in s look with ‘s. So, Cephas’s while correct, bugs my eye and I didn’t want to write an entire book with the main character’s name ending in s. A quirk of mine…

Leona was just a pretty name to me.

Florence is fun… Because I actually named her after the band “Florence and the Machine.”  That was my pay on Florence/ Ari. Literally Florence and the machine woman/world.

Q: Which of the 4 main point of views was your favorite to write from?

A: Likely Leona’s. She is just deliciously dark and really unhinged. It was the first time I really wrote from an antagonist’s point of view.

Q: The Dragons in your story are a bit different than what someone would expect. Where did your inspiration for them come from?

A: Hmm, this is a hard one. I knew I wanted to play on the idea black/white/rigid structure of Loom versus the untamed colors of Nova. I also wanted, in that, the idea that beauty is very much what we’re accustomed to.So most of Nova see those of Loom as inherently ugly and vice versa. 

Finally, I liked the idea of taking something that people seem to ‘understand’ and saying, ‘what if it’s something different?’ Like, what if we imagine aliens as these big-eyed green Martian folk and they look a lot like us? I wanted to play with that idea in the Dragons, both for the reader, and for the Fenthri of Loom.

Q: If the 4 main characters of Loom were to visit the U.S., what would be their favorite fast food restaurant?

A: Leona would like KFC, because she’d want to pick at and chew on the chicken bones for the marrow. 

Cvareh would like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, or something else that’s really fancy- he wouldn’t like fast food because it wouldn’t be somewhere to ‘see of be seen.’

Florence would like Tijuana Flats, or some other place with lots of hot sauces to fit her explosive palate.

Arianna would go for… oh I think this is the hardest… Maybe one of those ‘bowl’ restaurants, where you can pick the food you want and it all goes in a bowl together- like Fresh Kitchen or Chipotle even. That way she can ‘calculate’ what the best nutrition possible per bowl is.


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AUTHOR BIO:
Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).
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Blog Tour! Interview, & Giveaway: Afterimage & Encender by J. Kowallis!

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Afterimage & Encender
by J. Kowallis
The Enertia Trials #1 & 2
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult

Afterimage:
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Reggie’s dreams . . .
aren’t dreams.

Visions of the future flood her mind like shards of broken puzzles. Caged in her cell, every morning begins the same. She’s drugged, tortured, and images are torn from her memory by Public One.

Until the morning everything changes. The vision is different. The future’s never been about her, and now she knows they’re coming for her:

Nomads.

How will she convince them to keep her alive when Nate, their leader, doesn’t like or even trust her? To him, she’s a science experiment. A machine.

When Public One will do anything to keep her, Reggie must make a decision: remain a slave to her past, or risk her future to venture into a world more terrifying than she’s ever known.

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They say you feel cold when you die.

The people I’ve killed would beg to differ.

For twenty-something Ransley, the adopted daughter of famed street fighter Estevan Benitez, fighting is all she knows. One hidden detail separates her from the endless string of her pathetic opponents: she can craft and influence heat and fire.

When she’s pitted against the strongest fighters at the infamous Argolla, Ransley faces something she never expected:

A man like her.

Roydon can duplicate himself. When the two collide in the ring, a chain of deals turns Roydon over to Public Four and he’s taken away to undergo the disturbing process of the Nexis. What it is, or what it does, no one outside of The Public knows.

Driven by guilt and a desire to release the only person she’s ever met who’s like her, Ransley  isn’t about to leave him for dead—not when he might hold the answers to her missing past. Now she must trust a pair of strangers: a former military man out to collapse the system, and a woman whose premonitions could tear them all apart.

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AUTHOR BIO:
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J. Kowallis, the only girl of four children, grew up in northern Utah with a head full of wild stories (most often unreal). At the age of 9, she wrote her first poem, a dedication to E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. It was so intriguing, her third grade teacher requested to keep the original. Between living in various fictional worlds, and spending time on her studies, she managed to graduate from Weber State University’s creative writing program. She now lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta, and spends most of her time still bouncing between this world and the fantastical while enjoying delectable über-dark chocolate and lavender baths. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).

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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR:

1) What is a unique quark of yours?
 I sing and dance. Blatantly. In my car. Even if people are watching. I also talk to myself.
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2) How do you feel you’ve grown as an author?
I’ve grown a lot. As with any talent, the more you practice, the better your talent becomes. I’m naturally more of a “minimalistic” writer, as in I don’t use a lot of (what I feel is) unnecessary description or scene setting and I try to let the story just tell itself. In doing that, I’ve also learned that I miss out on great “color painting” opportunities. So, in my next project, I’m stretching my limits and comfort zone to really learn how to paint with my words and create something a little different. As with athletics, you can’t really become better if you do the same movements over and over again. You have to push harder, stretch more, run faster, and tear your muscles if you want to progress. In a lot of ways, writing is the same way and I’m learning to work with that.
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3) What is your favorite catchphrase?
Ha ha. it’s probably a toss between “Oh, land of the living,” or “I KNOW!” (think Monica from F.R.I.E.N.D.S.)
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4)If you could date a character of yours, who would it be?
Roy. Gosh, that just kind of shot out of my mouth like a bullet.
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5) In 5 words, how would you describe yourself?
Loving, Adventurous, Passionate, Quirky, and (once trusting) very Loyal
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6) What do you love most about the book community?
The support. The book community is full of readers who find themselves drawn together from different economic stations, different countries, cultures, religious backgrounds, ethnicities, and yet somehow find the same parts of their souls in the same stories. The community seems to create this instant unification. A love for the same thing: the written word. It’s something you see very rarely in the world. Readers fall in love with characters and places they’ve never been and an automatic mental friendship connects the reader, in turn, to the authors. Authors find themselves with hundreds, eventually thousands, and hopefully millions of friends they may never meet in this life, and yet they write strenuously for all of them. The real and virtual friendships that build between readers, bloggers, and authors is like this amazing triangle that pulsing with life and it’s just amazing.
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7) What are 3 things you’re currently obsessed with?
I’ve been listening to The Rigs’ “Devil’s Playground” on repeat. As an INFJ, I fall into the “beat a song ’til it’s dead” category and I’m smack dab in the middle of the beating. It’s actually the inspiration for a new project I’m working on that has me all tingly in my toes! I’m also super duper addicted to Tofu recipes right now. I told you, I’m quirky:)
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8) What does your dream vacation look like?
I just returned from my bucket list trip to Germany, but I would truly love a chance to take two months off from life and just travel Europe. I want to see Madrid, I want to see London, travel to Florence, hike through Austria, explore the richness of Prague, and get lost in the markets of Istanbul. I love history and culture and if given the opportunities to experience new cultures with a long history of grand architecture and art, I’d take it and run with it.

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Review: A Faerie’s Curse by Rachel Morgan!

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THIS BOOK… What can I say that will explain everything I’m feeling? My mind is still going insane from everything I just experienced. I want to cry just thinking about the fact that I can’t read this again for the first time. Please just bear with me while I try to get my jumbled thoughts straightened out.
This is the 3rd and final book that follows Calla’s story. The first 3 books in this series followed Violet and it goes without saying that it’s amazing to see cameos from those books. This is the 6th book in the series but it minus well be the first. Why? Because it made me fall in love with this world all over again. Just like every book before it has managed to accomplish. After all these books you’d think that my love for this world would fade but it just keeps on being rekindled. This book didn’t lack in any department. Every book has its own unique stamp that demands to be devoured and cherished. I love how the story line keeps on getting more intense and brutal as we go. I was temporarily unavailable while reading this since nothing else was as fascinating as staying in this world.
This book- no, this series- is one of the biggest loves of my life. I don’t know what or where would I be without this magnificent world to revisit with every Creepy Hollow book that Rachel writes. I am dreading the end of this series already. I know it won’t be for a few books yet but my dread is real. Rachel has created THE world I wish I could get lost in forever. If anybody asks me, my #1 answer will always be Creepy Hollow. (Okay, most of my reasoning is that Chase [my baby] lives in this world so it’s only fair that I should too.) I could go on and on about everything Rachel has managed to rip out of me with her epic storytelling but I will try and keep it down to a minimum.
The world is magnificent and beautiful while the characters are deliciously complex. Even the side characters play a memorable part to the story which makes me love them as much as if they were main characters. (I can’t love anybody in this world as much as I love Chase though, so there’s that.) Rachel effortlessly managed to made me step into the character’s shoes and feel their raw emotions. I felt exhausted after reading the last page because of that little detail. My heart went on an emotional roller coaster that it was far from ready to experience but I’m not complaining. I think it’s always a pleasure when an author rips ugly sobs out of their readers.
I’m wasn’t even halfway into the book when I found myself sobbing my eyes out. Chase’s lines were just… perfect. He’s the one that was mainly making me cry throughout the book. I felt like the things he was saying to Calla were directed at me and it was the beautiful feeling. All the things he and Calla went through were hurting me in the best way. Those two are some of the BEST characters to witness while they’re interacting with each other. Their emotions jumped of the pages and into my heart, giving me goosebumps. Every time Calla reacted to Chase’s feeling the exact same thing even before I read Rachel’s descriptions. Her pain, her sorrow, her doubts, her loyalty, her love, her tears were my own for as long as I was reading. Everything managed to grip my heart and make it its puppet. I felt every single emotion myself which made me love Calla even more than I already did.
I loved that the story was fast-paced from the very start and it didn’t let up as the story went on. I missed these characters like crazy and now I’m back to missing them again thanks to having read it in one sitting. I wish there was a way I could open the book and live in there forever (with Chase.). This conclusion to Calla’s story was heartbreaking and so brutal; it had me sobbing time and time again. Just the mention of a certain ‘V’ name had me losing it like nobody’s business. As soon as I reached the last few chapters, I was sobbing nonstop.
I seriously can’t believe the sacrifices Rachel made her characters go through. I was expecting brutality to a certain extent but Rachel blew my expectations out of the park. She went somewhere I never expected her to go and even though it made me hurt all over and drown in my tears, I’m awed by her commitment to telling a magnificent story. It had its overwhelming dark moments that I don’t wish upon anybody but it made the story even more memorable. Of course, there was a lot of joy, even in the darkest of moments, which is the ONLY reason I survived this story. I hope my heart heals while I wait for the next precious book. I can’t wait to see whose story we are following next!

7/5 stars!

Blog Tour & Giveaway! 1st Anniversary for Say Something by T.A. Roth!

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Say Something… by T.A. Roth
(Speak #1)
Publication date: March 25th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

Twenty–two-year-old Ari Munoz prefers to keep men at an arm’s length.  So when her best friend Vonne guilts her into going to a frat party, she couldn’t think of a worse way to spend her night.  That’s until she sparks the interest of love’em and leave’em Ben Rodriguez. She knows she shouldn’t trust him, but the electricity she feels when they lock eyes is something she’s never felt before.

Twenty-two-year-old Ben Rodriguez has it all, and his senior year marks the beginning of even bigger things to come.  He’s a football star, fraternity president, and his endless pick of beauties makes him the envy of all of his frat brothers.  So why is a pair of long legs and hazel eyes making him want to throw out his rules?
Ari has her secrets.

Ben has his rules.

What happens when both your pasts threaten your future?

Say Something…


*This novel contains adult themes and language.  18+ please.  This is book one in a series and contains a cliffhanger.


My reviews:

SS

[Say Something]

[Say Nothing]


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AUTHOR BIO:

T.A. Roth is a wife and mother of two funny and crazy kids. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. When she’s not beautifying clients as a stylist/make-up artist at her day job you can find her reading, fangirling her favorite authors, or singing along to the radio. After getting the opportunity to read the debut novel of a then client now friend something clicked. Her “what the hell” attitude kicked in and a year later, here we are.

Say Something… A new adult romance is her debut novel.

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BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: I Won’t Break by E. Mellyberry!!

I Won’t Break by E. Mellyberry
(A Broken Love Story, #2)
Publication date: February 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult


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Synopsis:

Lea and Andrew’s story continues in this sequel to My Lea. From the city of San Francisco, the tale journeys on to the other part of the world: Jakarta, Bali, and Tokyo.

It’s been five years since Andrew walked out of his apartment and left Lea in America. Five long years without any single contact.

Andrew is now a twenty-eight-year-old man who just inherited his father’s business empire and is about to marry the granddaughter of the wealthiest man in Singapore.
At twenty-four, Lea is in the early process of sorting out her life and career back in her home country.

When Andrew’s father passed away, they are reunited again for the first time since America.
Like it or not, they are forced to revisit their past and deal with their unfinished business. For most people, love is the answer to everything. But Lea and Andrew’s love is far from ordinary. Theirs is tainted by sin and guilt. And anger. Lots of anger.

What happened five years ago that made Andrew leave?

What happened after Twin Peaks?

What happened to their baby?

Told in both past and present events, I Won’t Break tests the limit of love when faced with grief and heartbreak, discovers the true power of forgiveness, and explores the meaning of second chances.

I Won’t Break is the sequel to My Lea (A Broken Love Story series) and cannot be read as a standalone.
Due to mature theme and content, this book is not suitable for readers under 18.


 

My review:

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
“She hates that he calls her name as if his tongue has been making love to it all his life.”
E. Mellyberry is a force to be reckoned with. This woman has undoubtedly tore my heart out of my chest too many times to count. More times than any author has before. Her storytelling is beyond magnificent and I would have been missing an important part of my life if I hadn’t stumbled upon her work.
“How many times can a heart break before it kills you?”
This is the sequel to My Lea and it follows Andrew and Lea, five years after the last book. We still get point of views from both of them and it adds so much depth to the story that I can’t get over it. Both books were incredibly powerful and pack earth-shattering punches. This love story is by far one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It is significantly brutal to the core as well as immensely heart-felt.
The flashbacks in this story were incredibly sweet… but the present events were plain torture. There was so much raw pain and suffering in every page that I couldn’t contain my sobs from cover to cover. It has been almost two months since I read this and I am still reeling with heartbreak over it. It was terrifying to witness how much things between Lea and Andrew changed in the five years we were absent. Every word was an unbelievable blow to my sanity and just when I thought they couldn’t destroy me any more than they already have, I was proven wrong time and time again. I even had to take a couple sobbing breaks in the middle of reading this.
I was not ready to continue this story. At all. I was still falling apart over the first book when this book broke me even more. To be honest, I would have never been ready, but I HAD to know what happened to two of my favorite people. These two were so insanely realistic to me. So much that I feel as if they were my own blood. All of their actions tore emotions out of me and I couldn’t do anything about it. I wanted the best of the best for them and it hurt like nobody’s business when the plot line went an entirely different way from that happiness. When the trust between two of your favorite characters is broken beyond repair, there is no coming back from that.
Such a painful reading experience should be illegal in all states. I absolutely lost it in the end; I loved it so much. But no matter how high my heart was with happiness, the other side of me remains broken.
E. Mellyberry sent me into one of the most brutal, unforgettable, and unforgivable emotional roller coasters of my life. I love this woman’s storytelling but I am also beyond terrified of it. I also loved how this book included insight into other traditions that I haven’t read about.

6/5 stars!


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AUTHOR BIO:
Melly is a full-time mom, wife, and fangirl. She used to work in a school and she’s very passionate about education.

Melly has been writing children’s books since 2011 under the name mellyberry. She loves reading all kinds of books in her spare time, mostly MG, YA, NA, contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. She avoids horror and sci-fi as much as she can.

Melly was born in Indonesia and grew up in a multi-language environment. When she talks to people, she could accidentally string words from different languages into one sentence. When she does that, simply reminds her to speak properly.

Her ideal vacation always involves a beach; usually it’s the Nusa Dua beach, Bali. She spent a few years in USA to complete her Master degree. It was during that time that she’d fallen madly in love with San Francisco and the Bay Area. According to her, San Francisco is no doubt the most romantic city in the world.


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Other reviews for E. Mellyberry: [My Lea]

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