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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Cover Reveal+Excerpt: "A Chosen War" by Carly Eldridge






Summary from GoodReads

Nineteen-year-old Maia has spent her life haunted by dreams of a man with uniquely brilliant blue eyes. She never expected she’d actually come face-to-face with him, or that he’d be the harbinger of a chaotic new life. But as shocking as meeting Blake is, it’s less unsettling than her sudden ability to adversely affect electronics and seemingly control—even heal—plants.


Before she can figure out what’s happening, Blake’s cryptic warning about the impending approach of something big manifests as a freak earthquake, destroying Maia’s home and killing her parents. Devastated, Maia has no choice but to turn to Blake, where she learns that the earthquake was not as natural as it seemed. The reigning Terra guardian, or Mother Earth, has gone rogue, wiping out her replacements in a series of orchestrated natural disasters around the world—and Maia is next.


Worse, she’s the only one who can stop the Terra guardian from destroying not just Earth, but the fabric of the universe itself. Now, thrust into a world of celestial beings charged with the protection of the universe, Maia must come to terms with her new powers, and the idea that her destiny was shaped long ago. And she must do it all before she faces off with the woman who controls nature itself.

Intelligent and thought-provoking, A Chosen War takes the idea that everything is connected and wraps it in globe-spanning adventure with just a tinge of romance.



Release date: April 25th, 2017
Page count: TBD
Formats: Trade paperback, .mobi, .ePub, .PDF
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942111-41-2
Electronic ISBN: 978-1-942111-42-9
Price: TBD
Distribution: Smashwords, Amazon KDP, Ingram Content Group



Enviromental changes and a war across the fabric of space? Sign me in!








EXRERPT

Something brushed against the tips of her fingers, accompanied by a tiny electrical shock. Yelping, Maia jumped back, shoving the abused digits into her mouth to suck away the pain. Only then did she notice the azalea bush beside her. It had been entirely barren this morning, way past its bloom, but had since erupted in fresh blossoms.

However, it’s sudden flowering wasn’t what had made her heart falter in fear. Now, instead of its typical dark pink flowers, red and white florets also competed for space. Choking back a scream at the waxy perfection of the plants, she ran into the house with images of Disney movie magic scampering along in her mind. Taking the first right turn, Maia careened by her homemade dark room and down the hallway to her bedroom. Slamming the door behind her with a kick of a muddy foot—the clogs abandoned halfway down the hall—Maia stood in the middle of her artistically chaotic---some would argue, messy---sanctuary, staring at her fingers.

Maia shook them out, tilting her head back until it met the door behind her with a thud. What was going on? Maia’s chest tightened as she started to hyperventilate, and her stomach responded with another wave of nausea. She hadn’t eaten anything yet that morning, and she shuddered to think what her stomach would produce.
“Get a grip,” Maia repeatedly muttered.
“Get a freaking grip. I can only control me.”
Placing her hands on her knees, Maia tried to sort through the facts.
Ok, number one: her father’s illness, two: Beth’s grief and absurd work schedule, three: the long list of missed opportunities of a promising career, and now . . . this? How was she supposed to handle it all? In the next few days, Maia was expecting to hear back on some possible freelance contracts in the area. What she really needed was the money and the exposure, not hallucinations. Sure, crazy made for good art, but Maia wasn’t into the avant-garde. Whatever happened in the garden was a fluke.






About the Author:

Carly Eldridge is the author of A Chosen War (April 2017). She calls New York City home; the vitality of the metropolis, with its rich history and culture, provides an unending source of inspiration. She can often be found exploring the city, in awe of its always surprising display of art, beauty, and raw American grit.

www.carlyeldridge.com | createdbycarly@gmail.com | @endlessbindings






Friday, March 24, 2017

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast


When I first created Milky Way of Books I had in mind about reviewing not only books but also movies. In the end I decided to keep the blog book-only.

BUT, today is the exception! I finally had the chance to go and watch the adaptation I've been waiting for since 2016! Beauty and the Beast is one of my top Disney classics and I would like to take the chance and give this movie both the pros and the cons it deserves.

NOTE: I'll try not to spoil you much BUT if you've seen the Disney 1991 version then you can't be spoiled about the ending.



                                                                   *Thanks Sherlock*

The movie begins with the much known prologue but instead of the male narrator we have a female one. The costumes and the historical element the movie gets adds more depth in the timeline where the story takes place.

Personally, I've placed the plot on France in the beginning of the 19th century probably after the French revolution or after the Napoleon wars.


The prince is turned into the Beast and from there we move into Belle and her song. Now, here's an issue I noticed too along with other friends from the blogsphere. Belle is truly innovative and she doesn't only likes reading. She teaches how to read too, but the reactions of the villagers are bordeline into bullying.

They not only think her "odd" or "a beauty but a funny girl", they scorn her! And let's not get started with Gaston! Many have mentioned that Luke Evans would be a better Beast than Gaston. I disagree; the role fit him like a glove, he can sing and act and that can be seen into the scenes of the "Gaston" song.

Yes, none of the actors, except from Dan Stevens, have the PERFECT voice like the original ones, who were auditioned as musical actors too, but this is Hollywood. The comments about auto-tuning Emma Watson's voice, or how Ewan McGregor wasn't a great Lumiere maybe are true for some but for me ALL the actors and actresses gave their best.

Especially Emma. As Belle, she is smart and brave (watch the invitation to dinner scene), she understands from the start that there is a curse in the castle and even nurses the Beast back to health after the wolf attack.



The library scene was also one of the good points of the movie. I think that Disney dug into my mind and conjured THE Library I'd love to have if not the 1991 version. I loved how Belle and the Beast interact through all the movie but the library scene is one of the best ones.

I would prefer Belle to do a happy, squeaky dance as she goes to explore the books, but none is perfect. Also, I was very happy to see the Beast as a bookworm, especially when he argues with Belle about Shakespeare and Romeo and Julliet. That was funny!


And let's move into the ballroom scene. The setting was stunning and despite the different opinions I loved the dress. If it were made just like Cinderella's I think there'd be difficulty in moving. Just remember how she tried to escape.


A great dress but not much to move with.


At the same time the dancing between Belle and the Beast was sweet and you could see how emotional that could make anyone. The slow touches, how hesitant is the Beast at first but then he moves like a pro and also how great Belle gave the feels through all the scene.


There were two new songs also in the film. Knowing that Alan Menken was behind them made me sure that they would be amazing. Especially "Forevermore". I teared up when the Beast sung, because we may see usually in YA fiction the girl feeling lost and heart-broken, but with that song you could see a man who looks like a Beast, thinks he doesn't deserve the girl BUT he lets her go knowing that he will be left behind with the memories of her as a companion.

I wouldn't mind adding some of the Beast's screaming here, similar to the animated film.



And let's go into the final act. The "Mob song" is as scary as real life. And not only because Gaston becomes a lunatic, (there's also a suspicion from me that he suffers from PTSD but that doesn't give him points), but because the villagers FOLLOW HIM! There was once a post on Tumblr as also on Teen Vogue, where Gaston as a character represents all the bad things you can see in society. From misogynistic attitude to using his own friend, Gaston became more villainous in the film.

And I never minded his ending.



So, let's talk about LeFou. When I first saw the trailer I thought that he would be as simple minded as the animated version. But then the rumors about the gay representation spiked and everything when to hell. And I clearly couldn't understand why.

Why are people so angry with LeFou for being gay and don't notice other important elements of his character? How he tries to stop Gaston from being a complete wacko, or when he saves SOMEONE in the final battle? Why? You think there weren't homosexual men and women in 19th century? In a time where for a woman to know how to READ was a tabboo? Imagine how those people felt.

At the same time he offers a happy tune to the plot with his humor and his singing in the "Gaston" song.

The plot holes we also had from the animated version were filled in the movie. The curse also became even more horrible for both the servants and the Beast, not to mention that both Belle and the Beast had more family background here than in the 1991 version.

My ONLY tiny objection was the scene where the Beast dies. I didn't expect THAT to happen but the transformation was as stunning as the original one. There were no fireworks though...



The ending was very, very satisfying. Everyone in the cinema were singing "Be our Guest" and the final chorus of "Beauty and the Beast" song. Not to mention that I'll keep the mementos of going itno the cinema, like a dragon who hoards her gold.




Those are Greek by the way.
Will I go to watch the movie again? Yes, I will. And if you still don't want to see the movie after everything you've read and seen in general on the internet? Well then.




FINAL VERDICT: 5 OF 5 GLORIOUS STARS


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New Release+ ARC Review! "The Struggle" (Titan #3) by Jennifer Armentrout


The Struggle by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

A bloody path has been chosen… 

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs. 

The Great War fought by the few is coming… 

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people. 

In the end, the sun will fall… 

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same. 

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…





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REVIEW


I received and e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Maybe I shouldn't be surprised anymore but after reading yet another book by Jennifer Armentrout, I'm still getting more excited and more needy for the next one!

"The Struggle" is the third book of the Titan series and boy, doesn't it have lots of action and drama! After the events of the second book, Josie and Seth will have more to deal with than the escaped Titans and their murderous attentions.

Did I also mentioned that this book kind of hints a possible "end of the world" scenario? Yup, you can't relax not even for one day if you are part of this story!

But one of the coolest parts of the book was Seth and his maturing. Well, he is is a beloved cocky jerk but as to his feelings and obligations for Josie he is adamant, despite everything that can and will happen between them. Josie, on the other hand, has some serious problems with her power at the beginning of the book, but towards the ending I wish she had never found out what her actual powers are.

(HINT: If you have Apollo for a father, you need to brush up your Greek mythology knowledge)

In the end, this book has yet another cliffhanger, which after everything that has happened, will be a torture to find out. But I will not be afraid; they must survive both of them.
Finally Jennifer Armentrout used one of the Greek words I had offered in her FB group! It's an endearment Seth often uses for Josie! Thank you Jennifer!










About the author:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Release Day Blitz+Giveaway: "The Dragon's Prize" (Dragons Awaken #2) by Maya Starling



Summary from GoodReads

“A simple vow for a complicated fate. Life and love proven through blood and flame. Choices changing destinies on a dime.”

After slaying the dragon and “rescuing” Olivia, Crown Prince Magnus will settle for no one but her as his bride - his final challenge to overcome before becoming King Magnus, Dragon Slayer.

Through trials of blood, fire, and death, Kaden has broken the curse confining him to a dragon’s form for over a century. With fire brewing inside him, he struggles to reach his beloved Olivia in time to save her - and his own sanity.

Unsure of the fate of her dragon, Olivia is consumed with grief. She consents to wed the prince in order to save the lives of her family. His advances push her to take her destiny into her own hands.
But deep in the woods trouble stirs, as an old enemy seeks to rectify a curse broken. The prize of a life earned must be stripped away again… permanently.

Dragon’s Treasure (book 1)


Dragon’s Prize (book 2)



A note from the author:

Hi, booklovers!

I’m author Maya Starling and I’m so excited to launch Dragon’s Prize, the second book in Dragons Awaken series. The plot picks up right after the first book ended, so you won’t miss a thing in the lives of your favorite characters. I will not spoil anything for you, but be prepared for some twists and turns, and strong female characters. Have you always wanted for the maiden to finally save herself? ;) Well, don’t miss Dragon’s Prize then! If you are new to the series, be sure you pick up Dragon’s Treasure first, a twist on the old trope of dragon-maiden-knight with elements of Beauty and the Beast. I hope you love Dragon’s Prize as much as I do!


To celebrate the launch of my second book, I’m offering one lucky winner an eBook of Dragon’s Prize, and a charity anthology of short stories, Library of Dreams, featuring one of my short, “Between the Sun and the Moon”. The giveaway is open internationally. Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.


G I V E A W A Y








About Maya Starling:

Maya Starling is a writer, a geek, an animal lover and a gamer. She has lived the life of a magus, an oracle, a goth mortician, a star wars rebel while sitting at a table, and rolling those dice.

In reality, she lives with her wife and their adorable little boy, and of course two rescue cats, in the small country of Croatia. Reading and writing are her passion, so you will often find her typing away a new story, or reading, eyes glued to the screen of her phone or a page of a book.

For more information, free short stories or just to stay in touch visit www.mayastarling.com Twitter . Facebook





Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I read in one sitting


                                         

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday #102: Books I can read and re-read in one sitting. For this list I've included both Young Adult and New Adult titles. I should add books from most known authors too but I decided to give a chance on some of my other favorites!


10: Firebird series by Claudia Gray: I am still reading the third and final book of this amazing series but I did finish this one in one sitting. The plot, the running through dimensions, everything was superb!




9: Uprooted by Naomi Novik: This little gem with a touch of Howl's Moving Castle/Beauty and the Beast is also one of the books I like re-reading. Mostly as an audiobook because the narrator's voice is very good!



8: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet: This NA fantasy series based on the Greek mythology is known for the strong heroine the great fights and the romance. I did read it in one day too!





7: Reaping Angels by Laura Thalassa: Bet you didn't know that this book is filled with super heroes! I really want a sequel for this book but it's funny and with a sweet romance.





6: The Untold Tale series by J.M. Frey: I always re-read this series. If they ever become audiobooks I'll make sure to buy them too! That much I enjoy J. M. Frey's writing who doesn't fear to breach and reform tropes and cliches in YA but also creat unforgettable characters!




5: Air Awakens series by Elise Kova: If you like Sarah J. Maas or Susan Dennard, then you'll enjoy this debut series. I did too because there is war, romance and cliffhangers!





4: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: I loved this book! And re-read it too!. The drawings, how sweet the romance was, not to mention that this one is also a movie!




3: Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker: I can't remember how many times I've re-read or re-listened to this book of the series. Cain and Charlie's story is still one I love to read and re-read.





2: ILLUMINAE by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: It took me three days to read the ARC the first time but from now on I love every tiny bit of this gem. Yes there are horrible things happening here but the plot and the adrenaline you feel from reading this book can keep you hooked!




1: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows: The best and maybe the most emotional series I've ever read. Maybe it's the them of souls that touched me from the first time I read this book back on 2014. Reincarnation, music, colors and a land filled with mystical creatures are the key elements of Jodi's debut series.





Monday, March 20, 2017

Sci-fi Monday! Double Review: "Starfall" (Starflight #2) by Melissa Landers & "Ten Thousand Skies Above you" (Firebird #2) by Claudia Gray


Starfall by Melissa Landers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend...with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn't exactly in need of heroics—she's claimed her birthright as Eturia's queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn't a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?

When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family's complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.




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REVIEW

I had truly enjoyed "Starflight", which had included too much banter, funny moments and space pirates! And of course I jumped into the chance to read the companion novel! The story of the escaped princess and her best friend and how truly they both wanted to love each other but also couldn't escape their duties,was a hit to my sci-fi heart.

Cassia and Kane are such a funny pair. Always fighting over the laser razor and how each other sleeps, but deep down they truly care for each other. And since I am not one to spoil you, just let me tell you that there is lots of planning and running all over the galaxy with this pair and the rest of the crew!

A great read and one to make me love Melissa Lander's writing even more!






About the author:


Melissa Landers writes romantic sci-fi & fantasy for teens and the young at heart. The Alienated trilogy (ALIENATED, INVADED, and UNITED) is now complete! STARFLIGHT is available, and its companion novel STARFALL releases in February. Look for THE HALF KING, first in a new fantasy duology, in 2018. 












Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions. 

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared. 

The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.




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REVIEW


The heart-pounding sequel to "A Thousand Pieces of You" was truly magnificent! Many would think that trilogies always suffer from SBS (Second Book Syndrome), but this is not true for "Ten Thousand Skies Above You".

Marguerite and Theo will have to travel through dimensions and alternative universies in order to save Paul; and nothing is easy. There is struggle, many cases where doubt crept in and in some the enemies were even worse than the friends.

I love how Marguerite tried to come into terms with her emotions. Nothing is easy for her and her love for Paul strived many times to give her the power she needed in order to save him.

Not to mention the plot bomb which fell towards the end of the book and the cliffhanger that followed! I really have to continue reading the next book!




About the author:

Claudia Gray is not my real name. I didn't choose a pseudonym because my real name is unpleasant (it isn't), because I'd always dreamed of calling myself this (I haven't) or even because I'm hiding from the remnants of that international diamond-smuggling cartel I smashed in 2003 (Interpol has taken care of them). In short, I took a pseudonym for no real reason whatsoever. Sometimes this is actually the best reason to do things.

I live in New Orleans. So far, in life, I've been a disc jockey, a lawyer, a journalist and an extremely bad waitress, just to name a few. I especially like to spend time traveling, hiking, reading and listening to music. More than anything else, I enjoy writing.









Friday, March 17, 2017

Cover Reveal: "The Hot Shot" (Game On #4) by Kristen Callihan

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First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…

What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.

No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?

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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal , best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.




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Thursday, March 16, 2017

ARC Review: "Beauty and the Beast" (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) by Rachel L. Demeter


Beauty of the Beast by Rachel L. Demeter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story—retold with a dark and realistic twist.

A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST

Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.

A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE

Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…

Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the OperaBeauty of the Beast brings a familiar and well-loved fairy tale to life with a rich setting in the kingdom of Demrov and a captivating, Gothic voice.



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REVIEW

I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

I was glad to have the chance of reviewing this book! Despite it being a historical fiction adult novel, there were many elements similar to the classic tale. But the best part of this plot was how slow burning the romance was.
Both protagonists Adam and Isabelle, face their inner demons and fears and in the end love conquers and they find their true place in the world.

The descriptions and the world-building were very realistic and the eerie feeling the book had set from the beginning slowly it evolved into the hidden beauty behind the first glance. Since March is the month dedicated to Beauty and the Beast this book couldn't have chosen a better day to be released!





About the author:

I live in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, my goofy lowland sheepdog, and my high school sweetheart of fourteen wonderful years. I enjoy writing poignant romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and explore the redeeming power of love. My stories are darker than most traditional romance novels and contain a distinct Gothic flavor. 

Imagining dynamic worlds and characters has been my passion for longer than I can remember. Before learning how to read or write, I would dictate stories while my mom would jot them down for me. I hold a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, I ensure every character is given a soul.

I endeavor to defy conventions by blending elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some themes my stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness.

My dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through my words. ♥

Don't be a stranger! I cherish my readers, and I absolutely love to connect and interact: 

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Blog Tour+ARC Review+Giveaway: "These Ruthless Deeds" by Taryn Shanker & Kelly Zekas


These Ruthless Deeds
Kelly Zekas, Tarun Shanker
(These Vicious Masks #2)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: March 14th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
England, 1883. Still recovering from a devastating loss, Evelyn is determined to use her powers to save other gifted people from those who would harm them. But when her rescue of a young telekinetic girl goes terribly wrong, Evelyn finds herself indebted to a secret society devoted to recruiting and protecting people like Evelyn and her friends.
As she follows the Society’s orders, healing the sick and embarking on perilous recruitment missions, Evelyn sees her problems disappear. Her reputation is repaired, her friends are provided for, and her parents are newly wealthy. She reunites with the dashing Mr. Kent and recovers the reclusive Mr. Braddock (who has much less to brood over now that the Society can help him to control his dangerous power). But Evelyn can’t help fearing the Society is more sinister than it appears…


REVIEW

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

A truly remarkable sequel to "These Vicious Masks" full of the thrill of the Victorian era and a good vibe of action and romance! I liked how Evelyn tries to help people with powers similar to hers, not to mention how glad her parents are when, after some events, Evelyn is wanted by many suitors.

Kent and Braddock are back and I still can't decide who is best for her.



Author Bio:



Tarun and Kelly met in a freshman year writing class at NYU and started writing These Vicious Masks a few years later.
Tarun is a writer living in Los Angeles whose idea of paradise consists of kung-fu movies, David Bowie and chai tea. Since completing his first horrible screenplay in high school, he’s written everything from one-act plays and film criticism to humor pieces and strongly-worded emails. He’s also magnetized, crushed and burned the hard drive where that first screenplay can be found.
Kelly is a writer and actor living in NYC. YA is her absolute favorite thing on earth other than cupcakes and she has spent many hours crying over fictional deaths. She also started reading Harlequin romances at a possibly too early age (12?), and still loves a good paperback romance.
Links (Tarun):
Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter
Links (Kelly):
Website / Goodreads / Twitter

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR List!

                                           



This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday #101: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR. I've included books I want to read and not the ones I've already read.



10: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare: I still can't get over the ending of the first book and looking the snippets I can tell this one will be very, very interesting.





9: The Seeker by Veronica Rossi: I liked the first book and I hope to see more of the Riders in this one.





8: A million Junes by Emily Henry: This little gem is a companion novel to "The Love that Slpit the World"!





7: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich: This book reminds me of that movie with Tom Hardy for a reason. Well if you give it a good twist that is! ;)





6: The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty: I admit it; this book reminded me of The Winner's Curse trilogy with the cover and the title. I'm quite curious about this one.




5: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray: I adore her Firebird series! And this trope of forbidden romance is one of my favorites!




4: Hunted by Meagan Spooner: "Beauty and the Beast" retelling. Nothing more to say!




3: Avenged by Amy Tintera: "Ruined" was a good read on 2016 and with its ending I really want to know what will happen.  




2: Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson: The Swan Lake meets high fantasy in this stunning book with this cover!




1: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas: The epic finale, at least to the main trilogy will be amazing!