Monday, March 30, 2015

ARC: 599 pages
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Seraphina #2
The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?

Shadow Scale was another one of my most anticipated reads of 2015 because it is the sequel to Seraphina, which I loved when I read it two years ago (it was actually one of my favorite reads of 2012). It didn't quite live to my expectations but, nevertheless, I still enjoyed Shadow Scale a lot. 
I love Rachel Hartman's writing style and voice. I still found her writing to be excellent--it was very readable and the words just paint a very clear picture in my mind of the scenes and details of the world without it being wordy or verbose.

I also loved that we finally got a map and good thing too, because we do a lot of traveling in this book. Most of the novel was all about Seraphina's journey to find the other half-dragons.

I really enjoyed learning more about Seraphina's mind garden as well as the different grotesques and the real half-dragons they represent. The first half of the novel, Seraphina went on a quest to find the other half-dragons so that they can thread their minds together to make a sort of barrier to defeat the dragon rebels. The half-dragons the grotesques represented were all very interesting and sometimes scary, like Jannoula.

Jannoula was mentioned briefly in Seraphina as the grotesque Seraphina feared. We learn why here and she was scary. I read that part late into the night and I knew I had to keep reading until I get to a happy part so that that part won't be the last thing I read and then dream about. 

One of the things I really, really enjoyed in the first book was the romance between Seraphina and Kiggs. The reason why Shadow Scale was one of my anticipated reads of 2015 was because I really, really wanted to see what will happen to their romance and how they'll work things out. In Seraphina they fell in love but Kiggs was betrothed to his cousin Glisselda, the future queen and someone both Kiggs and Seraphina were fond of. Then, a bunch of things went down and they felt it was the wrong time to reveal their true feelings. I was hoping some time in Shadow Scale was the right time. I mean, I wasn't expecting the romance to be a big focus in this novel, but I was expecting more than I got. At least, as much as we got in Seraphina. I was expecting that they'll work out whatever needed to be worked out and they'll be together in the end. Sigh. NOPE. And this is why I took one star off.

The other .5 I took off had to do with Seraphina's character towards the end of the novel. Other readers also mentioned this in their review and I agree. Seraphina had a personality change and it wasn't for the better. She did some things and made some choices that did not go with her character's spirit and personality. Her character was missing that drive and missing that energy that I loved most about Seraphina.

Shadow Scale didn't quite meet my expectations but there was still a lot to like. The writing was excellent and the world building was phenomenal and because of this I was sucked into the story right away. I was just expecting more than what I got, especially with the whole Seraphina/Kiggs situation. I also kind of disappointed with Seraphina's character towards the end. I know this series is only a duology and this is the end, but I kind of wish it's a trilogy so we get a better resolution. I do want to know what will happen to the people and dragons in Goredd now that the conflict was over. Maybe the author will write a spin-off series set in the same world? I hope so. If not, I am looking forward to more by Rachel Hartman.

Monday, March 23, 2015

ARC: 432 pages
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: The Keepers' Chronicles #1
Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.

In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.

With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.

This review contains some mild spoilers.

The Storyspinner was one of my most anticipated reads of 2015 so I had pretty high expectations. Well, my expectations were met and I absolutely LOVED it!! The Storyspinner is my new favorite fantasy.

By the first chapter I already knew I was going to enjoy The Storyspinner; the writing was very readable and I settled in for an awesome fantasy read. But as I kept reading chapter after chapter the third person perspective kept switching to a different character. At first I was like, holy crap, how many characters do I have to keep track of? I'm not usually a fan of large cast of characters, especially if I have to follow their different storylines and the main plot is reduced in favor of developing the multiple secondary plots. I worried about this initially. But I worried for nothing. Despite the large cast of characters, the main plot was the main focus and it was very well-developed and it remained fluid, laying the foundation of a very captivating and exciting fantasy. 

The Storyspinner was set in an imaginary country called Santarem and it was divided into two parts: the Keepers' Land and the larger part that was further divided into the different dukedoms. Long, long ago the Keepers (magic wielders) lived among people without magic, but some got too greedy and started using it to control non-magical people, turning them into slaves. There was a great war and it only ended with the building of the magical Donovan's Wall, in which kept the Keepers on one side and the non-magical folks on the other side. As time passed the Keepers' existence became myth and legend. Unbeknownst to the non-magical folks, their king's line was actually linked to the wall's stability. Sixteen years prior to the story, the king was murdered by a greedy duke. People thought his only daughter was killed too, but it turned out that she was taken away by a trusted friend of the king. 

That's basically the background of the story. We follow a group of Keepers, Jacare, Pira, Leao and Texugo, as they leave the Keepers' Land and travel through the different villages and dukedoms to find the lost princess and to put her back on the throne in order to keep the wall from further deterioration and to stabilize it again. On the non-magical side, we follow primarily Johanna and Lord Rafael "Rafi" DeSilva. Johanna found herself working for Lord Rafi after a most unfortunate meeting between them. The two of them got under each other's skin, but with Johanna's family needing money she really had no choice.

Like I mentioned, I had my doubts that I would be able to keep all the characters straight in my head, but surprisingly I had no problem once I got past my initial qualm. I really enjoyed all the characters, main and secondary. They were all fleshed out and interesting. Some chapters were cliff-hanger-y but it would switch to a different character who had nothing to do with the current action, but I didn't mind because I am back with the character I wanted to read more of previously, if that makes sense... I didn't mind the frequent switching because I wanted to know more about each of them and what they were thinking or how they're reacting to certain situations. 

My favorite characters were Johanna and Rafi. Johanna tells it like it is and, while she's not the strongest character physically, she can hold her own. She works hard for her family--I love her relationship with her brothers. My heart broke for her when that happened (if you read the book, you know). As for Rafi, his honor was very important to him. He has a lot of responsibilities as he's about to officially become the duke of Santiago. He wanted to show his people that he's ready to take the mantle his father left him, but he's not one to ignore his mother's advice and seeks it out when he needed it. I loved Johanna and Rafi apart and together. They didn't have the best beginning and they disliked each other initially but even before I hit the halfway point, I was already shipping them. I love it when characters, who will eventually romantically pair up, start their relationship hating each. There was that tension and spark and attraction between them that I just ate up. 

I also have another ship, Pira and Leao, and they too rubbed each other the wrong way (especially in Pira's part). With all of these awesome couples to root for, I was in ship heaven. But never fear because the romance aspect of The Storyspinner was not overdone. We get just enough swoon-y moments to satisfy the romantic in all of us without sacrificing the intricate plot of magic, political maneuverings, family issues, adventure and action. 

I loved how the characters we were following all came together in the end only to separate. I thought the ending was so wonderful. One of my ships were together but they're in a precarious situation, but not too precarious that it left me with an unsatisfying cliffhanger type of ending. Thank you, Ms. Wallace for that! After I flipped the last page, I just had to hug my copy because it's going to be another year before I get back to Johanna and Rafi's world again and I already miss them.

The Storyspinner was a great start to a series. From what we got in this book, it could go to many and any direction. There are so many possibilities and I am so excited to see where the author takes the story. I only have one hope and wish for book 2: no love triangles will develop among my ships (I've been burned by other authors before where there wasn't love triangle in the first book but then bam! we're hit with one in the second book--please, Ms. Wallace, please no love triangles in book 2). But even if there will be, I'll pick it up anyway because The Storyspinner was so, so, soooo good! I need book 2 now.
Also, don't forget to check out our Kiss, Marry, Kill post with author Becky Wallace here.

UPDATE: Becky tweeted me: You guys will be relieved to learn (as I was) that there will be NO love triangles in book 2 for my ships. YASS!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Books I Covet: Vengeance Road + Fifth Avenue Fidos

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 with
Hello everyone,
I've been sucking on the blogging front despite plans to posts a lot this week. It's Spring Break for us and I find that all I want to do is read, watch Outlander, play the Kim Kardashian app (yes, I know, I know but it's strangely addicting) and read some more.

But I have come out of my reading/Jamie Fraser/Kardashian haze to do a book I covet post, which I haven't done since last year. I came across this book with the best cover and I just had to feature it. Also, Holly Schindler (one of nicest authors I've ever worked with) is coming out with the cutest sounding NA adult title soon and I had to give a shout out.

Okay, here's the one with the best cover ever.

When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Red Rose Gang for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

Can I get a poster-size copy of this cover?! Because it's perfection. As for the synopsis, Vengeance Road sounds... okay. I like that it's set in the Wild West--I've never read a book set during that time so that could be interesting. But the whole "pair of brothers" bit screams potential love triangle and I just can'tVengeance Road is the type of book where I'll wait for reviews before maybe picking it up if I like what the reviews are saying. But that cover, though. Love!

Vengeance Road will be released on September 1, 2015. Click on the cover to go to the book's Goodreads page.

New Adult readers who are also dog lovers, Fifth Avenue Fidos by Holly Schindler might appeal to you.

When a mutt from Queens meets a purebred New Yorker, it takes man’s—and woman’s—best friend to convince them what they feel is more than puppy love.

Mable Barker, a hilarious, good-natured sweetheart who is always the pal but never the girlfriend, endures nine horrendous months of bouncing between lackluster New York City jobs (and suffering unrequited love) in her unsuccessful attempt to find her one true talent. So when she meets Innis, the ill-tempered Upper East Side Pekingese, she assumes her dog-walking days are numbered, too; soon, she’ll be heading back to Queens brokenhearted, tail tucked between her legs. But Innis belongs to the adorable yet painfully shy young veterinarian, Jason Mead, a man whose awkward ways around women have him dreaming not of finding love for himself but of playing canine matchmaker—breeding Westminster champions.

When Mable and Jason meet, romance is officially unleashed: they find an instant connection and shared goal, as it appears that Mable could very well have what it takes to be a professional handler, soon to be seen holding Innis under a banner labeled, “Best in Show.” As Jason and Mable get closer to putting a new twist on the term “dog lovers,” outside forces—Mable’s overprotective brothers, a successful wedding planner with her eye on Jason, even the theft of purebred pups from Jason’s Fifth Avenue apartment building—all threaten to come between them. Will Mable and Jason simply let their burgeoning love roll over and play dead? Or will they rally to make sure Innis emerges as the leader of the pack?

Brimming with humor and endearing characters, Holly Schindler’s
Fifth Avenue Fidos offers a sweet romance and modern-day fairy tale in which dogs, not dragons, rule the land…a story about the loves that help us realize our dreams.

I love the sound of it. It sounds like such a cute read! Fifth Avenue Fidos comes out this coming Friday, March 20th from your favorite e-book retailer.

What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
Leave us a comment with a link so we can check your WoW of the week too.

Happy reading,

"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series we do here on Wednesdays. It will feature books we are very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is basically the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, but we just like the title "books we covet" better. We will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

E-ARC: 284 pages
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Source of my copy: TRSOR
Series: Rock Kiss #2
Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

I was so excited to get my hands on Rock Hard and I am happy to say it does not disappoint.

Charlotte Baird was Molly's (the heroine in the first book in the Rock Kiss series, Rock Addiction--my review) best friend. While I was reading Rock Addiction I found myself more interested in Charlotte's character than Molly's. Then, when T-Rex (aka Gabriel Bishop) came up in Charlotte's conversations with Molly I was ready to beg Nalini Singh for a book that focused on Charlotte and T-Rex.

Charlotte was very shy and timid--she was aptly nicknamed Charlie-Mouse. And we come to learn why and it was heartbreaking. But beneath the mousey exterior, Charlotte had a hidden depth of strength, spunk and backbone.

Gabriel was the new CEO of a company where Charlotte works. He was well-known for saving failing businesses. When he took over the office where Charlotte works, he started by firing people left and right. He was a tough-as-nails, intimidating alpha man (hence she nicknamed him T-Rex) and Charlotte was sure she's next to get fired. Instead, he hired her as his personal assistant. Gabriel saw beneath Charlotte's mousey exterior, a hidden depth to her which he found very attractive.

I loved the two of them together! I can't get over this couple! While Gabriel was cold and ruthless alpha, he never pushed her and was always there for her. Gabriel was just so wonderful! I swooned over him so many times--seriously, where can I get my own T-Rex?! Charlotte brought the soft side of Gabriel and I loved it.

My biggest issue with Rock Addiction was the emphasis on sex to the point where it became so repetitive and I grew bored. I am happy to report that in Rock Hard it wasn't like that at all. Instead, the author took the time to build their relationship, for Charlotte to gain her confidence to be able to take that step again with a man. Gabriel and Charlotte had the kind of slow burn, swoon-worthy courtship I loved from Rock Courtship (the novella between this novel and Rock Addiction).

If you read Nalini Singh's paranormal series and loved them as much as I did, then you need to check out her contemporary romance series Rock Kiss if you haven't already. I wasn't a huge fan of the first one, but the novella Rock Courtship and Rock Hard were both amazing for me, with Nalini Singh's signature writing and they'll make you feel all the feels. You can read Rock Hard as a standalone.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hello everyone,
I hope you're all having a happy Monday! Today I will be reviewing Kristen Callihan's newest release, Soulbound, which is the 6th book in her Darkest London series. I also have Kristen's Top 5 Favorite Quotes Said by Characters in the Darkest London Series as picked by readers. Read on!

ARC: 366 pages
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Darkest London #6
Once two souls are joined...
When Adam's soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled—and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone...

Their hearts will beat together forever...
No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn't stand the thought of relinquishing her freedom forever. So she escaped. But she soon discovers she is being hunted—by someone far more dangerous. The only man who can help is the one man she vowed never to see again. Now Adam's kindness is an unexpected refuge, and Eliza finds that some vows are made to be broken...

I picked up Soulbound because it has one of my all-time favorite romance trope, which is the second-chance/reuniting couple trope, but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. I loved Soulbound so much that I just had to read more books in the series. Before I even finished it, I was already ordering Winterblaze (another second-chance romance--I can't get enough of those) because I needed to spend more time in the world and learn about it.

It's not often I give a 5-star rating to a romance novel, but here it is well-deserved. I loved everything about Soulbound--the characters (especially Eliza and Adam), the world, the dialogue and banter and all the feels. I was a little sad that my time with Eliza and Adam was at an end after I read the last chapter (the epilogue doesn't really count because it sets up the next book in the series) because they were so wonderful and I wanted more time with them.

6th book in the series. Do not let this deter you from pick up Soulbound. I have not read any of the books in the series, but I have able to still enjoy it (obviously) a whole lot. I was a little confused at first (especially with the whole GIM thing) and there's a huge cast of characters whose back story I don't know about, but I caught on enough that I understood what was going on. I did grow curious about the other characters, though, and I plan on reading some of the previous books, starting with Winterblaze.

Plot. Adam and Eliza didn't have the greatest start to their relationship. When they first met and Adam realized that Eliza was his soul mate, he chained her to him so that she'll never leave his side. Yeah, bad idea. Chaining a girl to you was never a good idea. Eliza didn't believe in soul mates so she dismissed Adam's claim that she was his and Adam's actions just made her resent him.

Eliza escaped with the help of her aunt Mab (the insane Queen of the Fae) and was staying with her when she found Adam chained in Mab's basement. She ended up rescuing him when she found out that an old enemy had found her and Adam was the only one who could help her defeat him. 

Eliza and Adam. Eliza, found herself attracted to Adam, but she spent most of the book shutting Adam out because of what he did and also because of her secret. I found myself warming up to Adam sooner than I did with Eliza, especially after we got his backstory. Eliza was cold and sharp with Adam and I felt sorry for the guy because it was clear he regretted his past actions and felt remorse for the way he treated Eliza. But I really liked both of their characters apart and together. The two bickered and bantered their way around London and I loved it. We got gems** like this:

" insult me by assuming that appearance is the only attribute in a man that I, no, that my entire sex finds attractive. Second, Sin is my cousin."

"He's a second cousin, at the closest," Adam countered, with an apparent dogged determination to annoy her. "Kings and queens have coupled with closer kin."

She shot him a sidelong glare and found him grinning. "You're teasing me."

The corners of his eyes crinkled. "Aye, sweet Eliza, I'm teasing. Besides"--he leaned in and murmured against her ear in his sinful voice--"you do not want to fuck him." The tip of his tongue flicked her earlobe.

Eliza jumped, her face heating, her breath coming short. "And you presume to know who I'd like to fuck?" If he could say the word, so could she.

Adam's nostrils flared on a sharp breath, his expression turning carnal. "No presumptions necessary. All you need do is work up the courage to ask, dove. Believe me, I shall comply."
And this:
"Ah, now," crooned Adam, "here we are, then." With infinite care, as though he were handling a babe, he lifted the sword out, and a sigh seemed to go through him. "Ah, my lovely, it's been far too long."

"Shall I leave you two alone, then?" Eliza's lips twitched. She'd never seen such a look of reverence mixed with old familiarity. It was nearly indecent.

Adam spared her a glance. "Quiet woman, a man's relationship with his sword is a sacred thing."

"So I've heard."

"Saucy wench."
Their chemistry was scorching throughout, which made the build up to their smexy times all the better.

The world. Like I said already, I want to spend more time in the world. I really like the dark atmospheric feel to it--the wet, foggy, shadowy Victorian London that I pictured in my head. It was a fascinating world and wanted to know more about the faes, the lycans, the GIM and the others with no easy labels. I may start with Winterblaze since it's already headed my way and work up to Soulbound again.

Would I recommend it? Yes! Even if you haven't read the other books in the series, do not hesitate to pick it up because it stands well on its own. Soulbound was a brilliant read and I loved everything about it. Set in a fascinating world with a wonderful hero and heroine, told in an engaging way with fantastic writing, Soulbound was a 5-star read. Pick it up especially if you enjoy historical romance with a big paranormal twist.

**Taken from the ARC edition. It may have changed in the final publication.

Author Kristen Callihan
We asked author Kristen Callihan to share her Top 5 Favorite Quotes Said by Characters in the Darkest London Series and these are her picks:

Favorite quotes really ought to come from readers, don’t you think? :) So I picked quotes from Goodreads. One from each book out so far. I will say that the Firelight quote is by far my most popular. I’ve found it used in fashion tumblers, to dating sites, to describing a comic book character. That makes me supremely happy.

“What is beauty or ugliness but a false front that prompts man to make assumptions rather than delving deeper.”

“We are all imperfect creatures, love. I don't want perfect. I just want you.”

“Infernal woman, you nearly gave me an apoplexy. They ought to count you among the ten plagues of Egypt!”

“A kiss, he said, is a conversation. Easing closer, he continued to speak as he caressed her cheeks with featherlight stokes of his thumbs. "A first kiss", his lips neared hers, “is an introduction.”

“By the time she'd finished with him, with a little encouraging pat and a request that he rest quiet like a good lad, there was no point in denying it: Holly Evernight would be the death of him.”

For more info about Kristen Callihan and all her books, visit her website. You can also chat with her on Twitter and Facebook.

Happy reading,

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hello everyone,
I am so excited to have author Becky Wallace play Kill, Marry, Kill and Be, Room, Cliff (the female version of Kiss, Marry Kill) with me today!

Becky's debut novel The Storyspinner came out yesterday and it is one of my most anticipated debuts of 2015. Here's the full synopsis.

Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.

In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.

With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.

I will be posting my review of The Storyspinner next week, but I finally got a copy yesterday and I started reading it. It's one of those books where you read it and right from the first chapter you know you're going to like it. So, expect my review to be on the positive side.

And now...

This game of Kiss, Marry, Kill and Be, Room, Cliff is the Disney and Game of Thrones edition. 

Which of these male characters would you kiss, marry or kill and why:

Disney Princes:

Prince Eric: Marry. Are we being honest here? Because if so, Prince Eric was the (cartoon) man who determined my type. Dark hair, light eyes, broad shoulders, laid back style, and a pretty stand-up guy. That description totally fits my husband.

The Beast: Kill. Change of heart or not, he’s still a kidnapper. Stockholm Syndrome is not for me. Also, in his human form he’s got a serious schnoz.

Prince Philip: Kiss. He’s a good looking guy and puts up a serious fight to get to girl he’d only met once, but he starts off a little grabby. Keep your hands to yourself until invited to do otherwise. Thank you very much.

Game of Thrones Men:

Jon Snow: Marry. He's poor as dirt, but he's rich in goodness. Doesn't everybody love the hero?

Eddard Stark: Kiss. Although Catelyn Stark might find a way to murder me in my sleep for admitting that.

Drogo: Kill. This dude is vilest type of human. I can't even think about him without throwing up a little.

Who would you Want to Be (take over their life), Want to be Roommates With, or Push off a Cliff among these women and why:

Disney Princesses:

Ariel: Push off a cliff. As long as that cliff was over water, she’d be fine anyway. She’s a nice girl and I don’t hate her, but I think she might have rocks for brains. Or seashells. Probably seashells.

Belle: Take over her life. I mean, hello, who doesn’t love a bookish girl? She’s smart and feisty, and she totally sacrifices her own happiness to get her father out of Beast’s tower. That’s a lady I can respect.

Aurora: Roomie. She doesn’t seem terribly bright, but she’s a heavy sleeper and I doubt she snores. Also, if Prince Philip is part of the package he’s pretty good eye candy to have around. Don’t judge. I bet you’d ogle her boyfriend too.

Game of Thrones Women:

Daenerys Targaryen: Roomie. She's fierce and determined, but her life is hard. I bet she'd have some good stories to share, though...and dragons that might eat me.

Margaery Tyrell: Take over her life. Margaery is cunning and a master manipulator, but I think she has a genuinely good heart. She wants to be the queen, and that sounds perfectly fine to me.

Cersei Lannister: Push off a cliff. And killing Cersei off would be a gift to her children, brothers, and anyone who had ever crossed her path. She's a malevolent, cold-hearted witch, who isn't nearly as smart as she pretends to be.


Author Becky Wallace
A huge thank you to Becky Wallace for playing with me. For more info on The Storyspinner, click on the Goodreads link above or visit Becky's website. You can also chat with her on Twitter and Facebook.

Also to the awesome Audrey from Simon & Schuster not only for the opportunity to interview Becky but also for letting me host an awesome giveaway.

Yep, two (2!!) lucky readers will each win a hardcover copy of The Storyspinner! Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. US only and ends on March 22nd.

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Good luck and happy reading,

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hello everyone,
After reading and really liking Best Kind of Broken (my review here) and then devouring Perfect Kind of Trouble (it's one of my all-time favorite NA reads!), I am so excited to get my hands on the third book in the Finding Fate series Right Kind of Wrong.

Sometimes wrong can feel oh so right...

Jenna Lacombe needs complete control, whether it's in the streets... or between the sheets. So when she sets out on a solo road trip to visit her family in New Orleans, she's beyond annoyed that the infuriatingly sexy Jack Oliver wants to hitch a ride with her. Ever since they shared a wild night together last year, he's been trying to strip away her defenses one by one. He claims he's just coming along to keep her safe-but what's not safe for her is prolonged exposure to the tattooed hottie.

Jack can't get Jenna out from under his skin. She makes him feel alive again after his old life nearly destroyed him-and losing her is not an option. Now Jack's troubles are catching up to him, and he's forced to return to his hometown in Louisiana. But when his secrets put them both in harm's way, Jenna will have to figure out how far she's willing to let love in... and how much she already has.

Finding Fate series. We met Jenna and Jack already in Best Kind of Broken--Jenna was Pixie's roommate and best friend and Jack was one of the guys they hang out it in college. They also made a very brief appearance in Perfect Kind of Trouble. The timeline of the three books in the series kind of overlap at a point, which is kind of cool. So, when I came to that scene in Kayla and Daren's story that we saw through Levi's eyes in the previous book it was fun to revisit it and see things through another character's eyes.

According to Amazon, I'm supposed to get my copy of Right Kind of Wrong between March 6 and 12 (I pre-ordered it!) so it's about a week of waiting I have left. ARGH!! I am so excited to read Jenna and Jack's story! It's a road trip plot paired it with Chelsea Fine's fantastic writing so I am very sure I will enjoy Right Kind of Wrong as much as I did Best Kind of Broken and Perfect Kind of Trouble.

Recommendation. If you like Jennifer Armentrout's Wait for You series, Tiffany King's Woodfall Girls or Cora Carmack's Losing It series, then Chelsea Fine's Find Fate series is something to really look into. It's the right mix of romance, humor, drama and swoon--things do get serious at times but you're never bogged down by the angst and drama. Also, the sexy times are also not very explicit so I recommend this series to older teens who want to branch out to NA.

About Chelsea Fine:
Chelsea lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she spends most of her time writing stories, painting murals, and avoiding housework at all costs. She's ridiculously bad at doing dishes and claims to be allergic to laundry. Her obsessions include: superheroes, coffee, sleeping-in, and crazy socks. She lives with her husband and two children, who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and her complete lack of skill in the kitchen.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

February Favorites and March TBR

Monday, March 2, 2015 with
Hello everyone,
2015 is just flying, isn't it? I cannot believe it is March already!

Books. I read five books in February, which is pretty good for me because I was only able to read during the weekends last month.

My favorites of the five were The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel and Perfect Kind of Trouble by Chelsea Fine. I picked up The Book of Ivy because a lot of bloggers were raving about it and I just had to see for myself what the fuss was about. Well, now I know why. It is so good! Bishop Lattimer is my new book boyfriend and I am so excited for book 2. I am planning on doing a full review about it so I won't say any more here.

Perfect Kind of Trouble is the second book in Chelsea Fine's Finding Fate series and it's even better then the first book in the series, which is saying a lot because I quite enjoyed Best Kind of Broken (which I reviewed here). I will also be doing a full review of  Perfect Kind of Trouble so I'll save my raving for this book there, but let me just say that loved where the author took the handcuffed-together plot. Kayla and Daren were fantastic characters. I loved both of them so much!

I also want to mention Seed by Lisa HeathfieldSeed didn't give me the warm, romantic fuzzies the way Perfect Kind of Trouble or a swoony book friend like The Book of Ivy. It actually made me angry and disgusted but it was also an excellent read. I already review it here, so for more of my feelings about Seed check it out.

YouTube. In February, I also discovered a YouTuber named Yulin Kuang. She's not a booktuber, but she is a filmmaker and she has this series "I Didn't Write This" where she takes a short excerpt from a novel or a poem and she adapts it to make a visual representation of it. Here are two of my favorites from the series.

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T. S. Eliot

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Music. I listed a lot to Alex & Sierra in February. I don't watch the X Factor so I wasn't aware of them until I randomly ran across one of their songs on a YouTube video. I'm a sucker for good folk-pop songs so I was very happy to discover them.

March TBR. I don't usually do TBRs because I'm a mood reader and I usually just pick up whatever book I feel like reading between review books. But I have a week off from work in March (Spring Break! Woot, woot!!) and I really want to get these books read (I especially want to start and finish a series during Spring Break) in addition to the reviews books I need to read.

Let me know what your February favorites are and what you're hoping to read this month. Have a great week everyone! :)

Happy reading,